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posted Friday, April 5, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 14
Sara Gilbert moonlights with Bad Teacher
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Sara Gilbert moonlights with Bad Teacher

A look at upcoming film and TV projects

by Romeo San Vicente - SGN Contributing Writer

Success breeds success. As a child star on Roseanne, Sara Gilbert won over the coveted sullen teen demographic with her portrayal of the smartass Darlene, and now she's got daytime TV-watching moms on board for The Talk - a show she created, executive-produces, and co-hosts. But the siren song of sitcom stardom has ways of making already-hard-working people double down to the point of exhaustion, so back she goes to the prime-time well with Bad Teacher, based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz film. Ari Graynor (For a Good Time, Call&) will star as a spoiled former trophy wife with a bad attitude now teaching school. Gilbert, cast against her former type, will play a shy, introverted English teacher. Look, if Kelly Ripa can do it, so can Gilbert. But seriously, if this pilot goes to series she's just going to make all the other celebrity Lesbians look lazy.

FAMILY TRADITION
Like mother, like daughter: Meryl Streep played a Lesbian in Woody Allen's Manhattan and Stephen Daldry's The Hours and now her offspring Mamie Gummer is doing it for TV. This fall's cop drama Backstrom will star Rainn Wilson as an out-of-shape, offensive, difficult detective (think House minus the Hugh Laurie charm) whose self-destructive impulses get the better of him. Gummer will take the female lead role of Nicole Gravely, a Lesbian detective dealing with the breakup of her long-term relationship. OK, maybe it's less House than it is Rizzoli & Isles, if just one of them were a man and the other an actual Lesbian, but you get it. And whatever shape the eventual series takes, Gummer will have plenty of time for it since her former series, Emily Owens, M.D., was canceled.

ELTON BIO IS A GO
As far back as 2005, Elton John's Rocket Pictures has had a biopic of John in development. Originally the rumors were that Justin Timberlake would play the outlandish pop star, then the plans went on the backburner and for a while it seemed like the whole thing might be dead in the water. But now the project, titled Rocketman, pulses with new signs of life: a director in newcomer Michael Gracey and a script from Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, War Horse). The story will follow John from his boyhood as a piano prodigy to stardom with lyricist Bernie Taupin, featuring plenty of detours into elaborately choreographed Moulin Rouge-style production numbers. Now, if only Timberlake, whose film career is pretty well established, would take on the part like all those premature reports promised, if for no other reason than it would be really cool to see him wear those 'Pinball Wizard' shoes from Tommy. And, you know, that Donald Duck costume. And - oh, all right - to see him make out with guys.

MORE YVES, PLEASE
The universe apparently has decided that three documentaries about legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times; Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris; L'amour fou) were not enough. So now there are two additional French-language narrative feature biopics in the works. Yves Saint Laurent, from director Jalil Lespert, will star Pierre Niney as the designer and Guillaume Gallienne as Pierre Berge, Laurent's longtime partner in life and business. This one's already been picked for American distribution by the Weinstein Company. But strangely enough, it's the other YSL film with bragging rights to bigger acting names, featuring acclaimed French star Jeremie Renier (Atonement) playing Berge, and Gaspard Ulliel (Hannibal Rising) taking on the role of Laurent. No doubt it, too, will find a home in American art-houses eventually. But so it goes: in America we get competing asteroid, volcano, and terrorists-attack-the-White-House films; in France it's dueling projects about flamboyantly famous designers.

Romeo San Vicente doesn't mean to be mean, but that outfit would look much better on him. He can be reached at DeepInsideHollywood@qsyndicate.com.

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