Margaret Cho. Photo: David C. Lee for Asiance

Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente

Queen Latifah's latest 'Dilemma'

No, the dilemma is not the recent "I'm not gay" interview that her personal trainer and frequent companion Jeanette Jenkins just gave to Queen Latifah's new movie is simply called "The Dilemma." It's the story of two best friends (Kevin James and Vince Vaughn), one of whom comes to believe that his buddy's wife is cheating on him. But to tell or not to tell? That is the question. The comedy is from veteran director Ron Howard and, unlike a lot of his recent fare, it's not going to be aimed at holiday/awards season audiences. It opens next January, usually the month where misfit films go to die or find themselves poorly marketed. But who knows, this might be calculated counter-programming. In any case, Latifah, James and Vaughn are of part an all-star ensemble that includes Channing Tatum, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly and more. Call it this year's "Valentine's Day," but with more infidelity.

'Stalking Simon Le Bon' takes a fall

To be a "Durannie" in the 1980s was more than a hobby for some young girls (and boys). It was an all-consuming lifestyle. Duran Duran did, after all, make the most exotic videos MTV had to offer, and it didn't hurt that the hit-making band appeared to consist solely of male models. So now that that generation of superfans has grown up, it was only a matter of time before their collective coming-of-age crush found its way into a script. Enter the upcoming feature "Stalking Simon Le Bon," the story of teenagers doing anything it takes to get to a Duran Duran show in the mid 1980s. The band has already given their blessing to the project and it looks as though cool, underappreciated gay filmmaker Jim Fall ("Trick," "The Lizzie McGuire Movie") will be taking on directing duties. Now all they need is Robert Pattinson to play one of the bandmates - he won't need to fake an American accent either - and they'll get a whole new generation of fans on board.

Margaret Cho and Jennifer Grey go 'Dancing'

"Dancing With the Stars" is such a weird phenomenon. It gives audiences the thrill of seeing celebrities they like (or loathe) in a new light, for better or worse, as ballroom dancers. And yet, it's also hands-down the dorkiest show on television "because" it features ballroom dancing. A new cast of celebs has been announced and it's that loveable mix of old favorites, wannabes, jokes and cult heroes. For gay audiences, the two biggest draws will surely be bisexual comedian Margaret Cho and "Dirty Dancing" sweetheart Jennifer Grey. But wait, there's more: Bristol Palin, Audrina Patridge, basketball star Rick Fox, Michael Bolton, The Situation, Brandy, David Hasselhoff and the most beloved TV mom of all time, Florence Henderson. Just be ready to finally be made sick of "baby in a corner" jokes by the time the winner's announced.

'Yank!' yanked until 2011

"Yank!," the off-Broadway musical that was due to move to Broadway soon, has had its premiere delayed a year to give the creative team time to revise the script. Now the show is due to open during the fall 2011 season with current lead Bobby Steggert still committed to star. The story is one that will be familiar to anyone who's seen the documentary "Coming Out Under Fire," about gay men and lesbians serving in the armed forces during World War II and how the end of the war marked the beginning steps toward modern urban gay communities. "Yank!" follows two American servicemen as they fall in love in the middle of their tours of duty and will be helmed by award-winner stage director David Cromer. The retro-yet-still-timely subject matter sounds worth the wait, no matter when it opens. And it will still probably beat the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to the punch.

Romeo San Vicente has felt like punching quite a few people over "Don't Ask Don't Tell." He can be reached care of this publication or at
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