Deep Inside Hollywood

Stormy Daniels, in her own words 

By Romeo San Vicente  

In the documentary, “Stormy,†the porn star/dating show host Stormy Daniels — come on, you haven’t watched her tear it up on the wild OutTV queer dating series “For The Love of DILFS†yet? — gets to explain herself the way she’s always wanted. From director Sarah Gibson and executive producer Judd Apatow, the film follows the woman who helped expose yet another ugly aspect of Donald Trump as she navigates the sudden mainstream fame and political controversy surrounding her. Reinvention can be tough, of course, but the bold, courageous way Daniels has conducted herself in the wake of a scandal involving a sitting U.S. President has been nothing short of inspiring, so this is a doc to dive into. If you’re in Austin during the Scfestival, the film will have its World Premiere on March 8, and if you’re the rest of us, you can catch it on Peacock on March 18. Team Stormy! 

Kevin Williamson returns to ‘Rear Window’ 

Kevin Williamson, the queer creator behind the “Scream†and “I Know What You Did Last Summer†franchises, has just signed a multi-project development deal with Universal Television. Among the series in the pipeline are an adaptation of the Ruth Ware novel, “The It Girlâ€; a version of David Fincher’s film, “The Gameâ€; an original project called “The Waterfront,†and, perhaps most excitingly, a reboot/reimagining of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, “Rear Window.†One of the most beloved thrillers in film history, it’s the story of a man who, in the process of observing the neighbors in his apartment building, witnesses actions that make him think a murder has occurred. The 1954 film starred Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly (and gay acting legend Raymond Burr as the suspiciously behaving neighbor) and, while no actors have signed on for the remake yet, this is going to be the kind of project actors will beg their agents to get them into the casting conversation. More on this one as it moves forward. 

‘The Uglies’ looks good for Netflix 

In a future dystopia, society will impose cosmetic surgery at age 16 for anyone not attractive enough to keep living, and those who reject their turn to become Pretty-with-a-capital-P wind up running away. That’s the premise of “The Uglies,†a new film from McG, based on the novel “Uglies,†by Scott Westerfeld. Coming this year to Netflix, the movie stars Joey King (who also produced) as a teenage girl who runs away to save a friend who rejected the surgery, and whose life is changed by the process. Co-starring Keith Powers (“The New Edition Storyâ€) and queer superstar Laverne Cox, it has the feeling of “Logan’s Run†for a new generation — in that one they killed you at age 30 no matter how hot you were — and we’re very much up for a dystopian thriller where everyday human traits like crooked teeth become the deadliest liabilities. It’s already wrapped, so we can’t advise the filmmakers at this point, but we’re hoping for some wild, “Botched“-level characters populating the scenery. 

‘No Good Deed’ adds more queer cast members to the lease 

We already reported on lesbian TV creator Liz Feldman’s (“Dead to Meâ€) latest comedy project for Netflix, “No Good Deed,†starring Abbi Jacobson, Ray Romano, Lisa Kudrow, Teyonah Parris and Linda Cardellini. The eight-episode series revolves around multiple people vying to buy the same piece of property in the white-hot (meaning, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it) Los Angeles housing market. Now the cast has expanded to include gay comic actor Matt Rogers (“Fire Islandâ€) and “The L Word†icon Kate Moennig. That means more queer bidders to battle over this fictional house, and we are already rooting for them to crush the competition. If you’ve seen “Dead to Me†you already know that Feldman knows how to mine stress and discomfort for laughs — our favorite brand of comedy, really — so keep this one on your radar when it drops later this year. 

Romeo San Vicente has reinvented himself more times than Madonna.