Deep in Hollywood: Gina Rodriguez

LOS ANGELES – NOV 09: Gina Rodriguez arrives for the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala Presented By Paul Mitchell on November 09, 2019 in Culver City, CA

In Development Now: Gina Rodriguez in Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown, Pedro Almodovar’s very first television series for Apple. The now-legendary queer Spanish filmmaker has scored hit after hit at arthouse, won two Oscars and will now venture into television with this adaptation of his 80s flick, a savage comedic farce about actors, terrorists and drugged gazpacho. .

No word yet on which Rodriguez character (I want you to come back) will star or who else will be attached to the co-star. But Almodovar will be the executive producer, and Noelle Valdivia (Mozart in the Jungle) is joined as writer and showrunner if and when the project moves to a full series order. You see, that’s what “in development” really means: lots of fingers crossed. So cross yours and say a prayer to the gods of manic chaos, and maybe we’ll all get lucky.

RuPaul will host Jargon for SCS

You can probably chalk it up to the current “Wordle” craze online, but America’s most famous drag queen, RuPaul, is set to smash CBS’s prime-time lineup with an updated version. 80s vintage series update Jargon. After several iterations of the game show – in which contestants guess five-letter words to complete a bingo-like grid – aired in the United States, and after versions in other countries continued to grow for decades, CBS is set to relaunch it for prime time later in the year.

It’s perfect timing, and, as far as RuPaul’s centering as host goes, it’s another no-brainer. He is, after the late Alex Trebek and alongside The price is right veterinarian Drew Carey, among America’s most beloved game show hosts. Now we’re hoping he hosts in drag, but we’re guessing he won’t, most likely to make sure this show and RuPaul’s Drag Race stay in their own ways. But honestly, it’ll probably be because a perfectly flawless Ru look takes hours, and Mr. Charles is a very busy man.

Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown Honk for Jesus

One of the big hits at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was writer-director Adamma Ebo’s feature debut, Honk for Jesus. save your soul. Produced by Daniel Kaluuya and Ebo’s twin sister, Adanne Ebo, the comedy is a satirical look – with its narrative roots in real events – at big-money mega-churches and what happens when their empires threaten to collapse.

Sterling K. Brown (It’s us) plays the pastor of an anti-gay Southern Baptist mega-church whose secret sex life comes to light. As the scandal unfolds, his wife, played by Regina Hall (Girls trip), must move on and rebuild or risk losing it all. Focus Features picked up the film for distribution, likely later this year. While waiting for this comedy of religious hypocrisy to gently land in theaters on the wings of angels, discover the disturbing documentary camp of jesus and his own locked-up pastor Ted Haggard. The truth, it always turns out, is always stranger than fiction.

Lee Pace and Amandla Stenberg run screaming with Body Body Body

For those of you who are late to the A24 scene, these are the film producers/distributors who have built a reputation with horror films like Tthe witch, hereditary, and Midsommar. In other words, they deliver chilling arthouse titles that have some scary movie fans questioning the very definition of the word “horror.”

But maybe that all changes at this year’s South by Southwest film festival when Body Body Body comes to the big screen. By Dutch actress-screenwriter-filmmaker Halina Reijn (black book) and starring Lee Pace, Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, and Pete Davidson, it’s about a bunch of rich twenties and a hurricane party where a game turns deadly and the death toll rises. In other words, “backstabbing” is promised in more than one sense of the word, and A24 gives us a slasher flick. And because it hails from A24, it will most definitely be one with great production values ​​and an ambiguous ending. We can’t wait.

Romeo San Vicente is pushing for another candy fest in March.