Once Tab Hunter and Tony Perkins Had a Secret Love
Back in the bad old days, most ordinary queer people stayed quietly in the closet. The pressure to do so was especially strong among actors and actresses, especially among those considered A-listers.
Take Tab Hunter (Damn Yankees, Polyester) and Tony Perkins (Psycho), two leading men of their era, both gay, and also very much a very private item. The now 87-year-old Hunter’s first-person account of this moment in his memoir Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star will form the basis of Tab & Tony, a Paramount project in the works from producers Zachary Quinto and J.J. Abrams.
It will tell the story of their affair and their highly manufactured public images in an era when being exposed as gay meant the end of a career. A screenplay is in the works from Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife), and directors and cast are still TBA.
We vote yes to more historical dramas of this sort, the kind that eradicate secret histories and remind hetero culture that we’ve been here the entire time.
It Girl Sophia Lillis Cast as Ellen’s Nancy Drew
Franchise alert! Ellen Degeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. are teaming up to produce something that sounds very much like the template for a series of films reviving the character Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, which all but says, “We, too, can be like Harry Potter, and why not?” has begun principal photography, with It breakout star Sophia Lillis as the young lady sleuth.
The character was the resourceful protagonist of a long, long, loooonnng series of mystery novels for young readers throughout a good chunk of the 20th century, and the time just feels right for a well-made revival of the once very popular and charmingly vintage take on girl power.
Adapted by The Handmaid’s Tale scribe Nina Fiore and directed by Katt Shea (of the legendary ’90s cult fave Poison Ivy, with Drew Barrymore), the film also stars Linda Lavin and a slew of young, up-and-comers.
Now, if we can make one small request: Let’s not clutter up the scenery with a bunch of boring Hardy Boys, OK? Thanks.
Romeo San Vicente cultivates an air of mystery.