Gay scribes populate panel
Bruce Vilanch opened the Writers Guild’s inaugural “Video Fun House” on a jocular note Tuesday night, proclaiming an alternate identity as a certain zaftig reality TV star.“Hi, I’m Anna Nicole Smith: I didn’t shave today — I was up early for the Oscar nominations,” Vilanch said, before expressing heartfelt appreciation that the guild sponsors events that tackle issues of sexuality. The moderator’s serio-comic tone was echoed throughout the evening, as noted gay writers such as Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”), Don Roos (“The Opposite of Sex,” “Bounce”) and Kevin Williamson (“Scream,” “Dawson’s Creek”) discussed pivotal film or TV moments that influenced their lives. “Everwood” scribe Greg Berlanti joked that he was told to “bring something that was gay and inspiring, but he wasn’t available,” so he brought a clip from the movie “Maurice” instead. Vilanch noted Berlanti’s directorial work on “The Broken Hearts Club” placed him on Variety’s “Ten Directors to Watch” list, but “Roman Polanski was on it too.” The panel was rounded out by Laurence Andries, Katie Ford and Jeffrey Richman, with freshly Oscar nommed scribe Nia Vardalos also on hand.