Drew Barrymore, eat your heart out. On last night's RuPaul's Drag Race was the annual Snatch Game challenge, in which the competing queens must impersonate a celebrity and act it out in a game show scenario a la The Match Game (even the challenges of this show are in drag). One of the contestants, Jinkx Monsoon, busted out an impression of cult hero Little Edie Bouvier Beale (as immortalized in the Maysels brothers' 1975 documentary Grey Gardens) that was so spot on, all it was missing was the scent of cat urine. Most of Jinkx's competitors had no idea who Little Edie was and were condescending about it instead of being ashamed like they should have been.
This is the original 1975 documentary tracing the eccentric lives Edith and Little Edie Beale, relatives of Jackie O, as their decaying East Hampton mansion is taken over by filth, cats, and their delusions.
· Hollywood Out of Ideas, Can't Blame the Writers For the Current Idea Shortage Edition: Jennifer Connelly—an actress we'd pay $14 dollars to watch knitting a sweater or making peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches—will join monosyllabic, paparazzi-punishing superstar Keanu Reeves in Fox's remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still. [Variety]
· Big Love polygamist Jeanne Tripplehorn is on board for HBO's movie version of Grey Gardens, playing Jackie O opposite Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore's Big and Little Edies, respectively. THR]
· ABC's Cashmere Mafia might be the first primetime victim of the strike, as the network yanks the new series from its schedule before its originally planned November 27 debut. But good news for those craving Sex and the City-inspired entertainment: NBC hasn't yet abandoned nearly identical project Lipstick Jungle. [Variety]
Apparently Drew Barrymore thinks she can play Little Edie Bouvier Beale in HBO's forthcoming film version of the documentary "Grey Gardens." What. The. No. This is the greatest risk yet in Barrymore's career; one tiny misstep on this one and the gays will tear her limb from pudgy drunk limb. You're warned, chick.
Representing for the homos, we felt the need to point out this nugget of amazing trivia from Gail Sheehy's NYMag article about the remaining secrets of Grey Gardens (the Broadway musical version of this genius Maysles brothers documentary opens on Broadway tonight, btw — but if you cared, you'd already know and have tickets, we suppose). It explains why Little Edie felt the need to wear the getups that make her such a perfect Halloween costume — especially the sweater-as-turban headwraps.