October #75 : Rent Checked - by Stephen Winter

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Vagina Monologues

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A Dangerous Age

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Hat Trick

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Rent Checked

D.I.Y. Thoreau

Shingles Scene

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Chronic Fatigue

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The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

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What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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October 2001

Rent Checked

by Stephen Winter

The rock musical is making a slow but steady comeback as a movie formula, so it's no surprise Hollywood -- in the form of director Spike Lee and Miramax films -- would eventually come calling on Rent. In June, Lee announced his interest in filming the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, with the names of comely crooners Marc Anthony and 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake floated as possible leads. It would have been a tricky translation. With his manipulative, shrewish women characters -- and let's not forget the homophobic frat boys of School Daze yelling "Fag! Fag! Fag!" -- the polemical Lee was a less-than-obvious choice to helm a musical celebrating HIV positive women, whites and queers. At any rate, in August, Miramax extinguished this Spike Lee joint, citing budget problems. The director, meanwhile, has turned his attention to a monumental biopic about the boxer Joe Louis. Rent's still due.

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