Everyone knows Ryan Murphy from the wildly popular supernatural thriller American Horror Story and the musical teen comedy Glee. Five people know him from the failed sitcom The New Normal. However, Murphy’s first critically acclaimed series was the sexy, no holds barred series Nip/Tuck. This surgery-focused soap helped define the FX network. It capitalized on the channel’s ability to use suggestive language, strong sexual dialogue, and nudity. Not to mention it really explored society’s obsession with perfection and touched on issues ranging from female circumcision to sex addiction.
William McNamara (Dylan Walsh) is a plastic surgeon and depressive family man struggling with a disenchanted wife Julia (Joely Richardson) and a really angry son Matt (John Hensley). His partner at the medical practice is Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), a hardcore ladies man obsessed with his looks, youth, and freewheeling lifestyle. They help their patients fix whatever they don’t like about their bodies but the surgery of the week often has to do with a major issue affecting the cast. The show blends family drama with major dramatic conventions like a serial rapist, gang connection, and an organ-harvesting ring.
The guest stars on the show include a significant portion of IMDb. Not only does the series feature American Horror Story cast members Kate Mara, Sarah Paulson, and Christine Eastabrook, it also features Lily Rabe’s mother Jill Clayburgh who was nominated for an Emmy for her appearance on the show. Glee cast members Jesalyn Gilsig and Iqbal Theba. Not to mention appearances by huge A-list actors like Bradley Cooper, MoNique, and Alec Baldwin. Extra host Mario Lopez reveals his assets as a rival doctor. Famke Janssen and Vanessa Redgrave have major recurring roles on the show. There is even an appearance by French film icon Catherine Deneuve andRuPaul's Drag Race stars Willam Belli and Kelly Mantle.
Besides stunt casting and shock value the series has a major core of really solid storytelling. The dark and twisted lives of the people responsible for creating beauty is sometimes too much to handle. The series is not only unafraid to explore sexual taboos, controversial politics, and downright trashy soap opera conventions, but is deliciously addctive and includes quite a few twists, misdirects, and WTF moments (much like Murphy’s other series). Fans of the outlandish plots of American Horror Story or the offbeat comedy of Glee will love this show. The series offers great binge-watching potential and is great to feed your Netflix addiction. The entire series is available and you can pop a bottle of champagne, circle your problem areas, and enjoy every jaw-dropping minute.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But why imitate when you can innovate? First, America’s Next Drag Superstar Jinkx Monsoon and Ivy Winters created this legendary fantasy recasting of Death Becomes Her. Then Willam Belli appeared in this gay YouTube spoof, “Rambo, But Gay.”
That got the gears turning. What other movies could use a little bit of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent? Here are 10 movies with biological women that could use the full drag race treatment.
10. DreamGirls - This had to be on the list. Latrice Royale is is large, in charge, chunky, yet funky. She’s bold and beautiful so she is a clear fit to play Effie White. Dancing queen Milan is the perfect fit to play sensitive Lorrell Robinson. Tyra Sanchez fancies herself Beyoncé, but she can’t sing. So Deena Jones would have to be played by the America’s first drag superstar, BeBe Zahara Benet.
9. Steel Magnolias - Queen Latifah made an African American version of the popular film. Couldn’t it be possible to have an all Puerto Rican version? Imagine maternal Nina Flowers instead of Sally Field, spunky Carmen Carrera instead of Julia Roberts, Jessica Wild instead of mousy Daryl Hannah, Alexis Mateo and her breast plate instead of Dolly Parton, Madam LaQueer in Olympia Dukakis’ role and finally Yara Sophia giving you Shirley MacLaine realness.
8. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? - They may be old friends, but, Chad Michaels and Shannel would be great at playing feuding sisters Jane (Betty Davis) and Blanche (Joan Crawford).
7. The Craft - There has to be a spooktacular choice for Sharon Needles and Rulaskatox. When innocent Sara (Sharon Needles) moves to town she meets three witches, (Alaska, Detox and Roxxxy Andrews). What follows is black magic, black clothes and really heavy eyeliner.
6. Bring it On: All or Nothing - These queens are most likely to go direct-to-video. But their feud did make the fifth season of the show very entertaining. When Alyssa Edwards family moves and enrolls her in public school she has to join the cheerleading squad run by Coco Montrese. Expect plenty of reading!
5. Mean Girls - When Tatianna moves to a new town she gets on the radar of The Heathers (Raja, Manila Luzon and Delta Work). Her friends Shangela and Stacy Layne Matthews convince her to play both sides and take them down.
4. Big Business - Manila Luzon and Jujubee play two sets of twins in a remake of this Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin Classic.
3. Nine to Five - Pandora Boxx plays spunky Doralee Rhodes (Parton), Ivy Winters plays sweet-as-pie Judy Bernley (Jane Fonda) and Raven plays snarky Violet Newstead (Tomlin).
2. She-Devil - After an actress (Willam Belli) ruins her life, a jilted housewife (Mimi Imfurst) plans her destruction. With the help of a pint-sized friend (Kenya Michels) they get their revenge.
1. Troop Beverly Hills - All the Drag Race girls could star in a remake of this popular 90s. It'd be great, if only, to see them do a drag rendition of " It's Cookie Time." Clearly, Mama Ru would play Shelly Long's part.
Who would you love to see in a movie remake?