The Runaways – Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway sets the stage for this biographical look at the all-girl teenage rock band the Runaways, but the film is probably most anticipated for its highly touted lip lock between 16-year-old Dakota Fanning (playing Currie) and Kristen Stewart (playing Joan Jett). The Runaways is exec-produced by Jett and Currie, so expect authenticity ... plus reviews have been strong, especially for the performances of Fanning and Stewart.
The Bounty Hunter — Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler add their names to the list of actors who’ve starred in romantic action comedies involving exes who hate each other, beat the crap out of each other, and yes, somehow, wind up together. Nothing majorly gay here, except gay men seem to love Aniston ... and, for that matter, Butler.
Repo Men — Jude Law plays a repo man who collects the organs of donation recipients who can’t keep up with their payments. Forest Whitaker plays a repo man who’s going after Jude Law’s character for the same thing. Chaos ensues — which is what they typically say in press releases when they aren’t exactly sure how to explain the rest of the plot.
Head First by Goldfrapp — We've found almost too many reasons to talk about Goldfrapp on Hot Sheet. But we don't care — Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory consistently make fun, original, interesting music. Their new album, the '80s-influenced Head First, hits Tuesday. It's getting insanely good reviews, and the first single, "Rocket," will get your pulse pumping — who hasn't wanted to send a crush/spouse/significant other to the moon?
Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1 by The Bird and the Bee — If you haven't heard of Bird and the Bee, check them out on iTunes or YouTube; their folk-pop is not only soothing, it's hilarious (i.e. "Fucking Boyfriend"). The L.A. hipsters' latest venture is an eight-song tribute to Hall and Oates (yes!), along with one original song. The lovely Shirley Manson of Garbage provides backing vocals to "Maneater." Out Tuesday.
Pandemonium by Pet Shop Boys — A double CD-DVD of the electronica duo's amazing concert at London's O2 arena in December 2009. This show is packed with high-energy dancers (wearing blocks on their heads), Keith Haring-esque videos on Jumbotrons, and the irrepressible and out Neil Tennant. Out now.
The Runaways soundtrack — Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch cherry bomb! God, what a song. This 14-song soundtrack is already out digitally, but a physical release hits on Tuesday. Songs from Dakota Fanning (singing "Bomb"), Kristen Stewart, Joan Jett, Bowie, and the Stooges.
Fantastic Mr. Fox — Director Wes Anderson’s gorgeous stop motion–animated telling of the beloved Roald Dahl tale is his best, most accessible film since The Royal Tenenbaums. George Clooney gives good voice to Mr. Fox, an accused chicken thief, and Meryl Streep is pitch perfect as his wife, Felicity, but it’s Jason Schwartzman voicing their angsty young son, Ash, who just doesn’t fit in (read: gay), who steals the show.
Mad Men: Season 3 — Up until midway through the third season of this hit cable series about the employees of a Madison Avenue advertising, the story lines are contemplative, meditative, and slow-burning and then — bam!—the notorious lawn mower accident cranked up the tension that is the show’s trademark. Sal Romano, the closeted gay art director vividly played by Bryan Batt, figures prominently, and the season finale was devastating and riveting, reminding viewers why this is perhaps television’s finest drama.
Sherlock Holmes — Robert Downey Jr. takes on one of literature’s most iconic crime solvers and ratchets up the homoerotic tension with Jude Law as the sleuth's faithful companion Dr. Watson in director Guy Ritchie’s kinetic makeover of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novels.