Hot Sheet: Efron, Gaga, Basquiat
Charlie St. Cloud — Zac Efron attempts the transition from teen idol to movie star with his starring role in Charlie St. Cloud, the story of a college student’s relationship with his dead brother. Reviews have been mixed to poor, with critics saying Efron has a way to go before he can start carrying the weight of a movie. But with most of the film taking place on the water, look for the actor to spend a fair amount of time flaunting his most famous assets.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child — Director and friend Tamra Davis centers her documentary on the life of artist Basquiat on a rare interview with him from more than 20 years ago, spliced together with interviews from those who knew him best. From his rise to “rock-star status” in the early ’80s to his friendship with Andy Warhol to his sudden death from a heroin overdose in 1988, Davis goes inside the mind of this tragic talent. Click here for showtimes around the country.
The Remix by Lady Gaga — As she approaches the two-year anniversary of her first album, The Fame, this October, Gaga remixes some of its biggest hits (and some from the The Fame Monster). The compilation features work by DJs and producers including Passion Pit and Stuart Price. Out Tuesday.
The Suburbs by Arcade Fire — Hipsters rejoice! The Fire's new album incorporates a theme of contemplation and nostalgia with songs like “We Used to Wait” and “Wasted Hours.” These guys are the best thing to come out of Canada since Céline Dion. Out Tuesday.
“A Happy Place” by Katie Melua — In her hypnotic new video, Melua serves up a dose of decadent surrealism as rebellion against a world of carbon-copy professionals and the endless routine of the urban working world. Clad in an elaborate headdress and the only colorful character in an otherwise monochromatic cast, Melua stands out as the clear representative of the song’s mantra: “The only way to go is inside.” It's the second single from her new album, The House, set for release Tuesday. Watch it below:
Death at a Funeral — This star-studded but often shrill remake of the amusing 2007 British farce finds Peter Dinklage repeating his performance as a gay man who shows up at the titular service threatening to reveal a secret about the recently departed patriarch of an unruly clan, peopled with Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, and Martin Lawrence. Yet it’s James Marsden and his lengthy nude scene atop a roof that proves the film’s highlight.
The Kim Novak Collection— Blond, beautiful Kim Novak is best known to contemporary audiences for her dual performance in Hitchcock’s mesmerizing Vertigo, but five other films that helped make her the number 1 box office star of 1956-58 are included in this five-film boxed set. Best of the bunch are Pal Joey, with Novak as a sultry showgirl entangled with nightclub playboy Frank Sinatra, and Bell, Book, and Candle, which finds the actress at her most ethereal as a lovelorn Greenwich Village witch reteamed with Vertigo costar Jimmy Stewart and features Jack Lemmon as an impish warlock. Bonus features include interviews and an audio commentary.