The Hot Sheet
Conviction — Boys Don't Cry actress Hilary Swank stars in another true-life saga as underdog Betty Anne Waters, a working-class high school dropout who puts herself through law school to prove her brother (Sam Rockwell) innocent of murder. Minnie Driver costars as Waters's friend and colleague, while Juliette Lewis steals scenes in a showy supporting turn.
Jackass 3D— Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, et al, return for the third theatrical release somewhat older but not necessarily wiser for a series of gross-out pranks, this time coming at you in 3-D. The usual homoerotic energy continues unabated as the guys are always willing to whip out their penises or insert things into any orifice in a series of gags that are alternately uproarious and unsettling. Be forewarned: Steve-O's "Poo Cocktail Supreme" might have you running for the exit doors.
Red — Helen Mirren says she studied Martha Stewart for her role as a partially retired black-ops CIA agent who is now living a quiet life of baking and flower arranging in the suburbs. And for that alone, Red is worth seeing. In it she partners with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, and John Malkovich for a more sophisticated than usual action-comedy. As heavy on the laughs as it is on the gunfire, this is one of those rare movies with something everyone in your inner circle might enjoy.
"Somebody to Love Me" by Mark Ronson — The new single from Ronson's Record Collection album is a slow-grooving collaboration with Boy George and Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt sharing vocals. The video clip, directed by Saam Farahmand, offers a nostalgic flashback, depicting a Culture Club-era Boy George roaming around a wild house party from the band's early-'80s heyday.
Watch the video for "Somebody to Love Me" below.
The Rocky Horror Glee Show — In Glee’s tribute to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mercedes sings that she’s just a “sweet transvestite from sensational Transylvania.” It’s a PC update to some seriously saucy lyrics, and she may seem like an odd choice to step into Tim Curry’s heels — until you hear her sing the hell out of it. Kudos as well to Cory Monteith, who managed to ditch the Auto-Tune (and sound fantastic) on “Damn It, Janet.” Some of the songs are a tad uneven — Emma (Jayma Mays) doesn’t sound any worse than Susan Sarandon did on “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me,” but that’s not really a good thing. Still, overall, this is one rockin’ tribute.
Psycho — Norman Bates, the movies' creepiest mama's boy–hotelier, has been unsettling film buffs for five decades. Alfred Hitchcock's most celebrated achievement has been remastered for its debut on Blu-ray, and while diluted somewhat by countless pale imitations, it still retains much of its chilling power, as does Anthony Perkins's justifiably iconic portrayal as Bates. Extras include audio commentary from film historian Stephen Rebello, documentaries about the film, Hitchcock's legacy, and a storyboard for the still-shocking shower scene.
Rocky Horror Picture Show — Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the cult film about moviegoers' favorite sweet alien transvestite with this much-an-tic-i-pated premiere on Blu-ray that's laden with bonus features including audio commentaries, deleted scenes, alternate endings, music videos, and documentaries chronicling the timeless appeal of "Time Warp" and and other iconic scenes.
The Mentalist: The Complete Second Season — One of many hot Aussies to find success stateside, Simon Baker, who gave one of his best performances in the gay dramedy Book of Love, is a breakout in the title role, a former con psychic who uses his skills to help the California Bureau of Investigation fight crime. Gay fave Robin Tunney plays his sidekick, and the second season makes clear that The Mentalist is one of the smarter shows on television.
FDR — In a commanding solo performance, Ed Asner chronicles Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency and demonstrates its relevance for today’s audiences. He shows Roosevelt addressing the Great Depression and World War II with a boldness we’d love to see coming from Washington now, and reminds us that right-wing demagogues attacking a liberal leader are nothing new. The play also touches on FDR’s complex yet mutually supportive relationship with wife Eleanor, the physical challenges imposed on him by polio, and the clandestine gay life of a key adviser. At California’s Pasadena Playhouse through November 7.
Take Me Out — A fine cast, particularly Thomas James O’Leary in the showiest role as a smitten gay business manager, highlights a spirited revival of Richard Greenberg's Tony award-winning play about Darren Lemming, a baseball player who comes out of the closet at the peak of his stardom and the tragic consequences the announcement has for his teammates. The play is performed in the round at Los Angeles's Celebration Theatre through October 31.