BY Jeremy Kinser
January 13 2012 8:22 PM ET
4. FILM: The Broken Tower
If you require more evidence that no one is more dedicated to playing real-life gay characters than James Franco, look no further. The multi-hyphenate performer wrote, directed, and stars in this biography of the Jazz Age-era, mostly gay poet Hart Crane. Franco the director gets a committed performance from Franco the actor, who even performs a certain sex act on a prosthetic phallus. Franco's equally sexy younger brother Dave and Michael Shannon costar in this moody biopic that's now available on VOD and digital platforms now via Focus World.
3. THEATER: Jackie Five-Oh!
Veteran Broadway broad Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray, Xanadu) recalls her uncelebrated stint as Grandma in the critically maligned musical The Addams Family, while also delivering impersonations of icons like Mary Tyler Moore and kvetching about her hypochondria, her quest to star in a Holocaust movie, and the time she lost her SAG benefits after getting replaced by Queen Latifah in What Happens in Vegas. Hoffman will perform Jackie Five-Oh! at L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre January 13-22, with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting the center.
2. DVD: Dirty Girl
Out January 17 on DVD, gay filmmaker Abe Sylvia’s spirited feel-good debut feature stars Kaboom’s Juno Temple stars as a rebellious Oklahoma teen who in 1987 takes a musical fantasy–fueled road trip to California with classmate Clarke (out newcomer Jeremy Dozier), a fat gay loner escaping his abusive father. Look for a cameo by Jonathan Slavin as a sex-ed teacher. Are you a dirty girl? Air your own laundry at DirtySecretsBlog.com.