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10. THEATER: The Irish Curse
Sometimes big things do come in small packages, such as this comedy about guys with one tiny problem, which offers a brutally honest look at sex and body image. At L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre from Saturday through August 26. For more information go to OdysseyTheatre.com.
9. DVD: 21 Jump Street
Jonah Hill costars in Channing Tatum’s other homoerotic box office smash, a comedic update of the late-’80s drama about undercover cops with an unending stream of anal sex and fellatio gags. Now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
8. BOOK: Sex, Drugs, & Superheroes
Through the distinctive voice of his narrator, Liquin Sonos, self-proclaimed uber-geek David Reddish delivers a humorous and memorable peek at the subculture, including the restorative powers of Sigourney Weaver, found at San Diego’s Comic-Con.
7. TV: Damages
Glenn Close’s ruthless litigator, Patty Hewes, is set to have what promises to be an unforgettable face-off with protégé Ellen (Bridesmaids’ Rose Byrne). Ryan Phillippe, Jenna Elfman, and Close’s fellow Albert Nobbs Oscar nominee Janet McTeer costar in the fifth and final season of the twisty legal thriller. Premieres July 13 on DirecTV.
6. THEATER: La Cage aux Folles
Christopher Sieber and George Hamil-tan, excuse me, Hamilton, star in the tour of the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the hit French farce featuring anthemic songs by Jerry Herman and a witty yet touching book by Harvey Fierstein. At L.A.’s Pantages Theatre from Tuesday through July 22. For other performances and more information go to LaCage.com.
Forget "talk therapy," it’s "Can we talk? therapy" when Joan Rivers begins a two-episode guest-starring role appearing in Jane’s (Brooke Elliott) dreams as her no-holds-barred shrink. Brandy and Serena Williams also pop in on this week’s episode of Josh Berman's hit legal dramedy. Sunday on Lifetime.
4. MUSIC: Electra Heart, Marina and the Diamonds
On the heels of “Primadonna,” the blazing single that became an LGBT fave, the sophomore album from the British superstar with the haunting voice is filled with other brainy, unpredictable gems, such as “Bubblegum Bitch,” “Homewrecker,” and “Teen Idle.” Marina’s Lonely Hearts Club tour launches Tuesday. For more information go to MarinaAndTheDiamonds.com.
3. TV: White Collar
After watching Matt Bomer take it all off in Magic Mike, watch the handsomest man in showbiz exchange his con-man character Neal Caffrey’s suit and tie for beach attire while on the lam with Mozzie (Sex and the City’s Willie Garson) in a tropical paradise. Season 4 premieres Tuesday on USA.
2. TV: Hit & Miss
Chloë Sevigny adds yet another another edgy performance to her crowded résumé with her riveting turn as a transgender hired killer who inherits a family after the death of her ex-girlfriend. The daring U.K. series premieres Wednesday on DirecTV.
1. FILM: Outfest 2012
L.A.’s venerable LGBT film festival celebrates three decades with one of its strongest lineups yet. Besides new works such as the explicit erotic drama I Want Your Love, the evocative Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (pictured), Haley Joel Osment as a gay twink in the raucous comedy Sassy Pants, you can catch the anniversary screening of 1982’s groundbreaking Making Love as well as a sing-along Hairspray. On opening night maverick director John Waters will be presented with the prestigious Outfest Achievement Award by the original Tracy Turnblad, Ricki Lake. Thursday through July 22. For more information go to Outfest.org.