By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com March 26 2010 11:10 AM ET
Triple Feature: Dream Boy, Manuela y Manuel, and Just Say Love — For anyone who says there aren’t enough gay movies, count them: one, two, three gay movies, playing together starting Friday at Clearview’s Chelsea Cinema in New York and April 2 at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood.
Dream Boy tells the story of two gay teens in the rural South in the late ’70s.
Manuela y Manuel is about a drag nightclub diva who puts on a suit and tie to pose as the fiancé of her best friend, Coco.
And Just Say Love asks the question, “Do relationships start in the bedroom or in the heart?” For more information visit www.regentreleasing.com.
How to Train Your Dragon — Fans of animated 3-D are in for a visual treat with How to Train Your Dragon, the story of a young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons ... and winds up owning one himself. America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, and Kristen Wiig are among the voices in this flick, which promises to entertain both kids and adults.
Chloe — Fatal Attraction gets a lesbian spin when Julianne Moore’s Catherine hires an escort named Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) to seduce her husband (Liam Neeson) and prove he’s cheating on her. But Catherine gets more than she’s bargained for when she discovers what Chloe’s really after — her. Director Atom Egoyan has crafted a beautiful film that pays homage to classic Hitchcock, and the chance to see Moore and Seyfried get intimate, well ... worth the price of admission alone.
"Alligator" by Tegan and Sara — A great listen to begin with, Tegan and Sara's second single off their new album, Sainthood, is getting majorly remixed. "Alligator" gets made over 17 different times and released as a digital album on Tuesday. DJs including Doveman, Dave Sitek, and Josh Harris put their own spin on the tune.
New Amerykah Part II (Return of the Ankh) by Erykah Badu — The second half of Badu's New Amerykah opus arrives Tuesday. The great R&B poetess gifts us with 11 new tracks, mostly lighter in nature than the politically motivated Part I. Songs include the first single, "Jump Up in the Air (and Stay There)," and the hypnotic "Window Seat."
Raymond v. Raymond by Usher — He's sexy (and) back. The fact that this album has been delayed — and lacking the usual Usher buzz — doesn't augur well for its success. And, um, no comment on the name of the first single: "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)." Suffice it to say, it's not about fatherhood.
British Invasion: Dusty Springfield - Once Upon a Time, 1964-1969 — The lesbian life of the distinctive purveyor of blue-eyed soul isn’t covered in this look at Springfield’s early career, but viewers can revel in archival footage, rare concert performances, and a 1978 interview in which the singer recalls being part of the British invasion.
Rhoda: Season Two — Rhoda Morgenstern, New York’s favorite prodigal daughter, memorably portrayed by Valerie Harper, returns in the second season of the hit 1970s sitcom. After meeting and marrying Mr. Right during the first season (in one of television’s all-time highest-rated episodes), acerbic Rhoda experiences the ups and downs of balancing marriage and career. Much of the sitcom’s continued appeal comes from gay faves like Nancy Walker and Julie Kavner, who lend spunky support as Rhoda’s mother and sister, respectively.
The Yes Men Fix the World—Corporate greed gets its comeuppance when professional pranksters Andy Bichlbaum (who is gay) and Mike Bonanno pose as insiders at various corporations they believe guilty of wrongdoing to cause mayhem in this hilarious hoax-driven documentary, a sequel to 2004’s The Yes Men.
Unsung: Sylvester — For many music fans, Sylvester James remains the king and queen of disco. After he escaped an impoverished upbringing in L.A.’s South-Central neighborhood, Sylvester’s relentless drive, outrageous personality, and breathtaking talent would soon make him the toast of San Francisco nightlife. Undisputed classics like "Dance (Disco Heat)" and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" would take him to the top of the dance charts. Family members, band members, and close friends recall Sylvester’s life, from the torment he suffered as an overtly feminine boy to his refusal to “butch up” his image for recording executives to his untimely demise from AIDS-related complications. Perhaps most revealing is audio of an interview the singer gave a month before his death in December 1988. While his voice is weak and weary, Sylvester’s indefatigable personality still commands attention. Sylvester will premiere March 29 on TV One.