By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com May 14 2010 12:15 PM ET
Letters to Juliet — If you need a break from the action films that typically dominate early summer (Iron Man 2, Robin Hood), Letters to Juliet is the just the chick flick you need. Seyfried’s role in this film is remarkably similar to the one she played in gay fave Mamma Mia! Sophie, Seyfried’s character, snoops, finds letters detailing a romance, and helps a woman find her long-lost lover while on vacation in Italy. Vanessa Redgrave costars, with her actual husband playing the role of her love interest in the film. With a whimsical love story, some hot actors, and breathtaking scenes of Italy, Letters to Juliet promises more of the same lighthearted entertainment for which Seyfried has become known.
Just Wright — In Just Wright, Queen Latifah plays a tough-love physical therapist working with an NBA all-star (played by fellow rapper Common) after an injury. Latifah’s character is forced to compete for the basketball player’s affections against a childhood friend, her polar opposite. The plot of this film gives Latifah’s character a Cinderella story, with Common as the quiet but genuinely good prince. With a lack of nudity and romance scenes and an abundance of tame one-liners, expect Just Wright to play like a Tyler Perry comedy without the drag.
Robin Hood — Merry men in tights are more than enough to get gays to watch Robin Hood. With Russell Crowe’s body looking better than it has since his Gladiator glory days, this film also boasts Cate Blanchett as the strong-willed Lady Marion. Robin Hood is Crowe’s fifth collaboration with Ridley Scott and promises a refreshing update on the medieval classic.
Glee the Music: Volume 3: Showstoppers — Wicked stars Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel and out actors Neil Patrick Harris and Jonathon Groff join the talented cast of Glee on the show’s third compilation album. With Chenoweth’s showstopping rendition of “Home” and the always reliable Amber Riley on “Beautiful,” this album is sure to be a favorite among gay fans.
Brothers by the Black Keys — Blues-rock music duo the Black Keys are back with their latest release, Brothers, their first after hitting it big in television with tracks featured on Friday Night Lights, Gossip Girl, Dexter, and Hung. Their last album, Attack & Release, also caught the attention of another major music star — Kelly Clarkson has been covering their song “Lies” on her latest tour.
Love and Its Opposite by Tracey Thorn — Former Everything But the Girl lead singer Tracey Thorn offers up her second solo CD since leaving the group in 2003. Thorn describes the songs on the album as the story of “real life after 40.” She collaborated with several Nashville-based musicians on the mostly electronic-pop release.
Bette Midler Triple Feature—Three of the divine one’s most raucous comedies (1986’s Down and Out in Beverly Hills and Ruthless People and 1987’s Outrageous Fortune) that made her a top box office draw in the middle of that decade are now available a new boxed set.
Daria: The Complete Animated Series — Daria Morgendorffer, the droll, sardonic, possibly misanthropic teen, was a precursor to other sassy outsiders we love, such as Ghost World’s Enid and Six Feet Under’s Claire. The subversive animated series was one of the smartest shows of its era (1997-2001).
Thirtysomething: The Complete Third Season — The fondly remembered Emmy-winning '80s cultural phenomenon about a group of close friends hit its creative stride by season 3. Most notable is the episode “Strangers” — groundbreaking for showing two gay men in the same bed and notable for the number of advertisers who pulled their commercials from the episode, causing ABC to decide against its rebroadcast.