Hot Sheet: Tom Cruise Rocks Out in Chaps

By Jeremy Kinser

Originally published on Advocate.com June 15 2012 5:19 PM ET

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10. BLU-RAY: Evita/Sister Act, Sister Act 2

In Alan Parker’s stylish adaptation of Evita, Madonna delivers a respectable rendition of  a challenging score as well as her second-finest acting performance (come on, will she ever top her work in Desperately Seeking Susan?) as imperious Argentine first lady Eva Peron, who was a whore to some but a saint to others. Whoopi Goldberg’s acerbic banter with Maggie Smith is the highlight of the fish-out-of-water comedies Sister Act and Sister Act 2. All three films make their debuts on Blu-ray June 19.

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9. FILM: Rock of Ages

Tom Cruise singing Bon Jovi in assless chaps? Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand declaring their mutual affection while crooning REO Speedwagon? Catherine Zeta-Jones rocking out to Pat Benatar in church? It’s out director Adam Shankman’s imaginative film adaptation of the Broadway musical about ’80s hair bands. Now in theaters.

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8. EVENT: Night of a Thousand Judys

The world’s greatest entertainer — that would be Judy Garland — is honored during this Pride concert with skits and tributes and songs performed by Michael Musto, Flotilla DeBrage, Tonya Pinkins, Murray Hill, Nellie McKay, and others. The evening will benefit the Ali Forney Center, which helps homeless kids. New York’s Playwrights Horizons Monday. For more information go to AliForneyCenter.org.

7. DVD: Ptown Diaries

Alan Cumming narrates Joseph Mantegna's lovely, elegiac documentary, which uses archival footage of notable residents such as Tennessee Williams and Norman Mailer, plus interviews with Michael Cunningham, Lea DeLaria, and others to depict the rich and sometimes eccentric history of the beloved enclave popular with LGBT visitors then and now. Now available on DVD.

 

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6. FILM: Your Sister’s Sister

Shy, bi director Lynn Shelton’s previous film, Humpday, depicted two straight male friends making a gay porn film. In her latest, Jack (Mark Duplass), a man grieving his late brother, comes between Iris (Emily Blunt) and her lesbian sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) in a gentle comedy marked by sharp, observant dialogue and naturalistic performances. Now in select theaters.

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5. PERFORMANCE: Tawny Tell Me True

There’s a new girl in Ptown! It’s Tawny Heatherton, a lovably eccentric showbiz survivor and “one-hit wonder” of the disco zeitgeist of the 1980s (personified by the equally glorious and Obie Award-winning David Drake). See her perform Sundays June 17-September 2 at Provincetown’s Crown Cabaret Room. For more information go to OnlyAtTheCrown.com.

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4. FESTIVAL: Fresh Meat

Miss Barbie-Q headlines and a world premiere collaboration between Emily Vasquez and Vogue Evolution highlights the 11th Annual Transgender & Queer Performance Festival. San Francisco’s Brava Theatre June tonight through Sunday. For more information go to FreshMeatProductions.org.

3. MUSIC: The Best of Kylie Minogue

Has it really been a quarter of a century since Kylie’s first single, “The Loco-motion?” To help commemorate this landmark fans helped select the 21 tracks included in this collection of the iconic performer’s biggest hits, including the euphoric “Love at First Sight” and the Jake Shears/Babydaddy-penned “I Believe in You.” Available Tuesday.

2. DVD: The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series

Over three seasons the deranged but lovable naïf alter ego of comic Sarah Silverman got into some unique and always hilarious misadventures, such as becoming a spokesperson for AIDS, letting her mustache grow out, and pretending to be a lesbian — and often with her unstereotypical gay neighbors, Brian and Steve. All 32 episodes of the GLAAD Award-nominated series are included in this boxed set, which is available Tuesday.

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1. FILM: Chely Wright Wish Me Away

Filmmakers Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopfspent three years with the country singer to chronicle her brave decision to reveal she’s a lesbian. Their moving documentary uses interviews with Wright, her family, her pastor, and key players in the country music world, in addition to Wright's private video diaries to offer an insightful look at coming out. Now playing in select theaters.