Hot Sheet: Laughter Through Tears Is Our Favorite Emotion

By Jeremy Kinser

Originally published on Advocate.com September 07 2012 7:14 PM ET

10. TV: The Crimson Petal and the White
Set in the dark underbelly of Victorian London, the two-part miniseries serves up deliriously hypersexed drama as a vicious brothel proprietor (Gillian Anderson) makes life hell for a sweet prostitute named Sugar (Romola Garai). Premieres on Encore Monday.

9. DVD: AbFab 20
Eddie and Patsy are still running amok all over London in the three latest episodes of the beloved Britcom. Available on DVD Tuesday.

8. FILM: Swoon Anniversary Screening
Tom Kalin's stark black-and-white take on the notorious Leopold and Loeb murder case remains a touchstone of the New Queer Cinema movement. See it again at Brooklyn's BAM Cinemtek with Kalin and star Craig Chester in attendance Thursday. For more information go here.

7. PERFORMANCE: Steel Magnolias
If laughter through tears is your favorite emotion and you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, buy a ticket for Robert Harling’s cherished tearjerker. Frances Conroy, Jennifer Coolidge, Elizabeth Perkins, and Annie Potts headline director Judith Ivey’s 25th anniversary staged reading at L.A.’s Broad Stage as a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Sunday. For more information go to SteelMagnolias-25Years.org.

6. FILM: The Right to Love: An American Family
Cassie Jaye's documentary, which focuses on married gay dads Jay Foxworthy and Bryan Leffew, makes an impassioned plea for equality. Opens in select theaters today.

5. FILM: Bachelorette
This might sound familiar: Just before a wedding, several bridesmaids go in search of fun but find chaos instead. Spirited turns from Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and even Bridesmaids' Rebel Wilson make this more than just a retread of last year's funniest comedy. Plus The New Normal's Andrew Rannells takes it off as a stripper. Opens in theaters today.

4. THEATER: NEWSical the Musical
Blogger-activist Perez Hilton will realize a lifelong dream as he makes his professional stage debut in the long-running off-Broadway celeb-skewering hit revue. Previews begin Saturday. For more information go here.

3. TV: Legends From Here
Veteran celebrity interviewer Paul Ryan (not that one) has done Q&A’s with more than 2,000 notable figures, including the late film legends Rock Hudson and Shelley Winters, and eternal music superstar Kylie Minogue. Tune in to the new 30-minute interview series every Friday night on Here!

2. FILM: Keep the Lights On
The Delta
’s director, Ira Sachs, returns with another powerful and autobiographical tale that looks at the dizzying highs and crippling lows of an LTR between a closeted lawyer (Damages’ Zachary Booth) and a documentary filmmaker (Thure Lindhardt). Opens in select theaters today.

1. TV: The New Normal
Trademark witty, rapid-fire dialogue and deliciously oversize characterizations mark what will likely be Ryan Murphy’s latest surefire hit. The sitcom about a gay couple (Justin Bartha and a star-making performance by Andrew Rannells) planning to have a child through a sweet surrogate (Georgia King) despite the objections of her comically bigoted grandmother (Ellen Barkin, hilarious). Premieres on NBC Tuesday.