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Hot Sheet: Vicious Claws Are Coming to Town

Hot Sheet: Vicious Claws Are Coming to Town


Our top 10 entertainment and events highlights this week include the Vicious side of Ian McKellen, Nicki Minaj, Idina Menzel, and a trip Into the Woods with Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt.

Hs141219-10_010. TV: Vicious Holiday Special
Our favorite vicious queens are back to spread their special brand of holiday cheer with the Vicious Holiday Special, airing Christmas Day on PBS. The episode brings the gang back together, with Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) hosting a holiday soiree in their small central London flat. But with their young upstairs neighbor Ash (Iwan Rheon) cooking the meal, their feisty friend Violet up to her old tricks, and a wicked game of Truth or Dare being played, Christmas dinner is anything but a jolly good time. Watch the trailer for the episode below. -- Jase Peeples

Hs141219-09_09. THEATER: The Anarchist
San Francisco's Theatre Rhinoceros presents the Bay Area premiere of David Mamet's provocative drama about an incarcerated lesbian anarchist on the day of her possible parole, showcasing her verbal battles with a prison psychologist, the woman who holds the key to her freedom. It runs January 2-18 at the Eureka Theatre; get your tickets here. -- Trudy Ring

Hs141219-08_08. TV: Kennedy Center Honors
Earlier this month, the Kennedy Center Honors paid tribute to Lily Tomlin, Sting, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, and Al Green in a star-studded event that included performances and presentations from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Fonda, Reba McEntire, Meryl Streep, and more. Although most of America was not invited to one of the gayest evenings of the year, they'll have a chance to see it in all its glory on December 30 at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on CBS.-- Daniel Reynolds

Hs141219-07_07. MUSIC: The Pinkprint,Nicki Minaj
The most prolific female rapper in today's music scene gets back to her hip-hop roots, collaborating with other great songwriters like Jessie Ware, Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Skylar Grey to create a more diverse sound on her third studio album. The Pinkprint is a well-done combination of raw emotion and candid rhymes mixed with Minaj's signature quirky mannerisms. Download the album on iTunes and watch Nicki Minaj's live "Bed of Lies" performance featuring Skylar Grey below. -- Scott Ragan

Hs141219-06_06. THEATER: Hick: A Love Story
Ken Burns's otherwise excellent documentary on the Roosevelts played it cagey about whether Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok were lovers, but this one-woman show posits that they definitely were. "Why would Eleanor write 'I ache to hold you close' if they weren't lovers?" says Terry Baum, who wrote the play with Pat Bond and stars as Hickok. "I love my women friends, but I've never ached to hold them close!" Hick's world premiere production last summer in San Francisco was a smash, and now its producers, Crackpot Crones and Lilith Theatre, are bringing it to nearby Berkeley. Order tickets here for the January 2-25 engagement at the Berkeley City Club. -- Trudy Ring

Hs141219-05_05. FILM: Into the Woods
Disney's big-screen adaptation of the beloved Stephen Sondheim musical arrives Christmas Day in theaters across the U.S. and stars an ensemble cast of mythological proportions, including Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Johnny Depp as the Wolf, Chris Pine as the preening Prince Charming, James Corden as the Baker, Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife, and Meryl Streep as the Witch. Read our interview with Blunt revealing her experience working on the film here, and check out the trailer for the movie below. -- Jase Peeples

Hs141219-04_04. BLU-RAY: Pride
The winner of the Queer Palm at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Pride recounts the true and heartwarming story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who rallied to raise money for struggling families affected by the U.K. miners' strike in 1984. The alliance between the LGBT community and the National Union of Mineworkers was unlikely but ultimately triumphant, and the film, which stars Bill Nighy, Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton, and Dominic West, will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday. -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs141219-03_03. MUSIC: Holiday Wishes,Idina Menzel
The Tony Award-winning actress and Frozen vocalist has released her fourth studio album, packed with some of the best traditional Christmas tunes, including a sensational duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with the ever-so-charming Michael Buble. Other holiday favorites include "White Christmas," "Silent Night," and a jazzy version of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You." Idina Menzel's Holiday Wishes is available now on iTunes. -- Scott Ragan

Hs141219-02_02. TV: Broke Straight Boys
Broke Straight Boys is a reality-based docu-series that explores the world of "gay for pay." a term used to describe when straight men do gay porn for money. The show focuses on the people involved in this taboo and unconventional lifestyle, exploring the dynamic relationships between the owner, business staff, and performers of the adult website Find out more at

Hs141219-01_01. FILM: Selma
There's been a lot of Oscar buzz around Selma, a historical drama based on the 1965 voting rights marches, which were led by Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists. It's already received four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture. Directed by Ava DuVernary and featuring a star-studded ensemble that includes David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Oprah, and more, the film is a must-see account of one of the most important periods in American history. Catch it this weekend, and watch the trailer below. -- Daniel Reynolds

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