Snow White & the Huntsman
In Theaters June 1 • PG-13
As the first film this spring/summer movie season that I have been truly excited for, Charlize Theron initially sold it in the trailer when she hissed, “I will give this wretched world the queen it deserves.” Theron’s screen time in the preview as Queen Ravenna, the wickedest stepmother ever, is so deliciously, fiercely frightening that one almost forgets about the titular Snow White, played by perpetual frowner Kristen Stewart. The action-fantasy film promises to be a darker reimaging of the classic Disney-fied tale we knew as children and more in line with the original, gritty Grimm fairy tale. As the promotional material for the film suggests—this is no ordinary fairy tale.
Season 5 Premier • HBO • June 10
If you don’t get HBO, you better become besties with someone who does—as you can’t possibly get through a Sunday night (or Monday morning) this summer without watching or hearing about True Blood. One of the highlights of this season promises to be the addition to the cast of Chris Meloni (of Oz and Law & Order: SVU) who has signed on to play the ancient and revered vampire Roman, who serves as the Guardian of the Vampire Authority. For anyone who still needs to catch up on season’s past, the fourth season becomes available on DVD May 29.
CBS • June 10 • 8pm
With the Oscars and Grammys already behind us, award show junkies can look forward to the 66th Tony Awards airing on CBS June 10. Neil Patrick Harris returns to host for a third time from New York’s Beacon Theater as Broadway recognizes the season’s best and brightest in New York theater. The musical Once, based on the 2006 Irish film of the same name, leads the pack of contenders with eleven nominations. Musicals The Gerschwins’ Porgy and Bess and Nice Work If You Can Get It follow with 10 nominations each. Drama nominations were led by Peter and the Starcatcher and Death of a Salesman, which nabbed nine and seven nominations, respectively. Broadway fans have noted the obvious snubs of the nominating committee, including Ricky Martin’s role as Ché in the Evita revival and Angela Lansbury’s turn as a Southern political doyenne in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. However, the evening will prove to be star studded, with Judith Light (Other Desert Cities), John Lithgow (The Columnist), and Cynthia Nixon (Wit) nominated in several major acting categories.
Rock of Ages
In Theaters June 15 • PG-13
Wanna hear Tom Cruise croon “Pour Some Sugar on Me”? Cruise stars in the film adaptation of the five-time Tony nominated 2006 Broadway musical. Joining him in the all-star cast are country singer and former two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, and Mary J. Blige. The film, which features a plethora of classic ‘80s rock tunes you used to tease your hair to, including hits from Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, and Def Leppard, follows waitress Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) and busboy Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) who fall in love during the pop metal era of the 1980s.
RuPaul’s Drag U
Season 3 Premier • LOGO • June 18
Fans going through fits of depression from the conclusion of the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race a few weeks ago, won’t have long to wait before Mother Ru is back on their TV screens as RuPaul’s Drag U kicks off its third season on June 18. The show features biological women given dramatic drag makeovers by Ru’s tenured “drag professors” to access their inner divas. Additions to this season’s cast of professors include fourth season Drag Race favorites Latrice Royale, Chad Michaels, Willam, and Sharon Needles, fresh from her win as America’s Next Drag Superstar. “If behind every great, glamorous woman there’s a gay man, then the contestants on RuPaul’s Drag U have hit the jackpot,” RuPaul said in a recent press release. “It’s a truly life-changing experience for these lovely ladies to learn beauty secrets from the most talented and fashionable drag queens in the world.”