Fall A&E Guide: Films/DVD

Fall 2010 Arts & Entertainment Guide

The much-anticipated sequel to Oliver Stone’s classic “Wall Street” hits theaters Sept. 24.

8/31 // DVD
Surprise Surprise

This play-based movie follows Den, a closeted actor living with his younger now-disabled lover, Colin, who used to be a dancer. Their lives are changed when Den’s 16-year-old homophobic son arrives at the couple’s Malibu home. Dark humor is pervasive as the trio learns that family can come in many different forms.

9/7 // DVD
Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet

Leslie Jordan’s one-man show relates what it was like for him to grow up as a Southern effeminate gay man who dreamed of getting into show business. While it’s a hilarious show, it also manages to poignantly tell the story of Jordan’s struggles with internalized homophobia, substance abuse and living in a hostile environment.

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9/14 // DVD
Glee: The Complete First Season

Nominated for 19 Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, Ryan Murphy’s “Glee” is a favorite of many gays, and not just for its hip musical segments. Gay character Kurt Hummel and lesbian actress Jane Lynch have also helped attract a substantial LGBT following to the show. And in case you missed it the first time, be sure to check out Kurt’s father’s rant against the use of the word “faggy” in his own home.

10/19 // DVD
Real L Word: First Season

Though Rosie O’Donnell says she’s never met any lesbians like those on “The Real L Word,” she’s one of many who can’t help being addicted to this new sexually charged series. Creator of the fictional version “The L Word,” Ilene Chaiken, continues the franchise on Showtime with a reality TV show centered on six glitzy L.A. lesbians. You can taste the drama already.

9/14 // DVD
Bill Maher: But I’m Not Wrong

Bill Maher is — as always — on the attack. Never shy of controversy, Maher takes on his favorite targets as well as some new ones. It’s of course no surprise that his long-held standard of political incorrectness is alive and well as he mocks the last year of pop culture and politics.

9/14 // DVD
Shut Up and Kiss Me

“Shut Up and Kiss Me” is a feel-good romantic comedy about Ben, a middle-aged gay man who is tired of the superficial gay dating scene. At this point in his life, he’s yearning for something more substantive — something monogamous and not all about the sex. After attempting a myriad of venues to find what he’s looking for, Ben finally builds up the courage to hit on his neighbor and crush, Scott. The pair finds great chemistry with each other, but there’s trouble when they realize how their views differ on what a relationship should be.

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9/24 // THEATERS
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

“Greed is good,” said Gordon Gekko in the 1987 hit movie, “Wall Street.” Now, elite director Oliver Stone returns with this timely sequel in the midst of economic uncertainty caused in part by the real Wall Street’s irresponsibility and rampant greed. Gekko has just been released from jail and is determined to win back the favor of his daughter, Winnie. In addition to Michael Douglas returning to play Gordon, Shia LaBeouf, Charlie Sheen and Josh Brolin star in this highly anticipated sequel.

10/1 // THEATERS
The Social Network

The story of Facebook’s creation by Mark Zuckerberg, the world’s youngest billionaire in history, is told in this dramatic feature film starring Jesse Eisenberg (“Zombieland”). Beginning in his Harvard dorm, Zuckerberg sets to work translating the college experience to the online world. Ensuing is great success and fortune, but as the tagline states, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”

11/19 // THEATERS
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

The first of the two-part “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” franchise finale will debut this fall. Harry and his friends are on a quest to destroy Horcruxes to finally end the Dark Lord Voldemort’s conquest for power.

12/22 // THEATERS
Gulliver’s Travels

Jack Black (“Prop 8: The Musical”) headlines the movie based on the classic satirical novel of the same name authored by Jonathan Swift. Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver is assigned to a Bermuda Triangle story, and in his research, he finds himself shipwrecked on an island populated by tiny people.

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Posted by Tyler DeVere

Tyler DeVere is a former editorial intern for QNotes.