The top 10 things we’re living for this week. Get into it.
10. TV: Reel Life: Marilyn Monroe. Reelzchannel’s new biography series launches Aug. 3 with Reel Life: Marilyn Monroe, which includes interviews with Hugh Hefner, Michelle Williams, and Smash stars Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty. Prep for it by checking out Forever Marilyn, a Blu-ray box set out July 31 and featuring Monroe classics like The Misfits, Some Like It Hot, River of No Return, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, There’s No Business Like Show Business, How to Marry a Millionaire, and The Seven Year Itch.
9. DVD: Zyzzyx Road. Having the distinction of being the lowest grossing movie in history — $30! — this 2006 Katherine Heigl thriller is finally out July 31 on DVD. Netflix it for your next boozy bad movie night!
8. MUSIC: Carpe Diem, Karyn White. Yep, you read that right. Late-’80s R&B diva Karyn White — “Superwoman,” “Secret Rendezvous,” “The Way That You Love Me” — returns July 31 with Carpe Diem, her first album in 17 years. Listen for a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.”
7. CABARET: Bette & Barry: Back to the Bathhouse. Fonda Feingold as Barry Manilow joins Bette Midler tribute artist Donna Maxon in this cabaret homage to Midler and Manilow’s legendary partnership that began at the Continental Baths in the ’70s. Bette & Barry: Back to the Bathhouse plays NYC’s Laurie Beechman Theatre Aug. 1 and 15.
6. TV: All the Right Moves. Not to be confused with that Tom Cruise flick where you can pause and sorta see his ween, All the Right Moves, a new reality series about four dancer buddies, debuts July 31 on Oxygen. The network clearly knows its audience; they’ve provided a “sexy and shirtless” online gallery.
5. MOVIES: Total Recall. Out Aug. 3, this slick remake of the futuristic 1990 Schwarzenegger sci-fi classic stars Colin Farrell — lookin’ real good — as a factory worker implanted with artificial memories.
4. CABARET: Lea DeLaria is the Last Butch Standing: Chronicles of an Old School Butch in a Post-Ellen, Modern Society. How can you ignore a title like that? Celebrated jazz musician and lesbian comedy icon Lea DeLaria sings and zings July 30 and Aug. 6 at NYC’s 54 Below.
3. TV: About Face: Supermodels Then and Now. Debuting July 30, this HBO documentary spotlights the lives and careers — from wild coke party anecdotes to plastic surgery chatter — of the world’s most legendary aging supermodels and supermodel kooks, including Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall, Paulina Porizkova, and many more.
2. MUSIC: Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A remake of the 1976 film inspired by the Supremes, Whitney Houston’s final film isn’t in theatres until Aug. 17, but the Sparkle soundtrack is out July 31 with “Celebrate,” Whitney’s duet with star Jordin Sparks, and Whitney’s cover of “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”
1. DVD: Melrose Place: The Complete Series. Holy Amanda Woodward! Along with the July 31 release of the 1998-99 seventh and final season, the complete DVD series of primetime soap Melrose Place is finally available for purchase. So don’t call us until October.