The Gay Agenda
By Peter Schaus
FLICK: It was a dark day for musical theater fans when the trailer for the big-screen adaptation of Mamma Mia! was unleashed upon them, complete with a voguing Meryl Streep. Fortunately, we have Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to look forward to when it hits theaters Dec. 21. Based on the classic Stephen Sondheim musical, the film is the sixth cinematic love child from director Tim Burton and frequent muse Johnny Depp. Depp (sporting a wicked skunk 'do) stars as a disgruntled barber who slaughters his troublesome clients and serves them in meat pies cooked by his equally follically challenged GF, Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter). Showtunes, hairdressing, hottie Depp, and costar Sacha Baron Cohen's prominent bulge make Sweeney Todd the must-see film of the season for any self-respecting queer.
TUNES: It's been two years since Weezer put out their last studio album, and that is far too long a wait for bespectacled, Harvard-educated hipster fetishists who celebrate frontman Rivers Cuomo as their patron saint. Fortunately, the talented musician is releasing a solo album, Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, on Dec. 18. According to Cuomo on Weezer's official website, "This is a CD of my favorite home demos from '92 to '07, featuring a lot of never-heard-before songs, a few covers, a few songs from my unfinished rock musical, Songs From The Black Hole, and my original demo for 'Buddy Holly.'" For more information (and a dreamy pic of Cuomo), check out his interview with Scott Heisel.