See “Phoebe in Wonderland”
In this sweet drama, the imaginative and somewhat mischievous Phoebe Lichten (Elle Fanning, pictured) scores the lead in the school play of Alice in Wonderland. What follows is her own journey of self-discovery while trying (and sometimes failing) to follow the rules of the world around her. Watch for Patricia Clarkson to steal scenes as the quirky and caring drama teacher, Ms. Dodger. (In theaters March 6.)
Read “The Sweet By and By”
In his debut novel, Todd Johnson explores the lives of five Southern women who are unexpectedly connected to each other. While most of the action takes place in a nursing home, their stories never fall short of livelihood. Think of it as Steel Magnolias meets The Golden Girls.
To buy: $16.50, amazon.com.
Click on Gigundo Industries.com
Need a chuckle? The tongue-in-cheek cartoons from staff cartoonists on this site are fun to browse, and the webmasters don’t take themselves too seriously (tip: click on the “I’d like to steal this cartoon” option). If a cartoon tickles you, you can download it for a fee (cartoons start at $10).
Watch “Milk” on DVD
In this timely and provocative drama, Academy Award winner Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk, a human rights advocate and the first openly gay man elected to public office. DVD extras include deleted scenes and a “Remembering Harvey” bonus with first-hand stories from friends like gay rights activist Cleeve Jones and Anne Kronenberg, Milk’s real-life campaign manager.
To buy: $18, amazon.com, out March 10.
Listen to “All I Ever Wanted”
“My Life Would Suck Without You,” the first single off Kelly Clarkson’s fourth album, has already catapulted to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. If that track is indicative of the rest of this album, we’re in for a sugary-sweet pop-tastic ride.
To buy: $11, iTunes.
Tune in to “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC
On March 9th at 8 P.M. EST, the dance competition show mambas its way back into primetime for its eighth season two-hour premiere. This time, the show features two real-life couples competing against each other: pro dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and fiancée Karina Smirnoff and country singer Chuck Wicks and pro dancer girlfriend Julianne Hough (pictured).
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