Fashion Challenge? Met. New Madonna? Check. Tovey in Skivvies? You Bet.

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Fierce fashionistas fought for the limelight at last night’s NYC Met Gala, nearly upstaged by a surprise appearance from the Queen of Pop.That, and more in Happy Hour Headlines.

Oooh, Snap!!

Snap went the paparazzi last night at the Catholic-themed Met Gala dubbed Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

The gala is a yearly fundraiser to support the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It’s also an event that brings out the more sartorial adventurous celebrities on the planet. The rules of engagement: Do not let anyone outshine your rockin’ ensemble.

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And, if that wasn’t enough to drop every jaw in the house, Madonna showed up. In a surprise performance, she did a short set, opening with the (very on-point and Catholic-inspired) “Like A Prayer,” offered up a cover of the Leonard Cohen classic, “Hallelujah,” and then gave a gobsmacking glimpse into her latest, which no one quite knows a title for yet, although guesses range from “Magic” to “Beautiful Game.”

As soon as we know more, you will, too.

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The Ears Have It

The ever-watchable Russell Tovey is back on the screen in a new sports-meets-gay-love romance called The Pass. After his acclaimed star turn last fall in the London production of Angels in America, Tovey now stars as Jason, a British footballer (that’s soccer to you Yanks) who has a long-term crush on a fellow athlete, but cannot seem to sort out what will truly make him happy.

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What makes the story even more inclusive — and still far too rare in the world of mainstream cinema – is that his paramour is black (thank you, Love, Simon).

As Tovey explains in an interview published by Queerty, the characters are “competitive with each other. But it’s all mixed up with obsession and attraction. It’s all trying to make the other one feel something. When you fancy someone you maybe try to make them jealous or pretend you don’t like them. There are all these games they’re playing with each other. They don’t really know what they’re doing. The power dynamic and the struggle to be the most successful one is there as well because they want to be superstar soccer players.”

Here’s the trailer:

Hugh, Light Up My Life

Finally we turn to Hugh Grant, he of fine English breeding, an accent to make you swoon, eyes that still twinkle with mischief — and of course those manners that would never betray to Florence Foster Jenkins that her voice wasn’t quite cricket.

Now Grant is ready to put all of that English charm to work playing the closeted-and-embattled member of Parliament, Jeremy Thorpe.

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The true-life story is called A Very English Scandal, and it’s a newly-minted BBC miniseries from Stephen Frears and Russell T. Davies.

Thorpe, who was a rising star among British politicos, saw his fortunes plummet after the public became aware of his affair with an ex-model named Norman Scott, played by Ben Whishaw, who many will remember as Q in the James Bond thriller, Spectre, as well as pivitoal parts in Cloud Atlas and The Danish Girl.

The film looks at the events leading up to and Thorpe’s 1979 trial on charges of conspiracy and incitement to murder. While he was ultimately acquitted of all charges, his career was destroyed.

The BBC will air the three-part miniseries later this year.

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Last modified: July 25, 2019