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Tom Ford may be world-famous for his sartorial brilliance, but with A Single Man the ace designer proves that his eye for beauty and detail extends to the world of fine filmmaking. It’s the poignant story of a college professor (Colin Firth) quietly unraveling in the wake of his lover’s demise in a car crash. And, months later, not even the best efforts of one of his students (Nicholas Hoult) or a gal pal (Julianne Moore with a British accent) can lift him out of his seemingly permanent state of grief. In truth, the overwhelming melancholia could’ve made the whole thing unbearably dreary, but A Single Man is a moving and unforgettable film thanks in large part to the director’s sensitive touch and a commanding turn from his leading man.
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The hit ABC musical-drama Smash brought the curtains down on its debut season on Monday with a powerhouse solo from Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee), who landed (at long last!) the coveted lead role of Marilyn Monroe in Bombshell. The finale’s showstopping number “Don’t Forget Me” gives Marilyn a voice from the grave, but at its best the song is a stellar showcase for McPhee’s skyscraping vocals. (The Music of Smash is available on iTunes.)