New This Week: “Ruby Sparks” & “Sparkle”; As Summer Wanes, “Pillow Talk” is Wednesday’s Classic Film-If You Know What a Party Line Was, Your Age is Showing!

In “Sparkle”, Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke) while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters (Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era. trailer

From the duo that directed “Little Miss Sunshine”, comes “Ruby Sparks”. Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person. Starring Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan and Elliott Gould. trailer

Finally, after last week’s chilling “Manchurian Candidate”, we offer something lighter with “Pillow Talk.”  A fabulously successful film from 1959, “Pillow Talk” starred Rock Hudson as a playboy composer and Doris Day as an interior-decorator obliged to share a telephone party line (if we just lost you, ask your parents, or maybe, shudder, your grandparents). Naturally, their calls overlap at the least opportune times, and just as naturally, this leads to Hudson and Day despising each other without ever having met in person. In a convenient coincidence, Doris’ boy friend is Tony Randall, who also happens to be Hudson’s best pal. Thus Hudson gets a glimpse at Day, and it’s love at first sight. To avoid revealing that he’s her telephone rival, Hudson poses as a wealthy Texan and turns the charm on Day. But when he starts pitching woo, Day instantly recognizes all the “make-out” lines Hudson has used on the phone with his other conquests. From there the gloves come off.  “Pillow Talk” is still one of the best of the frothy Doris Day-Rock Hudson vehicles; it made a fortune at the box office and garnered five Oscar nominations.trailer