Elite Eight of the Maryland Film/TV Showdown: The Divine Region
By Quinn Kelley
There's not much time left to crown the best of Baltimore film and TV. Will it come from the Boogie, Divine, Clarice Starling or Avon Barksdale region? We're in the Elite Eight, and though we've seen some favorites fall by the wayside, plenty of Charm City's gems are still left. Be sure to come back and vote in the Final Four to help us get one step closer to announcing a winner. In case you missed the original 64, here's the first round, with descriptions of the "teams."
The Divine Region
Best of John Waters
(1) Hairspray vs. (3) Cry-Baby
Will Divine take home his namesake region, or will it succumb to Johnny Depp? Granted, he doesn't play the leading lady, but "Hairspray" spotlights Divine as Edna Turnblad, the mother of "pleasantly plump" Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad. Voters almost unanimously chose "Hairspray" over "Female Trouble." A showing against "Cry-Baby" will likely be much closer. The latter edged out "Pink Flamingos" and features an utterly dreamy Depp as a 1950s Baltimore bad boy.
Quinn Kelley is a community coordinator at The Baltimore Sun, returning to the paper after a 2014 internship on the Metro desk. She is a University of Maryland alumna, where she served as general assignment editor of The Diamondback, the university's daily independent student newspaper. In addition to The Sun, she interned at Washington City Paper, The Chautauquan Daily, USA Today Magazines and NYLON. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio.