More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
The GLAAD Wrap: J Edgar Set for Oct., Charlize Still an Ally, and Syfy Adds a Gay Agent
Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBT-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
1) Opening in select cities this weekend is the documentary film Love, Etc., which includes a gay man looking to start a family among its five interweaving stories of relationships in the city. Check out the trailer:
2) Audiences looking forward to Clint Eastwood and Dustin Lance Black's take on J. Edgar Hoover may not have to wait long. Word is that Warner Brothers is eying an October release date for J Edgar, the biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the notorious FBI head and Arnie Hammer as his long-rumored lover Clyde Tolson. However, their relationship in the film will reportedly be depicted as much more than a rumor.
3) In additional movie news, Allison Janney has signed on to play out actor Chris Colfer's mother in the film Struck by Lighting, in which a teenager blackmails his high school classmates into contributing to his literary journal. Glee star Colfer not only stars in the film, but also wrote the screenplay, which will be directed by Saved helmer Brian Dannelly.
4) Actress Charlize Theron reiterated her support for full U.S. marriage equality during an interview with Piers Morgan on his CNN talk show this week. Theron was honored by GLAAD for her support at the 17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in 2006. Watch her eloquent statements below:
5) In True Blood news, it was revealed in this week's episode that the previously straight-identified character rumored to be in a same-sex relationship was Tara. The season premiere jumped forward a year from last summer's finale, and showed that Tara was not only dating a woman, but also living in another city, going by the name "Toni," and participating in all female cage fights. There was concern that Tara was now being depicted as dating a woman as a reaction to her pretty terrible romantic history with men (insane vampire, possessed cultist, non-committal shape-shifter), but actress Rutina Wesley told the Hollywood Reporter that she certainly doesn't see it that way:
I know people, of course, are just going to go to the ‘Oh, they’re just doing that, because she had that relationship and all of a sudden she’s gay.’ No, no, no, it’s not that. It’s just something that happened and she ended up being open to it, which I think is really cool. It’s nice to see Tara a little more Zen and open to things. And she just seems more carefree about life. It feels good to see her smile for a change.
6) Meanwhile, Wesley's True Blood costar Anna Paquin told W Magazine that she made the decision to come out because of the prejudice bisexual people face, saying "Frankly no one had ever asked me about being bisexual before. There is a lot of prejudice against us but the more people talk about it, the less of a deal it will be." Go, Sookie!
7) The Syfy network has a pretty good track record when it comes to including LGBT characters in their original series, so it's not a huge surprise that they're adding one to their hit show Warehouse 13. Aaron Ashmore will play openly gay ATF agent Steve Jinks, who also has the ability to immediately tell when someone is lying. Check out the video below for Steve's introduction to his new partner.