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: A New Gay Series for Showtime, Glenn Close is Mr. Nobbs, and Pandora's XBoxx
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 this weekend is the indie thriller The Ledge, about an atheist man’s fight with his ultra-conservative religious neighbor, which takes a deadly turn. The main character (played by Queer as Folk's Charlie Hunnam) also has an HIV-positive, gay roommate named Chris, whose treatment by the neighbor in part starts the conflict. Check out the film's trailer:
2) Charlie Hunnam's former boss Russel T. Davies is developing a new series at Showtime. The Queer as Folk and Torchwood creator has another inclusive series up his sleeve with Cucumber, a drama centered around gay men. Though no other details have been offered up so far, if the show gets picked up to series it would be another impressive entry in Showtime's already stellar track record of inclusivity. Meanwhile, the new season of Torchwood premieres tonight on the Starz network at 10pm.
3) After being picked up by Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment, the film Albert Nobbs is being prepared for release this fall, just in time for Oscar season. Starring Glenn Close as the titular character, Nobbs was born female, but has been living as a man for decades. Working as a butler in a late 19th century Irish hotel, Nobbs has a romance with a maid played by Mia Wasikowska (The Kids are All Right). Hopefully, a trailer will be on the way soon now that the film has secured distribution.
4) Much like Charlize Theron did last week, actor and ally Brad Pitt reiterated his previously stated support of full marriage equality in the United States. In the wake of New York's marriage victory, Pitt issued a statement to People magazine that said the following:
It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens. But it is each American's Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage.
5) When she competed on the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race, Pandora Boxx quickly became a fan favorite thanks to her charming wit. This week she opened up to Gay Gamer about her offstage love of video games, what game characters she'd most want to be onstage, and her desire to see Peach done up drag king style.
6) Lionsgate and Laurence Mark Productions have made their first casting announcement for the upcoming "micro-budget" film Gay Dude. Nicolas Braun (Prom and Red State) will star as high school student Michael, who makes a pact with best friend Matty to lose their virginity before graduation. The plan goes a bit off the rails after Matty comes out to him though. The script is by Park and Recreations writer Alan Yang.
7) Another Country Films is in pre-production for Saint John the Divine in Iowa, the story of a liberal Episcopal priest who is asked by her lesbian daughter to officiate her marriage in their conservative church. Reverend Alexandra, who is known for her progressive stance on social justice, struggles with a desire to hide behind her values as a minister rather than support her daughter. Another Country Films is an independent film company dedicated to helping artists whose projects might be ignored by the mainstream and expanding their audience. Click here to donate to this project and help Another Country Films reach its May 2012 shoot goal, and check out the film's teaser below.