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) This week is marked by several inclusive movies coming to theaters, shows announcing LGBT cast members, a lesbian documentary and more. Let's start with the films. First up is the highly anticipated film Our Idiot Brother. Paul Rudd plays an easy going guy who after being released from prison ends up crashing on each of his sister's couches and throwing their lives into disarray. Among the three sisters is Natalie, a lesbian stand-up comedian (Zooey Deschanel) who's getting cold feet about moving in with her girlfriend (Rashida Jones).
2) Also opening this week is The Family Tree, a dramedy about a family on the brink of falling apart. The parents are unhappily wed, and the siblings could not be more different. All seems doomed until the mother (Hope Davis) forgets everything past her wedding day following an accident. Selma Blair plays a teacher involved with one of her students, Mitzi (Madeline Zima.)
3) One not to be missed is Circumstance, winner of the Sundance Audience Award. Set in Iran, the film follows two teenage girls in an intimate friendship who try to escape their country’s totalitarian regime and oppressive social atmosphere by going to underground parties, illegally watching American media and imagining their lives as runaways in Dubai. But these escapes and their dreams are suddenly threatened when the brother of one girl becomes a fundamentalist member of the morality police and takes a romantic interest in her lover.
4) Among the more unexpected documentaries at Sundance was Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure, which traced the origins of one of the most notorious "underground tapes" to come out of the 1980s. A pair of Midwestern punks who moved to San Francisco found themselves unexpectedly living next to a bombastic and terribly matched pair of roommates. After months of listening to the nightly verbal throwdowns between the out and proud (and loud) Peter and the cranky homophobe he lived with named Raymond, the guys decided to begin covertly recording the fights, which they began passing around on tapes that eventually became infamous among audiophiles and 90s counterculture.
5) And moving from theatrical films to those still in their infancy, photographer Beryl Fine is working on a documentary about her Long Island lesbian aunts. Following her move from San Francisco to New York, the artist lived with her aunt Lisa and her partner Lois. The love between the two women is something Beryl wanted to capture on camera and share with the world. In the aptly named short film Lesbians of Long Island she captures her aunts’ dark humor and adoration for each other during the time she spent at their home. Head to the Kickstarter campaign to find out more.
6) Meanwhile, over on the small screen, the OWN network has finally released a promo for upcoming series The Rosie O'Donnell Show. The show will start airing in October and will feature, according to its host, a lot of entertainment and comedy.
7) In other television news, MTV has released the trailer for its new season of The Real World. This season, the cast found themselves living in San Diego. The season features openly lesbian housemate Sam and bisexual Frank. Find out what perpetually happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. Hint: It may involve yelling and hijinks.