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) Two big LGBT-themed films are opening in the next week, and both are already attracting significant awards attention. Albert Nobbs is a longtime passion project from Glenn Close that follows a 19th century Irish butler named Albert who’s hiding the fact that he is transgender. A chance discovery that a local handyman named Hubert is in the same situation he is inspires Albert to try and attain the life he had previously thought was cut off to him. The film will definitely inspire some interesting conversations about gender and identity, and features some very strong performances. In fact, both Glenn Close and Janet McTeer were both deservingly nominated for both Golden Globe and SAG awards this week for their roles as Albert and Hubert respectively. The film opens in limited release on January 21 before opening wider later this winter. You can watch the trailer below.
2) Opening one day earlier than Albert Nobbs is one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year, which also happens to feature a bisexual titular character. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the first English language adaptation of the blockbuster mystery novel series and depicts a disgraced journalist trying to solve a decades old murder with the help of an antisocial, bisexual, and brilliant investigator named Lisbeth Salander. While the first story doesn’t spend too much time discussing Lisbeth’s orientation, film viewers will definitely come away with a well-defined impression of the character. Actress Elodie Yung portrays one of Lisbeth’s love interests in the film, and you might catch a glimpse of her in the trailer below.
3) Director Stephen Daldry says he hopes to make the long percolating film adaptation of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay into a reality at HBO. Daldry says he envisions the adaptation as an eight-part miniseries and has spent a year working on plans for it with author Michael Chabon. The only problem at this stage is that Paramount Studios currently holds the film rights to the book, which tells the story of two Jewish cousins, one of whom eventually comes out of the closet, who make a splash in the early days of the comic book industry.
4) Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (GWLBWLB) is partnering with the New York City Anti-Violence Project to raise awareness of abuse in same-sex relationships. This season Brent has been very open about the ongoing abuse he experienced in his previous relationship and the program has teamed up with the non-profit organization in order to help viewers detect signs of abuse and empower them to speak up and help others. Click here to find out more.
5) Adam Lambert has announced the release date for his highly anticipated sophomore album. While fans will have to wait until March 20 to listen to ‘Trespassing,’ the album’s first single "Better Than I Know Myself," is set to be released this Tuesday. Lambert described the album as an honest reflection of the ups and down of the exciting journey he’s been on during the past two years.
6) The 2010 thriller Crime d’Amour is being remade by Brian De Palma and will feature Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. The American version of the feature about the power struggles between an executive and her assistant will be titled Passion and is expected to be released late next year. The feature is said to follow the same storyline as its French counterpart, meaning viewers can expect a significant lesbian storyline in De Palma’s version as well.