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) Though it already had a small run last December for awards qualification, anyone hoping to see Glenn Close and Janet McTeer’s Oscar-nominated performances in Albert Nobbs will get their chance this weekend, when the film opens in limited release. Close and Mcteer play a pair of hotel employees living as men in 19th century Ireland. Watch the trailer below if you haven’t already. P-BF1YE9BEM
2) The full cast for Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Larry Kramer's semi-autobiographical play The Normal Heart has been announced, and it’s landed some truly A-list talent. Julia Roberts has signed on the play Dr. Ellen Brookner, the role that recently won Ellen Barkin a Tony Award, while Alec Baldwin will play the brother of lead character Ned Weeks being played by the previously announced Mark Ruffalo. Also joining the cast will be Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons (in the same role he played in the Broadway production) and White Collar’s Matthew Bomer as Ned Weeks’ boyfriend Felix Turner.
3) Gay poet Allen Ginsberg’s latest cinematic incarnation will be played by the world’s most famous (grown up) boy wizard. Outspoken LGBT ally and Harry Potter’ star Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to portray the writer in Kill Your Darlings, in which several of the world’s most famous beat poets are drawn together by a murder in 1944. Ginsberg was recently portrayed by James Franco in the GLAAD Media Award nominated film, Howl.
4) One of the first LGBT-inclusive film sales from the Sundance Film Festival was announced yesterday. IFC Films and Sundance Selects have acquired the blistering new documentary How to Survive a Plague, which chronicles the rise and successes of HIV/AIDS advocacy groups ACT-UP and Treatment Action Group in pushing the US Government and drug manufacturers to start taking the AIDS epidemic seriously and develop drug treatments. The sale follows the film’s World Premiere at the festival Sunday afternoon, where a rapt audience gave it several standing ovations. Watch Sundance’s interview with director David France below. ciuCg3Q7P_U
5) Lady Gaga announced last year she would be opening the Born This Way Foundation in efforts to empower youth and bring an end to LGBT bullying in schools. News came this week that it will open on February 29, 2012 at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre to an audience committed to a “braver and kinder world.” Gaga will be partnering with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, to run the foundation. “Together, we look forward to creating a new movement that will engage and empower youth and accept them as valuable members of our society,” said Germanotta of her vision for the foundation.
6) This week’s Kickstarter campaign to watch is for Finding the Burnett Heart, “the coming out play of Tyler Burnett that reveals his family’s true colors – and they ain’t pretty.” This timely story speaks to the need for love and acceptance in our homes, especially when it cannot be found anywhere else. The creative team hopes to bring the show to the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood in April. You can visit the film’s page for more information, and watch the trailer below.