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The GLAAD Wrap: Archie Get Glee, and Colfer Hits the Shelves

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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 theaters this weekend is the intimate period drama Farewell, My Queen, which examines the fateful final days of Marie Antoinette’s life through the eyes of her lady-in-waiting Sidonie. What she observes with growing jealously is the queen’s very intimate friendship with the scandalous Gabrielle de Polignac, as well as the outside anger and political unrest threatening to upend their gilded world.  Watch the film’s trailer below.

2) Congrats to production company World of Wonder, whose HBO documentary, The Strange History of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been nominated for an Emmy Award.  Nominees for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced this week, and the film from directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato was nominated in the Outstanding Historical Programming category.  This year, Bailey and Barbato were also on hand at the 23rd GLAAD Media Awards when they won for their documentary Becoming Chaz.  The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air September 23 on ABC.

3) CBS has announced its new fall schedule, giving Partners a premiere date of Monday, September 24.  Partners stars Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) and David Krumholtz (Numb3rs) as best friends and business partners whose relationship is tested when one of them gets engaged. Watch a preview of the show below.

 

4) Chris Colfer’s first book The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell hits stores next Tuesday, July 17. The 448-page novel follows the modern day fairytale adventures of twin sister and brother, Alex and Connor Bailey, who fall into a storybook and come face-to-face with the characters they’ve read about. Colfer kicks off his national book tour the same day; check out the full list of his appearances as well as individual venue instructions here. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell novel is available for pre-order now through Barnes &Noble and Amazon, and the audiobook narrated by Colfer is also available through Amazon.  Look for Colfer to release a second book later this year.

5) Jon Goldwater, Co-CEO of Archie Comics, revealed plans before San Diego Comic Con this week for a four-comic crossover with the hit Fox television show Glee.  The crossover is being written by Glee writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and has a projected release of late this year or early 2013.  Goldwater expressed his excitement for the project in an interview with Comics Alliance and described the “natural fit” between Archie and Glee.  “[The Glee creators] are so courageous in not just the characters they've created, the storylines they run with. They are relevant, they are timely, they reflect what's going on in the world, and that's what we try to do here at Archie in Riverdale as well.” 

8) Best Summer Ever is a new movie from Brian Sloan, which explores the friendship between a gay teen and a straight one as they spend their first summer apart from each other.  The film is based on the teen novel Tale of Two Summers and follows the friends as they send videos back and forth, documenting their experiences falling in love for the first time.  Visit the Kickstarter page to learn more about the film and watch a video from the director below.

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