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 limited release this weekend is Rampart, in which Woody Harrelson plays an out of control cop put on probation following a taped beating of a suspect, whose personal life is equally messy. That includes two ex-wives he’s still entangled with (one of whom is played by out actress Cynthia Nixon) and a lesbian daughter with less than fond feelings for him played with Allison Brie (formerly of United States of Tara.) Watch the trailer below.
2) New Yorkers might want to catch the release of Private Romeo at the Cinema Village this weekend, particularly since there will be director and cast Q&A’s after the 7pm and 9:15pm screenings. This time, the star crossed lovers of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at two male cadets at a military high school in a film that mixes together pieces of the original play with original dialogue and appropriated media like youtube videos. More info is available at the film’s website here, and watch the trailer below.
3) The Oscars will take place in just a couple weeks, so there’s still time for completionists to catch all the nominated films before voting in their office betting pools, but don’t forget there are shorts to see as well. Anyone interested in good filmmaking or something different than the standard weekend film fare will want to catch a screening of the compiled shorts, which will include the LGBT inclusive documentary short The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. Lucy Walker’s film examines the rebuilding of a Japan in the wake of the tsunami, and you can watch the harrowing but hopeful film’s trailer below.
4) Celebrities have taken to twitter in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s ruling about the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8. The most notable response was from Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet who, in character, tweeted the picture on the right. Other celebrities who spoke out in support of marriage following the ruling include: Thomas Roberts, Tabatha Coffey, Martha Plimpton, Olivia Wilde, Cory Monteith, Kristin Cavallari, Elizabeth Banks, Mark Hoppus, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Shankman, Kelly Osbourne, Kathy Griffin, Miley Cyrus, Sandra Bernhard, Dustin Lance Black, Lance Bass, Marc Jacobs, Chely Wright, Cheyenne Jackson, Ricki Lake and Chaz Bono.
5) Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is already a well-known celebrity photographer, but added director to his resume with the release of The Black List and The Latino List, two well received documentaries that examined minority communities and their representation through interviews with some of their most prominent members. Now he’ll be turning his lens on the LGBT community for the next installment, according to an interview he gave to Queerty.com at Sundance last month. “I’m thinking of calling it The LGBTQQA List,” he told the site, and confirmed he has already finished interviews with Ellen Degeneres, Dustin Lance Black, and Janet Mock, among others, with an official greenlight from HBO.
6) Indie band Bye June has written a song called “Shades of Purple,” which very directly addresses LGBT discrimination and the ongoing movement for marriage equality. In January, they released a music video for the song, which uses an unorthodox and charming method to tell and LGBT parable. Watch it below.
7) Theater fans in Los Angeles have one last chance to see the GLAAD Media Awards nominated play Who’s Your Daddy? Johnny O’Callaghan already extended the run of his solo show at the Victory Theater Center in Burbank but this weekend and next will be the last opportunity to see him perform it on stage. The play recounts the journey of an out actor/writer who agrees to follow a friend to Uganda to shoot a documentary. While there, the man recognizes a three year old orphan as his son and embarks in a nine months journey to adopt the child while in an anti-gay, restrictive nation. For tickets, click here.