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) Date and Switch comes to theaters in limited release today. This teen comedy is part of Lionsgate's microbudget initiative. Nicholas Braun and Hunter Cope star as two high-schoolers determined to lose their virginity before prom who encounter complications when one of them comes out as gay. Megan Mullally and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland co-star.
2) Harvey Weinstein has bought the US rights for the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, and Matthew Goode. Alan Turing was a mathematician and codebreaker at Bletchley Park who was instrumental to breaking the German Enigma codes during WW II and founded modern computer science. Turing was convicted of indecency for a same-sex relationship and sentenced to take hormones that would induce "chemical castration." Turing died by suicide soon after, but was officially pardoned (posthumously) last Christmas Eve. The unproduced Imitation Game script has been one of the most acclaimed in Hollywood for a number of years.
3) Out comedian Fortune Feimster is one of fifteen comedians that has been chosen by Comedy Central to recieve their own thirty-minute special as part of the series The Half-Hour, which is entering its third season. Her set will be filmed in Boston in late March.
4) American Idol has its first openly gay contestant in 13 seasons. Twenty-year-old MK Nobilette has made it to the top 15. In her final interview, she said “I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who will definitely hate me. But I think that in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing.” Other contestants like Adam Lambert have come out after their season ended or not made it past the audition process.
5) Out singer-songwriter Matt Zarley has released a remix video for his new song "Somebody 4 Everybody," the lead single off of his upcoming fourth studio album Hopeful Romantic. See the video for the Moto Blanco Radio Edit below, and the original video here. “Somebody 4 Everybody” is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Beatport and Traxsource.
6) Lifetime has announced that Drop Dead Diva's upcoming sixth season will be its last. Drop Dead Diva has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Individual Episode category for the last four years, winning in 2012 for the episode "Prom." This year, the nominated episode is called "Secret Lives."
7) The cast of Love Is Strange has released a Valentine's Day video where they try to explain what love means to them is in ten words or less. Their answers range from "finding someone who makes you feel completely yourself" to "always having to say you're sorry!" Love Is Strange was hit at Sundance this year, and features Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as a couple who finally able to get married after 39 years together, but it leads to one of them losing his job. Unable to afford their rent, the couple find themselves separated for the first time in many years, causing exploration of themselves and their community. The film, costarring Marisa Tomei and Cheyenne Jackson, was acquired for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. Watch the video below!
8) Patrik-Ian Polk, the out filmmaker and director of 2001's Punks and the TV series Noah's Arc, is back with his latest dramatic feature Blackbird, which has released its first trailer. Blackbird follows a Mississippi choir boy as he struggles with coming out, first love, and family tragedy. The film costars Mo'Nique in her first role since winning an Oscar for Precious, as well as Isaiah Washington and Julian Walker. Blackbird will close the Pan African Film Festival this Sunday, February 16, and will open the Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival next month. Watch the trailer below!
9) "Visible Bodies: Twin Cities" needs your help! This photo, video, and storytelling project aims to make visible the lives and bodies of people outside the gender binary. The project began in San Diego, and wants to take its mission to Minnesota. Your contributions will fund the hopefully forty stories that this project is able to help share. For more information and to donate, click here!