The GLAAD Wrap: David Mixner Biopic, Bianca Returns for 'All My Children' web series, Jane Lynch and Sean Hayes Team Up
Each 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) Civil War "mockumentary" The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek opens in limited release in New York today. The film follows four "forgotten heroes," including a gay colonel and his Confederate ex-boyfriend who saved the Union from a wicked foreign plot, but had their triumph "stricken from the history books." The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek will be playing at The Quad Cinema in NYC from March 1-7, tickets available here. Watch the trailer below.
2) Nigel Barker, host of Oxygen's The Face and former judge on America's Next Top Model, has announced that he is working on a film based on the life of legendary LGBT advocate and two-time bestselling author David Mixner. Barker says the film will cover Mixner's life from his childhood in New Jersey through his work with Clinton campaign and protesting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" as he became a leader in the movement for equality. Mixner was honored with the Pioneer Award at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, watch his acceptance speech below.
3) All My Children's lesbian character Bianca Montgomery, who made history in a 2009 episode of the ABC series when she married Reese Williams, will return to the soap-turned-web series when it premieres on Hulu this spring. Half-hour episodes will air for free on Hulu every weekday. When the series was cancelled in fall 2011, Bianca was involved with her best friend Marissa. The web series will also include Denyse Tontz (Big Time Rush) as Bianca's teenage daughter, Miranda Montgomery.
4) Jane Lynch will be hosting the Sean Hayes produced reality competition show Hollywood Game Night when it premieres with an 8 episode run later this year on NBC. Hollywood Game Night will feature contestants playing games in a cocktail party atmosphere with A-list celebrities. "Her exuberant wit and ability to think quickly will be the perfect match for our show," said NBC reality boss Paul Telegdy of Lynch.
5) ABC's new LGBT-inclusive series Mistresses will premiere Monday, May 27 at 10:00pm. As reported in GLAAD's Where We Are on TV report, the remake of the hit British drama of the same name will feature recurring lesbian characters Alex (Shannyn Sossamon) and Sally (Victoria Mussett).
6) Trans singer-songwriter Eli Conley is looking for funding help to record and distribute his first full-length album with producer Michael Connolly (Coyote Grace). Conley has been profiled several times by Original Plumbing magazine and his debut EP, "All the Livelong Day" by Eli Conley and the Hip for Squares, is available on iTunes now. Watch Conley speak about (and perform some of) his music below and learn more at his Indiegogo page.
This month the United States Supreme Court will issue decisions on two cases critical to marriage equality. GLAAD is working with media outlets and couples around the country to push for marriage. Follow GLAAD for up to date news about the Supreme Court's decision at www.glaad.org/marriage