Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBTQ-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
1) Tickets for this year's London LGBT Film Festival are now available, and the festival will include films such as Torrey Pines, Moonlight, The Handmaiden, Handsome Devil, and many more. On the other side of the Atlantic, this year's South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) will run from March 10 to 19, in Austin, and will feature several LGBTQ related titles, such as The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin and Todrick Hall: No Place Like Home. Other inclusive titles include Divine Divas, a documentary about veteran drag queens in Brazil, and The Mess He Made, a short film about waiting for the results of an HIV test.
2) Dreamworks has picked up the screenplay Bad Cop, Bad Cop. The screenplay was written by Brian Jarvis, Jim Freeman, and out actress/comedian Fortune Feimster. Feimster will also star in the film. Out actress Cara Delevingne and Jaden Smith have been booked to play the leads in the romantic drama Life In a Year. The movie follows a boy who learns that his girlfriend is dying. In response, he tries to give her the experience of what their entire life together would be like. A release date for the film has yet to be announced.
3) Netflix has released a teaser for its upcoming series Mindhunter, about FBI agents in the serial crime unit. Starring out actor Jonathan Groff (Looking), the show will be available for streaming in October. Netflix also dropped a trailer for season three of Grace and Frankie. Season three premieres March 24th. Click here to watch the trailer.
5) FOX is developing a new series about Harlem’s Cotton Club. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are helping to develop and produce the musical series about the black entertainers who performed and the white gangsters who ran the Cotton Club in Harlem. Ellen DeGeneres will host an NBC game show titled Ellen’s Game of Games. The show will be based on popular games from her daytime talk show. Contestants will be pulled from the audience and have the opportunity to win a cash prize.
6) Hayley Kiyoko has also dropped a new single “Sleepover.” A video directed by Kiyoko was released alongside the track. "Having these fantasies of liking girls and not knowing if they liked me back — I think everyone can relate to that longing, yearning feeling. I have yet to really set a visual to that emotion and that state of mind. It was exciting to see that come to life and be open about it,” she told Buzzfeed. Watch the video below. In other music news, Ariana Grande's new video for her single "Everyday" includes a lesbian couple.
7) Chris Colfer's new novel, Stranger Than Fanfiction, was released on February 28th. The novel follows Cash Carter who is a world-famous actor. Four fans jokingly invite him on a road trip, and he surprisingly accepts their invitation. From there the novel details the journey they all take, which leads to the discovery of the secrets Cash had been keeping. Colfer's other books include the #1 New York Times bestseller Land of Stories and Struck By Lightning.
8) New York City’s oldest professional LGBTQ theatre, TOSOS, premiered a production of Damaged Goods, Virginia Baeta`s noir infused tale of love and lies, with an all-female cast. The show opened March 2nd and will run through the 18th, at the TADA Theater in New York. In other theater news, the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home is currently at the Ahmanson Theater, in Los Angeles. Based on the autobiographic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home tells the coming-of-age story of a lesbian girl and her closeted father. The show opened last week, and is running through April 1. Watch a teaser for the production below.
8) Femme: The Film, a short film about gender performance and discrimination in the LGBTQ community, is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. Set in Hell’s Kitchen, the film presents a gay man in his twenties confronting his notions of masculinity and identity. Watch the campaign's video below, and check out their Kickstarter page for more information.