More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
The GLAAD Wrap: First Peak at Bones' Bisexual Warlock, and Groff, Chaiken, and Jackson All Land New Pilots
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) Shoreline Entertainment has released a new teaser trailer for Geography Club. The film, based on GLAAD Media Award-winner Brent Hartinger's bestselling novel of the same name, tells the story of Russel (Cameron Dean Stewart), a high school student who finds companionship with a group of other closeted gay students at his school. You can check out the trailer here.
2) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones fans rejoice! A new image for the film, depicting fan favorite Magnus Bane (played by Godfrey Gao) was recently revealed. In the books, Magnus, created from a powerful demon and human mother, is a bisexual warlock with a romantic interest in the gay Shadowhunter Alec Lightwood.
3) Glee's Jonathan Groff may be returning to television in an untitled HBO comedy pilot about a group of gay thirty-somethings living in San Francisco. Groff will play the lead character Patrick, a gay man with a successful career as a video-game developer who is less successful in his personal life.
4) Cheyenne Jackson has been tapped to star opposite Jeffery Tambor in a new comedy pilot called The Onion Presents: The News. The project is described as a fast-paced scripted comedy set behind-the-scenes of The Onion News Network that shows just how far journalists will go to stay at the top of their game. Jackson will play an ambitious young anchor who is a rival with Tambor's character.
5) The L Word's Jennifer Beals will be returning to television in the pilot for ABC's Venice, which will reunite her with former L Word show runner Ilene Chaiken who is creating the show. The Romeo and Juliet-esque drama tells the story of two rival families and the forbidden and dangerous romance that emerges between them as the families battle for control of Venice. Beals will play Lisa Carver, the elegant matriarch of the Carver family, one of the two feuding clans.
6) Back2back productions, an award winning, international documentary production company based in the UK is currently developing a program on gay dads in the Los Angeles area in conjunction with a major US broadcaster. Those who are interested and fit the profile can contact the production company here.
7) Lady Gaga has cancelled the remaining North American dates for the Born This Way Ball tour due to an injury. The singer is said to be suffering from a labral tear in her right hip. GLAAD wishes her a speedy recovery.
8) A new Kickstarter project has been started for a U.S. run of The River & The Mountain, Beau Hopkins' play about a Ugandan man murdered simply because he is gay. The campaign was created to help "promote this vital play and a discussion of the gay rights situation in Uganda in light of their efforts to pass a 'Kill the Gays' bill," according to the project's author. The play is currently set for a showing March 21-24, 2013 in Washington D.C. Click here for more info on the project.