The GLAAD Wrap: The Fosters Gets a Green Light, FUN. Hits the Road with Tegan and Sara, and Kevin Keller Starts Dating
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) Fourplay is a quartet of stories taking place in four different cities in which gay and straight characters' lives are "changed by unusual sexual encounters." The short Fourplay: Tampa premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the Shorts Competition. Fourplay opens today in limited theaters, find one near you here.
2) Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock) is in serious talks to play the role of gay English mathematician Alan Turing in the new film The Imitation Game about Turing's accomplishments as a World War II code breaker and his subsequent prosecution for being gay in the 1950s. Codebreaker, a recent docu-drama about Turing's life, is nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Documentary category.
3) The 40th Annual Annie Awards took place this past weekend, honoring the best in animation. The GLAAD Media Award-nominated film ParaNorman picked up awards for Character Animation in a Feature Production and Character Design in an Animated Feature Production.
4) Michael Riley, president of ABC Family, announced this week the pick-up of the hour-long drama The Fosters from executive producer Jennifer Lopez and creators Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (Queer As Folk) about "a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms." The Fosters will begin airing on ABC Family this summer.
5) Vogue contributing editor and former America's Next Top Model judge André Leon Talley has signed a deal with Electus to develop a late-night talk show. Talley describes the idea as "a forum where unique stories will be told and inspirations shared."
6) CBS just added some star power to one of its inclusive fall TV pilots. Jacki Weaver will join the cast of The McCarthys, a Boston-set comedy about a sports-fanatic family. Weaver will play Marjorie, the mother, who enjoys spending time with her gay son while her husband and children are off to practice. The son, however, does not want to spend time with the family, which in this Irish-Catholic clan is his biggest sin.
7) Rock bands Tegan and Sara and fun. this week announced their "Most Nights" summer tour running from early July through early September. Tickets officially go on sale next weekend, but are now available on presale through Ticketmaster with the code "SOMENIGHTS". The boys from fun. will also be hosting The Ally Coalition's Equality Village at each date along the tour.
8) Alan Cumming will be returning to Broadway this spring with his one-man show MacBeth, restaged from his 2012 Lincoln Center Festival performance where he portrayed each character himself. The show is directed by John Tiffany who is currently working on a staging of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie starring out actors Zachary Quinto and Cherry Jones.
9) Ian McKellen received an honorary degree of Doctors of Letters from the University of Ulster this past Sunday and he focused his acceptance speech on LGBT equality. "Thanks to every gay person in public and non-public life who has come out […] the world is a better place," he said.
10) Kevin Keller #7, which hit stores this Wednesday, features Kevin's first love interest in high school. Last January's Life with Archie #16 picked up a few years down the road and saw Kevin following in his father's footsteps and joining the military where he met Dr. Clay Walker and their eventual wedding in Riverdale.
11) An Abominable Crime is a new documentary about the anti-LGBT environment in Jamaica, and the project is looking for funding help to cover finishing and festival costs. An Abominable Crime follows two LGBT advocates in the country: Simone Edwards, who survived being shot after neighbors learned she is a lesbian and now lives in hiding with her daughter, and Maurice Tomlinson, a lawyer and human rights advocate who left Jamaica after receiving death threats when a Jamaican newspaper reported his marriage to a Canadian man. Learn more at the An Abominable Crime Kickstarter page and watch the trailer below.