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: J. Edgar Opens, NPH Does 3D Xmas, and a Closeted Gay Boxer on Kickstarter
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) One of the year’s most anticipated films opens next Wednesday, when Clint Eastwood and Dustin Lance Black’s portrayal of legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover opens in limited release before going wide the following Friday. J. Edgar stars Leonardo Dicaprio as the controversial figure and Armie Hammer as his closest confidant, Clyde Tolson. Director Eastwood has said the film leaves the nature of their relationship open to interpretation, but does contain a scene in which Tolson “aggressively kisses Hoover on the mouth at the end of their fistfight.” It doesn’t appear the film will shy away from stories that the two were longtime lovers.
2) Opening this weekend, however, is A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, which reunites the two best friends after a long separation as they search for a replacement for an accidentally destroyed Christmas tree.Fans of the first two Harold & Kumar films know to expect some very “adult” hijinks and a memorable appearance by Neil Patrick Harris as a raunchy, self-destructive, “straight” version of himself.Previews suggest NPH will have at least one lavish and highly-inappropriate musical number, and his real-life partner David Burtka makes a cameo.
3) Milk director Gus Van Sant may have lined up his next project with a werewolf. Actor Taylor Lautner is best known for his lupine role in the Twilight series, but he has optioned an unnamed article from The New Yorker to be developed into a small budget indie film, which Van Sant is now in talks to direct.
4) Filmmaker Jenni Olson will soon premiere a new weekly column on Bilerico.com that should be of interest to Queer cinema fans.The VIP Q Movie Pick will present a different LGBT star, filmmaker, or community leader each week who will in turn share their one of their favorite LGBT-themed movies.You can see a preview of the column up now, in which Jane Lynch reveals why classic lesbian romance Desert Hearts is one of her favorites, while Alan Cumming has a fondness for Charles Busch’s Die Mommie Die.
5) Our Kickstarter pick for the week is Kiss Me by British filmmaker Jules Nurrish, which is closing in on its 5K goal with 13 days left to go.In Nurrish’s own words, Kiss Me is a “ neo-noir set in present day East Los Angeles. It tells the story of a closeted Latino boxer, Kid Vargas, who kills his opponent Jonny in the ring during a fight.” The film’s moving trailer is below. Also worth watching below is Nurrish’s earlier film Bend It, a whimsical ode to blurring gender lines, which played the Sundance Film Festival a few years ago. Be warned, it also features a very catchy song.