The GLAAD Wrap: More Chaz Coming, Conan to Marry Gay Staffer On-Air, and a New Alice Walker Doc
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) It’s looking like another week at the movies without much in the way of new LGBT content right now, but fans of out actress Amber Heard might want to check her out in The Rum Diary, which is based on a Hunter S. Thompson novel and costars Johnny Depp as an American journalist covering some dirty dealings in Puerto Rico. Trailer below.
2) One of the most distinctive films at Sundance was undoubtedly the comedy Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, which has gone on to make the rounds of the LGBT film fest circuit over the summer. It still doesn’t have theatrical distribution yet, but that fact also helped get it nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award in the category “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” The film also received a warm review from the Hollywood Reporter following its Sundance premiere.
3) Chloe Sevigny’s upcoming drama series Hit and Miss, in which she plays a transgender hit woman who discovers she has a child, has found a home in the US on DirectTV. The network, which also rescued critical hits like Friday Night Lights and Damages, will air the highly-anticipated series set to be produced in the UK through Sky Atlantic.
4) He may not be on Dancing With the Stars anymore, but audiences will get to see more of Chaz Bono next month on OWN. The network that first aired the documentary Becoming Chaz has followed up with him in a special called Being Chaz set to air November 27 at 8pm ET/PT. Hopefully, the special will provide some DWTS behind-the-scenes goodness in addition to getting everyone up to speed on Chaz’s life.
5) Next week, Conan O’Brien will be heading to Broadway to tape his late-night show at the Beacon Theater. While in New York where marriage equality is now legal, the host will take this opportunity to officiate a wedding between one of his longtime staff members and his partner. Weddings have brought strong ratings for many morning talk shows but have been absent from late-night. Producers have yet to determine on which day of the week the ceremony will take place.
6) Over at indiegogo.com out filmmaker Pratibha Parmar is working on a documentary about Alice Walker, the first Black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple. From her upbringing in cotton fields in Georgia to her strong voice in the Civil Rights movement, Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth takes viewers into the life of a risk taker who changed society through her literature and advocacy. The film will also address Walker’s relationship with singer Tracy Chapman, and how her work helped illuminate black lesbian sexuality for the literary world. Watch the trailer below and head to the feature’s indiegogo.com page to learn how you can help bring the documentary to fruition.