The GLAAD Wrap: New Gay Biopics Coming to Screens and New LGBT TV Pilots Sprouting Up All Over

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) Fans of out Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar know to expect certain things with each new film he releases.  Melodrama, great music, some violent touches, and taut scripting are present in most of the director’s previous films as well as The Skin I Live In. It’s also one of the darkest and most intense he’s made in some time.  Watch the trailer below.

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2) Next Wednesday marks the opening of Paul Goodman Changed My Life. Through archival footage and interviews, director Jonathan Lee paints a portrait of poet, sociologist, advocate and thinker Paul Goodman who had a strong impact on the gay liberation movement in the 70s. Watch a trailer below and head to the website to find a screening near you.

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3)  With the hotly anticipated biopic J. Edgar set to release this fall, actor Leonardo DiCaprio is already looking for his next project, and a film about famous code-breaker and computer scientist Alan Turing may be it.  Warner Brothers reportedly spent seven figures on a script for The Imitation Game, which chronicles the life of the mathematical genius who was eventually criminally prosecuted for being gay and died by suicide.  Deadline’s Nikki Finke says it’s because Dicaprio “has the inside track.”

4) In other gay biopic news, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon have been cast in a film about famously flamboyant pianist Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson. The project will start shooting in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs next summer and will air on HBO.

 

5) Exciting LGBT television news was released this week, starting with the exciting announcement that Lee Daniels was developing a Showtime drama set in the world of New York Ball culture (hyperlink to glaad post.)  Now comes word that Lisa Cholodenko will help HBO turn The Kids Are All Right into an hour-long series continuing the story of the film’s main characters.  Cholodenko will reportedly write the pilot script and serve as executive producer. 

6) Meanwhile, it’s also been announced that Glee creator Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler have made “the biggest comedy sale of the season” for a pitch about gay couple and the woman who agrees to become their surrogate and start a blended family with them.  Following a bidding war with ABC and Fox, NBC emerged the victorious buyer who will produce the pilot which is apparently based on Murphy and Adler’s real life experiences.  Should these projects make it to series, it will mean an unprecedented amount of representation for LGBT families on television when coupled with the hit show Modern Family.

7) Casting has begun on Remake America, a new show about people struggling with major life issues related to the problems our nation currently faces, from the producers behind The Biggest Loser.  In addition to looking for people dealing with things like being “pregnant and uninsured” and “working two jobs,” the show is also hoping to cast LGBT couples looking to start a family while coping with the hurdles in front of them, as well as any compelling story based on major life-changing decisions.  Anyone interested should visit their site at www.remakeamericacasting.com, which also includes instructions for applying.

8) Actor Charlie David (Dante’s Cove, Mulligans) is stepping into the director role for the documentary film, Scarlet: Our Positive Youth, which will tell the story of four young people across the country affected by HIV/AIDS.  Having raised the money for production, Charlie and longtime collaboration Rowan Nielsen are now raising the much needed completion funds to turn the one hour TV doc into a feature-length film which will play at film festivals and be made available as an educational DVD for libraries, schools, universities and HIV/AIDS resource and support centers worldwide.  Twenty-five percent of funds raised for the feature film will be donated to YouthCo – a youth driven HIV/AIDS support organization.  Check out the trailer below, and visit the project’s IndieGogo page here.

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