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 (or holiday).
1) The Academy Award nominations won’t be announced until January 24, but the documentary category has already been narrowed down. Over 120 different feature documentary films met the academy’s requirements for nomination, and 15 of those have made the Oscar shortlist. Among those esteemed films are two that include LGBT content. Bill Cunningham New York examines the well-known society and fashion photographer through his own words and some of his subjects, such as Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Also making the cut is the incredibly moving film We Were Here, which interweaves several firsthand accounts of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. Hopefully, both films will be among the 5 final nominees chosen in January. You can read the full list here and watch the trailer for We Were Here below.
2) Starting January 8, viewers will be able to Watch What Happens Live five nights a week. Bravo’s Andy Cohen-hosted talk show will run nightly five days a week, from Sunday to Thursday. Some viewers might remember it was the setting for Millionaire Matchmaker host Patty Stanger’s problematic remarks about gay men, for which she later apologized.
3) Lady Gaga fans will want to turn into A Very Gaga Thanksgiving on ABC Thursday night, in which the singer will give an interview to Katie Couric and perform a duet with Tony Bennett, among other songs. Songs from the special will also be available on a new four track EP being released next week called A Very Gaga Holiday. A preview of the TV Special is below.
4) A number of Marvel comics have recently faced the chopping block due to weak sales, and unfortunately, two of those feature some of the company’s highest profile LGBT characters. Gay Canadian hero Northstar was one of the first gay superheroes in the genre, and it was recently announced that the team book Alpha Flight, in which he was prominently featured, would be released as a monthly series once again. Now it appears the book will actually be cancelled, as will Dark Wolverine, which stars the bisexual (and somewhat psychotic) son of X-Men hero Wolverine. With The Children’s Crusade wrapping up in a few months and no apparent plans to relaunch Runaways, X-Factor may be the publisher’s only remaining regularly LGBT-inclusive comic book.
5) The importance of LGBT characters is also a driving force behind the new Perry Moore Hero Fund, an artistic scholarship that celebrates literature’s ability to inspire and have a positive impact in the lives of young people.” The fund has been created by Hunter Hill in honor of his later partner, Perry Moore, who was a film producer and author of the novel Hero, which followed a gay teen superhero and won the Lambda Literary Award in 2008. You can read the scholarship’s full summary here.
6) This week’s Kickstarter campaign to watch is Breaking the Silence, a “feature-length documentary created by youth to explore the issue of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) discrimination in schools.” Director Shea Dietz hopes to use the film to share his own story of coming out in a Jesuit high-school, while also questioning the roots of discrimination and lack of support for LGBT youth. You can visit the film’s page for more information here, and watch the trailer below.