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) Reaching for the Moon opens in New York today and will expand to Los Angeles on November 29. The film follows legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop as she travels to Rio de Janeiro in hopes of combating writer's block. There she meets architect Lota de Macedo Soares and the two fall in love and build a relationship that would span decades and forever impact their work. Check out the Reaching for the Moon trailer below.
2) The first trailer has been released for the Weinstein Company's biopic Yves Saint Laurent, who made a name for himself at Dior in 1958 before going on to create one of the most lasting brands in fashion. Pierre Niney plays Laurent and Guillaume Gallienne portrays his partner Pierre Berge, the film is set to be released in 2014. Watch the Yves Saint Laurent trailer below.
3) Samuel L. Jackson will play a gay character in the upcoming film adaptation of the Stephen King novel CELL. His character Tom McCourt is a middle-age gay engineer and former soldier who flees his home in Boston as humans are turned into bloodthirsty monsters by a signal broadcast over cell phone networks.
4) Groundbreaking Academy Award-winning film Philadelphia is celebrating its 20th anniversary next Tuesday, November 12 at The Columbia University Medical Center with "Philadelphia Twenty Years Later: Narrative and the Epidemic." Director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner will be joined by Dr. Michael Gottlieb (Rock Hudson's former doctor whose early work was chronicled in And the Band Played On) for a panel on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
5) Comedy writing team Joshua Sternin and Jennifer Ventimilia have sold a new comedy project, Changes, to ABC that will mirror the pair's real life 30-year friendship and Jennifer's transition. The pair also sold a multi-camera sitcom to ABC that will be based on the adolescent life of It Gets Better's Dan Savage, exploring "a contemporary family that comes together by falling apart."
6) Next week, ABC and Marvel's superhero drama Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will introduce Agent Victoria Hand, to be played by out bisexual actress Saffron Burrows. In the comics, Hand started as an accountant at S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) before going through a mildly villainous period and eventually becoming a liaison between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers. Her story also included a relationship with another female agent, who eventually broke up with her following an argument over Hand's methods.
7) PBS has picked up the hit British sitcom Vicious about senior couple Freddie and Stuart (Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi respectively) who bicker constantly but truly do love each other. The six-part first season will air on PBS next year and Vicious has been given a second season order by ITV.
8) Out actor Bryan Batt has joined the new Lifetime series Unreal which follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a popular competition dating series. He will play a field producer who struggles to find talent for the series while in his personal life he is dealing with recently coming out.
9) AWOL, in partnership with Columbia University Film, is looking for funding help to expand the award-winning 2011 Sundance short into a feature film. AWOL centers on 19-year-old high school graduate Joey who is going nowhere fast in her rural hometown until she meets Rayna, an older married mother that she can't help but be drawn to. Feeling lost after her mother pushes Joey to move out, she joins the Army, but concocts a plan to run away with Rayna when she is home on leave. Learn more at AWOL's Indiegogo page and check out the short film below.