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) Opening this weekend in New York and Los Angeles is Dallas Buyers Club; a new film inspired by the true story of Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) who was diagnosed with HIV and began smuggling in stronger antiviral medications from around the world which were not yet approved by the FDA. The film costars Jared Leto as Rayon, a transgender woman with AIDS who works as Woodruff's associate in the film., A wider release will follow on November 22. Check out the trailer below.
2) James Franco's Sal opens in limited release today. The film, starring Val Lauren, is based on Michael Gregg Michaud's novel Sal Mineo: A Biography and details his life as one of the first out gay actors in Hollywood after he shot to fame in the James Dean movie Rebel Without a Cause. Find out where Sal is playing near you and check out the trailer below.
3) HBO has set a premiere date for Whoopi Goldberg's documentary about lesbian comedy great Moms Mabley, as well as renamed the project. Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley will air Monday, November 18 at 9:00pm.
4) Out rocker Linda Perry will be the star of new docuseries The Linda Perry Project premiering this coming summer on VH1. The show will follow Perry as she works to relaunch her record label and acts as a mentor to young artists trying to break into the business. No word yet if Perry's fiancé, The Talk co-host Sara Gilbert, will appear.
5) Reds & Blues is a short film from Karina Vidal set in Asbury Park, NJ in 1997 and told through the visual journal of a girl named Daphne. The film follows her as she struggles to move on from her past relationship with girlfriend Haylie, which ended after her bigoted aunt kept them apart until Haylie's death. Watch Reds & Blues below.
6) English synthpop duo Erasure released a new video for their single "Gaudete" this week. The song is included on their upcoming album Snow Globe, available in stores November 11 and November 12 in the US. "Gaudete" is available on iTunes now, check out the video below.
7) Out drummer Patty Schemel's new band Upset has released their debut album, She's Gone. The group will be on tour this month with shows currently scheduled in Washington, Oregon and California. Check out title track "She's Gone" below.
8) Congratulations to Glee's Alex Newell (Unique) who landed a record deal with Atlantic Records this week! His album will release under Deep Well Records, the imprint of Glee's executive music producer Adam Anders. Alex started as a two-episode guest star on Glee following breaking out on Oxygen's The Glee Project and this season his character Unique was upgraded to series regular, making her the only trans regular character on primetime broadcast this year.
9) Ellen DeGeneres will be releasing her first music compilation album, Ellen's Gonna Make You Dance JAMS, featuring tracks by some of the artists Ellen loves to dance to on her talk show. Ellen's album will be available in stores on Tuesday, November 11 and will also be available via online music retail.
10) Two undergrad students are looking for funding help for their new "signing stylist" documentary that centers on the story of hearing hairdresser Gabriel and his boyfriend Patrick, who is deaf. When the couple met, Gabriel did not know any sign language and took for granted the small things such as small talk at the salon that can be difficult and nerve wracking for those who are hard of hearing. He has learned ASL over his three year relationship with Patrick and now specializes in hairdressing for the Deaf community in DC. These students hope to share Gabriel and Patrick's story of building community bridges and inspire others to do the same. Learn more at their gofundme page.