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) The Weinstein Company film Philomena has won its appeal with the MPAA to change its rating from 'R' to 'PG-13'. Starring Judi Dench, Philomena is based on the true story of an Irish woman searching for a son taken from her years ago and sent to the United States for adoption after she was forced to live in a convent. The LGBT-inclusive film and Queer Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival, will have a special screening at the AFI Film Fest this week before its November 22 release date. Check out the trailer below!
2) Kele Okereke, lead singer of the British indie rock band, Bloc Party, is releasing a 4-track EP, titled Heartbreaker. The style for his solo EP is house music. Okereke says, "I’ve always loved the inclusive and spiritual nature of house music, so the opportunity to make music for the most iconic and influential house music label in the UK is a dream come true for me." Heartbreaker will be released November 25 on vinyl through Crosstown Rebels and digitally December 9 through Beatport. Take an early listen to the title track below!
3) Bravo announced it will renew popular the talk show Watch What Happens Live for another two years. The renewal comes with the announcement of changes in Andy Cohen's role with the network. Currently Executive Vice President for Talent and Development at Bravo, Cohen will be released from that role, but will continue to host Watch What Happens Live and executive produce the Real Housewives shows.
4) HBO's upcoming drama Looking starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett released it's first trailer this week. The series will follow the three friends in San Francisco as they "explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men." Looking premieres on HBO on January 19, check out the trailer below.
5) The band, Against Me!, fronted by transgender singer Laura Jane Grace, released "F***MYLIFE666," the first single from their new album. The single is a thrasher and alludes to not only life's general difficulties, but the hardships Grace experienced while transitioning. Against Me!'s new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, is the first album the band created since Grace announced she would be transitioning in 2012. The full album will be released January 21, 2014. Take a listen to "F***MYLIFE666" below!
6) The Making of a King needs support to finish their film. The documentary chronicles the experiences and challenges of drag kings in Los Angeles. Beyond highlighting this lesser-known segment of the LGBT community, the film hopes to open discussion about "gender, expression through performance art, representation in popular culture, and LGBT experiences." Check out the trailer below and visit The Making of a King's Kickstarter page to donate and support.