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) A new trailer for the upcoming feature film The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been released, in which a couple of high-school seniors take a shy freshman under their wing to bring him out of his shell. The film is based on the MTV-published (and often challenged) book, in which the character of Patrick is a gay teen. You can watch the trailer below.
2) It just got a little easier to track down LGBT films now that Wolfe Video has launched Wolfe on Demand. Unlike many content hosting site though, Wolfe on Demand has the rather clever feature of allowing users to actually earn an affiliate commission when they share the links to Wolfe’s films through social media. The initial slate includes 30 different films, with more to come. We’d recommend checking out the GLAAD Media award winning Undertow, or the recently nominated Tomboy, which you can see below.
3) Bravo’s Andy Cohen will be hosting a weekly hour long radio talk show on SiriusXM Stars for a five episode run. Cohen hopes the show will be able to pick up where his recent book “Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture” left off with his love of all things TV and entertainment. Cohen’s first guest is Valerie Bertinelli and the show airs Thursdays at 10 am EST.
4) Any fans looking to own a piece of LGBT comic history might want to check out an EBay auction going on right now for the original art page from Astonishing X-Men #50 in which gay superhero Northstar proposes to his boyfriend Kyle. The splash page was drawn by artist Mike Perkins (who is running the auction), and includes both the final piece and five preliminary sketches. The actual wedding of Northstar and Kyle is set to take place in the pages of issue #51, set to hit stands this month.
5) Glee star Chris Colfer will be going on a book tour this July to promote his upcoming book, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell (July 17). The book is a modern day fairytale about twins Alex and Connor who find themselves in a land where they come face-to-face with the characters they’ve read about. The Wishing Spell clocks in at 448 pages and Colfer plans to record the audiobook using his own voice. Check the full list of his appearances at Entertainment Weekly.
6) The West Coast performance of 8, the play by Dustin Lance Black based on transcripts from the Proposition 8 legal proceedings will be broadcast in over 100 markets around the country in coming days. The recordings feature the voice of the many celebrities who took part in the readings, including Brad Pitt, Jane Lynch, George Clooney and Jamie Lee Curtis. You can also watch the performance below.
7) A project worth checking out on Kickstarter this week is filmmaker Brandon Zuck’s film Stay, which he hopes to get funded by the end of the month. The plot follows a street kid named Ash who agrees to make a shady delivery deal in the Keys for a friend, and decides to invite his ex-boyfriend Jacks along for the ride in the hopes of impressing him. Once Jacks figures out the truth of the situation, he complicates matters with a plan of his own. The noir-ish sounding project is only looking for 5K to cover things like props and insurance, as you can hear from Zuck in the below pitch: