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) New Yorkers looking for a best bet film to catch this weekend should check out Weekend, which briefly follows two men in the midst of an unexpected romance. Presenting a modern and honest take on relationships, Weekend is already a festival and critical hit, not to mention one of the best gay-themed films of the year.
2) Gay food writer Nigel Slater’s childhood memoir Toast has been adapted into a comedic coming-of-age film about a young boy coping with the loss of his mother, the crass cleaning lady (Helena Bonham Carter) who has seduced his father, a possible romance with an older boy named Stuart, and a growing affection for the culinary arts. The film opens in NY this weekend and in LA on October 7.
3) Dustin Lance Black and Clint Eastwood’s biopic J. Edgar finally released a trailer for the fall film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and his right-hand man (and possible lifelong partner) Clyde Tolson. The film opens in wide release on November 11.
4) Another highly anticipated late-in-the-year release is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. The first trailer gave a good sense of the atmosphere and attitude director David Fincher is going for with these adaptations of the massively popular book trilogy, but this latest is the first to clearly lay out the film’s plot. Not to mention some details of bisexual (anti)heroine Lizbeth Salander’s love life. Look for Girl to hit cinemas on December 21.
5) Glee and Dancing with the Stars fans might want to check out the recently released Leading Ladies from Wolfe Video, which follows two sisters with an overzealous stage mother hoping to see them become champion dancers. Things get complicated when one of the sisters finds herself falling in love with another female dancer, while the other becomes pregnant. The film also stars So You Think You Can Dance winner Benji Schwimmer as their gay best friend.
6) DC comics’ September reboot of its entire line is already thoroughly underway, and new characters are popping up all over the place. Joining the revamped Teen Titans will be out and proud Mexican gay teen Bunker, who has the power to generate small force fields that look like bricks. Series artist Brett Booth describes the young, purple-clad hero as “happy [and] fun-loving.”
7) Writer/director Becca Roth has completed a short film entitle Rain in Summer, which follows a woman named Cass trying to get over her ex-boyfriend with the help of her lesbian best friend and a charismatic woman named Amanda, whom she meets at a party. The film is almost finished, but Becca needs help to cover post-production costs and festival submission fees. You can help by visiting her Kickstarter page here.
8) A pair of documentary filmmakers who directed the short film A Family Portrait are hoping to expand that film into feature length for Modern Family: A Documentary. Much like the ABC show that bears the same name, these films focus on a gay couple raising a pair of young boys, though they hope to highlight even more real-life families in the feature length. As directors Jeff and Melissa say on their IndieGoGo page, “we hope to discover important themes, such as the power of love and how it can overcome even the most difficult of hardships.” Visit the page to help them reach their goal, and have a look at the trailer below: