The GLAAD Wrap: 'Carmilla' gets a movie, America Chavez to headline her own comic and more!

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) Carmilla, the wildly popular web series about a lesbian vampire, based on the classic novel, is getting a movie set to debut next fall. The film will take place after the third and final season and has already signed on “many of the original cast from the digital series, including Elise Bauman (Laura) and Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla)."

2) The nominees for the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards were announced this week – the list includes Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures for Best Documentary Feature TV/Streaming, along with its directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato for Best Director TV/Streaming. The film explores the life and photography of gay artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four also picked up a nomination for Best First Feature (TV/Streaming).

3) The short documentary Cecil and Carl opens in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans this weekend. The film follows the two men who have been partners for 43 years and have been separated for the first time, as Carl is moved to a care facility and Cecil is left in their large home. Check out the trailer below and visit the film's site to find a screening near you.

4) CBS announced the launch of the Drama Diversity Casting Initiative, a nationwide program to find new breakout talent for CBS’s current series and upcoming pilots. The initiative is focused on increasing opportunities for people who have been traditionally underrepresented, including LGBTQ actors, performers with disabilities, and racial minorities. Actors 18 and older can submit self-taped monologues via for a chance to be part of regional casting sessions.

5) Logo’s reality dating series Finding Prince Charming has been renewed for a second season, with casting already underway through social media. Out actress Aubrey Plaza’s new comedy horror anthology, Nightmare Time, has received a pilot order from TBS. DC has revealed the first photo of out actress Amber Heard as Aquaman’s wife, Queen Mera, in the upcoming Aquaman movie. MTV has renewed Scream for a third season.

6) Class, the Doctor Who spinoff about students balancing teen angst and supernatural evil, has dropped its new trailer. Written by out YA author Patrick Ness, the show features an openly gay main character with a boyfriend. Class premieres in the UK next week, and comes to BBC America next spring.

7) America Chavez, the queer Latina dimension-breaking superhero from Young Avengers, will be receiving her own solo series America from Marvel Comics beginning next year. Ms. America has been previously featured in the Young Avengers, Hawkeye, A-Force, and The Ultimates comics. There has not yet been a writer announced.

8) Neon Trees’ out frontman Tyler Glenn dropped “Shameless,” a new music video from his upcoming debut solo album, Excommunication, out October 21st. Singer Hayley Kiyoko also released a video for her single “One Bad Night” from her EP Citrine this week - the video features trans YouTube personality Erin Armstrong.

9) The team behind The Making of a King, a documentary on the drag king scene in Los Angeles, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help with post-production costs. The Making of a King explores drag king subculture in Los Angeles during “the height of queen popularity,” and features over four years of footage. Check out more at their Indiegogo page.