The GLAAD Wrap: 'A Fantastic Woman' and 'Carmilla' trailers, new music from St. Vincent, Sam Smith, and more!

Every week, the GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBTQ-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend!

1) The first trailer has been released for festival favorite A Fantastic Woman, which tells the story of Marina, a transgender woman whose lover passes away and how she then interacts with his family. Marina is portrayed by Chilean breakout transgender actress Daniela Vega, who is already getting Oscar buzz, along with the film itself which won two prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival. A Fantastic Woman will be released in the U.S. later this year by Sony Pictures Classics. You can watch the trailer below.

2) A continuation of the popular web series of the same name, the feature film Carmilla released its first trailer over the weekend. The film will continue the love story between "normal girl" Laura and former vampire Carmilla. Taking place five years after the conclusion of the web series, Carmilla will follow the couple as they enlist their old friends to save humanity once again. The film will be released on demand on October 26th, and you can watch the trailer below.

3) A trailer and released date has been announced for Mudbound, an upcoming film from out director Dee Rees. Rees' former films Pariah and Bessie both received GLAAD Media Awards. Mudbound centers on two families, one black and one white, in post WWII Mississippi. The film received rave reviews from Sundance, and its purchase by Netflix was one of the biggest deals in the festival's history. Mudbound will be released on Netflix and in select theaters on Friday, November 17th.

4) The first trailer has been released for the upcoming documentary on bisexual, renowned singer Lady Gaga. The Netflix doc, Gaga: Five Foot Two, takes a look behind the curtain of the singer's album release and playing the Super Bowl half time show. It will be released on Netflix on Friday, September 22nd. A trailer has also been released for Thelma, the Norwegian lesbian thriller that has recently been selected to be the country's foreign language pick for the Oscars. The film follows Fellow, a young student who finds herself falling for her schoolmate Anja, while also uncovering eerie supernatural abilities.

5) Saturday Church, a queer coming of age musical drama, has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn films for North American distribution. The film follows queer outsider Ulysses (Luca Kain) who finds solace in the "Saturday Church Program" for LGBTQ youth. The film will be releaed in January 2018. In other film news, out actor and activist George Takei will executive produce a film adaptation of Jamie Ford's bestselling novel Hotel on the Corner Bitter and Sweet, a love story set against the back drop of Japanese internment camps.

6) In television news, a trailer has been released for Netflix's upcoming reboot of The Magic School Bus. Like its predecessor, The Magic School Bus Rides Again will feature the voice of out actress Lily Tomlin as Ms. Frizzle, but will also introduce the new Ms. Frizzle voiced by out SNL star Kate McKinnon. Ryan Murphy will be executive producing a Netflix series Ratched, a prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratchet. Andrew Rannells has been cast in upcoming Wall Street comedy Ball Street, which was greenlit for a pilot by Showtime. ABC has given a put pilot order to Spirited, a comedy starring Laverne Cox as a fake psychic who finds out she can actually communicate with the dead. 

7) Queer musician St. Vincent announced the release date of her highly anticipated next album MASSEDUCTION. The album will release on October 13th, shortly after her Fear the Future tour kicks off on October 7th. In addition to the album announcement, the singer also released a new single "Los Ageless" which is available for streaming and purchase now.

8) "Fantasy," the first single of George Micheal's to be released after the singer passed away last Christmas, was released on Thursday. The single is a reworking of one of the Michael's B-sides, and is available to stream and download now. Out singer Sam Smith released a single on Friday, "Too Good at Goodbyes" which will be featured on his long anticipated second studio album, which has no release date as of now. Zayn Malik also released a new single and music video on Thursday, "Dusk Till Dawn", which features out singer Sia's vocals.

9) Logo, VH1 and MTV have teamed up to create the digital long form video Made to Model: Trans Beauty in Fashion. The video brings together transgender models of today with their predecessors, and features conversations with models during a photoshoot. The talent includes Lauren Foster, Crimsona Kaiser, Tracey "Africa" Norman, Geena Rocero, Carmen Carrera and more. You can watch the video below and hear these models tell their story.

 

10) Indie Lens Storycast, a series under the PBS banner, will be launching on YouTube on September 12th. They will launch four docuseries under the label this fall including The F Word and Pops which both contain LGBTQ stories. The F Word, premiering on September 14th, follows a queer Bay Area couple who want to become foster parents. Pops, starting October 26th, follows three storylines of African Americans from different socio-economic backgrounds, including a gay couple, whose adoptive son is heading into his teenage years. Indie Lens Storycast launches this week, and stay tuned for their content this fall.

11) The line-up has been announced for the 2017 New Yorker Festival to be held October 6-8 in New York. Events this year include conversations with Chelsea Manning, Ryan Murphy, and Nathan Lane. Tickets and event info can be found here. In other Nathan Lane related news, the acclaimed West End revival of Angels in America is coming to Broadway for an 18 week run starting February 23rd. The play, starring Lane and Andrew Garfield, will be the first Broadway revival of Tony Kushner's epic since the original staging.

12) Hopefully coming soon to a bookseller near you is The Bi-ble, an anthology of personal narratives and essays about bisexuality. This group of essays and stories will explore the realities of bisexuality beyond the stereotypes and erasure that so often face the bi+ community. Right now, the team behind the book are gathering funds to distribute The Bi-ble as widely as possible, and more information is available here on how to help.