The GLAAD Wrap: 'Wild Nights With Emily' in theaters, Disney+ announces 'Leah on the Off Beat' series, new Melissa Etheridge album, 'Pose' premiere date, 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) Historical comedy Wild Nights With Emily opens in Los Angeles today. The film, directed by out lesbian Madeline Olnek with Molly Shannon as poet Emily Dickinson, delves into Dickinson's romantic relationship with her childhood friend, Susan. Wild Nights will be at the Landmark in Los Angeles this weekend and spread out further in more cities and theaters in the coming weeks. Read GLAAD's interview with Shannon here, and click here for tickets. 

2) Amazon Studios and out producer/director Greg Berlanti’s production company have won the rights to adapt upcoming young adult novel Red, White and Royal Blue for film. The novel is a romantic comedy about the First Son, Alex, falling in love with Prince Henry of Wales. It hits shelves on May 14.

3) Prolific out producer Ryan Murphy announced on Wednesday that he will be adapting the Broadway musical The Prom as a film for Netflix. The musical follows an Indiana teenager who wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom, but the couple is banned from attending, until Broadway stars come together to help. Murphy made the announcement at a special performance of the musical that benefitted organizations including the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Trevor Project and GLAAD.

4) The first trailer and images have been released for Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, which drops on Netflix June 7th. Inspired by the book series of the same name, the Netflix original series will begin a new chapter in the story. Mary Ann flees her seemingly perfect Connecticut life to return to San Francisco and reunites with her daughter Shawna, played by out actress Ellen Page. Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into her chosen family and bonds with a new generation of queer residents living at 28 Barbary Lane. Watch the trailer below.

5) Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, announced on Thursday that they will be adapting the book Leah on the Off Beat into a television series. The book is the sequel to Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, which the GLAAD Media Award-winning film Love, Simon was based upon. Leah on the Off Beat focuses on Simon's best friend Leah (portrayed by Katherine Langsford in Love, Simon) as she handles subjects including friendships, relationships, body image, sexuality, self-esteem, college and feeling like an outsider. The series will feature an all-new cast and will not involve Greg Berlanti, who adapted and directed the film. Disney+ launches November 12 in the U.S. and will roll out subsequently in 2020 to additional countries.

6) GLAAD Media Award-nominated series Pose announced its return date for Season 2, which will be on June 9. Pose features the largest number of transgender actors as series regulars in a scripted series. The second season will focus on what defined New York in the 1990s, beginning when Madonna dropped her single “Vogue” and follow the continuing HIV and AIDS crisis. A return date was also announced for TV Land’s Younger, which will be back for Season 6 on June 12. The show features queer characters Maggie and Lauren, as well as queer actors Molly Bernard, Nico Tortorella, and Michael Urie.

7) BBC’s Killing Eve was renewed for Season 3 on Monday. Starring Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, and out actress Fiona Shaw, the show follows secret agent Eve, queer assassin Villanelle, and their growing obsession with one another. In other TV news, Hulu ordered The Dropout limited series on Monday starring and executive produced by out actress Kate McKinnon. The Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live actress McKinnon will play the disgraced Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes. Apple’s Defending Jacob announced casting for all series regulars, including out actress Cherry Jones. The series is a character-driven thriller based on William Landay’s bestselling novel about a father dealing with the accusation that his 14-year-old son is a murderer. AMC’s anthology series Dispatches From Elsewhere has cast Richard E. Grant, Sally Field, and transgender actress Eve Lindley. Lindley will play a trans woman working as a guide at a museum.

8) Netflix’s Wanda Sykes: Not Normal, an hour-long stand-up special from the prolific comedian, received a release date of May 21. This is the out Emmy-nominated comedian's fifth stand-up special overall but marks her debut on Netflix. In other streaming news, out YouTube star Connor Franta launched a roundtable series Loud and Clear on Tuesday on the streaming service Caffeine. Every week Franta will sit down with different internet personalities to discuss timely and underrepresented topics including metal health struggles and LGBTQ issues. Watch Loud and Clear here.

9) The Peabody Awards has announced its 60 nominees in TV & Digital Media, many of which are LGBTQ-inclusive. Some of the notable works nominated are Killing Eve and The Chi, along with GLAAD Media Award-nominees Pose and This Close, and GLAAD Media Award recipients Steven’s Universe and Nanette. For a full list of nominees, click here.

10) Out rising pop star VINCINT released a new single and music video for “Please Don’t Fall in Love.” The song describes the feelings of anguish that come from a lost relationship. The track is the lead single off of his new EP. Check out the video below. Louis Futon also dropped a new music video for his song “Royal Blood” featuring out bisexual actor and singer Keiynan Lonsdale. Watch the video here.

11) Melissa Etheridge’s latest album, The Medicine Show, was released today. The album discusses health, wellness, and new thought. Click here for Etheridge’s tour information. The album is available for purchase wherever music is sold or streaming. Christine and the Queens released a new video for the song “Comme si” off her album Chris. Check out the video below! Non-binary singer Grayson also released a new single and lyric video for their song "Cherry Pits" off the upcoming debut album Head to Head. Listen here!

12) Hannah Gadsby set an Off Broadway run of her new solo show Douglas. Gadsby’s critically lauded and GLAAD Media Award winning-special Nanette was named for a woman she wanted to impress, and her new show Douglas is named after a dog. The four-week show will run June 23-August 17 at the Daryl Roth Theater.

13) Houston-based web series 30 is raising funds to begin filming. The show revolves around love and friendship between young women in their 30s, with queer people at the center of the story. Created by writer Aryka Randall, based on her book She’s Just Not That Into You: The Fab Femme’s Guide to Queer Love & Dating,” 30 has already released a pilot online. To find more information and contribute to the series, click here.

The GLAAD Wrap: 'Wild Nights With Emily' in theaters, Disney+ announces 'Leah on the Off Beat' series, new Melissa Etheridge album, 'Pose' premiere date, and more! | GLAAD

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