The GLAAD Wrap:'Allegiance' opens next week, Hulu picks up 'Please Like Me' 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)  Out actress Kate McKinnon has been announced to star in Amblin Entertainment’s upcoming comedy film The Lunch Witch. Based on the book by Deb Lucke, the story follows witch Grunhilda who uses her ancestors’ magical recipes as a school lunch lady, taking pleasure scaring children before befriending a girl named Madison. McKinnon is coming off a busy year, staring in Sony’s reboot of “Ghostbusters” and winning an Emmy for her work on “Saturday Night Live.”

Little Shop of Horrors

2)  Out director/producer Greg Berlanti is set to direct Warner Bros’ reboot of Little Shop of Horrors. This will be a reboot of the 30-year-old movie musical based on the off-Broadway hit by out playwright Howard Ashman and with music by Alan Menken.  That musical was originally based on the low-budget 1960’s black comedy film directed by Roger Corman, featuring a young Jack Nicholson, and tells the story of a flower shop assistant who raises a flesh-eating plant and kills to keep it alive.

3)  Hulu has picked up popular series Please Like Me for a fourth season. The Australian comedy focuses on the life experiences of creator and star Josh Thomas, who is openly gay. The series previously aired on Pivot, but that network shut down this fall. Since then, Hulu has acquired exclusive SVOD (subscription video on demand) rights to the series. See the season four trailer below.

4)  On December 13th, Allegiance will hold its one night only showing. Inspired by true events, the musical tells the story of the Japanese-American Kimura family who are forced to leave their farm in California and are sent to an internment camp. It is based on the experience of George Takei, gay actor, author, activist and recipient of GLAAD’s Vito Russo Award in 2014. The musical will only screen on Tuesday the 13th, so buy tickets today.

5)  In the growing and welcome movement that is seeing companies featuring LGBTQ couples in their holiday ads, a Microsoft ad included real-life trans teen Jazz Jennings and 7-year-old activist Zea Bowling. The ad features a variety of people using Microsoft Surface Studio to “spread harmony.”  In other news, Jazz Jennings is the star of her own reality television series on TLC, which tied for Outstanding Reality Program at this year’s 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Zea Bowling became an internet sensation when she stood up to a homophobic preacher.

6)  Cassidy Blues, a Filmmaking graduate from UM, is crowdfunding for her web series “The Last Ok Place.” The dark comedy series follows Quinn Wilder, the lesbian leader of a zombie cleanup crew. “This project features an androgynous lesbian, a femme gay lady and two people of color because to us, their stories matter.” Learn more about the project at “The Last OK Place” Indigogo page.

 

7)  Italy's first feature lesbian romantic comedy, ME, MYSELF AND HER is directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi (daughter of Italian acting icon Ugo Tognazzi, star of the original La Cage Aux Folles). It’s a breezy story of two women with very different pasts who weather the challenges of life and romance together.  The film was released by Wolfe Video on December 6th in the U.S. and Canada across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand.com.

Me Myself and Her - Wolfe Trailer from Wolfe Video on Vimeo.