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) Sundance favorite film Together Together is opening in select theaters this Friday. The film stars Ed Helms as a lonely man who wishes to be a father, Patti Harrison, as his surrogate respectively as the two form an unlikely friendship. In addition to Harrison, the film also stars queer comedians Julio Torres and Tig Notaro. Click here for tickets and watch the trailer below.
2) PBS’s POV has acquired the rights to Elegance Bratton’s documentary Pier Kids. The film shows a look at the Black and homeless LGBTQ youth of the Christopher Street Pier in New York, and shows their chosen families as they strive to exist in the face of discrimination. In more film news, Fallon Fox, the first openly trans MMA fighter, will be getting a biopic about her journey, penned by trans writer T Cooper and his wife Allison Glock-Cooper. The film will showcase her athleticism and what it meant to disclose that she was a trans woman in the professional sporting world.
3) Focus Features has announced a sequel to the GLAAD Media Award-nominated film Downton Abbey, the follow up to the successful TV series. Downton Abbey 2 will be released in December 2021, and will feature the original cast of characters once again, including gay valet Thomas. In more movoe news, out Love, Simon author Becky Albertalli is getting another book adapted to the screen. The Upside of Unrequited follows insecure teenager Molly, who starts to feel even more lonely when her sister gets a girlfriend, but then two different boys pop up for Molly to begin to crush on. Netflix has announced the casting for its upcoming feature Heartstopper, an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name. Joe Locke will play Charlie, an openly gay student at all-boys school, and Kit Connor will play Nick, a rugby player who begins to develop feelings for Charlie.
Introducing Kit Connor and Joe Locke as Heartstopper’s Nick and Charlie!!
I’m so excited to share this pic of them on set!! Kit and Joe are so talented, sweet and funny, it’s been so much fun getting to know them. Please join me in showing them some love & support today!! pic.twitter.com/thT2AnMppI
— Alice Oseman (offline) (@AliceOseman) April 22, 2021
4) The trailer has been released for the FX docu-series Pride. The show follows LGBTQ history from pre-stonewall to our current moment. The show will premiere on May 14; watch the trailer below. In more TV news, Hulu has announced a return date for GLAAD Media Award-nominated comedy Love, Victor. The show will release its second season on June 11, and continue to follow Victor and his friends at Creekwood High, now that Victor is out at school. Out singer Lil Nas X is set to be one of the guest stars on the upcoming second season of FX’s Dave, which is based on the life of rapper Lil Dicky. The season will premiere on June 16.
5) A teaser has been released for the second season of ballroom competition series Legendary. The show, which showcases Dashaun Wesley as the MC, will premiere on May 6, and feature several high-profile guest judges, including out stars Amiyah Scott, Adam Lambert, and Demi Lovato. Drag performer Nina West and Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk have teamed up for a children’s variety show. Nina’s Treehouse, created by West, sets out to creative a space where all children feel welcome and inspired to be their creative selves.
6) A trailer has been released for the second season of David Makes Man, the OWN series from out Moonlight scribe Tarrell Alvin McCraney. The show, which follows the coming of age of David, will flash forward to show him as a businessman in his 30s. The season will premiere on June 22; watch the trailer below. In casting news, out actor and filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell has been cast to play the titular role in the upcoming limited series Joe Exotic. Based on the podcast following these events, the series follows Exotic, a gay man and zoo owner who develops a feud with wildlife preservationist Carole Baskin (played by out actress Kate McKinnon.)
7) The trailer has been released for The Upshaws, a new Netflix comedy executive produced by and starring out comedian Wanda Sykes. The show follows a working-class family in Indiana trying to make it work. It will be released on the streamer on May 12; watch the trailer below. In more Netflix news, the streamer has renewed their original series Ginny and Georgia for a second season. The show includes queer character Maxine in the main ensemble. Out actor Andrew Rannells has been cast for a recurring role in Peacock’s upcoming Girls5eva, as Kev, the husband of Summer, one of the members of the titular girl group. The show, which also features out comedian Paula Pell as a lesbian character, premieres the streamer on May 6.
8) Queer singer dodie has released a new single and music video “I Kissed Someone (It Wasn’t You)” off her upcoming debut album Build A Problem. Pre-order the album here, and watch the music video below. Out drag performer and singer Trixie Mattel and out country singer Orville Peck have announced a new collaboration, a covering of Johnny Cash’s “Jackson.” Pre-save the song here for when it is released on April 30.
9) Out singer Lord F released his EP Once Upon a Song today. Listen to the EP here, and watch the music video for the title track of the album below. Out singer Rosie Tucker released a new single “Barbara Ann” on Tuesday. The song is off their upcoming album Super Supreme, which will be released April 30. Pre-order the album here, and watch the lyric video to “Barbara Ann” here.
10) Queer singer St. Lenox released a new single and music video “Arthur is at Shiva” on Wednesday, off his upcoming album Ten Songs of Worship and Praise for our Tumultuous Times. Pre-order the album here and watch the music video below. Queer duo Bachelor, composed of Melina Duterte and Ellen Kempner, released a new single “Sick of Spiraling” on Thursday, which will be featured on their debut album Doomin’ Sun out May 28. Listen to the song here and pre-order the album here!
11) Flung Out of Space is a new graphic novel that has just been announce from Grace Ellis and Hannah Templar. The book follows queer author Patricia Highsmith, known for writing The Price of Salt, which later became the film Carol. This portrait of the author will be released in February 2022.
Check out that final cover art! @HannahTempler and I made a book! It's a historical graphic novel about Patricia Highsmith, who you might know as the author of the book "Carol," and it'll be released from @ABRAMSbooks /Surely Books (@marikotamaki) in February 2022! pic.twitter.com/WMFXQsSJy7
— Grace Ellis (@gracecellis) April 15, 2021
12) The nominees have been announced for the MTV Movie and TV Awards, which will air on May 16 and 17 for scripted and unscripted categories, respectively. Among the LGBTQ inclusive nominees are The Boys in Best Show and Best Fight, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer in Best Kiss for their kiss in Killing Eve. In unscripted categories RuPaul’s Drag Race has the most nominations at four, and other inclusive nominees include Legendary, Queer Eye, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. See the full list of nominees here.
These nominees kissed like they invented it Who should win Best Kiss at the 2021 #MTVAwards?!
— Movie & TV Awards (@MTVAwards) April 20, 2021