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Posted on Dec 20, 2013

The GLAAD Wrap: Casting news for ‘True Blood,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and a new ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ novel

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) True Blood's Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is getting a serious boyfriend! The show is currently casting the series regular role of Drake, "a cross between Jim Morrison and James Dean, this brooding and insanely good-looking [vampire] is a compassionate protector with a poet’s edge." The incoming Drake marks Lafayette's first serious love interest since the death of his previous boyfriend, Jesus, during season 5. The seventh and final season of True Blood is expected to air on HBO this summer.

2) Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine has cast Marc Evan Jackson as Captain Holt's (Andre Braugher) husband Kevin Cozner, TVLine reports. He will be introduced on the series in early 2014 when he invites the 99th precinct to celebrate Holt's birthday at their home.

3) New Fox comedy Fatrick will see a Don't Hate the B---- in Apartment 23 reunion! The comedy from Apartment 23 writer Nahnatchka Khan recently cast Ray Ford (James' out assistant Luther from Apartment 23) as lead character Patrick's best friend Maurice who has been with him since childhood. Dante Hoagland will play the 12-year-old version of Maurice, described as "the unabashedly gay kid and Patrick's only and best friend."

4) World of Wonder (WOW), "an international powerhouse production and entertainment company creating groundbreaking" film and TV shows, hosted its first WOWie awards at their holiday celebration December 12. Awards were given to outstanding blogs, social media accounts, and YouTubers including Tyler Oakley. Hosted by James St James and Michelle Visage, the event was also attended by Adam Lambert, Manila Luzon from RuPaul's Drag Race, LaToya Jackson, new season six RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Laganja Estranja and Kelly Mantle.

5) The 13th installment of Kevin Keller, Archie's out comic book pal, has a cover and a synopsis. In the upcoming edition, an online gossip site pops up at Riverdale High, and Kevin sets out to discover the writer responsible before his and the rest of the school's reputations' are ruined. A GLAAD Media Award recipient for 'Outstanding Comic Book,' Kevin Keller's issue #13 will be on sale starting March 19.

6) Hit book series, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets a fourth book. David Lagercrantz will take over the series after original author, Stieg Larsson, passed away in 2004. The first three books in the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy have sold more than 75 million copies, and the 2011 film adaptation grossed $233 million worldwide. The next installment will continue to feature journalist Mikael Blomqvist and bisexual hacker Lisbeth Salander and is expected to be published in August 2015.

7) Lesbian romantic comedy feature, Love the Pink Kiss, needs help raising funds to produce their film. The story follows twenty-something Sarah Niles who drunkenly accepts a bribe to marry complete stranger, Robbie. Surprised to learn Robbie is a woman, Sarah is further shocked when Robbie must move in with her and she develops feelings for her. "This movie starts with a wedding farce, embarks on an emotional comedic journey, then ends with a wedding created through true love." To learn more or support the project, visit Love the Pink Kiss' Indiegogo page.

December 20, 2013
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Posted on Dec 17, 2013

‘FREE CECE’ – Laverne Cox’s documentary to free CeCe McDonald

Laverne Cox is working on documentary, FREE CECE, to bring African-American trans woman, CeCe McDonald's story to a larger audience and shed light on the culture of violence surrounding transphobia.

In June 2011, CeCe McDonald and her friends were walking to a grocery store in Minneapolis when a group of people began throwing racial and homophobic slurs at McDonald and her friends, resulting in a physical altercation. McDonald was injured and attacker Dean Schmitz killed in self-defense. McDonald was arrested as the aggressor and after the court refused to accept McDonald's assertions her actions were in self-defense, accepted a plea deal for an accidental stabbing death charge. She is now serving a 41-month jail sentence in a men's prison.

Told primarily through Cox's poignant interview with McDonald in prison, the film will use expert interviews, filmed illustrations and investigative journalistic techniques to tell McDonald's story, including the events that happened in 2011, her time in a men's prison, and the violence that affects many trans women of color. McDonald is expected to be released in 2014 and Cox plans to follow up and continue to share McDonald's survivor story.

Working collaboration with producer/director, Jacqueline Gares (GLAAD Media Award winning series IN THE LIFE), Laverne Cox shares her reason for supporting and getting involved with this project, "But for the grace of God I could be CeCe McDonald. CeCe’s case represents a long list of instances of violence against transgender women who are disproportionately trans women of color.”

'FREE CECE' is currently in production and welcomes donations here to support this important film and "confront the issue of transphobia and the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color."

December 17, 2013
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Posted on Dec 13, 2013

The GLAAD Wrap: ‘Portlandia’ returns, Antigone Rising’s new single and ‘Husbands’ fan campaign

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) Lauren Cioffi's short documentary film A Mississippi Love Story chronicles the lives of a gay couple living in Mississippi (expected to be one of the last states to adopt marriage equality) and the couple's journey to get married in California. Check out the trailer below!

2) Out actor Ben Wishaw, recently seen as Q in Skyfall, has been cast as Freddie Mercury in the biopic about the Queen frontman. The film tells "a formative coming-of-age story … culminating in Queen headlining Live Aid in 1985." Reportedly, the film will not cover Mercury's struggle with AIDS, which ultimately led to his death in 1991. Working with former Queen band members, Dexter Fletcher will direct the film with Robert De Niro, Graham King and Jane Rosenthal producing. Production is expected to begin in 2014.

3) AFI's chosen top 10 TV shows for 2013, include several LGBT-inclusive series. The AFI Awards honors ten films and ten TV series "deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year's most significant achievements in the art of the moving image."  Included on this year's TV list of honorees are The Good Wife, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black, and Scandal.

4) All-female country rock band Antigone Rising has a new holiday-themed single out. Out band member Kristen Ellis-Henderson was featured with her wife—new GLAAD president, Sarah Kate Ellis—on the cover of Time magazine's 2013 marriage equality cover. Antigone Rising's new single, titled "Santa, You Owe Me," is described as "lyrical sarcasm perfectly blended with shuffling rockabilly drums, ho-ho harmonies, and a fuzzy blues-rock guitar solo that belongs on the naughty list." "Santa, You Owe Me" is available for purchase on iTunes!

5) Kimberly Pierce, (the out director of films such as 2013's Carrie and Boys Don't Cry), has secured a first-look deal with ABC studios. Under this arrangement, Pierce will direct and produce projects for network and cable, as well as pilots alongside other producers for ABC. This marks Pierce's debut directing TV pilots, as her only other TV directing credit is for a single episode of The L Word.

6) Portlandia, the sketch-like comedy series based in Portland, Oregon, will return for its 10-episode fourth season in early 2014. Co-creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will be joined this season by guest stars like k.d. lang, Dan Savage and Milk director Gus Van Sant. Look for new episodes of Portlandia on IFC starting Thursday, February 27 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

7) Fans of the popular web series Husbands, a comedy about a newlywed gay couple, are campaigning to get it picked up as a TV show. Created by Brad Bell and Jane Espenson, the critically acclaimed series currently lives on the digital network, CW Seed.  Time magazine agrees Husbands is TV worthy, stating it "could genuinely hold their own with their TV-on-TV counterpart." To contribute to the fan campaign, visit the website here, and check out Husbands over at CW Seed!

8) The USA network has set its midseason line-up, which includes the return of Suits and White Collar, along with new comedy, Sirens. Suits, a lawyer drama in which Edward Darby (Conleth Hill) revealed last season he dated another man, will move to Thursdays, along with White Collar featuring out FBI agent, Diana Barrigan (Marsha Thomason). White Collar returns January 9, and Suits returns Thursday, March 6 at 9 PM, followed by Sirens, which will feature a gay EMT as a lead character.

10) The NBC comedy Sean Saves the World, which centers on out father Sean as he navigates parenting his 14-year-old daughter and managing his boss at work, is adding a potential boyfriend for Sean. The character is described as "a charming, thrill-seeking adventurer who Sean will do almost anything to impress," and will be played by Guy Pearce, who has been previously seen in Iron Man 3 and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Pearce's character is expected to appear in the fifteenth episode airing sometime in 2014. In addition, Portia de Rossi will be guesting as Sean's "smart, high-powered ex-wife" in three episodes in early spring.

11) Writer-director Rainy Kerwin and producing partner Narmar Hanna need funding to finish their female-driven romantic comedy, The Wedding Invitation. The feature film tells the story of three women who "break all the rules in their attempt to get dates for the wedding of the year." In addition, The Wedding Invitation's lead cast and crew will be all women, and 5% of the film's net profits will go to 10 women's charities to help empower the next generation of women in entertainment. To learn more about the project, visit The Wedding Invitation's Indiegogo page, and check out their video below!

December 13, 2013
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