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. New indie comedy The Skeleton Twins stars Bill Hader as gay twin Milo alongside fellow Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig, who plays his estranged sister Maggie. The twins coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and figure out how their lives have become what they are. For Milo, this means visiting his old flame Rich (played by Ty Burrell (Modern Family)), a former teacher who is now closeted.
2. Out Australian Olympic gold-medalist Matthew Mitcham will release a memoir titled Twists and Turns in December. The book will include Mitcham’s long battle with anxiety and “crippling self-doubt,” which at one point forced him to give up diving and instead join the local circus to earn money.
3. Number one New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer will release his first young-adult novel, Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, this coming Tuesday, November 20. The book is an adaptation of the film Struck by Lightning, written by and starring Colfer, which will be released through video on demand on December 19 and in theaters January 11, 2013. Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal is available for pre-order now at Barnes and Noble. Watch the Struck by Lightning trailer below.
4. In February, DC Comic will release Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special featuring stories about various superhero couples. Among these will be heroes Apollo and Midnighter, whose attraction to one another in the pages of Stormwatch suggest they’ll be officially dating soon as well. Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special will be available in stores on February 6, 2013.
5. Out magazine has released the 18th Annual Out 100, a list of the year’s most compelling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the world. This year’s cover stars include Glee’s Jane Lynch, 80’s icon Boy George, RuPaul’s Drag Race season four winner Sharon Needles and The New Normal’s Andrew Rannells. Visit Out.com for a slideshow of the full list of honorees.
6. Lost Girl, the science fiction drama that follows bisexual succubus Bo, has announced the premiere dates for the series third season: Monday, January 14 at 10:00pm on Syfy in the U.S. and January 6 on Showcase in Canada. As part of the third season launch, Showcase will air a Lost Girl ConFAEdential Special recap with the cast immediately before the premiere. They will also launch a mobile game app called Lost Girl: The Game on iPhone and Android devices which will allow fans to create custom characters and play a mystery game set in the Lost Girl universe, available in January. Check out the season teaser video below.
7. Cyndi Lauper’s brand new series Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual set its premiere date on WE tv with the pilot airing Saturday, January 12 at 9:00pm and a second episode directly following at 9:30pm. The 12-part series which feature Cyndi’s charitable work for her organization True Colors Fund which aims to inspire and engage everyone to become active participants in the advancement of LGBT equality and bring an end to LGBT youth homelessness. Watch the series titles below.
8. Nathan Lane will reprise his role as Cam and Mitch’s friend Pepper Saltzman on Modern Family in the new year. Lane will appear in the 14th episode of the season; this will be his third appearance on the series.
9. Out actor, singer and songwriter Tituss Burgess (D’Fwan on 30 Rock) released his new album Comfortable this week and doesn’t shy away from singing about his own life and loves. In an interview with Huffington Post Burgess said, “My young sisters and brothers in the LGBT community…they need assistance. […] These young people need visibility and they need to see grown-ups who have it together living their lives.” Comfortable is available for purchase on iTunes and you can check out single "I'll Be Alright" exclusively at broadwayworld.com.
10. Portrait of a Serial Monogamist, a romantic comedy about a lesbian approaching middle age and still looking for “the one,” is looking for funding help to cover post production costs and distribution fees. Elsie Neufeld is a 40-something TV producer who is successful in every aspect of her life, except relationships. When she breaks up with her long-term girlfriend, she is forced to take a look at her life and face the possibility that she may have broken up with the one she is meant to be with. Watch the trailer below and visit the indiegogo page for more information.