Ghostbusters Holtzmann gay

This summer has served up all sorts of expensive, extravagant spectacles. We’ve traveled to far-flung fantasy realms, battled ghouls and ghosts of every stripe, witnessed multiple animals endangering human lives by driving trucks, and cheered on more superhero-on-superhero pileups than you can shake a supernaturally powered scepter at. One thing we haven’t gotten a lot of, though? LGBTQ characters. Instead, what we have seen are a number of characters like Ghostbusters‘ Jillian Holtzmann, who slink right up to the edge, but then stop just short of coming out.

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George Takei as Sulu

Yesterday, John Cho dropped the bombshell that his Hikaru Sulu would be gay in Star Trek Beyond. While the actor said the film would “not make a big thing” out of the reveal, it was a big deal for plenty of fans. Star Trek has been famously progressive since its earliest days, and yet the franchise has had no prominent gay characters to date. A gay Sulu seemed like an exciting step forward.

But one who wasn’t so thrilled about the news? George Takei himself. The original Sulu actor says that while he’s “delighted that there’s a gay character,” he feels it’s “really unfortunate” it had to be Sulu. Meanwhile, Star Trek Beyond writer and star Simon Pegg, who helped make the decision in the first place, says he “respectfully disagree[s]” with Takei’s stance.  Read More »

Josh Trank exits Star Wars

Two weeks ago, a man walked into the Pulse gay club in Orlando and began firing his gun. By the time his spree was over, 49 people had been killed and another 53 injured, making it the deadliest hate crime ever committed against LGBTQ people in the U.S. as well as the deadliest mass shooting overall in our history. Survivors, their loved ones, and their communities are still reeling from the loss. But one man is hoping to honor the victims in an unusual and moving way.

IGN editor Joshua Yehl is asking Disney and Lucasfilm to memorialize the victims by introducing the first-ever LGBTQ Star Wars character, to be inspired by his best friend Drew Leinonen — a massive Star Wars fan and one of those killed in the attack.  Read More »

Frozen Elsa

Disney’s heavy-hitting franchises are slowly getting more diverse. The Force Awakens has more female and non-white characters in speaking roles than the first three Star Wars movies combined. Captain America: Civil War introduces a new black superhero this weekend (and he’s getting his own movie in 2018). This fall’s Moana introduces Disney’s first Polynesian princess. And so on. But even as these universes gradually open up to women and people of color, they’ve continued to leave LGBT people out in the cold. And fans and filmmakers alike would like to see that change.

Recently, GLAAD called upon the studio to include LGBT characters in the Star Wars universe. Now the Frozen faithful are campaigning on social media to “#GiveElsaAGirlfriend” in the sequel, while Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo field questions about when the Marvel Cinematic Universe will get its first major gay character.  Read More »

Marielle Heller

It is a great week to be Marielle Heller. Just days after we heard she’d be teaming up with J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley for Kolma, the Diary of a Teenage Girl helmer has added another promising project to her to-do list. She’ll write and direct a feature film adaptation of The Case Against 8, the HBO documentary about the legal battle to overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban. 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment are producing.  Read More »

2016 oscar snubs

The 2016 Oscar nominations are here and you know what that means: it’s time to start complaining!

To be fair, this year’s nominees gave us a lot to cheer about. Mad Max: Fury Road (/Film’s favorite movie of 2015) walked away with a stunning ten nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Other favorites, like Brooklyn, Spotlight, The Martian, and even Bridge of Spies racked up nods. As with any Oscar year, there was just as much to love as there was to hate.

So let’s give into our hate. And our confusion. And and our total bafflement. Because it wouldn’t be the Oscars without a bunch of big, weird surprises throwing everyone off track and inspiring furious debates about how wrong the Academy is on a yearly basis. Let’s run down the biggest snubs of the year.

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About Ray trailer

The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for About Ray (formerly Three Generations). Elle Fanning stars as Ray, New York City teenager embarking on the process of transitioning from female to male.

Naomi Watts plays Ray’s mother Maggie, who accepts his decision but nevertheless worries about her child, and Susan Sarandon plays Ray’s grandmother Dolly, who just doesn’t seem to get it (“Why can’t she just be a lesbian?” she asks). Tate Donovan also stars as Ray’s absentee father, who’s reluctant to sign off on Ray’s medical forms. Watch the About Ray trailer after the jump. Read More »

Freeheld trailer

As people across the U.S. continue to celebrate the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage, the first Freeheld trailer has come to remind us of the tough battles that brought us here. Based on a true story, the drama stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page as New Jersey couple Laurel and Stacie. After Laurel, a cop, is diagnosed with cancer, she fights to ensure that her pension goes to Stacie.

At their side are Laurel’s police partner Dane (Michael Shannon) and New York activist Steven (Steve Carell). Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) directed and Ron Nyswaner (PhiladelphiaSoldier’s Girl) wrote the script. Watch the Freeheld trailer after the jump.
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gay marvel cinematic universe character

We saw a landmark ruling last week as the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. This was on my mind as I sat down with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige over the weekend. I put the question out there: when will we finally see a LGBT character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Get his answer, after the jump.

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