The first gay male superhero to headline his own series from DC Comics, Midnighter, has been garnering praise since his series debuted back in June, and now the first seven issues of the GLAAD Media Award-nominated series are available as a single trade paperback with Midnighter Vol. 1: Out. Written by super-scribe and Advocate “40 Under 40” honoree Steve Orlando, this collected edition kicks off an epic saga after a theft at the God Garden unleashes a wave of dangerous biotech weapons on the world. This looks like a job for Midnighter!
Cyndi Lauper has conquered everything from house music to jazz to Broadway. Now the music icon tries her hand at country covers with her new album, Detour, out in April. The first single is a take on Wanda Jackson's funky "Funnel of Love," a perfect choice for the girl who prides herself on being just a little bit strange. Listen below and pre-order Detour here.
It’s religion versus witchcraft at the box office this weekend. But really, aren’t these one and the same? One film features a soldier (played by the sacrilicious Joseph Fiennes) in search of a resurrected corpse, and the other shows a God-fearing family battling evil spirits and hysteria in 17th-century New England. Both sound like creepy fun, so check out The Witch and Risen in theaters this weekend.
It has been over 16 years since teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School. Since then, the world has never been the same. This is especially true for Dylan’s mother, Sue Klebold, who penned her post-Columbine reflections in a new memoir, A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy. In the book, Klebold tries to piece together clues from the past, in order to make sense of the bloodshed and examine whether she, as a mother, had failed her son. As school shootings continue to plague the United States, Klebold’s observations are needed as much now as ever. Profits from the book will go toward organizations that address mental health issues. Learn more here.
We're cheering for Glee standout Alex Newell as he releases his first EP, Power, today. A collection of inspiring, feel-good house tracks buoyed by Newell's powerful vocal instrument, Power deserves to be spinning at every gay club worth its disco ball. Newell, soon embarking on a tour with Adam Lambert, spoke to Out about his new music and inspiring identity. Power is available now on iTunes; listen to "It Ain't Over" below.
This bittersweet coming-of-age story was Thailand's official submission for the Academy Awards, and while it didn't make the cut of Best Foreign-Language Film nominees, it's been a favorite at film festivals. Thai actor-model Toni Rakkaen stars as Oat, a grown man recalling his childhood experience of trying to help his gay older brother avoid the military draft. That brother, Ek (Thira Chutikul), works at a hustler bar and has found love with the more privileged Jai (Arthur Navarat). The debut feature from Korean-American writer-director Josh Kim, it also stars Ingkarat “Ryu” Damrongsakkulas as the 11-year-old Oat and Natarat Lakha “Nut” as irrepressible trans woman Kitty, who is best friends with Jai and Ek. You can order the film now from Wolfe Video.
The Girls are back! Marnie (Allison Williams) is about to get married and is a full-on Bridezilla, with Hannah (Lena Dunham), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) as her attendants. Meanwhile, Hannah remains perhaps "the best worst junior high teacher ever," as The Hollywood Reporter puts it, and her father (Peter Scolari) is continuing to explore his sexuality. Girls resumes Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on HBO.