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7 Things That Are Everything This Week


Rocky Horror arrives, Melissa Etheridge returns, and Eyewitness floors us.

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USA's gripping new drama Eyewitness premieres this weekend. And The Advocate's editor at large, Diane Anderson-Minshall, has declared it "TV's best new show." The series centers on two gay teens (James Paxton and Tyler Young) who meet for a tryst in the woods -- and witness a triple homicide. The closet prevents them from coming forward with their story. Created by Adi Hasak (Shades of Blue), the series also features direction from Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and a leading role played by Julianne Nicholson (Masters of Sex), as the sheriff of the small town in upstate New York who leads the investigation. Don't miss the drama Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The outrageous, gender-bending musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been been a cult classic for more than four decades. Now it's headed to TV for a new generation to fall in love with it. The TV movie -- premiering on Fox Thursday at 8 p.m. -- casts trans actress Laverne Cox as sweet transvestite Dr. Frank-n-Furter and also stars Christina Milian,Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan, and out musician Adam Lambert. Get your lace stockings and prepare to do the time warp (again).

Norman, Is That You?


Ben Baur is facing what many young gay men try to avoid: growing up. The Hunting Season star and Out 100 honoree has created a new web series, #Adulting, alongside his real-life best friend, Thandi Tolmay. The pair portray Max and Fay -- friends figuring out life and love at the end of their 20s, which Baur called "an odd time in life ... when you're supposed to be a grown-up and you're just ... not." The series launched a successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year, and a full season will be available Monday on Watch the trailer below.

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Certain Women

Kristen Stewart may play it coy about real-life lady loves, but she's on-screen in theaters this weekend as a teacher who becomes the object of a female ranch hand's affection. Certain Women writer-director Kelly Reichardt actually changed the latter character's gender when she adapted three of Maile Meloy's short stories into the film, "a change that gives their quasi-romance an extra uncertainty, at least in deep rural Montana," as the A.V. Club review puts it. Newcomer Lily Gladstone is getting early raves for her performance as the part-Cheyenne ranch hand. The movie loosely links their story with two other Montana-set tales from Meloy, with Laura Dern as a lawyer trying to help a client (Jared Harris) who feels he's been cheated in a workers' compensation settlement, and Michelle Williams (who starred in Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy) and James LeGros as a couple whose marriage is strained during the process of building a house. Watch a trailer below.

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Melissa Etheridge, MEmphis Rock and Soul

Melissa Etheridge pays tribute to Memphis's legendary Stax Records in her latest album. She brings her distinctive touch to 12 tunes issued by the label, including "Hold On, I'm Coming," first recorded by Sam and Dave; "Respect Yourself (People Stand Up)" by the Staple Singers; and a couple of Otis Redding ballads, "I've Got Dreams to Remember" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)." Etheridge recorded the album in Memphis's historic Royal Studios, with backing from some of the players featured on the original versions and a few samples from those tracks. She has also updated a few of the lyrics to reflect today's societal concerns. MEmphis Rock and Soul is out now; get more info here.


Christine and the Queens tour

French singer-songwriter Heloise Letissier, who performs as her alter-ego, Christine and the Queens, was recently featured on the cover of Time magazine and named one of 2016's Next Generation Leaders by the publication. The pansexual, gender-fluid singer performed "Tilted" from her self-titled album on The Tonight Show this week and recently performed alongside LGBT icon Elton John. Letissier will be headlining a show in Los Angeles Saturday at the Ace Theatre at the Ace Hotel. Check out the rest of her tour dates here.



Most of us associate Pride season with the summer months, but in warmer climes, Pride can happen anytime. This weekend, Little Rock, Ark., Winston-Salem, N.C., and California's San Gabriel Valley are all hosting celebrations. Next week, two big cities get their Prides on: Las Vegas and Honolulu. Get out, celebrate, and connect with your community.

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