There is a spate of female-led films slated for 2018 and the first big one of the year is the sci-fi/horror mash-up Annihilation from Ex Machina director Alex Garland. Natalie Portman stars as Lena, a biologist who leads a team of women played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriquez, and Tuva Novotny into the “shimmer,” an area of marshland in Florida brought to or created by an alien life form whose intention is not clear. The women descend into the shimmer to encounter what appears to be breathtaking, benevolent natural life. Or is it? Oscar Issac costars.
Watch the trailer below.
Fair Shot by Chris Hughes
Chris Hughes, the gay cofounder of Facebook and former owner of The New Republic, lays out a plan for economic fairness in his new book, Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn. Now at the helm of an organization called the Economic Security Project, he proposes a guaranteed minimum income for lower- and middle-class Americans, something he says will lift 20 million people out of poverty and provide financial stability to millions more. The money would come from a tax on people with an annual income of $250,000 or more — representing a dramatic shift in tax policy, especially from the recent big tax cut for high earners. “The guaranteed income as an idea is so simple that oftentimes people just sort of skip over the power of cash itself,” he recently told The New York Times. To learn more about Hughes’s ideas, order his book here or visit your local bookseller.
This unconventional teen romance — based on the bestselling novel by David Levithan — follows a 16-year-old girl who falls in love with a spirit, one who occupies a different body every day. One of those physical iterations includes another girl and a gender-nonconforming person played by trans actor Ian Alexander. Michael Sucsy, the gay talent behind HBO's Grey Gardens, directed Every Day, which is out now.
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 40th Season Crescendo Gala
The legendary S.F. Gay Men's Chorus celebrates its 40th year with a gala event on Saturday evening at Fairmont Hotel. Honoring out musicians Tyler Glenn and Mary Lambert, the Crescendo Gala will also celebrate the achievements of composer Andrew Lippa, actor Wilson Cruz, Bob the Drag Queen, author Armistead Maupin, and Carson Jones, the out activist son of new senator Doug Jones. Be prepared for some incredible musical performances; a better time won't be had in all of lovely S.F. Click here for tickets and more info.
The Voice is back and this time the original American Idol, Grammy winner,and all-around funny human Kelly Clarkson has signed as one of the long-running singing contest’s coaches. Clarkson has appeared on NBC’s juggernaut several times over the years as a guest adviser and mentor to contestants. But this season she’ll be in the mix with veteran coaches Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine sparring over who gets to mentor the next great voice, and something tells us she’ll have no problem pulling together an amazing team.
The Voice’s new season begins on Feb. 26 on NBC.
Watch the sizzle reel for Clarkson below.
It it beyond clear that gun laws are failing Americans. Outraged? There are several protests planned in the near future to demand gun control: a national school walkout on March 14, a March For Our Lives on March 24, and another national school walkout planned on April 20, the anniversary of Columbine. Read more at Huff Post.