Danger, Will Robinson! Lost in Space has been rebooted by Netflix. The series, inspired by the camp 1965 science-fiction TV show, returns with a new cast: Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio, Taylor Russell, Maxwell Jenkins, Mina Sundwall, and the incomparable Parker Posey. In this universe, the still-lost Robinson family crash-lands on an alien planet and must survive a hostile environment, including each other. Oh, and the robot is back! Binge it this weekend.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
A new documentary on Grace Jones is now in theaters: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. Directed by Sophie Fiennes, the film juxtaposes performances of the pop-culture icon with never-before-seen personal footage. A screening next Friday at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles will feature both Jones and Fiennes in person. Don’t miss it.
Killing Eve’s story is a far cry from its creator Phoebe Waller-Bridges's dark comedy Fleabag, but she manages to infuse the new series’ spy-thriller narrative with plenty of her signature bons mots. Sandra Oh finally gets a role worthy of her immense talent as Eve Polastri, a sardonic MI6 investigator who discovers the existence of a new female assassin wreaking havoc around the world. British TV veteran Jodie Comer plays Villanelle, the gorgeous bisexual polyglot of an assassin who becomes obsessed with Eve. The series is delicious, dark-humored fun bolstered by a solid cat-and-mouse plot.
Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John
LGBT audiences, like a lot of other people, have long loved Olivia Newton-John. One of the musicians who admires her is alt-rocker Juliana Hatfield, who has just released a tribute album of 13 Newton-John hits, with bonus tracks on certain formats — the album is appropriately available on cassette, CD, and vinyl as well as digitally. "I have never not loved Olivia Newton-John," Hatfield says. "Her music has brought me so much pure joy throughout my life. I loved her when I was a child and I love her still. Her voice and her positive energy and her melodies have stood the test of time and they give me as much pleasure now as they ever did. Listening to her is an escape into a beautiful place. She has inspired me so much personally and I just wanted to give something back; to share some of these tremendous songs, reinterpreted, with love, by me." Order here, and get a sample by getting "Physical" below.
Roxane Gay's Unruly Bodies
On the heels of her book Hunger, in which she excavated her own body image issues, Roxane Gay has curated a pop-up magazine on Medium that features essays from 24 authors whom Gay prompted with the question, “What does it mean to live in an unruly body?” The response was that authors from divergent backgrounds, genders, races, and identities on the LGBT spectrum submitted stories to the magazine titled Unruly Bodies. Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar writes about his body in relation to alcohol while comedian Samantha Irby takes on her body and menstruation. Author S. Bear Bergman writes about “The Body No Longer Policed by Gender.”
A new set of essays will be released each Tuesday in April.
Danielle Alexa, "Spin in Circles"
Danielle Alexa — with a little help from RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Laganja Estranja and Gia Gunn — transforms into a drag king in her new music video, “Spin in Circles.” By doing so, the pop and soul singer wanted to challenge society’s conceptions of gender. "I wanted to make a fun and thought provoking video for 'Spin in Circles,'" she told Billboard. "The video illustrates coming to terms with one's self in a deep haze of smoke. It is about fluidity being acceptable, and one's ability to be themselves." Watch it below.
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
Some of us were pretty upset with James Comey, then the FBI director, when he announced 11 days before the 2016 presidential election that the bureau had new information about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of State. The information turned out to be nothing much, but the announcement may have cost Clinton some votes — and the election. But after Donald Trump became president, Comey was doing his duty in investigating Russian meddling in the election, and Trump fired him for it. Because of that, many of us are looking forward to Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty, which promises to be a damning exposé of a president Comey calls "unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values." National Public Radio reviewer Ron Elving says A Higher Loyalty is "by far the most consequential book yet in the literature of the Trump presidency." It's out Tuesday; preorder at Amazon or visit your local bookstore then.