Scream, read, watch, listen, party, and wherq with the seven things that are everything this week.
BlackbirdThe Casual Vacancy
Director Patrik-Ian Polk (Punks, Noah's Arc) takes us to church with his latest film, Blackbird, which tackles homophobia in a southern Baptist community. In this gay coming-of-age tale, high school student Randy Rousseau, played by newcomer Julian Walker, is troubled by his sexual attraction to the other men, which manifests itself at night in a series of wet dreams. A Christian and star singer of his church's choir, Randy has more than his image to maintain. He must also care for his mother, Claire (Mo'Nique), an equally devout woman who is grieving for a missing child. Can Randy come to terms to with his sexuality while also keeping his faith and family? Watch the trailer below, and see Blackbird in theaters this weekend.
Remember that time J.K. Rowling wrote a mystery novel under a pen name and didn't tell anyone? That book, The Casual Vacancy,
has been adapted into a three-part miniseries, which will debut Wednesday on HBO. There are no witches or warlocks in the small English town where the series is set. But there's plenty of drama and perhaps even a ghost, which materialize after the death of a community leader who leaves no heir apparent. In addition, Harry Potter
fans will be happy to note that Michael Gambon, who portrayed (gay!) wizard Dumbledore in the fantasy series, is a leading man in The Casual Vacancy.
Watch the trailer below.Whatever ... Love is Love
The full title of Maria Bello's memoir is Whatever ... Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves.
It's an appropriate one for the Prisoners
actress, as it is a quote from her young son, Jackson, in her response to his mother's revelation, in late 2013, that she was in love with another woman. In a New York Times op-ed recounting the incident
, Bello also came out to the world as a "whatever," adding, "whomever I love, however I love them, whether they sleep in my bed or not, or whether I do homework with them or share a child with them, 'love is love.' And I love our modern family." Read more about Bello's journey in her memoir, which comes out Tuesday in hardcover from Dey Street Books.Hi Fashion, "Where's the Party?"
The queer couture songs of Hi Fashion are always a lesson in fabulous, and the duo's latest track, "Where's the Party?" is no exception. Press play and party on!
Drag Queen World Series
Pitchers and catchers and queens! Oh my! Two fierce teams of drag queens and their admirers will converge on the Glendale Sports Complex in Southern California Saturday, May 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. They'll battle for the Drag Queen World Series title and trophy -- and to raise awareness and funds for Life Group LA, an organization that provides HIV and AIDS education and support. Defending champions the L.A. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will face off against the West Hollywood Cheerleaders. Tickets are merely $10 online or $15 at the gate. For all the information you could possibly need about this fabulous event, including sponsorship opportunities, go to the Drag Queen World Series website. Take a look at photos from last year's extravaganza here.
White Party Palm Springs
Guys from around the globe are gathering to heat up Palm Springs, Calif., once again at the sexiest gay celebration of the year -- the White Party. The three-day event kicks off today with the Splash Pool Party and rages on throughout the weekend with amazing music, live performances, and more abs than you can shake your disco stick at. Get all the details here.
54 Directors Cut
If you saw the film 54 in 1998 and found it disappointingly bland, you're not alone. It was. Spooked by negative reactions to test screenings, Disney-owned Miramax cut 36 minutes of the film's bisexual content and demanded that director Mark Christopher and company shoot an additional 25 minutes, including a dull straight love story between the club's busboy-turned-drug-dealer Shane (Ryan Phillippe) and an actress (Neve Campbell) and a happy ending. But now the story has been restored to its full sex, drugs, and disco-ballin' glory in the new 54 Directors Cut, which will screen Friday at the San Francisco International Film Festival.