Geek out, watch, read, yaaaas, listen, and go with the seven things that are everything this week.
"Rise of the Female Superhero"
Some of the hottest female comic-book talent, including Amanda Conner, Willow Wilson, and Gail Simone, plus actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa Benoist, and Hayley Atwell and the occasional male (Grant Morrison) join Katie Couric to discuss the "Rise of the Female Superhero" on Couric's Yahoo News World 3.0 show. Watch below to get an inside look at the creation of the kickass women we all love.
Food to Get You Laid
The quickest way to a person's heart may be through their stomach, but chef Ronnie Woo is about to show us how the kitchen can also be the fastest route to the bedroom as well in the new series Food to Get You Laid, premiering tonight on Logo at 9:30 Eastern/8:30 Central. This sexy cooking series will feature real people, real relationships, real kitchens, and real ingredients to help give you the culinary tools you'll need to create a romantic meal using only the ingredients in your fridge and pantry.
One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium, edited by Kevin Jennings
This third entry in Jennings's series looks at how the environment for LGBT teachers has improved since his first volume was published in 1994, and at what still needs to change. This edition features 20 new stories from teachers in 11 states and four countries, and delivers some surprises along the way, such as a tale of warmhearted acceptance in central Virginia and a chronicle of difficulties in progressive Holland. It also focuses more on people of color and the transgender community than the first two volumes did. Out August 25; preorder here.
Documentary Now! is a new IFC television series that spoofs classic documentaries like Grey Gardens and The Thin Blue Line. Narrated by Helen Mirren, the mockumenary stars Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, and Bill Hader, who impersonate the various subjects in each episode. The series premieres Thursday on IFC, but a sneak preview of the premiere debuted online this week. Watch the Vice-inspired episode, which features Hader and Armisen in search of a drug lord, below.
The D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event, kicks off today at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The three-day event will feature sneak peeks at upcoming Disney shows, films, and theme parks (which may include the rumored announcement of a Star Wars Land addition to Disneyland). The expo will also feature inside looks at the Marvel Comics Cinematic Universe and that galaxy far, far away. For tickets, info, and more, visit D23.com.
Years & Years, "Desire" (Gryffin Remix)
Zac Efron's latest cinematic effort, We Are Your Friends, capitalizes on the current global electronic dance craze by telling the story of an up-and-coming Los Angeles-based DJ seeking fame and fortune as a one-hit EDM wonder. The official movie soundtrack is appropriately packed with talented electronic artists including Justice vs. Simian and AlunaGeorge, and it features a standout remix of "Desire" by U.K. pop trio Years & Years with lush vocals by out front man Olly Alexander.
Tom at the Farm
Called "a kinky film noir" by Variety,Tom at the Farm stars and is directed by the 24-year-old French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, who channels both Hitchcock and Tennessee Williams in this psychological thriller. Adapted from the acclaimed play by Michel Marc Bouchard, the film follows Tom, a grieving copywriter who travels to the Quebec countryside for the funeral of his partner. To his surprise, the family is ignorant of his existence, and Tom begins a game of cat and mouse with a household that has dark secrets of its own. The suspense is heightened by an evocative orchestral score by Gabriel Yared and the terrifying beauty of the Canadian countryside. Watch the trailer below, and see the film in select theaters this weekend.