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Hot Sheet: Farewell to Glee, Keep on Looking

Hot Sheet: Farewell to Glee, Keep on Looking


We say goodbye to Glee, hope it's just a 'see you later' to Looking, and get Insurgent in this week's entertainment highlights.

Hs150320-10_010. BOOK: Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor
Beloved Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn brought provided charming quips on design for the contestants on the show, and viewers fell in love with his quirky sense of humor. He is now publishing his third book, and this time he's bringing his TEACH philoshopy to the public: "Truth-telling, empathy, asking, cheerleading, and hoping for the best." Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor is a master class on mentoring that covers leadership, curiosity, diversity, understanding, and empathy. -- Yezmin Villarreal

Hs150320-09_09. EVENT: PFLAG Straight for Equality Gala
PFLAG will honor and celebrate straight allies at its seventh annual Straight for Equality Gala, set for March 30 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. This year's recipients of the Straight for Equality awards are Transparent creator Jill Soloway (left), in the field of entertainment; New York Rangers goalie and antibullying activist Hendrik Lundqvist (right), in sports; and Marriott International, for its workplace policies. Actor and comedian Alec Mapa will emcee the event, which includes a reception, dinner, and live auction in addition to the awards presentation. For tickets and more info, click here. -- Trudy Ring

Hs150320-08_08. BLU-RAY: Into the Woods
The Tony Award-winning Broadway play turned film Into the Woods is a musical fantasy that draws on the iconic stories originally written by the Grimm Brothers. With songs by Stephen Sondheim, it stars Meryl Streep as a witch and James Corden and Emily Blunt as bakers who make their way into the forest to look for ingredients to reverse a spell and end up bumping into fairy-tale characters Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack. The cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, and Chris Pine. It's out on Blu-ray Tuesday; get your copy here and watch the trailer below. -- Yezmin Villarreal

Hs150320-07_07. MUSIC: Realness, RuPaul
Ru is not just the doyenne of Drag Race; he's a prolific recording artist now on his seventh album. Realness, his latest, includes collaborations from Drag Race judge and former Seduction member Michelle Visage ("L.A. Rhythm"), actress-model Rebecca Romijn ("Color Me Love"), and porn mogul Chi Chi LaRue on the Gaga-esque "LGBT." Give this collection of house bangers a spin this weekend. -- Neal Broverman

Hs150320-06_06. FILM: Cupcakes
Eytan Fox, who directed the somber war drama Yossi & Jagger, performs a 180-degree turn in his newest project, Cupcakes. The Israeli film is a joyous musical comedy that begins when five women and a gay man become accidental contestants in a Eurovision-like competition after a video of one of their impromptu performances goes viral. It's a candy-colored confection, drawing its exuberance from the spirit of old-school musicals mixed with modern sass a la Pitch Perfect. There's not much concern for complexity or character development, but for those looking for an escapist romp in a feel-good flick, Cupcakes, which comes out in theaters this weekend, is the perfect treat. -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs150320-05_05. THEATER: Jewels of Paris
San Francisco's LGBT-inclusive Thrillpeddlers troupe celebrates the artistic, social, and sexual changes that emerged from Paris nearly a century ago in its new musical review Jewels of Paris, cowritten by original Cockette Scrumbly Koldewyn. Among the Paris habitues portrayed in this time-traveling entertainment are Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Josephine Baker, and even Marie Antoinette (time-traveling, remember). It's playing now through May 2 at the Hypnodrome in the City by the Bay. Reserve a seat here. -- Trudy Ring

Hs150320-04_04. BOOK: Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story byDavid Levithan
If you thought you heard (or read) the last of the gay, theater-singing, football-playing Tiny Cooper, then you thought wrong. Dead wrong. Tiny makes a triumphant return to the spotlight in author David Levithan's newest read, Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. A companion to the best-selling young adult novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson (which Levithan wrote with popular The Fault in Our Stars writer John Green), Hold Me Closer actually reads more like a play than a book, making it not only quick to finish, but very entertaining to follow along. And with everything Tiny's fabulous birth to his string of failed relationships included in this "musical" book, Hold Me Closer is a story you'll definitely want to be following. Grab your copy here. -- Raffy Ermac

Hs150320-03_03. TV: Looking season finale
HBO's critically acclaimed dramedy about gay life in San Francisco wraps up its second season Sunday at 10 p.m. The episode begins with protagonist Patrick moving in with his boss and full-time fella Kevin. Everything is going swimmingly until the guys attend a party and -- well, you'll see. Get ready for a surprise appearance, more sweetness between redeemed Agustin and his new boyfriend, Eddie (played winningly by Daniel Franzese), and real talk between Dom and Doris. It's all stellar. Hopefully, this will be the season finale, not the series finale. Right, HBO? -- Neal Broverman

Hs150320-02_02. FILM: Insurgent
Are you a fan of science fiction films that feature marginalized young people fighting for their lives in a dystopian future world? If yes, then be sure to catch Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, a 2014 film that, among other distinctions, may be the first bisexual allegory in the genre. The franchise stars Shailene Woodley as Beatrice Pryor, a young woman who poses a threat to the existing social order, since she her personality does fit into any of the preordained categories created by the government to control the population. The newest film picks up just days after the previous one ended, with Pryor on the run from the authorities alongside Four, played by the handsome Theo James. Around them, the world is falling to pieces, as it tends to do under these circumstances. The film also features the talents of Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. It comes out this weekend. Watch the trailer below. -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs150320-01_01. TV: Glee series finale
The time has finally come upon us, Gleeks.The two-hour finale to one of television's most beloved and gay-friendly programs airs this week, and although it will be extremely bittersweet to say goodbye one last time to some of our favorite LGBT characters like Kurt (Chris Colfer), Blaine (Darren Criss), and Santana (Naya Rivera), it's nice to know that the world actually paid attention to the too-real struggles of young gay people for six music-filled seasons. Few shows have managed to produce that response [sheds tear]. Glee's series finale airs tonight at 8 on Fox. -- Raffy Ermac

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