Your Olympics Crush is Dancing with the Stars
No, we didn’t say which Olympics crush. That’s because the upcoming all-athletes season of Dancing with the Stars features several recent popular Olympic athletes, and one of them is America’s Queer Sweetheart, the witty and fierce figure skater Adam Rippon.
The other two, though not LGBT, are just as swoon-worthy, depending on your orientation: There’s softball power pitcher Jennifer Finch Daigle to entice the lesbians, and Chris Mazdzer, the stud-muffin luger whose scruffy appeal has been clocked by virtually all gay men with internet access.
They’ll be joining problematic faves like Tonya Harding and fave-faves like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In other words, the competition is poised to rival the best seasons of the beloved (and, come on, really corny) series in terms of sheer physical power. Finally, we know Adam won’t disappoint, given his patented brand of charm and sass, so that’s reason enough to watch. Catch DWTS on ABC.
Kate McKinnon Is Currently in Talks for a Film with No Name
“In talks” is what they call contract negotiations over salary, and while those are being hammered out, let’s all agree that whatever amount SNL superstar Kate McKinnon is being offered should, just on principle, be doubled. She’s that appealing, even in films that aren’t (and she’s had a few of those).
Good news, then, that the film she’s in talks to star in is from Love, Actually creator Richard Curtis and acclaimed director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting), so the chances of it being pretty good are, well, pretty good. The project has no title, but it does have Downton Abbey’s James (and EastEnders mainstay), Himesh Patel, as well as the most vague idea of a plot that involves music of the 1960s and/or 1970s, depending on whose rumors you believe. Doesn’t matter, you had us at Kate.
It Is a Bad Idea to Mess with Gay Kid and Fat Chick
TV comedy director Amy York Rubin (Grown-ish, Fresh Off The Boat) has signed on to direct the next film from comic actor Bo Burnham (his debut feature as a writer-director, the already-acclaimed Eighth Grade, hits theaters this summer). It’s called Gay Kid and Fat Chick, at least for now, and we don’t dislike that title at all. Not only is it instantly memorable, it takes dismissive language and uses it powerfully in a story of teenage outsiders who create costumed superhero identities in order to get revenge on bullies, kind of like a queer Kick-Ass.
At the moment this one is in development — at Paramount — so there’s no cast, but hear us out when we say that J.J. Totah (Champions) is the only choice to play “Gay Kid.” That young man is practically already a queer superhero in real life. Anyway, we hope the script doesn’t involve them having to learn lessons about the futility of revenge. If you’ve seen Heathers, you know there’s no satisfaction in that.
Follow Kimberly Reed’s Dark Money
Transgender director Kimberly Reed’s documentary Prodigal Sons was the kind of indie success story every filmmaker hopes for: critically acclaimed, crowd pleasing, and award winning. Then her profile rose when she co-produced the moving documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. And now her latest, Dark Money, hits arthouse theaters this summer before airing on PBS.
This time around, the subject matter is less queer specific and more urgently universal: the influence of untraceable corporate money and the way it influences not only American elections but also our democracy itself, thanks to the infamous Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United. It’s the kind of activist filmmaking that’s sure to depress audiences — but only in an effort to make them rise up. Here’s hoping it pushes the national conversation toward breaking the grip corporations have on American politics and life. (Cue group sing-along of “The Internationale.”)
Romeo San Vicente doesn’t hate Mondays, just capitalism.