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Jo Ellen Pellman & Ariana DeBose Are Adorable in New The Prom Trailer

The Prom

The out actresses star as a couple in Ryan Murphy’s film version of the hit Broadway musical that’s coming to Netflix. 

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What to Watch: Transgender mystery, dismantling Reagan, and a return to Bayside High

The Conners

Whatever your entertainment needs, we got your back (and hopefully your mind) with Queerty’s weekly “Culture Club” column with some of the highlights of new releases, streaming shows, classics worth revisiting, and what to drink while you watch.

The Whodunnit: The Mystery of DB Cooper

One of the great American unsolved mysteries gets the feature documentary treatment this week, courtesy of director John Dower and HBO. For the uninformed, one of the most incendiary hijackings of a commercial airline happened in 1971, when a mysterious man calling himself Dan Cooper (later populated as D.B. Cooper in the media) brandished a bomb aboard a flight from Portland to Seattle. Cooper demanded $200,000 in cash and four parachutes before forcing the plane to fly to Mexico City. Along the way, he bailed out above the Pacific Northwest, never to be seen again.

Dower examines the mystery of Cooper through interviews with the still-emotional flight crew, and presents four theories as to the true identity of Cooper. The most intriguing among these hypotheses is that Cooper was actually a transgender woman, who’s gender transition helped her evade detection in the subsequent decades. The unsolved mystery of Cooper has held the world’s interest for almost 50 years, and Dower’s new doc channels all of that mystique into a compelling narrative. Viewers may not feel they’re any closer to knowing Cooper’s identity by the time the film ends, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be thinking about the mystery for days to come—which only makes the whole thing all the more entertaining.

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Streams on HBO Max November 25.

The Iconoclastic: The Reagans

Director Matt Tyrnauer returns with his most ambitious project to date, a four-part documentary series examining the political career—and American myth—of Ronald Reagan. Tyrnauer has never shied from taking on controversial figures before (hooker/pimp Scotty Bowers in Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, Roy Cohn in Where’s My Roy Cohn), but never has he shown this level of brazen defiance. The Reagans argues that its titular president was far from the Saint of Americana; rather, he was a mediocre has-been actor turned commercial pitchman—a sort of Hollywood answer to Ron Popeil. Moreover, Reagan’s political views shifted depending on who was signing his paychecks, or depending on the social climate of the time. Nancy Reagan, for her part, loved playing the doting wife in public, but brandished enormous influence on her husband behind the scenes. She also relied on a psychic (yes, really) to help adopt policy and diplomatic positions. That practice becomes all the more dubious in Reagan’s second term when his Alzheimer’s Disease begins to manifest, and during the AIDS crisis, when Reagan first turned a blind eye, before further demonizing LGBTQ people as bringing the disease on themselves.

With a crop of interviews that includes Reagan’s son Ron, George Will, Colin Powell, and Dr. Anthony Faucci, Tyrnauer smashes the Reagan myth as the Man Who Rebuilt America by showing he did the exact opposite: inflamed racial tensions, encouraged urban decay, turned away from citizens in need and bankrupted the country in the process. Audacious, thorough and always riveting, The Reagans is a must for anyone that idolizes Ronald Reagan & the 1980s, and for anyone who wonders how the Republican party became so toxic.

Streams Sundays on Showtime through December 6.

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The Stream: Saved by the Bell

The camp, cult sitcom of 80s and 90s Saturday morning returns. This new revival returns to the fictional Southern California high school of Bayside High, and reunites original cast members Elizabeth Berkeley, Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gossler, teaming them with a new class of young hellraisers. In the years since we last saw them, Gossler’s Zack and Theisen’s Kelly have become parents to the very Zackesque Mac (Mitchell Hoog), while Berkley’s Jessie and Lopez’s Slater have joined the Bayside faculty. Whereas the original show went for cheap, juvenile laughs, it delighted us to see that this new version of Saved By the Bell has a higher level of sophistication, something more akin to Degrassi High. The first few episodes touch on issues of racial diversity, income inequality, gender identity, sexuality and even parental angst, while introducing a likable new cast of kids. That includes actress Josie Totah as Lexi, an uber-popular cheerleader who also happens to be transgender. Couple that with a thoughtful, commanding performance by Berkley, and Saved By the Bell hits a new level of quality. We recommend anyone that loved the original, or who loves teen stories treated with respect, give it a look.

Streams on Peacock November 25.

The Catch: The Conners

The Rosanne Barr-less reboot The Conners enters its third season this year, and upcoming episodes make it of special note: transgender actress Alexandra Billings (Transparent) joins the cast in a recurring role as Robin, a foreman in the factory where Becky (Laci Gorensen) works, and a close friend of Darlene (Sarah Gilbert). COVID-19 also takes a toll on the residents of Lanford, which adds to the growing tension in the workplace. More than that we’ll not reveal here, other than to say that Billings’ role is a pivotal one, and the show continues its tradition of addressing hot-button issues with humor and courage. We would expect nothing less.

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Airs Wednesdays on ABC.

The Anniversary: Red, Hot & Blue

30 years ago Red, Hot & Blue, a compilation album assembled by the charity Red Hot, debuted with a singular goal: fight AIDS. With Erasure, Keith Haring, Debbie Harry & Iggy Pop, Jim Jarmusch, Annie Lennox, k.d. lang, U2, and Tom Waits, among others, each covering the music of Cole Porter, the album went on to raise $15 million for HIV/AIDS research. This year, the album gets a rerelease commemorating the success of the original, and just how far our society has come in terms of AIDS research and acceptance. Furthermore, a vintage concert of the album will drop on YouTube in honor of World AIDS Day, December 1. Give it a listen, give it a watch, enjoy the music, and remember: we still have work to do.

Rerelease debuts December 1. The concert video will debut on YouTube the same day.

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The Mood-Setter: Chloe Flower’s “Carol of the Bells”

Ivory tickler Chloe Flower dons Liberace’s fur coat (yes, the actual coat) for this new take on the stalwart carol, with a sexy twist. The video for “Carol of the Bells” sees a sensually dressed Flower pluck away at the keys surrounded by some uber-fabulous genderqueer dancers. Loaded with classy, opulent settings and costumes, the video feels like a Christmas in the House of Extravaganza—which is not a bad thing in the least. With the holiday season officially kicking off this weekend, we recommend playing it at full volume…with a little voguing to boot.

Streams on YouTube.

The Sip: The Zack Morris

This cocktail actually started out as an April Fool’s prank, though as miraculously as the show that inspired it, it somehow found a following. It’s a simple, sweet, fruity libation, suitable for anyone who enjoys a refreshing cocktail, or for anyone who found Zack thirsty. We know there are a few of you, lord save us.

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  • 1 tsp Crystal Light
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 oz rum
  • ice

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker. Shake well. Serve in a cocktail glass over ice.

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Four Seasons, Part II? Maddow Finds Something Weird In Next Big Giuliani Event

Once again, a Trump event isn’t quite what it appears to be.

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Dear White People star Griffin Matthews told vicious ‘lies’ about his sexuality by religion

Dear White People star Griffin Matthews has said that religion told him “lies” about his sexuality when he was growing up gay. The actor, who plays D’Unte on the hit Netflix series, told The Advocate about his struggle to come to terms with his sexuality – and how religion impacted on his ability to…

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Melania Trump Wanted White House Lit in Rainbow Colors for Pride But a Top Official Blocked Her: REPORT

Melania Trump

Melania Trump wanted to light the White House in rainbow colors for LGBTQ Pride month, the first time it would have been lit that way since Obama lit it after the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling, but a top official, perhaps Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, blocked it.

The Washington Blade reports: “Meadows had a significant role, one Republican source said on condition of anonymity, in ensuring the Trump White House ignored Pride Month, which is why President Trump didn’t send out a tweet to recognize the annual LGBTQ celebration as he did in 2019. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Meadows weighed in specifically on shutting down the rainbow lighting proposal at the White House. … Neither the White House nor the first lady’s office responded to the Washington Blade’s request for comment for this article.”

The post Melania Trump Wanted White House Lit in Rainbow Colors for Pride But a Top Official Blocked Her: REPORT appeared first on Towleroad Gay News.

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High Rents Taking Toll On LGBT Bar Scene In San Francisco – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Like other cultural facets of the San Francisco lifestyle, high rents have also had a major impact on the city’s once bustling LGBT bar scene. Some bars have survived and are…

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Trump Has Appointed 2 White Nationalists To Government Roles Since Losing The Election

Will they still have those jobs once President-elect Biden takes office? One might.

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High school put in lockdown after shooting threatened on social media, targeting LGBT+ students

A high school in Wellington, New Zealand, was put into lockdown after police said a teenager threatened to shoot students. Wellington High School was plunged into lockdown on Thursday morning (26 November) after a “credible threat” was made on social media against the school. The would-be shooter allegedly told…

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Also.Also.Also: That’s *Grammy Nominated* Queer R&B, Rap Heartthrob Chika to You.

Chika is photographed against a plain white wall. Her locks fall casually into her face and she has her hands out in front of her.

Was Josh Hartnett a millennial gay stepping-stone? What’s next for the #Resistance if Trump isn’t there to kick around anymore? Also: readings from both Kristen Arnett and Roxane Gay, the public libraries that shaped Octavia Butler, and dreams of a Black utopia.

The post Also.Also.Also: That’s *Grammy Nominated* Queer R&B, Rap Heartthrob Chika to You. appeared first on Autostraddle.

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Director Clea DuVall on the secret to screwball comedy in the queer holiday film ‘Happiest Season’

Director Clea DuVall on set with Kristen Stewart & Mackenzie Davis

We love Clea DuVall as an actress. You probably do too.

DuVall, of course, has worked in front of the camera for more than two decades, appearing in popular films such as Girl, Interrupted, The Faculty, Zodiac and on television in American Horror Story. Now we have another reason to love her: she’s a wonderful writer and director too.

Happiest Season, which arrives on Hulu November 25, marks DuVall’s latest outing. She co-wrote the film with actress Mary Holland. Holland climbed her way up the showbiz ladder through her stand-up and improvisational comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade, and with appearances in such TV series as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Robbie and Veep.

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Related: “American Horror Story” Actress Clea DuVall Has Empathy For Her Closeted Character

Happiest Season casts Kristen Stewart as Abby, the doting girlfriend of Harper (Mackenzie Davis). When the two decide to get engaged, Harper invites Abby to spend the Christmas holidays with her family. There’s just one problem: Harper isn’t out to her perfectionist family. Things get even more awkward when Harper’s Dad (Victor Garber) announces some new political ambitions, while her mom (Mary Steenburgen) plots to reunite Harper with her high school boyfriend. Harper’s eccentric sister Jane (Holland) also exasperates the situation. By the time Abby’s best friend John (Dan Levy) and her secret high school girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) arrive on the scene, is there any hope of preventing the holidays from derailing into chaos? Alison Brie and Ana Gasteyer also star.

We scored time to chat with DuVall & Holland about the film, its particular brand of comedy and the fun of holiday craziness. Happiest Season streams on Hulu November 25.



Video Editor: David Beerman

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