NewNowNext spotlights the latest (and queerest) movies, TV shows, webseries, and other LGBTQ shit for your viewing pleasure in our weekly watch list. Grab your popcorn, squirrel friends!
DVD and VOD
True History of the Kelly Gang
At least five films have told the story of 19th-century Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly—including 1906’s The Story of the Kelly Gang and 2003’s Ned Kelly with Heath Ledger. Thankfully, the latest is the queerest and the best. Its talented gay-bait cast boasts Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam, Russell Crowe, and 1917 hottie George MacKay as the rebellious, sexually ambiguous, and sometimes cross-dressing outlaw. Meanwhile, director Justin Kurzel and writer Shaun Grant (adapting Peter Carey’s 2000 novel) inject a little seduction between Hoult’s louche and villainous Constable Fitzpatrick and Kelly. (Available April 24 on VOD, IFC Films)
TV and Streaming
Circus of Books
Ryan Murphy signed on as executive producer of this documentary about the iconic L.A. gay bookstore and cruising spot of the title, where a pre-famous Alaska Thunderfuck once worked the counter. Queer director Rachel Mason, whose parents owned Circus of Books’ WeHo and Silver Lake branches, digs into its beginnings, the porn it brought to the masses (hello, Jeff Stryker!), her family, and the shop’s final days as the internet killed retail. Bonus tea: Murphy is reportedly working on a series inspired by its story. (Streaming now on Netflix)
The House of Flowers (a.k.a. La Casa de las Flores)
The third and final season of Netflix’s darkly comic telenovela satire about the Mexican de la Mora family—which includes plotlines centered around a bisexual love triangle and scandalous threesome sex tape—features RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 fave Valentina. Expect some legit cabaret fierceness from our squirrel friend! (Streaming April 23 on Netflix)
Like To Wong Foo meets Queer Eye, HBO’s six-part reality series trails Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara, and Shangela (all of whom served as consulting producers) as they pile into glittery vehicles, hit the road, invade small conservative towns, and transform locals into their best drag selves for a one-night-only show. We’re here for it, too! (Premieres April 23 on HBO)
Will & Grace
It’s been a good revival, but Will & Grace—like Schitt’s Creek before it—comes to a close (again) with this week’s series finale. “And we mean it this time,” assures Debra Messing in the first-look trailer. (Premieres April 23 on NBC)
Lesbian actress Cherry Jones has a memorable key role as a lawyer in this eight-episode crime drama based on William Landay’s best-selling 2012 novel about an assistant district attorney, Andrew Barber (Chris Evans, again rocking a hot AF beard), whose 14-year-old son, Jacob (Jaeden Martell), is accused of stabbing a classmate to death. (Premieres April 24 on Apple TV+)
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#TogetherInPride: You are Not Alone will highlight the LGBTQ response to COVID-19 and will feature stars like @iiswhoiis, @melissa_etheridge, @billyeichner, @mattbomer, @lilly, @adamlambert, @beberexha, @instadanjlevy, @mjrodriguez7, @wcruz73, @kathygriffin, @gigigorgeous, @natsgetty, @michellevisage, @javiermofficial, @seanhayes, @sharonstone, @tatianamaslany and more. The livestream will also raise critical funds for @lgbtcenterlink, a coalition of more than 250 LGBTQ community centers from 45 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, as well as Canada, China, Mexico, and Australia. Actor and producer @erichbergen is creating the event with GLAAD.
Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone
GLAAD’s uplifting livestream event—designed to “amplify messages of acceptance and affirmation to the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV” during the coronavirus pandemic and raise funds for CenterLink—features performances by Kesha and Melissa Etheridge and includes special guests like Billy Eichner, Matt Bomer, Lilly Singh, Adam Lambert, Dan Levy, Mj Rodriguez, Wilson Cruz, Kathy Griffin, Gigi Gorgeous, Michelle Visage, Javier Muñoz, Sean Hayes, Sharon Stone, and Tatiana Maslany. If nothing else, tune in for the Rona hairdos and at-home lewks! (Streaming April 26 on YouTube)
Main image: (L-R): Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka O’Hara in We’re Here.