WATCH LIST: Revisit the Gruesome Murders of “Lizzie” and 1970s Queer Decadence in “Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco”

Plus The Emmys are on TV!

In Theaters

Lizzie

Chloe Sevigny stars as Lizzie Borden and Kristen Stewart as the family maid she had eyes for in this slow burning psychological drama about the infamous, gruesome 1892 axe murder incident. Out actor Dennis O’Hare co-stars. (September 14, Roadside Attractions)

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco

A bisexual fashion magazine illustrator, Antonio Lopez, was the toast of the fashion world during the 1970s, and also reveled in its decadence. Director James Crump’s documentary revisits his work, era, and lots of the fabulous friends in his circle (including Karl Lagerfeld, Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall) through interviews with contemporaries, most notably the late NY Times photographer, Bill Cunningham. (September 14, Film Movement)

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

Shadowlands

This anthology of three “dark love story” short films from writer/director/actor Charlie David, each taking place during a different era, involve a narcissistic plastic surgeon throwing a party, a gay couple on a camping trip who encounter a mysterious stranger, and a painter who becomes obsessed with a portrait of his deceased partner. (VOD, Border2Border)

This Is Us: The Complete Second Season

Prepare for the GLAAD Award-winning, tearjerker series’ third season, which premieres September 25th, by binging its multiple Emmy-nominated second season. Alas, tissues are sold separately. (DVD, 20thCentury Fox)

TV/Streaming

The First

Hulu’s eight-episode sci-fi drama imagines a group of astronauts tasked with the first manned mission to Mars, including lesbian Kayla Price (LisaGay Hamilton), whose wife Nancy (Tracie Thomas) empowers her when she butts heads with the mission’s headstrong new commander, Tom (Sean Penn). (September 14, Hulu)

Creative Arts Emmys

A two-day affair, the Creative Arts Emmys saw big wins for LGBTQ shows including The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Queer Eye. Check out some of the ceremonies’ highlights—including RuPaul’s inspiring acceptance speech and a Star Trek tribute—on this FXX special a couple of nights before the big, live Primetime Emmy show. (September 15, FXX)

70th Primetime Emmy Awards

Broadcast live, the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards promises to be a very queer, star-studded affair: nominees include Darren Criss for his twisted turn as gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan, Ryan Murphy muse Sarah Paulson for AHS: Cult, RuPaul, and many LGBTQ shows and faves like This Is Us. (September 17, NBC)

Nailed by Michael Henry

L.A. gay comedian Michael Henry, whose twisted low budget YouTube skits skewer WeHo gay culture (it’s usually him and some friends sitting in front of a trash bin), adds a twist to the talk show format in his new webseries by doing the nails of interviewees as they chat. So far, he’s manicured and talked all sorts of off-kilter gossip and topics with actor (and Gus Kenworthy’s boyfriend) Matt Wilkas, YouTuber Brandon Rogers, Instagrammer Danny Pellegrino, and others. (YouTube)

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.
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