Finally, a raunchy teen comedy with an LGBTI protagonist

Still of the teen comedy movie Booksmart

Raunchy comedies are a staple of the teen movie genre. Think of the likes of Superbad, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, or American Pie. What’s lacking in these movies, however, is any good LGBTI representation.

Actor Olivia Wilde is changing that with her directorial debut, Booksmart.

Booksmart follows two teen best friends, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein, who appeared in the critically acclaimed teen movie Lady Bird), and their final days of high school. They’ve spent their entire high school careers focused on their education and getting into a good college.

Now, they’re ready to break some rules.

Amy is not straight — and the trailer has no problem embracing that.

‘She’s got a really cute smile,’ Amy says about another girl at their high school.

Suddenly Molly is at her side with encouragement: ‘Do you know how many girls are going to be up your vagina next year? Every time I come to visit you, you’re going to be scissoring a different girl.’

Which is when Amy tells Molly matter-of-factly that scissoring is not a thing. ‘Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it,’ Molly responds.

Booksmart premiered at the festival South by Southwest this weekend to rave reviews.

‘I really wanted to direct a movie for younger people to kind of be a generational anthem. I really benefited from watching those movies — everything from Fast Times to Clueless to Dazed and Confused,’ Wilde told Variety.

‘They really helped us contextualize the experience of being young, being a kid, being different. And I wanted to make something like that for this generation.’

Wilde is best known for playing bisexual doctor Thirteen on House and appearing in movies like Drinking Buddies and Tron: Legacy.

She also cast her fiancé, Jason Sudeikis, in Booksmart.

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Watch Matt Bomer play a gay superhero in this new DC series

Matt Bomer (L) in Doom Patrol

It’s flown under the radar so far, but it’s time everyone became aware of DC Entertainment’s newest live-action TV show — featuring Matt Bomer as a gay superhero.

Doom Patrol — following a group of strange, misfit heroes — is the second series to debut on DC’s streaming service. It follows the teen-oriented series Titans, in which the Doom Patrol team made their first appearance.

As this extended trailer reveals, the team is brought together by a man named Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton).

The team consists of Robotman aka Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer), Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (April Bowbly), and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero).

None of their powers are your typical superpowers like flying or running really fast. They all also obtained their powers through some sort of tragedy.

The trailer gives brief synopses of our heroes’ backstories, such as Bomer’s Larry, who was a military man having an illicit gay affair behind his wife’s back before his accident.

It’s a familiar hero who brings the band of misfits together when Chief goes missing — none other than Cyborg aka Victor Stone (Joivan Wade).

The Doom Patrol first appeared in DC Comics in 1963. Chief, Robotman, Negative Man, and Elasti-Woman were all part of that original team.

Over time, the team became known as the ‘World’s Strangest Heroes’, whose powers caused them trauma and alienation. The series seems to keep this intact.

The most recent volume of Doom Patrol was written by Gerard Way in 2016. Way also wrote the graphic novel The Umbrella Academy, which is now a Netflix series with Ellen Page.

Doom Patrol premieres on Friday (15 February) on DC’s streaming channel.

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The Killing Eve season 2 teaser is as gloriously queer as ever

Jodie Comer (L) and Sandra Oh (R) in Killing Eve

Last year, everyone collectively fell in love and became obsessed with the BBC America series Killing Eve. The waiting for a second season has paid off because the first trailer is finally here.

Based on Luke Jennings’ novella series, Codename Villanelle, the series follows Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), an MI5 officer tracking down a lethal assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer).

The first season became a hit with its addictive story, clever script, and wonderful performances.

It also garnered a devoted LGBTI fanbase. Villanelle may be a psychopathic assassin, but she’s also an endlessly compelling character, sleeping with both men and women as she forms strange attachments with people.

Perhaps what people loved most, however, was the dark and obsessive connection between Eve and Villanelle. Its continuation looks fraught and fascinating in the trailer below, especially the way the first season ended.

‘What are you looking for?’
‘A kitchen knife.’
‘What for?’
‘To stab you with.’

Oh, classic Villanelle.

Last year, the first season was critically acclaimed. Oh’s performance in a post-Grey’s Anatomy world earned her several awards, including a Golden Globe, SAG award, and a GALECA (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association) award.

Killing Eve Season 2 arrives on 7 April.

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