Queer Geek News Roundup: January, 2017

  • The first trailer for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant offers up the promise of some grisly deaths, the return of creepy Michael Fassbender, and of course the xenomorph itself.

  • We also got a trailer for I Am Michael, starring James Franco as real-life gay youth activist turned "ex-gay" fundamentalist Michael Glatze, and co-starring Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts. The film earned mostly positive reviews when it premiered at the Sundance film festival in early 2015, but has apparently struggled to get a commercial release (it's been delayed enough that a subsequent film Franco made with the same director, the gay porn murder drama King Cobra, has already been released in the US). Still, I'm eager to see it for myself.

  • As we all know, queer geek icon Carrie Fisher passed away this week at the age of 60, followed only a day later by the death of her mother, fellow screen legend Debbie Reynolds. We've published a few tributes to Fisher already (check out Ian and Amanda's pieces). Over at The AV Club, Gwen Ihnat offers a tribute to her career as a novelist and memoirist:

Fisher is being described across social media as a woman “who gave no fucks” as she gleefully poked fun at the movie that made her famous at 19, while chiding those who despaired that she had aged in the almost four decades since Star Wars premiered. But she long had (the past tense is paining me here) a musical gift for rearranging familiar words and phrases into something else entirely: She was funny and sharp and witty even as she was laying her soul wide open... Every tribute I spy of hers with her in that gold bikini makes me cringe, but we can take solace in the fact that, as of today, her memoirs are all sold out on Amazon, meaning that her brilliant, funny words are now reaching even more people.

Here's to 2017. Good or bad, we'll be keeping you informed on all the news that arises.