When you touch me like this, when you hold me like that, it's hard to believe's the biggest, queerest round up of LGBTQIA pop culture news, reviews and views! It's the Make A Scene Weekend Update! 


Yes Tyra Banks is opening up a theme-park dedicated to modelling, of course she is!

Shock as actual gay actor Billy Eichner is to play an actual gay person in a major new gay romantic comedy...

Stephen Merchant, yes Stephen Merchant of all people, is going to be playing the Grindr Killer Stephen Port in the sure to not be gratuitous and unnecessary new TV drama about the murders...

CELINE DION IS MAKING HER OWN BIOPIC! Like the totally unbiased recent authorised biopic projects Bohemian Rhapsody, The Cher Show and the upcoming Elton John produced biopic Rocketman...we can't see how this turns out as Celine is way more bonkers than even Brian May!

Alan Carr and Graham Norton announced as the two other main judges to join RuPaul and Michelle Visage on the UK version of RuPaul's Drag Race

Here's some news on Bollywood's first ever lesbian romance Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

Disney has allowed their first ever TV character to say "I'm gay"! Yay!

And here's a deep dive into the glories of Broad City as the anarchic, hilarious and queer comedy series comes to an end...

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It's the Oscars next Sunday and alas we're not doing one of our live Oscars screening this year which might be as well as this has been a bit of a shit show of an Oscar season with Bohemian Rhapsody getting a Best Picture nomination and loads of erratic behaviour from the Academy really taking all of the fun out of the season (for me anyway). Hopefully this is just a teething year rather than a sign of bad things to come for the future of the awards and the live show itself.

Anyway the good new is there's loads of great Oscar films out in the cinema as there always is in February and whilst they might not be being made by real queer people or starring queer people playing queer people there are loads with queer subject matter so I guess that's something to be excited for. There are also a few made by queer allies and really great filmmakers so it's not all Bohemian Rhapsody.

Marielle Heller's story of a lonely lesbian forger and her drunken gay friend dying of AIDS Can You Ever Forgive Me? is supposed to be a sublime comedy caper with heart and Heller is an upcoming talent - her next film is a Mr Rogers biopic staring Tom Hanks - and we always stan a female filmmaker here at Make A Scene. The film stars Melissa McCarthey and Richard E Grant in roles that have scored them Oscar nods.

Here's an article where Marielle tells you about the film in her own words...

If Beale Street Could Talk is a romantic woozy, gorgeous and heartbreaking story from Barry Jenkins who made queer Best Picture winner Moonlight. That's out this week too.

Royal Lesbian love triangle comedy The Favourite is still out, as is gay conversion therapy drama Boy Erased which stars Nicole Kidman, her massive wig and Troye Sivan.

Non-queer films out this week include Vice, Green Book and, back on the big screen for one week only, Netflix and Alfonso Curon's Roma which despite it being available on the streaming service, ironically really should be seen on the big screen so catch it whilst you can!

Can You Ever Forgive Me? If Beale Street Could Talk and Roma are at HOME MCR and all good cinema from today



It's the final of RuPaul's Drag Race Allstars this week then the new series of regular Drag Race starts on 28th anyone else EXHAUSTED?!!


RuPaul's Drag Race Allstars shows on Comedy Central at 1.30am Saturday mornings and is repeated later in the day.




This isn't this week it's next week but we're so excited about it we had to post about it this week so you get tickets...

Queer As Folk celebrates it's 20th birthday this year (yes you are that old!) and there a loads of events going on from classical concerts to parties in Babylon itself aka Cruz 101 but next week there's an event at Royal Exchange where writer Russell T Davies and members of the original cast will be chatting for hours about this seminal (in every way!) TV show.

Get your tickets, put on Santa Maria. rim a 15 year old boy and jump on a bus shouting "I'm doing it, I'm really doing it!"

Queer As Folk in Conversation Tuesday 26th February 19.00 at The Royal Exchange, Manchester.


Gary Williams