Image Credits: Troye Sivan, Getty Images (left) | Anthony Bowens, X @Bowens_Official (center) | Lily Gladstone, Getty Images (right)

Need a boost to get over Hump Day? The Hot Sheet is Queerty’s midweek pop culture catch-up, highlighting the entertainment stories everyone’s talking about, the ones you might’ve missed, and the notable LGBTQ+ film & TV releases in the days ahead. Here’s everything you need to stay in-the-know:

What To Watch

  • Chucky: Season 3 – Part 2 — Now Available (Peacock): America’s favorite slasher doll is back in the latest episodes from Syfy’s campy, queer take on the horror-comedy classic.
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! Untucked — Now Available (WOW Presents): What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas as we go behind-the-scenes with the queens of the hit Sin City drag revue.
  • Under The Bridge — Now Available (Hulu): Fresh off her breakthrough Oscar nomination, Lily Gladstone stars as a woman investigating a string of murders in an idyllic Canadian town.
  • I Think I Do — April 19 (VOD): Newly remastered, this 1997 gay marriage rom-com—co-starring Alexis Arquette and Tuc Watkins—is widely available on digital platforms for the first time.
  • Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver — April 19 (Netflix): The saga continues in blockbuster filmmaker Zack Snyder’s ambitious, queer-inclusive space opera sequel.
  • Problemista — April 19 (VOD): Former SNL writer Julio Torres’ feature debut is a charming, off-kilter immigrant fairytale, featuring a fearsome supporting turn from the iconic Tilda Swinton.
  • Stress Positions — April 19 (Select Theaters): The brilliant Theda Hammel writes, directs, and stars in this queer indie farce starring John Early, set during the early days of lockdown.

Culture Catch-Up

POP EMERGENCY: Lest JoJo Siwa take all the credit for creating “gay pop,” Troye Sivan and Charli XCX are teaming up for what just might be the gayest arena tour ever—and they’re gonna make you sweat! [Sweat Tour]

STAR-CROSSED: Following Joe Locke’s Heartstopper-to-Broadway trajectory, Kit Connor has announced he’s heading to the Great White Way this fall, playing none other than Romeo opposite West Side Story‘s Rachel Zegler as Juliet. And apparently it’s a musical with tune from pop wizard Jack Antonoff? We will be seated! [Queerty]

SCREEN QUEEN: Festival favorite Solo is a love letter to Montreal’s lively drag scene, following rising star Simon (Théodore Pellerin) as he juggles his burgeoning career in the limelight, the return of his estranged mother, and a steamy new romance with Oliver (Félix Maritaud). The film finally hits U.S. theaters on May 24, and there’s a new trailer to prove it!

LOOKING FOR… TRAVEL TIPS: Grindr has unveiled a brand-new feature aimed at bringing the “global gayborhood to your pocket.” Called “Roam,” it’ll allow users to temporarily place their profiles in a new location ahead of a trip—the idea being that you can start making plans and connections before you hit the road! [Grindr]

GOOD VIBRATIONS: Pop-rock forefathers The Beach Boys were always forward-thinking in terms of exploring inventive new sounds, but were they also one of the first mainstream bands to give us a queer anthem of our own? [INTO]

ROYALLY INTRIGUED: Young Royals may be over, but is it possible we haven’t seen the last of “Wilmon”?In an excellent interview on Tommy DiDario’s I’ve Never Said This Before podcast, Edvin Ryding teases a secret project with Omar Rudberg is coming—and it’s coming soon!

LEGENDS ONLY: LA’s Paley Center For Media will be hosting the world premiere of the documentary Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion, all about the life of the iconic designer, and he’ll be there in person for a conversation with *gay gasp* Cher, RuPaul, & Carol Burnett! It just might be the most sparkly event ever! [Paley Center]

ALL ABOUT THAT BASS: Nearly 20 years since Lance Bass told the world “I’M GAY” on the cover of People magazine, the former *NSYNC-er reflects on that milestone moment and reveals which gay icon welcomed him to the club. [LGBTQNation]

EMBED: Outstanding: A Comedy Revolution is a new documentary looking at the history of LGBTQ+ comics who pushed the envelope for the community, featuring interviews from the best and brightest: Rosie O’Donnell, Margaret Cho, Wanda Sykes, Lily Tomlin, and soooo many more.

FASHION OASIS: Queer stars brought the heat to the desert this past weekend at Coachella, and we’ve got the rundown of all of our fave fits, from Johnny Sibilly to Renée Rapp to Honey Dijon. [Queerty]

MUST-SEE TV: The so-wild-it-must-be-true story Baby Reindeer is the TV show everyone is talking about—currently the second-most watched series on Netflix—and it features a breakthrough turn for trans star Nava Mau, who is opening up about what this complex role means for her. [Hello! Magazine]

DOLLY WOULD: Former School Of Rock star Brian Falduto is all grown up and has gone country, taking a page out of the Book Of Beyoncé with a new spin on a Dolly Parton classic: “Why’d You Come In here Lookin’ Like That.”

WEAPONIZED BFAS: New York City drag darlings and seasoned theater queens Kiki Ball-Change and Castrata just tore the roof of the cabaret with live duet show An Octave Apart—a Glam Award-worthy show, to be sure—an INTO has your inside look at the fabulous night. [INTO]

ROMANTIC READ: Love stories abound in the brilliant new book Queer Power Couples, which features stunning photographs and interviews with LGBTQ+ change-makers like Roxane Gay, Perfume Genius, and more as well as their equally powerful partners. [LGBTQNation]

OUT OF THE RING: We didn’t think he could possibly get any more jacked, but out gay wrestling champion (and Queerties Award nominee!) Anthony Bowens says in the best shape of his life and is sharing the results on social media—sounds like a win-win to us!

The Final Hump

Drag Race “Queen Of All Queens” Jinkx Monsoon has cast her spell on the theater world with acclaimed turns in Chicago and Little Shop Of Horrors—but why stop at two roles when you can have them all? At this year’s annual MisCast event—a one-night-only show where Broadway stars perform songs from roles they wouldn’t normally be cast in—Jinkx brought the house down with a rendition of Les Misérables‘ climactic Act I ensemble number “One Day More” performing every. single. part. herself. The talent in this woman knows know bounds. Thankfully, some gays out there thought to record the whole thing so we can all bask in her genius.

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