The hazy hangover that stretched from New Year’s through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has finally waned. With renewed coherence and an almost-debilitating determination to stay ahead of the pansy pack, members of the Instinct staff have polished their crystal balls to forecast pop-culture gems effervescent enough to land on our gaydar this year. Our second in the series focuses on the gay and gay-adjacent films slated for release this year. Which movies are you excited to see in 2011?
Scream 4 (April): We can’t really remember how Scream 3 ended (it has been more than a decade after all, and we drink a lot), but we can’t help but not be excited for 4! If for not other reason than the trifecta of Courtney Cox, Never Campbell and David Arquette are back, too! Word is that Gail Weathers’s days may finally, really be numbered, though...
Beginners (June): Ewan McGregor seals his status as Hollywood’s go-to guy for mainstream gay films with Beginners, a story about an elderly man revealing two big secrets (cancer and a young male lover) to his visiting son. Helping it’s chances of being 2011’s gayest film is the fact that The Sound Of Music’s Christopher Plummer marks his return to stardom as the film’s protagonist.
Bridesmaids (May): Is SNL’s Kristen Wiig a big-enough name to carry a summertime release? While we shout a resounding “Yes” in the office (and garner some bitchy side-eyes from pedestrians outside our windows) the true test will be Bridesmaids, a farcical offering about two women fighting over their friend’s wedding party arrangements. Also starring Maya Rudolph!
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May): Um Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. What other reasons do you need?
X-Men: First Class (June): We really want this to be good! James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender take on the young Professor X and Magneto. Fox is banking on First Class to be the first in a series, so here’s hoping it follows in its predecessors steps.
Jack and Diane (TBA): A teenage lesbian-werewolf love story starring Kylie Minogue and Ellen Page? Our bets are on this film being as full of prosthetics and as campy as Burlesque!