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From They/Them to House of the Dragon, August’s must-see queer movies and TV series

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Camp takes on a new meaning this month with the premiere of They/Them, a slasher set in a remote conversion therapy camp, starring Kevin Bacon and Theo Germaine. While the film — pronounced “they-slash-them” — cuts the pie when it comes to clever naming, it’s not the only slasher to debut in early August, with the Gen Z-oriented Bodies, Bodies, Bodies coming soon in cinemas.

For viewers wanting to avoid knife-wielding killers, there are a few familiar names to stream this month, including a series adaptation of A League of Their Own and a highly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon. For those in need of an inspirational watch, there’s also a new documentary about skateboarder Leo Baker and his decision to risk it all in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics.

‘Industry’After an extended off-air hiatus, Pierpoint & Co.’s offices are back open for the second season of Industry, the critically acclaimed HBO series about a fictional London investment bank and its hard-working, tougher employees. After advancing from postgraduates to full-fledged junior bankers, bedridden 20-year-olds Harper (Myha’la Herrold), Yasmin (Marisa Abela) and Robert (Harry Lawtey) have a hot life. (Gus, the lovesick Old Etonian, played by David Jonsson, is also still around, but very burnt out after season one.) The women, in particular, have a lot to prove themselves this time around, as Harper juggles her toxic mentor and a new high-profile client and Yasmin, who form a new relationship with a client and clash with co-workers.

The second season of “Industry” premiered August 1 on HBO Max.

‘Reservation Dogs’

Following the huge success of season one, Reservation Dogs and its stars – Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Paulina Alexis and Lane Factor – are back in Oklahoma for part two of the groundbreaking series about four Indigenous teenagers. The second season picks up after the group’s plan to relocate to California after the death of their boyfriend went haywire. While Elora (Jacobs) travels with their shared savings, Bear (Woon-A-Tai), Cheese (Factor) and Willie Jack (Alexis) try to find new dreams closer to home. In addition to acting and executive producing, Jacobs, who hails from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, joins the all-Indigenous writers space this season.

Reservation Dogs Season 2 premieres August 3 on Hulu.

“body, body, body”

Somewhere between satire, slasher and hilarious fun, Bodies, Bodies, Bodies is A24’s new horror about a weekend gone wrong with friends. Maria Bakalova plays Bee, who joins her new friend Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) for a weekend of partying and content creation at a secluded mansion. Things are already strained between the down-to-earth Bee and Sophie’s wealthy friends, but when the group needs to settle down and survive a hurricane, you can sever the tension with a knife — and someone will. During a macabre round of hide-and-seek, the power goes out and one of the players ends up with a champagne saber in his back. The group, armed with glowsticks and headlamps, then embark on a substance-packed crime night, tracking Pete Davidson’s character through the mansion’s dark corridors.

Bodies, Bodies, Bodies opens in US theaters on August 5th.

‘you them’

As horror fans know, nothing good happens at summer camp. But in Camp Whistler, the setting of new slasher They/Them, danger isn’t just what lurks in the woods. The remote conversion camp is run by charismatic owner Owen Whistler (Kevin Bacon at the height of creepiness), his sadistic therapist wife (Carrie Preston), and a group of suspiciously welcoming counselors including newcomer Molly (Anna Chlumsky). Despite promises that Whistler is a “safe space,” things quickly take a bloody turn and the campers — one of whom is played by non-binary actor Theo Germaine — must band together to try to survive. But first they have to figure out what’s scarier: the fake smiles of their summer kidnappers or a knife-wielding psychopath roaming the camp grounds.

They/Them will be available on Peacock starting August 5th.

“Stay Aboard: The Leo Baker Story”

The new documentary from GLAAD executive producers Drew Barrymore and Alex Schmider, Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story follows the celebrated skateboarder in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as he begins to openly live as a transgender person. Rather than compete in the women’s category, Baker makes the decision to retire from the games, which were the first to include skateboarding – a decision Baker later spoke about in a 2021 year Feature of Time magazine. The documentary offers an unparalleled look into Baker’s journey as he looks back on years of being marketed as a skater, beginning his transition and finding a new chapter in his career. It also introduces viewers to the highly gendered world of professional skateboarding through interviews with Baker’s contemporaries and sports legends like Tony Hawk and Alexis Sablone.

Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story debuts on Netflix August 11.

“A League of Their Own”

There might not be crying in baseball, but there’s a lot of kissing in A League of Their Own. The new series adaptation of Penny Marshall’s 1992 film – starring Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna – is the passion project of Broad City co-creator Abbi Jacobson. In addition to developing and executive producing the series, Jacobson stars as Carson, a married housewife from a small farm town who dreams of becoming a professional. Like Carson, who is modeled after the original role of Davis, the other characters in the WWII-era drama draw inspiration from the original film, but their storylines are beefed up for contemporary audiences. It’s no longer just implied that the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is made up mostly of queer women. And a formerly uncredited character, a black player who is denied entry into the league, is now a central character in Max, played by breakout star Chanté Adams. D’Arcy Carden, Roberta Colindrez, Melanie Field and others join Jacobson and Adams this modern take on a ’90s staple.

A League of Their Own premieres August 12 on Amazon Prime Video.

“The Undeclared War”

Similar to the series “Vigil” which made submarines erotic, “The Undeclared War” shows the sexy side of cyber warfare. The Peacock/Channel 4 co-production stars Hannah Khalique-Brown as Saara, an intern with a British intelligence and security organization similar to the United States’ National Security Agency. When Saara’s internship coincides with an upcoming general election and a spate of Russian cyberattacks, she becomes embroiled in a high-stakes standoff between the two world powers — as well as a risky relationship with one of her co-workers, Kathy (played by queer actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers ).

The first season of The Undeclared War starts August 18th on Peacock.

“Bad Sisters”

Irish actress Sharon Horgan (“Pulling”, “Catastrophe”) has brought her deadpan sensibilities to another female-led series about family ties, Bad Sisters, an adaptation of Flemish series Clan. The show revolves around a close-knit group of five Irish sisters, the Garveys, whose bond is tested when one of the sisters’ husbands dies in a horrific accident, and the insurers investigating the case discover that all five women had good reason to get rid of him. Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Eve Hewson and Sarah Greene – as a lesbian with a mysterious eye patch reminiscent of Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill – play the Garveys.

Bad Sisters Season 1 premieres August 19 on Apple TV+.

“House of the Dragon”

It’s been three years since HBO’s blockbuster hit Game of Thrones wrapped its eighth and final season. Now the network is back with a prequel, House of the Dragon, set 200 years before the events of the original and focusing on the most influential and incestuous family in the Seven Kingdoms: the Targaryens. The series, based on George RR Martin’s novel Fire & Blood, centers on a generational battle of succession between male and female heirs, including Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, played by non-binary actress Emma D’Arcy as an adult becomes.

The first season of House of the Dragon will air August 21 on HBO and HBO Max.

“Queer Eye: Brazil”

Following the premiere of Queer Eye: Germany earlier this year, Queer Eye will travel to Brazil for the second international iteration of the franchise. The lifestyle experts of the South American version of the Fab Five are Fred Nicácio (wellness), Rica Benozzati (style), Luca Scarpelli (culture), Yohan Nicolas (grooming) and Guto Requena (design). In the trailer for the new series, the Portuguese-speaking lifestyle experts shed tears of joy at being part of the franchise’s affirming legacy and displayed the charismatic smiles and kind eyes that have become a trademark of their hosts.

Queer Eye: Brazil Season 1 premieres August 24 on Netflix.

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‘west world’

The fourth season of HBO’s dystopian series Westworld continues the saga of living creatures struggling to survive. This time, the human-robot war takes place across two timelines, one of which is partially set in a 1920s theme park. Evan Rachel Wood returns as a mysterious new character, Christina, after the show’s protagonist, Dolores Abernathy, was killed off in season three. And Tessa Thompson reprises her role as murderous businesswoman Charlotte Hale, alongside Thandiwe Newton as the ever-popular host Maeve. Ariana DeBose also joins the cast this season in a recurring role as Maya, Christina’s nightmarish roommate.

Westworld Season 4 is available on HBO Max.

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