Fox’s Call Me Kat has gay street cred to spare in its co-stars, funny man Leslie Jordan and actor Cheyenne Jackson, the living embodi- ment of the term “hubba hubba.” The sitcom, based on the British show Miranda, stars Mayim Bialik as Kat, a single woman who strives to show the world-at-large, and her mother (Swoosie Kurtz), that her life has purpose. In an effort to drive her point home, she opens a cat café – see what they did there? – in Kentucky. January 3

APPEAL Disney’s Cruella gets the live-action treatment and will be por-

trayed by Emma Stone in an origin story of the puppy-coat coveting villainess. It details Ms. de Vill’s beginnings as a fashion designer and is set against the backdrop of the ’70s punk rock scene in London. Stream on Disney + on May 26.

In the Heights is set to premiere on both HBO Max and in theatres on the same day. It showcases three days in Washington Park, a Dominican-American neighborhood in New York through song and dance. Its creator is a guy you may have heard of who did a project many seemed to enjoy. Lin-Manuel Miranda is also the brains behind Hamilton and he also stars in this musical. June 18

There is also a duo of music-based films, and two of note sequels, heading down the pipeline. The biopic Respect stars Jennifer

Hudson as Aretha Franklin and delves into the Queen of Soul’s personal and profession life. August 13

Steven Spielberg is remaking West Side Story and is said to be

sticking closer to the Broadway play, rather than the 1961 treasured musical. This time around Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort and newcom- er Rachel Zegler are star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria, famously portrayed on screen by Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood − those are some pretty big tap shoes to fill. Look for Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her role as Anita in the original version, to be on hand as Valentina. December 10

Did you hear a two-fold collective gay gasp when Disney+ greenlit

two sequels? First up is Sister Act 3, which has Whoopi Goldberg getting back into the habit as Deloris Van Cartier, nearly 30 years after Sister Act 2 was released. The latest endeavor is being produced by Tyler Perry; here’s hoping he doesn’t find a way to work Madea into the project! TBD

The House of Mouse officially announced that a sequel to Hocus

Pocus is in the works for Disney + and Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy are said to be on board – or would that be on broom? – to reprise their roles as the Sanderson Sisters. TBD

CUT. PRINT. THAT’S A WRAP! If 2020 taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. Obviously, there are more serious matters at hand than how

to keep ourselves entertained during these scary times. But, 2020 also illustrated how Hollywood provided a bit of salve to an otherwise open wound of a year. Here’s hoping that 2021 won’t be a repeat of the longest year on record.

Tim Parks has been a freelance writer for 21 years, a columnist for 16 years, and part of Team Rage since 2009. He is the award-winning author of The Scheme of Things, available on

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