Morning Brew – Elizabeth Banks to play Billie Jean King in new HBO film


Good morning!

Elizabeth Banks has been cast as Billie Jean King in a new HBO film about the famous tennis match that became known as “The Battle of the Sexes.” Paul Giamatti will play Bobby Riggs, who lost to Billie in 1973. AKA WOMEN WON.

'Love & Mercy' Photocall - 65th Berlinale International Film Festival

If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend When Billie Beat Bobby, starring Holly Hunter as the out tennis player.


Amy Landecker of Transparent will receive an award on behalf of the show at this year’s Out & Equal Conference.

If you love voting, you can check out Zimbio’s own Best TV Couple March Madness and see if female pairings can take the win from hetero lovers. 

Out comic Mo Welch talked to Splitsider about her comedy and comic strip.

Sleater-Kinney will be shooting an episode of Austin City Limits in April.

The Doctor Who spinoff about Madame Vastra, Jenny and their Paternoster gang seems to be stalled. (Thanks Peter!)

Fortune Feimster is a guest star on this week’s Glee. Looks like she made some friends, too!


This is a bad ass video about Alison Bechdel‘s work and how it inspires readers.

Australia has caught onto out model Casey Legler. She’s been in Sydney, working on a memoir. (Sexy video at the link!)

Kimberly Peirce will direct a new show for A&E based on the 2002 British film of the same name. It’s a political thriller!

Lost Girl‘s Rachel Skarsten has been cast as Queen Elizabeth in Reign.

Mary Lambert is InStyle this month.

Kristen Merlin has queered “Girl Crush.” It needed to happen.

Speaking of gay gals we love from The Voice, Vicci Martinez has released a few new tracks on YouTube.

Wanda Sykes was on Repeat After Me the other night and she killed it.

While on Ellen this week, Lena Dunham praised Portia de Rossi‘s eyebrows. She recently worked with them/her on Scandal.

A poly couple in Oakland has two moms and one dad. They’re about to blow minds.

How popular is Ellen on Twitter? Close to the most.


It’s not very comforting that this review calls Yurikuma Arashi character Yurizono “pretty much a predatory lesbian to a T.”

Tom-Boi has launched some new undies you can wear while outside with your girlfriend!

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Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Rachael Ray Show – Guest: Anne Burrell, Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.), *Ghost Whisperer “Slam” (Oxygen 10 a.m.), *Buffy “I Robot…You Jane” (Pivot 10 a.m.), *Newlyweds: The First Year “Vow or Never” (Bravo 11 a.m.), South Beach Tow marathon (TruTV 11 a.m.), Frida (IndiePlex 11:20 a.m., 11 p.m.), To Rome With Love (Sundance 11:30 a.m.), *What Not to Wear “Jillian” (TLC 12 p.m.), Big Driver (LMN 12 p.m.), *Grey’s Anatomy”I Will Survive”/”Unaccompanied Minor” (Lifetime 1 p.m./2 p.m.), Monster (Showtime 1 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), *Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta “Double Brides, Double Trouble” (TLC 4:30 p.m.), *Friends “The One With the Sonogram at the End” (TBS 4:30 p.m.), *90210 “What’s Past Is Prologue” (Pop 5 p.m.), *iCarly “iSam’s Mom” (Nick 5:30 p.m.), *Oprah: Where Are They Now? “Mel B., Yanni & An Update on the Wife Who Left Her Husband For a Woman” (OWN 6 p.m.), *Tavis Smiley (PBS) – Guest: Sharon Isbin, The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), The 100 “Blood Must Have Blood, Part Two” (CW 9 p.m.), *Black Sails “XV.” (Starz 9 p.m.. 12:05 a.m.), Empire “Sins of the Father” (Fox 9:01 p.m.), Broadchurch “Season Two, Episode Two” (BBC America 10 p.m.), Catfish: The TV Show “Harold & Armani” (MTV 10 p.m.) – With Angel Haze, Truce (MTV 11 p.m.), Episodes “Episode 408” (Showtime 10 p.m.), *Shameless “Uncle Carl” (Showtime 11 p.m.), The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (NBC 11:34 p.m.) – Guest: Ellen DeGeneres, *Gotham Comedy Live “Vic DiBitetto” (AXS TV 12 a.m.) – Jessica Kirson performs, *Archer “Movie Star”/”Stage Two” (FXX 2 a.m./2:30 a.m.), *The Bridge marathon (FX 2:17 a.m.), *Degrassi marathon (TeenNick 4:30 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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