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April 2006

  • 29th April 2006

    The Da Vinci Code

    12:00 AM — Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is one of those novels that occasionally appears and inexplicably becomes a phenomenon. On the surface, there was nothing overly special or original about the standard airport thriller plot; the characters are all archetypes at best, stereotypes at worst, and the writing varied between bland and outright bad.Compare it with any other similar pulp thriller and there is little, if anything, to set it apart from the crowd, let alone to explain its almost unprecedented 40 million worldwide sales.

  • Confetti

    12:00 AM — The pitch is not a hard one to imagine - This Is Spinal Tap meets Four Weddings and a Funeral with just a touch of Pop Idol chucked in for good measure. Nonetheless, it is a strange experience to find a film where the biggest names in it are Martin Freeman, aka Tim from The Office, and Jimmy Carr, the ubiquitous host of innumerable nostalgic compilation TV shows.But put into the Spinal Tap-style mockumentary comedic tradition the fact that the cast is largely unrecognisable to most British, let alone American, audiences is all part of its charm.

  • Mission: Impossible III

    12:00 AM — With the man behind the insanely popular and quirky TV series Lost, JJ Abrams, in the director's chair for this third installment of Tom Cruise's 60s TV show-inspired action series, it is likely that many cinemagoers will be expecting something a bit different.But, lest you forget, the last two Mission: Impossible films were also helmed by big names famed for their idiosyncratic styles, Scarface's Brian de Palma and Hong Kong legend John Woo. Neither was quite able to break the standard action movie mould. Yet it is doubtful if that was ever the intention.

  • Down In The Valley

    12:00 AM — Edward Norton is generally regarded as one of the finest actors of his generation, an heir to the likes of De Niro and Brando, with two Oscar nominations to his name by the age of 30, and someone who can turn in performances of great subtlety even with rather sub-par material.Sadly, the past couple of years have seen him working with far more bad material than good, from the dire remake of The Italian Job to Ridley Scott's disappointing Kingdom of Heaven.

  • Prime

    12:00 AM — Although at first glance this might seem to be a fairly typical romantic comedy, the utter lack of fame of the male lead compared with that of the two female stars on the poster should be an indication that this is a movie that's not so easy to pigeonhole.Yes, it's set in New York. Yes, there's some typical use of well-worn themes of New York Jewishness and sessions with therapists.

  • Brick 1

    12:00 AM — Generally speaking, films set around the world of US high schools are to be given a very wide berth, especially when they are using a high school setting for an alternate backdrop to an established genre.There have been hundreds of tediously clichéd standoffs between the jocks and the nerds or the chess club and the cheerleaders over the years, and any number of unimaginative reworkings of Shakespeare, westerns and the rest in the corridors and classrooms of some generic school in a standard suburb.

  • Police forced to intervene in Polish gay rights march

    Over a thousand marchers protested with placards urging the public to “Stop homophobia“

    12:00 AM — Riot police have been forced to intervene in a march for gay tolerance held in the Polish city of Krakow after counter demonstrations from members of far-right youth groups.Police officers reported that several arrests have taken place after members of the rightwing All Poland Youth Group threw stones and eggs at the participants of march for tolerance.

  • 28th April 2006

    Anti-gay Scolari rejects England job 1

    The FA is rumoured to have offered current Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari the England manager's job

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOn the same day that journalists, sportsmen, gay groups and MPs questioned the suitability of Luiz Felipe Scolari for the England managerial job, he has pulled out of the running.The manager, nicknamed "Big Phil," was rumoured to have been offered the role by the Football Association, but said at a news conference today, "In the last few days when I was not even the manager of England my freedom was taken away from me and that is not the coaching I am used to.

  • 16 Blocks

    12:00 AM — Bruce Willis seems to have been playing the washed up, aging wannabe hero now for even longer than he was playing the real thing. After breaking out of television with 1988's Die Hard and becoming one of the big names of the action movie world, his best roles since playing the washed-up boxer in Quentin Tarantino's superb Pulp Fiction back in 1994 have all been very similar.

  • American Dreamz

    12:00 AM — Ignore the terrible 'trendy' title, because it is all part of the surprisingly intelligent yet still highly amusing and often wonderfully silly satire of this movie. Combining two of the most popular obsessions of the last few years, reality television and terrorism, may not seem like the most obvious cinematic draw, as by now we're all becoming thoroughly sick of both.

  • Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room

    12:00 AM — In 1987, Oliver Stone defined a decade with his superb exploration of American business that was Wall Street, yet even the devious business mastermind that was Gordon Gekko could not have dreamed up some of the things the energy giant Enron managed to get up to -and that eventually led to its downfall.The story of Enron's collapse was well covered at the time yet for many it remained a story for the business pages.

  • ACT reduce gay marriage plans 1

    The ACT government which includes areas such as the Australian capital, Canberra, expect the new bill to pass and possibly take effect in June

    12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory has given in to federal government pressure by removing any reference to marriage in its Civil Unions Bill.ACT leader Jon Stanhope is expected to announce a series of changes to the planned legislation, including a separate civil celebrant register instead of using commonwealth law, and a paragraph stating that it's not a marriage.

  • Care assistant tells tribunal he was sacked for being gay

    The case was heard by an employment tribunal

    12:00 AM — A care assistant from Blakenhall, Wolverhampton has told an employment tribunal that he was unfairly sacked from caring for the elderly because he is gay.Sean Williams is seeking damages from the Woodhaven residential home where he worked caring for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He claims that he was sacked after a years service without his employers carrying out a disciplinary or dismissal procedure.

  • Landmark gay guide hits Asia

    Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia are only just getting gay pride celebrations

    12:00 AM — Gay rights in Asia have taken a positive turn with the publication of a guidebook for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.The Utopia Guide to Singapore, Malaysia Indonesia reveals for the first time in print the fascinating and varied gay lifestyle of these countries in one hefty volume filled with a wealth of information.

  • Gay icon Elizabeth Taylor close to death

    Elizabeth Taylor in 1948

    12:00 AM — Dame Elizabeth Taylor, once named the most beautiful woman in the world, is close to death, reports claim.The legendary Hollywood actress has been suffering from heart failure since being diagnosed with a congestive heart condition in 2004.Friends close to the 74-year-old two time Oscar winner claim she is bedridden in her Bel Air California home.

  • Parliament opens gay adoption inquiry

    Under the current law, individuals can adopt, but not same sex partners

    12:00 AM — Gay and Lesbian couples in New South Wales (NSW) may be given adoption rights after an inquiry was launched into the legislation this week.Under the current law, individuals can adopt, but not same sex partners, similar to bans in Western Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, which have all been lifted in the last five years.

  • Anti-gay Scolari rejects England job

    The FA is rumoured to have offered current Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari the England manager's job

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOn the same day that journalists, sportsmen, gay groups and MPs questioned the suitability of Luiz Felipe Scolari for the England managerial job, he has pulled out of the running.The manager, nicknamed "Big Phil," was rumoured to have been offered the role by the Football Association, but said at a news conference today, "In the last few days when I was not even the manager of England my freedom was taken away from me and that is not the coaching I am used to.

  • Comedian slammed for gay jokes 1

    Jay Leno has been known to apologise for offending viewers before

    12:00 AM — A playwright has written to a US talk show host condemning his jokes about gay people.Jeff Whitty, who wrote Broadway musical, Avenue Q, particularly had a problem with the Tonight Show presenter's gay cowboy sketch.Mr Whitty's letter, which was picked up by the CNN news station, criticises Jay Leno for dedicating so much comedy material to gay jokes.

  • First gay hotel goes international

    Following the huge success of Axel Hotel Barcelona, which opened in July of 2003, the Axel Hotels team is now embarking on an ambitious expansion throughout Europe and America

    12:00 AM — Axel Hotel Barcelona, the first urban designer hotel aimed at the gay community, is about to go from being a one of a kind hotel to become part of a chain.Following the huge success of Axel Hotel Barcelona, which opened in July of 2003, the Axel Hotels team is now embarking on an ambitious expansion throughout Europe and America, beginning with the construction of the chain's second hotel, Axel Hotel Buenos Aires, which will make it the first chain of gay hotels in the world.

  • HIV diagnoses on the rise

    The new figures also indicated that HIV diagnoses reported for the first quarter of 2006 are a fifth higher than those received during the same period in 2005

    12:00 AM — New quarterly figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have confirmed that the number of reported HIV diagnoses in 2005 currently stands at 6727, and the final figure is expected to rise and exceed that of 2004.Lisa Power, Head of Policy at Terrence Higgins Trust said "From this data it seems the number of people newly diagnosed in 2005 is likely to be higher than the previous year, yet again.

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