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September 2008

  • 29th September 2008

    Danish man sought embassy protection after Sarajevo violence

    Violence flared at Bosnia's first gay festival

    12:00 PM — One of the people injured when a homophobic mob attacked the opening event of Bosnia's first gay festival has spoken of his ordeal.

  • Pepsi risks boycott with donation to gay support group 6

    Pepsi is donating half a million dollars to a gay charity

    11:46 AM — A leading soft drinks manufacturer has donated $500,000 (£277,000) to a programme for workplace equality.

  • Cameron opens Tory conference with attack on Labour infighting 2

    The Tory party conference is underway

    11:23 AM — The Conservative party conference is underway in Birmingham. Yesterday the Tory leader David Cameron welcomed delegates from around the country.

  • 27th September 2008

    Treasury Minister becomes first lesbian MP to hold a civil partnership ceremony 3

    Treasury Minister Angela Eagle (file photograph)

    5:09 PM — Treasury Minister Angela Eagle entered into a civil partnership with Maria Exall in Southwark today.

  • Film Review: Quantum of Solace 3

    Daniel Craig plays 007 in Quantum of Solace

    2:36 PM — Not quite the traditional Halloween movie this, yet somehow it's still strangely appropriate for the second Daniel Craig-starring Bond film to come out on a date long associated with the dead. Because this is one film series that has well and truly risen from the ashes like some kind of latter-day Dracula. James Bond hasn't been this cool for years – and to think that just two short years ago, as we awaited the release of Casino Royale with a mixture of hope and dread, many had written off the Bond franchise for good.

  • Film Review: Where the Wild Things Are 2

    Max Records plays Max in Where the Wild Things Are

    2:33 PM — After the sheer madness of his only two feature films to date, 1999's Being John Malkovich and 2002's Adaptation, it's a safe bet that Spike Jonze must have been low down on anybody's list as the ideal director for a big screen adaptation of a hit series of children's books.

  • Film Review: Ghost Town

    (L-R) Dentist, Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) can see and talk to ghosts such as Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear) in the comedy Ghost Town. Photo Credit: Sarah Shatz

    2:29 PM — Channel Four's late night comedy series The 11 O'Clock Show may only have run for three years, and may never have overly troubled the ratings, but it somehow proved a test bed for two of the biggest British comedy phenomena of the last decade. Launched in 1998 and hosted by Iain Lee (now best known as a radio presenter) and Daisy Donovan, the comedy elements of the show were always a bit hit and miss – which may have been why two characters in particular stood out so clearly above the rest.

  • Film Review: High School Musical 3 – Senior Year 3

    Zac Effron and Venessa Hudgens star in High School Musical 3.

    2:26 PM — If you aren't aware of the phenomenon that is High School Musical, it's a safe bet that you're over the age of 15 and don't yet have any children or grandchildren under that age. For its target demographic – mostly girls in their "tweens" (roughly 8-14) – High School Musical is like Harry Potter, Barbie and Pokémon all mixed together and combined with a serious sugar rush. It seems that they just can't get enough of this wholesome franchise of sickly-sweet, unbelievably innocent films, where pristine teenagers sing and dance about the joys of young love, close friendship, and being true to yourself.

  • Film Review: The Rocker

    2:20 PM — There's been a fairly strong tradition of Hollywood comedies revolving around the idea of aspiring rock gods, from the oddball antics of Bill and Ted and their time-travelling escapades in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey through the Wayne's World movies, up to the recent hit School of Rock, with many more along the way – including the oft-forgotten Airheads from 1994, which helped launch the careers of both Brendan Fraser and Adam Sandler.

  • Film Review: What Just Happened? 1

    Robert De Niro in: What Just Happened?

    2:15 PM — Back in 1976 the young Robert De Niro, at the height of his powers, appeared in a restrained classic movie about moviemaking, The Last Tycoon. Based on the final, unfinished novel by one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century, F. Scott Fitzgerald – a man with a strong Hollywood track record of his own – it revolved around a workaholic Hollywood hotshot producer and his efforts to form a relationship with a young woman. The parallels between the moviemaking genius of the lead character and that of the masterly young actor portraying him were apparent to all.

  • Film Review: How To Lose Friends And Alienate People

    Simon Pegg and Megan Fox star in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Photo Credit: Kerry Brown

    2:12 PM — British comedy's invasion of Hollywood continues apace. Ricky Gervais is hailed as a comedy god, with awards aplenty alongside appearances on cult favourites The Simpsons and computer game smash hit Grand Theft Auto IV, as well as a bunch of small roles in films such as Stardust and For Your Consideration, and his first starring role in a Hollywood movie coming up later this month.

  • Film Review: 88 Minutes

    Al Pacino plays a forensic psychologist in 88 Minutes

    2:08 PM — Al Pacino is undeniably one of the greatest actors in Hollywood history – a star whose name can pretty much ensure a film's commercial success, and bring cachet to projects that would otherwise barely merit a glance. His strong track record of picking interesting character pieces has given us some of the best performances of the last forty years, in films ranging from the Godfather trilogy (he's even good in the much-derided Part III) to his iconic turn in the 80s classic Scarface, through the over-the-top yet still fun turns he's given in movies such as The Devil's Advocate and Dick Tracey to smaller, more restrained character studies in the likes of The Insider and Glengarry Glen Ross.

  • Preview: Little Britain USA

    Matt Lucas as Mark & David Walliams as Tom (Credit: HBO/BBC)

    12:21 PM — Gay comedian Matt Lucas and David Walliams' multi-award-winning comic creation, Little Britain, is returning to television this Friday with a brand new series, Little Britain USA.

  • Coronation Street: Rosie’s disappearance shocks Sally and Kevin

    Kevin lunges for Tony when he discovers the businessman was the last person to see Rosie

    12:07 PM — The street is left reeling this week when it comes to light that Rosie has gone missing. The teenager failed to come home after a night out with local businessman Tony Gordon, who is seen looking very sheepish the next morning. However, it soon becomes clear that not everyone in Weatherfield is that worried about the missing teenager. Her father Kevin tells his wife Sally that Rosie is just trying to wind her up. Unfortunately, Sally remains unconvinced by this line of reasoning and becomes increasingly anxious. What could have happened to Rosie?

  • Emmerdale: Danielle gets arrested for possessing drugs

    hane finds a suspicious looking package of white powder in Danielle's bag

    12:01 PM — Eli and Danielle seem to be much calmer in each other's company now that they've shared a night of passion. But this peace is simply the calm before the storm. When Debbie arrives at the Dingles' she spots a suspicious looking bag near Danielle and demands to have a look inside. Danielle instantly looks as though she's trying to hide something, which of course, makes everyone even more interested in the contents of the bag. Debbie and Danielle eventually get into a tussle over the bag and as the fight ensues a bag of white powder tumbles to the floor.

  • EastEnders: Bradley and Stacey call it quits 1

    Stacey chooses Callum over husband Bradley

    11:55 AM — Bradley and Stacey decide to call time on their brief and turbulent marriage this week after Stacey final admits that she doesn't feel the same way anymore. We all know it's because she fancies Callum and it seems Bradley realises this too, he even gallantly suggests that she follow her heart. How sweet!

  • Hollyoaks: Mercedes discovers she may have HIV 1

    Hollyoaks is on Channel 4 daily

    11:48 AM — Malachy knows he needs to be a brave man this week. He has to tell Mercedes that he may have infected her with HIV, but quite understandably, he's dreading the thought of starting that conversation.

  • Coronation Street: Clarissa turns the tables on Harry

    Liz and Clarissa get their own back on two-timer Harry

    11:39 AM — Harry has obviously never heard the old adage "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" as he continues to play Liz and Clarissa off of each other this week. After weeks of dating both ladies, Harry's number is up when Clarissa catches him canoodling with Liz outside the Rovers. She decides to catch Harry out by doing a bit of detective work. How will Harry react when he finds out that Clarissa is on to his little game?

  • Emmerdale: Eli pops the question to Debbie

    Eli proposes to Debbie

    11:27 AM — Louise starts the week very badly indeed. She loses her engagement ring and does her best to avoid Jamie while she searches high and low for it. When Jamie finally catches up with her, she claims that the ring's being cleaned. Will Jamie believe her and what will Louise do if she can't find her sparkler?

  • EastEnders: Danielle uncovers Stacey’s secret

    Is Callum the real reason that Stacey doesn't want to have a baby with Bradley?

    11:22 AM — Bradley and Stacey have been on and off more times than a light switch since they first got together way back in 2006. However, this week the cracks are really beginning to show in their relationship as it becomes clear that they don't share the same desire to become parents. Unable to tell Bradley how she really feels about having children, Stacey continues to take her contraceptive pill despite telling Bradley that she wants to try for a baby with him. Sounds like this is going to end in tears!

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