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September 2008

  • 15th September 2008

    Lt Uhuru among guests at Mr Sulu’s LA gay wedding 4

    Star Trek icon George Takei has married his partner Brad Altman

    1:09 PM — Star Trek icon George Takei has married his partner Brad Altman. The actor, who played Mr Sulu, is the latest high-profile Californian resident to tie the knot

  • Sarah Palin a “media-obsessed homophobe” says Lohan 16

    Lindsay Lohan in Herbie: Fully Loaded

    12:57 PM — The Republican party nominee for Vice President of the United States has been criticised by actress Lindsay Lohan and the woman presumed to be her girlfriend.

  • 14th September 2008

    Conference blog: Where is Brian – update 5

    Brian Paddick was Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London

    7:43 PM — Brian Paddick is at the Lib Dem party conference - he just called PinkNews.co.uk to say he has been here the whole time. We just had not spotted him yet.

  • Conference blog: Where is Brian? 1

    Will Brian Paddick be at conference?

    6:58 PM — The Lib Dems may have forgotten about the election for Mayor of London all those months ago (four to be exact) and the man who carried their banner, Brian Paddick.

  • Lib Dems back gay asylum seekers 1

    The Liberal Democrats are meeting in Bournemouth

    6:47 PM — The treatment of LGBT asylum seekers by the government has been attacked in a motion passed at the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth.

  • Film Review: Swing Vote

    Stanley Tucci (left) and Kelsey Grammer (right) star in Swing Vote. Photo credit: Ben Glass

    4:46 PM — With pretty much the entire press having gone gaga for US presidential hopeful Barack Obama during his European tour back at the end of July, it's unlikely that many people will be unaware that there's another one of those American election things coming up pretty soon – November, to be precise. There's also a good chance that most of us will remember how close the race was back in 2004, when a Democratic candidate polled more votes than any previous winner in a presidential election, yet still lost out to incumbent Republican George W Bush.

  • Film Review: Death Race

    Jason Statham stars as Jensen Ames in action-thriller Death Race. Picture credit: Takashi Seida

    4:42 PM — It is somewhat bizarre that two directors with the same name should have such wildly divergent critical perceptions. Paul Thomas Anderson is lauded as some kind of filmmaking genius, the heir to the legendary Robert Altman thanks to his apparent obsession with complex interweaving plotlines involving multiple characters. This was most notable in his breakthrough hit Boogie Nights and 1999's sprawling Magnolia, and he was recently lauded for last year's multiple Oscar-nominated There Will Be Blood.

  • Film Review: Tropic Thunder

    Jay Baruchel, Brandon T. Jackson, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black Picture credit: Merie Weismiller Wallace.

    4:38 PM — Ben Stiller is way up there as one of Hollywood's most successful comedians of the last ten years, as well as one of the most prolific. Part of that broad circle of Hollywood comedy buddies that includes Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughan, Owen and Luke Wilson and others dubbed "the Frat Pack". He's cropped up in cameos and more major roles alongside all of these actors in dozens of films over the last few years, from Starsky and Hutch to Dodgeball, Anchorman to Tenacious D, while still finding time to be the comic lead in films as varied as kids' flick Night at the Museum, romcom Along Came Polly, and his hit relationship comedy Meet the Parents and its sequel Meet the Fockers.

  • Film Review: Righteous Kill

    Robert De Niro and Al Pacino play detectives in Righteous Kill. Photo Credit: Ken Regan

    4:35 PM — For any fans of American cinema from the last forty years, there are three principle giants of the screen: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson. These three, all emerging around the same time at the end of the Sixties and start of the Seventies, ushered in a new era of gritty, rough cinematic realism – albeit building on the work of the likes of Marlon Brando, James Dean and their fellow method actors from the Fifties. But unlike Brando and co they were given an added freedom by the concurrent rise of a new wave of experimental directors: the likes of Scorsese, Coppola, Forman, Kubrick, Friedkin – even Lucas and Spielberg – who were keen to try something new, and in the process shook Hollywood by its very foundations.

  • 13th September 2008

    Film Review: The Women

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Annette Bening, Meg Ryan and Debra Messing star in The Women

    12:49 PM — Over the last couple of decades, the battle for women's lib seemed to many to have been won. Yet though the situation may be better, the fight goes on. Women are still paid less, occupy fewer high-up positions in business and remain hugely under-represented in politics. 2008 was the year that many American women thought the tide would finally change with Hilary Clinton's campaign for the US presidency – and yet her bid failed.

  • Film Review: Pineapple Express

    Seth Rogen and James Franco star in Pineapple Express (Photo: Dale Robinette)

    12:45 PM — There's been a sizable, if not quite noble, tradition of stoner comedies in American cinema going back the last forty years or more. This has been largely since the arrival of the late sixties counterculture generation and the realization that people who smoke cannabis are not only easily amused, but can also be quite amusing to watch. The idea was itself an offshoot of the age-old comedies of drunkenness that have been a part of human entertainment pretty much since the first caveman ate the wrong sort of mushrooms and started to walk into things.

  • Film Review: The Duchess

    Keira Knightley plays Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire in The Duchess (Photo: Nick Wall)

    12:39 PM — Keira Knightley is undeniably beautiful, of that there has been little argument since she first appeared on the public radar with 2002's Bend It Like Beckham. But since her rocketing rise to global stardom, thanks largely to the Pirates of the Caribbean films, one thing has constantly been in dispute: can Knightley actually act, or is she just another in a long line of good-looking girls who can wear a corset and speak with a crisp middle-class English accent?

  • Film Review: RocknRolla

    Thandie Newton plays Stella in RocknRolla (Photo: Alex Bailey)

    12:35 PM — It's hard not to feel just a little bit sorry for Guy Richie. Yes, he may be a multi-millionaire, his life seemingly consisting of a succession of glitzy parties in a world of beautiful people and extravagant celebs. But at the same time he's become a laughing stock. He's in the public eye more thanks to being the husband of one of the most famous women on the planet, especially during the last few months of rumours of marital difficulties, than for any success of his own. And, lest we forget, it's been ten years since he first hit the big time – and ten years since he last made a good film.

  • 12th September 2008

    Doncaster urged to embrace the pink pound

    Kylie fans at Doncaster Pride

    4:13 PM — The Yorkshire town of Doncaster is "sitting up and taking notice of the opportunities" that being gay-friendly can bring.

  • Queer festival to challenge Serbia’s far right 2

    The festival begins on Thursday

    3:52 PM — Cabaret, street performance and film will all be on show at next week's Queer Beograd X5 in Belgrade. The festival begins on Thursday.

  • Preacher spared trial over gay street sermon 15

    The case against Tony Rollins was discontinued

    2:50 PM — A Christian preacher who was arrested and charged with offending gay people during a sermon in a Birmingham street will not face trial.

  • UN urged to push for ban on execution of children 8

    The vast majority of executions of juvenile offenders take place in Iran

    2:01 PM — A human rights group has called for action on executions for crimes committed by children. The vast majority of executions of juvenile offenders take place in Iran.

  • REVIEW: Dykes to watch out for 1

    The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For

    1:32 PM — Were there any lesbians around before New Labour and Bill Clinton? Why, yes. Before the glitz and glamour of The L Word, before But I'm a Cheerleader there was Alison Bechdel.

  • Macedonia should recognise same-sex couples says rights commissioner

    Thomas Hammarberg is Commissioner for Human Rights

    1:15 PM — The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights has published a report into the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Macedonia.

  • Cliff: “rumour-mongers don’t have any power over me” 18

    Sir Cliff is 67

    12:52 PM — Pop star Sir Cliff Richard has spoken out after a wave of speculation about his sexuality.

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