24th December 2005
Memoirs Of A Geisha
12:00 AM — Originally to have been directed by Steven Spielberg, this big screen adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name is so sprawling in its period complexity, and takes place in such an unusual setting for a Hollywood film, that an experienced hand on the tiller was always going to be necessary.Taking a story set in pre-war Japan, with an almost exclusively Japanese and Chinese cast, would have been a challenge even for the current master of American cinema.
12:00 AM — Yep, it's that time of year - the perennial excuse for film fans the world over to ask, "Has Woody Allen finally got good again?" Meanwhile, a whole slew of others rant on about how he was never any good in the first place.Whichever side of the argument you tend to lean towards, New York's very own paranoid whiner is back with his annual big screen excursion, and it is guaranteed to spark some debate.
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23rd December 2005
Legal advice site launches to help gay couples tie the knot
12:00 AM — Britain's first online legal service for the gay community has been launched to coincide with the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act.PinkLegal.co.uk provides gay couples with free advice on all the legal aspects of gay relationships. Couples will also be able to purchase documents such as wills and pre-nuptial agreements for a fraction of the cost of visiting a high street law firm.
22nd December 2005
Latvian President concedes defeat as she changes constitution to ban gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Despite personal objections, Latvian President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga has signed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.Ms Vike-Frreiberga has in the past strongly objected to the ban but was forced to approve the amendment after 65 out of 80 Latvian MPs voted in favour of the change.The amendment makes the Balkan state the only member of the EU to ban gay marriage in its constitution.
21st December 2005
Gay vicar defies Bishop to marry partner
12:00 AM — An openly gay vicar has defied the Bishop of Durham and taken part in a gay wedding earlier today.The Rev Christopher Wardale, 59, from Darlington, married Malcolm Macourt, 58, in a civil ceremony in Newcastle. They then received a blessing in church.Rev Wardale, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, Co Durham has been in a gay relationship with Mr Macourt for over 19 years.
20th December 2005
Elton John and David Furnish opt for private gay wedding ceremony
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's gay wedding to his partner David Furnish will be a private affair after he turned sown an offer worth over £6m to broadcast the occasion.The popstar and his entertainment producer partner will be one of the first couples in Britain to take advantage of the Civil Partnership Act, which will allow 'gay marriages' in all but name from the 21st December.
18th December 2005
Shayne wins X Factor then heads off to gay club to celebrate
12:00 AM — Shayne Ward has won the television talent contest X Factor by a margin of just 1.2 percent over rival Andy Abraham. Immediately after being announced the winner, he headed straight off to a live performance at London's largest gay night club.Mr Ward dedicated his victory to his mother Philomena saying: "this is for you mum, this is for you."
16th December 2005
Police express disappointment at lack of convictions for gay barman’s killers 2
12:00 AM — A leading policeman has expressed "disappointment" that the killers of David Morley were not convicted of murder.A teenage girl, who can not be named for legal reasons, and her co-defendants Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18 and a youth aged 17, were found guilty of the manslaughter of David Morley on Wednesday.Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur says he disappointed that the jury did not convict the gang of murder.
15th December 2005
Latvian Parliament amend constitution to ban gay marriage
12:00 AM — MPs in Latvia have passed an amendment to their constitution barring gay marriages from taking place.65 MPs voted in favour of the change, six voted against the change whilst nine abstained from voting.Gay marriages have been illegal under civil law in Latvia since 1993 but the constitutional amendment ensures that any future recognition of gay relationships will be hard.
12th December 2005
3.6 million British gays – government audit claims 1
12:00 AM — Government officials have this weekend revealed that 3.6 million British people are gay or lesbian.In the first national quantification of the gay population, the Treasury have found that 6% of the country is gay.The Treasury conducted the estimate to assess the financial impact of the introduction of the Civil Partnership Act this month.
Gay police offer accepts £30,000 in homophobia case 1
12:00 AM — An openly gay police officer that accused his force of homophobic bullying and anti-gay discrimination accepted a £30,000 out of court settlement this week.Inspector Neil Ferguson of the Norfolk Constabulary originally claimed £400,000 from the force and the local police authority over his claims to have suffered homophobia.
12:00 AM — Films based on books are commonplace. Films based on plays are likewise ten a penny. Films about putting on plays also have a long tradition in Hollywood, especially when, as here, the "putting on a show" idea provides an excuse for a number of song and dance numbers. On top of this, these days remakes of existing movies seem to be cropping up every month. But it is still rare - in fact well-nigh unprecedented - to get a film adaptation of a play that was itself an adaptation of a film that was about putting on a play.
9th December 2005
Comment: If Robbie Williams thinks it’s ok to be gay, why sue for libel? 8
12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell of gay rights group OutRage!considers why Robbie Williams took the decision to sue over allegations relating to his sexuality.Whatever Robbie Williams' intention, his legal action has created the impression he thinks it is shameful to be gay. If he sees nothing wrong with being gay, why did he sue for libel?
7th December 2005
March of the Penguins
12:00 AM — We've been spoiled in Britain when it comes to nature documentaries. Since the 1950s, the British public has had innumerable superb expeditions into the wonderful world of wildlife beamed into their homes thanks to a combination of the BBC and the national treasure that is Sir David Attenborough, all of which have been in equal measures fascinating and expertly produced.
12:00 AM — How do you follow up on the most successful and critically acclaimed film trilogy since the original Star Wars movies? What do you do next after proving your critics wrong and pulling off a great adaptation of a book many still considered to be unfilmable? How do you move on from the longest and most complex deliberately-planned film shoot in the history of cinema?
12:00 AM — War films produced through cooperation between the combatant countries have had a fairly solid track record over the years. There's the epic re-telling of the Normandy Landings, 1962's The Longest Day, a British/German/French co-production, 1970's American/Japanese take on the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tora! Tora! Tora! and the British/Japanese prisoner of war movie Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence from 1983, all of which are superb in not only their historical accuracy but also their sensitivity.
Just Like Heaven
12:00 AM — Yet another one of those films where you can just imagine the studio execs hammering out the pitch, which can't have been anything other than, "Ghost, but with the genders reversed - and it's a comedy!"Yep, whereas 1990's Ghost featured the living Demi Moore doing the whole love thing with the ghost of Patrick Swayze, helped out by a female medium, here we get the living Mark Ruffalo falling in love with the ghost of Reece Witherspoon, helped out by a male psychiatrist. And on top of that, they've chucked in the When Harry Met Sally idea (in itself pinched from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing) that on first meeting, they hate each other
6th December 2005
New Tory leader, David Cameron must keep to his promises on gay issues 27
12:00 AM — David Cameron, the first party leader to be born since the decriminalisation of homosexuality has been elected. He must now prove that he can change the way that the Conservative Party relates to the gay community.Earlier this year, this website endorsed David Cameron as the candidate most likely to change the Conservative Party treats gay issues and move the party away from its homophobic past.
Terminally ill man and partner become first to have a gay wedding ceremony 1
12:00 AM — A terminally ill man and his partner have become the first gay couple to become civil partners following Monday's introduction of the Civil Partnership Act.The Act normally requires a 15-day waiting period between the application for a partnership and the ceremony. However, the waiting period is scrapped if doctors say that one partner has a terminal illness and are unlikely to recover.