26th October 2007
5:10 PM — One of the major benefits of the spread of the internet and the boom in movie piracy has been that the big American studios have finally begun to release their films world-wide at approximately the same time. Whereas in the bad old days us poor consumers from the UK market would end up getting Christmas movies in February or March, the studios following their old pattern of staggering European releases until a good three months after the American box office had had its fill, or even have to wait until the following Christmas, those nasty pirates have forced the studios' hands.
Horror guru calls for gay lead characters in computer games 1
5:10 PM — Author, artist and computer game designer Clive Barker has attracted anti-gay remarks after saying he would like to see a game with a central gay character.Mr Barker made the remarks to Gamepro.com on Tuesday while being interviewed about the design and release of his new game, Jericho, on the Xbox 360.Asked about the role of gender in games, he said: "One day I want to be part of a team that creates a game with a gay man or woman in the lead role where they are casually sexual."
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
5:10 PM — 1997's Elizabeth, dealing with the early years of Queen Elizabeth I and her difficult passage to the throne, was a glorious example of the most lavish kind of period drama. Plush sets, a big-name cast, incredible costumes, and a central performance from a then-nearly unknown Cate Blanchett, who was robbed of an Oscar - Best Actress that year instead went to Gwyneth Paltrow for her turn in the so-so Elizabethan romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, prompting a memorable bout of acceptance speech hysterics.
Lions for Lambs 1
5:10 PM — Say what you like about Tom Cruise, he certainly knows how to pick his films. He may well have had a falling out with Paramount after his bizarre, Scientology and love-inspired behaviour in the run-up to his wedding last year, but love him or loathe him he's one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood - and you don't get to that level of fame by appearing in bad films. Unless, of course, they're bad films that are likely to make a huge amount of money - like Days of Thunder, Legend or the last couple of Mission: Impossible movies.
5:10 PM — In the wake of the massive success of The Lord of the Rings, little wonder that Hollywood's been scrabbling around for other fantasy epics to bring to the big screen, now that the technology is finally good enough to create the kind of strange creatures with which such legendary settings abound. 2005's adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - and its forthcoming sequel Prince Caspian - was an obvious choice, so similar are the two books, thanks to their authors' friendship.
American Gangster 1
5:10 PM — OK, so the last team-up between director Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, last year's film adaptation of A Year in Provence that was A Good Year, may have been critically panned and largely ignored by cinemagoers.Yes, Scott's outing before that, 2005's historical epic Kingdom of Heaven, was likewise slated and shunned. And yes, his film before that, the Nic Cage-starring Matchstick Men, made little real impact.
5:10 PM — What is it with doing remakes of classic Michael Caine films? Haven't they learned by now? We've had the glossy but utterly facile Jude Law-starring remake of Alfie, which singularly managed to remove any of the easy cool and charm from that wonderfully misogynistic character, and ripped out the deep sense of melancholy at the heart of the original film in the process. We've had the truly abysmal, almost sacrilegious remake of the glorious Get Carter, with Sylvester Stallone making Caine's cold-heartedly distraught mob killer on a revenge trip into an overweight and pathetically mumbling joke.
The Darjeeling Limited
5:10 PM — The fifth film by oddball director Wes Anderson - he of The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic fame - was always going to be much anticipated.Anderson's films have a wonderful tendency to be both decidedly quirky and gloriously affecting comic character studies quite unlike anything being churned out by anyone else in the Hollywood mainstream.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
5:10 PM — One of the most anticipated films of the autumn, The Assassination of Jesse James has nonetheless been a long time in coming - nearly as long as its title, in fact.Originally set for a 2006 release, with filming completed more than two years ago, despite rave reviews from test screenings for the central performances of Brad Pitt (as James) and Ben's little brother Casey Affleck (as Ford), the fact that the film is a Western seems to have given the studio a number of concerns.
London prepares for glittering gay awards ceremony 52
3:41 PM — Next week the Victoria and Albert Museum will host one of the highlights of the gay calendar - the Stonewall Awards.Tickets for Thursday's event sold out over a month ago, and A-List gays, sports people, performers, politicians, celebrities and TV stars will be out in force for the annual ceremony, which will be hosted by MTV and T4 presenter Anthony Crank.The Stonewall Awards, sponsored by Barclays, are designed to celebrate the range of positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.
24th October 2007
Comment: America can’t get enough of gay Dumbledore 10
11:40 AM — You've probably already heard the one about Albus Dumbledore being a friend of Dorothy.The Associated Press, The New York Times, even CNN featured the headline on its tickertape, right behind an update of the California fires.So why is an innocent announcement by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling that her 150 some odd year-old wizard is gay such a headline grabber?
23rd October 2007
“Brave and brilliant gay men” not news to JK Rowling 1
6:45 PM — The novelist JK Rowling has told an audience in Canada she is surprised by the amount of fuss generated by her announcement that one of the main characters in her Harry Potter series is gay.The 42-year-old, whose seven-series saga about the boy wizard has made her an estimated £545m, sent shockwaves round the world on Saturday when she told an audience of fans in New York that the headmaster of wizarding school Hogwarts was gay."It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men," she told a news conference today.
LGBT stories represented at Sundance film festival
11:20 AM — When Queer Lounge returns to Park City, Utah, in January for its fifth Sundance Film Festival appearance, it will bring along with it a new media partner: the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)."We are in an historic era of gay visibility in film," GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said."As our community fights every day for equality before the law, Queer Lounge helps change hearts and minds."
22nd October 2007
Queer as Folk creator to write new gay drama 4
8:50 PM — Russell T Davies, the creator of Queer as Folk, is developing a new BBC drama series about forty-something gay men, it was confirmed today.Mr Davies is understood to be currently developing script ideas for the as yet unnamed series.A BBC spokeswomen told MediaGuardian that it was "too early" to say which channel might the series would air on or whether it will be produced by an independent production company.
Comment: When will she be Dame JK? 2
2:21 PM — The casual yet calculated announcement by Harry Potter author JK Rowling that the character of Albus Dumbledore was gay made headlines around the world.Her books are, as she put it, "a prolonged argument for tolerance," a theme not lost on her millions of gay fans.The character that embodies that tolerance above all others is Dumbledore, the wise and caring headmaster.
20th October 2007
JK Rowling reveals Potter character is gay 6
5:05 AM — Harry Potter author JK Rowling has outed the Headmaster of Hogwarts school.At a fan event in New York, she revealed that Albus Dumbledore is gay. Her shock announcement was greeted by applause and gasps of amazement from her audience.The most successful author of modern times described her seven-book saga as a "prolonged argument for tolerance."
19th October 2007
ITV to pay back millions from phone competitions
4:33 PM — ITV is to reimburse up to eight million voters who took part in phone competitions that they had no chance of winning.Company chairman Michael Grade called the scandal, which took place under former chief executive Charles Allen, "horrible" and "inexcusable."In 2006 Mr Allen was named the UK's 16th most influential gay and lesbian person by The Independent.
18th October 2007
No Kylie statue for at least a decade say council
3:31 PM — A tabloid news story that a group of gay men have applied for planning permission to erect a statue of pop singer Kylie Minogue in a London street is news to Westminster City Council.The Daily Star this morning ran the story "Kylie Gets A Gay Statue," which reported that "Kylie Minogue's loyal team of homosexuals" have applied for planning permission to have a statue of the singer erected in Old Compton St.A spokesman for Westminster council told PinkNews.co.uk: "We have received no record of this planning application."
Interview: Stella Duffy excited about lesbian festival
11:54 AM — "The York Lesbian Arts Festival is fantastic!" enthuses patron Stella Duffy, whose popular novels include Calendar Girls, which recently came 5th in the International Big Gay Read Poll."I've been every year and it's a hell of an event. All the well-known dyke writers turn up, and it gets a little over the top."Taxi drivers in York know it's us by now, and it's mostly dykes that come to the festival."
17th October 2007
Man who came out at 91 publishes gay novel
11:32 AM — A former Oxford academic has become one of the oldest first time authors ever with a dashing gay romance called The Heart Entrapped. Mike Soper, 93, is feeling the liberation of life outside the closet after decades of pretending, and his new book draws on his experiences of love outside the law.He told the Oxford Mail:"I had to keep quiet about my sexuality when I was lecturing at Oxford, as undergraduates would not have been very kind if they had known I was gay."