14th December 2008
Film Review: Inkheart
3:20 PM — As with buses, so with films – you wait ages for a movie with a certain basic premise, then two come along at once. Be it alien invasion movies Independence Day and Mars Attacks! back in 1996 or asteroid strike flicks Armageddon and Deep Impact in 1998, or even the ultimate double-whammy of Fail Safe and Dr Strangelove back in 1964 (both based on the very same book), the history of cinema is littered with similar ideas hitting the big screen at around the same time. It's still rare, however, for two movies with such similar basic ideas at their heart to come out in the same month – but with Inkheart out this week and Disney's Bedtime Stories out on Boxing Day, that's precisely what's happened: two children's films about men who can – quite literally – bring stories to life.
Film Review: Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa
3:16 PM — In 2005, Madagascar ambled into our cinemas as just one of countless computer-animated kids' films featuring talking animals getting into scrapes. It's tale of a bunch of New York zoo animals who end up having to fend for themselves in the jungles of Africa, following the Shrek mould of chucking in movie references in an attempt to appeal to adult audiences, and on the surface had little to make it stand out amidst the seemingly never-ending line of similar talking animal animations that the last decade has brought us. Yet somehow, something clicked. It wasn't a classic, certainly, but something about the ninja-style penguins, or perhaps the talented voice cast – principally Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen – helped it to rise above the herd.
Film Review: Hamlet 2
3:12 PM — There was a time during the mid to late 90s that Steve Coogan was almost unanimously regarded as Britain's best comedian. He came from a strong troupe of comics, first coming to the public's attention via the cult Radio 4 satirical series On The Hour - that also launched the careers of the likes of master satirists Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci as well as Jerry Springer: The Opera writer Stuart Lee and his erstwhile comedy partner Richard Herring. First broadcast in 1991-2, it was On The Hour that saw the first appearance of the comedy character with whom Coogan will forever be associated – the Terry Wogan-inspired presenter Alan Partridge.
Rufus Wainwright not a gay marriage supporter but criticises Prop 8 15
3:05 PM — Gay star Rufus Wainwright reveals that he's not a gay marriage supporter, but argues against Proposition 8. Singer, Wainwright, has told the New York Press"Oddly enough, I’m actually not a huge gay marriage supporter."
12th December 2008
Elton John loses defamation case against The Guardian 18
5:48 PM — A spoof column satirising gay star Sir Elton John was not defamatory, the High Court in London has ruled.
Holloaks Spoilers: What will come of Tony’s future?
12:04 PM — Theresa is sick of living with Nana and works her charms on Myra in order to move in with the McQueens. Tony is playing on her mind, but can she go through with her allegations knowing that she lied? While she worries that she could be in trouble for wasting police time and the whole village will be talking about her, Tony is resigned to his fate and gets his financial affairs in order before gong to the police to change his statement.
Jade Goody attacked over lesbian slurs 13
12:01 PM — Comedian Amy Lame has branded reality TV star Jade Goody homophobic after she said that lesbians have "really short hair."
EastEnders Spoilers: Whitney searches for her real mum
11:48 AM — Whitney hears Bianca talking to Ricky about her and Tony and runs off before deciding she wants to search for her real mum's address – a discovery which knocks Bianca for six. The Jacksons are still reeling from the fallout of Tony's actions and wondering how it will end for them all.
Coronation Street Spoilers: Will Jed and Maria bring Tony down between them?
11:42 AM — Maria is locked in the house with her husband's killer and listens stunned as he tells her that the affair was going on for months and admits that he did want Liam out of the way. Tony then offers her a million pounds to stop the accusations. Maria is aghast and sets off to the police station. Carla can't understand why Tony won't sack Rosie but he insists that he would also have to sack Sally and that would arouse suspicion. Carla decides to let Rosie know exactly how she feels about her betrayal before heading over to Maria's to tell her side of the story. Carla tells Leanne that Tony knew about the affair but has forgiven her but Leanne is not convinced that Tony is the forgiving type. Meanwhile, Jed Stone has heard Maria's accusation and thinks he is on to something – he lets Tony know that he is going to compare notes with Maria.
11th December 2008
Eid pardon for Kurdish journalist imprisoned for writing about gay sex
3:35 PM — A doctor sentenced to six months by a Kurdish judge for writing an medical article about sodomy has been pardoned and released.
10th December 2008
Mayor of Moscow’s message to gay Eurovision fans – stay off the streets 18
9:59 PM — The Mayor of Moscow has used a Eurovision Song Contest ceremony to warn gay people visiting the city for the event next year that they are not welcome on the streets.
Italian TV channel attacked for showing cut version of Brokeback Mountain 3
4:47 PM — Italy's national broadcaster has said it will show gay cowboy love story Brokeback Mountain in full after it came under fire for broadcasting a cut version.
Gay band to march in Presidential inauguration parade 2
1:15 PM — For the first time in American history, a gay group has been asked to march in the Inaugural Parade.
9th December 2008
Cumming to miss film premiere for Obama inauguration 3
5:46 PM — Actor Alan Cumming will be in Washington next month for the inauguration of Barack Obama. The President-elect of the United States will take the oath of office on January 20th.
Beautiful Thing debut brings tale of British gay teens to Shanghai 1
3:25 PM — One of the most acclaimed plays about teenage gay experience is to open in the Chinese city of Shanghai later this month.
Same-sex marriage bans lead to Day Without A Gay protests 3
1:27 PM — A novel form of civil protest will be practised by gays in the US tomorrow. For those angry at bans on gay marriage, tomorrow is the Day Without A Gay.
Comment: Moscow Pride organisers appeal to Council of Europe
12:21 PM — The organisers of Moscow Pride have written to the Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe - the event has been banned every year.
8th December 2008
Cliff Richard “loves” the enigma surrounding his sexuality 14
1:48 PM — Veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard has described his sex life as an enigma. Sir Cliff, 68, is one of the UK's best-known Christians, has been the victim of persistent rumours and innuendo about his sexuality.
Gay comedian apologises for Shannon Matthews gag 9
1:34 PM — Alan Carr has said sorry for calling a mother convicted last week of kidnapping her own child a "gay icon."
6th December 2008
Coronation Street Spoilers: Maria wants the truth about Liam’s death
8:12 PM — Maria is stunned to find out that Tony knew about the Carla and Liam footage of them kissing and her head starts to race with unanswered questions. She tells Tom that she wants to find out the truth and goes about questioning Dev and then Tyrone, who tells he that Jason reckoned the driver of the car didn't swerve or put the brakes on. This is all Maria needs to hear and she seizes on the news as proof Liam's death was no accident.