19th September 2008
No prosecution for comedian over Papal jibe 3
10:12 AM — The Minister of Justice in Italy has decided not to use a Fascist-era law to punish a comedian for mocking the Pope.
18th September 2008
“We could have sex,” Jim Davidson tells Alan Titchmarsh 11
4:10 PM — A comedian who was caused a scandal when he used homophobic language on a reality TV show has attempted to defend himself.
Amnesty calls on authorities to protect Bosnian gay festival 1
3:02 PM — A leading human rights group has said that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Bosnia and Herzegovina are entitled to a climate free of intimidation.
Gay star tipped as next Doctor Who 6
2:49 PM — One of the most popular programmes on the BBC could soon have an out gay star as its leading man.
17th September 2008
Julian Clary to celebrate 25 years in showbiz 8
2:19 PM — Julian Clary will discuss his life and career later this month at a special event to mark his 25 years as an out gay performer.
15th September 2008
McCartney: Lennon was not gay 2
2:30 PM — Sir Paul McCartney has spoken out against claims that his song writing partner, John Lennon, was secretly gay.
Beano editor reveals changes to avoid depicting “gay bashing” 1
1:56 PM — Euan Kerr, editor of popular children’s comic The Beano, has revealed in a new book that the behaviour of its main character was changed due to accusations of encouraging homophobic bullying.
Bad taste gay comedy comes to the UK 7
1:20 PM — An American TV show described as making "South Park look like The Flumps" is to be screen on E4 this week.
Lt Uhuru among guests at Mr Sulu’s LA gay wedding 4
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
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
Film Review: Swing Vote
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.