18th January 2008
No Country For Old Men
12:20 AM — Everyone loves the Coen Brothers, surely? Over the last two decades, the oddball pair have produced some of the weirdest and most wonderful movies ever to have come out of America - quirky yet accessible, and always with a streak of deliciously black humour running throughout.The Coens have given us that modern icon, Jeff Bridges' White Russian-supping bowling layabout The Dude in their biggest hit, The Big Lebowski.
In the Valley of Elah
12:20 AM — Films about the psychological aftermath of war have a long and generally speaking highly distinguished history. Yet, when the war in Vietnam - similarly unpopular to those in Iraq and Afghanistan - was still raging, Hollywood seemed to have cold feet about tackling the actual blood and guts of the conflict. Apocalypse Now has gone beyond mere classic status to become a defining movie in the history of cinema, but it was also the first film to go into production about the Vietnam War itself. Yet, it was only released in 1979; four years after the war had ignominiously come to an end.
Sweeney Todd 1
12:20 AM — Love him for his quirky visual style or hate him for his apparently deliberate appeal to that subsection of the teenage market that dresses in black all the time, mostly while writing dire poetry about death and unrequited love, Tim Burton is undoubtedly one of the more interesting and individual of mainstream Hollywood directors. Somehow always able to create films that look like no others - even with his occasional misses, like the ill-judged "reimagining" of Planet of the Apes - Burton's movies have a style all their own, and that should always be cause for celebration.
12:20 AM — Taiwanese director Ang Lee is nothing if not eclectic in his output. Still best known for 2000's beautifully-shot epic martial arts flick Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - which in turn helped bring us the sumptuous likes of Zhang Yimou's decidedly similar Hero and House of Flying Daggers - it is easy to forget just how odd a bunch of movies he's been associated with. After all, his back catalogue includes everything from New York-set immigration comedy The Wedding Banquet to Taiwan-set romance Eat Drink Man Woman to lush Kate Winslet-starring Austen adaptation Sense and Sensibility, through philosophical superhero flick Hulk, suburban character study The Ice Storm, American Civil War romance Ride With The Devil, and his most recent, the film indelibly dubbed "that gay cowboy flick", Brokeback Mountain.
P.S. I Love You
12:20 AM — The sheer unpleasantness of the thought that, one day, we are all bound to die has naturally led to human beings creating various methods to avoid worrying about the inevitable. Religion is, of course, the most obvious - but comedy comes a close second.Taking the micky out of death has a long history, making light of our inevitable demise largely to - bizarrely, if you think about it - help us all stop, well, thinking about it.
17th January 2008
Feature: Searching for the true meaning of gay love 2
6:30 PM — A new play about modern gay love and relationships opens in London next week. Counterfeit Skin, by Jason Charles, explores the interplay between lovers, friends, family and rivals and in the process confronts deception, desire, greed, obsession and disappointment.Much of the drama focuses on Luke and Jake, a young couple living with Jake's gay godfather, who are questioning their long-term relationship.
16th January 2008
George Michael to write “authentic” autobiography 4
6:30 PM — Publisher HarperCollins today confirmed that they have secured the rights to an autobiography by pop star George Michael.The 44-year-old, who has sold in excess of 80 million records in a career spanning three decades, said through his publicist that the book would be "no holds barred."Although neither publisher nor publicist would reveal how much Michael is being paid for the book, industry watchers said it was certain to be millions of pounds.
Plymouth plans a bigger and better Pride in 2008 6
2:45 PM — The nation's most popular lower-case gay day out, plymouth pridevent, has been granted charity status.Supported by, among others, Plymouth City Council and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, the charity's committee has adopted a new constitution and appointed a new chairman, Mark Ayres.The committee can now make donations to other organisations which also work with Plymouth's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) community.
International match to honour lesbian football hero 2
2:25 PM — She was a footballing genius who lit up the game in the 1920s and 1930s with her antics on and off the field.Lily Parr, who lived openly with her partner Mary and insisted on being paid in Woodbine cigarettes, was the first woman to be inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.30 years on from her death, lesbians from around the globe will come together on the pitch to celebrate her brilliant life of this star of the game.
Photos of gay icons bought by National Portrait Gallery
11:55 AM — Four portraits by acclaimed gay photographer David Gwinnutt have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London.Mr Gwinnutt, who has photographed many well-known gay celebrities, said he was honoured that his work will become part of the national collection of portraiture.The portraits of film director John Schlesinger, playwright Neil Bartlett, performance artist and club legend Leigh Bowery and photographer Corinne Day are candid and intimate.
15th January 2008
Ofcom clears ITV over poof comment 6
11:20 AM — A homophobic outburst by comedian Jim Davidson on a reality TV show did not break broadcasting rules, the industry's watchdog has ruled.197 people complained to Ofcom in September after the comedian, appearing on ITV's Hell's Kitchen, mocked fellow contestant Brian Dowling about his sexuality and used the words 'poof' and 'shirt lifter.'Dowling, who came to public attention through appearing in reality shows, was reduced to tears.
14th January 2008
Gay gamers experience Second Life
3:40 PM — Video games may come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing tends to stay the same from game to game: They all give the people playing them the opportunity to step into someone else's shoes.As thrilling as that sounds in theory, in practice it usually forces gamers to take control of characters that look little like them and move them through storylines over which they have little control.A few fairly recent releases have added some breathing room to that often claustrophobic aspect of video gaming.
11th January 2008
Website records life and times of Orton 1
2:55 PM — A website dedicated to the life and times of gay playwright Joe Orton has been launched.Leicester City Council joined forces with the University of Leicester and Islington Council to create the site, which has the endorsement of the Orton Estate.Despite his professional career lasting a mere three years, Joe Orton is still remembered as one of the most talented and outrageous playwrights of the 20th century.
Comment: L Word highlights US military’s gay ban 2
2:39 PM — Actress Rose Rollins is speaking out about her The L Word character Tasha and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" storyline garnering national attention for her role.Playing a captain in the Army National Guard, Rollins' character is navigating the difficult choice many real LGB soldiers are facing in the US military — whether to stay in the closet or face being discharged and losing their careers.Although Tasha has developed a reputation as being the 'tough' girl on the show, her character is about far more than her exterior 'attitude'.
Seaside Pride will chase away the winter blues
1:30 PM — For those of you finding January a struggle, help is at hand from the seaside city of Brighton.Pride may seem like a distant memory, but fear not - Winter Pride kicks off on February 2nd, a festival of more than 70 events designed to cheer up even the most grumpy gay.The festival has something for everyone, from an 80's trans disco to a lesbian mud fight.
Extra performance for London’s sold out gay panto
12:40 PM — A charity panto in aid of gay equality organisation Stonewall has proved so popular that an extra date has been added to cope with demand.On January 13 London Frontrunners will stage their A Christmas Carol at the Drill Hall in Chenies Street, with an extra evening performance at 7.15pm.The second performance will be in aid of the venue itself, the UK's premier gay arts venue which has recently been threatened with complete withdrawal of its Arts Council funding.
British Museum examines Rome’s premier gay couple 2
12:10 PM — He is best-known in the UK for building a defensive wall as protection against the fierce Scots.However, back in Rome the Emperor Hadrian was noteworthy for taking his gay lover as a consort, a new exhibition about his life reveals. Hadrian: Empire and Conflict opens at the British Museum later this year. Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus, to give him his full name, was made emperor in AD117, when the Roman Empire was at its prime.
QBoy meets hip hop heroes
11:50 AM — Gay rap sensation QBoy fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams recently - meeting his musical idols Salt-N-Pepa.His interview with the queens of hip hop is part of a documentary for BBC digital network 1Xtra.The documentary about the return of Salt-N-Pepa by Made In Manchester productions has been co-produced by QBoy. This is the rapper's first radio production credit.
Pink Singers bring Continental show to London
2:15 AM — After two concerts in Paris, the Pink Singers are bringing Amour and more to London.Equivox, the vibrant Parisian lesbian and gay choir, will be the special guests of the performance which includes various love songs inspired in the city of Paris.The lesbian and gay community choir will be putting on the show on January 19th at Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music at Marylebone Road.
10th January 2008
Documentary uncovers the double lives of China’s gay men
4:50 PM — Oscar-winning documentary maker Ruby Yang is to direct a film about homosexuality and the pressures created by China's one-child policy.China is known for its strong censorship, especially on sensitive issues. "There's a lot of pressure to produce an heir," Ms Yang told Reuters ."Many gay men are married and live a double life. They lie to their parents, lie to their wives."