3rd October 2008
Organisers claim homophobic fire department closed gay festival
1:11 PM — A gay and lesbian film festival which was supposed to open in St Petersburg yesterday has been thrown into disarray after city fire inspectors ruled the venues were not suitable.
2nd October 2008
Melissa Ethelridge to get married ahead of California vote
8:43 PM — Lesbian rock icon Melissa Etheridge is getting married. She told US celebrity TV show Extra that she intends to tie the knot with girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels.
Gay star Will Young invited to appear on Question Time
6:51 PM — With a degree in politics, Will Young is better qualified that most pop stars to participate in the cockpit of debate that is BBC's Question Time.
Last chance to get tickets for Stella Duffy night
2:10 PM — Writer, playwright and actor Stella Duffy will be "in conversation" at the National Theatre in London later this month.
Sydney Mardi Gras gets government funding for first time 1
1:23 PM — One of the world's best-known gay events is being given state backing. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras generates more than $30m (£13.3m) for the city and state of New South Wales.
30th September 2008
Hollyoaks: Will Frankie and Darren be forced to tell the police about Jack?
7:36 PM — Newt goes missing at the start of the week and Frankie and Darren are desperate to find him. It seems that the young lad's disappearance has been sparked by the fact that he spotted Jack the previous night. As Frankie and Darren hunt high and low they soon reach the conclusion that they might have to call the police. But are they ready to reveal the startling truth about Jack?
Sean Penn boasts to Madonna about kissing boys 11
1:06 PM — Sean Penn, who is to star in new film Milk, has shared an on-screen kiss with co-star James Franco. The actor was reportedly so excited about his first gay kiss that he sent a text message to Madonna about it.
Veteran actress claims coming out killed her mother 22
12:50 PM — Award-winning stage and screen actress Miriam Margolyes revealed that she believes coming out as a lesbian caused her mother’s death.
Top author to create gay characters 4
12:21 PM — Alexander McCall Smith, the best-selling author of The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, will introduce gay characters into his new books. The new gay characters will appear in Mr McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street and Sunday Philosophy Club series.
29th September 2008
Record turnout at Asia’s largest Pride event
6:23 PM — The Taiwanese gay community celebrated the highlight of the 2008 Taipei Gay Carnival with a Pride parade on Saturday.
Liverpool gay village plan frustrated by council 5
1:32 PM — Business leaders in Liverpool have criticised a proposal from the council that streets around the city's "gay quarter" be closed to traffic after 10pm.
Danish man sought embassy protection after Sarajevo violence
12:00 PM — One of the people injured when a homophobic mob attacked the opening event of Bosnia's first gay festival has spoken of his ordeal.
27th September 2008
Film Review: Quantum of Solace 3
2:36 PM — Not quite the traditional Halloween movie this, yet somehow it's still strangely appropriate for the second Daniel Craig-starring Bond film to come out on a date long associated with the dead. Because this is one film series that has well and truly risen from the ashes like some kind of latter-day Dracula. James Bond hasn't been this cool for years – and to think that just two short years ago, as we awaited the release of Casino Royale with a mixture of hope and dread, many had written off the Bond franchise for good.
Film Review: Where the Wild Things Are 2
2:33 PM — After the sheer madness of his only two feature films to date, 1999's Being John Malkovich and 2002's Adaptation, it's a safe bet that Spike Jonze must have been low down on anybody's list as the ideal director for a big screen adaptation of a hit series of children's books.
Film Review: Ghost Town
2:29 PM — Channel Four's late night comedy series The 11 O'Clock Show may only have run for three years, and may never have overly troubled the ratings, but it somehow proved a test bed for two of the biggest British comedy phenomena of the last decade. Launched in 1998 and hosted by Iain Lee (now best known as a radio presenter) and Daisy Donovan, the comedy elements of the show were always a bit hit and miss – which may have been why two characters in particular stood out so clearly above the rest.
Film Review: High School Musical 3 – Senior Year 3
2:26 PM — If you aren't aware of the phenomenon that is High School Musical, it's a safe bet that you're over the age of 15 and don't yet have any children or grandchildren under that age. For its target demographic – mostly girls in their "tweens" (roughly 8-14) – High School Musical is like Harry Potter, Barbie and Pokémon all mixed together and combined with a serious sugar rush. It seems that they just can't get enough of this wholesome franchise of sickly-sweet, unbelievably innocent films, where pristine teenagers sing and dance about the joys of young love, close friendship, and being true to yourself.
Film Review: The Rocker
2:20 PM — There's been a fairly strong tradition of Hollywood comedies revolving around the idea of aspiring rock gods, from the oddball antics of Bill and Ted and their time-travelling escapades in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey through the Wayne's World movies, up to the recent hit School of Rock, with many more along the way – including the oft-forgotten Airheads from 1994, which helped launch the careers of both Brendan Fraser and Adam Sandler.
Film Review: What Just Happened? 1
2:15 PM — Back in 1976 the young Robert De Niro, at the height of his powers, appeared in a restrained classic movie about moviemaking, The Last Tycoon. Based on the final, unfinished novel by one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century, F. Scott Fitzgerald – a man with a strong Hollywood track record of his own – it revolved around a workaholic Hollywood hotshot producer and his efforts to form a relationship with a young woman. The parallels between the moviemaking genius of the lead character and that of the masterly young actor portraying him were apparent to all.
Film Review: How To Lose Friends And Alienate People
2:12 PM — British comedy's invasion of Hollywood continues apace. Ricky Gervais is hailed as a comedy god, with awards aplenty alongside appearances on cult favourites The Simpsons and computer game smash hit Grand Theft Auto IV, as well as a bunch of small roles in films such as Stardust and For Your Consideration, and his first starring role in a Hollywood movie coming up later this month.
Film Review: 88 Minutes
2:08 PM — Al Pacino is undeniably one of the greatest actors in Hollywood history – a star whose name can pretty much ensure a film's commercial success, and bring cachet to projects that would otherwise barely merit a glance. His strong track record of picking interesting character pieces has given us some of the best performances of the last forty years, in films ranging from the Godfather trilogy (he's even good in the much-derided Part III) to his iconic turn in the 80s classic Scarface, through the over-the-top yet still fun turns he's given in movies such as The Devil's Advocate and Dick Tracey to smaller, more restrained character studies in the likes of The Insider and Glengarry Glen Ross.