2nd July 2007
NHS offers quitting advice as smoking ban starts
12:57 PM — England became the last part of the UK to ban smoking in all enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK yesterday.The NHS Smoking Helpline is calling on gay and bisexual men to stub out their cigarettes after a survey revealed that their habit is well above the national average.A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers.
Jodie Foster donates record amount to gay helpline
11:15 AM — Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster has made a major donation to America's only round-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth.The Trevor Project, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organisation, recently launched a major fundraising campaign to fund two call centres that will take crisis calls made to The Trevor Helpline.The goal of the campaign, which is the largest in the organisation's history, is to raise $1,000,000 (£500,000) in multi-year gifts.
Spanish sun shines on Europride
10:43 AM — As London Pride was being battered by torrential rain, our luckier Continental cousins were basking in the sunshine of Madrid summer's day as they took to the streets to celebrate Europride.Nearly fifty floats, one of them from Manchester, paraded through the streets of the Spanish capital accompanied by an estimated two million revellers. The parade was followed by a free concert.
1st July 2007
3:10 to Yuma
5:10 PM — Back in the 1950s, it was practically impossible to go to the cinema without being confronted with posters for movies about men in wide-brimmed hats with six-shooters at their waists.Where today it's science fiction and superheroes dominating the box office, with every other film seeming to have some kind of fantastical computer-generated special effect or other, in the fifties it was the Western that was king.
A Mighty Heart
5:10 PM — Six years after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, Hollywood has begun to gear up to critical approaches to the War on Terror. In the last couple of years we've had the sentimental looks at the attacks themselves in World Trade Center and United 93; now A Mighty Heart takes us into the aftermath, and the impact of America's swift response. Over the next 12 months will come a glut of films looking at life in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the machinations behind the scenes in the world's latest war.
5:10 PM — Sometimes even the biggest names in cinema can get it wrong. When uber-producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein - the chaps responsible for such mega-hits as Sin City, Chicago, Cold Mountain, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill - decided to team up with best buddy directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez to create the ultimate cool, experimental cult movie, few would have predicted an impending commercial disaster. Though Rodriguez and Tarantino may not be to everyone's taste, they each have a vast and loyal fanbase - a smash hit seemed all but inevitable.
Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution
5:10 PM — Catherine Tate is a bizarre phenomenon. Her rise over the last few years has been so rapid that the expression "meteoric" seems to have been made for it.She's now a big enough name that pretty much everyone in Britain has surely heard of her, but for those who haven't watched her BBC2 comedy sketch series, modestly entitled The Catherine Tate Show, the precise nature of her talents seems a little vague.
5:10 PM — This latest outing from George Clooney is another of the character pieces in which he is beginning to specialise - a close study of one flawed man up against overwhelming odds.After taking on similar parts in the likes of Syriana and The Good German, and having directed films revolving around the same basic concept in Good Night and Good Luck and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, it seems that this is becoming Clooney's personal trademark.
5:10 PM — A film that stars a bunch of people you've probably never heard of and that's quite explicitly a romantic comedy is not one that would normally be cause for much excitement.Romantic comedies - in fact, comedies full stop - rarely seem to get the critics too excited. It's been ten years since anyone got an Oscar for starring in a romantic comedy, and that was Jack Nicholson, one of the most award-laden screen actors of all time, for As Good As It Gets.
5:10 PM — It's doubtless a little harsh to put John Cusack in the same league as the likes of Ben Affleck in terms of career dives. He has, after all, been making at least a couple of films a year for the last few years. But at the same time, it's hard not to feel that none of them have really lived up to the hype that surrounded him towards the end of the 1990s. As the new century dawned, Cusack seemed to be the new darling of Hollywood. The masses adored him in the likes of High Fidelity and Gross Point Blank, and his experimentally bizarre turn in Being John Malkovich showed that he was more than willing to take risks.
5:10 PM — This latest film outing is the first in a glut of new movies for the former Darling Buds of May star, who has managed to become one of the most successful female British stars in Hollywood over the last ten years or so. Though coming up to her 38th birthday, so nearing the age where Hollywood traditionally begins to lose interest in actresses known for their good looks, she's still just as stunning as ever, and still seems to be in much demand, despite her last couple of big screen outings having come in for a bit of a critical mauling.
Run, Fat Boy, Run 1
5:10 PM — Americans seem to have had a long, special kind of reverence for the British sense of humour. Be it the slapstick Vaudeville antics of London boy Charlie Chaplin, the surreal sketches of Monty Python, or the more recent Stateside superstardom of Sacha Baron Cohen and Ricky Gervais, when America takes to British humour, it takes to it big time.Little wonder, then, that after the insane successes of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg is now considered a hot comedy property with serious potential to make it big in the US.
5:10 PM — For the last three decades, Ian McEwan has been at the forefront of the British literary scene - a multiple prize-winner and author of innumerable critically-lauded books that have seen him inducted into the Royal Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and even given a knighthood.His very first collection of short stories won the Somerset Maugham Prize back in 1976, and considering Maugham's long association with Hollywood it is perhaps only fitting that McEwan's Booker Prize-shortlisted 2001 novel Atonement should now receive the movie treatment.
30th June 2007
Rain fails to dampen London’s Pride 6
7:40 PM — Tens of thousands of people took to the rainy streets of London today to celebrate Pride.Torrential downpours throughout the afternoon did not dampen the enthusiasm of marchers and those who gathered in Trafalgar Square to watch top pop acts.The march started at 1pm and LGBT members of the Royal Navy, police, fire service and paramedics marched through the streets in uniform.
PlanetOut share price recovers slightly but CEO says company needs time to turn around
2:00 PM — Shares in Gay.com publisher, PlanetOut rose 20 per cent on Nasdaq yesterday, but shares in the company are still worth less than a tenth of it's post IPO (initial public offering) value just under three years ago.The company which also owns the Adovocate and RSVP Cruises floated in October 2004 at a share price of $9 (£4.48), it quickly rose to $14.26 (£7.10) in November. Yesterday the company's shares were trading at $1.38 (£0.69), a marked improvement on its 52 week low of $0.86 (£0.43).
29th June 2007
Tales of the City author to appear at London Pride
12:54 PM — Gay icon Armistead Maupin is to take to the stage at tomorrow's London Pride event in Trafalgar Square.The author, whose Tales of the City books about gay life in 1970s and 80s San Francisco have been compared to the work of Dickens, is making a special trip to show solidarity with London's gay community.Mr Maupin's latest book, Michael Tolliver Lives, was published earlier this month.
London’s gay community will march despite the bomb 5
11:35 AM — Organisers of the biggest gay parade in the UK have confirmed that it will go ahead tomorrow.The discovery of a car bomb on the route had cast doubt on whether the London Pride parade would go ahead.However, Metropolitan police sources have confirmed that Haymarket, a key part of the parade route, will be open tomorrow.
Pride organisers hopeful parade will go ahead 5
10:01 AM — Pride officials had an early start this morning, with Metropolitan Police officers phoning them before 6am to discuss the discovery of a suspected bomb on the parade route.The area is still closed off as officers from the Counter Terrorism Command continue their investigations.It is unclear at this stage whether tomorrow's parade will go ahead.
Bomb found on London Pride route 5
8:51 AM — A car bomb discovered on the route of tomorrow's Gay Pride parade in London has been made safe, say police.The vehicle was parked on Haymarket, in the heart of the city's West End shopping and theatre district.Reports of a suspicious vehicle at around 2am led police to what they call a "potentially viable explosive device."
28th June 2007
Review: Angels in America
11:20 AM — The Pulitzer-winning Angels in America is divided into two parts, set in the mid-nineteen eighties and following the terrible dawning of the AIDS crisis in America. The first part is entitled Millennium Approaches, and the second, Perestroika.The play revolves around two couples. Louis is a narcissistic and neurotic Jew, who lives with Prior, a WASP from a historic family that came off the Mayflower.In the first act, Prior reveals that he has AIDS and has discovered a lesion.