26th October 2007
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
5:10 PM — One of the most anticipated films of the autumn, The Assassination of Jesse James has nonetheless been a long time in coming - nearly as long as its title, in fact.Originally set for a 2006 release, with filming completed more than two years ago, despite rave reviews from test screenings for the central performances of Brad Pitt (as James) and Ben's little brother Casey Affleck (as Ford), the fact that the film is a Western seems to have given the studio a number of concerns.
5:10 PM — One of the major benefits of the spread of the internet and the boom in movie piracy has been that the big American studios have finally begun to release their films world-wide at approximately the same time. Whereas in the bad old days us poor consumers from the UK market would end up getting Christmas movies in February or March, the studios following their old pattern of staggering European releases until a good three months after the American box office had had its fill, or even have to wait until the following Christmas, those nasty pirates have forced the studios' hands.
London prepares for glittering gay awards ceremony 52
3:41 PM — Next week the Victoria and Albert Museum will host one of the highlights of the gay calendar - the Stonewall Awards.Tickets for Thursday's event sold out over a month ago, and A-List gays, sports people, performers, politicians, celebrities and TV stars will be out in force for the annual ceremony, which will be hosted by MTV and T4 presenter Anthony Crank.The Stonewall Awards, sponsored by Barclays, are designed to celebrate the range of positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.
24th October 2007
Comment: America can’t get enough of gay Dumbledore 10
11:40 AM — You've probably already heard the one about Albus Dumbledore being a friend of Dorothy.The Associated Press, The New York Times, even CNN featured the headline on its tickertape, right behind an update of the California fires.So why is an innocent announcement by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling that her 150 some odd year-old wizard is gay such a headline grabber?
23rd October 2007
“Brave and brilliant gay men” not news to JK Rowling 1
6:45 PM — The novelist JK Rowling has told an audience in Canada she is surprised by the amount of fuss generated by her announcement that one of the main characters in her Harry Potter series is gay.The 42-year-old, whose seven-series saga about the boy wizard has made her an estimated £545m, sent shockwaves round the world on Saturday when she told an audience of fans in New York that the headmaster of wizarding school Hogwarts was gay."It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men," she told a news conference today.
LGBT stories represented at Sundance film festival
11:20 AM — When Queer Lounge returns to Park City, Utah, in January for its fifth Sundance Film Festival appearance, it will bring along with it a new media partner: the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)."We are in an historic era of gay visibility in film," GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said."As our community fights every day for equality before the law, Queer Lounge helps change hearts and minds."
22nd October 2007
Queer as Folk creator to write new gay drama 4
8:50 PM — Russell T Davies, the creator of Queer as Folk, is developing a new BBC drama series about forty-something gay men, it was confirmed today.Mr Davies is understood to be currently developing script ideas for the as yet unnamed series.A BBC spokeswomen told MediaGuardian that it was "too early" to say which channel might the series would air on or whether it will be produced by an independent production company.
Comment: When will she be Dame JK? 2
2:21 PM — The casual yet calculated announcement by Harry Potter author JK Rowling that the character of Albus Dumbledore was gay made headlines around the world.Her books are, as she put it, "a prolonged argument for tolerance," a theme not lost on her millions of gay fans.The character that embodies that tolerance above all others is Dumbledore, the wise and caring headmaster.
20th October 2007
JK Rowling reveals Potter character is gay 6
5:05 AM — Harry Potter author JK Rowling has outed the Headmaster of Hogwarts school.At a fan event in New York, she revealed that Albus Dumbledore is gay. Her shock announcement was greeted by applause and gasps of amazement from her audience.The most successful author of modern times described her seven-book saga as a "prolonged argument for tolerance."
19th October 2007
ITV to pay back millions from phone competitions
4:33 PM — ITV is to reimburse up to eight million voters who took part in phone competitions that they had no chance of winning.Company chairman Michael Grade called the scandal, which took place under former chief executive Charles Allen, "horrible" and "inexcusable."In 2006 Mr Allen was named the UK's 16th most influential gay and lesbian person by The Independent.
18th October 2007
No Kylie statue for at least a decade say council
3:31 PM — A tabloid news story that a group of gay men have applied for planning permission to erect a statue of pop singer Kylie Minogue in a London street is news to Westminster City Council.The Daily Star this morning ran the story "Kylie Gets A Gay Statue," which reported that "Kylie Minogue's loyal team of homosexuals" have applied for planning permission to have a statue of the singer erected in Old Compton St.A spokesman for Westminster council told PinkNews.co.uk: "We have received no record of this planning application."
Interview: Stella Duffy excited about lesbian festival
11:54 AM — "The York Lesbian Arts Festival is fantastic!" enthuses patron Stella Duffy, whose popular novels include Calendar Girls, which recently came 5th in the International Big Gay Read Poll."I've been every year and it's a hell of an event. All the well-known dyke writers turn up, and it gets a little over the top."Taxi drivers in York know it's us by now, and it's mostly dykes that come to the festival."
17th October 2007
Man who came out at 91 publishes gay novel
11:32 AM — A former Oxford academic has become one of the oldest first time authors ever with a dashing gay romance called The Heart Entrapped. Mike Soper, 93, is feeling the liberation of life outside the closet after decades of pretending, and his new book draws on his experiences of love outside the law.He told the Oxford Mail:"I had to keep quiet about my sexuality when I was lecturing at Oxford, as undergraduates would not have been very kind if they had known I was gay."
16th October 2007
EU sex advert’s millions of online hits
3:14 PM — A short promotional film released by the EU to promote their support for European films has had 4.2 million hits on EUtube, the European Commission's YouTube channel, in less than three months.Entitled Film Lovers Will Love This, The 44-second ad features couples - including gay men and lesbians - having sex.Produced by the European Commission's communications unit, it features short clips from a range of films, including French international hit Amelie, and finishes with the tagline "let's come together."
Gay characters shortlisted as nation’s favourites
3:14 PM — Two soap actors who play gay characters have been short listed for a top TV honour, it was revealed last night.Antony Cotton, who plays Coronation Street's Sean Tully, and James Sutton, who plays John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks, are both up for the Most Popular Actor award at this years' National Television Awards.They face Doctor Who actor David Tennant, who won the award last year, and Charlie Clements, who plays Bradley Branning in EastEnders.
15th October 2007
Gay man expelled from reality TV show for coming out 1
1:28 PM — A 20-year-old man has become the first person to come out of the closet on Georgian TV.Pako Tabatadze revealed he is gay during the first episode of popular reality show GeoBar and was promptly shown the door by disapproving producers.Mr Tabatadze was competing with eleven other young people for a prize of 40,000 Lari (£11,900), according to the Civil Georgia website.
12th October 2007
Russian minister censors kissing policemen picture 1
1:55 PM — A photo of two policemen kissing, inspired by British graffiti artist Banksy, has been banned by Russia's culture minister from an exhibition of contemporary Russian art.Alexander Sokolov announced on Monday that the photo, Kissing Policemen (An Epoch of Clemency) by Russian art collective Blue Noses, would no longer be part of next week's show at the Maison Rouge exhibition hall in Paris.Alexander Shaburov, one of the Blue Noses, said the picture was homage to Banky's famous stencil of two policemen kissing.
Interview: Up close with Annie Lennox 1
12:54 PM — When Annie Lennox stepped up to the stage to accept the 2004 Academy Award for Best Original Song From a Major Motion Picture, something unique happened in living rooms around the world.Time stopped, and for a brief second, this legend of music... a woman who has won countless Grammys, BRIT Awards and the respect of musicians worldwide, became a kid again.Annie Lennox gushed. She grinned from ear to ear. In a time when some artists accept awards like they're a mandatory pay off for a job well done, this music icon rushed the stage like a kid in a candy store.
Gay World Series organisers apologise for offensive comedian 1
11:21 AM — While the 2007 Gay World Series proved to be a homerun, there was a snafu during the opening ceremonies that had participants calling foul.Former Kids in the Hall sketch performer, Scott Thompson, apparently delivered an offensive and obnoxious routine that caused organisers to issue an official letter of apology.Last week Phoenix, Arizona played host to one of the largest gay sporting events in the world when it welcomed over 4,000 participants and fans to the North American Gay Amateur Alliance's annual softball world series.
11th October 2007
Hate preacher inspires lesbian songwriter
10:31 AM — Fred Phelps, the preacher and activist known for his anti-gay sentiments and the campaign "God Hates Fags," has inspired a song on openly gay singer/ songwriter Melissa Etheridge's new album, The Awakening. The song Kingdom of Heaven is a response to the hatred expressed "in the name of God" by Phelps and other religious fundamentalists.She sings: "A suffering soul on the way to the kingdom of heaven, held up a sign saying 'God Hates America.'"