28th January 2008
Russian artists defend gay film festival
10:59 AM — The Russia's first international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival, Side by Side ("Bok o Bok"), has been causing controversy.Conservatives within the country's artistic community have called for the event to be banned.The State Artist of Russia Nikolai Burlyaev has publicly called gay people "perverts" and homosexuality a "sin" and an "illness" and demanded St Petersburg authorities stop the event.
Fox host apologises for mocking Ledger death 2
10:25 AM — Fox news radio host John Gibson has issued an apology for mocking comments made about the death of young actor Heath Ledger during his show.Initially Gibson had refused to apologise, but relented after continued calls for him to be fired.Shortly after Ledger's death, Gibson played an audio clip from Brokeback Mountain of Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack.
25th January 2008
Sydney looks forward to 30th Mardi Gras 2
12:12 PM — Sydney Gay Lesbian Mardi Gras turns 30 this year. The first event in 1978 was banned, and many of the participants were arrested.Their names were published in the local paper, and many lost their jobs. Homosexuality was not decriminalised in New South Wales until 1982.Today it is the largest cultural event in Australia, known throughout the world as the gayest street party of them all.
24th January 2008
Ledger’s death delays Presidential drug abuse statement
2:30 PM — US President George Bush has postponed a scheduled statement promoting a federal advertising campaign on the dangers of prescription drug abuse.White House press secretary Dana Perino confirmed that the decision was taken in light of the death of actor Heath Ledger.It is still unclear what caused the death of the 28-year-old Brokeback Mountain star, but prescription drugs are suspected to have played a role.
Gay Radio 1 DJ defends Chris Moyles 1
10:10 AM — Scott Mills has denied that his fellow Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles is homophobic and said he was not offended by his inappropriate use of the word 'gay.'In an interview with The Guardian Mills, who came out in 2001, said he was not offended by the incident.In June 2006, Moyles came under fire for describing a mobile phone ringtone as 'gay.'
23rd January 2008
Heath Ledger autopsy inconclusive
8:30 PM — The New York City Medical Examiner's office is reporting that preliminary autopsy results have been inconclusive on actor Heath Ledger, who was found dead in his New York apartment on Tuesday surrounded by sleeping pills.According to FOX News, a spokeswoman for the office, Ellen Borakove, said yesterday that it will take about ten days to complete the investigation.The 28-year-old Australia-born actor's ex-fiancée, Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams, has travelled to New York.
God Hates Fags fanatics may picket Ledger funeral 59
3:50 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church has declared its intention to protest at the funeral of actor Heath Ledger, who died yesterday.The 28-year-old was best-known for his Oscar-nominated performance in gay-themed cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain. Although the cause of death is unknown, a drugs overdose is suspected. The Westboro Baptist Church, led by Fred Phelps, has generated publicity by protesting at the funerals of US service personnel.
Oscar nomination for documentary about lesbian cop
11:30 AM — A short documentary feature that chronicles a landmark legal battle over same-sex partner entitlement to pension benefits has been nominated for an Academy Award.Cynthia Wade's moving 38-minute documentary film Freeheld focuses on New Jersey Police Lieutenant Laurel Hester's battle to transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree.The film was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and picked up eleven additional awards at film festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle and Denver.
22nd January 2008
Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger found dead
9:55 PM — The Oscar nominated star of Brokeback Mountain Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment just hours ago, New York City police said."He was found unconscious at the apartment and pronounced dead," a police spokesperson said.Paul Browne, added that police "are investigating the possibility of an overdose."
“Gay” firemen movie nominated for worst film of 2007
11:50 AM — The nominations for the worst films of 2007 have been announced, and an attempt to make a comedy film about gay marriage has made it to the 28th annual Golden Raspberry awards shortlist.I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry has been nominated in eight categories including Worst Film, Worst Actor (Adam Sandler), Worst Supporting Actor (Kevin James), Worst Supporting Actress (Jessica Biel) and Worst Screen Couple (Sandler and either James OR Biel), Worst Screenplay and Worst Director.
Gay rubgy team score for charity
11:15 AM — Members of the world's first gay rugby club, the Kings Cross Steelers, are supporting an annual charity night to raise much needed funds for the Terrance Higgins Trust next month.Renowned for their sporting prowess, the Steelers are swapping the pitch for the pub as they assist in "A Night of Music" on Thursday 7 February at the Kings Arms in Poland Street Soho, London,W1.Live acts include Drag Idol winners Crystal d'Canter and Kelly Mild, indie performers PJ and Shaun Kelly, and acoustic duo In Camera.
21st January 2008
GLAAD announces nominees for 19th Media Awards
1:05 PM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced the nominees and honourees for its 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.Nominees this year include the films Across the Universe, The Jane Austen Book Club and Stardust, dramas Brothers Sisters and The L Word and comedies Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and The War at Home.My Name is Earl and Law Order are nominated in the category for an individual episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character), while Project Runway is listed in the reality programme category.
Gay Jesus play condemned by church 2
12:08 PM — A controversial play that depicts Jesus being seduced by Judas and conducting a gay marriage for two apostles has been condemned by church leaders ahead of its opening in Sydney.The Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth, expressed his outrage at the plot of Corpus Christi on Sunday, calling the play "historical nonsense.""It is deliberately, not innocently, offensive and they're obviously having a laugh about it," he told the Sun-Herald newspaper.
18th January 2008
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.
Charlie Wilson’s War
12:20 AM — Every now and then, a film comes along that has Oscar written all over it. If you were to look at CVs of those involved in Charlie Wilson's War, you'd know that putting money on this little outfit to pick up a slew of golden men in a couple of months' time is likely to be one of the safest bets you've ever made.Top of the bill, as the titular Charlie Wilson, is none other than Tom Hanks - the Academy's favourite star for well over a decade now, with two Oscars and another three nominations under his belt.
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
12:20 AM — Veteran director Sidney Lumet, best known for the Al Pacino-starring 1970s classics Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, has had a rather hit-and-miss time of it in his six decades-long career. Starting out at the dawn of the television era, he made his impressive feature film directorial debut - gaining himself the first of five Oscar nominations in the process - in 1957's superb courtroom drama 12 Angry Men, before going on to helm the varied but much-loved likes of Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Fail-Safe (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Network (1976). Then he fell into a bit of a rut in the 1980s and 90s.
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
12:20 AM — A sequel to a dire action/horror movie - especially one based on a computer game - is normally cause to flee for the hills. Ever since the Bob Hoskins-starring Super Mario Brothers nearly killed the careers of all involved way back in 1993, computer game movies have had a truly abysmal history.Remember the Jean Claude Van Damme vehicle Street Fighter? The tedious attempt to do justice to the classic game Doom?
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.