11th March 2006
The White Countess
12:00 AM — The death of producer Ismail Merchant in May last year marked the end of an era for British film-making. As one half of the Merchant Ivory team, the "Ivory" being director James Ivory, his name has become synonymous with the kind of lavish costume drama which typified British films for much of the latter half of the 20th Century, teaming up on more than 40 film projects, including the much-loved adaptations A Room With A View (1985), Howards End (1992) and The Remains of the Day (1993). The White Countess is the last product of this partnership, which has brought more intelligent and lavish versions of literary classics to the big screen than any other.
12:00 AM — One of the major dilemmas for any fan of Hollywood blockbusters over the last decade has been how to explain what has happened to Harrison Ford. This is the man who played the two coolest cinematic characters to have merged in the final quarter of the 20th Century.This is Han Solo. This is Indiana Jones. This is also Deckard from Blade Runner, another all-time iconic film character, and a man Oscar-nominated for his starring turn in the serious and restrained Witness.
12:00 AM — Truman Capote ranks as one of America's greatest ever writers, yet today is probably best known - at least to film lovers - as the author of that classic Audrey Hepburn flick Breakfast at Tiffany's.He is also prime material for the typical Hollywood biopic - a man who rose from poverty in the deep south to the New York cocktail set, mixing with A-list celebrities and royalty while engaging in a string of doomed homosexual relationships with married men and battling drug and alcohol addictions, before dying of a drug overdose aged 59.
10th March 2006
“England team are gay boys”- says Oasis star 1
12:00 AM — Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has used his bands recent tour to launch an attack on the England football team by calling them a bunch of "gay boys"The front man said: "At times the England players seem to play like women. Beckham and others, they're gay boys."
Gay Olympics come to Copenhagen
12:00 AM — Denmark will host the 2009 OutGames as part of its bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics.The event will be hosted in the capital city of Copenhagen and is expected to attract over 15,000 competitors and 200,000 fans.It will be the first major sporting event in the lead up to the country's Olympic bid, Martin Geertsen, deputy mayor of cultural affairs said: "I feel an air of excitement all over. Therefore we will work to make sure that the OutGames become the biggest and best international sporting event for gays and lesbians."
Gay film festival tours Africa
12:00 AM — The organisers of South Africa's gay film festival are planning to take the cultural event to gay people and groups across the region.For 12 years, the South African "Out in Africa" film festival has been one of the biggest cultural events on the gay calendar, now the films will be taken to neighbouring African countries where homosexuality is not seen as positively.
Brad Pitt may have found gay role 1
12:00 AM — Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is rumoured to have landed his dream gay love story.The actor is said to have been lined up for a part in The Front Runner, a film about a gay love affair between a male track coach and a team member, based on a novel by Patricia Nell Warren.
Gay social networking site launches beta test phase
12:00 AM — PinkMates.co.uk the latest site from the team behind PinkNews.co.uk has announced that it is to launch with a beta test period from the 10th March 2006.Up to 10,000 free accounts will be allocated during this pre-launch stage to iron out bugs in the system.
Elton John offers fans his Red Piano
12:00 AM — Music legend Elton John is putting his world renowned red piano up for auction on bidding site eBay.The star is offering his fans a chance to do the crocodile rock with "Fiona," the name of his instrument that he has played at numerous concerts.
Friends claim Luther Vandross was gay 6
12:00 AM — A gay magazine has revealed that the artist, who died last summer, was secretly homosexual and was extremely careful not to let the public know.One friend, writer Bruce Vilanch, told the magazine that he was aware of the star's sexuality from the beginning of his career, he said: ""He was way 'in' (the closet). He said to me, 'No one knows I'm in the life.'"
9th March 2006
Gay Games given the row ahead
12:00 AM — The vote banning the Gay Games rowing event from Crystal Lake in Chicago has been reversed.After a deadlock vote last month, it was thought that the proposal had failed and the event would have to be moved, but a rescheduled full committee poll this week gave approval for the event to go ahead.
Little Britain to register gay catchphrases 5
12:00 AM — The creators of camp comedy, Little Britain, will embrace toilet humour with a range of bathroom products containing famous phrases from the hit show, according to newspaper reports.David Walliams and Matt Lucas are said to have applied to register well known lines from characters such as Daffyd "the only gay in the village", and Emily "I'm a lady!" Howard.
Ang Lee: Brokeback Mountain was not a “social statement”
12:00 AM — The director of Brokeback Mountain has revealed that he never meant for the hit film to become a social statement about homosexuality.Ang Lee told a press conference to Chinese media that he never wanted the movie to be seen as controversial, he said, "For me, Brokeback isn't rebellious at all. It's a very ordinary movie, people call it groundbreaking or what not. It puts a lot of pressure on me."
8th March 2006
Gay pride is music to Virgin’s ears 6
12:00 AM — Virgin Mobile is the first blue chip company sign up as a gold sponsor for the massive EuroPride London festival taking place across the city during the last two weeks in June and featuring EuroPride day on Saturday, July 1.The mobile phone service provider will host, as their main attraction, the Virgin Mobile Cabaret Stage in London's Leicester Square following the largest ever LGBT Pride Parade through central London from Oxford Street.
Elton John’s gay marriage goblets go on sale
12:00 AM — Edinburgh Castle is offering goblets similar to those used at Elton John's civil partnership ceremony.As part of a make over at the castle's shop, remakes of the cups used when the singer wed his gay partner David Furnish, will form part of a banqueting collection of Scottish food and drink.
Gay media monitor launched
12:00 AM — A new scheme has been launched by gay charity, Stonewall, to monitor the portral of gay people in the media, after the BBC was slammed for its coverage of homosexual issues.The project will allow TV viewers, radio listeners and newspaper readers to log any instances of homophobia they witness in the media.
Lesbian Homecoming King causes college review 1
12:00 AM — A lesbian who sparked controversy amongst students after winning a Homecoming King contest has prompted college officials to review their homecoming rules.Jen Jones, a senior at the school, beat three men to the crown at Hood College in Maryland, USA. She praised the school for appointing her.
7th March 2006
I thought Michael Jackson was gay, says brother 15
12:00 AM — The brother of pop superstar Michael Jackson has revealed that he and his brothers thought the singer was gay.In his upcoming autobiography, Jermaine Jackson, who gained a handful of Motown hits, claims that in the Jackson 5 era there were fears that their little brother was gay.
Brokeback Mountain director had Oscar speech cut
12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee had his Oscar acceptance speech censored by the Chinese media on Sunday, it has been revealed.Chinese media editors cut certain parts from his speech during the broadcast of the Academy Awards, including references to his native Taiwan and gay issues, as homosexuality is still frowned upon in the country. It was seen as a mental disorder until 2001.
EastEnders actress explains lesbian role
12:00 AM — EastEnders actress Natalie Cassidy answered questions about her character's upcoming lesbian storyline on a visited to a North London hospital radio station this weekRadio Brockley, which has been based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital for forty years, hosted Ms Cassidy, who plays Sonia Fowler in the BBC prime time soap. She told the show the storyline was a strange experience.