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March 19, 2015

Beloved gay icon said to be making 'excellent progress'

The legendary Liza Minnelli has checked in to a rehab facility in Malibu to be treated for alcohol abuse.

The Oscar-Emmy-Tony winner, who turned 69 just last week, has had several stays in rehab facilities over the past three decades.

Her rep said in a statement: 'Liza Minnelli has valiantly battled substance abuse over the years and whenever she has needed to seek treatment she has done so. She is currently making excellent progress at an undisclosed facility.'

March 17, 2015

'I’m ... gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight'

James Franco doesn't dodge any questions when sitting down for an interview with himself.

Not even the question: 'Are you fucking gay or what?'

Franco's many gay-themed projects such as Interior. Leather Bar., Howl, Milk and the upcoming I Am Michael have repeatedly led to speculation about his sexuality.

March 16, 2015

'She had no relationship to what she was singing'

The Sound of Music's leading lady Julie Andrews may have been moved to tears by Lady Gaga's medley of songs from the film at this year's Oscars but Stephen Sondheim is crying foul over the performance.

March 13, 2015

In 2012 James Franco recut the film My Own Private Idaho using a large amount of never seen before footage of River Phoenix and it has only ever been screened at festivals

A petition campaign has been launched to pressure film studio New Line Cinema to release James Franco’s film My Own Private River – his tribute to actor River Phoenix who died tragically of a drug overdose in 1993.

My Own Private River is a re-imagining of the Gus Van Sant film My Own Private Idaho using a large quantity of footage that was never used in the final cut of the film and tells more of the story of Phoenix’s character Mike Waters.

March 11, 2015

Council refuses redevelopment of iconic Soho gay bar

London gay venue The Yard is saved, it was announced yesterday (10 March).

Westminster City Council (WCC) has agreed to keep the historic courtyard bar following a massive campaign to preserve the venue.

They vetoed the plans to redevelop the space into luxury apartments.

A petition to block the development gained over 2,800 signatures, coming amid mounting pressure to stop gentrification and save the cultural identity of the UK capital's gay hotspot.

March 9, 2015

The gay icon's original drawing is being auctioned by the UK charity.

Every year, Gay Star News pairs with a celebrity to design something for our cotton tote bags given out to thousands of people at four of the biggest UK Prides.

And this year, acting legend Sir Ian McKellen has created the design with a light-hearted illustration of his famous character Gandalf from the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit movie franchises.

The quote reads: 'You shall not pass...anti-gay laws!'

March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

March 4, 2015

'The audience does laugh at her and I think that would be hard for her'

Michael Urie was not offended when Barbra Streisand did not come to see him play her in the play Buyer & Cellar during its run in Los Angeles last year.

In fact, he was glad.

It's a completely fictional tale about a completely fake person who works in the absolutely real basement mall at Streisand’s house and Urie actually portrays the diva in a few scenes.

March 2, 2015

Queen of Pop will visit Australia for the first time in over 20 years

Pop superstar Madonna is to promote her new album ‘Rebel Heart’ with a tour stretching around the world from Miami to Manchester.

The 'Living For Love' hitmaker has planned to be on the road from August to December this year, with plenty of room for more dates to be added.

Her 2012 ‘Sticky and Sweet’ tour grossed over $400 million (€356 million) and remains the biggest selling tour by a solo artist.

The highly anticipated tour follows the recent success of her Brit and Grammy appearances.

March 2, 2015

See Material Girl having some fun on a bed with a sock puppet

Madonna is everywhere these days - including on a bed feeding cookies to a sock puppet as she talks world tour dates.

The pop icon shared a silly video on Monday that has her looking glam as she picks over a box of cookies.

She's soon joined by SockBitch who wants to talk Rebel Heart world tour and asks what cities Madonna will be doing shows in.

The Material Girl asks the sock what cities he'd lke her to go to?

SockBitch replies: 'London City! New York City! Alaska City!'

February 27, 2015

'What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination?'

Madonna has fired back at people who make degrading remarks about her age. 

The 56-year-old has been subject to intense media scrutiny since since she fell during her BRIT Awards performance of her new single Living For Love on Wednesday. 

Within minutes, the internet was inundated with cruel jokes and memes that poked fun at the Queen of Pop's age, some of which suggested that her tumble was a sign that she should retire. 

February 26, 2015

UK singer gives a soulful performance of Lay Me Down

Sam Smith won two gongs at Wednesday (25 February) night's BRIT Awards in London, just weeks after winning four Grammys.

The UK singer picked up Best Breakthrough Act and the Global Success Award for most international sales. He was nominated in five categories.

But on the red carpet, the Stay With Me singer admitted he was looking for success in another area of his life.

'I’d like a boyfriend if I'm honest. That would be nice,' he told the BBC.

February 25, 2015

Material Girl managed to complete her set despite what appeared to be painful mishap

It was not meant to be a part of her choreography.

Madonna took the stage to perform at the Brit Awards Wednesday evening and ended up taking a hard fall during her performance - on live television.

The gay icon was unable to undo her long cape and when some of her dancers pulled it backwards, the Material Girl ended up on the ground.

But ever the trouper, Madonna quickly collected herself and got on with her performance.

February 23, 2015

American actor Jordan Woods-Robinson will appear in the latest episode of the show as ‘Eric’ – the love interest of ‘Aaron’ played by actor Ross Marquand

Fans of zombie apocalypse series The Walking Dead will get their look at the show’s latest LGBTI character this week as the show’s first openly gay male character gets a love interest.

Aaron, played by actor Ross Marquand, was introduced to fans last week as a recruiter for a fortified community of survivors called Alexandria and the show’s creators let it be known that this was the major gay male character for The Walking Dead that they had been dropping hints about for months.

February 22, 2015

The director behind the excellent 2009 film A Single Man says a new project is in the works and will start shooting later this year

Tom Ford, whose 2009 debut feature film ‘A Single Man’ earned an Oscar nomination for actor Colin Firth, says he hopes to shoot his second movie later this year.

Without revealing the title or the plot, the gay American fashion icon told Women's Wear Daily his new film project will be a thriller and in two parts – one that remains faithful to the source material, and another that deviates from it.

February 21, 2015

The cold never bothered me anyway...

For London Fashion Week AW15, Fashion Scout has taken over the Freemason's Hall on Great Queen Street in Covent Garden.

It's an imposing building but its grand interior makes it the perfect venue for runway shows. Fashion always requires a stage. Fashion needs to be seen.

The conditions were cold for day two of London Fashion Week AW15 and the sleet was beginning to fall as were ushered inside for the Soojin Lee presentation.

February 12, 2015

'To their advantage, trans models are usually tall and extremely gregarious'

Thailand’s leading modeling agency last month celebrated the worldwide launch of its new transgender division.

Bangkok-based Apple Model Management Agency became the first agency in the world to represent transgender models when the division launched in Thailand in November.

Although transgender models have always been widely accepted in the southeast Asian country, the advent of transgender women in the mainstream media sparked the idea of creating a transgender division.

February 11, 2015

'That's the first thing I do in the morning. I check out my Twitter, my HeyHey account, Facebook and Instagram'

Ricky Martin has nothing to hide anymore.

The openly gay superstar who once dodged questions about his sexuality is now very open with his fans which he proves each day on social media.

Part of his way of connecting is posting selfies that sometimes have him wearing very little clothes.

'I laugh so much at the reaction of the people; it's so funny. It really is amazing,' he tells PrideSource.

What led to his selfie habit?

February 10, 2015

Centenary of the bisexual singer celebrated in song

It was 1915 when Eleanora Fagan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a troubled childhood, including an arrest and imprisonment for prostitution at the age of 14, it was in New York City's Harlem in around 1929 when she first took to the stage and began performing as Billie Holiday.

Holiday's successful career and troubled personal life are well documented, ending with her early death in 1959.

February 8, 2015

Britain's best gay play will star Eastenders' actress Charlie Brooks

Britain’s favorite gay play, Beautiful Thing, will return to the West End this year.

The Jonathan Harvey masterpiece will play a limited season at the Arts Theatre where it originally enjoyed sell-out success, from 3 June to 11 July .

The urban love story of two London teens realizing their sexuality has won millions of hearts since it was written in the early 1990s and was turned into a film in 1996.

The comedy-drama remains relevant as ever as a story of first love and coming out as a gay teenager.

February 8, 2015

Beloved gay icon takes award in Best Spoken Word Album category over John Waters, Jimmy Carter and James Franco, among others

Joan Rivers is a Grammy winner.

The late comedienne, who died last September, took home the recording industry's highest honor for the audio version of her 12th and final best selling book Diary of a Mad Diva.

Rivers had previously been nominated for a Grammy, a Tony and was the winner of a Daytime Emmy Award.

January 30, 2015

Comedy legend was last above title in 1988's Big Business opposite Bette Midler  in 1988

The last time Lily Tomlin had a starring role in a film, the Berlin Wall was still standing, Ronald Reagan was president of the US and it still would be 16 more years before the launch of Facebook.

But the 75-year-old comedy legend is back above the title in the comedy Grandma which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

In her first leading role since 1988's Big Business with Bette Midler, Tomlin plays a feminist poet who is breaking up with her far younger girlfriend and still dealing with the death of her longtime partner.

January 30, 2015

Four-time Emmy winner returns to Broadway to star in play An Act of God

Jim Parsons, who plays a theoretical physicist at Caltech on TV each week, is getting a promotion.

He will be playing God.

The four-time Emmy winner is set to return to Broadway in An Act of God based on the 2011 book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God written by David Javerbaum of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Javerbaum runs the popular satirical Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod and sent out a statement released from 'God.'

January 26, 2015

After losing Emmy and Golden Globe, Ruffalo is honored by fellow actors

Mark Ruffalo has finally won a major acting prize for his performance in the acclaimed AIDS drama The Normal Heart.

Ruffalo had lost the Emmy and Golden Globe but on Sunday (25 January) he was the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

Ruffalo played writer and AIDS activist Ned Weeks in the film based on the play by Larry Kramer. The character of Weeks is a fictionalized version of Kramer.