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April 21, 2014

But director Ryan Murphy convinced the playwright that Bomer 'felt the ghosts' depicted in AIDS drama

Director Ryan Murphy felt right away that Matt Bomer was the perfect choice to portray Felix Turner in the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

But he had to convince Kramer.

April 18, 2014

Oscar winner says he and co-star did not exchange a single word during photo shoot for 1984 film's poster

Oscar winner Colin Firth took a trip down memory lane in the current issue of People magazine by looking at photos taken during his career and commenting on them.

He had good things to say about photos with such co-stars as Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones Diary), Nicole Kidman (The Railway Man) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Out of the Blue).

April 15, 2014

She rejects author Larry Kramer's claim that she lacked the burning passion to get the heavy-hitting AIDS drama made

The long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed AIDS play The Normal Heart will premiere on HBO on 25 May with Glee creator Ryan Murphy listed as the director.

Nowhere on the film's credits will the name Barbra Streisand who held an option on Kramer's play for a decade and says she worked long after that to try and get the movie made.

But in recent years, Kramer has accused Streisand of lacking 'the burning passion' to make the film.

April 14, 2014

Joe Orton’s sexually loaded comedy was censored by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office for being too controversial for the ‘Swinging Sixties'

A 'psychopathic' murderer character in a play had his age raised by censors as gay sex was considered too shocking at the time, new research reveals.

Gay British playwright Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane, which first premiered in 1964, was forcibly changed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office.

Emma Parker, a professor from the University of Leicester, came across several letters when she was researching for the 50th anniversary edition of the play.

April 4, 2014

'There was Playgirl, but that was kinda boring' so Lauper sought out a copy of Blueboy which she thought was womens magazine

To mark the 30th anniversary of her classic 1984 album She's So Unusual, pop icon Cyndi Lauper is revealing the surprise inspiration behind her hit song She Bop.

As she prepared to write a song about masturbation, she went down to a newsstand to grab a racy magazine for inspiration.

'There was Playgirl, but that was kinda boring,' Lauper recalled. 'And there was, like, Blueboy, which at that time - in my ignorance - I thought it was a women's magazine. It was not.'

April 4, 2014

'Let's let people live their lives and do it the way they want to do it'

With the enormous success of the Netflix series House of Cards, two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has never been a bigger star.

But he remains one of the most private when it comes to his life off-screen.

In a new Hollywood Reporter cover story, it is reported that Spacey so fiercely guards his private life that 'his affable demeanor shuts off the moment he is asked about it.'

March 24, 2014

New superhero film will be the first major release after Page came out as lesbian in a heartfelt Valentine's Day speech

X-Men: Days of Future Past has premiered a new trailer.

Starring gay actors Ian McKellen and Ellen Page, the superhero film is a follow up to 2011’s prequel X-Men: First Class.

It will unite the cast of the original trilogy with the newer stars like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Nicholas Hoult are also among the other returning cast members.

March 19, 2014

Audience member captures first time star peforming numbers from upcoming Broadway show in public

Neil Patrick Harris sure surprised audience members at the Mercury Lounge in New York City's Lower East Side over the weekend.

The How I Met Your Mother star showed up at the club to perform - for the first time in public - some numbers from his upcoming Broadway show Hedwig and the Angry Inch which opens next month.

Audience member Jeff Walsh reports that Harris performed a set consisting of Tear Me Down, Midnight Radio, Angry Inch and Sugar Daddy.

March 11, 2014

Leaving TV series and Los Angeles behind, actor has stepped into high heels of East German transgender glam rock singer

Later this month, Neil Patrick Harris will make his final appearance as skirt chasing Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

But his new life has already began.

The actor, partner David Burtka and their two children have already moved from Los Angeles to New York City where Harris is deep into rehearsals for the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch which opens next month.

March 10, 2014

'We had been feeling anxious, nervous, excited, hopeful for a season two since the day we wrapped season one'

Jonathan Groff knew he had landed a dream job as one of the leads on HBO's Looking and he sure didn't want it to end with the season finale that aired last night (9 March).

Since ratings did not go through the roof, there was some question over whether the San Francisco gay-themed dramedy would return for a second season.

Late last month, the renewal was announced.

March 1, 2014

Were worn by Ledger during scene in which his Ennis informs Jake Gyllenhaal's character that he didn't plan to sleep with him again

It was eight years ago this weekend that Heath Ledger lost the best actor Oscar for Brokeback Mountain to Philip Seymour Hoffman of Capote.

Both men played gay characters that year and both actors died tragic deaths - Hoffman just earlier this month.

Ledger died in 2008 at the age of 28 but his memory, and his performance of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback lives on.

A pair of shirts that Ledger wore in the film brought in $15,625 during an auction that ended on Thursday (27 February).

February 6, 2014

Broadway, TV and film star is engaged to entrepreneur Jason Landau

A divorce last year has not scared Cheyenne Jackson off of marriage.

He’s going to take the plunge again.

Jackson's representatives confirm that the busy Broadway, film and television actor is engaged to entrepreneur Jason Landau, according to E! Online.

February 2, 2014

'This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers'

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won an Oscar for his performance in Capote, is dead.

According to the New York Times obituary, the 46-year-old was discovered  in his New York City apartment, on the morning of 2 February, by a friend who was  worried about not being able to contact Hoffman.

January 27, 2014

A production based on the tragic love story between two cowboys, played by actors Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger, opens this week in Madrid

The gay cowboy love film Brokeback Mountain gets its own musical production, debuting this week in Madrid, Spain.

The English-language opera is based on the 2005 Oscar-winning film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath ledger as two cowboys who fall in love in 1960s Wyoming.

The tragic love story of Jack and Ennis will be portrayed in this opera by Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch and American tenor Tom Randle, according to a AFP.

January 24, 2014

Actress has since deleted photo with Jonathan who she called 'wonderful'

Actress Goldie Hawn tweeted a photo of herself meeting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and gushed to her more than 515,000 followers that the anti-gay leader was 'wonderful.'

Hawn met Jonathan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.

It was quickly pointed out to the star of such films as Private Benjamin, Foul Play, The First Wives Club and Cactus Flower that Jonathan is deeply anti-gay.

January 12, 2014

Tells Gay Star News: 'People are happy and want to get married, why not? I don't understand where the resistance would be to be honest'

Michael Fassbender, a lock for an Oscar nomination for his performance in 12 Years a Slave, stopped to chat with Gay Star News during a dizzying weekend of award season events in Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old actor was asked about the ongoing battle over same-sex marriage that has been going on in the US - most specifically in Utah where a legal battle is taking place.

January 11, 2014

In the 1990s, Emma Thompson wanted to make out with Michelle Pfeiffer; today Sandra Bullock is the one

If Emma Thompson were to play a lesbian, she knows who must play her love interest.

In an Advocate magazine interview, the Oscar winner confessed she has the hots for Sandra Bullock.

'I met Sandy Bullock at an awards thing a couple years ago, and she said to me, “If I were gay, you’d be the one.” I said, “I’m there,"' Thompson said.

January 9, 2014

Instagram pic shows True Blood hunk sitting on commode reading book and wearing only boots and shades

You get to the South Pole in Antarctica and what do you do?

If you're Alexander Skarsgard you take off all your clothes and pose for an Instagram shot that quickly goes viral.

The 6-foot-4 blond plays bisexual vampire Eric Northman on HBO's True Blood.

The photo was posted by Inge Solheim who was team guide for the actor on the recent Walking With the Wounded Challenge.

January 6, 2014

The comedy icon and the writer got hitched on New Year's Eve

No one could accuse Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner of rushing into anything.

The Emmy winning couple, already together 42 years, got married on New Year's Eve.

Tomlin, 75, is a comedy icon and star of stage and screen. Wagner, 78, is the author of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, The Incredible Shrinking Woman and other Tomlin vehicles.

December 25, 2013

Adam Shankman's special tree, Cheyenne Jackson snowed in, and Alex Newell with his dad

Adam Shankman may be the director of such splashy movies as Hairspray and Rock of Ages but one of his favorite Christmas memories is a simple one involving just him and the man in his life.

'My fiance (Frank Meli) and I, in our apartment in New York, put together just an incredibly beautiful tree,' Shankman told Gay Star News earlier this month.

'It was just by ourselves,' said the So You Think You Can Dance judge. 'We had already done the family thing and this was us by ourselves and that was a very special time for me.'

December 25, 2013

Tweets Ellen: 'I love and appreciate life, and I love and appreciate each and every one of you'

A happy Ellen DeGeneres woke up on Christmas Day and shared this upbeat message with her 24.2 million followers on Twitter: 'It's Christmas! I love and appreciate life, and I love and appreciate each and every one of you.'

The popular talk show host was among the LGBTI celebrities who shared holiday greetings on social media.

Alan Cumming, one of the stars of TV's The Good Wife, is suffering from a cold in style. He tweeted a photo of a gorgeous view with this message: 'Happy everything to everyone! I'm in the bath with a cold and a glass of champagne.'

December 17, 2013

For the first time, a UK musical theatre station will be playing a whole show every evening to pay tribute to the holiday spirit

As we’re getting ready to deck the halls and jingle some bells, it’s easy to forget that the holidays are supposed to be a happy time.

So what could be better to cheer you up than listening to the best of musical theater?

JemmThree, the UK’s first 24/7 internet radio station dedicated the songs of the stage, will be raising the curtain on nine musicals – the majority having a festive theme.

The radio station has many of the same team members as the much-loved Gaydar Radio that was closed early this year.

December 17, 2013

Actor plays closeted Wall Street executive in denial about having the disease

Taylor Kitsch had a lot to learn.

The 32-year-old actor is one of the stars of HBO's upcoming film The Normal Heart based on Larry Kramer's play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.

'I mean, look: I was born in ’81. I had no idea about the whole AIDS epidemic,' the actor tellsVulture.

The Friday Night Lights star says it was all a bit of a stretch.

December 4, 2013

I Am Woman singer's outspoken feminism and short hair caused some to question her sexuality

Singer Helen Reddy has been married to three different men, has two children and grandchildren.

But because she came to fame with the feminist anthem I Am Woman in the early 70s and has preferred a short haircut, the Australian star's sexuality has sometimes been called into question.