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May 20, 2015

With all eyes on Austria for this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest Final, Mikey tells GSN about the country's other LGBTI calendar highlight

This year's Pink Lake festival takes place at Lake Worthersee and the town of Velden in southern Austria from 3-6 September.

May 13, 2015

'I read a lot of girl-on-girl books'

Australian actress Cate Blanchett has revealed she has had 'many' lesbian relationships in the past.

The two-time Oscar winner, who has been married theater director Andrew Upton for 15 years, plays a bisexual woman in her upcoming film Carol.

During an interview with Variety magazine, Blanchett, 45, was asked whether it was her 'first turn as a lesbian.'

'On film – or in real life?' she asked coyly.

May 1, 2015

This time it will be based on a true story

The writers behind the film that made us all sob into our denim shirts are returning with a new gay-themed, fact-based drama.

Diana Ossana and Larry McNurty, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Brokeback Mountain, are getting back together for another tear-jerker.

And this time, unlike Brokeback Mountain which was based on an Annie Proulx short story, it will be based on a true story.

The project is based on the true, tragic story of Oregonian father and son Joe and Jadin Bell.

April 30, 2015

'It's so nifty being back together again as old broads'

It's been 35 years since Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda teamed with Dolly Parton to play secretaries getting sweet revenge on their boss in the classic comedy 9 to 5.

Now Tomlin and Fonda, who have remained close over the years, are back together on screen again in the Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie which premieres on 8 May.

'It's so nifty being back together as old broads, even though it seems like only two months ago that we made 9 to 5,' Tomlin tells TV Guide. 'It's so right it seems preordained.'

April 22, 2015

But Sandra Bullock gets the cover of the annual issue dedicated to female beauties

Sandra Bullock may have been given the cover but Laverne Cox is still getting plenty of attention for being included in People Magazine's annual World's Most Beautiful Woman issue.

The trans actress, who was showcased on the cover of Time Magazine last year, was also nominated for an Emmy for her breakout role on the Netflix comedy Orange is the New Black.

April 13, 2015

'And Tango Makes Three' is ruffling feathers in the US, as one of the most complained about books in schools and public libraries in the past year

A picture book featuring two male penguins raising their baby is one of the most complained about books in US libraries, according to a report released yesterday by the American Library Association.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell tells the true story of Roy and Silo, two chinstrap penguins who got together and raised a chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo.

April 11, 2015

Fans see McKellen turned into a wooden clock as he takes on the role of Cogsworth

Sir Ian McKellen is the latest star to join Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

He joins Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens playing the Beast and Emma Thompson who is taking over the role of Mrs. Potts, to name just a few.

McKellen will take on the role of charming Cogsworth, the Beast’s loyal butler who was transformed into a clock by the curse overtaking the castle.

April 9, 2015

Says her prose is about love: 'It's two people connecting - with four other people. And aliens'

It is Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren who steals the show in the season three trailer for Orange is the New Black unveiled by Netflix on Thursday (9 April).

Portrayed by Emmy and SAG award winner Uzo Aduba, the lesbian prisoner with a violent history has been doing some writing. When confronted and told her writing is 'obscene' and 'pornographic, Crazy Eyes is having none of it.

She explains: 'It's not sex, it's love. It's two people connecting - with four other people. And aliens.'

April 8, 2015

A guide to the films that help define what it means to be a gay man.

In the early days of cinema, there was plenty of gay subtext in movies but very few overtly gay characters. Reflecting the changing nature of society, we now have movies that portray the rull range of gay men and the lives that we lead.

There is something special about watching a movie that somehow relfects your experience or your aspirations – to see characters embarking on a journey that mirrors some aspect of your life, or to watch a love story that you can emotionally connect with.

April 7, 2015

Activists are raising money and funds for food for homeless LGBTI kids

Did learning a homophobic family-owned pizzeria has received over $800,000 leave a bad taste in your mouth?

Well some gay activists are hoping to fill it with goodness once again as a campaign has been launched to help raise money for LGBTI homeless kids.

The campaign, called #Pizza4Equality, is hoping to beat the $842,000 given to Indiana restaurant Memories Pizza after the owners said they would use the 'religious freedom' law to turn away LGBTI business.

March 31, 2015

'It was 1961 and nobody had done that'

It's been 54 years since Shirley MacLaine starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in the heart-wrenching drama The Children's Hour about two young women running a girls school who are accused of being lovers.

Director William Wyler 'had trepidations about the subject matter - it was 1961 and nobody had done that,' MacLaine said Sunday at a screening of the film during the TCM Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood which was attended by Gay Star News.

MacLaine, 80, believes the film was not as powerful as it could have been because of Wyler's trepidation.

March 31, 2015

The sequel to the Rocky Horror Picture Show finally gets its stage debut

It is a general rule that the sequel is never as good as the original.

The Rocky Horror Show was a huge, if somewhat unlikely, worldwide smash hit. The original stage musical premiered in London in 1973, and was then made into a movie in 1975. Created by Richard O'Brien, it's hard to believe that this surreal cross-dressing re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend has become such a cult classic.

March 21, 2015

Heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story about growing up in small-town Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi is a part of the world that writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk knows well. It's his home town, it's where he went to college, and it is where he has set his latest movie Blackbird.

Polk (together with co-writer Rikki Beadle-Blair) have taken the novel by Larry Duplechan and transferred the action from 1970s California to the conservative and religious heartland of present-day Mississippi.

March 20, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo and Daniel Franzese want to keep doing the beloved show with a small but rabid fan base

There was not a seat to be had last month at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on a night dedicated to the HBO show Looking.

Most of the cast, including Jonathan Groff, were on hand for a panel discussion following the screening of an episode and the audience was wildly enthusiastic at every turn.

They get the characters of Patrick, Dom, Agustin, Kevin, Richie, Eddie and Doris who are navigating life and love in modern day San Francisco.

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

Lights! Camera! Action! When it comes to Arts & Culture around the world, Gay Star News is always ready with an opinion.

There is so much great art and culture to experience around the world, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming.

How you react or respond to your experience of a movie, a play, a book, or a performance, is personal and individual. Reviews and report might be helpful to let you know what is on or what you might be interested in, but ultimately it is just someone's opinion – everybody's got one.

Here is a summary of some of the best that we have seen recently.


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!'