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October 29, 2014

Walking Dead star Norman Reedus has turned to Twitter to hose down online claims that he is worried he will disappoint his female fan base if his character Daryl Dixon is written as gay, dismissing them as ‘bullshit’

The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus has declared claims that he is worried about losing his appeal with his female fan base if his character Daryl Dixon is written as gay to be ‘total BS.’

Several celebrity gossip publications carried the claim this week, which they said came from unnamed ‘insiders’ close to the star of AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse show.

‘He fears the same-sex shocker would hurt ratings by disappointing his legions of female fans,’ GLOBE Magazine and Celeb Dirty Laundry claimed.

October 23, 2014

Gibson describes self as 'one of the prominent, black, significant, African American, straight men in this town called Hollywood'

Tyrese Gibson, best known for his role in the Fast and Furious franchise, is plenty furious with comedian Spanky Hayes.

Hayes recently gave an interview with TMZ in which he claimed he lost the lead role in the 2001 film Baby Boy to Gibson because of gay sexual favors, according to The Mirror.

Hayes alleged that director John Singleton said to them them: 'I fucking love both of you guys, but which one of you guys are gonna suck my cock?'

October 22, 2014

A Catholic high school in New York has reversed its decision for a fact-based drama about a lesbian couple, starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, to shoot scenes on its premises

A Catholic boy’s school that had previously granted permission for a film shoot to take place within its walls has now reversed its decision – allegedly after finding out that the film featured Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple.

Director Peter Sollett’s film, Freeheld, is currently filming in New York State, and will also star Steve Carrell.

The civil rights drama is based on a 2007 documentary of the same name, and has been adapted by Philadelphia screenwriter Ron Nyswaner.

October 22, 2014

'People notice my eye looks different, I had my eyelid done because it was drooping'

Rosie O'Donnell told the audience of ABC's The View of Wednesday (22 October) that she had plastic surgery to take care of a droopy eyelid.

She made the disclosure during a discussion about Oscar winning actress Renee Zellweger who appeared at a red carpet event this week looking very different than she has in the past.

The has led to widespread speculation about what Zellweger may or may not have had done to her face.

October 20, 2014

'Scandal' creator takes no prisoners when it comes to homophobia

Shonda Rhimes may know a thing or two about how to get away with murder, but she takes no prisoners when it comes to homophobia.

Arguably the most powerful showrunner in Hollywood, the Scandal creator gave the most perfect answer to a How To Get Away With Murder viewer who complained about the gay sex scenes.

'@shondarhimes the gay scenes in scandal and how to get away with murder are too much. There is no point and they add nothing to the plot,' the Twitter user said.

October 16, 2014

Miler publicly proclaimed himself as 'queer' in 2012 and is first LGBTI star to play major superhero

Out actor Ezra Miller made some Hollywood history on Wednesday (15 October) by becoming the first LGBTI star to be cast as a main superhero in a major studio film.

Miller, best known for the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has been cast as The Flash in Warner Bros movies based on DC Comics.

He will star in a 2018 movie built around the character but is expected to first inhabit the role in 2017's Justice League Part One, according to Buzzfeed.

October 15, 2014

After hosting the Emmys and the Tonys, he will be the first openly gay man to host Academy Awards

Neil Patrick Harris has finally landed the Holy Grail of award show hosting gigs: the Oscars.

Harris cleverly revealed the news himself in a video link on Twitter in which he can be seen on the telephone saying, 'I'm in.' Then he follows up by saying, 'Nice.'

That is followed by panning down to a 'bucket list' that has such things as 'write an autobiography' and 'get married.' At bottom of the list is 'host Oscars' and he places a check before that item.

October 14, 2014

Nick the gardener has impressed during shirtless appearances on boss' show

Channing Tatum called The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday (13 October) with big news about the Magic Mike sequel - but he wasn't calling for Ellen.

The actor was calling for Ellen's hunky gardener, Nick, who just happened to be on the set picking apples while shirtless.

'After careful inspection of your ab region, we have deducted that we need you in Magic Mike XXL,' Tatum told a disbelieving gardener whose real name is Bill Reilich.

The talk show host had floated the idea during one of the gardener's previous appearances on her show.

October 2, 2014

School officials cite size of rainbow flags on fliers among other quibbles

A planned screening of the 2008 film Milk starring Sean Penn as slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk has been canceled by Catholic University of America under a cloud of controversy.

The university claimed this week that the event tp be presented by College Democrats violated its policy because of the size of rainbow flags on fliers which also described it as a way to 'Kick Off LGBT Awareness Month!'

Such pro-LGBT statements apparently indicate advocating a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

October 2, 2014

'It's unnecessary to go to the most popular restaurant in the world when you have a scandal on your head'

Getting her start at the age of 3 on The Cosby Show, Raven-Symoné has been famous for a quarter of a century.

Now 28, the actress came out publicly as a lesbian last year and did so on her terms in a simple Twitter message in support of gay marriage.

The former star of Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven and the popular Cheetah Girls movies credits her mom and dad for giving her the tools to be able to navigate the pitfalls of fame.

September 30, 2014

'We had a friend of a friend who knew a dude who had a castle' and Elton John sang

George Clooney's Italian wedding may have gotten all of the attention over the weekend but Neil Patrick Harris points out that he got married in Italy first.

'Take that Clooney! I don't see you showing pictures of your wedding on talk shows!' Harris joked Monday (29 September) during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Harris and his partner of 10 years David Burtka were married over the summer in a small Italian town near Perugia in front of about 50 guests which included Elton John.

September 29, 2014

Linda Hunt has been married to retired therapist Karen Klein since 2008

When one thinks of an Oscar winner actress who is an out lesbian and married to a woman, Jodie Foster is probably the first name the comes out mind.

But Linda Hunt, who received the best supporting actress Oscar in 1983 for The Year of Living Dangerously, also fits that description.

September 25, 2014

AMC’s The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus has told GQ that he believes his character Daryl is gay but in denial and probably a virgin in the latest sign that the show will explore a romantic relationship between two men in an upcoming season

The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus has gone on the record after months of speculation by fans that his character Daryl may be gay – and his answer is 'yes,' though he thinks Daryl has probably never acted on those feelings.

Reedus told GQ magazine that he thinks Daryl is in denial about his sexuality and probably a virgin and that's how he has played the character since season two of the show.

September 24, 2014

Girls star says she is so 'excited' about the film, aiming to break down binaries

Lena Dunham is executive producing a documentary about a bespoke-tailoring company and its transgender clients.

The Girls star and the show's executive producer Jenni Konner will be making the film, Three Suits, for HBO.

According to Variety Fair, it will follow the Brooklyn-based tailor Bindle & Keep's customers as they go through the process of having custom suits made, examining the significance of the process for a set of customers with complex gender identities.

And like everyone else, the occasional need to look sharp in formal wear.

September 24, 2014

Melissa Rivers has reportedly agreed to continue producing the show, as long as her mother's replacement is someone that her mother would have loved

Joan Rivers is irreplacable. But if there is one comic that could follow in her footsteps, it could only be fellow comic icon and lover of the gays Kathy Griffin.

With E's Fashion Police continuing, producers are trying to find the next host that could fill the ginormous shoes left after Rivers' too soon passing.

MailOnline has learned that Melissa Rivers has reportedly agreed to continue to produce the show, as long as her mother's replacement is someone that her mother would have loved.

September 23, 2014

'He is an angel, he's not a terrestrial mortal'

Dax Shepard appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and lamented the fact that Brad Pitt is now married to Angelina Jolie.

'He's really off the market now,' the actor told DeGeneres.

Shepard, married to actress Kristen Bell, still seemed to holding on to some hope that the two could get together.

'We're both married, we both have a lot to lose. He may be a great secret keeper if I had to step outside the confines of my marital bond. He would probably be the best guy to do it with because he has a lot to lose.'

September 23, 2014

Singer's music had bonded The View co-host to the mother who died when she was 10

Rosie O'Donnell's affection for Barbra Streisand runs deep because the singer's music had bonded her with the mother she lost to cancer when she was only 10.

O'Donnell, whose latest interview with Streisand aired last week on The View, channels the legendary singer in the documentary American Masters: The Boomer List airing Tuesday ( 23 September) on PBS.

The talk show host and actress sings a bit of Marty the Martian and Second Hand Rose as she talks about her mother's love of Streisand's records.

September 17, 2014

Gay Star News chats with stars Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light and creator Jill Soloway

A star-sudded crowd got an early look this week at the first two episodes of the new series Transparent, a dramedy about an LA man with three grown children who is transitioning to female.

Series lead Jeffrey Tambor told Gay Star News on the red carpet of a premiere screening at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA that he has had a lot help from the LGBT community in learning and in preparing for his role.

‘This is important, this is a part of a lifetime,’ he said. ‘This is why you went into acting.’

September 16, 2014

Gay icon makes her first appearance on NBC's late night show in more than 50 years

Even after more than 50 years of stardom, Barbra Streisand remains kind of a really big deal.

And so was her first appearance on The Tonight Show in more than five decades on Monday (15 August).

Jimmy Fallon, host of the show since February, broke with tradition and insisted that the great star sit behind the host’s desk.

‘This is the first time in over fifty years you’re here, I think you should sit behind the desk,’ Fallon said. ‘Let’s be honest, you’re never coming back here.’

September 15, 2014

Neither funny lady knows the words to the tune but both go all out anyway

It was kind of like what you might hear at a karaoke bar - only worse.

Funny ladies Ellen DeGeneres and Kristen Wiig decided to duet on the Oscar-winning song Let it Go from Disney's animated smash Frozen on Ellen's daytime show.

The fact that neither one knew the words did not deter them from giving it a go.

The results aren't anything that will end up on iTunes anytime soon but no one can say they aren't fearless.

September 12, 2014

Jason Gould: 'My mother's such an icon. I thought, "I can't open my mouth, people would compare" and I just didn't think I'd ever want to go there'

Barbra Streisand sings duets with famous singers like Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Michael Buble on her new album, Partners, out next week.

Then there is a guy named Jason Gould.

He is her only child (his father is actor Elliot Gould) but waited until his mid-40s to begin pursuing music.

'I started exploring singing and music late in life,' the openly gay Gould says in a promo video released Friday (12 September).

September 12, 2014

Joan Rivers was a champion for women and gay rights but her comedy recognized no no-go subjects

You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her.

Her stand-up red carpet catcalls, and colorful over-the-top humor –insult comedy, shock humor, ribaldry, just to name a few of her hallmark styles – was as lethal as it was legend.

For example, in commenting on a 2013 celebrity event about the German model Heidi Klum, Rivers – unfiltered and uninhibited – stated the following:

‘The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.’

Yes, you read that correctly.

September 11, 2014

Singer is promoting her latest album, Partners, to be released next week

The last time Barbra Streisand appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show, John F. Kennedy was president of the US, The Beatles hadn't yet come to America and albums were only being released on vinyl.

Now, more than 50 years later, Streisand will return to the show which has been hosted by Jimmy Fallon since February.

The 72-year-old music legend and gay icon has an ulterior motive: she is promoting the release of her latest album, Partners, which comes out a day after her appearance on 15 September.

September 8, 2014

'I desperately wanted to because I loved her - but I couldn't go because I can't walk'

Joan Rivers' funeral on Sunday (7 September) in New York City was a star-studded affair but one star who was surprisingly not in attendance was Liza Minnelli.

The two showbiz icons, both huge favorites of the gay community, had been longtime friends and only a broken back could keep Minnelli from the service.