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March 26, 2015

Pair reveals for first time that they had been signed to three-year contract

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are leaving the Academy Awards behind after three consecutive years as the show's producers.

'Frankly before the Oscars this year were even broadcast, we were questioning whether or not, if we were ever asked, whether we wanted to do it again, and we had long talked about it,' Meron tells Deadline Hollywood.

March 25, 2015

Critics have panned the prison comedy, claiming the 'gay panic' jokes are offensive

Will Ferrell has defended the homophobic jokes in his new comedy Get Hard.

The film features hedge fund manager, played by Ferrell, using his law-abiding acquaintance, played by Kevin Hart, to prepare him for maximum security prison.

Critics have panned the film, with Variety saying it uses 'some of the ugliest gay-panic humor to befoul a studio release in recent memory'.

March 24, 2015

Material Girl joins talk show host for Bathroom Concert Series

Madonna guested all last week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Material Girl and funny lady had all kinds of fun together. They even sang together in the bathroom wearing white robes - with monograms.

Ellen brought back her Bathroom Concert Series in honor of her special guest with a reworked version of the Madonna classic Dress You Up.

The series had previously featured the host singing duets with the likes of Katy Perry and Pink.

March 22, 2015

Director Roland Emmerich also honored with special award

There was no shortage of star power at the GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday led by honoree Kerry Washington and presenters Ellen DeGeneres and Channing Tatum.

DeGeneres took the stage to a standing ovation and quipped: 'This is the largest gathering of gay people in one room since yesterday. So congratulations to us!'

The ceremony was one of several held by GLAAD each year honoring media for fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 21, 2015

Respectful documentary enables the man who became Todd Tomorrow to share his memories of being a closeted gay star during Hollywood's golden years.

Tab Hunter was one of the major stars of the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s. By any standard he was incredibly attractive. He was also gay.

With the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, director Jeffrey Schwarz has delivered a respectful, insightful tribute to Tab Hunter and his career.

We spoke with Schwarz while he was in London presenting the documentary at the BFI Flare festival.

March 17, 2015

Prosecutor says the murder was a 'vigilante attack' to rid the area of gay men

A gay man was brutally beaten to death with a metal pole after he was caught having sex in a park toilet in Perth, a murder trial has heard.

Daniel Jones and Mark Taylor are accused of killing Warren Batchelor, 48, at a cruising site in Middle Swan Reserve, Caversham in November 2013.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim when two attackers burst in testified in court on Tuesday (17 March).

March 17, 2015

Scandal producer receives HRC award for her portrayal of LGBTI people

Shonda Rhimes has said she is not diversifying TV, she is 'normalizing' it.

The producer was honored with an Ally for Equality award at the Human Rights Campaign gala dinner on Saturday (14 March) for her 'groundbreaking portrayals of LGBTI people' in Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.

'I really hate the word "diversity,"' she told the crowd. 'It suggests something other. As if it is something special. Or rare.

March 15, 2015

LA event draws Lena Dunham, Matt Bomer, George Takei, Maria Bello, Sara Ramirez and Guillermo Diaz among others

When word got out that Mariah Carey would be performing at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles, the event quickly became a sellout.

The crowd of 1,200 had to wait until the very end of a long, star-studded evening, before the Grammy winner was introduced by Empire star Jussie Smollett.

'I don't know how to explain how much I love this woman ... she is one of the greatest vocalists of all time,' said Smollett who came out publicly as a gay man earlier this month.

'I'm about to pee myself,' he admitted. 'She's right there.'

March 13, 2015

Dawson's Creek alum had been given VHS copy of Dawson's Crack and wanted to share it with his co-stars

James Van Der Beek is probably happy the time gay porn was found in his luggage was before the days of TMZ and such things going viral.

When the 38-year-old actor was starring in Dawson's Creek, he landed the lead in the 2002 film The Rules of Attraction - a film which, by the way, included a kissing scene between him and Ian Somerhalder.

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 13, 2015

Presented as part of the BFI's Flare Festival, 54 has been vastly improved in this restored version

Studio 54 remains culturally iconic as a symbol of 80s glamor and decadence. This was the club in New York City where the world came to party.

It's a period of time that is rich with stories to be told, and it is easy to see why writer/director Mark Christopher was drawn to this era. Christopher conducted extensive research over a number of years, producing two short films before securing funding from Miramax to produce a full-length feature that was released in 1998.

March 12, 2015

'Children in this generation are going to have children and they're going to look back at them and say, "My parents are responsible for the suicides of 13 and 14 year old boys and girls"'

Sean Penn is well aware of the gains that have been made in marriage equality since he won an Oscar in 2009 for playing gay rights icon Harvey Milk.

But he says he's surprised at how 'slowly' attitudes are changing in American culture despite the legal and political gains.

March 10, 2015

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron produced three consecutive telecasts with Seth Macfarlane, Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris, respectively, as hosts

They are almost a year away but it doesn't look like Neil Meron and Craig Zadan plan on being producers of the 2016 Academy Awards.

Meron sent out this tweet over the weekend: 'Hoping that whoever produces the #Oscars next year will retain our innovations: #TeamOscar program & reading all 24 nom on Oscar nom morning.'

Meron and Zadan, both openly gay, produced the 2013 Oscars hosted by Seth Macfarlane to some mixed reviews then the 2014 show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres to raves and 45.4 million total viewers – the highest ratings in 14 years.

March 10, 2015

The Divine Miss M uses her famous pipes to croon about flat shoes and falling asleep with make-up on

Kim Kardashian a songwriter?

Who knew?

The most famous of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians cast is prolific on Twitter and some of her tweets - all pretty silly - were turned into brief, melodramatic ballads by Bette Midler when she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week.

Among the material the Grammy winner had to work with were tweets about the gold and white dress, the tragedy of falling asleep with your make-up on, and the fact that high heel loving Kimberly Noel Kardashian Thomas Humphries West actually spent an entire day wearing flats.

March 9, 2015

'Everyone was afraid of it because of what the movie is and what the movie shows'

Mo’Nique has not been seen on the big screen since her Oscar winning performance in Precious back in 2009.

But she in finally back in the film Blackbird as the deeply religious mother of a teenage boy struggling with being gay.

Mo’Nique says director Patrik-Ian Polk had trouble casting the role of the son which eventually went to an unknown: Julian Walker.

March 6, 2015

Dirk Shafer made the movie Man of the Year about his experience

Dirk Shafer, who gained fame as a Playgirl Man of the Year in the early 1990s and soon after came out publicly, was found dead in West Hollywood Thursday.

Shafer, 52, was found in his car. The cause of death is not yet known.

He gained his greatest fame by directing and starring in the 1995 mockumentary Man Of The Year about his experiences as a centerfold for the magazine. He was pressured to present himself s straight during his reign.

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

Police entrap the alleged transsexuals on social media

Egyptian police Thursday (26 February) arrested seven young people for 'debauchery,' a charge routinely used to harass gay men.

The seven detainees were identified as 'transsexuals' by tabloid Al-Youm el-Saba.

Major General Magdy Moussa of the morality police said the seven 'perverts' had formed a 'network for practicing debauchery' on social media.

He said police made fake webpages to entrap them and had proof they published naked photos.

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 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

Celebrities including John Barrowman and Lance Bass have tweeted their confusion over Rivers' absence

A number of LGBT stars have taken to Twitter to criticize Oscar bosses for omitting Joan Rivers from the award ceremony's In Memoriam segment.

Last night (February 22), the academy paid tribute to the likes of late industry figureheads including Richard Attenborough and Robin Williams, but Rivers - who died on September 4 last year - was nowhere to be seen.