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April 22, 2014

Daniel Franzese writes open letter to his movie alter ego:  'I’m not afraid anymore'

Actors and athletes are finding all kinds of interesting ways to come out these days from Twitter to a casual quote in an interview.

Daniel Franzese, who played openly gay Damian in Mean Girls, has found one of the most unique ways yet: he's written an open letter to his character in the 2004 film which is marking its 10th anniversary this month.

April 21, 2014

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, coming off hugely successful 2014 show, will produce for third consecutive year

It's not yet known if Ellen DeGeneres will return as host but the producers behind this year's hugely successful Academy Awards telecast will be back for the 2015 show.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce for the third consecutive year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

Last month's Oscars garnered 45.4 million total viewers - the highest ratings in 14 years.

April 18, 2014

Says Oscar winning screenwriter and activist: 'I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer'

Not many months after he won the Academy Award for his screenplay for the film Milk in 2009, Dustin Lance Black's newfound fame quickly showed its downside.

Old photos of him having unprotected sex with an ex-boyfriend were leaked onto the internet. Black quickly issued a statement saying he wanted to emphasize the importance of responsible sexual practices and moved on with his life.

April 16, 2014

Actor lost 20 pounds and also undergoes nearly two hours of make-up to become transgender punk rock singer in Broadway show

Neil Patrick Harris was so serious about transforming into a transgender punk rock singer in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch that he went way beyond wearing make-up, miniskirts and fishnet stockings.

'I've lost 20 pounds almost for the role to try and be more feminine which sort of changed my whole posture,' Harris said in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America which aired today.

Harris, his cheekbones sunken in, described himself as 'Jared Leto manorexic.'

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 10, 2014

Hollywood heart throb Johnny Depp has kissed the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live again after the pair kissed on the show in July last year – and he came prepared with lip balm this time so the kiss would be smooth

Johnny Depp kissed Jimmy Kimmel on live TV on Monday – the second time in a row that the pair have kissed during an appearance by Depp on the show.

Depp came prepared with a stick of lip balm which he repeatedly applied during the interview to let Kimmel know what was coming.

‘Why do I feel like I just checked into prison?’ Kimmel joked as Depp prepared for the kiss.

‘And you're about to get your salad tossed?’ Depp replied.

‘So are we gonna do this? Is this gonna happen?’ Kimmel said.

April 7, 2014

Says kiss with Evan Handler on TV's Californication 'would make A Place in the Sun’s Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift proud'

Rob Lowe has kissed many attractive leading ladies during his more than three decade career in movies and television.

Now he's started kissing men.

The same-sex smooching was a part of his role in the Showtime comedy Californication and he writes about the experience in his newly-released memoir Love Life.

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 28, 2014

US actress Sally Field has written about her experiences raising a gay son alongside two straight ones in a moving letter aimed at bolstering support for the US’ Human Rights Campaign

Sally Field, best known for her title role in the 1960’s television series The Flying Nun, has written about her experiences raising a gay son along two straight sons in a letter aimed at bolstering support for the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) efforts to stop state legislatures passing laws that legalize discrimination against LGBTI people.

Field wrote that despite her award winning acting career, spanning five decades, her greatest achievement was as a mother.

March 25, 2014

Singer is not proud of the 'awful' things he has said about the Material Girl but admits he's actually a fan

Boy George has taken various pot shots at Madonna over the years but now the secret is out: he's actually a fan of the Material Girl.

The former Culture Club frontman proclaims: 'I don’t hate Madonna! That’s such rubbish.'

Okay, but why would people think so in the first place?

March 21, 2014

'We were there to celebrate mama'

It's been nearly three weeks since the Academy Awards took place but Liza Minnelli still isn't laughing at the drag queen joke made at her expense by host Ellen DeGeneres.

'To tell you the truth I was surprised and then a little hurt,' she said Thursday during an interview with drag legend Coco Peru.

'We were there to celebrate mama.'

Minnelli was in the audience with sister Lorna Luft and brother Joey Luft to take a bow before the start of a tribute to The Wizard of Oz which starred their mother Judy Garland.

March 12, 2014

British actress Tilda Swinton has said that the challenges that gay people have in coming out make them have more self examined lives and that’s something straight people miss out on

UK actress Tilda Swinton, best known for her roles in The Beach, Michael Clayton and her gender bending breakout lead role in Orlando, has said that the coming out process that same-sex attracted people have to go through is something that ultimately makes them stronger people – and that that’s something she thinks straight people miss out on.

March 5, 2014

Host is seen saying to writers of now legendary all-star selfie: 'I really hope everyone jumps in this picture'

The nice thing about being the host of the Oscars and having your own daytime talk show is that you can extend the experience for days.

That's what Ellen DeGeneres has done this week with her latest post-Oscars treat being a nearly seven-minute video that takes viewers behind the scenes of her experience as host of the Academy Awards.

'I had a lot of fun hosting the Oscars,' DeGeneres tells her talk show audience. 'There was a camera following me around from the day we started rehearsing and all week and all backstage throughout the show.'

March 5, 2014

Homer Simpson tries to photobombs the now iconic Twitter-breaking group shot  - is kept out by Bradley Cooper's foot

If the Ellen DeGeneres all-star selfie from Sunday's Academy Awards wasn't already iconic, it certainly is now.

The shot featuring the Oscar host with the likes of Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper has been given the royal animated treatment by the creator of The Simpsons.

Matt Groening gives a 'wider view' of the epic shot with an illustration he posted on Twitter on Tuesday (4 March).

March 4, 2014

Guests and host are blissfully bleary-eyed during live broadcast

Three of the four acting Oscar winners reunited with host Ellen DeGeneres Monday (3 March) for a live post-Oscars broadcast of her daytime talk show.

Best supporting actor winner Jared Leto and DeGeneres dished about the all-star selfie that has now been retweeted more than 3 million times.

Leto dashed from his seat to be a part of it and managed to get his eyeballs in the group shot.

March 4, 2014

'I think she thought it would be funny ... I think it went a bit astray on her'

Liza Minnelli doesn't think Ellen DeGeneres' joke on Oscar night about her being a drag queen was so funny.

Minnelli, for decades a popular character for drag performers, was sitting in the audience of the Dolby Theatre with siblings Lorna and Joey Luft when DeGeneres joked that it was actually a drag queen and not Liza.

'Good job, sir!' DeGeneres joked as Minnelli looked confused and her sister Lorna roared with laughter.

Turns out Minnelli, the 1973 Oscar winner for Cabaret, wasn't so thrilled with the execution of the joke.

March 3, 2014

Photo also includes Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Jared Leto, among others

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres crashed Twitter during the Academy Awards telecast on Sunday (2 March) with an all-star selfie for the ages.

While the Oscars were still underway, the photo had been retweeted more than 1.2 million times.

For the selfie, DeGeneres was quickly surrounded by two of the night's winners Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto as well as nominees Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep along with Brad Pitt.

The photo was actually taken by Cooper after DeGeneres handed her camera phone to him.

March 3, 2014

Liza Minnelli, Channing Tatum and Jared Leto among those who show host snaps pics with

Ellen DeGeneres snapped more than just the now-classic all-star selfie she had taken during the Oscars telecast (see below).

The host posted to her Twitter account during the show photos she took with Liza Minnelli, Channing Tatum and Jared Leto.

March 3, 2014

Matthew McConaughey takes best actor for Dallas Buyers Club

The space adventure Gravity won seven Academy Awards on Sunday (2 March) but was denied the top prize when the drama 12 Years a Slave won the Oscar for best picture.

Co-producer Brad Pitt and producer-director Steve McQueen made emotional acceptance speeches after presenter Will Smith announced 12 Years as the winner over eight other nominees.

March 3, 2014

Pays tribute to his mom, brother and with 'anyone out there who has ever felt injustice'

As expected, Jared Leto won the best supporting actor Oscar Sunday (2 March) for his acclaimed performance of a transgender woman with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club.

The awards season front-runner took the stage and accepted his Oscar from presenter Anne Hathaway and said: 'Incredible.'

Leto, who was accompanied to the Oscars by his mother and brother, paid tribute to his mom.

'She encouraged her kids to be creative and to work hard and to do something special,' he said. 'I love you mom and thank you for teaching me to dream.'

March 3, 2014

Also delivers classic line suggesting Liza Minnelli in audience was really female impersonator

Ellen DeGeneres may have a reputation for being one of the nicest women in showbiz but she wasn't afraid to poke fun at some folks during her gig as Oscar host on Sunday (2 March).

DeGeneres got new material just before the show when she learned that nominee Jennifer Lawrence had fallen on the red carpet after getting out of her limousine.

The 2013 best actress winner had famously tripped while going up the stairs to the stage to accept her statue last year.

February 25, 2014

Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft to appear as part of 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

The three children of gay icon Judy Garland will make a rare joint public appearance together on Sunday (2 March) during an Oscar tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

Liza Minnelli, herself an Oscar winner, will appear with her younger siblings Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

February 25, 2014

National Enquirer admits it was duped by man who claimed to be playwright David Bar Katz

Playwright David Bar Katz has settled his lawsuit against the National Enquirer tabloid which ran a false story quoting him as saying he and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman were lovers.

The story also falsely quoted Bar Katz as saying he saw Hoffman freebasing cocaine the night before he was found dead in his Manhattan apartment by Bar Katz on 2 February.

Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for Capote, was found with a needle in his arm and bags of cocaine were found in his apartment.

Bar Katz filed papers to dismiss the libel lawsuit today.

February 24, 2014

US actor Adam Baldwin has taken to twitter to oppose same-sex couples’ right to marry – asking why sons and fathers shouldn’t now marry to avoid higher taxes

Adam Baldwin, most famous for his roles in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket and Joss Whedon science fiction series Firefly, has turned to Twitter to attack same-sex marriage – suggesting that fathers and sons will use it to get out of paying higher taxes.

‘What's wrong, now, with a father marrying his son for love & to avoid tax penalties?’ Baldwin tweeted 21 February.

Baldwin had just prior tweeted a link to an article in which a Republican vying to replace Senate Republican Party leader Mitch McConnell in GOP primary runoffs had made similar arguments.