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January 31, 2015

The LGBT community has however protested against the slapstick comedy's camp central character for humiliating and smearing gay people through overacted actions and expressions

De Mai Tinh 2 (Let Hoi Decide), a slapstick comedy with a self-identified transgender woman in the central role, has become the top grossing film in the country.

It earned US$3.85 million – a huge sum for a Vietnamese feature – in over two weeks since it was released on December 12 and on 70 screens across the Southeast Asian country.

January 30, 2015

Comedy legend was last above title in 1988's Big Business opposite Bette Midler  in 1988

The last time Lily Tomlin had a starring role in a film, the Berlin Wall was still standing, Ronald Reagan was president of the US and it still would be 16 more years before the launch of Facebook.

But the 75-year-old comedy legend is back above the title in the comedy Grandma which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

In her first leading role since 1988's Big Business with Bette Midler, Tomlin plays a feminist poet who is breaking up with her far younger girlfriend and still dealing with the death of her longtime partner.

January 30, 2015

Singer criticized for not exactly beautiful language

James Blunt is being accused of homophobia after making a joke about picking up the soap in the shower around Conservative MPs.

The 'You're Beautiful' singer made the old 'joke' about this week's New Statesman cover featuring Blunt among the Eton crowd of politicians such as David Cameron and Boris Johnson and actors like Benedict Cumberbatch.

The lead story is: 'The class ceiling - From pop to politics, does it pay to be posh?'

Blunt tweeted the cover, saying: 'I won't be picking up the soap when this party moves to the showers.'

January 30, 2015

Four-time Emmy winner returns to Broadway to star in play An Act of God

Jim Parsons, who plays a theoretical physicist at Caltech on TV each week, is getting a promotion.

He will be playing God.

The four-time Emmy winner is set to return to Broadway in An Act of God based on the 2011 book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God written by David Javerbaum of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Javerbaum runs the popular satirical Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod and sent out a statement released from 'God.'

January 30, 2015

Received the news while he was in small town in Costa Rica he didn't even know had cell service

Thre's no one who was more surprised than Ezra Miller when he found out he had been cast as The Flash on the big screen.

Miller was in a small town in Costa Rica where he didn't even know there was cell service.

Then his phone rang and it was his agent on the line with the big news.

January 30, 2015

But will this Material Girl hang up the pink leotard?

'My name is Adam, and I am addicted to being Madonna.'

Meet Adam Guerra, a Californian drag queen who is obsessed with expressing himself as the Material Girl and subject of the latest TLC documentary 'My Strange Addiction'.

If you think you know him, you might know him as Venus D'Lite from season 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Eliminated first, he didn't even get to do Madonna in Snatch Game.

'I really challenge myself to look like her. I have had over 18 surgeries, I've spent $75,000 to look like Madonna,' he says, saying half of his face is fake.

January 30, 2015

'The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention'

Tom Petty says he never considered suing fellow singer Sam Smith over the striking similarities of his song I Won't Back Down to Smith's hit Stay With Me.

Publishers for the Petty/Lynne song recently contacted Smith's team about the similarities in the melodies of the choruses and a settlement was quickly reached.

January 29, 2015

No matter what age, you can be free

Actor Joel Grey has responded to the support after coming out as gay at the age of 82.

The father of actress Jennifer Grey, who was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years, has said he now feels comfortable being known in public as a gay man.

'I don't like labels,' Grey told People magazine. 'But if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man.'

On Twitter, Grey thanked the many people who sent him messages of support.

'Grateful for all the love and support coming my way,' he said. 'What a gift.'

January 29, 2015

American Idol alum's third album will be called The Original High

It may be his birthday today but Adam Lambert was doing the giving today.

The singer took to Twitter to share a new photo of himself featuring an arm tattoo and also shared the title of his upcoming third album.

It will be called The Original High.

'Enjoy the photo by Freddy Main. (It's not the cover...but it's something new!),' he tweeted. 'The Original High is executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback with 1st single out in April.'

January 29, 2015

Olympic Gold Medalist and Kardashian stepdad widely expected to reveal he is transgender

Bruce Jenner, no stranger to reality television, is about to embark on a TV project far different from his years on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

A series documenting Jenner's 'journey' is in development at E! Entertainment, according to Variety.

Although the network or Jenner has not confirmed the theme, it is widely believed the show will follow the 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist transitioning from male to female.

January 29, 2015

Oscar winning pair used scene to help them decide who to make the film with

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won a screenwriting Oscar back in 1998 for Good Will Hunting - a movie that did not contain a gay sex scene.

But the original script they sent to prospective film studios did.

Harvey Weinstein, head of Miramax at that time, beat out the competition for the highly-coveted script because he took exception to it with the young writers.

January 29, 2015

Out singer raised $325,000 on Kickstarter to make album his way

Plenty of people have been smitten by Steve Grand since that day in July 2013 when his self-made video All-American Boy went viral on YouTube.

The openly gay singer gained such a rabid following that he was able to raise $325,000 via Kickstarter to make his debut album - his way.

Grand announced this week that the album will finally be released on 24 March.

Although his debut hit is about a gay man's unrequited love for his straight friend, the singer says his music is for everybody - gay or straight.

January 28, 2015

LGBTI activist will also co-produce the show

ABC is making a pilot a new sitcom based on the life of It Get's Better founder Dan Savage.

The as yet untitled show will be 'a single-camera semi-autobiographical entry based on the LGBT activist/boundary-pushing columnist's life,' according to The Hollywood Reporter.

'It centers on a picture-perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet.

January 28, 2015

Gay rugby star says he turns off Celebrity Big Brother when blogger comes on the screen

Gareth Thomas just couldn't take it.

The retired rugby player took to Twitter today to explain why he's having a tough time stomaching the current season of Celebrity Big Brother: Perez Hilton.

'Every time I flick onto CBB, I have to immediately turn it over as soon as I see Perez Hilton,' he tweeted. 'Rather not see that bad example of a human.'

January 28, 2015

Jonas Brother says he feared a backlash from his old fans

Nick Jonas has said he prioritized his gay fans despite fearing a backlash from old fans.

The Jonas Brother, who plays a closeted boxer in the DirecTV drama Kingdom, played down his gay icon status in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

'I don't know if I'd necessarily call myself a gay icon,' he said.

January 28, 2015

His daughter is Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey who says: 'I feel very happy for my dad'

Joel Grey, who won the Academy Award for his performance in Cabaret 42 years ago, has come out publicly as a gay man.

'I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man,' Grey tells People Magazine.

'All the people close to me have known for years who I am,' he adds. '[Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.'

Grey, 82, has the staunch support of his daughter, actress Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame.

January 28, 2015

Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews join as new judges

RuPaul's Drag Race FINALLY has a launch date for season seven.

The draggiest day of the year will be 2 March, and there are two new surprises.

Queer Eye's Carson Kressley and TV personality Ross Matthews will be joining the judges table to read the queens alongside Michelle Visage and the mother herself RuPaul.

'Yes, Virginia, there is a gay Santa Claus!' beams RuPaul. 'I asked for a new, wickedly funny, smart and experienced judge…and I got two!

January 28, 2015

Grammy nominee opens up about his sometimes painful past

As a kid, singing sensation Sam Smith says he dreamed of being on the cover of Rolling Stone.

His dream comes true when the magazine's next issue hits newsstands on Friday (31 January).

In the article, Smith opens up about some other things that happened as a kid: falling in love with a straight classmate in school and also being bullied for being gay.

January 28, 2015

US radio host says he feels bad but at least he got some press

British crooner Sam Smith has taken to social media to respond to Howard Stern's comment that he was 'fat,' 'ugly' and 'effeminate.'

The US radio host Saturday (24 January) called the openly gay singer 'an ugly motherfucker.'

'He’s fat. And I love it. You know what, he looks gay to me. Not that anybody looks gay but he does seem effeminate,' he said.

January 27, 2015

'I guess I'll kind of let everyone be curious and I feel like that's his journey to talk about'

Kim Kardashian isn't sharing stepdad Bruce Jenner's story but in a new interview, she does acknowledge that there is a story to tell.

'I guess I'll kind of let everyone be curious and I feel like that's his journey to talk about,' Kardashian tells Entertainment Tonight.

January 27, 2015

Out broadway star lands a recurring role in ABC's country music drama

Openly gay broadway star Kyle Dean Massey has joined the cast of ABC's country music drama Nashville in a recurring role.

Massey, 33, will play Kevin Bicks, 'one of the most successful singer-songwriters in Nashville who also happens to be openly gay.'

January 27, 2015

'I think there is far too much football on TV. But I’m not going around saying they should take football off the air'

Out actor Michael Urie, who played gay on Ugly Betty and on the short-lived sitcom Partners, has a few things to say about gay sex scenes on television.

Urie (pictured with Partners co-star Brandon Routh) says: 'I don’t think it’s overexposed. If gay sex on TV is too much for you, change the channel and don’t watch it, it’s not for you.'

January 27, 2015

Emmy nominee McKinnon known for impersonations of Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber

Following in the footsteps of such female Saturday Night Live alums as Tina Fey, Kristin Wiig and Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon is heading to the movies.

McKinnon, the first openly lesbian cast member in the show's history, has landed a starring role in an all-female version of Ghostbusters.

The film will also star Melissa McCarthy, Wiig and Leslie Jones who is also a current SNL castmember, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

January 27, 2015

Alan Turing biopic has crossed the $100 million mark in worldwide box office grosses

Judging from the results from other award shows, it doesn't look like the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game is going to win any major Academy Awards next month.

But the film, up for eight Oscars including Best Picture, is winning at the box office.

Over the weekend, the film starring Benedict Cumberbatch crossed the $100 million mark in worldwide box office grosses. In the process, it became the highest grossing independent film released in 2014.