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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 30, 2015

Award-winner says Jane Tennison would now be living with a 'very attractive woman'

Dame Helen Mirren has revealed she imagined her Prime Suspect character as gay.

The multiple award-winning British actress played the no-nonsense police detective Jane Tennison on the crime series from 1991 to 2006.

Speaking to Event magazine, Mirren believes Tennison would have found her sexuality and be living contently in retirement.

‘She’s a lesbian, living with a very attractive partner,' Mirren revealed, when asked what she thought the detective would be up to now.

March 30, 2015

Unfreedom is the story of a young woman who resists an arranged marriage to be with her girlfriend

India’s Central Board of Film Certification has banned a lesbian film which it claims would ‘ignite unnatural passions’ in viewers.

Unfreedom is the story of a young woman who resists an arranged marriage to be with her girlfriend and contains nudity and lesbian sex scenes, which irked the board.

A parallel storyline revolves a terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim.

March 25, 2015

'We will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events'

Star Trek icon George Takei warns Indiana Governor Mike Pence that his state will lose far more than the $50 million GenCon convention if he signs an anti-LGBTI bill into law.

March 21, 2015

An exercise in internalized homophobia or finding an authentic identity? The jury is out on David Thorpe's documentary.

I think that Do I Sound Gay? caught me just at the wrong moment.

Writer/director David Thorpe seemed excited to be presenting the European premiere of this documentary at the BFI Flare festival in London, and it was a full-house at the British Film Institute screening on the Southbank.

Thorpe described the inspiration for this documentary as being his 'gay mid-life crisis', finding himself single and the 'wrong side of forty', Thorpe began to question his identity and in particular hating the way that his voice sounded.

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

The BFI Flare festival in London opens a window to gay sexuality around the world.

In years gone by, one of the few ways in which you used to be able to see short films or non-mainstream films of any kind was to go to a film festival.

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 20, 2015

From the archives of the Athletic Model Guild comes a unique insight into today's gay identity

The Athletic Model Guild was a publishing and production house that operated in Los Angeles in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

The creative force behind the Athletic Model Guild was Bob Mizer.

Mizer created magazines and short films. Although some, such as the groundbreaking Physique Pictorial, masqueared as publications for budding body builders, the real purpose was to serve as erotica for men who were aroused by other men.

March 20, 2015

'We should all be so lucky to live half as a fulfilled life as he did'

The connection between Zachary Quinto and the late Leonard Nimoy went far beyond their shared role of Mr. Spock in the most recent Star Trek films.

'We were very, very close and losing him was really difficult, obviously,' Quinto said this week on Conan O'Brien's late night show. 'But I feel so grateful that I knew him and that he was such an instrumental figure in my life. He lived a beautiful life and a full life.'

Nimoy died on 27 February, one month shy of his 84th birthday.

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

From I Dreamed A Dream to Don't Stop Believin', take a look back of some of the best songs

Glee is ending. Did you stick by it or do you feel like that sentence should have been written years ago?

Love it or loathe it, the show choir musical dramady was a phenomenon. A show that put LGBTI characters in the spotlight and allowed them to shine.

Even in its most uneven moments, there were still covers of songs that sounded almost better than the originals and were a big part of why people loved the show.

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

Rodner Figueroa says his comment was misinterpreted and apologizes to First Lady: 'I am not racist in any way'

Rodner Figueroa may be out of a job but he wants it known that he is not a racist.

The openly gay Univision style host was fired from his job this week after he said: 'Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of Planet of the Apes.'

Figueroa made the comment during a segment on the program El Gordo y La Flaca about make-up artist Paolo Ballesteros’ viral transformations into various celebrities - including the US First Lady.

March 13, 2015

The BFI's Flare Film Festival in London will open with new film starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto

The BFI’s Flare Festival is the annual LGBT Film Festival held in London. As an LGBT film festival it’s a big deal, plus it’s a vibrant social event – you are pretty much guaranteed to run into everyone that you know in London as you dash between screenings in the Southbank complex beneath Waterloo Bridge.

Opening the festival this year will be I Am Michael, a movie directed by Justin Kelly and starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

This is an interesting movie.

March 12, 2015

Suffering from ALS, he took a turn for worse just before Julianne Moore won Oscar for performance in their film

Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and co-directed the film Still Alice, died Wednesday (11 March) after a long battle with ALS.

His death at the age of 63 comes less than a month after Julianne Moore won the Academy Award for best actress for her performance in the film.

Glatzer (he is at right in photo) is survived by his husband, Wash Westmoreland, with whom he co-wrote and co-directed the film.

March 12, 2015

Gossip reports went crazy after the 16-year-old told rapper Tyler The Creator on Twitter: 'I Think Im In Love With You'

Will Smith's rep is being forced to deny son Jaden is gay.

The Focus star's team responded to the questionable rumors after gossip columnists read too much into a tweet.

One site alone, Media Take Out, reported: 'IT HAPPENED!!! Will Smith’s Son Jaden Smith Comes OUT OF THE CLOSET… He Admitted On Twitter… That He’s GAY!!!'

What had actually happened was Smith sent a tweet directed at Tyler the Creator.

He said: 'I Think Im In Love With You, I Don’t Know I’m Still Figuring It Out But In The Meantime, Happy Birthday.'

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

Lesbian will be introduced in an upcoming episode of the sci-fi franchise

Star Wars will have its first ever lesbian character in the canon.

Moff Mors will make an appearance in writer Paul S Kemp's upcoming novel, ‘Lords of the Sith’, due to be released 28 April this year.

Kemp has said the character adds a 'rich diversity' to the series, intended to be inclusive but not a statement.

It’s not clear what role she will play in the books but the editor, Shelley Shapiro, thinks it’s about time Star Wars diversified.

March 10, 2015

'I was only doing what is needed in this world'

A busker has become the outsinging hero of the Sydney Mardi Gras after he drowned out an anti-gay preacher with a performance of Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

Axel Winter, 24, was about to start busking at Pitt Street Mall on Saturday (7 March) when he noticed a man atop a stepladder with a Bible in his hand.

'He was saying hateful things towards gay people themselves. He said at one point "today is the day that god hates you most,"' he told Gay Star News.

March 9, 2015

This is according to new Tina Fey comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

How can you pass as straight? While Russell Tovey might not have that 'issue', some gay men do think they do need to learn to 'act' a certain way.

Poking fun at that idea, Tina Fey's new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt features the lead character's gay roommate and aspiring Broadway star Titus going to a very unconventional acting class in the tenth episode.

Hoping to land a part on 'Entourage 2', he learns how to watch a movie, drink and listen like a straight guy. Hashbrown Bye Felicia.

March 9, 2015

'Before the damned plague hit it was absolutely party central ... I lost friends like everybody'

British actor Maxwell Caulfield gained scores of gay fans in 1982 who were seduced by his handsome looks in the film Grease 2.

The film may not have been the smash Grease was four years earlier, but it has endured as a cult hit and Caulfield has enjoyed a busy career on stage and screen.

Before that movie breakthrough, Caulfield was an unknown actor living in New York City. He was working in theater and having the time of his life with his many gay friends.

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 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!'