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August 15, 2014

Christopher Knight says Robert Reed 'was as good or better a father figure than my own dad'

Robert Reed was one of the most popular TV dads of all time on the sitcom The Brady Bunch but it was not known to most viewers that he was gay.

But the young actors who played his and Florence Henderson's six children on the show did eventually know and one of them, Christopher Knight, said this week that he could not have asked for a better role model.

August 15, 2014

Carver will play Franco's ex-lover in Michael  and 'couldn't be more thrilled'

Charlie Carver is taking on another gay role only this time he doesn't turn into a werewolf.

The actor has been cast in the film Michael which stars James Franco as a man who went from being a gay activist and founder of a gay magazine to becoming a Christian pastor and an 'ex-gay.'

'Couldn't be more thrilled,' Carver tweeted on Thursday (14 August).

August 14, 2014

Late actress regarded the show as her greatest professional high

The late Lauren Bacall, who died this week at 89, took the greatest pride in her stage career where she received the roles and acclaim that often alluded her in films.

The stage role of her lifetime was that of Margo Channing in Applause, a musical version of the classic Bette Davis film All About Eve.

Bacall played the older actress who takes young and ambitious newcomer Eve Harrington under her wing only to later be betrayed.

August 13, 2014

Robin Williams influenced modern fatherhood more than any other person in today’s culture

The shock of the news of Robin Williams death will be forever carved in my memory. I heard it from one of my least favorite sources, Fox News. I was taking care of my elderly parents who insisted on having the conservative channel on, and the breaking bulletin interrupted their regular programming. Robin Williams was dead.

I had been filtering out the misinformation from the channel for the previous hour, but this report, sadly, was true.

August 13, 2014

Pop singer calls Big Brother housemate sibling 'the fiercest, most incredible, funniest, most intelligent being'

Singer Ariana Grande has utterly destroyed an Instagram troll after they targeted her gay brother.

Frankie Grande, currently starring on Big Brother US, recently revealed to the rest of his housemates he is Ariana’s brother.

The pop star posted a photo of her and her brother on Instagram.

After she noticed someone commenting, calling him ‘That homo’, she fought back and defended her brother.

She said: ‘That “homo” is the fiercest, most incredible, funniest, most intelligent, kind hearted and most LOVED person on the face of the planet!

August 13, 2014

Widow of Humphrey Bogart won two Tonys and an honorary Academy Award

There are not many people – any people perhaps – who could claim to be an A-List star for the past 70 years.

Lauren Bacall, who died of a stroke on Tuesday (12 August), certainly could.

She was 89 at the time of her death and had continued to work in films until her final years.

August 12, 2014

Oscar-winning actor had been battling a severe depression

Robin Williams was found dead Monday (11 August) at his home in Marin County, California.

The 63-year-old actor had apparently committed suicide.

An Oscar winner for Good Will Hunting who became a star on TV's Mork & Mindy in the late 1970s, Williams had been battling severe depression.

August 11, 2014

Josh Hutcherson wants to help teens from low-incomes or from rural areas who may not be able to connect with other LGBTI youth online

Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has revealed a new campaign to help gay teens living in rural areas.

The actor is working with Straight But Not Narrow, The Trevor Project and humanI-T to provide LGBTI youth with tools to help find their community. The initiative will be called Power On.

From now through to 16 October, Spirit Day, the charities will be encouraging teens to donate their old and unused laptops, tablets and smartphones to be refurbished and distributed to LGBTI resource centers across the US.

August 11, 2014

Gay 'Stay With Me' singer could be following in the footsteps of Madonna, Adele and Tom Jones to record a new 007 song

Sam Smith will be recording the next James Bond theme, according to reports.

The gay British singer, who has recently burst onto the scene to critical and commercial acclaim, is believed to have been negotiating with bosses at MGM.

The next film, with the working title Bond 24, is set for release on 23 October 2015 in the UK and 6 November of the same year in the US.

The Sun has quoted a MGM source as saying Smith is their top choice after Adele rejected their offer to record a follow-up to the Oscar-winning theme Skyfall.

August 9, 2014

The Brit actor plays a gay character in Lilting but says Freddie Mercury biopic is on hold

On the release of his latest movie, British actor Ben Whishaw has talked more about coming out.

RADA-trained Whishaw, who rose to prominence alongside Dustin Hoffman in the 2006 movie, Perfume, and has since taken on the role of Q in the James Bond franchise, stars in Lilting, which opened in UK cinemas yesterday (8 August).

August 9, 2014

Remembers 'the darkest time of my life, when I was afraid to ask for help' and doesn't want any others to go through the same

Billy Bean quit pro baseball in 1996 unable to cope with playing in the big leagues and being a closeted gay man.

A year earlier, he had watched his partner die of HIV-related causes and went on to play in a game for the San Diego Padres on the same day. He didn't tell his teammates or anyone else.

Flash-forward 18 years and Bean is back in the game in Major League Baseball's newly-created job of Ambassador for Inclusion.

August 7, 2014

'Fly, you fool!'

Legendary gay actor Ian McKellen has recreated a Lord Of The Rings scene with a passing seagull.

The Gandalf actor posted a picture on Instagram of him walking on the street.

Spotting a seagull, he had a friend take the picture.

He then captioned it, saying: ‘Fly, you fool!’

This was in tribute to Gandalf’s fall after taking on the Balrog in the Fellowship of the Ring.

McKellen recently paid tribute to Pride in the UK and around the world in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

August 5, 2014

Former writer of the animated sitcom will return for three nights to sing from his most famous episode Marge vs the Monorail

TV host Conan O’Brien is to perform The Simpsons’ Monorail song with the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Choir.

It will be at The Hollywood Bowl, a three-day finale spectacular as cast members perform famous classic moments from one of the biggest animated shows of all time.

Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson), Hank Azaria (Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum) and Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson) are all scheduled to appear.

Creator Matt Groening is also expected to guest star to provide anecdotes and talk about the show.

August 4, 2014

Ben Whishaw paid tribute to every person who has told their family or friends about their sexuality

James Bond star Ben Whishaw, who came out as gay last year, has said it takes extraordinary courage to open up about your sexuality.

The 33-year-old, known for his role as Q in Skyfall, revealed last year he was gay and had entered into a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw.

‘It's hard to have a conversation with people you've known your whole life about a very intimate thing,’ he said in a recent interview.

‘It's massively weighted with all sorts of stuff, whatever the wider world is saying.’

August 1, 2014

Filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Twitter account was hacked to say that he is gay and he has responded in the best possible way

Screenwriter and director Kevin Smith, best known for the films Clerks, Dogma and Red State, had his Twitter account hacked earlier today, with a hacker posting a fake coming-out tweet on his behalf.

‘I have never told anyone this not even my family or close friends,’ the hacker tweeted using his account, ‘Before this comes out I want to state that I am a gay proud man. #fear.’

However Smith later regained control of the account and confirmed it had been hacked.

July 29, 2014

Compliments 'really cute' man filming his interview for his 'nice curly hair' and 'good guns'

After causing international waves for kissing a man during opening ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, John Barrowman headed to the US to spread his charm at ComicCon International.

The one-time Torchwood star was at the annual fan convention in San Diego over the weekend to talk up Arrow, the hit series on The CW on which he has been made a regular.

July 29, 2014

Money Monster will be fourth feature film directed by the two-time Oscar winner

Jodie Foster, up for an Emmy for directing an episode of TV's Orange is the New Black this year, has her next directing job lined up.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress will direct the thriller Money Monster starring George Clooney.

July 24, 2014

'I don't think it's a past-tense kind of thing. It doesn't prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn't really work like that'

Anna Paquin, currently starring in the seventh and final season of HBO's True Blood, says her marriage to co-star Stephen Moyer doesn't mean she's no longer bisexual.

Paquin was discussing her marriage this week on Larry King Now and was asked by the host: 'Are you a non-practicing bisexual?'

Paquin replied: 'Well, I am married to my husband and we are happily monogamously married.'

King: 'So you were bisexual?'

July 24, 2014

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s

John Travolta’s former pilot, that has alleged a six-month affair with the Hollywood star, is now free to tell all.

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s.

In the court documents, Gotterba says the two had a ‘personal and intimate’ relationship.

The judge ruled the former pilot has the right to sue to speak openly, saying Gotterba has no duty of confidentiality to the star.

July 23, 2014

Award winning openly gay actor Nathan Lane has told a TV critics meeting that he thinks the idea that only gay actors should take on gay roles is ‘madness’

Birdcage and The Producers actor Nathan Lane has hit out at the notion that straight actors shouldn’t be allowed to take on gay roles, praising Mark Ruffalo’s performance in The Normal Heart as an example where a heterosexual actor has shined in a gay role.

Lane made the comments at a meeting of TV critics on Tuesday, noting that he wouldn’t have been able to take on some of his iconic roles if he wasn’t allowed to play straight characters as a gay man.

July 22, 2014

Gay rights advocate also comments on his feud with William Shatner, saying he was the only one of the Star Trek cast who had no idea he was gay

Actor George Takei has revealed he attempted to persuade Star Trek writers to include an episode dealing with gay rights.

But, sadly, the show’s creator Gene Roddenberry wasn’t interested in the idea.

Takei, who found fame as Sulu in the original Star Trek series, appeared on Real Time will Bill Maher this week to talk about his life and career.

He said as the show was so good as tackling women’s rights, race relations and international politics, he would have loved for Star Trek to deal with the gay rights struggle in America and around the world.

July 17, 2014

'You know when you stick your neck out ... some people are going to say some of the most vile things that you can possibly imagine'

True Blood star Anna Paquin did not have some grand PR plan when she came out as bisexual in 2010.

A few months before her marriage to co-star Stephen Moyer she had agreed to participate in Cyndi Lauper's Give A Damn public service campaign and through this, she went public.

July 13, 2014

Queerty gives 34 reasons why you should watch today's World Cup Final...and each is boyfriend material

It's here. After a month of soccer (I'm from the US, people), the final of the World Cup is today (13 July).

Argentina and Germany are the last teams standing. There are multiple reasons to watch, but if you're not sports inclined take the advice offered at Queerty.

That site offers 34, perfectly sane, excuses: photos of players from each team.

July 11, 2014

Actress says of former Bikini Kill singer: 'I love a riot grrrl'

Keira Knightley had a quick answer when she was asked recently who she has a girl crush on.

'I just watched The Punk Singer, the documentary about Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill, so I actually have to go with her. She might be my top girl crush of all time, really. I love a riot grrrl.'