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March 26, 2015

In Mr Holmes, the famous detective takes on his final case

Move over Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr and Jonny Lee Miller, Sir Ian McKellen is about to star in a new Sherlock Holmes film.

The gay actor is about to star in Mr Holmes, an adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind that follows the detective now 93 trying to finish one last case.

Having exchanged his deerstalker, pipe and flat in Baker Street for a straw hat, bees and seaside home, he goes on a trip to Japan to try to solve the murder that has tortured him for years.

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 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 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 3, 2015

But it's all in fun in parody video celebrating 70th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine

No one could blame Neil Patrick Harris if he was feeling a little cranky following those mixed reviews he got for hosting the Oscar last week.

But really, yelling at a bunch of 6 year olds?

Well, it's all in fun for a new Funny or Die video celebrating the 75th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine.

The kids have the nerve to describe Thomas as being blue.

February 18, 2015

'We did something that was relatively bold for two young male actors, and we took pride in the places that the original story went'

Ryan Phillippe is speaking out for the first time about 54, the film he made about the famed Studio 54 club that is getting a second life with a new director's cut.

This version is far different than what audiences saw in 1998.

Writer-director Mark Christopher's original - and far gayer - vision for the film has been restored and made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this month. It will have a video on demand release later this year.

February 14, 2015

Warm yourself up this Valentine's Day with GSN reader suggestions of the best male/male romances

It's a time for love (it's 14 February, after all, a day that has no significance whatsoever if you'd prefer to think of it that way) so what better time to sit down and watch your favorite gay film?

We asked GSN readers on Twitter and Facebook to come up with their favorite gay kisses, and they did not disappoint.

From groundbreaking first kisses to passionate cowboys, these kisses all have something in common: freeing yourself from repression and letting yourself be who you are.

February 2, 2015

'He is just excellent at everything, and he is totally who he is'

Neil Patrick Harris isn't just an inspiration to younger gay people struggling with coming out or accepting themselves.

It turns out he was also an inspiration to an 82-year-old Oscar winner who last week decided to publicly declare that he is gay.

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 27, 2015

First time a pontiff meets with a transgender person

Pope Francis held a private meeting with a transgender man after he wrote to the pontiff about the rejection he experienced by the Catholic church after transitioning. 

Diego Neria Lejárraga and his fiancée Saturday (24 January) were received at the Vatican, in what marked the first meeting between a pontiff and a transgender person.

Last year, Neria sent Francis a letter, in which he described how the church he attended in Plasencia, Spain had rejected him after he underwent sex-reassignment surgery. One priest even called him 'the devil’s daughter.'

January 12, 2015

Creator dedicates show's award to late trans teen Leelah Alcorn

The Amazon series Transparent won a the Golden Globe Award for best TV comedy on Sunday and its star, Jeffrey Tambor, won for best actor.

Tambor, who plays a father of three transitioning at the age of 70, said the role has helped him get to know 'more of Jeffrey that I've ever known in my entire life.''

'I'd like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community,' he said in his speech. 'Thank you for your courage, I thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your patience, thank you for letting us be part of the change.'

January 10, 2015

The production is a revival of a 2005 musical originally produced by Oprah Winfrey

Award winning performer Jennifer Hudson will make her Broadway debut in the musical The Color Purple.

According to Brodway.com, the LGBT ally will portray Shug Avery, the play's bisexual blues singer.

January 9, 2015

Broadway legend accuses retired figure skater of 'horrible behavior'

Don't expect Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir to be hanging out any time soon - or ever.

The force behind such musicals as Kinky Boots and Torch Song Trilogy had some harsh words when discussing Weir in an interview this week regarding his behavior during a very public break-up with Victor Voronov.

Referring to Weir as 'that asshole,' Fierstein tells PrideSource that last year he was 'called out for being so angry at that stupid ass-wipe figure skater.'

January 1, 2015

The cult director is staging a video installation of one of his most famous works but this time featuring children reading the character roles

A new cinematic work from cult director John Waters will receive its world premiere next week… but before you get too excited, it will be screening for a strictly limited period in a New York gallery only.

Waters, who has often been described as ‘the Pope of trash’, earned notoriety for a series of low-budget films in the late 1960s and 70s, many starring his friend, Glenn Milstead; better known by his drag alter ego, Divine.

December 31, 2014

'If we conjured Kim Kardashian out of nothing can't we do the same with a gay badass who fights crime?'

Tuc Watkins, best known for playing straight on the daytime soap One Life to Live and gay on the primetime soap Desperate Housewives, wants to see Hollywood create a wider array of gay characters.

'Yes, different gay characters are trickling in,' Watkins writes in a Facebook post Tuesday (30 December). 'But Hollywood is the gatekeeper of the cultural lexicon. We set the pace. Let's step it up. America can handle it.

December 23, 2014

Sony decides on small Christmas Day release for film that was target of North Korean cyber hacking attack

James Franco and Seth Rogen are so happy about their film The Interview being released after all that they started making out.

But not just with each other.

After it was announced by Sony Pictures that their beleaguered movie would hitting theaters on Christmas Day, Franco posted a photo of a three-way kiss between himself, Rogen and actor Nick Kroll who is not in the film.

There were tongues everywhere.

December 19, 2014

Actress reunites with Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep in the musical Into the Woods

It's not lost on Emily Blunt that she has many gay fans.

'I know that’s my demographic. That’s been made clear to me by my fans,' the Into the Woods star tells The Advocate.

Blunt, whose other film credits include The Devil Wears Prada and Edge of Tomorrow, doesn't mind being recognized by her gay fans while she's out and about.

'I love it,' she says. 'I think it’s so cool, because one day I hope to be a gay icon.'

December 17, 2014

Director Mark Christopher will present his original vision for 54 starring Ryan Phillippe at Berlin Film Festival

When the 1998 film 54 was released, writer-director Mark Christopher could not have been happy with what was on the screen.

In the film he originally delivered chronicling the rise and fall of Studio 54 - the famed NYC hotspot of the 1970s - Ryan Phillippe’s character was bisexual and Breckin Meyer's character also seemed ready to dabble in some man-on-man action.

Miramax, the studio that released the film, ordered 20-plus minutes of additional scenes to beef up a relationship between Phillippe’s character and a soap actress played by Neve Campbell.

December 10, 2014

Scott Rudin is first producer to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy

Don't expect to see producer Scott Rudin and movie queen Angelina Jolie working together anytime soon.

A scathing email Rudin sent to Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal about Jolie is part of the fallout from a cyber-attack on the studio and was leaked on Tuesday (9 December).

An ongoing email exchange between Rudin and Pascal over much of 2014 included Rudin's fury over Jolie's alleged objection over David Fincher directing a Steve Jobs biopic instead of her remake of Cleopatra.

December 8, 2014

'If Taylor Lautner was coming out, I would have taken him home Thursday night'

Openly gay model Murray Swanby is now trying to diffuse a new wave of speculation over Taylor Lautner after posting a photo of himself and the Twilight star taken last week at a gay West Hollywood hotspot.

November 13, 2014

Openly gay Gypsy Boy author shares his experiences on the road

He's the handsome, enigmatic author of the best-selling and often heartbreaking memoirs Gypsy Boy and Gypsy Boy on the Run.

Here, born traveller Mikey Walsh – voted number 70 on the recent Independent On Sunday Rainbow List – shares his experiences on the road: from Christmas at London's Borough Market to the 'patchwork quilt' view of a dream-like, mountain-top Italian village he's forgotten the name of...

October 29, 2014

Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me SICK!

Hocus Pocus is undeniably the campest Halloween film ever made.

Bette Midler wanting a child - on toast! Sarah Jessica Parker singing pretty well. Kathy Najimy being...Kathy Najimy.

It's not a surprise that the film has become a favorite for many this time of year.

But three guys have taken it one step further, creating what could be the best drag queen versions of the Sanderson sisters.

October 26, 2014

Boulevard, one of the actor's final films prior to his death, has not been picked up by a mainstream distributor

Boulevard, which stars Academy Award winner Robin Williams as a man struggling to come to terms with being gay late in life, may never be shown in cinemas as it has not been picked up by a mainstream distributor.

The UK Mirror on Sunday quoted an unnamed source as saying that 'it's really sad but it is looking impossible that Boulevard will ever see the light of day.'

'It has proved to be a struggle for it to find the support it needs to be released.

'The cast have tried, as have the crew. But for many reasons it is looking very unlikely.