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March 24, 2014

New superhero film will be the first major release after Page came out as lesbian in a heartfelt Valentine's Day speech

X-Men: Days of Future Past has premiered a new trailer.

Starring gay actors Ian McKellen and Ellen Page, the superhero film is a follow up to 2011’s prequel X-Men: First Class.

It will unite the cast of the original trilogy with the newer stars like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Nicholas Hoult are also among the other returning cast members.

February 18, 2014

Hollywood stars will play a couple who struggle with the state's homophobia as one of them becomes terminally ill

Julianne Moore will be playing Ellen Page’s lesbian lover in a new indie drama film.

‘Freeheld’ is a true story of Stacie Andree (Page) and New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester (Moore), a devoted couple whose world is shattered when Laurel becomes terminally ill.

Laurel’s conservative partner, Detective Dane Wells, is shocked but becomes a leader in the fight for gay rights in the United States.

Peter Sollett, of Raising Victor Vargas, will be directing the screenplay by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, of Philadelphia.

February 6, 2014

'I don’t know what all this hoo-ha about Ryan Gosling is about ... I don’t think he’s as gripping and compelling as people like Matt Damon or George Clooney'

It seems George Takei isn't president of the Ryan Gosling fan club.

The Star Trek icon - he played Sulu in the original TV series and feature films - was asked about things he thinks are overrated these days.

He mentioned that actors are - and one actor in particular.

'I don’t know what all this hoo-ha about Ryan Gosling is about,' Takei tells Huffington Post.

'He’s more often boring than not.'

January 22, 2014

'Burger' was awarded a major accolade for its depiction of LGBTI characters in a Cardiff burger bar

A gay short film has won a major award at Sundance Film Festvial.

'Burger, directed by Magnus Mork, won the Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting for its depiction of gay visitors to a late-night burger bar in Cardiff, UK.

The short drama was praised by the jury ‘for its uncanny observation of complex social dynamics and succeeding when it could have gone so wrong.’

The director was present at the ceremony in Parks City, Utah on 21 January to receive the accolade.

January 13, 2014

Submissions are open for movie lovers to compete for the LGBTI short film prize and win £25,000

A film award is on the hunt for the next, great gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender filmmaker.

The Iris Prize is giving aspiring movie lovers to make a film of their very own, given £25,000 in funding, support and guidance.

The prize has so far helped to produce five short films, with a sixth one in the pipeline, and previous winners of the prize have used this platform as a springboard to achieve greater film accolades.

January 12, 2014

Tells Gay Star News: 'People are happy and want to get married, why not? I don't understand where the resistance would be to be honest'

Michael Fassbender, a lock for an Oscar nomination for his performance in 12 Years a Slave, stopped to chat with Gay Star News during a dizzying weekend of award season events in Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old actor was asked about the ongoing battle over same-sex marriage that has been going on in the US - most specifically in Utah where a legal battle is taking place.

January 7, 2014

Liverpool’s Homotopia takes on London and Manchester’s pride parties for Best Event. Stonewall and THT nominated as top charities

The LGBTI British public is being urged to vote for the charities, brands and business people who support them.

Voting is already underway in the Out in the City and G3 Magazine Awards, dubbed Britain’s ‘Gay Oscars’.

The glitzy award ceremony will pay tribute to high profile LGBTI people who have won the hearts of nation’s gay community over the past 12 months.

‘The awards are not just about the celebrity nominees,’ says organizer Sarah Garrett.

December 30, 2013

DVD rental kiosk company decided to offer film despite policy against carrying documentaries

Redbox began offering the accclaimed gay-themed documentary Bridegroom in its DVD rental kiosks earlier this month.

Now the company is facing backlash from anti-gay forces who are urging people to boycott the popular kiosks.

Shane Bitney Crone, the subject of the movie and one of its producers, says angry consumers have sent numerous emails and letters conveying disappointment in the company for carrying the film.

December 26, 2013

The Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria has ruled that comments by Bulgarian film director Andrey Slabakov constitute unlawful harassment, ordering the country’s Commission for Protection against Discrimination to take action against him

Bulgaria’s Supreme Administrative Court has ruled that comments made on national television by actor and director Andrey Slabakov saying homosexuals were more dangerous than smoking are unlawful harassment.

During a television interview in 2011, Slabakov claimed that ‘gays are more dangerous than tobacco smoking because they spread AIDS on a mass scale.’

Slabakov said this posed a threat to the wider community because ‘some of them are bisexual’ and thus had the potential to spread the disease to heterosexuals as well.

December 11, 2013

With many award-winning offerings, 2013 saw an explosion of talent in LGBTI films

From a Liberace biopic to Daniel Radcliffe's much discussed gay sex scene in Kill Your Darlings, 2013 was a year of huge achievement in LGBTI filmmaking. Here are some of the best.

Behind the Candelabra 

Stephen Soderbergh's film about the final 10 years of Liberace's life, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and competed for the Palme d'Or.

December 9, 2013

Film has been lauded by Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey and won many festival awards

Redbox DVD rental kiosks recently stopped renting out documentaries due to space limitations.

But the company is making an exception to its own rule for the gay-themed documentary Bridegroom which screened on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network last month and was introduced by Bill Clinton at the Tribeca Film Festival last June.

December 5, 2013

Interior. Leather Bar saw James Franco and fellow director Travis Mathews having to get serious actors to have real gay sex on screen

In 1980, Al Pacino starred as a cop touring New York’s gay sex venues to catch a serial killer.

The film, Cruising, was loved and hated. But rumors suggest it was almost even more controversial. The story goes the director William Friedkin cut 40 minutes of gay S&M footage to avoid an X rating.

Now filmmakers James Franco (of Milk fame) and Travis Mathews have imagined what that 40 minutes of footage may have looked like.

December 5, 2013

'I’m gonna carry this torch for you brother'

Actress Michelle Rodriguez is grieving her co-star in the Fast & Furious franchise Paul Walker who was killed Saturday (30 November) in a car crash.

Rodriguez, who came out as bisexual earlier this fall, has posted this message on Twitter: 'I’m gonna carry this torch for you brother, with a forced smile on my face and Im gonna open my heart just cause your telling me to.'

The cast was in the middle of filming the seventh movie in the high-grossing Fast & Furious franchise when it lost one of its main stars.

November 27, 2013

San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, murdered on same day, to also be remembered

It was 35 years ago today that San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and the city's first openly gay city supervisor, Harvey Milk, were gunned down at City Hall.

The murderous actions of disgruntled former supervisor Dan White broke a lot of hearts that day and tonight (27 November) the city will pay tribute to the two men tonight at a candlelight vigil.

Among those marching will be Dustin Lance Black who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for the movie Milk which starred Sean Penn as the late supervisor. Victor Garber played Moscone in the film.

November 26, 2013

Star of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and X-Men franchises went public at 49

It was 25 years ago that Ian McKellen went public about being gay and he did so then because a controversial anti-gay bill known as Section 28 was under consideration by the British parliament.

The bill, similar to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law except that it did not create a criminal offense, was eventually repealed 12 years later but McKellen never stopped speaking out for LGBTI equality.

November 25, 2013

Their video, Bound 3 shot-for-shot parody of West's Bound 2

James Franco's list of men he has made out with publicly has a new name added to it: Seth Rogen.

The two actors lock lips - and much more - in a shot-by-shot parody of the Kanye West video Bound 2 which features a sometimes topless Kim Kardashisan.

Rogen, in the Kardashian role, also goes topless revealing a quite hairy back that Franco, as West, runs his fingers through at one point.

November 16, 2013

South Korea’s Supreme Court has deemed a gay romance film fit for people 15-and-over, overturning a Korea Media Rating Board decision that it was not fit for teenagers of any age to watch

South Korean filmmaker Kim Jho Kwang-soo has won a four year battle with the Korea Media Rating Board to have an adults-only rating downgraded on his gay romantic comedy Just Friends?

The 30 minute film portrays the love life of a young gay couple in their 20s leading up to their compulsory 2 years of military service and Kim Jho recut the film three times to try to make it acceptable for the Korea Media Rating Board in seeking a 15-and-over rating for the film, but the board would not relent.

November 12, 2013

'It goes back to the horrible representations of gays in the 70s'

James Franco is impressed with director Steve McQueen's new film Twelve Years a Slave and with Michael Fassbender's performance in it.

But it turns out he has some problems with the previous McQueen-Fassbender collaboration in Shame in which the actor plays a sex addict.

October 25, 2013

Grab your bestie or your girlfriend and slip into our suggestions for the sexiest and scariest Halloween costumes

It's that time of the year again, to dust off the skeleton costumes in your closet and come as you aren't!

Halloween is not the only time of the year you can dress up, but it is a fun chance to join the world in reliving your childhood, remembering the pop culture moments of the year or stripping down for a fun, sexy costume.

Gay Star News has done your thinking for you and come up with some classic and modern ideas perfect for female same-sex couples.

October 22, 2013

When a gay actor moves to Rome, he discovers he is not the only one living in his apartment in a new movie getting a cinema release for Halloween – meet the star and the director

Having just moved to Rome, Pietro (Elio Germano) has dreams of becoming a successful actor. He finds a very beautiful old apartment, which despite being in need of a little repair has an unbelievably cheap rent. This place seems just so perfect!

But soon after settling in, he notices that objects get moved around and there are strange noises coming from the empty rooms. It soon becomes clear he is not living alone.

October 15, 2013

Character almost professes her love for Princess Aurora but fate steps in

Fans of the ABC hit Once Upon a Time found out something very interesting about a character this week: Mulan is bisexual and in love with Princess Aurora.

Entertainment Weekly proclaims this to be 'a pretty huge milestone.'

October 13, 2013

World’s biggest LGBT short film prize goes to a true original from Australia. Wales, US and Germany also see work celebrated at the Iris Festival

A story about a newly formed gay couple forced to confront the unknown when a masked woman enters their relationship has won the world’s biggest LGBT short film prize.

Gorilla, by Tim Marshall from Australia, scooped the Iris Prize and £25,000 ($40,000 €29,500) to make another film.

After five days of cinema and deliberation in Cardiff, Wales the jury felt the exceptional originality and artistry made Gorilla a clear choice.

October 10, 2013

Will the first stamp to feature an openly gay elected official

Even in death, Harvey Milk is still achieving firsts.

The slain LGBT rights icon will become the first openly gay person to be featured on a US postage stamp.

The US Postal Service confirmed Thursday (10 October) that the stamp will be issued sometime next year.

'Another first!' the honoree's nephew, Stuart Milk, stated on the Facebook page of The Harvey Milk Foundation. 'My deep gratitude to everyone that supported this effort!'

October 3, 2013

The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard points a finger at a media that repeated misstatements about the 1998 murder

Stephen Jimenez maintains he's not trying to dishonor Matthew Shepard, or the foundation named after the student whose bloody body was tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming.

Yet, he's certain what people think they know about the 1998 crime probably isn't the whole truth.