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May 5, 2015

The event will be 76-year-old Jacobi's first pride march ever; pair let slip they may visit the Stonewall Inn

Iconic actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi have been revealed as the 'Vicious' grand marshals of this year's NYC Pride.

They will lead the parade at this year's event alongside New York-based artist J. Christopher Neal and Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Nabagesera, according to the below announcement.

Sharing the news in a YouTube video, Jacobi reveals he has never been to a pride march before – prompting McKellen to refer to him as a 'Pride virgin'. 

May 1, 2015

From flattering to...not so flattering, everyone from Madonna to RuPaul gets the age-defining treatment

How old do you actually look? Microsoft, with its new website, thinks it can tell you.

Using 'state-of-the-art, cloud-based algorithms' to recognize human faces, the new site How Do I Look attempts to guess your age and gender from a photo alone.

These results range from flattering, if you care what age you look like, to decades away from what it says on your birth certificate.

April 28, 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company successfully updates a ribald Jacobean comedy to 1950s Soho

Most of our understanding of the traditions of English theatre is derived from the work of Shakespeare and the Elizabethan-era. For audiences at the time they were generally popular, down-to-earth comedies that used a story from history to enable commentary and satire of current events. Succeeding the reign of Elizabeth I was the Jacobean-era, and Thomas Middleton was one of the pre-eminent playwrights of that period.

One of Middleton's best-known works is A Mad World My Masters – a comedy written in 1605 – a satirical and cynical view of life in London at that time.

April 27, 2015

Emmy winning talk show host to receive Excellence in Media Award for promoting LGBTI equality

Kelly Eipa's trophy case is suddenly getting very crowded.

She and Live With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan won the Daytime Emmy on Sunday for outstanding talk show hosts and it was announced today that Ripa is being honored by GLAAD next month.

Ripa will receive GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award on 9 May in New York City and it will be presented by her close friend Anderson Cooper.

April 21, 2015

David Au brings us a tender film about food, family, and the power of George Takei

I am a sucker for movies about food and family, so writer/director David Au's film Eat With Me had me in tears without even trying.

The story of a mother and son – each of them on a journey to find themselves and each other – Eat With Me perfectly captures the pain and confusion that life and love always seem to throw up along the way.

Inspired by a real-life moment between his parents, this is a story that Au has been working on since 2003 when the script began life as a short-film.

April 20, 2015

Latrice Royale and Morgan McMichaels team up to save the legendary queer bar

RuPaul's Drag Race queens are helping to save one of the most iconic London queer venues.

Latrice Royale, from season 4, and Morgan McMichaels, from season 2, joined together to call for lovers of drag around the world to sign a petition to save The Black Cap in Camden.

Closed without warning on 12 April, it is expected the owners are trying to turn the building into luxury flats.

Latrice described it as 'one of the pillars of the community'.

April 19, 2015

Whether you call them films or movies, you can't argue with the wisdom of Audrey Hepburn.

There are so many great movies out there, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. Which are the new movies that you should be watching right now? Which are the iconic movies that you need to have seen in order to know what everyone is talking about? Which are the all-time favorites that you can watch again and again and again?

How you react or respond to your experience of a movie is personal and individual. Reviews and report might be helpful to let you know what is on or what you might be interested in, but ultimately it is just someone's opinion – everybody's got one.

April 9, 2015

Chad Allen was regular on TV's Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and went on to play many gay roles

When Chad Allen was in the middle of a six-year run playing Jane Seymour's son on the TV series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, he was cruelly outed when photos of him kissing a guy were sold to a tabloid in 1996.

But instead of going away, Allen spent nearly two more decades working on television, in movies and on the stage as an openly gay actor.

This week, Allen publicly said goodbye to that part of his life - on his terms.

April 8, 2015

A guide to the films that help define what it means to be a gay man.

In the early days of cinema, there was plenty of gay subtext in movies but very few overtly gay characters. Reflecting the changing nature of society, we now have movies that portray the rull range of gay men and the lives that we lead.

There is something special about watching a movie that somehow relfects your experience or your aspirations – to see characters embarking on a journey that mirrors some aspect of your life, or to watch a love story that you can emotionally connect with.

April 2, 2015

The Glass Protégé explores the movie studios' obsession with image, money, and power.

My attention is easily grabbed by any play that carries a warning of 'very strong language and scenes of full-frontal male nudity', so I had been looking forward to seeing The Glass Protégé. After a six week run in Chicago, this new play from Dylan Costello had its London debut at the Park Theatre.

April 1, 2015

Visage also reveals which Celebrity Big Brother housemates will be attending

RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons is coming to many European locations for the first time.

Drag Race stars like Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon and Manila Luzon will be sashaying to places like Spain, Iceland and France in April.

GSN spoke to stars Michelle Visage and Alaska about crossing the waters and werking it in front of a completely new crowd.

'The show is a two hour theatre production. It’s not just a bar queen drag show,' Visage said.

March 25, 2015

Spoilers for season 7: Straight-talking judge believes angry fans should understand 'it's just a TV show'

RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage has defended the decision to send the queen home in the fourth episode of season seven.

The internet has been up in arms ever since Trixie Mattel was sent home following a lip sync with other fan favorite Pearl.

Petitions have been started and several past contestants of the show have criticized the decision to send the comedy Barbie doll queen home.

'Listen, I was there, I saw what I saw. I stand by it,' Visage said in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

March 21, 2015

Respectful documentary enables the man who became Todd Tomorrow to share his memories of being a closeted gay star during Hollywood's golden years.

Tab Hunter was one of the major stars of the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s. By any standard he was incredibly attractive. He was also gay.

With the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, director Jeffrey Schwarz has delivered a respectful, insightful tribute to Tab Hunter and his career.

We spoke with Schwarz while he was in London presenting the documentary at the BFI Flare festival.

March 21, 2015

Heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story about growing up in small-town Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi is a part of the world that writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk knows well. It's his home town, it's where he went to college, and it is where he has set his latest movie Blackbird.

Polk (together with co-writer Rikki Beadle-Blair) have taken the novel by Larry Duplechan and transferred the action from 1970s California to the conservative and religious heartland of present-day Mississippi.

March 15, 2015

LA event draws Lena Dunham, Matt Bomer, George Takei, Maria Bello, Sara Ramirez and Guillermo Diaz among others

When word got out that Mariah Carey would be performing at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles, the event quickly became a sellout.

The crowd of 1,200 had to wait until the very end of a long, star-studded evening, before the Grammy winner was introduced by Empire star Jussie Smollett.

'I don't know how to explain how much I love this woman ... she is one of the greatest vocalists of all time,' said Smollett who came out publicly as a gay man earlier this month.

'I'm about to pee myself,' he admitted. 'She's right there.'

March 12, 2015

Andre Xcellence’s ‘Game of Thrones’ features amazing drag dance off

RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars Courtney Act and Manila Luzon have gone head-to-head in a music video for gay rapper Andre Xcellence.

The track, ‘Game of Thrones’, features a number of cameos including underwear model Pablo Hernandez, and they all face battle to the death in a fierce dance off.

Season 6 runner up Courtney and season 3 contestant Manila strut their stuff to the catchy tune to win rapper Xcellence’s ‘Game of Thrones’, which references the HBO show of the same name.

March 12, 2015

Episodes of the drag queen show will premiere in June

A UK channel has acquired all seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, with a plan to premiere in June.

TruTV UK now owns the broadcast rights to show all seven seasons of the UK drag queen competition show, as well as companion series Untucked.

It will start with showing episodes from the fourth season.

'RuPaul’s Drag Race is an entertaining, outrageous show packed full of larger-than-life characters with a balance of humour and warmth that our viewers love', said Jane Mote, Turner UK’s Channel Director of General Entertainment.

March 11, 2015

Lou Queernaval in France was a massive hit – with drag queens and leather daddies marching side by side

It's probably the oldest event of its kind in the world (dating back to 1294 to be exact). And just like a certain flesh-flashing pop star, Nice Carnival knows the key to survival is reinvention…as well as appealing to the gays.

In its debut year, Lou Queernaval – an LGBTI offshoot of the world-famous parent festival – proved a huge success last month, pulling in an estimated 15,000 spectators; gay, straight and everything in between, all eager to see the local queer community flex some creative muscle on a Friday night.

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!'

March 6, 2015

Lights! Camera! Action! When it comes to Arts & Culture around the world, Gay Star News is always ready with an opinion.

There is so much great art and culture to experience around the world, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming.

How you react or respond to your experience of a movie, a play, a book, or a performance, is personal and individual. Reviews and report might be helpful to let you know what is on or what you might be interested in, but ultimately it is just someone's opinion – everybody's got one.

Here is a summary of some of the best that we have seen recently.

Movies

March 3, 2015

Looking star criticized 'effeminate' gay men

Looking star Russell Tovey has said sorry after he said he was glad he was 'masculine' enough to play both gay and straight roles.

The British actor suffered backlash for his criticism of 'effeminate' men, with him saying he was branded the 'worst gay ever'.

During an interview with the Observer, he said if he had gone to drama school, he would have 'pranced around ' and 'could have been really effeminate'.

Writing on Twitter, the Australian actor and singer Brendan Maclean accused Tovey of 'internalized homophobia'.

March 2, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Ricky Martin, Clay Aiken and Steve Grand also make top 10 in Out Magazine poll

Adam Lambert has been voted the most eligible bachelor by the readers of Out Magazine besting Ricky Martin, Jonathan Groff and Steve Grand, among others.

It's the second year in row the American Idol alum has claimed the title.

This time he got a commanding 28% of the total votes and was able to withstand a flood of votes from Clay Aiken fans who catapulted their man to the number two spot.

March 2, 2015

Race ru-turns on 2 March

There's lots of changes for RuPaul's Drag Race in season 7, with new queens, new judges and new challenges.

And with it, a replacement for the phrase that introduces each episode's events.

For the first five seasons, queens met in the workroom to await the sound of RuPaul saying 'Oooh, gurl, you've got she-mail! to tease what was about to happen.

February 27, 2015

Zachary Quinto also mourns the actor who died at the age of 83

Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy died Friday morning from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He was 83.

Nimoy, who played half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek television series and feature films, is being mourned by co-stars and fans.

'My heart is broken,' tweeted Zachary Quinto who co-starred with Nimoy in the Star Trek feature film franchise reboot.

'I love you profoundly,' Quinto added. 'I will miss you every day. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.'