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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 16, 2014

The star and mom was offering advice to aspiring gay parents at Cyndi Lauper’s recent True Colors concert in New York

Rosie O’Donnell recently took the opportunity to share her thoughts on gay parenting in a video chat with GaysWithKids.com.

The website caught up with the TV star and actor ahead of her co-hosting stint at Cyndi Lauper’s recent fundraiser in New York in support of homeless LGBTI youth.

O’Donnell, who is mom to five children aged 19, 17, 15, 12 and two years, was asked what advice she would give to any gay people who aspired to become parents.

December 15, 2014

'I feel like I’m representing a whole community ... it is a lot of pressure'

At the young age of 28, Andy Mientus is already set to make some television history.

The actor, who was a regular during the second season of NBC's Smash until his character was killed off, will debut next month as Pied Piper on TV's The Flash.

The Pied Piper (aka Hartley Rathaway) will be the first openly gay supervillian to be featured in a comic book TV show or movie, according to Variety.

December 13, 2014

Movies with LGBTI themes are recognized at the US awards celebrating TV and movie successes

LGBTI-themed movies have been recognized with Golden Globes nominations.

Pride, a movie based on the alliance between gay rights activists and Welsh miners in the 1980s, has been nominated in the Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy category.

Pride was also named 2014’s best British film by the British Independent Film Awards earlier this month, and actors Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton took home the best supporting actor and actress prizes.

December 12, 2014

But all other members of 'N Sync will be on hand for the ceremony which is being filmed for a TV special

Justin Timberlake had to send his regrets for the 20 December wedding his former 'N Sync bandmate Lance Bass to actor Michael Turchin.

But the rest of the band - JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Joey Fatone - will be present and accounted for.

'Of course the boys are going to be there, unfortunately Justin's not going to be able to go because that's his last date on tour,' Bass tells E! News.

December 12, 2014

British LGBT Awards returns next spring

Hollyoaks TV soap actor Kieron Richardson wants you to nominate your favorites for next year’s British LGBT Awards.

The actor, best known for playing Ste Hay in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, picked up the ‘rising star of the year’ prize at the last ceremony, formerly called the Out In The City and G3 Awards.

He is now the official ambassador for the gay awards show.

The ceremony will take place on 24 April 2015 at a glittering ceremony at London’s Landmark Hotel.

December 12, 2014

'There is something about people, for one reason or the other, who are marginalized by their circumstance that is compelling to me'

Before he played his most famous role of a serial killer on TV's Dexter, Michael C. Hall spent several years playing a gay funeral director on the series Six Feet Under.

The actor, currently starring on Broadway as a transgender punk rock singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, admits that he has been drawn to queer characters.

December 10, 2014

Actor says of his Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks co-star: 'I thought, "How am I going to do this really until I get over my worship of her?"'

Cheyenne Jackson did not have a lot of time to prepare for his leading role in the film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday (12 December).

Four days to be exact.

Sean Hayes had to drop out of the film just before production was set to begin in Hungary. Filmmakers contacted the busy Jackson who also appeared in the films Love is Strange and The One I Wrote For You this year.

December 10, 2014

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British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has just appeared to have outed his version of Sherlock Holmes.

The Imitation Game star, who stars in the BBC series Sherlock, has compared the differences between his show and the other Steven Moffat-ran programme Doctor Who.

He was being interviewed on The Nerdist podcast when host Chris Hardwick suggested both shows and lead characters were very similar.

'One uses a sonic screwdriver and time travel and the other uses his brain and isn't 900 years old and isn't reincarnated,' Cumberbatch said.

December 10, 2014

Trans actress Laverne Cox also nominated for Orange is the New Black

The Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game picked up three Screen Actors Guild nominations on Wednesday (10 December).

The nominations are seen as providing crucial boosts for films hoping to score Oscar nods next month.

Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his performance as Turing and co-star Keira Knightly earned a supporting actress nod for her work as Joan Clarke in the film.

December 9, 2014

Celebrity couple wed in San Francisco

Filipino transgender actor and singer Aiza Seguerra yesterday married actress Liza Diño in a private ceremony in San Francisco.

About 50 guests attended the outdoor wedding, including Seguerra's co-star in TV drama Be Careful with My Heart, Sylvia Sanchez.

Seguerra, 31, originally came out as a lesbian in 2007, but in August said he identified as a transgender man.

He proposed to former beauty queen Diño, 33, during a stage play, in which they both acted, in Manila in February.

December 8, 2014

Gay actor Andrew Scott also won Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards

Gay rights and pit workers drama Pride is 2014's best UK film, according to the British Independent Film Awards.

The heartwarming tale, based on the real alliance that happened between the gay community and miners in the 1980s, collected three awards in total.

Gay actor Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton took home the best supporting actor and actress prizes.

December 7, 2014

Throughout much of his childhood, Matthew McVarish was repeatedly sexually abused by an uncle. He's now on a mission to walk through 32 European capital cities to help end the silence that persists around child sexual abuse

When Matthew McVarish was first taken to see the film Forrest Gump, at the age of 11, little did he know that – years later – it would prove to be the inspiration for his current endeavor.

The Scotsman is nearing the end of his ‘Road to Change’: an 20-month mission to walk 10,000 miles across Europe, visiting the capital cities of 29 countries in an effort to raise awareness around child sex abuse and to break down the stigma victims feel in talking about their experiences.

December 6, 2014

The legendary actor and the pop star cuddle up together on the Graham Norton Show

Before Sir Ian McKellen hugged One Direction star Harry Styles, he had a bone to pick with him.

The 20-year-old pop star and his four band mates had promised to see the legendary UK actor on set in New Zealand.

McKellen was finishing up filming Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit in New Zealand when he attended a One Direction concert.

However, the five boys didn’t keep their promise to visit the actor, most famous for playing Gandalf in the Lords of the Rings films, on set the next day.

December 5, 2014

Emmy and Tony winner: 'It had to do with visibility, all the brave people who fought for marriage'

David Hyde Pierce, winner of four Emmy Awards for his performance as Niles Crane on the sitcom Frasier, married longtime partner Brian Hargrove in California in 2008.

Since then, same-sex marriage has become legal in 35 US states plus the District of Columbia which the actor is 'amazed' by.

'I’m amazed of the sort of domino effect with same-sex marriage happening throughout the states,' Pierce told Larry King this week on Larry King Now.

'It had to do with visibility (and) all the brave people who fought for marriage,' he said.

December 3, 2014

After baiting fans for months over whether Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon is gay, the show’s creators have confirmed that he isn’t – though they have said fans should expect a major gay male character to appear on the show in future

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has hosed down months of speculation that popular character Daryl Dixon would be revealed to be gay on the show – even though he helped stoke those rumors himself.

In mid-August Kirkman responded to the rumors by telling ComicBook.com, ‘‘All I can say is that it’s been discussed,’ when asked about the possibility that the character played by actor Norman Reedus would come out on the show in some way.

December 2, 2014

22-year-old says it’s a call to action for LGBTIs in Eastern Europe

An actor has stripped off to fight homophobia and save an LGBTI Lithuanian movie project.

He hopes You Can’t Escape Lithuania, a queer road movie, will challenge prejudice in the country which has a Protection of Minors law, similar to Russia’s anti-gay propaganda legislation.

December 2, 2014

London comes to a standstill for the world premiere of The Battle of the Five Armies

It was a cold, wintry night in London's Leicester Square - and hardcore fans had been camping out for days to catch a glimpse of the stars of the last instalment of Peter Jackson’s incredible re-imagining of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Building on the success of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been an incredible journey not just for the unlikely characters of Middle Earth but also for the creative team responsible for bringing the action to the big screen.

December 1, 2014

Christopher Sean's character could come between daytime soap's newlywed gay couple

On the US daytime soap Days of Our Lives, gay couple Sonny Kiriakis and Will Horton are still newlyweds.

But there is a newcomer to the fictional town of Salem who surprised Sonny with a kiss and could mean trouble for a couple already on the rocks.

On today's episode of the soap, viewers learned that hunky hospital patient Paul Narita - a pro baseball player who has the female staff swooning - is actually a closeted gay man who used to be involved with Sonny.

December 1, 2014

The late, great stars who lost their fight against the illness – but will live forever in our memories

To mark World AIDS Day, we celebrate the queer heroes – loved around the world for their talent and achievement – who lost their fight against HIV and AIDS in decades past. Gone, but never forgotten.

Freddie Mercury [right]

November 29, 2014

'We literally turned him into a beast… Jake, my god, he’s a very electric, powerful fighter in this movie...'

Jack Twist is getting in the boxing ring.

Jake Gyllenhaal, one of the stars in the love story Brokeback Mountain, is transforming himself for his next project.

November 29, 2014

Gay vampire and gay werewolf shared kiss in recent episode of Vampire Diaries spinoff

The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals has made its mark with a same-sex storyline between a vampire and a werewolf.

It began with gay vampire Josh (Steven Krueger) flirting online with gay werewolf Aiden (Colin Woodell) - something that is quite forbidden in a world where vampires and werewolves are not compatible.

In the show's most recent episode, Josh and Aiden shared their first kiss (see video below).

November 28, 2014

ABC Family show centers on lesbian couple and their large brood

For five seasons on Showtime's Queer as Folk, Peter Paige played the role of Emmett Honeycutt who was part of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh.

Since then, Paige has gone on to create the ABC Family series The Fosters about the lives of an interracial lesbian couple who are married and raising biological and adoptive children together.

While Queer as Folk was quite sexually explicit, Paige tells Gay Star News The Fosters is even more 'subversive' in its own way.

November 27, 2014

'John Gielgud was obsessed with trousers, loved corduroy and leather. And so he wrote a film set in a menswear shop'

Shakespearean actor, Oscar winner and knight John Gielgud wrote a gay porn script that could go into production next year.

The English thespian penned the screenplay for Peter de Rome, who made gay porn in New York in the 60s when homosexuality was illegal, and was the subject of the recent documentary Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn.