Gay Interest: Articles

'Magnificent Obsession' Book: Film Fans' 'Outrageous History' from Classic Hollywood Screenwriters to Gay Porn Actors

Magnificent Obsession book by Anthony Slide. Whereas Lloyd C. Douglas' 1929 Magnificent Obsession book dealt with a playboy's urge to restore the eyesight of the woman he had accidentally blinded, Anthony Slide's latest explores the lives and times of movie buffs. Now, are Twilight, The Dark Knight, and The Avengers fans as consumed with passion […]

Movie Buff Passion Explored: Author Anthony Slide Discusses the Lives & Times of Film Fanatics

Valentino with Rudolf Nureyev and Michelle Phillips. Ken Russell's 1977 Rudolph Valentino biopic Valentino is based on the dubious 1966 bio (“Was he a great lover – or a sham?”) penned by Chaw Mank and Brad Steiger. A coal miner's son and self-proclaimed psychic, Mank was one of the most influential […]

Jimmy Edwards – Outed 'Conservative' Gay British Comedian Discussed: Q&A with Biographer Anthony Slide

Jimmy Edwards. Best known for his radio and television work – Take It from Here in the former medium; Whack-O! in the latter – British comedian Jimmy Edwards was seen, mostly in small parts, in about a dozen features from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. His most notable film role […]

Crime Novel Remembered: Everywoman Heroine & Bourgeois Values + 'Straight & Gay' Movie Versions

Crime novel The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. While her husband is away during World War II, housewife Lucia Holley – the sort of “Everywoman” who looks great in a two-piece bathing suit – does whatever it takes to protect the feeling of “normality” in her bourgeois, suburban household. […]

LGBT Pride Movie Series: From Rudolph Valentino to the Rise of Nazism & Beach Party Mystery

(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available […]

Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup

Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride film series comes to a close this evening and tomorrow morning, Thursday–Friday, June 29–30, with the presentation of seven movies, hosted by TV interviewer Dave Karger and author William J. Mann, whose books include Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines and Behind […]

'Making Love': Groundbreaking Gay Romantic Movie Screening

'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry […]

More Gay Hollywood: From Psychiatrist Montgomery Clift to Psycho Anthony Perkins

On the day a U.S. appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a Mississippi “religious freedom” law – i.e., giving Christian extremists the right to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, etc. – not to mention the publication of a Republican-backed health care bill targeting the poor, the sick, […]

Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations: Rare Swedish Palme d'Or Winner + Joaquin Phoenix & AIDS Drama Chances?

Palme d'Or winner The Square with Claes Bang. “Gobsmackingly weird” Cannes Film Festival favorite may have a tough time landing a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination. As an aside, Ruben Östlund's comedy-drama is totally unrelated to Jehane Noujaim's 2013 Oscar-nominated political documentary of the same title, which refers […]

LGBT Hollywood: From Self-Destructive Lorenz Hart to Ambitious Montgomery Clift

Turner Classic Movies continues with its Gay Hollywood presentations tonight and tomorrow morning, June 8–9. Seven movies will be shown about, featuring, directed, or produced by the following: Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, Farley Granger, John Dall, Edmund Goulding, W. Somerset Maughan, Clifton Webb, Montgomery Clift, Raymond Burr, Charles Walters, DeWitt […]

Gay Hollywood on TCM

Considering everything that's been happening on the planet in the last several months, you'd have thought we're already in November or December – of 2117. But no. It's only June. 2017. And in some parts of the world, that's the month of brides, fathers, graduates, gays, and climate change denial. […]

'Boom!' Movie: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton Cinematic Disaster Reappraised

Boom! movie with Elizabeth Taylor: Critically panned box office disaster featuring memorable headwear and situations. 'Boom!' movie: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton critical & box office bomb reappraised as 'cult classic' fare If you've never seen Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's 1968 vanity production Boom!, don't feel singled out. Boom! […]

2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & Unique 'Gay' Social Drama Among Critics' Winners

2016 movies Things to Come (pictured) and Elle have earned French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert her – surprisingly – very first National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award. 2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & 'Moonlight' among National Society of Film Critics' top picks Earlier today (Jan. 7), the National Society […]

'Star Trek: Beyond' Review: Gay Sulu Problematic in 'Most Satisfying' New Series Entry

Star Trek: Beyond with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk: Will movie franchise reboot achieve “escape velocity”? 'Star Trek: Beyond' review: Movie franchise needs to boldly go where J.J. Abrams has never gone before We're never told what “beyond” refers to in Star Trek: Beyond, the 13th film in the venerated […]

TCM Presents 100% Not Gay John Nash & Passionate James Dean Bromance

TCM presents the life story of (a not gay) John Nash, starring Russell Crowe: In the phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' director Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman wash the gay away. '31 Days of Oscar' on TCM: From fake biopic & passionate bromance to the deadly clash of civilizations Turner […]

Ernst Lubitsch Movies: Lost 'Touch' in Our Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking

Ernst Lubitsch movies: Subtle, sophisticated 'Touch' all but gone from contemporary filmmaking. Ernst Lubitsch movies: The forgotten, passé 'Touch' Ernst Lubitsch and William Cameron Menzies were Turner Classic Movies' “stars” on Jan. 28, '16. (This is a fully revised and expanded version of a post published that day.) Lubitsch had […]

David Bowie Movies: 'Ziggy Stardust' Memorable as Nikola Tesla, Fast-Aging Vampire

David Bowie: The former Ziggy Stardust in 'The Hunger.' David Bowie movies: Iconic singer memorable as fast-aging vampire, Nikola Tesla Singer and sometime actor David Bowie, one of the iconic figures of the English-language music scene of the second half of the 20th century, died of cancer yesterday, Jan. 10, […]

Michel Galabru Dead: 'La Cage aux Folles' Right-Wing Politician & César Winner

Michel Galabru and Louis de Funès in the comedy 'Le gendarme et les gendarmettes': No 'affection' for his movies. 'La Cage aux Folles' actor Michel Galabru dead at 93: Embodiment of 'traditional family values' in international box office hit Michel Galabru, best known internationally for his role as a rabidly […]

Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership

'Sunset Blvd.,' with Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond: Final Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder collaboration. The Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors quashed, troubled Billy Wilder partnership discussed in Q&A with Anthony Slide See previous post: “Charles Brackett Diaries: Politics and Gossip During the Studio Era.” First of all, how did […]

Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood

Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Billy Wilder screenwriting partner (1936–1949), producer (1945–1949) and Hollywood diarist. Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and […]

'Eye of the Tiger' Band Survivor Lawsuit vs. Christian Extremists Mike Huckabee, Kim Davis

'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor: Lawsuit against a couple of radical Christians. Infamous radical Christian county clerk Kim Davis, far-right U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee sued by 'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor The band Survivor, whose song “Eye of the Tiger” underlined the critical dud (but box office […]

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Movies: From Boytoy to Drug Smuggler

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.: Rare movie star child to achieve Hollywood success. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was never as popular as his father, silent film superstar Douglas Fairbanks, who starred in one action-adventure blockbuster after another in the 1920s (The Mark of Zorro, Robin Hood, The Thief of Bagdad) and whose stardom […]

Joan Crawford Movies: 'The Women' 1939, Banned Christian-Themed Drama

Joan Crawford: Ambitious, driven Movie Star. Joan Crawford movies on TCM: Underrated actress, top star in several of her greatest roles If there was ever a professional who was utterly, completely, wholeheartedly dedicated to her craft, Joan Crawford was it. Ambitious, driven, talented, smart, obsessive, calculating, she had whatever it […]

Robert Walker: Actor Ran Gamut from Hetero Boy-Next-Door to Murderous Gay Psychopath

Robert Walker: Actor in MGM films of the '40s. Robert Walker: Actor who conveyed boy-next-door charms, psychoses At least on screen, I've always found the underrated actor Robert Walker to be everything his fellow – and more famous – MGM contract player James Stewart only pretended to be: shy, amiable, […]

'Lord Montagu' Documentary: Anti-Gay Persecution Victim Became Successful Entrepreneur

Lord Montagu documentary. 'Lord Montagu' documentary: Anti-gay witch hunt victim became successful entrepreneur and National Motor Museum founder On first blush, the life of a Lord of the Realm, a Peer to the English monarchy, a child born with an actual silver spoon in his mouth and an ancient estate […]

'JFK' Movie Review: Oliver Stone Flawed But Riveting Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Paranoia

'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison. 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of “clunky,” JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, […]

Marc Allégret: From André Gide Lover to Simone Simon Starmaker

Marc Allégret: André Gide lover, all-around starmaker and the initial driving force behind the film career of Simone Simon. Marc Allégret: From André Gide lover to Simone Simon mentor (See previous post: “Simone Simon Remembered: Sex Kitten and Femme Fatale.”) Simone Simon became a film star following the international critical […]

Neil Patrick Harris Oscar Host

Neil Patrick Harris. Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, a.k.a. the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, Oct. 15, '14. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time […]

'Whiplash' Movie Review: The Devil in J.K. Simmons

'Whiplash' with J.K. Simmons. 'Whiplash' movie review: 'Emotionally explosive film' Damien Chazelle, writer and director of Whiplash, his 2014 Sundance Film Festival-winning second feature, is himself a musical prodigy of sorts. He attended the sort of prestigious musical conservatory his protagonist – played by the acerbic, ascending star Miles Teller […]

'The Way He Looks' Movie: Gay Teen Love Story Submitted for Oscars

The Way He Looks movie: Ghilherme Lobo and Fábio Audi. 'The Way He Looks' movie: Gay teen love story is Brazil's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission In mid-September 2014, The Way He Looks / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho was selected as Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign […]

'Love Is Strange' Movie Review: 'Beautiful' Gay Romantic Drama

'Love Is Strange' movie review: Gay romantic drama is 'beautiful in every way' (image: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in 'Love Is Strange') Love Is Strange is beautiful in every way that a film can be beautiful, and unabashedly so. Yet, despite its willingness to gild the lily for love […]

James Garner Movies

James Garner movies on TCM: 'Grand Prix,' 'Victor Victoria' among highlights (image: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of “natural causes” at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, […]

'La Cage aux Folles' Director Édouard Molinaro Dies: Gay Comedy Became International Hit

Édouard Molinaro 'La Cage aux Folle's director Édouard Molinaro, who collaborated with Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau & Orson Welles, dead at 85 Édouard Molinaro, best known internationally for the late '70s box office comedy hit La Cage aux Folles, which earned him a Best Director Academy Award nomination, died of […]

'Running with Scissors': Annette Bening Outstanding in Muddled Film

Running with Scissors with Annette Bening and Joseph Cross. 'Running with Scissors' movie review: Annette Bening shines in muddled coming-of-age tale Problems abound in Ryan Murphy's movie version of Augusten Burroughs' book of memoirs Running with Scissors. Those range from the film's cartoonish humor and meandering storyline to an unappealing […]

Daniel Radcliffe: 'Kill Your Darlings' Gay Sex Scene to 'Startle' Fans

Daniel Radcliffe: Gay sex scene in 'Kill Your Darlings' will 'startle' fans (image: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in 'Kill Your Darlings') Daniel Radcliffe, 24, has survived Harry Potter. Last year, he starred in the horror thriller The Woman in Black, a major sleeper hit in the United Kingdom and […]

Dirk Bogarde: 'Victim' Actor Letters Took No Prisoners

Dirk Bogarde: 'Victim' star took no prisoners in his letters to Dilys Powell Letters exchanged between film critic Dilys Powell and actor Dirk Bogarde – one of the most popular and respected British performers of the twentieth century, and the star of seminal movies such as Victim, The Servant, Darling, […]

Kinky (Sex) Film Festival Call for Entries + Oregon Independent Film Festival Returns

'Kinky (sex) film festival' looking for entries: CineKink 2014 (image: 'Strange Live Acts') CineKink, which bills itself as “the kinky film festival,” is looking for “films and videos, of any length and genre, that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of sexuality.” In the last decade, CineKink has screened an […]

Cary Grant and Randolph Scott Marriages

Cary Grant and Randolph Scott marriages (See previous post: “Randolph Scott and Cary Grant: Gay Lovers?“) The English-born Cary Grant was married five times: Charles Chaplin's City Lights leading lady Virginia Cherrill (1934-1935), Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton (1942-1945), Grant's Every Girl Should Be Married and Room for One More co-star […]

Randolph Scott and Cary Grant: Gay Lovers?

Randolph Scott and Cary Grant: Gay lovers or good friends and roommates? (image: Cary Grant and Randolph Scott ca. 1933.) (See previous post: “Randolph Scott Movies: From Westerns to Cary Grant Comedy.”) Now, one suggestion: Do not believe those rumors about Randolph Scott and Cary Grant having been gay lovers. […]

Ramon Novarro: Gay 'Latin Lover' Was First Hispanic Hollywood Superstar

Ramon Novarro. Ramon Novarro: Mexican-born actor was first Latin American Hollywood superstar Mexican-born actor Ramon Novarro, the original Ben-Hur and one of MGM's biggest stars of the late '20s and early '30s, has his Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” day on Thursday, Aug. 8. First, The Bad News: […]

Anti-Gay Hate in Uganda: 'Call Me Kuchu' Review

Call Me Kuchu: The universality of anti-gay hate in Uganda (image: Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato in Call Me Kuchu) It's impossible to watch Call Me Kuchu, Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall's affecting and shocking documentary about the fight for gay rights in Uganda, and not rail against […]

Lesbian Sex Scenes Turned into Porn? 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Author Julie Maroh vs. Abdellatif Kechiche

Léa Seydoux in Blue Is the Warmest Color. 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' graphic novel writer Julie Maroh discusses Abdellatif Kechiche's film adaptation + lesbian sex scenes Julie Maroh, the author of the graphic novel on which Abdellatif Kechiche's 2013 Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color is based, […]

'Behind the Candelabra': Liberace Movie Near-Record Ratings + Tunisia Islamic Government Congratulates 'Blue' Filmmaker

Behind the Candelabra with Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson. 'Behind the Candelabra' HBO Hit: Liberace movie starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon nearly breaks record Behind the Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh-directed Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover-chauffeur Scott Thorson, […]

Gay Erotic Thriller Wins Queer Palm: 'Stranger by the Lake'

Pierre de Ladonchamps and Christophe Paou in Stranger by the Lake. Gay erotic thriller 'Stranger by the Lake' wins Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival Writer-director Alain Guiraudie's gay erotic thriller Stranger by the Lake / L'inconnu du lac has won the 2013 Queer Palm handed out to Cannes Film […]

Oscar-Nominated Actress 'Gay Kiss': Fernanda Montenegro Stages Political Protest

Academy Award nominee Fernanda Montenegro gay kiss protest in Brazil (image: 1998 Best Actress Oscar nominee Fernanda Montenegro kissing fellow actress Camila Amado) Forget Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson, Madonna and Britney Spears, and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Fernanda Montenegro, best known internationally for […]

'Harry Potter' Actor Renowned for Gay Roles Has Died: Richard Griffiths

Harry Potter actor Richard Griffiths dies: Renowned for gay roles in The History Boys (with Dominic Cooper), Withnail & I Richard Griffiths, 65, died on Thursday, March 28, following heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, England. Although known by the masses solely as the Harry Potter actor who played […]

Gay Marriage Debate Gets Classic Hollywood Support: Marsha Hunt Composes Song

Marsha Hunt actress with Roger C. Memos. Gay marriage debate gets a song: Veteran MGM actress Marsha Hunt 'inspired' by U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality debate Gay marriage is a divisive issue, leading to all kinds of different responses. It's a fact of life in Argentina, Portugal, South Africa, Vermont, […]

James Franco 'Interior. Leather Bar': 'Cruising' 'Lost' Gay Sex Footage

Interior. Leather Bar: Self-identified straight men dealing with gay sex while recreating Cruising 'lost footage' (image: James Franco and Travis Mathews' Interior. Leather Bar, with Val Lauren) [See previous post: James Franco Gay Sex Movie 'Replaces' Banned Gay Sex Movie at Australian Film Festival.] William Friedkin's widely lambasted Cruising, which […]

James Franco Gay Sex Movie 'Replaces' Banned Movie at Australian Film Festival

'Gay sex movie' 'I Want Your Love' with Jesse Metzger and Brenden Gregory. Gay sex movie 'replaces' another gay sex movie following Australian censorship incident James Franco and Travis Mathews' sexually charged Interior. Leather Bar, about the recreation of footage purportedly excised from William Friedkin's 1980 cop thriller Cruising, will […]

Divine, Alla Nazimova: London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Divine and John Waters at the 2013 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Image: Divine in John Waters' Female Trouble) The 2013 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival kicked off with a gala screening of Jeffrey Schwarz's I Am Divine on Thursday evening. In the coming days – the LLGFF […]

Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant and Jean Genet: Controversial Gay movies at LACMA

Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, Jean Genet: Risqué and/or controversial Gay movies at LACMA (Image: Paul America in Andy Warhol's My Hustler) Whether or not you find the label “queer” idiotic, misleading, simple-minded, and/or downright offensive, if you're in L.A. it would be worth your time (whatever your sexual orientation […]

John Kerr: 'Tea and Sympathy' Suspected Gay Teen Dies

John Kerr. John Kerr: 'Tea and Sympathy' gay teen on stage and screen has died John Kerr, best known for playing the sensitive (and suspected to be gay) adolescent opposite Deborah Kerr in Tea and Sympathy both on Broadway and in Hollywood, died of heart failure at Huntington Hospital in […]

Pedro Almodóvar 'I'm So Excited' Trailer (Full Version)

Miguel Ángel Silvestre in I'm So Excited. Pedro Almodóvar I'm So Excited trailer Pedro Almodóvar's upcoming movie, I'm So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros (literally, “passing lovers” and/or “passenger lovers”) has a new and full trailer. That's the good news. The not-so-good news (for non-Spanish speakers): it's in Spanish, without […]

Daniel Radcliffe Gay Poet + Doha Tribeca Offers Religion & Politics

'Kill Your Darlings' Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. Daniel Radcliffe 'Kill Your Darlings,' Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, and producer Stephenie Meyer: Sundance 2013 movies Beasts of the Southern Wild, Keep the Lights On, Middle of Nowhere, Safety Not Guaranteed, Smashed, The Sessions (then known as “The Surrogate”), How to Survive […]

'It Gets Better': Transgender Movie Tops Madrid Lesbian, Gay and Transsexual Film Festival

Movies about transgender identity top Madrid lesbian, gay, and transsexual film festival Movies about gender – or rather, transgender – identity were the top winners at the 2012 edition of LesGaiCineMad, Madrid's lesbian, gay, and transsexual film festival which ran Nov. 1-11. Xavier Dolan's Canadian drama Laurence Anyways, a portrait […]

Interracial Gay Romantic Comedy, Oscar Winners as Lesbian Lovers: Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival Awards

Gay romantic comedy tops Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival The Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival screened a handful of features and about two dozen shorts over the November 9-11 weekend. Earlier today, the jury winners were announced on the festival's Facebook page. Elliot Loves, a romantic (and mother-son) comedy by first-time feature-film […]

Lon McCallister and William Eythe: Forbidden Gay Romance?

Lon McCallister: Height, gay sexual orientation issues [See previous post: “Lon McCallister Bio.”] Some have blamed Lon McCallister's slight frame for his inability to switch from juvenile to leading-man roles, but that's absurd. Had that been so, Alan Ladd and Charles Boyer, among others, would never have become top stars […]

'Bad Education': Pedro Almodóvar Outstanding 'Gay Film Noir'

'Bad Education.' Bad Education: Pedro Almodóvar's complex, disturbing, brilliant gay film noir (in gorgeous color) One of Pedro Almodóvar's most accomplished, most complex, and most daring films, Bad Education / La Mala educación is a disturbing, but also immensely moving effort that cleverly twists all the conventions of the film […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger Bodybuilding & Image Building

Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes: Total Recall vs. selective recall Arnold Schwarzenegger may be an inept actor and may have been an even more inept (Republican) governor of California, but one must admit that he is the consummate salesman. His chief product: Arnold Schwarzenegger – I mean, not his ruthlessly ambitious self, […]

Clint Eastwood Mystery Speaker RNC: What He'll NOT Say

Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve Clint Eastwood is mystery speaker at Republican National Convention Clint Eastwood, who won Best Director Academy Awards for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby, and whose family has its own reality show (Mrs. Eastwood & Company), is reportedly the “mystery speaker” at the 2012 […]

Gore Vidal Controversial Movies: Gay 'Ben-Hur' Subtext?

Gore Vidal movies: The Best Man, Caligula, Suddenly Last Summer. (Image: A young Gore Vidal.) Author, playwright, screenwriter, acerbic storyteller, and political commentator Gore Vidal died Tuesday, July 31, '12, at his home in the Hollywood Hills. Vidal, who had been living in Los Angeles since 2003, was 86. Gore […]

George Cukor Gay Woman's Director Nonsense

George Cukor 'gay Woman's Director'? Known as a refined “woman's director,” George Cukor has had his considerable output either relegated to the sidelines or simply dismissed by those who like their directors macho and their films male-centered. Not helping matters is the general perception that Cukor was merely a hired […]

Doris Day: Rock Hudson & People with AIDS Remembered + Charlie Hunnam 'Male Bonding Energy'

Doris Day has sent a letter thanking the nearly 3,000 participants of AIDS/Lifecycle 11. Day's on-screen romantic partner and off-screen friend Rock Hudson died of AIDS-related complications in 1985. In reference to Hudson, Day wrote the following: “I know many of you there have also experienced a similar loss to […]

'The Dictator' Trailer: Funny? + Taylor Lautner in Parkour Thriller & Jim Parsons in Gay Drama

The Dictator trailer: Sacha Baron Cohen 'The Dictator' Red-Band Trailer: Funny? Earlier this year, Jean Dujardin and his fellow The Players producers reportedly had a Sept. 11 '01, comic moment cut from their film so as not to in any way jeopardize Dujardin's chances of winning an Oscar. Apparently, The […]

'House at the End of the Street' Trailer + First (Openly) Gay Hollywood Studio Chairman Resigns

Jennifer Lawrence, House at the End of the Street Jennifer Lawrence stars in House at the End of the Street, Mark Tonderai's horror / thriller to be released by Relativity Media on Sept. 21. The video below makes House at the End of the Street's house at the end of […]

Angelina Jolie Leg & United Nations Envoy + Gay John Waters & Jessica Chastain Most Influential Person?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Leg + Marlene Dietrich Pioneer Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Angelina Jolie's notorious right leg (“Brangeleg” for short?) are seen backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on February […]

'Little Caesar' Movie: Edward G. Robinson Iconic - But Badly Dated - Gangster

Edward G. Robinson, Little Caesar Little Caesar is a good example of a film that is historically important, but that has dated very poorly. Tony Gaudio's camera work is mediocre, Warner Bros. musical director Erno Rapee's spare soundtrack is garbled, and the acting is for the most part wooden. Even […]

Gay Movie 'The Parade': Blockbuster Unites Yugoslavia

Srdjan Dragojevic's The Parade Srdjan Dragojevic's black comedy Parada / The Parade has become the biggest box office hit “in the former Yugoslavia in years,” according to an Associated Press report. The film has sold more than 500,000 tickets and has been “equally acclaimed in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia,” where […]

Omar Sharif Jr: Gay and Half-Jewish 'Confession'

Omar Sharif Jr., grandson of the Doctor Zhivago star, is currently in the news because he has come out as a gay man who happens to be half-Jewish (on his mother's side) in an essay found in The Advocate – one accompanied by a photograph showing a hairy, buffed-up, bare-chested […]

Kirk Cameron: Gay Controversy & 'Monumental' Christian Movie

“It seemed that perhaps the Lord was in this,” Kirk Cameron (not Kurt Cameron) told Baptist Press. The Lord was in on what? From the beginning: A couple of weeks ago, Cameron landed in ungodly hot waters after making several anti-gay remarks on Piers Morgan's CNN talk show. While chatting […]

Kirk Cameron vs. Gays + Christian Movies Box Office & Banana Video

Kirk Cameron, 41, has gone from his television teen idol days to starring in Fundamentalist Christian-themed movies such as Left Behind and Fireproof. Just recently, Cameron has also proven himself to be an outspoken anti-gay bigot, which has brought a swift response from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation […]

Melissa McCarthy & Husband Ben Falcone + Oscar Winners' Man-on-Man Kissing: Academy Awards

Maya Rudolph. Maya Rudolph attends the Governors Ball after the 84th Academy Awards ceremony held at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood on Feb. 26, '12. Rudolph wasn't nominated for any Oscars, but she was a presenter alongside fellow Bridesmaids actresses Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Kristen […]

Christopher Plummer: Not Oldest Oscar Academy Winner + 'Gay Oscar'

Elaine Taylor, Christopher Plummer Christopher Plummer and Elaine Taylor arrive for the 2012 Academy Awards from Hollywood, CA. The Oscar ceremony was held at Hollywood & Highland on Feb. 26, 2012. As expected, the veteran Plummer (The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King) won the Best Supporting […]

Acclaimed Iranian Drama & Gay Romance Actor: International Cinephile Society Awards

Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, Margaret's Anna Paquin (photo), Weekend's Tom Cullen, and The Tree of Life's Terrence Malick and Brad Pitt were some of the winners of the 2012 International Cinephile Society Awards. The honors are announced by “an online group made up of approximately 80 accredited journalists, film scholars, […]

Gay Kiss Montage

Kevin Kline, Tom Selleck kiss, In & Out Following my Valentine's Day post featuring lots of male-female kisses and embraces (and a few shapely legs, bare breasts, and sensuous lips, courtesy of, respectively, Silvana Mangano, Clara Calamai, and Jane Russell), here's the gay/lesbian version. This Gay Kiss Montage post was […]

Matt Bomer Gay Movie 'The Normal Heart': Julia Roberts Co-Stars

Matt Bomer gay drama The Normal Heart movie adaptation. The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer's semi-autobiographical off-Broadway play about a New Yorker confronted with AIDS in the early years of the pandemic, has been a perennial “film project.” In the last couple of decades, Oscar winners Barbra Streisand and John Schlesinger […]

Chris Colfer Rare Openly Gay (Young) Actor + Katharine McPhee & Nicole Richie: Golden Globes

Chris Colfer: One of Hollywood's few openly gay actors on the Golden Globes Red Carpet. 'Glee' actor Chris Colfer at Golden Globes Chris Colfer, who became known as one of stars of the television series Glee – he won a Golden Globe last year for his performance as Kurt Hummel […]

NSFC Surprises: Lars von Trier + Kirsten Dunst & Brad Pitt

Shahab Hosseini in Asghar Farhadi's A Separation The National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), among whose members are the majority of the United States' most influential and respected film commentators, has – as usual – taken a (mostly) different route than your average US-based critics' group. For every The Social […]

Clint Eastwood: Cameos in Family Reality Show & What Gay Marriage Support?

Clint Eastwood on the J. Edgar set with star Leonardo DiCaprio (as longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover) and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. One of the great cinematic hopes of 2011, J. Edgar has turned out to be a dud with both critics and U.S. audiences. Oscar chances are slim, […]

Carrie Fisher ('Star Wars') vs. William Shatner ('Star Trek') + George Takei vs. 'Twilight'

Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Princess Leia is ready to tackle Captain Kirk. The daughter of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds (Singin' in the Rain, Best Actress Oscar nominee for The Unsinkable Molly Brown), Star Wars franchise actress Carrie Fisher has humorously taken on William Shatner – Captain James T. Kirk […]

Alan Turing: Gay World War II 'Hero' Is 'Best Unproduced Screenplay' Topic + Orson Welles Oscar Controversy

Alan Turing: gay cryptographer was World War II “hero” – well, not that he risked his life while blowing people up or bombing cities; Turing, according to some “the father of computer science and the father of artificial intelligence,” came up with code-breaking techniques that, once again according to some, […]

Andrew Embiricos: Rita Hayworth Grandson Dies of Apparent Suicide

Andrew Embiricos, grandson of Rita Hayworth and Prince Aly Khan, was found dead of an apparent suicide at his West 17th Street apartment in Chelsea, New York City, on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Embiricos was 25. Andrew Ali Aga Khan Embiricos was the son of economist and shipping heir Basil […]

J. Edgar Hoover Movie Trailing Another 'Gay' Political Drama + Johnny Depp & Eddie Murphy Bomb

Nov. 13 update: At no. 5 on the domestic box office chart this weekend, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar raked in $11.47 million – at the very lower end of expectations – as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The J. Edgar Hoover biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover, […]

Rob Reiner: Proposition 8 Movie Project

Rob Reiner is developing a Proposition 8 movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Of course, Reiner's project is not for Proposition 8; in fact, it should feature legal challenges brought up against the California ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriages in the state. Prop. 8 was later found unconstitutional by […]

Brett Ratner Gay Slur Forces Him Out of Oscar Ceremony

Brett Ratner may be stepping down as Oscar producer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR mentions “a source close to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences” for this story. The Academy is supposed to “make an announcement shortly.” On Friday, during a q&a for Tower Heist in Hollywood, […]

Samuel-Novarro House for Sale: MGM Star Ramon Novarro Architectural Landmark First Owner

Ramon Novarro swimming in his Los Feliz Hills house Lloyd Wright's Samuel-Novarro House is back in the market (November 2011), as per Curbed Los Angeles. Located in the Los Feliz Hills, the eastern section of the Hollywood Hills, the house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son Lloyd Wright in […]

Ramon Novarro Pt.3: Gay Love Affairs Novarro/Valentino/Ingram Unfounded Rumors

Ramon Novarro, Barbara La Marr, Trifling Women Ramon Novarro Brutal Death Pt.2: Convicted Killer Blames Catholicism Ramon Novarro's extant films for Rex Ingram, The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), in which he plays the sly villain Rupert of Hentzau, and Scaramouche (1923), in the heroic title role, are also well worth […]

Ramon Novarro Brutal Death Pt.2: Convicted Killer Blamed Catholicism

Movie Star Ramon Novarro Brutally Killed Halloween Eve 1968 Paul Ferguson, in a letter he wrote me at the time I was working on Beyond Paradise, blamed his Catholic background for Ramon Novarro's death: “When [Novarro] kissed me, I reacted like a Catholic, what they call homosexual panic. Some old […]

Ramon Novarro Death: Brutally Killed Halloween Eve

Ramon Novarro: MGM star ca. 1925. Ramon Novarro death: Silent film star brutally killed on Halloween eve 1968 Ramon Novarro, the original (and most effective) Ben-Hur, Greta Garbo's leading man in Mata Hari, and the star in the silent film classics Scaramouche and The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, was […]

Zachary Quinto: Jamey Rodemeyer Anti-Gay Bullying Text

At, Star Trek's Zachary Quinto explains (all in lower case) that the suicide of a gay 14-year-old, Jamey Rodemeyer, in a Buffalo suburb last September prompted him to go public about his sexual orientation. See below. (I've added paragraph breaks to facilitate reading Quinto's text.) [See also Zachary Quinto: […]

Zachary Quinto: Gay Actor Comes Out

Zachary Quinto, Chris W. King before passionate gay kiss in So NoTORIous Star Trek's Dr. Spock, Zachary Quinto, 34, also known for his roles in the television series Heroes and So NoTORIous, has come out “as a gay man.” I have that in quotes because he refers to himself that […]

Michael Douglas as Liberace & Matt Damon as His Lover: 'Behind the Candelabra'

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will play, respectively, Liberace and lover Scott Thorson in the HBO production Behind the Candelabra. With Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh at the helm of the Liberace movie, filming should begin in the summer of 2012. Richard LaGravenese, whose latest credit was the Reese Witherspoon-Robert […]

'Weekend' 2011: Romantic Gay Movie Beats Estimates

Weekend 2011 with Tom Cullen, Chris New Sept. 26 update: Writer-director Andrew Haigh's gay love story Weekend brought in $27,245 – about 8 percent above Sunday estimates – at the North American box office according to actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Currently screening at one single New York City […]

Underground Filmmaker George Kuchar Dead at 69: 'The Naked and the Nude' & 'Lust for Ecstasy'

The name George Kuchar (right, with Marion Eaton in Thundercrack!) will probably not ring a bell to the vast majority of moviegoers anywhere in the world. Yet, Kuchar, who died of cancer last night, September 6, directed more than 200 movies – mostly shorts and video productions – from the […]

Tab Hunter Turns 80: 'Ride the Wild Surf' on TCM

Tab Hunter turns 80 today. In his honor, Turner Classic Movies is showing five of his films. The first of the batch, Phil Karlson's Western Gunman's Walk, is on right now. Hunter and The Time Tunnel's James Darren play rancher Van Heflin's sons. Next is Ride the Wild Surf, starring […]

Rock Hudson Was NOT - Regardless of What People Say

Rock Hudson. Gay actor Rock Hudson was not… It's surprising that back in the mid-1980s some people were surprised to learn that Rock Hudson was gay, when the star of Magnificent Obsession, Giant, and the television series McMillan & Wife became the best-known person with AIDS in the world. After […]

'Super 8' Box Office: Overperforming

Kyle Chandler in J.J. Abrams' Super 8 June 12 If studio estimates are correct, J.J. Abrams' Super 8, a Spielbergian horror flick co-produced by Steven Spielberg himself, performed better than expected at the North American box office this weekend (June 10-12), raking in $38 million – including $1.5 million from […]

Gay Sex & Blackmail: 'Victim' & 'The Best Man' + 'Advise and Consent'

Sylvia Syms, Dirk Bogarde in Basil Dearden's Victim 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan is in the news today because of viciously anti-gay remarks he made while performing a comedy routine in Tennessee, a state where gays and lesbians have seen their civil rights attacked by right-wing Christians/Republicans on various fronts. Coincidentally, […]

Sex Scandals & Politics

Weird stuff happened at the most recent MTV Movie Awards ceremony: Justin Timberlake grabbed Mila Kunis' breasts, Mila Kunis grabbed Justin Timberlake's crotch, Robert Pattinson kissed Taylor Lautner instead of Kristen Stewart, and winners in the various categories were given trophies that look like overstuffed popcorn bags. Yet, the weirdest […]

Outfest: Patty Schemel Documentary & Gay Romance 'Weekend'

Chris New, Tom Cullen in Andrew Haigh's Weekend Kathleen Turner, Richard Chamberlain, Esai Morales: Outfest 2011 Outfest 2011's four centerpieces are Maryam Keshavarz's Teheran-set drama Circumstance (U.S. Dramatic), winner of the Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year; Andrew Haigh's Weekend (International), a sleeper hit at […]