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Prince backtracks on anti-gay comments

The artist temporarily known as an inexplicable symbol, Prince, backpedaled on anti-gay marriage statements he made to The New Yorker....or not.

An avowed Jehovah’s Witness, the man responsible for such dicey hits as "Erotic City," "Cream" and "Darling Nicki," responded to a question New Yorker interviewer Claire Hoffman asked about his stance on gay marriage by tapping his bible and saying "God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ’Enough.’ "

Prince also said that he’d recently started talking "red and blue states" with an executive who works for Philip Anschutz, the Christian businessman whose company owns the Staples Center, concluding that neither Republicans or Democrats have the right idea.    READ MORE »

Daniel Craig comes out on top

imageDaniel Craig, to the delight of many of his gay fans, comes out on top again.

The "Quantum of Solace" star helped break a new record for the British super spy series over the weekend. The movie brought in $67.5 million in ticket sales for its opening weekend, a Bond record that even topped his 2006 debut in "Casino Royale" when he plucked $47.1 million from movie-goers.

And about those gay fans, enamored with Craig since he emerged from the water in a blue square cut in "Casino," the actor has this to say:

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Showtime series includes gay superhero

Comics legend Stan Lee is developing a new drama for Showtime about the life and times of a gay teenage superhero.

The hour long show will be based on the 2007 novel Hero by Chronicles of Narnia producer Perry Moore, who is also writing the pilot for the series. The novel tells the story of Thom Creed, a high school student just awakening to both his superpowers and his sexual identity. Afraid of the reaction of his homophobic home town, Creed struggles to keep both aspects of his life a secret.

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Boyzone gay love interest video first

Reformed boyband Boyzone have made a small but significant step forward with the release of their latest video.

For the first time, gay band member Stephen Gately is shown with a male love interest.

While the video for Better is significant, pop watchers do not expect it to have a major impact on stars who are in the closet.    READ MORE »

Elton John: Gay marriage off-putting

Elton John, accompanied by his longtime partner, David Furnish, had some choice words about California's Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage that passed on Nov. 4.

In December 2005, John and Furnish tied the knot in a civil partnership ceremony in Windsor, England. But, clarified the singer, "We're not married. Let's get that right. We have a civil partnership. What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that they went for marriage. Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word marriage."    READ MORE »

Trick Trick doesn’t want ‘faggot money’

Detroit rapper Trick Trick has never shied away from confronting fellow MCs on wax or in the streets to handle unresolved issues.

However, the controversial rapper now has his sights aimed at an unlikely target; the entire gay community.

In an exclusive statement to AllHipHop.com, Trick Trick expressed his disgust of the homosexual lifestyle, and explained that he doesn’t want any gay individuals to purchase his newly released sophomore album, The Villain.    READ MORE »

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Lindsay Lohan: ‘Maybe I’m bisexual’

Lindsay Lohan is on the cover of December's Harper's Bazaar looking hot and coherent, without a pair of leggings in sight.

It gets even better inside. The article aims to get to the bottom of LiLo's sexuality. When asked if she'd classify herself as a lesbian, Linds flat-out says no. So does that make her bisexual then? "Maybe. Yeah."    READ MORE »

Nicole Kidman to play trans in movie

She played a woman with lesbian leanings in The Hours - and won an Oscar - so Hollywood insiders are tipping awards-glory for Nicole Kidman, who has reportedly signed to play the world's first post-op transexual.

The Australia star will appear alongside Oscar-winner Charlize Theron in The Danish Girl, based on the true story of Danish artists Einar and Greta Wegener.    READ MORE »

Jude Law, Drew Barrymore gay favorites

Film star Jude Law has topped a new poll of ''Naughty Celebrities Most Desired by Brit Gay Men."

According to the poll, 36 percent of Britain's gay single men expressed a desire for a romance with the ''Cold Mountain'' star.

Following Law is Robert Downey Jr, who bagged 24 percent votes in the poll conducted by gay-PARSHIP.com.

Colin Farrell came third with 22 percent while Brit pop crooner Liam Gallagher landed the fourth spot with 7 percent.

Meanwhile, Drew Barrymore has topped a new poll of ''Naughty Celebrities Most Desired by Brit Lesbians." According to the poll, 49 percent of Britain's lesbians expressed a desire for a romance with the ''Charlie's Angels'' star.    READ MORE »

‘Simpsons’ poked for anti-gay slur

A gay rights grouip is demanding an apology from a cartoon character on "The Simpsons" for uttering a homophobic slur on the show's Halloween episode.

Nelson Muntz, the goofball bully on the hit Fox show, set off a firestorm Sunday night by insulting his nerdy classmate Milhouse Van Houten by saying, "That's so gay."

While Nelson's verbal poke at Milhousewas meant to get laughs, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) responded with a rebuke.    READ MORE »

Ex-gays get unique look in ‘Save Me’

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The difference between the last two film projects of Robert Cary couldn’t be more stark.

Cary, putting the finishing touches on a romantic comedy, was intrigued when talking with a colleague about a new project. But the film would provide an interesting challenge to the gay director – it was the story of an evangelical woman running a ministry to convert gay men to heterosexuality.

But he bit and little more than three months after that initial conversation, Cary was in New Mexico shooting “Save Me,” which stars Chad Allen (photo left), Robert Gant (photo right) and Judith Light in a film that puts them in the middle of a topic that has roiled gay and lesbian activists – an ex-gay movement that argues homosexuality can be cured through spiritual guidance.

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‘Save Me’ provides unique look at ex-gay movement

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The difference between the last two film projects of Robert Cary couldn’t be more stark.

Cary, putting the finishing touches on a romantic comedy, was intrigued when talking with a colleague about a new project. But the film would provide an interesting challenge to the gay director – it was the story of an evangelical woman running a ministry to convert gay men to heterosexuality.

But he bit and little more than three months after that initial conversation, Cary was in New Mexico shooting “Save Me,” which stars Chad Allen (photo left), Robert Gant (photo right) and Judith Light in a film that puts them in the middle of a topic that has roiled gay and lesbian activists – an ex-gay movement that argues homosexuality can be cured through spiritual guidance.

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Meet the woman behind Bravo Media

Back in mid-July, on one of those blithely sunny, long-gone summer days, Lauren Zalaznick, an executive at NBC Universal, met with two of her subordinates for a status report on Bravo Media, the network she took over in 2004 and turned into one of cable’s most remarkable success stories. Many of the development projects discussed that day in her office, at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, captured the glossy, upscale, insider sensibility that has come to characterize Bravo under Zalaznick’s watch. She heard updates on an untitled project about polo players, a reality show about high-end detox centers and another about “Filths” — an acronym for Fathers I’d Like to Have (or, as Zalaznick explained, “Very wealthy dads”).

The conversation eventually turned to “Top Chef,” a cooking competition that is one of Bravo’s most popular shows. For its fifth season (which begins Nov. 12), the show would be set in New York City. One contestant being considered, it turned out, had a seafood allergy. “That’s funny,” Zalaznick said, giving a purely professional assessment. “Let him do a seafood challenge.”

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Stars come out for premiere of ‘Milk’

It was only fitting that "Milk," the film about Harvey Milk's life and death, premiere Tuesday night in the Castro.

Milk, San Francisco's first openly gay leader who was slain 30 years ago, used to call himself "the Mayor of Castro Street," referring to the main drag through the neighborhood he represented on the Board of Supervisors and the center of the city's gay and lesbian community.

The world premiere of his biopic brought considerable star power to Milk's beloved Castro Theatre, including director Gus Van Sant and stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna. The film follows Milk's rise to office and his and Mayor George Moscone's assassination at City Hall by fellow Supervisor Dan White in 1978.    READ MORE »

Sean Penn’s new gay film avoids publicity

The opening of "Milk," director Gus Van Sant's account of California's first openly gay politician, is four weeks away. Yet you wouldn't know it.

Unlike the hoopla over Focus Features' previous gay-themed awards magnet, "Brokeback Mountain," which was drawing calls of agenda-pushing from right-wingers months before it opened in 2005, there's been hardly a peep in editorial pages or on talk radio.

Admittedly, the election is a major distraction. But Focus also is doing something deliberate: It's eschewing publicity for the Sean Penn vehicle, keeping it out of the high-profile fall film festivals and heavily restricting media screenings.    READ MORE »

Celebrities come out for gay marriage

For weeks, Hollywood had been criticized for not contributing enough to defeat a ballot initiative in California that would ban same-sex marriage. Now, members of the film and TV industries are sweeping in to preserve gays’ right to get hitched.

Maybe they were planning for a Hollywood ending all along?

After news of Proposition 8’s supporters outraising its opponents spread and the measure gained support in public opinion polls, many Hollywood insiders have made declarations of support — financial and otherwise — against the ban. While the ‘‘No on 8’’ campaign hasn’t quite reached the buzziness of other celebrity causes du jour, momentum is growing.    READ MORE »

Is Elle’s Joe Zee the new Tim Gunn?

CW's fashion reality series Stylista is the perfect replacement for those obsessed with Project Runway. Elle magazine's creative director, Joe Zee -- who acts as mentor as contestants fight and claw their way toward an internship at the magazine -- takes us behind the scenes.

In the new CW reality show Stylista, young men and women compete for an internship at Elle magazine. But to get there they must win the favor of Elle fashion director Anne Slowey, who you would think had seen the film The Devil Wears Prada one too many times.

In their first challenge they are asked to prepare a breakfast they think she might like, only to be met with criticism, like “I only eat almonds if they have been soaked overnight” and “I only drink my coffee iced and through a straw.” But if she is playing the part of Meryl Streep, then Elle’s creative director, Joe Zee, is Stanley Tucci. Benevolent but stern, Zee gives helpful criticism to guide the protogés on their way and counteracts the more dour Slowey. Interns must style looks, lay out magazine pages, and find hot spots to write about. But the real drama happens when they get home to their shared apartment.

Zee takes us behind the scenes and shares his experience of making the latest fashion reality show.    READ MORE »

Janet Jackson returns in top form

After postponing a string of shows due to illness, Janet Jackson returned in top form Wednesday night to her Rock Witchu Tour at Washington’s Verizon Center.

If she was suffering any lingering effects of the migraines and vertigo that plagued her over the past two weeks, it wasn’t apparent Wednesday night, as Jackson danced her way through nearly two-and-a-half hours of hits and their accompanying energetic, complex choreography.

Opening act LL Cool J was a no-show, but he was forgotten as soon as Jackson came to the stage in a blaze of pyrotechnics and smoke, a diva-worthy entrance if ever there was one. She opened with a medley of Control-era hits — “Pleasure Principal,” “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Control” — before segueing into the recent hit “Feedback.”    READ MORE »

Supreme Court rejects gay ‘Survivor’ appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Richard Hatch’s appeal of his conviction for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize he won on the debut season of “Survivor.”

The openly gay Hatch, 47, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison after his 2006 conviction for tax evasion in federal court in Providence. He is scheduled to be released in October 2009.    READ MORE »

Gays, lesbians pick their fav royals

imageWhen it comes to a prince, gay men in the U.K. prefer Harry over his brother William.

A poll from dating web site Parship.com shows that more than a third of respondents want a romp with Harry, compared to 23 percent for William. A third of the gay men say they would steer clear of both.

Read who lesbians picked after the jump.    READ MORE »

 
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