By The Gay UK, Feb 1 2015 06:42PM
Quintessentially British grand dame of theatre and television GERALDINE McEWAN has died at the age of 82. Miss McEwan started her career at the age of 14 years old, and by the time she was 18, was appearing on the West End Stage.
In a long and highly successful career she flitted successfully between the small screen and the movies (she starred opposite Kevin Costner in ‘ROBIN HOOD AND THE PRINCE OF THIEVES) and acting in the theatre with the likes of LAURENCE OLIVIER and ALBERT FINNEY.
In 1978 she showed her mettle playing the lead in the TV series of THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE as the wonderfully funny Scottish schoolteacher who would utter: ‘Little girls! I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all my pupils are the creme de la creme. Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life.’
In 1990 Ms. McEwan won a BAFTA Best Actress Award for her performance in Jeanne Winterson’s ‘ORANGES ARE THE ONLY FRUIT. Later in life she found fame portraying AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MISS MARPLE, however for most of us this highly original actress will always be remembered for her superb performances as the manipulative and acerbic Lucia in the hit series of MAPP & LUCIA from 1985/6.
Here is a glorious clip of Lucia proposing to marry Mr. Pilson (aka the late and great NIGEL HAWTHORNE) who is as gay as coot.
GERALDINE McEWAN MAY 9TH 1932 – JANUARY 31ST 2015
by Roger Walker-Dack
By The Gay UK, Feb 1 2015 12:35PM
In a rare Press Conference at the Mormon Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, a Church Spokesman called for a truce with LGBT groups.
By The Gay UK, Jan 31 2015 06:00PM
Well he is on Broadway at least. It was just announced that out gay actor JIM PARSONS is heading back to Broadway in his most holy role to date.
Jim Parsons is heading back to Broadway, in his most holy role to date. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Big Bang Theory who is the highest paid gay actor on TV will star as the Almighty in a limited engagement of AN ACT OF GOD. This new comedy is based on The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, and will open in May 2015.
Parsons made his Broadway debut in 2011 portraying Tommy Boatwright in the THE NORMAL HEART for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He reprised the role in the film adaption of the play and received his seventh Emmy nomination, this time in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
Openly gay director JOE MANTELLO who has also directed WICKED and TAKE ME OUT on Broadway will direct an Act of God.
We wonder if the Pope is looking forward to this as much as we are?
By The Gay UK, Jan 30 2015 05:47PM
In 2001 light years ago before superstar BRADLEY COOPER picked up 4 OSCAR NOMINATIONS he had a WET AMERICAN HOT SUMMER.
Literally. In one of his first ever movie roles Cooper played Ben an arrogant summer counselor, and the movie would probably all be nothing than a distant memory except for his steamy gay sex scene. It’s not quite the explicit no-holds-barred-lets-show-everything scene we expect nowadays but it‘s still as hot as hell watching his co-star MICHEAL IAN BLACK taking Cooper’s movie virginity wearing nothing other than a pair of white tube socks.
We suddenly remembered all this yesterday when NETFLIX announced that ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ is now getting an eight-episode prequel miniseries set to air this summer. They have confirmed that the majority of the original cast will return for this that includes Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd Elizabeth Banks and naturally Mr. Cooper and Mr. Black. Plot-wise, whereas the original film took place on the last day of camp, the prequel will take place on day one. We just cannot wait.
By The Gay UK, Jan 30 2015 01:33PM
HBO the leading TV cable company have just announced that they have commissioned a pilot for VIRTUOSO a new period drama about musical prodigies set in 18th Century Vienna. The show will be created by Alan Ball (‘True Blood’, ‘Six Feet Under’), and Sir Elton John and hubby David Furnish.
By The Gay UK, Jan 29 2015 07:00PM
We would never want to accuse heterosexual superstar COLIN FARRELL of being a ‘size queen’ BUT in an interview with NYLON GUYS MAGAZINE, the Irish actor says that his not just impressed with the fact that EWAN McGREGOR is so well endowed, but also by how modest he is about it.
By The Gay UK, Jan 29 2015 10:15AM
Nestled amongst the snowy ski slopes of Park City in the heat of Utah, the latest edition of SUNDANCE, one of the world’s most famous film festivals, is well underway.
By The Gay UK, Jan 29 2015 09:41AM
In one of the worst kept secrets in show business 82 year old Hollywood & Broadway Star actor JOEL GREY finally came out publicly as gay. He told PEOPLE MAGAZINE "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man,"
By The Gay UK, Jan 27 2015 05:38PM
The Producers of the Academy Awards announced today that Grammy winning singer, songwriter and actor ADAM LEVINE will be performing live from the Oscars stage this year.
By The Gay UK, Jan 26 2015 11:04AM
Hollywood loves nothing better than Awards Season. After THE GOLDEN GLOBES all the different Movie Guilds vote for their peers and they include Directors, Producers and Writers and the most highly anticipated ones from S.A.G. the Screen Actors Guild.
Now in their 21st year, the Awards were given out last night at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in front of a star-studded audience that look as this event as a precursor to next months Oscars.
Ex Eton Schoolboy EDDIE REDMAYNE followed his Golden Globe Award with winning Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Movie for his sensational portrayal of Stephen Hawkins in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHNG. Redmayne wins more hearts with every new Award as he gave a classy, passionate acceptance speech paying tribute to all those battling with ALS (like Hawkins) and their families. He may have now edged into hot favorite for the Oscar as his main rival Michael Keaton had to settle with just accepting the Best Ensemble Award for Birdman.
The SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Movie went to JULIANNE MOORE for her heartbreaking performance as an Alzheimer’s sufferer in STILL ALICE, and she has no serious rivals to finally winning an Oscar after being nominated four times. By the way, her movie ‘STILL ALICE’ was directed by married gay couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, from a screenplay written by Glatzer.
DOWNTON ABBEY continued its winning streak too with beating out stiff competition when it won Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series for the 2nd time. Earlier this week it had been announced that there would be 6th series of Downton later this year.
MARK RUFFALO took home the award for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for his work in LARRY KRAMER’S groundbreaking drama about the AIDS epidemic ‘THE NORMAL HEART’
The lesbian TV series 'ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’ was a big winner as after picking up the Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, its star UZO ADUBA won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor.
Whenever there are winners however, there are sadly losers too. THE IMITATION GAME with its star Benedict Cumberbatch portraying gay pioneering computer scientist were nominated for literally everything but have failed to pick up a single award yet. Fingers crossed that at the BAFTAS on February 8th their luck will finally change.
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