Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines beauty Kristanna Loken has been voted the hottest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) celebrity in a new poll. The bisexual blonde has beaten out reality star Amanda Leigh Dunn to land the title in a HotorNot.com survey in celebration of America's Pride month (Jun14).
Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett comes in third, followed by Glee's Chris Colfer and Magic Mike hunk Matt Bomer.
The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, Australian actress Portia de Rossi and former Kyle XY actor Matt Dallas also feature in the top 10.
Fargo and Orange Is The New Black were the toast of the TV world at Thursday night's (19Jun14) Critics' Choice Television Awards, scooping three prizes each.
The small screen revamp of the Oscar-winning crime film won the prize for Best Mini-Series, while its stars Billy Bob Thornton and Allison Tolman were named Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series and Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series, respectively.
Netflix's hit women's prison series was named Best Comedy Series at the ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, and Uzo Aduba earned the Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series award, while her co-star Kate Mulgrew, tied for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series with Mom's Allison Janney.
Janney also picked up Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her recurring role in Masters of Sex. Upon receiving the trophy for Mom, Janney quipped, "Well this is the climax of my career. This is extraordinary. This has been an amazing year for me."
The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons was named Best Actor in a Comedy Series and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus landed Best Actress in a Comedy Series, while Andre Braugher took the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for police programme Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
In the drama categories, Breaking Bad won Best Drama Series for a second consecutive year, and Aaron Paul picked up Best Supporting Actor for his role in the popular show. Also earning a back-to-back Best Actress win was Tatiana Maslany, who repeated her 2013 triumph for her multiple clone roles in sci-fi show Orphan Black.
Adding to his Oscar win earlier this year (14), Matthew McConaughey went home with the Best Actor honour for True Detective, while Bellamy Young earned Best Supporting Actress as the scheming First Lady on Scandal.
It was also a big night for TV titan Ryan Murphy, whose thriller American Horror Story: Coven earned Jessica Lange the Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series accolade, while his AIDS drama The Normal Heart won two prizes, including Best Movie or Miniseries, and Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series for Matt Bomer.
In addition, Jim Parsons presented his The Normal Heart director with the Louis XIII Genius Award in recognition of his contribution to television. Upon accepting the honour, Murphy recalled the slew of online criticism he received following the announcement of the award, and admitted he tried to back out as a result. He also shared a piece of advice, telling the audience, "The one genius rule I have made in my career is to surround yourself by people more talented than you and then take all the credit. The last part is actually not true."
The awards show was hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and presenters included Colin Hanks, Angie Harmon, Diane Kruger, Sarah Silverman, Christina Applegate and Christian Slater.
Magic Mike star Matt Bomer has become the latest celebrity to join Twitter.com. The actor launched his account last week (23May14) with a little help from TV host Ellen DeGeneres during a pre-taped appearance on her U.S. talk show. His first tweet was a photo of the pair on set, holding up a sign with his Twitter handle.
Hit shows Fargo, Masters Of Sex and The Big Bang Theory and TV movie The Normal Heart will be the projects to beat at the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards after scoring five nominations apiece.
Fargo, which is based on the cult Coen Brothers film of the same name, will compete for Best Mini-Series against shows like American Horror Story: Coven, Luther and Dancing on the Edge, while the dark drama's stars Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton will go head-to-head for Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series, alongside Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: His Last Vow), David Bradley (An Adventure in Space and Time), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge). Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman have also earned nods as supporting actors for their roles as local law enforcement officers investigating a spate of grisly murders in Fargo.
Masters of Sex and The Good Wife, which landed four nominations, dominate the drama categories - both shows are up for Best Drama Series, while stars Lizzy Caplan and Julianna Margulies are shortlisted for Best Actress and Caplan's co-star Michael Sheen is up for Best Actor.
The Big Bang Theory looks set to dominate the comedy categories with nods for Best Comedy Series and acting mentions for Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik and guest star James Earl Jones.
Meanwhile, the TV adaptation of Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart, which debuted in America on Sunday night (25May14), was also a big hit with members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, scoring recognition for Best TV Movie and acting accolades for Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer and Joe Mantello. There were also a handful of nominations for True Detective, Orange Is the New Black, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Americans.
The winners of the fourth annual Critics' Choice Television Awards will be unveiled at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on 19 June (14).
After Ryan Murphy's The Normal Heart gobsmacked critics and audiences alike with its unflinching look at the affect of AIDS on the gay community, HBO has picked up yet another period piece detailing the struggles of gays in New York.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has picked up the script for Open City, a period piece that profiles New York in the late 60's. The drama, from writer David Kajganich and director Adam Shankman, will reportedly follow a diverse set of characters from all corners of Manhattan, as they navigate a city going through a cultural metamorphosis. The project will also examine the gay community's unlikely partnership with New York's mafia with the opening of a West Village night club.
Ever since the critical success of AMC's Mad Men, the television landscape has been littered with period dramas claiming to "explore" a place and time in the past, but all those imitators stumbled when they found that they had nothing of substance to really say about their given era. While Mad Men was having a deep discussion about the cultural mores of the sixties, all of those other pretenders (The Playboy Club, Magic City, Pan AM... the list goes on) were just playing dress up. Open City, on the other hand, looks to have some very important things to say about the time period and the city it depicts, and this project may fill a very big hole once Mad Men wraps up its seventh season.
With the success of projects like Looking and The Normal Heart, HBO is quietly becoming the destination for gay-themed television. There was a time where TV would sideline gay characters, only featuring them as broad stereotypes, but HBO has begun crafting interesting, and unpatronizing glimpses at the characters and stories that have been sorely missing from our television sets.
Actor Matt Bomer spent a month living apart from his family as he prepared to play an AIDS victim in new TV movie The Normal Heart, so he could fully embrace the mindset of his desperate character. The Magic Mike star slimmed down drastically to portray Felix Turner in Ryan Murphy's screen adaptation of the hit Larry Kramer play, about the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and he temporarily moved out of the home he shares with his publicist partner Simon Halls and their three children to perfect his transformation.
He tells Vulture.com, "The whole point of the weight loss was obviously to create a certain aesthetic that Ryan was happy with, but also to create that physical reality for me. When the cameras were rolling, I wasn't having to affect anything; so much of it was already there. "I had separated myself from my family, I was living on my own for, like, a month, and I think that helped me sort of get into Felix's head in a way that I haven't had an opportunity to do with other characters before."
Bomer also called in a professional counsellor to make sure his sons would be OK with dad's drastic weightloss - but he admits he needn't have worried. He adds, "We definitely prepared our kids really early on, before I even started losing weight. I spoke with a professional who told me how to relay it to them in language they could really understand, and they were great about it. "Maybe it's a luxury of having all boys, who are like, 'Yeah! Go!' You know, it's like they were my cheering squad. And I remember, at one point I had lost 25 or 30 pounds and I came home, and it's such a testament to childhood imagination, because they were like, 'Oh, I thought you were going to be skinnier than that.' And I was like, 'Hey, I'm working here!' "But they were really great about it, and understanding. I think that our oldest son, who tends to be a caretaker, said at one point, 'When are you going to get to eat pancakes with me again?' But that was about as difficult as it seemed to get for them."
Bomer's amazing transformation stunned viewers watching the TV movie in America on Sunday night (25May14). The film also featured Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.
Barbra Streisand has hit back at writer and gay rights activist Larry Kramer after he accused the legendary entertainer of stalling on plans to adapt his AIDS epidemic stageshow The Normal Heart for the screen because she allegedly finds gay sex "very distasteful".
Kramer has attacked the singer/actress in a New York Times interview, in which he reignites their decades-long feud after Streisand obtained the film rights for his hit 1985 production, but failed to bring anything to fruition for years. The playwright suggests the veteran superstar was uncomfortable with the subject matter from the start and claims it was one of the main reasons for the hold-up.
Recalling an early meeting with Streisand, he states, "I said, 'I really think it's important that after eons of watching men and women make love in the movies, it's time to see two men do so.' I bought her a book of very beautiful art pictures of two men making love, and she found it very distasteful."
However, Streisand has fired back at Kramer, insisting she was committed to promoting "the idea of everyone's right to love. Gay or straight!" In her statement to the Times, she continues, "Larry was at the forefront of this battle and, God love him, he's still fighting. But there's no need to fight me by misrepresenting my feelings. "As a filmmaker, I have always looked for new and exciting ways to do love scenes, whether they're about heterosexuals or homosexuals. It's a matter of taste, not gender."
Glee creator Ryan Murphy subsequently used his own funds to buy the rights to The Normal Heart and his TV movie, produced via Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment firm, is due to air in the U.S. on Sunday (25May14). The film version of the award-winning play, based on Kramer's efforts to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS during the 1980s, stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer.
Angelina Jolie suffered an embarrassing cosmetic blunder on Monday (12May14) when she arrived at a movie premiere with her face covered in a noticeable white powder.
The actress and her fiance Brad Pitt graced the red carpet in New York for the premiere of TV movie The Normal Heart, which Pitt co-produced. However, all eyes were on Jolie's face as a disaster with her powder make-up left her with white dust all over her face.
It covered her left cheek, part of her forehead and her chest, but Jolie and Pitt both seemed unaware of the blunder throughout their time at the premiere. The Normal Heart, starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, and Matt Bomer, airs on U.S. TV on 25 May (14).
"It reminded me of playing football and being in the locker room - we were all on the same team, all facing some pretty nerve-wracking circumstances: strutting our stuff in front of a room of strangers." Magic Mike actor Matt Bomer on filming the 2012 stripper movie with co-stars Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey.
Julia Roberts felt awful eating lunch in front of her The Normal Heart co-star Matt Bomer following his drastic weight loss.
The production on the TV movie adaptation of Larry Kramer's play shut down for three months to allow Bomer time to transform himself into early AIDS victim Felix Turner - and Roberts, who plays a no-nonsense doctor in the film, admits she was shocked by how much weight her co-star had lost when they returned to the set.
She says, "It was like the smaller he got, the quieter all of his energy became. That was heartbreaking, to see someone allowing this dimness to take over. "I hideously ate full lunches right in front of him, and I would say, 'Does this bother you?' 'No'. And he'd pull out his little lunch of a lettuce leaf and four almonds and be sweet as can be while I was having my BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich) with a side of BLT."