Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone and a ship load of passengers battle the odds on a luxury liner going down in Andrew L. Stone’s spine tingling disaster film The Last Voyage (1960).
Filmed on an actual liner that was sunk for the filming, the cast includes Oscar winners George Sanders as a distressed captain, Edmund O’Brien as a panicked mid-shipman and Woody Strode as a fearless crew member who attempts the impossible in order to save the lives of those who are trapped below. The perfect summer excursion, you’ll be on the edge of your seat for 90 unforgettable minutes! Steve Hayes
President Obama responds to the UK's travel warning: "I want everybody here in the United Kingdom to know that the people of North Carolina and Mississippi are wonderful people. They are hospitable people. They are beautiful states, and you are welcome."
The oldest gay bar in New York city, Julius’, has restaged the famous “Sip-In” which led to making it legal to serve gay people a drink.
Why is America pulling down the projects? "For decades some of the poorest people in the US have lived in subsidised housing developments often known as 'projects'. Many of these projects, however, are now being torn down and studies suggest only one in three residents find a home in the mixed-income developments built to replace them."
On Pruitt-Igoe, the troubled high-rise that came to define urban America. "From its fanfare opening in 1954 to its live-on-TV demolition three decades later, the St Louis public housing project remains a powerful symbol of the social, racial and architectural tensions that dogged America’s cities in the mid-20th century."
FRANCE Calais and the shantytown on its doorstep. "Once a centre of industry as well as a prosperous port, the city is now synonymous with the misery of migrants, and its residents are not enjoying their notoriety."
UKRAINE Chernobyl's eerie exclusion zone thirty years on, in pictures.
ISRAEL Jerusalem Pride killer Yishai Schlissel convicted for stabbing seven people — one fatally — in 2015’s parade. KUWAIT Forty-one men arrested in "gay raid" of massage parlour.
Madonna's Blond Ambition dancers. "It's 25 years since seven male dancers were picked out by Madonna for her Blond Ambition tour. They became gay role models and celebrities in their own right but inevitably the bubble burst."
INTERVIEW Talking to directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan their new documentary, Strike A Pose.
REVIEW Strike A Pose. "Despite the pensive nature of a significant part of the film, the themes of resilience and spirit come through strongly in footage of the men striking a pose again now, assuming their semaphoric voguing stances in dance studios, in the great outdoors, on the street or alone in their living rooms." (Hollywood Reporter) "Once its flashback aspects are exhausted, 'Pose' doesn’t prove all that revealing or substantial, its last third feeling like a padded over-stretch of thin material." (Variety) "Gould and Zwann's film runs along perhaps too familiar formal lines to have many tricks up its sleeve: it establishes a rhythm of switching between the dancers individually in their post-fame lives, that we just know must end with a reunion." (The Playlist)
REVIEW You and I. "An interesting film, but only if you’re willing to do a lot of the work yourself – otherwise it’s in danger of seeming like some good-looking guys travelling around for no particular reason."
REVIEW Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures. "A genuinely interesting watch, with Barbato and Bailey bringing a sharp eye to their subject, along with great access to those who knew the artist."
REVIEWMemories Of A Penitent Heart. "A powerful look at a family tragedy that uncovers secrets and recriminations that go far beyond a single situation. It illuminates both a particular time in gay history, and how far the pain family members can cause one another can go, even when in their own minds they believe they are doing the right thing."
REVIEW Tootsie (Blu-ray). "It’s not often that the special features really give you a far fuller appreciation for a film, but this Tootsie Blu-ray manages it, showing just how much thought and effort went into a movie that even 34 years on is one of the smartest and most prescient looks at gender roles and the place of women that Hollywood has ever made."
INTERVIEWTalking to Dustin Lance Black about growing up gay and Mormon.
Blown up – how cinema captured the dark heart of the swinging 60s. "It’s 50 years since Time declared London ‘swinging’ and foreign film-makers flocked to the capital to tells its stories. From A Hard Day’s Night to Blow-Up, the era-defining movies rolled out. But beneath the glam, paranoia, madness and violence were never far away."
Being an Asian actor is hard even without Scarlett Johansson taking your roles...
How cinema helped Belfast – and vice versa. "Hollywood thrillers loved portraying Belfast as an adrenalised war zone full of hard men and across-the-barricades love affairs. But it was more thoughtful visions – the wounded freedom fighter of Odd Man Out, Angel’s languid saxophonist – that helped a traumatised city find itself."
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and more on Taxi Driver at forty. "You could taste the humidity, you could taste a sense of anger and violence that was emanating from the streets themselves."
REVIEW Grace & Frankie - Season One. "Two women dealing with having gay husbands could have been recipe for misjudged comedy and inadvertent homophobia, but thanks to smart scripts and some truly top-notch acting talent, Grace & Frankie is a great watch."
The Publishing Triangle, the association of LGBT publishing, has announced the winners for its 28th Annual Triangle Awards in LGBT Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Debut Fiction, and, for the first time, Trans and Gender-Variant Literature.
REVIEW The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, by E.K. Weaver. "Everyday adventures that regular people find themselves in. Weaver is reminding us of the simple yet complex pleasures of meeting someone new, visiting new places, and eating Waffle House."
REVIEWGuapa, by Saleem Haddad. "A fascinating story with elements of a life richly lived, and if Guapa finds its way into the canon of queer literature, we will all be stronger for it."
READ An excerpt from Edmund White’s new novelOur Young Man.
The sugar conspiracy. "In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?"
How Boots went rogue. "Britain’s biggest pharmacy used to be a family business, dedicated to serving society. Now, many of the company’s own staff believe that its relentless drive for profit is putting the public at risk."
The battle over the Sea-Monkey fortune. "It involves a former 1960s bondage film actress, a Jewish neo-Nazi, the husband of the speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, and a whole lot of creative marketing."
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."