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This year’s Globe noms highlight a year in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters played major roles in crossover titles. “Brokeback Mountain,” “Breakfast on Pluto,” “Capote” and even “The Producers” put gay characters front and center.


Ticket sale revenues dropped five percent in the first 11 months of 2005 while the number of Americans going to the cinema fell by 6.2 percent compared with the same period in 2004, according to box office trackers Exhibitor Relations Co Inc.

The result is Tinseltown’s most disappointing box office performance in 15 years as audiences, dazzled by their entertainment choices and disappointed by the mediocre films on offer, turned away from the cinema in droves.

Gays have killed off Broadway, now they’ve set their sights on Hollywood. Actually, this is only a small part of the problem. The larger issue is the fact that most movies these days are boring drivel because directors would rather consider themselves artistes or members of the avante garde shocking the boobeoisie than storytellers. But it the juxstaposition of the two articles on Drudge was humorous.