Hollywood Winds Down 2005 with Gay-Themed Pics

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal  in 'Brokeback Mountain'.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in 'Capote.'

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For a town that usually gets all somber and serious in the fall, Hollywood sure is "gay" this year — as in, dealing with "gay" characters and "gay themes." Bob Mondello reports that there's at least one such movie for every week between now and Christmas.

Below, a list of this season's films with prominent gay characters.

Current:

Capote — One of the 20th century's most celebrated — and most flamboyant — gay figures, writer Truman Capote is played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The writer is shown with his male lover in the film, and described as having fallen in love with one of the two convicts whose story he told in the fact-based novel In Cold Blood.

Kids in School — Students stage a school strike when the administration disciplines a gay teenager.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang — Val Kilmer plays a gay police detective pursuing, and then teaming up with, straight petty criminal Robert Downey, Jr.

Upcoming:

The Dying Gaul (Opens Nov. 4) — A gay writer turns the story of his lover's death from AIDS into a haunting screenplay. Then he's told by a Hollywood producer who wants to buy the screenplay that it will never be made unless he changes the gender of the dying character.

Gay Sex in the '70s (Opens Nov. 4) — A documentary about gay New Yorkers

Breakfast on Pluto (Opens Nov. 16) — Cillian Murphy plays a young Irish transvestite who travels to London to find his mother, and gets inadvertently mixed up in an IRA bombing plot. Directed by Neil Jordan (Crying Game).

The Family Stone (Opens Nov. 16) Dermot Mulroney brings girlfriend Sarah Jessica Parker home for the holidays in order to propose, and things go steadily wrong. The only member of the family who doesn't take an instant dislike to her is the gay brother.

Rent (Opens Nov. 23) — A lesbian couple, a transvestite and a gay man are central characters in this film version of Broadway's rock musical sensation.

Transamerica (Opens Dec. 3) — Desperate Housewife Felicity Huffman plays a pre-op male-to-female transsexual who is about to have surgery to become a woman when she discovers that years earlier, she fathered a son, who is now a gay hustler in New York. She becomes his guardian and many complications ensue on a cross-country trip.

Brokeback Mountain (Opens Dec. 9) — Director Ang Lee's "gay western" about two men whose 20-year bond to each other proves stronger than either of their marriages. The movie won the Golden Lion (Best Picture) at the Venice Film Festival. It is based on a novella by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx, with a screenplay co-authored by Pulitzer-winner Larry McMurtry, and stars Jake Gyllenhall and Heath Ledger.

Mrs. Henderson Presents (Opens Dec. 9) — Judi Dench is Mrs. Henderson, a wealthy widow who buys a London theater in the 1930s and hires Bob Hoskins to stage nude musical revues to entertain the troops. A prominent character is the gay tenor who is the leading man in the revues. Directed by Stephen Frears (Prick Up Your Ears).

The Producers (Opens Dec. 21) — Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are searching for a way to guarantee that their new musical, Springtime for Hitler, will become a catastrophic flop in the musical version of Mel Brooks' classic comedy. They're pretty sure they have a loser, but just to be on the safe side, they hire a cross-dressing director and encourage him to 'Keep It Gay.'

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