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‘Milk’ Screenwriter: Artists Have Responsibility to Share ‘Truth of Who Lgbt People Are’

44 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When I took to the stage at the Oscars in 2009 and promised that Lgbt people of this country would soon know full federal equality, I was chastised by more than a few politicians and most movement leaders for pushing too hard too soon. So, for half a decade, I put my film work on the back burner and joined with others to help ensure that this promise became a reality.

Today, with a 5-4 decision at the U.S. Supreme Court, a monumental piece of this promise was realized. And it is clear this victory was won because Lgbt citizens and our allies made ourselves visible, sharing our personal stories on stage and screen, and in courtrooms and living rooms. It’s much harder to look your own sister, son or neighbor in the eye and tell them their love isn’t the same as yours, or that their family deserves less. »

- Dustin Lance Black

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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

29 June 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Activist David Mixner stood alone on a theater stage in Los Angeles at the start of this year’s Gay Pride Month, sharing his memories with an audience of friends, political figures and a smattering of celebrities, about the time Ronald Reagan saw the light.

It was 1978, and aides to Reagan, who was on the cusp of launching his presidential campaign, believed he was ready to endorse a California initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in the state’s classrooms, a ballot proposition inspired by the anti-gay crusades of singer Anita Bryant.

Mixner remembered when he and fellow activist Peter Scott landed a secret meeting with Reagan, who was exceedingly charming and willing to listen. Mixner warned the soon-to-be candidate that the initiative would create anarchy: Students could retaliate for a bad grade by accusing their teachers of being gay.

Reagan didn’t immediately reveal what he was going to do, »

- Ted Johnson and Brent Lang

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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Activist David Mixner stood alone on a theater stage in Los Angeles at the start of this year’s Gay Pride Month, sharing his memories with an audience of friends, political figures and a smattering of celebrities, about the time Ronald Reagan saw the light.

It was 1978, and aides to Reagan, who was on the cusp of launching his presidential campaign, believed he was ready to endorse a California initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in the state’s classrooms, a ballot proposition inspired by the anti-gay crusades of singer Anita Bryant.

Mixner remembered when he and fellow activist Peter Scott landed a secret meeting with Reagan, who was exceedingly charming and willing to listen. Mixner warned the soon-to-be candidate that the initiative would create anarchy: Students could retaliate for a bad grade by accusing their teachers of being gay.

Reagan didn’t immediately reveal what he was going to do, »

- Ted Johnson and Brent Lang

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Why Gay Movie Stars Are Staying Locked in the Closet

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s a vast and growing list of prominent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender media and entertainment figures — just don’t count movie stars among them.

Celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Caitlyn Jenner and Neil Patrick Harris have kicked open the closet door with little to no damage to their careers. In some cases, they’ve found themselves more in demand after revealing their sexual preferences or gender identification.

Yet there’s one glass ceiling that remains stubbornly resistant to cracks.

No A-list film actor has yet to come out publicly while at the pinnacle of his or her career. Sure, Jodie Foster gave an elliptical Golden Globes speech about being a lesbian, and out actors Ian McKellen and Zachary Quinto helped anchor the “X-Men” and “Lord of the Rings” series, and the rebooted “Star Trek” films, respectively. Yet despite their prodigious talents, none of them has the power to »

- Brent Lang

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Paramount TV Adapting George Hodgman’s Memoir ‘Bettyville’

25 June 2015 1:53 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paramount TV announced Thursday that is adapting “Bettyville,” journalist George Hodgman’s memoir of returning to his small Missouri town to care for his ailing mother.

John Hoffman (“Looking,” “Grace and Frankie”) is penning the half-hour dramedy. He and Hodgman will exec produce with Archer Gray’s Amy Nauiokas and Anne Carey.

“With ‘Bettyville,’ George Hodgman has written an exquisite memoir that is unflinchingly real and deeply touching. It’s a narrative that resonates and entertains, and we are thrilled to have an opportunity to adapt it for a television audience,” said Amy Powell, president of Paramount Television. “We are also excited to be partnering with John Hoffman, a great talent and seasoned storyteller, as well as Amy and Anne, who share our passion and vision for developing high-quality, original programming.”

The book is said to be a sometimes hysterical, sometimes heart-wrenching story of a mother and son who are »

- Whitney Friedlander

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The Amazing New Website for Film Geeks

20 May 2015 10:41 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Already watched everything worth watching on Netflix but are still craving that movie fix? The Academy has officially created an online oasis for movie geeks with ifyoulovemovies.watch. The online streaming site showcases videos in the Academy archives, all day every day. From an Oscar acceptance speech from the late Eli Wallach, to Academy Conversations with “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass about casting Somali actor Barkhad Abdi, and the nitty-gritty creative process of Oscar-winning “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, it’s a non-stop, one-stop shop for some of film’s greatest accomplishments examined from all different angles. The production value is stellar and so is the insight. Get on now and see how long before you’re able to pull yourself away. Inspired by this post? Check out our film audition listings! »

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Cannes: Robert Sheehan Joins Hailee Steinfeld in Romance ‘Statistical Probability’

14 May 2015 1:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Mortal Instruments” star Robert Sheehan has joined Hailee Steinfeld in Dustin Lance Black’s romance movie “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.”

The Exchange is launching international sales at Cannes while CAA is handling domestic rights. Production will begin later this year.

Black is directing from his own script, based on Jennifer E. Smith’s novel about a young woman who meets a young British man as she waits at John F. Kennedy Airport for a flight to London for her father’s second wedding.

Producers are Pacific Standard’s Bruna Papandrea, Caroline Kaplan and Steve Hutensky. Black is exec producing.

Sheehan will be seen next in Dean Devlin’s “Geostorm.” He is repped by Gersh and Lisa Richards Agency.

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- Dave McNary

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Robert Sheehan Has The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight

14 May 2015 8:06 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Since breaking out in the TV likes of Misfits and Red Road, Robert Sheehan has been enjoying a solid film career. He’s adding another job to the list, signing up to co-star with Hailee Steinfeld in The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight.Milk writer Dustin Lance Black is directing this one, having adapted the script from Jennifer E. Smith’s novel. The story finds a young woman named Hadley (Steinfeld) waiting miserably at JFK airport for a flight to London so she can begrudgingly attend her father’s second wedding. But things brighten up when she meets a charming British guy (Sheehan), and they end up seated next to each other on the plane. Sparks start to fly and the resulting 24 hours becomes more interesting... Black is gearing up to shoot later this year. Sheehan, meanwhile, has worked on Moonwalkers, Jet Trash and The Messenger, and will »

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Robert Sheehan to star in 'Love At First Sight'

14 May 2015 4:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mortal Instruments to star opposite Hailee Steinfeld.

Robert Sheehan, the young star of The Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Warner Bros tentpole Geostorm, is to star opposite Hailee Steinfeld in Dustin Lance Black’s The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, which The Exchange sells in Cannes.

CAA holds Us sales rights to the romantic story about two youngsters who sit next to each other on a flight from New York to London.

Bruna Papandrea produces with Caroline Kaplan and Steve Hutensky, while Black serves as executive producer. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Robert Sheehan Joins Hailee Steinfeld In ‘Statistical Probability Of Love’ – Cannes

14 May 2015 1:39 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Mortal Instruments‘ Robert Sheehan has been set to star opposite Hailee Steinfeld in Dustin Lance Black’s romantic drama The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight. Oscar-winner Black wrote and will direct the project. He’ll also exec produce with Bruna Papandrea, Caroline Kaplan and Steve Hutensky producing. Based on the 2013 Ya novel by Jennifer E. Smith, the story follows Hadley (Steinfeld) over a 24-hour period. What first looks like a rotten day as she waits… »

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Cannes: Robert Sheehan Joins Hailee Steinfeld in 'Statistical Probability of Love'

14 May 2015 1:20 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Robert Sheehan (Geostorm, Mortal Instruments) has been cast as the male lead in Dustin Lance Black's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight alongside Hailee Steinfeld.  Sales company The Exchange will be bringing the feature to Cannes and offer it to international buyers. The Exchange's CEO Brian O'Shea announced the casting on Thursday. CAA holds domestic sales rights. The film is written, directed and executive produced by Black (Milk, J. Edgar) and produced by Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl), Caroline Kaplan (Boyhood) and Steve Hutensky (The Human Stain). Production is set to begin later this year. Read More Cannes:

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- Georg Szalai

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Indiana Governor Green Lights Changes to Controversial Anti-lgbt Law

2 April 2015 8:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence approved an overhaul of the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday. The week-old law sparked outcry with claims that it discriminated against the Lbgt community. Now for the first time in the state’s history, it has enacted protections based on sexual orientation. Pence had asked lawmakers to clarify language in the law earlier this week as businesses and sports associations canceled conventions and governments banned travel to the state, according to the Associated Press. “Star Trek” alum George Takei called on his fans to stage a boycott of Indiana, while Isaiah Washington, »

- Debbie Emery

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Outrage Watch: 'Get Hard' backlash is getting louder by the day

27 March 2015 9:19 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to the March 27, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: "Get Hard" is getting slammed. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart prison preparedness comedy has been dogged by controversy since its SXSW premiere, when an audience member asked Hart, Ferrell and director Etan Cohen, "Were you nervous -- and/or how nervous were you -- presenting this in front of a live audience being completely, absolutely and unapologetically ... racist and hysterical at the same time?" during an audience Q&A. Not only that, but it's been deemed homophobic by a number of critics and journalists, and our own Drew McWeeny had this to say in his review: "I just couldn't bring myself to laugh at something that will reinforce hatred, that plays into this idea that gay sex is somehow inherently more disgusting than regular sex. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Hollywood Blasts Indiana Governor Over Anti-lgbt Law

26 March 2015 4:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Miley Cyrus, Dustin Lance Black and Andy Cohen join a growing list of Hollywood power players who are condemning an Indiana law that critics say will allow businesses to discriminate against Lgbt customers based on religious objections. “You’re an asshole @govpenceIN,” Cyrus posted on Instagram, along with a photo of Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who signed the controversial bill into law on Thursday. “A sad day for all in #Indiana,” “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black wrote on Twitter. “Gov. Pence, you did not lead today. You were not courageous,” he added. Also Read: George Takei Calls for Boycott of Indiana Over Anti-lgbt. »

- L.A. Ross

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Olympic Diver Tom Daley and Oscar Winner Dustin Lance Black Celebrate 2-Year Anniversary

25 March 2015 5:38 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Looks like congratulations are in order! Olympic diver Tom Daley recently celebrated his second anniversary with boyfriend Dustin Lance Black. Both of the lovebirds happily took to social media to celebrate their special occasion by sharing their first ever selfie taken together. "2 years ago I met my [frog emoji] and my life changed forever!' the 20-year-old diver dished in his heartfelt caption. "Thank you for making these past 2 years so special."  Meanwhile, the 40-year-old, Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter also swooned over the pair's relationship when mentioning their big day. "Two years ago we took a selfie just after meeting... the very moment my life »

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Watch: Writer John August Explains How He Writes a Screenplay

28 January 2015 10:18 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We're still a few weeks out from the 87th Academy Awards, and the folks at The Academy will certainly be busy leading up to the ceremony. But Academy Originals has taken the time to post a new Creative Spark video, this time featuring screenwriter John August, writer of films such as Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Go. He's a hit or miss screenwriter, but online, he's been very open about Hollywood as a business, and what it takes to get a screenplay bought and produced. This time he's explaining where his ideas come from, how he writes scenes and brings them together for a film. Watch! Here's the latest Creative Spark featuring John August from Academy Originals: For more insight into screenwriting, working in Hollywood and more, check out JohnAugust.com. If you want more insight into the screenwriting process, Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black »

- Ethan Anderton

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‘Listen To Me Marlon’ Reveals Intimate Brando, In His Own Words – Sundance

21 January 2015 4:21 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Documentary filmmaker Stevan Riley (Blue Blood, Fire In Babylon) got the chance of a lifetime when he was granted access to more than 200 hours of audio tapes Marlon Brando made during the course of his life, a personal archive of never-before-heard musings, acting studies, self-hypnosis and insights the enigmatic Oscar winner had hoped to turn into an autobiographical film before his death in 2004.

With the blessing of Brando’s estate and help from Searching For Sugar Man’s John Battsek (who produced alongside George Chignell and R.J. Cutler), Riley put Brando’s own intimate thoughts on Brando to film in Listen To Me Marlon, which premieres Saturday in competition at Sundance in the World Cinema Documentary program.

Listen to Me Marlon is one of two Showtime documentaries set to air on the cabler after debuting first in Park City, where both will court theatrical deals. The other is Amy Berg’s Prophet’s Prey, »

- Jen Yamato

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Writers Guild Honors Margaret Nagle for ‘The Good Lie’ Script

20 January 2015 10:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Margaret Nagle has been chosen by the Writers Guild of America West to receive the 2015 Paul Selvin Award for her screenplay “The Good Lie.”

The award, named after the late general counsel to the WGA, is given each year to the WGA member whose script “best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere and to which Selvin devoted his professional life.”

Nagle will be recognized at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards L.A. ceremony on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Margaret Nagle’s script for ‘The Good Lie’ raises profound issues of resilience and survival in the face of unspeakable atrocities,” said Wgaw president Christopher Keyser. “The struggles of the Lost Boys of Sudan in her film remind us how desperately all human beings strive for freedom. But what makes Nagle’s screenplay particularly heart-wrenching »

- Dave McNary

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Sundance: Showtime’s David Nevins Talks Marlon Brando, Warren Jeffs Documentaries (Exclusive)

20 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Showtime is heading to Park City, Utah armed with two hot-button documentaries about very different iconoclasts — Marlon Brando and Warren Jeffs.

The two films, “Listen to Me Marlon” and “Prophet’s Prey,” will debut in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before airing on the premium cable channel and, possibly, in theaters.

“Sundance is a great launching pad and it’s particularly good for documentaries,” said David Nevins, president of entertainment at Showtime Networks. “I want these documentaries to get seeded out in the world and for journalists and tastemakers to see them and build buzz before they go on the air.”

The premium cable channel has big ambitions for the films and believes that the Brando film, in particular, could attract Oscars and awards attention.

“Documentaries do incredibly well with our audience and they get real ratings and have cultural currency more than »

- Brent Lang

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Hailee Steinfeld to star in Caren Lissner's Carrie Pilby movie adaptation

12 January 2015 1:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hailee Steinfeld is to star in Carrie Pilby.

The True Grit actress will play the protagonist in the adaptation of Caren Lissner's coming of-age-novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Steinfeld will play a 19-year-old genius who struggles to adapt to life after graduating from Harvard.

Carrie Pilby will be directed by Susan Johnson (What Women Want). Kara Holden and Dean Craig provide the script for the film, while Susan Cartsonis will executive produce.

It was recently announced that Steinfeld will star in Dustin Lance Black's Ya film The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

Steinfeld will next be seen in Barely Lethal and Pitch Perfect 2.

Watch a trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 below: »

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