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Over the past few months, we've featured some cool shorts and features from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, some of them fun with Patton Oswalt, others fascinating and informative with screenwriters like Dustin Lance Black. Well, the Screen Actors Guild also has a great collection of videos on the web too, many of them hours long, featuring engaging conversations that the SAG Foundation hosted with some of Hollywood's biggest and most talented stars. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Matt Damon and even a long talk with the late Robin Williams. There's a whole series of chats dating back a few years. Here's just some of the notable SAG Foundation conversations that caught our eye (via The Film Stage): There's also interviews with cast members from some popular TV shows like "Mad Men" and "Fargo" and more fun chats for "New Girl" and "Portlandia." You'll also find interviews with the likes of Colin Farrell, »
- Ethan Anderton
Actress Jane Lynch will host Monday night’s Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality, featuring performances by multiple-Grammy award winners Sting and Patti LuPone, to support the advancement of rights for the worldwide Lgbt community.
The concert, which takes place at New York City’s Gershwin Theatre, is written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk), directed by Schele Williams, musically directed by Alex Lacamoire, produced by Jayson Raitt, and executive-produced by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbooks).
- Carolyn Todd
Sting, Patti LuPone and Hedwig and the Angry Inch's Lena Hall are taking over New York City's Gershwin Theatre on Monday night for Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality, a one-night-only benefit concert penned by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black to support the Lgbti-community efforts of United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and the Un's Free & Equal campaign. "It was easier to keep the world's attention while the Olympics were going on, but the world's attention has turned elsewhere," Black — who co-founded the organization Uprising of Love with Melissa Etheridge and Bruce
- Ashley Lee
Tom Daley is reportedly planning to get married. The 20-year-old Olympian has been dating 40-year-old screenwriter, director and producer Dustin Lance Black for nearly a year now and is said to be keen to tie the knot soon, despite the large age gap between them. A friend of Dustin's told the Daily Star newspaper: ''They've been travelling around Europe over the past few months and their relationship has really progressed. ''There have been several in depth conversations about what they want for the future. Both Tom and Dustin want to be married one day, but aren't inclined to wait around for years. ''So now »
Talk about scary! Tom Daley and boyfriend Dustin Lance Black's plane made an emergency landing in Russia early on Monday after a part of the aircraft broke. The couple documented the frightening flight incident on their Instagram accounts. "Just had to make an emergency landing in Irkutsk, Russia on the way back from Shanghai," the 20-year-old Olympic diver wrote. "Here's the pic of the fuel dump before landing." In the accompanying pic, which was taken mid-flight, a stream of fuel can be seen trailing from the right wing. Black added, "Emergency Landing into a Russian town. This was our view over Mongolia. #VirginAtlantic #ScaryAsHell," along with a video of the scary fuel »
Damn you, Dustin Lance Black! Not only did Tom Daley nab the latest cover of Attitude magazine, but the ridiculously hot Olympic diver also landed No. 1 on their Hot 100 list! Now let's count the reasons why his title as sexiest many alive is completely warranted. In the hunky cover shot, Daley poses shirtless and soaking wet, wearing only drenched blue jeans. The 20-year-old sports star looks completely ripped while showing off his six-pack abs, rock-hard pecs and perfect arms. To top it all off, Daley flashes a seductive star into the camera with his dreamy eyes. Daley said of the honor, "I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for me in Attitude's Hot 100. It means the »
Tom Daley's ripped! The Olympic diver has been named the "Sexiest Man in the World" for the second year in a row by Attitude magazine -- and we can see why! The 20-year-old covers the mag with his impressive physique on display. In the shirtless shot, Daley poses with his hand on his head in just a pair of blue jeans as he stares into the camera. In the new issue, Tom also dishes about his celebrity crushes, including Zac Efron and David Gandy among them. He's got good taste, right? The sexy star also says that he'd like to be a television presenter one day. "It’s a career I definitely want to explore once I’ve retired from diving," he tells the mag. "I think Ant and Dec present on some great shows and one day I’d love to be involved in something similar," he adds. »
- tooFab Staff
Going down the biopic route once more, scribe Dustin Lance Black ("J. Edgar," "Milk") has signed a deal to pen a limited series following the life of intrepid aviator and explorer Charles Lindbergh. Based on A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer-awarded biography "Lindbergh," the series will, in the words of executive producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran, “explore Lindbergh's true past.” (This is a way of saying that, surprise, the endeavor will put equal light on his public heroism as well as his anti-Semitism.) Berg and Kevin McCormick will co-produce. According to Black, Lindbergh is “far from perfect,” yet nevertheless strived to “rectify the unseen ramifications of what the world still considers his greatest successes.” It's early days on this one, as word on casting, directorial involvement, network, start dates, and so on is forthcoming. Black will pen the series, originally a Paramount film project, for Paramount TV »
- Nick Newman
Several new stills from the upcoming Batman prequel series "Gotham" have arrived. These scans of new shots from an EW pictorial spread showcase a first look at Wayne Manor and Sean Pertwee's Alfred Pennyworth in the series. There's also new shots of Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Oswald Obblepot (Robin Lord Taylor). [Source: Cbm]
The story will chronicle the tumultuous life of Charles Lindbergh, from his rise to his struggles with modern celebrity. Berg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick are on board to executive produce. [Source: THR]
AMC has released the first trailer for the upcoming fourth season of its original Western drama "Hell on Wheels". The thirteen episode season kicks off on August 2nd »
- Garth Franklin
Described as a limited series event, the show will chronicle the life of pilot Charles Lindbergh from his rise to, and struggles with, the celebrity he encountered after flying the Spirit of St. Louis solo from New York to Paris in 1927.
“The life of Charles Lindbergh is one of the most cinematic stories of the last century — one in which he was cast as a legendary hero, victim, and villain,” author Berg said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that Lance Black — with his passion for history on top of his great talent — will be transposing the story to the screen, giving full scope to the unexpected personal drama as well as the dazzling public spectacle of this unique life.”
Black, who is known for writing the Oscar-winning »
- Shelli Weinstein
TV miniseries are all the rage these days, from Fox’s 24: Live Another Day to FX’s Fargo, and it’s not hard to see why. The ability to play a story out across a whole season allows writers and directors to toy with convention and pursue ambitious plots that just wouldn’t work as well on the big screen, while the limited episode count and commitment attracts big name stars like Halle Berry (on CBS’s Extant) and Matthew McConaughey (who did a one-season run on ‘anthology series’ True Detective, which is basically a set of self-contained miniseries from the same showrunner). Now, Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) has become the latest Hollywood talent to contract the miniseries bug, and will be adapting Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Lindbergh for Paramount Television.
- Isaac Feldberg
Dustin Lance Black will write a series based on A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning Charles Lindbergh biography for Paramount TV, the studio said Thursday. Berg will executive produce the project with Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin McCormick and Jennifer Killoran. Berg's book chronicles one of the most famous figures of the 20th century. Lindbergh was the first person to mount a solo transatlantic flight, a feat that made him an international celebrity. Yet his life took a turn for the tragic when his son was kidnapped and murdered. Also read: Paramount Nearing Deal to Distribute Martin Scorsese's Religious Drama ‘Silence’ “In Lindbergh's story, »
- Lucas Shaw
Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black is joining the TV miniseries craze. The Milk writer has signed on to adapt A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Lindbergh, for Paramount Television, the company announced Thursday. The limited series will chronicle the tumultuous life of Charles Lindbergh, from his rise to his struggles with modern celebrity. Berg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick are on board to executive produce. "Lance is as talented and prolific as anyone working in television and film today, and we take enormous pride in working with him to adapt Scott's brilliant portrait of one of the
- Lesley Goldberg
Taking advantage of the power of online media, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is opening up and sharing. Their new web documentary series “Academy Originals” uses “the expertise of the organization’s more than 6,000 members” to focus on the creative process, seminal moments in film history, and what drives some of these talented people. Of the first batch, screenwriters should pay close heed to "Milk" writer Dustin Lance Black's tutorial on how to write a screenplay. Brilliant. Check it out below. Another that’s bound to receive attention is “Let’s Go to the Movies," featuring always sharp Patton Oswalt. He's trying to figure out one title from the Academy Archive to screen. After he picks one, he chats about his choice--an under-appreciated film noir--with comedian Karen Kilgariff. “Not Much to See” explores various relationships the blind have with cinema, and, in turn, the positive impact Descriptive Video. »
- Nick Newman
We've featured some cool shorts from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that have gone behind the scenes of the special effects behind Jurassic Park and also showed comedian Patton Oswalt unleashed on their film archives so he could choose a movie to watch at the New Beverly in Los Angeles. The latest Academy Original is a little more informative though, and it's a must-see for anyone who is aspiring to write motion pictures, or anyone who has a great interest in filmmaking in general. Milk and J. Edgar screenwriter Dustin Lance Black explains his process of writing a screenplay, and it's fascinating. Watch! Here's the Creative Spark featuring Dustin Lance Black from Academy Originals: Black definitely knows what he's doing, especially since he won as Oscar for writing Milk. And if you're not already aware, the screenplay is the most important part of the filmmaking process. You »
- Ethan Anderton
He may have stumbled with the tonally inconsistent “Virginia,” but Dustin Lance Black still remains an in-demand writer (an Oscar win would do that for a person). As part of the “Academy Originals” series for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Black stars in a video detailing his writing process. Lasting just under seven minutes long, the video is must-watch for any of you aspiring writers out there or just those interested in what it takes to write a movie. Black may be something of an outlier with his thorough researching process – he says he often takes a year just to research the film—but it’s hard to argue with his reasoning that specificity is key to creating unique and interesting characters. While you watch the video, keep an eye out for the drafts of some of the films Black has been attached to over the past couple of years. »
- Cain Rodriguez
There is no one way to write a screenplay. Some people go to a coffee shop every morning and try to bang out pages. Some put a bunch of sticky notes on a wall and stare at it all day. And then there's Dustin Lance Black, whose method is so exhaustive you will probably get tired just thinking about even attempting it. Black won an Oscar in 2009 for Best Original Screenplay for Milk, the Sean Penn-starring biopic about openly gay politician Harvey Milk, and a new video explores the meticulous process he goes through when preparing to write a screenplay. It starts with gathering research, which is hardly a surprise considering Black is known for his historical biopics, but from there he enters a labyrinth of note cards that will make your head spin. This obviously isn't...
- Peter Hall
The Motion Picture Academy‘s new, and wide-ranging, weekly series of short videos talks about filmmaking of many kinds. Already, shorts posted on the two-month-old YouTube channel feature notables such as Mike White, Seth Rogen and Dustin Lance Black, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Jurassic Park and a video portrait of inner-city filmmakers. “It’s an opportunity to really further inspire people about filmmaking and viewing film,” said Josh Spector, the Academy’s Managing Director of Digital Media and Marketing. “We really look at movies from a broad spectrum. We’re not locked in, we’re not sponsored, there are no ads. That frees you […] »
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Bioware has announced details of Dorian from Dragon Age: Inquisition, a powerful mage from a wealthy family he rejected who also happens to be an openly gay character. “Dorian is gay—he is, in fact, the first fully gay character I’ve had the opportunity to write. It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where “perfection” is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden. Dorian’s refusal to play along with that façade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah.” He also kicks ass, can summon the dead to fight for him, and has full control of his magical abilities. »
- Ed Kennedy
This isn’t going to help with the people who already blame him for Brothers & Sisters‘ worst storyline. Buzzfeed claims that the reason Luke Grimes quit True Blood was that he objected to his character, James, having a romance with Lafayette. According to Buzzfeed, Grimes was fine if Lafayette had an unrequited crush on James, but he didn’t want to participate in a story where a mutual romance developed between James and Lafayette. On the other hand, this seems to confirm that True Blood‘s final season will include a romance for Lafayette.
Paul Scheer says that Ntsf: Sd: SUV:: is on indefinite hiatus, “We may revisit Ntsf, »
- Lyle Masaki
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