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Dustin Lance Black Wins Writers Guild’s Valentine Davies Award

Dustin Lance Black Wins Writers Guild’s Valentine Davies Award
Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for the “Milk” screenplay, has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2018 Valentine Davies Award in recognition for his civil and human rights efforts.

Black will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton.

“Dustin Lance Black is the embodiment of the Valentine Davies Award. A tireless advocate for the cause of Lgbtq+ rights, his accomplishments in that arena have been truly profound,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman. “The Board of Directors of the Wgaw considers it our honor to give him this award.”

Black earned an Academy Award, a Writers Guild Award, the Wgaw’s Paul Selvin Award, and the Pen Center USA’s Literary Award for the “Milk” script. He is also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (Afer), which successfully led the federal cases for marriage equality in California
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Exclusive: CNN's 'The Nineties' Examines 'The Real World' Phenomenon That Changed Reality TV Forever

Exclusive: CNN's 'The Nineties' Examines 'The Real World' Phenomenon That Changed Reality TV Forever
CNN's new original series, The Nineties, from executive producer Tom Hanks, peels back the curtain on the decade's most iconic television shows.

In Et's exclusive sneak peek from the series premiere, the seven-part series takes a deeper look into The Real World phenomenon, which took the world by storm in 1992 on MTV and changed reality TV for good.

According to The Real World executive producer Jonathan Murray, MTV was looking to do a scripted program about young people. But after discovering that it was too expensive, they decided to apply the rules for a drama series to a documentary -- and hence, the "docu-soap" was born!

Related: ‘Real World’ Creator Jonathan Murray on Show's Changes

"You hadn't seen anything like that -- that open, honest discussion of race," Murray recalls in the clip, which highlights landmark Real World moments such as Tami Roman's televised abortion in 1993 and Pedro Zamora's life as an HIV-positive man in
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Film Review: ‘Endgame’

Film Review: ‘Endgame’
Based on the true story of a low-income Texas school district on the Mexican border whose chess club has helped students gain the opportunity for a brighter future, “Endgame” follows the underdog tale of a middle-schooler for whom the game provides a way to fit in. Touching on weighty themes like immigration and alienation in ways that won’t overtax the young audience it targets, this sophomore effort from writer-producer-director Carmen Marron relies on predictable moves in serving up an underdog tale of a Hispanic family, similar to her urban dance-themed “Go for It.” Opening theatrically today in Los Angeles and expanding Oct. 2, the family film will do most of its business in homes, which is only appropriate, since it has the feel of an Afterschool Special.

Jose (“Modern Family’s” Rico Rodriguez) is the schlubby younger child of Karla (Justina Machado, “The Purge: Anarchy”), a single mom whose sun
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Unscripted Television Led the Charge in Embracing Lgbt Community

Unscripted Television Led the Charge in Embracing Lgbt Community
When Caitlyn Jenner revealed her transgender truth to Diane Sawyer on primetime TV, Lgbt issues were thrown under an ever bigger spotlight than ever before. And while scripted series have sporadically featured gay characters, unscripted television embraced the Lgbt community a long time ago.

Certainly television, in general, is far from having evenly distributed representation, with GLAAD’s 2014 annual report of diversity in television calculating only 3.9% of primetime scripted series regulars as members of the Lgbt community.

On all sides of equation, scripted or otherwise, television is experiencing an influx of Lgbt awareness, including Jenner’s new docu-series “I Am Cait” on E!, Laverne Cox’s recurring role in the scripted series “Orange Is the New Black,” Oyxgen’s docu-series “The Prancing Elites Project,” above, which follows an African-American, gay and gender non-conforming dance team, and TLC’s upcoming show “I Am Jazz” about 14-year-old trans teenager Jazz Jennings.

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'Still Alice' Review: Julianne Moore Anchors Intense Alzheimer's Film

"Still Alice" is a moving film that showcases the immense talent of Julianne Moore; the movie is written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, a couple with a previous run of quirky Independent films like 2013's "The Last of Robin Hood" or 2008's "Pedro," which played the Toronto Film Festival that year.

The film is about characters dealing with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a horrifying condition when a person loses not only their faculties, but a major part of who they are as they descend into dementia.

Sounds cheery...

Well, this is indeed a tear-jerker, but to its credit the film isn't all about manipulation of emotions as we drive towards the inevitable conclusion. I can't speak to the source material, the 2007 book by Lisa Genova that Westomoreland and Glatzer based their script on, but the narrative does do more than engage in disease porn. There's some lovely character moments amongst the family members,
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Exclusive: ‘Real World’ Creator Jonathan Murray On Show's Changes, Remembering Diem Brown

Exclusive: ‘Real World’ Creator Jonathan Murray On Show's Changes, Remembering Diem Brown
What started as a novel concept – seven strangers picked to live in a house to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real –when The Real World first premiered on MTV has become a new reality altogether.

“When we started this back in ’92, none of us had any idea it would continue even maybe past the first season,” creator Jonathan Murray (aka the “Father of Reality TV”) tells ETonline.

In the 29 seasons since Murray and production partner Mary-Ellis Bunim created the show, reality TV has evolved from sticking cameras in people’s faces into a highly conceptualized form of entertainment with people stranded on island, battling it out for a million dollars and California girls blurring the lines between reality and scripted television.

Ahead of the premiere of Real World: Skeletons, the long-running series’ 30th season, Murray talks to ETonline about the show’s biggest changes and what the deaths of longtime
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'Real World' Shake-Up: The Exes Are Coming

'Real World' Shake-Up: The Exes Are Coming
It's been a good, long while since The Real World resembled the initial conceit that picked seven strangers to live in a house and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. The last half dozen seasons have been more interested in the drama that arises from bed and bar-hopping, with each subsequent round of houseguests looking less and less like the thoughtful men and women I came to love and identify with through the first nine seasons (or perhaps I've simply aged out of the target demo and the show is a terrifying, but accurate, representation of today's twentysomethings).

Related - Real World's Danny Roberts Reflects on New Orleans & Life After Reality TV

In either case, the upcoming 29th season is changing its format for the first time ever with The Real World: Ex-Plosion, the San Francisco-set season that will, one-third of the
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TheBacklot 40: Influential Gay Men in Television

Here at we spend a lot of time celebrating gay and bi men in the spotlight: actors, singers, dancers, sportsmen, and personalities are splashed across our pages like so much red paint at an all-fur fashion show. While we will never tire of the Neil Patrick Harrises and Chris Colfers of the world, we thought it was high time we paid due credit to some of the more unsung gay heroes: the guys behind the cameras of some of television’s best shows. In that light, we are proud to unveil TheBacklot 40, our celebration of 40 of the hardest-working and most influential out men working behind the scenes in TV.

These are the men who create and run some of our favorite shows, have written some of our most beloved gay characters, and have shepherded gay-inclusive stories to screen long before it was fashionable. Some will be familiar, but
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"The Real World" Returning to San Francisco -- See Stars Then & Now!

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MTV's long-running reality show "The Real World" is going back to its roots for its 29th season -- retuning to the site of one of their best seasons ever: San Francisco.Arriving in 2014, the new series will air exactly 20 years after the exploits of David "Puck" Rainey, Pedro Zamora, Judd Winick and the rest of the 1994 cast.Yeah ... 20 years!"San Francisco is the location of one of our most memorable seasons of ‘The Real World,'" executive producer Jon Murray tells Variety. "The city has always been a great place for young people to explore who they are and what they want to do with their lives."The original San Fran outing was so memorable thanks to Pedro, an AIDS activist who brought gay issues to the mainstream and even had a commitment ceremony during the show. Zamora died of complications from AIDS hours after the season finale aired. His partner,
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Chelsea Transfer News: Barcelona Want £17 Million Cut-Price Fernando Torres?

Misfiring Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has reportedly drawn interest from Spanish champions Barcelona, According to the London Evening Standard.

And the Catalans will be hoping to sign the Spaniard for a cut-price £17 million – less than half of the £50 million the Blues shelled out on the striker when they signed him from Liverpool in a British transfer-record-breaking deal in 2011.

Newly-appointed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who is returning for a second spell at Stamford Bridge, is set to hold talks with the striker within the coming weeks and will respect whatever decision the forward makes over his future.

However, should Torres leave for Barcelona, it will only be as a substitute, according to the Mirror.

The 29-year old has only scored one league goal this year and Barca will be hoping they can convince him to swap the Chelsea bench for theirs, and intend for him to play the role of a goal-scoring super-sub.

Euro 2012: Spain 2-0 France – Xabi Alonso the Star in Donetsk

Defending European Champions Spain advanced to the Semi-Finals after sweeping aside a lacklustre France team.

Xabi Alonso’s fourteenth and fifteenth international goals on his 100th cap helped Spain go against tradition and beat France in the knock-out stages of a major tournament.

The Real Madrid midfielder headed home the first goal after 19 minutes before scoring a late penalty following Anthony Reveillere’s clumsy challenge on Pedro Rodriguez.

The Spanish started with the same eleven that opened their campaign against Italy, preferring Cesc Fabregas to Fernando Torres.

After days of unsettled behaviour in the French camp, Laurent Blanc opted to make three changes to try and deal with the fluent Spanish. Mathieu Debuchy was moved to the right wing as Reveillere dropped in behind him at right back. Yohan Cabaye and Florent Malouda were started ahead of Samir Nasri (possible knee injury) and Alou Diarra. While Philippe Mexes was suspended,
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Do Mainstream Gay Movies Have to be Set in the Past to Get Made?

Take a look at this list of the top-grossing or most visible gay and bisexual movies of the last ten years: Brokeback Mountain, Milk, Capote, Taking Woodstock, A Home at the End of the World, Howl, Far From Heaven, The Hours, Little Ashes, Brideshead Revisited, I Love You Phillip Morris, Kinsey, and A Single Man.

Notice anything that they all have in common – other than the fact that most of them are quite good?

They're all set in the past – as is J. Edgar, an upcoming movie directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Dustin Lance Black that is getting considerable buzz, and the upcoming James Franco movie, The Broken Tower.

Meanwhile, over the same period, many of the TV movies that have made the biggest impression – Prayers for Bobby, Pedro, An Englishman in New York – have also been set in the past.

What's that about?

"Well, for one thing,
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First Look of Leonardo DiCaprio as ‘J. Edgar’

Entertainment Weekly has the first look photo of actor Leonardo DiCaprio as the former FBI top cop in “J. Edgar.” The film also stars Josh Lucas (“American Pscyho,” “A Beautiful Mind”), Naomi Watts (“King Kong,” “Mulholland Dr.”), Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “Blackout”), Lea Thompson (“Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City”), Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl,” “Children of Men”) and Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “About Schmidt”). Here is the official synopsis: As America's top cop for five decades, J. Edgar Hoover oversaw the creation of the FBI, helped popularize fingerprints and other forensic evidence, and wielded nearly unchecked authority to manipulate evidence and investigate supposed enemies of the state such as Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. The film is directed by Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Gran Torino”) from a screenplay written by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” “Pedro”). “J. Edgar” will be in
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Netflix Nuggets: Who’s Up For a Miramax Marathon?

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!

B. Monkey (1999)

Streaming Available: 05/01/2011

Director: Michael Radford

Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and
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The Gay List

One of our favorite mantras around the AfterElton offices is “because visibility matters.” Indeed, the idea that gay and bisexual men need to be visible, both to ourselves and to the wider culture, is one of the principle reasons even exists. After all, it is only by being visible to family, friends and the world that we’ve been able to overcome the stereotypes and bigotry used to justify discrimination against the Glbt community.

That quest for visibility explains why we have done so many polls including the AfterElton Hot 100, the Fifty Greatest Gay Movies, the Top 50 Gay TV Characters, and the 50 Best Gay Books. After all, it’s not as if Entertainment Weekly is going to ask gay and bisexual men which guys we think are the hottest, which movies mean the most to us or, in the case of our latest poll, which celebrities we most admire.
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Armie Hammer Buddies Up With 'J. Edgar'

Things are certainly looking up for "The Social Network" actor Armie Hammer. The super-tall 24-year old nabbed himself one sweet supporting role in Clint Eastwood's biopic entitled "J. Edgar," where he'll be playing the role of the lawyer-turned-fbi official Clyde Tolson who supposedly had a bit of a love affair with J. Edgar Hoover. Surely there are some women who are salivating over the thought of having Hammer in a role like that. "J. Edgar" is written by Dustin Lance Black and stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. Warner Bros is attached as distributor with Imagine Entertainment and Malpaso Productions part of the project as co-producers. Dustin Lance Black's previous written work includes "Milk," "Pedro" and several episodes of the hit HBO series "Big Love." Principal photography for "J. Edgar" is set to begin early next year with no scheduled release date at the moment.Anyways, what
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AfterElton Briefs: A Pose-able Russell Tovey, Ryan Murphy Teases Ricky Martin For "Glee," and a Look at "Angels In America"

They got the ears right on the wolf at least.

Russell Tovey had a goal to be an action figure. The under-appreciated star may not have caught the eye of Mattel yet, but the wardrobe department made sure his dream came true. Click through for the Being Human-specific accessories it came with. True fact: I have never managed to sit through all of Titanic. Now I feel guilty as Gloria Stuart has passed away at the age of 100. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. This weekend marked the annual Broadway Flea Market, and lots of our favorite stars came out to support the cause, and our friends at have great photo coverage.

Levi Kreiss and Denis O'Hare/ Photo: Linda Lenzi for

A 13-year-old boy hanged himself September 19th after being bullied because he was openly gay. He remains on life support in Tehachapi,
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Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black celebrates turning 36

By Greg Hernandez This brilliant young man is such a gift to us all.

Dustin Lance Black, winner of the Academy Award for best original screenplay for his film Milk last year, turns 36 today and seems to be making the most of his time here on Earth.

It’s one thing to be successful in his field, which Lance certainly is with such writing and/or directing credits as Big Love, Pedro, the documentary On the Bus and the upcoming feature What’s Wrong With Virginia.

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'Milk' Screenwriter To Adapt '3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man'

Looks like we were on to something when we suggested that Matt Kindt's "3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man" should be adapted. The book was optioned as a feature film by Warner Brothers this week.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has signed on to direct and write the adaptation of "3 Story." Dark Horse Entertainment's Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg will produce the film, along with Lynn Harris and Matthew Milam.

Black has previously written the screenplays for "Pedro," "Something Close To Heaven" and the upcoming biopic "Hoover" for director Clint Eastwood. Black also served as a writer and producer on the HBO series "Big Love" and made his directorial feature debut with "What's Wrong with Virginia," which is expected to be released later this year.

Originally published last year by Dark Horse, "3 Story" explores the life of a giant man named Craig
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Milk Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black To Write/Direct 3 Story Adaptation

Milk Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black To Write/Direct 3 Story Adaptation
Warner Bros has acquired the movie rights to Matt Kindt's graphic novel 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man, which is published by Dark Horse Comics. HeatVision is reporting that the studio has already signed Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning writer of Milk, to pen and direct the adaptation. Publisher's Weekly describes the story as being "a modern fable, exploring the life of the giant man, Craig Pressgang, through the experiences of three women—his mother, wife and daughter." The story chronicles Craig's journey from birth to his growth to over three stories tall. Black's take will focus on "the father-daughter relationship and soften the melancholic ending." Sounds like a risky but possibly artful project. Black's other screenwriting credits include 2008's Pedro, a biopic of the Pedro Zamora, episodes of Big Love, and Clint Eastwood's next film Hoover. He wrote and directed What's Wrong With Virginia, which stars
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