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Sam Smith Apologises To Dustin Lance Black After Oscars Faux Pas


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It’s been quite the 48 hours for British singer Sam Smith. First he performed Bond theme ‘Writings on the Wall’ at the Oscars, then he took home the best original song award. But his big moment was quickly overshadowed by his speech, in which he mistakenly said he was the first openly gay Oscar winner. Then there was 2009 Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, who called out the singer on twitter and accused him of texting his fiancé Tom Daley.

Sam SmithSam Smith has apologised to Dustin Lance Black after his Oscars mix-up.

After Smith’s speech Black tweeted, ‘Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé.’ Backstage at the awards, Smith was told of his mistake and said: “Shit! Fuck that! Two’s my lucky number, so it’s all good. Who was the other person?”

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Dustin Lance Black Reminds Sam Smith He's Not The First Openly Gay Oscar Winner


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Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black gave Sam Smith a very public reminder that he’s not the first openly gay person to win an Oscar, after the singer made the faux pas during his acceptance speech at Sunday night’s ceremony. Black, who won an Oscar for best original screenplay in 2009 for Milk, tweeted Smith after his speech, also telling the singer to stop texting his fiancé, British diver Tom Daley.

Sam Smith and Jimmy NapesSam Smith and ‘Writings On The Wall’ co-writer Jimmy Napes.

“Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé,” Black tweeted, while also including a link to a video of his 2009 win.

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Tom Daley & Dustin Lance Black Announce Their Engagement In ‘The Times’


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Tom Daley, the British diver and Olympic Gold medallist, and director Dustin Lance Black are engaged! Their engagement was announced in The Times newspaper in the Births, Marriages and Deaths section on Thursday (1st October).

Tom DaleyTom Daley and Dustin Lance Black at the Pride of Britain Awards in London, September 2015.

Read More: Tom Daley Talks To Jonathan Ross About Coming Out And The Thrill Of First Love.

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Tom Daley , Dustin Lance Black - Pride of Britain Awards - arrivals at Grosvenor House at Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 29th September 2015

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black

Tom Daley , Dustin Lance Black - Photograph 51 press night held at the Noel Coward Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Monday 14th September 2015

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black - 9th Annual Human Rights Campaign Gala at Wynn Las Vegas at Wynn Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 17th May 2014

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Tom Daley , Dustin Lance Black - The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards 2015 held at Grosvenor House Hotel - Arrivals at Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Monday 28th September 2015

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black

 Tom Daley , Dustin Lance Black - Pride of Britain Awards held at the Grosvenor House - Arrivals. at Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Monday 28th September 2015

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 tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
 tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black

The Case Against 8 Review


Extraordinary

This may be a relatively straightforward documentary about a lengthy legal case, but it carries such a powerful emotional kick that it forces the audience to see the bigger picture. For that reason, this is essential viewing: both as an exploration of how the American legal system works and as a personal story of people standing up for compassion and equality.

The ball starts rolling on the day Barack Obama was first elected US President in 2008, the same day California voted in favour of Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. Over the next five years, an unlikely legal team came together made up of Ted Olson and David Boies, well-known respectively as the Republican and Democrat who went head-to-head on another extremely high-profile case: the contested Bush v Gore election in 2000. Working with two couples (Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo) who are willing to stand as claimants, they escalate the case up through a series of appeals, arguments, hearings and courtroom battles, all the way to the Supreme Court, which repealed Prop 8 in June 2013.

Filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White lay the events out chronologically, using interviews with the people involved, plus access to all kinds of media material and backstage drama. But instead of going for a flashy editing style, they let the people tell their own stories, which adds a compelling emotional angle. It's impossible not to see these couples' bravery in the face of outrageous abuse, and there's a terrific sense of momentum as the case moves forward, with moments that are gripping, moving and even thrilling, even though we know where it's heading. Along the way, the film brings out fresh angles on an issue we think we know forward and backward, pointing out why using words like "traditional" to describe marriage is essentially meaningless. As historical scholar Nancy Cott argued in court, "Marriage has never been universally defined as a union of one man and one woman, and ... religion has never had any bearing on the legality of a marriage."

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Tom Daley's Boyfriend Is Dustin Lance Black - A Guide To The Oscar Winner


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Tom Daley's boyfriend is reportedly the Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, 39. The British Olympian came out as bisexual in a YouTube video posted on Tuesday (December 2), explaining that, although he is still attracted to women, his life dramatically changed when he met his boyfriend earlier this year.

Tom DaleyTom Daley's Boyfriend is reportedly Dustin Lance Black

It was presumed that Tom Daley's boyfriend was a non-celebrity, but the wily foxes at The Sun report that he is in a relationship with the Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for writing the 2008 movie Milk - with also won Sean Penn the Academy Award for Best Actor. He's also written J. Edgar - the Clint Eastwood movie with Leonardo DiCaprio - and 8

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Dustin Lance Black Condemns 'Ender's Game' Boycott


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The movie version of Orsen Scott Card’s Ender’s Game has faced controversy from its inception, largely due to the homophobic views of the writer himself. But Dustin Lance Black – the writer of gay civil rights biopic Milk – has spoken against the boycott of Ender’s Game started by the gay community.

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Dustin Lance Black is a prominent figure for gay rights

Scott-Card has spoken out about gay rights and same sex marriage before, and upholds his views to his day. Because of that, Geeks Out – a US activist group – attempted to create a boycott campaign against the movie, urging people not to support it in anyway. This boycott has been labelled misguided by Lance-Black. "There's so much good to be done right now," he wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.

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J. Edgar Review


Very Good
Exquisitely designed and directed, with finely tuned performances that shine even through some heavy make-up, this true story never quite succeeds in conveying its central relationship. Sure, repression is the point, but passion would have made the film heartbreaking rather than just sad.

John Edgar Hoover (DiCaprio) was only 29 when he became director of the Bureau of Investigation (later the FBI), and he ruled supreme until his death in 1972, holding eight US presidents in the palm of his hand with his notorious files of personal secrets. But he also had loyal friends, including his secretary Helen (Watts) and his right-hand man Clyde (Hammer). As a young man, his mother (Dench) instilled in him a hatred of liberalism and homosexuality, so his enemies included Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy (Donovan) and himself.

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Pedro Review


Very Good
Stirring writing and acting helps overcome bland TV-movie production values to bring this true story to life. Even as it turns the central figure into a saint, we recognise the extraordinary nature of what he did.

In 1994, Cuban-born Pedro Zamora (Loynaz) was cast in MTV's Real World because producers wanted to shake things up with a housemate who was HIV-positive. At 21, this bright young man is already an outspoken gay activist, and the reality show house is split when the homophobic Puck (Barr) turns on him. But the rest of the residents come over to Pedro's side, and by the time he dies of Aids-related causes while the programme is airing, they have taken up his campaign.

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Milk Review


Good
Thirty years before Sen. Barack Obama broke through a significant political color barrier, Harvey Milk tore down a similar wall that was obstructing America's gay community from holding political office.

Milk finds experimental auteur Gus Van Sant taking cautious steps back toward the mainstream to celebrate Harvey's accomplishments. Van Sant's tender human-interest story, which showcases Sean Penn's considerable talents, is a closer relative to earlier efforts such as Finding Forrester or Good Will Hunting than to recent, abstruse features like Elephant, the spare Gerry, or the haunting Last Days.

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Big Love: Season One Review


Very Good
In its first season, Big Love was often summarily referred to as "the polygamy show." True enough, but as with many of HBO's finer offerings, it offers more than meets the eye. And the expectations. While Big Love doesn't deliver the consistency or tension many HBO fans enjoy in The Sopranos, there's enough in this bizarre drama to support a solid DVD-viewing addiction.

From the first notes of The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" ringing under an otherworldly opening credit sequence, Big Love hints at a combination of somber connection and sincere personal adoration. At the center is Bill Henrickson (Bill Pullman), an ambitious home superstore owner who lives a clean, Utah Mormon life... along with his three wives and gaggle of kids.

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The Case Against 8 Movie Review

The Case Against 8 Movie Review

This may be a relatively straightforward documentary about a lengthy legal case, but it carries...

J. Edgar Movie Review

J. Edgar Movie Review

Exquisitely designed and directed, with finely tuned performances that shine even through some heavy make-up,...

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Pedro Movie Review

Pedro Movie Review

Stirring writing and acting helps overcome bland TV-movie production values to bring this true story...

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