Umm, this is NOT what we were expecting from TLC.
Check out the official statement (below)!
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Ugh!!! This is one super disappointing story!
Dustin Lance Black is a hero within the LGBT community.
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with Dustin's lifestyle choices!
See, Dustin was originally invited to give a commencement address at Pasadena City College this spring — it's the same community college he went to himself — but all of that has gone to hell!
They reneged on their offer once they found out about sex pics of Dustin that have been floating around the internet since 2009.
The man has given speeches at Harvard, at USC, and at UCLA since that scandal erupted, but only PCC had the nerve to stop him from speaking. That PISSED Dustin off.
So, instead of addressing the community college's students on graduation day, the screenwriter penned them an open letter instead.
DLB is teaming up with ABC to develop an 8-hour scripted TV miniseries based on his own long-time involvement in the gay rights movement!
Black, who was raised in a strict mormon household in Texas, has been focused on fighting the GOOD fight for gay rights since hitting it big in Hollywood, including efforts to pass same-sex marriage laws nationwide and the repeal of California's Proposition 8.
His 2011 play, 8, about the overturning of that amendment was met with rave reviews in New York and LA and had a star-studded cast on both coasts, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Bomer and Kevin Bacon. And now that play is being adapted by Black for the big screen!
Where does this guy find the time to write so much and still be such a champion for LGBT rights?!?
We are SO happy to hear about Dustin's new project and can't WAIT to see who stars in it!
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We heard about this one a while back, and now, it looks like we're finally getting our first look at it!
Dustin Lance Black announced back in 2009 that he would be directing his first feature film, Virginia, which stars Jennifer Connolly as an unhinged single mother whose 20-year-affair with a Mormon sheriff becomes complicated when he runs for public office!
But that's not all! Their CHILDREN, played by Emma Roberts and Harrison Gilbertson, are apparently ALSO a couple, as you can see from an EXCLUSIVE clip here PerezHilton.com!
Ch-ch-check it out (above)!
Yeah, looks NUTS, right? But also very inneresting!
We're excited to see how he handles this kind of subject matter, given how different it is from what we've seen from him thus far!
What do U think?? Will U be seeing Virginia when it's released tomorrow?
As were we all! Nothing like the two hottest men in the world to bring the kind of audience and attention this production so definitely deserved.
The 2010 federal court case over Proposition 8 was turned into a magnificent production by Dustin Lance Black and this week, some of Hollywood's hottest stars stepped in to read pivotal parts for the play. Names like Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, George Takei, John C. Reilly, Martin Sheen, Matt Bomer and Jesse Tyler Ferguson mingled with the Glee trio Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer and Matthew Morrison in the production, as well as marveled at the star power of Brad Pitt and George Clooney, who so happily offered their celebrity to the important piece.
Their work in the show not only inspired the audience, but their fellow cast members, including their friends from Glee. Following the performance, Jane raved:
As a reminder, the play explores the case filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) to overturn Proposition 8.
Now, we're THRILLED to announce that Brad Pitt has joined the already star-studded cast for 8, which features the following talented actors:
We couldn't be prouder of the Hollywood community right now. Seeing this amount of star power band together for such an important production just makes our hearts sing.
We're hearing three more names have been added to the already star-studded cast list for Dustin Lance Black's play 8, which explores the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8 Chris Colfer, Kevin Bacon, and John C. Reilly will join previously announced George Clooney, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison and Martin Sheen for a one-night performance on March 3rd at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in LA.
If this doesn't raise the kind of awareness this case needs, nothing will. We're very proud to see this production gain such momentum.
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Matt B. will read the role of plaintiff Paul Katami, while Matthew M. will read for plaintiff Jeff Zarillo.
As we mentioned before, the one-night-only event, which is being directed by Rob Reiner, will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3rd, AND it will serve as a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
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