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Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black are Offering Someone a Double Date in London: VIDEO

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Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black are offering a double date in London in exchange for supporting causes that are important to them: The Brain Tumour Charity and HRC, respectively.

Through Omaze.com, they're auctioning off various Daley-Black-related prizes for a chance to fly to London, stay at a fancy hotel, join them for dinner, and go to diving practice with Lance and watch the glistening beads of sweat glide off of Tom's abs.

Watch their plea, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Airliner Carrying Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black Makes Emergency Landing in Russia: VIDEO

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A Virgin Atlantic airliner carrying British diver Tom Daley and his boyfriend, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black made an emergency landing in Russia earlier today, according to posts on social media made by the couple.

Daley_blackDaley tweeted: "Scary to emergency land in RUS after recent events, yet no word on what problem is after hour surrounded by fire engines #VirginAtlantic"

Black posted video on Facebook of the plane dumping fuel, writing: "EMERGENCY LANDING into a Russian town. This was our view over Mongolia. #VirginAtlantic #ScaryAsHell"

Watch Black's video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Virgin Atlantic press office released a statement:

"Virgin Atlantic can confirm that the VS251 travelling from Shanghai to London Heathrow has diverted to Irkutsk Airport, Russia, as a precautionary measure due to a technical issue detected inflight. As standard procedure the aircraft disposed of excess fuel ahead of landing and the flight was met at the airport by the local emergency services.

The aircraft is currently on the ground and our customers are being looked after by our cabin crew. Our priority now is to ensure our customers resume their journey as soon as possible. Safety and security is always our top priority and we would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The Airbus A340-600 aircraft is carrying 286 passengers and 15 crew. It departed Shanghai at 12:18 local time and was due to arrive at London Heathrow at 17:14 local time."

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Dustin Lance Black Reveals His Creative Process: VIDEO

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In a video for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black opens up about “the creative spark” and what his writing process looks like. For Black, it all starts with figuring out why a story must be told:

Taking an idea, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction and figuring out why—not just what you’re gonna tell, not that it’s entertaining or interesting but why are you telling that story? What is the purpose of that story? For me it’s always, how do I move the needle? How do I change the culture?

Anyone who’s ever attempted to write anything as substantial as a screenplay will instantly recognize (and maybe shudder) at seeing the copious research Black compiles for each project he works on and all the ‘darlings’ (scenes, ideas, etc.) he has to kill when putting a story together.  

Black describes writing as an addiction, something he loves and hates but something he ultimately always returns to because he’s invested in figuring out the stories that stay with him. 

In a line that could have been cribbed from his own Oscar acceptance speech, Black emphasizes the political impact that storytelling can have: “We make progress by telling our personal stories. The personal story can change the world.”

Delve into Black’s world, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Dustin Lance Black Delivers Commencement Address At Pasadena City College: Video

After being invited, un-invited, then re-invited, Dustin Lance Black finally delivered the commencement address for Pasadena City College this past Friday.

BlbThe Examiner describes his introduction by one of the graduates:

On Friday as the sun was setting on the completely filled stadium (with families and friends waiting outside), Lance walked with the Board of Trustees to the podium after being introduced by a student who called Lance his “hero,” Associated Students President Jordyn Orozco.

“I’m glad that he accepted the invite (again),” said Orozco, who presented the award-winner with a poster of “Milk” about gay activist Harvey Milk, which was signed by the students.

According to the LA Times, Black opened his speech up with a lighthearted introduction: "Hoo! I made it!"

Watch video of Black's speech, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Dustin Lance Black And Tom Daley Move In Together in London

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The 39-year-old screenwriter of Milk and J. Edgar Dustin Lance Black recently moved into the London apartment of his boyfriend, Olympic bronze medalist diver and former-bisexual 19-year-old Tom Daley.

E Entertainment reports: "Black, who previously lived in L.A., says he's really 'enjoying it there,' according to the Daily Mail. Black says he only returns to SoCal so that his friends don't 'think he's died.'"

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Dustin Lance Black Accepts Re-Invitation to Serve as Pasadena City College Commencement Speaker

After being un-invited as Pasadena City College commencement speaker over the existence of sexually explicit photos on the internet, and then re-invited following public outrage over the slut-shaming, Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has accepted the school's offer and will speak at the graduation ceremony, the school announced in a press release:

D_blackPasadena City College Superintendent-President Mark Rocha announced today that distinguished alumnus Dustin Lance Black will deliver the 89th commencement address, Friday, May 9, 2014, 7:00 P.M., Robinson Stadium.

President Rocha spoke with Mr. Black personally over the phone this morning to extend the invitation and to apologize sincerely for the way the college has handled this matter to date.

"It’s time to move forward and put the focus where it should be—on the students,” Mr. Black said. “I look forward to the honor of returning to PCC to support the 2014 graduates of Pasadena City College.”

“All of us at PCC are so proud of Mr. Black and are delighted he is returning to his alma mater," said President Rocha. “Mr. Black’s career represents a rare blend of public leadership, and creativity. Additionally, He has generously committed his attention and resources to fighting for LGBTQ equality, the arts, and—not least of all—education.”


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