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


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


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


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.”

Dustin Lance Black Re-Invited To Give Commencement Speech At Alma Mater

Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award winning screenwriter of Milk who last month was un-invited from delivering the commencement speech at his alma mater, Pasadena City College, over the 2009 leak of sexually explicit photos of Black having unprotected sex, has been re-invited to deliver the hallmark address at the school’s graduation ceremonies, according to the Pasadena-Star News:

6a00d8341c730253ef01a511a26674970c-800wi“(Black) has distinguished himself as a film producer and a champion of equal rights and protections for all regardless of sexual orientation,” [College President Mark] Rocha read during the meeting [Wednesday night]. “The Board of Trustees and college administration deeply respect Mr. Black, his work and his causes. The Board also sincerely apologizes to Mr. Black for any actions that may have caused hurt.”

PCC spokeswoman Valerie Wardlaw said the school has already reached out to Black’s representatives to re-invite him to deliver the commencement speech.

Rocha said the Board should retain the seven other candidates on the speaker short list just in case Black now declines to speak.

“If he can’t, for any reason, then we will move forward, consult with our colleagues and students and conduct commencement exercise that will be friendly to the graduates.

Previously, Pasadena City College (PCC) Board President Anthony Fellow, referencing two sex scandals that had plagued PCC in recent months, said of the school’s original decision to rescind the invitation,

“With the porno professor and the sex scandals we’ve had on campus this last year, it just didn’t seem like the right time for Mr. Black to be the speaker…We’ll be on the radio and on television. We just don’t want to give PCC a bad name.” 

Black responded to being pulled from the commencement event by blasting PCC’s decision, declaring “I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer.” In his response, Black also pointed out that the sexually explicit photos in question were stolen from him, a fact upheld in a court of law. Black also implied his sexual orientation was a motivating factor in the college’s decision: “If I was a heterosexual man or woman with this same painful injury in my past, would PCC’s Administration still be rescinding such an honor?” 

WalshBlack’s replacement as speaker was set to be Dr. Eric Walsh (pictured left), the Pasadena Director of Public Health. While that seemed an innocuous enough choice at first, it was later revealed that Dr. Walsh is a Seventh-day Adventist who believes, among other things, that, 

“Oprah Winfrey is harboring the spirit of the anti-Christ; Acceptance of homosexuals is a satanic ploy to destroy America; Disney movies, which are loaded with violence, sex and magic, are a satanic ploy to split up families; Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is a “satanic belief”; The distribution of condoms to a public in need leads to higher AIDS rates; The pope is the anti-Christ.”

This was enough for some to call for Dr. Walsh to not only resign his post as commencement speaker but also, and perhaps more significantly, his post as Public Health Director of Pasadena. An op-ed in the Pasadena Star-News declared that while Walsh has a constitutional right to free speech, 

“[the] prideful, marginalized and wrong-headed nature [of his small-minded creed] can’t help but affect Walsh’s judgement. It’s a belief system that makes Dr. Walsh incredibly unsuited for public service as the city’s chief health officer. How can he talk about condom distribution in the community or AIDS prevention when he believes AIDS isn’t prevented or slowed by the distribution of prophylactics?” 

The LA Times also points out that Walsh seems to be saving his more radical (and perhaps authentic) self for his Seventh-day Adventist sermons whereas his persona as Director of Public Health is more politically appropriate: “His online bio says he has championed maternal and child health issues, violence prevention and is committed to the ‘highest level of care for individuals infected with HIV.’”

It is not yet clear how Black will respond to his re-invitation.

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