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Alan Turing's Family Bringing Pardon Petition To English Prime Minister

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The surviving members of Alan Turing’s extended family plan to present a petition to the Prime Minister’s office asking for official pardons for thousands of other gay men and women who, like Turing, were penalized under old British indecency laws.

"I consider it to be fair and just that everybody who was convicted under the Gross Indecency Law is given a pardon,” Rachel Barnes, Turing’s great niece, expressed to The Independent. “It is illogical that my great uncle has been the only one to be pardoned when so many were convicted of the same crime.”

Barnes and Turing’s great nephew Nevil Hunt were joined by Benedict Cumberbatch earlier this year in a failed attempt to garner support from the British royal family. The royal family, according to their representatives, felt as if the decision was not their to weigh in on, but rather was a purely legislative matter.

"Generations of gay and bisexual men were forced to live their lives in a state of terror,” said Matthew Todd, editor of Attitude magazine. "Men convicted of gross indecency were often considered to have brought huge shame on their families and many took their own lives. We still live with the legacy of this period today and it's about time the country addressed this appalling part of our history."

Last night, screenwriter Graham Moore gave a moving acceptance speech for his Best Adapted Screenplay win for The Imitation Game based on Turing's life and career. Backstage afterwards, Moore shared the responsibility he felt to get Turing's story out.

MooreSaid Moore:

When you're approaching a story of this magnitude and you're approaching a life and a person as unique as Alan Turing, there's this tremendous responsibility on your shoulders...to tell his story fairly and accurately and responsibly. Alan is someone who is so mistreated by history. He is someone who as a gay man was persecuted by the government on whose existence he provided for. 


Rapper Common Includes Sexual Orientation In Oscar Acceptance Speech on the Legacy of Selma: VIDEO

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Musician John Legend and rapper Common gave a moving award acceptance speech at the Oscars, with Common saying that the bridge Martin Luther King Jr. crossed on his march from Selma to Montgomery is no longer just a symbol for the Civil Rights Movement, but is now a symbol for any discrimination based on "race, gender, sexual orientation and social status," reports Billboard.

The duo’s song Glory, featured in Selma, won the Oscar for best original song. Common went on to say the symbol of the bridge connects people around the world, from those fighting for freedom of expression in France to those fighting for Democracy in China. Legend also took the opportunity to touch on incarceration rates among black men in his speech.

Said Legend:

"Nina Simone said it's an artist’s duty to reflect the times we're in. Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than there were in slavery in 1850."

Cameras panned to David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, during Common's acceptance speech with visible tears in his eyes. Fellow co-star and Selma producer Oprah Winfrey, seated next to Oyelowo, was also shown filled with emotion. Watch Common give his touching speech AFTER THE JUMP

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WATCH: Lady Gaga Gives A Stunning ‘The Sound Of Music’ Tribute Performance At The Oscars

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Lady Gaga once again proved her vocal chops when she took to the stage at the Oscars to deliver an impeccable tribute performance to The Sound Of Music. Gaga performed a selection of songs from the classic including the title song, My Favorite Things, Edelweiss and Climb Ev’ry Mountain. 

Gaga received a standing ovation, and a heartfelt hug onstage from the legendary Dame Julie Andrews herself. Watch the genre-versatile singer give one of her best, career defining performances, AFTER THE JUMP

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Actors and Directors Recite Their Favorite Lines from Their 2014 Films: VIDEO

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It's awards night tonight and The New York Times has a new video out asking actors and directors on the red carpet to recite a standout line from their big film of the year.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

What was your favorite movie line of 2014?

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Tom Ford Shares News About His Second Film: VIDEO

Tom Ford offered a few "snippets of insight" about his next film project to WWD this week, in an interview about his fall fashion show which took place last night in Los Angeles. The new film would be the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed A Single Man.

FordThough Ford won’t discuss title or plot lest he divulge secrets too early and bore himself along the way, he provides snippets of insight. He wrote the screenplay himself, finishing it in September. It’s an adaptation of a novel for which he bought the rights, not a well-known book and all the better for that. At this point at least, he has little interest in taking on material pre-loaded with audience expectations. He has changed the title and made considerable revisions to the story. As planned, the film is in two parts, the first faithful to the original material, and the second, completely new.

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Unlike most directors, whose schedules and deadlines are project-based, Ford must work around an intractable fashion calendar. His narrow shooting window runs from Sept. 15 through December. If for some reason the film doesn’t come together in time, his next opportunity is the same time, next year. “I only need six weeks,” he says, noting that editing will be more flexible; he can set up a room in London. He shot A Single Man in 21 days: “I paid for it myself.”

Ford also spoke about the challenges of adapting a book for film:

“A book is a book; a film is a film. They are totally different things. Sometimes things are subtle in a book because there’s an inner monologue with the character, and turning it into a film, you don’t have that inner monologue—unless you do, which I don’t love.…You have to have something personal; you have to take what speaks to you about a book and amplify that. It’s impressionism, in a way."

Check out a video of Ford's fashion show last night in L.A., AFTER THE JUMP...

Read the full interview here.

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Mad Max Is Back to Blow More S--t Up: VIDEO

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It’s been nearly 30 years since Tina Turner (as Aunty Entity) first sent Max Rocktansky (Mel Gibson) on a high-stakes mission beyond the Thunderdome to save Bartertown. The latest international trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road wants to make sure that you know that Max is back and--as always--he’s here to blow things up.

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