ulianne Moore and producer Bruce Cohen are fighting to rename their old high school in Fairfax County, Virginia, which was named after a Confederate general upon its founding in 1959.
The former classmates have created a Change.org petition asking for the Fairfax County School Board to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School to honor civil rights leader and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
“Today, this school is attended by a diverse group of students who should not have to attend a school that bears the name of a man who fought to keep African Americans enslaved,” the petition, which has garnered nearly 29,000 signatures to date, reads. “No one should have to apologize for the name of the public high school you attended and the history of racism it represents, as we and so many alumni of Stuart have felt the need to do our whole lives.”
J.E.B Stuart’s school symbol is currently an image of Stuart waving the Confederate flag atop a horse. Moore and Cohen’s petition cites the tragic shooting of nine African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina as an impetus for change.
In a statement to the Washington Post, Moore said, “We name our buildings, monuments and parks after exalted and heroic individuals as a way to honor them, and inspire ourselves to do better and reach for more in our own lives. It is reprehensible to me that in this day and age a school should carry and celebrate the name of a person who fought for the enslavement of other human beings. I think the students of this school deserve better than that moniker.”
The 63rd edition of Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival has added three competition titles to its official selection lineup.
Organizers on Tuesday unveiled the new competition films that will screen at the event next month. They are Chinese director Liu Hao’s Back to the North (Xiang bei fang), Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse’s The White Knights (Les chevaliers blancs) and Peter Sollett’s period civil rights drama Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles and Steve Carell.
Freeheld tells the true story of a police detective who fought government officials for equal treatment when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Organizers also said on Tuesday that the festival’s New Directors section will close with Swedish production Thieves Honor (Tjuvheder), directed by Peter Gronlund.
The festival previously said it would open with Alejandro Amenabar’s Regression. The dark thriller from the Spanish director behind The Others and The Sea Inside stars Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke. The plot revolves around a father who is accused of a crime he has no memory of committing.
San Sebastian’s closing film will be Rufus Norris’ London Road, it was previously also announced. It is an adaptation of the musical of the same name, based on real-life events in Suffolk in 2006, when the quiet town of Ipswich was shaken by the discovery of the bodies of five murdered women. The film stars Olivia Colman, Tom Hardy and others.
Entertainment Weekly posted a first look photo of Julianne an Ellen Page. You can view it below!
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JULIANNE MOORE and MICHAEL STIPE have urged fellow Americans to wear orange on 2 June (15) to promote the fight against gun violence.
The two stars have teamed up with a number of arms control groups, campaigners and community organizations to back Everytown for Gun Safety’s inaugural National Gun Violence Awareness Day next month (Jun15).
A statement from Everytown for Gun Safety, the organization behind the drive, reveals the day was inspired by the story of youngsters in Chicago, Illinois who rallied together following the shooting death of a classmate.
The message reads, “The idea was inspired by a group of Chicago teens who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of a slain friend by wearing orange. They chose the color because hunters wear orange to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods.”
Comedienne Sarah Silverman is also among those who have backed the National Gun Violence Awareness Day initiative.
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