Cast set for Dustin Lance Black’s ’8′

Dustin Lance Black

The American Foundation for Equal Rights & Broadway Impact have added actors to the lineup of Dustin Lance Black’s world premiere play 8. Bob Balaban, Larry Kramer, John Lithgow and Bradley Whitford are among the celebrities joining the staged reading, which takes place at a one-night-only event on Sept. 19. They join the previously announced cast that includes¬†Anthony Edwards, Morgan Freeman, Cheyenne Jackson, Christine Lahti, Rob Reiner, Yeardley Smith and Marisa Tomei. They will play historical figures, including Judge Vaughn Walker, attorneys David Boies and Theodore Olson, and Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry.

The ¬†play chronicles the historic trial in the federal legal challenge to Prop 8, California’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. It is based on the actual transcripts of the lawsuit. Black, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for Milk, has been widely active in gay rights causes.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Campbell Brown moderates filmmaker panel at Winspear last night

Last night, filmmakers Brett Ratner (director, Rush Hour), Bob Balaban (actor, Gosford Park) and Peter Guber (producer, Rain Man) discussed the creative process (also the name of the event) while CNN’s Campbell Brown moderated the panel. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get there but colleague Chance Browning made it to the latest installment of the Brinker International Forum’s speaker series. He snagged a quick video as they talked up the Oscars . You may have to turn up the volume. You can read his take after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez