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Jan182018

Rachel Brosnahan says working with Woody Allen was "inconsistent with everything I stand for and believe in" 

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Rachel Brosnahan is the latest actor to express regret over working with Woody Allen, who has been accused by his adoptive daughter of molesting her, a charge he has denied.

The actress, who recently won a Golden Globe for her performance in the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, worked with the director on the Amazon limited series Crisis in Six Scenes.

"Look, I had a great experience working on that project," Brosnahan tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But I do have to take this opportunity to say that, for me, I have really struggled with the decision to do that project for a long time."

Brosnahan added, "Honestly, it's the decision that I have made in my life that is the most inconsistent with everything I stand for and believe in, both publicly and privately. And while I can't take it back, it's important to me, moving forward, to make decisions that better reflect the things that I value and my worldview."

\Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times questioning why the #MeToo movement has seemingly spared Allen.

After it was published, actress Greta Gerwig announced that she would never work with Allen again. Actor Timothee Chalamet announced on Instagram that he was donating his salary from his role in Allen's most recent film, A Rainy Day in New York, to charities that fight sexual abuse and harassment. Chalamet's co-star, Rebecca Hall, said she was "profoundly sorry" and was donating her salary to charity as well. And Mira Sorvino, who won an Oscar after starring in Allen’s 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite, apologized to Farrow in an open letter in the HuffPost.

In 2014, Farrow wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times, in which she told the story of how Allen allegedly sexually assaulted her at age 7.

She reiterated those claims to CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Thursday.

Allen has consistently denied the abuse allegation, maintaining his ex-partner and Farrow's mother, actress Mia Farrow, coached their daughter into making the claims. The director was investigated on child molestation claims for the alleged 1992 incident in Connecticut, but prosecutors elected not to charge him.

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Thursday
Jan182018

Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" may be heading to TV

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Wolff’s best-selling book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House may be coming to TV.

Variety confirmed a story that first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, claiming Endeavor Content has inked a deal in the seven-figure range to turn the controversial book into a TV series.

Wolff reportedly will serve as an executive producer on the project, which currently has no network attached.

Fire and Fury is Wolff's account of Donald Trump’s first year as president, based on the author's exclusive access to the White House. The president has attacked both the book and former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon -- one of Wolff’s principal sources. Bannon later stepped down from his position as head of Breitbart News in the wake of the furor over his comments in the book.

Sales of the book surged after White House officials tried to stop its release. It debuted at number one on The New York Times best-seller list and, as of Wednesday, its combined e-book, audio and hardcover sales top 500,000 copies -- despite the fact that Wolff has been under fire for the lack of proof of many of the events he describes in the book.

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Thursday
Jan182018

Gabrielle Union's "Bad Boys" TV spinoff gets official pilot order

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- The Bad Boys TV spinoff starring Gabrielle Union is on its way to become an official series.  According to The Wrap, it's landed a pilot order from NBC.

In the potential series, Union will reprise her Bad Boys 2 role, Syd Burnett. Her character, however, has now moved to L.A. and is working as an LAPD detective. Unfortunately, her new partner, Nancy McKenna, believes Syd's lifestyle is a front for a "greater personal secret."

As previously reported, The Blacklist writer-producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier have already signed on to write the script. In addition to starring in the series, Union will executive produce.

The Bad Boys series news comes after BET announced the cancellation of Union's Being Mary Jane, ending the series with a fifth-season two-hour movie special.

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Thursday
Jan182018

Dylan Farrow details alleged sex abuse at the hands of adopted dad, Woody Allen; Allen again denies allegations 

CBS News(NEW YORK) -- Dylan Farrow's accusations that she was sexually molested by her adopted father, filmmaker Woody Allen, aren't new.  But now Farrow has made the accusations for the first time, on camera.

In an interview Thursday with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, a tearful Dylan Farrow, 32, detailed how, at the age of seven, Allen allegedly molested her in an attic of her mother's Connecticut home, touching her genitals after Allen told her to lie down on the floor and play with a toy.

Farrow first made her accusations public in an open latter to the New York Times in 2014.

Allen has always denied the claims, asserting that they were made as revenge after Dylan Farrow's mother, actress Mia Farrow, learned of Allen's relationship with Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, to whom he's been married for nearly two decades. 

After the interview aired Thursday, Allen issued a statement reiterating his innocence.

"When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare," the statement declares. "They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup."
 
The statement continues, “Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother doing exactly that -- relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator. It seems to have worked -- and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says."
 
Allen's statement concludes, “But even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn’t make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter -- as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago.”

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Thursday
Jan182018

Report: James Franco will attend SAG Awards following sexual misconduct allegations

Photo by Justina Mintz/A24(LOS ANGELES) -- After skipping last week's Critics' Choice Awards, The Disaster Artist director and star James Franco reportedly will be attending the Screen Actor's Guild Awards on Sunday, a source tells Entertainment Tonight.

“James will still attend the SAG Awards because there is no reason not to,” explains the insider. “He will carry on supporting the cause and moving forward.”

Five women have previously come forward to accuse Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior. Four were his acting students, while another claims he was her mentor.

Franco’s attorney has denied the women’s allegations.

The source tells ET, “James is in distress [because] this has been incredibly difficult to deal with and navigate, not because he feels guilty. He is navigating this situation and wants to ensure he is doing the right thing, supporting the movement and not undermining any women.”

The 39-year-old actor picked up a Critics' Choice Award and a Golden Globe for his performance in The Disaster Artist. Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, famous -- or infamous -- for directing and starring in The Room, which has been called one of the worst movies of all time.

The 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, will air live from Los Angeles Sunday at 8 p.m. on both on both TNT and TBS.

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Thursday
Jan182018

Comedian Natasha Leggero alleges being sexually harassed by director James Toback in "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" interview

ABC/Lisa Rose(LOS ANGELES) -- On Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, comedienne and Another Period star Natasha Leggero claimed she was sexually harassed by director James Toback when she was just starting her career.

The comic was able to make the otherwise grim tale funny, but noted that “every woman has” been sexually harassed and that it happened so much to her that she’d actually forgotten the incident until she was reminded of it on social media.

Toback, a screenwriter, director and producer who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1991 for Bugsy and directed films including The Pick-up Artist and Two Girls and a Guy, has been accused of sexual harassment by 395 women, which he has denied.

Leggero claimed that as a young actress, she was approached by Toback in New York City. He introduced himself with a number of his own press clippings and then complimented her and told her he wanted her for his next movie, Two Girls and a Guy. One thing, he stipulated: She would need to grow out her armpit hair.

Later, when her armpit hair was four inches long, she claimed, Toback asked to meet her in Central Park and took her to a famous hookup place, called “The Ramble.” Once there, he asked her to show him her armpit hair and then proceeded to pleasure himself against a tree, she alleged.

She didn’t elaborate on how she handled the situation at the time but Leggero did not appear in the film.

The third season of Another Period premieres on Comedy Central on January 23.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.

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Wednesday
Jan172018

"Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo details long path to "unprecedented" $20 million contract 

ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- After nearly 15 years as the lead of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo will now be the highest-paid woman in TV. Her new deal has her making $575,000 per episode, or $20 million per year.

"I'm 48 now, so I've finally gotten to the place where I'm OK asking for what I deserve," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The truth is, anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that's a f*****g skill."

Pompeo also spoke about how Patrick Dempsey leaving the show in 2015 helped put her in a more powerful position.

"They could always use him as leverage against me -- 'We don't need you; we have Patrick' -- which they did for years," she says. "So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that"

But then, Pompeo continues, "The ink wasn't even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy. I was on vacation...and they're calling me, going, 'What do you think of this guy?' 'What do you think of this guy?...I couldn't believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there."

Ultimately, Pompeo credits Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes for her new deal. 

"I was always loyal to her, and she responds well to loyalty," says the actress. "So, she got to a place where she was so empowered that she was generous with her power." 

Pompeo thanks Rhimes for "letting me be the highest-paid woman on television, letting me be a producer on this show...and signing off on the...unprecedented...deal that the studio gave me."

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Wednesday
Jan172018

Darren Criss praises "vibrant, operatic" FX series, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story"

FX(NEW YORK) -- Following in the footsteps of the highly-rated and award-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, producer Ryan Murphy returns to FX with the network's second ACS season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Inspired by actual events, as its name suggests, Assassination centers on the murder of the world famous designer, which was perpetrated by Andrew Cunanan, a con man and brutal spree killer who murdered Versace after four others before taking his own life.

Glee veteran Darren Criss plays the killer, while actor Edgar Ramirez is nearly unrecognizable as his final victim; Penelope Cruz plays Gianni's equally famous sister Donatella Versace.

Cunanan was a cipher, an alleged gay gigolo who scammed wealthy men and ingratiated himself into various elite social circles. Cunanan became the subject of a nationwide manhunt that landed him on the FBI's Most Wanted List before he fatally shot himself on July 23rd, 1997.

Criss tells ABC Radio that calling Cunanan a multilayered character is an understatement. "He was such a chameleonic liar that you just -- we just don't know what's true or what's not." 

"I'm in the business of empathy...feelings, and psychology. So getting to get your hands on somebody who had such a massive array of emotions...that were so close to being the best of us, but were just 'off' enough to be the other side of that? That's fascinating."

Criss tells ABC Radio, that the project is very different than Murphy's O.J. series. "Ryan always joked he just had to get out of a beige courtroom...This is a very vibrant, operatic story...This ... takes place all over the country. I mean, it's a manhunt, it's a road movie..."

The series kicks off Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX.

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Wednesday
Jan172018

"Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino pleads guilty in tax evasion case

(L-R) Marc and Mike Sorrentino - Photo by David Becker/WireImage(NEW JERSEY) -- Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has pleaded guilty in a New Jersey court to tax evasion charges.

Both Sitch and his brother Marc copped pleas in connection with allegedly hiding nearly nine million dollars' worth of earnings made by the reality star between 2010 and 2012, according to TMZ.

According to a court filing, obtained by ABC News, the Sorrentino brothers made a deal with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey that would help them avoid a trial, which was supposed to start in three weeks.

Mike was said to have been facing 15 years if found guilty in a trial; his brother, who acted as his manager, was facing 20. It remains to be seen what their punishment will be, or exactly to which charges they pleaded.

Meanwhile, Sitch is set to return with most of his former roommates for Jersey Shore Family Vacation, which will shoot in Miami this year.

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Wednesday
Jan172018

Selena Gomez made donation to Time’s Up that “far exceeded” Woody Allen film salary, source says

ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, Selena Gomez’s co-stars in the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York, announced this week that they would be donating their salaries from the film to Time’s Up and other charities.  Now, it seems that Selena has done the same.

A source close to the actress tells People that Selena has, in fact, already “made a significant donation anonymously” to Time’s Up that “far exceeded her salary for the film.”

Selena has yet to make a public statement against Allen, who has been accused of molesting his daughter Dylan Farrow, a claim which he denies.

Selena was asked by Billboard last November if she considered the director’s past before signing on to the movie.

“To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer -- not because I’m trying to back away from it,” she said. “[The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.’”

As previously reported, Selena's mom Mandy Teefey told a fan on Instagram that she'd tried to warn the singer about appearing in Allen's film.

Teefey wrote, "No one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to. I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn’t click...No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”

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