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Oct162017

Harvey Weinstein expelled from Motion Picture Academy

Gotham/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein, following numerous allegations of sexual harassment or assault against the former movie mogul and producer, the film academy announced Saturday in a statement.

"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy," the statement read.

"We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over," it continued. "What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify."

The 54-member board followed in the footsteps of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, known as BAFTA, which earlier this week also revoked the membership of Weinstein.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. He was fired last week from The Weinstein Co. he helped found.

The former movie mogul and producer has two Oscar nominations personally and has had a long history with the Academy. During his tenure first at Miramax and then at The Weinstein Co., the companies' films were nominated for 341 Academy Awards and won 81.

In related news, French President Emmanuel Macron told a French television network on Sunday that he is seeking to have Weinstein's French Legion of Honor award revoked. Weinstein received the award in 2012.

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Monday
Oct162017

"SNL" turns Kellyanne Conway into the clown from "It"

NBC/Will HeathThis weekend's Saturday Night Live featured a parody of the horror film It, in which CNN host Anderson Cooper has an unexpected and terrifying run-in with President Donald Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway.

In the taped sketch -- which by Sunday at midnight was still the number two top trending video on YouTube with more than three-and-a-half million views -- cast member Alex Moffet plays Cooper. In a scene reminiscent of the film, the Anderson Cooper 360 host is seen walking in a yellow raincoat – like Georgie in the movie -- when the wind takes one of his papers and blows it into a storm drain.

However, instead of encountering Bill Skarsgård's evil clown, Pennywise, Cooper is greeted by Kate McKinnon's Conway, who introduces herself as "Kellywise" and begs him to put her on TV.

“What did you do to your makeup?" Asks Moffat’s Cooper, to which Conway replies, “I toned it down.”

Kellywise has already managed to coax MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow -- played by SNL’s Cecily Strong -- into the sewer, but her attempts at enticing Cooper with “crazy, crazy quotes,” and threats of scary headlines, like “Trump Re-Elected” and “Anderson Cooper Fat Now,” both fail. He’s finally lured in by Hillary Clinton -- also played by McKinnon -- who offers a copy of her book, What Happened. Like Georgie, Anderson is dragged into the gutter.

However, Anderson wakes up on the set of his show to discover it was all a dream – or was it? Seated next to him is Kellyanne, who says, “Let’s give ‘em a good show. Right Coopie?”

Alec Baldwin also reprised his role as President Trump in the show’s cold open, mocking the commander in chief on several fronts, using Eminem’s freestyle rap, Trump's feud with Senator Bob Corker and Vice President Mike Pence’s NFL protest as fodder.

 

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Monday
Oct162017

"Happy Death Day" kills at the box office with $26.5 million weekend

Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- Happy Death Day slayed at the box office in its opening weekend, raking in an estimated $26.5 million.

In second place was Blade Runner 2049, earning $15.1 million here in the States. It took in an estimated $29.3 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $158.5 million.

The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, beat expectations, delivering an estimated $12.8 million in its opening weekend. The film, which made its international debut September 30, has topped $100 million worldwide.

Taking fourth place was It, with an estimated $6 million. The horror flick earned another $10.4 million internationally, bringing its global earnings to more than $630 million.

Rounding out the top five was The Mountain Between Us, with a $5.65 million haul.

The weekend's third big release, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, flopped at the box office, earning a mere $737,000, but Marshall had an impressive debut, taking in $3 million from just four theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. Happy Death Day, $26.5 million
2. Blade Runner 2049, $15.1 million
3. The Foreigner, $12.8 million
4. It, $6 million
5. The Mountain Between Us, $5.65 million
6. American Made, $5.4 million
7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, $5.3 million
8. The LEGO Ninjago Movie, $4.3 million
9. My Little Pony: The Movie, $4 million
10. Victoria and Abdul, $3.1 million

 

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Friday
Oct132017

“It’s so beautiful”: Mackenzie Davis says fans will be satisfied with "Halt and Catch Fire" series finale 

AMC/Bob Mahoney(NEW YORK) -- Mackenzie Davis has been having a banner year.

Her fan-favorite episode of Black Mirror, “San Junipero,” won an Emmy last month, she landed a coveted role in Blade Runner 2049, and now she’s wrapping up four seasons as computer genius Cameron Howe on the AMC drama Halt and Catch Fire.

The show's series finale airs Saturday night. As for whether fans will be satisfied with the ending, Davis believes they will.

“It’s so beautiful,” she tells ABC Radio. “I really don’t feel like it’s just my bias of being a part of the show. It just ends perfectly. Yeah, the creators did such a beautiful job with wrapping it up.”

Davis says that while she would have loved to continue the show, she feels it’s better to go out on a high note.

“As a viewer and as an actress, I think that 40 hours is a good amount of time to tell a story and it’s nice to go out while you’re still sort of climbing and making something better rather than when you’re really reaching for ideas because people are tired and want to move on,” she says.

Davis adds, “I’m really happy with how it ended.”  

Halt and Catch Fire airs its series finale Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET on AMC.

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Friday
Oct132017

Andrew Garfield plays real-life inspiration Robin Cavendish in "Breathe"

Bleecker Street/Participant Media/Laurie Sparham (NEW YORK) -- Andrew Garfield knows how rewarding it can be to tell an untold story. He brought us the little-known-yet-remarkable true story of war hero Desmond Doss in last year’s Hacksaw Ridge -- which earned him an Oscar nomination. And now, he’s helping bring another true-life hero’s story to light in Breathe.

Garfield plays Robin Cavendish, a man who ends up paralyzed from the neck down after contracting polio in the 1950s. With his wife Diana by his side, he becomes an advocate for the severely disabled and helps develop a revolutionary wheelchair with a built-in ventilator.

“It’s really about how him not compromising his own life made so much change in other people’s,” Garfield says.

To get to know the real man behind the character, Garfield spoke with many who knew Robin. This included chats with Robin’s son, Jonathan Cavendish, who is a producer on the film, and Robin’s best friend, Colin Campbell, who is played by Ed Speleers in the film.

Garfield says he learned that humor was a major part of how Robin coped with his situation.

“I think the way he saw it was -- I mean this is just me interpreting and theorizing, but -- if God wasn’t gonna take him seriously then why should he take life seriously?” he says. “And I think funnily enough, he created a lot of meaning out of that stance.”

Seeing the love story between Robin and Diana made Garfield think about whether he would take care of a loved one in a similar situation.

"I believe if I was with the love of my life I would, yeah," he says. "But, you never know, do you?"  

Breathe also stars Claire Foy and Hugh Bonneville, and marks the directorial debut of Planet of the Apes motion capture acting pioneer Andy Serkis. It hits select theaters today.

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Friday
Oct132017

Jussie Smollett reveals how he parlayed his Langston Hughes role in "Marshall" into a full biopic

Getty Images via ABC/John Shearer(NEW YORK) -- Jussie Smollett stars as the prolific poet and activist Langston Hughes in the Thurgood Marshall biopic, Marshall. While the Empire star says he only has a "small cameo," in the film, Smollett says the opportunity to portray Hughes was welcomed -- but definitely unexpected.

"I was doing the Image Awards and I was singing a tribute to John Legend and Reggie [Hudlin] came up to me and said, 'Listen.. we're doing the Thurgood Marshall with Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad and Sterling Brown and all of these amazing... Kate Hudson.. amazing actors,'" Smollett tells ABC Radio. "And he said, 'I'd love it if you'd come play Langston Hughes.'"

After he got over the initial shock of the film's director asking him to play one of his icons, the actor says he quickly realized the bigger opportunity in taking the smaller part.

"I told him I would do it on one condition," Smollett explains. "He said, 'What?' I said, 'Within three to four years we're doing the full Langston Hughes story. And he said, 'Done.' So I went on and did it and had an amazing time."

Smollett continues: "And the night before I went up to Buffalo to film it, I went and sat in front of Hughes house in Harlem and I've been able to go in now and visit and walk around and feel it and it's just incredible. I LOVE Langston Hughes."

Marshall hits theaters today.


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Friday
Oct132017

Amazon Studios exec takes leave after sexual harassment accusation

WireImage/Paul Zimmerman(NEW YORK) -- A top Amazon executive -- Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios and global head of Prime Video content -- is taking a leave of absence from the company after a producer accused him of sexual harassment in an interview.

“Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately," reads a statement from Amazon released Thursday.

Isa Hackett, an executive producer of the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, detailed her accusations in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, saying Price repeated propositioned her lewdly at Comic Con in San Diego in 2015. Tech industry website The Information, reported in August that Hackett had complained to Amazon and that the company had hired an outside investigator to look into the claims.

A spokesman for Price declined to comment for The Hollywood Reporter story Thursday.

In the statement Thursday Amazon also wrote, "We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has two projects in development with The Weinstein Company -- The Romanoffs, which has already begun production, and a still untitled drama from director David O. Russell.

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Friday
Oct132017

Quentin Tarantino "stunned and heartbroken" by accusations against longtime collaborator Harvey Weinstein

AFP/Getty Images/FREDERIC J. BROWN(LOS ANGELES) -- Quentin Tarantino has finally commented about sexual harassment and near-constant sexual harassment and assault allegations that have been made about Harvey Weinstein, who produced nearly every major movie in Tarantino's filmography.

Actress Amber Tamblin sent out a pair of tweets on Tarantino's behalf, saying they had been speaking about Weinstein when Tarantino decided to break his silence.

"For the last week, I’ve been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein. I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it."

Harvey and Bob Weinstein's former production company, Miramax, was integral to Tarantino's success. Their company produced his first theatrical film, Reservoir Dogs, and went on to produce True Romance, which Tarantino wrote, as well as Pulp Fiction -- for which Quentin shared a best screenwriting Oscar win with Roger Avary -- and Jackie Brown, the Kill Bill movies, and the Grindhouse double-feature.

Miramax's successor, The Weinstein Company, produced Tarantino's Oscar-winning Inglorious Basterds, as well as Django Unchained, and co-distributed the Oscar-nominated Western The Hateful Eight.

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Friday
Oct132017

Mean tweets: Jimmy Kimmel says Twitter has "become a cesspool"

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Kimmel is explaining why he got involved in the national debate over health care legislation. 

The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host, who is bringing his L.A.-based show to his home town of Brooklyn, New York, next week, tells Good Morning America's Amy Robach it was more about turning a bad situation -- his newborn son's heart defect that required multiple surgeries -- into something positive.

"I thought about, 'Well, what can I do or say that might potentially make some good out of this, maybe make me feel like this happened for a reason?'" Kimmel said in an exclusive sit-down.

Kimmel didn't necessarily think he would find himself in such a partisan firestorm.

"I gave my thoughts on it and my feelings about it - and I just think it's a subject that is very complicated and very partisan for whatever reason," he said.

But in the end he said he was hoping to get people to think a little bit about where they were getting their ideas from.

"Maybe people might at least think about, you know, 'Why am I against Obamacare? Is it because I've been told to be against it? Or - is it really a disaster as people keep yelling at me?'" he said.

After Kimmel spoke out he found himself on the receiving end of a lot of nasty social media comments.  Of course Kimmel has used nasty social media comments as a source of humor regularly on his show in his segment were celebrities read "mean tweets" about themselves.  So what does the host really think of Twitter?

"I hate it," he said. "I mean, at the beginning it was fun, you get to see everybody's jokes - but it's become a cesspool - people really are monsters."

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

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Friday
Oct132017

Joan Rivers, Shonda Rhimes, original "SNL" cast to be inducted into Television Academy Hall of Fame

Getty Images for GLOBAL GREEN USA/Alberto E. Rodriguez(LOS ANGELES) -- Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, the late Joan Rivers and the entire original cast of Saturday Night Live, are among the television legends selected for induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

Joining Rhimes, Rivers and Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner, are six time Emmy-winning writer/producer John Wells and 10-time Emmy-winning art director and production designer Roy Christopher.

“All of these individuals are innovators who have shaped television and left an indelible mark on the medium and our culture,” said Hayma Washington, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, in a statement. “We are honored to welcome the latest group of distinguished individuals and look forward to showcasing their impacts for future generations.”

The Television Academy's 24th Hall of Fame ceremony will be held November 15 at the Academy's Saban Media Center in North Hollywood.

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