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‘Bad Santa’ Director Terry Zwigoff Says the Weinsteins Also Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From the Christmas Comedy

‘Bad Santa’ Director Terry Zwigoff Says the Weinsteins Also Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From the Christmas Comedy
In the over 90 sexual harassment and abuse accusations made against Harvey Weinstein, one of the most consistent claims alleged that Weinstein would threaten the careers of the actresses who refused his advances. Mira Sorvino is one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, and according to directors such as Peter Jackson and Terry Zwigoff, Weinstein and his brother did just that.

Read More:Peter Jackson Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blacklist Denial as ‘A Deflection From the Truth

Zwigoff worked with Miramax on the Billy Bob Thornton-starring Christmas comedy “Bad Santa,” which was produced by Bob Weinstein under the Miramax-owned Dimension Films. The director said in a tweet that he was interested in casting Sorvino for an unspecified role in the comedy, but that every time he brought up her name to Bob and Harvey Weinstein they would immediately hang up on him. Zwigoff alleges this happened numerous
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Ian McKellen suggests he’s open to Gandalf role in Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV series

As Sir Ian McKellen prepares to tackle a new iconic role in the West End version of The Exorcist, the legendary performer has told Graham Norton’s Radio 2 show that he’s reluctant to let one of his greatest roles go to another actor.

With the news that Amazon are to create their own middle-earth TV series that will take place before the movie trilogy, Norton asked McKellen how he’d feel knowing that another actor was take on the role that earned him an Academy Award nomination for The Fellowship of the Ring.

The presenter begun by saying “Amazon are doing a TV series of Lord of the Rings, now isn’t that annoying? That there’s going to be another Gandalf in town?”

McKellen came back with “What do you mean, another Gandalf?”, which caused Norton to ask if that meant he would be taking part in the big-budget TV series.
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Peter Jackson: I blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino under pressure from Weinstein

Jackson said Miramax told him not to cast duo in Lord of the Rings seriesBoth actors refused Weinstein’s pressure to have physical relationships

Film director Peter Jackson has admitted to blacklisting actors Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in response to a “smear campaign” orchestrated by accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.

Related: What Salma Hayek’s Weinstein story reveals about Hollywood power and pay

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Peter Jackson Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blacklist Denial as ‘A Deflection From the Truth’

Peter Jackson Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blacklist Denial as ‘A Deflection From the Truth’
Peter Jackson and Harvey Weinstein are engaging in a war of words over the audition process for “The Lord of the Rings.” Jackson claims when he was working with Miramax on early development of the J. R. R. Tolkien adaptation in 1998 that Weinstein blacklisted actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from auditioning, allegedly telling Jackson that both were a “nightmare to worth with.”

Weinstein quickly responded to Jackson’s story and denied the claims were true. A publicist for the disgraced former studio executive issued a statement in which Weinstein said he has “nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson” and assured that he was not involved in casting. Weinstein noted that “Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line.”

Jackson has now responded
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'Bad Santa' Director Says He Was Also Discouraged From Hiring Mira Sorvino

'Bad Santa' Director Says He Was Also Discouraged From Hiring Mira Sorvino
Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff is echoing statements made by Peter Jackson that said that he was told not to hire actress Mira Sorvino, saying that he had a similar experience.

On Friday, Zwigoff tweeted, "I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I'd hear a Click. What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! I guess we all know what type of person now. I'm really sorry Mira."

In a recent interview with New Zealand's Stuff,...
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Peter Jackson says Weinstein made him blacklist Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino

  • JoBlo
Once upon a time, Peter Jackson pitched his ambitious The Lord Of The Rings project to Miramax, which at the time consisted of two movies instead of three. The project was in development at Miramax for over a year, during which many casting conversations took place. It was during this time when Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh expressed their enthusiasm for Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, but Jackson told Stuff that... Read More...
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Peter Jackson Fires Back After Harvey Weinstein Denies Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Blacklisting

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Peter Jackson Fires Back After Harvey Weinstein Denies Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Blacklisting
Peter Jackson accused Harvey Weinstein of pushing actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino out of the “Lord of the Rings” — and he isn’t changing his tune following Weinstein’s “insincere” denial. The Oscar-winning director released a statement obtained by TheWrap on Friday, after disgraced movie mogul Weinstein rebuked claims that he had blacklisted Judd and Sorvino from being cast in Jackson’s fantasy flick. Jackson doubled down on his initial statement following Weinstein’s denial — which Jackson said is ” a deflection from the truth.” Added the “Lotr” director: “We stand by what we were told by Miramax when we raised both of their.
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Peter Jackson Rebukes Harvey Weinstein’s Denial On Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino

Peter Jackson Rebukes Harvey Weinstein’s Denial On Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino
Exclusive: Shortly after Harvey Weinstein denied claims that he blackballed Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from being cast in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, Jackson has chimed back in, calling parts of Weinstein’s denial “insincere.” Here is Jackson’s rebuttal in full: Aspects of Harvey's denial are insincere. He is basically saying that "this blacklisting couldn't be true because New Line cast the movie". That's a deflection from the truth. In the 18 months we…
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Harvey Weinstein Denies Telling Peter Jackson Not to Cast Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in ‘Lord of the Rings’

Harvey Weinstein Denies Telling Peter Jackson Not to Cast Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in ‘Lord of the Rings’
Harvey Weinstein has responded to claims made by Peter Jackson that allege the producer blacklisted actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from auditioning for “The Lord of the Rings.” In an official statement released by his publicist, Weinstein said he has “nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson” but that he was never involved in any way with the film’s casting.

Read More:Peter Jackson Reveals Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashely Judd and Mira Sorvino From ‘The Lord of the Rings

Jackson revealed to the New Zealand news publication Stuff that he removed Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino’s names from “The Lord of the Rings” casting list after a meeting with Weinstein. Jackson was pitching his idea for the J. R. R. Tolkien adaptation to Miramax in 1998 and met with Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who told him both Sorvino and Judd were “a nightmare to work with.”

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Harvey Weinstein Denies Peter Jackson’s Allegations Of ‘Smear Campaign’ Blacklisting Accusers Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd

Ever since the New York Times broke the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, rumours have been rife that Weinstein also abused his power by putting roadblocks in the careers of actresses who refused his sexual advances. Now, Peter Jackson is coming forward to allege that he experienced exactly that, recalling that Harvey and Bob Weinstein discouraged […]
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Peter Jackson Says Harvey Weinstein Told Him to Blacklist Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino

Peter Jackson Says Harvey Weinstein Told Him to Blacklist Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino recently told The Hollywood Reporter that she couldn't say "for certain" that her career was impacted after she refused Harvey Weinstein's advances when she was a young actress on the verge of stardom and about to win a best supporting actress Oscar for Mighty Aphrodite. "I was not offered any movie roles past 1996," she said, wondering just how Weinstein may have retaliated against her. "Radio silence."

Now she knows. 

In a new interview with New Zealand's Stuff, blockbuster director Peter Jackson addressed the Weinstein scandal and said that he was told by Weinstein's company not to hire...
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Director Peter Jackson Says Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino

Director Peter Jackson Says Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd are speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, following director Peter Jackson’s claim that the producer and his brother Bob Weinstein attempted to prevent the two women from starring in his Lord of the Rings franchise.

Speaking with New Zealand publication Stuff, Jackson said that when he pitched his initial plans for both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to Miramax, the Weinstein brothers — whom he described as “second-rate Mafia bullies” — warned him that Sorvino and Ashley Judd were difficult to work with.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with
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Peter Jackson Says Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino: He Was ''Like a Second-Rate Mafia Bully''

Peter Jackson Says Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino: He Was ''Like a Second-Rate Mafia Bully''
Sir Peter Jackson has broken his silence on Harvey Weinstein. The film director spoke to the New Zealand publication Stuff about his working relationship with Harvey, who he met in the '90s when Jackson was pitching his plans for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Jackson claimed that Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein had blacklisted both Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino—two of the women who came forward with sexual assault allegations against Harvey. "I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs," Jackson said. "This was probably in 1998." He continued, "At the time, we had no reason to...
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Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Respond to Peter Jackson’s Claims That Weinstein Blacklisted Them

Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Respond to Peter Jackson’s Claims That Weinstein Blacklisted Them
Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino have addressed director Peter Jackson’s claims that Harvey and Bob Weinstein made an effort to blacklist the two actresses from starring in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise in the late 1990s. Harvey Weinstein denied the allegation, through a spokesperson.

“While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film, they had no input into the casting whatsoever,” a spokesperson said.

In an interview with New Zealand media outlet Stuff, Jackson discussed working on the Miramax-produced “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” films with Weinstein.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said.

At the time, Jackson said, he and his team had no reason to question Weinstein’s intentions.

“In hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he said. “I
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Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd on Weinstein ‘Smear Campaign': ‘I Remember This Well’

  • The Wrap
Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd on Weinstein ‘Smear Campaign': ‘I Remember This Well’
Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino have responded to comments made by Peter Jackson to New Zealand’s Stuff in which he said Harvey Weinstein told him the actresses were a “nightmare” to work with. It’s an assertion Weinstein himself is denying. Weinstein’s alleged blacklisting led to both of the actresses missing out on roles in Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films because of negative things the brothers had said about them, according to the report. Judd retweeted Stuff’s original story Thursday night, saying: “I remember this well.” I remember this well. https://t.co/wctEhESAS9 — ashley
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Peter Jackson Says Harvey Weinstein “Smear Campaign” Blacklisted Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino

When the first wave of allegations emerged against Harvey Weinstein, Ashley Judd was bravely among those sharing their stories about incidents and experiences at the hands of the disgraced producer. The actress revealed that Weinstein pressured her with requests for massages, and asking her to watch him shower, during a meeting in his hotel room. “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” she told The New York Times.

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Peter Jackson Confirms Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino Claims Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Them From ‘Lotr’

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is speaking out about Harvey Weinstein and confirms the disgraced producer prevented actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from appearing in the Lotr trilogy. Both Judd and Sorvino went public with their claims that Weinstein sexually harassed them, and that they both were denied roles in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films because of what the brothers (Harvey and Bob Weinstein) had said about them. Jackson had been in talks to…
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Peter Jackson Reveals Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashely Judd and Mira Sorvino From ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Peter Jackson Reveals Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashely Judd and Mira Sorvino From ‘The Lord of the Rings’
Peter Jackson has broken his silence on the sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The Oscar-winning director revealed to the New Zealand news publication Stuff that he removed Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino’s names from “The Lord of the Rings” casting list after a meeting with Weinstein.

Jackson was pitching his idea for the J. R. R. Tolkien adaptation to Miramax in 1998 and met with Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who told him both Sorvino and Judd were “a nightmare to work with.”

Read More:‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series in the Works at Amazon, Which Wants the Precious All for Itself

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,” Jackson said. “This was probably in 1998. At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I
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The New Mutants Channel The Frighteners On First Theatrical Poster

Say what you want about Fox and their X-Men Cinematic Universe, but this writer counts himself among those who actually favor it over what Disney’s Marvel Studios have done in most cases. In short, I enjoy the films focusing on mutants because they’re played a bit more straight-faced and tend to take more chances. Seriously, I can’t help but wonder if indeed the Magic Kingdom becomes the new Genosha – thanks to Disney possibly buying Fox – there’ll be room for ballsier flicks like Deadpool and Logan.

That being said, I and those who share my sentiments can do nothing but sit back and see how it all unfolds. But, in the meantime, we have several X-Men related offerings to take in during 2018, the first of which is The New Mutants. Admittedly, I was somewhat skeptical at first, but the first trailer made me a believer. Again, it
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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