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‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele On Divisiveness, Black Identity & The “White Savior”

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When the teaser trailers for Jordan Peele’s Get Out first came out, question marks hovered over its mysterious plot points. Fortunately, keeping the narrative about the stylized take on the victimization of black people and “the sunken place” close to its chest paid off enough to pique the interest of audiences to earn over $250 M at the global box office to date. At the Film Independent Forum on Sunday, Peele stepped out on the stage for the keynote conversation to a… »


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‘Guardians’ Director James Gunn Warned Woman About James Toback: “I Couldn’t Stop Him”

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn says he’s been warning people about James Toback for more than 20 years. “I couldn’t stop him,” Gunn writes, “but I could warn people about him.” In a lengthy, blunt Facebook post today – tweeted by Gunn with the message “Why I’ve despised James Toback for over 20 years” – the Guardians writer/director says that when he lived in New York City during the 1990s, he personally met 15 women claiming to have been “accosted” by… »


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Hollywood Reacts To James Toback Allegations: “Damn You”, “A Disgrace”

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Refresh for updates Rose McGowan, Paul Feig and Asia Argento were among the first today to condemn director James Toback after the Los Angeles Times’ devastating report of sexual harassment allegations. According to The Times, 38 women have come forward, prompting McGowan to tweet “James Toback damn you for stealing, damn you for traumatizing.” Absent, so far, is Alec Baldwin, who co-stars with Sienna Miller in Toback’s latest film The Private Life of a Modern Woman… »


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‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Slays Weekend; Doc ‘Jane’ Bows Solid – Specialty Box Office

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A24's The Killing Of A Sacred Deer sailed to the top the Specialty box office in its debut, grossing over $114K in four theaters in another crowded weekend of newcomers. There were over a dozen new limited releases this weekend, though not all reported numbers as of Sunday morning. Brett Morgen's latest documentary Jane about famed primatologist Jane Goodall opened strong in three locations, grossing $55,712. On its heels was Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions Wonderstruc… »


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‘Kingsman’ Tops $250M Offshore With $40M China Bow; ‘It’s At $650M+ Ww; ‘DM3’ Catches ‘Dory’ – International Box Office

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Refresh for latest…: Kingsman: The Golden Circle suited up in China this session, bowing to a stylish $40.3M. Combined with the Middle Kingdom, the Fox/Marv Films title added $48.7M in the frame in 61 markets, thrusting it back up to the top spot at the international box office. The Matthew Vaughn-helmed sequel now has an offshore cume of $250.3M, 34% bigger than Kingsman: The Secret Service in the same group of markets and at current exchange rates. The worldwide tally… »


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Director James Toback Accused Of Sexual Harassment By 38 Women – Report

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Director James Toback has been accused by more than 30 women of sexual harassment, according to a story in today’s Los Angeles Times. Toback is the director of, among other films, Two Girls and a Guy, was Oscar-nominated for writing Warren  Beatty’s Bugsy and most recently wrote and directed The Private Life of a Modern Woman, starring Sienna Miller and Alec Baldwin. According to the La Times, he lured women to auditions and meetings by offering professional… »


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‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Reaps $21M+ During October Dumping Ground At The B.O. – Sunday Update

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Writethru Sunday Am after Late Friday/Saturday Am posts: What’s up with late October at the box office? If the first weekend of May is known as the official launch of summer and guarantees a $100M-plus opening title, then the third and even fourth weekend of October can officially be known as a dumping ground for mediocre, broken movies. No disrespect to Lionsgate’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. That film is absolutely working, stoking its audience and winning the weekend off… »


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Josh Brolin Opens Up About Death Of ‘Deadpool 2’ Stuntwoman Joi “Sj” Harris

21 October 2017 12:27 PM, PDT

Only the Brave star Josh Brolin recently addressed the tragic death of stuntwoman Joi “Sj” Harris on the set of the upcoming Deadpool 2. Harris died in an accident in August. During an interview with the Associated Press for Only the Brave, Brolin addressed Harris’ death saying: “We had somebody pass away on Deadpool 2 and it was an absolute freak accident.” He adds that Harris was “wonderful woman” and reiterates that it “wasn’t even a stunt” and that it was a freak… »


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Sex Abuse Silence Is Over, But Even The Academy Is Entitled To A Defense

21 October 2017 12:21 PM, PDT

Almost nothing is quite as simple as it looks. Certainly not sexual harassment and accusations thereof—as insiders at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are well aware, notwithstanding last Saturday's summary expulsion of Harvey Weinstein following dozens of claims that he had sexually abused actresses and others over the years. After banishing Weinstein at an emergency session, the Academy's board of governors boldly declared an end to Hollywood's silence… »


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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director Received Multiple Threats From Suge Knight, Court Records Claim

21 October 2017 11:21 AM, PDT

Transcripts just released from a grand jury hearing earlier this year indicate rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight allegedly gave multiple menacing warnings to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray during filming of his Academy Award-nominated film. Specific details from the February hearing on the threats were made public for the first time on Friday and reported by the Los Angeles Times. The alleged threats evidently worked, as Gray later claimed numerous times during… »


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Harvey Weinstein Has “Different Recollection” Of Events In Lupita Nyong’o Op-Ed

20 October 2017 5:46 PM, PDT

A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein said the producer “has a different recollection of the events” that came to light in a New York Times op-ed piece penned by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. The comments came a day after the essay appeared in which she detailed a series of alleged Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment encounters that included several explicit passes Weinstein tried to foist on her early in her career. “Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the… »


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Apa Agent Tyler Grasham Fired From Agency Following Sexual Assault Allegations

20 October 2017 3:22 PM, PDT

Updated 3:22 Pm: Tyler Grasham has now been fired from Apa. “Tyler Grasham has been terminated, effective immediately,” said a spokesman for the agency. The move comes as one of those who alleged he had been sexually assaulted said earlier today he was going to filed a police report with the Lapd this afternoon and he says he has. Lucas Ozarowski, a 27-year-old film and TV editor, says he also was assaulted by Grasham after Blaise Godbe Lipman first spoke up on Facebook… »


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Female Animators Pen Open Letter Demanding End To Sexual Harassment

20 October 2017 3:21 PM, PDT

Women and non-conforming people in the animation industry are speaking out amid the growing Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. An open letter with 217 signatures was sent Thursday to studios demanding an end to sexism and sexual harassment in the animation industry, first reported by Buzzfeed. Executives at Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Bento Box, OddBot, Paramount, Shadowmachine, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy, Titmouse, and… »


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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Review: Third Time Is The Comic (Book) Charm For Marvel Franchise

20 October 2017 3:00 PM, PDT

There is no question about the influence of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy success on another of its franchises with this third cinematic installment of the Thor series. There may have been laughs in the first two Thor movies, but they were much darker and more serious-minded than what director Taika Waititi and writers Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L. Yost have cooked up in Thor: Ragnarok, essentially a flat-out comedy disguised as a superhero comic book… »


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Oscars: Deadline’s Pete Hammond & Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil On Ever-Changing Awards Landscape With Harvey Out And Streamers In

20 October 2017 3:00 PM, PDT

Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I go head to head as we kick off the new awards-season series of videos analyzing the race as we see it. Today we talk Harvey Weinstein’s exit from the Oscar carnival and what that may mean without the man who was really the architect of awards campaigning in the modern era. We also examine the impact of Netflix, Amazon and future streamers as they invade the landscape and seek to redefine just what an Oscar contender may look like in the… »


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Few Details From News Conference With Lawyer Of Woman At Center Of Lapd Harvey Weinstein Probe

20 October 2017 2:27 PM, PDT

The lawyer representing an Italian actress/model who told Los Angeles police Harvey Weinstein attacked her in 2013 said he was compelled to hold a press conference Friday to handle the deluge of media questions since the Los Angeles Times "got wind of this investigation” and "confronted" him, and he gave them "some information." "I got 200+ inquiries from the media," and a presser was the quickest way to dispatch them, Dave Ring said at a presser in downtown Los Angeles… »


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AFI Fest Centerpieces Set: ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘The Disaster Artist’ & ‘Hostiles’

20 October 2017 1:31 PM, PDT

Sony Pictures ClassicsCall Me By Your Name, A24’s The Disaster Artist and Entertainment Studios’ Hostiles have been set as the Centerpiece Galas for this year’s AFI Fest, which runs November 9-16. The festival also said it is hosting a tribute to Errol Morris after the screening of his Wormwood. Gala screenings will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre and the Morris tribute will take place at the Egyptian Theatre. The fest already announced the Dee ReesMudbound will… »


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Ex-Actress Latest To Accuse Harvey Weinstein Of Sexual Assault

20 October 2017 1:01 PM, PDT

Former actress Heather Kerr today described being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, becoming the latest of more than 40 women who have accused the disgraced producer of sexual harassment, assault or rape. Speaking at a press conference Friday at the Los Angeles offices of her attorney Gloria Allred, Kerr said she was an aspiring actress in 1989 when she was working for an entertainment business manager, one of whose clients was Weinstein. During a private meeting, she said… »


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Jessica Chastain Sitting Bull Painter Pic ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ Snapped Up By A24 & DirecTV

20 October 2017 10:58 AM, PDT

A24 and Directv have taken U.S. rights to Susana White’s Woman Walks Ahead about widowed artist Catherine Weldon who travelled to North Dakota in the 1880s to paint Chief Sitting Bull. The western drama made its premiere at this fall’s Toronto International Film Festival and stars Jessica Chastain as Weldon as well as Sam Rockwell, Michael Greyeyes, Ciaran Hinds, and Bill Camp. Stephen Knight wrote the script. DirecTV and A24 will release the movie next year with a… »


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Apa Investigating Agent As Two Men Come Forward With Sexual Assault Allegations

20 October 2017 10:48 AM, PDT

Two men have accused an agent at Apa of sexually assaulting them. The Hollywood agency says it has launched an internal investigation. "Apa takes these allegations extremely seriously and is investigating this matter," a spokesman for the agency told Deadline. Apa says it has engaged a neutral, independent investigator to look into the allegations, and that it is company policy not to discuss confidential personnel matters. Former child actor Blaise Godbe Lipman, 28, says… »


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