Tag Archives: Hollywood

Weinstein, Studio Reach Tentative $25M Settlement

The New York Times reports: After two years of legal wrangling, Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative $25 million settlement agreement with dozens of his alleged sexual misconduct victims, a deal that would not require the Hollywood producer to admit wrongdoing or pay anything to his accusers himself, according to lawyers involved …

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Legendary Comic Rip Taylor Dies At Age 84 [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Rip Taylor, a flamboyant mainstay of the comedy circuit who was known for his gags involving confetti, his brand of self-deprecating humor in which he would remove his toupee and his extensive voice work, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 84. Mr. Taylor, who introduced himself to legions of television viewers on “The …

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Anonymous Kevin Spacey Accuser Dies Amidst Lawsuit

From the Hollywood Reporter: An anonymous massage therapist who claims to have been sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey has died, according to a notice filed in court by the actor’s attorneys. The individual, suing as a “John Doe,” filed claims in Sept. 2018 with the allegation of being forced to grab the actor’s genitals twice during a massage two years …

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MoviePass To Finally Shut Down Effective Tomorrow

Variety reports: MoviePass, the long-struggling theater subscription service, finally appears to be down for the count. On Friday, MoviePass notified all of its remaining subscribers that it would be shutting down the service effective Sept. 14, 2019, because “its efforts to recapitalize MoviePass have not been successful to date,” parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics announced. “The company is continuing …

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Felicity Huffman Gets 14 Days In Admissions Scandal

The Daily Beast reports: On Friday, a federal judge sentenced actress Felicity Huffman to 14 days in jail after she pleaded guilty in May to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. “Trying to be a good mother doesn’t excuse this,” Judge Indira Talwani said after handing down the sentence, which included a $30,000 …

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Hollywood Battles Site For Listing Ages Of Actors

Courthouse News reports: Signaling an uphill battle in the fight to revive a blocked California law that requires a popular entertainment industry website take down actors’ ages upon request, a Ninth Circuit panel on Monday struggled to understand how the restriction will deter age discrimination in Hollywood. “No one disputes your compelling interest, but how does the statute accomplish this?” …

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Trump Attacks Actress Debra Messing After She Calls For Outing Hollywood Celebs Who Attend Fundraiser

The New York Post reports: President Trump tore into actress Debra Messing in a Sunday tweet after the “Will and Grace” star called for outing those who ​show up for the president’s​ big-money fundraiser ​later this month in ​Beverly Hills. Messing and her NBC co-star Eric McCormack ​said they would shame the Trump supporters in Hollywood who attend the fundraiser, …

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Oscar-Nominated Actor Peter Fonda Dead At 79

People Magazine reports: Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 79. Peter’s family confirmed the sad news in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday and said that the actor died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer. “It is with deep sorrow that we share …

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Faye Dunaway Sued For Anti-Gay Abuse Of Assistant

The New York Post reports: Actress Faye Dunaway relentlessly berated her gay personal assistant on play “Tea at Five,” calling him “a little homosexual boy” before he was fired for complaining, a new lawsuit alleges. Michael Rocha says in his Manhattan Supreme Court suit that he began working for the Broadway-bound production — from which Dunaway was eventually fired — …

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Universal Scraps The Hunt After Trump Condemns Film

Variety reports: Universal Pictures has canceled the release of its upcoming thriller “The Hunt.” The film was previously set to hit theaters Sept. 27. “While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film, ” a spokesperson for Universal said. “We stand by …

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Glorious Leader Explodes At “Liberal Racist Hollywood”

The Guardian reports: Donald Trump has claimed that Hollywood is racist in a new attack on the entertainment industry. While Trump offered up no examples, his comments came after Universal’s forthcoming satirical thriller The Hunt found itself caught in controversy this week. The film, starring Hilary Swank, imagines a vision of America that allows elites to hunt so-called “deplorables” for …

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Oliver Stone: I’m Not Homophobic And Neither Is Putin

Director Oliver Stone writes on his Facebook page: As to gay/LGBTQ beliefs in Russia, again much misunderstood. Mr. Putin made himself clear in “The Putin Interviews” — he’s not anti-gay/LGBTQ. Nor am I. Have another look at “Alexander,” for which we took a beating in 2004. Beyond the Hephaestion story in the sexuality department, I prominently featured Alexander’s love for …

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TRAILER: A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

CBS News reports: It’s a beautiful day for a new movie trailer and Sony Pictures just dropped one for its forthcoming film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” about Fred Rogers. Just as “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” always started with Mr. Rogers singing the classic theme song, so does the trailer. This time, it’s Tom Hanks singing the delightful tune, asking …

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Avengers Topples Avatar As All-Time Box Office Champ

Deadline Hollywood reports: Marvel boss Kevin Feige made it official Saturday at the studio’s Comic-Con panel, announcing Avengers: Endgame is clicking past Avatar‘s $2.7897 billion global box office this weekend to become the biggest film of all time. It took nine years for the record to fall, but it finally happened. As fate would have it, Avatar is now part …

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Oliver Stone: Russia’s Anti-Gay Law Is “Sensible”

The Daily Beast reports: Filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone has made no secret of his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, but now he has taken it to a whole new level by trying to make him his 22-year-old daughter’s godfather. “Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?” Putin asked when Stone floated the idea during a sit-down …

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Prosecutors Drop Criminal Case Against Kevin Spacey

The Boston Herald reports: The criminal case against “American Beauty” actor Kevin Spacey has been dropped the Cape and Islands District Attorney announced today citing “the unavailability of the complaining witness.” An 18-year-old man, the son of former WCVB anchor Heather Unruh, accused the former “House of Cards” star of groping him at a Nantucket bar. During a July 8 …

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Willy Wonka Star Denise Nickerson Dies At Age 62

Variety reports: Denise Nickerson, best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 version of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” died Wednesday night after being taken off life support. She was 62. Her family made the announcement on Facebook. “She’s gone,” the message read. Nickerson suffered a severe stroke in June 2018 after which she entered the …

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Accuser Drops Assault Suit Against Kevin Spacey

The Associated Press reports: A young man who says Kevin Spacey groped him in a Nantucket bar in 2016 has dropped his lawsuit against the Oscar-winning actor, his lawyer said Friday. Spacey still faces a criminal charge. He pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in January. His accuser’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, announced in an email that the suit …

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Brad Pitt Warns Straight Pride: Stop Using My Image

TMZ reports: Brad Pitt is no mascot, but ESPECIALLY not for the notorious upcoming Straight Pride Parade and he’s doing what he can to put a stop to the idiocy. Currently, their website claims this community has adopted Pitt as its mascot, and congratulates him for being “the face of this important civil rights movement.” Sources close to Brad tell …

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Disney Threatens Georgia Boycott Over Abortion Ban

The New York Times reports: Disney’s chief executive, Bob Iger, said on Wednesday it would be “very difficult” for the company to continue filming in Georgia if the state’s highly restrictive abortion law is carried out. Iger’s comments were the strongest sign yet that Hollywood could pull back from Georgia, which has lured television and film producers with generous tax …

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