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Robert Redford Says #MeToo Movement Will Give Women More Opportunities in Hollywood

Robert Redford Says #MeToo Movement Will Give Women More Opportunities in Hollywood
Robert Redford kicked off the Sundance Film Festival by praising the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements as a “tipping point” in Hollywood that will create more opportunities for women.

“I’m pretty encouraged right now,” said Redford during the festival’s opening press conference on Thursday afternoon. “What it’s doing is bringing forth more opportunities for women and more opportunities for women in film to have their voices heard and do their own projects.”

Redford said that the industry had been dominated by men, but he predicted that things are changing as women push back against harassment in the workplace and demand to be paid the same as their male counterparts.

“It’s changing the order of things so women have a stronger voice,” he said. “Now I think it’s more even handed. The role for women is to exercise their voices. The role for men is to listen and let women’s voices
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Sundance 2018 Opening Day Press Conference: Robert Redford on the Festival and Industry’s Post-Weinstein Future

Sundance 2018 Opening Day Press Conference: Robert Redford on the Festival and Industry’s Post-Weinstein Future
Kicking off the first Sundance Film Festival since actresses Rose McGowan and Louisette Geiss alleged that Harvey Weinstein respectively raped and sexually harassed them there in previous years, Sundance leadership firmly denied that they enabled the now-disgraced producer. “Sundance as an institution never contributed to that behavior,” said Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, partaking in the traditional, Day One press conference with the Institute’s president and founder, Robert Redford, and festival director John Cooper. “While of course these things sickened us and happened during our festival, they’re nothing we were aware of at the time.”

Read More: Top 20 Acquisition Titles of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Star Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke, and More

Setting aside Weinstein’s alleged personal wrongdoing, Redford did not sound like he’s mourning Weinstein’s professional presence at the festival, either: “When we have people that come to the festival like Harvey, they
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Rose McGowan Sends 'Love and Support' to Johnathon Schaech After Molestation Accusation

Rose McGowan Sends 'Love and Support' to Johnathon Schaech After Molestation Accusation
Rose McGowan is sending her “love and support” to her former costar Johnathon Schaech, who claims he was sexually harassed and abused by a director in the early ’90s.

“I love and support you, @JonathanShaech,” the actress, who appeared with Schaech in 1995’s The Doom Generation tweeted. “I now understand why you were so angry when we worked together, it is because you were stolen. Hijacked. We need to start calling it Life Theft because these predators do, they steal lives. Enough! Time for truth.”

I love and support you,

@JonathanShaech. I now understand why you were so angry when we worked together,
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Sundance in the Post-Weinstein Age: "You Won't See Those Massive Parties"

Sundance in the Post-Weinstein Age:
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The specter of Harvey Weinstein — onetime Sundance king and now pariah — looms large as dealmakers descend on Park City for this year's festival and market.

The indie film world continues to soul search in the wake of revelations that its most visible figure allegedly raped and sexually harassed women, including actresses Rose McGowan and Louisette Geiss, at the festival itself. Weinstein's football-viewing party on the fest's first Sunday was always a must for sellers and talent; he presided over it like the Mayor of Park City — which, at least for 10 days in January, he essentially...
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Katie Couric Opens Up About Matt Lauer's Firing from the Today Show

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Katie Couric Opens Up About Matt Lauer's Firing from the Today Show
More than a month has passed since Matt Lauer was fired from the Today show, and his former longtime colleague, Katie Couric, is now opening up about the former NBC anchor’s shocking dismissal.

“The whole thing has been very painful for me,” Couric, 61, tells People. “The accounts I’ve read and heard have been disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it’s completely unacceptable that any woman at the Today show experienced this kind of treatment.

“I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left,” she continued. “I think I speak for many of
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Sundance Film Fest Launches Hotline to Report Misconduct, Harassment

After increasing reports of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry, the Sundance Institute has updated its code of conduct for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival in an attempt to prevent any inappropriate behavior.

As a part of its efforts to ensure the safety of festivalgoers, the Sundance Institute also announced a new 24-hour hotline set up in partnership with the Utah Attorney General’s office, which will allow anyone to report anything that violates the new code.

Rose McGowan alleges that Harvey Weinstein assaulted her in 1997 while they were both attending the festival. In October, The New York Times reported that a settlement...
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Sundance Updates Code of Conduct for 2018 Festival in Wake of Sexual Misconduct Scandals

Sundance Film Festival has revised its code of conduct to reflect new guidelines aimed at preventing sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior in response to sexual misconduct scandals that continue to shake Hollywood.

The 2018 festival, which runs from Jan. 18 to 28 in Park City, Utah, now also has a partnership with the Utah Attorney General’s office to provide a hotline for festival attendees to report any harassment they have experienced or witnessed. The new code of conduct is displayed on Sundance’s website as well as in the menu for the festival’s app. The new code of conduct reads:

Sundance Film Festival is an environment where bold, creative, and distinctive voices are celebrated.

Sundance Institute is committed to allowing attendees to experience the Sundance Film Festival free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior. We reserve the right to role, without notice or refund, credentials or access to Festival events and venues for those
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Sundance Adds New Code of Conduct Policy For All Festivalgoers Ahead of 2018 Edition

Sundance Adds New Code of Conduct Policy For All Festivalgoers Ahead of 2018 Edition
In the wake of the sexual assault reports that shocked the film industry in 2017, the Sundance Film Festival has expanded a longstanding code of conduct policy for staffers and volunteers to all festivalgoers ahead of the 2018 edition. The policy is the most direct, public response by the festival to questions of safety and appropriate behavior within the film industry since reports about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual assault first made headlines in the fall.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein Accusations: How Film Festival Environments Provided a Backdrop For Sexual Assault

While the code of conduct is listed on Sundance’s website, it is more prominently displayed in the menu for the festival’s app, used by many festivalgoers navigating the schedule throughout the 10-day event. The Code of Conduct reads in full:

Sundance Film Festival is an environment where bold, creative, and distinctive voices are celebrated.

Sundance Institute is committed to
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Rose McGowan Forced To Sell House To Pay For Legal Battle With Harvey Weinstein

  • ET Canada
Rose McGowan, refusing to mention Harvey Weinstein by name, said unspecified legal action by the man she instead calls “the monster” is forcing her to sell her house to fight him. The actress-turned-activist spoke to TV critics Tuesday about her upcoming documentary series “Citizen Rose” and what she called her global struggle against sexual assault
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Announces Eda Awards And Shape Of Water Best Film of 2017

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Awfj Eda Awards. This year, Awfj presents Eda Awards in 25 categories, divided into three sections: the standard ‘Best Of’ section, the Female Focus awards and the irreverent Eda Special Mention awards—including Actress Most in Need of a New Agent and the Awfj Hall of Shame Award.

In the ‘Best Of’ section, this year’s big winner is “The Shape Of Water”, garnering Eda Awards in two categories including Best Film, Best Director for Guillermo del Toro. The film’s lead actress, Sally Hawkins, was awarded an Eda Bravest Performance Award to make the film’s cume of three awards.

Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” was also honored with three awards that included Best Supporting Actress for Laurie Metcalf and two awards
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‘Flower’ Trailer: Zoey Deutch Is a Teenage Vigilante In Wild and Raunchy Coming-of-Age Tale

‘Flower’ Trailer: Zoey Deutch Is a Teenage Vigilante In Wild and Raunchy Coming-of-Age Tale
When Alex McAuley’s screenplay “Flower” made the Black List of most liked unproduced screenplays back in 2012, its simple logline was eye-popping in its possibilities: “A coming of age story about the unlikely bond that forms between a sexually adventurous teenage girl and her obese, mentally unstable step-brother.” Though it took another five years to be made — thanks to the addition of director and co-screenwriter Max Winkler and his partner, Matt Spicer, who recently broke out with his “Ingrid Goes West” — the final product is a snappy combination of McAuley’s big ideas, Winkler and Spicer’s off-kilter wit, and the full-force charm of star Zoey Deutch.

Read More:‘Flower’ Review: ‘Badlands’ Meets ‘The Bling Ring’ In Strange And Sexy Coming-Of-Age Story That Certifies Zoey Deutch As a Major Star — Tribeca 2017

As 17-year-old Erica Vandross, Deutch is a wild, funny, smart, and unique leading lady, tasked with carrying a coming-of-age tale of a different stripe.
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Women Film Journalists name 'The Shape of Water' as best film

Lady Bird, The Florida Project and Faces, Places also win in multiple categories.

Source: Fox Searchlight

‘The Shape Of Water’

The Shape of Water leads the winners from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (Awfj), a international group of female critics and writers.

It won best film and best director for Guillermo del Toro, as well as “bravest performance” for Sally Hawkins.

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird also won three awards: best supporting actress for Laurie Metcalf and two awards for Gerwig for best woman director and best woman screenwriter.

The Florida Project won two prizes, best supporting actor for Willem Dafoe and best breakthrough performance for Brooklynn Prince.

Agnes Varda won the actress defying age and ageism award as well as best documentary for Faces, Places.

The group’s outstanding achievement award went to “Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd and all women who spoke out against sexual harassment.”

The Hall of Shame award went to “Sexual
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Rose McGowan Hopes the Time's Up Movement 'Helps a Lot of People' Despite Her Previous Criticism

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Rose McGowan Hopes the Time's Up Movement 'Helps a Lot of People' Despite Her Previous Criticism
Though Rose McGowan was outspoken on her stance against the all-black dress code at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, she does hope that the Time’s Up movement will assist many people.

When asked about her response to the sartorial statement against the epidemic of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, McGowan, 44, was firm about her initial response. “I didn’t feel anything about that,” the actress told reporters at the TCA event for her upcoming E! docu-series, Citizen Rose.

However, the star, who previously slammed actresses for supporting the Globes blackout, supports the mission of the initiative: to fight sexual harassment,
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E! Pushes Back At Debra Messing Remarks About Pay Gender Inequality During Rose McGowan Panel At TCA

E! network appeared to have been embarrassed at TCA on Tuesday when a reporter asked Rose McGowan, maybe the loudest voice in the #MeToo movement, if she was uncomfortable working on her docuseries Citizen Rose with a network that just got dinged for not paying female hosts same as male hosts. "That came about after I had done my deal," McGowan said. "I will say, let me hang out awhile; maybe things will change.” She continued, “That is systemic, and you can call it out…
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‘Westworld': Jimmi Simpson Confirms He’s in Season 2 — But Is ‘Gonna Shut Up’ From There

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‘Westworld': Jimmi Simpson Confirms He’s in Season 2 — But Is ‘Gonna Shut Up’ From There
Well, if you already thought Jimmi Simpson was going to be in Season 2 of “Westworld” 1) you were right and 2) he figured you knew. Oops! “I thought it was already a thing,” Simpson when a reporter asked him if he’d be coming back for the sophomore season of the HBO series. “But now that you’re asking me, I’m gonna shut up.” Simpson was meant to be answering questions about his new show, “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious Bi.G.,” the during the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. Also Read: How Rose McGowan Came to Endorse the...
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Rose McGowan on Fighting "the Monster" Harvey Weinstein, E!'s Citizen Rose & Why She Really Did Charmed

Rose McGowan on Fighting
Rose McGowan is sounding off on her decades long quest to battle sexual assault and inequality. While promoting her upcoming five-part E! documentary Citizen Rose at Tuesday's NBC TCA event in Pasadena, the 44-year-old activist answered questions about everything from her career, her mission and Harvey Weinstein, who she previously accused of raping her back in the '90s. "I am having to sell my house right now to pay legal bills fighting off the monster. That's what I'm facing," McGowan, who only refers to Weinstein as "the monster," told the Television Critics Association McGowan was also asked by reporters if she's been called as a witness in any ongoing legal cases...
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Rose McGowan Blasts Male-Centric Media, Talks Gertrude Stein And ‘Citizen Rose’

“I scare because I care – that’s a famous tagline from Monsters Inc. That is a summary of what I do,” Rose McGowan told a mobbed ballroom of reporters at TCA where she came Tuesday afternoon to talk about her upcoming E! docuseries Citizen Rose. “My father said I was born with my fist up,” she said proudly, when asked how she felt about being perhaps the most pugnacious in the cascade of voices outing various media men with claims of sexual harassment, abuse, and rape in…
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Rose McGowan Blasts Male-Centric Media, Talks Gertrude Stein And ‘Citizen Rose’

Rose McGowan Blasts Male-Centric Media, Talks Gertrude Stein And ‘Citizen Rose’
“I scare because I care – that’s a famous tagline from Monsters Inc. That is a summary of what I do,” Rose McGowan told a mobbed ballroom of reporters at TCA where she came Tuesday afternoon to talk about her upcoming E! docuseries Citizen Rose. “My father said I was born with my fist up,” she said proudly, when asked how she felt about being perhaps the most pugnacious in the cascade of voices outing various media men with claims of sexual harassment, abuse, and rape in…
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Rose McGowan on Her Media Coverage: ‘It’s Been a Lie, It’s Been Cruel’

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Rose McGowan on Her Media Coverage: ‘It’s Been a Lie, It’s Been Cruel’
Rose McGowan called out writers and journalists on Tuesday, saying that the way she’s been written about in the media for years has been unfair and “cruel.” “The narrative that’s been run by your peers a lot of them about me for 20 years has been erroneous,” McGowan said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. “It’s been a lie. It’s been cruel.” The actress, activist and director, who will star in her own E! docuseries “Citizen Rose” later this month, said that it’s been “very interesting” to see the way coverage of her in the media has changed...
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