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Brad Pitt in the Oscar Race: Could the ‘Ad Astra’ Star Score Two Nominations in One Year?

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Brad Pitt in the Oscar Race: Could the ‘Ad Astra’ Star Score Two Nominations in One Year?
It was already a big year for Brad Pitt before “Ad Astra,” James Gray’s well-reviewed space opera, opened in theaters around the country. Pitt has been hailed for his turn as an aging and alienated stuntman in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” since it premiered at Cannes, and acclaim for his turn has fueled speculation that he could be the frontrunner for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. None of that has changed, but Pitt’s turn in “Ad Astra” is giving his “Hollywood” momentum some company. As a somber astronaut traveling the solar system in search of his missing father, Pitt’s performance has been celebrated as one of his best in some time. Could he wind up scoring two nominations this year?

That’s one of the many subjects in this week’s busy episode of Screen Talk, as Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson
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Brad Pitt Breaks Silence on Threatening Harvey Weinstein Over Gwyneth Paltrow Harassment

Brad Pitt Breaks Silence on Threatening Harvey Weinstein Over Gwyneth Paltrow Harassment
While promoting his critically acclaimed space drama “Ad Astra” this week, Brad Pitt opened up to CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour about confronting Harvey Weinstein in 1995 after learning the indie film producer had sexually harassed Pitt’s then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow. Pitt told Amanpour he was acting on pure instinct because of how he was raised as a child. Paltrow revealed on “The Howard Stern Show” in May 2018 that Pitt approached Weinstein at the 1995 Broadway opening of “Hamlet” and told him, “If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you.”

“At that moment, I was just a boy from the Ozarks on the playground and that’s how we confronted things,” Pitt told Amanpour about standing up for Paltrow and confronting Weinstein. “I just wanted to make sure nothing was going to happen further, because Paltrow was going to do two films [with Weinstein]. I think the interesting thing is that we,
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Peter Bart: A Disney Deal Gone Wrong: How Mouse Money Fueled Harvey Weinstein’s Alleged Predation As Miramax Mogul

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The Disney empire has soared in value thanks to its inspired acquisitions, but some Disney veterans still cringe in recalling their company’s most troubling takeover: Miramax.

In empowering Harvey Weinstein with Disney money and muscle, the rulers of the Magic Kingdom in 1993 transformed a struggling indie distributor into an all-consuming producer-predator whose ultimate self-destruction is about to play out in the courtroom.

At a time when mega mergers involving Viacom and AT&T are taking center stage, the Miramax deal seems at once paltry, yet historically noteworthy. The acquisition involved $60 million, plus assumption of more than $40 million in debt.

The Harvey Weinstein of 1993 was broke and also desperate to find distribution for two obscure pickups — a sexually ambiguous film set in Northern Ireland, and a comedy made on a dime by a young, first-time filmmaker. While ill-kempt and fiercely aggressive, Weinstein was also shrewdly deferential. He always said “thank you” and opened doors for women.
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Brad Pitt on Why He 'Confronted' Harvey Weinstein About Alleged Gwyneth Paltrow Incident

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Brad Pitt on Why He 'Confronted' Harvey Weinstein About Alleged Gwyneth Paltrow Incident
Brad Pitt says he was simply looking out for former girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow when he confronted Harvey Weinstein after she claimed the producer had made “a pass” at her.

The Ad Astra actor, 55, recently spoke to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who had him recall the incident Paltrow, 46, spoke about in a May 2018 interview with Howard Stern.

“At that moment, I was just a boy from the Ozarks on the playground and that’s how we confronted things,” Pitt said when asked what had made him challenge the powerful producer.

Paltrow alleged Weinstein sexually harassed her in the early days of
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Harvey Weinstein Accuser Lucia Evans Breaks Silence After D.A. Dropped Charge

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Harvey Weinstein Accuser Lucia Evans Breaks Silence After D.A. Dropped Charge
Lucia Evans gave a wrenching account on Tuesday of her efforts to hold Harvey Weinstein responsible for sexual assault, saying she felt betrayed after the Manhattan D.A.’s office dropped her allegations last year.

Evans spoke to Variety after giving a speech at a conference on influencer fraud in Manhattan, making her first public comments on the case since prosecutors dismissed her claims.

“I was blindsided,” she said in the speech, tearing up as she recounted the D.A.’s decision. “The thing that had consumed my life for the past year, that has taken its toll on my marriage, my family, my career — it’s just over. I felt so abandoned. I felt betrayed.”

Evans alleges that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during a midday meeting at his Tribeca office in 2004. She first made the allegation in Ronan Farrow’s piece in the New
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12 Underrated Scream-Inspired Horror Movies of the Late 90s

Jack Beresford Sep 19, 2019

The classic 1990s slasher series inspired a lot of hidden gems. Here are some of the best...

The best scary movies start with a truly killer idea. For Scream screenwriter Kevin Williamson, it was to take the tropes of the done-to-death slasher movie and inject it with a satirical, self-referential edge tailor-made for the knowing audiences of the 1990s. The result was a black comedy horror whodunit that had audiences laughing and shrieking in equal measure.

Williamson, who would go on after Scream to solidify his legacy with the sharply written teen drama series, Dawson’s Creek, drew his influences from fact and fiction. His first draft was inspired by the chilling story of the real-life Gainesville Ripper, but the finished product also paid homage to movies like Halloween, When A Stranger Calls, and Prom Night.

Craven was the perfect director too, having tested the waters of
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Ashley Judd on Bringing Down Weinstein: Equality Is the 'Hill on Which I'm Willing to Die'

Ashley Judd on Bringing Down Weinstein: Equality Is the 'Hill on Which I'm Willing to Die'
Ashley Judd was the first actress to go on the record with New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who wrote the article that led to Harvey Weinstein’s downfall.

In their new book, She Said, the reporters reveal how daring Judd’s move was — explaining her reasons for coming forward with sexual harassment allegations against the movie mogul, and describing the powerful moment in which she counseled Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on handling other people’s criticism.

“I have to know the hill on which I’m willing to die. The equality of the sexes is that hill for me,
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Lisa Bloom Clients Consider Firing Her After Harvey Weinstein Memo

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Lisa Bloom Clients Consider Firing Her After Harvey Weinstein Memo
According to Refinery 29, Elizabeth Taylor, whose ill-conceived lawsuit against Alki David ended in a mistrial two weeks ago, may be looking to bail on the embattled TV attorney; Mom Gloria Allred worried clients will fire her too The media has been scathing about Lisa Bloom ever since the book She Said was released–written by […]

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Rob Zombie Explains That Making His Halloween Reboot Films Was a Miserable Experience

The Halloween franchise took a turn for the worse when Rob Zombie jumped on board to direct a reboot and a sequel to that reboot. While some fans liked the films, I didn’t. I just didn’t care for how the character was handled.

Anyway, making Halloween and Halloween II was not a pleasant experience for Zombie. In a recent interview with Forbes, the filmmaker explained that working on these films were miserable for him, and it’s all because of Harvey Weinstein.

“Making Halloween with the Weinsteins was a miserable experience for me. And so I was very reticent to do the second one. I did do the second one, and I thought, ‘Okay, well the first one was a miserable experience, but it did well, so maybe it’ll be easier the second time?’ It was worse. Oh my God. I felt like they weren’t trusting
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Harvey Weinstein told Cara Delevingne to 'get a beard'

Actor says the former producer advised her she would never make it in Hollywood as a gay woman

Cara Delevingne has revealed that she was told by Harvey Weinstein to “get a beard” to cover up her sexuality in order to succeed in the film industry. In an interview with Net a Porter, Delevingne said that “one of the first things Harvey Weinstein ever said to me was, ‘You will never make it in this industry as a gay woman – get a beard.’”

The term “beard” is traditionally used to describe someone who helps conceal another person’s sexual identity on social occasions. Delevingne, who describes herself as “gender fluid”, added she felt the industry has been resistant to her sexuality, saying: “In the beginning, I don’t think it helped.” Delevingne’s remarks echo recent comments by Kristen Stewart, who says she was told to not “go out holding
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Who is Gloria Allred (and partner in crime Nathan Goldberg)?

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Who is Gloria Allred (and partner in crime Nathan Goldberg)?
The attorneys are joined at the hip–and embroiled in a seemingly endless series of scandals, from Harvey Weinstein, to the Florida Cannibal, to spooky daughter Lisa Bloom, their trail is littered with investigations and serious questions Gloria Allred and her partner Nathan Goldberg have kept themselves front and center in the media for decades. Oj […]

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Cara Delevingne: Harvey Weinstein Told Me to Hide That I’m Gay and to ‘Get a Beard’

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Cara Delevingne: Harvey Weinstein Told Me to Hide That I’m Gay and to ‘Get a Beard’
Cara Delevingne hasn’t forgotten an early encounter she had with Harvey Weinstein, not because of what he did, but rather because of what he said.

“One of the first things Harvey Weinstein ever said to me was, ‘You will never make it in this industry as a gay woman – get a beard,'” the model turned “Carnival Row” actress said in a new interview with Net-a-Porter.

“When I’d just started to audition for films, he was naming people [women] I’m friends with – famous people – and asking, ‘Have you slept with this person?’ I just thought: this is insane.”

Also Read: Here's the Sentence That Helped Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey Speak With Harvey Weinstein's Accusers

Weinstein’s memorable words of advice came “a long time before he tried to touch me,” she said, referring to an allegation she raised on Instagram October 2017 in which she wrote that she
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Rushes: "Heat" Prequels and Sequels, Documentary as Counterculture, Richard Kelly Returns

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSMichael Mann on the set of HeatMichael Mann has stated that he wishes to continue the Heat saga with a big-screen sequel, and maybe even a television series. Mann has also "two-thirds" of a novel that is both a prequel and sequel to the iconic film. At the Venice Film Festival, Brian De Palma discussed his forthcoming thriller that uses the "Harvey Weinstein era" as a "historical backdrop." The current title for the project is Predator. One last potential movie we'd like to see: the ever-absent Richard Kelly, director of Donnie Darko, is rumored to be entering production on a biopic about The Twilight Zone creator Rob Serling.Recommended VIEWINGRoy Andersson's dreamy About Endlessness depicts "a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human" in a string of interconnected lives. The official trailer for Ema,
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Anita Hill Commission To Survey Entertainment Industry Workers Next Month On Sexual Harassment, Abuse And Bias

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Anita Hill Commission To Survey Entertainment Industry Workers Next Month On Sexual Harassment, Abuse And Bias
Exclusive: The Anita Hill-led Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality will conduct a survey next month of entertainment industry workers so it can put into place a wide range of strategic initiatives being developed to address the twin issues of harassment and bias. Based on the results of the survey, those initiatives are expected to be launched by the end of the year.

Formed in December 2017 in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the commission is made up of representatives from the major studios, networks, talent agencies, record labels, unions and guilds, and the film and TV academies, all of whom have been involved in numerous meetings of the commission, of which Hill is its chair.

“The purpose of the survey is to give us information,” Hill said in an exclusive interview with Deadline on Thursday. “What we have right now is anecdotal information about
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Tamron Hall Says Her New Talk Show Will Go There - "Everything Is Political"

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Tamron Hall apologizes as she joins a conference call with a handful of reporters just a few days before the Sept. 9 premiere of her new self-titled talk show. "Forgive me - my voice is hoarse and I'm also hiding in a corner of my child's nursery, trying not wake him up," she says with a quiet laugh. Since her newsmaking departure from Today - which came just before Megyn Kelly's controversial and short tenure on the third-hour of the morning show commenced in 2017 - Hall has gotten married and had her first child. And while she starts the conversation on a personal note, the interview quickly turns political.

The first reporter to ask a question inquires about her "friendship" with Donald Trump - a characterization Hall says was "a loose interpretation" and "probably unfair to me" - whether they talk, and whether she'd have him as a guest on her show.
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‘She Said’ Review: Nyt Duo’s Takedown Of Harvey Weinstein & Decades Of Hollywood Abuse Is A Fierce Read

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In the final hour before the New York Times published its scathing October 5, 2017 expose of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged decades of sexual harassment, abuse and cover-up, Jodie Kantor and Megan Twohey’s just-published book She Said details a showdown between the panicked producer and the Gray Lady’s executive editor Dean Baquet that could have come right out of a Kathryn Bigelow or Quentin Tarantino movie.

In an exceptional and often poignantly dramatic chronicling of journalism that truly changed the world, the telephone speaker sparring by Baquet and Weinstein is the moment in She Said when the Pulp Fiction Ep knows the truth is finally being exposed. Having been methodically built over hundreds of pages in the book, the moment also encapsulates the steely dedication to the methodical uncovering of facts that Kantor and Twohey and their Times bosses successfully endeavored to achieve over months of probing in their Pulitzer Prize winning reporting:

“Hey,
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Viacom Becomes Frontrunner for Miramax Stake, Lionsgate Exits Bidding

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Viacom has become the frontrunner to buy a stake in Miramax Films while Lionsgate has dropped out of the process, informed sources said Wednesday.

The developments were first reported by Bloomberg, which said talks are ongoing about a possible deal for at least $100 million. The companies did not respond to requests for comment.

Such a deal would give Viacom access to nearly 800 titles including “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Good Will Hunting” and future titles such as Guy Ritchie’s “The Gentlemen” with Matthew McConaughey. Spyglass Media Group had been exploring making a bid earlier this year but dropped out of the process.

The Miramax owners have offered the stake amid growing demand for film and TV assets, driven by new streaming services from companies like Disney, NBCUniversal, Apple and AT&T. Viacom and CBS are merging in order to compete effectively in the fast-changing environment.

Miramax was founded in
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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: Sammi Cheng Stars in Heiward Mak's "Fagara"

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Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a column devoted to exploring contemporary Chinese-language cinema primarily as it is revealed to us at North American multiplexes.This past weekend, inspired by the RZA, I watched a dingy, cropped, and badly dubbed copy of the 1983 Taiwanese kung fu film Shaolin vs. Lama. It’s not a great film: generic plot, mediocre acting, lame comedy; but the stunt work is extremely good. I’ve watched hundreds of Hong Kong and other Chinese language movies over the past few years, and in every case I’ve taken care to avoid this kind of shoddy presentation, going out of my way to find the best possible images with the original language soundtracks. Because of that, sometimes I forget that for most of my life cheap and dubbed was the only way to see many of the best action films in the world, while almost all of the
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WGA West Election Q&a: David Goodman on How ‘Writers Find a Way to Work Together’

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David Goodman has been in the eye of the storm over the Writers Guild of America’s effort to ban talent agencies from collecting packaging fees and launching affiliated production arms.

The incumbent WGA West president ran for the job in 2017 with the goal of ending what many see as a conflict of interest inherent in packaging fee arrangements between agencies and producers. Now the guild’s handling of that reform process has become the galvanizing issue in the most competitive WGA election in years.

Goodman, the animation veteran who is exec producer of Seth MacFarlane’s “The Orville,” is seeking a second two-year term and facing a challenge from screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, who has been vocal in her criticism of the guild’s actions on the agency front. Voting in the race closes at noon Pt on Sept. 16.

Do you think the next WGA West president has an obligation
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N.Y. Times Journalists Talk Igniting #MeToo Movement, Harvey Weinstein on 'Late Show'

The New York Times' Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss their new book She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement plus share their thoughts on critics of the #MeToo movement. 

The book, which hit stores Sept. 10, details the journalists' experience exposing Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct, which led to his arrest two years ago. She Said sheds light on those who enabled Weinstein's behavior and names key sources who helped Kantor and Twohey break the story. 

The Pulitzer-winning duo were congratulated ...
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