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Harvey Weinstein had secret hitlist of names to quash sex scandal

Producer hired team to investigate 91 film industry figures in attempt to stop harassment claims going publicThe Observer has gained access to a secret hitlist of almost 100 prominent individuals targeted by Harvey Weinstein in an extraordinary attempt to discover what they knew about sexual misconduct claims against him and whether they were intending to go public.

The previously undisclosed list contains a total of 91 actors, publicists, producers, financiers and others working in the film industry, all of whom Weinstein allegedly identified as part of a strategy to prevent accusers from going public with sexual misconduct claims against him. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-18 21:57:30


Sylvester Stallone accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old girl in 1986

Film star ‘categorically denies’ claims, detailed in police report, that he and a bodyguard intimidated a girl into sex before threatening her with violence

Sylvester Stallone has denied allegations that he and his bodyguard sexually assaulted a 16-year-old fan in the 1980s and then threatened to “beat her head in” if she spoke up about it. A spokesperson for the actor described the claims as “ridiculous” and “categorically false”, after a 1986 police report into the alleged encounter was obtained by Mail Online. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-17 12:14:32


'Rape is a rampant issue'; taboo drama Verna battles the censors in Pakistan

Rejected for its ‘edgy content’, Shoaib Mansoor’s timely revenge thriller has finally made it into cinemas after a public backlash. Is the country’s film industry ready for change?

In recent years, Pakistan has seen a huge resurgence of its film industry, which has emerged from the shadow of Bollywood to find its own identity, one at the forefront of the battle between a growing conservatism in the country and an emboldened youth hungry for change. There’s a notable trend towards female-led narratives, which are not only setting new standards in storytelling, but also challenging taboos around the treatment of women in society. The battle to get the voices and experiences of women on screen achieved a much-needed victory this week when the Pakistani censor board backed down over a decision to ban a new film about the injustices faced by rape victims in the ...

Published 2017-11-17 17:58:32


George Clooney returns to television for Catch-22, two decades after ER

Clooney will direct and star in the serialised adaptation of Joseph Heller’s darkly comedic 1961 novel

George Clooney will make his return to television in a serialised adaptation of Catch-22, Paramount Television revealed on Thursday. Clooney, who left hit medical drama ER nearly 20 years ago, will direct and star in the six-episode series, based on US author Joseph Heller’s darkly comedic 1961 novel of the same name. Related: Lucy Mangan bids farewell to a ER, the show that revolutionalised TV drama Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-17 02:30:36


Indian film Padmavati sparks protests over 'Hindu-Muslim romance'

Government asked to delay movie’s release and riot police may be on standby at cinemas after attacks on director and threats against its star Deepika Padukone

Riot police may be deployed at Indian cinemas over the release of a film about a mythological Indian queen that has sparked protests, attacks on the set and director, and threats to mutilate the lead actor. The Indian government is being asked to intervene to delay the release of Padmavati, a film based on an epic 16th-century poem, starring Deepika Padukone as the titular character. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-16 11:33:00


Deadpool 2: watch the bizarre first trailer for the gonzo superhero sequel

Ryan Reynolds’s self-aware hero brushes up on his portraiture in the latest instalment of the comic-book movie’s peculiar promotional campaign

A distinctly peculiar teaser trailer for Marvel’s meta comic-book sequel Deadpool 2 has emerged. Paying homage to the cult TV painter Bob Ross, the latest teaser – titled Wet on Wet – sees Ryan Reynolds’ foul-mouthed superhero donning the late artist’s impressive perm and mimicking his syrupy tones. Eventually, after several minutes of innuendo-laden monologue and exaggerated brushstrokes, we are finally treated to some footage from the upcoming sequel, including explosions, bloodied chainsaws, and its star making an unwelcome appearance at a funeral.My secret to a proper stuffing? Gentle hands, heavy eye contact, and bundles of thyme. #DeadHouseKeeping #Deadpool ...

Published 2017-11-15 16:07:15


Pokémon fans in shock as Pikachu speaks English in latest movie

Audible gasps and expletives at screenings as the best known Pokémon departs from the convention of being able to say only his name

Pokémon fans around the world have been left in shock by a controversial scene in the series’s latest animated movie in which Pikachu is seen to speak English. The iconic Pokémon, who has functioned as the series mascot since the late 1990s, has traditionally been unable to speak human languages. Like most other Pokémon, he could only repeat his own name.Hi, I am just learning that Pikachu speaks English in the new Pokemon movie and, yes, it is extremely fucking weird pic.twitter.com/k5hm5lyW7Y Related: Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! review – a cute corporate rebranding exercise Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-14 07:51:12


Paddington does not get sworn at in Christmas ad for M&S, says watchdog

Ad caused social media furore after some viewers misheard words ‘thank you, little bear’

It’s official: Marks & Spencer’s Christmas ad does not feature Paddington bear being sworn at, according to the UK advertising watchdog. M&S’s festive campaign features the accident-prone Paddington mistaking a bearded burglar for Santa Claus. The lovable bear ends up helping the criminal, played by the actor Mark Benton, return presents he stole and gives him a marmalade sandwich in a final gesture of generous Christmas spirit. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-14 10:13:21


Paddington 2 makes marmalade of the UK box office competition

The charming bear’s return looks set to capture Christmas, while the outlook is far from terminal for Murder on the Orient Express

Given the huge box office success of the first Paddington movie audience affection for the bear and critical acclaim for Paddington 2, a big opening for the sequel was a given. The only question was: how big? Its predecessor debuted in the UK just under three years ago with £5.13m from 518 cinemas. This time around, distributor StudioCanal achieved a slightly wider release out of the gate, rolling Paddington 2 into 607 venues. Gross for the debut session is £8.26m, an increase of 61% on the Paddington number. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-14 15:44:01


Beyond Mamma Mia! Hollywood courted as Greece vies for slice of movie millions

Despite the success of Abba movie and The Big Blue, film-makers have failed to flock to Greece. The PM wants to change that

Nikos Giannopoulos still vividly recalls the excitement that swept the people of Amorgos when French film-makers arrived to make The Big Blue three decades ago. “Everyone wanted to be a part of it,” says Giannopoulos, the movie’s executive producer, as he takes in the remote island’s dramatic landscape. Related: Yanis Varoufakis: ‘I was missing my daughter so badly’ Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-13 08:05:21


Danish authorities investigating claims of sexual abuse at Lars Von Trier's studio Zentropa

Investigation follows allegations made by nine women against production firm, which CEO says do ‘not match the Zentropa I know’. Von Trier not named in claims

Danish authorities are investigating allegations of “sexual harassment, degradation and bullying” at Zentropa, the film studio co-founded by director Lars Von Trier. The investigation comes in response of a report by the Danish newspaper Politiken, in which nine women – all former employees at Zentropa – spoke of an “ingrained” culture of abuse at the studio. Several of the those interviewed said that their treatment had prompted them to stop working in the film industry altogether. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-13 12:35:55


‘Monumental mistake’: photographer sorry for altering Lupita Nyong’o’s hair

An Le, who shot cover for Grazia magazine, apologises for ‘unbelievably damaging and hurtful act’ after actor complains

The photographer who altered the hair of the Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o on the cover of Grazia magazine has apologised for an “incredibly monumental mistake”. An Le said he recognised that the smoothing and erasing of parts of Nyong’o’s hair was an “unbelievably damaging and hurtful act”. Related: Lupita Nyong’o is right: erasing her afro hair exposes the extent of prejudice | Yasmin Jones-Henry Disappointed that @GraziaUK edited out & smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like. #dtmh pic.twitter.com/10UUScS7Xo Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-13 13:31:08


Amazon announces Lord of the Rings TV adaptation

The streaming service has acquired the rights to JRR Tolkien’s fantasy epic and has committed to a multi-season series with potential spin-offs

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the rest of Middle Earth are making the switch to the small screen after Amazon announced it has committed to a multi-series adaptation inspired by JRR Tolkien’s classic fantasy novels. The television adaptation will tell new stories based in the period preceding The Fellowship of the Ring, the novel that provided the basis for the first part of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-13 19:39:02


Film company behind Love Actually to open school in London

Working Title aims to tackle lack of diversity in industry by teaching film production alongside national curriculum

Working Title, the British company behind Bridget Jones, Love Actually and The Theory of Everything, is opening a new school in north London in an attempt to improve diversity in the film industry. The Working Title School, which will be for 16- to 19-year-olds, was granted planning permission last week. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-12 14:22:19


Richard Dreyfuss denies exposing himself to writer in 1987

Jaws star: I thought flirting and kissing was ‘consensual seduction ritual’Jessica Teich spoke out after actor supported his son’s Spacey claimThe actor has denied exposing himself to a female writer helping him with a TV script in the 1980s.

Related: George Takei responds to accusation he sexually assaulted a young actor Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-12 15:30:06


#MeToo: thousands march in LA as sexual misconduct allegations continue

Event aims to support sexual assault and harassment victimsOrganizers hope to spread conversation on harassment beyond HollywoodThousands of people marched in Los Angeles on Sunday in support of victims of sexual assault and harassment, inspired by a social media campaign that has exposed the extent of such abuse in everyday life.

The #MeToo march along Sunset Boulevard was due to culminate in a rally on on Sunday night and follows a relentless series of accusations by men and women who say they were victimised by high-powered figures in the entertainment industry. Related: Reel dilemma: are we condoning the conduct of Hollywood's tyrants by watching their films? Here are the #MeToo demonstrators marching to Hollywood and Highland a bit ago. pic.twitter.com/edhR9gnbfq Related: George Takei responds to accusation he sexually assaulted a young actor Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-12 18:38:41


Film tells how Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr helped to invent wifi

Hedy Lamarr starred in biblical blockbusters . Now a Susan Sarandon-produced film will tell how her scientific work pioneered modern communications

It is an extraordinary story, ripe for the telling: a glamorous Hollywood leading lady is at the summit of the film industry, yet treated as a sexual trophy and repeatedly undervalued intellectually. But her scientific knowhow leads to a breakthrough in military technology and opens up the way for contemporary communications methods, such as Bluetooth and wifi. The remarkable life of the Austrian-born Hedy Lamarr – considered the most beautiful woman in the world by her Hollywood peers in the 1940s and 50s – is now the subject of a documentary, co-produced by the actress Susan Sarandon, which receives its British premiere in London on Wednesday as part of the Jewish Film Festival. ...

Published 2017-11-12 00:04:39


Film-makers race to reclaim the dark soul of Pinocchio

Three rival movies are looking back to the original macabre storyThe wooden puppet whose dreams of becoming a real boy have enchanted generations of children since he was created in 19th century Italy is bursting back to life this Christmas.

Almost 80 years since Pinocchio, the toy whose nose grew when he lied, inspired Walt Disney’s cinematic masterpiece, at least three major movies are planned, and the National Theatre is premiering a “spectacular” staging in time for Christmas. Go back to the original story and it’s very moralistic, dark and violent in many aspects Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-12 00:05:39


Ellen Page says Brett Ratner outed her as gay in sexual remark during X-Men filming

Actor says Ratner urged another woman to have sex with her to ‘make her realize she’s gay’ before Page had come out to herself

The actor Ellen Page has accused the embattled film-maker Brett Ratner of “homophobic and abusive behavior”, alleging that he outed her as gay and made a sexual remark about her when she was 18 years old. Page, a high-profile gay actor known for the films Juno and Inception, accused Ratner of encouraging another woman to have sex with her, saying: “You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay” during the making of X-Men: The Last Stand.I was there when that comment was made. I stand with you .@EllenPage https://t.co/DEIvKDXeEL Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-11 13:09:36


Ellen Page says Brett Ratner outed her as gay in sexual remark when she was 18

Actor says Ratner urged another woman to have sex with her to ‘make her realize she’s gay’ before Page had come out to herself

The actor Ellen Page has accused the embattled film-maker Brett Ratner of “homophobic and abusive behavior”, alleging that he outed her as gay and made a sexual remark about her when she was 18 years old. Page, a high-profile gay actor known for the films Juno and Inception, accused Ratner of encouraging another woman to have sex with her, saying: “You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay” during the making of X-Men: The Last Stand.I was there when that comment was made. I stand with you .@EllenPage https://t.co/DEIvKDXeEL Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-10 22:00:25


Lupita Nyong’o accuses Grazia of editing her hair to fit 'Eurocentric' ideals

Actor posts what appears to be original photo, saying UK magazine’s alteration of her hair is ‘omission of native heritage’

The Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o has accused Grazia magazine of editing her hair on the front cover of its latest edition to “fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like”. Nyong’o posted an image of the Grazia front page on social media alongside what appears to be the original image. While the cover of Grazia shows Nyong’o with short and smooth hair, the original image shows that some of her hair has been removed.Disappointed that @GraziaUK edited out & smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like. #dtmh pic.twitter.com/10UUScS7Xo Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-10 12:06:26


Weinstein may face UK civil claim over sexual assault allegations

Top lawyer says anonymous client remains traumatised over alleged assaults by film producer in UK and US after 2000

Harvey Weinstein could face a civil compensation claim in the UK from a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by the Hollywood producer in Britain and the US. The woman, who worked in the film industry, currently wishes to remain anonymous but is represented by a prominent London lawyer, Jill Greenfield, who has previously won significant damages for a client in a civil rape claim. The unusual route for redress could lead to further civil claims in the UK against Weinstein, who is facing multiple sexual assault accusations from women on both sides of the Atlantic. He denies any allegations of non-consensual sex. Scotland Yard has said it is investigating allegations made last ...

Published 2017-11-10 14:33:50


LA police investigating Hollywood paedophile ring claims made by Corey Feldman

LAPD confirms it has received a report filed by the former child actor who is seeking funding for a film about alleged underage abuse in the film industry

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating claims made by actor Corey Feldman concerning an alleged paedophile ring in Hollywood. LAPD detective Ross Nemeroff confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that an investigation had been launched by the department following a report filed by the former child star on Monday. “When a report is filed on something as severe as this, an investigation is opened by the robbery/homicide division, which also handles sex crimes,” he said. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-9 11:41:32


Steven Seagal accused of harassment by Arrested Development actor Portia De Rossi

Incident, which saw the actor allegedly ‘unzip his trousers’ during an audition in his office, follows similar claims of misconduct made by three other women

Portia De Rossi has accused actor and producer Steven Seagal of sexually harassing her during an audition for one of his films. The allegations, which were shared by the Arrested Development actor on Twitter, follows similar claims of misconduct made against Seagal by three other women.I’m proud of my wife. https://t.co/NABbOJoBrf Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-9 16:16:20


Israeli intelligence firm apologises for working with Harvey Weinstein

Black Cube reportedly hired to help stop publication of abuse allegations‘We apologise to whoever was hurt by this. It’s a shame we took the job’An Israeli intelligence firm that reportedly helped Harvey Weinstein on women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault has said it is sorry that it agreed to work with the Hollywood producer.

Earlier this week, the New Yorker reported that Weinstein had hired Black Cube, which markets itself as a group of ex-members of Israeli intelligence units specializing in business and litigation challenges, to help stop the publication of abuse allegations against him. Related: Ex-Israeli PM introduced Harvey Weinstein to former Mossad spies Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-9 20:20:22


Disney reveals plan for new Star Wars trilogy and live-action TV series

CEO Bob Iger has announced that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will create a new set of films while a small-screen iteration is expected by 2019

Disney has announced plans for a new Star Wars trilogy and TV series in a company call to discuss annual earnings. The company’s CEO, Bob Iger, revealed that the writer-director Rian Johnson will tackle the new films, which will feature completely new characters in “a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored”. Related: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – five things we learned from the spectacular new trailer Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-9 22:43:43


Tom Stoppard is 'bashful' winner of lifetime achievement award

David Cohen prize goes to playwright and screenwriter acclaimed by judges for his ‘unfailingly creative, innovative and brilliant work’

The playwright Tom Stoppard has won the David Cohen prize for a lifetime’s achievement in literature, hailed as a “giant of 20th-century British drama” with an “outstanding and enduring body of unfailingly creative, innovative and brilliant work”. On hearing the news, Stoppard, who is 80, said: “Winning a lifetime achievement award, one’s first thought is: ‘Surely not yet.’ And one’s second is: ‘Just in time, mate’ … Quite frankly, it has always meant a lot to me, the idea that one is writing for the future as well. I’m never convinced it will work out that way. We still don’t know in the long run, it’s impossible to say. History is full of the names of ...

Published 2017-11-8 19:40:01


Apple announces drama series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston

The tech giant has given a two-season order to an untitled drama about the lives of people working on morning television as well as a show from Steven Spielberg

Apple has announced a major scripted series, winning a bidding war for an untitled drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. The show will focus on the lives of people working in the world of morning television. Apple has given the go-ahead to a two-season order, 20 episodes in total. Witherspoon and Aniston will also produce the show. Related: Carpool Karaoke: The Series – can James Corden help Apple break into original TV? Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-8 20:02:02


Kevin Spacey cut out of film and replaced by Christopher Plummer

Veteran actor brought in to reshoot J Paul Getty biopic as new allegation of harassment is made against the disgraced double Oscar winner

Kevin Spacey is being cut out of Ridley Scott’s forthcoming film about oil magnate J Paul Getty and replaced by Christopher Plummer little more than a month before its release. As fresh allegations of sexual harassment against a teenage boy were directed at the double Oscar-winning Spacey, Plummer was starting reshoots immediately in the role of Getty in the film All The Money In The World, sources close to the production said on Wednesday. Related: Hollywood actors speak of 'rampant' problem of male abusers targeting men Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-9 05:40:04


The Post: watch the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s timely Pentagon Papers drama

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in the director’s latest, which nods to current events in its tale of governmental cover-ups and crusading journalism

The first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers drama The Post has emerged hot off the presses. Recalling the real-life story of the Washington Post’s 1971 legal battle to publish damning classified information about the Vietnam war following a governmental cover-up that spanned four US presidencies, the film stars Oscar winners Tom Hanks as Post editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham. The Post also features a supporting cast of names from TV and film, including Carrie Coon, Bob Odenkirk and Sarah Paulson, while Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods appears as Daniel Ellsberg, the military whistleblower who was charged with conspiracy and espionage for ...

Published 2017-11-8 06:30:30


Ex-Israeli PM introduced Harvey Weinstein to former Mossad spies

Ehud Barak admits referring movie mogul to private investigators who reportedly helped to suppress sexual abuse allegations

The former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak has said he introduced the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to a Tel Aviv-based investigations firm made up of former spies reportedly hired by the producer to suppress sexual abuse allegations against him. Weinstein allegedly hired an “army of spies” in an attempt to stop accusers from going public with sexual misconduct claims against him, according to a report in the New Yorker this week. Related: Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan's memoir Brave 'will pull no punches' Related: 'Stand united': Weinstein accusers join forces to publish list of allegations Why didn't I, @rosemcgowan, @RoArquette @AnnabellSciorra spoke up ...

Published 2017-11-8 13:51:32


Murder on the Orient Express steams ahead at the UK box office

A big budget and starry cast prove just the ticket as Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery slays Thor: Ragnarok

Would audiences pay to see another film version of the most famous whodunnit ever? Fox gambled that they would, throwing a lavish budget and a cavalcade of stars at the screen with Murder on the Orient Express, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-7 13:50:47


Harvey Weinstein hired ex-Mossad agents to suppress allegations, report claims

Harvey Weinstein calls New Yorker report ‘fiction’, as magazine alleges producer used an ‘army of spies’ to stop accusers from going public

Harvey Weinstein allegedly hired an “army of spies”, including former Mossad agents, in an attempt to stop accusers from going public with sexual misconduct claims against him, according to a report in the New Yorker. Among the private security agencies hired by Weinstein starting around autumn 2016, the magazine claims, was Black Cube, which is largely run by former officers of Israeli intelligence agencies, including Mossad. Another was corporate intelligence giant Kroll. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-7 15:39:41


Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan's memoir Brave 'will pull no punches'

The actor has alleged that the film producer raped her in 1997, and her book promises to ‘shine a light on a business built on systemic misogyny’

Rose McGowan’s memoir Brave, a book that the New Yorker claimed on Monday was the subject of an investigation by a private security agency hired by the film producer Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers, will be published on 30 January 2018 by HarperCollins. Related: Weinstein hired ex-Mossad agents to suppress abuse allegations, report claims pic.twitter.com/cA6v10pulQ Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-7 16:23:23


Disney ends blackout of LA Times after boycott from media outlets

Studio lifts ban on Los Angeles Times journalists attending preview screenings after dispute that led to other critics threatening not to cover Disney films

Disney has reversed its decision to ban the Los Angeles Times from attending film screenings as punishment for the paper’s critical coverage of its business operations. Related: 21st Century Fox held talks with Disney over possible sale, reports say Saluting the film journalists standing up for one another. Standing with you. https://t.co/M9Fs22vv4L Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-7 20:10:37


'Stand united': Weinstein accusers join forces to publish list of allegations

Women release Google doc presenting detailed summaries of more than 100 sexual misconduct allegations against producer: ‘There is strength in numbers’

A group of women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct have published a list of more than 100 allegations of harassment, abuse and rape, launching a campaign to “stand united” against the disgraced movie producer and any efforts to intimidate victims. The women released a Google Doc with detailed summaries on Tuesday, one day after a New Yorker investigation alleged that Weinstein had deployed an “army of spies” to monitor and silence his accusers. The Hollywood mogul, according to the report, had hired private investigators to aggressively track actors and journalists in a highly sophisticated push to prevent the publication of a litany of sexual harassment and ...

Published 2017-11-7 23:09:30


21st Century Fox held talks with Disney over possible sale, reports say

Deal to sell most of Rupert Murdoch-controlled company would establish new Hollywood powerhouse but would not include Fox News, CNBC report says

The Rupert Murdoch-controlled 21st Century Fox has held talks to sell most of the company to Walt Disney, CNBC reported on Monday, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter. The news comes as Fox is struggling to secure full control of Sky, the British satellite television giant. That £11.7bn ($15.41bn) deal has run foul of regulator’s’ concerns about media plurality in the UK and the Murdochs’ commitment to broadcasting standards. Related: Fox News shows broke UK TV impartiality rules, Ofcom finds Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-6 20:14:16


M&S Christmas ad uses Paddington Bear to target family audience

Campaign, which makes debut on Tuesday, is linked to 90 products and has charity tie-in, echoing tactics used by John Lewis

Marks & Spencer has followed the John Lewis festive playbook with a Paddington Bear-fronted Christmas campaign that embraces instore events, cuddly toys and a charity tie-in. “Paddington and the Christmas Visitor” will be linked to 90 products including a £12 soft toy version of Paddington and a £42 duffel coat. An expected £200,000 in profits from one of the items – a £3 book – will go to the NSPCC to help fund its Childline service. Related: Business Today: sign up for a morning shot of financial news Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-7 00:01:19


Disney's blackout of LA Times triggers boycott from media outlets

Several journalists said they would no longer attend Disney preview screenings until the company allowed the Los Angeles Times access after a reporting dispute

Disney has ignited a media roasting after blacklisting the Los Angeles Times from film screenings to punish the paper for critical coverage of its business operations. Related: 21st Century Fox held talks with Disney over possible sale, reports say Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-7 10:00:31


Weinstein hired ex-Mossad agents to suppress abuse allegations, report claims

Harvey Weinstein calls New Yorker report ‘fiction’, as magazine alleges producer used an ‘army of spies’ to stop accusers from going public

Harvey Weinstein allegedly hired an “army of spies”, including former Mossad agents, in an attempt to stop accusers from going public with sexual misconduct claims against him, according to a report in the New Yorker. Among the private security agencies hired by Weinstein starting around autumn 2016, the magazine claims, was Black Cube, which is largely run by former officers of Israeli intelligence agencies, including Mossad. Another was corporate intelligence giant Kroll. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-7 10:39:23


Kevin Spacey accused of sexual assault by son of actor Richard Dreyfuss

Harry Dreyfuss alleges that the House of Cards star touched him inappropriately while his father was in the same room

The son of actor Richard Dreyfuss has accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct, alleging that the House of Cards star molested him while his father was in the same room. Harry Dreyfuss, who was 18 at the time of the incident, made the claims in an essay published by Buzzfeed. In it he described Spacey as a “sexual predator”, who felt “safe” to abuse him, knowing that he “wouldn’t say a word”. Related: Kevin Spacey preyed on young men at Old Vic theatre, actor claims I love my son @harrydreyfuss more than I could explain with all the words in the world. And I am so incredibly proud of him right now. https://t.co/iLOxTxPe4n Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-6 11:24:34


Spy mystery of British sisters who helped Jewish refugees flee the Nazis

Producers of biopic tell of CIA files on opera-loving secretaries Ida and Louise Cook who repeatedly flew to Germany to rescue refugeesThe extraordinary story of two British sisters who became unlikely heroines in helping Jews to flee Nazi persecution is to be told on the big screen.

Ida and Louise Cook were two unassuming civil service secretaries whose passion for opera became their pretext for travelling repeatedly to Germany in the 1930s. While they toured the country’s opera houses, they also secured a safe passage for dozens of people who would otherwise have perished in the Holocaust. Related: Kindertransport, 75 years on: 'It was fantastic to feel free at last' Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-5 00:04:03


Harvey Weinstein: police say Paz de la Huerta's rape claim is 'credible'

New York police department confirms it is investigating allegation by actor, who says Weinstein raped her twice, and is gathering evidence to seek arrest warrant

New York City police believe a 2010 rape allegation made against Harvey Weinstein by the actor Paz de la Huerta is “credible”, and are gathering evidence to seek an arrest warrant. Chief of detectives Robert Boyce said on Friday that investigators have interviewed de la Huerta, who publicly accused Weinstein of raping her twice in her apartment. Related: The allegations against Harvey Weinstein – a list Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-3 21:15:34


Paz de la Huerta accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her on two occasions

New York Police Department confirms it is investigating claims by the actor, who says the producer raped her twice in 2010

Police in New York are investigating an accusation of sexual misconduct made against Harvey Weinstein by the actor Paz de La Huerta, who claims that the producer raped her on two occasions. De la Huerta, who has appeared in several movies as well as in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, told Vanity Fair that both incidents occurred in New York in late 2010. She claims the first took place in November at the actor’s apartment, after Weinstein had offered her a ride home and demanded to come inside and have a drink. Related: The allegations against Harvey Weinstein – a list Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-3 09:46:21


Kevin Spacey: British police investigate sexual assault claims

Officers look into allegations man was assaulted in London in 2008, while Spacey was working in the UK capital

British police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault made against the Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey, the Guardian understands. Officers from Scotland Yard’s child abuse and sexual offences team are looking into claims a man was sexually assaulted in London in 2008, while Spacey was working in the UK capital as the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre. Related: Netflix cancels House of Cards amid Kevin Spacey allegations Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-3 12:57:58


Syrian film-maker accused of faking his own attempted murder

Video footage appears to show Muhammad Bayazid discussing ‘assassination’ plan to help generate publicity for anti-Assad film

Doubts have emerged about the story of a Syrian filmmaker who claimed to have survived a murder attempt in Istanbul last month, after videos were published in which he appears to be planning the attempt on his own life to generate publicity for his anti-Assad film. Muhammad Bayazid said he was stabbed while going to meet a potential financial backer for his film, a dramatised account of a political prisoner who spent years in Syria’s infamous dungeons. Related: Syrian film-maker making prison torture movie survives 'assassination attempt' Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-3 14:58:34


Brett Ratner accused of rape in most serious allegation yet against film-maker

The Rush Hour director has issued a libel suit against a former talent agency employee who wrote on Facebook that Ratner forced himself on her

Film-maker and producer Brett Ratner has been accused of rape, following on from a string of other accusations from women in Hollywood. Variety obtained a Facebook post in which a Melanie Kohler, a former employee of the Endeavor Talent Agency, accused the Rush Hour director of forcing himself on her. Related: Film-maker Brett Ratner accused by six women of sexual misconduct Related: Dustin Hoffman faces second sexual harassment claim Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-2 20:45:37


Dustin Hoffman faces second sexual harassment claim

The Oscar-winning actor is accused by writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis of propositioning her in 1991 when she pitched a film project

A second woman has come forward with an allegation of harassment against Dustin Hoffman, a day after the actor was forced to apologise for his past behaviour. Writer and producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis claims that Hoffman propositioned her during a pitch meeting in 1991, an encounter which she says left her “close to tears”. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-2 15:15:14


Dustin Hoffman accused of sexual harassment against 17-year-old

Writer Anna Graham Hunter alleges the actor groped her and engaged in sexually inappropriate conversations on the set of 1985 TV movie Death of a Salesman

Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexual harassment against a 17-year-old intern in 1985. Writer Anna Graham Hunter alleges that the actor, now 80, groped her on the set of TV movie Death of a Salesman and spoke inappropriately about sex with her. Related: Moguls and starlets: 100 years of Hollywood’s corrosive, systemic sexism Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-1 14:04:12


Film-maker Brett Ratner accused by six women of sexual misconduct

The director of Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand has been accused of a range of unwanted sexual behaviour by Hollywood actors

Director and producer Brett Ratner has been accused of sexual misconduct by six women, including actors Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand director has been accused of behaviour ranging from sexual assault to harassment, that took place in private homes, movie sets and industry events. Continue reading...

Published 2017-11-1 15:44:33


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