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Ashley Judd sues Harvey Weinstein for sexual harassment

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Hollywood actor says producer damaged her career after she refused his sexual advances

“The Hollywood actor Ashley Judd has filed a defamation and sexual harassment lawsuit against the film producer Harvey Weinstein, alleging that he damaged her career after she refused his sexual advances.

The civil lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles superior court in Santa Monica on Monday, accuses Weinstein of causing Judd to lose a part in The Lord of the Rings in 1998 by making baseless smears against her.

The lawsuit, reviewed by Reuters, alleges Weinstein was retaliating against Ms Judd for rejecting his sexual demands approximately one year earlier, when he cornered her in a hotel room under the guise of discussing business.

It added: Weinstein used his power in the entertainment industry to damage Ms Judds reputation and limit her ability to find work.

A representative for Weinstein issued a statement hours later saying the former studio boss had neither defamed Ms Judd nor ever interfered with Ms Judds career.

Instead, the statement said, Weinstein championed Judds work and repeatedly approved her casting for two of his movies – Frida in 2002, starring Salma Hayek, and Crossing Over with Harrison Ford in 2009. It also said he had fought for Ms Judd as his first choice for a lead role in Good Will Hunting.

The statement did not address Judds allegations that she was sexually harassed by Weinstein.

Judd was one of the first women, in October 2017, to make an on-the-record allegation of sexual misconduct against Weinstein, which soon afterwards evolved into the #MeToo social media movement against sexual harassment and assault. The Oscar-winning producer has since been accused of sexual impropriety by more than 70 women.

He has denied having non-consensual sex with…”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/may/01/ashley-judd-sues-harvey-weinstein-for-sexual-harassment

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‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman opens up about Hollywood racism in SAG speech

Charmaine Blake

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“Chadwick Boseman is a superhero, and you’d better believe he gave a speech worthy of a superhero after Black Panther picked up the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture on Sunday.

“To be young, gifted, and black,” Boseman, who plays the lead role of T’Challa, said to the crowd. “We all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured — yet you are young, gifted and black. We know what it’s like to be told, to say there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it’s like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above.

“And that is what we went to work with every day. Because we knew — not that we would be around during Awards season and that it would make a billion dollars — but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/black-panther-chadwick-boseman-sag-awards-speech/

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A complete guide to watching all 53 of the 2019 Oscar-nominated films

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May the bingeing commence!

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Alright, film buffs. It is go time.

“Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and The Big Sick‘s Kumail Nanjiani took to the microphone Tuesday morning to announce the official nominees for the 91st Academy Awards. While the races may be tight, one thing is clear: we have got a lot of watching to do before the big show on Feb. 24.

To help you dive into your marathon of 2018 cinematic excellence, we have compiled a list of all 53 nominated films with details on where and when you can watch them within the U.S. Of course, availability is subject to change.

Best picture nominees have been denoted with an asterisks (*) and short film availability has been explained at the end of the post. A quick heads up: As of right now, Showtime, STARZ, and Cinemax have none of the nominated films available — we checked.

Now, get started on that 4,601 minutes (aka a little under 77 hours) of viewing! Oh, yes. We checked that too.

Currently streaming

All of these films are ready to be streamed by you right now. Click a link to go directly to the film’s streaming page. Purchase or rental fees may apply………………………………………………………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/oscar-nominated-movies-2019-where-to-watch/

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Razzie nominations skewer ‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ ‘Holmes & Watson,’ and the Trumps

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Smile and wave … just smile and wave.

“Entertainment’s most dishonorable honors are back and this time their public shaming is focused on the White House.

Mocking the worst of the worst in last year’s cinema, the 39th Annual Razzie Awards announced their nominees today with President Donald J. Trump notably front and center. Nominated for his “roles” in documentaries Fahrenheit 11/9 and Death of a Nation, Trump is in the running for 2018’s Worst Actor as well as half of 2018’s Worst Screen Combo. (The other half? “His Self Perpetuating Pettiness.”)

Also appearing in Fahrenheit 11/9, First Lady Melania Trump and Counselor for the White House Kellyanne Conway are going head-to-head for Worst Supporting Actress.

In more traditional Razzie fashion, box office flops The Happytime Murders, Holmes & Watson, and Gotti — garnering six nominations a piece — are set to compete against Robin Hood and Winchester for Worst Picture.

The Razzie “winners” are due to be announced Feb. 23. Check out the official announcement as well as a complete list of nominees below.

Worst Picture
Gotti
The Happytime Murders
Holmes & Watson
Robin Hood
Winchester

Worst Actress
Jennifer Garner / Peppermint
Amber Heard / London Fields
Melissa McCarthy / The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party
Helen Mirren / Winchester
Amanda Seyfried / The Clapper ………………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/2019-razzie-awards-nominations-list/

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