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Ashley Judd sues Harvey Weinstein for sexual harassment



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…”

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Die Hard At 30: How It Remains The Quintessential American Action Movie



Bruce Willis vest-wearing hero was an unlikely savior in 1988 and despite endless attempts to recycle the formula, he remains without equal in the genre

“The first shot of John McClane in Die Hard is his left hand digging into the armrest as his plane lands at LAX. We can see hes wearing a wedding band on his ring finger. His seatmate then gives him an unusual piece of advice about surviving air travel: once he settles in, he should take off his socks and shoes and make fists with his toes on the rug. Then he reaches up to the overhead bin, revealing a holstered gun dangling from his midsection.

All of this is mundane stuff. Its also a prime example of why Die Hard remains the greatest American action movie since it was released 30 years ago this week.

Consider everything that the director, John McTiernan, and his screenwriters, Jeb Stuart and Steven E de Souza, set up in this brief little scene. Though Bruce Willis plays McClane as the modern American cowboy, Roy Rogers with an attitude, the film-makers choose to emphasize his vulnerability first. His fear of flying gets us primed for the bumps and bruises he will sustain all night long, when a phalanx of terrorists take over a Christmas party at Nakatomi Plaza. McClanes most important quality isnt his toughness, but his flesh-and-blood humanity, which is what most of the films sequels get wrong. The advice he gets from his seatmate gives him a reason to be barefoot during the entire ordeal, including a sequence where henchmen deliberately shoot out the glass to shred his flat soles. The gun establishes him as one of New Yorks finest, and the ring suggests a commitment to his marriage that his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), we soon learn, doesnt share.

There are dozens of other examples of small, deftly planted details that will pay off later on. The first terrorist McClane kills has feet smaller than [his] sisters, so he cant take his shoes; he also happens to be……”

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Summer movies, shows, and games we’re (still) excited about

Charmaine Blake



‘Mama Mia! Here We Go Again’ is sure to satisfy those summer romance vibes.

Image: Jonathan Prime/universal studios

At times the summer months seem to drag on with their sweltering temperatures and seemingly limitless supply of eye- and skin-damaging sunshine.

But there’s a less oppressive light at the end of this very bright tunnel, and it’s made out of thousands of tiny pixels. Yes, I’m talking about screens, an important part of the most enjoyable summer experience: staying inside and watching shit.

Lucky for us, there are still so many summer releases to look forward to this season, from block-busting monster movies to steamy romance films, lawyer-centric dramas to Mamma Mia sequels. And we are so excited for them to come out.

Man, it’s a hot one this year, so put these bad boys on your list of excuses to stay out of the sun:

Eighth GradeJuly 13

The voice of Agnes in Despicable Me is all grown up! And she’s facing the painful, cringe-worthy middle school years we all have to get through. Bo Burnham’s feature film debut, Eighth Grade, promises to take a sincere and comedic look at the reality of those awkward stages in-between playground and prom—with bonus insight into what 2018 middle schoolers are experiencing.

Aside from the delightful trailer, the film’s promise is held in its Rotten Tomatoes score. A few dozen early reviews gave it a critics consensus of 98%. That’s good news for Burnham and even better news for those of us who look back fondly as ourselves at our most earnest. –Alison Foreman

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, July 20

Slap on some sparkly boots and your favorite hairbrush microphone — we’re going back to a magical Greek island. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again has everything one could want in a prequel/sequel: ABBA songs, Christine Baranski, relationship ~ drama ~. Plus Lily James is playing young Meryl Streep and Cher (yes CHER) is playing Streep’s mother. Can you honestly think of anything more blissful than sitting in some nice air conditioning eating some popcorn and watching all that? I CANNOT. –Erin Strecker

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New Bruce Lee Bio…



(CNN) “Bruce Lee was training a friend one day when he did something unexpected.

But Lee ended the training session at his home on this particular day with a different type of flourish. He lit a joint and started puffing away. It came from a box of marijuana cigarettes he kept in his garage. Lee would later move on to hashish, carrying it around in little bags and nibbling on it like edibles.
“It raises the consciousness level,” Lee explained when another martial artist asked him why he got high.
That’s not the type of story one typically hears about Lee. Since he died at age 32, his legend has grown to such mythological levels that one martial artist calls him “kung fu Jesus.” A new biography, though, debunks some of the most popular myths about the man.
“Bruce Lee: A Life” by Matthew Polly is the first in-depth account of Lee’s journey from a street-brawling teenager to a global icon. The book, which comes on the 45th anniversary of Lee’s death, features interviews from everyone from his childhood classmates to friends who saw him smoke up to the woman who last saw him alive. Lee’s charisma, ambition and relentless appetite for combat leap off the pages. You can practically hear his catlike shrieks in some of the most vivid sections.
If you think you know Lee, this book may shock you.
Among its surprises:
Lee was a “kinetic genius” who could quickly master any martial arts fighting style. But he never learned to ride a bike and was declared medically unfit for the draft after failing his physical.
He has been portrayed as an impoverished immigrant who came to America to make it big, but he actually grew up in an affluent Hong Kong family with its own chauffer and two live-in maids.
He is seen as a Chinese superhero with a statue in Hong Kong, but he was also part Jewish.
Polly, who interviewed at least 100 of Lee’s friends and family members, says people often forget that Lee was virtually unknown in the United States when he died. His breakthrough movie, “Enter the Dragon,” was released less than a month after his mysterious death in Hong Kong in July 1973.
Lee is the only major Western icon whose fame is entirely posthumous, says Polly, who, as a skinny, bullied kid, was inspired by Lee’s films to later move to China and study kung fu at a Shaolin temple.
Lee wasn’t just an entertainer; he was an evangelist. Millions took up martial arts because of him, Polly says.
“No other celebrity changed people’s lives in that way,” Polly says. “Nobody watched a Steve McQueen movie and took up something. People study martial arts because of Lee, and it changed their lives for the better. Bruce Lee has a place in a lot of fans’ hearts as a demigod, or what I call a patron saint of kung fu. He had a missionary effect. “

He never apologized for being Asian

He also changed the way many Westerners regarded Asians, Polly’s book shows.
Lee was the “the first Asian American actor to embody the classic Hollywood definition of a star,” Polly wrote. “Men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him.”
Lee’s pride in his heritage was contagious.
“More than anything else, what I liked most about Bruce was that he never apologized for being Oriental,” says one of Lee’s college girlfriends, a Japanese-American, in the book. “In a time when so many Asians were trying to convince themselves they were white, Bruce was so proud to be Chinese he was busting with it.”
Asian men were not traditionally depicted as sexual beings in Western films. Even Lee had only one brief love scene in the three movies he made. Away from the screen, though, Lee was a ladies’ man.
Lee was married with two kids but was caught up in the “Swinging Sixties free love ethos” and had extramarital affairs, Polly writes. There’s one passage in the book where a former mistress of Lee’s raves about how “knowledgeable” he was about a woman’s body.
The book also offers a peek into the Hollywood culture of the late 1960s and early ’70s, with intimate accounts of Lee’s friendships with stars like McQueen and James Coburn and the writer Stirling Silliphant. There’s a wonderful scene where Lee uses a martial arts lesson with Silliphant to unlock the writer’s repressed feelings about his father.
It turns out Lee was a bit of a hippie, too. At one time, he wore his hair long, sported love beads and donned dashikis. And he got high, which surprised some of the martial artists who trained with him. One judo expert quoted in the book stopped training with Lee at his home because he was sick of all the pot smoke swirling around.
Polly says he wasn’t trying to be salacious. He wanted to show another side of Lee beyond the “patron saint of kung fu” image. He interviewed Lee’s widow and daughter for the book but hasn’t heard from them since it published last month. Neither responded to CNN’s request for comment.
“I hope one day that they will see it as it is,” Polly says. “It was written from a place of love.”
Davis Miller, author of “The Tao of Bruce Lee,” says “fan-boys” won’t love Polly’s book.
“Those guys need to believe in kung fu Jesus,” says Miller, whom Polly consulted for his bio. “And they’re not getting that. They’re getting a guy who is human.”

Taking out Sammy Davis Jr.’s bodyguard

Lee, indeed, seemed superhuman in his film’s fight scenes. But how good was he when the cameras weren’t rolling? People still debate that question.
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