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Harvey Weinsteins Insidious Sabotage of Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvinos Careers

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Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino during 1996 File Photos. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

After a decades-long reign of terror, were still learning the full extent of Harvey Weinsteins damage. As sexual harassment and assault victims of the ousted producer continue to come out, other, more nuanced forms of abuse and intimidation have also begun to surface. These stories often relate back to sexual misconduct, whether its Weinstein torturing an actress for refusing his sexual demands, or bullying employees into silence and complicity.

On Wednesday, Salma Hayek published a brutal account of Weinsteins retaliation campaign against her. Enraged by Hayeks sexual rejection, Weinstein flexed his power where he could maintain, more or less, total control: the set of 2002s Frida. When he wasnt threatening to shut down the film altogether, Hayek says that Weinstein exhibited his famous temper and made punishing demands, including a sex scene with co-star Ashley Judd. In addition to putting the project in serious danger, the producer allegedly belittled Hayeks performance and dismissed her casts work, deeming the eventual Oscar winner not good enough for a theatrical release. He transformed Hayeks career triumph into a personal hell.

Although Weinstein didnt succeed in sabotaging Frida, hes long been rumored to have the power to make or break an actresss career. The promise of superstardom was often a component of his now-infamous hotel room meetings with young women. But this wasnt just a lineas Weinstein could elevate an actress, he could also tear her down.

Because of Weinsteins immense power and influence in the entertainment industry, its no wonder that so many women feared saying no to him. In Ronan Farrows late October New Yorker expos, he named Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette as actresses who suspected that, after they rejected Weinsteins advances or complained about them to company representatives, Weinstein had them removed from projects or dissuaded people from hiring them. Sorvino told the New Yorker that Weinstein pressured her sexually while they were working together, recalling, He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around.

In a subsequent guest column in the Hollywood Reporter, Sorvino wrote, People say there are lists out there, that Harvey had a blacklist not only of people he was allegedly investigating but also of people who weren’t supposed to be hired sent to casting people and agencies. I know women with whom I’ve talked since who felt that their careers were derailed. I’ve heard stories about calls being made to their agencies saying that they were drug addicts when they didn’t touch drugs. She added that, while she couldnt say for certain if her career had been derailed by Weinstein as an act of retaliation, I felt if I had accepted Harvey’s advances, I would have continued to make movies with them, and they were the people winning the Oscars for that decade. I was not offered any movie roles past 1996.

Sorvinos suspicions are far from paranoid. Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson told Stuff this week that he believes the Weinstein-led Miramax fed him false information about accusers Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd. Jackson, speaking on Weinstein for the first time, explained that these conversations took place during the early stages of development for Lord of the Rings, when he was pitching the films to Miramax. After the director expressed his interest in casting Sorvino and Judd, I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998. While Jackson had no reason to question what these guys were telling us at the time, In hindsight, I realise that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.

I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women. Jackson continued. And as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

Jackson said that while he has no direct experience or knowledge of the sexual allegations against Weinstein, he had long ago decided not to work with him. He elaborated, My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings [before New Line took over production of the film], was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work withso I haventMovie making is much more fun when you work with nice people.

He added, I vaguely remember bumping into him [Weinstein] at some award show or premiere at the time of their release, but it’s been 20 years since my last interaction of any substance with Harvey Weinstein.”

Ashley Judd responded to Jacksons interview on Twitter, writing, I remember this well. Sorvino also shared the story, with a tragic caption: Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. Im just heartsick.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/peter-jackson-admits-blacklisting-ashley-judd-and-mira-sorvino-because-of-weinstein

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Peter Dinklage gets yet another Emmy for his role as Tyrion Lannister

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Peter Dinklage wins yet another Emmy for his role in ‘Game of Thrones.’

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Peter Dinklage won his third Emmy for most outstanding supporting actor in a drama series at the Emmys on Monday.

Dinklage, who plays the iconic Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, was nominated alongside fellow Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays his brother Jaime Lannister.

For his work as Tyrion, Dinklage has been nominated in the category seven times, winning in 2011, 2015, and now 2018.

In his acceptance speech, Dinklage thanked Coster-Waldau, who earned his first Emmy nomination for his work on Game of Thrones this year.

Hopefully both actors survive the final season of Game of Thrones coming in 2019, or at least get one more nomination next year if they do meet their demise.

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‘Green Book’ Wins Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award

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Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” has won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF announced at an awards ceremony on Sunday.

The film, which tells the true story of an Italian-American nightclub bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) who serves as the chauffeur for a black pianist (Mahershala Ali) on a tour through the Deep South in the early 1960s, opened at the festival on Tuesday and was an instant hit with audiences and critics, although Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” had been considered the likely winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Runners-up for the award were Barry Jenkins’ lyrical James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Alfonso Cuaron’s moving memory piece “Roma.”

In the past, Toronto audience members voted by depositing their ticket stubs in a box at the theater, or by using the TIFF app — festival organizers took into account the size of the theaters in which each film screened — with the films that received votes from the largest percentage of their audience winning the prizes…………………”

Read More Here: https://www.thewrap.com/green-book-wins-toronto-film-festivals-peoples-choice-award/

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Henry Cavill Out As Superman!

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“It’s not Kryptonite that will end Henry Cavill’s run as Warner Bros.’ grimdark Superman; it’s a studio pivot.

Cavill is reportedly finished as the Man of Steel, with unnamed studio insiders telling The Hollywood Reporter that he won’t be donning the signature DC Comics superhero’s cape and tights again. It’s said to be part of a larger move aimed at fixing WB’s flagging DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

The rumored exit apparently started with a much smaller disagreement: The studio wanted Cavill for a cameo in the upcoming Shazam!, out April 5, 2019. But talks between WB and the actor’s reps didn’t go anywhere.

Beyond that, the studio also understands that bigger changes are needed. To date, the only universally successful DC-pegged release was 2017’s Wonder Woman, which landed both with critics and at the box office.

As one insider said, “There’s a recognition that some parts of the previous movies didn’t work.” (LOL at that understatement.) So now, WB is trying to hit “reset” (per another source) on the whole endeavor.

That reset reportedly includes a shift in focus from Superman to Supergirl. That movie would serve as an origin story, starring a teenage hero………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/superman-henry-cavill-is-out/

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