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Harvey Weinsteins Insidious Sabotage of Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvinos Careers

Charmaine Blake



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.

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How ‘Captain Marvel’ pays tribute to the late, great Stan Lee



Stan Lee at the premiere of Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in 2016.

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“In keeping with Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel features a Stan Lee cameo. What is a little different this time, though, is how it plays out in the movie.

Shortly after Vers (a.k.a. Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel) lands on Earth, she finds herself on a train, trying to spot the shapeshifting Skrull among all the ordinary-looking human passengers.

At one point, her eyes fall upon an elderly man conspicuously reading a Mallrats script. It’s Stan Lee, practicing his lines for his cameo in that other movie. “Trust me, true believer,” he mutters to himself. You can watch that entire Mallrats scene below:

The Captain Marvel scene was originally written by directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck as just another fun, funny appearance by the comics legend. But after his passing in November, the filmmakers felt compelled to update the sequence to acknowledge the “gravitas” of the moment.

“Instead of just the pure laugh we had, we had a little bit of a smile from Captain Marvel in response to it, and she kind of breaks character for a moment,” Boden told me during an interview in Los Angeles last month. “I think it reflects a little bit of what the audience is feeling, and we allowed that to happen.”

In the finished cut of Captain Marvel, Vers’ gaze lingers on him for a few moments and she smiles to herself, before moving on with the rest of her quest. At the screening I attended, the audience definitely appreciated the homage – there were sighs, moans, and even a smattering of applause.

That cameo is actually the second of two Lee shout-outs in the film. The first occurs right at the start. The usual Marvel Studios opening fanfare is replaced by a special Lee-centric version, featuring all his many cameos across various Marvel movies……………………………………………….”

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‘A Star Is Born’ takes a theatrical victory lap with bonus footage



Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in ‘A Star Is Born.’

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“After winning an Oscar for best original song, A Star Is Born is returning to theaters for one week with some new bonus footage.

A Star Is Born is taking its Oscar victory lap starting on Friday at more than 1,100 theaters, giving fans and new viewers a chance to see 12 minutes of bonus footage, The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday. The new footage includes extended song performances, new song performances, and Lady Gaga’s a cappella rendition of “Shallow.”

“Shallow,” written by Lady Gaga, Mark Daniel Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt, earned the movie Best Original Song at the Academy Awards on Sunday. A Star Is Born was nominated for a total eight awards, including Best Picture. “Shallow” also earned two Grammys earlier in February………………………………………………………..”

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Here’s a complete list of every winner at the 2019 Oscars



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“Welcome to the 2019 Oscars, where it’s Queen vs. Queen Anne, A Star Is Born‘s fourth time up to bat, a victory lap for Wakanda fans, and so much more.

Last year was packed with some incredible films. In a tight race to determine the best of the best (according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), it all comes down to one big night at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

Below, updating live, are all the winners at the 91st Academy Awards — and the Oscar goes to…

Best Picture
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book — WINNER
A Star Is Born

Best Actor
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody — WINNER
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Best Actress
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite — WINNER
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Green Book — WINNER
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk — WINNER
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Director
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma — WINNER
Adam McKay, Vice………………………………………………………………………………”

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