Kevin Spacey in September.
We are swiftly learning that “isolated incident” is not a part of the narrative of sexual misconduct accusations gripping Hollywood – where there is one allegation, more are likely soon to follow.
This is not lost on Sony Pictures, which on Wednesday – the same day new groping allegations surfaced against Kevin Spacey – reportedly decided that the Oscar winner will be completely removed from his next film, All the Money in the World, and his scenes re-shot with Christopher Plummer in the not-insignificant role of J Paul Getty.
Director Ridley Scott was aiming to start re-shoots immediately, Deadline first reported, and hopes to still hit his Dec. 22 release date. That would be quite a feat indeed, considering that Spacey plays an important supporting role as the oil tycoon who negotiates with kidnappers demanding a ransom for his grandson.
The film was originally slated to be the closing-night gala at AFI Fest next week, but was pulled from the schedule on Monday. Sony was not able to immediately confirm the new plans.
The news comes just a week after Anthony Rapp and Harry Dreifuss accused Spacey of groping them, just the latest in a landslide of allegations against Hollywood elite that started with Harvey Weinstein.
Earlier Wednesday, former Boston TV news anchor Heather Unruh came forward to say the House of Cards actor sexually assaulted her teenage son after buying him “drink after drink after drink” at a Nantucket, Mass., nightclub last July.
“To Kevin Spacey, I want to say this – shame on you for what you did to my son,” Unruh said at a morning news conference.
Unruh became emotional as she described how Spacey allegedly stuck his hand down her then 18-year-old son’s pants and grabbed his genitals at the Club Car restaurant without warning or consent.
“The victim, my son, was a star-struck, straight, 18-year-old young man who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator — or that he was about to become his next victim. My son was not of legal age to drink alcohol, and he told Kevin Spacey that he was of legal age. But whether he was of legal age or not, Kevin Spacey had no right to assault him.”
She said her son tried to “shift his body to remove his hand” but the groping continued, and “my son froze.” She added that when Spacey asked him to come to a private after-party and briefly left to go to the bathroom, her son ran.
“It harmed him and it cannot be undone,” she said.
Unruh said her son was too scared and ashamed to file a police report at the time, but did so last week, which triggered a criminal investigation. Her lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, said their civil claim as well as the criminal complaint fall within the statutes of limitations.
Following Rapp’s allegations last week, Spacey tweeted this:
Unruh took serious issue with Spacey’s tacked-on revelation: “Shame on you for using your apology to Anthony Rapp to come out as a gay man. That was an appalling attempt to deflect attention away from what you really are: a sexual predator.”
‘Breaking Bad’ two-hour movie reportedly in the works
“The Walking Dead‘s Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is officially done with the show, but he’s poised now to leap into a spin-off trilogy of movies. It looks like there may be similar plans in the works for another AMC series: Breaking Bad.
Creator Vince Gilligan is reportedly working on a two-hour movie set inside the Breaking Bad universe. Don’t get too excited yet, as the news comes from unnamed sources speaking to The Hollywood Reporter.
It’s not clear if the movie is intended for television or theatrical release, though Lincoln’s spin-off trilogy is notably bound for AMC. The network could have designs on turning more of its top series into made-for-TV movies.
It’s also not yet known if Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul will participate in any way. There are certain limitations on continuing their stories from the show, as anyone who watched Breaking Bad no doubt realizes. A prequel featuring the duo seems similarly unlikely, given how the series opens and introduces them……………………………………………………”
Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers will brighten your day
Tom Hanks will be playing Mister Rogers in an upcoming biopic.
“The first image of Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers is here and it will brighten your day.
Tom Hanks will be playing Mister Rogers in an upcoming untitled biopic, and seeing him in that iconic red cardigan and blue sneakers is heartwarming. Take a look:
The Mister Rogers biopic, which is slated to come out in October 2019, is inspired by the life of Fred Rogers, the inspirational and inimitable host of the children’s TV show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Specifically, the biopic will look at Rogers’ relationship with journalist Tom Junod, who wrote a profile of Rogers for Esquire in 1998.
Rogers created the show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood which for years taught children and adults alike how to be more kind to each other and take care of themselves. The show impacted so many people in the decades that it aired, delivering innumerable tidbits of wisdom until its final episode in 2001.
Rogers passed away in 2003, leaving behind an unmarred legacy of promoting happiness, self-care, and empathy to the world.
The biopic is being directed by Diary of a Teenage Girl director Marielle Heller and was slated to start production this fall.
UPDATE: Sept. 27, 2018, 4:02 p.m. EDT This article originally reported that this film was titled You Are My Friend. The film was originally titled You Are My Friend when it was first announced, but now the project is currently untitled……………..”
A Star Is Born’s First Song is Transcendent
If this song doesn’t give you chills, I feel bad for you.
“Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper give an unbelievable performance in the song “Shallow” for A Star Is Born, creating a heartfelt, moving track that deserves an award. No, all the awards. Cooper’s voice is great. Lady Gaga is transcendent.
And yes, this the song with the famous Lady Gaga vocal.
“Shallow” is the first song released from the upcoming A Star Is Born movie, which dives into theaters Oct. 5. Now please release the rest of the songs.”
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