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Kevin Spacey will be literally deleted from his new movie

Charmaine Blake



Kevin Spacey in September.

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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.”

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Picture of Tom Hardy as Al Capone in Upcoming Movie Fonzo



Infamous mob boss Al Capone has an iconic look, and somehow Tom Hardy is nailing it perfectly.

A recent picture of Hardy surfaced Wednesday that shows the actor in full Capone dress and makeup for his role as the gangster in the upcoming biographical movie Fonzo (which stems from Capone’s full first name, Alphonse — not to be confused with Alfonse).

It’s almost hard to believe that’s Hardy under there.

This new picture comes a few months after Fonzo director Joshua Trank and Hardy himself shared a couple photos of Hardy as old Scarface on Instagram. Take a look:

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‘Thailand Cave Rescue: The Movie’ May Be Coming To A Screen Near You

Charmaine Blake



“It hasn’t even been 24 hours since rescuers pulled the last boy of the trapped Wild Boars junior soccer team from Thailand’s Tham Luang Cave — but there’s already talk of immortalizing their incredible survival and rescue story on the silver screen.

Pure Flix Entertainment, an Arizona-based Christian film studio, said it’s seeking the movie rights to the harrowing mission to rescue the soccer team and their 25-year-old coach from the flooded cave.

“The bravery and heroism I’ve witnessed is incredibly inspiring, so, yes, this will be a movie for us,” Pure Flix co-founder and CEO Michael Scott, who is partly based in Thailand, told the Hollywood Reporter of the studio’s intentions.

No one will likely be surprised by the studio’s swift interest. Social media has been abuzz for days with chatter about the inevitable “Thailand Cave Rescue: The Movie.”

Pure Flix’s co-founder David White told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that the studio had already started talking to…….”

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These tweets Show the Backlash to Casting Scarlett Johansson in a Trans Role

Charmaine Blake



Did you hear about the latest Scarlett Johansson casting debacle?

Here’s how a good portion of the internet reacted to the news:

In case you missed it, here’s a brief recap:

ScarJo was recently cast as Dante “Tex” Gill, a real-life transgender man who oversaw a massage parlor and sex work business in Pittsburgh in the ’70s and ’80s. A new film about his life, currently titled “Rub & Tug,” is being co-produced by Johansson — and, conveniently enough, stars her as well.

But as the previous tweet not-so subtly suggested, many people aren’t thrilled about Johansson, who is cisgender, portraying Gill, who was transgender. And rightfully so.

But wait! Before you argue, “Well, isn’t that what acting is all about — pretending to be somebody you’re not?” hear what a few trans actors had to say about the news. Because if anyone should be heard on this issue, it’s them.

Jamie Clayton, who starred in “Sense8,” wasn’t thrilled.

Trans actors don’t get nearly the same opportunity as cis artists, she argued, which gets at the heart of the issue.

Trace Lysette, known for her role in “Transparent,” also made a similar argument.

If she were getting a seat at the table, things would be different. But those seats are reserved for cis women.

It makes matters worse when those same cis actors are celebrated for playing trans characters when actual trans actors never even had a shot, Lysette continued in a follow-up tweet.

They make a great point.

Very few transgender characters make it onto the big screen, period. But even when they do, those characters are often defined solely by their gender identities, fall into harmful stereotypes, or serve no purpose to the plot other than to be the butt of transphobic jokes.

In recent years, more fully realized trans characters made it into Hollywood narratives. But when they do, too often they’re still portrayed by cisgender actors, like Matt Bomer, Jeffrey Tambor — and now Scarlett Johansson.

As Lysette and Clayton noted, it’s still rare (read: basically impossible) for trans actors to be cast in cisgender roles. So it’s understandably infuriating when the few opportunities that do arise for them are snatched away by cis Hollywood heavyweights who no doubt have a plethora of scripts to choose from.

Beyond affecting the opportunities for trans actors, though, these casting decisions have real-world ramifications as well.

When cisgender actors are cast in transgender roles, it perpetuates the harmful myth that transgender people are simply “in drag” — that they’re really just pretending or performing, GLAAD’s Nick Adams argued in The Hollywood Reporter:

“Hollywood is having a very difficult time letting go of the idea that putting a male actor in a dress, wig and makeup is an accurate portrayal of a transgender woman. … It’s yet another painful reminder that, in the eyes of so many people, transgender women are really just men. That message is toxic and dangerous.”

It’s a notion, he argued, that attempts to justify bigoted bathroom laws and fuels violence against the transgender community.

Casting decisions on Hollywood sets do make a difference in real life, whether we believe it or not.

But maybe there’s a way out of this latest casting mess.

First, Johansson can apologize for her incredibly insensitive response to the criticism, as well as her defensive alignment with cis actor Jeffrey Tambor’s role as a trans woman in “Transparent” (remember, he allegedly sexually harassed then-assistant Trace Lysette).

Then she can take YouTuber Grace Randolph’s idea and run with it:

“I hope the Scarlett Johansson controversy doesn’t keep the amazing story of Jean Marie Gill aka Dante ‘Tex’ Gill from being told. If Johansson was smart, she’d find a new director, take the role of Tex’s girlfriend Cynthia, and give a trans actor a big break.”

That’s not a bad idea, really. Hopefully someone in Hollywood is listening.

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