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CAA Pledges 50–50 Gender Parity by 2020, Begins Defense Fund for Harassment Cases

CAA ignored Mia Kirshner’s complaints about Harvey Weinstein: “The L Word

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is turning over a new leaf after last week’s New York Times story. According to the exposé about Harvey Weinstein’s wide-reaching network of allies and protectors, at least eight CAA agents were informed of Weinstein’s pattern of sexual misconduct but continued to schedule private hotel meetings between the mogul and their clients. Now, per The Hollywood Reporter, CAA has vowed to become part of the solution instead of the problem.

The talent agency has joined ICM in pledging 50–50 gender parity by 2020. CAA has also cancelled its annual Golden Globes party and will instead use that money to set up a legal defense fund for sexual harassment cases. The fund will support harassment victims in all workplaces, not just those in show business.

“The intention is to honor the agency’s
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‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Film Gets Release Date

Paramount Pictures will put Are You Afraid of the Dark? on the big screen in 2019.

The studio announced that film based on the popular 90s Nickelodeon series will be released October 11, 2019. It co-writer Gary Dauberman will write and direct the film.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? aired from 1990-2000 and centered around a group of teens known as The Midnight Society. The group of friends would get together around a bonfire and tell scary tales hoping that the tale would be scary enough to be initiated into the Midnight Society. Actors such as Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Mia Kirshner, Hayden Christensen, Neve Campbell and Ryan Gosling have appeared on the show during its seven season run.

No word yet on which direction the studios will take the film, whether it be geared toward teens or adults. My guess is that since the age group that watched the original series
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How Harvey Weinstein Got Away With It: Highlights from the New York Times’ Epic Article, ‘Weinstein’s Complicity Machine’

How Harvey Weinstein Got Away With It: Highlights from the New York Times’ Epic Article, ‘Weinstein’s Complicity Machine’
There’s more to say about the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The New York Times has a blistering 7,500-word piece, with five bylines, detailing exactly how he got away with it — and naming those who aided and abetted over three decades.

Among those cited in “Weinstein’s Complicity Machine” are Creative Artists Agency, various executives at Miramax and The Weinstein Company, and The National Enquirer, among others. As the Nyt reporters frame it: “Some aided his actions without realizing what he was doing. Many knew something or detected hints, though few understood the scale of his sexual misconduct. Almost everyone had incentives to look the other way or reasons to stay silent.”

It’s an extraordinary piece of reporting that deserves your careful read, but here’s a digest of some of its most damning allegations.

According to the New York Times:

— Assistants were told to
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Star Trek: Discovery episode 6 review: Lethe

James Hunt Oct 25, 2017

In Lethe, Discovery delivers a vintage Trek episode that's the antidote to last week's edginess. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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1.6 Lethe

This, for my money, was the most Star Trek-like episode of Discovery yet, with a sequence starting out showing the everyday life of crewmen, someone going to bed just so the expectation of safety and comfort can be subverted, and a trite lesson at the end which reprises the intro. If that doesn’t feel like Star Trek in all its wonderful, trope-laden glory, I don’t know what to tell you.

That leaves me wondering whether this feeling is a one-off for the show, or whether Discovery is finding its feet. In any case, if you thought Discovery was too
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: The Surprises of ‘Lethe’ Include Friendly Replicators and Unfriendly Vulcans

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: The Surprises of ‘Lethe’ Include Friendly Replicators and Unfriendly Vulcans
The title of this week’s “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Lethe,” is perhaps a reference to Greek mythology, specifically one of the rivers in Hades’ underworld, the water from which would cause forgetfulness. Appropriate given that a major part of the story is about faulty memory.

[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1, Episode 6, “Lethe” follow.]

Vulcan Fanatics

So, it appears that at least for one subset of Vulcans, suicide bombing is not an illogical concept. The reveal that within Vulcan society there are “logic extremists” who aren’t afraid to use violence to protest the “failed experiment” that is the Federation might not seem all that Vulcan. In fact, it flies directly in the face of Idic, the central tenet of Vulcan philosophy: “infinite diversity in infinite combination.”

But it does fit with one of “Discovery’s” evolving themes: The more we get to know each of these worlds, it becomes clear that this is a universe struggling with the
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: The Surprises of ‘Lethe’ Include Friendly Replicators and Unfriendly Vulcans

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: The Surprises of ‘Lethe’ Include Friendly Replicators and Unfriendly Vulcans
The title of this week’s “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Lethe,” is perhaps a reference to Greek mythology, specifically one of the rivers in Hades’ underworld, the water from which would cause forgetfulness. Appropriate given that a major part of the story is about faulty memory.

[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1, Episode 6, “Lethe” follow.]

Vulcan Fanatics

So, it appears that at least for one subset of Vulcans, suicide bombing is not an illogical concept. The reveal that within Vulcan society there are “logic extremists” who aren’t afraid to use violence to protest the “failed experiment” that is the Federation might not seem all that Vulcan. In fact, it flies directly in the face of Idic, the central tenet of Vulcan philosophy: “infinite diversity in infinite combination.”

But it does fit with one of “Discovery’s” evolving themes: The more we get to know each of these worlds, it becomes clear that this is a universe struggling with the
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‘Bold And The Beautiful’ Caroline Spencer Actress Linsey Godrfrey Made A Horrifying Confession

According to a new report from Soapcentral.com, actress Linsey Godfrey (above) who just wrapped up her latest stint as character Caroline Spenser on CBS' hit soap opera "The Bold And The Beautiful" has decided to make a very shocking and horrifying confession about her past in light of the recent Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. Linsey hopped on her official Instagram account to reveal how deeply disturbed she was to hear about the scandal. It turns out that she wasn't just disturbed because it's a horrible thing to hear about. It actually hit very close to home with her because it happened to her at a very young age! She admitted that she was molested by her step father from the ages of 7 years old to 14 years old! This tragic experience of course affected her in other relationships. She explained that she blamed herself when some other guy tried
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CBS shuffles its Star Trek: Discovery schedule

Riding high off the early success of the new series, CBS has announced a slight shuffle to its Star Trek: Discovery schedule.

Originally, the plan was for eight episodes to air through to November, leading into a midseason break through to January, at which point the final seven episodes would get underway. However, we’ll now be getting nine episodes in the first half of the season, with the final six being held back until after the break.

Star Trek: Discovery is proving to be a big hit for CBS, with the network announcing that it has surpassed expectations with regards to CBS All Access subscribers, with the streaming service’s numbers up 200% since Discovery’s premiere last month.

See Also: Don’t expect season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery until 2019

See Also: Star Trek: Discovery trailer previews the rest of the season

Almost no one has seen a Klingon in more than 100 years.
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Mia Kirshner cast as Spock’s mother in Star Trek: Discovery

During an interview with TrekMovie, Star Trek: Discovery showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg have revealed that Amanda Grayson – Spock’s mother, and the adoptive mother of Sonequa Martin-Green’s Lt. Michael Burnham – will be making an appearance this season.

The showrunners revealed that Amanda is set to be portrayed by Canadian actress Mia Kirshner, whose credits include 24, The L Word, The Vampire Diaries and Defiance. The character was previously portrayed by Jane Wyatt in Star Trek: The Original Series and by Winona Ryder in 2009’s big screen reboot.

See Also: Don’t expect season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery until 2019

See Also: Star Trek: Discovery trailer previews the rest of the season

Almost no one has seen a Klingon in more than 100 years. They do not come in peace. Set roughly ten years before the events of the original series, Star Trek: Discovery shows a never before seen era that shaped Federation history.
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'The L Word' Sequel in Works at Showtime, Search Still on for Showrunner

'The L Word' Sequel in Works at Showtime, Search Still on for Showrunner
Less than a decade after The L Word completed its original run in 2009, the groundbreaking Showtime series is staging a comeback in the form of a sequel – with a few familiar faces in the mix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice), three of the series' original stars, will return for the revival project both in front of and behind the camera (all three will exec produce).

Series creator Ilene Chaiken will also lend a hand in the vision of the new series as an executive producer,
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‘The L Word’ Sequel Series in Development at Showtime

‘The L Word’ Sequel Series in Development at Showtime
The L Word” could be coming back to television.

Sources tell Variety that Showtime is developing a sequel series to the show that aired from 2004 to 2009. Many original cast members are attached to the reboot in producing and acting roles.

Based on the original series, the reboot of “The L Word” would center around a new ensemble of women, following their lives, loves and tribulations. However, if the project is greenlit, stars Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey are expected to serve as executive producers and appear in the series with their characters as a point of connection from the prior series to the new one. Other characters from the original series may also appear in the new version.

Showtime declined to comment.

The L Word” was created by Ilene Chaiken, who will serve as an executive producer on the Showtime revival. She will remain showrunner on Fox’s “Empire” and continue to develop projects for
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Hollywood stars outraged by Bertolucci rape scene confession

Hollywood stars outraged by Bertolucci rape scene confession
Jessica Chastain, Chris Evans and Scott Derrickson react with disgust to director’s Last Tango In Paris comments.

An old industry controversy has re-surfaced, with the online diffusion of a 2013 video showing Bernardo Bertolucci admitting that actress Maria Schneider wasn’t consulted in advance about the infamous rape scene in 1972 drama Last Tango In Paris.

In the interview at an event held at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris in 2013, Bertolucci said he and Marlon Brando came up with the idea to shoot the scene in which Brando’s character uses a stick of butter to rape Schneider.

“The sequence of the butter is an idea that I had with Marlon in the morning before shooting it,” he said. “I wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress. And I think that she hated me and also Marlon because we didn’t tell her.”

At the time Brando was 48 and Schneider was 19.

Bertolucci has made the
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Leonard Cohen Was the Natural Born King of Movie Soundtracks

Leonard Cohen Was the Natural Born King of Movie Soundtracks
Leonard Cohen, who died last week at 82, was a poet, a pop star, a womanizer, a monk, a poor man, a rich man, a joker, a sage. But for those of us who are movie fanatics, he also occupied a role as extraordinary as it was utterly accidental: He was one of the most natural-born composers of movie soundtracks who ever lived. I say “accidental” because if you look at the films that made indelible use of Cohen’s music, there isn’t one among them in which the songs in question were written or recorded for the movie. In each case, the songs were composed several years beforehand and appeared on one of Cohen’s 14 studio albums.

The mystique of a great Cohen soundtrack was tied to the fact that he was almost never a Top 40 artist. If, like me, you followed his career from a distance, when you
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Film Review: ‘Milton’s Secret’

Film Review: ‘Milton’s Secret’
It takes about 13 minutes for Donald Sutherland to first appear in “Milton’s Secret,” and for those 13 minutes (and perhaps a few more), one can still hold out hope that something will rescue this televisual Canadian production from its terminal blandness. Alas, even a prickly pro like Sutherland can’t do anything to elevate a hokey self-help lecture disguised as family entertainment.

Based on a kid-lit novel by bestselling (and Oprah Winfrey approved) “The Power of Now” author Eckhart Tolle, “Secret” centers on 11-year-old Milton (William Ainscough) and the journey he undertakes in learning how to process the stress of dealing with a school bully, a work-obsessed father (David Sutcliffe), and a neurotic mother (Mia Kirshner) who frets about the family’s economic stability.

The solution to Milton’s problem arrives in the form of Hawaiian-shirt sporting grandpa Stewart (Sutherland), who has radically changed from his days as a chilly,
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[Review] Milton’s Secret

After finding international success with his spiritual teachings through best-selling books The Power of Now and A New Earth, author and counselor Eckhart Tolle set his sights on children in 2008 with Milton’s Secret and its blatantly synergistic subtitle to those previous works “An Adventure of Discovery through Then, When, and the Power of Now.” Written in collaboration with Robert S. Friedman and illustrator Frank Riccio, this tale focuses upon the titular eleven-year old (soon-to-be twelve) boy as an example of the internal transformative power we all possess to stop letting the past and future dictate our actions. With help from his grandfather Howard, Milton discovers how to live in the now as the proactive person he wants to be rather than the reactive one he had become.

Adapted by director Barnet Bain and co-writers Sara B. Cooper and Donald Martin, the cinematic version of this children’s book retains
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‘The Black Dahlia’: Brian De Palma’s Preposterous, Sordid Noir

I saw The Black Dahlia the day it opened in the fall of 2006. I can safely say it was one of my favorite moviegoing experiences. My husband and I saw it at AMC River East 21, which is one of Chicago’s largest multiplexes. The showing we went to was sold-out. There must have been 400 people there. The movie started, everyone was quiet and seemed excited for the celeb-packed whodunit we were about to see. Slowly, muffled giggles could be heard from different points of the theatre, mostly whenever Aaron Eckhart or Josh Hartnett mumbled “Fire and Ice.” By the middle of the movie, people were openly laughing at Hartnett’s silly, serious narration. Everyone went ballistic when, referring to the resemblance between Hilary Swank and Black Dahlia Elizabeth Short, Scarlett Johansson yells, “She looks like that dead girl!” We went even more ballistic when a woman sitting near me in the audience screamed,
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‘Milton’s Secret’ Exclusive Poster: Eckhart Tolle Adaptation Coming To Theaters This September

Adapting the spiritual philosophy of Eckhart Tolle is no easy task, but that’s exactly what writer-director Barnet Bain has done with “Milton’s Secret.” Based on Tolle’s 2008 children’s book, the family drama stars William Ainscough as a 12 year-old boy dealing with workaholic parents at home (Mia Kirshner, David Sutcliffe) and bullies at school. When his grandfather (Donald Sutherland) visits, Milton learns rehashing the past and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness.

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The book was written as a way for Tolle to communicate his “power of now” self-help philosophy to children, and it appears the movie will do the same. The author serves as an executive producer on the project, which also costars Michelle Rodriguez. IndieWire is excited to premiere the official poster for the movie below, as well as announce
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Michelle Rodriguez Bullying Drama ‘Milton’s Secret’ Bought by Momentum

Momentum Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to bullying drama “Milton’s Secret,” starring Michelle Rodriguez, Donald Sutherland and William Ainscough.

The movie, currently in post-production, is based on the 2008 children’s book “Milton’s Secret: An Adventure of Discovery Through Then, When, and the Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman. Ainscough plays an eight-year-old who’s bullied at school with Rodriguez as his teacher trying to lift his spirits while his grandfather (Sutherland) shows him the secret to finding true happiness.

Buck Productions and Hulo Films are the production companies. Producers are Sean Buckley for Buck Productions, Fred Fuchs for Riverside Entertainment, as well as Stephen Huszar and Ryan Lockwood for Hulo Films.

Barnet Bain directed from a script he wrote with Donald Martin and Sara B Cooper. David Sutcliffe, Mia Kirshner, Sheila McCarthy and Hays Wellford also star.

“I am thrilled with the way
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