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Bill Cosby Prosecutors Petition To Allow Testimony From 19 More Accusers

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial asked the judge today to allow jurors to hear from 19 additional woman who allege that the veteran comic assaulted them. They say the new testimony would help establish a pattern of abuse by the Cosby Show star. Today’s Motion to Introduce Evidence (read it here) is just the latest legal wrangling in the suburban Philadelphia case centered on former Temple University basketball employee Andrea Constand, who says…
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Bill Cosby Trial: Prosecutors Ask for 19 Accusers to Be Able to Testify

Bill Cosby Trial: Prosecutors Ask for 19 Accusers to Be Able to Testify
Prosecutors in the sexual assault retrial of Bill Cosby have filed a request for 19 of the actor’s accusers to testify in court, according to court documents filed Thursday obtained by TheWrap. This is the second time that the district attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania has filed such a request to Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who presided over Cosby’s original trial where he was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University women’s athletics director Andrea Constand. Prosecutors wanted 13 accusers to testify to show a pattern of predatory behavior, but the defense argued it would prejudice the jury. Also...
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Cosby Prosecutors Push for Other Accusers to Testify in Retrial

Pennsylvania prosecutors are asking the court to allow 19 women who say they were assaulted by Bill Cosby to testify at the criminal retrial over his alleged 2004 drug-induced sexual assault of Andrea Constand.

The issue of whether 13 other accusers should testify as evidence of "prior bad acts" was addressed before the first trial, and Judge Steven T. O'Neill decided to allow only one. The first round of jurors couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in June, which resulted in a mistrial.

Now, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele is revisiting the issue and requesting those...
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Trailer Round-Up for Sundance Film Festival 2018 Premieres

Starting this week, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival gives us a first glimpse at the year in cinema, but even if you won’t be at Park City, we’re rounding up an initial glimpse at the premieres. After highlighting our most-anticipated films, bookmark this page for a continually-updated round-up of trailers and clips, kicking off with the Jon Hamm-led Beirut, World Cinema offerings Pity and Loveling, the documentaries Seeing Allred and Genesis 2.0 (pictured above), and more.

Check out the trailers (and clips) below thus far in alphabetical order and we’ll be posting reviews from Park City soon, so follow along here.

Beirut (Brad Anderson)

A U.S. diplomat flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

A Boy, A Girl, A Dream.
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Chris Matthews Joked About ‘Cosby Pill’ for Hillary Clinton in Leaked Video

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MSNBC host Chris Matthews joked about slipping Hillary Clinton a “Bill Cosby pill” in a January 2016 video released Friday. The video, obtained by The Cut, was shot in an Iowa fire station moments before Matthews interviewed Clinton as she sought the Democratic presidential nomination. “Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters?” the host asked. “Where’s that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?” As Matthews laughed, staffers looked at the host uncomfortably. One man put his hand over his face. “This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines,” Matthews told The...
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‘The Cosby Show’ Ep Tom Werner: “Landmark” Comedy Should Be Separate From Bill Cosby

Two years ago at TCA, Tom Werner told reporters that as Ep of iconic sitcom The Cosby Show, he felt the show had been “kind of tarnished” by the scandal surrounding Bill Cosby. The actor has been accused by more than 60 women of sexually assaulting and/or drugging them over a period of many years, and reruns of the show–which ran from 1985-1992–were pulled from the air on TV Land and Centric TV. Revisiting TCA on Monday in his capacity as Ep for Roseanne, Werner told…
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Broadway Star Ben Vereen Accused of Sexual Assault During 2015 Production of Hair

Broadway Star Ben Vereen Accused of Sexual Assault During 2015 Production of Hair
Broadway star Ben Vereen has been accused of sexual assault by several women during the 2015 production of Hair.

In a new article in the Daily News, two women say Vereen forcefully hugged and kissed them, stripped naked during an acting exercise and invited them to his home for “private rehearsals,” during which time things turned sexual.

Vereen apologized for his actions in a statement to the Daily News.

“I would like to apologize directly to the female cast members of the musical ‘Hair’ for my inappropriate conduct when I directed the production in 2015,” he said. “While it was my intention
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Bill Cosby Defamation Case Will Not Be Reheard

A federal appeals court won’t rehear a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who said he raped her decades ago. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied Kathrine McKee’s request for a full-court hearing. A three-judge panel of the court had ruled against her in October. Related: Rose McGowan Opens Up About Harvey Weinstein And […]
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Judd Apatow on Hollywood’s ‘Slow Evolution’ of Support for Silence Breakers

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Judd Apatow on Hollywood’s ‘Slow Evolution’ of Support for Silence Breakers
Judd Apatow was hesitant to return to stand-up, but his new Netflix special doesn’t hold back. In the special, Apatow jokes about Bill Cosby trying to hide the newspaper from his wife so she can’t read the accusations against him, and in this post-Harvey Weinstein scandal world, the sketch is particularly resonant. Apatow thinks that way the Cosby scandal played out–it ended in a gridlocked jury and declared a mistrial–led people to have a stronger reaction to those who accused Weinstein and others. During the Cosby trial, “the whole country said wait a second, why
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Rose McGowan Says Alyssa Milano Makes Her Want to Vomit

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2017-12-11T11:51:54-08:00Rose McGowan Says Alyssa Milano Makes Her Want to Vomit

Rose McGown continues to police Hollywood's reaction to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, this time attacking her Charmed co-star Alyssa Milano for not condemning Weinstein's estranged wife. McGowan believes that Georgina Chapman, who left Weinstein after stories of his alleged sexual misconduct went public, previously knew about her husband's behavior and should suffer for staying with him anyway. So when Milano told Megyn Kelly that she thinks Chapman is a "good woman," McGowan took to Twitter to express her outrage.

Via Page Six.

Alyssa Milano was slammed by her former “Charmed” co-star Rose McGowan for supporting disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife.

Milano appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” on Thursday and was asked about Georgina Chapman, Weinstein’s fashion designer wife. Chapman in October said that she was leaving Weinstein after 10 years of
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Rose McGowan Calls Out Alyssa Milano for Supporting Weinstein's Ex

Rose McGowan Calls Out Alyssa Milano for Supporting Weinstein's Ex
Actress Rose McGowan took aim at her former Charmed cast mate Alyssa Milano for her continued friendship with Georgina Chapman, ex-wife of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. McGowan took to social media to tell Milano that she makes her "want to vomit" for remaining friends and supporting Chapman. McGowan alleges that Harvey Weinstein raped her in 1997 at the Sun Dance Film Festival and according to the New York Times, he paid her a settlement of $100,000 to keep silent about the matter.

While Alyssa Milano has been considered a huge ally in the Me Too movement sweeping the country, resulting in many powerful men being fired or resigning from positions due to sexual misconduct allegations, Rose McGowan isn't having any of it after Milano appeared on the Megyn Kelly Show revealing that Georgina Chapman is an "amazing mother" and an "amazing woman." McGowan took to Twitter to share her feelings about
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Robert Knepper

Hollywood and the rest of the media world has been shaken to the core by an unrelenting and growing list of allegations aimed at some of its most powerful men. It started several years ago with Bill Cosby and it erupted with allegations being levied against Hollywood executive, Harvey Weinstein. Since the Weinstein allegation surfaced, it seems that at least two or three allegations against other powerful men in media are brought to the surface. The most recent target of Prison Break star, Robert Knepper. If you are a movie or television fan, you know who Robert Knepper is; however,

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Robert Knepper
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Could Roman Polanski, Kevin Spacey and Others Lose Academy Membership Under New Standards?

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Could Roman Polanski, Kevin Spacey and Others Lose Academy Membership Under New Standards?
Kevin Spacey, Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, Mel Gibson and many others might have reason to be concerned about their Academy membership in the wake of Wednesday’s release of a “standard of conduct” statement threatening the suspension and expulsion of members who don’t adhere to the new code of conduct. But they don’t need to worry just yet. Unlike the October 14 expulsion of disgraced Oscar-winning producer and indie mogul Harvey Weinstein following an an extraordinary vote of the Board of Governors, the Academy plans to take its time with future disciplinary moves. That’s because this week’s statement,
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Academy Board of Governors Approves Standards of Conduct

Academy Board of Governors Approves Standards of Conduct
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors has been wrestling with something they promised to do at that fateful October 14th meeting when they stripped accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein of his Academy membership. Questions have been raised about how to handle other existing Academy members accused of misconduct, from Brett Ratner, Kevin Spacey and Bill Cosby to Stephen Collins and Roman Polanski, who have both admitted to having inappropriate sex with a minor, as well as future allegations.

Following Tuesday night’s Board meeting, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson sent out an email to Academy members, below. The Board has approved the Standards of Conduct, proposed by a special task force that has assembled procedures for dealing with allegations of misconduct in the Academy ranks. Those procedures will be revealed in the new year.

Dear Members,

Last night, our Board of Governors approved the Academy’s Standards of Conduct,
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Academy Board of Governors Approves Standards of Conduct

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors has been wrestling with something they promised to do at that fateful October 14th meeting when they stripped accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein of his Academy membership. Questions have been raised about how to handle other existing Academy members accused of misconduct, from Brett Ratner, Kevin Spacey and Bill Cosby to Stephen Collins and Roman Polanski, who have both admitted to having inappropriate sex with a minor, as well as future allegations.

Following Tuesday night’s Board meeting, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson sent out an email to Academy members, below. The Board has approved the Standards of Conduct, proposed by a special task force that has assembled procedures for dealing with allegations of misconduct in the Academy ranks. Those procedures will be revealed in the new year.

Dear Members,

Last night, our Board of Governors approved the Academy’s Standards of Conduct,
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Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years

Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years
The first thing Judd Apatow does in his new stand-up special is tell the crowd that he has wanted to do this kind of show since he was a kid.

The second thing he does is joke about how famous he is.

“There’s a little bit of a freak show element to me doing it,” Apatow says of his act and the need to lead it off by addressing his Judd Apatow-ness. “If I ignored that it was weird that I was up there, the audience wouldn’t [listen to my act]. They would just want to know about me and my life.”

Apatow, who is nearing his 50th birthday, sits in a conference room at his production company’s L.A. office. Behind him are photos of the casts of “Freaks and Geeks” and “Girls,” two of his best-loved TV shows. To his left is a whiteboard bearing story notes for season three of one of the current
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Fox Fired Bryan Singer, but It Won’t Be Able to Remove Him as the Director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Fox Fired Bryan Singer, but It Won’t Be Able to Remove Him as the Director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
A series of stories about the chaotic set of “Bohemian Rhapsody” culminated with the announcement that 20th Century Fox has fired director Bryan Singer. Reports of Singer’s “erratic” behavior include fighting with lead actor Rami Malek, the director not showing up on set (veteran cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel reportedly stepping into the role), and after the Thanksgiving holiday, Singer disappearing completely, leaving a representative to cite a “personal health matter” concerning the director and a family member as the reason for his absence.

Read More:Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Queen Biopic After Repeatedly Disappearing From Set

All of this is set against a backdrop in which many of Hollywood’s most powerful men have been brought down by allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Hollywood is a different place than it was over a year ago, when Fox started working with Singer to develop the long-simmering biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
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Film News Roundup: Netflix Launching ‘Seeing Allred’ Documentary in Early 2018

Film News Roundup: Netflix Launching ‘Seeing Allred’ Documentary in Early 2018
In today’s film news roundup, Netflix has set a 2018 launch for “Seeing Allred,” the Palm Springs Film Festival will honor Holly Hunter, “Taste for Blood” gets a director, and Legendary sets up a ghost story.

Movie Launch

Netflix will launch the Gloria Allred documentary “Seeing Allred” on its global streaming network after its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

“Seeing Allred” was directed by Sophie Sartain (“Mimi and Dona”) and Roberta Grossman (“Above and Beyond”). It’s produced by Grossman, Sartain, Marta Kauffman (co-creator of “Friends”), Robbie Rowe Tollin, and Hannah Ks Canter (“Grace & Frankie”).

“I feel fortunate that ‘Seeing Allred’ captures my passion and battle for justice for many victims of injustice,” said Allred. “The courage that my clients demonstrate, in speaking truth to power, inspires me every day as we fight together.”

The film includes archival footage and sit-down interviews with supporters and critics and examines Allred’s personal
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Netflix to Present New Gloria Allred Documentary

Netflix to Present New Gloria Allred Documentary
Netflix will launch Seeing Allred, a new documentary about feminist attorney Gloria Allred, on its service in early 2018, following its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, which announced its lineup on Wednesday.

Directed by Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman, the film traces the life of the nation’s most visible women’s rights attorney, who has taken on President Donald Trump, Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein and has become a force within the #MeToo movement of victims speaking out about being abused by powerful men. Marta Kauffman, co-creator of Friends and who...
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