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Judd Apatow on Hollywood’s ‘Slow Evolution’ of Support for Silence Breakers

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 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.

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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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Janice Dickinson Says Cosby Accusers Inspired Other Victims to Come Forward

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[[tmz:video id="0_yb9c09wo"]] Janice Dickinson agrees with our photog ... she's one of the people who opened the door for women to muster the courage to tell their stories of sexual abuse.  Janice was one of the first people to claim abuse at the hands of Bill Cosby. She sued Cosby after he claimed she lied about being drugged and raped by him in Lake Tahoe in 1982. She thinks the Cosby case was a turning point for women to stand up and be heard.
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Lapd Has 28 Open Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Cases, Police Chief Expects More

Lapd Has 28 Open Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Cases, Police Chief Expects More
The Los Angeles Police Department has announced that they have 28 Hollywood sexual misconduct cases that are currently open and the police chief expects there to be more on the way after setting up in unprecedented Hollywood sexual assault task force. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey announced late last week the creation of a special task force to examine allegations of sexual assault spreading through Hollywood as the number of accusations reported to police has steadily increased. The open cases all stem from the Harvey Weinstein scandal that rocked the entertainment industry back at the end of September.

Lapd Chief Charlie Beck spoke to the Los Angeles Times via email and revealed that five teams of two special assignment detectives are investigating various allegations. Among those are producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Ed Westwick, Girls writer Murray Miller, and agent Tyler Grasham, among others. All of the accused have denied
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Jimmy Fallon Squares Off With Jerry Seinfeld In A ‘Stand-Up Battle’

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A battle for the ages between two famous comedians took place on “The Tonight Show”. Related: Jerry Seinfeld Changes Tune On Bill Cosby, Thanks To Stephen Colbert Jerry Seinfeld dropped by the Thanksgiving Day edition of Jimmy Fallon’s talk show. The late-night host challenged the “Seinfeld” star to a stand-up battle. Using a random generator, both comedians […]
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Janice Dickinson Scores Huge Appellate Wins in Bill Cosby Defamation Case

Janice Dickinson, the former supermodel who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her in the 1980s, has revived a good portion of her defamation case against the entertainer. Additionally, a California appeals court on Tuesday decided that she should also be able to amend her complaint to sue Cosby's former attorney Marty Singer.

The procedural background of the case is complicated, but it emanates during the heat of the Cosby sexual misconduct scandal when Entertainment Tonight interviewed Dickinson about her rape allegations. After the interview went public, several media outlets contacted the Cosby camp with indications they would run follow-up stories...
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Female-Led Bids Vie to Buy Weinstein Company, Support Women

Maria Contreras-Sweet has made a bid for TWC: U.S. government/WikiMedia Commons

In the seven weeks or so since The New York Times published an exposé on Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein has fallen swiftly and rightfully from grace, and other industry predators like Brett Ratner, Louis C.K. and now Charlie Rose have been called out. Another effect of the Weinstein revelations? The Weinstein Company (TWC) — which the disgraced mogul ran with his brother, Bob, before being ousted last month — is on its last legs. And now there are reports that former Obama White House official Maria Contreras-Sweet as well as a coalition of filmmakers, activists, philanthropists, and investors are interested in buying TWC as a way to support women.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Contreras-Sweet has offered $275 million to buy TWC. If her bid goes through, she plans to replace the company’s all-male board with a majority-female one. In the letter outlining her offer,
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'Cosby Show' Star Earle Hyman Dead at 91

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Earle Hyman, the man who played Bill Cosby's father on "The Cosby Show," has died.  Hyman passed away Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey, according to a rep for The Actors Fund.  The actor was a veteran theatre performer, having made his Broadway debut in "Run, Little Chillun" in 1943 and starring in multiple plays over the course of his career. He has more than 40 acting credits attributed to his name from movies and TV roles.
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Cosby Show's Earle Hyman Dead at 91

Cosby Show's Earle Hyman Dead at 91
Earle Hyman, best known to TV audiences for his role as Cliff Huxtable’s father Russell on The Cosby Show, has died at the age of 91.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hyman died on Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. A cause of death has not been reported.

Hyman appeared in 40 episodes of The Cosby Show over the course of its nine-season run. In 1986, he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for his work in the classic Season 2 episode “Happy Anniversary.”

In addition to his work on The Cosby Show,
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Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show,' Dies at 91

Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show,' Dies at 91
Earle Hyman, the admired stage, television and film actor best known for playing Bill Cosby's sage father, Russell Huxtable, on The Cosby Show, has died. He was 91.

Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, his nephew Rick Ferguson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hyman played Othello hundreds of times, appeared often on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for featured actor in a play for his performance as Oscar in the original 1980 production of Edward Albee's The Lady From Dubuque. He also appeared on stages throughout Europe during...
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Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show,' Dies at 91

Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show,' Dies at 91
Earle Hyman, the admired stage, television and film actor best known for playing Bill Cosby's sage father, Russell Huxtable, on The Cosby Show, has died. He was 91.

Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., his nephew Rick Ferguson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hyman played Othello hundreds of times, appeared often on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for featured actor in a play for his performance as Oscar in the original 1980 production of Edward Albee's The Lady From Dubuque. He also appeared on stages throughout Europe during his...
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Bill Maher Defends Al Franken, Says It's Unfair to Compare Him to Roy Moore

Bill Maher Defends Al Franken, Says It's Unfair to Compare Him to Roy Moore
Real Time host Bill Maher on Friday used his monologue to defend Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who earlier this week became the latest politician to be accused of sexual harassment.

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Franken’s accuser, Leeann Tweeden, alleged that the SNL alum forcibly kissed her during a Uso tour back in 2006. She also released a photo that appeared to show him groping her while she was sleeping.

Fox News has not really wanted to talk too much about the sexual harassment when it was Roy Moore or Donald Trump or everybody at Fox News,
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