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First Person: Sexual Harassers Are Poisonous, and So Are the Companies That Protect Them

First Person: Sexual Harassers Are Poisonous, and So Are the Companies That Protect Them
The day The New York Times broke the Harvey Weinstein story, I found myself choking back bile all day.

In the weeks since, it has become resoundingly clear that Weinstein is a virulent serial predator, and has earned whatever hell rains down on him. But Harvey Weinstein isn’t the problem, and bringing him down — while satisfying, necessary, and just — will be far from sufficient if we don’t simultaneously tear down our rotten corporate culture and reckon with our own complicity in propping it up.

As democracy derives its consent from the governed, tyranny derives its consent from the tyrannized. And while it’s long overdue, I no longer consent to being tyrannized.

I wasn’t sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein. I worked with him briefly, consulting on “sex, lies, and videotape,” the film that changed the independent film business, Sundance, and Harvey forever; the film whose prescient title
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Harvey Weinstein Accused of Decades of Sexual Harassment

Harvey Weinstein Accused of Decades of Sexual Harassment
The Weinstein Company head Harvey Weinstein, a man responsible for six Best Picture Oscar-winning movies, has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment over the course of several decades. The shocking details were revealed in an expose recently released by The New York Times. In the expose, it is said that Weinstein "has reached at least eight settlements with women" over the years, with more coming forward to accuse him.

Ashley Judd, who is best known for her work on films such as Kiss the Girls, Heat and most recently Twin Peaks, worked with Harvey Weinstein over the years and came forward in the expose to detail her experiences with him. According to her account, Weinstein had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in just a robe and asked if he could give her a massage, or if she would watch him shower. In the situation,
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Harvey Weinstein Quotes Jay-z in Bizarre Statement on Sexual Abuse Allegations

Harvey Weinstein Quotes Jay-z in Bizarre Statement on Sexual Abuse Allegations
Harvey Weinstein has issued an official statement in reaction to an article published by The New York Times on Thursday in which a handful of former employees and associates accused the media mogul of sexual abuse that spans decades.

One of the accusers is actress Ashley Judd, who revealed Weinstein had asked her to watch him take a shower in a hotel room. “Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly,” she told The Times. A former assistant, meanwhile, says she gave Weinstein a massage while he was naked, and that’s one of many allegations against the mogul in the article.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein’s Decades of Sexual Assault Allegations: Ashley Judd Leads Accusers in Nyt Exposé

Weinstein told the Nyt that he will be taking a leave of absence from The Weinstein Company
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Harvey Weinstein Mentions Jay-z, NRA in Bizarre Apology After New York Times Report

Harvey Weinstein Mentions Jay-z, NRA in Bizarre Apology After New York Times Report
On Thursday, the New York Times published a bombshell report that cited “dozens” of allegations detailing inappropriate sexual behavior by producer Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein responded to the allegations by telling the Times that he would take a leave of absence, and also issued a lengthy apology statement quoting Jay-z (though the excerpt Weinstein pulled from Jay-z’s “4:44” isn’t actually a Jay-z quote) and promising to turn his attention to the NRA. He also claims to be taking advice from high-profile lawyer Lisa Bloom.

Among the women who came forward in the Times’ exposé is actress Ashley Judd, who detailed an experience where she arrived at what she thought was a breakfast meeting to find Weinstein in only a bathrobe. He then asked if she could watch him shower, according to the report (Judd previously described such an encounter in an interview with Variety in 2015, but did not name Weinstein at the time).

The report also
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Trevor Noah on Philando Castile Case: NRA Speaks Up, 'Unless You're Black'

Trevor Noah on Philando Castile Case: NRA Speaks Up, 'Unless You're Black'
For Trevor Noah, the recent acquittal of Philando Castile’s shooter, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, is no laughing matter.

On Monday’s episode of The Daily Show, a solemn Noah dedicated the final minutes of his news roundup to Yanez, who on Friday was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter after fatally shooting Castile during a July 2016 traffic stop.

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“How does a black person not get shot in America?” Noah asked. “The goal posts are always shifting. There’s always a different thing that explains why a person got shot…
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'Game of Thrones' Real-Life D.C. Counterparts: Election 2016 Edition

'Game of Thrones' Real-Life D.C. Counterparts: Election 2016 Edition
As a wise woman once said: "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." What holds true in HBO's hit fantasy series also resonates in Washington D.C. politics, of course, where the field of contenders has narrowed from a ridiculous many to a powerful few. And like the drama's many battles for the Iron Throne, election year campaigning can be a real bastard. The possibility of contested tickets mean the Democratic and Republican conventions run the risk of getting nasty,
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Under the Gun review – gun control polemic hits its target

Absorbing and gripping, this documentary details the rise of the NRA into a lobbying powerhouse – and provides an incentive to get involved in the debate

One of the themes of the films shown at Sundance this year is America’s gun control debate and its consequences. There’s the drama Dark Night and the documentary Newtown, as well as various short films which look down the barrel and ask why can’t progress seem to be made. Under the Gun is possibly the most high profile of them all, and comes from a team with a legacy of thought-provoking advocacy projects. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig and produced by Us anchor Katie Couric, the team take the same approach they did highlighting the environmental impact of bottled water (in Tapped), and the issue of obesity and sugar addiction (Fed Up).

In layman’s terms, the film examines the National Rifle Association
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Obama Takes Gun Control into His Own Hands: President Sidesteps Congress with New Crackdown on Unlicensed Gun Dealers

  • PEOPLE.com
President Obama announced Monday that he would be rolling out new executive actions to combat gun violence in the next few days. "The recommendations that are being made by my team here are ones that are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment and people's lawful right to bear arms," the president told reporters Monday afternoon after meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other top officials in the Oval Office to discuss his options. Obama said that, for a comprehensive solution to gun violence, "Congress needs to act." But failing that, he added, the measures he'll
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Obama Takes Gun Control into His Own Hands: President Sidesteps Congress with New Crackdown on Unlicensed Gun Dealers

  • PEOPLE.com
President Obama announced Monday that he would be rolling out new executive actions to combat gun violence in the next few days. "The recommendations that are being made by my team here are ones that are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment and people's lawful right to bear arms," the president told reporters Monday afternoon after meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other top officials in the Oval Office to discuss his options. Obama said that, for a comprehensive solution to gun violence, "Congress needs to act." But failing that, he added, the measures he'll
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New York Daily News Blasts NRA Chief as a ‘Terrorist’ (Photo)

  • The Wrap
The New York Daily News continued its crusade for tighter gun control on Friday, issuing a front cover that grouped NRA executive vice president Wayne Lapierre with terrorists. Titled, “He’s a Terrorist,” the newspaper shows an image (pictured above) of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook above images of perpetrators of domestic mass shootings. Under him reads,”But so are these guys…” “These guys” included Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear, Charleston church shooter Dylan Roof and Aurora movie theater James Holmes. Also Read: NY Daily News San Bernardino Shooting Cover Sparks Passionate Online Debate “And this guy,
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David Gregory Broke Gun Law, Newly Revealed Arrest Affidavit Shows (Video)

  • The Wrap
NBC News was aware of what the then-“Meet the Press” host could face for on-air stunt in late 2012

David Gregory nearly traded in a sensible navy suit for an orange jumper, when the former “Meet the Press” host brandished an illegal high-capacity magazine on a 2012 episode, according to an affidavit revealed recently.

During a Dec. 2012 segment on his NBC News program in which he debated the National Rifle Association, Gregory made his point with a real prop. As a result, an affidavit for his arrest on misdemeanor weapons charges was filled out in Washington, D.C., though the anchor was never taken in.
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TV Review: Frontline’s ‘Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA’

TV Review: Frontline’s ‘Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA’
The National Rifle Assn.’s political clout is so sweeping — and numerically disproportionate — that it’s unusual to realize its power is largely taken for granted, as if it were always thus. Frontline addresses that history, as well as the group’s combative modern posture, in “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA,” an hourlong documentary perhaps especially important for Hollywood, given how surrogates for showbiz and the gun lobby inevitably end up pointing fingers at each other in the face of mass shootings. The refresher course is necessary, though nothing here provides any clues about shaking the NRA’s stranglehold on politics, where “No retreat” is the mantra.

As this latest fine and even-handed production from Kirk Documentary Group makes clear, the NRA was a relatively benign, not terribly political organization until 1977, when then-dissident members seized control of the group, adopting a hardline stance against virtually any form of gun-control regulation.
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New The Dead Ones Motion Poster Confronts Chaos Head-On!

Back in 2009 director Jeremy Kasten came to us to let us know about his latest project, The Dead Ones. Here we are several years later and Kasten's vision is getting set to finally descend upon the masses starting with this new motion poster!

Message from Jeremy Kasten

It's been just over three months and we've come very far with The Dead Ones. The battle for this film remains fierce as its controversial subject matter is uncommon for horror and even indie movies.

The Film They Don't Want You To See!

Some will try and ban this film and keep it from mainstream audiences. As the NRA’s Wayne Lapierre has said, “There exists in this country a callous industry that sells violence against its own people. The blood-soaked slasher films that are aired like propaganda loops on 'Splatterdays' portray murder as a way of life. And they have the nerve to call it entertainment.
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Adam McKay Talks Twitter, ‘The Big Short’ at Brady Center Benefit

Adam McKay Talks Twitter, ‘The Big Short’ at Brady Center Benefit
Adam McKay uses Twitter prodigiously — to engage with fans about “Anchorman 2″ or Funny or Die clips, or just to write jokes as he did in his “SNL” days.

“I like Twitter, it’s accessible, it’s simple, yet you can make it dense. It’s political, it’s comedy, it’s entertainment, it’s a great mishmash. I also like it because I get to pass on information,” he told Variety at Tuesday’s Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence benefit at the Beverly Hills Hotel. “Some people would call it politics, I just call it information.”

Among his latest Twitter targets: Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling, the Clippers, gefilte fish, the Koch brothers and the National Rifle Assn.

Hey NRA, what we do about shootings in Chicago?

NRA: More guns

Who led Al in homeruns in 1968?

NRA: More guns.

3+6?

NRA: More guns.—

Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) April 23, 2014

McKay was honored
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Sundance Channel Working on an NRA Drama

  • Vulture
Sundance Channel is developing a drama about the National Rifle Association called Cold Dead Hands, Deadline reports. Man, that is a really good title for a show about the NRA. The series will center on a fictional head of the NRA, Trip Thibodeaux (real head of the NRA: Wayne Lapierre), a "charismatic and polarizing figure," and a father and husband who finds himself in the throes of a crisis of faith. Well, you know what they say: The only thing that stops a bad guy in a crisis of faith is a good guy in a crisis of faith.
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Newtown Anniversary: Why Nothing Changed in Response (Again)

Newtown Anniversary: Why Nothing Changed in Response (Again)
Looking back on the column I wrote in the immediate aftermath of the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012, it appears my analysis was about half-right. But it was correct in the way that most mattered — that inertia would win out, and ultimately nothing would be done.

See Also: A Year After Newtown, Entertainment Biz Resists Scrutiny

Responding to columnist George Will’s statement on ABC’s “This Week” that the challenges associated with curbing such events were politically and practically insurmountable, I suggested another hurdle involved media: “Because after a few days, those anchors will pack up and return to New York and D.C. And Newtown will join Aurora and too many others on the tragic roster of names in our fast-fading memories.”

To its credit, the media’s sustained interest in the story surpassed expectations. Despite a famously short attention span made shorter by the current digital environment,
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CNN’s Carol Costello: ‘We’ve Seen This Sad Movie Before With Mr. Lapierre’

Over the weekend, NRA executive vice president Wayne Lapierre and United States President Barack Obama each delivered remarks on the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and on gun violence. This morning, CNN anchor Carol Costello injected a bit of much-needed clarity into the "both sides" narrative that the network has been using to frame these remarks, in what passes for "objectivity" on cable news these days.
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‘Our Tears Are Not Enough’: President Obama Calls for Change at Memorial For Navy Yard Victims

Hours after National Rifle Association figurehead Wayne Lapierre gave his assessment of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, President Obama delivered remarks at a memorial for the slain, calling on Americans to "care enough" to change. The bulk of the President's 20 minute speech at The Marine Barracks in Washington, DC was devoted to an impassioned plea for action on preventing gun violence.
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Jim Carrey has just provided even more ammunition for the pro-gun lobby | Heather Long

The actor's tweets that his latest film, Kick-Ass 2, is too violent are oddly timed. There are better ways to support Newtown

I'd really like to take actor Jim Carrey's sudden change of heart seriously. He tweeted Sunday that he despite staring in the film Kick-Ass 2 (set to open in August), he can't promote it anymore because it's too violent.

I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e

Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013

He wants to (sort of) distance himself from the entire production:

I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.

Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013

Carrey does have some credibility on gun control. He's taken actively to Twitter this year to
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