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‘Genius’ Producer Accuses Dustin Hoffman of Sexually Harassing Her in 1991 (Exclusive)

‘Genius’ Producer Accuses Dustin Hoffman of Sexually Harassing Her in 1991 (Exclusive)
Wendy Riss Gatsiounis was a struggling playwright working a temp job in New York City in 1991 when she got what she hoped would be her big break. Her play “A Darker Purpose” had been given a staged reading at the Public Theater, and she had scheduled a meeting with Dustin Hoffman and “Tootsie” screenwriter Murray Schisgal to discuss adapting it into a feature film for Hoffman to star in. “It was a huge thing,” she told Variety.

But, Riss Gatsiounis said, the two meetings that took place at the Rockefeller Center office of Hoffman’s Punch Productions led to confusion and self-doubt after Hoffman allegedly propositioned her and attempted to persuade her to leave the office and accompany him to a store in a nearby hotel. Riss Gatsiounis was in her 20s; Hoffman was 53.

A spokesperson for Hoffman declined to comment. Schisgal told Variety in a statement: “Dustin Hoffman and I took many meetings with writers and playwrights
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Steven Hill, Original Star Of "Mission: Impossible" TV Series, Dead At 94

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Actor Steven Hill  has died at age 94. Hill came to prominence in 1966 as the original star of the "Mission: Impossible" TV series. He played Dan Briggs, the head of the Impossible Mission Force, who led a select team of diverse members on highly dangerous espionage missions. Hill, who was an Orthodox Jew, found that the filming schedule conflicted with his religious obligations. He left the series after one season and was replaced by Peter Graves as Jim Phelps, who remained with the franchise henceforth. Hill retired from acting for almost a decade before returning to TV as District Attorney Adam Schiff on the popular NBC show "Law & Order". He stayed with the series for years and earned two Emmy nominations. Among his feature films are "Billy Bathgate", "Yentl", "The Firm", "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Legal Eagles". For more click here. 
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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier played the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing Schiff as D.
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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94
Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier starred as the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing
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‘Amadeus’ Production Designer Tapped for Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award

‘Amadeus’ Production Designer Tapped for Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Patrizia von Brandenstein will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

She was the first woman to win an Academy Award for production design, for “Amadeus,” and was also nominated for Oscars in the category for “Ragtime” and “The Untouchables.”

The award will be presented at the 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton.

Von Brandenstein began her film career in 1972 as a set decorator on “The Candidate” and subsequently worked as a costume designer on “Between the Lines” and “Saturday Night Fever.” She teamed with her husband and fellow production designer, Stuart Wurtzel, on “Hester Street” and moved into art direction for “Breaking Away” and “Ragtime.”

She collaborated with Mike Nichols on “Silkwood,” “Working Girl” and “Postcards From the Edge.” Her additional production credits include “A Chorus Line,” “Billy Bathgate,” “Leap of Faith,” “A Simple Plan,” “Shaft,” “The Last Station” and “Albert Nobbs.
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E.L. Doctorow, Esteemed American Novelist, Dies At 84

Novelist E.L. Doctorow, who penned Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, died Tuesday. He was 84. E.L. Doctorow Dies Doctorow’s son confirmed his death from complications of lung cancer to The New York Times. Doctorow’s books gave glimpses into corners of the American story, from the cities to the countryside. He interwove significant historical figures such as […]

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E.L. Doctorow Dies: ‘Ragtime’ Author Specialized In Historical Fiction

E.L. Doctorow Dies: ‘Ragtime’ Author Specialized In Historical Fiction
E.L. Doctorow, author of critically acclaimed historic fiction including the sprawling novels Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, has died. Doctorow was 84 and died of complications from lung cancer, his son Richard told the New York Times, which first reported the author’s passing. In addition to a dozen novels, Doctorow also published multiple volumes of short stories, essays and the stage drama Drinks Before Dinner. Ragtime was made into a feature film released in 1981…
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E.L. Doctorow, Author of ‘Ragtime,’ ‘Billy Bathgate,’ Dies at 84

E.L. Doctorow, Author of ‘Ragtime,’ ‘Billy Bathgate,’ Dies at 84
E.L. Doctorow, the author of historical fiction whose writing were adapted into feature films including “Billy Bathgate,” “Daniel” and “Ragtime,” has died. He was 84.

The Bronx native died on Tuesday in Manhattan. The cause of death was complications due to lung cancer, his son, Richard, told the New York Times.

Doctorow penned a dozen novels published over the course of five decades between 1960 and 2014. Perhaps his most influential work, “Ragtime” was adapted for the screen in 1981 and again as a staged musical in 1998. In 1997, shortly before the musical opened, Doctorow told Variety that he much preferred the staged version, which he said “caught the spirit” of his writing, whereas the 1981 film “misread my text.”

Still, Variety critic Stephen Klain praised Doctorow in his 1981 review of the film, writing “The page-turning joys of E.L. Doctorow’s bestselling ‘Ragtime,’ which dizzily and entertainingly charted a kaleidoscopic vision of a turn-of-century America in
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E.L. Doctorow, Author of Ragtime and Writer of Historical Fiction, Has Died

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E.L. Doctorow, Author of Ragtime and Writer of Historical Fiction, Has Died
E.L. Doctorow, the award-winning New York author who was renowned for his historical fiction and penned such unique works as Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, City of God, and The Waterworks, died Tuesday in Manhattan. The New York Times reports the cause was "complications from lung cancer." He was 84. Doctorow, often looked at as one of the doyens of historical fiction, wrote 12 novels as well as a handful of short-story collections and a play. Several of his books were adapted as big-screen projects, including Welcome to Hard Times, Billy Bathgate, and Ragtime — the last of which also saw the stage and garnered four Tonys. His most recent release was last year's Andrew's Brain. He also occasionally wrote for such publications as The New York Review of Books, The Nation, the New York Times, and New York (some of those writings are available, archived here). When he recalled his Bronx
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Future Uncertain for Exiled Golden Globes Member as HFPA Attempts Rehab

Future Uncertain for Exiled Golden Globes Member as HFPA Attempts Rehab
In Hollywood, a kiss-and-tell autobiography is Ok, but a kiss-and-mock book is out of the question.

Longtime Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. member and former president Philip Berk has taken a six-month leave of absence from the organization that hands out the Golden Globes, which was not pleased with his memoir “With Signs and Wonders.” His sabbatical means that he will not be attending meetings or voting. It’s not clear yet whether he automatically rejoins after six months, or whether the org and he will renegotiate his possible re-entry — or further repercussions.

At a time when the HFPA has been working to clean up its image, the book paints a negative portrait of the org, often with anecdotes from 10 to 20 years ago. Berk also talks about the contract talks with Dick Clark Prods., which produces the very profitable Golden Globes telecast and Berk does not portray the org’s negotiating skills in a favorable light.
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Future Uncertain for Exiled Golden Globes Member as HFPA Attempts Rehab

Future Uncertain for Exiled Golden Globes Member as HFPA Attempts Rehab
In Hollywood, a kiss-and-tell autobiography is Ok, but a kiss-and-mock book is out of the question.

Longtime Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. member and former president Philip Berk has taken a six-month leave of absence from the organization that hands out the Golden Globes, which was not pleased with his memoir “With Signs and Wonders.” His sabbatical means that he will not be attending meetings or voting. It’s not clear yet whether he automatically rejoins after six months, or whether the org and he will renegotiate his possible re-entry — or further repercussions.

At a time when the HFPA has been working to clean up its image, the book paints a negative portrait of the org, often with anecdotes from 10 to 20 years ago. Berk also talks about the contract talks with Dick Clark Prods., which produces the very profitable Golden Globes telecast and Berk does not portray the org’s negotiating skills in a favorable light.
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Name That Movie: Bruce Willis Edition

This week's new release Red 2 is just the latest action movie tacked onto Bruce Willis's résumé. He's appeared in an extensive list of films since his breakout in the '80s. Think you know all his greatest hits? Test your Willis knowledge by matching the picture with its corresponding title. Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: Mortal Thoughts Billy Bathgate Striking Distance Pulp Fiction
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Bruce Willis and Anthony Hopkins on 'Red 2,' Kissing Nicole Kidman, and a New 'Die Hard'

Once in awhile, you feel intimidated by your job. This recently happened to me when I entered a hotel room and was greeted not only by Bruce Willis, who I'd been watching in a variety of amazing roles and performances since I was a child, but also by Anthony Hopkins, an actor whose mastery of the craft seems to border on the supernatural (and who also scared the hell out of me as a kid in "Silence of the Lambs"). Somehow, this intimidation was not undercut when Hopkins stepped forward, shook my hand, and demanded that I address him as "Tony."

The two stars were on hand in New York City to discuss their new movie "Red 2," the sequel to the 2010 action-adventure about retired spies who are pulled back into active duty.

Below, you can read what transpired between myself, Willis, and Hopkins, as they talk about their acting
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Will Katie Holmes' Career Survive Divorce From Tom Cruise?

Will Katie Holmes' Career Survive Divorce From Tom Cruise?
Katie Holmes was an actress once – surely, you remember. This was before she turned into a dead-eyed, cult-dodging, Stepford wife, famous only for putting designer heels on her precocious tot and pacing the streets of Manhattan as she plotted her escape.

A fresh-faced Katie Holmes in Dawsons Creek

And with exquisite timing, we have a reminder of her talents, as her film Jack and Jill – the Hilarious Adam Sandler vehicle – goes on DVD release today. Like several of her projects since becoming Mrs Cruise, its cinema audience reception amounted to one big Mr Babbage-sounding raspberry, although the more curious Katie-watchers may well tip DVD sales over a more respectable line this week.

However, people “close” to the “actress” are hoping that Holmes, like Nicole Kidman before her, will enjoy a revitalised career now that she has escaped the grip of what her reps are insisting was a “suffocating” “controlling” personal life,
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Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Nicole Kidman

Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Nicole Kidman
She made her television debut almost 30 years ago, and Nicole Kidman quickly rose to stardom in the 1990s. Today, she is among Hollywood's highest-paid actresses and is no stranger to awards. She won her first Oscar in 2002 for "The Hours."

The actress, spokesmodel, and humanitarian landed an Academy Award Best Actress nomination for her performance as Becca Corbett in "Rabbit Hole."

Find out more about Nicole Kidman!

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De Niro Tops On Screen Deaths List

Robert De Niro has hit one more record! In a “horrifying” new study he has “died” on screen more than any other Hollywood star!

The long kiss goodnight. The big dirt nap. Kickin’ the toilet. Buying the farm. 187 (cop code in some countries)…”

There are so many urban names for death. Reaching the top of the Hollywood usually means you play the hero, get the girl, and ride into the sunset. But sometimes, you don’t even make it to the final fade out. Sometimes, you just have been put out of your misery. These guys have had maybe not the best but certainly the most death scenes on the film:

1. Robert De Niro (14 films)

Bloody Mama, Bang the Drum Slowly, Mean Streets, Brazil, The Mission, Cape Fear, This Boy’s Life, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein , Heat, The Fan, Jackie Brown(high ranked), Great Expectations, 15 Minutes and Hide & Seek

Curiosity:
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Robert De Niro Tops List of Most Movie Deaths

ChaCha put together a list of actors who have died the most in their movies. Topping the list is Robert De Niro with fifteen deaths, including ones in "Cape Fear," "Frankenstein" and "Jackie Brown." Bruce Willis also made the list and was actually killed twice by his ex-wife Demi Moore in "Mortal Thoughts" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Brad Pitt is in top ten as well, but his deaths are a bit odd. He died in "Cool World," but returned as an animated character. He died in "Fight Club," but never actually existed. And he died in "Meet Joe Black," but came back as Death. The list is far from perfect, since it doesn't include Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed, Titanic, Blood Diamond), Kevin Spacey (Se7en, American Beauty, La Confidential), Samuel L. Jackson (Deep Blue Sea, True Romance, Jurassic Park), or John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, The Punisher). Plus, there
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Stanley Tucci Joins Marvel's Captain America Cast

Marvel has issued a press release announcing actor Stanley Tucci has joined the cast of Joe Johnston's The First Avenger: Captain America.

Tucci will play Dr. Abraham Erskine who was a German scientist in the comics behind the project that created the serum turning Steve Rogers into Captain America. How the role is written into the live action film and relates to rumors of the serum being linked to Howard Stark remains unknown.

Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones was the last time Tucci appeared on film. Some of his other credits includes Billy Bathgate, Maid in Manhattan, The Terminal and Julie & Julia, amongst many others.

Joining Tucci in Captain America are Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Neal McDonough, Hayley Atwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Toby Jones, Sebastian Stan and Dominic Cooper. Additional roles are expected to be filled out quickly as production gears up to begin shooting this month in Great Britain.
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Dustin Hoffman & Michael Mann Team for HBO’s ‘Luck’

After 40 years being a star on the big screen, Dustin Hoffman is now about to become a star on television. The two-time Oscar-winning actor has signed on to star in the pilot Luck for director Michael Mann.

Mann will direct, and Hoffman will star in the David Milch scripted show (alongside Mann favorite Dennis Farina), which focuses on gambling and horse racing.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Luck centers on an intelligent, intuitive tough man (Hoffman) who always has been involved with gambling, from bookmaking and money laundering to casino operations.

Recently released from prison after four years, he teams with Gus Economou (Farina), his longtime chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the track. They recruit Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), a successful trainer with a sordid reputation.”

While it’s a bit sad to see an actor of Hoffman’s stature (no pun intended) moving to the small screen,
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2009 Gotham Awards Announce Career Tributes

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today that director Kathryn Bigelow, actors Natalie Portman and Stanley Tucci, and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, will each be presented with a career Tribute at the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday November 30th in New York. Ifp also announced it has moved the gala awards ceremony to Monday, November 30 at Cipriani Wall Street, from the previously announced date of Tuesday, December 1st.

Signaling the official kick-off to the film awards season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards is one of the leading awards for independent film. Anchoring the evening's six competitive awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, are four Tributes to film community icons.

This year's Tribute selection represents a range of individuals -
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