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X-Men Director Bryan Singer Sued for Allegedly Raping Teen Boy

X-Men Director Bryan Singer Sued for Allegedly Raping Teen Boy
Bryan Singer has been accused of raping a 17-year old boy back in 2003, and is being sued by the now 31-year old man, according to TMZ. The news comes after a rough week where Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about Freddie Mercury and his band Queen, for what he claims was a pressing family matter, but the cast and crew say otherwise. The director is notoriously difficult to work with and it appears that there may have been more going on that not many were privy to. Singer is denying any and all claims against him at this time.

The X-Men director issued a statement in which he strenuously denied all the claims. The lawsuit, filed by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, alleges that Bryan Singer was at a party, with young gay men, on tech investor Lester Waters' yacht in Seattle in 2003. It claims that Singer offered to
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Shocking Details Emerge as Bryan Singer Blames Fox for Queen Biopic Firing

Shocking Details Emerge as Bryan Singer Blames Fox for Queen Biopic Firing
The long gestating Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been in trouble for years. There were many starts and stops, but the movie's future finally looked bright when Rami Malek signed on to play iconic singer Freddie Mercury and X-Men director Bryan Singer agreed to direct earlier this year. Now, the movie is trouble again. There were only a few weeks of filming left, but 20th Century Fox has decided to fire Singer. The studio blames Bryan Singer's termination on his chaotic and erratic work ethics. As well as his tendency to suddenly disappear without notice. The filmmaker doesn't agree with this assessment, and has released his own statement on the matter.

In shorter words, Singer is putting the full blame for his termination on Fox. He claims the studio would not allow him to care for his ailing parent. Bohemian Rhapsody production was halted indefinitely last week. At the time,
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A few thoughts on Fox selling its film business

Simon Brew Dec 5, 2017

Fox is said to be in talks with Disney over the sale of its film business. But this might not be great news...

There’s been an understandable level of enthusiasm surrounding news that 21st Century Fox is considering selling its film business, and that Disney is in the box seat to snap it all up. From a fan point of view, that means that the film rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters would revert back to Marvel, thus offering even more options for the Marvel cinematic universe.

Furthermore, one lesser-known side effect: Fox still holds the home entertainment rights to Star Wars: A New Hope. That would become Disney property too. Just imagine the boxset.

But whilst in the case of Fantastic Four – and possibly Star Wars - at least, I can see the upside of this, I can’t help wondering if a
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Rihanna Glows with Hometown Pride as the Barbados Street She Grew Up On Is Renamed in Her Honor

Rihanna Glows with Hometown Pride as the Barbados Street She Grew Up On Is Renamed in Her Honor
Now you can blast “Shut Up and Drive” on Rihanna Drive!

On Thursday, which was also Barbados Independence Day, the government of Barbados renamed the St. Michael street Rihanna grew up on from Westbury New Road to Rihanna Drive.

And not only was the Grammy-winning singer, 29, beaming with hometown pride, the world’s most famous Bajan was also literally radiating in a yellow tunic dress from Hellessy’s Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection.

Bad Gal RiRi kept the bright theme going with her accessories as well!

In addition to yellow pumps, she enhanced her look with a Jacquemus mini bag and gold
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Netflix Is Recruiting a Will Smith Army to Promote Bright

Netflix Is Recruiting a Will Smith Army to Promote Bright
Is your name Will Smith? If so, Netflix, and the star of such movies as Independence Day and Suicide Squad, Will Smith, needs your help to promote their upcoming movie, Bright. That's right, apparently, the actor Will Smith is far too busy to handle the busy press schedule for Bright and he is in need of some other people with his same name to help fill in for him. At this point, we have more questions than answers, but this is a very real thing that is really happening.

Netflix recently released a video via their official Twitter account featuring Will Smith, who stars in Bright alongside Joel Edgerton. The video features Smith discussing the busy schedule Netflix has him on to promote the movie and, since he's a busy guy, he apparently can't do it all himself. So, he's requesting that anyone named Will Smith reach out to Netflix so they can help.
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Randy Quaid Reveals He's a Victim of Sexual Abuse

Randy Quaid Reveals He's a Victim of Sexual Abuse
Actor Randy Quaid decided to share his own stories of sexual abuse from when he was a child in solidarity with all of the men and women who have come forward about their experiences with sexual misconduct in Hollywood. When talking about all of the recent Hollywood accusations, Quaid declared that it's, "time to drain the Hollywood swamp and get rid of these creeps." The Midnight Express star and the brother of Dennis Quaid, took to Twitter to share his experience of sexual assault at the hands of a 14-year-old boy when he was 5-years old.

Randy Quaid, now 67, claims that the boy raped him in the bathroom of his neighbor's home while the 14-year old's parents were both at work. The boy reportedly threatened to smash a bottle of rubbing alcohol over Quaid's head if he didn't do exactly what he told him to do. The Independence Day actor
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Slideshow, Audio: Bill Pullman Red Carpet at 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Previous | Image 1 of 3 | NextBill Pullman at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.

Chicago – Bill Pullman is one of Hollywood’s treasures. The rogue-ish and handsome actor has been plying his trade for over 30 years, in such classics as “Spaceballs,” “A League of Their Own,” “While You Were Sleeping,” “Independence Day,” “Lost Highway” and the recent “Battle of the Sexes.” His latest film, which he previewed at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival with director Jared Moshe, is a western called “The Ballad of Lefty Brown.”

Pullman was born in Hornell, New York, and began his career as an acting instructor at Montana State University, where his students encouraged him to start a film career. He made his debut in “Ruthless People” (1986) and began his long and successful career. He has also done Broadway stage (“The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?”) and TV (“1600 Penn”), and will appear in the film “Lbj,
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Review: Geostorm (2017)

Despite sounding like a weekday afternoon SyFy film, Geostorm comes tearing into cinemas and while hopes were not particularly high, I was at least anticipating a fun slice of natural disaster movie mayhem. Shockingly not directed by master of disaster Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012), this film instead comes from Independence Day and Godzilla (1998) co-writer Dean Devlin. Unfortunately the end result is less knowing than any of the aforementioned and is a disaster in all the wrong ways.

Look, nobody was expecting Birdman here, or a deeply layered look at the impact of global warming, we were expecting a Gerard Butler led romp that was preposterous but hopefully fun with it. However, what I never expected in a million years was to be criticising Geostorm for not having enough extreme weather action scenes! Practically all of the films money shots have filled out the trailers and TV spots,
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The Dead Zone: Why Halloween Is One of the Worst Box-Office Weekends

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Halloween is no trick or treat for theaters, which get rocks instead of candy every time. Last year, the Halloween weekend was the second-lowest grossing of 2016. In 2015, when October 31 fell on Saturday, it was the single worst. There’s a chance this year won’t reach the same depths; in the competition for the Most Awful Weekend of 2017, there’s those weekends right before Labor Day — and the traditionally wretched second weekend of December is still to come. Still, it will be weak with “Jigsaw” (the latest in the “Saw” franchise), “Suburbicon,” George Clooney’s poorly reviewed satire, and “Thank You for Your Service,” with Miles Teller as an Iraq War veteran.

Holiday weekends are a big deal for studios, but they can be tricky. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the easiest ones to deal with, and serve as the best time of year to reach older audiences and families. Independence Day
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Michael Apted to Head Camerimage Competition Jury

Michael Apted to Head Camerimage Competition Jury
British documentarian Michael Apted, who broke ground with decades-long chronicles of subjects’ lives, will chair the Camerimage fest main competition jury, the organization has announced.

Heather Stewart, creative director at the British Film Institute, and cinematographers Christian Berger (“The White Ribbon”), Stuart Dryburgh (“The Piano”), Stephen Goldblatt (“Lethal Weapon”), Karl Walter Lindenlaub (“Independence Day”) and Anastas N. Michos (“Man on the Moon”) will also serve, evaluating the best in world cinematography Nov. 11-18 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Director-producer Brad Silberling (“City of Angels”) will lead the Polish films competition jury, alongside cinematographers Andrew Dunn (“The Bodyguard”), Denis Lenoir (“Demonlover”), Claudio Miranda (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and VFX supervisor Mark H. Weingartner (“Inception”).

Last year’s docu prize achievement winner Jay Rosenblatt (“Human Remains”) will preside over the docu features jury, serving with writer-producer-director Sheila Curran Bernard (“Slavery by Another Name”), Dp John Davey (“La danse”), producer Karen Konicek (Zipporah Films) and director-producer Kristine Samuelson (“Arthur and Lillie
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First ‘Den of Thieves’ Trailer Aims for ‘Heat’ and Misfires

Gerard Butler's latest theatrical outing under writer/director Dean Devlin (Independence Day) for Geostorm is not off to a great start. Sure, the film has taken in over $66 million worldwide in its first week, but it might end up as a $100 million loss for the Warner Bros. / Skydance partnership. Butler, however, is moving ahead with his next questionable career choice: Den of Thieves. On the surface, the premise of this action-thriller from writer/director Christian Gudegast (London Has Fallen) is decent: Aiming to be a modern version of the classic Michael Mann film Heat, this heist / …
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Christina El Moussa Is Being 'Very Supportive' of Ex Doug Spedding as He's in Rehab: 'She Speaks With Doug Daily'

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Christina El Moussa Is Being 'Very Supportive' of Ex Doug Spedding as He's in Rehab: 'She Speaks With Doug Daily'
Christina El Moussa has returned to work filming Flip or Flop with estranged husband Tarek, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten about her ex-boyfriend, Doug Spedding.

An El Moussa source confirmed Christina’s split from the bussinessman to People last week and explained that that the parting of ways came as Spedding, who has six children from previous relationships, entered in-patient rehab for his addiction issues.

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“Christina cares about Doug and his children, and she is thankful he’s made the decision to get help,” the insider tells People in this week’s issue. “She feels strongly
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Geostorm movie review: weather bomb

MaryAnn’s quick take… Almost hilariously terrible: absurd plot machinations, dubious politics, not a single character to care about. And it doesn’t even give good disaster porn. I’m “biast” (pro): big science fiction fan

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of what Hollywood often does with sci fi

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Who was it who said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it”? Well, we showed that guy! After the catastrophic weather year of 2019 (which apparently made 2017 look like a pleasantly warm and breezy day), we — that is, humanity — “fought back” against, I guess, ourselves and the climate disasters we brought upon our planet, by launching a network of weather-control satellites covering the entire globe, and operated from a newly supercool International Space Station, which has a big wheel and gravity and factories to make more satellites,
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Taylor Swift's Real Estate By the Numbers: Breaking Down Her Mansions, Penthouses and Vacation Abodes

Taylor Swift's Real Estate By the Numbers: Breaking Down Her Mansions, Penthouses and Vacation Abodes
Taylor Swift's real estate portfolio is seriously major.  The 10-time Grammy winner made her first splash in the housing market at just 20-years-old, plunking down nearly $2 million for her very first Tennessee mansh fit for not just any 'ol pop-country crossover star with two chart-topping albums under her belt. Since then, Swift has spread her real estate wings from coast to coast, now calling multiples pieces of Beverly Hills, Nashville, Rhode Island and New York City home.  There's the beachfront vacation abode notorious for T. Swift's epic Independence Day blowouts, and the cozy Los Angeles pad featured in her Vogue "73 Questions" spot. Don't forget the...
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Geostorm: back to the 90s with Dean Devlin’s Armageddon 2

Ed Kegenof Oct 24, 2017

It’s the end of the world yet again in the sci-fi disaster thriller, Geostorm. An unofficial sequel to Michael Bay’s Armageddon...?

With Independence Day, director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin managed to single-handedly resuscitate the disaster movie - a genre that had wheezed to a halt following an increasingly daft sequence of examples in the late 70s and early 80s (for a stunning night in, check out the low-rent majesty of Meteor, The Swarm or When Time Ran Out). Sure, Independence Day was an alien invasion movie straight out of the 50s, but its scenes of global panic and destruction were pure Irwin Allen. A certified hit in 1996, Independence Day sparked a wave of incendiary movies in the same vein, with scenarios varying from exploding volcanoes (Dante’s Peak and, well, Volcano), a giant monster (Godzilla) and duelling asteroid movies Deep Impact and Armageddon.
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Gerard Butler interview: Geostorm, Angel Has Fallen and more

Duncan Bowles Oct 23, 2017

Gerard Butler chats to us about Geostorm, his bike accident, and Olympus Has Fallen 3...

Geostorm is a film that is so bombastic, it feels like a crime to write its name in lowercase letters – Geostorm fits much better and conveys the gloriously over the top shenanigans that Gerard Butler finds himself at the centre of, as the planet Earth has set about imploding after no one paid any attention to climate change. Thankfully Butler’s character, Jake Lawson, has created a net of satellites in space that can prevent future weather based disasters, until it appears that someone might have set about turning ‘Dutch Boy’ (the control system) into a weapon…

Geostorm is a throwback to the golden era of nineties disaster movies in the best way; if you’ve ever loved the likes of Armageddon, Dante’s Peak or Twister (to name a few) then deciding
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Disastrous Geostorm Opening Weekend Won't Even Cover Cost of Reshoots

Disastrous Geostorm Opening Weekend Won't Even Cover Cost of Reshoots
Director Dean Devlin's Geostorm is on track for a disastrous opening weekend that won't even cover the cost of the reshoots. "Everyone was warned, but no one listened," says the teenage narrator of Geostorm, a natural-disaster spectacle directed and co-written by Devlin. According to the narrator, by 2019 there had been so many hurricanes, tornadoes, and heat waves that the problem of climate change could no longer be ignored. The solution? A giant weather-controlling framework that encases the Earth like a see-through geodesic dome, which is not the worst movie idea around at this current time, but probably the worst timing for a release.

The movie is pretty much advertised as an excuse to blow things up like a Michael Bay movie, almost like they just gave up about half way through making the movie and decided to ditch the script and focus on the disasters and Gerard Butler trying to hack a computer.
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Geostorm Review: 4Dx Is the Only Way You Should See It

Geostorm Review: 4Dx Is the Only Way You Should See It
Geostorm is not an homage to the 90's Isuzu vehicle. It is the feature film debut from Dean Devlin, the writer and producer of Independence Day. Much like that film and others in his portfolio, it is a big-budget disaster epic with state of the art visual effects. Warner Bros. did not screen Geostorm for critics. But I got a chance to see the movie as a promotional 4Dx experience. This was my first time seeing anything in 4Dx. It's pretty intense, much more immersive and volatile than expected. For this review, I'll recap the film briefly; describe the 4Dx technology, and what it was like to watch a movie in this new format.

Geostorm takes place in the near future. Climate change has subjected the world to devastating meteorological events. Gerard Butler stars as Jake Lawson, a scientist who creates Dutch Boy, a series of interconnected satellites that can control weather.
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'Geostorm': Film Review

'Geostorm': Film Review
The planetary disaster film equivalent of a two-hour call to tech support, Dean Devlin's Geostorm boils down to that classically annoying hail-mary bit of advice: Have you tried shutting it down and rebooting? Big, dumb and boring, it finds the co-writer of Independence Day hoping to start a directing career with the same playbook — but forgetting several rules of the game. The result isn't the end of the world, but it's certainly no Armageddon either.

In the face of a wave of extreme weather events in 2019, we're told, "The world came together as one," building a network of weather-adjusting satellites....
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‘Geostorm’ Review: The Big Summer Blockbuster of 1998

I can only imagine what it was like working on the set of Dean Devlin’s Geostorm, but I like to think it involved Devlin, who after writing such 90s blockbusters as Independence Day and Godzilla, told cast and crew to gather round and hear stories about making movies in the 1990s. Everyone then proceeded to make a movie that looked like it came out of the late-90s in terms of plot, characters, stakes, and set pieces. It’s a movie that feels positively ancient by today’s blockbuster standards, and rather than coming off like a decent throwback, …
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