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Ashley Judd Reveals Sexual Harassment by Studio Mogul (Exclusive)

Ashley Judd Reveals Sexual Harassment by Studio Mogul (Exclusive)
As part of this week’s Variety Power of Women issue, Ashley Judd shared a story that she’s never publicly revealed before. When she was filming Paramount’s “Kiss the Girls” in the late 90s, Judd was sexually harassed by a mogul from a rival studio, who kept summoning her to his hotel room under the pretense of talking about roles in his movies. The situation escalated until the mogul, who Judd declined to name, tried to get Judd to watch him take a shower. Judd spoke to Variety about what happened, how she internalized the shame and eventually stood up for herself.

Ashley Judd: I was sexually harassed by one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-rivaled bosses. I was making “Kiss the Girls” at the time, and here I was, a declared feminist. I had completed a minor in what was then called women’s studies,
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Elba Is The New Alex Cross

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British actor Idris Elba has signed up to replace Morgan Freeman as famed sleuth Dr. Alex Cross in a new movie.

Freeman has played the detective in two films - 1997's Kiss The Girls and Along Came a Spider in 2001 - based on the best-selling books by thriller writer James Patterson.

Movie bosses are preparing to bring Patterson's latest Alex Cross novel, simply titled Cross, to the big screen and The Wire star Elba has been hired to take over from Freeman.

Production on the new film is slated to begin in early 2011, according to Deadline.com.

Gary Fleder aboard 'Good-by'

Gary Fleder aboard 'Good-by'
NEW YORK -- Gary Fleder soon could be saying hello to The Deep Blue Good-by.

The director of Runaway Jury and Kiss the Girls is in talks to direct the Fox project, based on the first title in crime novelist John MacDonald's prolific Travis McGee series.

The 21 McGee novels, most of which were written in the 1960s and '70s and all of which feature a color in their title, could be turned into a franchise by Fox. They feature McGee, a free-living bachelor and reluctant hero who lives on a houseboat in Florida and works as a "salvage consultant," recovering property and money for clients and taking half the fee in return.

Good-by centers on McGee's efforts to track down a treasure that a solider escaped with and hid after World War II.

Fleder, who made his mark with the 1995 cult classic "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead," is known for directing crime thrillers. The Morgan Freeman starrer Kiss the Girls earned $60 million domestically for Paramount in 1997, while the John Grisham property Runaway Jury grossed $50 million in the U.S.

Judd Doing "Good" After Depression

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Judd Doing
Hollywood star Ashley Judd has praised her husband for helping her to overcome a bout of depression earlier this year. The Kiss The Girls actress checked into the Shades Of Hope Treatment Centre in Buffalo Gap, Texas in February while suffering from depression and an eating disorder, and completed a 47-day program to aid her recovery. She's now confident she's beaten the illness, saying, "I have so many more tools now. My self-care is really good." And she thanks her husband, racing driver Dario Franchitti, for standing by her during the treatment: "He is so supportive in just the right way. Pitch-perfect." The actress will next be seen onscreen in Come Early Morning.

Dutton sworn in for 'Beltway'

Dutton sworn in for 'Beltway'
Charles S. Dutton has been tapped to portray Montgomery County, Md., police chief Charles Moose in The Beltway, USA Network's original movie about last year's sniper killings in the Washington area. Meanwhile, Showtime has rounded out President Bush's cabinet for DC 9/11, the small-screen telling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Beltway, written by David Erickson and directed by Tom McLoughlin, centers on the Moose-headed multiforce police hunt for the sharpshooters who terrorized the capital area for three weeks in the fall, leaving 19 dead. Bobby Hosea (Independence Day) and Trent Cameron (NBC's American Dreams) have been cast to play accused snipers John Muhammed and John Lee Malvo, respectively. Also cast in the project are Jay O. Sanders (Kiss the Girls) as Montgomery County executive Doug Duncan and Charlayne Woodard (Unbreakable) as Muhammed's former wife Mildred.

Nolan Takes on the Batman Franchise

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Memento filmmaker Christopher Nolan has been confirmed as the next person to tackle the ailing Batman franchise. The British director, whose most recent film Insomnia starred Al Pacino, has signed a deal with studio giant Warner Bros, who currently have three new Batman projects in development. Nolan says, "I grew up with Batman, I've been fascinated by him and I'm excited to contribute to the lore surrounding the character. Batman is the most credible and realistic of the superheroes, and has the most complex human psychology. His superhero qualities come from within. He's not a magical character. I had a fantastic experience with the studio on Insomnia and I'm keen to repeat that experience." The Batman franchise started strongly in the late 1980s, with Michael Keaton starring as the caped crusader in the first film and Batman Returns, but the two following movies - Batman Forever with Val Kilmer and Batman And Robin with George Clooney - flopped. The other two Batman projects are Batman: Year One, a darker tale to be directed by Requiem For A Dream's Darren Aranofsky and Catwoman, which follows the story of Michelle Pfeiffer's Batman Returns character. Kiss The Girls star Ashley Judd is reported to be taking over the role.

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