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Ben Affleck on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Knew He Was Sleazy’

Ben Affleck on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Knew He Was Sleazy’
Ben Affleck sat down Friday morning with Savannah Guthrie on the “Today” show, where he discussed the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, who was instrumental in launching his career.

Affleck, who is making the rounds to promote “Justice League,” told Guthrie, “I knew [Weinstein] was sleazy and kind of a bully, but unfortunately, that wasn’t that uncommon.” He explained that, as a 24-year-old newcomer to Hollywood who “had never made a movie,” he did not understand how the business worked and what behavior was deemed acceptable. Affleck shared his first Academy Award win with Matt Damon for their “Good Will Hunting” screenplay.

In addition to his breakout film “Good Will Hunting,” Affleck collaborated with Weinstein on several other movies, including “Shakespeare in Love,” which starred his former girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow — one of the many women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment.

He answered questions regarding the same subject during an appearance on “The Late Show” [link
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Stephen Colbert Confronts Ben Affleck on Sexual Misconduct Accusations, Harvey Weinstein

Stephen Colbert Confronts Ben Affleck on Sexual Misconduct Accusations, Harvey Weinstein
Stephen Colbert asked Ben Affleck about his past sexual misconduct – last month, the actor apologized for groping Hilarie Burton on camera in 2003 – and his reaction to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations on The Late Show on Thursday. Good Will Hunting, the film that launched Affleck to stardom, was released by Miramax, a company co-founded by Weinstein.

"What I was accused of by a woman was touching her breast while I gave her a hug," Affleck told Colbert. "I don't remember it, but I absolutely apologize for it. I certainly
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Ben Affleck Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations: ‘I Don't Remember It, I Don’t Think She’s Lying'

Ben Affleck Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations: ‘I Don't Remember It, I Don’t Think She’s Lying'
Ben Affleck got grilled by Stephen Colbert on Thursday's Late Show.

The Justice League star showed up on the late-night program to plug his new superhero movie, but ended up having to address the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Good Will Hunting producer Harvey Weinstein as well as sexual misconduct claims made against him by actress Hilarie Burton.

“This is a comedy show, correct?” the Oscar winner quipped, before agreeing with Colbert that the Weinstein scandal has launched a national conversation about sexual harassment and assault.

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“For me, it was awful to see the extent of these terrible crimes, and it was hideous,” Affleck said. “I haven’t worked for Harvey for more than 15 years, but nonetheless I felt this attachment. I did movies like Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love and Chasing Amy and some of the early movies that I really
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Ben Affleck Addresses Claim He Groped Trl Host and Calls for Men to Take Accountability Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

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Ben Affleck Addresses Claim He Groped Trl Host and Calls for Men to Take Accountability Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims
Ben Affleck is hoping the onslaught of sexual harassment and assault allegations coming out against people like movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, director Brett Ratner, actor Kevin Spacey and even himself make men more accountable for their actions and more aware of the obstacles women have to face.

The 45-year-old Justice League star spoke out about the sexual misconduct scandals that have been making headlines in recent weeks during an appearance on Thursday’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, admitting that they have opened his eyes.

“I thought I had a sense of the scope of the problem and I
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Miramax Hires Paramount Executive Amy Mastriona (Exclusive)

Miramax Hires Paramount Executive Amy Mastriona (Exclusive)
Veteran Hollywood marketing executive Amy Mastriona has joined Miramax as executive vice president of film production, Variety has learned exclusively.

Mastriona comes to Miramax with a lengthy background in creative advertising and marketing from her tenure at Paramount Pictures, where she was an exec VP. Mastriona will be joining Miramax following its new focus toward growing its footprint with creative storytellers across a substantial production platform.

“Amy’s distinct skill set in creative advertising makes her a perfect selection to lead our decision making and development process,” CEO Bill Block said. “She understands the ever-changing audience base and will be instrumental in bringing Miramax’s production to a wide variety of global audiences. I couldn’t be happier to have Amy join the Miramax team and contribute in our mission to create high quality content.”

Mastriona joined Paramount in 2009 and has overseen the creative campaigns for more than 40 films, including the “Paranormal Activity,” “Transformers,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Star Trek” franchises, along with “Selma,” “Arrival,” and “Daddy’s Home.”
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Judi Dench Admits to Feeling Torn by Hollywood Sexual Harassment Scandal

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Judi Dench Admits to Feeling Torn by Hollywood Sexual Harassment Scandal
Dame Judi Dench has admitted to feeling torn in two directions by the sexual misconduct allegations rocking Hollywood.

Speaking to Sky News at the London premiere of The Murder on the Orient Express on Thursday, the Oscar-winner said, “It’s very hard when a lot of people concerned are great friends of yours.”

“I feel loyal to them and at the same time I feel appalled by what has happened to a lot of young actresses who had no way of getting out.”

Dench — who plays Princess Dragomiroff in the revamped murder-mystery alongside Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and Hamilton‘s Leslie Odom Jr.
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Afm: Judi Dench's 'Red Joan' Biopic Sells Internationally (Exclusive)

Afm: Judi Dench's 'Red Joan' Biopic Sells Internationally (Exclusive)
Red Joan — starring Oscar winner Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) and Tom Hughes (Victoria) and telling the real-life story of a grandmother exposed as the Kgb’s longest-serving British spy — has scored a raft of international deals.

Lionsgate took U.K. rights, while it also went to Transmission (Australia, New Zealand), Kino (Japan), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Cineart (Benelux), Ster Kinekor (South Africa), Videorama (Greece), United King (Israel), Front Row (Middle East) and Cinesky (Worldwide Airlines).

Academy Award winner David Parfitt (Shakespeare in Love) is producing the film, while multiple Tony and Olivier award winner Trevor Nunn (Cats) directs...
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Gwyneth Paltrow's Head Was in a Box for Halloween Like in Se7en

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Head Was in a Box for Halloween Like in Se7en
Last month marked the 22nd anniversary of the iconic 1995 classic Se7en, which starred Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and marked a breakthrough role for a young actress named Gwyneth Paltrow. The role seems to be still very close to the actress' heart, since she paid homage to her character Tracy, the wife of Brad Pitt's character, Detective Mills, with an amazing Halloween costume that she showed off on Instagram earlier today. If you still haven't seen this classic thriller yet after 22 years, there will be Spoilers for the iconic ending, since it figures into her costume.

The movie centers on the seven deadly sins, gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, wrath, pride, and lust, which are being punished with unimaginable cruelty and calculation by an enigmatic killer. Set in a perpetually gloomy unnamed city, the film follows Somerset (Morgan Freeman), a retiring police detective, as he experiences his final week on the job,
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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Charles Dickens Gets a Winsome but Weary ‘Shakespeare in Love’ of His Own

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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Charles Dickens Gets a Winsome but Weary ‘Shakespeare in Love’ of His Own
It’s only been a few short weeks since Winnie the Pooh got the “Shakespeare in Love” treatment in “Goodbye Christopher Robin” — a film that inspired this critic to lament that “we used to tell stories; now we just tell stories about how we used to tell stories” — which means that we’re already long overdue for another saccharine period fable about the creation of another literary icon. Enter Ebenezer Scrooge, who came to Charles Dickens at a moment when both men were at a low point in their lives.

The year was 1843, the great author (a manic Dan Stevens) was 31, and his massive fame was ebbing in the wake of three consecutive flops. With the winter settling in and a certain lifestyle to maintain, Dickens was in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. There was only one problem: There hadn’t been a Christmas miracle in almost 1,843 years. You see,
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Film Review: ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

Film Review: ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’
Of all the books Charles Dickens wrote, none has been more often adapted for the screen than “A Christmas Carol,” drawing under its spell stars as diverse as Albert Finney, Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Mickey Mouse and the Muppets. Rather than retelling the classic once again, fresh take “The Man Who Invented Christmas” focuses on Dickens himself, revealing the equivalently satisfying story of how the English author conceived his beloved yuletide novella — while offering a chance for a splendidly cast Christopher Plummer to play Ebenezer Scrooge in the process.

Satisfying as it is to see a late-career Plummer tackle the iconic role, the subject of this particular film remains Scrooge’s creator, who may have had more in common with the old miser than audiences realize. The year was 1843, by which time Dickens (played here by “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens) had already tasted success, only to lose his publishers’ confidence after a series of “flops” (although
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‘Jigsaw’ Review: Much Like the Characters, You, Too, Will Long for the Sweet Release of Death

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‘Jigsaw’ Review: Much Like the Characters, You, Too, Will Long for the Sweet Release of Death
The question with a movie like “Jigsaw,” which was preceded by seven “Saw” movies and did not screen for press, isn’t “Is it good?” but rather “How bad is it?” The answer, dear reader, is “quite.” “Jigsaw” is quite bad.

Not that it matters much. The eighth installment in a horror franchise isn’t meant to be good; it’s meant to be gruesome. The Spierig Brothers’ contribution to the series is certainly that: One scene finds a team of medical examiners studiously examining a man with half his head blown off; another shows the results of a woman being injected with hydrochloric acid in all its gory detail. 13 years in, the filmmakers have all but given up pretending that such moments exist for any reason beyond their own sake.

Read More:‘Jigsaw’ Trailer: The ‘Saw’ Franchise Has Been Resurrected and It’s More Twisted Than Ever

It is
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‘Wonderstruck’: How Costume Design Superstar Sandy Powell Boosted Todd Haynes’ Cinematic Tour de Force

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‘Wonderstruck’: How Costume Design Superstar Sandy Powell Boosted Todd Haynes’ Cinematic Tour de Force
After working on “Hugo” (based on Brian Selznick’s illustrated novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”), costume designer Sandy Powell became the first champion of his follow-up, “Wonderstruck.” In fact, Powell was so taken with his parallel adventures of two deaf children in 1927 and 1977 New York, that she encouraged him to write a screenplay and then gave it to Todd Haynes, who read it and agreed to direct.

“I thought it would make a wonderful movie, and, after Brian finished the script, I joked that I would have to produce it,” said the three-time Oscar-winning Powell (“The Young Victoria,” “The Aviator,” and “Shakespeare in Love”).

“I immediately thought of Todd. He’s so visual and he takes risks, and I was interested in his take on younger people driving the story,” added Powell, who previously worked with the director on “Carol,” “Far From Heaven,” and “Velvet Goldmine.”

A Tale of
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‘Loving Vincent’ Breaks Out in Italy

‘Loving Vincent’ Breaks Out in Italy
Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s “Loving Vincent,” a Vincent van Gogh biopic using the painter’s hallmark impasto style, has broken out in Italy to a standout near $1.3 million on a three-day “event” run.

In its latest festival berth, “Loving Vincent” closes the 54th Antalya Intl. Film Festival on Oct. 27.

Bowing on Oct. 16, a Monday, as part of a Nexo Digital season of Great Art to Cinemas movies, the world’s first fully oil painted feature film, which was distributed by Adler Entertainment, punched 120,000 admissions over its initial three-day run this week.

Figure is more than double the daily box office of “Blade Runner 2049,” Cinema Management Group, the film’s sales agent said in a statement. Nexo Digital called the box office “the most-watched film event ever in Italy.”

In further early openings, “Loving Vincent” was first released in the U.S. on Sept, 22, handled by Good Deed Entertainment, running up nearly
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Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow After Columnist 'Disparages' Her

Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow After Columnist 'Disparages' Her
Blythe Danner has her daughter's back.

The 74-year-old actress wrote in to The New York Times this week after columnist Maureen Dowd called out Gwyneth Paltrow for continuing to work with Harvey Weinstein -- and ultimately winning an Oscar for her role in Shakespeare in Love, the movie he produced -- after he allegedly sexually harassed her.

“Others whom Weinstein asked to give him a massage in his hotel suite refused but continued to collaborate, like Gwyneth Paltrow, who put aside qualms to become ‘the first lady of Miramax,'” Dowd wrote.

"I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein's attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22," Danner wrote in response to the columnist's remarks. "Gwyneth did not 'put aside her qualms to become 'the first lady of Miramax' back then,'
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Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow's Response to Harvey Weinstein

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Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow's Response to Harvey Weinstein
Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom Blythe Danner is defending her daughter after she was criticized for continuing to work with Harvey Weinstein after he allegedly sexually harassed her.

“I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein’s attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22,” Danner wrote in an letter to the New York Times on Wednesday.

In a column on Oct. 15, Dowd, an opinion writer for the Times, wrote that Paltrow “put aside her qualms” about Weinstein to become “the first lady” of his studio Miramax.
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Inside Harvey Weinstein’s Horrific History of Bullying: ‘He Has Never Done Anything in His Life That Was Consensual’

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Inside Harvey Weinstein’s Horrific History of Bullying: ‘He Has Never Done Anything in His Life That Was Consensual’
Harvey Weinstein stands accused — by more than 40 women — of being a predator in private. He was also a notorious bully in public.

Weinstein “has never done anything in his life that was consensual. He makes people do things. He assaults people in every way,” a source who worked with him for years tells People of Weinstein’s abusive behavior in the magazine’s new cover story.

At work, says another longtime colleague, “it was human harassment at every level. Mass intimidation, constant threats — to men and women — about losing your job. It was mocking people about their physicality, about their age.
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Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein

Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein
Whether producing “The Artist,” “Shakespeare in Love” or “The English Patient,” Queens-born serial predator Harvey Weinstein has always had a knack for making powerful period pictures. Maybe, between the best picture Oscars that those movies scored, he should have brushed up on his Hollywood history. His penchant for the casting couch — the practice of powerful white men exploiting young actresses trying to break into the movie business — has a historical precedent as old as the movie business itself.

“The perils for women in Hollywood are embedded, like land mines, from an actress’s debut to her swan song,” says film critic and historian Carrie Rickey, “where moguls like Harry Cohn reputedly wouldn’t cast starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak unless they auditioned in bed.”

Long before Weinstein there was Louis B. Mayer, who co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in 1924. Mayer, the ground zero of this kind of abuse, had means, motive, opportunity
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Judgment Day: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Could Finally Change Hollywood’s Culture of Secrecy

Judgment Day: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Could Finally Change Hollywood’s Culture of Secrecy
Harvey Weinstein’s implosion has been cathartic for Lauren Sivan, one of the dozens of women who have come forward in recent days alleging that the once-celebrated mogul was a serial sexual harasser and abuser. It’s a moment of justice and public condemnation that seemed all but impossible to imagine mere weeks ago when Weinstein enjoyed a position as one of the most powerful figures in media, a skilled operator whose connections stretched from Capitol Hill to Wall Street and whose sense of entitlement knew no bounds.

“You reap what you sow,” says Sivan. “I know that he believed for years that he was untouchable, and a lot of people helped him be untouchable.”

Weinstein’s precipitous fall has been stunning, if not a long time coming. He’s been fired from his own company, ostracized by his longtime friends and collaborators in the entertainment industry, transformed from power player to butt of late-night talk-show jokes, ditched
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Screenwriter’s Harvey Weinstein Confession: ‘Everybody-f—ing-Knew’

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Screenwriter’s Harvey Weinstein Confession: ‘Everybody-f—ing-Knew’
Scott Rosenberg, a screenwriter who has worked on Miramax films such as “Beautiful Girls” and “Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead,” has taken to Facebook to voice his opinions on the Harvey Weinstein scandal that has been rocking Hollywood for the past few weeks. Rosenberg says that he was at Miramax for what he calls the “golden age,” when films like “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Good Will Hunting” were made and released. He also said that he was young and “sure he had struck gold” by working with the Weinstein brothers, Harvey and Bob. Now,
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Howard Stern Says He 'Knew' Harvey Weinstein Lied About Sleeping with Actresses in 2014 Interview

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Howard Stern Says He 'Knew' Harvey Weinstein Lied About Sleeping with Actresses in 2014 Interview
With Harvey Weinstein facing several allegations of sexual misconduct, Howard Stern now says he long knew that the movie mogul was not being honest when he denied using his power in the industry to sleep with actresses.

On Monday’s episode of his SiriusXM show, Stern recalled a 2014 interview with Weinstein in which he asked the producer whether he ever used his position to engage in sexual activity with women.

“Howard, the movies are too expensive, the risks are too great,” Weinstein responded in a clip of the interview Stern aired. “It doesn’t happen that way anymore.”

Stern pressed
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