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James Toback, First-Hand: One Accuser Shares Her Story Using Her Diary and a Sketch

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James Toback, First-Hand: One Accuser Shares Her Story Using Her Diary and a Sketch
On October 22, after reading Glenn Whipp’s incendiary James Toback investigation in the La Times, Becky Wahlstrom scoured her journals. A veteran actress whose credits include “Joan of Arcadia” and “Mad Men,” she was 23 when she wrote a seven-and-a-half page entry on August 13, 1998 that described meeting Toback at the Beverly Hills Hotel for approximately five hours the night before.

Ostensibly, it was an audition for his film “Black and White”; Toback requested the meeting after seeing her deliver two lines in Don Roos’ “The Opposite of Sex.” She went to the audition without sides; she loved the idea that Toback liked to build his roles around his actors, a philosophy she embraced while studying at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago.

Read More: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Says He Knows At Least 15 Women Who’ve Been Accosted by James Toback

At the hotel, she met Toback in
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Dozens of Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment

Dozens of Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment
Oscar-nominated writer-director James Toback has been accused of sexually harassing at least 38 women stemming back to at least the 1980s.

A Los Angeles Times report explains that while some of the women were looking for work in the entertainment industry at the time of the alleged incidents, others were simply women Toback approached. 31 of the women agreed to speak on the record, and they all detailed various incidents in which Toback allegedly made lewd suggestions, steered conversations into sexually explicit territory, and in the worst instances, rubbed against them until he ejaculated into his pants or on their bodies.

“The way he presented it, it was like, ‘This is how things are done,’” actress Adrienne Lavalley said of a 2008 hotel room encounter that ended with Toback trying to rub his crotch against her leg. When she recoiled, he stood up and ejaculated in his pants. “I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself,
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Vegas Police Describe Harrowing Minutes Getting in Gunman's Room During Mass Shooting — and the 'Eerie' Scene Inside

Guns — “so many guns” — were among the first things police saw last weekend after they breached the room in the Mandalay Bay casino where Stephen Paddock had, minutes earlier, been raining down bullets on a nearby concert crowd.

“So many guns, so many magazines, stacks and stacks of magazines everywhere,” Las Vegas police officer Dave Newton told CBS News’ 60 Minutes on Sunday.

Newton, along with Sgt. Joshua Bitsko and detectives Casey Clarkson and Matthew Donaldson, all with Vegas police, appeared on 60 Minutes to detail their rapid response to the mass shooting on Oct. 1 at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

Paddock, from
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Welcome to Hell: Close-Up on Camilo Restrepo's "Impression of a War"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Camilo Restrepo's Impression of a War (2015), is showing from August 10 - September 9, 2017 in most countries around the world as part of our Direct from Locarno series. “Why, why, why!” screamed a woman as she tore at the twisted and charred wreckage of a car in the hope of finding the body of her young daughter, whom she had left inside. The force of the blast hurled the remains of the vehicle into the front of a furniture store.—The New York Times, April 16, 1993In any event, ordinary Colombians celebrated the tenth anniversary of the slaying of their most famous billionaire criminal with little optimism that the car-bombings would ever cease. While the Colombian army and rightwing militia persist in murdering trade unionists, oppositional journalists, and leaders of the legal Left, the corrupted guerillas of [the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia] defiantly maintain Escobar’s
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24: Legacy 3:00-4:00 Pm Review

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We open to Senator John Donovan questioning Nilaa about her involvement with the potential sleeper cell attacks. She has no idea who could be involved but swears it does not involve her. Watching from another room, Rebecca receives a call from Keith, who updates her on the loss of the list. Rebecca finishes the call, enters the room and informs them they are taking Nilaa to CTU for further interrogation. After their departure, John confides in his father Henry on how he feels about everything.

Angered over the loss of the Usb drive to Bin Khalid's terrorists, Eric Carter takes out his frustration on Ben. He pins Ben against the ambulance and puts the blame on whatever attack occurs on him, stating he will have contributed to the deaths of innocents. As they are separated, Ben swears to Carter that he can "make it right" before
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Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo Are Married!

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo Are Married!
Update: Jinger Duggar shared a photo from her wedding early Sunday morning, showing the gorgeous bride and her new husband with huge smiles on their faces -- plus a good look at her lacy gown!

Congratulations to Jinger Duggar!

The former 19 Kids and Counting star wed soccer player Jeremy Vuolo in a beautiful Arkansas ceremony surrounded by close friends and family on Saturday.

Watch: Jinger Duggar Engaged to Soccer Player Jeremy Vuolo -- See the Ring!

Jinger's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, posted their well-wishes for the newlyweds in a video on their website.

"We are so excited for Jinger and Jeremy. They just got married, and they are such a sweet couple. Jinger is one of the most dynamic, just beautiful, godly girls that I know, and Jeremy is such a passionate, just loving, kind, spiritual leader. And they're a dynamic duo," Jim Bob said.

"Congratulations Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo," Michelle added. "We
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Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Finale Recap: For Better or Much, Much Worse

Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Finale Recap: For Better or Much, Much Worse
If it’s always darkest before the dawn, daybreak must be right around the corner. As Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead drew to a close Sunday, not only did the Grim Reaper make off with enough characters to populate a whole other series, but we were introduced to the volatile “new” Travis that Ep Dave Erickson teased back in August, learned along with Nick and Luciana that there was more to Alejandro than met the lie eye, and watched a little sadly as Alicia completed her transformation into a post-apocalyptic survivor. What did you think of the two-parter? Let
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Fear Twd Recap: Mamma Mia!

In this week’s Fear the Walking Dead, Madison’s desperation to reunite with Nick not only cut Alicia to the quick, it also ushered Strand to death’s door and left in grave danger more than just the hotel’s Yelp rating. What did the anxious mom do that she most definitely shouldn’t have? Read on…

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‘Americans… You Love To Fix Others’ Problems’ | As “Pillar of Salt” opened, Francisco fled from the colonia with wife Ana and their daughter in tow. And it looked at first like they
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Elementary School Teacher Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide May Have Abused Multiple Kids: Reports

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Elementary School Teacher Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide May Have Abused Multiple Kids: Reports
A Minnesota elementary school teacher and his husband, who were found dead last week in an apparent murder-suicide in Washington state, may have sexually abused multiple underage boys, according to reports. Aric Babbitt, 40, and Matthew Deyo, 36, were reportedly found dead on Lopez Island on Aug. 25, just two weeks after one of Babbitt's former students went to police and accused him of sexual assault. More possible victims have now been identified, according to court documents obtained by multiple news agencies. The accusations first came to light Aug. 14 when the teen told police that he'd allegedly had "an ongoing sexual relationship" with
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Criterion Reflections – Capricious Summer (1968) – Es 32

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:

Capricious Summer is fairly easy to watch (a slight 76 minute feature, in color), summarize (a whimsical sex comedy about three middle-aged men in a small rustic town are shaken out of their routines when they’re distracted by the arrival of an itinerant magician and his beautiful assistant) and compartmentalize (coming at the tail end of the Czech New Wave, this is Jiří Menzel’s less celebrated follow-up to the Oscar-winning Closely Watched Trains.) But just as conveniently as the film might fit within those pigeonholes, there’s a serious risk of underestimating what Menzel places before us here.

Comfortably nestled within a volume of the Eclipse Series expressly dedicated to the aforementioned Czech New Wave, Capricious Summer is at risk of being regarded as simply one of six quirky, enjoyable treats in that box. Each film has its own distinctive feel,
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Crossing the Ol' Event Horizon

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Crossing the Ol' Event Horizon
This week on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson & Co. felt the Earth move, and then later… well, you can finish the joke.

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It turns out that “swayed” Daisy didn’t rumble the S.H.I.E.L.D. base into rubble but merely left the place shaken and stirred — enough to jam ajar the hangar bay doors, though that’s nothing that May and some sideways, “Buckle up!” piloting couldn’t outmaneuver.

In the wake of losing Daisy to Hive, the team’s first priority
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Memorable Images Focus Of Animated Features Celebration During Oscar Week

One of movie fans favorite events of Oscar Week was held Thursday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, as the Academy held the eighth annual event celebrating the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film.

The evening featured clips from each film, followed by an onstage discussion with each group of nominated filmmakers.

This year’s eclectic mix – Anomalisa, Boy and the World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep Movie and When Marnie Was There – are as international as they are distinct.

Employing a stunning variety of animation techniques, the nominees explored a wide range of topics, including existential despair, devastation of natural resources, learning to handle emotion, the value of friendship and surviving the difficulties of adolescence.

This year, members were able to stream the movies and voting came from all over the world.

The evening’s hosts were Don Hall, Chris Williams, Roy Conli, last year’s Oscar winning team from Big Hero 6.
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Review: The Lobster (AFI Fest 2015)

A darkly funny meditation on romance and relationships, The Lobster uses a high concept in order to explore some of the universal truths of love in 2015. It's one of the year's weirdest movies, and while it walks the line of surreality and absurdism, there's an undercurrent of sadness and heartbreak to it that grounds the story even during its most outlandish moments. The Lobster is a rich exploration of modern love, and its eccentric personality makes it feel like the work of a creative force who sees the world like no one else.

That high concept I mentioned? It goes like this: The movie takes place in a world in which cities consist only of couples, and all single people are taken to an isolated hotel and given 45 days to fall in love and find a suitable mate. If they fail, they are turned into an animal of their choice.
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‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ Episode 3 Recap: Heartbreak All Around At The Hotel Cortez

The Hotel Cortez is making Detective Lowe weird. Really weird. Everybody seems to be breaking up and betraying one another, and the heartbreak is truly felt all around. At least Lowe is performing well at work, but his wife can see that the hotel is getting to him. Last week, Scarlet found her brother in […]

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Agents of Shield Season 1 Episode 20 'Ragtag' Review: "Watch Out, Hydra, Here We Come"

One episode of Marvel's Agents of Shield remains. One episode to wrap up the whole Hydra vs. Shield storyline. One episode to explain Skye's origin. One hour, folks. Forty-four minutes without commercials. That's all we get.

With no advance word on a second season, this could very well be it. Two months ago, I would have welcomed it. But now, now this show is one of my favorite shows on TV. That usually means that it will be cancelled. Hopefully they resolve all of the above in this last hour and we aren't left wondering what could have been when a terrible reality show takes the Tuesday night timeslot in the fall.

Here are the 6 Qs of this week's Agents of Shield.

1. What is it?

Agents of Shield Season 1, Episode 21, titled 'Ragtag.'

2. Who's in it?

The series regulars, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda may, Brett Dalton as Agent Ward,
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Amazing Race 24,All Stars Eliminated No One In Episode 9 Tonight,April 27th

Tonight's episode, kicked off with the teams,learning they had to head to Altdorf,Switzerland to get the first clue for this leg of the race. Once they got it, they had to drive to the oldest bridge in Europe to retrieve their next clue. From there, they had to head to a hotel in another part of town to get their next clue. At the hotel, the teams had to properly clean up a hotel suite to get their next clue. After they completed that task, they had to go to a museum and correctly answer that a huge statue was used for tunnel drilling to get their next clue. Next, they had to use various clues to come up with the correct model and year of a Ford Mustang. After all that, they had to got to yet another area of town to get their next clue. Once they got there,
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'Nashville' Recap: Crazy Town

'Nashville' Recap: Crazy Town
Usually weddings are the stuff of sweeps weeks and seasons finales. Not on last night's Nashville, where Teddy taking Peggy's hand in marriage was about as sentimental as Trace Adkins' hick-hop hit "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," probably because Teddy is a terrible mealy-mouthed bore and Peggy is an unsympathetic kook.

Not even Teddy seems excited about his nuptials. Making this even more of a headache for Nashville's fine mayor, he has to twist his own "daughter's" arm into providing musical entertainment at the reception (because it's hard to find musicians
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Mad Men Recap: Signs and Blunders

Mad Men Recap: Signs and Blunders
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And then Pete smoked a joint.

Lots of seemingly good stuff happens in this week’s Mad Men: Joan stands up for herself, Chevy finally signs off on the firm’s work and Don makes it through a stretch of days without cheating on his wife. But an air of dread – highlighted by the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention – seeps into everything like pot smoke into Campbell’s comb-over. You read that right: Everything’s so topsy-turvy in this episode that the last scene involves Pete getting high at the office.
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TV Recap: 'The Following' Episode 108 - 'Welcome Home'

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TV Recap: 'The Following' Episode 108 - 'Welcome Home'
The Following Episode 108

“Welcome Home”

Written By: Amanda Kate Shuman

Directed By: Joshua Butler

Original Airdate: 11 March 2013

In This Episode...

Joe is settling in to his new digs. We finally meet Roderick, who is the sheriff of the little town they are hidden in. Joe has known Roderick a little longer than Emma, which makes her a little jealous. Joe is impressed with estate, his followers, the devotion. But he is still missing Claire, and sends Roderick, Louise, Charlie, and a few other goons out to collect her. While they are gone, he gets drunk for the first time in years, and Emma flirts with him. He wants to give in but keeps telling her he loves his wife.

A new agent is heading up the Carroll investigation. He is at the top of the FBI food chain, Nick Donovan, and he does not like Ryan. Ryan is politely contrite
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Dancing on the Edge: episode three

Jessie's in a coma – and so is the dialogue at times. But a party with some Nazis brings a much-needed edge to proceedings

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching Dancing on the Edge on BBC2. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode three.

Catch up with Jon Wilde's episode two blog here

As tonight's episode approached, there seemed at least one thing we could be certain of: there was no way the plot could move more slowly than in previous instalments. But against all odds, it did. Had this episode moved any more slowly, in fact, it would have been heading backwards. Hell, it even managed to do that.

We opened with Stanley looking for some cheese with which to feed Louis. Louis is wearing a worried look – and no wonder. As Stanley reminds him once again, he needs to get out of the country without delay.
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