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The Last Word on ‘Baby Driver’

So, I’ve been hearing about ‘Baby Driver‘ for awhile, and despite all the praise it was getting; I had this sickening thought that couldn’t leave me that seem to force me to remain skeptical. I didn’t realize how skeptical I should’ve been until I started watching it though. This movie basically starts the same way that ‘Drive’ began, and it’s, basically the same story, just filtered through writer/director Edgar Wright. Yeah, Wright is the main reason I remained skeptical; in just a short time he’s developed a huge fanbase, and the guy is talented. He made ‘Hot Fuzz’ which remains one of the funniest comedies I’ve seen this decade, one that I’ve gone back to several times over. That was my first movie of his, but most people were familiar with him through ‘Shaun of the Dead‘ originally, the first of
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House of Cards: Season Six; Michael Kelly Reflects on Kevin Spacey, Ending the Netflix Series

What will House of Cards' last season be like? Recently, star Michael Kelly spoke with Variety about the final season of Netflix TV show.As reported earlier, Kevin Spacey has left the political drama amid accusations of sexual misconduct. As a result, production paused on the show's sixth and final season until recently. The cast includes Kelly, Robin Wright, Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear, Jayne Atkinson, Patricia Clarkson, Cody Fern, Constance Zimmer, Derek Cecil, Campbell Scott, and Boris McGiver.Read More…
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Honest Trailers Rips Into Edgar Wright's Baby Driver; The Fast and Furious Film For Hipsters

The latest episode of Honest Trailers gets behind the wheel and amusingly burns rubber on Edgar Wright's most successful movie yet, Baby Driver. This was such a cool film that a lot of people enjoyed, but that doesn't stop the Screen Junkies from poking fun at it. They make fun of all of Ansel Elgort's white boy dancing, the music most people have never heard of, and of course, things take a turn for the awkward when it comes to Kevin Spacey's role in the film. This was the actor's last appearance in a film before all of those sexual allegations came out about him. I'm sure the fans of the film will find the humor in all of this.
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Sara Bareilles And Josh Groban To Follow Kevin Spacey As 2018 Tony Awards Hosts

Breaking news, Kevin Spacey will not be returning to host the Tony Awards this June. Yes, that’s not exactly shocking considering his current standing following allegations made in the wake of the #MeToo movement especially with one particular stunning charge from noted Broadway star Anthony Rapp. That being said, considering it was the worst rated Tonys since 2012 he probably wasn’t returning under any scenario. Today, CBS announced the Tonys were going in a new direction and that Sara Bareilles And Josh Groban will team up to host instead.
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Michael Kelly: Finishing ‘House of Cards’ Without Kevin Spacey Is ‘Tough’ and ‘Hard to Process’

Michael Kelly: Finishing ‘House of Cards’ Without Kevin Spacey Is ‘Tough’ and ‘Hard to Process’
Michael Kelly is speaking for the first time about Kevin Spacey’s exit from the Netflix original series “House of Cards” in a new interview with Variety. Kelly starred opposite Spacey for five seasons as chief of staff Doug Stamper. The nature of their characters’ relationship meant a majority of Kelly’s scenes through 65 episodes were with Spacey, so it’s no wonder Spacey’s firing over sexual harassment and abuse allegations has been hard for Kelly to process.

“It’s such a mixed bag of emotions because I was with that guy every single day,” Kelly tells Variety. “To go back to the same stages, to the same sets…to go back to those sets and all of a sudden be with completely different people, it was a strange feeling. I don’t even know how to put it into words. There’s obviously a million emotions that I went through,
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Tony Awards 2018: Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to Share Hosting Duties

Tony Awards 2018: Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to Share Hosting Duties
Congratulations are in order for Sara Bareilles, who was just promoted from Waitress to hostess.

Bareilles, who recently wowed NBC audiences as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar Live, will co-host the 2018 Tony Awards with fellow Broadway vet Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) when the ceremony airs June 10 on CBS.

The announcement was made Wednesday morning on Bareilles’ social channels:

Crazy Amazing News Alert!!!! I literally don’t have words so I’ll do this with emojis…!!!!!! #TonyAwards2018 pic.twitter.com/PREncTnSQV

— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) April 18, 2018

Recent Tony hosts have included Kevin Spacey (2017), James Corden (2016), Kristin Chenoweth
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‘Baby Driver’ Honest Trailer Mocks Edgar Wright’s Portrait of a Nonchalant Criminal — Watch

‘Baby Driver’ Honest Trailer Mocks Edgar Wright’s Portrait of a Nonchalant Criminal — Watch
Three-time Oscar nominee “Baby Driver” received the dubious honor of an “Honest Trailers” parody. Tuesday’s four-minute montage teases writer-director Edgar Wright for laboring 22 years on what became his highest-grossing film ($227 million worldwide), and calls out his namesake hero (Ansel Elgort) for criminal oversights and “white-boy dancing.”

Narrator Jon Bailey is less playful when reminding viewers that action and music-infused plot also features “the creepy, bank-robbing ringleader Doc, who’s even more creepy because he’s played by a pre-scandal Kevin Spacey … who’s even more creepy because he carries around a little box of kids’ toys,” and professes to his decades-younger getaway driver, “You are my lucky charm.”

Spacey has been accused of sexual misconduct against 30-plus men and boys since late October, news that caused Ridley Scott to swap Spacey for Christopher Plummer in “All the Money in the World.” Plummer’s face is superimposed onto Spacey’s
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‘House of Cards’ Star Michael Kelly on Kevin Spacey’s Exit (Exclusive)

‘House of Cards’ Star Michael Kelly on Kevin Spacey’s Exit (Exclusive)
It’s been six months since Kevin Spacey was ousted from “House of Cards,” the Netflix political potboiler that helped put the streaming service on the map when it launched five years ago. The cast and crew are now in production in Maryland on the sixth and final season — without the Emmy-nominated actor at the top of the call sheet.

After allegations of sexual assault and harassment came to light against him, Netflix and studio Media Rights Capital first shut down production, then announced that they were severing ties with him. When production resumed in January, the new scripts featured
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New York Times, New Yorker Share Pulitzer Prize for Harvey Weinstein Bombshells

New York Times, New Yorker Share Pulitzer Prize for Harvey Weinstein Bombshells
The New York Times and the New Yorker shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service on Monday for their bombshell reporting about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and multiple accusations of sexual misconduct over the course of several decades.

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s October Times story, followed days later by Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker report detailing more accusations of harassment and even assault, had an almost immediate impact on both Weinstein’s studio and Hollywood more generally.

Within a month, more than 80 women stepped forward with accusations of misconduct against the Oscar-winning mogul — who was quickly fired by The Weinstein Company, the film and TV company he founded with his brother, Bob, and expelled from the Motion Picture Academy. Last month, The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy in the aftermath of the scandal.
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How Tom Petty Became the Key to HBO’s Elvis Presley Documentary

How Tom Petty Became the Key to HBO’s Elvis Presley Documentary
HBO’s two-part documentary “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” covers lots of ground and talks to lots of people who were close to Elvis. But according to director Thom Zimny and producer Jon Landau, a key to the film came from one of the last people they interviewed: Tom Petty, who sat down to talk about Elvis in March 2017, less than seven months before his unexpected death.

“What Tom did, perhaps more than anybody, was tell the story that we were trying to tell,” said Landau, the longtime manager of Bruce Springsteen, who is also interviewed in “The Searcher.” “Tom started talking about the later part of Elvis’ career, which is typically dealt with dismissively. He said, ‘Yeah, but when you put all the craziness aside, there is still this incredible singer, surrounded by this incredible band.’
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Kevin Spacey Under Investigation By L.A. District Attorney

Kevin Spacey is under investigation by Los Angeles prosecutors. There have a numerous sexual assault allegations against Spacey since 2017. Actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of attempting to make sexual advances at him while he was 14. In response, Spacey came out as gay man which lead to a social media backlash. He also issued […]

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SAG-aftra Issues New Rule: No More Auditions in Private Hotel Rooms

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SAG-aftra Issues New Rule: No More Auditions in Private Hotel Rooms
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the Times Up movement, Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild called for the end to auditions in private hotel rooms in a Thursday announcement.

“To help protect members from potential harassment and exploitation, SAG-aftra released today a Guideline that calls for an end to the practice of holding professional meetings in private hotel rooms or residences,” the group said in a statement.

SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris said: “We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting.”

Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Dumped by Crisis Reps Sitrick And Company

The change comes after accusations of decades of sexual harassment and assault have been lodged against Weinstein. The film producer has been accused now by nearly 90 women in various cities around the world, though he has consistently denied any nonconsensual sex.

Weinstein often used the guise of auditions to lure actresses into hotel rooms where women say he would harass and assault them sexually. And Actress Lupita Nyong’o said in a New York Times essay that the disgraced movie mogul harassed her at a private residence early in her career.

The accusations against Weinstein opened a floodgate of accusations against other men in Hollywood, including Louis C.K., Jefferey Tambor, Kevin Spacey and James Toback.

“This is the first expansion of the Code of Conduct, which the union published in February as part of its Four Pillars of Change initiative to confront harassment and advance equity in the industry,” SAG-aftra said in its announcement. “Following input from members, experts and industry stakeholders, Guideline No. 1 reflects SAG-aftra’s dedication to upholding professional standards and addressing the unprofessional and unlawful workplace culture that too many of our members face.”

Also Read: Uma Thurman Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Sexual 'Attack': 'He Tried to Shove Himself on Me'

The industry has been scrambling to put systems in place to help curtail the abuses of power by men. Women in the industry, such as Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay and Natalie Portman, started a legal defense fund in conjunction with the #TimesUp movement to fight sexual assault, harassment, discrimination and abuses of power in the workplace.

Late last year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences set a code of conduct as well to help prevent such misconduct from spreading further.

“There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognized standards of decency,” the academy said in a statement at the time. “The Academy is categorically opposed to any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion, or nationality.”

Also Read: Producers Guild of America Announces New Anti-Harassment Guidelines

SAG-aftra’s guideline No. 1 calls on producers and other decision makers to “refrain from holding professional meetings in hotel rooms and private residences.” It calls for members and their reps to avoid meetings in such “high-risk” locations. “In the rare event that there is no reasonable alternative to having the meeting in such a location, Guideline No. 1 establishes the concept of a ‘Support Peer’ to accompany the member during the meeting,” the organization said.

Criminal investigations into Weinstein’s accused misconduct are underway in New York, Beverly Hills and London. He was fired as CEO and Chairman of the Board at The Weinstein Company, which entered a voluntary bankruptcy sale process last month.

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Kevin Spacey Under Investigation by L.A. District Attorney in Sex Crimes Case

Kevin Spacey Under Investigation by L.A. District Attorney in Sex Crimes Case
Kevin Spacey is under investigation by Los Angeles County prosecutors. "The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Departments Special Victims Bureau began an investigation into allegations of a sexual assault involving Mr.  Kevin Spacey on December 11, 2017," the L.A. Sheriff's Department said in a statement on Wednesday. "The events were reported to have taken place in October of 1992 in West Hollywood involving a male adult." "The investigation was completed and presented to the District Attorney's Office Entertainment Industry Sex Crimes Task Force on April 5, 2018, for review and filing consideration," the statement continued. There have been a number of allegations against...
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Kevin Spacey Sex Crimes Case to Be Rejected by L.A. County D.A.

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2:37 Pm Pt -- The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. released a statement, saying, "The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Victims Bureau began an investigation into allegations of a sexual assault involving Mr. Kevin Spacey on December 11, 2017. The events were reported to have taken place in October of 1992 in West Hollywood involving a male adult." "The investigation was completed and presented to the District Attorney's Office Entertainment Industry Sex Crimes Task Force on April 5, 2018, for review and filing consideration.
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Kevin Spacey's Sex Crimes Case Under Review by L.A. District Attorney

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Kevin Spacey is officially under the microscope of the L.A. County District Attorney's Office, which is reviewing a sex crimes case against him. TMZ has confirmed the L.A. County Sheriff's Department turned over a case against the actor to the D.A. -- specifically, the Sex Crimes Task Force. As we reported ... scores of alleged victims have come forward against Spacey accusing him of sexual misconduct. He's also been accused of sexual assault in other states,
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Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case Under Review by La District Attorney

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Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case Under Review by La District Attorney
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is reviewing a sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey sent by the County Sheriff’s Dept.

The case was presented on April 5 to the office’s special task force handling sexual assault in Hollywood, the D.A. told TheWrap. No further details were added.

Spacey has not yet faced criminal charges for any of the accusations made against him, but damage to his career has been significant. He was removed from the hit show “House of Cards,” which earned him five Emmy nominations. Accusations against him also triggered reshoots for the Ridley Scott film “All The Money In The World,” which saw Spacey’s performance as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty replaced by Christopher Plummer — who earned an Academy Award nomination for the role.

Also Read: Kate Mara Says Kevin Spacey Sexual Misconduct Accusations Are 'Very Shocking and Devastating'

The accusations against Spacey began in November when “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp accused the former “House of Cards” star of sexually assaulting him when he was 14. Since then, Spacey’s charitable foundation has shut down operations, and London’s Old Vic Theatre, which Spacey served at as artistic director, opened a confidential hotline for anyone who says they were abused by Spacey to report their incidents.

In November, the Old Vic said that it had received more than 20 complaints of “inappropriate behavior” against Spacey, and advised 12 of the complainants to bring their accounts to the police. Some of the accusations against Spacey are also being investigated by Scotland Yard, though no formal charges have yet come from them.

Aside from Rapp’s accusation, Spacey has not responded to any of the accusations against him.

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Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case to Be Reviewed by L.A. District Attorney

Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case to Be Reviewed by L.A. District Attorney
Updated: The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing a sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey, Variety has confirmed.

The case was completed and presented by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on April 5.

According to the Sheriff’s Dept., the incident — involving an adult male — allegedly took place in October of 1992 in West Hollywood. The Special Victims Bureau began investigating the allegation on Dec. 11.

The former “House of Cards” star has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous men in the U.S. and in England. Scotland Yard is investigating at least three sexual assault complaints against the Oscar winner.
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L.A. District Attorney Reviewing Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case

L.A. District Attorney Reviewing Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing a sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey, Variety has confirmed.

A case was presented by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on April 5. No additional information is currently available.

The former “House of Cards” star has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous men in the U.S. and in England. Scotland Yard is investigating at least three sexual assault complaints against the Oscar-winning actor.

Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp was the first accuser to go public with his story. Rapp accused Spacey of making a pass at him when he was 14 years old during a party at Spacey’s New York apartment in 1986.

Spacey’s fall from grace was swift and fierce. He was fired from the Netflix series “House of Cards” and replaced by Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s film “All the Money in the World.
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Women in Animation, Indie Studios Partner on Anti-Harassment Pledge (Exclusive)

Women in Animation has partnered with a group of independent studios on a pledge to have zero tolerance for harassment in the industry.

The advocacy group has lined up 11 companies — OddBot, Inc., Six Point Harness, Titmouse, Bento Box Entertainment, CounterPunch Studios, Duncan Studio, Incessant Rain Animation Studios, Renegade Animation, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Tonko House and Wild Canary Animation — and hopes to convince others to join and affirm their commitment to creating healthier work environments. In each instance, the studio president and owner have agreed to sign the pledge and to have it counter-signed by each of their employees.

The move came about in the wake of an open letter that was sent last October to studio chiefs. It was signed by more than 200 women and gender nonconforming people in the animation industry, urging others to speak out about sexual harassment and calling the problem pervasive.

The movie business has been
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Is Reassessing Old Films a Good Thing?

Neil Calloway wonders if judging films by today’s standards is worthwhile…

It’s started, and we’re only going to see more of it; the reassessing of old films according to today’s political climate. It’s inevitable, and if we’re honest, has been going on in other ways for years. Think of all those articles about films that were ignored for awards a decade ago, or the rehabilitation of 1970s New Hollywood Cinema that came when Easy Riders and Raging Bulls was published. Reappraising films is a big part of film criticism.

Recently, two pieces have come out that look again at films from the 1980s. Molly Ringwald has written an article from a 2018 perspective on her collaborations with John Hughes, notably The Breakfast Club, where she claims her character is sexually harassed by Bender, played by Judd Nelson, and notes that despite this, they end up
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