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Women In Film’s Kirsten Schaffer Looks to ReFrame Inclusion at Mia

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Women In Film’s Kirsten Schaffer Looks to ReFrame Inclusion at Mia
Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women In Film, Los Angeles, heads to Rome’s Mia Market this week to join key representatives of the Italian media as they push for systemic changes in the local entertainment industry.

On Oct. 21, Schaffer will be joined at Mia by Paul Feig and prominent Italian bizzers on a panel, hosted by Women In Film, TV & Media Italia, that will present the tools of ReFrame, the organization promoting a formal action plan to achieve gender parity in film and TV.

Schaffer said the group’s goal in Rome is to see how the strategies adopted by industry leaders in the U.S. can be applied locally. “We’re not bringing ReFrame to Italy,” she said. “We’re sharing our tools and our knowledge with that industry for them to adapt as they see fit.”

Established in 2017, ReFrame is a joint partnership between Women In Film and the Sundance Institute.
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‘X Factor Italy’ Finds New Judge to Replace Asia Argento

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‘X Factor Italy’ Finds New Judge to Replace Asia Argento
“X-Factor Italy” has found a new fourth judge after giving Asia Argento the axe back in August.

Lodo Guenzi, an indie musician and actor, has been tapped to step in for Argento beginning with the show’s live episodes on Thursday, Oct. 25. He will join current judges Fedez, Mara Maionchi and Manuel Agnelli.

Argento was fired from the singing competition after she was accused of having sexually abused a former child actor who once played her son in a movie. In a statement shortly after the allegations were made public by the New York Times, producers Sky Italia and Fremantle said they “would have no choice but to … put an end to the collaboration with Asia Argento” if the accusations were “confirmed.”

Also Read: Rose McGowan Apologizes to Asia Argento Over Comparisons to Harvey Weinstein

The actress will continue to appear on a total of seven pre-taped episodes of the season,
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Roman Polanski Turns to France and Italy to Back His New Film

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Roman Polanski Turns to France and Italy to Back His New Film
He’s been expelled from the Academy, and his last film, “Based on a True Story,” flopped at the box office. But the recent announcement of Roman Polanski’s new movie offers proof that, even after the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the birth of the #MeToo movement, the controversial director can still muster support – at least, in places where #MeToo has been slow to take hold.

The Oscar-winning director, who pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor in 1977 and has been a fugitive of U.S. justice ever since, has managed to raise about €22 million ($25.3 million) for his long-gestating passion project, “J’Accuse,” from backers in France and Italy – two countries where #MeToo has been heavily criticized. (Polanski himself has called the movement “collective hysteria.”) “J’Accuse” now ranks among the biggest-budgeted local movies slated for either 2019 or 2020 in either territory.

Polanski has been able to recruit well-established players and talent for the film,
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Asia Argento Replaced on 'X Factor Italy'

Asia Argento Replaced on 'X Factor Italy'
Asia Argento has been officially replaced from her role as a judge on X Factor Italy by Lodo Guenzi. He will join judges Fedez, Mara Maionchi and Manuel Agnelli for the show’s live editions beginning Oct. 25 on Sky Uno.

Indie rockstar Guenzi is the front man for group Lo Stato Sociale. Guenzi, a former actor, posted on his Instagram account that watching X Factor was one of the reasons he went into music. "The idea that there are so many ways to get your voice, either good or bad, to people's hearts makes me feel free,"...
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Asia Argento Reveals New 'Revenge' Dagger Tattoo as She Tells Rose McGowan 'Bye Bye'

Asia Argento Reveals New 'Revenge' Dagger Tattoo as She Tells Rose McGowan 'Bye Bye'
Asia Argento has seemingly taken her feud with Rose McGowan to a painful new level.

The Italian actress, 43, added a new tattoo to her collection with her new piece of ink depicting a dagger with a single drop of red blood dripping from it.

Posting a photo of her tattoo on Instagram Stories, Argento seemingly sent a message to McGowan, 45, tagging her former friend in the posting and writing, “Bye bye @rosemcgowan @marcomanzotattoo.”

Argento has been estranged from her one-time pal since McGowan sided with 22-year-old actor Jimmy Bennett who accused Argento of sexually assaulting him when he was 17. Argento has denied the allegation.
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Asia Argento Gets a Revenge Dagger Tattoo and Bids "Bye Bye" to Rose McGowan

Asia Argento Gets a  Revenge Dagger Tattoo and Bids
It seems Asia Argento wanted something more permanent to send a message to Rose McGowan.  Over the weekend, the Italian actress shared images of a new tattoo she got by Marco Manzo, seemingly tied to her new foe.  The ink in question is a bloody dagger piercing her ankle. In posting the work on social media, Argento wrote on one of the shots, "Bye bye @rosemcgowan." According to Us Weekly, Argento further noted on her Instagram Story, "Significato: vendetta consumata," which translates from Italian to possibly mean "consumed revenge" or "revenge complete." The women have been at odds publicly since The New York Times published a...
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Rose McGowan issues apology to Asia Argento over 'not correct' allegations

Fallout over sexual assault accusations appears to be at an end after McGowan says she regrets ‘not correcting mistakes sooner’

The actor and activist Rose McGowan has issued an apology to Asia Argento after the latter threatened legal action over what she termed “horrendous lies” in connection with sexual assault allegations made against Argento by the actor Jimmy Bennett.

In a statement posted on Twitter, McGowan said an earlier statement she had made about the allegations “contained a number of facts that were not correct” and that she “deeply regret[ted] not correcting my mistake sooner and apologise to Asia for not doing so”.
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Rose McGowan Apologizes to Asia Argento Over Sexual Abuse Allegations as Argento Responds

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Rose McGowan Apologizes to Asia Argento Over Sexual Abuse Allegations as Argento Responds
Rose McGowan has issued an apology to Asia Argento after alleging the Italian actress had received sexually explicit texts by her sexual assault accuser Jimmy Bennett when he was 12.

McGowan, 45, shared a statement on Twitter Thursday in which she apologized to Argento, 43, for making the assumption.

“On 27 August I released a statement about Asia Argento, which I now realized contained a number of facts that were not correct,” the former Charmed actress wrote. “The most serious of these was that I said that the unsolicited nude text messages Asia received from Jimmy Bennett had been sent since Jimmy was 12 years old.
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Rose McGowan Apologizes to Asia Argento Over Comparisons to Harvey Weinstein

  • The Wrap
Rose McGowan Apologizes to Asia Argento Over Comparisons to Harvey Weinstein
Rose McGowan apologized to Asia Argento on Twitter over comments she made regarding the sexual harassment accusations made against the actress by Jimmy Bennett.

“On 27 August I released a statement about Asia Argento, which I now realized contained a number of facts that were not correct,” said McGowan in a statement. “The most serious of these was that I said that the unsolicited nude text messages Asia received from Jimmy Bennett had been sent since Jimmy was 12 years old.”

“In fact, I had misunderstood the messages that Asia exchanged with my partner Rain Dove, which made clear that Jimmy had sent Asia inappropriate text messages only after they met up again when he was 17.”

Also Read: Asia Argento Threatens Rose McGowan With 'Immediate Legal Action' Unless She Retracts 'Horrendous Lies'

.@asiaargento pic.twitter.com/yn96UGUJ7a

– rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) September 27, 2018

In her response, Argento said she accepted the apology,
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Rose McGowan Apologizes to Asia Argento for Releasing Incorrect Facts

Rose McGowan Apologizes to Asia Argento for Releasing Incorrect Facts
Rose McGowan has a message for Asia Argento. On Thursday morning, the activist took to Twitter where she wanted to clarify past statements she has made about Asia. At the same time, Rose would also apologize to the Italian actress for some of her actions. "On 27 August I released a statement about Asia Argento, which I now realized contained a number of facts that were not correct. The most serious of these was that I said the unsolicited nude text messages Asia received from Jimmy Bennett had been sent since Jimmy was 12 year old," she explained in the statement. "In fact, I had misunderstood the messages that Asia exchanged with my partner Rain Dove, which made clear that Jimmy had sent Asia...
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Rose McGowan Apologizes to Asia Argento, Admits She Got Facts Wrong in Statement on Jimmy Bennett Sexual Assault Claim

Rose McGowan Apologizes to Asia Argento, Admits She Got Facts Wrong in Statement on Jimmy Bennett Sexual Assault Claim
Rose McGowan has issued an apology to Asia Argento over a statement she released August 27 about Jimmy Bennett’s sexual assault claim against Argento. McGowan’s statement mentioned that Argento received unsolicited nude text messages from Bennett when he was just 12 years old, something McGowan discovered in text messages between her partner, Rain Dove, and Argento. McGowan now acknowledges that fact was not true.

“I had misunderstood the messages that Asia exchanged with my partner Rain Dove, which made clear that Jimmy had sent Asia inappropriate text messages only after they met up again when he was 17,” McGowan writes.

“In my statement, I challenged why Asia had not acted as I think any responsible adult would if they received sexually explicit messages from a 12 year old, which of course do not apply in the same way as when the situation involves a 17 year old,” she continued. “I deeply regret not
See full article at Indiewire »

Rose McGowan Apologizes To Asia Argento Over Abuse Allegations; Argento Responds

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Rose McGowan Apologizes To Asia Argento Over Abuse Allegations; Argento Responds
Asia Argento seems to have accepted an apology from Rose McGowan over the latter’s incendiary comparison of Argento to Harvey Weinstein.

“Although I am grateful to @rosemcgowan for her full apology following her groundless allegations about me, if she had issued it earlier, I may have kept my job on X-Factor and avoided the constant accusations of paedophilia which I have been subjected to in real-life and online,” Argento tweeted today, following up with, “Now go on, live your life and stop hurting other people, will you Rose? Best wishes.”

Earlier today, McGowan released a lengthy apology to Argento for comments she made in August.

“On 27 August I released a statement about Asia Argento, which I now realized (sic) contained a number of facts that were not correct. The most serious of these was that I said that the unsolicited nude text messages Asia received from Jimmy Bennett had
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Asia Argento Speaks Out Against Rose McGowan, Jimmy Bennett Sexual Assault Claim: ‘These Lies Have Destroyed My Life’

Asia Argento Speaks Out Against Rose McGowan, Jimmy Bennett Sexual Assault Claim: ‘These Lies Have Destroyed My Life’
“DailyMail TV” has released the second part of Asia Argento’s on-camera interview, her first since news broke in August that she settled a sexual assault case. After discussing the loss of Anthony Bourdain in the first half of the interview, Argento turned her attention toward Rose McGowan, Jimmy Bennett, and the allegation of sexual assault made against her. Argento has been accused by former actor Bennett. The two appeared together in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.”

The initial report from The New York Times said Bennett accused Argento of assaulting him in 2013 at a California hotel. Bennett was 17 years old at the time of the incident, while Argento was 37. The age of consent in California is 18 years old. Shortly after, Rose McGowan released a personal statement verifying the contents of leaked text messages between Argento and McGowan’s partner, Rain Dove, that many interpreted as further evidence against Argento.
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Asia Argento, Jimmy Bennett and Why We Don’t Believe Male Survivors

Asia Argento, Jimmy Bennett and Why We Don’t Believe Male Survivors
With the rage of victims of sexual assault who have been silenced for too long erupting, the current cultural landscape sometimes feels like an epic battle of the sexes: Like women are fed up with the abuses of men, and not going to take it anymore; like they’re climbing the walls of the patriarchy, ready to tear it down brick by brick. It’s exhilarating, it’s inspiring, it’s healing. But it’s also not that simple.

As contrarian trolls on the Internet will jump at any opportunity to point out,
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Tearful Asia Argento Says She "Was Angry" at Anthony Bourdain After His Suicide

Tearful Asia Argento Says She
Asia Argento broke down in tears while talking about the death of boyfriend Anthony Bourdain in a new interview. CNN confirmed the Parts Unknown host and acclaimed chef's passing on June 8, stating that his cause of death was suicide. "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," a spokesperson for the network said in a statement at the time. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult...
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Asia Argento Bursts into Tears Talking About Anthony Bourdain's Suicide

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Asia Argento Bursts into Tears Talking About Anthony Bourdain's Suicide
Asia Argento is breaking her silence on Anthony Bourdain's suicide … saying his death left a hole that can’t be filled, and anger was the only thing that kept her from taking her own life. Tears streamed down Asia's face as she revealed her initial reaction to her boyfriend's death was anger. Anger because she felt he was "abandoning me, my kids." Asia also told DailyMailTV -- in her first interview since Bourdain’s
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Asia Argento Reveals She Was "Angry" After Anthony Bourdain's Suicide

Asia Argento Reveals She Was
Nearly four months after Anthony Bourdain's death, the late celebrity chef's former girlfriend Asia Argento opened up about her loss during a tearful interview with DailyMailTV.

"Now, the anger kept me alive because otherwise this desperation has no end," the Italian actress said during part one of the sit-down segment, which aired on Monday.

Argento went on to say that she was particularly upset with the TV host because she felt as though he had abandoned her children, with whom Bourdain apparently had close relationships. Bourdain committed suicide in June. He was 61.

"And then, I was ...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter »

Asia Argento Tearfully Admits She 'Was Angry' at Anthony Bourdain for 'Abandoning Me, My Kids'

Asia Argento Tearfully Admits She 'Was Angry' at Anthony Bourdain for 'Abandoning Me, My Kids'
Asia Argento is opening up about the emotions she felt following the death of her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain.

In an interview with DailyMailTV, which will be broadcast in full on Monday and Tuesday, Argento tearfully explained that she initially felt angry after learning Bourdain had been found dead of suicide.

“I was angry [at him], yes, for abandoning me, my kids,” the Italian actress, 42, tearfully remarked. “But now it’s been replaced just by this loss, this hole, that cannot be filled by anything.”

She also shared that “the anger kept me alive, because otherwise this desperation has no end.”

Bourdain and
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Asia Argento Gives First Interview About Anthony Bourdain’s Death, Says His Loss Has Left ‘A Hole That Cannot Be Filled’

Asia Argento Gives First Interview About Anthony Bourdain’s Death, Says His Loss Has Left ‘A Hole That Cannot Be Filled’
Asia Argento discussed the death of her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain during an appearance on “DailyMail TV.” The sit-down marked Argento’s first on-camera interview talking about Bourdain’s passing, and the actress and activist appeared visibly shaken while discussing the initial anger she felt over losing the famous chef and television host. Bourdain took his own life while in his hotel room in France on June 8.

“The anger kept me alive because otherwise this desperation has no end, there’s no end,” Argento said about her immediate response to Bourdain’s death. “I was angry, yes, for [him] abandoning me, my kids, but now it’s been replaced, just by this loss, this hole, that cannot be filled by anything.”

Argento last spoke publicly about Bourdain’s death in a note she shared on social media several hours after his passing had been confirmed. The two had been dating for two
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Asia Argento's Accuser Jimmy Bennett Challenged Over Ejaculation

  • TMZ
Asia Argento's Accuser Jimmy Bennett Challenged Over Ejaculation
Jimmy Bennett walked right into a buzz saw when he sat down for an interview on Italian television ... getting skewered by the host over his claim he was sexually assaulted by Asia Argento ... and the central issue was ejaculation.  Jimmy was straight-up asked if he ejaculated during his sexual encounter with Asia, and the audience moaned when he answered yes ... suggesting someone who ejaculates must have enjoyed it, so it couldn't be rape.  The age
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