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1st Trailer for Iraq war drama The Yellow Birds w/ Ehrenreich and Sheridan

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Based on the novel by Iraq War vet Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds is a wartime mystery/drama that is packed with talent, including young Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich, Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Jason Patric, Toni Collette and Jennifer Aniston. Today sees the release of the first trailer that looks very similar to Paul Haggis' flimsy In The Valley Of Elah, which had a very similar premise. As an... Read More...
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Scientology Unveils Network Launch Set for Monday

The Church of Scientology on Sunday surprised the media business by unveiling its plan to launch the Scientology Network on platforms including DirecTV, Apple and Amazon starting Monday.

Scientology distributed a “network countdown” video Sunday afternoon via social media touting the launch of “a new voice, a new network” at 8 p.m. Et on March 12. The two-minute video obliquely references Scientology’s battered reputation after numerous exposes about the church’s practices and tactics in dealing with those who leave their orbit.

Actress Leah Remini and filmmaker Paul Haggis are among the former industryites who have sounded the alarm about the organization and its leadership.
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‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Crash’ Producers Look Back At That Infamous Best Picture Upset: ‘This Stuff Is So Ridiculous’

‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Crash’ Producers Look Back At That Infamous Best Picture Upset: ‘This Stuff Is So Ridiculous’
Aside from last year’s Best Picture gaffe, the most notorious Oscar moment of the 21st century is probably when “Crash” upset “Brokeback Mountain” for Best Picture at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006. “Brokeback” was the critical favorite and a watershed moment for queer cinema. The film had already won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director by the time Best Picture was ready to be revealed, but “Crash” ended up taking top honors.

“Brokeback” producer and co-writer Diana Ossana won the Oscar that evening for screenwriting, and she looks back at the infamous moment 12 years ago in a new story on Entertainment Weekly. Like many others, Ossana read the headlines the following morning that slammed the Academy for being homophobic and choosing “Crash,” which represented a safe choice with its surface-level look at racial tensions in America. But the producer wasn’t completely blindsided. She remembers in the weeks leading
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'Full of heart but devoid of life': is Crash really the worst Oscar winner ever?

The 2004 drama’s unsubtle look at race relations has critics drawing parallels with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Will this year’s best picture nominee suffer the same fate as its forebear?

You don’t hear this said a lot, but losing the best picture Oscar was the best thing that could ever have happened to Brokeback Mountain. Ang Lee’s elegiac, heart-splintering cowpoke romance was universally predicted to make history as the first overtly gay story to take the Academy’s top prize. Following months of critical adulation and endless preliminary prizes, it was all going swimmingly on the night until Jack Nicholson opened the best picture envelope and announced, with tellingly raised eyebrows, that the 2006 winner was ... Crash, Canadian journeyman Paul Haggis’s well-meaning, well-acted but clod-footed treatise on race relations in Los Angeles.

As the industry’s collective gasp greeted the upset, Brokeback’s reputation was set
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Oscars 2018: Kumail Nanjiani (‘The Big Sick’) would make history as the first Asian writer to win

Oscars 2018: Kumail Nanjiani (‘The Big Sick’) would make history as the first Asian writer to win
Kumail Nanjiani was best known as a stand-up comedian and one of the stars of HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” But he took that classic advice to “write what you know” literally and penned “The Big Sick” with his wife Emily V. Gordon about how they met and fell in love, and how in the midst of that she fell gravely ill. Now the couple is nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and if “The Big Sick” wins not only would it be a fairy-tale ending for the pair, but Nanjiani would make history as the first person of Asian descent to win for writing.

Hanif Kureishi, who like Nanjiani is of Pakistani descent, made history as the first Asian writer nominated for Best Original Screenplay for “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1986). Then Indian-born M. Night Shyamalan revolutionized storytelling with his original screenplay for “The Sixth Sense” (1999) and reaped a nomination 13 years later.
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Paul Haggis Rape Accuser Demands End to His Lawsuit

Paul Haggis Rape Accuser Demands End to His Lawsuit
The shotgun beginning to the courtroom dispute between publicist Haleigh Breest and writer-director Paul Haggis has both sides claiming the other rushed lawsuits without much thought to the law itself.

On Dec. 15, Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) sued Breest for infliction of emotional distress after she allegedly demanded a $9 million payment to remain silent about a sexual abuse claim. A few hours later that day, Breest brought her own lawsuit against Haggis alleging he raped her in his New York apartment in January 2013.

Last week, Haggis' lawyer attacked her asserted claim of a crime of violence motivated by gender as...
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Paul Haggis Rape Case Has Rocky Start in Court

Paul Haggis Rape Case Has Rocky Start in Court
On Dec. 15, writer-director Paul Haggis sued New York publicist Haleigh Breest for infliction of emotional distress after allegedly demanding a $9 million payment to remain silent about a sexual abuse claim. A few hours later that day, Breest brought her own lawsuit against Haggis alleging he raped her in his SoHo apartment in January 2013 following the premiere of Side Effects.

Breest's allegations made international news, but what no one seemed to notice at the time was that her attorneys at Emery Celli had somehow forgotten to actually include a cause of action for assault. Instead, Breest's complaint asserted just one...
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Dead Pigs’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Dead Pigs’
In the Chinese zodiac, the happy-go-lucky pig stands for good fortune and wealth. So an inexplicable epidemic that decimates the porcine population in a developing part of China still heavily reliant on pig farming, could be symbolically as well as literally disastrous, and it provides Cathy Yan’s sprawling, bouncing, jaunty debut with its darkest images. Along the wide river that flows sluggishly to the nearby city, thousands of discarded pig corpses keep bobbing to the surface like troublesome metaphors. But despite tracking with forensic rigor the domino effects of this sudden aporkalypse, the surprise is the light sureness of Yan’s touch. “Dead Pigs” is delightfully uneven, eagerly see-sawing between screwy and serious, occasionally even daring to be ditzy — not a quality usually associated with Sixth Generation maestro and executive producer Jia Zhangke. If anything, Yan’s film, with its dancing girls, pigeon-fancying beauticians, Westerners-on-the-make and spontaneous musical numbers, is an antidote
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Paul Haggis Accuser Denies Claims Of Scientology Conspiracy, Blasts Leah Remini: ‘Shame On You’

One of the women accusing Paul Haggis of sexual misconduct has written a piece for The Hollywood Reporter, explaining why she’s chosen to remain anonymous and denying allegations from Haggis (who has continually maintained his innocence), Leah Remini, and Mike Rinder (of A&E’s “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”) that the accusations are part of a smear
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Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley Sexual Harassment Scandals Have Lead to ‘Systematic Change’ at PBS

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Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley Sexual Harassment Scandals Have Lead to ‘Systematic Change’ at PBS
In the wake of suspending both Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley for sexual misconduct, PBS is enacting changes to help prevent similar misconduct in the future.

“It’s important we ensure that this isn’t just a moment and that we move on but we are looking into ways to create systematic change,” PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday.

Kerger noted the bolstering of the network’s anti-harassment efforts, even though many of them had already existed, such as PBS’ whistleblower line, where workplace misconduct can be addressed. These calls “go directly to our board, not to management,” per Kerger. The network’s harassment policies, which had also been in place some months before the #MeToo movement started, requires that employees go through training once a year, with managers going through a second level of training.

Drawing distinctions between the
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Leah Remini Says Scientology Is Behind Allegations of Rape Against Paul Haggis

Leah Remini Says Scientology Is Behind Allegations of Rape Against Paul Haggis
Leah Remini is defending Paul Haggis after the director was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

In an open letter published on the personal blog of Scientology critic Mike Riner, Remini’s co-host on A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath, the two call the allegations against Haggis “suspect” due to the director’s severed ties with the Church of Scientology.

Earlier this month, three women anonymously accused Haggis — a former Scientologist — of sexual misconduct. Two of the accusations included rape. Haggis has denied all allegations.

“Those who accuse without going to law enforcement, those who seek hush money to keep their stories secret,
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Leah Remini Hints Scientology Behind Paul Haggis Claims; Church Slams “Reprehensible Smokescreen” – Update

(Updated with Scientology statement) Facing accusations of sexual misconduct from four women, Paul Haggis has repeatedly pointed to the Church of Scientology as perhaps playing a role in those claims. Today, Leah Remini and another high-profile former Scientologist and critic of the organization has come forward to defend the Crash director and question the involvement of the church in what Haggis has called a "public hanging." "We expect the next 'revelations' about Paul…
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Leah Remini Hints Scientology Behind Paul Haggis Claims; Church Slams “Reprehensible Smokescreen” – Update

Leah Remini Hints Scientology Behind Paul Haggis Claims; Church Slams “Reprehensible Smokescreen” – Update
(Updated with Scientology statement) Facing accusations of sexual misconduct from four women, Paul Haggis has repeatedly pointed to the Church of Scientology as perhaps playing a role in those claims. Today, Leah Remini and another high-profile former Scientologist and critic of the organization has come forward to defend the Crash director and question the involvement of the church in what Haggis has called a "public hanging." "We expect the next 'revelations' about Paul…
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Eliza Dushku’s Alleged Assailant Subject of Two More Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Eliza Dushku’s Alleged Assailant Subject of Two More Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
Joel Kramer, the stunt coordinator accused of sexually assaulting Eliza Dushku when she was 12 years old, is the subject of two further allegations of misconduct.

According to Deadline, stuntwoman Laura Albert said in a statement that Kramer coerced a 16-year-old girl, the friend of Albert’s younger sister and who wanted to remain unnamed, into having sex while Albert was working on 1997’s “Virus” in North Carolina.

According to Albert’s account, Kramer invited the girls to the stunt crew’s hotel for a swim after Albert had brought them to the set to see how a movie was made and go go-karting with the stunt crew. While in the pool, Kramer allegedly exposed himself and said, “you cannot handle this” while swimming towards the girls. At that point, Albert’s younger sister left.

Albert said in an emailed statement to Variety that not all the stunt crew was staying at the hotel. Three of them
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Leah Remini and Mike Rinder: Paul Haggis Sexual Misconduct Accusers ‘Are Suspect’

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Leah Remini and Mike Rinder: Paul Haggis Sexual Misconduct Accusers ‘Are Suspect’
“Scientology and the Aftermath” co-hosts Leah Remini and Mike Rinder are defending Paul Haggis after the “Crash” screenwriter was accused of sexual misconduct, stating in an open letter that the accusations against Haggis come from information gathered about him during Scientology auditing sessions. “We expect the next ‘revelations’ about Paul Haggis in this campaign to destroy him to be based on information culled from his scientology files in the form of more ‘anonymous’ accusers, hiding behind a lawyer who will never have to disclose who is paying their bill,” Remini and Rinder said in the letter, which was published on...
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Leah Remini And ‘Scientology’ Co-Host Defend Paul Haggis Amid Sexual Assault Claims

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Ex-Scientologist actor Leah Remini, along with her “Scientology and the Aftermath” co-host Mike Rinder, have written a lengthy open letter on the sexual assault allegations levelled against Canadian director Paul Haggis. The letter was posted to Rinder’s website, which regularly features posts about Scientology. Remini’s and Rinder’s show seeks to bring down the religion, claiming it
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Leah Remini Defends Paul Haggis, Suggests Scientology May Be Behind Misconduct Claims

Leah Remini Defends Paul Haggis, Suggests Scientology May Be Behind Misconduct Claims
Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, Remini’s co-host on A&E series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” have posted an open letter defending director Paul Haggis, who was accused of sexual misconduct by four women in a Jan. 5 Associated Press report.

Three of the women who accused Haggis — an ex-Scientologist, like Remini and Rinder — did so anonymously. Two of the accusations were of rape.

In the letter, Rinder and Remini refer to the allegations as “suspect” due to their anonymous nature and the fact that the church of Scientology is known for targeting members who have left its congregation.

“Those who accuse without going to law enforcement, those who seek hush money to keep their stories secret, those who make accusations to the media anonymously – they are suspect,” the letter, posted to Rinder’s personal blog, reads. “And when the target of these tactics is someone who is a prominent critic of scientology, it is very
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Leah Remini Defends Paul Haggis: ‘Anonymous’ Rape Allegations Against Ex-Scientologist Are ‘Very Suspect’

Leah Remini Defends Paul Haggis: ‘Anonymous’ Rape Allegations Against Ex-Scientologist Are ‘Very Suspect’
Leah Remini has written an open letter along with Mike Rinder, her co-host of the A&E docu-series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” in which the pair defend “Crash” director and fellow ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis against multiple sexual misconduct allegations, including two rape claims. Haggis was accused of sexual harassment and abuse by four women in a January 5 report from the Associated Press. Three of the four women spoke anonymously.

Read More:‘Crash’ Director Paul Haggis Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Including Two Rapes

“Paul Haggis deserves, based on his record as a gentleman and humanitarian, to be judged when all the evidence has been taken under penalty of perjury in a court of law,” Remini and Rinder write in the letter. “Because claims of anonymous accusers who have Not gone to law enforcement are not credible.”

Haggis left the Church of Scientology in 2009 after being a member for 35 years. Remini followed in
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Scientology Series Co-Hosts Leah Remini, Mike Rinder Defend Paul Haggis Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

Leah Remini and Mike Rinder have released a lengthy statement on the sexual misconduct and assault accusations being leveled against Oscar-winning filmmaker and prominent Scientology defector Paul Haggis.

"Paul Haggis deserves, based on his record as a gentleman and humanitarian, to be judged when all the evidence has been taken under penalty of perjury in a court of law," wrote the co-hosts of A&E's Scientology and the Aftermath in an open letter posted on Monday. "Because claims of anonymous accusers who have Not gone to law enforcement are not credible."

Haggis left the church after 35 years in 2009...
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Scientology Series Co-Hosts Leah Remini, Mike Rinder Defend Paul Haggis Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

Scientology Series Co-Hosts Leah Remini, Mike Rinder Defend Paul Haggis Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims
Leah Remini and Mike Rinder have released a lengthy statement on the sexual misconduct and assault accusations being leveled against Oscar-winning filmmaker and prominent Scientology defector Paul Haggis.

"Paul Haggis deserves, based on his record as a gentleman and humanitarian, to be judged when all the evidence has been taken under penalty of perjury in a court of law," wrote the co-hosts of A&E's Scientology and the Aftermath in an open letter posted on Monday. "Because claims of anonymous accusers who have Not gone to law enforcement are not credible."

Haggis left the church after 35 years in 2009...
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