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Danny Masterson Accuser Slams Netflix for Debuting New Episodes of His Show, ‘The Ranch’

Netflix premiered 10 new episodes of “The Ranch” on Friday, and one of the women who accused the show’s star, Danny Masterson, of rape has now spoken out to criticize the move.

“We get it, Netflix,” Chrissie Carnell Bixler said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “You don’t believe us. You rub salt in our wounds. Is Danny Masterson still co-executive producer of The Ranch? You knew you had to fire him, but you do a bunch of reshoots so you can finish our rapist’s storyline up and give him a respectable send off. And there he is on TV in the new season.”

Netflix fired Masterson back in December after at least five women publicly accused the actor of rape or sexual assault, allegations which Masterson has denied. At the time, the streamer said Masterson’s character would be written off the show but would appear
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'Bone in the Throat' Director Graham Henman Remembers Anthony Bourdain

Director, producer and writer Graham Henman spent the early 1990s hanging out in the kitchen after hours with Anthony Bourdain, whom he met by eating at Les Halles — Bourdain's New York City restaurant — with friends.

Two decades later, Henman adapted Bourdain’s 1995 novel, Bone in the Throat, into the 2015 film of the same name (starring Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick and The Crown's Vanessa Kirby). Bourdain served as an executive producer. "He was totally supportive and encouraging,” Henman tells The Hollywood Reporter of their experience working together.

He met the late culinary icon ...
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Harvey Weinstein’s Fate Puts Hollywood on Notice

Harvey Weinstein’s Fate Puts Hollywood on Notice
Just before 7:30 a.m. on May 25, Harvey Weinstein stepped out of a black Toyota SUV in Lower Manhattan and surrendered himself to the New York Police Dept. A scrum of reporters shouted, “Harvey! Harvey!” as photographers jockeyed at the barricades, as though it were just another red carpet premiere.

Weinstein had emerged from a six-month exile in the Arizona desert to be fingerprinted and booked on charges of rape and forcible oral sex. He wore a navy sport coat over a light-blue sweater and carried an armload of books.

One of them was a biography of Elia Kazan, the playboy director who was tangled up in the Red Scare in the 1950s. According to a source, it was a tongue-in-cheek message to the media, accusing them of scapegoating him as part of another Hollywood witch hunt.

Weinstein is certainly correct that he is not the only man in Hollywood preying on women.
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11 TV Cast Upheavals, From Kevin Spacey in ‘House of Cards’ to Clayne Crawford in ‘Lethal Weapon’ (Photos)

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11 TV Cast Upheavals, From Kevin Spacey in ‘House of Cards’ to Clayne Crawford in ‘Lethal Weapon’ (Photos)
Lethal Weapon

Actor Seann William Scott took over the role of Martin Riggs for the show’s third season, which got the green light on Sunday from Fox. A representative from Warner Bros. Television said the studio “decided not to renew Clayne Crawford’s contract for ‘Lethal Weapon'” after reports of bad behavior on set, described as “complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment.”

Crawford apologized last month and wished the “Lethal Weapon” team luck on their third season without him. “To my cast and crew – Congratulations on season 3!” Crawford wrote. “To the Fans – Thank you for the overwhelming support and love. Riggs was a dream role and the experience will live with me forever. My heart is full. Good Luck nxt season!!” he said on Instagram over the weekend.

“I take great pride in treating everyone in life with dignity and kindness,” the 40-year-old actor said in April.
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Global Deals Roll In for Agatha Christie Miniseries ‘Ordeal by Innocence’

A number of international broadcasters have snapped up “Ordeal by Innocence,” the BBC-commissioned Agatha Christie adaptation that was partially re-shot after actor Ed Westwick was accused of sexual assault.

The three-part series just wrapped up over the weekend on the BBC’s flagship BBC One channel. Endeavor Content has closed several international deals for the show, including with Canal+ for France and Australian pubcaster ABC. TV4 in Sweden, TV2 in Norway, and MTV3 in Finland have also acquired the series.

Elsewhere, BBC Studios has picked up the show for its premium drama channel First in the Middle East and Africa.
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Leighton Meester and Blake Lively Were Never Friends and That's Pretty Damn Depressing

If you're a Gossip Girl fan, then you definitely spotted Leighton Meester's striking hair transformation from Blair Waldorf-y brunette to Serena van der Woodsen-y blonde. The 31-year-old star might be an accomplished actress, wife, mom, blah blah blah... but she'll always be the sharp-witted Queen Bee of the Upper East Side to us. So, when we came across her truly shocking beauty choice, we could only think about it within the realm of The CW universe. Wtf would Serena say about Blair copying her look?! Since we'll never know for sure how Serena would respond to such a betrayal (probably with feined adoration, tbh), the next best thing is knowing Blake Lively's thoughts on the change. Except, are Blake Lively and Leighton Meester even friends anymore? A post shared by Leighton Meester (@itsmeleighton) on Apr 3, 2018 at 8:17am Pdt It hurts our soul that we have to ask
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‘Ready Player One’: T.J. Miller Is Still in Steven Spielberg’s Blockbuster, And Technology May Be to Blame

‘Ready Player One’: T.J. Miller Is Still in Steven Spielberg’s Blockbuster, And Technology May Be to Blame
Last December, when former “Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller was accused of sexual assault by an anonymous woman and transphobic behavior by a film critic in the space of just two days, the actor and comedian was swiftly snipped from two big projects. First, Miller’s Comedy Central series “The Gorburger Show” was cancelled, then the mucus medication Mucinex dropped the comedian as its animated spokesperson. (He had previously left “Silicon Valley” in its fourth season, and the actor made it clear that he didn’t have any interest in returning to the HBO comedy; the newest season of the show has already nodded at killing his character off-screen.)

But one huge project didn’t abandon Miller: Steven Spielberg’s splashy new blockbuster, “Ready Player One,” which cast Miller as a bad guy in June of 2016, just one month before production was slated to begin on a production that Spielberg
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'Roseanne' Star Roseanne Barr Once Accused Her Parents of Incest, Then Regretted It

Roseanne, which returned to ABC after more than two decades off the air, presents a TV family that's dysfunctional but also happy and loving. It's apparently a stark departure from star Roseanne Barr's actual family life. The Emmy-winning actress once accused her parents of incest, and while she later expressed regret over those claims, she didn't exactly take them back. A post shared by Roseanne Barr (@officialroseannebarr) on Dec 16, 2017 at 12:22pm Pst In 1991, near the height of her sitcom's popularity, Roseanne opened up about her upbringing in an interview with People. "Keeping the secret of incest has taken all my energy and courage for 38 years," she said. As she explained, her long-repressed memories came flooding back two years prior when then-husband Tom Arnold called her from rehab and told her he was molested as a child. "Immediately after hanging up, I began to shake and sweat," she said.
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Sunday’s best TV: Ordeal By Innocence; The Generation Game

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A delayed Christmas Agatha Christie surfaces at Easter and a classic old-school gameshow gets a Mel and Sue reboot

Ordeal By Innocence

9pm, BBC One

You can’t go wrong with an Agatha Christie on Easter Sunday, can you? Unless of course you’re Ed Westwick, who was expunged from this three-part series (originally slated for Christmas) in the wake of sexual assault allegations. His replacement, Christian Cooke, does a fine job as the adopted son of Rachel Argyll, a wealthy philanthropist who has been murdered at the family estate. However, it’s Bill Nighy as the keen-to-remarry widower and Luke Treadaway as the alibi-providing Dr Arthur Calgary who draw most attention. Ellen E Jones

The Big Painting Challenge

6pm, BBC One

Mariella Frostrup and the Rev Richard Coles return for a soothing new series that sees 10 amateur painters arrive in Glasgow for a six-week artistic boot camp. The first
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A Fourth Woman Accuses Ed Westwick of Sexual Assault as He Continues to Deny Allegations

Former Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick has been accused of sexual assault by a third woman — and a fourth has just stepped forward. Haley Freedman has reportedly filed a police report against the actor, who continues to deny the rape allegations against him. "I can confirm Haley filed a police report on Wednesday, regarding allegations that Ed Westwick raped her,” her rep told Us Weekly. "She will be meeting with the district attorney next week." Haley is the latest to accuse Ed, 30, of sexual assault, joining Kristina Cohen, Aurélie Wynn, and Rachel Eck Rachel told BuzzFeed on Nov. 14 that the incident took place the night before the Academy Awards in 2014. Rachel claims she met up with Ed and her ex-boyfriend, film producer Kaine Harling, at a villa in West Hollywood at about 2:30 a.m., but that whenever her boyfriend left the room, Ed would “try to kiss me or
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Ed Westwick Under Investigation by Da After Being Accused of Rape

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Ed Westwick Under Investigation by Da After Being Accused of Rape
Allegations against “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick, who has been accused of rape by multiple women, are currently being investigated by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. A spokesperson for the D.A.’s office confirmed to TheWrap that a case had been presented on March 20 and was currently under review, but did not provide any further details about the investigation. Three women came forward last November to accuse Westwick of sexual assault or rape, allegations the actor has denied. The actor said via Twitter at the time that he was “cooperating with authorities” to set the record straight. Also Read: Ed Westwick Says...
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After Creeping Fans out for Years, Nickelodeon Producer Dan Schneider Is out of a Job

Nickelodeon and TV producer Dan Schneider have parted ways after collaborating on such beloved shows as The Amanda Show, iCarly, and Victorious. And though Dan and Nickelodeon maintain it's a mutual decision, many fans suspect Dan's behavior with his young stars is the real reason he's no longer employed with the cable channel. Just check out this 2013-era Vine iCarly star Jennette McCurdy sent Dan's direction, a video YouTube commenters have called "downright disturbing" and "extremely disconcerting." Other YouTube commenters imply Dan is a child predator, calling him "Dan 'Eight Is the New Eighteen' Schneider'" and "Dan 'The Age Denier' Schneider," among more explicit nicknames. At the very least, the 52-year-old seems fixated on his young stars' feet, as you can see in this collage of social media pics and screen grabs from his shows. In September, Twitter user @deludedkiss posted a "thread of how much of a pedophile creep
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'Ordeal by Innocence' Producers Say They Received "No Pressure" From BBC When Replacing Ed Westwick

BBC miniseries Ordeal by Innocence hit the headlines last year when, just weeks after the Harvey Weinstein exposés were published, one of its leads, actor Ed Westwick, was accused of sexual assault. Despite the production — which also stars Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor and Matthew Goode — already have been completed, the BBC decided to cancel its Christmas airdate of the Agatha Christie adaptation.

Best known for his role as Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl, Westwick was accused separately by three women of sexual assault. He refuted these claims, but in the past 24 hours the actor has...
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Ed Westwick Under Investigation For Rape, L.A. District Attorney Confirms

The Los Angeles District Attorney's office has confirmed that actor Ed Westwick is under investigation for alleged sex crimes. Four women have accused the former Gossip Girl star of rape or sexual assault. "I can confirm that a case was presented to our office involving Ed Westwick," a spokesperson for the Da's office told Deadline. "The matter is under review. The District Attorney's office does not identify victims of sex crimes and, therefore, cannot provide any…
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Ed Westwick Deletes Any Denial of Sexual Assault from Social Media

Last year, actress Kristina Cohen accused Ed Westwick of rape. Now, stylist Haley Camille Freedman is accusing the Gossip Girl star of sexual assault. TMZ is reporting, based on court documents, that the 30-year-old imprisoned and sexually tortured her. Warning: The allegations below include graphic details. Haley alleges Westwick held her as a sex slave for 48 hours in 2014. She's claiming in a lawsuit that she went to his home with other people, they began having sex, and then things turned violent. Westwick requested that she strangle, slap, and spit on him. When she refused, he proceeded to strangle, slap, and hit her. After the encounter, she fell asleep and stayed the night in his home. While in the shower, the next morning, Westwick proceeded to enter the shower and forced her to have sex with him. A post shared by Haley Camille (@haleycamille) on Sep 20, 2017 at 8:44pm Pdt The
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Shot and shot again: the Agatha Christie TV mystery that rose from the dead

Ordeal by Innocence will finally air at Easter after rape allegations against an actor put the show in jeopardy. Producer and writer Sarah Phelps tells of her relief

The BBC TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence was lined up as the biggest show of last Christmas. Then, in November, Ed Westwick, who had the key role of Mickey Argyll, was accused of rape and sexual assault – allegations he has denied. Ordeal by Innocence was pulled from the schedules.

Now Sarah Phelps’s three-part drama will air on BBC One from Easter Sunday with Christian Cooke in Westwick’s role. The reshoots, which constituted 45 minutes of material, took place over 12 days. Phelps admits her overwhelming feeling is relief. “The BBC made absolutely the right decision [to pull it] and I completely supported that decision because it’s about being moral and right and having integrity, but then there’s that thing of: oh God,
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Ed Westwick Is Accused of Holding a Woman Hostage as a Sex Slave

The #metoo convoy hit some icy patches at the latest Academy Awards show, giving the Oscar to two men who have a documented history of being the villains of the #metoo movement rather than the heroes. But it didn’t take long for a new entrant to become the focus of the movement – Ed Westwick. For those who are unfamiliar with Mr. Ed, he was a star in the popular “Gossip Girl” aired on the CW network a few years back. The first accusation came from a stylist who said he held her hostage as a sex slave for 48

Ed Westwick Is Accused of Holding a Woman Hostage as a Sex Slave
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The Disturbing Parallel Between Chuck Bass and Ed Westwick’s Recent Rape Allegations

When news broke that Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick had been accused of holding a woman as a sex slave for 48 hours, I didn't want to hear it. After reading the disturbing allegations, my mind immediately began buzzing with questions like "Is it true?" "How could this happen?" and "Him too?" I felt disillusioned remembering how last year, the 30-year-old actor, vehemently denied previous rape allegations. As a 23-year-old woman, in the age of the #MeToo movement, I've grown accustomed to accepting the fact that men I admire might be sexual predators. But, somehow the thought of reconciling Chuck Bass — a romantic male lead in a TV show I love — and Ed Westwick as a rapist felt too difficult to bear. But, then I realized: Wasn't Chuck Bass a sexual predator in his own right? Chuck Bass being Chuck Bass. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) I admittedly jumped on the Gossip Girl bandwagon a little late.
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Ed Westwick, Stylist Claims She Was His Sex Slave and Hollywood Turned Against Her

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Ed Westwick is at the center of a lawsuit -- though not named as a defendant -- by a woman claiming he held her hostage as a sex slave for 48 hours. Sources connected with Westwick tell TMZ the woman is delusional and was trying to get her story out in the media but couldn't because media outlets determined she was lying.  Haley Camille Freedman claims in a new lawsuit she went to Westwick's home in
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‘Flight From Hell’ Review

Stars: Ed Westwick, Zhu Zhu, Leon Lee, Cary Alexander, Johann Helf, Linlin Jiang, Didi Qian, Emily Sansiri, Alexander Winters | Written and Directed by Vincent Zhou

So the official synopsis for Flight From Hell, aka Last Flight, reads like this: “As an old Boeing 747 takes off for its last red-eye flight from a small Pacific island, unusual events occur intermittently. While all the passengers are panic, the captain and the chief flight attendant try to lead the investigation.”

Sound familiar? It should. For that’s essentially the core plot of the Brandon Routh starring Lost in the Pacific – a film made by Vincent Zhou, the same writer/director as this. Like his other plane-set film, Flight From Hell is another English/Mandarin co-production that features an international cast, lead this time by Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) and Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas) as the planes pilot and heroic flight attendant respectively. Though to be fair to Zhou,
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