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SAG-aftra Blasts Harvey Weinstein’s Behavior as ‘Abhorrent’

SAG-aftra Blasts Harvey Weinstein’s Behavior as ‘Abhorrent’
SAG-aftra has blasted fired mogul Harvey Weinstein over accusations of sexual harassment, calling his alleged behavior “abhorrent.”

The union issued the condemnation on Monday, the day after its biennial convention at the Sheraton Universal Hotel ended and Weinstein was ousted from his own company after multiple revelations of misconduct.

“We commend the courage and candor of every woman who has spoken out about the disgraceful, aggressive, and inappropriate behavior they experienced with prominent industry employers,” the union said. “We support their right to speak out and we lift up their voices so that their truths can be fully heard. Everyone has the right to work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment.”

On Oct. 5, a story in the New York Times detailed accusations that Weinstein sexually harassed a number of women, including actress Ashley Judd. Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, and Glenn Close have all denounced the producer.

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Newswire: R.I.P. Robert Hardy from Harry Potter and All Creatures Great And Small

As confirmed by The Guardian, actor Robert Hardy—probably best known for playing Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies—has died. A cause of death has not been given, but Hardy’s family says he died at Denville Hall, a London retirement home for actors. He was 91.

Born in England in 1925, Hardy was the son of a college headmaster and attended the University Of Oxford’s constituent school Magdalen College where he briefly studied under J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Trained as a classical actor, Hardy got his theatrical start at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon but began appearing on TV shortly after. With a career that ran for 70 years, Hardy had roles in The Troubleshooters, Inspector Morse, and Hot Metal, but his biggest TV role was playing veterinarian Siegfried Farnon on the long-running British drama All Creatures Great And Small.

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John Carson obituary

Stalwart film and television actor with a talent for playing snarling villains

John Carson, who has died aged 89, was a busy actor whose velvet voice and distinguished looks could flit easily between cold villainy or testy eccentricity. This made him much in demand on screen in many popular television series and during his cinematic association with Hammer Films.

Having secured his big break (two shows a week for £40 per week) as Dr Donald Latimer in the popular hospital soap opera Emergency Ward 10 (1959), he was unable to use London Underground due to constant recognition by the public. In the final series of the long-running oil industry drama The Troubleshooters (1971), he played James Langley, the liberal deputy chairman of Mogul Oil who knocked heads with Geoffrey Keen’s scheming and hard-nosed autocrat Brian Stead.

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Michael Hayes obituary

My father, Michael Hayes, the television director and producer, and former Shakespearean actor, who has died aged 85, is best known for directing 14 episodes of Doctor Who (with Tom Baker, 1978-79), An Age of Kings (1960) and The Promise (1969). He gave Julie Christie her screen debut in the seminal science-fiction serial A for Andromeda (1961), directing all seven episodes. His directorial work also included episodes of Z-Cars, Maigret, Sherlock Holmes, Take Three Girls, The Troubleshooters, The Onedin Line, When the Boat Comes In and All Creatures Great and Small.

Michael was born in Barking, Essex, son of Thomas Hayes, a civil servant, and his wife, Alice (nee Tindale), who died when Michael was two. He was evacuated to Yorkshire in 1940, and was educated at Harrogate grammar school. In 1944, aged 15, Michael was "discovered" by the playwright Falkland Cary and given a principal role in Cary's play Burning Gold, at the Royal Hall theatre, Harrogate.
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Life in a Day Doc Follows On-Demand Marketing Model: Hometown Screenings, Marketing Swat Teams

Life in a Day Doc Follows On-Demand Marketing Model: Hometown Screenings, Marketing Swat Teams
The trend in marketing these days is the on-demand model launched by Paramount's Paranormal Activity. The idea is to engage fans and get them to market the movie. With Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald's Sundance hit Life in a Day, partners National Geographic Entertainment, YouTube and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. are inviting audiences to request special screenings of the film in their hometown on July 24 in advance of the national release July 29. NatGeo will select the winning towns. Fans can also put together their own mash-up trailers to be shown at special screenings and on YouTube. Here are more details and video and audio assets to edit the trailers. For the most enthusiastic fans, NatGeo is supplying marketing toolkits for "marketing Swat "teams (sign up here). Here's more on the film's Micro Movie Mogul scheme and our first look at the poster.
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Life in a Day and Ridley Scott's Micro Movie Mogul Initiative Raise Money for Charities

Life in a Day and Ridley Scott's Micro Movie Mogul Initiative Raise Money for Charities
Ridley Scott invites the public to aid in promoting the UK theatrical release of Life in a Day on June 17 (it opens in the Us June 29), and by doing so raise money for UK charities, all through the Micro Movie Moguls initiative. This is how it works: An individual or company sets themselves up as a Micro Mogul and they chose a charity--any good cause--to receive 25% of the tickets sold through their online ticket booth. Here's more information. Here is our review and the Life in a Day trailer. This movie is a must-see. The following charities have signed up to be a part of Life in a Day Move Mogul initiative: Amnesty International Africa Asia Foundation Barnado's Christian Aid Dramatic Need ...
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Strange Door Co-Star Richard Stapley Dies

British-born actor Richard Stapley began his film career in Hollywood in the late 1940s. He starred as French nobleman Denis de Beaulieu, who becomes a pawn in Charles Laughton’s revenge plot in the 1951 horror thriller The Strange Door, with Boris Karloff as the menacing manservant Voltan.

Stapley was born in Westcliff, Essex, England, on June 20, 1923. He moved to Hollywood in the late 1940s, where he appeared in such films as The Challenge (1948), The Three Musketeers (1948) with Gene Kelly and Lana Turner, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (1949) with June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor, King of the Khyber Rifles (1953), and Jungle Man-Eater (1954), with Johnny Weissmuller as Jungle Jim.

He returned to England in the late 1950s, where he continued his career in films and television under the name Richard Wyler. He starred as Interpol Agent Anthony Smith in the television series Man from Interpol from 1960 to 1961. He also appeared in episodes of The Saint,
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Thunderbirds Star Barrett Dies

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Thunderbirds Star Barrett Dies
Australian actor Ray Barrett has died at the age of 82.

The star, who voiced several characters in British TV puppet show Thunderbirds, passed away at a hospital on Australia's Gold Coast on Monday after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Barrett began his acting career when he quit his homeland and moved to England in 1957, landing his first major role in British TV series Emergency - Ward 10 and then longrunning BBC show The Troubleshooters.

He went on to voice characters in two of Gerry Anderson's marionette shows - Thunderbirds and Stingray.

Barrett subsequently found fame in his native Australia starring in a string of TV shows including Burn the Butterflies, Golden Soak and Something in the Air. He was awarded the Australian Film Institute Longford Life Achievement Award in 2005.

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