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Morgan Freeman Says Sexual Misconduct Allegations Are Just "Misplaced Compliments or Humor"

Actor Morgan Freeman has been accused of sexual assault. A production assistant alleged that in 2015, while working on the set of Going In Style, the now 80-year-old subjected her to unwanted touching and comments about her body on a regular basis. He would allegedly rub her lower back and even attempted to take a peek under her skirt. She claimed he "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear." However, this was not an isolated incident. A senior staff member for the 2012 film Now You See Me told CNN that Freeman sexually harassed her and her female assistant on multiple occasions. "He did comment on our bodies... We knew that if he was coming by not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that [were] fitted," she said. A total
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Morgan Freeman: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Him (Photos)

Morgan Freeman: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Him (Photos)
Morgan Freeman is quite possibly the most well known actor around and if you haven’t seen him you’ve definitely heard him.

In honor of his 80th birthday, here are eight facts about the Academy Award winning actor that you may not have known.

Military Service

Morgan Freeman joined the Air Force in 1955, right after graduating from high school. He worked as a radar technician until 1959.

He Was a Dancer

Freeman’s first paid show business job was a dancer in the 1964 World’s Fair.

He Owns a Club

The Academy Award winning actor co-owns a blues club and restaurant with his friend Bill Luckett. The bar is called Ground Zero and it’s in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

He performed on Broadway

Morgan Freeman made his Broadway debut in an all-black cast of “Hello, Dolly” in 1967 alongside Pearl Bailey.

He Worked as a Clerk Typist

When Freeman was still trying
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‘Trust’ Emmy Fyc Event: Red carpet interviews with Hilary Swank, Brendan Fraser, Simon Beaufoy, Harris Dickinson, and Michael Esper [Watch]

FX showcased its new drama series “Trust” to prospective Emmy voters recently with an Fyc event at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. Gold Derby was on-hand and snagged red carpet interviews with creator Simon Beaufoy and stars Hilary Swank, Brendan Fraser, Harris Dickinson, and Michael Esper. Scroll down and follow the links at the bottom of this post to see our complete interviews.

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This saga about the Getty family, led by billionaire patriarch J. Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland), is “about the two most important things to write about, which is love and money,” Beaufoy says. “They’re the two things that make the world go round, make it turn off its axis.” The series reunites Beaufoy with “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson. All three took home Oscars for that film in 2008.

The
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Cannes: Lamborghini Biopic to Be Co-Financed by Blockchain Platform (Exclusive)

The upcoming Lamborghini biopic, starring Antonio Banderas as the famed car designer Ferruccio Lamborghini and Alec Baldwin as rival Enzo Ferrari, is set to become one of the first high-profile projects to be backed by new blockchain technologies.

The film, coming from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Media Group, will be co-financed and co-produced by TaTaTu, a newly launched blockchain-based social entertainment platform.

Written and to be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) and with a working title of Lamboghini – The Legend, the pic is based on the biography Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale...
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Celina Jade on ‘Arrow’ and Reuniting With Wu Jing for ‘Wolf Warrior 2’

Celina Jade on ‘Arrow’ and Reuniting With Wu Jing for ‘Wolf Warrior 2’
With a career that has taken her all over the globe, Celina Jade will be at Cannes this year, announcing an upcoming movie project and serving as ambassador to the new China-Euro Women in Film Festival. When director Wu Jing asked Jade to star in the 2008 “Legendary Assassin,” she professed to be unqualified but acquiesced. The film was a hit and launched her career. After starring on The CW’s “Arrow,” she reunited with Wu for 2017’s “Wolf Warrior 2,” which scored $870 million at the box office.

What attracted you to “Wolf Warrior 2?”

I’ve been with my manager
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Celina Jade on ‘Arrow’ and Reuniting With Wu Jing for ‘Wolf Warrior 2’

Celina Jade on ‘Arrow’ and Reuniting With Wu Jing for ‘Wolf Warrior 2’
With a career that has taken her all over the globe, Celina Jade will be at Cannes this year, announcing an upcoming movie project and serving as ambassador to the new China-Euro Women in Film Festival. When director Wu Jing asked Jade to star in the 2008 “Legendary Assassin,” she professed to be unqualified but acquiesced. The film was a hit and launched her career. After starring on The CW’s “Arrow,” she reunited with Wu for 2017’s “Wolf Warrior 2,” which scored $870 million at the box office.

What attracted you to “Wolf Warrior 2?”

I’ve been with my manager for almost 10 years and very early on I said: “If Wu Jing ever calls me to be involved in one of his projects, I’m there.” I’m grateful to him for my entire career. Wu Jing called me up one day about the sequel, asking: “Can you fly tonight to be my leading lady?
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Watch the Exclusive Premiere of the Chilling Poetry Trailer for Wgn America’s 100 Code

Percy Bysshe Shelley's classic poem "Good-Night" is the backdrop for a chilling new trailer for Wgn America's series 100 Code, a new crime drama about a sinister serial killer who leaves his victims submerged in flower fields. With the series premiering this May, we've been given the opportunity to exclusively unveil the new video for the crime drama starring Dominic Monaghan and the late, great Michael Nyqvist.

A 12-episode series, 100 Code will premiere on Wgn America on Tuesday, May 29th. We have the official press release with more details on the series below, as well as the exclusive poetry trailer:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Wgn America announced today that its much-anticipated crime drama “100 Code” will premiere on Tuesday, May 29 at 10/9c. Starring Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as New York Detective Tommy Conley and the late Michael Nyqvist (John Wick, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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Guillermo Del Toro and Fox Searchlight Team for New Horror and Sci-Fi Label

Just under a month after Fox Searchlight's The Shape of Water won Best Picture at the 90th Oscars, director Guillermo del Toro has signed a new overall deal with the studio, making it his new production home. The overall deal will not only cover projects that will be written, produced and/or directed by the filmmaker, it will also include the creation of a new genre label within Fox Searchlight, which will be the new home for horror, sci-fi and fantasy projects at the studio, including projects that del Toro himself will produce and/or curate. Here's what Guillermo del Toro had to say in a statement, where he thanked Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley, along with the studio's co-heads of production, David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield.

"For the longest time, I've hoped to find an environment in which I can distribute, nurture and produce new voices in smart,
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Preview Video for New Syfy Series Nightflyers, Based on George R.R. Martin’s Novella

George R.R. Martin's novella Nightflyers has been turned into a TV series for Syfy. Telling the story of eight scientists tasked with exploring the outer edge of our solar system, Nightflyers is teased in a preview video that shows a little bit of what to expect from the space horror series.

"Nightflyers follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain – in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other – and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.

Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”) is set to star as Karl D’Branin alongside Sam Strike (“EastEnders”) as Thale, Maya Eshet (“Teen Wolf”) as Lommie, Angus Sampson (“Fargo”) as Rowan,
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Hilary Swank Explains Her 3-Year Hollywood Hiatus

Hilary Swank Explains Her 3-Year Hollywood Hiatus
Hilary Swank is making a comeback after largely taking some time off from acting to be there for her father. In recent years, the 43-year-old Oscar-winning star of Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don't Cry has not appeared in many large acting projects. She revealed on HuffPost Live in 2015 that her father, Stephen Swank, had undergone a lung transplant and moved in with her. She said she was his sole caregiver, adding, "There's been job opportunities I've passed on, and things that I said 'I can't,' but really what we're here for is our family." Swank, who recently returned to TV with the upcoming series Trust, talked about her father again in an...
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From The Author Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ – Your First Look At Netflix’s ‘Nightflyers’

Netflix has debuted the first-look trailer for Nightflyers, their upcoming new original from the George R.R. Martin (Game Of Thrones) novella of the same name.

Nightflyers is set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction. A crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.

Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) stars as Dr. Agatha Matheson alongside Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) as Karl D’Branin, David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) as Roy Eris, Sam Strike (EastEnders) as Thale, Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf) as Lommie, Angus Sampson (Fargo) as Rowan, Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship) as Melantha Jhirl and Brían F.
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George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers TV Series Gets a New Showrunner

George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers TV series has reportedly lost showrunner Daniel Cerone, and will replace him with executive producer Jeff Buhler. Syfy and Universal Cable productions are producing the show which is said to have a “substantial budget.” Syfy ordered a pilot last June, then in September ordered the show to series. The Nightflyers cast includes Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Eoin Macken (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter), David Ajala (Jupiter Ascending), Sam Strike (Timeless), Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf), Angus Sampson (Mad Max: Fury Road), Jodie Turner-Smith (The Neon Demon), and Brían F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby).
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Where do the most recent group of Academy Award winners rank all time?

As we begin to fully focus on 2018 releases and eventually what the 2019 awards season will be like, a little more about the most recent Oscars is still required. Mainly, a look at how the winners stack up with previous ones. This time around, I’m tying in all of the major categories together. Yes, all eight of the top prizes will get a rundown today, with the possibility of another piece next week on the technical categories. For now, it’s Picture, Director, the four Acting slots, and both Screenplay categories, which is more than enough to start with. This is going to be fun. Like I mentioned above, before we get to Best Picture, which is clearly the big one, quickly I’d like to run down some of the other categories and how they stack up. That way, it’s more of a broader collection. Obviously, we know
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Trailer Watch: A Volleyball Team Overcomes Tragedy and Defies Odds in “The Miracle Season”

“The Miracle Season”

“A lot of people are going to see this movie and think that a lot of it was dramatized for the sake of making a movie — and none of it is,” says Erin Moriarty in the final trailer for “The Miracle Season.” The underdog pic is based on a true story and sees the actress playing Kelley, the best friend of her volleyball team’s star player, Caroline (Danika Yarosh). When Caroline dies in an accident, Kelley doesn’t have much time to mourn — as the new captain of the team, it’s up to her to rally her teammates and lead them towards their second consecutive victory at the state championships.

Daunted by the pressure, Kelley is in need of a pep talk from her mom. “[Caroline] brought out your inner strength,” she observes. “You can’t bring out something that isn’t already there.”

Helen Hunt plays the team’s coach.
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Can Paddy Considine's Journeyman land a knockout blow for British boxing movies?

Despite the sport’s popularity in the UK, Britain has never produced a fight flick anywhere near the likes of Rocky or Raging Bull. Can it ever change?

As UK cinemas prepare for the release of Paddy Considine’s new feature Journeyman, it’s a good time to think about the genre that Considine is working in: the boxing film. Asked to list some of the genre’s characteristics, the average movie-goer might say: a working-class setting, predictable rise and fall, lots of triumphalism, and something else ... Americans. In spite of the sport’s Anglo-American genesis and its still immense popularity in the UK, few British films about the fight game – compared with the heft of Rocky or Raging Bull or Creed or Million Dollar Baby – have ever made a big dent, either at the box office or in the public consciousness.

Considine’s second film as director in fact
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‘The Dark Knight’ still ‘Rises’ at the Oscars: Gary Oldman is 6th Oscar winner from the cast – will Tom Hardy get a turn?

‘The Dark Knight’ still ‘Rises’ at the Oscars: Gary Oldman is 6th Oscar winner from the cast – will Tom Hardy get a turn?
The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) was the only film in Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy not to receive a single Oscar nomination but despite that it has had a pretty good track record at the awards. By the time of its release four of its actors already had Oscars: Christian Bale (“The Fighter”), Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) and Michael Caine (“Hannah and Her Sisters” and “The Cider House Rules”). Then Anne Hathaway won an Oscar for “Les Miserables,” which opened the same year. This year’s Oscars turned out to be pretty good for “The Dark Knight Rises” too, especially for Gary Oldman, the erstwhile Commissioner Gordon who just won Best Actor for “Darkest Hour.” Check out the complete list of Oscar winners here.

Oldman won for his performance as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. It was only the second nomination for the veteran actor,
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Every Best Director winner in Oscars history: Welcome to the club, Guillermo del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’)

Every Best Director winner in Oscars history: Welcome to the club, Guillermo del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’)
On the 90th anniversary of the Oscars, Guillermo del Toro was finally welcomed into the Best Director club when he prevailed for his fantasy film “The Shape of Water.” Earlier this awards season del Toro told us that “The Shape of Water” was a “fairy tale for troubled times,” a reference to the movie’s heroine (Sally Hawkins) being a mute woman who falls in love with a sea creature. Besides winning Best Director, del Toro also accepted the prize for Best Picture as one of the film’s producers. Click through our photo gallery above to see our updated Best Director gallery featuring all 90 winners in order.

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Guillermo del Toro joins a list of former Best Director winners that notably includes his fellow Mexican director friends Alejandro G. Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron. These three amigos have now won four of the
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Oscar Best Picture winners in order: ‘The Shape of Water’ joins these 89 esteemed films

Oscar Best Picture winners in order: ‘The Shape of Water’ joins these 89 esteemed films
On Oscar’s 90th birthday, “The Shape of Water” was declared the winner of Best Picture in a move that most awards pundits didn’t see coming. Of the 89 former Best Picture winners, Guillermo del Toro‘s fairy tale for troubled times is now only the second fantasy film to claim the honor after “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” While that 2003 epic had dragons and hobbits, “The Shape of Water” tells the story of a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with a sea creature. “Shape” also won Best Director, Best Score and Best Production Design. Click through our photo gallery above to see our updated Best Picture gallery featuring all 90 winners in order.

See 2018 Oscars: Complete list of winners (and losers)

One of Oscar’s favorite genres over the past nine decades has been war movies. In all, 16 war films have won
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Highlights From This Year's Academy Awards Show: Frances McDormand Leads the Way

As we've heard, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water won Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards. The film is about the very special relationship that develops between a mute woman (Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins) and a "fish man" at a secretive laboratory in 1962. Beyond its own qualities as a wondrously dramatic and romantic fantasy, The Shape of Water is also the first Best Picture winner since Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby to revolve around a female character. (In the earlier film, Hilary Swank portrayed a boxer seeking a new career; she won the Oscar as Best Actress.) Hawkins did not win an Oscar last night; instead, that honor went to Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), who created an instantly memorable highlight in...
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Warner Bros Publicity Exec Juli Goodwin Exits After 18 Years

Juli Goodwin, Warner Bros Pictures’ Evp Domestic Publicity, is exiting the company after almost 18 years. The news came today via a memo to staff, and an announcement from WB’s Worldwide Marketing President Blair Rich. Goodwin was on the domestic publicity team helped land Oscar Best Picture wins for the studio’s Argo and Million Dollar Baby, and several other noms including this year for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Over her career she worked on campaigns for films…
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