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Javier Bardem Blasts ‘Public Lynching’ of ‘Genius’ Woody Allen

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Javier Bardem Blasts ‘Public Lynching’ of ‘Genius’ Woody Allen
Javier Bardem has once again spoken out about the “public lynching” of Woody Allen in regards to the longstanding accusations of sexual misconduct against the filmmaker.

“At the time I did ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, the allegations were already well known for more than 10 years, and two states in the U.S. deemed he was not guilty,” Bardem said at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon on Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “If the legal situation ever changes, then I’d change my mind. But for now, I don’t agree with the public lynching that he’s been receiving, and if Woody Allen called me to work with him again I’d be there tomorrow morning. He’s a genius.”

In April, the Spanish actor said he was “shocked” by the treatment of Allen, and said that he was “absolutely not” ashamed to have worked with him on the 2008 film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
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New York Film Festival’s 56th Edition Showcases Lauded Venice Trio And Another Eclectic Global Lineup

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New York Film Festival’s 56th Edition Showcases Lauded Venice Trio And Another Eclectic Global Lineup
The New York Film Festival lifts the curtain on its 56th edition tonight, with its three tentpole slots devoted to Venice prize winners The Favourite, Roma and At Eternity’s Gate, surrounded by the usual array of eclectic, curated titles from near and far.

Since its debut in 1963, against a backdrop of wildly fluctuating festivals jockeying for supremacy, and a downtown counterpart rising in Tribeca, the Nyff has remained remarkably consistent apart from a major renovation of Lincoln Center. At times over the years, that steady trajectory has struck some regulars as something verging on complacency, but in a culture and film industry marked by upheaval, staying the course has come to be a virtue.

“The great thing about the festival is that it’s always been allowed to stick to the mission of programming,” director Kent Jones told Deadline in an interview. “There’s no pressure from anyone to
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Inside Jennifer Salke’s Amazon Film Shakeup

  • Variety
Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke made it clear on Wednesday that big changes are coming to the company’s struggling film business.

Less than a week after Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself” flopped, the executive moved quickly to stabilize her film team and to encourage the faltering division to start developing more commercial fare. As part of that push, Salke promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of the film division and tasked her with producing bigger-budget films that will appeal to broader tastes. The restructure puts a band-aid on the “Life Itself” debacle and echoes the same marching orders given to the TV division last year from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos himself: Deliver hits.

Indeed, the pressure is on for a division that’s been operating in limbo for the better part of a year. The ouster of Salke’s predecessor Roy Price, an eccentric executive who was fired after being accused of sexual harassment,
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Nicole Kidman, Amazon Studios Nab Meg Wolitzer Novel ‘The Female Persuasion’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Nicole Kidman, Amazon Studios Nab Meg Wolitzer Novel ‘The Female Persuasion’ (Exclusive)
Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to “The Female Persuasion,” an acclaimed best-seller by Meg Wolitzer.

The movie will be produced by Lynda Obst (“Contact”), Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, and Per Saari (“Big Little Lies”). Blossom Films, Kidman’s production company, recently signed a first-look deal with Amazon — this film will be a part of that pact.

“The Female Persuasion” centers on Greer Kadetsky, a college student who is groped at a fraternity party and becomes emboldened to speak up for women’s rights. But her assailant turns out to be a serial abuser and her university fails to take action. In addition to Greer, Wolitzer’s book follows several other characters, including Zee, a fellow student with an activist streak, and Faith Frank, a feminist icon. Reviews for the book were sterling, with The Guardian praising it as “warm and witty, and necessary.”

The book is being adapted and
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Amazon Studios Names Julie Rapaport Co-Head of Movies

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Amazon Studios has promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of movies.

She will head the film division with Ted Hope and Matt Newman, but her portfolio will be different. Rapaport, who has been with Amazon since 2015, is being tasked with finding more broadly commercial films.

Her promotion comes at a time of change for the e-retailer’s entertainment division. The film unit has been floundering in recent months, fielding a string of flops that includes “Life Itself,” a critically reviled drama that premiered to a disastrous $2.1 million. It also struck out with the likes of “You Were Never Really Here,” “Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” and “Wonder Wheel,” a Woody Allen drama that premiered as the #MeToo movement brought renewed attention on sexual abuse allegations against the filmmaker. Amazon’s last major hit was 2017’s “The Big Sick,” an Oscar-nominated comedy that earned $56.4 million globally.

Amazon
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Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day In New York shelved indefinitely

Almost a year on from principal photography, it seems that Woody Allen’s latest film A Rainy Day in New York may not see the light of day, with distributors Amazon responding to rumours that the film has been shelved indefinitely by stating that: “No release date has ever been set.”

The statement followed a report from Page Six that Amazon is unlikely to release the movie, which features a cast that includes Timothee Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Rebecca Hall and Elle Fanning, despite the fact it may cost them around $25 million.

Allen has come under increased fire during the #MeToo movement, as old allegations of child molestation made by his daughter Dylan Farrow came back into the spotlight. The issue for Amazon has been intensified given that A Rainy Day in New York is said to involve sexual flirtation between an older man and teenage girl.

Should the
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Woody Allen's Latest Movie Has Been Shelved and May Never Get Released

Amazon Studios signed a five-picture deal with Woody Allen back in 2016, but they are shelving his latest movie, A Rainy Day in New York, indefinitely. No reason was given for the decision. Amazon is contractually obligated to put the film out, but they now claim that there was never an official release date set. It was widely believed that it would come out this year. The studio could lose up to $25 million for not releasing A Rainy Day in New York, which wrapped filming nearly a year ago and stars Timothee Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, and Elle Fanning.

Amazon's last collaboration with Woody Allen was 2017's Wonder Wheel, which struggled to find distribution after sexual assault allegations made by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow came to light. The alleged incident took place in 1992 when Farrow was only 7-years old and Allen has vehemently denied the claims for the last 26 years.
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Woody Allen’s ‘Rainy Day,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet and Selena Gomez, Shelved Indefinitely by Amazon — Report

Woody Allen’s ‘Rainy Day,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet and Selena Gomez, Shelved Indefinitely by Amazon — Report
Woody Allen finished production on “A Rainy Day In New York” in October 2017, but now it appears the movie won’t be released in 2018 or maybe ever. Sources tell Page Six exclusively “Rainy Day” has been shelved indefinitely by Amazon Studios, which produced the movie on a reported $25 million budget. The title follows Allen’s previous Amazon efforts “Café Society,” “Crisis in Six Scenes,” and “Wonder Wheel.”

Despite the fact that “Rainy Day” is already shot, Amazon faces a tough challenge releasing a movie directed by Allen in the #MeToo era. The director’s name has been in countless headlines over the last year as his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, brought old allegations accusing Allen of child molestation back into the spotlight. Amazon bombed with its December 2017 release of “Wonder Wheel,” starting with the film’s Nyff red carpet premiere being cancelled in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Making matters worse for Amazon,
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12 Actors Over 80 Still Killing It in Hollywood, From Ed Asner to Robert Redford (Photos)

12 Actors Over 80 Still Killing It in Hollywood, From Ed Asner to Robert Redford (Photos)
Morgan Freeman just turned 80 years old, but that’s not going to be slowing him down any. Here are 12 other actors that are part of the 80 club and still killing it.

Morgan Freeman (born 1937)

The Oscar winner was recently seen in a remake of “Going in Style.”

Jack Nicholson (born 1937)

Other than being the most male nominated for an Academy Award, Nicholson is starring in the 2017 remake of Toni Erdmann.

George Takei (born 1937)

Best known for his role on the hit TV series “Star Trek,” Takei most recently voiced Ohga in the upcoming 2017 film “Blazing Samurai.”

Burt Reynolds (born 1936)

This multi-hyphenate could most recently be seen in the Tribeca film “Dog Years.”

Alan Alda (born 1936)

This six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner just starred in the 2015 film “Bridge of Spies.”

Donald Sutherland (born 1935)

The eight-time Golden Globe nominee is set to star as John Paul Getty in the upcoming
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Jason Ropell Out as Amazon Film Chief

  • Variety
Jason Ropell Out as Amazon Film Chief
Jason Ropell is out as the head of Amazon Studio’s film division, Variety has confirmed.

Ted Hope and Matt Newman will serve as interim leaders of the unit, but neither man is expected to take on the job full time, according to an insider. Ropell has been with Amazon for six years, two and a half of which have been spent in the movie end of the business. He will serve as a consultant for the company. Hope is currently head of film production and Newman is in charge of international film strategy.

Amazon will conduct a search for Ropell’s replacement. His ouster comes as newly minted Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke is shaking things up. Although nothing has been set in stone, Salke is moving the company in a different direction and is believed to be looking to back projects on both the film and television front
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‘Dirty John’: Julia Garner & Juno Temple To Co-Star In Bravo True Crime Anthology Series

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‘Dirty John’: Julia Garner & Juno Temple To Co-Star In Bravo True Crime Anthology Series
Ozark star Julia Garner and Juno Temple (Vinyl) are set for key roles opposite Connie Britton and Eric Bana in Dirty John, Bravo’s true-crime scripted anthology series from Universal Cable Productions, Los Angeles Times Studios and Atlas Entertainment.

Written by Chance co-creator Alexandra Cunningham, Dirty John is based on the articles and breakout true-crime podcast from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. It centers on John Meehan (Bana), a handsome and romantic charmer who sweeps Debra Newell (Britton) off her feet and pulls her into his web of lies. The series chronicles the true story of how a romance with Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial and manipulation.

Garner and Temple will play the daughters of Debra Newell, who are both skeptical about their mother’s relationship with Meehan. Garner will play Terra Newell, and Temple is Veronica Newell. They join previously announced Jean Smart, who will play Debra’s mother Arlane.
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Oscars at Halfway Point: ‘Black Panther’ Leads the Pack, With Heavy-Hitters Coming Up

Oscars at Halfway Point: ‘Black Panther’ Leads the Pack, With Heavy-Hitters Coming Up
As the 2018 awards race hits the halfway mark, there is one solid best-picture bet so far: “Black Panther.” As usual, the year is bottom-heavy and impartial execs who have seen the upcoming films say it could be one of the most fun awards years in memory.

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler, has enough originality and goodwill to overcome any “superhero” resistance from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters. The film’s artists (above and below the line) deserve Oscar attention — and TV viewers would love the adrenaline jolt to the Oscarcast.

The July-December period offers an adventurous lineup. That includes new works from recent Oscar winners: the Damien Chazelle-directed “First Man” about Neil Armstrong (Universal), Alfonso Cuaron’s 1970s-set “Roma” (Netflix), Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk”, “Backseat”; and Steve McQueen’s “Widows” starring Viola Davis (Fox).

Also getting enthusiasm are
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Woody Allen Explains Why He’s A ‘Big Advocate of #MeToo’ and Shouldn’t Be Linked to Harvey Weinstein

Woody Allen Explains Why He’s A ‘Big Advocate of #MeToo’ and Shouldn’t Be Linked to Harvey Weinstein
During an appearance on the Argentinian news program Periodismo Para Todos (via The Wrap), Woody Allen referred to himself as a “big advocate” of the #MeToo anti-harassment movement. The director has been accused of child molestation by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, and numerous actors who worked with him in the past have spoken out against him in the height of #MeToo and Time’s Up, including Rebecca Hall, Ellen Page, and Timothée Chalamet.

“I’m a big advocate of the #MeToo movement,” Allen said. “I feel when they find people who harass innocent women and men, it’s a good thing that they’re exposing them. But you know I, I should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement. Because I have worked in movies for 50 years. I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses and not a single one — big ones, famous ones, ones starting out — have ever
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Elle Fanning And Angelina Jolie Photos On Instagram As Maleficent II Begins Production

Production has begun on Maleficent II, a sequel to the 2014 global box office hit “Maleficent,” at Pinewood Studios and on locations throughout the U.K..

Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprise their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora, respectively, two characters from the studio’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” whose untold story was brought to life on screen in Maleficent.

Michelle Pfeiffer, the Golden Globe® Award winning, Emmy® nominated and three-time Academy Award® nominated actress, joins the cast as Queen Ingrith.

Also joining the production are Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein and Robert Lindsay.

Harris Dickinson joins Maleficent II as Prince Phillip.

It's bring your mom to work day on the #Maleficent2 set!!!!!

A post shared by Elle Fanning (@ellefanning) on May 29, 2018 at 10:34am Pdt

Maleficent II is directed by Joachim Rønning and written by
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Full Cast and Synopsis for Maleficent 2 Revealed as Filming Begins

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Cameras have started rolling on Maleficent 2 to mark production's beginning, Disney has released the first synopsis for the film and a list of all the new, and returning, cast. Come inside to check it out!

Maleficent kicked off a new wave of live-action Disney films based on their iconic animated films. While it's had a sequel announced/talked about for some time now, filming has officially started. For fans who loved the first film the most important thing about today's production announcement is the first synopsis that gives us an idea of what to expect from the story:

A fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora, “Maleficent II” continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen,
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Here’s Everything You Can Watch With Your Amazon Prime Membership in June

  • The Wrap
Before we get to your Amazon Prime June updates, the streaming service has a special surprise for its members: every season of “Dawson’s Creek” is available now, and you don’t even have to wait until next month.

Starting June 1, stream “All or Nothing” which follows the New Zealand rugby team the All Blacks throughout their 2017 season. On June 3, you can stream the Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird,” followed by Amazon Original series “Goliath” Season 2 on June 15.

See below for the complete list of titles hitting Amazon next month.

Also Read: Amazon Sets Awards Release for Luca Guadagnino's 'Suspiria'

Available June 1

1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

2 Days in the Valley (1996)

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)

As Good As Dead (2010)

August Rush (2007)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

Beer for My Horses (2008)

Beowulf (2007)

Black Widow (Aka: Before It Had a Name) (2005)

Blitz (2011)

Blood and Glory (2016)

Blue Like Jazz
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Amazon Returns to Cannes With Triumphant Oscar Contender ‘Cold War’ and Signs of a Company Learning From Its Mistakes

Amazon Studios’ mission is to make commercial art films headed for critical, festival and (sometimes) awards acclaim. Despite some missteps, its slate shows signs of a developing strategy. In 2017, Amazon made a big splash at Cannes with two auteur-driven Competition films from Todd Haynes (“Wonderstruck”) and Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”), and wound up with a Best Actor prize for Joaquin Phoenix. Now, the company is back at the festival with competition entry “Cold War,” an immediate sensation that suggests the company is still very much in the game.

Last fall, Amazon dominated the New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala, and Woody Allen’s scandal-tainted “Wonder Wheel” closing it out — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace was another matter. They floundered. A year later, the company seems to be trying to learn from its
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Amazon Returns to Cannes With Triumphant Oscar Contender ‘Cold War’ and Signs of a Company Learning From Its Mistakes

Amazon Studios’ mission is to make commercial art films headed for critical, festival and (sometimes) awards acclaim. Despite some missteps, its slate shows signs of a developing strategy. In 2017, Amazon made a big splash at Cannes with two auteur-driven Competition films from Todd Haynes (“Wonderstruck”) and Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”), and wound up with a Best Actor prize for Joaquin Phoenix. Now, the company is back at the festival with competition entry “Cold War,” an immediate sensation that suggests the company is still very much in the game.

Last fall, Amazon dominated the New York Film Festival with opener “Last Flag Flying” from Richard Linklater, “Wonderstruck” as the centerpiece gala, and Woody Allen’s scandal-tainted “Wonder Wheel” closing it out — but taking those movies into the crowded fall marketplace was another matter. They floundered. A year later, the company seems to be trying to learn from its
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Javier Bardem Supports Woody Allen and Says He’s ‘Absolutely Not’ Ashamed They Worked Together

Javier Bardem Supports Woody Allen and Says He’s ‘Absolutely Not’ Ashamed They Worked Together
Javier Bardem is standing by Woody Allen amid industry backlash against the writer-director over a sexual abuse accusation made by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. Bardem spoke with French publication Paris Match and said he is “absolutely not” ashamed to have worked with Allen on the 2008 comedy-drama “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

“If there was evidence that Woody Allen was guilty, then yes, I would have stopped working with him, but I have doubts,” Bardem said about the allegation and Hollywood’s critical reaction to Allen over the last several months.

Farrow has long accused Allen of molesting her as a child. Her allegation resurfaced in the height of the #MeToo movement. Allen denies the accusation is true. Many actors who worked with Allen have spoken out against the director and/or have expressed regrets over working with him, including Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Griffin Newman, and Hayley Atwell. Actors Rebecca Hall
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Javier Bardem ‘Shocked’ Over Woody Allen Treatment

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Javier Bardem ‘Shocked’ Over Woody Allen Treatment
Javier Bardem is “shocked” by the treatment of Woody Allen and said he has “doubts” about the longstanding allegations of sexual misconduct against the filmmaker.

In an interview with French newspaper Paris Match, the actor, who starred in Allen’s 2008 film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” said he’s “absolutely not” ashamed to have worked with him.

“If there was evidence that Woody Allen was guilty, then yes, I would have stopped working with him, but I have doubts,” Bardem said, according to People. “I am very shocked by this sudden treatment. Judgments in the states of New York and Connecticut found him innocent. The legal situation today is the same as in 2007.”

Also Read: Elle Fanning Says She 'Regrets' If Her Decision to Work With Woody Allen 'Hurt Anyone'

Several stars of Allen’s films have publicly said that they would not work with the director again in the wake of resurfaced allegations of sexual assault by his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, and her mother, Mia Farrow. Among those are “Wonder Wheel” actor David Krumholtz, who said he “deeply” regrets working with the filmmaker on his most recent film, calling it one of his “most heartbreaking mistakes.”

Greta Gerwig also said she will never work for Allen again and wouldn’t have starred in his 2012 movie “To Rome With Love” had she known about the accusations against him. Peter Sarsgaard, who starred in Allen’s 2013 film “Blue Jasmine,” said he would turn down another chance to work with the director.

Also Read: Peter Sarsgaard Says He Won't Make Another Movie With Woody Allen Film, Jeff Daniels Isn't So Sure (Video)

Allen has been accused of sexual assault by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, an allegation for which he was investigated in 1992 but never charged. Allen has denied the allegations, calling it an invention of Farrow’s mother, actress Mia Farrow. They accusations were brought back to the public’s attention when Farrow detailed her experience in an open letter in the New York Times in 2014.

In December, she published a new op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, in which she called out Kate Winslet, Blake Lively and Gerwig for working with Allen amidst the accusations.

A spokesperson for Bardem has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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