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'Jumanji' tops 'The Post,' 'The Commuter' at MLK box office

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:06:50 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Taraji P. Henson and Paddington Bear and all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" still roared the loudest with an estimated $27 million in ticket sales, Friday to Sunday. "Jumanji" easily remained the no. 1 film in North America despite an onslaught of new challengers, according to studio estimates Sunday." The Sony Pictures release is now approaching $300 million domestically and, after grossing $40 million in China this weekend, a worldwide total of $667 million. Coming closest was Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama "The Post," starring Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee.



'True Lies' actress alleges she was abused at age 12

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 04:47:23 UT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Actress Eliza Dushku says she was sexually molested at age 12 by a stunt coordinator during production of the 1994 film "True Lies." In a post on her Facebook account Saturday, Dushku also alleged that Joel Kramer, then 36, caused her to be injured on the set as payback for disclosing the alleged misconduct to a friend. Kramer denied the accusations as "lies" in trade publication interviews. A Dushku representative didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday. "These are outlandish, manipulated lies," Kramer told the website Deadline. "I never sexually molested her. ... I think she's making this up in her imagination.




Actress in next Woody Allen film donates salary to Time's Up

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:16:44 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Rebecca Hall says she's donating her salary from the latest Woody Allen film to Time's Up. Hall says on Instagram she was hired for Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York" but is "profoundly sorry" and "regrets" her decision to work with the filmmaker. She said Friday she reconsidered the job after reviewing molestation accusations by Allen's daughter Dylan Farrow. Allen denies molesting Dylan when she was 7. Hall also appeared in Allen's 2008 "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." She says she was hired for the new film seven months ago but sees her "actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed." She hasn't said how much money she'll donate.



John Tunney, ex-US senator from California, dies at 83

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 04:37:56 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John V. Tunney, whose successful campaign for a California seat in the U.S. Senate became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film "The Candidate," has died. He was 83. Tunney died of prostate cancer Friday at a home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, his brother, Jay Tunney, told The Associated Press. Tunney was among the youngest people elected to the U.S. Senate in the past century when he won his seat in 1970 at age 36. He then became one of the youngest in recent history to lose a Senate seat when he was defeated after just one term.



Stars 'shocked' at gender pay disparity in Hollywood

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:25:57 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stars are sharing their shock at reports of a significant pay disparity between Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams for reshoots on the Ridley Scott film "All the Money in the World." Two reports say Wahlberg was paid far more than Williams for the reshoots in which Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer after accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Spacey. USA Today reported this week that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the 10 days of reshoots, while Williams got less than $1,000 for the same work. Representatives for Wahlberg and Williams did not respond to requests for comment Friday. Imperative Entertainment, which produced the film, declined to comment.



Connecticut man charged with hacking celebrity accounts

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:32:20 UT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with hacking into more than 250 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and ordinary people has agreed to plead guilty, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The charge against George Garofano, 26, of North Branford, stems from the investigation into the 2014 scandal in which the private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others were made public. Garofano agreed to plead guilty to unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information, prosecutors said. He faces up to five years in prison at sentencing at a date to be determined. The case was filed by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, but both sides agreed to transfer the case to Connecticut.



Actresses, shows about women win big at Critics' Choice

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:11:09 UT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — It was a good night for women at the Critics' Choice Awards, which honored women-centered stories like "Big Little Lies," ''The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." ''Wonder Woman" was named best action movie and star Gal Gadot accepted a special award for challenging gender stereotypes. Yet the industry's ongoing sexual misconduct crisis remained an element of the ceremony as James Franco won an acting award early in the evening, hours after a report detailed new misconduct allegations against "The Disaster Artist" star and director.




Winners of the 2018 Critics' Choice Awards

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:38:43 UT

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Patricia Hearst pic based on Toobin book canceled

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:09:20 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twentieth Century Fox Film says it is canceling the studio's planned movie based on Jeffrey Toobin's Patricia Hearst book "American Heiress." Toobin's non-fiction book chronicled the saga of Hearst's kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974 and her eventual bank robbery conviction with the radical group. The studio announced the decision late Thursday after Hearst earlier in the day issued a lengthy statement condemning the project and Toobin's book, which she described as victim blaming and an attempt to "rewrite history." Fox representatives declined to comment on whether the decision to cancel production was related to Hearst's statement.



James Franco an early winner at Critics' Choice Awards

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 01:40:07 UT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — James Franco, who had new sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him earlier in the day, was among the early winners at the Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday, but the actor wasn't on hand to accept his award. Franco won best actor in a comedy film for his starring turn in "The Disaster Artist" at the end of an hourlong pre-telecast during which a dozen awards were presented. The film wasn't deemed the best comedy, though: That award went to "The Big Sick." Actress Olivia Munn is hosting the gala at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, where a cast of celebrity presenters will announce film and TV critics' picks for the best work of 2017.



Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele among Directors Guild nominees

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:35:59 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele are among the five directors who have been recognized for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America. The Guild announced its feature film nominees Thursday, including Gerwig for the coming-of age film "Lady Bird" and Peele for his horror sensation "Get Out," which also earned him a first-time director nod. Guillermo del Toro, who won the Golden Globe for directing Sunday, also scored his first DGA nomination for the romantic fantasy "The Shape of Water," as did Martin McDonagh for his revenge tale "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Christopher Nolan got his fourth for "Dunkirk.



Son denies molestation allegations against Franco Zeffirelli

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:47:58 UT

MILAN (AP) — The son of Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli has issued a statement denying sexual molestation allegations against his father from actor Johnathon Schaech. Pippo Zeffirelli said in the statement Thursday that the allegations appeared to be "a true and proper vendetta," and he questioned the timing of lodging them at a moment when the 94-year-old director is unable to defend himself because of his failing health. Schaech wrote in People magazine that he was 22 years old when he went to work on the film "Sparrow" in 1992, and that Zeffirelli had tried to seduce him from the start. Then, while filming in Sicily, the actor said Zeffirelli got a key to his room and let himself in, molesting Schaech in his bed.



More claim sexual inappropriateness against James Franco

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:49:23 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Several women have made further claims of inappropriate sexual behavior against James Franco in a Los Angeles Times article . In the report published Thursday, two former student actresses described negative on-set experiences with the actor-filmmaker while being directed by him. Sarah Tither-Kaplan said in a nude orgy scene three years ago on the not-yet-released indie drama "Long Home," he removed plastic guards covering the actresses' groins while simulating sex. Former students spoke of an unprofessional culture at Franco's now-closed acting school Studio 4, where he taught a sex scenes class. Two women said Franco became angry shooting a strip club scene when no actresses, who were masked, would go topless.



Review: With Hugh Grant, 'Paddington 2' is simply wonderful

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:15:24 UT

"Paddington 2 " is that rare creation that somehow improves on its already charming predecessor. Maybe it's the addition of Hugh Grant as a lunatic faded star desperate for some cash to get his one man show going, Brendan Gleeson as a moody prison chef named Knuckles McGinty, a totally random dance routine during the credits, or just the sheer earnestness of it all but "Paddington 2" is a total delight. Paul King returns as director and co-writer for the sequel which finds Paddington (voiced again by Ben Whishaw) living happily with the Brown family, Mary (Sally Hawkins), Henry (Hugh Bonneville), Jonathan (Samuel Joslin), Judy (Madeleine Harris) and Mrs. Bird (Julie Walters).



New study finds male dominance in Hollywood unchanged

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:48:41 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Women made up just 18 percent of all the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the top 250 American films released last year, according to a new study. The 20th annual "Celluloid Ceiling" study on the behind-the-camera employment of women was released Monday by San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. The results show virtually no change in the last 20 years for women in Hollywood. In 1998, the same calculation of behind-the-scenes jobs for women was 17 percent.