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Al Franken: Hollywood Weighs In On Resignation; Tom Arnold Says Franken Accuser Was “Manipulated”

With beleaguered Sen. Al Franken answering the will-he-won’t-he question — he did — today at 11:45 am ET, Hollywood seems more divided over the issue than even Franken’s Senate compadres. While a critical mass of fellow Democrats demanded Franken’s resignation, some celebrities and TV pundits aren’t so sure. “Franken bullied out of office,” tweeted playwright Eric Bogosian, adding, “Democrats eat their young.” Billy Baldwin, meanwhile, tweeted a list of harassers from… Read

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Actors, Musicians Remember David Cassidy: “This Loss Is Huge,” Co-Star Danny Bonaduce Says

Hollywood took to Twitter to remember The Partridge Family singer-actor David Cassidy, who has died from organ failure. Musicians and actors alike expressed their condolences and shared memories about the influence of the former teen heartthrob. Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson said, “I’m very sad to hear about David Cassidy. There were times in the mid-1970s when he would come over to my house and we even started writing a song together.” Actor-musician Marie Osmond sent… Read

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Hollywood Split Over Al Franken; Former ‘SNL’ Cast Members Take Sides

Should he stay or should he go? Hollywood, never as monolithic as Fox News viewers believe, certainly has reached no consensus on Al Franken, the Saturday Night Live veteran turned Minnesota senator. “Zero tolerance,” tweets Alyssa Milano, firmly in the he-needs-to-go camp. On the other side: “He made a mistake,” said Chelsea Handler, agreeing with a Franken-supporting Bill Maher on last night’s Real Time With Bill Maher. “He’s not a predator.” Maher neatly summed up the… Read

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Pamela Adlon On Louis C.K.: “Devastated” After His “Admission Of Abhorrent Behavior”

Pamela Adlon, a longtime friend and collaborator of Louis C.K., today issued a statement reacting to his confirming allegations of sexual misconduct by multiple women. “Hi. I'm here. I have to say something. It's so important,” the star, writer, director and producer of FX’s Better Things said. “My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner, Louis C.K. I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have… Read

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Hollywood, Comics React To Louis C.K. Allegations: “Doesn’t Get A Pass”, Says Jason Alexander

Louis C.K.

Refresh for updates… Comedy is no excuse for bad behavior, says actor Jason Alexander in the wake of today’s accusations against Louis C.K. Says Rosie O’Donnell, “Wow. I guess nothing will ever surprise me again regarding men.” Those were just two of the reactions on Twitter to The New York Times report in which five women claim that the comic and multihyphenate Louis C.K. crossed a line into sexual misconduct with them. The searing exposé, of course, comes amid a flood… Read

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Hollywood Reacts To Brett Ratner Allegations: Asia Argento Says “What We’ve All Been Waiting For”

Refresh for updates News of sexual harassment allegations against producer Brett Ratner seemed to come as no surprise to some in Hollywood. The Los Angeles Times article, in which six women detail their claims against Ratner, “is what we’ve all been waiting for,” tweeted actress Asia Argento. Then addressing Ratner directly, Argento (one of Harvey Weinstein’s many accusers) added, “You’ve been f*cking busted.” She then posted a string of tweets about Ratner (see them… Read

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‘Guardians’ Director James Gunn Warned Women About James Toback: “I Couldn’t Stop Him”

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn says he’s been warning people about James Toback for more than 20 years. “I couldn’t stop him,” Gunn writes, “but I could warn people about him.” In a lengthy, blunt Facebook post today – tweeted by Gunn with the message “Why I’ve despised James Toback for over 20 years” – the Guardians writer/director says that when he lived in New York City during the 1990s, he personally met 15 women claiming to have been “accosted” by… Read

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Hollywood Reacts To James Toback Allegations: “Damn You”, “A Disgrace”

Rose McGowan, Paul Feig and Asia Argento were among the first today to condemn director James Toback after the Los Angeles Times’ devastating report of sexual harassment allegations. According to The Times, 38 women have come forward, prompting McGowan to tweet “James Toback damn you for stealing, damn you for traumatizing.” Absent, so far, is Alec Baldwin, who co-stars with Sienna Miller in Toback’s latest film The Private Life of a Modern Woman. Miller has not yet… Read

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Quentin Tarantino On Harvey Weinstein: “Wish I Had Taken Responsibility For What I Heard”

No filmmaker is more closely associated with Harvey Weinstein and his companies than Quentin Tarantino, and today the double Oscar winner is speaking out about the sexual abuse and harassment scandal that is rocking Hollywood. In a long conversation with The New York Times, Tarantino admitted he “knew enough to do more than I did” and called on “the other guys who knew more to not be scared. Don't just give out statements.” "There was more to it than just the normal… Read

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Megyn Kelly Not So Sure Harvey Weinstein Scandal Will Bring Sea Change

Megyn Kelly

NBC News host Megyn Kelly’s reaction to those who say the Harvey Weinstein scandal marks the start of a sea change? “Maybe.” In a piece for Time magazine, Kelly, who was among the women who came forward claiming to have been sexually harassed by the late Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, said she thought his ouster marked the start of a sea change. And, she thought so again, when Silicon Valley began to disgorge its own stories of harassment against women. “Now that we are in… Read

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Clinton Foundation Will Not Return Harvey Weinstein Donations: It’s Been Spent

The Clinton Foundation says it will not return contributions it received from Harvey Weinstein, having already used those dollars to fund charitable programs. "We are a charity. Donations, these included, have been spent fighting childhood obesity and HIV/AIDS, combating climate change, and empowering girls and women, and we have no plans to return them," the foundation said in a statement today. Weinstein's most recent contribution was made in 2014; estimates on the… Read

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John Oliver Not So Impressed After Academy Expels Harvey Weinstein

Opening his show with the words “Monsterum Maximum” looming over an image of Harvey Weinstein’s face, John Oliver tackled Hollywood’s reaction to “horrifying details” from a growing number of women accusing the producer of sexual harassment, assault, and rape. "It's not just his behavior that was troubling. It was the way people around him excused that," the Last Week Tonight host blasted. Nothing is more emblematic of that, than the story told by Angie Everhart, who says… Read