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Fox Sports West’s Corey Maggette Skips Clippers Broadcast After Report Links Him To Virginia Fairfax Accuser, 1999 Duke Rape

Former basketball star Corey Maggette, who is now an analyst for Fox Sports West, did not appear as scheduled on last night’s LA Clippers telecast after a report linked him to a 1999 rape involving the accuser of Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. A lawyer for Fairfax’s accuser, Meredith Watson, issued a statement last week saying that a basketball player had raped her while both were students at Duke. The university said it was opening an investigation into the matter… Read

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‘Extra’ Host A.J. Calloway Suspended By Warner Bros. As Sex Misconduct Investigation Expands

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A.J. Calloway, the Extra host who has been accused of sexual assault and other misconduct by several women, has been suspended by Warner Bros. pending further investigation of the allegations. “Upon becoming aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against AJ Calloway, we began an internal review to determine whether there had been any misconduct by Mr. Calloway on Extra and whether any employee of the show had been the victim of any such misconduct,” said a company… Read

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Monica Potter Claims Resisting Harvey Weinstein Seduction Barred Her From ‘Cider House Rules’ Role

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Actress Monica Potter claims that she lost a chance to appear in the 1999 film The Cider House Rules because she rejected Harvey Weinstein’s advances. Speaking to her hometown Cleveland television station WKYC on its Let’s Be Clear show, Potter said Weinstein had tried to bed her three times, “twice in New York and once was in London.” On two occasions, Weinstein made advances while wearing a bathrobe, she claimed. She rejected him physically, she said, taking advantage… Read

TV

‘Lorena’ Reframes The Bobbitt Story In The Era Of #MeToo — Sundance Studio

When Lorena Bobbitt famously cut off her husband's penis in the '90s, much of the resulting news coverage descended into "dick jokes", as Joshua Rofé, director of Amazon's documentary Lorena put it at Deadline's Sundance Studio. But, inspired by a 2016 newspaper article about how the Bobbitt coverage had been the nation's missed opportunity to discuss domestic violence, Rofé wanted to take a look at the detailed story behind the woman and the incident. "This story would… Read

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Women’s Media Center Says Oscar Noms Again Come Up Short Recognizing Female Talent

Confirming data reported by Deadline last month, a new study from the Women's Media Center has found that 75% of all non-acting Oscar nominations this year went to men. "The 2019 Oscar nominations were disappointing for women behind the camera," the group wrote in its report (read it here), "with no women nominated in directing, cinematography, editing, original score, and visual effects and only one woman nominated in animated feature film and in each of the two writing… Read

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Woody Allen Hits Amazon With $68M Suit Over Killed Film Deal & “Baseless Allegations”

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Amidst continuing controversy over alleged sexual misconduct, it turns out Woody Allen isn’t turning the other cheek to the end of his multimillion-dollar and multi-picture deal with Amazon. The Oscar winner on Thursday hit the studio division of the Jeff Bezos-founded company with a $68 million lawsuit over the cancellation of a four-film agreement and Amazon Studios killing distribution of Allen’s long-completed and shelved movie A Rainy Day in New York. “In June 2018… Read

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Berlin Jury President Juliette Binoche Praises Harvey Weinstein As A Producer; Says, “Let Justice Do What It Needs To”

Oscar winner Juliette Binoche made her first appearance as jury president at the Berlin Film Festival today, fielding questions at a press conference that began with her thoughts on women's representation, segued to politics and Netflix, and then closed on Harvey Weinstein. Of the latter, Binoche, who worked on Weinstein films Chocolat and The English Patient, said answering a question about the disgraced mogul was "opening a book that has already been opened and… Read

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‘Fosse/Verdon’ Explores Tortured Relationship Of Dance Greats Bob Fosse And Gwen Verdon – TCA

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The #MeToo era is just the right time to be doing an eight-episode series about the complicated/creative/tortured relationship between dancer-choreographer Bob Fosse and dancer/muse/wife Gwen Verdon, their daughter and the producers of FX’s Fosse/Verdon told TV critics Monday at TCA. While the project was being developed, the “incredible explosion of the truth” that began the #MeToo movement suddenly made their project extremely timely, EP Steven Levenson said. “Our goal… Read

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John Legend, Ted Sarandos & Aisha Tyler Join 2019 Makers Conference

EXCLUSIVE: The 2019 Makers Conference is being livestreamed next week but no word yet if it will be on Netflix even though the streamer's Chief Content Officer is now among the luminaries who will be taking the stage in Dana Point, California. Ted Sarandos will be joining John Legend, Aisha Tyler and Rise CEO and activist Amanda Nguyen at the women's movement get together starting February 6 in the Orange County town, I've learned. The Netflix exec, the EGOT winner and… Read

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Anne Stuart’s Chicago Teamsters Movie Drivers Suit Settled, But That’s Only The Semi Story

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Chicago Teamsters Local 727 has reached a $275,000 settlement with whistleblower Anne Stuart, who sued the local in 2013 for sex discrimination in a case that shines a light on the nepotism, sexism and corruption that has dominated the Teamsters' movie division in Chicago since the days of the Great Depression. Stuart, however, only got 25% of the payout — the rest went to her lawyers. Last February, Local 727's boss John T. Coli Sr. was kicked out of his $300,000-a-year… Read

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‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ Author Jay Asher Sues Children’s Book Society Over Sex Allegations

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the group’s executive director are being sued by Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher, alleging they never properly investigated sexual harassment complaints against him and torpedoed his career with false and defamatory statements. The lawsuit, first reported by the New York Times, was filed in California State Court in Los Angeles and contends that exonerating evidence was ignored by the organization. Thirteen… Read

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Harvey Weinstein Docu Sundance Debut Draws “Technical Difficulties” & A-Listers

The world premiere tonight at the Sundance Film Festival of the Harvey Weinstein documentary Untouchable didn't mention the Park City gathering itself where the now disgraced producer held court for years but some drama of its own. Initially delayed by “technical difficulties,” as one Sundance staff told the line of hundreds waiting to get in, the MARC Theatre screening itself was actually interrupted three times on Friday to the obvious irritation of attendees. On each… Read