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Regina Hall in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Sequel

Regina Hall in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Sequel
Regina Hall is in negotiations to join New Line Cinema's Shaft sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Tim Story is directing the movie, which is seen as a continuation of the story of the private detective that first appeared in the 1971 blaxploitation action pic that became a pop culture phenomenon. Samuel L. Jackson is reprising the role he first played in John Singleton's 2000 update, with Jessie T. Usher playing Shaft's son. Hall is in talks to play Shaft's former love interest and Usher's onscreen mother. Alexandra Shipp and the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, are among the confirmed cast.

Kenya Barris and...
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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Alexandra Shipp in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Reboot

Alexandra Shipp in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Reboot
Alexandra Shipp, perhaps best known for playing Storm in the X-Men prequel movies, is in talks to join Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft.

Tim Story is directing the movie, which is seen as a continuation of the story of the private detective that first appeared in the 1970s blaxploitation action movie that became a pop culture phenomenon.

Jackson is reprising the role he first played in the 2000 update directed by John Singleton, while Jessie T. Usher has been cast to play Shaft's son, who, after long being estranged from his father, finds himself teamed up with him. The son is...
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Journalist Accuses Jesse Jackson and John Singleton of Unwanted Touching: ‘I Tried to Ignore It’

Journalist Accuses Jesse Jackson and John Singleton of Unwanted Touching: ‘I Tried to Ignore It’
A New York-based journalist is speaking out about a pair of incidents in which legendary politician Jesse Jackson and famed director John Singleton allegedly touched her without consent or made sexual comments.

Danielle Young, a writer and producer with The Root, opened up about the encounters in a personal essay on the website, titled, “Don’t Let the Smile Fool You. I’m Cringing on the Inside”. Young wrote that she met Jackson while working for an unidentified media company, noting that he met with staffers for photos after giving a speech in a company conference room.

“I walked toward Jackson,
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Ed Westwick Accused of Rape By Actress Kristina Cohen

Ed Westwick Accused of Rape By Actress Kristina Cohen
Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick has been accused of rape by actress Kristina Cohen, who detailed the alleged encounter in a Facebook post published November 6. Cohen says the sexual assault occurred three years ago at Westwick’s apartment after they first met. The actress was dating a producer who happened to be one of Westwick’s friends.

Cohen says things became uncomfortable after Westwick suggested “we should all fuck.” Cohen explains that she asked her producer boyfriend to leave after Westwick’s sexual remark, but he did not want to make things awkward by heading out early. The producer reportedly told Cohen they would stay for another 20 minutes. The actress proceeded to take a nap in Westwick’s guest room, which is where the alleged rape occurred.

“I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me,
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Lapd Investigating Kristina Cohen’s Rape Accusation Against Ed Westwick

Lapd Investigating Kristina Cohen’s Rape Accusation Against Ed Westwick
Update: Cohen has filed a police report with the Lapd, which is now investigating. Captain Cory Palka refers to Westwick “as being a suspect in a crime of rape,” according to Variety.

Earlier: “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick has been accused of rape by actress Kristina Cohen, who detailed the alleged encounter in a Facebook post published November 6. Cohen says the sexual assault occurred three years ago at Westwick’s apartment after they first met. The actress was dating a producer who happened to be one of Westwick’s friends.

Cohen says things became uncomfortable after Westwick suggested “we should all fuck.” Cohen explains that she asked her producer boyfriend to leave after Westwick’s sexual remark, but he did not want to make things awkward by heading out early. The producer reportedly told Cohen they would stay for another 20 minutes. The actress proceeded to take a nap in Westwick’s guest room,
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USC Students Launch Petition to Remove Bryan Singer’s Name From the School of Cinematic Arts

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USC Students Launch Petition to Remove Bryan Singer’s Name From the School of Cinematic Arts
Students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts have launched a petition calling for Bryan Singer’s name to be removed from the Division of Cinema and Media Studies. The call for action comes amid the ongoing sexual-harassment scandal emanating out of Hollywood, with the petition calling it “completely unacceptable that this prestigious department within our school still carries the name of Bryan Singer, a man accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault, and pedophilia.”

Read More:‘Boyz n the Hood’ Director John Singleton Accused of Sexual Harassment By Reporter Danielle Young

Singer, who transferred to the USC School of Cinematic Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, has directed such films as “The Usual Suspects,” “X-Men,” and “Valkyrie.” The university recently refused a donation from Harvey Weinstein following the many accusations of sexual misconduct that have been leveled against him.

Singer was accused of asking a
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‘Boyz n the Hood’ Director John Singleton Accused of Sexual Harassment by Reporter Danielle Young

‘Boyz n the Hood’ Director John Singleton Accused of Sexual Harassment by Reporter Danielle Young
John Singleton has been accused of sexual harassment by reporter Danielle Young of “The Root.” Young published an article on November 6 entitled “Don’t Let the Smile Fool You. I’m Cringing on the Inside,” in which she shared two separate encounters with Reverend Jesse Jackson and Singleton that ended with both gentleman making alleged sexual advances on her. The reporter met Singleton at the American Black Film Festival earlier this year, where the filmmaker was on hand to promote his FX crack epidemic drama “Snowfall.”

“The interviews took place in a room filled with public relations executives, Abff officials, myself and my camera crew,” Young writes. “When I walked into the room, I heard Singleton say something, and I heard enough of it to know it was about me. But I ignored it. Thank God for my callus. I only had about four minutes to interview him, so I was in go mode.
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Ben Affleck Says Sexual Harassment Must Also Be a ‘Men’s Issue,’ Vows to Be ‘Part of the Solution’

Ben Affleck Says Sexual Harassment Must Also Be a ‘Men’s Issue,’ Vows to Be ‘Part of the Solution’
Ben Affleck has told The Associated Press that he is “looking at [his] own behavior” in the wake of numerous sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood. The actor, who was in London promoting the upcoming superhero tentpole “Justice League,” also expressed that he wants to make sure he’s “part of the solution,” offering two pieces of advice for how sexual harassment can stop taking place in the industry: “More women need to be pushed to power,” Affleck said, and sexual harassment needs to also be viewed as a “men’s issue” where guys are willing to call out inappropriate behavior.

Read More:Hilarie Burton Remembers When Ben Affleck Groped Her: ‘I Had to Laugh So I Wouldn’t Cry’

Affleck’s thoughts arrive just under a month after an incident in which he groped actress Hilarie Burton during an interview on MTV’s “Total Request Live” resurfaced online. Burton tweeted a
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Dustin Hoffman Allegedly Groped Meryl Streep During an Audition in the ’70s

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Dustin Hoffman Allegedly Groped Meryl Streep During an Audition in the ’70s
In the past week, two women have publicly accused Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment, allegations which have renewed interest in Meryl Streep’s nearly-four-decade-old claim that her “Kramer vs. Kramer” co-star introduced himself by grabbing her breast. Slate tracked down a Time article from 1979 — the year the film came out — in which Streep recalls auditioning for a play Hoffman was directing. “He came up to me and said, ‘I’m Dustin — burp — Hoffman,’ and he put his hand on my breast,” the actress told Time. “What an obnoxious pig, I thought.”

Read More: Dustin Hoffman Accused of Sexual Harassment by TV Producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis

Per Jeff Lenburg’s 2001 book “Dustin Hoffman: Hollywood’s Antihero,” the play was “All Over Town,” which debuted on Broadway in late 1974, when Streep was 25. Later that decade, the actors notoriously battled on Robert Benson’s “Kramer vs. Kramer” set, where they played divorcing parents.
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First Look at Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s British Drama ‘Farming’

First Look at Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s British Drama ‘Farming’
Production has wrapped in London on the British drama “Farming,” starring Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Damson Idris, Variety has learned exclusively.

Nigerian-British writer and director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje helmed from his own screenplay based on his autobiographical story of the same name. The script was developed in the Sundance Film Institute and chronicles Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s own coming-of-age story growing up fostered by a white working class family in the U.K.

Idris, star of John Singleton’s FX series “Snowfall,” plays the lead. Despite his Nigerian roots, he grows up to become the leader of a racist skinhead gang in 1980s England. Beckinsale plays his foster mother and Mbatha-Raw portrays a benevolent teacher who offers him one last chance at redemption.

HanWay Films is handling international sales and distribution, and is selling the movie at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif. Endeavor Content is overseeing the U.S. sales together with CAA.
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Top 10 Takeaways From Variety’s Inclusion Summit

Top 10 Takeaways From Variety’s Inclusion Summit
Here are the biggest takeaways from Variety‘s Inclusion Summit, held on Wednesday at the Montage Beverly Hills.

1. Skepticism remains a major obstacle for women reporting sexual misconduct: Attorney and civil rights activist Anita Hill proved to be a timely keynote speaker at Variety‘s Inclusion Summit. Hill, who testified before an all-male Senate Judiciary Committee about her sexual harasser, then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, said female accusers face deep skepticism when speaking out. “One of the things that really is troubling to me,” Hill said, is that “it still takes about 30 women to come forward before one woman is believed. … Our word is as valuable as the word of our abusers.”

2. Diverse casting in films boosts box office performance: CAA agent Talitha Watkins presented data by the agency that analyzed the diversity of film casts since 2014 and compared those films’ weekend box office performances to that of non-diverse films. The data show
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Despite Dollars in Diversity, Hollywood Still Averse to Making Inclusive Films

Despite Dollars in Diversity, Hollywood Still Averse to Making Inclusive Films
In Hollywood’s struggle to increase diversity both in front of and behind the camera, 2017 is proof positive that such films can conquer the box office, potentially putting to rest long-held conventions about what kinds of movies are most successful.

Get Out,” the social thriller by first-time filmmaker Jordan Peele, featured a black, unknown lead (Daniel Kaluuya), but nonetheless became the most profitable movie of the year, grossing $253 million worldwide on a $4.5 million production budget. Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” represented a triumph for female directors whom for so long have been shut out of helming big-budget superhero action movies. Adored by critics and audiences alike, the film lassoed $822 million globally, prompted a sequel and became a rare cultural milestone likely to inspire and empower a generation of girls for years to come. And, in a summer that saw a number of sequels stall out, Universal’s multicultural “Fast and Furious” franchise is racing ahead to two more
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Oscars Not So White: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Mudbound’ Lead Diverse 2018 Contenders

It would be lovely to think that last year’s “Moonlight” Oscar wins presaged a long and permanent shift in Hollywood movie culture. At the heart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. That helps to explain why the Academy voters did far better with their 2017 Oscar nominations than the year before, when their 6,000 members failed to nominate any actors of color at all.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

The Academy’s recent diversity push added more younger and international members; its 7,000 voters are now 28 percent women and 13 percent people of color. But will the new membership shifts make a major impact on the 2018 Oscar nominations? Despite the new voters, the organization is still under the
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Oscars Not So White: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Mudbound’ Lead Diverse 2018 Contenders

It would be lovely to think that last year’s “Moonlight” Oscar wins presaged a long and permanent shift in Hollywood movie culture. At the heart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. That helps to explain why the Academy voters did far better with their 2017 Oscar nominations than the year before, when their 6,000 members failed to nominate any actors of color at all.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

The Academy’s recent diversity push added more younger and international members; its 7,000 voters are now 28 percent women and 13 percent people of color. But will the new membership shifts make a major impact on the 2018 Oscar nominations? Despite the new voters, the organization is still under the
See full article at Indiewire »

10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold
Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal,
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold
Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal,
See full article at Indiewire »

Louis Theroux: Dark States – Heroin Town review: bleak as hell

The documentary-maker is back with a tale of America’s worst ever drug epidemic and its forgotten victims. Plus: it’s party time in John Singleton’s new La drama Snowfall

A man named Nate has been telling Louis Theroux about his heroin addiction in the tent he lives in by the river in Huntington, West Virginia. Nate feels comfortable with his addiction, he says, and has never felt the need to go to rehab.

Related: Louis Theroux: ‘For all his awfulness, I admire Trump’s shamelessness’

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John Singleton Told Tupac to Quit Rapping (And 5 More of His Amazing Hollywood Stories)

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John Singleton Told Tupac to Quit Rapping (And 5 More of His Amazing Hollywood Stories)
Storytelling is John Singleton’s business, but it’s a rare pleasure to hear the groundbreaking director simply tell some stories about his famous friends and collaborators. Like Tupac Shakur and Michael and Janet Jackson. That’s what was in store for attendees of TheGrill 2017, the annual thought leadership conference thrown by TheWrap that examines strides and challenges in entertainment, media and tech. Singleton sat for a spotlight conversation with TheWrap Executive Editor Tim Molloy, and the “Snowfall” creator got to dishing on his long career. For starters, he once told the legendary Shakur that he should give up the rap game and pivot to.
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