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Minnie Driver: men like Matt Damon 'simply cannot understand what abuse is like'

Actor calls former co-star’s remarks about ‘spectrum of behaviour’ in sexual misconduct ‘Orwellian’ and questions defence of disgraced comedian Louis Ck

The actor Minnie Driver has told the Guardian that men “simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level” and should not therefore attempt to differentiate or explain sexual misconduct against women.

Related: What Salma Hayek’s Weinstein story reveals about Hollywood power and pay

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Alyssa Milano Joins Minnie Driver in Slamming Matt Damon Over Sexual Misconduct Comments

Alyssa Milano Joins Minnie Driver in Slamming Matt Damon Over Sexual Misconduct Comments
Alyssa Milano and Minnie Driver are not happy about Matt Damon‘s controversial new interview, in which he asserted that the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations don’t all carry the same weight.

“Dear Matt Damon, It’s the micro that makes the macro,” the actress, who roused thousands of women to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault, began her series of tweets on Friday.

“We are in a ‘culture of outrage’ because the magnitude of rage is, in fact, overtly outrageous. And it is righteous,” Milano wrote. “I have been a victim of each
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Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs
Spurred by the multitude of sexual abuse scandals, top Hollywood executives have tapped Anita Hill to chair the newly formed Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

The commission made the announcement Friday following a meeting convened by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Nike Foundation founder and co-chair Maria Eitel, Nina Shaw, and venture captialist Freada Kapor Klein.

“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and inter-related causes of the problems of parity and power,” said Kennedy. “The fact that so many industry leaders—across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies, Ata, AMPAS, television academy and guilds—came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era.”

Hill went public in 1991 with allegations of sexual harassment during the Senate confirmation process for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Since then, in addition to teaching law and policy at Brandeis University, Hill has been
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Matt Damon Sparks Discussion After Controversial Comments About Sexual Misconduct

Matt Damon Sparks Discussion After Controversial Comments About Sexual Misconduct
Matt Damon has everyone talking.

The 47-year-old actor sparked a conversation on Friday following his controversial comments on sexual misconduct during a Thursday interview with ABC News' Peter Travers.

Damon didn't hold back while giving his opinions on several of the latest sexual harassment and assault scandals, explaining that he believes "there's a spectrum of behavior... [and] there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”

“All of that behavior needs to be confronted, but there is a continuum. And on this end of the continuum where you have rape and child molestation or whatever, you know, that’s prison. Right? And that’s what needs to happen. Ok? And then we can talk about rehabilitation and everything else," he continued. "That’s criminal behavior, and it needs to
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Matt Damon Slams Harvey Weinstein But Says Louis C.K. Can Be Forgiven in Controversial Interview

Matt Damon Slams Harvey Weinstein But Says Louis C.K. Can Be Forgiven in Controversial Interview
Matt Damon has drawn some criticism for saying the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations don’t all cary the same weight.

“I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories and it’s totally necessary,” Damon, 47, explained in a preview clip of an upcoming edition of ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers released Thursday. “I do believe there’s a spectrum of behavior… There’s a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated.
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Playing Nola Darling Is All in the Details for DeWanda Wise (Exclusive)

Playing Nola Darling Is All in the Details for DeWanda Wise (Exclusive)
Anyone who has watched Netflix’s TV adaptation of Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, the filmmaker’s acclaimed and controversial 1986 film debut, has not only noticed that DeWanda Wise has reinvented the iconic role of Nola Darling for a 2017 audience, but that her version of Nola wears a nose ring -- well, sometimes.

There's a pattern to when and why the Fort Greene, Brooklyn-based polyamorous artist dons the accessory: when she's about to -- or has had -- sex with one of her three male partners.

And it was all Wise's idea.

"Sex for Nola is more than this physical act. That's why there are candles. It's this thing that's deeply imbued in ritual, and it was like a facet of the ritual that I contributed to Nola," she tells Et. In fact, she wears a different ring depending on the partner Nola has just been with -- financier Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent), model-photographer Greer Childs
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Actresses Will Reportedly Wear Black to the Golden Globes to Protest Harassment in Hollywood

Actresses Will Reportedly Wear Black to the Golden Globes to Protest Harassment in Hollywood
Expect to see a lot of black on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globes.

Many prominent actresses (including nominees Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep and Emma Stone) will be wearing black gowns to the awards show early next year to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood, according to multiple reports. The trend will start at the Globes on Jan. 7 and may continue throughout awards season.

Et has reached out to Hollywood Foreign Press Association reps for comment.

Actresses haven't been shy about speaking out against sexual misconduct in Hollywood. Though the storm started with allegations of decades of sexual harassment and assault by Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Jeffrey Tambor, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis C.K., Russell Simmons, Dustin Hoffman and Adam Venit have all made headlines for claims of sexual misconduct.

While speaking with Et last month, Chastain opened up about the recent string of scandals, revealing that she thinks the problem is "more than just about gender."

“It's
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Star Sightings: Will Smith, Cardi B and Drake Hit Up Art Basel, Mel B Lives It Up in Las Vegas and More!

The celebs partied hard in Miami for this year's Art Basel!

It's always during the Floridian city's annual Art Week, and this year was no exception.

Cardi B rocked a long-sleeved nude mini with a sheer overlay, towering Christian Louboutin heels and long bright red locks when she arrived at Liv at Fontainebleau at 2:45 a.m. on Dec. 9 with an entourage of over 50 people. She drank a glass of champagne before making her way over to the DJ Booth at 3:05 a.m., then kicked off her Art Basel performance with her hit, “Bodak Yellow.”

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Will Smith was joined by his son, Jaden Smith, and Owen Wilson at a Casamigos & Friends Art Basel event hosted by Barry Sternlicht and Richard LeFrak at The Beach Club at 1 Hotel South Beach on Dec. 7.

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One night later, Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian enjoyed a post-wedding date night at a Beats by Dr. Dre
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Golden Globes 2018: Actresses Will Wear Black to Protest Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

Golden Globes 2018: Actresses Will Wear Black to Protest Sexual Harassment in Hollywood
Actresses attending the 2018 Golden Globes are expected to join forces by wearing all black to protest sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood, People confirms. Nominees such as Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, and Emma Stone are expected to join the protest. While the plan is for actresses to wear black to the Globes, the protest could extend to other awards shows such as the SAG Awards and the Oscars.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein Responds to Salma Hayek: ‘All of the Sexual Allegations Are Not Accurate’

“All female actresses attending the Globes are protesting by just wearing black gowns,” a source told People.

The #MeToo anti-sexual harassment movement was recently named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Men and women have been speaking out against industry harassment more vocally in the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and more. Weinstein has been accused of
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Actresses to Protest Harassment in Hollywood by Wearing Black to the Golden Globes

Actresses to Protest Harassment in Hollywood by Wearing Black to the Golden Globes
The red carpet will be all-black at the 2018 Golden Globes.

Multiple sources confirm to People that many major actresses — including presenters and nominees (Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep and Emma Stone are among those nominated)— are planning to wear all-black looks as a symbol of protest against harassment in Hollywood. Sources say that this will start at the Golden Globes on Jan. 7, though it may extend throughout award season. Claudia and Jackie Oshry confirmed it on their show The Morning Breath as well.

“All female actresses attending the Globes are protesting by just wearing black gowns,” a source tells People.

Many
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Why Robin Thede’s Perspective on Late-Night Is Needed by More Than Black Women (Exclusive)

Why Robin Thede’s Perspective on Late-Night Is Needed by More Than Black Women (Exclusive)
Few women have successfully navigated late-night television, but with The Rundown with Robin Thede, Robin Thede is making it her mission to offer something almost unheard of in this space: the black woman’s perspective.

“You should want to know what a black woman feels; you get a bunch of Jimmy's opinions every other night. But with this show you're going to get politics and pop culture told from a different perspective,” says Thede, who after writing and performing on talk shows for Queen Latifah and Larry Wilmore and becoming the first African American female head writer of a late-night talk show (on Wilmore’s The Nightly Show) has stepped out on her own with her 30-minute weekly series on Bet.

In fact, there are two Jimmys -- Fallon and Kimmel -- among the roster of straight, mostly white men hosting some of late-night’s biggest talk shows, but only Thede, Samantha Bee of [link=tt
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The SAG Awards Will Have All-Female Presenters For the First Time Ever

This year's Screen Actors Guild Awards will make history with their lineup of A-list presenters for one very exciting reason. Bucking award-show tradition, the 24th annual event will feature only female presenters, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Wednesday. Not only is Kristen Bell the SAG Awards' first-ever host, but she's also just one of many female celebrities we'll see take the stage during the Jan. 21 ceremony. The list of presenters has not yet been released. The decision is a deliberate one in response to the slew of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations that rocked Hollywood and other industries this year, leading to the downfall of powerhouse figures like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and Matt Lauer, among others. Kathy Connell, an executive producer of the SAG Awards, explained the reasoning behind the bold choice to THR, saying, "Beginning with the Women's March in January, it's been the year of the woman.
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Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You Daddy’ Leaks Online, by the Same Group That Pirated ‘The Hateful Eight’

Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You Daddy’ Leaks Online, by the Same Group That Pirated ‘The Hateful Eight’
It appears Louis C.K. fans are not concerned enough with sexual assault to not see his movie, but they at least don’t feel the need to pay for it.

“I Love You Daddy,” C.K.’s black and white homage to Woody Allen about a young girl in a relationship with an aging film director, has been leaked online. An illegal download of the film appeared on torrent sites Monday, including Pirate Bay. As originally reported by TorrentFreak, piracy group Hive-CM8 claimed responsibility for the leak, citing uncertainty surrounding the film’s release. The same group was behind the 2015 leak of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” among others. It is believed the group received a copy of the film’s awards season screener.

Read More: Louis C.K. Buying Back ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Distribution Rights After Release Dropped Over Sexual Misconduct

Following C.K.’s admission that he
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Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances

Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances
Alfred Hitchcock made Tippi Hedren a star, giving her showy roles in “The Birds” and “Marnie.” But when she refused the director’s sexual advances, he threatened to destroy her career.

“When he told me that he would ruin me, I just told him do what he had to do,” recalls Hedren. “I went out of the door and slammed it so hard that I looked back to see if it was still on its hinges.”

During the shooting of their two movies, Hitchcock would get jealous and resentful when he saw Hedren speaking to male colleagues. At one point, when they were both in the back of a limousine, the director lunged at Hedren and tried to kiss her. In another encounter, during the filming of “Marnie,” Hitchcock asked the actress to touch him and shared romantic fantasies with her. After she rebuffed him, he chilled toward her.

“It was absolutely awful, and as soon
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Hey, at least the pirates want to watch Louis Ck's I Love You, Daddy

In a plot point that wouldn’t have felt out of place on Louie—back when we were in any way comfortable watching Louie, anyway—Louis Ck’s much maligned, largely unseen new film I Love You, Daddy has suffered yet another indignity, as the film—which was shelved after allegations of sexual misconduct on the filmmaker’s…

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Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Leaks Online After Being Pulled From Theatrical Release

Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Leaks Online After Being Pulled From Theatrical Release
Louis C.K.’s dark comedy “I Love You, Daddy” was released this week — but not in the way he had intended.

The comedian’s admission of past inappropriate sexual conduct prompted the film’s distributors to scrap release plans, and C.K. reportedly has been trying to buy back the rights. On Monday, a 1.5-gigabyte rip of “I Love You, Daddy” was uploaded to piracy sites, including the notorious (and resilient) Pirate Bay.

The leak, first reported by TorrentFreak, was perpetrated by the piracy group calling itself Hive-CM8, which claimed it was motivated to share “I Love You, Daddy” with the world given the uncertainty of its release.

The pirated copy evidently came from one of the awards screeners distributed by the Orchard, which had acquired the movie for $5 million before cancelling U.S. release plans following the New York Times’ report about C.K.’s having masturbated in front of multiple women. International distributors
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Donald Trump Claims He ‘Never Met’ Accusers Like People’s Natasha Stoynoff, But We Have the Photo

Donald Trump Claims He ‘Never Met’ Accusers Like People’s Natasha Stoynoff, But We Have the Photo
President Donald Trump claims he doesn’t know — and has never met — the multiple women who have accused him of sexual misconduct or assault. But People has the photo showing the magazine’s former correspondent Natasha Stoynoff with Trump at Mar-a-Lago on the same day that Stoynoff says he pushed her against the wall and forced a kiss on her mouth.

“Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I
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Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Leaks Online After Comic Buys Back Film

Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Leaks Online After Comic Buys Back Film
The latest trouble for Louis C.K.’s film “I Love You, Daddy”: The comedy-drama has been widely leaked on pirate torrent websites just days after the comic bought back the film from indie distributor The Orchard. The piracy group Hive-CM8, which has made headlines in 2015 when it dumped dozens of Oscar-contending films on torrent sites from press screener DVDs before their release, claimed responsibility for the leak. “We decided to let this one title go out this month, since it never made it to the cinema, and nobody knows if it ever will go to retail at all,” the group wrote.
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Tig Notaro: Louis C.K.’s Forced Departure from ‘One Mississippi’ Was ‘A Huge Relief’

Tig Notaro: Louis C.K.’s Forced Departure from ‘One Mississippi’ Was ‘A Huge Relief’
While promoting “One Mississippi” during an appearance on “The View,” star and co-creator Tig Notaro reflected on losing Louis C.K. as a series executive producer last month, a consequence for the sexually harassing behavior he admitted to following a New York Times investigation quoting five accusers.

“It’s a huge relief,” Notaro told the hosts on December 11, explaining that she learned of C.K.’s alleged behavior soon after she sold the series with him attached. “I started publicly trying to distance myself from him almost two years [ago].”

Read More:Tig Notaro Says the Only Positive of Louis C.K.’s Harassment is the ‘Victims Were Not Told They’re Lying’

On November 10, one day after the Times published their story — giving Notaro the last word — FX Networks and FX Productions cancelled its overall deal with C.K.’s production company, Pig Newton, Inc., meaning he would no longer oversee “Better Things,
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Tig Notaro: Louis C.K.’s Forced Departure from ‘One Mississippi’ Was ‘A Huge Relief’

Tig Notaro: Louis C.K.’s Forced Departure from ‘One Mississippi’ Was ‘A Huge Relief’
While promoting “One Mississippi” during an appearance on “The View,” star and co-creator Tig Notaro reflected on losing Louis C.K. as a series executive producer last month, a consequence for the sexually harassing behavior he admitted to following a New York Times investigation quoting five accusers.

“It’s a huge relief,” Notaro told the hosts on December 11, explaining that she learned of C.K.’s alleged behavior soon after she sold the series with him attached. “I started publicly trying to distance myself from him almost two years [ago].”

Read More:Tig Notaro Says the Only Positive of Louis C.K.’s Harassment is the ‘Victims Were Not Told They’re Lying’

On November 10, one day after the Times published their story — giving Notaro the last word — FX Networks and FX Productions cancelled its overall deal with C.K.’s production company, Pig Newton, Inc., meaning he would no longer oversee “Better Things,
See full article at Indiewire »
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