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The Academy Announces New Code of Conduct for Oscar Voters

The Academy Announces New Code of Conduct for Oscar Voters
The governing board that presides over The Academy Awards is taking some big steps in the aftermath of the accusations against Harvey Weinstein and many others in the film industry. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson revealed in an email to Academy members on Thursday that the organization is moving forward with efforts to establish a code of conduct. Here's what she had to say in an excerpt from her email.

"Like you, the Academy's Board of Governors is concerned about sexual harassment and predatory behavior in the workplace, especially in our own industry. We believe our Academy has a role to play in fostering a safe and respectful atmosphere for the professionals who make motion pictures. To this end, we are taking steps to establish a code of conduct for our members, which will include a policy for evaluating alleged violations and determining if action regarding membership is warranted.
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Film Academy to Establish ‘Code of Conduct’ Following Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Two weeks after expelling Harvey Weinstein, leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are taking steps to set up a new code of conduct for its members.

Academy CEO Dawn Hudson detailed the moves in an email sent Thursday to members and said the board would take up the issue at its meetings in December and January.

“Like you, the Academy’s Board of Governors is concerned about sexual harassment and predatory behavior in the workplace, especially in our own industry,” she said. “We believe our Academy has a role to play in fostering a safe and respectful atmosphere for the professionals who make motion pictures. To this end, we are taking steps to establish a code of conduct for our members, which will include a policy for evaluating alleged violations and determining if action regarding membership is warranted.”

The Academy’s 54-member board voted on Oct. 14 to expel Weinstein,
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Harvey Weinstein Expelled from Motion Picture Academy

Harvey Weinstein Expelled from Motion Picture Academy
The hits just keep on coming for Harvey Weinstein, after a myriad of sexual assault and abuse allegations have come to light. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have released a statement revealing they have expelled Harvey Weinstein from the MPAA following these allegations. Here's the statement released by the MPAA, announcing Harvey Weinstein being expelled from the

"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What's at issue here is a
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BAFTA and Oscars board expel Harvey Weinstein

Simon Brew Oct 14, 2017

Harvey Weinstein has been kicked out of the Oscars, it's been confirmed.

As allegations continue to mount against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, it’s now been confirmed that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) – the organisation behind the Oscars – has followed BAFTA in Britain by expelling him from their organisation.

In a statement from The Academy, it confirmed that its board “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” to expel him.

Harvey Weinstein has faced accusations now from over 20 women of sexual assault over the past weeks, including an allegation of rape from Rose McGowan. McGowan has tirelessly campaigned – and taken a significant career hit – against sexual predators in the film industry. Her Twitter feed is continuing that campaign here.

Only one other person has ever been expelled from the Academy, and that was an actor, Carmine Caridi, who had apparently lent preview discs to a friend.
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After Booting Harvey Weinstein, Academy May Have to Confront Other Problematic Members

After Booting Harvey Weinstein, Academy May Have to Confront Other Problematic Members
In the wake of a slew of allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape that have emerged over the last 10 days, Harvey Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hosts and votes for the Oscars, with which he was virtually synonymous throughout his four decades in the business. Since its founding in 1927, the Academy has only previously expelled one other member: Carmine Caridi, an actor who violated policy against loaning out screeners.

Following complaints against Weinstein by dozens of women, calls for his expulsion by...
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Harvey Weinstein Kicked Out of Academy Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

Harvey Weinstein Kicked Out of Academy Following Sexual Abuse Allegations
Harvey Weinstein, one of the most prolific modern Oscar influencers, has been ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy,” the organization said in a statement on Saturday. “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that
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As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance

As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called an urgent board of governors meeting Saturday to decide what to do about one of their most storied members, Harvey Weinstein, who perhaps more than anyone in Hollywood today is identified with the Oscars.

This week the Weinstein Company’s ousted co-owner landed on the cover of Time Magazine after revelations in the New York Times, The New Yorker and beyond about his 30-odd years of bad behavior as an alleged sexual predator, abuser, harasser and rapist. His own brother Bob has gone on the record calling him “sick and depraved.”

While the London and New York police departments have opened up cases on Harvey Weinstein, he has yet to be arrested, charged, or indicted. The Producers Guild of America postponed a recent meeting to give them privacy in their deliberations over his ongoing membership. BAFTA suspended him. UK politicians urged
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As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance

As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called an urgent board of governors meeting Saturday to decide what to do about one of their most storied members, Harvey Weinstein, who perhaps more than anyone in Hollywood today is identified with the Oscars.

This week the Weinstein Company’s ousted co-owner landed on the cover of Time Magazine after revelations in the New York Times, The New Yorker and beyond about his 30-odd years of bad behavior as an alleged sexual predator, abuser, harasser and rapist. His own brother Bob has gone on the record calling him “sick and depraved.”

While the London and New York police departments have opened up cases on Harvey Weinstein, he has yet to be arrested, charged, or indicted. The Producers Guild of America postponed a recent meeting to give them privacy in their deliberations over his ongoing membership. BAFTA suspended him. UK politicians urged
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Harvey Weinstein: Academy Calls Emergency Meeting Amid Allegations

Harvey Weinstein: Academy Calls Emergency Meeting Amid Allegations
Update: The Academy announced Saturday that they would "immediately expel" Harvey Weinstein, adding that a vote by the 54-member board of governors was "well in excess of the required two-thirds majority," The New York Times reported. The move is a break in tradition for the Academy, which didn't take similar action in the aftermath of scandals involving Academy members like Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby.

"We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message
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Academy Censures Harvey Weinstein, Calls Board Meeting to Discuss Actions

Academy Censures Harvey Weinstein, Calls Board Meeting to Discuss Actions
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken the unusual step of releasing a statement on a member’s behavior. In addition to censuring Harvey Weinstein for what now seem like countless sexual assault allegations, the Academy opens the door to taking further actions.

The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents. The Board of Governors will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 14, to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy.”

– Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Read More:Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive

AMPAS has often been soft on its members’ peccadillos, famously awarding a 2003 directing Oscar to Roman Polanski for “The Pianist,” years after he had gone into exile in Europe in
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Academy Censures Harvey Weinstein, Calls Board Meeting to Discuss Actions

Academy Censures Harvey Weinstein, Calls Board Meeting to Discuss Actions
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken the unusual step of releasing a statement on a member’s behavior. In addition to censuring Harvey Weinstein for what now seem like countless sexual assault allegations, the Academy opens the door to taking further actions.

The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents. The Board of Governors will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 14, to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy.”

– Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Read More:Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive

AMPAS has often been soft on its members’ peccadillos, famously awarding a 2003 directing Oscar to Roman Polanski for “The Pianist,” years after he had gone into exile in Europe in
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The Godfather Actor Carmine Caridi Says He Was Thrown Out of the Academy for Sharing VHS Screeners

The Godfather Actor Carmine Caridi Says He Was Thrown Out of the Academy for Sharing VHS Screeners
Carmine Caridi, an actor best known for small parts in the last two films in The Godfather trilogy, opened up about why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled him over movie screeners in 2004.

Caridi, 83, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in an article published on Tuesday, about getting caught lending movie screeners sent by distributors to Academy voters for Oscar consideration.

“Let me tell you something,” Caridi says. “Everybody does it, Ok? I was doing a guy a favor and he screwed me.”

Then-mpaa chief Jack Valenti imposed a ban on all screeners to combat rising piracy issues,
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Great Job, Internet!: The only person ever ousted from the Academy opens up

In the 90 years since the International Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences was formed in 1927, only one of its many members (current population: 6,000) has ever been kicked out. His name is Carmine Caridi, and in this Oscar week, he gives his whole story to The Hollywood Reporter.

You might recognize Caridi from some character roles in the 1970s, when he appeared in sitcoms like Phyllis and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; dramas like Quincy, M.E. and Starsky And Hutch; and films from Car Wash to The Godfather Part II.

Valerie Harper and Carmine Caridi in Valerie (Photo: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images)

Offscreen, Caridi’s life was also filled with drama. He was originally cast as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, but when Paramount head Robert Evans ordered the cast shuffled around a bit, he lost the part. Afterward, “I was a dope addict ...
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Unorganized Crime: Mafia Dramedy Series with Chazz Palminteri Being Shopped

Deadline reports Chazz Palminteri and Kenny D’Aquila are shopping the Unorganized Crime TV show pilot to prospective buyers. The news outlet describes the half-hour project as a "mafia-themed comedic drama series."Written by Palminteri and D'Aquila, the pilot is based on the latter's play of the same name. The cast includes Palminteri, D’Aquila, Lainie Kazan, Alex Meneses, John Pankow, and, Carmine Caridi. Director Nick Vallelonga produced the pilot through Vallelonga Productions, with Ton of Hats' Mike Hatton and Mark Sherman.Read More…
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‘Unorganized Crime’ Mafia Comedic Drama Series Starring Chazz Palminteri Shopped

Chazz Palminteri and Kenny D'Aquila are shopping Unorganized Crime, a 30-minute presentation for a mafia-themed comedic drama series based on D’Aquila’s play. Palminteri and D'Aquila secured the financing for the presentation, which stars Palminteri as well as D'Aquila, Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Telenovela alumna Alex Meneses, John Pankow (Mad About You) and The Godfather actor Carmine Caridi. The play, a quirky mob-family comedy-drama, was staged in 2014…
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Interview: Imagen Award-Nominated Actress Alex Meneses of TV’s ‘Telenovela’

Chicago – The 2016 Imagen Awards will take place this Friday, Sept. 9. Founded by television legend Norman Lear, the Imagen Awards (“Eee-mah-hen”) encourage the entertainment industry to portray the Latino community in a positive light. One nominee, Best Supporting Actress for NBC’s “Telenovela,” is Alex Meneses.

Alexandra “Alex” Meneses is a Chicago native, from a Southside neighborhood – graduating from Mother McAuley High School – and has been a working actress since the mid-1990s. Her first major role was as Teresa Morales in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” and she had a recurring role as Brad Garrett’s girlfriend in “Everybody Loves Raymond.” She had film roles in “Selena,” “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas” and “Auto Focus.” In 2016, she joined the cast of “Telenovela” – as Isabela Santamaria – and is nominated at the Imagen Awards for Best Supporting Actress in her role for that show.

Actor and Chicago native Alex Meneses, on the
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Sex Kitten Turned Two-Time Oscar Nominee on TCM Tonight

Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret: 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy' proved that 'sex symbol' was a remarkable actress Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten to respected actress and two-time Oscar nominee, is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 13, '15. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, TCM is showing this evening the movies that earned Ann-Margret her Academy Award nods: Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Ken Russell's Tommy (1975). Written by Jules Feiffer, and starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, the downbeat – some have found it misogynistic; others have praised it for presenting American men as chauvinistic pigs – Carnal Knowledge is one of the precursors of “adult Hollywood moviemaking,” a rare species that, propelled by the success of disparate arthouse fare such as Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) and Costa-Gavras' Z, briefly flourished from
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Mark Wahlberg and Director Rupert Wyatt Team Up for The Gambler

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Mark Wahlberg and Director Rupert Wyatt Team Up for The Gambler
Mark Wahlberg and director Rupert Wyatt are in talks to join The Gambler remake at Paramount Pictures.

Last August, Todd Phillips signed on to direct, taking over for Martin Scorsese who had been attached to direct since August 2011. Leonardo DiCaprio was, at one point, attached to star, but he is no longer involved. Deals for both Mark Wahlberg and Rupert Wyatt are still coming together, and Rupert Wyatt does have an option on an untitled project at 20th Century Fox that he may still go ahead with.

James Caan starred in the original 1974 drama The Gambler, which followed a literature professor who is addicted to gambling and gets into hot water with some local gangsters. Paul Sorvino and Lauren Hutton co-starred in the film, which was directed by Karel Reisz.

William Monahan (The Departed) wrote the screenplay for the remake, with Irwin Winkler set to produce. No production schedule was given.
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Todd Phillips Set to Direct The Gambler

Todd Phillips Set to Direct The Gambler
Director Todd Phillips, who is set to go into production on The Hangover Part III soon, has lined up his first drama project with Paramount's remake of The Gambler.

We first reported on this project last August, when Martin Scorsese was attached to direct from a screenplay by William Monahan. The story centers a UCLA literature professor, who has a serious gambling addiction and gets in trouble with with gangsters. Our earlier report indicated that Leonardo DiCaprio was circling the lead role, but it isn't known if he is still involved.

Irwin Winkler, who produced the original, is back on board as a producer. It is believed that this could be Todd Phillips' next project after he wraps on The Hangover Part III, although that has not been confirmed.

The Gambler was released September 1974 and stars James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton, Morris Carnovsky, Jacqueline Brookes, Burt Young, Carmine Caridi,
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Martin Scorsese and William Monahan Team for The Gambler

Martin Scorsese and William Monahan Team for The Gambler
Don't get your panties in a bunch, Kenny Rogers fans! Director Martin Scorsese and writer William Monahan are remaking The Gambler. But rest assured, it's the 1974 drama from director Karel Reisz that starred James Caan as an English professor with a gambling problem. Not a reimagining of the great bearded one's time spent in the old west.

Leonardo DiCaprio is wanted for the lead role in this new version of The Gambler, though no deal is in place yet. Irwin Winkler, producer of the original, will be back to produce this new version as well.

William Monahan will base his screenplay on the short novel of the same name from Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The story finds this New York teacher so desperate to bet his meager wages that he ends up extorting money from his own mom and eventually has one of his students rig a basketball game.

Martin Scorsese is
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