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Film News: Midwest Independent Film Festival Announces 2017 Best of the Midwest Awards

Chicago – The votes were tallied – from internet surveys and the awards committee – and the Midwest Independent Film Festival “Best of the Midwest” (BMA) Awards were given out on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017. The Best Feature was “The View From Tall,” directed by Erica Weiss and Caitlin Parrish, the Best Actor was Michael Patrick Thornton (“The View From Tall”), and the Best Actress was Anne Sonneville (“Miriam is Going to Mars). The BMA Awards were hosted with a fine comic flair by Laroyce Hawkins (“Chicago Pd”) at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema.

Laroyce Hawkins hosts the BMA Awards on December 5th, 2017

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The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been recognized by Chicago Magazine in their “Best of Chicago” issue, and has become one of the top places for local filmmakers,
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The 'Today' Show's 11 Biggest Scandals: Matt Lauer's Firing, Kanye West's Epic Call-Out and More

The 'Today' Show's 11 Biggest Scandals: Matt Lauer's Firing, Kanye West's Epic Call-Out and More
Though news of Matt Lauer's shocking firing from the Today show last Wednesday over "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" rocked the nation, it's not the first time the NBC morning show has caused plenty of controversy.

From Lauer's testy interviews with Tom Cruise and Kanye West, to cringe-worthy on-air gaffes, let's take a look back at the show's nine most memorable scandals.

2005: Tom Cruise gets into heated debate with Lauer over antidepressants.

Tom Cruise appeared on the Today show in June of 2005 to promote War of the Worlds, but the interview quickly went south when the topic changed to Cruise's Scientologist beliefs. Lauer questioned Cruise about slamming Brooke Shields for promoting medication to deal with postpartum depression, prompting the actor to infamously call the Today show co-anchor "glib."

“The thing that I’m saying about Brooke is that there’s misinformation, Ok?" Cruise said. "And she doesn’t understand the history of psychiatry. She doesn’t
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Bachelor Nick Viall Is Dating Again After 'Unfortunate' Split from Vanessa Grimaldi

Bachelor Nick Viall Is Dating Again After 'Unfortunate' Split from Vanessa Grimaldi
Nick Viall is on the lookout for love.

Just over three months ago, the former Bachelor star confirmed his split from Vanessa Grimaldi — whom he met, fell in love with and got engaged to on his season 21 of The Bachelor — in a joint statement to People, in which the pair explained, “We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairytale ending we hoped for.”

Despite their ended engagement, Viall, 37, is on amicable terms with his ex-fiancée.

“It was unfortunate, but we wish each other the best. I certainly wish her the best,
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Film News: Midwest Independent Film Festival’s Best of the Midwest on Dec. 5, 2017

Chicago – On Tuesday, December 5th, the Midwest Independent Film Festival will award their 2017 “Best of the Midwest” honors with a ceremony at Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago at 7pm. Nominees include the feature films “Dave Made a Maze,” “Halfway,” “Signature Move,” “The Legend of Swee’ Pea” and “The View From Tall.”

Presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival

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The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been recognized by Chicago Magazine in their “Best of Chicago” issue, and has become one of the top places for local filmmakers, producers and actors to network in the city. The “Best of the Midwest” Awards has a number of TV & Film guests (click here) scheduled to attend.

The nominees for the 2017 “Best of the Midwest” Awards are as follows…
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Milo Ventimiglia Reveals the 'Really Nice' Personal Belonging That Was Used as a Prop on This Is Us

Milo Ventimiglia Reveals the 'Really Nice' Personal Belonging That Was Used as a Prop on This Is Us
Milo Ventimiglia is putting his personal touch on This Is Us.

The actor, who stars as family patriarch Jack Pearson on the hit NBC drama, sat down with Access Hollywood Live‘s Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover on Monday and revealed a personal belonging of his that made its way onto the series.

“You love cars, Jack Pearson loves cars, we know that,” Morales, 45, said to Ventimiglia, 40.

“And Jack Pearson even used my own — that was my car,” Ventimiglia admitted as a scene from the show played. “The Chevelle, that’s my car.”

According to Ventimiglia, his classic Chevelle — a
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Today Show: NBC Fires Matt Lauer Over Inappropriate Behavior Allegations

And the hits just keep on coming. NBC News has fired Matt Lauer, who has anchored Today (i.e. The Today Show) since January of 1997. According to reports, Lauer was terminated for behavior in violation of company standards. The network states it made the decision in the wake of an investigation spurred by a colleague's complaint. Today host Savannah Guthrie broke the news this morning, with her NBC colleague Hoda Kotb seated beside her at the anchor desk. Watch a clip, below. Al Roker, Carson Daly, Jenna Bush Hager, Natalie Morales, Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin, Willie Geist, and Dylan Dreyer also contribute to the NBC morning show. Read More…
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7 Times Matt Lauer Came Under Fire, From Sexual Harassment Accusations to Ann Curry Ousting (Photos)

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7 Times Matt Lauer Came Under Fire, From Sexual Harassment Accusations to Ann Curry Ousting (Photos)
Rumors of extramarital affairs dogged Lauer throughout his tenure on “Today,” with tabloid reports linking him to other members of the show, including Natalie Morales. In 2010, NBC News finally responded to the allegations, calling them “completely inaccurate and unfounded” and “reckless and harmful to the Lauer family.” Ann Curry was ousted from “Today” in 2012 as the show was losing ground to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and after she issued a tearful on-air goodbye Lauer was widely viewed as the reason for her departure. New York Magazine later reported that the two had a tense off-camera relationship, and though Curry.
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Former ‘Today’ Anchors Ann Curry, Natalie Morales Still “Processing” Lauer News

Former Today anchors Ann Curry and Natalie Morales have, more or less, weighed in on the sexual harassment allegations against the now-fired Matt Lauer, though neither is adding much to the emerging public portrait of their one-time colleague. In an interview with People that had been set up before the Lauer news broke today, Curry declined to go into specifics about Lauer — she said she is “still really processing” the information — but she did praise women who come…
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Ann Curry Is 'Still Processing' Matt Lauer Firing as Source Says Savannah Guthrie 'Took the News the Hardest'

Ann Curry Is 'Still Processing' Matt Lauer Firing as Source Says Savannah Guthrie 'Took the News the Hardest'
Matt Lauer's former Today co-anchor, Ann Curry, has spoken out about the news that Lauer was fired for alleged inappropriate sexual behavior.

In an interview with People, Curry revealed that she's "still really processing" Lauer's firing, but said that the actions taken by NBC News demonstrate that "the battle lines are now clear" regarding workplace conduct.

"The women's movement got us into the workplace, but it didn't make us safe once we got there. And the battle lines are now clear," she shared. "We need to move this revolution forward and make our workplaces safe. Corporate America is quite clearly failing to do so, and unless it does something to change that, we need to keep doing more ourselves."

“I admire the women who have been willing to speak up both anonymously and on the record. Those women need to keep their jobs, and all women need to be able to work, to be able to
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Matt Lauer Fired: A Look Back at His Past Scandals

Matt Lauer Fired: A Look Back at His Past Scandals
Today show fans were stunned on Wednesday morning, when co-anchor Savannah Guthrie announced that Matt Lauer had been fired from the long-running morning show for "inappropriate sexual behavior."

NBC News chairman Andy Lack also revealed in a letter to staff that Lauer had been accused by a female colleague of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," and after a "serious review," called Lauer's alleged actions a "clear violation of our company's standards." Lauer was then immediately fired.

"While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with a reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident," Lack wrote. "Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences no matter who the offender. We are deeply
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Former Today Anchor Natalie Morales Is 'in Shock' About Matt Lauer, Blasts Past 'Rumors'

Former Today Anchor Natalie Morales Is 'in Shock' About Matt Lauer, Blasts Past 'Rumors'
Like many others at NBC, former Today show anchor Natalie Morales is “shocked” at the news of Matt Lauer’s firing.

Morales, who worked alongside Lauer on Today before taking over for Billy Bush on Access Hollywood, addressed her former co-worker’s termination Wednesday morning for alleged inappropriate sexual behavior. The news anchor also made sure to focus the attention on the alleged victim instead of on past rumors about the nature of her relationship with Lauer.

“I woke up to the news like everyone this morning — just in shock. The Today show, of course, has been my family for
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‘Access Hollywood’ Reaffirms That Trump’s ‘Grab ‘Em by the P–y’ Tape Is Real (Video)

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‘Access Hollywood’ Reaffirms That Trump’s ‘Grab ‘Em by the P–y’ Tape Is Real (Video)
Access Hollywood” wants you to know that Donald Trump’s “Grab ‘em by the p—y” hot-mic audiotape is “very real,” despite what the President of the United States may be telling people these days. “We wanted to clear something up that has been reported across the media landscape. Let us make this perfectly clear — the tape is very real,” host Natalie Morales said on Monday’s show. “Remember, his excuse at the time was ‘locker-room talk.’ He said every one of those words.” Despite previously acknowledging his voice and comments, Trump has recently called into question the authenticity of that conversation on.
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Elizabeth Smart Opens Up on Triggers for Painful Memories: ‘I’ll See Something … and It’ll Take Me Back’

Elizabeth Smart Opens Up on Triggers for Painful Memories: ‘I’ll See Something … and It’ll Take Me Back’
By all accounts, Elizabeth Smart is doing remarkably well.

The 30-year-old is living a normal life — something that she never dreamed possible after she was kidnapped from her bedroom late one summer’s night in 2002 and brutalized by her captors, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, for nine months before being rescued.

Smart got married five and a half years ago. She lives in lives in Park City, Utah, with her husband, Matthew Gilmour, and her two children, Chloe, 2, and 8-month-old James.

But Smart still has moments where she remembers the trauma she endured as a teenager.

On Monday, she
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Joe Jackson Shares Rare Photo of Grandson Blanket and Posts Odd Video Message to the Teen

Joe Jackson had a strange but heartfelt message to give to his grandson, Blanket, who now goes by B.G. or Bigi, on Monday.

In a video shared to his Twitter account, the patriarch of the musically talented family directed a message toward the now 15-year-old son of the late Michael Jackson.

“Hello, Blanket! This is Joe Jackson,” the 89-year-old said. “Your health is… I don’t know what. You’re like your father. Now I understand why your father had you wear masks all the time ’cause news people was bothering him so much and he tried to disguise you as much as possible.
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Napa Valley Film Festival Honoree Nancy Meyers Lauds Women for Speaking Out

Napa Valley Film Festival Honoree Nancy Meyers Lauds Women for Speaking Out
Director/writer Nancy Meyers discussed the revelations of sexual assault coming almost daily out of Hollywood during a celebrity tribute to her at the Napa Valley Film Festival on Thursday.

“My mind is blown, I didn’t know,” Meyers said. “I really feel for these women and they are doing something amazing for all of us.”

She received the Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker Award. Others honored were Michael Shannon with the Trailblazer Award, Spotlight honoree Michael Stuhlbarg, Ian Somerhalder & Nikki Reed, who are receiving the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tribute, and Tessa Thompson, who will be honored with the Jcb Collection Trailblazer Tribute.

Hollywood is filled with people who say women got ahead because “she slept with someone, she’s his girlfriend,” Meyers said. The main reason she was left alone to direct was because of her former partner and husband Charles Shyer.

Meyers, who has helmed top comedies from “Private Benjamin” to “Something’s Gotta
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Grey’s Anatomy Amelia Shepherd Star Caterina Scorsone Made A Shocking Confession

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According to a new report from the folks over at Entertainment Weekly, actress Caterina Scorsone (above) who plays character Amelia Shepherd on ABC's his drama series "Grey's Anatomy" recently made a very shocking confession! She's currently claiming that a director named James Toback sexual harassed her. She revealed in a statement that the alleged crime happened about 17 years ago. She's joining other actresses that have come forward with sexual Harassment claims against James Toback. Some of them are: Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams, Julianne Moore and NBC host Natalie Morales. Entertainment Weekly says Toback denied all the claims and even issued a profanity-laced statement against his accusers to Rolling Stone. Caterina released a statement in response to Toback's denial on her official Instagram account. In it, she revealed that she remained silent all these years because she was encouraged to do so by "industry" people. She stated, "In response to James Toback
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Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales slams ‘vile’ James Toback over response to sexual harassment claims

Access Hollywood host Natalie Morales laid into director James Toback on television last night, slamming him for his response to allegations of sexual misconduct by what is said to be around 300 women. Morales issued a direct message to Toback, calling him “vile”. She said: “To suggest that nearly 300 women, including some big name stars like Julianne Moore and Rachel McAdams, are lying or just piling on…none of these women, and I can assure you, not one wants to admit to the humiliation and the degradation they say you subjected them to on that day you first approached them...read more
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Prince Michael Jackson Says His Siblings Share a ‘Pretty Strong Bond’ as Grandma Katherine Transfers Custody

Prince Michael Jackson Says His Siblings Share a ‘Pretty Strong Bond’ as Grandma Katherine Transfers Custody
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Nikki Bella Reveals She and John Cena Want a Black-Tie Wedding: 'It's a Massive Celebration'

Nikki Bella Reveals She and John Cena Want a Black-Tie Wedding: 'It's a Massive Celebration'
She is used to the bright lights and over-the-top world of wrestling, so Nikki Bella is not about to have a low key wedding.

The model and professional wrestler revealed more details about her upcoming wedding to John Cena on Access Hollywood Thursday, including the type of ceremony the couple will have.

“We want a black-tie wedding,” she said.

Nikki, who was accompanied by her sister Brie Bella, also shared where she got inspiration for a few of the things that would grace her wedding ceremony and party.

“When I saw Kate Moss’ champagne tower from her wedding, I was like,
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Watch: Tanya Thicke on Late Husband Alan's Unexpected Death — 'At One Point I Didn't Want to Live'

Watch: Tanya Thicke on Late Husband Alan's Unexpected Death — 'At One Point I Didn't Want to Live'
It’s been almost a year since Alan Thicke suddenly passed away, and his widow has relied on the comfort and support of family and close friends to pull her through.

Last December, Alan was playing a pickup hockey game with his youngest son, Carter, at a skating rink in Burbank, California, when he collapsed. He died of a “ruptured aorta”at the age of 69 in a hospital later that same day.

“We spoke that morning. He woke up that morning and kissed my leg. He used to kiss whatever body part was sticking out of the sheets,” Alan’s widow,
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