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Ben Affleck on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Knew He Was Sleazy’

Ben Affleck on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Knew He Was Sleazy’
Ben Affleck sat down Friday morning with Savannah Guthrie on the “Today” show, where he discussed the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, who was instrumental in launching his career.

Affleck, who is making the rounds to promote “Justice League,” told Guthrie, “I knew [Weinstein] was sleazy and kind of a bully, but unfortunately, that wasn’t that uncommon.” He explained that, as a 24-year-old newcomer to Hollywood who “had never made a movie,” he did not understand how the business worked and what behavior was deemed acceptable. Affleck shared his first Academy Award win with Matt Damon for their “Good Will Hunting” screenplay.

In addition to his breakout film “Good Will Hunting,” Affleck collaborated with Weinstein on several other movies, including “Shakespeare in Love,” which starred his former girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow — one of the many women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment.

He answered questions regarding the same subject during an appearance on “The Late Show” [link
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Stephen Colbert Confronts Ben Affleck on Sexual Misconduct Accusations, Harvey Weinstein

Stephen Colbert Confronts Ben Affleck on Sexual Misconduct Accusations, Harvey Weinstein
Stephen Colbert asked Ben Affleck about his past sexual misconduct – last month, the actor apologized for groping Hilarie Burton on camera in 2003 – and his reaction to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations on The Late Show on Thursday. Good Will Hunting, the film that launched Affleck to stardom, was released by Miramax, a company co-founded by Weinstein.

"What I was accused of by a woman was touching her breast while I gave her a hug," Affleck told Colbert. "I don't remember it, but I absolutely apologize for it. I certainly
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Ben Affleck Addresses Sexual Harassment Allegations With Stephen Colbert

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Ben Affleck was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his new film Justice League, when the host changed the subject to sexual harassment. Stephen Colbert Questions Ben Affleck About Sexual Harassment Allegations Affleck was caught off guard when Colbert brought up the fact that the actor’s breakout hit, Good Will Hunting, was produced by Harvey […]

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Ben Affleck Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations: ‘I Don't Remember It, I Don’t Think She’s Lying'

Ben Affleck Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations: ‘I Don't Remember It, I Don’t Think She’s Lying'
Ben Affleck got grilled by Stephen Colbert on Thursday's Late Show.

The Justice League star showed up on the late-night program to plug his new superhero movie, but ended up having to address the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Good Will Hunting producer Harvey Weinstein as well as sexual misconduct claims made against him by actress Hilarie Burton.

“This is a comedy show, correct?” the Oscar winner quipped, before agreeing with Colbert that the Weinstein scandal has launched a national conversation about sexual harassment and assault.

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“For me, it was awful to see the extent of these terrible crimes, and it was hideous,” Affleck said. “I haven’t worked for Harvey for more than 15 years, but nonetheless I felt this attachment. I did movies like Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love and Chasing Amy and some of the early movies that I really
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Ben Affleck Says He 'Supports' Harvey Weinstein Accuser Rose McGowan: 'I Admire Her Tenacity'

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Ben Affleck Says He 'Supports' Harvey Weinstein Accuser Rose McGowan: 'I Admire Her Tenacity'
Ben Affleck is lending his support to Rose McGowan after she accused the Argo actor of lying about his knowledge of Harvey Weinstein‘s history of sexual misconduct.

During an appearance on Today Friday morning, Affleck said he admires McGowan for speaking out about her experience with sexual harassment.

“I don’t really want to get into other people’s individual stories because I feel like those are their stories and they are entitled to tell as much or as little of those as they want,” he said. “I believe Rose, I support her, I really like and admire her
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Ben Affleck Addresses Claim He Groped Trl Host and Calls for Men to Take Accountability Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

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Ben Affleck Addresses Claim He Groped Trl Host and Calls for Men to Take Accountability Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims
Ben Affleck is hoping the onslaught of sexual harassment and assault allegations coming out against people like movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, director Brett Ratner, actor Kevin Spacey and even himself make men more accountable for their actions and more aware of the obstacles women have to face.

The 45-year-old Justice League star spoke out about the sexual misconduct scandals that have been making headlines in recent weeks during an appearance on Thursday’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, admitting that they have opened his eyes.

“I thought I had a sense of the scope of the problem and I
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Ben Affleck Gets Grilled Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Ben Affleck Gets Grilled Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Ben Affleck addressed the elephant in the room on The Late Show Thursday. After promoting his new movie, Justice League, Stephen Colbert from the commercial break and confessed he was a big fan of Affleck's 1997 Academy Award-winning drama Good Will Hunting, which the actor wrote and starred in with his best friend, Matt Damon. "Now, the person who made that film for you, the person who started your career, was Harvey Weinstein," he noted. Appearing nervous, Affleck asked, "This is a comedy show, correct?" "This is a comedy show, but we also talk about the subject of the moment, what the national conversation's about," the host reminded Affleck. "After the revelations—the...
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Lead Actor Oscar Race Is Battle of Marquee Names

Lead Actor Oscar Race Is Battle of Marquee Names
The lead actor race showcases a wide variety of performances, from vets playing real people (Gary Oldman blustering as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” and Jake Gyllenhaal as Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman in “Stronger”) to newcomers including Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) portraying fictional characters. There are also previous winners such as Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and and Daniel Day-Lewis and Tom Hanks in two films that have yet to screen, “Phantom Thread” and “The Post.” But the prestige behind their projects are enough to put the lead actors in a frontrunner position. Hugh Jackman has both “The Greatest Showman” and “Logan,” but appears to be centering on the latter for awards, and could land another nom. And James Franco channeling Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist” could just be crazy enough to pull off an upset. Then there’s Matt Damon, an Oscar winner
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Miramax Hires Paramount Executive Amy Mastriona (Exclusive)

Miramax Hires Paramount Executive Amy Mastriona (Exclusive)
Veteran Hollywood marketing executive Amy Mastriona has joined Miramax as executive vice president of film production, Variety has learned exclusively.

Mastriona comes to Miramax with a lengthy background in creative advertising and marketing from her tenure at Paramount Pictures, where she was an exec VP. Mastriona will be joining Miramax following its new focus toward growing its footprint with creative storytellers across a substantial production platform.

“Amy’s distinct skill set in creative advertising makes her a perfect selection to lead our decision making and development process,” CEO Bill Block said. “She understands the ever-changing audience base and will be instrumental in bringing Miramax’s production to a wide variety of global audiences. I couldn’t be happier to have Amy join the Miramax team and contribute in our mission to create high quality content.”

Mastriona joined Paramount in 2009 and has overseen the creative campaigns for more than 40 films, including the “Paranormal Activity,” “Transformers,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Star Trek” franchises, along with “Selma,” “Arrival,” and “Daddy’s Home.”
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Ben Affleck Will No Longer Profit From Weinstein Films: ‘Any Further Residuals Will Go to Rainn’

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Ben Affleck Will No Longer Profit From Weinstein Films: ‘Any Further Residuals Will Go to Rainn’
Ben Affleck told The Associated Press that he is “looking at [his] own behavior” in the wake of numerous sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood and is vowing to be “part of the solution.” One way the actor is planning to do so is by refusing to make any more money off the films he made with Harvey Weinstein. The former head of The Weinstein Company has been accused of sexual harassment and/or abuse by over 60 women. The disgraced studio head gave Affleck his early breakthrough after acquiring and releasing “Good Will Hunting,” which earned Affleck an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Read More:Ben Affleck Says Sexual Harassment Must Also Be a ‘Men’s Issue,’ Vows to Be ‘Part of the Solution’

Affleck said in an interview with Fox 5 DC that he will donate all future residuals from his Weinstein-funded movies to anti-sexual assault organization Rainn and Film Independent. Rainn
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Ben Affleck Pledges to Donate All Future Checks from Harvey Weinstein Movies to Charity

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Ben Affleck Pledges to Donate All Future Checks from Harvey Weinstein Movies to Charity
Ben Affleck is putting his money where his mouth is after pledging to be “part of the solution” in fighting sexual misconduct.

The Justice League star, 45, was asked about his friend Kevin Smith’s decision to donate all future profits from Harvey Weinstein-produced films to charity, and revealed that he would be following suit on Monday.

“It’s funny that you mention that,” Affleck told Fox 5 DC. “Once Kevin suggested that, I decided to do the same thing. So any further residuals that I get from a Miramax or a Weinstein movie will go either to F.I. or to Rainn.
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Ben Affleck Says He’ll Donate Residuals From Weinstein, Miramax Films to Charity

Ben Affleck Says He’ll Donate Residuals From Weinstein, Miramax Films to Charity
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that has sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, Ben Affleck said he decided to donate any further profits from a Miramax or Weinstein Co. film to charity.

In an interview with Fox 5 DC, Affleck said he would follow the lead of his friend Kevin Smith and donate the residuals of any of his Weinstein-backed films to Film Independent or to Rainn, an anti-sexual assault organization that runs the National Sexual Assault hotline.

“Once Kevin suggested that, I decided to do the same thing, so any further residuals that I get from a Miramax or a Weinstein movie will go either to Fi or to Rainn,” Affleck said. “I just didn’t want to cash any more checks from the guy, you know? Some people probably couldn’t afford to give all their residuals away, but even if you do 10%, that’s something.”

Weinstein has played
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Ben Affleck Joins Kevin Smith in Donating Weinstein Movie Profits to Charity

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Ben Affleck Joins Kevin Smith in Donating Weinstein Movie Profits to Charity
The Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal continues to ripple through Hollywood, but some are trying to do good under the circumstances. Kevin Smith, who made the majority of his early movies with Weinstein, recently announced that he is going to donate all future residuals he receives from those movies to charity. Now Ben Affleck, who worked with Kevin Smith frequently in the past, has revealed he's going to be doing the same thing.

Ben Affleck is currently promoting the upcoming release of Justice League. During a recent interview, he was asked about his thoughts on Kevin Smith, who produced Good Will Hunting and cast Affleck in movies like Chasing Amy and Mallrats, donating all of his Weinstein residuals. The actor then revealed that he's actually decided to do the same thing. Here's what he had to say about it.

"It's funny you mention that because once Kevin suggested that, I
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Ben Affleck Says Sexual Harassment Must Also Be a ‘Men’s Issue,’ Vows to Be ‘Part of the Solution’

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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 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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Ben Affleck Speaks Out Against Sexual Harassment Saying He Wants to Be ‘Part of the Solution’

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Ben Affleck Speaks Out Against Sexual Harassment Saying He Wants to Be ‘Part of the Solution’
During a Sunday interview with The Associated Press, Ben Affleck spoke out against sexual harassment and said he wants to be “part of the solution” moving forward.

Amid numerous allegations against multiple Hollywood power players — including producer Harvey Weinstein, director Brett Ratner and actor Kevin SpaceyAffleck, 45, said that in order to curb sexual harassment, “more women need to be pushed to power” and more men need to speak out against misconduct.

The Justice League actor said he has also been “looking at my own behavior and addressing that.”

Afleck’s comments come after the actor previously spoke out against
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Danny Elfman’s Score For Justice League Set To Drop On November 10

WaterTower Music is proud to announce the November 10 release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action adventure Justice League. The album features one of the industry’s most versatile and accomplished film composers, Danny Elfman, who is returning to score a DC Super Hero film for the first time since 1992’s Batman Returns.

While bringing his celebrated and unique approach to the Justice League score, Elfman also gives DC fans some special familiar moments. Utilizing memorable character themes to tell the musical story, he incorporates and re-interprets iconic music from past films, including John WilliamsSuperman theme, Hans Zimmer’s Wonder Woman theme, and his own Batman theme. “I’m using the same thematic material that I used back then,” Elfman told Billboard Magazine. “It never actually went away. We’ve got these iconic bits from our past and that’s part of us, that’s part of our heritage.
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Lady Bird Isn't Based on Greta Gerwig's Life, but Is Rooted in It

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Image Source: Getty / C Flanigan Lady Bird was written by Greta Gerwig, and it's also the first film the actor/filmmaker has directed, so it wouldn't be strange to assume it comes from her life. Giving the subject matter a closer look - the life of a teenage girl going to Catholic school in Sacramento, CA, and graduating in the year 2002 - you'd be more convinced it was based on her life, as she also grew up in Sacramento and graduated from Catholic school around the same time. However, the character called Lady Bird (played by Saoirse Ronan) isn't based on Gerwig, and, in fact, when I chatted with her about the film recently, she talked about how starkly different the real teenage Greta was from the film's lead character. Still, a lot of the film came from Gerwig's life and upbringing - keep reading to find out what, plus
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017

What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017
November may mean the end of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that the creepy fun has to end as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to add some freaky films to November’s list of streaming content.

Netflix will start the month off with films like “Oculus” and “Silent Hill” for fans of big scares and “Casper” and “Scary Movie” for those who looking for a milder way to keep the Halloween spirit alive, and will also add in “9” and “Piranha” later in the month. For those who would rather leave the October spookiness behind, science fiction comedies like “Chappie” and “Men in Black” or family-friendly films like “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Boss Baby” should make for fun movie nights.

Hulu will also keep the frights coming with offerings like “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Beowulf,” but will also get a headstart on the winter holiday season with “Christmas with the Cranks,” Happy Christmas,” and collection
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With ‘Suburbicon,’ George Clooney’s Box Office Struggles Continue

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With ‘Suburbicon,’ George Clooney’s Box Office Struggles Continue
With three Golden Globes and two Oscars, George Clooney is undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s most successful A-listers. But that success hasn’t extended to his career as a director, as the weak opening for his latest film, “Suburbicon,” continues what has been a lackluster record at the box office for his movies. “Suburbicon” made only $2.7 million this weekend from just over 2,000 screens, making it one of the lowest openings for lead star Matt Damon since his breakthrough performance in “Good Will Hunting.” Paramount paid $10 million for distribution rights, with Black Bear Pictures financing. “Obviously, we are disappointed in these.
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Britannia Honorees Come From Both Sides of the Pond

This year, BAFTA Los Angeles is partnering with IGN to bring the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards to viewers all around the country! The livestream of this year’s ceremony, which will honor Aziz Ansari, Kenneth Branagh, Matt Damon, Ava DuVernay, Claire Foy, and Dick Van Dyke, will begin at 8:15pm Pt on Oct. 27.

Aziz Ansari

Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy

The Britannia Award is the latest kudo for Aziz Ansari, co-creator and star of Netflix laffer “Master of None.” The award “recognizes talent whose popularity and cultural impact exemplifies the uniquely transcendent quality of excellent comedy.”

“[Ansari’s] recent streak of ground-breaking work makes him a deserving recipient,” says BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen. “Aziz’s thoughtful and intelligent humor seamlessly traverses cultural and national boundaries.” Ansari’s “Master of None,” which he created with Alan Yang, has won the Emmy Award for comedy writing two years in a row, in addition
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