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  • HARVEY WEINSTEIN'S VICTIM MIMI HALEYI WEEPS IN GRATITUDE AFTER GUILTY VERDICT

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    Mimi Haleyi's testimony helped get the Oscar-winning Harvey Weinstein convicted of criminal sex acts that could land him in jail for up to 29 years. Sentencing is set for March 11th, but for now, Haleyi tells CBS This Morning, she is satisfied.

    Haleyi said: "I was actually in a coffee shop and um when it kind of popped up on a screen from a friend. And I just sat down and I started crying and I had to go out into the street because I don't want to be crying in a coffee shop. It was just a huge sense of relief — just the relief that the jury got it, that they believed me and I was heard and um yeah, I was just grateful that they got it."

    She said that she believes it's a huge turning point for the culture at large, a notion that several other pundits echoed.

    Haleyi said: "I just think that we're being educated about the reality of sexual assault and sexual assault victims. It's not always just a stranger. It's very often somebody that the person knows, and with that comes an entire other layer of processing."

    President Donald Trump said of the conviction that it "sends a very strong message. He was a person I didn't like. The people that liked him were the Democrats. Michelle Obama loved him. Loved him. Hillary Clinton loved him."

    Trump was accused of sexual misconduct when he was a private citizen, but he has denied the allegations, and has not been charged.

    Weinstein was convicted of attacking her and Jessica Mann. All told, more than 80 women accused him of assault, and now he is facing four additional charges in L.A. His defense attorney Arthur Aidala told reporters that he was "flabbergasted" by the verdict. "He doesn't know how this happened."

    After his conviction, he was escorted to jail. On Monday, experiencing chest pains, he was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he is being observed as a "precautionary measure," according to reps. His doctors and the judge will decide when he is well enough to be released.

    AUDIO: MIMI HALEYI ON WEINSTEIN


  • PRODUCTION FOR 'MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE' SHUT DOWN OVER CORONAVIRUS FEARS

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    Production for the upcoming Mission: Impossible film has been put on hold due to a worldwide Coronavirus outbreak. A three-week shoot was set to take place in Venice, Italy, but due to a recent surge in Coronavirus cases, centered in northern Italy, Paramount pulled the plug. The number of confirmed cases has reached 229 in Italy alone, CNN reports.

    A spokesperson for the studio said: "Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7. During this hiatus we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves."

    Tom Cruise stars as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, but he was not yet reportedly in Italy when the decision was made. The film is scheduled for a July 23, 2021 release.



  • HANK AZARIA WILL NO LONGER VOICE 'RACIST' 'SIMPSONS' CHARACTER APU AFTER HOLLYWOOD BACKLASH

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    Hank Azaria will no longer voice The Simpsons character Apu after getting blowback for years. In a new interview with The New York Times, he admits that basing Apu on a racist Peter Sellers character in The Party, was a "blindspot." In the 1968 film, Sellers appears in brownface as an Indian actor.

    "There I am, joyfully basing a character on what was already considered quite upsetting."

    Speaking to Slashfilm at TCA, Azaria said he isn't sure how the show will move forward: "All we know there is I won't be doing the voice anymore, unless there's someway to transition it or something. What they're going to do with the character is their call. It's up to them and they haven't sorted it out yet. All we've agreed on is I won't do the voice anymore."

    Azaria told the Times: "Once I realized that that was the way this character was thought of, I just didn't want to participate in it anymore," he said. "It just didn't feel right." In a statement to the Times, the show said, "We respect Hank's journey in regard to Apu. We have granted his wish to no longer voice the character." But they left the door open: "Apu is beloved worldwide. We love him too. Stay tuned."

    In 2017, the long-simmering objections fans had boiled over when comedian Hari Kondabolu produced a documentary called The Problem With Apu. In it, he explored how the character of Apu affected South Asian actors and comedians as kids, and tackled the larger issue of South Asian representation in the modern media. Aziz Ansari and Kal Penn also appeared to discuss how they were affected.

    Kondabolu describes Apu as a "white guy doing an impression of a white guy making fun of my father."



  • PARIS HILTON SAYS BREAKING ENGAGEMENT WAS HER 'BEST' DECISION, REVEALS LINK TO QUEEN

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    Paris Hilton appears on the cover of Cosmopolitan U.K., and inside, she dishes on the best decision she's ever made in her life, and her unexpected link to the royal family.

    BEST DECISION

    Hilton reveals that her split from Chris Zylka was "the best decision I've ever made in my life."

    As fans will recall, Hilton and Zylka ended things in November of 2018, 10 months after he proposed to her with a $2 million engagement ring.

    Hilton tells Cosmo: "I just don't think he was the right person and I feel like I'm an incredible woman and I deserve someone so amazing. It just didn't feel right. I've worked way too hard to just give my life to someone. They have to be perfect."

    In recent months, Hilton has been linked to entrepreneur Carter Reum, but she says she's still single.

    She says: "With dating certain people, there's the risk of not trusting them and the fear that if I go out of town they might do something to embarrass me. I feel lucky now to not have that fear because I'm independent. It feels good to not have someone controlling me."

    Hilton appears to have trust issues. The 39-year-old says: "Especially in Los Angeles, because it's very hard to trust people. I'm very lucky to have my parents watching out for me and not letting any weirdos get near me."

    QUEEN

    The American royal says she is linked to British royal Queen Elizabeth. And yes, it has something to do with a psychic, because this is Paris: "They always say the best things. When I was a baby, a psychic told my grandmother that I was going to be one of the most famous and photographed women in the world one day. Other psychics have said I'm related to Marilyn Monroe and things like that. My mom just did one of those 23andMe DNA kits and I am related to Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth."



  • TWITTER HAS FEELINGS ABOUT 'BACHELOR' FOR SENIORS SEASON

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    Just when fans thought that Bachelor Nation couldn't get any bigger, they learned that ABC is casting for a new version of the show with "seniors looking for love."

    Reception on Twitter was immediate and effusive, with several tweeting out they were nominating their grandparents. Others opined that this would be perfect for would-be applicants in the "30-35 age bracket."

    For realz though, the powers that be stipulated that applicants should be "65+."

    One producer offered these clues on Instagram, writing: "Are you entering your golden years and looking for romance? The producers of The Bachelor are looking for active and outgoing single men and women in their golden for a new exciting dating show."



  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    PRESLEY GERBER PHOTOGRAPHED AT DRUG-TESTING FACILITY: Presley Gerber was spotted entering a drug-testing facility amid rumors that his parents Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber are increasingly concerned about him. The 20-year-old recently had the word "Misunderstood" tattooed on his face. Page Six reports that Gerber will complete his DUI program at the facility, and that girlfriend Cameron Rorrison dropped him off. He was arrested for a DUI on New Year's Day in 2019.

    KIM, KHLOE AND KOURTNEY SCRAP: Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian are not playing nice in our first look at season 18 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Last season, tensions ran higher, but it seems this time around, they're boiling over. In the clip, Khloe asks Kourt, "Why do you have to have an attitude?" Kourt replies: "Don't involve yourself in business that is not yours" Khloe retorts: "Then don't talk about it in front of me." Will you tune in for the return of KUWTK on Thursday, March 26 at 9 p.m. on E!?

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY SET FOR PRINCESS BEATRICE'S WEDDING: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will go to Princess Beatrice's wedding later this year, despite reports to the contrary, Page Six writes. Beatrice's wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi is set for May 29, and will take place at The Chapel Royal, St. James' Palace, followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace.

    EVA MENDES WANTS TO PLAY A DISNEY VILLAIN: Eva Mendes has a surprising dream role. She tells ET that one thing that would bring her back to acting would be an opportunity to play a Disney villain … for Esmerelda, 5, and Amada, 3, whom she shares with Ryan Gosling. She said: "Acting is something that I will always love. It's just like now that I have children, I'm kind of extreme. There's just so many things I won't do. Like I won't do most of the movies I've done in the past. A lot of things are off that list. I don't want to do anything too violent. Of course, I don't want to do anything too sexual or sexual at all. So I'm basically like, 'Disney, I'm all yours, Disney.' That's all that's left."

    TALLULAH WILLIS GETS ARM TATTOO REMOVED: Tallulah Willis has had her arm tattoo removed, explaining to a fan who asked on social media that it was an "impulsive" decision she made when she was 20. Rumer Willis also had tattoos removed in 2017.



  • INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:00:00 EST

    CATE BLANCHETT ON WHY TV IS PERFECT MEDIUM FOR STATELESS: Stateless premieres at Berlinale today (Wednesday), a culmination of a seven-year journey for Cate Blanchett. The Oscar-winner and U.N. ambassador for refugees came up with the idea for Stateless in 2013 after a conversation about immigration with writer Elise McCredie inspired her to tell the story of people caught in Australia's border control system. She believes that telling the story on TV will reach more people. Blanchett tells Deadline: "The wonderful benefit of streaming and streaming internationally is that stories that are made in one particular territory have a global reach and that was something that was very important to us that we weren't making a culturally hermetically sealed piece of work. Even though it takes place in Australia, the resonance is global. It's the perfect platform for it to be launching in Berlin." American audiences will see it later this year on Netflix.

    CHRIS EVANS IN TALKS TO STAR IN LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: Chris Evans is in talks to star in Little Shop of Horrors, a new big-screen take on the hit Broadway musical, with Greg Berlanti directing. Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton are also in talks, with Billy Porter signed on.

    AMC ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM DEAL WITH DISH/SLING: AMC Networks has announced a long-term distribution agreement with DISH Network and Sling TV that includes carriage of AMC Networks' AMC, BBC American, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and BBC World News, plus SVOD services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and Urban Movie Channel.

    BLIND GOES TO TIBERIUS: Oliver Fink's Tiberius Film has snapped up the rights to Blind, starring Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin, at Berlin's European Film Market. Blind follows the story of a writer who loses his wife and his eyesight in a car accident and rediscovers his passion for life when he finds love. Viva Bianca, Dylan McDermott and James McCaffrey also star.