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    • WEINSTEIN EMPLOYEES RELEASE STATEMENT

      A group of Weinstein Company employees have issued a statement strongly condemning their former boss, the accused serial rapist and harasser Harvey Weinstein.

      In a statement to The New Yorker, staff members write that they were unaware of the assaults, but admit that they were in fact part of the problem.

      • The statement reads in part: "We came to work at this company because we love movies. We grew up watching Miramax films, and came to associate that name, and later the name Weinstein, with great storytelling.
      • "Some of us have been here for years, others for just for a few months. Some have been here since their first college internship, others joined the team after a rigorous application process. All of us were excited to get the job, proud to be working for a company with such an illustrious history."
      • The statement acknowledges Weinstein’s significant personality issues:
      • "We all knew that we were working for a man with an infamous temper. We did not know we were working for a serial sexual predator. We knew that our boss could be manipulative. We did not know that he used his power to systematically assault and silence women. We had an idea that he was a womanizer who had extra-marital affairs. We did not know he was a violent aggressor and alleged rapist.
      • "But to say that we are shocked and surprised only makes us part of the problem."
      • The statement goes on to request being freed from their NDAs so that they can be free to create a safe place to work:
      • "We know that in writing this we are in open breach of the non-disclosure agreements in our contracts. But our former boss is in open violation of his contract with us – the employees – to create a safe place for us to work.
      • "We have nothing to hide, and are as angry and baffled as you are at how Harvey’s behavior could continue for so long. We ask that the company let us out of our NDAs immediately – and do the same for all former Weinstein Company employees – so we may speak openly, and get to the origins of what happened here, and how.
      • "We unequivocally support all the women who have come forward, many of whom we count among our own friends and colleagues. Thank you for speaking out. When The New York Times and The New Yorker articles broke, we wept. We see you, we admire you, and we are in this fight alongside you."
      • Since The New York Times issued a bombshell October 5th report detailing Weinstein’s alleged harassment, assault and rape of women over several decades, more than 40 women have come forward with their personal stories of being verbally or physically attacked by him. Weinstein has been fired from his company and ousted from the Academy and Producers Guild of America.
      • His brother Bob Weinstein has also been accused of harassment.
      • Members of Hollywood’s A-List, including most recently Channing Tatum, are pulling out of projects with the company.
    • LINDSAY LOHAN SAYS 'MOST WOMEN IN AMERICA' DIDN'T CARE WHEN SHE WAS 'ABUSED'

      Lindsay Lohan has jumped on the trending #MeToo bandwagon, but in a most unusual way.

      On Wednesday night, Lohan shared an Instagram photo from the set of The Parent Trap, along with a long caption about the abuse she endured with ex-fiance Egor Tarabasov. She claimed that when she was "abused" no one cared.

      • "Whatever anyone says, I am FOR #womenempowerment as if most women in America cared how I was abused by my exfiancé… when not one person stood up for me while he was abusing me. You could only imagine what it feels like to come out as a #strongwoman BUT, acknowledge this, we all make our own choices and wake up in our own beds in the morning. I prefer to go to my home and wake up alone. #BESTRONG let us not blame anyone as #karma will always takes its toll."
      • That was the original caption, as captured by The Daily Mail. But then she changed it, softening the tone: "Whatever anyone says, I am FOR #womenempowerment #strongwoman #BESTRONG #karma will always takes its toll. #womensrights"
      • Last week, Lohan got blowback for defending accused rapist Harvey Weinstein in an Instagram story.
      • In August of 2016, the Daily Mail published photos of an altercation between Lohan and Tarabasov. The Mail interviewed her as well.
      • During the interview, Lohan made a series of disturbing comments: "There have been so many lies printed about me recently. I’ve kept quiet for so long but now I’m scared of what Egor might do to me and to himself. I realize now you can’t stay in a relationship just for love. No woman can be hit and stay with that person if that person isn’t prepared to say sorry."
    • IS ANNA FARIS DATING AGAIN AFTER CHRIS PRATT SPLIT?

      Anna Faris is getting back into the swing of things romantically following her split from Chris Pratt in August, according to multiple reports.

      Faris, 40, is allegedly seeing cinematographer Michael Barrett, 47. The pair met on the new film Overboard and have been spotted out and about since early September.

      • "Anna has been hanging out with Michael for weeks," a source tells People. "They were hanging out occasionally in September, but started seeing each other more frequently recently."
      • E! News reports two dinner dates at Modo Mio, an upscale Italian restaurant in L.A., while TMZ says the pair have also been spotted at Neptune’s Net in Malibu.
      • Faris recently told People that she and Pratt, who were married for eight years and share a 5-year-old son named Jack together, are "incredible friends."
    • LUPITA NYONG'O SPEAKS OUT ABOUT ENCOUNTERS WITH HARVEY WEINSTEIN

      Lupita Nyong’o adds her voice to the many women who have come forward about their encounter with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting or harassing over 30 women in recent weeks, with the abuse spanning decades.

      In a New York Times op-ed, Nyong’o revealed her own experiences with the producer. The Academy Award winner detailed instances in which she felt "unsafe" around Weinstein or felt that his behavior was "inappropriate and uncalled-for."

      The actress describes one instance in which Weinstein asked her for a massage, something that many of the producer’s accusers have recounted. She said his children were in the other room at the time.

      "Harvey led me into a bedroom – his bedroom – and announced that he wanted to give me a massage," Nyong’o wrote. "I thought he was joking at first. He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe. I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times."

      When Harvey tried to take off his pants, Lupita said she was comfortable and headed for the door, saying it was time for her to leave.

      Nyong’o saw Weinstein a few more times over the following years but one dinner stands out: "Before the starters arrived, he announced: "Let’s cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal." I was stunned. I told him I preferred to eat in the restaurant. He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing. He said he had dated Famous Actress X and Y and look where that had gotten them."

      After 12 Years a Slave came out in 2013, Weinsten approached Nyong’o and told her he had "treated me so badly in the past," she said. "He was ashamed of his actions and he promised to respect me moving forward. I said thank you and left it at that. But I made a quiet promise to myself to never ever work with Harvey Weinstein."

      "Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing. I speak up to make certain that this is not the kind of misconduct that deserves a second chance. I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence," she concluded the piece.

    • THE MOST PROFITABLE HOLLYWOOD ACTOR IS EMILIO ESTEVEZ (& BRAD PITT IS LEAST)

      Proving once again that truth is stranger than fiction, Emilio Estevez is the most profitable star in Hollywood.

      Analysts from PartyCasino, a unit of the GVC gaming group, studied box office data between 1980 and 2017 and determined that the Young Guns star delivered the most return for any male actor who has been featured in at least 10 movies.

      • The report found that for every $1 spent on Estevez’s films, he generated $6.70 at the box office.
      • Next up: Brad Pitt? The Rock? Nope!
      • Jean-Claude Van Damme came in second, bringing in $4.20 for every $1 spent. Next up were Mel Gibson with $3.50 and Tyler Perry and Dudley Moore tying at $3 for every $1 spent.
      • Pitt, meanwhile, brought in only 10 cents for every $1 spent, making him the least profitable actor, while Johnny Depp at 20 cents, Robert De Niro at 24 cents and Hugh Jackman at 25 cents also appear to be notably bad investments.
    • TRAILER FOR LOUIS C.K. MOVIE SPARKS WIDESPREAD DISGUST

      The Internet is not enamored with Louis C.K.’s controversial new movie I Love You, Daddy.

      The black-and-white comedy, co-written, directed and starring C.K. focuses on a famous TV writer (C.K.), his teen daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) and a writer-director (John Malkovich) who has a history of dating much-younger woman and has been dogged by rumors of rape.

      • The film caused a controversy when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, with many objecting to its stylistic allusions to controversial filmmaker Woody Allen, not to mention the subject matter that echoed the director's life.
      • Others pointed to rumors about C.K.’s allegedly inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment of female comics.
      • "It’s just a f—ing movie," C.K. told The Hollywood Reporter after its debut. "We’re depicting oxygen-rich people who live in these beautiful apartments and offices saying whatever they want. Folks say sh– to each other. You can’t think about the audience when you’re making the thing. If you do, you’re not giving them something that came out of your gut. You’ll be making something that you’re like, ‘Is this OK for you?’ And they say, ‘Yes, thank you.’ Mark Twain said something like, ‘You can’t say no one can eat steak just because the baby doesn’t have teeth yet.’"
      • Now, the trailer has landed and many media outlets, including Slate, Esquire and Paste, are noting that the timing makes its already problematic subject matter worse.
      • More than 40 women have recently accused Harvey Weinstein of rape and assault. Slate dubbed the trailer "icky" while Esquire opined "Now is not the time for this Louis C.K. movie."
      • Social media users were also up in arms. One wrote, "It’s honestly a bit shocking to see how tone deaf Louis C.K. is in 2017 because he was once a comedian ahead of the curve in so many ways," while another tweeted, "That uncomfortable moment when you start to discover that Louis C.K. is slowly becoming Woody Allen."
    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      REPORT: PRINCE HARRY INTRODUCES MEGHAN MARKLE TO THE QUEEN: Prince Harry took Meghan Markle to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday, according to a report in the Daily Mail. He reportedly staged a "deliberately informal" tea to put Markle at ease and make sure their meeting wasn’t "widely publicized." This report comes amid significant engagement buzz around the couple, and less than a month after the pair made their first joint official appearance together at the 2017 Invictus Games.

      MODEL INES RAU FIRST TRANSGENDER MODEL TO BE PLAYBOY PLAYMATE: For Playboy’s November 2017 issue, model Ines Rau will make her second appearance in the pages of the magazine, but this time she will grace the centerfold as its Playmate, the first transgender model to do so. Rau first graced Playboy’s pages in May 2014. She has also modeled for Vogue Italia and Balmain, among other brands. The magazine is also pushing forward with another first: to celebrate its founder, the late Hugh Hefner, the magazine will feature a man by himself for the first time on the cover of collector’s edition for November/December.

      BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER NICHOLAS BRENDON ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Nicholas Brendon, best known for his role as Xander Harris on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was arrested on felony domestic charges earlier this month. According to reports, he and his girlfriend got into a physical altercation at a bar in Palm Springs on October 11th. This is not Brendon’s first run-in with police. In 2015, he was arrested for choking a girlfriend during an argument and pled guilty to criminal mischief. He was arrested for vandalism in 2010 and property damage in 2014.

      MAYIM BIALIK APOLOGIZES FOR THIRD TIME FOR CONTROVERSIAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT OP-ED: Mayim Bialik is "truly sorry" for her op-ed in The New York Times. The Big Bang Theory star penned a piece titled "Mayim Bialik: Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World" in which she wrote that she makes "choices every day" that are "wise," such as dressing "modestly" and not acting "flirtatiously." The response was immediate, and after issuing lukewarm apologies, she took to Instagram Wednesday to share a statement which reads in part: "Let me say clearly and explicitly that I am very sorry. What you wear and how you behave does not provide any protection from assault, nor does the way you dress or act in any way make you responsible for being assaulted; you are never responsible for being assaulted."

      DANIELLE DARRIEUX DIES AT AGE 100: One of the grande dames of French cinema has died at age 100. Danielle Darrieux made more than 100 films over eight decades. She died at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France. She appeared in classic films such as La Ronde in 1950 and Le Rouge Et Le Noir in 1954. She also appeared in Hollywood and Broadway hits, including The Rage Of Paris with Douglas Fairbanks Jr in 1938; 1951’s Rich Young And Pretty for MGM; 5 Fingers with James Mason in 1952, and United ArtistsAlexander The Great with Richard Burton in 1956.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      MARK RUFFALO TO STAR IN HBO DRAMA: HBO is developing I Know This Much Is True, an eight-episode limited series starring and exec produced by Mark Ruffalo. Like HBO’s other recent Emmy-sweeping hit Big Little Lies, the show is based on a popular book of the same name. Wally Lamb published I Know This Much Is True in 1998 to great success, spurred on by the fact that it was an Oprah’s Book Club pick. The story follows a family exploring their American identity and follows the parallel lives of twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey through the second half of the 20th century. Ruffalo will play both roles. Derek Cianfrance is directing.

      JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME SEEMS KINDA RUSTY IN NEW TRAILER: Fans are getting their first glimpse of Jean-Claude Van Damme as an over-the-hill action star in Amazon’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson. In the show, he plays a 90’s action movie hunk who is attempting to return to the spotlight. "I used to be super famous," he explains. The concept is meta, with Van Damme playing Van Damme, except this Van Damme is using his acting career to disguise his true identity, which is really an agent known as Van Johnson. Huh? Sort it out when it lands on Amazon Prime on December 15th. Phylicia Rashad plays Van Johnson’s handler.

      EDDIE IZZARD JOINS THE CALL BACK: Eddie Izzard is set to star in The Call Back. Filming will commence on the Australian movie later this month in Adelaid. Izzard will play Henry, a British actor who is romancing an Australian restauranteur. French actress Vanessa Guide (The New Adventures of Aladdin), Emily Taheny (Get Krack!n) and Luke McKenzie (Wentworth) will also star.

      CASEY AFFLECK JOINS HORROR DRAMA TV SERIES: The Oscar-winning Alfonso Cuaron is teaming up with Oscar-winning Casey Affleck on an unnamed project that Deadline reports will be a horror series tracking the origins of a cult. Cuaron will write, direct and exec produce with Affleck starring and exec producing. This will be Affleck’s first foray into TV. The show is reportedly still being pitched a number of pay cable and streaming outlets.

      BRIAN OLIVER SIGNS ON TO PRODUCE WWII THRILLER: Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has snagged the rights to produce and develop The German Woman, a psychological spy-thriller set in WWII Germany. Sisters Hedre and Farin Ven penned the script, which follows the training of a trio of British secret agents sent behind enemy lines to pose as Nazi propaganda actresses, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While undercover, one agent becomes famous as Germany’s next "It girl," adding new layers of pressure and commitment to the operation.