• Helen Mirren: 'Men exposed themselves to me once a week'
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    Helen Mirren: 'Men exposed themselves to me once a week'

    The British star, 72, made the shocking statement in an interview with NBC's Sunday Today in which she addressed the numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. Mirren revealed that she herself had not had such experiences in Hollywood deeming herself “too old” to have been the focus of such intentions, however she did state she had to put up with advances as a young woman in England. “I came to Hollywood in my 30s,” she said.

  • The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre, London, review: Zoe Wanamaker and Peter Wight are superb
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    The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre, London, review: Zoe Wanamaker and Peter Wight are superb

    It's coming up for 60 years since the London premiere of this Pinter play notoriously sent the daily critics into an orgy of incomprehension and derision that closed the show in a week (“What all this means only Mr Pinter knows,” opined one reviewer, “for his characters speak in non-sequiturs, half-gibberish and lunatic ravings.”). Ian Rickson marks the anniversary – in the theatre that was renamed in the author's honour – with this starry, meticulous, beautifully considered revival which demonstrates the play's undiminished power to disconcert.

  • Colin Firth: 'I would not work with Woody Allen again'
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    Colin Firth: 'I would not work with Woody Allen again'

    As the #MeToo movement has picked up momentum, a growing number of actors have spoken publicly about regretting their decision to work with controversial filmmaker Woody Allen. Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has alleged on numerous occasions that the directed sexually assaulted her many years ago, accusations that have been denied. Firth has previously spoken in support of the #MeToo movement.

  • Royal Shakespeare Company's co-founder John Barton, dies aged 89
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    Royal Shakespeare Company's co-founder John Barton, dies aged 89

    John Barton, the co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died aged 89. Sir Patrick Stewart said it was with "great sadness" that he learned of Mr Barton's death. Barton had worked with the company since he founded the RSC with the late Sir Peter Hall in 1960.

  • Le Jeune Homme et la Mort/ La Sylphide, English National Ballet, London Coliseum, review: Ivan Vasiliev is very starry guest for this ballet
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    Le Jeune Homme et la Mort/ La Sylphide, English National Ballet, London Coliseum, review: Ivan Vasiliev is very starry guest for this ballet

    English National Ballet’s double bill is an evening of fatal glamour. The company first unveiled its new production of La Sylphide alongside Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth. For the second part of its London season, the sylph sits alongside Roland Petit's Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, in which Tamara Rojo’s Death takes voluptuous pleasure in tormenting Ivan Vasiliev’s self-destructive artist.

  • Woody Allen accuses Dylan Farrow of 'cynically using' the Time's Up and #MeToo movements to attack him
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    Woody Allen accuses Dylan Farrow of 'cynically using' the Time's Up and #MeToo movements to attack him

    Controversial filmmaker Woody Allen has denied resurfaced sexual assault claims made by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. The 32-year-old went on to detail the alleged assault, saying: “I was taken to a small attic crawlspace in my mother’s country house in Connecticut by my father. Allen has since responded to the allegations once more, accusing ex-wife and Dylan’s mother Mia Farrow of "relentlessly coaching" her into thinking he was a "dangerous sexual predator”.

  • Piers Morgan mocked for Big Narstie impression on Good Morning Britain
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    Piers Morgan mocked for Big Narstie impression on Good Morning Britain

    Piers Morgan’s impression of much-loved grime artist Big Narstie has left viewers less than impressed. The controversial presenter has been lambasted as “cringe” and “embarrassing” for trying to emulate the London rapper’s weather forecast segment on Good Morning Britain. Morgan, who presents the ITV show, tried to mimic Big Narstie’s Brixton twang but wound up sounding Scottish instead.

  • All's Well That Ends Well, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: You look at 'All's Well' with new eyes
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    All's Well That Ends Well, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: You look at 'All's Well' with new eyes

    The publicity proclaims that director Caroline Byrne is bringing “this dark, twisted and dangerous interpretation of All's Well That Ends Well to the candle-lit intimacy of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse”. Byrne's production is vividly alive to all the tensions and discrepancies and also to where some of these might be resolved. The heroine, Helena, was hailed as a prototype of the New Woman by George Bernard Shaw – an intelligent, resourceful female saddled with a man whose selfish conventionality is in mean contrast to her own noble nature.

  • Harvey Weinstein tried to delete list of women's names titled 'HW friends' hours before downfall
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    Harvey Weinstein tried to delete list of women's names titled 'HW friends' hours before downfall

    Harvey Weinstein’s downfall following the now-famous New York Times exposé has been well documented online. According to a new report from Vanity Fair, Weinstein was trying to tie-up loose ends at the Weinstein Company headquarters before the NYT piece was published. Vanity Fair notes: after allegedly seeing the file, there’s nothing that suggests Weinstein behaved inappropriately towards the woman on the list.

  • Carey Mulligan says she's 'fed up' of only playing wives or girlfriends
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    Carey Mulligan says she's 'fed up' of only playing wives or girlfriends

    Carey Mulligan spoke to the BBC ahead of her new series Collateral, explaining that it’s only on the small screen that actresses can largely hope to play a “fully rounded, flawed, interesting person”.

  • Dylan Farrow to discuss her Woody Allen sexual assault claims on TV: 'Why shouldn't I feel some sort of outrage?'
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    Dylan Farrow to discuss her Woody Allen sexual assault claims on TV: 'Why shouldn't I feel some sort of outrage?'

    Woody Allen’s adopted daughter has said she feels "outrage" after what she described as “years of being ignored, disbelieved and tossed aside”. Dylan Farrow said she was “hurt” and “angry” in an extract of what is her first ever TV interview. The acclaimed director has always denied the allegations and claims they were fabricated by his former partner and Dylan's mother, Mia Farrow.

  • Fire and Fury: Michael Wolff's bombshell Trump book to become TV show
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    Fire and Fury: Michael Wolff's bombshell Trump book to become TV show

    Michael Wolff's divisive book on the Trump administration Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House will get the TV treatment. The news was announced on Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter. Endeavor Content - the partnership between William Morris Endeavor and IMG - bought the rights to Wolff's tell-all.

  • Britannia release date: When can you stream 'the new Game of Thrones' and what is it about?
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    Britannia release date: When can you stream 'the new Game of Thrones' and what is it about?

    Game of Thrones fans rejoice: Britannia might be just the thing you need to hold you over until the final season in 2019. While there isn't much to connect plot points, it looks like it could match the drama of Game of Thrones. Plus, fans who are waiting for Amazon's Lord of The Rings TV series will have something to occupy themselves with until it premieres.

  • Keira Knightley avoids modern-day films because the female characters 'nearly always get raped'
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    Keira Knightley avoids modern-day films because the female characters 'nearly always get raped'

    Keira Knightley's affectation for period dramas, as it turns out, runs much deeper than you might think. The actor was speaking to Variety about her latest role in Wash Westmoreland's Colette, a hot tip for this year's Sundance Film Festival, which sees her star as the revolutionary French writer, best known for her novella Gigi, who challenged sexual norms while coping with an exploitative relationship with her husband (played by Dominic West), who passed her work off as his own. "I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed, whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces.

  • How Grayson Perry is taking on America: 'People want to be provoked, but not catastrophically'
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    How Grayson Perry is taking on America: 'People want to be provoked, but not catastrophically'

    Grayson Perry in a golf buggy, whizzing past polo fields, luxury homes and beach clubs – but here he is, revelling in the relaxed ambience of the 425-acre private residential resort of Windsor, Florida, where his most important American show of 2018 opens this week. On that account Windsor delivers.” But when I suggest that this is an American vision of Eden, Grayson can’t resist poking gentle fun. Grayson is fresh from his triumph at the Serpentine Galleries in London, where his aptly titled The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! had people queueing round the block.

  • Logan Paul: YouTube star says he deserves a second chance after showing dead body in video
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    Logan Paul: YouTube star says he deserves a second chance after showing dead body in video

    YouTube star Logan Paul believes he deserves a second chance two weeks after posting a video of a dead body on his channel. People on social media were not thrilled with Paul's assumption that he'd get a second chance.

  • Alec Baldwin criticises 'unfair and sad' Woody Allen rejection: 'Working with him was a privilege'
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    Alec Baldwin criticises 'unfair and sad' Woody Allen rejection: 'Working with him was a privilege'

    Alec Baldwin has criticised the decision of several actors to express their regret over working with Woody Allen. Attention has turned to the writer-director as the #MeToo movement has gained momentum in Hollywood with some shedding light on the accusations made against Allen - who denied them all - by adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow which date back to 1992. Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed.

  • Timothée Chalamet donates Woody Allen salary to Time's Up fund
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    Timothée Chalamet donates Woody Allen salary to Time's Up fund

    Timothée Chalamet has announced he will be donating his salary from an upcoming Woody Allen film to Time’s Up, a fund set up to combat sexual harassment and inequality in entertainment and beyond. The 22-year-old — who was celebrated around the world for his role in Call Me By Your Name — worked with the controversial director on A Rainy Day in New York, which co-stars Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, and Diego Luna. "I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer,” Chalamet wrote on Instagram, adding that contractual obligations prevented him answering the question directly.

  • Resolution, The Place, London, review: Part of Britain’s dance ecosystem
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    Resolution, The Place, London, review: Part of Britain’s dance ecosystem

    Resolution is an important part of Britain’s dance ecosystem. Now in its 29th year, this platform for new contemporary dance, hosted by London venue The Place, has been an early step in so many careers, from Wayne McGregor and ZooNation’s Kate Prince to Hofesh Schecter and Tony Adigun. Any given Resolution night is a lucky dip.

  • Why is it OK to copy great paintings, but not to fake them?
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    Why is it OK to copy great paintings, but not to fake them?

    Last week Tate Modern got a bit of a shock. Luckily, a voice of authority – one of the show’s co-curators – calmly assured us that all the works on display had appeared in the standard catalogue raisonnée of 1972.

  • Strangers in Between, Trafalgar Studios, London, review: Adam Spreadbury-Maher's beautifully cast production well deserves this transfer
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    Strangers in Between, Trafalgar Studios, London, review: Adam Spreadbury-Maher's beautifully cast production well deserves this transfer

    This three-hander by the award-winning dramatist Australian playwright, Tommy Murphy, arrives in the West End, having had a successful run at the King's Head Theatre in Islington. Catching up with it now, I'm glad to vouch that Adam Spreadbury-Maher's beautifully cast production well deserves this transfer. The piece is set in Sydney's King's Cross area (roughly equivalent to Soho) where the sixteen year old Shane, in flight from his rural hometown of Goulburn and lying about his age, has fetched up and secured himself a job in a bottlo (off-license).

  • The Post: Steven Spielberg film banned in Lebanon
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    The Post: Steven Spielberg film banned in Lebanon

    Lebanon has banned Steven Spielberg's The Post, days before it was set to premiere in Beirut. A source involved in the film's international distribution told The Hollywood Reporter that it was presented to the Lebanese censorship board, who banned it citing a "boycott Israel" list that includes Spielberg's name, due to his Oscar-winning Holocaust film Schindler's List, which shot some scenes in Jerusalem.

  • Sharon Stone laughs heartbreakingly when asked whether she's experienced sexual harassment: 'I've been in this business for 40 years'
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    Sharon Stone laughs heartbreakingly when asked whether she's experienced sexual harassment: 'I've been in this business for 40 years'

    Sharon Stone is being praised for her response to being asked whether she's been the victim of sexual harassment during an interview. In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to have followed several Hollywood stars' experiences of sexual misconduct, many actors are getting asked about their own experiences which is leading to some eye-opening responses. It was here where Stone laid it down as plainly as she could.

  • True Lies stuntman dropped by agent after Eliza Dushku accuses him of molesting her as a 12-year-old
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    True Lies stuntman dropped by agent after Eliza Dushku accuses him of molesting her as a 12-year-old

    Famed stuntman Joel Kramer has been dropped by his agency, Worldwide Production Agency, after Eliza Dushku accused him of molesting her on the set of 1994’s True Lies, when she was 12 and he was 36. “WPA has elected to part ways with Joel Kramer based on the allegations of misconduct now being reported. Such behaviour is unacceptable and entirely at odds with the standards of conduct we demand of ourselves, and expect from our clients,” the agency’s president and general counsel Richard Caleel told Deadline in a statement.

  • 'I am not fooled': Catherine Deneuve blasts conservatives 'strategically' supporting her #MeToo stance
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    'I am not fooled': Catherine Deneuve blasts conservatives 'strategically' supporting her #MeToo stance

    Catherine Deneuve has responded to the fallout caused by the open letter she and 99 other prominent female creatives signed in Le Monde criticising the #MeToo movement. "I want to say to conservatives, racists and traditionalists of all kinds who have found it strategic to support me, I am not fooled.