• 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.

  • Liam Neeson calls allegations against Dustin Hoffman 'childhood stuff'
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    Liam Neeson calls allegations against Dustin Hoffman 'childhood stuff'

    Liam Neeson was supposed to be the good guy on the Late Late Show. When he was asked about #MeToo movement, his first response was to refer to the exposure of men abusing their power in Hollywood as "a bit of a witch hunt". “There's some famous people suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee, and suddenly they're being dropped from their programme," he said, referring to the dismissal last year of US radio host Garrison Keillor.

  • Rebecca Hall donates salary from Woody Allen film to Time’s Up campaign
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    Rebecca Hall donates salary from Woody Allen film to Time’s Up campaign

    Actress Rebecca Hall has said she has donated her 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. Hall, who appears in the upcoming film Allen film A Rainy Day in New York, explained that she made the decision after reading statements from Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. “My actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed,” Hall wrote on Instagram.

  • Stormy Daniels: Everything you need to know about Trump's alleged porn star mistress
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    Stormy Daniels: Everything you need to know about Trump's alleged porn star mistress

    ​Donald Trump’s attorney reportedly arranged a $130,000 (£95,000) payment to a former porn star as part of a deal to silence her about an alleged sexual encounter with Mr Trump. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Michael Cohen arranged the payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in October 2016 on the condition that she signed a non-disclosure agreement.

  • Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Royal Court, London, review: A well-judged revival
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    Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Royal Court, London, review: A well-judged revival

    This touring Out of Joint production has had a bumpy passage to the Royal Court stage. In the post-Weinstein, #MeToo environment, artistic director Vicky Featherstone has admirably led the way in encouraging people to come forward with stories of sexual harassment and abuses of power within the theatre industry. How, so the thinking went, could a venue that has drawn up a code to protect workers from such ill-treatment showcase this 1982 play in which two teenage schoolgirls are groomed by the 27 year old married Bob who drives them home after they have been baby-sitting his children and engages in double sex-sessions with them in his car.

  • Oscar winner Mira Sorvino says she's sorry for working with Woody Allen
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    Oscar winner Mira Sorvino says she's sorry for working with Woody Allen

    Mira Sorvino has written an open letter to express her regret over working with Woody Allen, and to voice her support for Dylan Farrow, the director's estranged adopted daughter who accused him of sexual abuse. Sorvino won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Linda Ash in Allen's 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite, making her especially tied to the complex legacy of Allen's work. "I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress," Sorvino wrote in The Huffington Post.

  • Rebekah Shelton not dead: Transgender Big Brother star previously known as Rodrigo Lopes refutes death story prompted by her own Twitter account
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    Rebekah Shelton not dead: Transgender Big Brother star previously known as Rodrigo Lopes refutes death story prompted by her own Twitter account

    Transgender Big Brother contestant Rebekah Shelton has refuted reports she is dead after a post on her own Twitter account had reported her death. "Hi everyone - I just want to kindly ask, please stop spreading the news that I'm dead because obviously I'm not," she said. "I've been through hell today because someone used my Twitter account to write that stupid status about me.

  • Steven Spielberg supports Oprah Winfrey for US president 2020
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    Steven Spielberg supports Oprah Winfrey for US president 2020

    In this Trumpian world, where literally anyone or any inanimate object would be better than the current president, people have turned to a wide range of individuals for salvation. Specifically, Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech was so refreshingly sensible compared to the current ramblings pouring out of the White House, that the media mogul’s words sounded like the most presidential thing people had heard in months. Winfrey would certainly have her legion of backers, with reports saying the star was “actively considering” putting herself forward as a Democratic candidate.

  • Millennials watching ‘Friends’ on Netflix shocked by storylines ​
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    Millennials watching ‘Friends’ on Netflix shocked by storylines ​

    Millennials watching Friends on Netflix have expressed reservations about the popular sitcom’s storylines, describing it as transphobic, homophobic and sexist.

  • Connie Britton: Actress defends 'Poverty is sexist' sweater worn to Golden Globes
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    Connie Britton: Actress defends 'Poverty is sexist' sweater worn to Golden Globes

    Connie Britton is standing by the "Poverty is sexist" sweater she wore to the Golden Globes - after the $380 price tag raised eyebrows. The Beatriz At Dinner actress received social media backlash for the cost of the garment, but commenters were soon schooled by other Twitter users who brought up the harsh "truths" about the ethics of most items of clothing.

  • James Franco accused of sexually exploitative behaviour by five women
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    James Franco accused of sexually exploitative behaviour by five women

    James Franco has been accused of sexually exploitative behaviour, just days after denying accusations on two American late-night shows and wearing a Time’s Up pin at the Golden Globes. Published in the Los Angeles Times, the report details five women’s alleged experiences with The Disaster Artist star, including four of Franco’s students and one who saw him as a mentor.

  • Emma Watson says she has experienced 'full spectrum' of sexual harassment in Hollywood
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    Emma Watson says she has experienced 'full spectrum' of sexual harassment in Hollywood

    Emma Watson has spoken candidly about the sexual harassment she has faced in Hollywood. “It’s amazing because I have experienced the full spectrum [of harassment],” she told the publication while on the red carpet. “The statistics around – even in the United Kingdom – women between the ages of 18 to 24, just huge, huge, huge numbers say that they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

  • My Mum's A Twat, Royal Court, London, review: An invigorating debut
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    My Mum's A Twat, Royal Court, London, review: An invigorating debut

    The Royal Court casts its nets wide in the search for new talent – its international department is unrivalled in scope and fertility – but it hasn't had to look far for this latest piece. Anoushka Warden is the theatre's Head of Press and Publicity and the unhesitantly titled My Mum's A Twat is her debut play. A pleasure to report, then, that this one-woman show, starring Patsy Ferran and co-directed by Vicky Featherstone and Jude Christian, is a real winner.

  • Song of the Earth/La Sylphide, English National Ballet, London Coliseum, review: Tamara Rojo is technically impressive but oddly remote
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    Song of the Earth/La Sylphide, English National Ballet, London Coliseum, review: Tamara Rojo is technically impressive but oddly remote

    From dark-toned grandeur to airy grace: English National Ballet’s double bill is a substantial pairing of Song of the Earth, Kenneth MacMillan’s staging of Mahler, with the floating Romantic ballet La Sylphide. Song of the Earth, revived in tribute to the 25th anniversary of MacMillan’s death, is both spare and weighty. Nicholas Georgiadis dresses the dancers in simple costumes, while MacMillan responds to the detail of the words or moves wider to create more abstract images.

  • Men should be 'free to hit on' women, 100 prominent female French creatives say
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    Men should be 'free to hit on' women, 100 prominent female French creatives say

    Oscar-nominated French actor Catherine Deneuve is leading a group of 100 prominent women with an alternative take on the scandal that started with Harvey Weinstein before flooding Hollywood and beyond; specifically, how the allegations vary in nature and severity.

  • James Franco responds to sexual misconduct allegations on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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    James Franco responds to sexual misconduct allegations on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    James Franco has addressed allegations made against him in the wake of the Golden Globes during an interview with Stephen Colbert. The pair chatted buoyantly about the actor-director's latest movie, The Disaster Artist, which earned him a Best Actor award on Sunday night, before turning to the very serious claims of sexual misconduct that filtered out the next morning after it was asserted by some that Franco wearing a 'Time's Up' pin at the ceremony was hypocritical. In response to Ally Sheedy's vague tweet about her experience with Franco during off-Broadway production The Long Shrift in 2014, the actor said: "I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy.

  • New York Times cancels James Franco event amid allegations of sexual misconduct
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    New York Times cancels James Franco event amid allegations of sexual misconduct

    The New York Times has cancelled an event scheduled with James Franco, after the actor was accused of sexual misconduct. A TimesTalk event was scheduled for Wednesday, intended to feature Franco and his brother and co-star, Dave Franco, sitting down to discuss The Disaster Artist. The Times said in a statement that "given the controversy surrounding recent allegations", it was cancelling the event.