• Natalie Portman addresses her experience of 'sexual terrorism' at age of 13 at Women's March
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    Natalie Portman addresses her experience of 'sexual terrorism' at age of 13 at Women's March

    The Oscar-winning actor opened up about her distressing experience during a speech in front of thousands gathered in downtown Los Angeles for the Women’s March. The event took place alongside similar events across the US this weekend which mark the first anniversary of the Women’s March against Donald Trump, who has a track record of making demeaning, sexist comments about women. After the US President’s inauguration a year ago, activists took to the streets in 60 countries and on seven continents to promote equal rights for women and defend marginalised women.

  • Scarlett Johansson calls out James Franco in Women's March speech: 'I want my pin back'
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    Scarlett Johansson calls out James Franco in Women's March speech: 'I want my pin back'

    Scarlett Johansson has called out the men who dare to wear the Time’s Up pin in public, claiming to be allies of its movement against sexual harassment and abuse, only to be exposed as alleged abusers themselves. Returning to the podium after delivering a similarly impassioned speech at last year’s Women’s March, the actor this time turned her voice to the hypocrisy she’d seen in fellow actor James Franco, who accepted an award at the Golden Globes while donning one of the Time’s Up pins and claiming to be an ally to the movement. During the ceremony, several women came forward with accusations against Franco on Twitter, including some now-deleted statements from Ally Sheedy claiming men like Franco was the reason she left the industry.

  • Star Wars and Hunger Games producer Allison Shearmur dies, aged 54
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    Star Wars and Hunger Games producer Allison Shearmur dies, aged 54

    Allison Shearmur, who produced the Hunger Games franchise, Rogue One, and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story has died, aged 54.

  • Dorothy Malone: Oscar-winning actor famed for The Big Sleep and Written on the Wind dies aged 93
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    Dorothy Malone: Oscar-winning actor famed for The Big Sleep and Written on the Wind dies aged 93

    Actor Dorothy Malone died on Friday in her hometown of Dallas, aged 93. Signed by RKO at age 18, she spent much of her early career in supporting roles in B-movies, largely in Westerns. "The only thing I did at RKO of any note was lose my Texas accent," she joked of her time with the studio, though she fared little better when she transitioned to Warner Bros.

  • David Beckham: Victoria and I are 'saving the pennies because we have so many children'
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    David Beckham: Victoria and I are 'saving the pennies because we have so many children'

    Despite the pair being worth an estimated £339 million, as of last year, David and Victoria Beckham are still apparently trying out the frugal lifestyle. Speaking to the Evening Standard, the former Manchester United player explained that the days of flamboyant gift-giving between him and Victoria were now long gone.

  • Get Out director Jordan Peele: 'Donald Trump is a racist'
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    Get Out director Jordan Peele: 'Donald Trump is a racist'

    With Get Out, writer/director Jordan Peele announced to the world that it was the time for us all to speak the truth about racism in America. Unsurprisingly, then, he didn’t hesitate in his condemnation of Donald Trump, while speaking to CBS’ Sunday Morning to celebrate Get Out now firmly entering the awards season race.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey, book review: Evocative and exciting 14th novel
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    A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey, book review: Evocative and exciting 14th novel

    “Two hundred lunatics circumnavigating the continent of Australia, more than ten thousand miles over outback roads so rough they might crack your chassis clean in half.” Little Irene Bobs isn’t at all convinced when her equally diminutive husband ‘Titch’ proposes they enter the famous Redux Reliability Trial in an effort to garner publicity for the car dealership they want to open in Bacchus Marsh, a small town 33 miles outside Melbourne. Titch may be the best car salesman in rural South-eastern Australia, but Irene is the better driver, and he needs her. The twice Man Booker Prize-winning Australian novelist Peter Carey’s evocative and exciting fourteenth novel, A Long Way Home, is set in the forward-looking, optimistic 1950s.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.