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Ain’t It Cool News Writers Quint and Capone Quit Site After Harry Knowles’ Sexual Assault Allegations

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Ain’t It Cool News Writers Quint and Capone Quit Site After Harry Knowles’ Sexual Assault Allegations
In light of sexual assault allegations made against Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles, a trio of the movie site’s writers, including veteran staffers Eric Vespe (“Quint”) and Steve Prokopy (“Capone”), have quit the site in response. In notes posted on their Twitter accounts, both writers made it clear that the recent allegations informed their decisions.

After IndieWire posted a story over the weekend in which an Austin-area woman came forward with allegations of sexual assault at the hands of Knowles in the early-aughts, social media exploded with the news, which encouraged a slew of other women to come forward with similar allegations.

Read More:Harry Knowles Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Austin Woman Two Decades Ago, and Drafthouse Owners Didn’t Take Action

Vespe wrote in his official statement, “Given the recent allegations against Harry Knowles of behavior impossible to defend I can not, in good conscience, continue
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Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End

Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End
Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride film series comes to a close this evening and tomorrow morning, Thursday–Friday, June 29–30, with the presentation of seven movies, hosted by TV interviewer Dave Karger and author William J. Mann, whose books include Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines and Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. Among tonight's movies' Lgbt connections: Edward Albee, Tony Richardson, Evelyn Waugh, Tab Hunter, John Gielgud, Roddy McDowall, Linda Hunt, Harvey Fierstein, Rudolf Nureyev, Christopher Isherwood, Joel Grey, and Tommy Kirk. Update: Coincidentally, TCM's final 2017 Gay Pride celebration turned out to be held the evening before a couple of international events – and one non-event – demonstrated that despite noticeable progress in the last three decades, gay rights, even in the so-called “West,” still have a long way to go. In Texas, the state's – all-Republican – Supreme Court decided that married gays should be treated as separate and unequal. In
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TV News Roundup: Nickelodeon Orders ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12

TV News Roundup: Nickelodeon Orders ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12
In today’s roundup, Nickelodeon has ordered a 12th season of “SpongeBob SqaurePants,” The History Channel has commissioned a one-hour Watergate special, Investigation Discovery is airing a documentary special about Bill Cosby’s downfall, and production has begun on Cartoon Network’s “DC Super Hero Girls.”

Renewals

Nickeloden has ordered Season 12 of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the number-one animated series across all TV with kids. The 26-episode pick up will further the nautical adventures of SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom friends Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward, and is scheduled to premiere in 2019, the series’ 20th anniversary year. Season 11 debuts later this summer. Nickelodeon has also greenlit a third SpongeBob film for release in 2019 as well. “Spongebob Squarepants” is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg.

Casting

Richard Kind has been cast in the guest starring role of Benny Konopka in Electric Entertainment’s series “The Librarians,” which will run for a fourth season on TNT this winter. “The
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Robert Osborne, TCM Host and Film Historian, Dies at 84

Robert Osborne, TCM Host and Film Historian, Dies at 84
Film historian Robert Osborne, the effervescent primetime host of Turner Classic Movies since the cabler’s inception in 1994, has died. He was 84.

TCM’s general manager Jennifer Dorian released a statement saying, “All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne. Robert was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than 23 years. He joined us as an expert on classic film and grew to be our cherished colleague and esteemed ambassador for TCM. Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend. His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host. Robert’s contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. Our
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2017 Oscars: When to Watch E!'s Live From the Red Carpet Special This Sunday!

2017 Oscars: When to Watch E!'s Live From the Red Carpet Special This Sunday!
E! is ready to invade the 2017 Oscars red carpet! Starting this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Et/10:30 a.m. Pt, E! News' own Catt Sadler and Jason Kennedy will be talking all things Academy Awards during the Countdown to the Red Carpet show. Catt and Jason will be joined by Ross Mathews, Kristin Cavallari, Zuri Hall, film expert Dave Karger, Brad Goreski and Kris Jenner so you don't want to miss out on watching! Then at 5:30 p.m. Et/2:30 p.m. Pt, Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic will welcome all the biggest Hollywood stars and 2017 Oscars nominees during the Live From the Red Carpet 2017 Oscars special followed immediately by the Oscars Red Carpet Rundown: Oscars 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Et/4:30 p.m....
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‘Moonlight,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ Actors Receive Santa Barbara Festival Virtuoso Awards

‘Moonlight,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ Actors Receive Santa Barbara Festival Virtuoso Awards
Conversations about an actor’s life were mixed with observations about Muslims and the Supreme Court as the Santa Barbara International Film Festival saluted eight actors for their breakthrough work in 2016 films.

The first recipient of the fest’s Virtuoso Awards on Saturday was Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures”). He was asked about his SAG Awards speech about being a Muslim, and about his reaction to having his religion “dragged through the mud” for the past months. “The Muslims I know are peace-loving people,” he said quietly, adding that the actions of a few extremists have been reported so much that many people are getting a distorted view of the religion.

Janelle Monae, who also appears in both those films, said she was deeply moved when she first read Barry Jenkins’ script for the latter, because it depicted characters who are usually marginalized and discriminated against.

A third “Moonlight” actor,
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Nbr Picks Keep Focus on Indie Standouts ‘Manchester’ and ‘Moonlight’

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Manchester by the Sea’ (Courtesy: Claire Folger)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Midday on Tuesday, I was seated amid a throng of Academy members at a Peggy Siegal luncheon held at The Explorers Club in New York for Moonlight, the film that essentially swept the Gotham Awards on Monday night. Writer/director Barry Jenkins and stars Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris were fielding questions from moderator Dave Karger — all part of the requisite whistle-stop tour for Oscar hopefuls — when Karger was handed a smartphone, glanced at it and then announced that the National Board of Review had just released its picks for the best of 2016, and that we all were looking at its best director and best supporting actress of the year. The three representatives of the film smiled and exchanged kisses, the audience applauded and then most everyone snuck a peek at their own smartphones to find a full list of Nbr winners,
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Nbr Picks Keep Focus on Indie Standouts 'Manchester' and 'Moonlight'

Nbr Picks Keep Focus on Indie Standouts 'Manchester' and 'Moonlight'
Midday on Tuesday, I was seated amid a throng of Academy members at a Peggy Siegal luncheon held at The Explorers Club in New York for Moonlight, the film that essentially swept the Gotham Awards on Monday night. Writer/director Barry Jenkins and stars Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris were fielding questions from moderator Dave Karger — all part of the requisite whistle-stop tour for Oscar hopefuls — when Karger was handed a smartphone, glanced at it and then announced that the National Board of Review had just released its picks for the best of 2016, and that we...
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‘Manchester By The Sea’s Casey Affleck & Kenneth Lonergan Stop For Lunch En Route To Ifp’s Gotham Awards

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‘Manchester By The Sea’s Casey Affleck & Kenneth Lonergan Stop For Lunch En Route To Ifp’s Gotham Awards
In a run-up to tonight’s Gotham Awards sponsored by the Independent Film Project, nominees Kenneth Lonergan and Casey Affleck — writer-director and star, respectively, of the multiple nominee Manchester by The Sea — answered questions about the seriously adult drama, which has benefitted from a major kick into awards season from both critics and ticket buyers. NBC Today show contributor Dave Karger asked, and fielded, questions after a screening of the film for press and…
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‘Manchester By the Sea’: Casey Affleck Talks Brilliance of Film’s Most Heartbreaking Scene

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‘Manchester By the Sea’: Casey Affleck Talks Brilliance of Film’s Most Heartbreaking Scene
Kenneth Lonergan’s heartbreaking “Manchester By the Sea” debuted to stellar reviews earlier this year at Sundance, and the Casey Affleck-starrer has so far managed to keep up the momentum as we roll into awards season. The film — inspired by an early idea from Matt Damon and John Krasinski, who are both credited as producers on the feature — is a tragedy told in a way that only Lonergan could truly master.

On the surface, it’s a film about a loner (Affleck) who is forced to return to his small hometown to care for his nephew (breakout Lucas Hedges) after his father (Kyle Chander) passes away. Yet there are many other stories to tell within “Manchester By the Sea,” including the story that explains why Affleck’s Lee Chandler is so distant and removed from, well, just about everything in his life. It’s a story that steadily unfolds throughout the film,
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‘Patriots Day’: Mark Wahlberg Explains Why Making Fact-Based Film Has Not Eased Pain of Tragic Event

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‘Patriots Day’: Mark Wahlberg Explains Why Making Fact-Based Film Has Not Eased Pain of Tragic Event
Mark Wahlberg and his frequent filmmaking collaborator, director and screenwriter Peter Berg, have often worked together on fact-based features — including “Lone Survivor” and this year’s “Deepwater Horizon” — but the pair’s latest take on a true life story proved to be a very different experience for both actor and filmmaker. In Berg’s “Patriots Day,” the horrific events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its bloody aftermath unfold on the big screen, bolstered by deep-dive reporting, actual surveillance footage and a very large cast of characters, many of them based on real people.

At a luncheon held in the film’s honor today at Manhattan’s Lotos Club, Wahlberg, Berg, co-star Kevin Bacon and producers Michael Radutzky and Scott Stuber participated in a half-hour chat moderated by film journalist Dave Karger that focused on how hard it was to bring the film to the big screen, the extraordinary amount
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Film Festival Roundup: AFI Fest Adds ‘La La Land’ Gala, London Awards Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Certain Women’ and More

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Film Festival Roundup: AFI Fest Adds ‘La La Land’ Gala, London Awards Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Certain Women’ and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Full Lineup Announcements

– “3-D Auteurs,” a 19-day, 34-film festival spotlighting stereoscopic movies by some of history’s most distinguished directors, will run at Film Forum November 11 – 29. The festival spans 3-D’s earliest days (including some turn-of-the-century films by pioneer Georges Méliès) to the present, and represents virtually every genre, including Westerns, Film Noir, and Science Fiction. Hollywood’s first big 3-D craze (sometimes called 3-D’s “golden era”), intended to offset the threat of television, came in the early 1950s, with such movies as Hitchcock’s “Dial M For Murder,” André De Toth’s “House of Wax” and Jack Arnold’s “Creature From the Black Lagoon” (all included in the series).

Hollywood produced roughly 50 movies in the process from 1952 to 1954, before fizzling out and being overtaken by
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Ruth Negga, Dev Patel, ‘Moonlight’ Trio to Be Honored at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Ruth Negga, Dev Patel, ‘Moonlight’ Trio to Be Honored at Santa Barbara Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has selected eight actors for its virtuosos award for breakthrough performances, including Ruth Negga for “Loving,” Dev Patel for “Lion,” and Aaron Taylor Johnson for “Nocturnal Animals.”

Janelle Monáe will be honored for “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight,” alongside her “Moonlight” costars Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. Ruth Negga was selected for “Loving”; Simon Helberg was named for “Florence Foster Jenkins,” and Stephen Henderson was tapped for “Fences.”

The award presentation, to be moderated for the seventh year by Dave Karger, will take place on Feb. 4 at the Arlington Theatre at the 32nd edition of the festival, which runs from Feb. 1 to Feb. 11.

“This year has been monumental in the breadth of talent breaking through in distinct and emotional roles,” Executive Director Roger During noted. “We are excited to honor both new and familiar faces, and look forward to celebrating them and their contribution to the craft.
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‘The Great Wall’ Trailer at Comic-Con: Matt Damon Says Whitewashing Complaints Are “a Bummer”

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‘The Great Wall’ Trailer at Comic-Con: Matt Damon Says Whitewashing Complaints Are “a Bummer”
Hollywood has fallen in love with China (specifically Hong Kong) as their new favorite place to destroy. From “Transformers: Age of Extinction” to “Pacific Rim,” China has been repeatedly devastated through the magic of CGI by monsters, aliens and sci-fi creatures thanks to blockbuster directors moving their projects to China. They’re not only to reap the benefits of a newly established marketing cash cow, but also relish the country’s fervent filmic support.

Now, China has recruited now its very own Zhang Yimou to wreak havoc with “The Great Wall,” which is set a few thousand years earlier during the mystical times of China’s medieval era. In anticipation of the flick’s release, New York Comic-Con hosted a panel with the stars and director of Legendary East’s Chinese blockbuster. Moderated by Dave Karger, the panel included star and birthday-boy Matt Damon (the audience sang him “Happy Birthday
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Matt Damon aims barb at Donald Trump at New York Comic Con

Star of The Great Wall looks forward to being ‘able to kiss Trump goodbye’Hollywood star was promoting Zhang Yimou’s first English-language film

At New York Comic Con on Saturday, Matt Damon derided Donald Trump.

Dave Karger, the moderator at a panel discussing the star’s new film, Great Wall, tried to slip in a jokey question about Trump’s proposal to build a wall between the Us and Mexico and force Mexico to foot the bill.

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Nycc 2016 Panel Announced for The Great Wall, Featuring Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal & More

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Matt Damon will join director Zhang Yimou and several cast members of the giant monster movie The Great Wall for a panel at this year's New York Comic Con.

Taking place on Saturday, October 8th at 12:30pm, The Great Wall panel will feature director Zhang Yimou and cast members Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Junkai Wang. Dave Karger will moderate the event.

"Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Junkai Wang and Andy Lau. The film will be released
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Why Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Belonged at Comic-Con

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Why Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Belonged at Comic-Con
If you weren’t buried in the midst of panel discussions featuring the latest superhero tentpoles and other costumed antics last week, you might have gotten a chance to see Edward Snowden. While on the surface, the arrival of an international fugitive responsible for the single largest data leak in U.S. history might seem out of place. But Oliver Stone’s upcoming feature film “Snowden” actually fit in well, especially given that an evening screening was followed by the opportunity to hear Snowden speak for himself.

For Snowden doesn’t think “Snowden,” the film, is all that fictionalized. Just after viewing Stone’s depiction of his life story to date, IndieWire asked Snowden — who appeared via a remote video feed — what changes he was happiest about in the process of adapting these events for the screen. His response: not much had been changed. While admitting that certain characters had been consolidated and details streamlined,
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Watch: New 'Snowden' Trailer Debuts at Comic-Con

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Filmmaker Oliver Stone (Platoon) made his first appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego yesterday to discuss his new film, Snowden. Fandango's Dave Karger hosted the panel, which also featured Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who portrays Edward Snowden, Shailene Woodley, who costars as Snowden's girlfriend Lindsay Mills, and Zachary Quinto, who costars as journalist Glenn Greenwald. Here are a few highlights shared via social media. The @SnowdenTheMovie cast takes the stage, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Zachary Quinto #Sdcc pic.twitter.com/q02Jy7lU05 — Fandango (@Fandango) July 21, 2016 Joseph Gordon-Levitt donated his entire actor's fee on #Snowden to the Aclu and a project he's working on in conjunction w/ the Aclu...

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‘Real Housewives’ Walk Off ‘Access Hollywood’ for ‘Rude’ Question – And Host Thinks It’s Hilarious (Video)

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‘Real Housewives’ Walk Off ‘Access Hollywood’ for ‘Rude’ Question – And Host Thinks It’s Hilarious (Video)
“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice stormed off set during a satellite interview with “Access Hollywood Live,” and co-host Kit Hoover thought it was hilarious. The drama started when co-host Dave Karger asked Giudice if she’s worried about her husband’s deportation given that he is an Italian citizen and currently serving a 41-month prison sentence for bank, mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud. “Rhonj” co-star Melissa Gorga, who is Giudice’s sister-in-law, was also present, and sat silently during the uncomfortable exchange. “I don’t think that’s something that you should be asking,” Giudice said before leaving.
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Teresa Giudice Storms Off TV Interview After 'Rude' Question Concerning Husband Joe's Possible Deportation

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Teresa Giudice Storms Off TV Interview After 'Rude' Question Concerning Husband Joe's Possible Deportation
[Youtube "9Udj7HVO5fk"] Teresa Giudice fled a live TV interview on Thursday after being asked to discuss her husband Joe's possible deportation. When host Access Hollywood Live co-host Dave Karger asked the Real Housewives of New Jersey star about the chances of her husband, 44, being sent back to his native Italy at the end of his 41-month prison sentence, she immediately tried to shut it down. "Next question please," replied Teresa, 44. "I don't think that's something you should be asking." Karger's co-host Kit Hoover continued to push: "Well everybody's talking about it, and it could be a reality." "I think that's really rude,
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