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Tig Notaro Says the Only Positive of Louis C.K.’s Harassment is the ‘Victims Were Not Told They’re Lying’

Tig Notaro Says the Only Positive of Louis C.K.’s Harassment is the ‘Victims Were Not Told They’re Lying’
Tig Notaro broke her silence on Louis C.K.’s sexual harassment during an interview at Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on November 21. Notaro previously made headlines earlier this year when she mentioned the harassment rumors against C.K. in an interview with The Daily Beast and told her fellow comedian he should “handle” them. At Vulture fest, the “One Mississippi” star and creator spoke on the only positive part of the C.K. story.

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“I don’t want to go into the Louis stuff,” she said. “The positive of that particular situation is whatever someone’s intentions are there, meaning him, the positive is that victims were not told they’re lying anymore, and that was the positive that came from that, and that’s it as far as I’m concerned.
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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Official Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Family Blockbuster Bends Time and Space

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Official Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Family Blockbuster Bends Time and Space
With “A Wrinkle in Time,” Ava DuVernay will become the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million. She’ll also hopefully deliver a family blockbuster for the ages. Anyone who has seen films like “Middle of Nowhere” and “Selma” know it’s more than likely.

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A Wrinkle in Time” is based on the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Newcomer Storm Reid stars as Meg Murry, who sets out on an adventure through time and space to locate her missing father. Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling co-star.

Disney will release “A Wrinkle in Time” in theaters and IMAX March 9. Watch the official trailer below.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Negan Finally Explains Himself In ‘The Big Scary U’

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Negan Finally Explains Himself In ‘The Big Scary U’
Whose Episode Is It?

It’s a Negan episode. Wait, don’t go! It’s actually much better than it sounds! In fact, “The Big Scary U” is not only the best episode of Season 8, it might be better than any episode from Season 7. And it manages this feat by simply giving Negan some depth and motivation, an actual character for us to consider, instead of a one-note psychopath. It also gives poor Jeffrey Dean Morgan something to do other than bluster, and he admirably rises to the occasion.

“The Big Scary U” also goes a long way in confirming that this season will finally seriously address the moral costs of living in the zombie apocalypse, as it both establishes Negan’s philosophy and questions Rick’s methodology. It even manages to address this in different storylines involving multiple characters, which is a rarity for the standard recent “Walking Dead
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‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System

‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System
For a movie meant to start conversations, “The Problem with Apu” follows its own advice and includes plenty of its own. In his search for answers about the origins, impact, and continued inclusion of “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hari Kondabolu gives over much of the runtime of his new truTV documentary to his talks with South Asian performers and professionals about how Apu has affected not just their careers, but their lives.

Kondabolu’s film argues that as a character, Apu isn’t just a vehicle for promoting misguided and harmful stereotypes about South Asian people. For him, it’s a symptom of a system that never had anyone at the table to explain why the Kwik-e-Mart owner might be a caricature that would fundamentally shape understanding of the South Asian-American experience for everyone from playground bullies to well-intentioned businessmen.

This need for an honest evaluation of what Apu might represent,
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Plot Details Revealed For Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s “Not Charles Manson” Movie

It all came crumbling down for American ideals in 1969. As hippies were preaching “flower power” and genuine notions of compassion and human empathy, Charles Manson came into the picture to crush dreams and pervert the message of peace with his own nightmare vision of America. Claiming to be one of these free thinking hipsters, Manson had a different agenda; he was an agent of the dark side of cultural change. The Manson murders, along with the Altamont Speedway incident, most notably featured in the Rolling Stones documentary “Gimme Shelter,” essentially ended the flower movement and brought the country back to reality.

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‘Outlander’ Review: Tumultuous Waters Rip Claire and Jamie Apart

‘Outlander’ Review: Tumultuous Waters Rip Claire and Jamie Apart
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 10, “Heaven & Earth.”]

Unrequited, Requited Love

Following last week’s cliffhanger, Claire and Jamie spent the entirety of “Heaven & Earth” separated as Claire battled the typhoid outbreak on the British ship that kidnapped her and Jamie was locked up below on the Artemis for trying to go after his wife. Given how little there was for Jamie to do under those circumstances (other than to brood over his loss), we were forced to navigate the duo’s relationship through monologues and voice-overs. Or, in the case of Claire, the love part of this love story survived through sheer speculation about what might happen to Jamie once all parties reach Jamaica.

Obviously, trouble follows this couple no matter what country (or open body of water) they find themselves in, but it was nice to take a break from that story in order to let each character breathe a little and come into their own.
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‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer: Ava DuVernay Serves Up A Cosmic Adventure

History, in Hollywood, can be a slow-moving beast. For instance, it was just this year that Patty Jenkins smashed box office records for a film directed by a woman with “Wonder Woman” when the film crossed the $700 million mark, an exciting feat but one sullied by the fact that it took a decade for two films directed by women to even make $600 million (in that time over 25 movies directed by men crossed the $1 billion mark).

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Jeffrey Tambor Quits ‘Transparent’

Following mounting accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, Emmy-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor has decided to exit the Amazon show “Transparent.” Tambor starred on the critically-acclaimed show playing Maura Pfefferman, the trans matriarch of the Pfefferman family that included members played by Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Judith Light, and extended players like Kathryn Hahn.

Read More: ‘Transparent’ Writers Considering Season 5 Without Jeffrey Tambor Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life, Tambor told Deadline today.

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‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Season 13 Moving Forward With or Without Glenn Howerton

‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Season 13 Moving Forward With or Without Glenn Howerton
The gang from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” took part in a panel discussion at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon, but they’re keeping a tight lid on what’s coming for Season 13.

Though early in the discussion, co-creator Rob McElhenney said they were preparing to start up the writers’ room again, but would not say whether Glenn Howerton will be returning for the 2018 season.

“We’re getting back to the writers’ room in February [2018],” McElhenney said. Later in the discussion, he said production is slated to start in April and the release date would be in the fall of 2018.

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They were more tight-lipped when pressed about Howerton’s return.

“Eh, damn it,” Howerton said when first asked about coming back. Despite the crowd’s cheers for him to return,
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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’

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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’
It’s never easy to get let go from a project, but in their first public appearance since exiting what’s now been titled “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller handled it gracefully.

“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said to the crowd at Vulture Festival Sunday. “In terms of us leaving the project, everyone went in with really good intentions and our approach was really different from theirs… The gap was too big.”

Added Lord, “Sometimes people break up and it’s sad. We learned a lot from our collaborators, we’re really proud of our work and wish everyone with the best.”
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Jeffrey Tambor Departs ‘Transparent’ Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations

Jeffrey Tambor Departs ‘Transparent’ Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations
Jeffrey Tambor will not be returning to “Transparent,” reports Deadline. The news follows two different accusations of sexual harassment against the actor, who’s won a host of awards — including two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award — for his performance as Maura Pfefferman on the acclaimed Amazon drama.

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“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor told Deadline today. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.”

“I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.
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‘Call My By Your Name’ Cast Call The Movie “The Vacation No One Wanted To End”

Luca Guadagnino, Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet have nearly traveled the globe promoting their awards season hit “Call Me By Your Name” and there’s almost no end in sight. “We’ve been doing this since Sundance [Film Festival]….. in January!” Hammer laughed. It’s safe to say however that the time spent in promotion for this film is well warranted and necessary. A touching, relatable and sweet story of young first love “Call Me By Your Name” has taken audiences by storm.

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Brett Ratner Accused of Watching as Russell Simmons Sexually Assaulted a 17-Year-Old: ‘They Were in It Together’

Brett Ratner Accused of Watching as Russell Simmons Sexually Assaulted a 17-Year-Old: ‘They Were in It Together’
Brett Ratner faces new allegations of sexual misconduct in a Los Angeles Times report accounting the experiences of several women, one of whom says Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons coerced her into performing oral sex on him while Ratner looked on. The alleged incident took place in 1991, when Keri Claussen Khalighi was 17 years old.

She told the Times that Simmons and Ratner took her to dinner before suggesting they go back to Simmons’ apartment to watch a music video they’d been working on; once there, Khalighi alleges, Simmons made sexual advances toward her and tore off her clothes.

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“I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face,” she said. “In that moment, the realization fell on
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‘Justice League’ Box Office: Why a $96-Million Opening Means Trouble

‘Justice League’ Box Office: Why a $96-Million Opening Means Trouble
DC Comics’ “Justice League” (Warner Bros.) opened to just shy of $100 million. That makes it the seventh best opening for 2017, just $7 million shy of DC’s “Wonder Woman,” which would seem a reasonable box-office launch.

But the movie marks a disappointment in relation to its $300-million production cost–before worldwide marketing expenses. Yet again, DC and Warners seem to be whiffing this crucial Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman franchise at bat against rival Disney/Marvel– which just delivered a home run with “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Nonetheless “Justice League” boosted the weekend — with help from a surprisingly strong showing for family heart-tugger “Wonder” (Lionsgate) — to more than $200 million total box office. That’s more than $40 million ahead of last year, when “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” debuted to $79 million.

Boasting a robust ensemble of familiar superheroes and fresh franchise entries including Aquaman, the epic was expected to reach $110 million or better.
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‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Has an Idea for Making Sets Safer: ‘What If We Don’t Have Sex With People at Work?’

‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Has an Idea for Making Sets Safer: ‘What If We Don’t Have Sex With People at Work?’
Jill Soloway is staying quiet about the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Jeffrey Tambor — at least for now. The “Transparent” creator, whose star’s future on the series is now uncertain, said during Vulture Festival Los Angeles last night that, “because there is an investigation that we are amidst, I am not able to say anything at all about it.”

Even so, she had thoughts about the ongoing situation in Hollywood more generally, including the notion that “you can do work that’s about intimacy and sex and you can still create boundaries.”

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“I’m trying to just protect the process and make sure that we do the most, have a process with the most integrity to make sure that everybody, that turns out fair, so I’ve been asked not to speak at all about it,
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: EW Covers, New Photos & Tempting Talk Of The Dark Side

Director Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is less than a month away. And it’s been a pretty good year for Johnson. He’s the only “Star Wars” filmmaker that hasn’t been kicked off, fired or pushed off his film in the last 18 months. Not only that, Lucasfilm seems to love the guy and they’ve given him the keys to a new upcoming “Star Wars” trilogy that apparently won’t arrive until 2020 and will have nothing to do with the Skywalker saga.

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‘It’ Director Andrés Muschietti Shares a Spooky Sketch of Pennywise the Clown

‘It’ Director Andrés Muschietti Shares a Spooky Sketch of Pennywise the Clown
Bill Skarsgård’s take on Pennywise the Dancing Clown became a pop-culture phenomenon before this year’s “It” even arrived in theaters. First made famous onscreen by Tim Curry in the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s tome, the interdimensional being is many things, but funny isn’t one of them.

Director Andrés Muschietti would appear to disagree, considering the caption to a drawing of Pennywise he’s shared on Instagram: “And here a little sketch i drew for pennywise’s ‘killmouth’ , one of the comedic highlights of the film.”

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Muschietti may be laughing, but most who saw “It” weren’t — at least not during the scene itself. (The moment, which comes in the film’s opening minutes, has been parodied in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch featuring Kate McKinnon as a Pennywise-esque Kellyanne Conway,
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‘Parks and Rec’ Producer Mike Schur Says Kevin Spacey Was ‘The Most Open Secret That’s Ever Existed’

‘Parks and Rec’ Producer Mike Schur Says Kevin Spacey Was ‘The Most Open Secret That’s Ever Existed’
After speaking up about his remorse for having Louis C.K. on “Parks and Recreation” despite having heard the now-confirmed rumors about his sexual harassment, Mike Schur has chimed in on Kevin Spacey as well. “If you think everybody knew about Louis, everybody knew about Kevin Spacey,” he said during a panel with Damon Lindelof at Vulture Festival Los Angeles yesterday.

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Schur first became aware of his behavior while he was writing for “Saturday Night Live.” “I remember very distinctly being like, he’s hitting on the pages and he’s hitting on the young men in the talent department,” he said. “You talk about open secret, it’s the most open secret that’s ever existed. I didn’t know maybe the extent to which the behavior was predatory.”

Problems stem from the fact that “we just
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‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ and ‘Mudbound’ Vie Against Fall Box Office Hits

‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ and ‘Mudbound’ Vie Against Fall Box Office Hits
Leading fall Oscar contenders “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight) and “Lady Bird” (A24) continue to pull crowds as they both expand after limited openings. They are the top performers by far among specialized films this weekend, including the platform debut of “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (Sony).

The Denzel Washington legal drama had a modest debut in four New York/Los Angeles theaters before its wider release on Wednesday. The fate of Dee Rees’ acclaimed “Mudbound” (Netflix) is the compelling story of the weekend. The ’40s southern farm drama opened in a handful of big city theaters parallel to its home-viewing debut, with grosses unreported by Netflix. We are estimating its performance based on limited indications from several theaters.

Also getting strong reviews for its New York-Los Angeles debut, the Chilean Oscar submission “The Fantastic Woman” (Sony Pictures Classics) opened for a qualifying week with no grosses reported. It
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Guillermo del Toro: ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Almost Kept Me from Pitching ‘The Shape of Water’ Star Sally Hawkins

Guillermo del Toro: ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Almost Kept Me from Pitching ‘The Shape of Water’ Star Sally Hawkins
Guillermo del Toro owes two famous friends and 14 tequila shots for his serendipitous introduction to Sally Hawkins, star of his Golden Lion–winning Oscar contender, “The Shape of Water.” On January 12, 2014, he received a call from from fellow Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, who instructed him, “‘Dude, come over to the Golden Globes party'”; Cuarón had won the evening’s Best Director statuette for “Gravity.” At Vulture Festival this weekend, del Toro recalled his reply: “I’m not going. I’m watching ‘Antiques Roadshow.'”

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But they were insistent, and sent a car to retrieve him from his home in Angoura Hills, California. “Because I’m fat, my body mass requires enormous amounts of alcohol,” del Toro explained to the audience at The Hollywood Roosevelt, seated next to his six-time collaborator,
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