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Matthew Weiner Tells Jenji Kohan Sexual Harassment Claim Against Him "Is Not True"

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Matthew Weiner is publicly denying the sexual harassment allegation levied against him.   At a event in Los Angeles on Friday promoting the Mad Men creator's debut book Heather, the Totality, Orange Is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan, who was moderating, started off the conversation by saying that while Weiner ought to be taking a victory lap, he’s instead having to defend himself against a harassment accusation from a former writer on his show. Kater Gordon, an assistant-turned-writer, told The Information on Nov. 9 that the Mad Men  creator told her that she owed it to him to »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Bill Maher Defends Al Franken Against Roy Moore Comparisons: "It's Not the Same Thing"

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Real Time host Bill Maher and guest Chelsea Handler dissected the allegations leveled against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who have both been accused of sexual misconduct, on Friday's season finale of the HBO show.

On Thursday, TV host and sports broadcaster Leeann Tweeden came forward and claimed Franken kissed and groped her without her consent in 2006. News of the incident, which Franken has since acknowledged and apologized for, came just days after Moore was accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple women, who allege he pursued them when they were »

- Meena Jang

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'True Detective': Carmen Ejogo to Star Opposite Mahershala Ali in Season 3

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The third season of HBO anthology True Detective is beginning to take shape.

Carmen Ejogo (Selma) has been tapped to star opposite Mahershala Ali in the forthcoming cycle of the Nic Pizzolatto drama.

Season three will tell the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980. Ali (Moonlight) stars as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.

Ejogo will »

- Lesley Goldberg

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'America's Got Talent' Winner Darci Lynne Farmer Signs With UTA

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Darci Lynne Farmer's life changed when she won the 12th season of America's Got Talent in September. Soon, fans will get to see the singing ventriloquist's act live, as she has signed with UTA.

It's easy to see why UTA wanted to add Farmer to its roster: The 13-year-old Oklahoma native's finale performance garnered the most views and votes in Agt history, and her first official performance -- Dec. 16 at the Criterion in Oklahoma City -- sold out in just six minutes. The venue promptly added two extra shows.

Farmer's already established her status as a hometown hero, but »

- Bryan Rolli, Billboard

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Ryan Seacrest Denies "Reckless" Misconduct Allegations From Former Stylist

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Ryan Seacrest is the latest to be accused of misconduct.

The claim comes from a former E! wardrobe stylist, who has come forward to allege that Seacrest behaved inappropriately toward her during his tenure at E! News nearly a decade ago. While the contents of her accusation are not yet public, Seacrest has opted to speak out, strongly disputing the allegations, and will fully cooperate with the investigation into the matter that is currently taking place at E!  

“Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint »


- Lacey Rose

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Rev. Run Family Comedy Nabs Netflix Series Pickup

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ABC's pass is Netflix's gain.

The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode series pickup to an untitled comedy starring Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons and his wife, Justine Simmons.

The multicamera comedy stars Rev. Run as a legendary rapper whose plans for slowing down are thwarted when his wife Justine (played by his real-life wife, Justine) decides to pursue her own dreams. While Rev and Justine have starred in several reality shows over the years, this is their first scripted family sitcom playing characters loosely inspired by themselves. (Rev. Run was a founding member of Run-d.M.C. and is a practicing »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Jessica Chastain, Jimmy Fallon Skewer Sexist Auditions on 'The Tonight Show'

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Jessica Chastain joined host Jimmy Fallon on Friday's Tonight Show to showcase "every audition ever."

In a short video segment, Chastain showed up for a casting call in which she was reading for the role of "Angela." Her lines were simple enough: "Hi, my name's Angela, it's nice to meet you."

The Oscar nominee read her line to camera and immediately received direction from the casting director (Fallon). "That was great. Can you do that again, but...hot?"

Undeterred, Chastain once more tried the line and received the direction: "This time can you try it sweet and modest...but also hot? And can »

- Patrick Shanley

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