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Weinstein Scandal Should Affect The Outcome of Eeoc Hollywood Probe (Guest Column)

12 October 2017 4:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Feature film writer/director Maria Giese, after convincing the Aclu to take on her cause, in 2015 instigated the Eeoc's industry-wide investigation into discrimination against women directors, which, according to reports, has led to current settlement talks with all six major studios.

The allegations, ranging from sexual harassment to rape, aimed at Harvey Weinstein are just a mere microcosm of a lawless industry rife with abuses against women ranging from sexual harassment to employment discrimination, but they may have tipped the scale by producing the watershed moment those of us who have been battling Hollywood gender inequality have been hoping for.

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- Maria Giese

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‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Gambit’ to Open Valentine’s Day 2019

12 October 2017 4:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gambit” will unleash his powers on Feb. 14, 2019.

20th Century Fox has set a release date for the “X-Men” spinoff starring Channing Tatum.

Gore Verbinski recently signed on to direct from a script by Josh Zetumer. Tatum is producing with partner Reid Carolin through their Free Association company, along with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.

Gambit, otherwise known as Remy LeBeau, is a New Orleans native with the power to mentally manipulate kinetic energy. His weapons include a staff and a deck of playing cards. The character was created in 1990 by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, and he first appeared on the big screen in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” portrayed by Taylor Kitsch.

Fox has scheduled three movies in its expanding “X-Men” universe for 2018, with “New Mutants” set to open on April 13, “Deadpool 2” on June 1, and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” on Nov. 2.

On Thursday, Fox also set a Dec. 25, 2019, release date for Chris Sanders’ “The Call of the Wild” and a »


- Rebecca Rubin

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Filmmakers of Sexual Assault Doc Call on Academy to Oust Harvey Weinstein (Guest Column)

12 October 2017 4:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are the Oscar-nominated filmmaking team behind The Hunting Ground, a 2015 documentary about the sexual assault epidemic on American college campuses, which was distributed by The Weinstein Co.'s Radius division.

We think the Academy should rescind Harvey Weinstein’s membership immediately. This would be an effective way of finally saying that this type of behavior will no longer be sanctioned and protected in this industry. Admission to the Academy ought to be predicated on work merits as well as workplace conduct — and on the latter Weinstein is an epic fail.

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- Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

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Weinstein Co. Survival in Question as Harvey Weinstein Scandal Expands

12 October 2017 4:23 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The odds of the Weinstein Company’s survival keep dropping as more and more accusers come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct — and even rape — involving Harvey Weinstein. Tuesday’s exposé in the New Yorker, in which reporter Ronan Farrow alleged that people inside the company aided and abetted Harvey’s misconduct, could also mean big trouble for its officers. The New York Times also reported late Wednesday that the board and company were aware of settlements paid to accusers in 2015. And that could leave the Weinstein Company and senior executives firmly on the hook — and likely hasten its »


- Matt Pressberg

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Film Review: ‘Te Ata’

12 October 2017 4:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The life and career of Te Ata, the Native American trailblazer who celebrated her people’s culture through performance and, in doing so, helped educate the country about Native traditions, is undeniably uplifting. But the well-intentioned biopic is ungainly, overtly articulating everything it doesn’t need to yet failing to explain much of what starts out as unclear about the tale. Lacking both fluidity and complexity, “Te Ata” is a functional but one-note tribute told through educational storytelling that, unlike its subject, doesn’t manage to inspire.

Director Nathan Frankowski and writer Esther Luttrell sabotage their work’s momentum from the start. In a 1906 opener, a young Mary Frances Thompson (Boriana Williams) narrates origin myths about her Chickasaw nation — located on land that would eventually become Oklahoma — while her father T.B. (Gil Birmingham) and her uncle, Chickasaw governor Douglas Johnson (Graham Greene), discuss their tribe’s rapidly changing political future. It’s a clunkily assembled introduction, »


- Nick Schager

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'Sausage Party' Director Tackling 'The Addams Family' (Exclusive)

12 October 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Conrad Vernon, who co-directed The Sausage Party, has come aboard to helm MGM’s animated feature version of The Addams Family.

Vernon will also produce the movie with Gail Berman, via her shingle The Jackal Group, and Alex Schwartz.

The Addams Family began their macabre life as single-panel gag illustrations by cartoonist Charles Addams that appeared primarily in The New Yorker. Their popularity led to The Addams Family becoming a television show in the 1960s that starred John Astin and Carolyn Jones, as well as an animated series in the early 1970s. The family enjoyed a revival in the early 1990s »


- Borys Kit

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Busan: Korea’s Take Pictures Bought by Spackman Entertainment

12 October 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spackman Entertainment Group, an international investment outfit with a taste for all things Korean, is set to buy Korean film production company Take Pictures (aka Studio Take). The company is headed by veteran producer Song Dae-chan.

Spackman is currently riding high. “The Outlaws,” produced by Spackman’s 51% owned subsidiary Novus Mediacorp, was at the top of the Korean box office on two of the three days at the Oct. 6-9 holiday weekend. After a week in release, it has grossed $17.5 million.

Song started work as an apprentice to director Kang Je-gyu and subsequently worked for 13 years with Eugene Lee, who heads another Spackman company in Korea, production house Zip Cinema. Take Pictures now has a slate of 10 thrillers and dramas, including “The Priests 2,” a sequel to hit “Priest.”

Spackman will pay some $2.95 million (S$3.93 million) for Studio Take, with most of the price paid in Spackman shares. Studio Take made unaudited profits of $356,000 (S$488,000).

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- Patrick Frater

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'A Letter to the President' ('Namai Ba Rahis Gomhor'): Film Review | Busan 2017

12 October 2017 3:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fourteen years after the Golden Globe winner Osama, Afghan cinema has another contender in A Letter to the President, the country's submission to the Academy Awards for its Best Foreign Language Film prize. Through its account of a female official's deadly tussle with detractors at work and at home, Roya Sadat's first feature is a simple yet audacious critique of the patriarchal norms that remain in place more than a decade after the nominal downfall of the Taliban regime.

Having made its bow at the Locarno Film Festival, A Letter to the President has just screened at Busan, where »


- Clarence Tsui

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Emma Thompson says ‘Hollywood can and must change’ in Wake of Harvey Weinstein

12 October 2017 3:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated Oct. 13: Producer Stephen Woolley reacts to Thompson interview, talks about Weinstein

Emma Thompson has called on Hollywood to heed the lessons of the Harvey Weinstein saga and said many opportunities were missed to bring his actions to wider attention.

In a lengthy interview with BBC news program “Newsnight,” the British actor (“Nanny McPhee”) said the allegations against Weinstein did not come as a shock.

“I didn’t know about these things but they don’t surprise me at all and they are endemic to the system anyway,” she said. “What I find extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg. He’s a Predator. What he is top of the ladder of, is a system of harassment and belittling and bullying and interference.”

She said she had angry run-ins with Weinstein when negotiating over “Nanny McPhee” rights, and applauded the women who have spoken out against the Hollywood producer »


- Stewart Clarke

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‘Blue Crush’ Reboot in the Works at NBC

12 October 2017 3:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC is preparing to make a splash with a reboot of “Blue Crush.” The network is developing a drama series from Universal Television and Imagine Television that is based on the 2002 surfing film. “Blue Crush” will focus on a surfer in Hawaii’s North Shore who aims to revive her career and unite the local community following a tragic accident. Also Read: 'Roswell' Reboot Heads to CW With Immigration Focus Hannah Schneider (“Reign”) writes and executive produces. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo also executive produce, while Imagine’s Jillian Kugler oversees. Director John Stockwell’s 2002 film starred Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘How to Get Away With Murder': The Characters Who Could Be Dead This Season (Photos)

12 October 2017 3:55 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Another season, another unidentified dead character on “How to Get Away With Murder.” In the second episode of Season 4, Annalise is at the coroner’s office and is asked to identify a dead person under the sheet, so we can deduce that this season’s latest casualty is somehow connected to Mrs. Keating. Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) Ok, so we don’t think this season’s dead person is Laurel because that would just be cruel. The woman has already gone through so much with losing Wes, who was apparently killed by her own father, and now she’s possibly lost her unborn child. »


- Rasha Ali

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Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy Threat or Sale Looms as Leadership Divided Over Fate of Company (Exclusive)

12 October 2017 3:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amid an exodus of business partners, board members and creative talent, leaders of the embattled Weinstein Co. are divided over the next step for the company that has been shaken to the core by explosive allegations of sexual assault and harassment at the hands of its co-founder and former co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. Industry observers said some form of bankruptcy reorganization is becoming increasingly likely as the company’s prospects deteriorate.

TWC co-chairman Bob Weinstein and COO David Glasser are said to be advocating a batten-down-the-hatches strategy while the law firm hired to investigate the growing number of claims about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged misconduct completes its work. Sources said the two believe they can be exonerated of accusations that they knew of the worst allegations against Harvey. But other TWC board members are said to be pushing for the company to begin a sale process.

Another scenario that has been widely speculated is that TWC will volunteer »


- Cynthia Littleton

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Next X-Men Solo Film ‘Gambit’ Set for Valentine’s Day 2019 Release

12 October 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Twentieth Century Fox announced Thursday that the X-Men film “Gambit” will be released Feb. 14, 2019. The film will see Channing Tatum play the titular card-throwing, staff-wielding Cajun mutant, with Gore Verbinski directing from a script by Josh Zetumer. Tatum is producing with Reid Carolin, Simon Kinberg, and Lauren Shuler Donner. Also Read: Hugh Jackman, Joss Whedon, Others Pay Tribute to Wolverine Co-Creator Len Wein That weekend, “Gambit” will go up against “Isn’t It Romantic,” a comedy from Warner Bros. and New Line starring Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth, and an untitled film from Universal and Blumhouse. Universal had set “Bride of Frankenstein, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Rose McGowan Clarifies: Harvey Weinstein ‘Raped Me’

12 October 2017 3:42 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rose McGowan wrote on Twitter Thursday that Harvey Weinstein raped her, and that she told the head of Amazon Studios repeatedly and nothing was done. McGowan was named in last week’s explosive New York Times story along with other women who alleged the movie mogul committed sexual assault, but this is the first time she has definitively called the encounter a “rape.” On Thursday, McGowan aimed a series of tweets at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “@jeffbezos I told the head of your studio Hw raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I. »


- Ashley Boucher

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Busan: Mouly Surya’s ‘Marlina’ Adds Sales Deals (Exclusive)

12 October 2017 3:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts,” the Indonesian film that was presented in Busan’s Asian Project Market last year, is now proving a hit with international distributors. The film had its theatrical premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival in May and plays this week at Busan.

The picture is something of a rarity in Indonesia, having both a woman director, Mouly Surya, and a female lead in a negative role. “Marlina” is the story of a young widow who defends herself by killing several men, but the ghost of one of them returns to haunt her.

Shortly before the film’s outing at the Toronto festival, rights in North America were picked up by KimStim and Icarus Films for release in Canada by Northern Banner, the specialty arm of Raven Banner.

Along with other recent rights deals by sales agent Asian Shadows, the film is now set for release in some »


- Patrick Frater

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'X-Men' Spinoff 'Gambit' Sets 2019 Release Date

12 October 2017 3:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gambit always was known for being a romantic, so it's only appropriate that his movie is opening on Valentine's Day.

20th Century Fox has set a Feb. 14, 2019 release date for Gambit, the X-Men spinoff starring Channing Tatum. Fox's Deadpool opened to big numbers over Valentine's Day weekend in 2016.

Gore Verbinski is directing the film, which will see Tatum star as the New Orleans-based mutant with the power to manipulate kinetic energy and whose weapons include a staff and a deck of playing cards. The film has been in development for some time, with Verbinski coming on board last »


- Aaron Couch

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LevelFilm Buys U.S. Rights to ‘Never Steady, Never Still’ (Exclusive)

12 October 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

LevelFilm has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Parkinson’s disease drama “Never Steady, Never Still.” The film premiered at the Toronto festival last month and will screen at the Busan Film Festival, in the Flash Forward section.

Directed by Kathleen Hepburn, the film stars Shirley Henderson and as a recently widowed mother with Parkinson’s disease fighting to regain her independence, while her son, played by Theodore Pellerin (“Endorphine,” “Les Demons”), is battling his sexual and emotional identity.

LevelFilm is planning a theatrical release in early spring 2018. The company bought the rights from Denmark-based sales agent LevelK, with Derek Lui, and LevelFilm managing director David Hudakoc negotiating.

Production was by Tyler Hagan at Experimental Forest Films and James Brown at Christie Street Creative. Carol Whiteman and Lori Lozinski are executive producers. Production finance came from Telefilm Canada, The Harold Greenberg Fund and the Women in the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award.

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- Patrick Frater

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Chris Hardwick Launches New Production Banner With Jason Blum

12 October 2017 3:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Nerdist co-creator and “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick has launched his own production banner, Spitball, and signed a three-movie first look deal with Blumhouse Productions. Hardwick will produce three films for Blumhouse, one of which he plans to direct. As part of their own first look deal with Blumhouse, Universal will have first option to distribute the films. Also Read: Can 'Happy Death Day' Keep Blumhouse's Box Office Momentum Going? “I was so inspired talking genre films with Chris on Nerdist that, by the end of the interview, I asked if he would consider doing a film with us, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Eazy-e’s Son Fires Back at Rapper’s Widow in Legal Battle Over N.W.A, Ruthless Records Use

12 October 2017 3:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Here’s a legal filing with attitude. The son of deceased N.W.A rapper Eazy-e has fired back in a lawsuit filed by the company owned by Eazy-e’s widow, claiming that the company “made false, material misrepresentations of fact in connection with its applications” for the trademarks of N.W.A and Ruthless Records. Eric Darnel Wright (aka Lil Eazy-e) and his associate Arnold E. White were sued by Tomica Woods-Wright’s company, Comptown Records, in August. The lawsuit alleges that the pair’s website Ruthlessrecordsinc creates “the impression that Nwallc is the ultimate owner of Ruthless’ trade names and marks. »


- Tim Kenneally

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India’s Film Certification Board Cuts ‘Sexy’ From ‘Durga’

12 October 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

India’s Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc), popularly known as the censor board, has censored Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Malayalam-language film “Sexy Durga.” The film will now be called “S Durga” for Indian release and will have its Indian premiere under that title at the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival.

Durga is the name of a Hindu goddess and also a popular female name in India. Though the Cbfc did not state reasons for the abbreviation of the title, it is clear that it is an appeasement of perceived hurt of religious sentiments. Right-wing Hindu fanatics have trolled Sasidharan and lead actress Rajshri Deshpande, who plays the titular Durga, on social media.

The Cbfc has also ordered the muting of 21 swear words from the film, but there are no visual cuts.

Set over one night, the film follows a young couple on the run in Kerala as they are harassed by a cross-section of society, and is a comment »


- Naman Ramachandran

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