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Armie Hammer Says Nate Parker/Casey Affleck Double Standard “Doesn’t Make Sense”

One wonders how last year’s Oscar race would’ve played out differently if it had unfolded in the current, post-Harvey Weinstein climate. As Hollywood continues to unpack the endemic problem of sexism and assault found in all reaches of the industry, it’s making many reconsider how those who have been accused are treated, and the double standards that are in place.

During last year’s awards run, Nate Parker was initially seen as a frontrunner for multiple Oscar nominations in major categories with “The Birth Of A Nation.” The film was a Sundance darling, with Fox Searchlight paying a whopping $17.5 million for the picture.

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Armie Hammer Sounds Off On Hollywood’s ‘Double Standard’ When It Comes To Casey Affleck And Nate Parker

Call Me By Your Name” star Armie Hammer is calling out Hollywood’s “double standard” when it comes to Casey Affleck and director Nate Parker. “It’s like there are two standards,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter, gracing the cover of this week’s issue. Hammer starred in Parker’s one-time awards hopeful “The Birth Of The Nation”, which earned raves […]
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Armie Hammer Thinks Casey Affleck Winning an Oscar Reveals Hollywood Double Standard

Armie Hammer Thinks Casey Affleck Winning an Oscar Reveals Hollywood Double Standard
Armie Hammer is opening up about double standards in the movie industry.

The Call Me By Your Name actor appears on the latest cover of The Hollywood Reporter where he gives his take on the controversy surrounding director Nate Parker and how it affected Birth of a Nation.

Hammer, who starred in the movie, believes the director got harsher treatment for his sexual misconduct allegations than Casey Affleck, who won a Best Actor Oscar for Manchester By the Sea, despite his own controversies.

“Nate had the stuff in his past, which is heinous and tough to get beyond. I get that,
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SNL: Watch Chance the Rapper's Musical Plea to Obama, Trouble In Gotham, Family Feud and More

SNL: Watch Chance the Rapper's Musical Plea to Obama, Trouble In Gotham, Family Feud and More
Saturday Night Live this weekend took a chance on Chance the Rapper, allowing the three-time Grammy winner to lord over Studio 8H despite having no proven track record in comedy. The results were mixed at best.

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A cold open featuring Kate McKinnon as Julian Assange was a letdown, but proved not-so-terrible by comparison to much of what followed. First up, a dreadful monologue that found Chance trying to become the “Mariah Carey of Thanksgiving,” calling on the cast to help craft a song as big as “All I Want for Christmas
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Sylvester Stallone Denies Decades-Old Report of Sexual Assault Against a 16-Year-Old

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Sylvester Stallone Denies Decades-Old Report of Sexual Assault Against a 16-Year-Old
Sylvester Stallone has denied a decades-old police report reportedly filed by 16-year-old girl who claimed the actor and his bodyguard sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 1986.

“This is a ridiculous, categorically false story,” the star’s spokeswoman, Michelle Bega, told People in a statement. “No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone. At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.”

The alleged victim reportedly told police at the time that the then-40-year-old star “intimidated” her into having sex
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Annette Bening Set for Museum of the Moving Image Salute, Willem Dafoe Named Sbiff Cinema Vanguard, and Many More

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Annette Bening Set for Museum of the Moving Image Salute, Willem Dafoe Named Sbiff Cinema Vanguard, and Many More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

Annette Bening will be honored by Museum of the Moving Image at its 31st annual Salute on December 13 in New York. The news was announced by Michael Barker and Ivan L. Lustig, Co-Chairmen of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, and an award presentation, featuring clips from Bening’s career introduced by her friends and colleagues.

Barker said in an official statement, “On screen, stage, and television, Annette Bening is one of America’s finest living actresses. From her Broadway debut in Tina Howe’s ‘Coastal Disturbances’ to her emotionally complex performance last year in ’20th Century Women’ and now as movie star Gloria Grahame in the upcoming ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ her stunning range as an actress has always been staggering and uncompromising.
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Terry Crews Takes His Sexual Assault Claim to the Lapd

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Terry Crews Takes His Sexual Assault Claim to the Lapd
Early last month, Brooklyn Nine Nine actor Terry Crews shared his own experience of sexual assault in Hollywood and now the actor has doubled down and filed a police report with the Lapd. Crews revealed that he had his genitals fondled by a high-level Hollywood executive in front of the actor's wife. Crews' disclosure via Twitter came a few days after the New York Times and New Yorker reported explosive revelations of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein dating back decades. Since, then more and more powerful men in entertainment have been accused as well.

Sources close to Terry Crews say that the man in question was Wme's Adam Venit, which lines up since Wme just announced that Venit is on leave. Venit is now on leave from William Morris Endeavor pending a company probe into the claims. Among those he represents are director Brett Ratner
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Willem Dafoe Named Cinema Vanguard by Santa Barbara Film Festival

Willem Dafoe Named Cinema Vanguard by Santa Barbara Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has tapped “The Florida Project” star Willem Dafoe for this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award.

The honor is one of many expected to come Dafoe’s way this Oscar season for his work in Sean Baker’s film. He was also nominated for the best actor Gotham Award by the New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project.

Willem Dafoe has brought countless unforgettable characters to the big screen,” said Sbiff executive director Roger Durling. “His role in ‘The Florida Project’ perfectly embodies his talent and imagination.”

The Cinema Vanguard honor is given annually to an actor who has forged his or her own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Previous recipients include Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, and Ryan Gosling.

The Florida Project” has made over $3 million in limited release so far.

The 33rd annual
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Will Ben Affleck Only Do One Batman Standalone Movie?

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Will Ben Affleck Only Do One Batman Standalone Movie?
With Ben Affleck making the press rounds for Justice League, the topic of his future in the Dceu has arose once again, with the actor hinting he may be done with the character after The Batman. While he doesn't come right out and say that he's done with the character, there had been rumors that Ben Affleck was leaving The Batman, although that was later retracted from initial reports, leaving many to question where Ben Affleck may stand in the Dceu. During a recent video interview, the actor was asked if he would be up for playing Batman five times, the actor had this to say, in a rather non-committal tone.

"I don't know about that. We'll see what the future holds."

The subject was brought up during an interview where Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman) were asked about Gal Gadot's recent stint hosting Saturday Night Live,
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Kenneth Lonergan, Vanessa Redgrave, Claude Lelouch to Attend Mar del Plata Film Festival

Madrid — The 38th Mar del Plata Film Festival opens on Nov. 17 with Serge Bozon’s farce “Mrs. Hyde,” starring Isabelle Huppert, and inevitable speculation about how Peter Scarlet’s appointment as artistic director will re-set Argentina’s most august film event. Kogonada’s “Columbus” is one of the films in the main international feature competition.

In broad terms, his influence can be seen in several ways. First, festival titles have been pared back from 420 to 320. That may still be too many, Scarlet said, but is a step in the right direction. “I believe festivals are about quality of films rather than quantity. I’m trying to go in that direction.”

Second, Mar del Plata’s masterclasses, a fixture at the Atlantic Coast event, have multiplied in heavyweight name attendance, while morphing into conversations, reflecting Scarlet’s pulling power after nearly 30 years directing the San Francisco (1983-2001), Tribeca (2003-09) and Abu Dhabi (2009-13) film festivals. “Manchester By the Sea’s” [link
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Cameron Bossert Creates Petition To Bar Casey Affleck From Presenting At The Oscars

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An online petition, created by filmmaker Cameron Bossert, is seeking to block Casey Affleck from presenting the Best Actor Oscar next year because of the sexual harassment allegations against him. Bossert started the petition following the many allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who was just last month, removed as a member of from […]

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‘Get Out’: How Jordan Peele Balanced Horror and Satire in Hitchcockian Oscar Contender

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‘Get Out’: How Jordan Peele Balanced Horror and Satire in Hitchcockian Oscar Contender
Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” captures and defuses racial tension so effectively that it’s a 2017 box office phenomenon ($253 million worldwide) and now an Oscar contender for Best Picture. The challenge, though, was editorially balancing horror with satire in this nightmare of enslavement for black photographer Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) when his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) takes him home to meet her liberal parents, Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener). Think “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” meets “Rosemary’s Baby,” as Peele turns every genre convention on its head.

In fact. editor Gregory Plotkin (producer Jason Blum’s “Paranormal Activity” sequels) partly got the gig because he was on the same geeky wavelength with Peele. The first thing they discussed were using the two above-mentioned movie classics as creative inspiration. “The hard thing to balance with the two tones was knowing when to cut off the humor and when to add more humor,
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Academy CEO Suggests Casey Affleck's Oscar-Presenting Duties Could Be in Question

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Academy CEO Suggests Casey Affleck's Oscar-Presenting Duties Could Be in Question
It seems a foregone conclusion that more men in Hollywood are going to face more consequences as allegations of sexual harassment and assault continue to pile up in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein bombshell. And based on new comments made by the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, it sounds as if Casey Affleck could be one of them. Affleck has been accused of sexual assault by two former colleagues, and while the disturbing claims cast something of a shadow over his award-season run for Manchester by the Sea in late 2016 and 2017, he still went on to win the best actor Oscar for his performance. It's a longstanding tradition that the winner of best actor or actress returns to the Oscars ceremony the following year to present the winner in the opposite gender's category. At Variety's Inclusion Summit on Nov. 1, the magazine's co-editor-in-chief, Claudia Eller, point-blank
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‘The Square’ Director Ruben Östlund Wants to Push Cultural Boundaries, But Won’t Read Any Scripts With Killing

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‘The Square’ Director Ruben Östlund Wants to Push Cultural Boundaries, But Won’t Read Any Scripts With Killing
“Revenge!” cried Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund as he recalled winning the Cannes Palme d’Or for “The Square” (Magnolia) last May. While the red-haired provocateur has an impish sense of humor —one early DVD touted “the best Swedish movie of the year” on the back cover, and on the inside, “the worst Swedish movie of the year” — his films steer audiences into uncomfortable places, forcing them to look at themselves in unflattering close-up.

That’s why Östlund is used to fielding a range of reactions to his movies. “It’s pointless if I communicate something and everyone agrees,” he told IndieWire. “Since my first movie, I have been dealing with ‘provoke food.'” (That’s Östlund for “food for thought.”)

However, he has his limits. ”I never kill any of the characters in my film,” he said. “I had to say to Wme, my agents who are sending me scripts:
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‘The Square’ Director Ruben Östlund Wants to Push Cultural Boundaries, But Won’t Read Any Scripts With Killing

‘The Square’ Director Ruben Östlund Wants to Push Cultural Boundaries, But Won’t Read Any Scripts With Killing
“Revenge!” cried Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund as he recalled winning the Cannes Palme d’Or for “The Square” (Magnolia) last May. While the red-haired provocateur has an impish sense of humor —one early DVD touted “the best Swedish movie of the year” on the back cover, and on the inside, “the worst Swedish movie of the year” — his films steer audiences into uncomfortable places, forcing them to look at themselves in unflattering close-up.

That’s why Östlund is used to fielding a range of reactions to his movies. “It’s pointless if I communicate something and everyone agrees,” he told IndieWire. “Since my first movie, I have been dealing with ‘provoke food.'” (That’s Östlund for “food for thought.”)

However, he has his limits. ”I never kill any of the characters in my film,” he said. “I had to say to WME, my agents who are sending me scripts:
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Petition Launched to Boot Casey Affleck From Next Year’s Oscars Over Past Harassment Accusations

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Petition Launched to Boot Casey Affleck From Next Year’s Oscars Over Past Harassment Accusations
Filmmaker Cameron Bossert has launched a petition for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to uninvite Casey Affleck to this year’s Oscars because the actor was accused of sexual harassment back in 2010. Currently, the petition on Change.org has 12,600 signatures, and it’s asking for the Academy to bar Affleck from presenting the Best Actress statue next year despite a long-standing tradition of having the previous year’s winners return. “In light of the revelations that Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing and assaulting women for decades, the Academy Awards recently voted to strip Weinstein of his membership — but.
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Petition Calls on Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to Ban Casey Affleck From This Year’s Oscars

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Petition Calls on Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to Ban Casey Affleck From This Year’s Oscars
The fallout from the recent Harvey Weinstein revelations (and the Kevin Spacey revelations, and the James Toback revelations, and the Roman Polanski revelations, the list rolls on…) continues apace. Filmmaker Cameron Bossert has taken to the internet to launch a new petition asking the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to ban recent Oscar winner Casey Affleck from this year’s Oscar ceremony, due to previous allegations of sexual harassment waged against the “Manchester by the Sea” actor.

The recently launched petition — available on Change.org’s platform and titled “Don’t let Casey Affleck participate in the 2018 Oscars” — is addressed to both AMPAS and its newly elected president John Bailey. The petition is currently seeking 1,000 signatures and, as of this writing, was hovering just below 600 signees.

Read More:John Oliver Calls the Academy Hypocrites for Expelling Harvey Weinstein But Giving Casey Affleck an Oscar

Bossert writes, “In light
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Inside the ‘Wonderstruck’ Design Team’s Cabinet of Wonders

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Inside the ‘Wonderstruck’ Design Team’s Cabinet of Wonders
If New York’s iconic American Museum of Natural History is the focal point of Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” then the tactile Cabinet of Wonders exhibit is the epicenter. That’s where the worlds of Rose (Millicent Simmonds) and Ben (Oakes Fegley), the two deaf children, converge 50 years apart (1927 and 1977).

“It was like winning the production design lotto,” said Mark Friedberg, who practically grew up at the museum and became a production designer as a result of its stimulating wonderment. “The Cabinet of Wonders is a glorious moment for a girl obsessed with making things and it’s where Rose’s journey stops. And it’s the place where Ben finally realizes he’s on the cusp of figuring out his mystery.”

A Tactile Theater of Memory

For Friedberg, building a set filled with such tactile historical objects is as good as it gets. Cabinets of Wonder, which date back more than 500 years,
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Matt Damon vs. Jimmy Kimmel! The Definitive History of Their Epic Twelve-Year Feud

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Matt Damon vs. Jimmy Kimmel! The Definitive History of Their Epic Twelve-Year Feud
One of the funniest and longest-running late night talk show bits started with a simple premise — Jimmy Kimmel just didn’t have time for Matt Damon.

The Oscars host has been one-half of the hilarious twelve-year feud with Damon that has even seen their famous friends join in on the gag. But Kimmel didn’t mean to start a decade-long beef with Damon — he just wanted to cheer himself up after a particularly bad early episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“We had a bad show … The guests were bad, and I was feeling pretty bad about myself at the end of the program,
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Josh Stewart Joins Matthias Schoenaerts’ Drama ‘Mustang’ (Exclusive)

Josh Stewart Joins Matthias Schoenaerts’ Drama ‘Mustang’ (Exclusive)
Shooter” star Josh Stewart has signed on for the upcoming Focus Features film “Mustang” opposite Matthias Schoenaerts, Gideon Adlon, Susan Sarandon, and Bruce Dern.

Alain Goldman and Molly Hallam of Legende Films are producing, with production having started in Nevada. French director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre is helming from his own script, co-written with Mona Fastvold and Brock Norman Brock. Focus has not yet dated the project.

Schoenaerts portrays a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs. He then forms a bond with a difficult horse, triggering past emotional issues.
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