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Roy Price Resigns as Amazon Studios Head

11 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Roy Price's days at Amazon Studios have come to an end. 

Days after one of the retail outlet and streaming giant's top producer accused Price of sexual harassment, the executive has resigned as head of Amazon Studios.

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former ‘The Mist’ Showrunner Amanda Segel

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Amanda Segel, a former showrunner and executive producer for The Weinstein Company’s television drama “The Mist,” has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Bob Weinstein. Segel tells Variety that while she was working on the Spike TV series, Weinstein “repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and asked her to join him for private dinners.”

Moreover, Segel tells the outlet that the harassment began in the summer of 2016 and “continued on and off for about three months until Segel’s lawyer, David Fox of Myman Greenspan, informed TWC executives — including COO David Glasser — that she would leave the show if Bob Weinstein did not stop contacting her on personal matters.”

A representative for Weinstein “denied that he engaged in any inappropriate behavior” in a statement to Variety, adding that “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in »

- Kate Erbland

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Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed

15 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Filming has wrapped on the fraught production of Lucasfilm‘s Han Solo spinoff movie, which saw Phil Lord and Chris Miller packing up their things and leave during shooting. Ron Howard came in, bringing a veteran, reassuring hand behind the camera, and a pleasant and engaging social media presence. Now, he’s heading into post-production with one more message.

The director hit Twitter today and revealed the official title of the movie, which is the fairly bland, “Solo: A Star Wars Story“:

Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017

It’s simple, effective, dull, and certain to start many memes (or as safesolvent suggested “Yolo: A Star Wars Story,” amirite?).

Continue reading Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Riz Ahmed in talks to bring modern-day Hamlet to Netflix

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Riz Ahmed has had a stellar year, with breakout roles in HBO’s The Night Of, being part of the cast of Rogue One, and winning an Emmy for his work on the former, making him the first actor of South Asian descent to do so. The actor is riding high and is using some of that well-earned clout to tackle his dream project, which involves playing the lead in one of William Shakespeare’s greatest »

- Matt Rooney

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Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)

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Hilary Swank is starring in the science-fiction thriller “I Am Mother,” which has started shooting at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank, who won best actress Academy Awards for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” is joining Clara Rugaard in a unique mother-daughter story.

Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.

I Am Mother” is based on an original concept by director Grant Sputore and writer Michael Lloyd Green. The screenplay was on the 2016 Black List.

I Am Mother” is Sputore’s feature debut. The special effects team at Weta Workshop (“Avatar,” “The Lord of The Rings”) has created the titular robot.

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- Dave McNary

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Nora Johnson, Writer of ‘The World of Henry Orient,’ Dies at 84

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Nora Johnson, who wrote the screenplay for “The World of Henry Orient” with her father, writer-director Nunnally Johnson, died Oct. 5 in Dallas. She was 84.

Her daughter, Marion Siwek, said she died of natural causes.

Johnson based the story on her novel about two schoolgirls who have a crush on a concert pianist, informed by her experiences at private school in New York. Peter Sellers played the pianist; the film also starred Angela Lansbury and Paula Prentiss. It also became a Broadway musical, “Henry, Sweet Henry.”

Her memoirs about her father and growing up in show business included “Flashback,” “You Can Go Home Again” and “Coast to Coast,” a memoir of her childhood shuttling between her journalist mother in New York and her Hollywood-based father. Nunnally Johnson was the writer and director of films including “The Three Faces of Eve” and “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” and screenwriter of “The Dirty Dozen.”

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- Pat Saperstein

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Lumière Festival: Le CiNéMa Club’s CEO Marie-Louise Khondji on Financing a Free VOD Player and Online Collection Curation

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Lyon – In town for a panel on VOD and streaming platforms at this year’s Lumière Festival is Le CiNéMa Club, a web-based VOD platform for classic and under-represented films.

A VOD platform at a festival is not necessarily anything to write home about, but this site is rare , particularly when it comes to its cost – a royal $0 annually.

Le CiNéMa Club is a curated streaming platform which uploads one film a week each week, and takes it down the next. Each film streamed can be watched at anytime, from nearly anywhere on the planet with a WiFi signal.

The screened films feature articles with extensive background information on the film and its director. The selected films vary in genre, length and format, but frequently showcase new filmmakers or less-known works from established directors. Typically short films are showcased, but in the past the site has also streamed documentaries, features and on occasion experimental cinema.

Another feature »

- Jamie Lang

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Lumière Festival: France’s UniversCine Offers Much More than Standard Streaming and Disc-in-a-box DVDs

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Lyon — In 2015, vinyl sales went up 53% to hit a 25-year-high, whatever the low base, while this year physical book sales have overtaken digital. In the world of film, there are still plenty of people who want physical copies of their content, especially if it’s packaged the right way. France’s UniversCine has come up with a new way of satisfying that sector of the market, while continuing to cash in on digital.

In Lyon to represent the company at the Lumière Festival are UniversCine and Blaq Out CEO Jean-Yves Bloch, and head of editions Charles Hembert. The two sister-companies are looking to update the ways that French audiences access classic, arthouse, documentary, short-form and animated films.

In the digital distribution business for nearly 15 years, UniversCine has navigated the ever-changing markets facing digital distributors.

“We’ve spent the last three years renovating and updating our platforms, because we’ve seen a shift in the digital market from transactional »

- Jamie Lang

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‘Wonderstruck’ Director Todd Haynes Emphasizes Importance of Film’s Score: It’s ‘Almost a Character’

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Todd Haynes’ latest film “Wonderstruck” opened at the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown L.A. Tuesday. The unusually warm October evening was graced by director Haynes, as well as star Oakes Fegley, screenwriter Brian Selznick, executive producer and costume designer Sandy Powell, and composer Carter Burwell. Julianne Moore and newcomer Millicent Simmonds, who also star in the film, were unable to attend.

Based on the novel also written by Selznick, “Wonderstruck” flips between two narratives in separate eras — the 1920s and 1970s. Simmonds and Fegley portray Rose and Ben (respectively), two deaf children who embark on distinctive, personal journeys in New York City. The Los Angeles Theatre was decorated to reflect both eras, with ushers dressed as either flappers or ‘70s socialites. Kettle corn and old fashioned sodas were also served during the screening.

Seldom does Hollywood see screenplays adapted from a novel written by the novelist himself. However, Selznick got the ball rolling on the project »

- Arya Roshanian

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Lumière Festival: Bertrand Tavernier on his Lifelong Love of Classic Westerns

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s 9th Lumière Festival includes a section dedicated to classic American Westerns, selected by French helmer Bertrand Tavernier (“The French Minister”), who is also curating a collection of books dedicated to the genre, published by Actes Sud.

The fourteen films to be screened span the period between 1943 and 1962, including titles such as William A. Wellman’s “The Ox-Bow Incident” (1943), John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” (1946), Howard Hawks’ “Red River” (1948), Delmer Daves’ “Broken Arrow” (1950), King Vidor’s “Man Without a Star” (1955) and John Ford’s “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962).

Tavernier will personally present each film. He has been a fan of American Westerns since he was a teenager and became an avid reader of Western novels as soon as he learned how to read English, in his early twenties.

Through this section and also a book collection published by Actes Sud, Tavernier is paying his own personal tribute to this quintessentially American genre. He is »

- Martin Dale

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‘The Mane Event': How Bet Ruined the Royal Wedding, According to Twitter

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The much anticipated royal wedding day of the year has finally arrived only to be ruined by Bet — by royal wedding, we mean Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir’s nuptials of course. The wedding, titled “Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir: The Mane Event,” was going to be broadcast on Bet for the world to see and experience so we could pretend we were right there celebrating with the Wopsters. Well, the ceremony sure was broadcast, but many people on Twitter were upset that they weren’t getting the experience they had anticipated. Apparently, it all started to go wrong when the hosts. »

- Rasha Ali

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‘This Is Us’ Surprise Twist Is ‘Huge Mic-Drop Moment’

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(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s episode of “This Is Us“) Just when “This Is Us” fans think they have a hunch about what’s coming ahead, they’re hit with a wallop. Tuesday’s installment of the hit NBC drama series divulged that Kate (Chrissy Metz) is six months pregnant, with the reveal following boyfriend Toby (Chris Sullivan) showing concern over her obsession with eating right and exercising. Also Read: 'This Is Us' Star Chris Sullivan Calls Toby's Moves 'a Load of Bulls-' (Exclusive Video) Needless to say, the huge »

- Ryan Gajewski

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Boston Celtics Forward Gordon Hayward’s Horrific Ankle Injury Sparks Sympathy From Sports World

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Just over five minutes into his debut with the Boston Celtics, Gordon Hayward suffered a devastating ankle injury live on national TV Tuesday night. The 27-year-old small forward collided with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James while going up for an alley-oop pass, and landed awkwardly on his left leg. As Celtics and Cavaliers players alike rushed to his aid, it was clear to viewers watching the opening game of the 2017 NBA season on TNT that this was a serious, agonizing injury. Also Read: LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers Players Lock Arms During National Anthem It was later announced by Celtics coach Brad. »

- Debbie Emery

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Gretchen Carlson Says She Showed Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape to Her Children (Video)

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While on tour promoting her new book, “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back,” former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson opened up about sexual harassment and revealed that she had even shown Donald Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” tape to her two children — who are 12 and 14. “When the Access Hollywood tape came out with now-President Trump, I played it for my children,” she told interviewer Nancy Armstrong, during a live discussion presented by Build Series, and by Armstrong’s documentary series, “Makers“. “I wanted them to see how not to treat human beings. I wanted then to. »

- Jon Levine

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David Cross Responds to Accusations of Racism: ‘I Don’t Remember This at All’

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David Cross has responded to actress Charlyne Yi’s accusation that he made racist comments to her a decade ago, saying that he has no recollection of the interaction described. “I don’t remember this at all!” the “Arrested Development” actor said in a tweet Tuesday. His confused reaction comes after the “Stephen Universe” star wrote in a tweet on Sunday: “I think about the first time I met David Cross 10 years ago & he made fun of my pants (that were tattered because I was poor). Dumbfounded I stared at him speechless and he said to me ‘what’s a matter? »

- Reid Nakamura

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Molly Ringwald: 'I Have Had Plenty Harveys of My Own'

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Molly Ringwald opened up about the numerous times she's contended with the pervasive culture of sexual harassment in Hollywood in an essay for The New Yorker titled, "All the Other Harvey Weinsteins." The piece arrives amidst the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal and as numerous women begin to detail their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault in the film and television industry.

Ringwald called the Weinstein scandal "a thread that has tangled its way through Hollywood, connecting women, mostly actresses, in a depressingly common way. We all seem to have a Harvey story, »

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‘NCIS’ Fans React to Maria Bello’s Debut as Pauley Perrette Nears Exit

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One star entered as another eyes the exit on tonight’s “NCIS,” and some fans weren’t sure whether to celebrate or commiserate. Tuesday’s installment of the venerable CBS procedural featured the introduction of Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane (Maria Bello) joining Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ (Mark Harmon) team. The new character’s arrival follows the departure of Special Agent Alex Quinn (Jennifer Esposito), who left after Season 14. Also Read: Can 'NCIS' Survive Without Pauley Perrette? Weighing heavily on fans’ minds during this week’s episode was the imminent exit for Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette). The »

- Ryan Gajewski

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Elizabeth Olsen, Jane Rosenthal Demand Justice for Sexual Assault Victims at Chanel Tribeca Lunch

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“So I don’t know about all of you, but I’m having a Howard Beale moment,” said Tribeca EnterprisesJane Rosenthal to the women in film who gathered at Locanda Verde on Tuesday for the third annual Tribeca Chanel Through Her Lens Women’s Filmmaker Program lunch. “Like the character Peter Finch plays in ‘Network,’ I’m mad as hell.”

And, as an increasing number of women come forward with stories of sexual assault and misconduct by Harvey Weinstein and other males in the industry, Rosenthal isn’t alone in her anger.

“I was surprised and not as surprised,” Elizabeth Olsen, who’s volunteered at the Rape Treatment Center, told Variety, “because I’m around women and children who’ve been sexually assaulted every week. I think we have a really insane epidemic, and it’s amazing to hear women who feel comfortable or safe enough to speak out.” She hopes it »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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La City Attorney Asks for Harvey Weinstein Victims to Come Forward, Says He ‘Will Prosecute’

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Los Angeles’ city attorney Mike Feuer is calling on victims of sexual abuse and harassment to come forward in the wake of allegations against such Hollywood figures as Harvey Weinstein, the Los Angeles Times reports. Feuer said in a statement on Tuesday that the Lapd takes these allegations “very seriously, and where the facts support conviction, we will prosecute.” He pointed out that “this is not just a Hollywood thing” and that harassment and abuse are problems in “virtually every industry. Also Read: Here's Every Harvey Weinstein Accusation of Sexual Harassment and Assault His remarks come on a day in which Weinstein resigned. »

- Ryan Gajewski

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Amazon Studios Head Resigns After Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Amazon Studios programming chief Roy Price has resigned after a producer, Isa Hackett, accused him of sexual harassment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Prior to tendering his resignation Tuesday, Price was placed on a leave of absence October 12th.

Price's departure from Amazon Studios comes as Hollywood reckons with the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Amidst Weinstein's downfall, an array of women have begun to detail their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault in the film and television industry.

"I'm pleased Amazon is taking steps to address the issue," said Hackett, »

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