Peter Jackson says Weinsteins blacklisted Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino; Harvey Weinstein disagrees

After director Peter Jackson publicized his suspicion that actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino were blacklisted by Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced producer has denied the "Lord of the Rings" filmmaker's accusations.

According to Jackson, the actresses had been chosen to star in his "Lord of the Rings" franchise when it was still under the ...Read more

More women accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct in the '70s and '80s

More women have accused Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct in the 1970s and 1980s, stepping forward in two stories published one after the other Thursday by Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

Also on Thursday, Hoffman's first accuser described how the Variety report came to be. In an essay for the Los Angeles Times, the accuser, Anna Graham ...Read more

Movie review: John Hughes meets Indiana Jones in fun romp 'Jumanji'

Don't consider "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" a straight remake of the 1995 Robin Williams board game adventure film. This is more of spiritual sequel or reimagining. If it was a jungle in there for Williams, it's a jungle out there for Dwayne Johnson and pals in this video game-inspired romp directed by Jake Kasdan.

No longer is Jumanji a ...Read more

Morgan Spurlock steps down from production company after sexual misconduct confession

On Wednesday, "Super Size Me" director Morgan Spurlock published an essay admitting his long history of sexual misconduct.

The next day, Spurlock stepped down from Warrior Poets, the New York-based production company he founded in 2004 with partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin.

In response to Spurlock's departure, Chilnick and Galkin ...Read more

Chicago writer explores Hollywood TV writers room as the 'diversity hire'

CHICAGO -- Last year the Writers Guild of America published a report titled "Renaissance in Reverse?" that looked at who is getting hired as TV and film writers and found "a mixture of slow forward progress, stalls and reversals on the Hollywood diversity front."

In terms of hard numbers, 2014 saw more than 3,500 white writers employed on TV ...Read more

'Gunpowder' not that big of a blast

"Gunpowder," the HBO miniseries originally produced for BBC One, is a history lesson presented in the tone of "Game of Thrones." It looks at the events leading up to the 1605 Gunpowder Plot in London that has become the British national holiday Guy Fawkes Day, despite the assassination attempt being a failure. The production has the attention to...Read more

'A Christmas Story Live!' starring Maya Rudolph and Matthew Broderick airs Sunday on Fox

A singing Ralphie Parker is heading to your living room.

"A Christmas Story Live!" debuts at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central Sunday on Fox. Based on the Broadway show, A Christmas Story: The Musical, the three-hour TV special features Maya Rudolph as the Mom, Chris Diamantopoulos as the Old Man, Jane Krakowski as Miss Shields and 11-year-old Andy Walken ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Ballad of Lefty Brown' is a dark, brooding Old West tale with a smart modern touch

As the man himself would be the first to tell you, Lefty Brown is not the kind of guy ballads are written about. Folksy and eccentric, prone to talking to himself, this self-abnegating old-timer is the eternal sidekick, the hero's reliable right hand and nothing more.

But as its title indicates, "The Ballad of Lefty Brown" delights in flipping ...Read more

'The Disaster Artist' review: James Franco's ode to a schlock auteur and his 'so bad, it's good' flop

In 1998, aspiring actor Greg Sestero met another aspiring actor, Tommy Wiseau, in an acting class in San Francisco. Wiseau performed a bit of Stanley Kowalski from "A Streetcar Named Desire," and Sestero had never seen anything like Wiseau's raw anguish, unvarnished pain, chair-throwing abandon and complete lack of finesse. Sestero later ...Read more

NYPD opens investigation into Russell Simmons as more sexual assault allegations surface

Following at least 11 accusations of sexual misconduct against Russell Simmons -- seven of which allegedly happened in New York City -- the New York Police Department's special victims unit has opened an investigation of the embattled music mogul.

A person at the NYPD who was not authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity told the ...Read more

Russell Simmons hits back against rape allegations

Music mogul Russell Simmons took to Instagram on Thursday morning to fight back against the multiple sexual misconduct accusations levied against him in recent weeks.

"Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges," Simmons posted, alongside a stark black-and-white image with the...Read more

Philip Seymour Hoffman's partner opens up about his addiction and the relapse that led to his death

Illuminating the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's longtime struggle with addiction, Mimi O'Donnell, his partner and mother of his three children, opened up about their relationship in a heartbreaking new essay for Vogue.

O'Donnell also wrote about the triggers that led to Hoffman's relapse after two decades of sobriety and his death at age 46.

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Tavis Smiley vows to fight back against sexual misconduct allegations

Tavis Smiley is fighting back against sexual misconduct accusations that resulted in PBS suspending distribution of his late-night talk show.

In a Facebook video posted Wednesday evening, the "Tavis Smiley" host said that he was shocked by the announcement from PBS, stating that Variety knew before he did.

"I have the utmost respect for women ...Read more

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' returning for 10th season

The return of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will not be short-lived.

The beloved comedy series created by and starring Larry David was renewed for a 10th season, HBO announced Thursday.

"As I've said many times, when one has the opportunity to annoy someone, one should do so," David said in a statement.

"Curb" returned for its ninth season earlier ...Read more

The history of 21st Century Fox from 'The Sound of Music' to 'Avatar'

Walt Disney Co. plans to acquire the film and TV studio and other assets of 21st Century Fox. If approved by regulators, the deal would create an entertainment powerhouse. Here is a look at the rich Hollywood history of the Fox studio.


Hungarian immigrant William Fox founds Fox Film Corp. in Fort Lee, N.J. Soon after, he moves the company...Read more

Disney has a wholesome, family-friendly image. Will acquiring Fox create a culture clash?

Stewie Griffin, meet Mickey Mouse.

The foulmouthed toddler of Fox's animated series "Family Guy" is an un-potty-trained troublemaker whose florid vocabulary and diabolical machinations would likely get him kicked out of the Magic Kingdom.

But with Walt Disney Co.'s game-changing plan to acquire key 21st Century Fox assets, including its movie ...Read more

Director Nancy Buirski on the lessons of 'The Rape of Recy Taylor' and the courage it takes to speak out

On Recy Taylor's way home from church one night in Abbeville, Ala., a group of white men accosted her on the street. They forced the 24-year-old wife and mother into their truck, and six of them took turns raping her. This was in 1944, and though the incident was reported to police immediately, the assailants were never brought to justice.

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'The Shape of Water' is a fantastic fantasy

Guillermo del Toro may know better than any living filmmaker how to create a fantasy with intelligence and maturity. He might make some miscalculations -- I found much to admire but little to enjoy in his 2015 Victorian gothic extravaganza "Crimson Peak" -- but never shows a lack of artistry and aspiration.

With his dreamlike love story "The ...Read more

'The Other Side of Hope' offers a droll look at the refugee crisis

With an estimated 65 million people fleeing for their lives, the global refugee crisis can seem too big, too complex and too out of control to deal with. But in the dark, deadpan farce "The Other Side of Hope," Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki argues there are different ways to define displaced people, and by helping, we can rescue not just ...Read more

'In Search of Fellini' personal story for Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright is persistent. Her passion for the 1954 Federico Fellini film "La Strada" started a journey that three decades later culminated in the feature film "In Search of Fellini," co-written by Cartwright and Peter Kjenaas.

The film follows Lucy, a young woman (Ksenia Solo) who has lived a sheltered life going on a journey to meet the ...Read more