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Directors Guild announces it has filed disciplinary charges against Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES--The Directors Guild of America has filed disciplinary charges against member Harvey Weinstein, the organization announced Saturday

DGA President Thomas Schlamme said that the guild made the charges over a week ago, on Oct. 13. Typically, the DGA does not make public remarks about "internal union matters, but has decided to make an ...Read more

O'Reilly reportedly paid $32 million harassment settlement before signing new Fox contract

Fired Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly paid $32 million to settle a sexual harassment claim just before he signed his last contract with Fox News.

A report in the New York Times published Saturday said O'Reilly made the payment to Lis Wiehl, a longtime contributor to his program, who alleged that O'Reilly forced her into a nonconsensual sexual ...Read more

Threatening messages from Suge Knight terrified 'Straight Outta Compton' director

F. Gary Gray was standing on a South L.A. street, shooting a scene for the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton," when the director received a phone call from one of the men depicted in the movie.

Marion "Suge" Knight was on the other end of the line, and he was angry, according to testimony by detectives this year. Knight, the Compton-born ...Read more

Are movies about wildfires, tsunamis what audiences want to see now?

This fall's Northern California wildfires have claimed 42 lives so far. While it's craven to think about the devastation and loss in relation to a commercial movie opening Friday, "Only the Brave" has a lot riding on audience appetite for a fact-based wildfire saga at this particular moment.

Valiantly, the movie wards off its own cliches long ...Read more

Playoff tickets at 'face value'? The Cubs have learned from 'Hamilton'

CHICAGO -- "The thrill is gone?" read the headline on a Tribune story about playoff tickets at Wrigley Field going for "under face value."

True. Thanks to the Chicago Cubs' poor performance in the first part of the National League Championship Series -- plus the proximity to last year's historic triumph -- you could indeed buy tickets to this ...Read more

TV Academy to vote on disciplinary proceedings for Harvey Weinstein in November

Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein is facing potential expulsion from the Television Academy in the wake of the growing sexual harassment and assault allegations levied against him.

Per the academy's bylaws, the producer, whose Weinstein Co. is behind Emmy-winning series such as "Project Runway" and Netflix dud "Marco Polo," will be subjected ...Read more

Lupita Nyong'o relates her story of inappropriate Harvey Weinstein encounters

With stories about women allegedly harassed by Harvey Weinstein surfacing all around her, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o decided she couldn't keep her own story squashed down any longer.

She thought the things that had happened were unique to her, not a larger pattern of what she on Thursday called "sinister behavior." She blamed herself for much ...Read more

New Taylor Swift song makes us wonder: What happened to the new, cold-blooded Swift?

Anyone hoping that Taylor Swift's "Reputation" will be a cold blade of revenge will be surprised by the gooey romance of her new single, "Gorgeous."

Released Thursday night, the song is a hard turn from the angry, slightly unhinged electro-rock of her recent singles. Instead, it's a maudlin pop ballad about, yep, falling hard for a super-hot ...Read more

Column: Apple's new flagship store an understated gem on the Chicago River

CHICAGO -- Chicago's new Apple store is thrillingly transparent, elegantly understated and a boon to the city's riverfront.

With its huge sheets of laminated glass and an ultra-thin roof of lightweight carbon fiber the store, opening Friday, is simultaneously present and absent, there and not there. From North Michigan Avenue, you look through ...Read more

Movie review: Fantasy and reality mix in 'The Florida Project,' a poignant tale of childhood

A poignant movie about childhood that's definitely not for children, "The Florida Project" depicts a 6-year-old (the enchanting Brooklynn Kimberly Prince) growing up in the shadow of the Happiest Place on Earth. Moonee lives in a lavender castle with her mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite), and merrily runs around with her friends Jancey (Valeria ...Read more

Movie review: 'Mark Felt' shines a spotlight on Deep Throat

Something's awry in the White House, and that troubles FBI special agent Mark Felt (Liam Neeson). A longtime second-in-command to J. Edgar Hoover, Felt has a reputation for doing things by the book. Although that quality has earned him the respect of his peers, Felt is passed over when Hoover dies -- and faced with a new and clueless boss, L. ...Read more

Movie review: New documentary 'Saving Brinton' tells the story of Michael Zahs, who helped save 100-year-old movies of Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Edison and more

A retired history teacher in rural eastern Iowa, where Amish farmers still plow their fields and travel to town on actual horsepower, Michael Zahs has an eccentric, nearly irresistible way of connecting young students to the past. When he appears as a guest lecturer at small-town schools, he brings old handmade implements from the hoarder's ...Read more

The industry also needs cleansing: Harvey Weinstein went unchecked in a culture that secretly loves its bullies

The horrific allegations against Harvey Weinstein have summoned forth images that will play in our heads on a loop for days, months, maybe years. Those images -- detailed with sickening exactitude in the pages of the New York Times and the New Yorker, and also in the harrowing personal testimonies that have emerged since -- scarcely bear ...Read more

Sheila E. felt it was 'time to stand for something' on her new album

The last couple of years, while working on two different albums, singer-percussionist Sheila E. realized she had to shift gears.

One of the albums was a dance record; the other was an album she felt compelled to make after longtime friend Prince died in 2016. (They were frequent collaborators, and he's credited with transforming her career.)

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Movie review: Fact-based 'Breathe' is an Oscar-baiting romance

Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) is a tea broker who exudes confidence -- a quality that attracts the attention of perkily appealing socialite Diana Blacker (Claire Foy). The two look good together, and their marriage is a foregone conclusion. It's the 1950s, and the British couple seems destined for a bright, mostly untroubled future.

But ...Read more

Movie review: Farrell, Kidman endure crucible of suffering in 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'

Animal corpses tend to pile up with alarming regularity in the films of Yorgos Lanthimos -- just ask the cat in "Dogtooth," or the dog in "The Lobster." (You can't, sorry. They're dead.) So imagine my surprise that no antlered beasts are slaughtered in "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," a lightly blood-spattered but technically immaculate nightmare...Read more

Movie review: 'One of Us' examines tough choices facing those who break away from Hasidic life

In the mythology of personal growth, liberating yourself leads invariably to increased happiness. Yet what characterizes the seekers in the powerful "One of Us" is nothing that straightforward.

As directed by expert documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ("Jesus Camp," "12th & Delaware"), "One of Us" spends two years following three ...Read more

Movie review: Fassbender won't melt your heart in dreadfully incoherent thriller 'The Snowman'

In "The Snowman," a wretched waste of time and talent from the Swedish director Tomas Alfredson ("Let the Right One In"), two detectives track a serial killer who likes to hack up women's bodies and then scatter the pieces all over: a head here, a limb there. The movie, perhaps subscribing to the fallacy of imitative form, adopts this dispersal ...Read more

'Florida Project,' 'Get Out' among Gotham Awards nominees

The Gotham Awards announced nominees on Thursday, with "Get Out" leading the field with recognition in four categories, including best feature and breakthrough director and best screenplay for writer-director Jordan Peele.

"Call Me by Your Name," "Lady Bird," "The Florida Project" and "Columbus" had three nominations each.

Along with "Get Out,...Read more

LAPD investigating Harvey Weinstein after an actress in LA accuses him of rape

LOS ANGELES -- An Italian model-actress met with Los Angeles police detectives for more than two hours Thursday morning, providing a detailed account of new allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 2013.

She is the sixth woman to accuse Weinstein of rape or forcible sex acts. Los Angeles police Capt. ...Read more

 

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