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Prominent TV Casting Director: "Workshops Are Dying" After Pay-to-Play Investigation

Will Stewart, who worked most recently on 'Scandal,' deleted a Facebook page advertising his own casting workshop classes. read more.....»»

Category: topSource: hollywoodreporterJan 12th, 2017

Prominent TV Casting Director: "Workshops Are Dying" After Pay-to-Play Investigation

Will Stewart, who worked most recently on 'Scandal,' deleted a Facebook page advertising his own casting workshop classes. read more.....»»

Category: topSource: hollywoodreporterJan 12th, 2017

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2018 Nominations - Full List!

Congrats are in order – so many stars were nominated for 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards! Some of the notable nominees include both Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer for Call Me By Your Name, Margot Robbie for I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird, James Franco for The Disaster Artist, Salma Hayek for Beatriz at [...] Congrats are in order – so many stars were nominated for 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards! Some of the notable nominees include both Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer for Call Me By Your Name, Margot Robbie for I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird, James Franco for The Disaster Artist, Salma Hayek for Beatriz at Dinner, Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out, Robert Pattinson for Good Time, and many more. If you don’t know, the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards will air before the Oscars. This year, the show will air on IFC on March 3. Be sure to tune in! Click inside for the full list of nominees for the Film Independent Spirit Awards… BEST FEATURE Call Me By Your Name Producers: Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman Get Out Producers: Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele Lady Bird Producers: Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin The Florida Project Producers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou The Rider Producers: Mollye Asher, Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Chloé Zhao BEST FIRST FEATURE Columbus Director: Kogonada Producers: Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz Ingrid Goes West Director: Matt Spicer Producers: Jared Ian Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White Menashe Director/Producer: Joshua Z. Weinstein Producers: Yoni Brook, Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman, Alex Lipschultz Oh Lucy! Director/Producer: Atsuko Hirayanagi Producers: Jessica Elbaum, Yukie Kito, Han West Patti Cake$ Director: Geremy Jasper Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Noah Stahl, Rodrigo Teixeira JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD Dayveon Writer/Director/Producer: Amman Abbasi Writer: Steven Reneau Producers: Lachion Buckingham, Alexander Uhlmann A Ghost Story Writer/Director: David Lowery Producers: Adam Donaghey, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston Life and nothing more Writer/Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza Producers: Amadeo Hernández Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernández, Pedro Hernández Santos Most Beautiful Island Writer/Director/Producer: Ana Asensio Producers: Larry Fessenden, Noah Greenberg, Chadd Harbold, Jenn Wexler The Transfiguration Writer/Director: Michael O’Shea Producer: Susan Leber BEST DIRECTOR Sean Baker, The Florida Project Jonas Carpignano, A Ciambra Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name Jordan Peele, Get Out Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Good Time Chloé Zhao, The Rider BEST SCREENPLAY Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird Azazel Jacobs, The Lovers Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Jordan Peele, Get Out Mike White, Beatriz at Dinner BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Donald Cried Kris Avedisian Story By: Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman The Big Sick Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani Women Who Kill Ingrid Jungermann Columbus Kogonada Ingrid Goes West David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Thimios Bakatakis, The Killing of a Sacred Deer Elisha Christian, Columbus Hélène Louvart, Beach Rats Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me by Your Name Joshua James Richards, The Rider BEST EDITING Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, Good Time Walter Fasano, Call Me by Your Name Alex O’Flinn, The Rider Gregory Plotkin, Get Out Tatiana S. Riegel, I, Tonya BEST FEMALE LEAD Salma Hayek, Beatriz at Dinner Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri Margot Robbie, I, Tonya Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird Shinobu Terajima, Oh Lucy! Regina Williams, Life and nothing more BEST MALE LEAD Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name Harris Dickinson, Beach Rats James Franco, The Disaster Artist Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out Robert Pattinson, Good Time BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Holly Hunter, The Big Sick Allison Janney, I, Tonya Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime Taliah Lennice Webster, Good Time BEST SUPPORTING MALE Nnamdi Asomugha, Crown Heights Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Bennie Safdie, Good Time ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD Mudbound Director: Dee Rees Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM BPM (Beats Per Minute) France Director: Robin Campillo A Fantastic Woman Chile Director: Sebastián Lelio I Am Not a Witch Zambia Director: Rungano Nyoni Lady Macbeth U.K. Director: William Oldroyd Loveless Russia Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev BEST DOCUMENTARY The Departure Director/Producer: Lana Wilson Faces Places Directors: Agnés Varda, JR Producer: Rosalie Varda Last Men in Aleppo Director: Feras Fayyad Producers: Kareem Abeed, Søeren Steen Jespersen, Stefan Kloos Motherland Director/Producer: Ramona S. Diaz Producer: Rey Cuerdo Quest Director: Jonathan Olshefski Producer: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 21st, 2017

John Legend Slams Rumors He"s Casting Trump Supporters in New Music Video

John Legend is putting an end to the rumors surrounding his new music video. A story was reported that the 38-year-old entertainer was hosting a casting call for white, and “preferably out of shape” Donald Trump supporters to take part in a rally/protest in an upcoming project. John took to Twitter on Sunday night (September [...] John Legend is putting an end to the rumors surrounding his new music video. A story was reported that the 38-year-old entertainer was hosting a casting call for white, and “preferably out of shape” Donald Trump supporters to take part in a rally/protest in an upcoming project. John took to Twitter on Sunday night (September 3) to slam the rumors and to say that the casting call did not come from him. There’s a casting call out there claiming to represent me looking for ‘out of shape’ Trump supporters. This didn’t come from me or my team,” John tweeted. John has been extremely vocal in his distaste for Trump. John‘s wife Chrissy Teigen was recently blocked on Twitter by the president. “I still think Trump is awful and whoever voted for him did a disservice to the country,” John continued. “But I didn’t issue this casting call.” There's a casting call out there claiming to represent me looking for "out of shape" Trump supporters. This didn't come from me or my team — John Legend (@johnlegend) September 4, 2017 Read more tweets inside… I still think Trump is awful and whoever voted for him did a disservice to the country. But I didn't issue this casting call. — John Legend (@johnlegend) September 4, 2017 I am shooting a video tomorrow w/ a political scene in it but that casting notice wasn't from our production at all. More on my video soon! — John Legend (@johnlegend) September 4, 2017 Read more tweets inside… Oh, and both sides of the political spectrum have their share of Americans of all shapes and sizes! — John Legend (@johnlegend) September 4, 2017.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 4th, 2017

Actresses Accuse CSI Casting Veteran Of Manipulating Aspiring Stars Into Undressing

Another day, another sexual misconduct scandal… On Wednesday, veteran casting associate Andy Henry was exposed by The Hollywood Reporter for manipulating actresses into disrobing during private, paid auditioning sessions. In fact, this behavior got Henry fired from his CSI casting gig and his own firm in 2008, as it was revealed that he used this strategy [...] Another day, another sexual misconduct scandal... On Wednesday, veteran casting associate Andy Henry was exposed by The Hollywood Reporter for manipulating actresses into disrobing during private, paid auditioning sessions. In fact, this behavior got Henry fired from his CSI casting gig and his own firm in 2008, as it was revealed that he used this strategy on up-and-comers seeking costarring roles on the crime drama. Related: Tom Sizemore Dropped From Horror Movie Project Sadly, some women fell for Andy's "coaching technique," as they felt compelled to please him since he was a key way to land entry-level parts. Man, oh man. To make matters worse, since the firing was never publicly disclosed, Henry went on to work on MAJOR motion pictures -- including Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Descendants, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Elysium. Tsk, tsk. Thankfully, five women have made the brave decision to come forward to detail their unsavory experiences with Andy. These women became connected thanks to the #MeToo campaign. Understandably, the actresses feel they were preyed upon. And it seems as though Andy thoroughly planned out his manipulation as the ladies' respective encounters with Henry were practically identical. Per the accusers, Henry used the same scene from a 2006 episode of the procedural, where a character struggles with a rare genetic disorder that causes excess hair growth. On meeting the casting professional at Reel Pros, actress Jenny Kern recalled: "His line was, 'It's a really challenging scene and I can tell you can handle it, but it definitely requires more work than what we do here. Do you have any time to stay afterward to push a little harder with [the material]?' I was really flattered." Andy had Jenny perform the scene a few times before suggesting that, in order to achieve "more vulnerability," she should take her bra off. According to Kern, the industry vet became dissatisfied with the situation and "incrementally asked [her] to take [her] clothes off." Jenny eventually complied so that she could get the meeting over with. After manipulating Jenny into her underwear, Andy began to improvise a scene that was highly inappropriate. She continued: "He started saying things, improvising as this detective character: 'I can see your tits,' 'I can see you shave your pussy.' He did it until I finally cried." He ended the meeting by thanking Jenny for her performance. How awful. Tessa Goss had a similar run-in with Andy while at Culver City's acting center ITA. She added: "He prefaced by saying, as he'd playact frustration, running his hands through his hair, 'This is going to seem super-crazy, but don't think it's super-weird.' That he works with actresses all the time. His thing was that [the performance] would feel more authentic if you can feel your nipples against your clothes. I thought, 'I need to get out of here.' But there's also this sick actor part of me that thought, 'I need to get out of here as friends.'" Tessa chose to leave the meeting, as she was pregnant with her third child and not eager to show her baby bump to a stranger. Goss later emailed ITA about Andy's behavior and later received the following reply: "Dear God! Just tell me that no one asked you to disrobe!!!" SMH. Andy's advances left quite the impact on his victims as many began to doubt their talent following the upsetting invitations. Catherine Black, who rebuffed Henry's request at AIA Actor's Studio, shared: "It really planted a seed in my head, that maybe I wasn't good enough. Of, what did I do wrong? It made me feel ashamed." Through AIA, Andy met another victim, whom he allegedly groped. Mandy June Turpin, who claims Henry touched her shoulders and breasts during their session, relayed: "I thought, 'Thank God, somebody said something.' You're afraid to speak up. You're someone without credits. And he went on to work again in the business anyway." Andy also preyed on an intern at the casting firm where he worked, named Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer. Reportedly, Henry offered to give aspiring star Jacqueline Mueller private acting advice back in 2008. Using the same CSI scene, the casting expert advised the intern to take off her bra, a request she followed. When Andy told her to unzip her sweater, Mueller realized the situation had become one of misconduct. Related: Sixth Woman Accuses Roy Moore Of Sexual Assault Jacqueline remembered: "Then he asked me to unzip my sweater. If I'd unzipped it, I would've been topless. I felt disgusted and bamboozled." In order to "loosen" her up, Andy then offered Mueller a glass of whiskey. She quipped: "I don't remember him reaching out to the men in the office to 'help' them." Ugh. Andy has since responded to the allegations with the following statement: "Nine years ago, I tried what I thought was a coaching technique, but which I learned very quickly was foolish and foolhardy. It was brought to light almost immediately, and as you were correctly informed, I was terminated from my employment in 2008 as a result. I was then, and remain to this day, profoundly sorry about these incidents. I took responsibility right away for using nudity as a technique to explore the vulnerability portrayed in a scene, without being cognizant of the potential damage to the human being in the room. I was not aware of the allegations of fondling until now, and do not believe or recall that such a thing happened. I never meant to make anyone feel pressured into doing anything, nor did I ever consciously intend to hurt anyone. My job was gone, my standing in the entertainment community was greatly lowered, and my career options were severely curtailed. I lost my marriage and declared bankruptcy as a result. I was punished for my actions, but I have spent the last nine years rebuilding myself into a person who could never do such a thoughtless and careless thing again. I have formally converted to Judaism, I have dedicated my life to the service of God and to trying to make some repair in this world. And I have striven to live and work every day as honorably and as honestly as possible. I am, again, inexpressibly sorry for the pain that these incidents caused." Looks like someone is REALLY trying to downplay this controversy. Is there a way to fast track his ousting??? [Image via YouTube.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonNov 16th, 2017

Kathy Griffin Is No Longer Under Federal Investigation After Controversial Photo Shoot

Kathy Griffin just announced that she is longer under federal investigation following her controversial Donald Trump photo shoot. The 56-year-old comedian took to her Twitter to share the news that the investigation has been concluded. “TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been [...] Kathy Griffin just announced that she is longer under federal investigation following her controversial Donald Trump photo shoot. The 56-year-old comedian took to her Twitter to share the news that the investigation has been concluded. “TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally,” Kathy wrote. She also included an AP article that debunked a rumor that Kathy was headed to jail following the incident. Kathy previously apologized for sharing the controversial and bloody photos of Donald. TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally. pic.twitter.com/1AGZ0dCMDN — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 28, 2017.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredJul 28th, 2017

Prince Harry Painfully Talks About the People Who Took Photographs of Princess Diana Dying

Prince Harry is painfully talking about the moments his mother, the late Princess Diana, was dying. “One of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people who were taking photographs of her dying in the backseat of her car,” [...] Prince Harry is painfully talking about the moments his mother, the late Princess Diana, was dying. “One of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people who were taking photographs of her dying in the backseat of her car,” the 32-year-old royal said in the 90-minute film Diana, 7 Days (via Cosmopolitan). “William and I know that, we’ve been told that numerous times by people that know that was the case. She had quite a severe head injury, but she was very much alive on the backseat and the same people who caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat. Then those photographs made… made their way back to news desks in this country.” Princess Diana passed away on August 31, 1997 after a car accident with her companion Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul in Paris, France. The car she was in was trying to avoid paparazzi......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 23rd, 2017

Jennifer Lawrence As A Mid-30s Mother Of Three & More Of The Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!

Actors want to believe they can play anything. And why wouldn't they try? After all, getting to stretch is fun AND gets you noticed during award season. But let's face it — sometimes you just aren't right for the part! And the movie is the worse for it. Ch-ch-check out our list of actors who were the wrong [...] Actors want to believe they can play anything. And why wouldn't they try? After all, getting to stretch is fun AND gets you noticed during award season. But let's face it -- sometimes you just aren't right for the part! And the movie is the worse for it. Ch-ch-check out our list of actors who were the wrong age, the wrong race, the wrong, um... octave? And many more (below)! CLICK HERE to view "Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!" CLICK HERE to view "Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!" CLICK HERE to view "Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!" CLICK HERE to view "Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!" CLICK HERE to view "Worst Movie Casting Of All Time!" [Image via The Weinstein Company/RKO Pictures/Universal Pictures.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonAug 21st, 2017

Ryan Murphy Is Making TV History With Largest Transgender Actor Casting Ever!

Ryan Murphy is making history for TV – and the LGBTQ community. Following a six month casting search, the American Horror Story showrunner has hired five transgender actors to play series regular roles in his upcoming 1980s scripted drama Pose, according to THR. Here’s a plot summary: set in the 1980s, Pose looks at the [...] Ryan Murphy is making history for TV – and the LGBTQ community. Following a six month casting search, the American Horror Story showrunner has hired five transgender actors to play series regular roles in his upcoming 1980s scripted drama Pose, according to THR. Here’s a plot summary: set in the 1980s, Pose looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world. The actors are MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, Indya Moore and Angelica Ross, all of whom will be playing authentic transgender characters. More casting is expected to be announced soon. In addition, trans writer and singer-songwriter Our Lady J and trans activist and author Janet Mock are working on scripts for the series, and producers are tapping prominent figures in ball culture as consultants. Production on Pose will begin in November in New York......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredOct 25th, 2017

Angelina Jolie Fires Back at "Vanity Fair," Disputes "First They Killed My Father" Audition Story

Angelina Jolie is refuting an account published in her Vanity Fair cover story about how casting directors played a “game” with the young children they auditioned for First They Killed My Father, the new movie she directed. “In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, [...] Angelina Jolie is refuting an account published in her Vanity Fair cover story about how casting directors played a “game” with the young children they auditioned for First They Killed My Father, the new movie she directed. “In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie,” the Vanity Fair story reads. Many are calling this account of the casting emotionally abusive. Angelina released a statement to the Huffington Post assuring everyone that the story is taken out of context and there were guardians, parents, doctors, and more present during the entire filming process. “Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present,” Angelina said. “I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.”.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredJul 30th, 2017

Mario Lopez Delivers a Speech at Women"s Expo in New Jersey!

Mario Lopez is speaking out! The 44-year-old television host and actor attended the Women’s Expo in New Jersey over the weekend (October 28-29) in Edison, New Jersey. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Mario Lopez The expo featured shopping, spa treatments and massages, DIY workshops and speeches by celebrity speakers including Mario and Valerie [...] Mario Lopez is speaking out! The 44-year-old television host and actor attended the Women’s Expo in New Jersey over the weekend (October 28-29) in Edison, New Jersey. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Mario Lopez The expo featured shopping, spa treatments and massages, DIY workshops and speeches by celebrity speakers including Mario and Valerie Bertinelli. Earlier in the month, Mario was spotted supporting his friend Eva Longoria at her foundation gala in Los Angeles. Mario recently shared a cute photo with his wife Courtney on his Instagram: “After that game havin a drink (or 10.) @Dodgers will be back tomorrow night… #LA #KeepinTheFaith,” he captioned the post......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredOct 30th, 2017

Straight Outta Compton Casting Agents Apologize For Allegedly Racist Casting Ad - 411mania.com

Straight Outta Compton Casting Agents Apologize For Allegedly Racist Casting Ad411mania.comThe casting company behind seeking actors for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton have apologized for a casting call that implied they were only looking for darke.....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsJul 18th, 2014

Watch Attorney General Jeff Sessions Awkwardly Respond To Donald Trump Saying He Wished He Hadn"t Appointed Him!

How can a man be a leader when all he sees are enemies?? On Wednesday night, The New York Times published its most disturbing piece on Donald Trump yet — an interview with him. The POTUS' take on being under investigation shows a terrifying lack of self awareness and accountability. And while that may not be new, [...] How can a man be a leader when all he sees are enemies?? On Wednesday night, The New York Times published its most disturbing piece on Donald Trump yet -- an interview with him. The POTUS' take on being under investigation shows a terrifying lack of self awareness and accountability. And while that may not be new, Drumpf going after his own people is. Related: SNL Writer Responds To Donald Trump's Tweets Like They're Texts In particular Trump revealed he's upset with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation after it came out he had lied in his confirmation hearings about having any contact with members of the Russian government (he had met twice with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak). The President said of the AG he appointed: "Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I'm not going to take you.' It's extremely unfair — and that's a mild word — to the president... Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else." Damn! Trump really thought he was going to have the Justice Department in his pocket! As for Sessions, he tried to brush off the POTUS' comments on Thursday morning, but it was clear he was rattled. Ch-ch-check out the moment he's asked about the comments (below)! His little eyes look like they're welling up with tears! We never thought we'd feel bad for Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. ... OK, we're over it. Related: Trump's Son, Son-In-Law, & Former Campaign Manager Will ALL Testify About Russia Meeting The other two key things Trump did in the interview? First, he made it VERY clear he doesn't think his team's interaction with Russian agents or his obstruction of justice charges are a big deal, saying: "I don't think we're under investigation. I'm not under investigation. For what? I didn't do anything wrong." He said his secret second meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit was just 15 minutes of chit chat, mostly about adoption -- even though witnesses say it was a solid hour. Second, he was as obvious as a child holding something behind his back when it came to special counsel Robert Mueller extending his investigation to the Trump family's business dealings, saying that would cross a line: "I would say yes... I think that's a violation. Look, this is about Russia." Not too surprising he doesn't want to be investigated. Remember, there's a reason he won't release his tax returns. We're talking about a family that takes money from children's charities. [Image via NBC News.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJul 20th, 2017

Angelina Jolie Denies Claims Of A Disturbing "Game" In Casting Process For First They Killed My Father

Even though Angelina Jolie may have gotten very real with the folks over at Vanity Fair for their latest issue, there is one thing she is very strongly denying: she did NOT set up a disturbing "game" to cast children in her upcoming film First They Killed My Father. The actress spoke out on Saturday evening, [...] Even though Angelina Jolie may have gotten very real with the folks over at Vanity Fair for their latest issue, there is one thing she is very strongly denying: she did NOT set up a disturbing "game" to cast children in her upcoming film First They Killed My Father. The actress spoke out on Saturday evening, vehemently denying accusations that had been flying around about allegedly disturbing actions undertaken by the casting directors for her film. Related: Brad Pitt Confirms He's "Got Nothing To Hide" The controversy all started when Vanity Fair reported about an audition exercise the film's casting directors allegedly used to weed out impoverished child actors and find their eventual lead: "In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie." WTF?! That sounds incredibly disturbing, and intense, and also... not true, according to Angelina. Related: Get More Angelina Jolie News HERE The mom and actress sounded off in a statement adamantly refuting that claim, saying: "I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened. ... Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present." Furthermore, another source who had knowledge of the movie's casting process reportedly backed up Angelina's statement: the children were aware all they were doing was improvising a scene from the film, and there was no actual money involved. Whew! First They Killed My Father premieres on Netflix this September. [Image via Michael Wright/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJul 30th, 2017

Director Says He Was Kicked Off Movie After Harvey Weinstein Didn"t Find His Lead Actress "Fuckable"

"I don't cast films according to Harvey Weinstein's erection." — A quote from director Michael Caton-Jones that should have been published twenty years ago, but wasn't. According to a new interview with Buzzfeed, the Scottish filmmaker was kicked off production of B. Monkey because his pick for lead actress wasn't "fuckable," to use Weinstein's term. The role [...] "I don't cast films according to Harvey Weinstein's erection." -- A quote from director Michael Caton-Jones that should have been published twenty years ago, but wasn't. According to a new interview with Buzzfeed, the Scottish filmmaker was kicked off production of B. Monkey because his pick for lead actress wasn't "fuckable," to use Weinstein's term. The role went to Asia Argento instead of British starlet Sophie Okonedo. As we know now, Argento has accused the Hollywood honcho of raping her in 1997. Related: Molly Ringwald Describes YEARS Of Sexual Harassment Caton-Jones first worked with Weinstein 10 years prior on the 1989 film Scandal, when he noted Harvey would only show up to set for sex scenes. They crossed paths again when the Weinstein brothers were attached to the 1998 cult classic. The director said of the extensive casting process: "The basics of the deal was we were going to find an unknown and we were going to cast her as the lead in the film. There was extensive casting. We saw many, many girls, maybe 100 or so. And I ended up — I thought Sophie Okonedo would have been great for the part." "The trouble began" when Sophie and Michael met with Harvey at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills for approval: "Harvey kept saying to me, ‘Do you think she is fuckable?'... That was what the deal was all the time. I said, ‘She is the best actress for the job, Harvey.' And we started arguing about it. It was only when I said to Harvey, ‘Don't screw up the casting of this film because you want to get laid,' whereupon he went mental." When Michael returned to his room to cool off from the argument, he received a call from Variety requesting a comment for a story about him walking off set. Harvey was already covering his tracks. He recalled: "I was furious after being kicked off my film, and I told them all about what happened. I told them about the harassment claims, and I said 'Here is your quote: I don't cast films according to Harvey Weinstein's erection,' and they just laughed." When asked about why his response wasn't included in the original story, a spokesman for the outlet said they couldn't comment on editorial decisions made that long ago under different ownership: "As you know, the publication is under different ownership now, and therefore, we don't have a comment on previous editorial practices." Not long after the incident, Harvey gave Michael Radford the gig as director and cast Argento as the lead. Related: France Planning New Street Harassment Laws According to Caton-Jones' impression of Weinstein: "Sophie Okonedo was not fuckable and that was it. Find someone who is." Even though he was applauded by his close circle for how he handled Harvey's gross behavior, the director still faced repercussions: "I was the stupid one who stood up and told him to go to hell. I stood up to him and told him to go fuck himself. And I got a lot of support from a lot of people when I did that, but you know, I didn't make the film, so he won." As for those saying they were unaware of what was going on all these years, Michael said: "Anyone who didn't know, didn't want to know. It's like Germany after the Second World War — I've never seen so many people not knowing anything. I certainly knew what was going on at the time. And everyone around us pretty much all knew what the score was. You only had to spend five minutes with Harvey to get the nature of the man. He didn't particularly hide who he was." We're just sad this story wasn't told sooner. [Image via Alan West/WENN.].....»»

Category: topSource: tmzOct 17th, 2017

Officials Drop Child Abuse Investigation Into Tyrese Gibson — But His Court Battle Is Far From Over

Tyrese Gibson is off the hook. The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services has closed its investigation into the claims that the Fast & Furious star had beaten his 10-year-old daughter Shayla. Sources close to the actor told The Blast that the department will not be seeking any criminal charges against Tyrese, who has been [...] Tyrese Gibson is off the hook. The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services has closed its investigation into the claims that the Fast & Furious star had beaten his 10-year-old daughter Shayla. Sources close to the actor told The Blast that the department will not be seeking any criminal charges against Tyrese, who has been entangled in a contentious legal battle with his ex-wife Norma Gibson. Related: Tyrese Blasts The Rock For Interfering In His Child's 'Survival'! Over the past few weeks, the actor shared the struggles of not being able to see his daughter amid the months-long investigation, even breaking down in tears when discussing the drama to his social media following. The investigation was launched after Norma claimed in court docs that Tyrese had struck their daughter so hard she was unable to sit. She also claimed the Transformers actor punched her in the stomach when she was pregnant with Shayla. While the child abuse investigation comes to a close, the battle is far from over -- the exes will continue to fight over their custody agreement and Norma's permanent restraining order against Tyrese. We'll keep you posted as the two continue to hash things out in court. [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonNov 3rd, 2017

Kanye West"s Tour Insurer Hints Substance Abuse Caused His Mental Breakdown In New Lawsuit!

This shit is getting messy!! ICYMI, Kanye West canceled his Saint Pablo tour in November 2016 after he was hospitalized at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center for a mental breakdown. Most recently, West's company Very Good Touring, Inc. sued insurer Lloyd's of London for refusing to cover the contract's non-appearance fee, and wants $9.8 million plus interest. Related: [...] This shit is getting messy!! ICYMI, Kanye West canceled his Saint Pablo tour in November 2016 after he was hospitalized at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center for a mental breakdown. Most recently, West's company Very Good Touring, Inc. sued insurer Lloyd's of London for refusing to cover the contract's non-appearance fee, and wants $9.8 million plus interest. Related: Taylor's Album Reputation Drops On The 10th Anniversary Of Kanye's Mom's Death Well now, Lloyd's is clapping back with a countersuit! In court docs filed on Tuesday and obtained by People, the insurer explains they are not liable. Exclusions to the policy reportedly include preexisting physical or psychological condition, prescription drugs not taken as medically prescribed, possession of illegal drugs, and the consumption of alcohol rendering the insured unfit to "perform contracted duties." Hmm! They continued, adding: "Underwriters' investigation indicates substantial irregularities in Mr. West's medical history. Furthermore the insured's failure to cooperate in Underwriters' investigation is contrary to the duties of cooperation VGT agreed to as a condition precedent to any obligation of Underwriters to pay any claim arising under the Policies. Throughout Underwriters' investigation, VGT and its legal, medical and other agents and representatives have delayed, hindered, stalled and or refused to provide information both relevant and necessary for Underwriters to complete their investigation of the claim. Underwriters are informed and believe, and thereon these same persons have willfully concealed and or misrepresented relevant facts in an effort to thwart Underwriters' investigation." Kanye had previously stated that Lloyd's of London made him go to great lengths to prove his mental break was legit, but it seems the insurer just wants this resolved. In addition to claiming no responsibility, they want declaratory relief -- which basically means an official declaration of the status of a matter in controversy, and to not award him the payments requested! DUH! Kayne's lawyer -- Howard King -- responded via TMZ on Wednesday, saying the countersuit: "is the same generic response Lloyd's files when they don't want to honor a legitimate claim but can't find a factual basis to deny the claim." Stay tuned for more on this drama soon! [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonAug 31st, 2017

Scotland Yard Launches Second Investigation Into Additional Kevin Spacey Misconduct Claims

It's been a busy month for Scotland Yard. London's authorities have launched a second investigation into additional sexual assault allegations made against Kevin Spacey. Police had already begun investigating an alleged assault on a young man that took place in 2008 in the London borough of Lambeth, where Spacey had a residence. The alleged victim is believed [...] It's been a busy month for Scotland Yard. London's authorities have launched a second investigation into additional sexual assault allegations made against Kevin Spacey. Police had already begun investigating an alleged assault on a young man that took place in 2008 in the London borough of Lambeth, where Spacey had a residence. The alleged victim is believed to be an aspiring actor who sought career advice from the House of Cards star. Related: Nick Carter Responds To Melissa Schuman's Rape Accusation Now, officials are looking into an incident that allegedly took place in 2005 in the same neighborhood -- this time, at The Old Vic theater, where Spacey served as artistic director from 2004 to 2015. Scotland Yard reps told press in a statement on Wednesday: "On Friday, 17 November, a further allegation was made about the same man [suspected in the 2008 case.] The allegations are of sexual assaults against a man (Victim 2) in 2005 in Lambeth. Officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command are investigating." The allegation was made just a day after the Old Vic released results of its own internal investigation into the matter. The theater said it received 20 personal complaints of inappropriate behavior by Spacey during his time as director. The theater claimed it had urged many of those who made personal testimonies to go to the police. It's unclear, however, if the latest allegation is connected to the theater's internal investigation. Better late than never. [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzNov 22nd, 2017

"Vampire Diaries" Casting Director Cancels $185 Workshops Amid Pay-to-Play Scrutiny

Greg Orson’s classes in late April asked prospective students in Atlanta to submit a “current headshot and résumé.”read more.....»»

Category: topSource: hollywoodreporterApr 13th, 2016

David Blaine Accused Of Raping Model In 2004 — Read Her Terrifying Account

David Blaine is under investigation by Scotland Yard after a model accused him of raping her in London over a decade ago. According to The Daily Beast, Natasha Prince claims the magician raped her at a private home in London's Chelsea neighborhood in the summer of 2004, months after she turned 21 years old. Last month, police [...] David Blaine is under investigation by Scotland Yard after a model accused him of raping her in London over a decade ago. According to The Daily Beast, Natasha Prince claims the magician raped her at a private home in London's Chelsea neighborhood in the summer of 2004, months after she turned 21 years old. Last month, police asked the magician, through his attorney, to come to Britain for an "interview under caution" where he would be provided with details of the allegation. Related: LAPD Opens Harvey Weinstein Rape Investigation Scotland Yard revealed that no arrests have been made at this stage of the investigation, explaining in a statement: "Officers from the Met's Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command are investigating an allegation of rape. The allegation was reported to police on 17 November 2016 by a woman who alleged she was raped at an address in Chelsea in June or July 2004 when she was aged 21." Blaine's attorney Marty Singer denied all allegations to The Beast, writing in a statement: "My client vehemently denies that he raped or sexually assaulted any woman, ever, and he specifically denies raping a woman in 2004. If, in fact, there is any police investigation, my client will fully cooperate because he has nothing to hide." Singer released an additional statement, adding that Blaine specifically denied ever raping Natasha Prince. But the model's account is quite different. Speaking to The Beast, Prince recalled meeting Blaine at a posh nightclub in Knightsbridge, in June or July 2004. After her shift the next day, Prince claimed the magician texted her inviting her to his friends' place for drinks -- he even offered to send a car when she mentioned she had an early call the next morning. Related: Weinstein Attacked Cannes Chauffeur For Failing To Pick Up Prostitutes That night, Prince said the car brought her to an intimidating "embassy"-like mansion. She took an elevator up to the "third or fourth floor" and Blaine met her at the door. He brought her to a small room where another couple was chatting, but seemed unaware of Prince's presence. Blaine, at one point, retrieved a vodka and soda for Prince "in a tall crystal glass" and, after 20 minutes of chit-chat, asked to show her something in the adjacent bedroom. From there, Prince's account turns into something out of a scene from Rosemary's Baby: "I followed him, and we went into the bedroom, and it's dark. I told him right away when he texted me that I was working tomorrow. So I was thinking maybe we would have a sort of intimate conversation somewhere else for five or ten minutes. But he spun around quite quickly and said, ‘Kiss me.' I did kiss him. And then he said, ‘Finish your drink' and took the glass from me and put it on the table, and that's really the last thing I remember. "At some point, I was on the bed, face-forward, and he was behind me. I think it woke me up a little bit, because I'd never had that [anal sex] done to me before. I remember moving around a lot. I was limp, and I was very floaty; I was in and out of a deep sleep. "When I woke up, I was very relaxed — very stoned. The lights were on, and I was naked. He was shirtless at the end of the bed. And when I looked at him, he said, ‘You have really nice tits.' … He was just folding clothes, walking around. He didn't kiss me or anything." Chilling. We'll see how Blaine responds to the particulars of Prince's allegations, which seem to hint at involving some type of dark magic sedative. Head over to The Daily Beast to read the full story. [Image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 19th, 2017

John Stamos to Play Willy Wonka in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" in Concert!

John Stamos is taking on the iconic role of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: A Live-to-Film Celebration, happening in November! The concert will take place on November 3 and 4, and the casting was just announced. Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard will play Charlie, Weird Al [...] John Stamos is taking on the iconic role of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: A Live-to-Film Celebration, happening in November! The concert will take place on November 3 and 4, and the casting was just announced. Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard will play Charlie, Weird Al will play the Oopma Loompas, Elle King will play Veruca Salt, Giancarlo Esposito will play The Candy Man, Ingrid Michaelson will play Mrs. Bucket, and Richard Kind will take on Grandpa Joe. “Willy Wonka is the first movie I ever saw,” John said (via Variety). “The film was released at a time when you could bring your own popcorn to the movie theater. I filled a whole grocery bag full of popcorn, but never touched it because I was so fascinated with what was going on behind Willy’s eyes. Gene Wilder as Willy was pure magic. Every time I watch the movie, and I’ve watched it more than several hundred times, I find something new. It becomes deeper, weirder, more charming and more of a mystery.”.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 19th, 2017