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    • HARVEY WEINSTEIN VOTED OUT OF ACADEMY AS EPIC FALLOUT CONTINUES

      The scandal swirling around Harvey Weinstein just keeps getting worse. It started when The New York Times published a bombshell report accusing him of sexual misconduct on Oct. 5th.

      Since then, Courtney Love, Eva Green, Minka Kelly, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, Heather Graham, Cara Delevingne, Mira Sorvino, Angelina Jolie, Lysette Anthony, Angie Everhart and several other famous actresses and lesser-known celebs have come forward accusing him of everything from predatory behavior to rape.

      • In all, more than two-dozen women have accused him of misconduct and three have accused him of rape.

      THE ACADEMY OUSTS HIM

      Over the weekend, he was officially ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in response to the allegations.

      • Only one other person has been expelled from the Academy, Carmine Caridi, who as kicked out for violating written rules about sharing screener copies of movies in 2004.
      • "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy," read a statement, released Saturday. "We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify."
      • The Weinstein Company has been nominated for more than 300 Oscars and Weinstein won one himself as producer of 1999’s Shakespeare in Love.

      MORE STARS COME FORWARD

      Love, Kelly, Green, Anthony and Everhart are among the latest stars to come forward with Weinstein stories of their own.

      • Love actually sounded the alarm on Weinstein a decade ago, according to old footage of a red carpet interview unearthed by TMZ.
      • She was asked by comedian Natasha Leggero what advice she had for young women trying to make it in Hollywood and she said at first danced around the issue saying she’d "get libeled" if she spilled. But then she said: "If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in his Four Seasons hotel room, don’t go."
      • Love addressed the video on Twitter, saying that she wasn’t personally "one of his victims."
      • In an Instagram post shared Friday, Kelly, 37, wrote that Weinstein regaled her with offers to put her in his movies and give her a lavish life if she became "his girlfriend." She says she shut him down and that he asked her to not tell anyone.
      • "I immediately told my agent what happened. We marveled at his audacity, reinforced my instinct not to offend him & laughed at how glad I was to get out of there. Neither of us were that surprised as this wasn’t far off from the day-to-day... of being an actress."
      • Green shares that was left feeling "shocked and disgusted" after Weinstein made a pass at her. She issued a full statement after her mother referenced the incident in an interview with a French radio station.
      • Green told Variety: "I wish to address comments made by my mother in a recent interview regarding Harvey Weinstein. I met him for a business meeting in Paris at which he behaved inappropriately and I had to push him off. I got away without it going further, but the experience left me shocked and disgusted.
      • "I have not discussed this before because I wanted to maintain my privacy, but I understand it is important to do so as I hear about other women’s experiences. Women are often condemned when they speak out and their personal reputations tarnished by association.
      • "I salute the great bravery of the women who have come forward. We should recognize that this sort of behavior exists everywhere and is not unique to the entertainment industry. The exploitation of power is ubiquitous. This behavior is unacceptable and needs to be eliminated."
      • British star Anthony is accusing Weinstein of assaulting her in the 1980s.
      • She described their encounter to The Sunday Times, explaining that she agreed to meet him for a drink at his home in Chelsea, and "the next thing I knew he was half undressed and he grabbed me."
      • Anthony says she "fled" but that he stalked her, cornering her at her apartment. "He pushed me inside and rammed me up against the coat rack," she claimed to the Times. "He was trying to kiss me and shove inside me."
      • London police are investigating a report of a sexual attack, but it is unclear if it is the incident Anthony has revealed.
      • Everhart, meanwhile, told TMZ that Weinstein masturbated in front of her on a boat a decade ago. She told TMZ: "I was on a friend’s boat. Harvey walked in, walked in front of me, took his pants down, did his thing, exited on the floor, if you know what I mean, pulled his pants back up, said ‘You’re a really nice girl. Don’t tell anybody about this,’ and left."
      • She added that she had woken up from a nap to find him standing over her. "I told people on the boat. I told people at the dinner I was at. Everybody was like, ‘Oh, that’s just Harvey,'" she explained. "When I talked about it before, nobody listened and now people are listening and … I’m glad people are listening so it doesn’t happen anymore because it’s not OK … This kind of behavior is not OK."

      BOB WEINSTEIN, WOODY ALLEN AND MAYIM BIALIK RESPOND

      Harvey’s brother, Bob Weinstein, told The Hollywood Reporter that he believes his actions merit severe reprisals.

      • Bob told THR: "I am gonna write a note to them saying he definitely should be kicked out of the Academy." (As noted above, he was after the interview took place).
      • "I have a brother that’s indefensible and crazy," said Bob. "I find myself in a waking nightmare. My brother has caused unconscionable suffering. As a father of three girls I say this with every bone in my body – I am heartbroken for the women that he has harmed."
      • Bob claims that he has not spoken with Harvey in almost five years due to disgust over his "cheating, his lying and also his attitude toward everyone." But he insists he was not aware of his alleged predation.
      • Harvey has been fired from his position at The Weinstein Company. He denies all "allegations of non-consensual sex."
      • Meanwhile, filmmaker Woody Allen, who has endured several allegations of sexual misconduct himself, has said that he is "sad" for him. He tells the BBC that he has never heard any specific allegations of assault.
      • "No one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness," Allen told the BBC. "And they wouldn't, because you are not interested in it. You are interested in making your movie.
      • "But you do hear a million fanciful rumors all the time. And some turn out to be true and some - many - are just stories about this actress, or that actor."
      • Mayim Bialik wrote an op-ed for The New York Times in which she addressed the allegations against Weinstein.
      • "As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms," Bialik said. "Those of us in Hollywood who don’t represent an impossible standard of beauty have the ‘luxury’ of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money."
      • She wrote that she also made choices to avoid getting harassed. "I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with," she wrote. "I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy."
      • Many, including stars who spoke out against Weinstein, are accusing her of victim-blaming. "@missmayim229 I have to say I was dressed non provocatively as a 12 year old when men on the street masturbated at me," Arquette tweeted on Saturday. "It’s not clothing."
      • She then responded on Twitter Saturday.
      • "I’m being told my N.Y. Times piece resonated with so many and I am beyond grateful for all of the feedback," she said. "I also see a bunch of people have taken my words out of the context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing or behavior. Anyone who knows me and my feminism knows that’s absurd and not at all what this piece was about. It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women."
    • OLIVER STONE ACCUSED OF GROPING, HARASSING WOMEN

      Hours after denouncing Harvey Weinstein on the charges of sexual misconduct and rape that have been levied against him, Oliver Stone got called out by a former Playboy Playmate and actress Patricia Arquette.

      Before Stone cut ties with Weinstein, he briefly expressed sympathy for him, saying during a press conference at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea that "a man shouldn't be condemned by a vigilante system." Stone added: "It's not easy what Harvey Weinstein is going through, either."

      • Model and actress Carrie Stevens (Days of Our Lives, Beverly Hills, 90210) was having none of it. She called him on Twitter, writing: "When I heard about Harvey, I recalled Oliver walking past me & grabbing my boob as he walked out the front door of a party. Two of a kind!"
      • The Hollywood Reporter reached out to her for more context. Her reply: "It was at Ted Field's home years ago, around the time Oliver did JFK. The party was in his honor. Oliver was on his way out; Ted was seeing him to the door. Oliver spied me standing nearby and just reached out and instead of doing what a normal person does and shaking my hand, he just groped my boob and honked it like a horn and grinned and kept walking.
      • I was humiliated but didn't want to complain. I didn't want Ted to think I was ungrateful for the invitation, and I was new on the scene and just navigating my way around Hollywood. I came from the rock 'n' roll scene. Eric Carr from Kiss was my boyfriend and he had just passed away. I met Ted because he produced Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Kiss did the soundtrack, so I met him at the premiere. Ted is a nice guy and he knew I was having a hard time over Eric's passing so he invited me to his party — last thing I wanted to do was be a trouble maker.
      • There are a million reasons girls don't speak up. Thank God I was never alone with Oliver Stone. If he's grabbing me like that in front of people, imagine what he would do in private, given the chance.
      • I am lucky I never met Harvey. Unfortunately, I have met many of their kind in this business and it took its toll. Unfortunately, I came to believe my body parts were the only thing I had going for me — and so I did Playboy. But I'll tell you what: I always felt protected and respected by Hef and Playboy Enterprises. I do know Oliver hung out at some parties at the Mansion. Thankfully, I never saw him there. But I can tell you if he ever tried to grab anyone's boob there, Hef would have had security show him the door."
      • Arquette, who has also accused Weinstein of harassing her, recalled on Twitter that Stone once tried to enlist her in a movie that was "very sexual." He sent her flowers and invited her to a screening of Natural Born Killers, and Arquette reports feeling like the whole situation was "weird."
      • "Oliver stopped me coming out of the bathroom. He said ‘Why did you bring him?’ I said ‘Why is it a problem I brought him? It shouldn’t be a problem. Think about THAT Oliver,'" she tweeted Friday. "Anyway never heard about the movie again & didn’t care to."
    • 'HAPPY DEATH DAY' DELIVERS BOX OFFICE DELIGHT

      A Blumhouse/Universal horror film with a wee budget, Happy Death Day, has won the box office this weekend, destroying the monster Alcon Entertainment/Sony sequel Blade Runner 2049.

      Happy Death Day opened at $26.5 million this weekend, compared with Blade Runner’s $15.1 million in a disappointing second weekend for the hoped-for blockbuster that wasn’t.

      • The horror film is a high-concept genre pic with a cast of unknowns and very little marketing muscle, whereas Blade Runner features A-Listers Ryan Reynolds and Harrison Ford.
      • Happy Death Day is also drawing a decidedly younger audience than Blade Runner, with 55% of its viewers being under 25.
      • Happy Death Day is the third-best start this year for a Blumhouse film, behind Split ($40M) and Get Out ($33.3M).
      • The cast and filmmakers of Happy Death Day participated in some off-kilter marketing, participating for example in the opening night festivities of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, where The Horrors of Blumhouse had a Happy Death Day themed maze with the killer from the movie.
      • Observers say all is not lost for Blade Runner though, noting the solid buzz, and long legs it will have as a legacy film. Sony is also reportedly hoping to push the foreign end of the investment.
    • BLAC CHYNA IS A VANDALISM SUSPECT AFTER SMASHING A GUY'S PHONE

      TMZ has reported that Blac Chyna is now a vandalism suspect for smashing a guy’s phone. Law enforcement sources said that the LAPD listed Chyna as the suspect in a misdemeanor vandalism report taken on Thursday (October 12th). Apparently, the man was recording a video of Chyna as she left a club in Hollywood and she was none too pleased. Sources close to Chyna said that she told the photographers numerous times that she did not want to be recorded. However, when they persisted, she went off and threatened to have them beat up.

      • In the video, Chyna is seen smacking the phone out of a man’s hand.
    • JOSH DUGGAR LOSES LAWSUIT AGAINST 'IN TOUCH'

      Josh Duggar has lost his lawsuit against In Touch Weekly. In 2015, the tabloid revealed that he was accused of molesting his younger sisters, all of whom starred on the TLC hit 19 Kids and Counting.

      The molestation was said to have occurred in 2006 when all of them were minors.

      • In June, Duggar and his sisters separately sued In Touch’s parent company, Bauer Publishing, claiming that their identities should have been redacted by police department officials who shared evidence of the allegations with the magazine.
      • Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy Duggar filed suit in Arkansas in June, and Duggar later filed suit as well.
      • In Touch always maintained that their reporting was legal and obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A judge has concurred with their argument, writing that the FOIA process was followed correctly.
      • The judge wrote: "The United States Supreme Court reaffirmed that the First Amendment requires that ‘if a newspaper lawfully obtains truthful information about a matter of public significance then state officials may not constitutionally punish publication of the information.'"
      • The decision continues: "Even if one assumes that the disclosure failed to comply with Arkansas statutory redaction requirements, it is clear that the Bauer defendants cannot be held liable."
      • So even if In Touch got info it shouldn’t have gotten, it wasn’t In Touch’s fault and it was legal to publish the info.
      • The sisters’ suit against local officials is still ongoing, as is Josh’s suit against the State of Arkansas Department of Human Services.
    • MINKA KELLY SLAMS CHEATING ALLEGATIONS IN JESSE WILLIAMS' DIVORCE

      Minka Kelly, 37, says she had nothing to do with Jesse Williams’ divorce. Don’t agree? Then "f--- off" she advises.

      The Friday Night Lights alum hit up Instagram to set the record straight about Williams' breakup with Aryn Drake Lee after five years of marriage, two children and more than a decade together.

      • Kelly and Williams reportedly began dating this summer, with reports of their romance coming out just three months after Drake Lee and Williams split up.
      • She made the comments in response to fan’s since-deleted commented on a selfie Minka posted with her hairstylist, Mark Townsend.
      • "I hope the cheating rumors aren’t true. It would be disappointing," the user wrote, and Kelly shot back: "They’re not. Hate for you to be disappointed. Glad I could clear that up for you. Now f— off."
      • In July, Williams addressed cheating rumors in JAY-Z’s short film Footnotes for 4:44. "I was in a relationship 13 years, 13 real years, not 5 years, not 7 years — 13 years," he said. "All of a sudden motherf—ers are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship."
      • "Like, the most painful experience I’ve had in my life with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart — that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute," he continued.
      • In August, Williams and Drake Lee were granted joint custody of their daughter Sadie, 3, and son Maceo, 2.
      • The order has a stipulation that "neither parent shall introduce a person with whom he or she has a romantic relationship to the children until the relationship has endured at least six (6) months."
    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      FIANCE CALLS OFF ENGAGEMENT TO AMAZON STUDIOS HEAD ROY PRICE AFTER HARASSMENT EXPOSE: Amazon Studios head Roy Price has been suspended "indefinitely" after being accused of sexual harassment. His fiancé, writer and producer Lila Feinberg, was set to marry him in just four weeks, but she has called off the wedding, according to reports. The pair were to marry on November 12th at The Carlyle in Manhattan, but sources tell Page Six it’s off. Price has been accused of propositioning Isa Dick Hackett, a producer on Amazon’s hit The Man in the High Castle. In a nauseating twist, Feinberg was to wear Marchesa during the wedding. Harvey Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, is the design guru behind Marchesa. She also recently left Weinstein after allegations of his sexual misconduct surfaced.

      KIM KARDASHIAN WEST LENDS A HAND DURING PUERTO RICO TELETHON: On Saturday night, Kim Kardashian West joined other celebrities in a telethon and concert to benefit Puerto Rico. One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for Disaster Relief, was organized by Jennifer Lopez, her ex-husband Marc Anthony and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, to raise funds for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. On Snapchat, Kardashian West wrote: "Hey guys we are going to start answering some of the phones. We’re here at the telethon, so tune in and watch." She later wrote, "call in, please donate." Anthony, Daddy Yankee and Gente De Zona performed in Miami, while Lopez. Demi Lovato, Maroon 5, Ricky Martin, Gwen Stefani and Stevie Wonder took the stage in L.A.

      GEORGE CLOONEY SAYS HE NEVER BLACKLISTED ER ACTRESS: George Clooney has responded to charges that he blacklisted ER actress Vanessa Marquez after she spoke out about on-set sexual harassment. Marquez tweeted that he "helped blacklist me when I spoke up abt harassment on ER." Clooney responded that while he wasn’t aware of her being blacklisted, he believes her. In a statement, he said: "I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor. If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to. The fact that I couldn’t affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn’t." After her role on ER ended in 1997, Marquez’s only significant credits are her appearances on Malcolm & Eddie.

      BLAKE LIVELY SAYS HER DAUGHTER IS A ‘BABY VIKING’ WHO FEASTS ON STEAKS: Blake Lively shared updates on her daughters James, 2, and Ines, 1, on Friday’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Apparently, baby Ines is quite the meat-eater. "I made a Cookie Monster cake … and she just looked at it and reached for a steak," Lively told host Jimmy Fallon of her toddler, saying she nicknamed Ines "baby Viking." Lively adds: "She was hand-fisting two steaks. Her sleeves were dripping in blood from steak." Lively welcomes Ines with her husband Ryan Reynolds in September of 2016.

      LARRY DAVID TO HOST SNL WITH MILEY CYRUS AS MUSICAL GUEST: Larry David is set to host the next episode of Saturday Night Live, which is set for November 4th. Miley Cyrus will be the musical guest. David has appeared on SNL several times, but has only hosted once before, in February 2016. David played Bernie Sanders during the election cycle, to great acclaim. (The pair later found out that they are distant cousins). David is currently starring on the HBO hit Curb Your Enthusiasm.

      RIVERDALE ACTRESS SHARES SEXUAL HARASSMENT STORY: Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart is the latest star to come forward with her story of sexual harassment. In a Tumblr post on Friday, she wrote about an unnamed co-worker who she says tried to force her to have sex with him. "I’m not comfortable giving specific details about the situation because I don’t feel it’s necessary. All that matters is that he tried to force himself on me when we were on a date," wrote Reinhart. "I had to stop him and say, ‘No, I don’t want that,’ and ‘I can’t do that.’ I physically walked away from the situation before it could get any worse. I remember feeling like this was a scene right out of a horror movie." Reinhart says she stayed silent on the issue because her harasser wielded so much power on the set she worked at, she feared no one would believe her if she spoke out.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      STRANGER THINGS TRAILER DROPS: Did Will even leave the Upside Down? On Friday the 13th, Netflix released its second and final trailer for the second season of Stranger Things. It’s not like it was before," Chief Hopper narrates. "It’s grown." And it seems only Will can put an end to the alien invasion (with a little help from the power of Eleven). Season 2 premieres October 27th.

      GAME OF THRONES ACTORS WON’T RECEIVE SCRIPTS: Security is super tight for Season 8 on Game of Thrones. HBO brass has decreed that actors won’t even get episode scripts, according to reports. Instead, they’ll be fed dialogue through earpieces a la Johnny Depp. This news comes down after Season 7 was plagued with plot leaks and spoilers. Do you think actors will be as convincing in their roles if they can practice ahead of time with scripts?

      SHOWTIME, AMAZON BACK OUT OF SERIES WITH WEINSTEIN CO.: The Harvey Weinstein scandal has created problems for more Weinstein Company projects. Three months after Showtime nabbed the Weinstein Company drama Guantanamo, which Oliver Stone is set to direct, the network is reevaluating. "We are eagerly awaiting the scripts that Daniel Voll and his team are currently writing," Showtime said in a statement to Deadline. "The project is in development and has not been greenlit yet. We do not intend to move forward with the current configuration of the project and are exploring our options." Sources tell Deadline that Showtime will pull the plug if TWC remains involved. Amazon is also pulling the plug on a David O’Russell project and will move forward with Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs, but without the involvement of TWC. The Russell series was set to star Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. All three say they support Amazon’s decision and will also opt to not move forward on the unnamed project.

      AVATAR TO BRING BACK GIOVANNI RIBISI FOR ALL SEQUELS: Giovanni Ribisi will return for all four sequels to the monster 2009 hit Avatar, which stands as the highest-grossing film of all time. In the original, Ribisi played Parker Selfridge, a morally conflicted administrator who signs off on war with Na’vi in exchange for unobtainium. He joins vets Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver in the new films, along with Avatar newcomers Kate Winslet, Oona Chaplin, C.C.H. Pounder and Cliff Curtis. The first sequel is set to land in December of 2020.

      MIKE EPPS & KATT WILLIAMS PARTNER UP FOR THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR: Mike Epps and Katt Williams are signing on to topline the urban comedy The House Next Door, a sequel to the 2016 hit indie horror comedy Meet the Blacks. Deon Taylor is helming the sequel after his success with the first installation. Epps starred in the Blacks and will reprise his role as Carl Black, who moved from Chicago to Beverly Hills and discovered the city’s annual 12-hour purge, when all crime is legal. In the next installation, Black is starring as a stressed-out best-selling author who moves his family in search of peace … only to find a pimp (Williams) in his neighborhood. (But Black becomes convinced that he’s actually a vampire who is out to steal his family).