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Italian actress Asia Argento, who has accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, said there were abusers in the audience who had yet to be outed at the Cannes Film Festival. Argento alleged Weinstein had raped her during the Cannes festival in 1997 when she was 21-years-old. "This festival was his hunting ground," Argento said in a speech. Italian actress Asia Argento, who has accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, told the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival there were abusers in the audience who had yet to be outed. Argento, one of the women quoted in Ronan Farrow's New Yorker article in October, said Weinstein raped her during the Cannes festival in 1997
A young actress has lodged a complaint for rape against French film director Luc Besson, judicial sources said Saturday, the latest in a string of sexual abuse allegations in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Police in Paris opened an investigation after the actress accused the 59-year-old "The Big Blue", "Nikita" and "Leon" director of raping her, the judicial sources said. A "complaint has been made for acts qualifying as rape by the plaintiff which happened Thursday night into Friday in Paris," they said, adding that police were investigating.
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d'Or at Cannes on Saturday for "Shoplifters", a critically acclaimed family drama with unguessable plot twists. Italian actress Asia Argento, who has accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, said there were abusers in the audience who had yet to be outed. Argento said Weinstein raped her during the Cannes festival in 1997 when she was 21.
It is unclear that any of the cases will result in criminal charges. Some of the investigations by the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Beverly Hills police were turned over to the district attorney's task force focusing on sexual crimes in the entertainment industry nearly six months ago, according to the office. All officials will say publicly is that the investigations are continuing.
FFI Holdings, which assures film financiers that productions will be completed on time and within budget or they get their money back, floated last June fresh off the back of successes such as Hunger Games, La La Land and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The float valued the company at £200 million but just three months later the Harvey Weinstein scandal struck the film industry.
After a decade on Lifetime, Project Runway will be returning to its original network, Bravo, in a deal between the NBCUniversal network and Lantern Entertainment. It marks one of the first big moves for Lantern, whose bid to acquire the assets of TWC (which includes Project Runway), was approved by the Delaware bankruptcy court on May 8. The pact with Bravo is subject to Lantern closing that acquisition. It also allows the cable network to produce any Project Runway…
It’s been almost a week dodging raindrops and “No Selfies on the Red Carpet” warnings at the Cannes Film Festival, where all cylinders seem to be firing for filmmakers, sales agents and news-making stars in town. The banished-ish Lars von Trier (“Melancholia,” “Antichrist”) returns to the festival after a seven year absence over a press conference blunder where the director said he had some sympathy for Adolf Hitler. Elsewhere, the conversation about former Cannes stalwart Harvey Weinstein continues, as embedded festival media reflect on his absence.
Salma Hayek said she was “shocked” to learn how many women had been abused by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein during an hour-long interview on Sunday as part of the Kering Women in Motion talks. She also spoke about changes that have taken place since then in Hollywood. Over the course of conversation moderated by Variety’s Ramin […]
Cate Blanchett led female stars in an unprecedented red-carpet protest at the Cannes Film Festival last night to demand equal pay and an end to sexual harassment. Salma Hayek and Kristen Stewart were also among 82 actresses, female producers and directors who marched arm in arm to demand equality and “a safe workplace” seven months after the fall of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul accused of rape and sexual harassment. The protest highlighted that only 82 films directed by women have been selected for the festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or competition in its 71-year history, compared with 1,645 directed by men. Blanchett, who is presiding the jury this year awarding the coveted Palme d’Or award, one of the film industry’s highest honours, said: “We demand that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so they can best reflect the world in which we live.” Cate Blanchett made a speech demanding workplace equality Credit: Dominique Charriau /Wireimage She said female stars were calling for “a world that allows all of us, in front and behind the camera, to thrive shoulder to shoulder with our male colleagues.” Jane Campion is the only female director to have won the Palme d’Or, for her 1993 film, “The Piano”. The march up the red-carpeted steps came before an unprecedented move by the festival to sign “strong commitments” on parity and diversity on Monday. Thierry Frémaux, the festival director, said he supported the march as a way for women “to affirm their presence”. 82 actresses, female producers and directors who marched arm in arm to demand equality Credit: Dominique Charriau/WireImage Just hours earlier, Marlène Schiappa, France’s minister for gender equality, revealed that several women attending the event had called a special helpline for women to report sexual harassment at the festival. “A female responder who took one of the calls escorted an Anglo-Saxon woman to a police station to file a complaint on Friday night,” Ms Schiappa said. The term ‘Anglo-Saxon’ is used in French to mean someone from an English-speaking country. Neither the complainant nor the alleged attacker have been identified. The line was set up for the first time this year following four alleged attacks at the festival in previous years by Weinstein. Salma Hayek was among the women at the red carpet protest Credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP The #MeToo movement has thrown the spotlight on harassment and 40,000 flyers were handed out at this year’s festival reminding guests that sexual harassment can be punished in France by three years in prison and a £40,000 fine. Cannes has also come under scrutiny over the small number of female directors selected for its competition. Mr Frémaux insisted that the festival chooses films solely for their quality, but he has promised to make selection committees gender-balanced. After the march, the festival screened Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun,” which tells the story of Kurdish women fighters. Husson, a French director, is one of only three women whose films are among the 21 selected for the competition this year. The others are Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” and Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro”, which are to premiere next week.
Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia and Woody Allen, is the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist whose exposé triggered #MeToo. Now, he has written an acclaimed book on waning US diplomatic influence – and he's still only 30 Mon 14 May 2018 02.45 EDT First published on Sun 13 May 2018 05.00 EDT “Thanks for taking the time,” says Ronan Farrow when we meet at a central London hotel. Farrow is the journalist whose exposé of Harvey Weinstein helped kickstart the #MeToo movement. Just 30 years old, he looks, up close, about 13. But he has packed into his three decades more adventures and achievements than most of us could manage in two lifetimes. Of course he had a head start. He was the only biological child