Monthly Archives: January 2018

Vanity Fair removes James Franco from cover over sexual misconduct allegations

New Photos from cover shoot also appear to show Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey with extra limbs CBC News Posted: Jan 26, 2018 11:39 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 26, 2018 11:39 AM ET Related Stories Vanity Fair has removed James Franco from the cover of its annual Hollywood issue after numerous sexual misconduct allegations were made against The Disaster Artist ...

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Canadian filmmaker Paul Haggis will not testify next week in sexual misconduct suit

New The Oscar-winner’s attorney said the deposition date scheduled for Monday did not work The Associated Press Posted: Jan 26, 2018 11:23 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 26, 2018 11:23 AM ET Related Stories A scheduled deposition of Paul Haggis in a lawsuit in which the Oscar-winner is accused of rape will not go forward as planned next week. Attorneys ...

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Harvard’s Hasty Pudding to allow women to join cast next year

Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding theatre troupe, America’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization, announced Thursday it will allow women to join its cast, starting next year. Amira Weeks, the group’s student president, made the announcement at the start of a comedic roast celebrating actor Mila Kunis, who was named the organization’s Woman of the Year.  The 223-year-old group is known for comedic revues ...

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Legendary Edmonton jazz pianist, ex-senator Tommy Banks dead at 81

Tommy Banks, a renowned Edmonton jazz pianist and former senator, has died at the age of 81. His family has issued a statement saying Banks died peacefully Thursday surrounded by family and staff at the Grey Nuns palliative care unit in Edmonton. Banks’s long and impressive musical resumé, which began with his professional debut in 1950, covered virtually every aspect ...

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Casey Affleck won’t attend Academy Awards in apparent #MeToo fallout

In another apparent consequence of the #MeToo movement, last year’s best actor Oscar winner Casey Affleck will not be presenting at or attending the 90th Academy Awards. Affleck’s publicist said Thursday that the actor wouldn’t be at the ceremony on March 4, where traditionally he would have been expected to present the award for best actress as the reigning best ...

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Moscow theatre disobeys ban and shows British director’s Stalin film

A Russian art house cinema screened satirical film The Death of Stalin to a packed house on Thursday, despite the Russian culture ministry cancelling the movie’s release on the grounds that it mocks the country’s Soviet past. Asked about the screening at Moscow’s Pioneer cinema, the culture ministry, which earlier this week withdrew a licence for the movie’s general release, ...

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Oprah Winfrey tells magazine she’s not interested in 2020 U.S. presidential run

Billionaire has long been associated with Democratic Party politics and fundraising Thomson Reuters Posted: Jan 25, 2018 10:13 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018 10:13 AM ET Related Stories Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has no interest in running for U.S. president in 2020, she said in an interview with InStyle magazine published on Thursday after weeks of speculation and ...

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Controversial Bollywood epic Padmaavat opens across the GTA, after India’s top court lifts ban

The founder of a Toronto film festival says his only regret about Padmaavat, which opens in Toronto theatres Friday, is that he wasn’t able to land the controversial Bollywood epic himself for his own festival in March. Injer Chopra of the International Film Festival of South Asia expects the historical drama by director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, which opened Wednesday in India, ...

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