Harvey Weinstein expelled from motion picture academy

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Harvey Weinstein, once one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences  Saturday amid a barrage of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations going back decades. 

In a statement, the Academy, as it is commonly known, said “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” of its members voted to oust Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company. 

“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues,” read the statement from the Academy’s Board of Governors, “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.”

The Academy held an emergency session to discuss the allegations against Weinstein, which were reported by The New Yorker and The New York Times. 

The move by the Academy, the world’s top movie organization and home to the Oscars, is almost unprecedented.

Weinstein was ousted a week ago from The Weinstein Co., which now is struggling to survive this scandal.

He has denied the accusations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 

 

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Watch Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Motion Sickness’ Video Is Emotionally Searing

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“I hate you for what you did, and I miss you like a little kid.” That’s the first line of Phoebe Bridgers’ “Motion Sickness,” and just about the best introduction I could write to encapsulate this stunning new artist. Working in the silvery milieu of searing singer/songwriter folk rock, Bridgers brings in plenty of electronic guitar flourishes and the kind of eviscerating lyrics that hurt and heal your heart in the same instant.

Today she’s released the video for the second single off her debut album, Stranger In The Alps, following the album’s lead off song, “Smoke Signals.” Both songs talk about trying to communicate with someone who has wounded the narrator deeply, and Bridgers translate her pain in every trembling note.

The “Motion Sickness” video was directed by Justin Mitchell, and traces Bridgers’ journey from waking up at home in bed, to getting ready and riding a scooter around town, before finally doing karaoke to her own song, and crumpling to the floor at the end of it. After watching Bridger open for Kevin Morby in an intimate LA show earlier this year, and listening to the rest of her forthcoming record in the meantime, I’m convinced 2017 will be a breakout year for Bridgers and Stranger In The Alps. Watch the video above and get used to hearing her name — and her voice — everywhere.

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Varun Dhawan shares ‘Judwaa 2’ motion poster ahead of film’s trailer launch – Bollywood sequels to look forward to

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Rohit Shetty is currently looking forward to the release of ‘Golmaal Again’, the fourth in the comic franchise. The filmmaker, who could not approach the then pregnant Kareena Kapoor Khan for the film, has revealed that he is keen to have the actress play a leading lady in a future project. When speaking about his upcoming film which brings back Ajay Devgn, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Kemmu, Arshad Warsi and Tusshar Kapoor with the new entrants Parineeti Chopra and Tabu, he was asked about rumours of Kareena making a cameo in the film. However, Rohit brushed it aside saying that if he has to, he will not approach Kareena for a cameo, but for the role of a leading lady. Now that’s some assurance for all Bebo fans.

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Supreme Court gives Hawaii until Tuesday to answer Trump travel ban motion

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the State of Hawaii to respond by Tuesday at noon to President Donald Trump’s motion to block a judge’s ruling that prevented his travel ban from being applied to grandparents of U.S. citizens and refugees already being processed by resettlement agencies, the court’s public information office said on Saturday.

In a court filing on Friday, the administration asked the justices to overturn Thursday’s decision by a U.S. district judge in Hawaii, which limited the scope of the administration’s temporary ban on refugees and travellers from six Muslim-majority countries.

The latest round in the fight over Trump’s March 6 executive order, which he says is needed to prevent terrorism attacks, began when the Supreme Court intervened last month to partially revive the two bans, which had been blocked by lower courts.

The Supreme Court said then that the ban could take effect, but that people with a “bona fide relationship” to a U.S. person or entity could not be barred. The administration had narrowly interpreted that language, saying the ban would apply to grandparents and other family members, prompting the state of Hawaii to ask Hawaii-based U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson to expand the definition of who could be admitted.

Trump banned travellers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, and refugees for 120 days.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in the fall over whether the ban violates the U.S. Constitution.

Reporting by Julia Edwards Ainsley and Lawrence Hurley; editing by Grant McCool

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