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‘Game Of Thrones’ Creators To Make New ‘Star Wars’ Film Series

Goodbye, dragons. Hello, droids.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of ‘Game of Thrones’, are going to write and produce a “Star Wars” film series, StarWars.com announced Tuesday.

The series will take place in a galaxy far, far away, but will not be tied to the trilogy being developed by “The Last Jedi” filmmaker Rian Johnson or the episodic Skywalker saga.

“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in the announcement. “Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”

“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”

Though some may be excited about the news, people on Twitter were a bit skeptical.

Many fans were concerned that tropes from the popular HBO show, such as incest and rape, would seep into the ‘Star Wars’ universe.

In July, HBO also announced that Benioff and Weiss were going to work on its upcoming Civil War drama ‘Confederate’, a show whose premise immediately sparked criticism. This prompted others on Twitter to question the decision to have them write and produce the new ‘Star Wars’ series.

Some Twitter users were disappointed that a woman or a person of color wasn’t chosen for the role, especially since Kennedy has mentioned in the past that she would like to see a woman direct a ‘Star Wars’ movie (though the announcement did not say whether Benioff and Weiss would direct the series they will create).

There is no release date as of yet, which we’re sure is making both Jon Snow and Kylo Ren incredibly sad.

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‘The Cloverfield Paradox’: Everything You Need To Know About J.J. Abrams’ Cinematic Universe

It’s not uncommon for film trailers to debut during the the Super Bowl – ): “The story follows two paratroopers who are caught behind enemy lines after their plane crashes on a mission to destroy a German Radio Tower in a small town outside of Normandy during the D-Day invasion.

“After reaching their target, the two paratroopers come to realize that besides fighting off Nazi soldiers, they also must combat against supernatural forces that are a result of a secret experiment.”

‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is available to stream on Netflix now.

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Uma Thurman Breaks Silence Over Alleged Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault

, is now in therapy in Arizona.

According to the Press Association, British police investigating him have received two further allegations of sexual assault. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sexual contact.

A spokeswoman for Weinstein issued a statement in the wake of the Uma Thurman allegations..

“Mr Weinstein acknowledges making an awkward pass 25 years ago at Ms Thurman in England after misreading her signals, after a flirtatious exchange in Paris, for which he immediately apologised and deeply regrets,” the statement said.

“However, her claims about being physically assaulted are untrue.

“There was no physical contact during Mr Weinstein’s awkward pass and [he] is saddened and puzzled as to why Ms Thurman… waited 25 years to make these allegations public”.

In the same article, Uma also detailed the rift between herself and Quentin Tarantino, who directed her two most successful films, ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Kill Bill’.

The pair fell out over a car crash scene in ‘Kill Bill’, when she alleges that Tarantino persuaded her to drive an unsafe car, which crashed and injured her.

The actress subsequently threatened to sue Weinstein’s studio but says she was denied access to the crash footage for 15 years.

“Harvey assaulted me but that didn’t kill me,” she said. “What really got me about the crash was that it was a cheap shot. I had been through so many rings of fire by that point.”

She added: “I had really always felt a connection to the greater good in my work with Quentin and most of what I allowed to happen to me and what I participated in was kind of like a horrible mud wrestle with a very angry brother.

“But at least I had some say, you know?”

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Baftas 2018: Golden Globes Black Dress Protest To Be Resurrected

This year’s Baftas is to have its own “black dress protest”, first seen on the red carpet at the Golden Globes last month.

As discussion about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry continues, awards season 2018 has heavily featured the Time’s Up movement, including the dominance of black dresses and empowering speeches at the Golden Globes.

It’s now been reported by the BBC that celebrities in attendance will once again be sporting all black as they’re photographed on the red carpet. 

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According to their report, a letter has been circulated around the UK film industry inviting female attendees to “wear black to the awards ceremony… [following] suit from our sisters who attended the Golden Globes”, while the men on the guest list were also urged to wear “special pins and/or a buttonhole”.

The letter ends: “We hope that those of us privileged enough to have a platform can use it to raise awareness of the experiences of women beyond our industry, whose experiences are often silenced and marginalised.”

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The Golden Globes saw a number of A-listers attending with activists as their guests, such as Emma Watson, who brought Marai Larasi, and Meryl Streep, who was photographed with Aj-jen Poo.

When asked last month whether she planned to replicate the peaceful protest at the Baftas, Meryl pointed out that she wouldn’t have the chance to, as her film ‘The Post’ had not been nominated.

Last month, attendees at the Grammys also raised awareness of the Time’s Up movement with the wearing of white roses, while Kesha’s emotional performance was also praised.

Meanwhile, ‘The Shape of Water’ is leading this year’s Bafta nominations with 12 nods, while ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ each have nine.

This year’s Baftas take place on Sunday 18 February and will air on BBC One. 

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‘Coco’ Is Proof Pixar Can – And Should – Tell Cultural Stories: The HuffPost Verdict

K E Y P O I N T S

  • With the Día de Muertos at its centre, ‘Coco’ marks the first time Pixar has told a culturally conscious story
  • The voice cast includes Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach and newcomer Anthony Gonzalez
  • The movie sees budding musician Miguel find himself trapped in the land of the dead
  • Miguel learns vital lessons about family, ambition and the importance of traditions 
  • It’s already become Mexico’a most-watched animated film in history
  • Stand-out track ‘Remember Me’ is likely to become an Oscars contender when the Best Original Song nominations are announced on Tuesday (23 January).

S N A P   V E R D I C T

While ‘Coco’ bears many of its animation studio’s trademarks – an emotional story, musical numbers and easter eggs aplenty – the movie is far from just another Pixar film. 

In its 19th production, ‘Coco’ sees Pixar tread new ground in two (seriously important) ways, as it marks the first time the studio has told a culturally conscious story, and also the first time a central character has been a person of colour.

At a time when diversity is, rightly, an all-important topic in Hollywood, ‘Coco’ serves as a reminder that animated films aren’t exempt from the conversation.

Through plenty of careful research, their expert storytellers have crafted an authentic tale which was given the seal of approval upon its Mexico release last year, silencing anyone who feared the Día de Muertos would not be portrayed sensitively and accurately.

The visually outstanding Land of the Dead is peppered with references to Mexico’s rich and varied history too: its deceased celebrities are now residing there and the architecture includes nods to vibrant cityscapes, alongside Aztec Pyramids. 

And with thehelp of some genuinely surprising twists, ‘Coco’ has made its way into the hearts of families around the world – and we expect it to do the same upon its UK release this weekend. 

One word of warning though: you will be humming ‘Remember Me’ until the end of time. 

B E S T   L I N E S

We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family.”Miguel

“You don’t have to forgive him, but we shouldn’t forget him.”Miguel

T H E   S I G N A T U R E   S O N G

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Brigitte Bardot Faces Backlash Over Criticism Of Actresses In #MeToo Movement

Veteran film actress Brigitte Bardot has taken heat for comments about the #MeToo movement, after accusing those who’ve spoken out against harassment in Hollywood “hypocritical”.

In an interview with Paris Match magazine, Brigitte controversially claimed that the “vast majority” of those who have involved themselves in the movement are “hypocritical”, “ridiculous” and “uninteresting”, due to her belief “there are many actresses who flirt with producers in order to get a role”.

She stated: “In order to be talked about, they will say they have been harassed. In reality, rather than benefiting them, it harms them.”

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Describing her own experiences as a long-serving figure in the entertainment industry, Brigitte suggested she “found it charming” when a producer would comment on her appearance or, as she put it, “[tell me] that I was beautiful or I had a nice little backside”.

Unsurprisingly, her comments have been slated online, with many taking to Twitter to explain why they disagree with Brigitte’s strong take:

Others have pointed out that because of Brigitte’s past, including repeated convictions for “inciting racial hatred” and branding the far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen a “modern Joan of Arc”, suggest she’s probably not the best voice in a debate about equality:

Earlier this month, a letter signed by 100 prominent French women, including actress Catherine Deneuve, was widely criticised for its its dismissal of the #MeToo and ‘Time’s Up’ movements as a “witch hunt” and and a hindrance to “sexual freedom”.

Catherine Deneuve later expressed her regret at co-signing the letter, extending an apology to victims of sexual assault.

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Timothée Chalamet Donates Woody Allen Film Salary To Charities Including Time’s Up

, when he was accused of molesting their adopted daughter, Dylan.

More than 20 years later, in 2014, he was forced to speak out again, when Dylan repeated the allegations in a blog post published on the New York Times.

Allen responded to this in another New York Times piece, in which he vehemently denied the claims.

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Sharon Stone On Film Industry Sexual Harassment: ‘I’ve Seen It All’

Sharon Stone has spoken candidly about sexual harassment in the film industry, in the wake of the #MeToo and ‘Time’s Up’ movements.

Last year’s allegations against key industry figures such as Harvey Weinstein have led to a conversation about sexual misconduct across various different fields, with particular emphasis on Hollywood.

When asked whether this was something she’d experienced herself during an interview on ‘CBS Sunday’, Sharon let out a laugh, declaring she’d “seen it all” throughout her career.

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She told presenter Lee Cowan: “I’ve been in this business for 40 years, Lee. Can you imagine the business I stepped into 40 years ago? Looking like I look? From nowhere Pennsylvania?

“I didn’t come here with any protection. I’ve seen it all.”

Among Sharon’s most prominent roles was her portrayal of Catherine Tramell in ‘Basic Instinct’, famed for its “interrogation” scene.

In 2014, Sharon admitted that she hadn’t anticipated how explicit the scene would be, claiming: “When we [filmed] it, it was going to be an innuendo and the director [Paul Verhoeven] said, ‘We’re seeing the white of your underwear, I need you to take them off.’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t want you to see anything’ and he’s like, ‘No, no you’re not going to.’

“So I gave him the underwear, put them in the pocket of his shirt, and he said, ‘Now watch on the monitor…’ In those days… it’s not like now where everything is high definition, and when I looked at the monitor you really couldn’t see anything.”

She continued: “When I saw it in the theatre, with a bunch of other people, I was [in shock].

“When the film ended I went in the booth and I slapped [Paul Verhoeven] and I said, ‘You could have showed me this to me by myself’.”

Sharon’s comments come shortly after ‘Harry Potter’ star Emma Watson said she’d “experienced the full spectrum” of “systemic” and “structural” harassment.

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Liam Neeson Sparks Backlash After Saying Sexual Harassment Allegations Have Started A ‘Witch Hunt’

Liam Neeson has sparked a backlash after claiming women coming forward with stories of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry have started a “witch hunt”. 

The Hollywood actor also dismissed some of the allegations made against the likes of Dustin Hoffman as “childhood stuff”.

Speaking on RTE’s ‘The Late Late Show’, he said: “There is a bit of a witch hunt happening.

“There’s some people, famous people, who have been suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee, or something, and suddenly they’re being dropped from their programme, or something.”

He continued: “When you’re doing a play and you’re with your family – other actors, technicians – you do silly things … and it becomes kind of superstitious, if you don’t do it every night you think it’s going to jinx the show,” he said. “I’m not saying I’ve done similar things to what [Dustin Hoffman] apparently did… but it’s childhood stuff.”

His comments were met with a wave of negative reactions online: 

Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing writer Anna Graham Hunter while in a production of ‘Death Of A Salesman’ in 1984. 

In response to the allegations, he said in a statement: “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation.

“I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

He has also denied assault allegations made by Melissa Kester and an anonymous woman.

Liam’s comments came in the week that saw women in Hollywood showing their support for the Time’s Up initiative, by wearing black at the Golden Globes. 

Time’s Up follows the rise of the #MeToo hashtag, which saw people sharing their experiences of sexual harassment on social media, in response to the allegations made about various men in Hollywood in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. 

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