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Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander reportedly tie the knot with a destination wedding

 (Jennifer S. Altman / For the Los Angeles Times)
(Jennifer S. Altman / For the Los Angeles Times)

Actors Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander have reportedly tied the knot.

The "Shame" star and his Oscar-winning partner wed over the weekend in Ibiza, Spain, exchanging vows at the luxurious La Granja resort, People reported. 

Reps for the couple did not immediately respond to the Los Angeles Times' requests for confirmation.

The pair was spotted wearing wedding rings on the Spanish isle, according to photos obtained by the Daily Mail. They were photographed toasting with family and friends and kissing at a casual outdoor celebration, which the outlet proposed was a post-wedding brunch. 

Fassbender, 40, and Vikander, 29, met three years ago while filming the drama "The Light Between Oceans" and have kept their romantic relationship fairly low-key, save for a few promotional appearances timed to the film's release last year.

Vikander also famously planted a kiss on the "Assassin's Creed" and "X-Men" actor just before accepting her 2016 Academy Award for supporting actress in "The Danish Girl."


AFI Fest announces New Auteurs and American Independents programs

Shoniqua Shandai, Kid Twist, Rory Uphold, Calum Worthy, director Joseph Kahn, Jackie Long, Dumbfounded, Dizaster, from the film "Bodied." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Shoniqua Shandai, Kid Twist, Rory Uphold, Calum Worthy, director Joseph Kahn, Jackie Long, Dumbfounded, Dizaster, from the film "Bodied." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The AFI Fest continued the programming roll-out for their upcoming 2017 edition on Monday with the announcement of their New Auteurs and American Independents sections. This year’s festival runs Nov. 9-16 with screenings at multiple venues in Hollywood.

This year both sections will feature 11 films. The American Independents section brings highlights from other festivals to Los Angeles for the first time, including Joseph Kahn’s Toronto International Film Festival premiere “Bodied" and Aaron Katz’s SXSW Film Festival entry “Gemini.”

"The New Auteurs and American Independents programming speaks to a singular mandate of AFI Fest: ensuring that emerging filmmakers from around the globe have a world-class venue to present their stories to an eager audience," Lane Kneedler, AFI Fest’s director of programming, said in a statement. "These films embody the promise of women and men who strive to lift our spirits through comedy, documentary, drama, science fiction and even a great American western."

Also playing in the American Independents section will be Jared Moshé’s “The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” Mike Ott’s “California Dreams,” Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki’s “El Mar La Mar,” Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s “The Endless,” Laura Terruso’s “Fits and Starts,” Antonio Méndez Esparza’s “Life and Nothing More,” Noël Wells’ “Mr. Roosevelt,” Matt Porterfield’s “Sollers Point” and Cory Finley’s “Thoroughbreds.”

The international New Auteurs lineup will include Léa Mysius’ “Ava,” Kantemir Balagov’s “Closeness,” Andrea Pallaoro’s “Hannah,” Liu Jian’s ‘Have A Nice Day,” Jenna Bass’ “High Fantasy,” Rungano Nyoni's “I Am Not A Witch,” Valérie Massadian’s “Milla,” Júlia Murat and Matias Mariani’s “Pendular,” Carla Simón’s “Summer 1993,” Iram Haq’s “What Would People Say” and Hlynur Pálmason’s “Winter Brothers.”

As previously announced, this year’s AFI Fest will open with Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” and also present a retrospective of 12 films by director Robert Altman. Single tickets will be available beginning Nov. 1. For tickets and membership information, go to AFI.com.


In saying #MeToo, Alyssa Milano pushes awareness campaign about sexual assault and harassment

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(Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

The #MeToo campaign on social media, which Alyssa Milano initiated on Sunday, is seeing stars including Evan Rachel Wood, Sophia Bush, Rosario Dawson, Lady Gaga and more speaking up as survivors of sexual violence, along with plenty of people who aren't famous. 

"If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet," Milano tweeted, saying the hashtag idea was "suggested by a friend" who noted that perhaps getting multiple voices to chime in with that status "might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."

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The "Charmed" actress isn't the first to seize on the phrase "me too."

Tarana Burke, an organizer and youth worker who's a sexual assault survivor herself, has been working on "me too" since the mid-2000s — particularly with young women of color — as a means of what she calls empowerment through empathy.

"Somebody asked me, does this [campaign] amplify your work? And it does in a certain way, but also when this hashtag dies down, and people thinking about it, I'll still be doing the work," Burke told The Times on Monday. 

To keep the ball rolling, she said, celebrity survivors could disclose not only their status but also what kind of personal work they've done to recover — "their trajectory for healing."

"For me, it's about helping people find an entry point to healing," explained Burke, who gave the keynote address at the 2014 March to End Rape Culture in Philadelphia. "They cannot just let it be a hashtag."

Of course, even if the current campaign has morphed a bit from Burke's work so far, having celebrities' social media reach behind it doesn't hurt. Here are a few of the folks who've weighed in so far. 

Lady Gaga, who went public at the 2016 Oscars as a victim of sexual assault, tweeted only the hashtag on Sunday, as did Ali Fedotowsky-Manno of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black" and Kristin Bauer of "True Blood," to name a few. 

"Westworld" star Wood went into more detail in appearing to offer an explanation about why she hadn't told her story sooner than 2016. 

"Because I was shamed and considered a 'party girl' I felt I deserved it," Wood tweeted Sunday. "I shouldnt have been there, I shouldn't have been 'bad.'"

OPINION: Survivors of sexual violence don't owe anyone our stories. Here's why I'm telling mine. #MeToo

More than a quarter-million people were discussing #MeToo on Facebook around midday Monday, and Instagram had almost 350,000 posts tagged with that label. 

"#MeToo And I want you too know, THEY will always be WRONG, but YOU can end up STRONG!," "NCIS" actress Pauley Perrette tweeted Sunday. A day later, she retweeted a story about losing her virginity to rape when she was 15. 

Rose McGowan, who has been a key, outspoken figure in the Harvey Weinstein scandal, tweeted "#metoo" along with quotes from author-filmmaker-scholar Jackson Katz, whose Mentors in Violence Prevention program focuses in part on bringing men and boys into the conversation around sexual violence. 

Hilarie Burton, who went public last week to accuse Ben Affleck of groping her in 2003 during a taping of "Total Request Live" — he has since apologized — posted to the hashtag on Instagram.

Meanwhile, conservative commentator Dana Loesch, in a series of tweets, talked about threats of sexual violence she'd received in response to her political views, especially her support of 2nd Amendment rights.

Also popping up along with the #MeToo campaign were comments asking why the discussion didn't specifically include men, people of color and non-binary people. 

The issue of sexual assault is "bigger than Harvey Weinstein. It's bigger than Bill Cosby. It's bigger than R. Kelly. And we have to let young people know that healing is possible ... that joy is possible. It's our job as adults and our job for each other," Burke said. 

"Nobody is floored by the realization that Hollywood is riddled with sexual predators ...," she continued. "For every Harvey Weinstein, there's a Joe Blow who's doing the same thing in his community."

Producers Guild expels Harvey Weinstein and creates task force to combat sexual assault in Hollywood

The Producers Guild of America's board of directors has voted unanimously to terminate Harvey Weinstein's membership, the organization announced Monday.

The decision was reached during an emergency meeting held today by the PGA's National Board of Directors and Officers in the wake of a rapidly escalating controversy that has seen dozens of women, including high-profile actresses Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, accuse the former mogul of abuse and harassment.

In addition to voting to expel Weinstein from the group, PGA leaders announced the creation of an anti-sexual harassment task force to research and address sexual harassment within the entertainment industry.

“This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership," read a statement from Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary, presidents of the Producers Guild of America, on behalf of the PGA National Board of Directors and Officers.

"Sexual harassment of any type is completely unacceptable. This is a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action.  Today, the PGA’s National Board and Officers – composed of 20 women and 18 men -- created the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force specifically charged with researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions to sexual harassment in the entertainment industry." 

"The PGA calls on leaders throughout the entertainment community to work together to ensure that sexual abuse and harassment are eradicated from the industry.”

Weinstein and his brother Bob were the recipients of the guild's highest honor, the Milestone Award, in 2013. 

Per the group's bylaws, Weinstein, who was booted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday, will have until Nov. 5 to respond to the PGA decision before the termination of his membership is finalized. 



Weinstein Co. in sale negotiations to 'stabilize the company's current operations'

 (Jordan Strauss / Invision)
(Jordan Strauss / Invision)

The Weinstein Co., beset by sexual harassment and assault allegations against ousted co-founder Harvey Weinstein, announced Monday that it is in negotiations to sell part or all of itself to Colony Capital.

The company — known for producing films such as “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Django Unchained” and “The Iron Lady,” as well as the reality television series “Project Runway” — also said it has a preliminary agreement for Colony Capital to give it an immediate cash infusion.

“We believe that Colony's investment and sponsorship will help stabilize the company's current operations, as well as provide comfort to our critical distribution, production and talent partners around the world,” Weinstein Co. board member Tarak Ben Ammar said Monday in a statement. “Colony's successful experience and track record in media and entertainment will be invaluable to the company.”


African American Critics Assn. dubs 2017 'Year of the Woman in Cinema'

Directors Dee Rees, Patty Jenkins and Kathryn Bigelow. (Brent N. Clarke / Invision / Associated Press, left; Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times, middle; Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times, right)
Directors Dee Rees, Patty Jenkins and Kathryn Bigelow. (Brent N. Clarke / Invision / Associated Press, left; Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times, middle; Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times, right)

Kicking off awards season, the African American Film Critics Assn. proclaimed 2017 the "Year of the Woman in Cinema," in a statement Monday announcing the honorees for its ninth annual awards ceremony.

“There is no argument that women have made a bold step forward this year in Hollywood,” said Gil Robertson, the AAFCA's president. “The evidence demonstrated during the past year speaks for itself both in terms of box office and critical recognition by women and we predict that there will be continued momentum going forward.

"We are also pleased that African American women are a part of this progress and are taking advantage of increased opportunities to make their cinematic imprint.”

Films helmed by women this year include Patty Jenkins' critically and commercially successful "Wonder Woman," Niki Caro's "The Zookeeper's Wife," Amma Asante's "A United Kingdom," Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled," Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit" and Angela Robinson's "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." There are more to come by the end of the year, including Dee Rees' "Mudbound" and Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird." 

The organization, which was founded in 2003 and is now the largest group of black film critics, also notes that with Ava DuVernay's highly anticipated "A Wrinkle in Time" due next March, "the change appears headed towards normalcy as women in general, and African American female directors in particular, receive increased opportunities on the big screen."

"Women wrote, produced and directed some of the year's most compelling, provocative and culturally relevant movies," said Shawn Edwards, who co-founded the AAFCA with Robertson. "However, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that women have a permanent place at the table with equal representation."

The AAFCA also announced recipients of its special achievement honors: "Get Out" writer-director Jordan Peele, Alcon Entertainment’s co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, Los Angeles Film Festival President Claudia Puig and ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey. 

The AAFCA’s Celebration of Women in Cinema is set to take place during the organization’s awards ceremony on Feb. 7, 2018.


New 'Black Panther' trailer has Chadwick Boseman weighing fate of the world

Welcome once again to Wakanda, where the "third-world country, textiles, shepherds, cool outfits" thing is all a front, and the revolution will be live. 

The first full-length trailer for "Black Panther" dropped Monday, bringing with it a more intense look at Chadwick Boseman, a.k.a. Prince T'Challa, a.k.a. the sexy, serious, bodysuit-clad lead character in director Ryan Coogler's first Marvel Studios release. 

"My son, it is your time," says T'Challa's queen mother, Ramonda, played by Angela Bassett. 

"You get to decide what kind of king you are going to be," says top spy Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong'o. Good on that, because apparently the fate of the world rests on what happens. 

As we learned from a teaser back in June, the kingdom of Wakanda is more than it seems, and the new trailer reveals much more. In it, the Black Panther shows up in city streets as well as in African landscapes full of waterfalls and fire (and yes, OK, very cool outfits). 

Boseman's character also puts a hard-core big-cat twist on Marvel's hallmark superhero landing. 

"The revolution will be live," the actor said Monday on Twitter, where he also shared a new poster for the movie. 

"Long live the king," Nyong'o said on Instagram as she posted the clip. Michael B. Jordan, who plays Erik Killmonger, did the same. "Isn’t it amazing!!," Forest Whittaker said on Instagram. 

The trailer comes fresh off Friday's release of "Marshall," which sees Boseman playing a different sort of action hero: Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to be named to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Black Panther" hits theaters Feb. 16, 2018.


Duchess Catherine dances with Paddington Bear at surprise charity appearance

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(Jonathan Brady / Getty Images)

There once was a princess who danced with a bear at a train station.

Stop us if you've heard this one before...

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, made a surprise appearance at a charity event Monday, where she was greeted by Paddington Bear at his famed namesake station.

The duchess, who is pregnant with her third child and is still suffering from extreme morning sickness, joined husband Prince William, brother-in-law Prince Harry and the cast and crew of "Paddington 2" to send off 130 children from their Charities Forum for a train ride to the English countryside.

The former Kate Middleton has kept a low profile since the palace announced in September that she was expecting again.

The duchess seemed in high spirits Monday, according to People. The appearance comes just a few days after the 35-year-old debuted her baby bump at World Mental Health Day.

She enjoyed a dance -- twirl and all -- with the costumed, marmalade-loving character just before boarding the train to speak with the children, several of whom were survivors of the summer's catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire. The trio spent 45 minutes chatting with the children aboard the vintage Belmond British Pullman train before seeing them off, according to the Telegraph.

 (Neil Hall / EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock)
(Neil Hall / EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock)

When a woman from the Child Bereavement UK charity asked Prince William about Catherine, he said, "She is feeling much better."  

"Paddington 2" star Hugh Bonneville praised the royals' charity work. 

"Wherever they go, awareness is brought to the causes they do wonderfully support," the "Downton Abbey" alum told the British newspaper. "It's just fantastic when they can bring a bit of a spotlight to shine on these fantastic causes. Paddington is equally happy to smear them in marmalade!"

"Paddington 2" opens in the U.K. on Nov. 10 and in the U.S. on Jan. 12.


A Star Is Born: Angela Lansbury turns 92 today

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(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

On the one hand, I love the success [of 'Murder, She Wrote'] and am enjoying that tremendously. On the other, I resist this takeover that it represents of my life. You're caught in a trap -- that's what I'm not sure about. It's awfully hard to walk away from success, isn't it?

Angela Lansbury, 1985

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Angela Lansbury Clues Us In


Kehinde Wiley will paint Obama's official presidential portrait

'St. Francis' by Kehinde Wiley goes on view at Sotheby's last month in London. (Getty Images for Sotheby's)
'St. Francis' by Kehinde Wiley goes on view at Sotheby's last month in London. (Getty Images for Sotheby's)

Kehinde Wiley, known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African American subjects, has been commissioned to paint the official presidential portrait of President Obama for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery at Obama's request, the museum revealed Friday. 

Wiley, a Los Angeles native, is world-renowned for his portraits of young black men adorned in the latest in hip-hop street style. The artist has painted portraits of influential hip-hop figures such as the Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and Michael Jackson, among others.

At the end of each presidency, the National Portrait Gallery partners with the White House to commission one official portrait each of the president and the first lady. The two sets of official portraits (one for the White House and one for the National Portrait Gallery) are financed through private funds and have been a tradition beginning with former President George H.W. Bush. 

Georgia native Amy Sherald will paint former First Lady Michelle Obama. The two paintings will be unveiled at the museum in early 2018 and will be added to the National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection. 

"The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady," said Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery. "Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century."

Check out some of Wiley's work below:


Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are getting married!

Fans on Twitter on Sunday were blindsided by the news that "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner and singer Joe Jonas are getting married.

The 28-year-old singer and 21-year-old actress took to Instagram to share the news, each posting the same tight shot of just their hands.

Nick Jonas also shared the photo, congratulating his brother and "sister in law to be" on their engagement. He also commented "YES!!!" under Joe's engagement photo on Instagram while their brother Kevin chimed in similarly with "Yeah!!!!!!!"

The couple has been dating since November and has been Instagram-official since January. Most fans on Twitter vacillated between shock and jealousy with more than a few "Game of Thrones"-related jokes thrown in. 


French president has 'taken steps' to strip Harvey Weinstein of his Legion of Honor award

French President Emmanuel Macron is interviewed at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Sunday. (Philippe Wojazer / Pool)
French President Emmanuel Macron is interviewed at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Sunday. (Philippe Wojazer / Pool)

In 2012, France's then-president, Nicolas Sarkozy, awarded film mogul Harvey Weinstein with the Legion of Honor award, the highest military and civilian honor, after the Weinstein Co.'s "The Artist" won five Oscars. Now French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to revoke it, according to the Associated Press.

Macron said in an interview with TF1 television on Sunday that he has "taken steps" to strip Weinstein of the honor over the multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment currently swirling around the Hollywood titan. 

"Yes, I've begun the procedures to withdraw the Legion d'Honneur," Macron said. "Because his actions lack honor."

Weinstein has recently been ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars. Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is another American to lose the Legion of Honors distinction in recent years.


Woody Allen 'sad' for Weinstein, hopes scandal doesn't spark 'witch hunt'

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(AFP/Getty Images)

Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment scandal has sent shock waves through Hollywood, with high profile figures like Quentin Tarantino and Jane Fonda speaking out against the film mogul. Controversial director Woody Allen is the latest to chime in with his opinion, speaking to the BBC to admonish Weinstein's actions. Kind of.

"No one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness," he 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."

Allen went on to say he is "sad" for Weinstein, who was recently ousted from the Motion Picture Academy after a number of women came forward to accuse him of assault.

"The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved," Allen told the BBC. "Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up." 

The director, who was accused of abusing adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 2014, went on to say he hoped the scandal wouldn't lead to a "witch hunt."

"You also don't want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That's not right either."

'Saturday Night Live' takes on the Weinstein scandal

While "Saturday Night Live" was criticized for not taking shots at Harvey Weinstein on its Oct. 7 episode, the long-running sketch show addressed the scandal with this weekend's edition.

The show featured two segments related to the disgraced film mogul, including jokes from Colin Jost and Michael Che during "Weekend Update" and a return of the sketch centered around an actress round table discussion featuring fictional "classic Hollywood" star Debette Goldry, played by Kate McKinnon. 


Björk opens up about her own experience with sexual harassment

 (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein's scandal, several actors and actresses have come forward to share their own experiences with harassment in the entertainment industry. Sunday morning, Icelandic singer-songwriter and actress Björk shared her own experience of sexual harassment at the hands of an unnamed director.

"I am inspired by the women everywhere who are speaking up online to tell about my experience," Björk wrote. "I became aware that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it."

She went on to describe an on-set encounter with the director, who punished her and framed her as being "difficult" for turning down his advances. "It was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it," she wrote.

"Let's hope this statement supports the actresses and actors all over."

Read the full statement below: 


Kate Winslet savages Harvey Weinstein in new interview: 'He was bullying and nasty'

Kate Winslet walks backstage after winning the Oscar for "The Reader" in 2009. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Kate Winslet walks backstage after winning the Oscar for "The Reader" in 2009. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

When Kate Winslet won the lead actress Oscar for “The Reader” in 2009, she thanked 19 people by name, along with many others in general.

She did not mention Harvey Weinstein, whose company financed and distributed the movie.

“That was deliberate. That was absolutely deliberate,” Winslet told The Times in an interview Saturday.

“I remember being told. ‘Make sure you thank Harvey if you win.’ And I remember turning around and saying, ‘No I won’t. No I won’t.’ And it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren’t well-behaved, why would I thank him?”

“The fact that I’m never going to have to deal with Harvey Weinstein again as long as I live is one of the best things that’s ever happened and I'm sure the feeling is universal,” Winslet added.

Winslet made her first movie, Peter Jackson’s psychological drama “Heavenly Creatures,” for Weinstein’s Miramax Films — a fact, Winslet says, that the now-disgraced producer brought up every time she saw him.

The fact that I’m never going to have to deal with Harvey Weinstein again as long as I live is one of the best things that’s ever happened and I'm sure the feeling is universal.

Kate Winslet

“For my whole career, Harvey Weinstein, whenever I’ve bumped into him, he’d grab my arm and say, ‘Don’t forget who gave you your first movie.’ Like I owe him everything. Then later, with ‘The Reader,’ same thing, ‘I’m gonna get you that Oscar nomination, I’m gonna get you a win, I’m gonna win for you.’”

“But that’s how he operated,” Winslet continues. “He was bullying and nasty. Going on a business level, he was always very, very hard to deal with — he was rude. He used to call my female agent a [vulgar name for a woman] every time he spoke to her on the telephone.”

National Organization for Women urges Hollywood to 'end the silence that surrounds sexual abuse'

Some of the actresses who've spoken out recently against Harvey Weinstein, claiming sexual harassment by the film producer. (N.Prommer/G. Horcajuelo/S. Nogier/A. Gombert/Peter Fole/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
Some of the actresses who've spoken out recently against Harvey Weinstein, claiming sexual harassment by the film producer. (N.Prommer/G. Horcajuelo/S. Nogier/A. Gombert/Peter Fole/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

The National Organization for Women quickly praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the expulsion of Harvey Weinstein on Saturday, but warned Hollywood not to be complacent about systemic abuse of women in the industry.

The Academy decision was made in an emergency vote after dozens of women had come forward to accuse the Weinstein Co. co-founder of sexual harassment and assault.

NOW President Toni Van Pelt issued a statement Saturday that read in its entirety: 

The Motion Picture Academy did the right thing by revoking Harvey Weinstein’s membership. The National Organization for Women was one of the first to call for the Academy to remove Harvey Weinstein from their membership roster, and we are gratified they faced their responsibility today. But Hollywood still has a pervasive problem with the systematic abuse of women by powerful men who believe their power and privilege will always protect them.

Every studio, every talent agency, every entertainment lawyer and every business that participates in the “star-making machinery” has an obligation to women — and to humanity — to end the silence that surrounds sexual abuse. It shouldn’t take a Harvey Weinstein to change the way Hollywood deals with abusers. This sort of harassment and criminal assault takes place every day. When people in Hollywood see something, they should say something. It shouldn’t take a newspaper or magazine expose to hold people like Harvey Weinstein accountable. 

The Motion Picture Academy made a good start today. But the hard work of changing the culture and holding abusers accountable for their crimes is just beginning.

Read The Times' full coverage of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.


With news of Harvey Weinstein's film academy expulsion, Twitter wonders, 'Who's next?'

 (Jordan Strauss / Invision/Associated Press)
(Jordan Strauss / Invision/Associated Press)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to expel Harvey Weinstein during an emergency meeting Saturday following accusations against the Hollywood producer of sexual harassment and assault -- and the reaction on social media was immediate.

Celebrities touted the academy's announcement, which it said in a statement was meant 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." 

Many voiced the inevitable question: With Weinstein out, which other embattled figures might next face censure? Still active among the academy ranks are a number of controversial figures, including Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski, both of whom have faced accusations of sexual assault.

Other Twitter reactions turned their focus to President Trump.


Academy expels Harvey Weinstein, will establish ethical standards of conduct

Harvey Weinstein (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Harvey Weinstein (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Harvey Weinstein — a once-dominant force in the Academy Awards who rewrote the rules of Oscar campaigning — has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in response to mounting allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault against him.

The film academy’s 54-member Board of Governors, which includes such industry luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Kathleen Kennedy and Whoopi Goldberg, voted in an emergency meeting Saturday to remove Weinstein from the organization’s ranks in an unprecedented public rebuke of a prominent industry figure. The move marked the latest blow in Weinstein’s stunning downfall and, in symbolic terms, amounts to a virtual expulsion from Hollywood itself.

In removing Weinstein from its ranks, the academy said in a statement, “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.”


Bob Weinstein describes 'living nightmare' of accusations against brother Harvey, hopes film academy ousts him

Harvey and Bob Weinstein (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Harvey and Bob Weinstein (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Bob Weinstein has finally broken his silence about the numerous public allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault recently made against his older brother, Harvey Weinstein, denying that he had any knowledge of any non-consensual sexual activity and calling for his brother's expulsion from the film academy. 

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the Weinstein Co. co-founder described the days since learning about the accusations against his brother as "a living nightmare" while unequivocally denying that he had any knowledge of the extent of his brother's actions.

"For the last five years, I've probably talked to my brother 10 times on any personal level," Weinstein admitted, regarding the pair's strained relationship. "That's the fracture that's gone on. Since Dimension [Films] started, we ran two separate companies."

But Weinstein did know some unsavory realities about his older sibling.

"I was also the object of a lot of his verbal abuse — at one time physical abuse," he said.

The younger Weinstein was emphatic that his experiences did not compare to those of the victims who have come forward in recent days. He begged his brother to get help.

Bob Weinstein also shared that he knew Harvey was a known philanderer but said he had no idea that the encounters might not have been consensual. 

He did know, however, that the elder Weinstein often was verbally abusive to his employees. 

"Harvey was a bully. Harvey was arrogant. He treated people like ... all the time. That I knew. And I had to clean up for so many of his employee messes.

"I would often counsel people and say, 'You know what? You have a choice here. Leave. Leave, please leave.' "

When asked directly whether Harvey Weinstein should be expelled by the film academy's Board of Governors, which is meeting Saturday to make that decision, the younger brother's answer was emphatic. 

"Yes, I do. I was gonna actually write [to the academy]. And I will do it. I am gonna write a note to them saying he definitely should be kicked out of the academy."

As for the film empire they co-founded, Bob Weinstein is desperate to keep the Weinstein Co. afloat and rebuild it without the taint of a familial name. 

"This brother is not that brother," the younger Weinstein said of himself. "This brother made just as much money, ran a successful division [Dimension Films], more successful financially than Harvey's. But I'm a different guy and I run it differently, and people know it."

When asked about his own past anger issues, Weinstein freely admitted that he previously has struggled with his temper, but he said he has worked to better himself.

"There are those that do the work and those that don't. I did it. I'm not that guy, and that's not the way I operate," he said.

Weinstein said he does not see that same level of self-awareness in his brother.

"This hurts, but I don't feel an ounce of remorse coming from him, and that kills me too."

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