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Liam Neeson says Hollywood experiencing 'bit of a witch hunt'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ballymena-born actor Liam Neeson has said the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal has sparked “a bit of a witch hunt”. Since early October, some of the biggest names in arts and entertainment have been caught up in the scandal. Neeson, 65, was asked about the issue on RTE’s The Late Late Show. He said some people are “being suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee or something and suddenly they’re being dropped from their programme”. Neeson said that he was “on the fence” about…

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How Hollywood is failing disabled people

In a scathing commentary for Teen Vogue, founder of the Disability Representation Project, Alice Wong, has been both supportive of influential women promoting the #metoo and #timesup movements at The Golden Globes, and highly critical of the failure to involve disabled people in the conversation on inclusion. This is particularly disappointing as disabled women are statistically more likely to be on the receiving end of sexual violence. Wong took issue with the lack of disability representation at the event, even as able-bodied actors were honoured for portrayals of disabled characters.   Rain man…

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Golden Globes: Sex scandal fallout expected to dominate Hollywood awards

Film awards season gets under way with the Golden Globes later – the first major ceremony since Hollywood was hit by its sexual harassment scandals. Stars of film and television are expected to wear black on the red carpet in a protest against misconduct. Acceptance speeches – and host Seth Meyers’ opening monologue – are also expected to focus on the issue. Guillermo del Toro’s otherworldly romance The Shape of Water has the most nominations of any film, with seven. Its stars include Britain’s Sally Hawkins, who is nominated for…

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Was 2017 a tipping point for women in Hollywood?

How significant is it that 2017’s three top-grossing films had female leads? The #MeToo campaign was groundbreaking: it was both personal and anecdotal, yet also a collective roar by women all over the world, sharing stories of sexual assault or harassment. They were not just saying how pervasive the behaviour was: it was also a sign of empowerment. Hollywood has been rocked by the Weinstein scandal and others which followed it. Harvey Weinstein timeline: How the scandal unfolded Harvey Weinstein scandal: Who has accused him of what? And many hope…

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Lili Fini Zanuck: Director says 2017 'wasn't a turning point' for Hollywood

Last year wasn’t a turning point for women in Hollywood, according to the producer behind the multi-Oscar winning film Driving Miss Daisy. Lili Fini Zanuck, who was only the second woman to ever win a best picture Oscar when she took the award for Driving Miss Daisy in 1990, also produced Cocoon and directed 1991’s Rush. The 63-year-old has now made a documentary about Eric Clapton, called Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars. “No, we haven’t turned a corner,” she says when asked whether the tumultuous events of 2017 meant…

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Can Hollywood Change Its Ways?

“I’m calling it the Purge,” a friend who works in Hollywood told me, a few days into the post-Weinstein era. Off the top of his head, he listed half a dozen men in the entertainment business whose behavior, he hoped, would no longer be condoned. In the weeks to come, they started toppling, joined by others, in a seemingly never-ending cascade, the world’s longest domino trick. The morning-news anchor, the worldly talk-show host, the animation genius with the awful shirts, “feminist” men, liberals, tortured artists, moguls, icons, “bad boys,” funny…

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