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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director Says He Tried to "Warn People" About James Toback

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn says he tried for years to warn people about James Toback, the director who over the weekend was accused of sexual misconduct by more than 30 woman. 

In a lengthy Facebook post published Sunday, the Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director said he personally knew more than a dozen women who accused the Oscar-nominated Bugsy director Toback of sexual harassment. 

"He essentially goes up to women and says, 'Hey, I'm James Toback, and I'm a famous director, and I feel like there's a connection between us.' Then he shows them some article »

- Ryan Parker

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'Phantom Thread' Trailer Previews Daniel Day-Lewis in His Last Role Before Retirement

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The trailer for Phantom ThreadDaniel Day-Lewis’ last pre-retirement project, has been released.

The drama stars the Oscar winner as Reynolds Woodcock, a fashion designer who caters to members of high society and the royal family in 1950s London, alongside his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville). He meets a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

The Annapurna and Focus release is helmed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Day-Lewis in 2007's There Will Be Blood.

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- Ashley Lee

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Hollywood Film Awards: 'The Big Sick' to Receive Comedy Ensemble Award

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The cast of The Big Sick, including Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, will receive the Hollywood Comedy Ensemble Award at the upcoming Hollywood Film Awards.

In addition, Jamie Bell will receive the New Hollywood Actor Award for his recent work in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, and musicians Diane Warren, Common and Andra Day will receive the Hollywood Song Award for the original song "Stand Up for Something" from Marshall. Warren wrote the music; she also wrote the lyrics with Common. The song is performed by Day featuring Common.

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- Kimberly Nordyke

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Sam Shepard Helps Uncover Clues in Clip From Final Film, 'Never Here'

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Sam Shepard died in July, from complications related to Als, but the acclaimed actor and playwright can now be seen in his final film, the psychological thriller Never Here.

Shepard stars with Mireille Enos in the indie — currently in select theaters and on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and Google Play — written and directed by Camille Thoman in her narrative feature debut.

The film follows Enos' Miranda Fall, an installation artist whose secret lover (Shepard) witnesses a stranger assaulting a woman. To cover for Shepard's Paul Stark, Miranda tells the police she saw the attack alone and gives »

- Hilary Lewis

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Netflix to Raise $1.6 Billion for Content Acquisitions

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Netflix plans a $1.6 billion offering of senior notes to raise money for content acquisitions and "strategic transactions."

The plans were unveiled Monday as the video streaming giant continues to take on rivals in the digital arena, including Amazon and Hulu. Netflix revealed two weeks ago that it may spend as much as $8 billion on content next year.

The video streaming giant gave no details on the interest rate or the maturity date for its proposed debt offering, which will be determined by negotiations between Netflix and the initial purchasers.

Netflix added it intends to use the proceeds of »

- Etan Vlessing

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Hollywood's Culture of Abuse Helped Harvey Weinstein Thrive

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In early August 2013, Fox Searchlight arranged for me to see a newly completed film that The Hollywood Reporter was considering as the cover story for our upcoming Toronto Film Festival issue. No one I knew had seen the movie, nor had anyone said anything about it, good or bad, so I was stunned by what I saw, and above all by a young actress making her feature debut.

The movie was 12 Years a Slave, and the actress was Lupita Nyong’o. That year, she was the first person we approached to be on THR's Actress Roundtable, and we seated »

- Stephen Galloway

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Russia Braces for Violent Protests as Controversial Film About Last Tsar Set to Open

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A controversial film that tells the story of an affair between a beautiful ballerina and Russia's last emperor is due to be released Thursday after months of protest.

Matilda, by award-winning director Alexei Uchitel, has attracted the ire of the Russian Orthodox Church and nationalist extremists, angered by the depiction of a man they consider a saint.

The Russia-wide release on more than 1,000 screens is likely to reignite tensions after months of protests that have included the fire bombing of Uchitel's St Petersburg offices, attacks on cinemas and a billboard poster campaign by the church emphasizing the »

- Nick Holdsworth,Vladimir Kozlov

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Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in Drama From 'The Crown' Scribe

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Bridget Jones star Renee Zellweger is set to play Judy Garland in Judy, based on the true story of the stage and screen icon's final concerts in London.

Pathe and Calamity Films are backing the project, based on a script by Tom Edge (The Crown, Lovesick) and to be directed by Tony nominee and two-time Olivier winner Rupert Goold, with production set to start February 2018. BAFTA winner David Livingstone (Pride) will produce for Calamity Films

Judy will chronicle Garland's arrival in swinging 1968 London to perform in a series of sellout shows. It has been 30 years since "the »

- Alex Ritman

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George Clooney on Slew of Sexual Harassment Stories: "This Is a Watershed Moment for Society"

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Since the New York Times published an explosive exposé on the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on Oct. 5, more and more victims of sexual harassment have been encouraged to speak out. 

Stars Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Patricia Arquette, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen also have all spoken out in one way or another. Whether it's the use of social media including Alyssa Milano's #MeToo campaign, an interview setting or a premiere event to promote their latest project, staying silent has not been an option.

On Sunday, at the premiere of his latest directorial foray, Suburbicon, George Clooney once »

- Brian Porreca

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James Toback's Agent No Longer Representing Him

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James Toback is no longer being represented by his agent Jeff Berg, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. 

Berg is the chairman of Northside Services; the agency represents directors Roman Polanski and Paul Schrader. (Berg previously was ICM chief before launching his own agency, Resolution, which folded in 2014 after less than two years.)

Berg confirmed to THR he no longer represents Toback but did not say when the representation ended.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported that 38 women had come forward to accuse Toback of sexual harassment and misconduct, allegations that span decades. 

Toback, who helmed the »

- Abid Rahman,Kimberly Nordyke

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China Box Office: 'Kingsman 2' Wins Weekend With $40M, 'Never Say Die' Crosses $300M

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Fox's spy sequel The Kingsman: Golden Circle debuted to a strong $40.3 million at the Chinese box office over the weekend.

That's a sizable improvement over the $22.5 million opening its predecessor, The Kingsman: The Secret Service, made in the Middle Kingdom in 2015.

The cheeky action-comedy, again directed by British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, dominated screen shares while also earning $3.5 million on Imax. Worldwide, Golden Circle has brought in $250.3 million from 61 markets.

Viewer reviews in China are mostly positive — the film holds an average score of 7.3 on Douban and 8.4 on Maoyan — suggesting a »

- Patrick Brzeski

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