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Accounts Of Misconduct Surface Following Announcement of John Lasseter’s ‘Sabbatical’ From Disney

Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter released a memo written by John Lasseter that announced six-month “sabbatical” to his staff. The decision, he said, was made after “missteps” in his behavior were brought to his attention, but he did not provide much detail on what those “missteps” were. Since that story broke, though, THR ran a story with anonymous sources describing a pattern of physically inappropriate behavior by Lasseter which predominantly targeted women who worked under him, and now more outlets are publishing their own stories with more sources.

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Alicia Silverstone on Her Unexpected Cameo in the Year’s Weirdest Movie

About halfway through Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a doctor played by Colin Farrell visits the home of a teenage boy (Barry Keoghan) who’s put a mysterious curse on his family. The boy’s mother comes out to offer some pie, and — wait a second, that’s Alicia Silverstone! The Clueless star only appears in two brief scenes, but she makes a definite impression, cooing over the softness of Farrell’s hands and generally adding to the freaky vibe. “I remember thinking, How on earth will I fit into this movie?” the actress told Vulture. “Because when I read the script, it was just so wonderful. When you admire something so much, it’s a little bit hard to imagine how you fit into it.” While speaking to Vulture over the phone, Silverstone discussed her whirlwind one-day shoot for Sacred Deer, why she loved being in the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid film, and her upcoming Paramount Network series American Woman.

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  • Posted 11/21/17 at 3:59 PM
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John Lasseter Announces Leave of Absence From Pixar After ‘Missteps’ Were Brought to His Attention

Citing unspecified “missteps,” the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter, announced today that he will be taking a six-month sabbatical. Although no details are given about what those “missteps” might be, Lasseter said in a memo to his staff that, “It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable,” adding, “I especially want to apologize to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form. No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected.” Pixar is set to release its latest feature film, Coco, on Thanksgiving, a film which Lasseter executive produced. You can read his full statement, which was first obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, below.

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  • Posted 11/21/17 at 3:22 PM

Call Me By Your Name and Get Out Lead Indie Spirit Awards Nominations

The Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out on March 3, 2018, and the nominations have just come in. Call Me By Your Name leads the field with six nods while Get Out has five. Both will be competing for the Best Feature prize alongside Lady Bird, The Florida Project (both of which we predict will be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars), and The Rider. This year’s Indie Spirits will also feature a new category for the Bonnie Award, which will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant. Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will host the ceremony, which means there’s a chance you could see the real men behind George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon give an Indie Spirit trophy to Lois Smith (nominated in Best Supporting Actress for Marjorie Prime), and that is a future worth staying optimistic about.

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Saoirse Ronan Wants You to Take Female-Led Films Seriously, Especially Bridesmaids

In Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird, the Irish actress Saoirse Ronan adeptly captures the spirit of an early-2000s Sacramento teenager, frustrated with the strictures of her Catholic school, with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), and, like most teens, with everything else too.

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  • Posted 11/21/17 at 2:11 PM

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Trailer: Annette Bening and Jamie Bell Will Shatter You

If awards season were fair and just (which we know that it is not) Annette Bening and Jamie Bell would certainly usurp your Oscar predictions list. Their performance as a real life pair of star-crossed lovers in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is shattering. Bell plays Peter Turner, a young actor in Liverpool who falls hard for Gloria Grahame, a 1950s starlet who’s arrived in Europe for a play. Grahame is sexy, flighty, and sincere, while secretly struggling with her own demons as a fading legend. The story is told along two devastating timelines: their courtship and love affair in flashback, and their lives in present day, as Turner cares for Grahame during an illness. Unfortunately, this trailer doesn’t feature the movie’s totally winning scene of Bening and Bell dancing to disco, so you’ll have to see that in theaters when Film Stars opens December 29.

Every Julia Roberts Performance, Ranked

Julia Roberts co-stars in Wonder, which opens this week. But Wonder isn’t really a Julia Roberts Movie, and that’s still a weird concept to grasp for some us. For many who came of age in the 1990s, Julia Roberts was more than a movie star; she was an existential fact. From her star-making turn in Pretty Woman in 1990 through the early 2000s (when she took a step back from her whirlwind career to start a family), she was a dominant cultural force. Even when she failed — as in that brief period in the mid-1990s when she attempted more ostensibly serious fare — somehow we all felt embroiled in the fate of career.

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After Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile Is the Next Agatha Christie Book Headed to the Big Screen

Hollywood has once again discovered that Agatha Christie is a font of murder mysteries. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox is taking a stab, or 12, at another one of her many Hercule Poirot tales. Murder on the Orient Express screenwriter Michael Green will adapt Christie’s 1937 classic detective novel Death on the Nile, just as (spoiler alert!) the finale of Orient Express implied. While Kenneth Branagh is not officially onboard the project yet, he is reportedly expected to return as the meticulous and, with appearances in 31 other Agatha Christie books, over 50 short stories and a play, presumably exhausted detective.

A Wrinkle in Time Trailer: Watch Oprah, Reese, and Mindy Travel Through Space

Sweet dreams are made of this: Disney released the first full trailer for A Wrinkle In Time, the studio’s big adaptation of the classic 1963 novel by Madeline L’Engle, at the AMAs. Directed by Selma’s Ava DuVernay, the first woman of color to helm a movie budgeted at over $100 million, A Wrinkle in Time follows the interplanetary adventures of young Meg Murry and her genius brother Charles Wallace as they try to track down their missing scientist father (Chris Pine). Along the way, they’re aided by an eccentric neighbor Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), her colleague Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling, who has said that her character will quote liberally from classical scholars and Jay-Z), and finally, the formidable Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey).

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  • Posted 11/20/17 at 12:44 PM

Natalie Portman on Hollywood’s Sexual Harassment Problem: ‘I Have 100 Stories’

Like many actresses, Natalie Portman is still unpacking decades of work tainted by sexism and sexual harassment amid the deluge of allegations emerging from Hollywood.

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Armie Hammer Calls Out Last Year’s Nate Parker-Casey Affleck Double Standard

When The Hollywood Reporter asked Armie Hammer about the sexual-assault scandal that engulfed Nate Parker’s The Birth of Nation, which Hammer co-starred in last summer, the actor spoke openly about the double standard he saw at work. As Parker was put in director’s jail for a series of non-apologies following the reemergence of a college rape allegation and the victim’s suicide, Casey Affleck won the Oscar for Best Actor despite being sued in 2010 for sexual harassment by two female crew members from I’m Still Here. “I’m not saying Nate should not have been in trouble. I’m saying that they got in different levels of trouble,” Hammer told THR. “And that’s the disparity. It’s like there are two standards for how to deal with someone who has this kind of issue in their past, you know?” Hammer says the rollout of Parker’s college rape allegation was intentional:

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  • Posted 11/20/17 at 9:00 AM

5 Merchant Ivory Films to Revisit Before or After Call Me by Your Name

While Call Me by Your Name owes many of its achievements to the work of Luca Guadagnino, much of its DNA develops from the script the director co-wrote with James Ivory. Ivory — a longtime director, writer, and producer — helped found Merchant Ivory Productions, which released a series of thoughtful films, mostly literary adaptations, from the the 1960s through the 2000s. You may have watched them in an English class or two, and probably not appreciated them at the time, dammit.

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  • Posted 11/20/17 at 9:00 AM

Every Netflix Original Movie, Ranked

Netflix has spent the last few years and several billions of dollars on a crusade to be taken more seriously. The online video-streaming platform first got some hair on its virtual chest in September 2013, when it racked up a whopping 14 Emmy nominations in its first year of eligibility, minting House of Cards as a bona fide contender and proving once and for all that computer-native programming was here to stay. Still, though, content head Ted Sarandos felt there was something left to prove. While the evolving service figured out what to do with the pair of serialized hits that had fallen in its lap (Orange Is the New Black had also emerged as must-see programming, despite missing that year’s Emmy cutoff by a nose), Sarandos was casting his gaze on a new, more hostile horizon. TV was Netflix’s lingua franca; the service had always been geared to the smallness and bingeability — a word Netflix ushered into the public lexicon — of the format. Mastering the multiplex, however, would prove a far bitterer ground war.

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Bidder for the Weinstein Company Wants to Bring In a Majority-Female Board

The Weinstein Company might not be done, after all — though, if one potential reported bidder has her way, the production house will look and operate very differently. According to Deadline, Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of ProAmerica Bank and the former head of the Small Business Administration from 2014 to 2017, has placed a bid for the beleaguered company.

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  • Posted 11/19/17 at 2:08 PM

Guillermo del Toro Explains How The Shape of Water Is About ‘The Beauty of the Other’

Guillermo del Toro has a not-so-closely guarded secret: His new fantasy film The Shape of Water is rife with coded commentary on the current political climate. “The movie is about today. It’s about everything that we’re dealing with today — the toxic division of the ideology of us and them,” Del Toro said during a panel with actor Doug Jones at Vulture Festival in Los Angeles.

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  • Posted 11/18/17 at 11:14 PM

Alex Pettyfer’s Strange Ones Co-Star Was Terrified To Meet Him

The new movie The Strange Ones is strung tighter than a piano wire. The high-tension drama from first-time feature directors Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein follows a man named Nick (Alex Pettyfer) and a young boy named Sam (James Freedson-Jackson) as they set out on a very strange kind of road trip. To the strangers who ask, Nick is Sam’s older brother, and the two are heading out for a camping trip together. But as we ride along with them in Nick’s red station wagon, it becomes clear their adventure is not so serene as just exploring the great outdoors. Radcliff and Wolkstein intentionally left the most uncomfortable scenes in Strange Ones open to audience interpretation.

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Incredibles 2 Trailer: Honey, Where Is My Super Sequel?!

A new lineage of super-cute superheroes is upon us. Disney has debuted the first teaser-trailer for Incredibles 2, and although the entire minute is dedicated to baby Jack-Jack crawling around and realizing, Oh, yeah, he secretly had powers this whole time that could probably allow him to save the world, he’s not totally sure how to control those pesky eye lasers and fire-breathing mechanisms. (Potty training will be great.) Babies aside, the sequel promises to reunite the family (and Frozone!) for another villain-stopping adventure, with Elastigirl getting a little more spotlight than Mr. Incredible this time around. It’ll fly into theaters on June 15, 2018.

  • Posted 11/17/17 at 5:11 PM

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton Is an Amazing Documentary With an Unwieldy Title

The Jim is Jim Carrey, the Andy is Andy Kaufman, and the & signals the year (1999) when Carrey starred as Kaufman in the biopic Man on the Moon. The hook for Chris Smith’s amazing documentary with the unwieldy title, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, is the discovery of behind-the-scenes footage Carrey commissioned of the movie’s shooting. Ultimately, the studio wouldn’t let him do anything with it, for fear, he says in a contemporary interview, that he would “look like an asshole.” Carrey says that with a sad, ironic little smile. Well, duh. He also says he wishes “the behind-the-scenes stuff was part of the movie.” Him and me both.

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Oscar Futures: Why the Comedy Controversy Could Help Get Out

On a regular basis between now and March 4, 2018, when the winners of the Academy Awards are announced, Vulture will consult its crystal ball to determine the changing fortunes in this year’s Oscars race. In our Oscar Futures column, we’ll let you in on insider gossip, parse brand-new developments, and track industry buzz to figure out who’s up, who’s down, and who’s currently leading the race for a coveted Oscar nomination.

  • Posted 11/17/17 at 4:22 PM

Wonder Overflows With Empathy and Humanism

The tolerance drama Wonder centers on August (Auggie) Pullman (played by Jacob Tremblay, of Room), who is born with congenital facial deformities and, after years of being taught at home, is lovingly but tremulously compelled to go to a private New York middle school. He is predictably shunned and, in some cases, ridiculed, resulting in much grief for his mother, Isabel (Julia Roberts); father, Nate (Owen Wilson); and older sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic). But slowly — with many ups and downs — Auggie comes in contact with the better angels of our nature, even our notoriously mean-spirited middle-school nature.

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