ROSE MCGOWAN SUES ALLEGING INTIMIDATION BY WEINSTEIN, OTHERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Actress Rose McGowan has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Harvey Weinstein and two of his former attorneys engaged in racketeering to silence her and shut down her career before she accused him of rape.
The suit filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday names as defendants Weinstein, attorneys David Boies and Lisa Bloom, and others.
McGowan’s attorneys say in a statement that the defendants used unlawful tactics in “a sprawling smear campaign to defraud, malign, and marginalize McGowan.”
Bloom’s attorney says there is no basis for McGowan’s claims. Emails seeking comment from the other defendants were not immediately returned.
McGowan was one of the earliest and one of the most prominent of dozens of women to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
The former movie mogul has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
IN SCORSESE AND COPPOLA, MARVEL MEETS FORMIDABLE FOES
NEW YORK (AP) – A battle royale has broken out between some of the foremost filmmakers and Marvel Studios.
The brouhaha began when Martin Scorsese (skor-SEH’-see) suggested Marvel movies aren’t cinema. Francis Ford Coppola doubled down on that sentiment, saying Marvel films are “despicable” for being the same thing over and over again.
Many comic book fans have taken umbrage at those comments. And a handful of Marvel directors, including James Gunn, Joss Whedon and Taika Waititi have defended the studio’s films.
Even the 83-year-old British social realist Ken Loach has joined the fracas. He says Marvel movies are “commodities like hamburgers.”
‘ONCE UPON A TIME’ TO BE REISSUED WITH NEW SCENES
NEW YORK (AP) – Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” is heading back into theaters with 10 minutes of added scenes.
Sony Pictures said Wednesday that the longer “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” will play in more than 1,000 theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning Friday. The new running time will push Tarantino’s 1969 Los Angeles fable to nearly three hours.
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” has been one of the most successful original films of the year. The movie was made for $90 million. It has grossed $139.8 million domestically and $366.8 million worldwide.
The film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt is expected to be a major Oscar contender.