In the two weeks since the New York Times and The New Yorker published separate investigative reports documenting allegations of rape and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein dating back decades, the disgraced movie mogul continues to be in the news.Here's the latest fallout from the Weinstein scandal. The Academy sent internal memo about WeinsteinIn an internal memo for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President John Bailey shared a message about "our intention to be a strong voice in changing the culture of sexual exploitation in the movie business, already common well before the founding of the Academy 90 years ago."In the email, which USA TODAY obtained after it leaked with the subject line "In the Matter of H. Weinstein … and Beyond," Bailey wrote, "It is up to all of us Academy members to more clearly define for ourselves the parameters of proper conduct, of sexual equality, and respect for our fellow artists throughout our … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein scandal: Film academy can’t be ‘inquisitorial court,’ new memo says
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LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE Head below the George Washington Bridge to Fort Washington Park and tour Manhattan's only remaining lighthouse as part of the 15th annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival on Sept. 15. There are celebrity readings and hayrides, too. Call (212) 360-8737. SCOTT ON She's had a period of silence and a recent divorce, but Jill Scott isn't giving up her R&B crown quite yet. The tunes on her album "The Real Thing," out Sept. 25, are as soulful and sexy as ever. Also, be sure to catch her big-screen debut in Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" (out Oct. 12) to see how she's shaping up for an even bigger film role - in "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency," currently in production. TOOTHY ENCOUNTERS They're back! (Again.) A fresh crop of blood-sucking vampires hits both big and small screens. The monsters chase Josh Hartnett in director David Slade's "30 Days of Night," out Oct. 19, in which Hartnett's efforts to enforce the law (and battle evil) in an … [Read more...] about Fall 101: The best things to do, see, hear, taste, buy & experience this season!
At 8 o'clock tonight on ABC, the 83rd annual Academy Awards continues more than four score years of tradition, glamour and movie madness. But if you're keeping a different kind of score, here are a few ways to one-up your friends as the Hollywood crowd air-kisses at the Kodak Theatre. When things get boring, look up from your plate of food and offer some of these gold-plated gems.1. Ben Stiller's built a mini-career the last few years by doing little parodies during his podium presentations — last year he was a Na'vi (complete with yellow contact lenses, blue skin and tail); the year before he was bearded and mumbling à la Joaquin Phoenix. Before the half-hour mark, pick some options for Ben. We'll start things off: He'll either show up as a giant black swan, "Alice in Wonderland's" Mad Hatter or the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.2. Talent, of course, is a requirement for those hoping to hit Oscar's red carpet. But it doesn't hurt to remain ageless. Mark Wahlberg, Nicole … [Read more...] about Oscar party talking points: Amaze your friends with trivia tidbits as you watch the awards show
HONOLULU — None of us will likely see Venus pass, like a moving beauty spot, across the face of the sun again. From the U.S. to South Korea, people around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus. The next one won't be for another 105 years. "If you can see the mole on Cindy Crawford's face, you can see Venus," Van Webster, a member of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, told anyone who stopped by his telescope for a peek on Mount Hollywood. ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images The President of the Mexican Astronomic Society, Armando Higareda (left), looks through his telescope at the Transit of Venus at the Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City on June 5. For astronomers, the transit wasn't just a rare planetary spectacle. It was also one of those events they hoped would spark curiosity about the universe and our place in it. Sul Ah Chim, a researcher at … [Read more...] about As Venus travels across the sun, eyes turn towards the sky to see rare show
Martial arts movies began in 1920s China, where they were labeled as "wu xia pian," or "films of chivalrous combat." Movies such as 1928’s The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple set the template with its high-tech special effects and stylised fight sequences in its portrayal of scrappy martial arts cliques. Sadly, despite its mammoth 27-hour running length, this early martial arts classic has since been lost entirely.In the 1930s the Chinese government censorship board delivered a fatal death blow to the genre, which they saw as violating morality, and the martial arts movie scene shifted to Hong Kong. These movies tended to favor real, trained kung fu martial artists rather than flashy special effect trickery.Meanwhile, Japanese directors were developing a martial arts movie tradition of their own. Akira Kurosawa, who is widely regarded as among the best directors of all time, stunned audiences with 1954’s Seven Samurai, which portrayed the titular samurai battle bandits … [Read more...] about Top 50 Martial Arts Movies