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‘Master of None’ star Aziz Ansari issues statement responding to sexual misconduct allegation

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Master of None star Aziz Ansari has responded to the claims of sexual misconduct made against him by a 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer that took place last September at the actor’s New York City apartment.

According to a report published by Babe, the woman, given the pseudonym “Grace,” alleged that, despite giving Ansari several verbal and non-verbal cues that she wasn’t interested in sex, the actor repeatedly kissed her, performed oral sex on her, pushed her hand towards his penis, and placed his fingers in her mouth.

However, in a statement issued Sunday night, Ansari denied any wrongdoing and said that the encounter “was completely consensual.” You can read the full statement below.

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“In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.

The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said. 

I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

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‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ win top prizes at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards

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The Writers Guild of America announced the winners of the 2018 Writers Guild Awards at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City last night where Jordan Peele’s Get Out won Best Original Screenplay, while James Ivory won Best Adapted Screenplay for his script based on André Aciman’s acclaimed first novel Call Me by Your Name.

On the television side of things, The Handmaid’s Tale won Best Drama Series and Best New Series, as Veep and Will & Grace picked up Best Comedy Series and Best Episodic Comedy, respectively. Flint won in the Best Longform Original category and Big Little Lies, which recently cast Meryl Streep in its second season, won in Best Longform Adapated.

You can check out the complete list of winners from the 2018 Writers Guild Awards below.

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Original Screenplay
Get Out

Adapted Screenplay
Call Me by Your Name

Documentary Screenplay
Jane, National Geographic

Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

Comedy Series
Veep, HBO

New Series
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

Long Form Original
Flint, Lifetime

Long Form Adapted
Big Little Lies, HBO

Animation
“Time’s Arrow,” BoJack Horseman, Netflix

Episodic Drama
“Chicanery,” Better Call Saul, AMC

Episodic Comedy
“Rosario’s Quinceanera,” Will & Grace, NBC

Comedy/Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO

Comedy/Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live

Comedy/Variety Specials
39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, CBS

Quiz and Audience Participation
Hollywood Game Night, NBC

Daytime Drama
General Hospital, ABC

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Damien Chazelle is reteaming with his ‘La La Land’ producers for a secretive new TV project for Apple

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After signing a deal with Netflix in September to direct and executive produce The Eddy, an eight-episode musical drama series that takes place in Paris, a new report from The New York Times reveals that Damien Chazelle is reteaming with his La La Land producers for yet another television project.

According to The Times, Chazelle, who wrote and directed last year’s Oscar-winning jazz-infused musical La La Land, will also write and direct each episode of the upcoming TV series from Apple, which is to be produced by Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger—two of the four La La Land producers. However, Apple is reportedly keeping many details about the project tightly under wraps.

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“How many episodes will it be? Where will it take place? What’s it about? Apple would not answer any of those questions,” The Times wrote. Whatever it is, though, it certainly won’t lack a budget; Apple announced last year that it would invest more than $1 billion in original movies and TV shows in order to compete with streaming giants like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

As for Chazelle’s project with Netflix, The Eddy is described as a musical drama set in contemporary multi-cultural Paris revolving around a club, its owner, the house band, the chaotic city that surrounds them. Do you think the series will have anything to do with Emma Stone’s aunt? Only time will tell.

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Meryl Streep just signed on to play a very important role in season 2 of HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’

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What began as a seven-episode limited drama series on HBO is now coming back for a second season and it’s bringing Meryl Streep, fresh off her 21st Oscar nomination for Steven Spielberg’s political drama The Post, along for the ride—and we already know who she’s going to be playing. Heads up, though: Big Little Lies season 1 spoilers lie ahead. 

Streep, who hasn’t had a major television role since she starred in the HBO miniseries Angels in America in 2003, will play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Alexander Skarsgard’s Perry Wright and the mother-in-law of Nicole Kidman’s Celeste Wright, in season 2 of Big Little Lies. Streep’s character is described as a woman who is “concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her’s son death” and she “arrives in Monterey searching for answers.”

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Kidman will, of course, return for season 2 of Big Little Lies as Celeste, who is still reeling from her husband’s death, but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was. Reese Witherspoon will also reprise her role as Madeline Martha Mackenzie, who confronts the truth of Perry’s death while trying to come to terms with her own marriage and traditional notions of family. It sounds like some shit is definitely going to go down in season 2.

The highly anticipated second season of Big Little Lies is expected to begin shooting this spring and will debut on HBO sometime in 2019. Until then, feel free to let us know your thoughts on the Streep casting news by sounding off in the comments section below.

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