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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.

“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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Hallelujah: HBO is renewing Danny McBride’s ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ for a second season

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Danny McBride‘s new series The Righteous Gemstones isn’t even halfway through its debut series — episode four just aired this past weekend — and yet HBO has already opted to renew it for a second season, the network announced Monday morning.

“Danny, Jody [Hill] and David [Gordon Green] are among our favorite collaborators and we’re thrilled that their take on a family comedy has been met with such enthusiasm,” said HBO programming executive vice president Amy Gravitt. “We cannot wait to share the next steps in the Gemstone family’s epic journey.”

Written, created, and executive produced by McBride, The Righteous Gemstones follows “the world famous Gemstone televangelist family, which has a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The series features one hell of an ensemble cast that includes the likes of McBride along with John Goodman, Adam DeVine, Edi Patterson, Tony Cavalero, Cassidy Freeman, Skyler Gisondo, Gregalan Williams, Tim Baltz, Dermot Mulroney, and Walton Goggins.

Between Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals, and now Righteous Gemstones, McBride, Hill, and Gordon Green produce some pretty spectacular shit for HBO under their Rough House Pictures banner and I’m thrilled to see a show like Gemstones get renewed for another season. Hallelujah, baby.

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Phoenix: Come see Amazon Prime Video’s new animated sci-fi series ‘Undone’ early and for free

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Amazon Prime Video will debut their new animated series Undone on September 13 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the show before it officially debuts on the streaming service.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to grab their free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Undone happening Monday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Tempe. (Each attendee will receive complimentary popcorn and soda!)

However, keep in mind that these free passes are distributed on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to claim yours as soon as possible before they run out. Below is the official trailer for Undone as well as some additional details about the series.

Created by: Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy

Directed by: Hisko Hulsing

Voices of: Rosa Salazar, Bob Odenkirk, Angelique Cabral, Constance Marie, Siddharth Dhananjay, and Daveed Diggs

Synopsis: Undone is a groundbreaking show that utilizes an animation process never seen on TV before and blurs the lines of dark comedy, drama, coming-of-age, and sci-fi genres. The story centers on Alma (Salazar), a Mexican-American woman in her late 20s who is struggling with the demands of her family and is bored of the rut her life is in. However, she is thrust into a new journey as she finds herself exploring the elastic nature of reality after getting into a near fatal car accident. Alma begins having vivid hallucinations of her late father, Jacob (Odenkirk), who urges her to access her astral (non- or metaphysical) self and go back twenty years to discover the truth about his death.

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Will Poulter will play one of the lead roles in Amazon’s really expensive ‘Lord of the Rings’ series

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In what is continuing to be a pretty damn good year for Will Poulter, Variety is reporting that the young Black Mirror and Midsommar star has been cast in one of the lead roles in Amazon’s billion-dollar budget Lord of the Rings series.

“The exact nature of Poulter’s character is being kept under wraps,” Variety notes, which seems to be the case for a lot of other details regarding the series. I mean, we don’t even have a an official logline or plot synopsis or anything yet!

At this point, all we really know is that the show “will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring” and, if I had to guess, will likely chronicle the creation of the Rings of Power by Sauron and the Elves of Eregion or something along those lines.

The series is shaping up to be the most expensive in television history with its $1 billion budget, $250 million of which was spent on securing the rights from the Tolkien Estate and Trust — that’s a lot of fucking money to spend on a TV show.

However, given the fact that Amazon paid no federal taxes on more than $11 billion in profits in 2018, I’m sure they won’t be breaking the bank anytime soon. So, uh, hooray for capitalism, I guess?

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