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Kevin Spacey statement about sexual assault allegations sparks outrage on social media

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In an interview published by BuzzFeed on Sunday evening, Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp alleged that, in 1986, when he was just 14-years-old, Kevin Spacey, who was 26-years-old at the time, made a sexual advance towards him after a party at Spacey’s apartment.

“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” Rapp said about Spacey. “But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me.” Though he doesn’t recall how long Spacey was on top of him, Rapp said he was able to “squirm away” and “was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”

Nearly three hours after the report was published, Spacey issued a statement via Twitter, claiming he was “beyond horrified” to hear Rapp’s story but does not remember the encounter, as “it would have been over 30 years ago.” After apologizing to Rapp for “what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” Spacey then went on to reveal that he has “had relationships with both men and women” and now chooses “to live as a gay man.”

Here is Spacey’s statement in full:

However, Spacey’s statement, which has now been retweeted over 24,000 times at press time, has since ignited plenty of outrage, frustration, and controversy on social media, with Dan Savage, co-founder of It Gets Better, being among the first to condemn the actor’s statement. “Nope to Kevin Spacey’s statement. Nope. There’s no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child,” Savage tweeted.

“Coming out is a beautiful part of being gay. Attaching it to this vileness is so wrong,’ author Mark Harris wrote, while actress Rose McGowan called upon the media to “keep focus” on Anthony Rapp and “help us level the playing field.” Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner, perhaps echoing Savage’s sentiments, simply tweeted, “Nope. Absolutely not. Nope.”

The allegations against Spacey from Rapp could be the first of many against the actor,  who has famously kept many aspects of his personal life private and away from the spotlight. Shortly after BuzzFeed published their interview with Rapp last night, one source, who works as a freelance journalist, confirmed to me that they are “working on a Spacey story” and “have been” for quite some time.

Meanwhile, Rapp, who, before the BuzzFeed interview was published, had only shared his experience with Spacey with close friends and a few select others over the past 31 years, says that he “came forward with [his] story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me.”

“Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time,” Rapp concluded.

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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ leads sluggish Easter weekend with $25 million at the box office

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Ahead of what is almost certainly going to be a record-breaking opening weekend for Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, New Line’s horror pic The Curse of La Llorona managed to conjure up a solid $11.8 million from 3,372 theaters on Friday, putting it on track for an overall $25 million debut.

La Llorona, which comes courtesy of the same team behind the Conjuring franchise, including producer James Wan, is leading what appears to be the slowest Easter weekend since 2005, with many studios holding onto their releases until after Endgame debuts on April 26.

Some box office analysts say that the lackluster weekend can be credited to the possibility that many moviegoers may curb their movie ticket spending in the weekend prior to a big release like Endgame, which smashed pre-sale ticket records earlier this month.

While it seems evident that La Llorona is doomed to get lost in the superhero movie hype next weekend, the horror film, produced for a modest $9 million, will have already made back its budget by the end of the holiday weekend, so it’s already a win for New Line/Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. is also holding strong in second place at the box office this weekend with the critically acclaimed superhero pic Shazam! The film, backed by strong reviews and word of mouth, collected $6.2 million from 4,183 locations on Friday and is on track for a $17.2 million haul by Sunday.

Placing third is Fox’s faith-based drama Breakthrough, which opened on Wednesday and is expected to bring in more than $10 million over the holiday weekend, putting its five-day total around the $14 million mark.

Disney’s nature documentary Penguins also opened Wednesday and is looking to bring in $3.5 million over the course of the weekend after grossing $901,000 from 1,815 theaters on Friday.

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Clint Eastwood is in talks once again to direct ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’ for Disney-Fox

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Four months after the release of his last film The Mule, 88-year-old Clint Eastwood has already set his sights on a new project to tackle: The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a film that once had the likes of Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star.

While both Hill and DiCaprio are now no longer a part of the cast, Deadline reports that the duo will be staying on board as producers and Eastwood will begin assembling a new cast over the course of the next few months in hopes that he can begin production this summer.

Based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article of the same name, The Ballad of Richard Jewell is based on the true story of a security guard who was incorrectly identified by the media as the F.B.I.’s prime suspect in the Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Eastwood, who was previously attached to direct the film back in 2015 before ultimately parting ways with the project, will be working from a script written by Billy Ray, whose most recent work includes Ang-Lee’s Gemini Man and Tim Miller’s Terminator reboot.

DiCaprio is producing under his Appian Way banner along with Jennifer Davisson, with Misher Film’s Kevin Misher, Andy Berman, and Hill also serving as producers. Mike Ireland is overseeing the production of the film for Disney-Fox.

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Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham team-up against Idris Elba in new ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ trailer

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Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for Hobbs & Shaw, the upcoming Fast & Furious spinoff which finds Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham having to team-up to take down a villainous Idris Elba before he wipes out humanity as we know it.

Directed by David Leitch, the film follows Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, as they embark on a mission to stop the cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Elba), who has gained control of an insidious bio-threat.

Along the way, they’ll need help from the brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent who just happens to be Shaw’s sister (Vanessa Kirby), as well as Hobbs’ family, who seems to know a thing or two when it comes to fighting, judging by some of the footage showcased in the trailer.

Chris Morgan, the Fast & Furious franchise veteran who has written each and every installment to date since 2006’s Tokyo Drift, returns to write this one, in addition to producing along with Johnson, Statham, and Hiram Garcia.

Hobbs & Shaw also stars Eiza Gonzalez, Helen Mirren, Eddie Marsan, Roman Reigns, Cliff Curtis, Josh Mauga, and John Tui, and will hit theaters on August 2.

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