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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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Robert Pattinson to star in horror-fantasy film ‘The Lighthouse’ from ‘The Witch’ director

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Fresh off his Oscar-worthy performance in Josh and Benny Safdie’s riveting New York City crime-thriller Good Time, Deadline is reporting that Robert Pattinson will star opposite Willem Dafoe in Robert Eggers’ upcoming horror project The Lighthouse, which will be distributed by A24, who also released the filmmaker’s 2016 sleeper hit The Witch.

Written by Robert and Max Eggers, The Lighthouse is described as a fantasy horror story set in the world of old sea-faring myths. “This new script blew us away,” A24 said in a statement. “It creates a totally unique and ambitious universe and manages to somehow feel scary, suspenseful, wondrous and beautiful all at the same time.”

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In 2015, Variety reported that Eggers had begun development on a remake of Nosferatu, the 1922 silent movie about Count Orlok of Transylvania, which served as what is considered an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stocker’s iconic 1897 novel Dracula. However, according to Collider, the Nosferatu is going on the backburner for now as production on The Lighthouse is expected to begin this spring, though a release date has not been announced.

“I am extremely happy to be working with RT, A24, and Parts & Labor again,” Eggers said. “Along with New Regency, they are providing me and my collaborators with the support and freedom to make this film the way it needs to be made. It’s a privilege.”

As someone who is a huge fan of everyone involved in this project, especially Eggers, whose directorial debut was simply outstanding and still haunts me to this day, it should certainly be exciting to see what he puts together with The Lighthouse. I mean, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in the same movie? How could you go wrong?

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‘Black Panther’ scores a record-breaking $25.2 million from Thursday night previews

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Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed Black Panther has already begun to dominate the domestic box office, reeling in a mighty $25.2 million in Thursday previews, breaking the February record previously held by Deadpool, which earned $12.7 million from Thursday previews when it opened in 2016.

Additionally, Black Panther also bested Captain America: Civil War, which earned $25 million from Thursday previews and, thanks to its stellar early reviews and an all-star cast that includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, and Danai Gurira, is expected to round up as much as $170 million by the end of the Presidents’ Day weekend.

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Black Panther picks up after the events of Civil War and follows T’Challa as he returns home to Wakanda to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king after the death of his father. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king is tested when he is lured into a deadly conflict.

Earlier this year, Black Panther managed to break Marvel’s pre-sale record on Fandango to become the fourth biggest pre-seller in the ticketing company’s history. It’s bested only by the three latest installments in the Star Wars franchise including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Meanwhile, Black Panther has earned $47 million in foreign territories, bringing its worldwide total to somewhere in the $72 million range. We’ll keep you posted on the film’s box office performance over the course of the four-day weekend.

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Tiffany Haddish, Greta Gerwig, Chadwick Boseman among the 2018 Oscars presenters

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Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the star-studded first slate of presenters for the 2018 Oscars on Friday morning. The ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 4.

Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Mahershala Ali, last year’s winners for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, will return to the Oscars stage to present those same awards, while 2018 nominees such as Greta Gerwig (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay), Kumail Nanjiani (Best Original Screenplay), and Margot Robbie (Best Actress) will also take the stage to present.

Additionally, it was also announced that Chadwick Boseman, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, and Daniela Vega will also be handing out awards, as well.

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“Whether returning to the Oscars stage, or gracing it for the first time, each of these artists bring their own distinguishing and energetic appeal,” said De Luca and Todd. “Their contributions will make for an unforgettable evening.”

Among the nine nominees for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards are Call Me by Your NameDarkest HourDunkirkGet OutLady BirdPhantom ThreadThe PostThe Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, while Christopher Nolan, Jordan Peele, Gerwig, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Guillermo del Toro are all up for Best Director.

You can check out the complete list of nominations for the 2018 Oscars here.

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