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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.”

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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 long-awaited ‘Space Jam’ sequel is finally moving forward with Ryan Coogler producing

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The long-awaited Space Jam sequel is officially moving forward at Warner Bros. with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler signing on to produce the film, which is being directed by Random Acts of Flyness creator Terence Nance and will star LeBron James in his first ever starring role.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the Space Jam sequel is expected to begin in 2019, during the NBA offseason, and will likely feature a number of basketball’s biggest stars and Warner Bros. Looney Toons characters given how many cameos were made in the 1996 original.

The plot of the original Space Jam, a live-action/CG hybrid, revolved around Michael Jordan helping the Looney Tunes gang with a basketball game against a group of outer space creatures who wish to kidnap the Looney Tunes and take them to a failing intergalactic amusement park as the latest attraction.

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“I loved his vision” for Black Panther, James told THR about Coogler, describing how about there were no black superheroes growing up when he was a child. “So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”

Indeed, what Coogler did with Black Panther was quite astounding, setting a new standard for Hollywood and superhero movies after earning more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office with a film that features a predominantly black cast, directed by a black man.

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” says James, “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”

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Focus sets September 2019 release date for ‘Downton Abbey’ movie as production begins

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With production on the highly anticipated Downton Abbey movie officially underway, Focus Features announced Wednesday that the film is scheduled to be released in North America on Friday, September 20, 2019, and internationally on Friday, September 13, 2019, via Universal Pictures International.

The eagerly awaited Downton Abbey movie will star the original principal cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, and Penelope Wilton.

The film will also feature some new additions to the cast as well including Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore.

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Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay for the film, which is now being directed by Michael Engler rather than the previously announced Brian Percival, who has now shifted over to an executive producer role with Nigel Marchant.

“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said. “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors, and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen next September.”

The show, which picked up a whopping 15 Primetime Emmy Awards and 69 total nominations over the span of its six-season run, followed the lives of the elite Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country home.

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Listen to John Carpenter’s updated version of the iconic Michael Myers theme from ‘Halloween’

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As if Halloween fans weren’t already excited enough after reading the rave reviews out of the Toronto International Film Festival and watching that terrifyingly good new trailer, Sacred Bones Records has released an entire track from the upcoming’s sequel soundtrack, and it’s bound to get you into the Halloween spirit.

Appropriately titled “The Shape Returns,” the track was composed by John Carpenter himself and is a riff on the iconic piano theme from his 1978 classic, featuring some killer synths and booming percussion that adds a nice twist to the chilling theme that every horror fan knows and loves. Carpenter composed the score along with his son, Cody, and Daniel Davies.

“It was transforming,” Carpenter said about composing the score for the sequel.“It was not a movie I directed, so I had a lot of freedom in creating the score and getting into the director’s head. I was proud to serve David Gordon Green’s vision.”

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The new Halloween, a direct sequel to Carpenter’s original, will see Jamie Lee Curtis reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode one last time as she comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

The film also stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, and Nick Castle, and will open in theaters next month on October 19, the same day the soundtrack is set to be released. You can listen to “The Shape Returns” in its entirety below.

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