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More than 100 luminaries have signed a statement in support of the multiple women who have accused hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault. The allegations will be further explored this week with the world premiere of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s “On the Record” at the Sundance Film Festival, a documentary that Oprah Winfrey recently exited as executive producer, thereby killing the film’s distribution setup with Apple TV+.
The list of individuals supporting the more-than-20 women who’ve accused Russell Simmons — such as former music executive Drew Dixon, whose accounts are detailed in the new film — include Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano, Marisa Tomei, Gloria Steinem, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Liz Garbus, Idina Menzel, and Rosanna Arquette. See the full list below.
Organized by Equality Now, UltraViolet, and V-Day, the statement, which will be shared on social media, is as follows: “It takes great courage for any survivors of sexual assault to come forward, especially publicly. We admire the bravery of all of the Russell Simmons' survivors and the #silencebreakers who stepped up to share their story in the @OnTheRecordDoc. We are unequivocally united in supporting the survivors in the film and all survivors of Russell Simmons. We want them to know: We believe you. We hear you. You deserve to be seen. #MeToo”
Oprah, who long held a professional relationship with Simmons before repeated accusations of sexual abuse against him surfaced in 2017, said that he did try to dissuade her from putting her stamp on the movie. “He did reach out multiple times and attempted to pressure me,” she told The New York Times. She added, “I told him directly in a phone call that I will not be pressured either into, or out of, backing this film. I am only going to do what I believe to be the right thing.”
However, Oprah reportedly became the target not only of Simmons, but of his associates looking to debunk Dixon's claims and intimated Oprah into dumping the project.
“On the Record” is still set to premiere on Saturday, January 25 at Sundance, where the filmmakers will look for a new distributor. See the full lists of supporters of Thursday’s statement below.
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Sorry, comic book fans, you only had Joker during Oscars night. In other words, Jason Momoa did not bring his Aquaman guns to the event like he did at the Globes, but he did surface online to spread some joy. The moment in question gleefully piles upon the runaway hit Super Bowl commercial of the year, which weirded everyone out. You know the one: starring Momoa taking off his muscles and hair for Rocket Mortgage. The behind-the-scenes video was somehow even more unsettling, and this prompted a celebrated “fan artist,” Boss Logic, to render a Photoshop mockup of what Arthur Curry might really look like without all that CGI help.
Well, Momoa noticed the work of piece of dubious digital wizardry a week later, or did he? I kind of want to believe that he timed his corresponding Instagram post during the Oscars on purpose. At approximately 8:30pm EST on Sunday evening, Momoa posted this image of “the real Aquaman.” Look at all these giggling emojis.
Never let it be said that the man doesn't know how to laugh at himself. If you haven't had the pleasure of actually hearing Momoa giggle, please enjoy his pre-Super Bowl social media spot of him chuckling over bubbles, also for Rocket Mortgage.
EXCLUSIVE: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo 6 Underground, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series Raza Jaffrey Homeland, The Rhythm Section, Adria Arjona 6 Underground, Triple Frontier, Morbius, Justin Bartha The Hangover, The Good Fight, Lex Scott Davis The First Purge, SuperFly, Quibi's upcoming The Now, Michael Raymond-James The Finest Hours, Frontier, Dominic Fumusa The Report, Godfather of Harlem, Brian Howe Annabelle: Creation, Nelson Franklin Black-ish, Captain Marvel, and Reggie Lee Grimm, The Dark Knight Rises are set to co-star in the Netflix revenge film, Sweet Girl.L-R Dominic Fumusa, Brian Howe, Nelson Franklin and Reggie Lee Shutterstock
The new additions are joining stars Jason Momoa and Isabela Merced in the film, which is being helmed by first-time feature director Brian Andrew Mendoza.
The plot follows a devastated husband Momoa who vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife's death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter Merced.
Gregg Hurwitz and Philip Eisner penned the original script with current revisions by Will Staples. Momoa and Mendoza are producing the project with Brad Peyton and Jeff Fierson of ASAP Entertainment, which has previously collaborated with Netflix on series projects Frontier also starring Momoa and DayBreak. Martin Kistler is the executive producer.
Arjona is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content, and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher; Davis by CAA, Management 360, and Jackoway Austen Tyerma; Lee by Greene & Associates, Vault Entertainment, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
Netflix has released the first trailer for Extraction. This one, on paper, has a whole lot going for it. For one, it's one of few new blockbuster-level releases viewers will be able to watch this month, as movie theaters all around the country remain closed. It also features Chris Hemsworth in the lead. To top it all off, he's reunited with Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Avengers: Endgame, who are producing the original thriller. And, based on this first trailer, this could certainly be something to look forward to this month.
The trailer opens up with Chris Hemsworth doing some intense cliff diving/meditation before some of the action kicks in. We get the sense that Hemsworth has something of a death wish. We then get to the heart of the matter, which sees this man having to rescue the son of a drug lord, who was kidnapped by a rival drug lord. Things escalate, to say the very least of it, and Hemsworth is left trying to fight off impossible odds to keep this kid safe. This does seem to lay everything out on the table, seemingly not leaving much up to the imagination, but it's an impressive trailer. Lots of action. Real stakes.RELATED: Netflix's Extraction Poster Shows Chris Hemsworth as a Deadly Black Market Mercenary googletag.cmd.pushfunction ;
New Netflix original Extraction centers on a hardened mercenary's mission, which becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he's sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord's kidnapped son. The cast also includes Rudhraksh Jaiswal, David Harbour, Derek Luke and Golshifteh Farahani. Taking to Twitter, Chris Hemsworth expressed his excitement in sharing the trailer, especially at this moment in time, given what's going on in the world.'So happy to finally be able to share the trailer for Extraction with you all! This has been a difficult few months for all of us, and we hope this will provide a bit of entertainment while we are all staying home.'
This trailer arrives after an Extraction poster proved to be quite popular after it was unveiled. Netflix has been ramping up its work with A-list filmmakers in the past few years and this is a huge example of that. The Russo brothers, coming off of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, have been busy producing a number of high-profile projects. In this case, Joe Russo wrote the screenplay and is producing alongside his brother, Anthony Russo. Re-teaming them with Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, makes this an impressive package deal.
Sam Hargrave, a longtime stunt coordinator who has worked on quite a few massive blockbusters in his day, including Captain America: Civil War with the Russo brothers, is making his feature directorial debut. Hargrave also worked on Atomic Blonde, The Hunger Games series and Suicide Squad, as well as a few other MCU titles like Thor: Ragnarok. So he knows his way around a big...