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Jane Fonda: I have been raped and was sexually abused as a child

Speaking to Brie Larson, the actor also said she has been fired from films because she refused to sleep with her boss

Jane Fonda has revealed that she has been the victim of a a history of sexual abuse, beginning when she was a child.

Speaking to fellow actor Brie Larson in Net-a-Porter magazine, Fonda said: “I’ve been raped, I’ve been sexually abused as a child and I’ve been fired because I wouldn’t sleep with my boss.

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Maggie Smith: I couldn’t make it as a young actor today as they have to ‘strip off every second’

The 82-year-old has said her younger peers are ‘so brave’ and that she ‘can’t imagine how they cope with it’

Maggie Smith, the veteran star of stage and screen, has said she would not have succeeded in the entertainment industry had she been starting her career today. Speaking at a joint conversation with Judi Dench at the Tricycle theatre in London, Smith said: “I think they are so brave, the young actresses of today. They seem to have to strip off every second. I can’t imagine how they cope with it today, I really don’t. They are required to do the most extraordinary things.”

Smith made her professional debut at 17, playing Viola in Twelfth Night at the Oxford Playhouse. Now 82, she continued: “If I was asked to start now, I just don’t think I could, seriously. It’s difficult to imagine myself at that age because girls are starting even younger than I was [when I started]. I think it’s very, very, very hard now.”

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Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins on Oscar fiasco: ‘It’s messy, but it’s kind of gorgeous’

In a joint interview with La La Land director Damien Chazelle, the director of the eventual best picture winner shares his emotions on the Academy’s most eventful night

The two men whose movies won best picture at this year’s Oscars – albeit one of them only briefly – have talked about their solidarity in a joint interview.

Speaking to Variety the morning after an Oscars ceremony that will be remembered for the final-reel fiasco that saw La La Land wrongly named best picture, before the award was rightly given to Moonlight, Barry Jenkins and Damien Chazelle discussed the camaraderie they found had come with a long campaign, climaxing in such strange style.

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Beauty and the Beast to feature first ‘exclusively gay moment’ in a Disney movie

Director of forthcoming live-action reboot, starring Emma Watson, says film features same-sex love story

The upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast will feature Disney’s first gay character and love scene, according to the film’s director.

Speaking to Attitude Magazine, Bill Condon has said that he and the movie’s writers and producers have developed the admiration felt by sidekick LeFou (played by actor Josh Gad) for Gaston, one of the film’s male leads. LeFou’s gradual reconciliation with his sexuality acts, says Condon, as a way of increasing LGBT visibility on screen.

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Iran news agency gives Charlize Theron a polo neck in altered Oscars footage

Iranian media outlet hides bare flesh in report of Academy Award win for Asghar Farhadi’s film The Salesman

The victory for Asghar Farhadi’s film The Salesman at the Oscars on 26 February sent a strong message from Hollywood to US president Donald Trump, whose attempted travel ban caused the director to boycott the ceremony. Trump’s policy was felt by many to have triggered a rash of protest votes for the film – and it is the second time Iran, and Farhadi, have taken the prize this decade.

Such a triumph was proudly reported on back in Iran – but with a few changes. The Iranian Labor News Agency’s coverage of the win included censorship of the outfits worn by presenter Charlize Theron, and by Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian in space, who accepted the award in lieu of Farhadi.

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Oscars ratings hit nine year low, despite final reel drama

A cliffhanger ending wasn’t enough to stymie another successive drop-off in US TV audiences for the Academy Awards

As the internet fills with sad stories of viewers who dutifully sat through the whole Oscars ceremony, switching off when the best picture was announced as La La Land, and so missing the most dramatic moment in Oscars’ history – so the ratings are likely to come as little comfort to the Academy.

Just 32.9m people watched Sunday night’s show, down 3% overall year-on-year, and dropping 13% among adults between 18-49. That represents a nine-year-low, and makes this year’s ceremony the third-least-watched of the century.

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The other Oscars gaffe: ‘dead’ woman from In Memoriam montage is still alive

Jan Chapman ‘devastated’ her photo was used instead of late costume designer Janet Patterson in film honouring industry luminaries who died in past year

Australian film producer Jan Chapman has said she is “devastated” after her photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars’ In Memoriam montage, which celebrates film industry luminaries who have died in the past year.

Chapman’s photo was used to accompany the name and dates of her friend, Janet Patterson, a four-time Oscar nominee for costume design, who died in October 2016.

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Emma Stone wins best actress Oscar for La La Land

The actor has taken Hollywood’s top honour for her role as Mia in Damien Chazelle’s movie musical

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Emma Stone has won the best actress Oscar for her role in La La Land, the all-singing and dancing hymn to Hollywood directed by Damien Chazelle.

The victory follows wins for Stone in the same category at the Baftas a fortnight ago, the Screen Actors Guild Awards two weeks before that and in the comedy or musical category at the Golden Globes in January.

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Bill Paxton remembered by Jennifer Aniston at Oscars ceremony

The Academy Awards have made a last minute tribute ahead of their In Memoriam montage to the late actor, whose death was announced on Sunday

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The Oscars have paid tribute to the actor Bill Paxton at this year’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

The announcement of Paxton’s sudden death aged 61 from complications after heart surgery cast a shadow over the 89th Oscars ceremony.

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Garry Shandling snubbed at Oscars ceremony

The late actor was omitted from the Academy’s In Memoriam montage, despite being an inspiration for this year’s host, Jimmy Kimmel

Garry Shandling, the American comedian best known for The Larry Sanders Show, has not been remembered at the 2017 Oscars in Los Angeles.

Shandling made 17 films, and starred in a handful, such as Warren Beatty’s 2006 comedy Town and Country, but he had high-profile cameos in the likes of Zoolander and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He was also a Hollywood staple, frequently hosting programmes such as the Grammys, Emmys and Saturday Night Live.

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Abbas Kiarostami remembered at Oscars ceremony

The late Iranian director has been commemorated in the Academy Awards’ In Memoriam montage

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Abbas Kiarostami, the veteran Iranian film-maker, has been remembered at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. Kiarostami, widely felt to be one of the most important directors of the past 20 years, was behind such classics as Close-Up, Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us.

The winner of more than 70 awards – including the Palme d’Or at Cannes – he was never nominated for an Oscar.

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The Salesman wins best foreign language Oscar

Protest vote against Donald Trump’s travel ban suspected to be partly behind Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s surprise victory

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Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has won the best foreign language Oscar in Los Angeles, for a second time, for domestic drama The Salesman. Farhadi, 44, did not attend the ceremony because he said that the conditions that would be attached to a potential entry visa were unacceptable.

The director had originally planned to travel to Hollywood for the prize-giving to highlight “the unjust circumstances that have arisen for the immigrants and travellers of several countries to the United States”.

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Viola Davis wins best supporting actress Oscar for Fences

As widely predicted, the 51-year-old beat the competition to score her first Academy Award victory, for her performance in Denzel Washington’s stage adaptation

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Viola Davis has won the best supporting actress Oscar in Los Angeles for her performance as Rose, the beleaguered wife of Denzel Washington’s former baseball pro, in Fences. Davis, 51, beat Michelle Williams (for Manchester by the Sea), Naomie Harris (for Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (for Lion) and Octavia Spencer (for Hidden Figures) to the award.

It was a widely anticipated victory for Davis, who had already taken the equivalent prize at the Golden Globes, Baftas and Screen Actors Guild awards. Davis was previously Oscar nominated for Doubt in 2008 and The Help in 2011; this is her first win.

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Foreign language Oscar nominees decry ‘climate of fanaticism in US’

All six directors up for this year’s prize – including Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who is boycotting the ceremony – have issued a statement blaming ‘leading politicians’ for inciting fear and bigotry across the world

The six directors in the running for this year’s foreign language Oscar have issued a joint statement blaming “leading politicians” for the fear they feel is creating “divisive walls”.

The statement, which was issued on Friday, comes ahead of Sunday’s Academy Awards, which are tipped to be the most political in recent memory, with winners and presenters expected to speak out against the new US administration.

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Emma Thompson confirms she will not return for Love Actually sequel

Actor says she and Richard Curtis had decided against bringing back her character following the death of Alan Rickman, who played her husbandEmma Thompson has confirmed that she will not be returning for the belated sequel to Love Actually, owing to th… Continue reading

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Why Arrival should win the best picture Oscar

As our series heads towards its conclusion, Catherine Shoard makes the case for Denis Villeneuve’s staggering alien invasion film

You could never accuse science-fiction, as a genre, of parading itself as Oscar bait. Few movies that flirt with the extraterrestrial have scored best picture nominations: ET, the first Star Wars – then, more recently, since the number of possible nominees was increased, District 9, Avatar, Inception, Her, Gravity and The Martian have sneaked in.

None won – though Gravity won in seven other categories. Arrival is a film that echoes Alfonso Cuarón’s in some respects: the great beyond, the intense focus on its female lead, the loss of a child. But Denis Villeneuve’s drama is not a head-trip like that splashy immersion.

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Lindsay Lohan: ‘I was racially profiled and asked to remove headscarf at Heathrow’

The actor, who has been studying Islam, has said she was ‘freaked out’ by the request during an airport check

Lindsay Lohan, the actor best known for her roles in films such as Mean Girls, has said she was “racially profiled” at Heathrow airport recently.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Lohan, 30, said she was requested to remove her headscarf by security staff queuing for a flight to New York, having lately returned from Turkey.

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Lindsay Lohan: ‘I was racially profiled and asked to remove headscarf at Heathrow’

The actor, who has been studying Islam, has said she was ‘freaked out’ by the request during an airport check

Lindsay Lohan, the actor best known for her roles in films such as Mean Girls, has said she was “racially profiled” at Heathrow airport recently.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Lohan, 30, said she was requested to remove her headscarf by security staff queuing for a flight to New York, having lately returned from Turkey.

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Hollywood could be sued for discrimination against female directors

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report concludes that US film industry is guilty of discrimination against female directors, and plans to take action against studios

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – a federal US agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination – looks likely to take legal action against major Hollywood studios.

According to Deadline, the body is currently in talks to resolve charges that studios systemically discriminated against female directors. A source is quoted as saying: “Every one of the major studios has received a charge contending that they failed to hire women directors.”

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#OscarsSoAgeist: study finds diversity fail among best picture nominees

Fewer than 12% of characters in last three years’ best film nominees 60 years old or more, university paper shows

The Academy Awards might be making progress on race and gender equality, but a new report into the ages of characters in best picture nominees suggests that representation of the over 60s still lags behind.

A new paper by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has studied the spread of ages in characters over the 25 best picture nominees from the past three years.

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