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    • REPORT: HARVEY WEINSTEIN USES GWYNETH PALTROW, J. LAW IN DEFENSE

      Harvey Weinstein is using Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep in his defense, according to documents obtained by The Blast. The disgraced movie mogul wants one of the class action lawsuits against him dismissed outright, claiming the actresses support him, and pointing out that Paltrow worked with him after his "alleged advances," even earning an Academy Award because of him.

      On Wednesday, Weinstein responded to the lawsuit filed against him and The Weinstein Company, claiming that "Gwyneth Paltrow was allegedly harassed during the filming of Emma in 1994 … Yet, Paltrow went on to star in another Weinstein production — Shakespeare In Love," and even won an Oscar for her role."

      • He says "Paltrow was not so offended that she refused to work with Weinstein again, nor did her career suffer as a result of her rebuffing his alleged advances."
      • He also claimed that Law told Oprah Winfrey that Weinstein "had only ever been nice to me," and that even post-allegations, Streep publicly stated that "Weinstein had always been respectful to her in their working relationship."
      • Weinstein also makes the argument that the statute of limitations has expired in many cases, and that several of the alleged incidents, even "being asked to watch someone masturbate" are not sex acts. The court documents then defines "sexual contact" as the penis coming into contact with an "anus," "mouth" or "vulva," which the papers claim never occurred.
      • Weinstein has been accused of harassing, assaulting and raping dozens of women over several decades. He has continuously denied allegations of nonconsensual sex.

      MERYL STREEP SPEAKS OUT

      Meryl Streep spoke out after Weinstein’s team used one of her past statements in order to suggest that he was not abusive.

      "Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys use of my (true) statement – that he was not sexually transgressive or physically abusive in our business relationship – as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitive," she said in a statement to Deadline.

      "The criminal actions he is accused of conducting on the bodies of these women are his responsibility, and if there is any justice left in the system he will pay for them — regardless of how many good movies, made by many good people, Harvey was lucky enough to have acquired or financed."

      In his motion filed on Tuesday to dismiss the RICO Act-citing federal suit from 2017 made by Louisette Geiss, Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Masse, Melissa Sagemiller and Nannette Klatt, Harvey’s lawyers referenced Meryl because she "stated publicly that Weinstein had always been respectful to her in their working relationship."

      DAVID GLASSER, LINDT SUE TWC

      • Meanwhile, the ousted COO of TWC, David Glasser, said Wednesday that he plans to pursue an $85 million wrongful termination suit against TWC.
      • "The simple truth is that the board had no grounds to justify his firing," his attorney Eve Wagner said in a statement. "Through this lawsuit, we intend to bring to light facts and evidence to demonstrate that the board acted precipitously and with malice. We are confident that a complete airing of all of the evidence will show that our client was scapegoated by the TWC Board of Directors."
      • Lindt & Sprungli, Inc. also piled on, claiming TWC cancelled a Golden Globes event that had already been paid for. After TWC cancelled their Golden Globes party this year, they reportedly demanded to be paid back $133,333 for the missed party, according to The Blast.
    • JENNIFER LAWRENCE BLASTS 'SEXIST' COVERAGE OF HER DRESS

      Jennifer Lawrence took to Facebook Wednesday to blast the breathless social media coverage of the Versace dress she wore to Tuesday’s premiere of Red Sparrow.

      Many social media users pointed out that Lawrence didn’t appear to be dressed properly for the cold weather, observations she lambasted as "ridiculous" and "sexist."

      • "This is such a quietly depressing (and revealing) image. Not least because I’ve been outside today and it’s bloody FREEZING," one Twitter user wrote. "True equality means either Jennifer Lawrence getting a coat, or Jeremy Irons having to pose for a photo call in a--less chaps."
      • She posted in part: "This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism. Over- reacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward. It's creating silly distractions from real issues. Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!"
      • Meanwhile, Lawrence also gave an interview with Entertainment Tonight in which she confesses that she has a little crush on Lady Bird star Timothee Chalamet.
      • "Timothee, I’m waiting for him to get a little bit older, you know? I’m buttering him up like a pig for slaughter, and then I’m going to swing right in there as soon as he’s, like, 30. He’s old enough to say that, right? He’s over 18? What if I was like, ‘He’s hot!’ and he’s 15?’"
      • When she’s told he’s actually 22, the 27-year-old said: "I didn’t realize he was so young. Tell him to wait!... He’s so, so talented and hot!"
      • Lawrence most recently dated Darren Aronofsky, who is 49.
    • MINNIE DRIVER SLAMS OXFAM (AND MATT DAMON, TOO)

      Minnie Driver recently resigned from her position as an Oxfam ambassador amid allegations that staff used prostitutes while delivering aid to victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

      She spoke out again, telling London’s The Evening Standard that she was moved to leave Oxfam after 20 years of service to "send a message" to the organization’s heads.

      • She said: "I heard rumors about things, I asked questions, but I’d been assured there was nothing going on. It cut me to the very heart. I needed to send a very clear message, not to the people I worked with on the ground over the years, but to the corporate people who knew this was going on and who were not transparent about it."
      • Driver also said that she would work with Oxfam again, but that she "won’t carry on being associated" until they "clean house."
      • Meanwhile, in an interview with the New York Times, she opened up about the #MeToo movement in general, and how many in Hollywood and beyond have bungled their response.
      • She singled out her ex-boyfriend Matt Damon (not the first time) as a target for her ire. Discussing his comment that there is a "spectrum of behavior" when it comes to assault and rape, she opined that Damon "represented every intelligent, nice white male who feels it is their job to comment on the way that women metabolize stuff."
      • She added, "That somehow we should have a hierarchical system whereby touch on the arse is this, tits is this, you know, front bottom, back bottom, over the shirt, rape! That there would be some criteria."
      • Driver said that she would love to see a "model of truth and reconciliation," referring to commissions formed after the Rwandan genocide in which victims were allowed to speak.
      • "Women get to be heard," she explained. "You get to be seen and heard and the accusers get to hear that and get to metabolize that and then there is due process and then there is healing."
    • NATALIE PORTMAN REGRETS SIGNING SUPPORTIVE ROMAN POLANSKI PETITION

      Natalie Portman is haunted by a petition she signed in 2009 that supported Roman Polanski’s release.

      The Oscar-winning director was arrested and detained in Switzerland in 2009, three decades after pleading guilty to the rape of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. On the eve of his sentencing he fled to France. While he was in custody in Zurich (he was there to accept a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival), public figures rallied to his cause.

      • Portman joined Woody Allen, Tilda Swinton and Martin Scorsese in the call for his release. "I very much regret it," Portman told BuzzFeed of her decision to sign the petition. "I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough. Someone I respected gave it to me, and said, 'I signed this. Will you too?' And I was like, sure."
      • Time’s Up taught her a lesson, she said. "It was a mistake. The thing I feel like I gained from it is empathy towards people who have made mistakes," she continued. "We lived in a different world, and that doesn't excuse anything. But you can have your eyes opened and completely change the way you want to live."
      • Portman previously said that she has "100 stories" of sexual harassment in Hollywood, but maintains that she has never been assaulted.
      • Portman’s latest film, Annihilation, opens wide February 23rd.
    • RYAN REYNOLDS INVESTS IN GIN BRAND

      Ryan Reynolds is taking a cue from George Clooney and shaking up the cocktail industry. The Deadpool star has snapped up an ownership stake in Davos BrandsAviation Gin after being won over by its taste.

      "Aviation is the best tasting gin in the world. Once I tried it, I knew I wanted to get involved with the company in a big way," Reynolds said in a statement.

      • Reynolds, who makes a sultry appearance in Aviation’s most recent ad campaign will also reportedly play an active role in the business and creative direction of Aviation. On Twitter, Reynolds joked: "In the long and in no way disastrous marriage of showbiz and alcohol, so happy to announce I’m the proud owner of a gin company."
      • Clooney sold his tequila company last year for a jaw-dropping $1 billion, so perhaps increased Hollywood interest in the booze industry is inevitable?
    • STORMZY AND DUA LIPA WIN BIG AT 2018 BRIT AWARDS

      British grime star Stormzy and pop singer Dua Lipa were the big winners at the 2018 Brit Awards, held at London’s O2 arena last night. Both artists took home two awards apiece, with Stormzy generating one of the show’s biggest upsets by beating favorite Ed Sheeran to the Best Album award for his debut Gang Signs & Prayer. The artist, whose real name is Michael Omari, also collected British Male Solo Artist, which Sheeran was also widely expected to win.

      "Gang Signs & Prayer was the hardest thing. I’ve never worked on something like this in my life," said Stormzy, collecting the coveted Best Album prize from Nile Rodgers.

      Dua Lipa collected the awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist, making indirect reference to the #MeToo movement in her acceptance speech by thanking "every single female that’s been on this stage before me that has given girls like me – not just in the music industry, but in society – something to look up to and allowed us to dream this big."

      Going into the BRIT Awards – the British equivalent of the Grammys – Sheeran had four nominations, and lost in every single category. However, he did receive a consolation prize. While he was shut out of Best British Album, British Single, British Male Solo Artist and British Video of The Year, Sheeran received the Global Success award. Elton John sent along a video tribute, and Ed received his award from Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood. Ed also performed "Supermarket Flowers," his touching tribute to his late grandmother.

      Justin Timberlake opened the show with a performance of the song "Midnight Summer Jam." Then he was joined by Chris Stapleton for their hit duet, "Say Something."

      Also at the ceremony, Lorde was named International Female Artist and Sam Smith performed, even though he failed to receive a nomination.

      Brits organizers had asked all guests to wear a white rose pin as a sign of solidarity with the fight against sexual harassment. Nearly everyone in attendance appeared to do so, with Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith and Rita Ora among the high-profile names showing their support by either wearing the pins or carrying white roses.

      Kendrick Lamar was a previously unannounced surprise guest at the awards show and collected the award for International Male Solo Artist.

      Ariana Grande was sick and forbidden to fly, so she couldn’t attend the ceremony. Her place in a special tribute to the victims of the Manchester Bombings was taken by former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who sang the Oasis track "Live Forever."

      The full list of 2018 Brit Award winners:

      • British Female Solo Artist – Dua Lipa
      • British Male Solo Artist – Stormzy
      • International Group – Foo Fighters
      • British Single – Rag’n’Bone Man ‘Human’
      • International Male Solo Artist – Kendrick Lamar
      • British Breakthrough Act - Dua Lipa
      • International Female Solo Artist – Lorde
      • British Group – Gorillaz
      • Brits Global Success Award – Ed Sheeran
      • British Artist Video Award – Little Mix ‘Touch’
      • Mastercard British Album of The Year – Stormzy Gang Signs & Prayer
      • Critics’ Choice– Jorja Smith
      • Producer of the Year – Steve Mac
    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      FARRAH ABRAHAM SLAPS VIACOM WITH $5M SUIT: Teen Mom’s Farrah Abraham is suing Viacom for $5 million, claiming she was fired from the MTV juggernaut for working in porn. According the court documents obtained by The Blast, the 26-year-old claims Viacom "wrongfully terminated her employment because she did not conform to gender stereotypes." Viacom tells People that her claims are "without merit."

      BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA JOLIE STILL MAKING WINE: Despite their 2016 separation, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are still committed to their $80 million Miravel chateau in France, People reports. Their latest bottling—their fifth annual release—is set to land this week. Winemaker Marc Perrin tells People the Miraval 2017 is "very certainly our best vintage since we began in 2012."

      SARAH JESSICA PARKER DEBUTS GAP KIDS LINE: Sarah Jessica Parker is debuting a new line of clothing for Gap Kids on March 1st. She tells The Hollywood Reporter that she designed the line with sustainability in mind. "The designs were really dictated by my past — my mother saved all of our clothes," Parker tells THR of the collaboration, which is priced from $16.95 to $78. "We made fun of our mother, but we were so grateful to have access to those. So much of what we wore was simple and beautiful dresses."

      KARLA SOUZA SAYS SHE WAS RAPED BY DIRECTOR: How To Get Away With Murder star Karla Souza claims she was raped in Mexico by a director during the early stages of her career. Souza made the heartbreaking confession during an interview with CNN en Espanol. "I had just started my career, and they introduced me to all of these producers, and that's where the manipulation began of 'You owe me one,'" the actress explains on the show Aristegui. "So they start to put that in your head, they'll tell you things like, 'Oh, you know, I'm having to push for you. You haven't made a name for yourself, but I know that you're great. I know that you're going to show me that you're great.' I'm saying it like this but it's all said in a very relaxing setting, but they're little seeds that are red flags that back then I wasn't educated on this to know what this person was doing. This is a very charismatic person, who has a great career." She did not name names.

      TERRY CREWS STILL HAS TO PAY ‘MOLESTER’: As Terry Crews pursues a lawsuit against WME exec Adam Venit, whom he accused of sexually assaulting him, he still has to pay the agency. "This is the deal. What’s so strange and crazy is that I’m still paying them. I go to work, and I still have to send a check to my molester," he reporters during Esquire’s 2018 Mavericks of Hollywood party Tuesday night. "This is Hollywood, it is insane. I look at my bank statement, and I’m like, ‘Damn, this is the most wrong thing of all time.’ I’m calling it, I’m going to play this whole thing out. If I don’t get justice, nobody can."

      EVA LONGORIA GETS REAL ABOUT PREGNANCY SPANX: They exist! Eva Longoria graced the red carpet for the 20th Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, February 20th. Longoria’s friend Kerry Washington was honored for the spotlight award, but beforehand, she dished about the challenges of dressing while pregnant. "Let me tell you, it’s nerve racking enough deciding what to wear to these things and then when you’re pregnant," she joked. "My Spanx don’t fit anymore. But there’s pregnancy Spanx, I’ve discovered." Can you imagine wearing Spanx while pregnant?

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      GAL GADOT, MARK HAMILL, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AMONG SECOND GROUP OF OSCAR PRESENTERS: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the next group of presenters for the 90th Oscars telecast: Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran and Zendaya. They join the previously announced crew: Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone and Daniela Vega. The Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 4th on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel is slated to host.

      IS DANNY BOYLE ON TAP TO DIRECT NEXT BOND? Christopher Nolan recently declared himself out of the running to direct Bond 25, and the latest name getting floated as a strong contender is the Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting). Variety reports that MGM is in serious talks to hire the filmmaker to take over from Sam Mendes. However, there is no deal in place as of yet. Would you be excited to see Boyle take on Bond?

      DISNEY PLANS MUPPETS REBOOT: Disney’s forthcoming streaming service will likely feature several remakes and reboots, according to reports. The programming for the as-yet-unnamed service is being headed up by Agnes Chew, who is lining up family-friendly shows, like a live-action Star Wars and a reboot of The Muppets, according to The Hollywood Reporter. High School Musical and a series based on Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. and The Mighty Ducks may also get the reboot treatment.

      LOST IN SPACE DROPS TRAILER: Netflix has slotted its remake of Lost in Space for an April 13th launch, and it also shared a first look at the show. The original 1965 cult TV show was created by sci-fi master Irwin Allen on 1965. Interestingly, the film has already been seen in space. Netflix gave NASA access to the pilot episode 12 days ago (transmitting it 12 days ago to the International Space Station for astronauts to view). Lost in Space, which follows the story of the Robinson family, is set 30 years in the future when space has been colonized.

      AMAZON GREENLIGHTS CONSIDER PHLEBAS SERIES: Amazon Studios is getting into the space opera business. With multiple bids in play, Amazon snagged the global rights for an adaptation of Consider Phlebas, the first book in Iain M. Banks’ Culture series. Dennis Kelly (Utopia) has signed on to write, and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment will produce.