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    • In 2010, two women sued Casey Affleck for sexual harassment in lawsuits that have since been settled.
    • People are asking the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences not to invite the actor to present at next year's Oscars ceremony.
    • The allegations are back in the spotlight after Harvey Weinstein was booted out of the Academy for allegedly sexually assaulting dozens of women.

    Actor Casey Affleck settled two lawsuits accusing him of sexual harassment more than seven years ago. But in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal — where dozens of women have accused the mega-producer of sexual assault — allegations against Affleck have reemerged.

    In 2010, Affleck was sued by two women who worked on the set of the film "I'm Still Here." They claimed Affleck crept into one of their beds, routinely demeaned them, and encouraged the movie's crew to harass them as well.

    Now there is a petition circulating — with around 6,000 signatures as of writing — asking the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) not to invite Affleck back to 2018's Oscars, which will be held on March 4. And the voices on Twitter are even louder.

    People don't want Affleck to attend the 2018 Oscars.

    Affleck won the best actor award at the 2017 Oscars for his performance in "Manchester by the Sea." If Academy tradition holds, Affleck should present the best actress award at the 2018 Oscars.

    Few people seem to want that.

    And it wasn't just voices on Twitter. "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver called out the Academy for keeping Affleck in the organization after it stripped Weinstein of his membership.

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    "The group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out," Oliver sarcastically said on his show. "So congratulations, Hollywood! See you at the next Oscars where — and this is true — Casey Affleck will be presenting best actress."

    INSIDER reached out to The Academy to see if it plans to invite Affleck to present at the 2018 Oscars, and had not heard back at the time of this post.

    Affleck was accused of some wildly inappropriate behavior in the 2010 lawsuits.

     

    Here's a quick refresher of the allegations in the 2010 lawsuits against Affleck, which were filed by Amanda White and Magdalena Gorka. White was a producer on the film "I'm Still Here," and Gorka was the director of photography. Affleck directed the film, which he made with Joaquin Phoenix.

    Here are some of the things White and Gorka alleged in their lawsuits:

    • Affleck allegedly snuck into Gorka's bedroom while she was asleep and crawled into her bed, wearing only underwear and a T-shirt.
    • He allegedly asked a crew member to take off his pants so he could show White his penis, even after White objected.
    • He allegedly locked White out of her bedroom because he and Phoenix were in there with two women to have sex. (At the time, Affleck was married to Phoenix's sister, Summer, with two children. The couple separated in 2015.)
    • He frequently talked about his sexual exploits, White and Gorka alleged, and talked about the sexual exploits of other people that he said he witnessed.
    • He allegedly suggested Gorka should have sex with a camera assistant.
    • He allegedly suggested White and a male crew member have a child together.
    • He routinely encouraged the crew to harass Gorka, according to the lawsuit.
    • White also claimed that Affleck refused to pay her for any of her services on the film.

    The lawsuits were filed in the summer of 2010 and settled in September of that year, before the release of "I'm Still Here."

    But the allegations resurfaced in 2016 as Affleck gained Oscar buzz for his performance in "Manchester by the Sea."

    Affleck apologized after he won an Oscar.

    In an interview with the Boston Globe after winning his Oscar, Affleck said that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Affleck said he was legally barred from commenting on the specifics of the lawsuits, a strategy commonly used to silence victims.

    "I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else," Affleck said. "There’s really nothing I can do about it ... other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time."

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    During the Oscar ceremony itself, the allegations against Affleck were still on people's minds.

    Brie Larson, who presented the award to Affleck, kept her body language cold. She didn't clap after he took the statuette from her.

    After the ceremony, she said her body language was intentional.

    "I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself,"Larson told Vanity Fair. "I've said all that I need to say about that topic."

    The Weinstein scandal appears to be a watershed moment for outing sexually inappropriate behavior in Hollywood and beyond.

    The Weinstein scandal appears to have, at least for a moment, ushered in an era where sexually inappropriate behavior is no longer tolerated in Hollywood.

    Weinstein himself has become a pariah, ousted from numerous movie industry organizations.

    The scandal itself also led to the downfall of other powerful men in media accused of sexual misconduct, like director James Toback, editor Leon Wieseltier, photographer Terry Richardson, and actor Kevin Spacey. And it arrived amid scandals surrounding other media figures, like former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, Fox host Bill O'Reilly, reality TV host and current US president Donald Trump, and comedian Bill Cosby.

    The Weinstein scandal even affected Ben Affleck, Casey's brother. His career took off with the movie "Good Will Hunting," produced by Weinstein. Following news of the allegations against Weinstein, a video from 2004 resurfaced, where Affleck appeared to fondle the breasts of a TV interviewer. (The journalist, Anne-Marie Losique, later defended him, saying the footage was "taken out of context.")

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    Casey Affleck has several forthcoming projects.

    Since winning an Oscar, Affleck's career hasn't slowed down.

    The actor starred in the acclaimed "A Ghost Story" earlier this year. He also directed and stars in the forthcoming survival drama "Light of My Life" and will act in the forthcoming prestige crime drama "Old Man and the Gun."

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    Affleck is also slated to star as Meriwether Lewis in the HBO miniseries "Lewis and Clark" and in "Stoner," a drama based on the beloved novel by John Williams.

    It's a new environment in Hollywood, where fewer victims are afraid of speaking out against their alleged harassers, and where the industry wastes no time in cracking down on misconduct.

    If the allegations against Casey Affleck are proven to be true — or if more allegations arise — then his career could be over. 

    If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead."

    Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead" showed Rick's group rally farther into the Saviors' territory, but the biggest surprise was the return of a blast from the past at the episode's very end. 

    Rick came face to face with Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja) who parted ways with his group of survivors all the way back in season one. At the time, Morales was heading to Alabama in search of family.

    INSIDER spoke with Juan Gabriel Pareja about his big return and how it could have happened sooner, how he underwent a transformation to get into shape for season eight, and how Morales may not be the typical Savior villain you think he is right now. 

    Kirsten Acuna: What is it like to be back on the show after being gone for seven seasons?

    Juan Gabriel Pareja: It's pretty awesome. Pretty exciting, I'm not going to lie. I've continued to be a fan of the show, and I've continued to watch the show through the seasons, so I was definitely very pleased when they gave me that call to see if I'd be interested in making a return. It's incredibly exciting.

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    Acuna: Yeah, you're in such a unique position, because you were on the show for four episodes [in season one]. Then Morales went off in search of his family. Now, coming back to the show, it's a worldwide phenomenon. What is that experience like?

    Pareja: I'm in the process of kind of figuring that out as we go along, myself, to be honest. It's a little overwhelming, and who knows exactly to what degree, because it's hard to really get a true sense of the effect until, I guess, a little more time will pass and we see things develop a little further, but it's very exciting.

    A long time ago, I posted a picture of a teaser before I went to a convention, that I think might have been the seed that kind of, over the years has been nurturing the fan base and the appetite to see Morales return, and it's nice to finally have the day arrive.

    Acuna: Right. Since then, fans have just been hoping every single season when the show returns, people are like, "Oh, is Morales maybe going to pop up?" Because we've seen other characters return, such as Morgan. Were there ever any talks of bringing you back earlier? I think I read that maybe there was something with Glen Mazzaro when he was the showrunner?

    Pareja: Yes. Yes, there were casual conversations here and there, and some rumors, and formally, I would hear that there was talk of a storyline for Morales' return being developed, but then I think when Glen left, that might have died with him. It's hard to know for sure. The only time I was officially contacted by the good folks at AMC was this spring. Everything prior to that had just been rumor, speculation, and hearsay for the most part.

    Acuna: OK. When you first learned [about returning], who approached you? What was that conversation like, and were you just completely taken aback?

    Pareja: Oh yeah, it was a very big surprise. I follow, and every now and again, I get tickled by all the rumors and the speculation. It's nice to definitely get a sense that there is such a palpable demand for Morales still somewhere out there in the fan base community. I was definitely surprised, because so much time had passed. I had just gotten out of an audition, I believe, and I got a call from the regional casting office that had originally cast me, and I believe that was the Fincannon Casting Office. I believe one of their associates gave me a call, I think, left a voicemail. I was really kind of confused, and thrown for a loop.

    I called right back, maybe, perhaps a little too eagerly, to see what the deal was. It was just a tentative, getting a feeler for the situation: what my schedule was like, if I had a little bit of a window open for production, and just seeing if there'd be any interest on my part, should that actually come to pass. I definitely replied in the affirmative, said I would be more than happy to return to the show.

    At that point, it was really kind of left up in the air. It wasn't locked down. They went and talked with my representative, and things went on for a little bit. I was just told that maybe, in two months, they might come back to bring Morales back onto the show.

    With that in mind, I had a little bit of time. It was still left up in the air, but I started training and wanted to make sure that if Morales did make a comeback, that he would be a formidable presence on the screen. I actually began a dramatic transformation that I'm continuing to this day. It's been a uniquely wonderful experience in and of itself, in addition to this amazing return to 'The Walking Dead.'

    Acuna: What does your transformation consist of? What have you been doing?

    Transformation update. Getting there. Getting ready.

    A post shared by Juan G Pareja (@juangpareja) on Sep 18, 2017 at 2:04pm PDT on

    Pareja: I started working with Eric the trainer, who's a very popular celebrity trainer out here in North Hollywood. I started working out around six days a week. I got on a pretty strict regimen. I dropped about 40 pounds over the course of five-and-a-half, almost six months now, and put on a significant amount of semi-lean muscle mass. I've always been kind of an overweight guy, and it's really exciting now to look in the mirror and see a different body looking back at me. I'm excited about how that opens up my world, and casting possibilities as well for other projects down the line, and just being able to enjoy life.

    I'm actually a new father, myself. I have a freshly turned 9-month-old baby boy.

    A post shared by Juan G Pareja (@juangpareja) on

    Acuna: Congrats!

    Pareja: Thank you so much. That's also been one of the bigger, wonderful things that's happened this year. It's nice to know that I'm in a much healthier place physically, mentally, and ready to be able to be more relevant in his life, and being more actively involved. It's nice. It's exciting.

    Acuna: It sounds like 2017 has been very rewarding for you.

    Pareja: Indeed it has been. Indeed. It's been a wonderful couple of years, full of wonderful blessings. I'm feeling incredibly grateful, to be honest.

    Acuna: Was there something that was the most difficult about returning to the show?

    Pareja: Yes. Most certainly. Like I said earlier, I have continued to be a little bit of a fanboy, and have continued to root for Rick, and have been a hard Team Rick all the way, so the biggest challenge and difficulty was swallowing that bitter pill of the writers bringing Morales back initially as this villain with the Saviors. I kind of had to do a little bit of mental adjustments, and do the work that we have to do as actors and kind of deliver the goods whether or not it's the words that we want to be saying, and turning against the people that we don't want to be turning against, but it's all part of the game. I would say that was definitely the most difficult part.

    Acuna: I can understand that. They're all such a close-knit family [on set]. I'm sure it was welcoming to be back in with all of them. It was probably like a homecoming, also, in some ways.

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    Pareja: Absolutely. Undoubtedly. Andy [Lincoln] was, like I had mentioned with another reporter the other day who asked me what that was like, I said he's just so remarkably kind, and warm, and generous with his energy, and it was just an immediate pickup of where we left off. It was just the very same thing. It was genuinely nice to see that over all the years that Andy had not changed at all, had maintained that same quality of kind of a peaceful, calm  leadership, that basically, I feel, established a tone early on in the show. I think that it's apparently still palpably there.

    Acuna: Yeah.

    Pareja: I really think that that has to do with Andy's energy and what he brings.

    Acuna: How long now did you have to keep people in the dark? You said that you were first talking about returning in the spring, and then you had to wait a little while.

    Pareja: Right. Once I went and we started shooting, I believe it was early June, I had to shut the trap and bite my tongue up until last weekend. That's another thing that probably was the most challenging aspect, is to have to hold monumental news and keep that to myself.

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    Acuna: Right. Were there times when people ever had an inkling? Or you felt like people ... where you were really nervous about people finding out? I was completely taken off guard. I didn't see it coming.

    Pareja: No, not really, just because it had been almost a tongue-in-cheek ongoing joke for so long, even, in some circles. It was easy to laugh off, or add a little sarcasm, or misguide and throw people off. Like, "Yeah, that'll be the day. We've been waiting for that for a long time."

    The really hard part was also ... there might have been some spoilers released earlier in the week, and then my social media really started blowing up before the episode even aired, and then everybody was asking questions, and reaching out, and saying this, and saying that. Having to hold radio silence for the most part and not respond to anything was also a little bit of a challenge. Now it's a free-for-all, right?

    Acuna: Yep! A lot of the reader comments I'm actually seeing online is about you and Rick having your exchange. A lot of people think Rick should tell Morales about Glenn's death at Negan's hands, maybe to get him on his side. I don't even know if that would matter, because so much time has gone by. It wasn't like you necessarily, like Morales, knew Glenn that well.

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    Pareja: Well, it's interesting you mention that. Early on, there was definitely, I think, a very strong tone and connection that was, in fact, within the original Atlanta group. In those extreme circumstances of the zombie apocalypse, those experiences, I think, bring people together, and fused those kinds of families let's say out of strangers in a short amount of time. I think [it] forces that development and that connection early on. But, we'll see. We'll see if that's something that actually is addressed in the coming episodes, and how that possibly might or might not affect Morales. It's interesting that you bring it up.

    Acuna: I'm sure you can't say too much, but may we possibly learn what happened to Morales? I think that's the big question from Sunday. What happened to Morales and his family in the time since they parted with Rick?

    Pareja: Yeah, like you said, I can't say too much, but I think these are all questions that the fans have been wondering about, and I think that the writers won't disappoint. I think we'll definitely get a little bit of what people have been wanting to hear about Morales, and find out a little bit more about what happened, and how he got to be where he is.

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    Acuna: Certainly. I think what's most interesting about his re-entry onto the show, at this point, is that — you had kind of mentioned this — we knew him as a good man, and there is this mutual respect between him and Rick, and all we've ever known is to associate bad things and mostly bad people with Negan's Saviors. Seeing Morales on their side kind of throws a wrench into that. I almost feel like it's there to help hold a mirror up to Rick, maybe, a little.

    Pareja: Exactly. Exactly. And I think that was a little bit of the dynamic that they've had in the first season, and it seems to echo when they meet up again in season eight. If you think about it, Rick himself is doing some pretty awful things. Right before he sees Morales, he brutally kills this guy, who, for all intents and purposes, is protecting his child, his daughter.

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    As we learn over the years in the world of 'The Walking Dead' morality isn't so clear cut. It's a lot of gray. It's not as black and white. Often times in the name of doing good, supposedly, a lot of our heroes do some things that are very questionable, and sinister, and not so great. I don't think Morales is any more guilty than Rick has been at different points throughout the seasons. I think that's the interesting juxtaposition of seeing these two characters face off at this point. They both come on an interesting journey to that moment, and I'm sure both have had to do some not so wonderful things to arrive at that moment in one piece themselves.

    That was initially part of the ... a little bit when I had a conversation with [showrunner Scott M.] Gimple before shooting, and I was trying to deal with this way that Morales was being brought back, as a villain. Scott [was] kind of like, 'No,' [and] helped guide me through that, and not necessarily as a villain, but from his own point of view, it's just what he had to do to survive. It's just not as clear cut. You always have to make the case for your character, and not necessarily write them off as villains, but just people who are doing what they have to do to survive.

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    Acuna: Yeah, certainly. It's not black and white. We've already seen that with Dwight. We know how he ended up where he is, and he's not crazy about that. I'm looking forward to see where your character goes for the rest of the season. It's so cool to see another character from season one return. Juan, is there anything else that you want to share about being back, or your experience on set, or anything else about 'Walking Dead'?

    Pareja: I just want to say that it's incredibly exciting to be back. I love being part of 'The Walking Dead' family. I want to thank all the fans for keeping the dream alive over the years and making their demands known, and ultimately leading up to this moment where we see that Morales lives. I also just want to invite everybody to please, pick up my social media. You can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Juan G. Pareja.

    I've got a fun video game that I've been working on over the last year, it should be coming out in the next year, that a lot of zombie fans, genre fans, should also be excited about, called "State of Decay 2." That's a really fun, exciting title. The first title out was really popular. A lot of 'Walking Dead' fans should definitely enjoy playing.

    Acuna: Wonderful.

    Pareja: I also want to give a heads up that I just finished up guest starring on 'Chicago Med' a couple of weeks ago, as well. That should be hitting the airwaves in January.

    And #thatsawrap on my episode in #Chicago! #WhatADifferenceADayMakes #sofreshsoclean Stay posted for airdates!

    A post shared by Juan G Pareja (@juangpareja) on Oct 6, 2017 at 4:57pm PDT on

    Acuna: Very cool. You're going to be all over the air.

    Pareja: Yeah. It's been a good year, like you said.

    You can catch Pareja on the next episode of "The Walking Dead" as Morales continues his standoff with Rick. "The Walking Dead" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC. This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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    • These days, creative minds come up with Halloween costume ideas with the hope of going viral.
    • From Peter Pan and his shadow to a shirtless Leonardo DiCaprio with a water gun, here are the most viral costumes of 2017.

     

    Dressing up to scare people is so outdated.

    In 2017, people make costumes on Halloween because they want to go viral.

    These are the costumes that were creative enough to achieve viral success on Twitter. Some of them also appeared in Reddit's Halloween costume contest. The best ones cleverly reference pop culture, are a creative take on a viral meme, are adorable, or simply take a ton of effort.

    Here are the most viral Halloween costumes of 2017. 

    A pair dressed up as Peter Pan... and his shadow.

    One woman said she polled 100 people for "the most unnecessary Halloween costume in the history of the world." She went as their answer: sexy Steve Harvey.

    This guy went as a meme about men.

    A couple dressed up as Chucky and Chucky's Bride. Except one of them isn't quite right...

    One kid went as his dad — including the snow cone and duros cart he operates.

    His cousin apparently went as another street food vendor.

    One group of friends pretended to be the family that went viral after a daughter gate-crashed her dad's BBC interview.

    A woman dressed up as the thing that her exes were most afraid of. She tagged them all in her Instagram photo.

    "I am pretty sure most of my exes thought it was funny,"she told INSIDER.

    One couple parodied a scene from "Hell's Cafeteria," a parody of "Hell's Kitchen."

    But contrary to whatever Gordon Ramsay thinks, even a rat can cook.

    Some guy dressed up as a very specific viral photo of Leonardo DiCaprio running shirtless with a water gun.

    Everyone's favorite characters from "Zootopia" are the sloths at the DMV. They made a killer Halloween costume.

    And if you're going to do a "Moana" costume set, making a custom Tomatoa outfit is a whole new level.

    Don't forget about the pun costumes. Change the Rapper was too easy.

    This couple had an interesting take on Van Gogh's paintings.

    One woman got creative with her red hair and went as orange soda.

    Mr. Krabs is already a meme character, so why not combine it with the "One thicc bih" one as well?

    An employee at the Philadelphia Inquirer came to work as the publication's paywall.

    And here's a young woman who dressed up as a kneeling Colin Kaepernick.

    One of the more regrettable costume choices may have been dressing up as Rufus, the naked mole rat from "Kim Possible."

    Two friends nodded to their costume from last year, dressing up as red and white wine.

    "Stranger Things" fans were deeply impressed by a man who dressed up as Eleven.

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    • Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos has accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct.
    • His accusation follows actor Anthony Rapp's allegation that Spacey made a sexual advance toward him when he was 14 years old.

     

    Another actor has come forward to accuse "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct. 

    Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos said in a Facebook post on Monday that Spacey tried to touch him against his will at the bar of London's Old Vic Theatre in 2008.

    As Mashable notes, Spacey was the artistic director of the theater from 2004 to 2015, and Cavazos appeared in numerous plays there, starting in 2008.

    "I don't remember how many people told me the same story: Spacey would invite them to meet him to 'talk about their careers,'" Cavazos wrote. "When they arrived at the theatre, [Spacey] had prepared champagne on the stage, beautifully lit."

    "Each story varied in how far the picnic went, but the technique was the same. More common was to find him at the bar of the theatre, grabbing whoever caught his attention," he continued. "That's how it happened to me the second time. I didn't stand for it, but I know some people who were too scared to stop it."

    Cavazos' accusation follows a sexual misconduct allegation against Spacey made by "Star Trek: Discovery" actor Anthony Rapp last week. Rapp said Spacey made a sexual advance toward him when he was 14 years old. 

    "There are many of us who have a 'Kevin Spacey story,'" Cavazos wrote. "It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr Spacey to feel free to touch us. It was so common that it became a local joke (of very bad taste)."

    In a statement, The Old Vic Theatre expressed "deep dismay" at the allegations.

    "Inappropriate behaviour by anyone working at The Old Vic is completely unacceptable," it said.

    Spacey's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Production on the Spacey-led Netflix series "House of Cards" was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday, following the allegation made by Rapp.

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    • Jeremy Piven of CBS' "Wisdom of the Crowd" has been accused of sexual misconduct by reality TV actress Ariane Bellamar.
    • Bellamar said Piven groped her on multiple occasions, including on the set of HBO's "Entourage."
    • Piven has denied the allegations.
    • CBS responded on Tuesday, saying it was "looking into the matter."

     

    Jeremy Piven, the star of CBS' "Wisdom of the Crowd," is facing sexual misconduct allegations from reality TV actress Ariane Bellamar, who on Monday took to Twitter to accuse Piven of groping her on multiple occasions. 

    A CBS spokesperson told Deadline on Tuesday that the network was "aware of the media reports" of the allegations, and "looking into the matter." 

    CBS did not provide any additional information about its investigation. The network's Piven-led show, "Wisdom of the Crowd," began airing in October. 

    Bellamar's accusations came in the form of the following three tweets on Monday, in which she alleges that Piven groped her on the set of HBO's "Entourage" and at the Playboy Mansion:

     In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday evening, Piven denied the allegations.

    "I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen," Piven said. "It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard."

    HBO also issued the following response on Tuesday: 

    "Today, via the press reports, is the first we are hearing about Ariane Bellamar’s allegations concerning Jeremy Piven. Everyone at HBO and our productions is aware that zero tolerance for sexual harassment is our policy. Anyone experiencing an unsafe working environment has several avenues for making complaints that we take very seriously."

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    Millennials are spending more time watching content on TV than they are on digital platforms, according to a report by the Video Advertising Bureau (VAB).

    The VAB is an advocacy group providing advertisers and ad agencies with media industry data, with many TV networks as members including ABC, CBS, Cox, and ESPN. As cord-cutting increases — combined pay-TV subscriber losses approached 1 million in Q2 2017 — and consumers turn to digital platforms to view content, it’s in the best interest of for TV networks to present data that favorably paints traditional TV.

    Here are two top takeaways from the report that TV networks can use to make their ad inventory look more attractive in comparison to digital: 

    • Millennials spend the most time per month watching TV, with YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Netflix trailing. Those aged 18 to 34 averaged 5,400 minutes per month watching live and time-shifted television, which was four times greater than YouTube, the platform with the second highest time spent per month, at 1,163 minutes. Facebook, Instagram, and Netflix trailed at 744, 518, and 510 minutes per month, respectively. This means brands that want to reach millennials should still be devoting a large portion of their ad budgets to traditional TV.
    • The top TV programs varied by genre, while the majority of YouTube’s top content are music videos. The top 250 TV programs in 2017 were spread between six categories — drama, comedy, reality, news, sports, and documentaries — with drama being the most popular, commanding about 33% of the programs. On the other hand, YouTube’s top 250 most viewed videos were much less diverse, with 94% of the top 250 videos being music videos. The report argues that music videos lack the ability to elicit sustained emotional engagement, while TV provides the best opportunity. This means brands may be better positioned to capitalize on consumers' emotions through commercials on TV.

    Meanwhile, here are two counterpoints digital platforms could leverage: 

    • Cord cutting has already hit record numbers in 2017, and it’s reasonable to expect an overall weak Q3 for the pay-TV industry, according to analyst Craig Moffett. Moreover, cord cutting losses are projected to reach 5 million households per year, versus 2 million in 2016, indicating the subscriber losses may only get worse. This indicates that TV likely won’t be the platform that receives the highest amount of time spent from millennials in the long-term.
    • Consumers are turning to digital devices when TV commercials are playing.Digital platforms provide a welcome distraction from TV commercial breaks — Facebook found that during the premiere of a popular TV show, viewers' usage of the platform increased during every commercial break, for example. This indicates factors like high reach and emotional engagement associated with certain TV programs may not be as valuable, as consumers turn to their phones during commercial breaks.

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    Warning: There are spoilers and potential spoilers about "The Walking Dead" ahead.

    Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead" saw Rick come face to face with a blast from the past when one of the original Atlanta survivors, Morales, snuck up on Rick. 

    While Morales is clearly on the side of the Saviors right now, some fans were quick to offer some advice to get the season one vet on Rick's side.

    Why doesn't Rick just tell Morales that his leader Negan brutally killed their old buddy Glenn?  

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    INSIDER asked Morales actor Juan Gabriel Pareja what he thought of the fan reaction to Rick running into a familiar face again.

    "Well, it's interesting you mention that. Early on, there was definitely, I think, a very strong tone and connection that was, in fact, within the original Atlanta group," Pareja told INSIDER. "In those extreme circumstances of the zombie apocalypse, those experiences, I think, bring people together, and fused those kinds of families let's say out of strangers in a short amount of time. I think [it] forces that development and that connection early on."

    But after so much time has passed, would Morales even really remember Glenn?

    "We'll see. We'll see if that's something that actually is addressed in the coming episodes, and how that possibly might or might not affect Morales," Pareja added. "It's interesting that you bring it up." 

    We'll have to wait until Sunday night to see if Rick pulls out the Negan-killed-Glenn card to sway an old ally. You can read our full interview with Pareja on his big return to the show here and follow along with our coverage of the show all season long here.

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    Australia is known for is beautiful beaches, weird animals, and of course, Vegemite, but did you know that it has produced some of the biggest stars in Hollywood today?

    "Neighbours" and "Home and Away" are Australia's longest-running soaps and have kick started the careers of the many famous Aussies you see in Hollywood today.

    Combined they have:

    • won two and have been nominated for seven Oscars
    • Won two and have been nominated for 14 Golden Globes
    • Won two Emmys
    • Won one and have been nominated for four Grammys

    Here are 38 people who launched their acting and music careers from these two iconic soaps.

    Russell Crowe

    Russell Crowe moved to Australia from New Zealand and starred as Kenny Larkin on "Neighbours" in 1987.

    After much success in the Australian film industry, Crowe made his way to the US in the mid-90s. Since then, he has starred in major films such as "Gladiator,""A Beautiful Mind," and "American Gangster." 

    He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and won an Oscar in 2001 for his performance in "Gladiator." 



    Chris Hemsworth

    Chris Hemsworth played Kim Hyde on "Home and Away" from 2004 to 2007. 

    After departing the soap opera, Hemsworth moved to Hollywood and has starred in many huge franchises such as "Thor,""The Avengers," and "Snow White and the Huntsman." 



    Kylie Minogue

    Before Kylie Minogue hit international fame as a pop star, she played Charlene Robinson on "Neighbours" from 1986 to 1988 — permed hair and all. 

    Her on-screen marriage to Scott Robinson was watched by over 20 million people around the world. 

    During her time on "Neighbours," she signed a record deal and has been singing and performing ever since. Hit singles include "Can't Get You out of my Head" and "Spinning Around." 

    Minogue has been the host of "The Voice" in both Australia and the UK.  



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    Warning: There are some spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead."

    Rick and members of Alexandria, the Hilltop, and Kingdom may be on a mission to take out Negan and his Saviors on this season of "The Walking Dead," but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're the good guys.

    "If you think about it, Rick himself is doing some pretty awful things," Juan Gabriel Pareja, the actor behind Morales who just made a big return to the show, told INSIDER. "Right before he sees Morales, he brutally kills this guy, who, for all intents and purposes, is protecting his child, his daughter."

    Pareja certainly isn't wrong. And it seems like Rick is slowly starting to realize this as well. 

    Almost immediately after he brutally kills that Savior, Rick is horrified to see he killed someone's father. We then see him take a long look into a mirror above the child's bed traumatized not only by what he's done but, presumably, by what he's becoming.

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    As the eighth season of "The Walking Dead" continues, it's easy to see several characters, including Tara and Morgan, are very conflicted with whether or not it's OK to savagely kill every Savior in an act of vengeance. If you watch the first two episodes of the new season with that in mind, it makes you question whether they're actually better than the Saviors. 

    Other than a few isolated incidents with Negan and his men, we haven't seen them ruthlessly murder a group of people in the way we've seen Rick's group do countless times to the Saviors. (The one exception is that we heard the Saviors were supposedly the ones who slaughtered all of the Oceanside men.)

    "As we learn over the years in the world of 'The Walking Dead' morality isn't so clear cut. It's a lot of gray. It's not as black and white," said Pareja. "Often times in the name of doing good, supposedly, a lot of our heroes do some things that are very questionable, and sinister, and not so great."

    Rick is a perfect example of that. He has had some ugly, scary moments throughout the series.

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    We've seen him tear out a man's throat with his own bare teeth to protect those he loves and brutally kill a group of cannibals in a church as his old pal Glenn watched on in horror. And let's not forget Rick's nervous breakdown in Alexandria when he pulled a gun on everyone chastising them for living in a fantasy world behind a walled community.

     

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    Even as recent at the the season premiere, we see Rick take pleasure in photographing Negan in the same fashion that the Saviors captured their kills on camera.

    "I don't think Morales is any more guilty than Rick has been at different points throughout the seasons," Pareja added. "I think that's the interesting juxtaposition of seeing these two characters face off at this point. They both come on an interesting journey to that moment, and I'm sure both have had to do some not so wonderful things to arrive at that moment in one piece themselves."

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    The difference with Rick is that if you go back and rewatch all of "The Walking Dead" you'll start to notice a pattern. Every time his crew stumbles upon a new community — Hershel's farm, Woodbury, and Alexandria — something eventually goes wrong to flip the safe haven into a war zone riddled with death and zombies.

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    It makes you wonder if they would have been better off not crossing paths with Rick. And that maybe Rick's the toxic person in the world of "The Walking Dead."

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    The next episode of "The Walking Dead" airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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    There are numerous reasons why some actors have to be replaced.

    Some stars step in to play the same character after scheduling conflicts arise and the original actor has to leave. Sometimes the celebrity doesn't agree with the script and leaves of their own accord. Other times some set drama results in an actor being fired, and new character is introduced. 

    We've compiled 29 instances of actors stepping in for each other for various TV and film projects. See how many you knew. 

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    Eric Forman's older sister Laurie was played by Lisa Robin Kelly for most of her time on "That '70s Show," but she was replaced with Christina Moore on season six.

    Kelly was introduced as Laurie during season one of "That '70s Show," but abruptly left the show during season three and was written out by having Laurie go off to beauty school. Kelly briefly returned on season five but was replaced by Moore for a couple episodes of season six. 

    In a 2012 interview, Kelly told ABC News that she left because of alcohol abuse brought on by the loss of a child.  

    "I had lost a baby," she said. "As a result of that I lost it. I lost everything and I was abusing alcohol. With 'That '70s Show,' I was guilty of a drinking problem. And I ran." 



    "Riverdale's" Reggie Mantle was played by Ross Butler on season one and Charles Melton on season two.

    Butler had to leave his role on The CW show due to scheduling conflicts with "13 Reasons Why." 

    Melton told INSIDER that he didn't focus on Butler's portrayal of the character on the first season because he was told not to. 

    "I went in during the audition process, it was like the second audition, and I had a session with Roberto," Melton said. "I watched the show to kind of get a feel of it, and Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] was like, 'Don't watch anything. Don't watch what Ross [Butler] did. What you're doing is completely different.' He was steering me to not throw myself off by trying to emulate somebody else."



    In October, Olivia Colman was announced as Claire Foy's replacement on "The Crown."

    Foy has played Queen Elizabeth for the first two seasons of the Netflix drama, but because the third and fourth seasons are set to portray the middle-aged Queen, a casting change was needed. 



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    Warning: There are potential spoilers below for "The Walking Dead."

    The season eight premiere of "The Walking Dead" teased a big flash-forward with Rick, Michonne, and a little girl viewers presumed to be an aged version of Rick's daughter Judith.

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    But after the most recent episode of the show, some fans are convinced that may not be Judith at all. 

    There's a brief scene in Sunday's episode, "The Damned," which has fans thinking the girl in the premiere may be the same baby girl, Gracie, Rick comes across in a crib.

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    The theory, which we first saw from YouTube channel "Make a Path Presents," suggests Judith won't survive the war this season and that Gracie will wind up being raised by Rick instead. 

    It sounds a bit far-fetched, but there's one piece of evidence from Sunday's episode which may convince you otherwise. Take a close look in Gracie's crib.

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    Does that rabbit look familiar? It should.

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    In the season eight premiere, the little girl who runs out toward Rick and Michonne is carrying a very similar rabbit. Take a look:

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    So is this little girl Judith or is she Gracie? That stuffed rabbit definitely appears to be a smoking gun, but there are cases to be made either way.

    Why the little girl could be Gracie

    The rabbit is the most obvious clue we have that we may not be looking at Judith, but there's at least one other hint you may have missed. 

    The little girl refers to Rick as Daddy in the season eight premiere; however, no one in the room — Rick, Michonne, or Carl — refers to her by name. That could certainly be on purpose if the writers are trying to throw people off.

    There are four timelines going on in the season eight premiere. In one of them, Rick is visibly shaken and upset. Could he be crying over the loss of someone close to him? Maybe that could be Judith.

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    It's also important to note that Judith has long overstayed her welcome on the show. In the comics, she never makes it out of the prison after the Governor attacks. Judith is crushed as an infant by Rick's wife after she's gunned down. It's a devastating loss for Rick.

    It wouldn't be completely unexpected if Judith doesn't make it through to the end of season eight. However, we're not completely convinced the little girl in the flash-forward is anyone but Judith.

    Why the little girl could be Judith

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    When INSIDER spoke with the season premiere director and executive producer Greg Nicotero, he referred to the little girl as Judith. Though Nicotero could be throwing us off intentionally — how else do you explain the inclusion of the rabbit? 

    Here's what I'd like to think. Maybe both Judith and Gracie are both alive in this future timeline and the two are good friends. Maybe Rick will adopt Gracie as well after brutally killing her father. 

    If that is Gracie that we're seeing in the flash-forward then that means even more time has passed than we first thought. Nicotero already told INSIDER it's "probably a little more" than two years like the jump in the comics.

    However, maybe the rabbit means nothing at all. "Make a Path Presents" points out that the rabbit could be a reused prop. The show has done it before with one of Andrea's old shirts after she was killed off the show.

    We'll have to wait to get more clues throughout the season as to the identity of the little girl. For more on the Gracie/Judith theory, check out the video from Make a Path Presents below.

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    • "The Late Late Show with James Corden" featured Sam Smith on its feature "Carpool Karaoke."
    • One song they sang was "Lay Me Down," which Smith credits Corden for bringing attention to early in his career.
    • Later on, members of Fifth Harmony entered the car to join them for "For From Home," one of Smith's favorite songs.
    • Watch it below.

     

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    • Years ago Jimmy Kimmel started a Halloween tradition of sharing hilarious videos where parents lie and tell their kids that they ate all the Halloween candy.
    • Channing Tatum is guest-hosting "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show this week.
    • He shared a video of himself pranking his daughter and then it was Kimmel's turn.
    • This year, Kimmel and his wife pulled the prank on his own daughter Jane.
    • He tells her they ate everything but the Smarties.
    • Jane actually said she's not mad, but a little sad, especially when she realizes the Swedish Fish are gone.
    • Watch the full video below.

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    • Season two of "The Girlfriend Experience" will be told through two different storylines. 
    • Directors Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz wrote and directed the stories separately.
    • The two made the season despite having the same budget they had in season one.

     

    Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz teamed to direct the entire first season of Starz’s hit show, “The Girlfriend Experience,” and though both are helming season two (premiering November 5), they are doing things very differently this time around.

    Based on Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 movie “The Girlfriend Experience” (he is an executive producer on the show), the anthology series looks at high-end escorts who engage their clients on an emotional level, not just a sexual one. The focus of season one was Christine Reade (Riley Keough), who juggles school and an internship at a law firm with being an escort in the evenings.

    In the midst of discussing season two with Starz, Kerrigan and Seimetz threw out an idea: They wanted to direct separate storylines within the same season. 

    The Girlfriend Experience 2 Starz finalSo instead of following one story, season two will have two. Each Sunday night, the first half-hour episode will be from one director’s standalone story, and the other half-hour episode will show the other’s.

    “We were just interested in certain themes and thought it would be interesting to push the format of television,” Kerrigan told Business Insider while showing a sneak peek of the season at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, along with Seimetz. “Steven encourages us to just break the rules.”

    “Just to keep the series fresh it just seemed like, why would we repeat what we did last season and tell the same thing?” Seimetz added.

    Starz was all for it. Unlike the first season, when Kerrigan and Seimetz wrote the season together in Soderbergh’s office, this time the two split up. They wrote their stories separately and then shot them with their own with separate cast and crew.

    For Kerrigan’s story, we follow Anna Greenwald (Louisa Krause), who after blackmailing one of her politically prominent clients, gets involved with one of his rivals, Erica Myles (Anna Friel).

    Seimetz's story looks at Bria Jones (Carmen Ejogo), a former escort who enters witness protection to escape her ex, who has a criminal past.

    The Girlfriend Experience 2 Starz2Seimetz said she was inspired to tell a story that went beyond the corporate world that season one was in. She wanted to “see how far I could take what the idea of the ‘girlfriend experience’ could mean.” That led her to shooting in drab locations and having Bria look as unglamorous as possible. The boring existence causes the character to be tempted to go back into the escort world.

    Kerrigan wanted to delve deeper into the themes of money and power that were explored in season one, using the backdrop of politics. Anna and Erica build a relationship through teaming up to take down a dirty politician, but things then get more complicated when Erica’s former flame, Sandra (Emily Piggford), enters the mix.

    “I was really interested in the power dynamics between three women in a sexual relationship and how that power dynamic changes,” he said.

    Like Keough in season one, both leads for season two are unknown to most audiences. Kerrigan found Krause through an audition tape she sent in. Seimetz, who is also an actress (she plays Becky Ives on “Stranger Things”), was introduced to Ejogo through a casting director before the two starred in Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant.”

    “I knew I was going to cast her in the show, so then being able to act with her in the movie before doing the show was great,” she said.

    alien covenant foxSeimetz said Ejogo was informed she was going to be cast on the show before they made “Covenant,” which led to the two having a lot of talks about the show while taking breaks on the big blockbuster.

    “Because I cast her so early I was writing for her,” Seimetz said. “So I would send her things as it developed.”

    The directors' season two storylines are vastly different visually, and in tone, from one another. Kerrigan’s is full of wide shots, which he said he hoped would “emphasize the performative nature of politics and personal relationships.” Seimetz’s has a claustrophobic feel with all its tight close-ups. “I wanted it to look and feel more frantic than last season,” she said.

    Despite basically making two TV shows at the same time, the two filmmakers say they were working with the same budget from season one. That didn’t seem to phase the two veterans of indie film projects. In fact, Kerrigan thought, “It was great!”

    “Because we had complete creative freedom,” he said. “Steven gets final cut and in essence he gives it to Amy and myself. If we stay in those certain budget parameters, we can pretty much do what we want.”

    The two said the biggest challenge from season one to season two was their interaction in the writing process. It was a lot harder to get to the finish line by themselves.

    “It got lonely,” Kerrigan said of writing season two.

    “Which is funny because we would fight,” Seimetz said with a laugh. “When you’re writing alone you just have yourself and you’re like, ‘This sucks.’ When you have someone else you have to do it. This time I needed it to feel like a job, so I hired an assistant and that really got me going.”

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two, episode four of "Riverdale," titled "That Dreaded Sundown."

    "Riverdale" got a little violent Wednesday night, and it wasn't due to the Black Hood. 

    Archie and the football team went toe-to-toe with the Southside Serpents on a rainy night, leaving Dilton stabbed in the leg, and Archie bought a gun with some ammo earlier in the day. While all that drama was happening, Jughead and Betty were working to decipher a message left to Betty by the Black Hood. 

    As always, the show did manage to squeeze in some fun pop culture and comic references, and INSIDER worked with Archie Comics to shed light on some of them. 

    Here are six details you might have missed from Wednesday's episode of "Riverdale."

    Jughead describes Archie as a "milquetoast" when the Southside Serpents talk about going after him.

    A "milquetoast" is a timid person, but this isn't the first time we've heard that vocab word used on "Riverdale." On episode nine of season one, Alice Cooper walks into Betty's room when Jughead is present and calls Hal Cooper, Betty's "milquetoast father." This is probably where Jughead learned the word. 



    Fogarty makes his "Riverdale" debut.

    Fogarty is presumably Fangs Fogarty, an Archie comics character from the "Little Archie" comics. The comics followed Archie and his friends as children and Fogarty was the bully. 



    Toni comes upon Jughead reading books about the Zodiac killer and name drops Robert Graysmith's "Zodiac" and "Zodiac Unmasked" books.

    The show has been drawing a lot of comparisons to "Zodiac," so it's fun to dive into the references. 



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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Stranger Things" season two.

    Set in October 1984, Netflix's newest season of "Stranger Things" was packed with the '80s nostalgia fans have come to expect from the series. Though we've already rounded up the in-universe details you might have missed, now it's time to look at all the meta ways cocreators The Duffer Brothers paid homage to their favorite '80s icons. 

    Keep reading for a look at all the best movie references on "Stranger Things 2."

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    The opening scene of "Stranger Things 2" takes place at the Palace Arcade.



    The Duffer Brothers lifted that arcade name from the 1983 movie "WarGames."

    "WarGames" is a sci-fi film centered around the Cold War and the idea of a computer game getting conflated with a nuclear weapons control system. 

    In an interview with Vulture, Ross Duffer said this was his favorite 80s reference of the opening "Madmax" episode.



    "WarGames" was also one of the VHS tapes Jonathan rented for movie night at the Byers' house.

    Both "WarGames" and "Twilight Zone: The Movie" (1983) fit with the general themes of "Stranger Things 2," focusing on the public's fear of a Russian threat as well as the supernatural elements of the Upside Down. 



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    If you've already binged the newest season of Netflix's "Stranger Things" (and brushed up on all the '80s movie references in the series and other details you missed), then you're probably itching to start another new show.

    INSIDER worked with Taykey, an advertising technology company that can pinpoint specific audiences and analyze what's trending for them, to find out which shows "Stranger Things" fans talk most about when they aren't chatting about Eleven and her friends.

    Keep reading for a look at the top 10 series other "Stranger Things" fans love.

    10. "The League" (FX)



    9. "Narcos" (Netflix)



    8. "Voltron: Legendary Defender" (Netflix)



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    • Jennifer Lawrence filled in as a guest host on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Thursday night. 
    • Her main guest was Kim Kardashian West, who she interviewed for 18 minutes.
    • Throughout the conversation about whether or not Kardashian West farts, and how she really feels about Khloe, Lawrence asked the reality star if she had ever been cheated on. 
    • Kardashian West said yes, and recalled a birthday where she discovered a former boyfriend was lying to her.

    Jennifer Lawrence interviewed Kim Kardashian West when she filled in as a guest host on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Thursday night and she didn't hold back from asking the tough questions.

    "Have you ever been cheated on?" Lawrence asked halfway into their interview.

    "Yes," Kardashian immediately said.

    Lawrence pressed on asking how she found out, to which the reality star recounted how she hacked into her boyfriend's voicemail to call him out on her birthday.

    "My hacking skills," Kardashian West said of a trick she used while growing up. "I got into the voicemail thing and it was on my birthday. I was at dinner with all of my best friends, put it on speaker board wondering where my boyfriend was. His voicemail ... he was flying in town to meet another girl on my birthday and lied to me that he was in another city."

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    Lawrence's reaction is priceless.

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    "Oh my God," said Lawrence. "That's like a Taylor Swift song."

    As for Kardashian's "hacking" skills, she said she used a service back in the day to get into other people's voicemail.

    "There is this service that I figured out that you can call someone's number and make it look like it's anyone else calling them," said Kardashian. "What I figured out is how to get into the voicemail system is if you call the number, but make it look like it's your own number calling. It tricks the system and gets right into the voicemail system."

    She said she got quite a bit of dirt back in the day. 

    Kardashian didn't give the identity of the man she accused of cheating on her. Among her previous boyfriends were Ray J, Reggie Bush, Miles Austin, and model Gabriel Aubrey. Since Kardashian pointed out she used this trick before texting was big , it's probably one of her earlier boyfriends from at least a decade ago.

    You can watch the full 18-minute interview between Kardashian and Lawrence below.

     

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    • Women are shockingly underrepresented in Hollywood, directing just 4% of major movies.
    • It's important to note the industry discrimination as the context of the widening sexual assault and harassment scandals in Hollywood.
    • Despite that, women are producing the best movies of the past couple of years.
    • "Lady Bird" and "Alias Grace," out this weekend, are emblematic of that.

     

    With the Harvey Weinstein scandal leading to numerous sexual harassment and abuse allegations throughout Hollywood, it's important to note the context in which all of this is taking place in the movie industry.

    If you look at the numbers from 2016, women are shockingly underrepresented despite comprising the majority of moviegoers. Women represent just 4% of directors of the 100 top-grossing films, 11% of writers, and just 19% of producers. And the figures from 2016 actually declined from the previous couple of years, despite a louder conversation about women in Hollywood.

    The discrimination appears to be so extreme that the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began investigating the situation under the Obama administration, with pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union.

    All of this also takes place at a time where movie studios want to get as many butts into theaters as possible. And though major movie studios still aren't hiring many women in top roles, Netflix (with its powerful data engine that sees what audiences like) and independent studios (less beholden to conventional wisdom) are releasing the best movies and shows of the past couple of years.

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    This weekend alone marks the release of the movie "Lady Bird," the directorial debut of writer-actress Greta Gerwig, and the miniseries "Alias Grace," which was directed by Mary Harron, written by Sarah Polley, and adapted from the novel by Margaret Atwood. They're two of the most critically acclaimed projects of the year. "Lady Bird" has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes right now with more than 62 reviews filed and even got a positive notice from legendary grump Armond White. "Alias Grace" is at 97%, and will surely be binged heavily this weekend.

    And that's just one weekend. Later this month, Netflix will stream "Mudbound" directed by Dees Rees, which was one of the most celebrated movies at Sundance earlier this year. Last year, the Maren Ade-directed "Toni Erdmann" topped numerous best-of-year lists and was ranked by IndieWire as the best female-directed movie of the decade so far, while "The Edge of Seventeen" was one of the best teenage coming-of-age movies to come along in years.

    The big studios deserve some credit as well. "Wonder Woman," directed by Patty Jenkins, has repeatedly broken box office records and now stands as the highest-grossing superhero origin movie of all time. And Kathleen Kennedy is at the head of Disney's LucasFilm division, which produces the "Star Wars" movies, though she hasn't hired a female director yet.

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    Why do female directors seem to have a higher batting average? Well, when you ice out half the population from telling stories, you miss out on a lot.

    With "Lady Bird" and "The Edge of Seventeen," for example, we seem to be in a golden age of movies that grapple with women coming of age. "Lady Bird" stars Saoirse Ronan as a high school senior who calls herself "Lady Bird," fights with her mom, and tries to get in with the cool kid crowd. In the hands of a lesser director, it would by just another quirky indie movie. But the details that Greta Gerwig imbues make it poignant, sharp, and hilarious. "The Edge of Seventeen," likewise, is a funny and touching story about a teenager who gets upset when her friend starts dating her older brother that succeeds because it's being told from a woman's point of view. Both movies don't see coming-of-age as intertwined with romance, but as a quest to understand oneself.

    Other recent woman-directed movies are also successful because they offer a perspective rarely seen in cinema — even when they're widely discussed. "Mudbound" has its finger on America's pulse with its approach to racial conflict, "Toni Erdmann" looks at globalization and family dissolution from a female young professional's point of view, and "Wonder Woman," of course, is a superhero movie about a woman for once.

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    The movie industry's kindness to women ebbs and flows. It's been eight long years since Kathryn Bigelow won a directing Oscar for "The Hurt Locker," the only woman to win the award, and not a single woman has been nominated since. If anything, given the reporting on the scandals plaguing Hollywood, it's only become more clear that the industry's problems are more deeply embedded than anyone could imagine.

    So in this context, it's important to acknowledge that some of the industry's best work is being made by the people who have the deck stacked against them. Studios simply need to give them the opportunity to make it.

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    • Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton play Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers, respectively, on Netflix's "Stranger Things."
    • The two started exploring their feelings for each on season two, released October 27 on the streaming site.
    • If you were shipping Jancy/Nanathan on screen, many are convinced they've been dating since at least January. There are photos of the two traveling together and holding hands.
    • Neither actor has confirmed they're dating.

    Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers may not just be an onscreen couple on the second season of "Stranger Things." Photos of the two out and about holding hands and traveling have fans convinced they're dating in real life, too.

    In the second season, Nancy breaks up with Steve and finds herself gravitating toward Jonathan who she bonded with in season one after his brother disappeared. If you were feeling the on-screen chemistry between the two there may be another explanation.

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    Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton, who play Nancy and Jonathan, have been spotted traveling together multiple times from Los Angeles, sending each other cute messages on Instagram, and were recently caught holding hands while in New York City.

    It's no secret that many of the "Stranger Things"cast are close friends, but it has fans thinking Dyer and Heaton are more than just good pals.

    Take a look at the evidence.

    Fans first thought something might be up when the two were traveling together in Spain in September 2016. The two shared Instagram posts while abroad.

    ☀️🙏🏻☀️🏝

    A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton) on Sep 7, 2016 at 6:26am PDT on

    Wow congrats @charlie.r.heaton on his new one man show Stranger Wings!! Sure gonna miss you s2 but happy you're doing what you love🙏🐦❤️

    A post shared by natalia dyer (@nattyiceofficial) on Sep 14, 2016 at 2:26am PDT on

    The two have also had a few matching Instagram photos.

    You couldn't see the person on the other end, but both Dyer and Heaton were posed in the same way eating ice cream cones.

    Don't forget your patriotism folks 🍦😋#nationalicecreamconeday

    A post shared by natalia dyer (@nattyiceofficial) on Sep 22, 2016 at 8:20pm PDT on

    Don't forget you patriotism folks 🍦😋 #nationalicecreamday

    A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton) on Jul 16, 2017 at 11:38am PDT on

    The two were rumored to be dating in January 2017 when they showed up together at the SAG Awards and looked awfully cozy on the red carpet.

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    Then they were traveling together twice in January leaving from LAX airport. One time was right after the SAGs. On January 9, Heaton had his arm around Dyer who was covered up to travel incognito.

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    Pay special attention to Dyer's feet. Those may be Heaton's Converse she's wearing. 

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    Two days later, Heaton asked the actress for his Converse back while wearing her shoes in an Instagram photo.

    @nattyiceofficial Need my converse back!

    A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton) on Jan 11, 2017 at 8:12am PST on

    But it's a photo from October that has most convinced they're together. The two were spotted holding hands in New York City.

    An anonymous source who spoke with Life & Style magazine said the two have been seeing each other for over a year prior to season two of "Stranger Things" filming.

    "They’re inseparable, and spend nearly 'every waking minute together, on set and off,'" said the source.

    Neither Dyer or Heaton have confirmed they're officially dating. Back in March, the two played it cool when they were approached by TMZ outside LAX airport.

    "Whether people are dating or hanging out, I think that our cast just is cool with each other," Dyer told TMZ. "I mean, I won’t speak for anybody else but it’s been, you know … We’re all one big family."

    One big family or not, the two are currently traveling again. This time in Paris.

    La vie en gris

    A post shared by Charlie Heaton (@charlie.r.heaton) on Nov 4, 2017 at 6:27am PDT on

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