Mira Sorvino & Richard Dreyfuss To Star In ‘Reckoning’ From Dark Castle Entertainment

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EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winners Mira Sorvino and Richard Dreyfuss are set to star in Reckoning, the Dark Castle Entertainment crime thriller written and directed by Adam Lipsius. Lipsius is also producing the pic under his Uptown 6 production shingle along wi…

Netflix’s ‘Polar’ Trailer Will Give You the Chills – and Possibly Nightmares (Video)

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It’s a Mads, Mads world. Netflix has released the trailer for its Mads Mikkelsen-Vanessa Hudgens movie “Polar,” and lots of people who lived by the gun are going to die by the gun.

In the action flick, the world’s top assassin, Duncan Vizla — a.k.a. The Black Kaiser (Mikkelsen) — is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm, per the streaming service’s official description. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced.

Also, Vizla’s pending $8 million pension seems like a pretty good (company) reason to off the hard-to-off dude.

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Directed by Jonas Akerlund, “Polar” is written by Jayson Rothwell and produced by Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer and Hartley Gorenstein. In addition to Mikkelsen and Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Matt Lucas, Ruby O. Fee, Fei Ren, Anthony Grant, Josh Cruddas, Robert Maillet, Julian Richings, Johnny Knoxville and Richard Dreyfuss are also in the movie.

“Polar” is based on upon the Dark Horse graphic novel “Polar: Came from the Cold” by Victor Santos.

Watch the trailer via the video above.

“Polar” debuts Jan. 25 on Netflix.

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‘The Last Laugh’ Trailer Arrives For Netflix Comedy Team-up With Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Andi MacDowell

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Netflix’s The Last Laugh is laughing first with the initial trailer from its film starring Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell and Richard Dreyfuss, which bows in January.
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Let’s Imagine the ‘Jaws 2’ That Might Have Been: ‘Saving Private Ryan’ With Sharks (Podcast)

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The scariest moment in “Jaws” doesn’t include a shark on-screen. It comes when Quint describes Navy crewmen, survivors of the sunken USS Indianapolis, being eaten alive in a shark feeding frenzy in 1945. Steven Spielberg wanted “Jaws 2” to tell that true story: Think “Saving Private Ryan,” with sharks.

The “Jaws” sequel that might have been is one topic of discussion in our new “Shoot This Now” podcast, which you can listen on Apple or right here:

Our guest for the episode is Mark Ramsey, host of the stunning “Inside Jaws” podcast. Besides recounting Spielberg’s journey as he directed “Jaws,” it also re-enacts some of the hellish shark attacks that inspired the film.

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What makes Quint’s story so scary is its accuracy. Almost everything he says is based in fact.

It was July 30, 1945. The Indianapolis was returning from an ultra-secret mission to deliver parts for the bombing of Hiroshima. A Japanese submarine torpedoed the Indianapolis, and it went down within 12 minutes. About 300 of the approximately 1,200 crewmen aboard went down with the ship.

The survivors floated in the water. And then they began to feel bumps beneath their lifeboats.


Testing them.

Hundreds of crewman died in horrible ways: Drowning, drinking combinations of oil, blood and saltwater, and being eaten alive.

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In the end, only 316 men survived. It was the largest single loss of life from a single ship in the history of the U.S. Navy.

Quint’s speech (delivered by Robert Shaw) is the darkest moment in “Jaws.” He describes the lifeless eyes of a shark — “like a doll’s eyes” — as if sharks represent death itself. Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) and Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) listen wordlessly. The speech makes the movie a masterpiece.

Quint only seems to remember one key detail wrong: He gives the date of the attack as June 29, 1945 — 73 years ago today — but the actual sinking of the Indianapolis was a month later.

It’s not a surprise that Universal executives didn’t think the awful story of the Indianapolis would be a good follow-up to “Jaws,” the first summer blockbuster.

Spielberg would eventually make serious films about incredibly painful subjects, from “Schindler’s List” to “Saving Private Ryan” to “Amistad.” But it’s hard to imagine a movie that would combine the serious tone of those films with the escapist thrills of “Jaws.”

Spielberg’s next directorial effort after “Jaws” was the celebrated sci-fi film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Then he made a World War II comedy, “1941,” which had little in common with the story of the Indianapolis. He covered World War II again in the Indiana Jones films, “Empire of the Sun,” “Schindler’s List,” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

Usually on the “Shoot This Now” podcast, we talk about stories that should be made into movies. Unfortunately, someone beat us (and Spielberg) to the story of the Indianapolis. And that someone is Nicholas Cage.

He starred in “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” a 2016 film that premiered in the Philippines and later became available on iTunes and Amazon. Directed by Mario Van Peebles, it stars Cage, Tom Sizemore and Thomas Jane. It has a 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Jaws 2” ended up closely mimicking the original “Jaws” in setting and plot. Chief Brody once again saves Amity from a deadly great white. Director Jeannot Szwarc stepped in to replace Spielberg. It’s a perfectly fine movie, but it’s no “Jaws.”

And it’s certainly less memorable than the “Jaws 2” that might have been.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Shoots to $18.6 Million at Thursday Box Office, Smashing Record for R-Rated Film

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“Deadpool 2” shot to $18.6 million at the Thursday box office, surpassing its predecessor which earned $12.7 million in previews two years ago.

The sequel also broke the R-rated Thursday box office record that was previously held by “It.” The horror film grossed $13.5 million last September in previews.

Independent trackers expect the film to at least match the $132 million opening weekend scored by the first “Deadpool” in 2016, which was then a record for February releases.

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For more comparisons, “Black Panther” grossed $25.2 million in previews, while “Thor: Ragnarok” thundered to $14.5 million. The former took in a total of $202 million its opening weekend, while “Ragnarok” grossed $122.7 million.

“Deadpool 2” sees the titular antihero start a new mutant team called X-Force to protect a young, surly mutant named Firefist (Julian Dennison) from falling into the clutches of Cable. In addition to starring as Deadpool, Reynolds shares writing credit with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, with David Leitch directing. Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy also star. After early reviews, the film has an 84 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, nearly identical to the score earned by its predecessor.

As counter-programming, Paramount is rolling out “Book Club,” which earned $625,000 in previews. It stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen as a group of lifelong friends who decide to jumpstart their sluggish love lives after reading “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Tracking has the film only making $10-12 million from 2,800 locations, with Paramount projecting a $9 million start.

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“Book Club” is directed by Bill Holderman in his directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with Erin Simms. Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, and Richard Dreyfuss also star. The film holds a score of 61 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Finally, there’s Global Road’s “Show Dogs,” a kids’ action-comedy developed by Open Road Films prior to its acquisition by Tang Media Group. The film is expected to open to $7 million from 3,145 locations. The film stars Will Arnett as a human detective who must go undercover at a dog show with his canine partner (voiced by Ludacris). Raja Gosnell directed the film from a script by Max Botkin and Marc Hyman.

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It’s a credit to TV’s greater curiosity and openmindedness that when I beheld the four stars of “Book Club” — actresses ranging in age from 65 to 80 — my thoughts turned to how recently I’d seen them on their respective shows or in headlines about their upcoming series.

The ensemble romantic comedy benefits enormously from Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen keeping their comedic and dramatic muscles warmed up (though a stiffer Candice Bergen has her bravura moments, too). None of the women are asked to do anything too strenuous in “Book Club,” but their collective charisma — along with their male co-stars’ — add up to an irresistible charmfest.

The premise of “Book Club” sounds, to be honest, excruciatingly dumb: A quartet of elderly friends are inspired by the “50 Shades of Grey” books to spice up their sex lives. But first-time director Bill Holderman, who penned the script with Erin Simms, smartly adds a pinch of salt to the sweetness to amplify both sides of the flavor spectrum.

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The film’s aspirational, 60-is-the-new-40 fantasies feel grounded enough in emotional truths and aging concerns that the most unrealistic thing about these literate ladies, who deliver guffaw-worthy lines about Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” and Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” is that they never once mock “50 Shades” author E.L. James’ atrocious prose.

“Book Club” opens with an awkwardly Photoshopped snapshot of the four main characters in their youth, clinging to their copies of Erica Jong’s “Fear of Flying.” Now a few years shy of 70, all but one feels erotically adrift. The exception is commitment-phobic Vivian (Fonda), a luxury hotel owner (in attention-grabbing animal prints) who’s happy as a lifelong bachelorette but finds herself drawn to an old boyfriend (Don Johnson) who’s visiting Los Angeles.

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The others are in various stages of sexual shutdown. The most resistant to an erotic rekindling is federal judge Sharon (Bergen), who internet-stalks her ex-husband (Ed Begley, Jr.) and his decades-younger new fiancée and seemingly hasn’t been on a date since her divorce 18 years ago. Chef Carol (Steenburgen), the only one friend still married, struggles with her husband’s (Craig T. Nelson) utter lack of interest in sex.

Widowed homemaker Diane (Keaton, in a first-rate set of her signature androgynous garb) is needled by her condescending daughters (Katie Aselton and Alicia Silverstone) to move to Scottsdale, where she can be stuffed into the basement and supervised 24/7. Diane shows resistance even before she meets a stranger on a plane (a positively smoldering Andy Garcia) who’s willing to show her everything she missed out on during her lackluster marriage. Richard Dreyfuss and Wallace Shawn make brief appearances, but somehow Sam Elliott does not.

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To be sure, “Book Club” has more goofy gags than it does witticisms. An arrow on a plant moisture meter twitches from “dry” to “wet” when a character gets lost in Christian Grey’s Red Room, and Nelson’s character is marched into several situations fly-first after a Viagra accident leaves him fuming and erect. The cast is just as game for the broad humor as it is for the emotional beats; the latter’s familiarity doesn’t detract from its poignancy.

As movingly as each character’s romantic and/or familial storyline wraps up, though, I wish the core cast had a few more scenes to themselves. They share such an easygoing chemistry — and the inevitable scene where the friends diagnose one another on what they’re doing wrong hints at such layers of friendship — that it felt disappointing that their decades-long bond wasn’t the focus of the movie. The men are a treat. But there isn’t quite enough of the women to comprise a feast.

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Film News Roundup: Richard Dreyfuss, Gina Carano to Star in Thriller ‘Daughter of the Wolf’

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In today’s film news roundup, Richard Dreyfuss and Gina Carano are cast in the thriller “Daughter of the Wolf,” Samuel Goldwyn buys the family drama “Zoo,” Fox veteran Vincent Marcais joins Paramount, and an LGBTQ video streaming service has launched. CASTINGS Richard Dreyfuss, Gina Carano, and Brendan Fehr are starring in the thriller “Daughter of […]

We’ve Pinpointed the ‘Shark Week’ Doc Stormy Daniels Said She Watched With Donald Trump

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After watching Stormy Daniels’ “60 Minutes” appearance on Sunday, you probably had many questions, the most important of which being: What was the Shark Week documentary Daniels and Donald Trump were watching instead of having sex?

Daniels told Anderson Cooper she and Trump had a business meeting — supposedly to discuss getting her cast on “Celebrity Apprentice” — at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the summer of 2007 that kinda just turned into a Shark Week viewing party.

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Here’s exactly what she said:

Stormy Daniels: I remember arriving, and he was watching Shark Week. He made me sit and watch an entire documentary about shark attacks.

Anderson Cooper: It wasn’t at that point a business meeting, it was just watching Shark Week.

Daniels: Yeah.

Based on Daniels’ exchange with Cooper, TheWrap can tell you all signs point to Sunday, July 29, 2007’s  “Ocean of Fear: The Worst Shark Attack Ever.” Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss of “Jaws,” “Ocean of Fear” tells the horror story of the men on World War II Ship Indianapolis, which was sunk after being torpedoed. Those who didn’t go down with the ship were left in shark-infested waters for four days, with over 600 of them losing their lives, per the cable channel’s description of events.

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Assisted by George Burgess, America’s foremost investigator of shark attacks, Discovery re-opened the official shark attack file on this event and leads the first scientific investigation into the incident. Why did the sharks attack the way they did — and why did they sometimes not? What survival strategies did the men in the water use, including those who fought the sharks? Survivors recall their ordeal, and reconstructions, filmed with real sharks, reveal the drama from both the humans’ and the sharks’ perspectives.

TheWrap asked Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti if we pegged it correctly, but he did not reply to our request for comment.

Below are the official descriptions of the only other “Shark Week” programs to air in July 2007. “Deadly Stripes: Tiger Sharks” is not about attacks, nor is “Shark Feeding Frenzy.” July 30’s “Top 5 Eaten Alive” is, but it’s not much in the way of a documentary.

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“Deadly Stripes: Tiger Sharks” — July 30. When these so-called “garbage cans of the sea” (not known for being the most discriminating of eaters) mysteriously gather en masse off South Africa — and then vanish as suddenly as they appear — one researcher seeks to complete his life’s work on this complex animal. He believes these sharks are actually the same individuals returning year after year, and to prove it, he embarks on a dangerous dive to tag the sharks with a satellite-tracking device.

“Top 5 Eaten Alive” — July 30. A sensational title that sounds more at home on Discovery Health Channel, this special features the top five most amazing shark attack survival stories of recent history. Perhaps not for the faint of heart (or stomach), the special includes the stories of an abalone diver whose head and arm are bitten by a great white; a young woman caught in a tug of war between her rescue crew and a massive shark with her leg in its jaws; a fisherman who has no memory of an attack in which his arm was bitten off; and a vacationing woman pulled under water by a 9-foot tiger shark, and who fends it off by punching it in the nose.

“Shark Feeding Frenzy” — July 31. Les Stroud hosts this special in which longstanding myths about shark feeding behaviors are tested. The diets of seven species — great white, mako, tiger, bull, Caribbean reef, lemon and hammerhead — are examined to discover which shark has the strongest jaws, how often a shark needs to eat, and what senses incite a shark to attack.

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Richard Dreyfuss & Colm Feore To Star In Indie Film ‘Astronaut’

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Richard Dreyfuss and Colm Feore will topline Astronaut, an indie drama, written and directed by Shelagh McLeod. It follows Angus, a lonely widower whose long-extinguished dream is ignited when a nationwide competition is announced with the prize being a trip to space Angus’ chances are slim, but with help coming from his dysfunctional family, he battles against prejudice, ill health and time to achieve his dream of being an astronaut.
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From Matt Lauer to Garrison Keillor, Can These 7 Disgraced Men Stage a Comeback? Crisis PR Experts Weigh In

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As Hollywood’s sexual harassment purge enters its third month, scores of women have come forward with harrowing stories of sexual abuse — shinning a harsh spotlight on some of Hollywood’s most recognizable names.

In just the last several days, America witnessed the fall of two of its most influential morning TV stars and the voice behind one of its most beloved and longest-running radio shows.

But can any of them make a comeback? And should they be able to?

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We asked top crisis PR experts to weight in on Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Russell Simmons, Dustin Hoffman, Richard Dreyfuss, Jeremy Piven and Garrison Keillor. Here’s what they said.

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Richard Levick, chairman and CEO of Levick, a crisis communications firm based in Washington D.C.:  Zero. His career is over. No media is going to take him on. When you talk about the button under his desk to lock the door of his office, it’s horrifying. He took this literally to mechanical extremes.

Susan Tellem, partner, Tellem Grody PR, Inc.: Matt is a family favorite with so many women nationally and has been on the air for so many years, that I think the level of forgiveness is very high. In time, not anytime soon, maybe down the road he’ll be back in some capacity, though not necessarily on “Today.”

Lou Shapiroa criminal defense attorney who specializes in crisis management: I don’t think he’ll be able to make a comeback. One of the accusers claims she passed out during the assault. This now crosses the line into rape territory. Once you’re branded as someone who’s willing to cross into rape, that stigma is almost insurmountable.

Evan Neirman, founder of crisis PR firm Red Banyan: We have only just begun to hear the details related to the allegations against Lauer, but they are deeply disturbing. His apology checked the right boxes and was well-crafted, but the chances of him ever undoing the damage to his reputation are slim to none.

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Levick: I’ve been a Garrison Keillor fan for as long as he’s been on the air. But here is, at best, an opaque apology, one that makes you more suspicious than you were inclined to be in the first place. He says her blouse was open and his hand went up six inches? What? He would have been better off just saying it’s more complicated. Instead, he tried to explain it with an explanation that’s creepy.

Tellem: He’s another favorite who has been around for years and years. I think that his audience skews older and so if he might be able to be accepted back by his audience. … They’ve been listening to him forever and they will likely miss him.

Shapiro: He used a poor choice of words to justify his actions. And if not for the climate right now, this probably wouldn’t have gotten any traction. In terms of this being a career ender, certainly not.

Nierman: Unlike the TV journalists, Garrison Keillor may be a well-known name, but not necessarily a household face. As a non-visual medium, radio provides Keillor with a certain degree of separation from his audience. While many people know his voice and his written works, he is in a slightly better position to recover.  Ironically, the fictional Lake Wobegon he made famous has probably taken on new meaning as he looks to make his own woe be gone.

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Levick: He’s done. He’s in the Matt Lauer category: It’s not a mistake, it’s pathological and predatory. And quite frankly unimaginable. All of us have given someone a hug or a hand accidentally touched as part of the body. We all understand accidental bumping. But the things that Charlie Rose is described to have done, hopefully none of us get.

Tellem: Another favorite. Americans tends to be pretty forgiving. I would think he has a good chance of coming back.

Shapiro: He’s also at the end of his career, so I don’t think he’s going to be in demand in the industry.  To make a comeback, enough time has to go by and he’s doesn’t have the five or 10 years to lay low and then come back.

Nierman: At this advanced stage of his career it is very hard to see how Charlie Rose could make a comeback, or even why he would attempt it.

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Levick: This goes into the category of: This was 30 years ago. He’s accused of inappropriate remarks. I think his career is fine, unless more people come forward. We don’t want to be arrested 30 years after telling a bad joke. We need to be more sensitive, of course, but we also don’t want to enter a universe where there is no forgiveness for minor trespassers.

Tellem: He is another celebrity with so many fans. I think when these things are settled people will say that’s that and look forward to seeing him again.

Shapiro: Not the worst, if you compare to Lauer or Rose. It’s not even in the same territory. And we need to remember the time, we’re talking mid-80s. I’m not saying it’s appropriate, but it’s unfair to apply the same standard to someone in 2017 to something that happened in 1986. Hoffman could definitely survive this.

Nierman: If he continues to keep a low profile in the near term then the 80-year-old actor has a good chance of continuing his career and continuing to secure roles moving forward.

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Levick: He probably survives this because it’s a “he said-she said” situation, it was a long time ago, and, sadly, there is much more vulgar stuff out there tight now. Here it all depends on what else comes out, if another shoe drops, then it will take on greater weight.

Tellem: I believe he’s in the same category as Dustin Hoffman, we’ll wait to see what happens when the dust settles.

Shapiro: It was one person and almost 40 years ago. It was inappropriate but not career-ending.

Nierman: His problems seem minor in comparison to some of the other extreme and salacious cases making headlines. One alleged incident of indecent exposure that happened 30 years ago will probably not be beyond the American public’s willingness to forgive.

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Levick: He probably survives it, but his career will have a setback. Again, this will depend on whether there are more accusers. He denies it vigorously, which doesn’t mean it’s not true. It will remain as a dark cloud over him for a while and a time bomb, if more people come forward.

Tellem: My instinct tells me that the moviegoing public will soon forget and will welcome a celebrity like Piven back.

Shapiro: It’s disturbing behavior. But he’s denying it and is willing to take a polygraph test. But it’s also a forcible sexual act which is problematic. Groping you can try and explain away, but this forcible act is more predatory than inappropriate.

Nierman: Piven made a bold bet by “unequivocally” denying any instances of inappropriate behavior. At that point it seemed like he had a chance to successfully mitigate the crisis. However, with two more women stepping forward with even more damning allegations, the actor’s full-throated rebuttal may lead to a bigger loss of credibility. It’s a big gamble when you go all in with a blanket denial, and he may have no chips left to play.

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Levick: This is not harassment. This sounds like a crime. If true, this is a criminal question, not a media question anymore. The fact that the accuser claims he teamed up with [director] Brett Ratner in furtherance of a crime, this could be a potential criminal conspiracy.

Shapiro: First we have an underage situation here. An accuser who was 17 years old. And then there’s this whole co-conspiracy thing. They’re being branded as co-consipators in this. When someone is 17 there really isn’t room to remember things “differently,” as he claims. I think his chances of a comeback are pretty slim because this act is so reprehensible.

Nierman: Russell Simmons probably still has a chance to earn some degree of public forgiveness. If he does recover, much will be owing to the timing and thoughtfulness of his response to allegations against him. By quickly stepping down from his companies, Simmons may live to fight another day. Coupled with his extensive philanthropic record, Simmons’ smooth crisis response may earn the award-winning entrepreneur, producer and author another chance to reinvent himself and resurrect his reputation, or at least help keep his business interests moving forward

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Richard Dreyfuss Accused Of Sexual Harassment By L.A.-Based Writer

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Days after publicly defending his son’s decision to come forward with a groping accusation against Kevin Spacey, Richard Dreyfuss now finds himself in the crosshairs.
A Los Angeles-based writer has posted on social media an allegation that Dreyfuss sexually harassed her over a two- to three-year period in the mid-1980s. Jessica Teich wrote on Facebook this week that the Oscar-winning actor — and his brother — “repeatedly harassed” her while they were working on a TV…

Richard Dreyfuss Accused of Exposing Himself to TV Writer

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A former co-worker of Richard Dreyfuss’ has accused the actor of exposing himself to her in the 1980s, which Dreyfuss denies.

Los Angeles-based writer Jessica Teich told Vulture that she decided to offer her story because she was “bothered” when the Oscar winner came forward with support last month for son Harry Dreyfuss, who said Kevin Spacey groped him when he was 18.

“When I read about his support for his son, which I would never question, I remember thinking, ‘But wait a minute, this guy harassed me for months,’” Teich said. “He was in a position of so much power over me, and I didn’t feel I could tell anyone about it. It just seemed so hypocritical.”

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Teich said that the two were working together on the October 1987 TV special “Funny, You Don’t Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville,” with Dreyfuss enlisiting Teich to work on the script.

Teich said that Dreyfuss asked to meet her in his trailer one day and, when she arrived, he exposed himself to her.

“I remember walking up the steps into the trailer and turning towards my left … and he was at the back of the trailer, and just — his penis was out, and he sort of tried to draw me close to it,” she said. “He was hard. I remember my face being brought close to his penis.”

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“I can’t remember how my face got close to his penis, but I do remember that the idea was that I was going to give him a blow job,” she said. “I didn’t, and I left.”

She added that he made numerous advances over their years of working together, and that he “created a very hostile work environment, where I felt sexualized, objectified and unsafe.”

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In a statement to Vulture, Dreyfuss “emphatically” denied exposing himself. But he said he “became an a–hole” in the late 1970s and that he “flirted with all the women.”

“I emphatically deny ever ‘exposing’ myself to Jessica Teich, whom I have considered a friend for 30 years,” the “Mr. Holland’s Opus” star said. “I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years.”

“I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual,” he continued. “I didn’t get it. It makes me reassess every relationship I have ever thought was playful and mutual.”

Numerous Hollywood figures have been accused of sexual misconduct in recent weeks, including Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. and Ed Westwick.

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Richard Dreyfuss has been accused of harassing and exposing himself to a colleague in the 1980s

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Actor Richard Dreyfuss has now been added to the list of powerful Hollywood men who’ve been accused in recent weeks of sexually harassing (or more) the women in their orbits. According to a new Vulture piece published today, Dreyfuss—who recently made headlines with his public support of his son, Harry, who talked to

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Harry Dreyfuss, Son of Richard Dreyfuss, Alleges Kevin Spacey Groping Incident

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Harry Dreyfuss, son of actor Richard Dreyfuss, has claimed via a Buzzfeed News column that he was once molested by Kevin Spacey while his own father was in the room.
The allegation marks the latest sexual harassment charges against Spacey, who has now been accused of improper actions by more than 10 men.
Harry Dreyfuss dated his Spacey assault to 2008, when he was 18 years old. His father was appearing in the play Complicit in London, which was directed by Spacey.

Actor Harry Dreyfuss says Kevin Spacey groped him when he was 18

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Harry Dreyfuss—an actor and writer, and the son of Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss—has added his name to the ever-growing list of young men accusing Kevin Spacey of groping or sexually assaulting them in their youths. Dreyfuss wrote about the incident, which took place when he was 18 and visiting his father while he…

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Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, and Lewis Black to star in Netflix comedy

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As announced in a press release, Netflix has lined up Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black, Andie MacDowell, Kate Micucci, and Chris Parnell to star in a new comedy film called The Last Laugh. The movie is about a “talent manager and widower” who reconnects with one of his old clients, a stand-up who quit so he…

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Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss & More Board Bill Holderman’s ‘Book Club’

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EXCLUSIVE: Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr., and Wallace Shawn have joined previously announced Andy Garcia in Bill Holderman’s upcoming comedy Book Club. The fellas as set to play the love interests to Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen’s characters, who are four lifelong friends in their 60s who read 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club and have their lives forever changed.
Holderman co-wrote the…

Richard Dreyfuss to Guest Star on Jason Alexander Audience Network Series ‘Hit the Road’

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Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss will guest star on the upcoming Jason Alexander Audience Network comedy series “Hit the Road,” Variety has learned. Dreyfuss will play James, Alexander’s character’s father. He is described as “a gruff, grizzled dysfunctional jerk of a dad who doesn’t have a single kind word to say about his son.” Dreyfuss won… Read more »