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Harvey Weinstein's lawyers ask judge to dismiss Ashley Judd Lawsuit

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys are urging a federal judge to dismiss Ashley Judd’s civil suit that alleges Weinstein ruined her career by blackballing her in Hollywood.

Judd sued Weinstein in April, claiming the disgraced Hollywood mogul sabotaged her chances of landing a role in the blockbuster The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in 1998, after she rejected his sexual demands a year earlier during an encounter in a Beverly Hills hotel room.

The suit was filed after Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson admitted in a December 2017 interview that he had been considering both Judd and actress Mira Sorvino — who also says Weinstein sexually harassed her — for roles in LOTR but decided not to cast them after Miramax, the studio that was owned by Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob, told them the actresses were a “nightmare” to work with.

Jackson said he later realized the Weinsteins’ comments were likely part of a smear campaign against the actresses.

Weinstein’s lawyers argued in a filing in federal district court in Los Angeles that Judd waited too long to bring her civil suit, stating she “certainly knew of the alleged sexual harassment and her injuries, if any, at the time of the hotel encounter” and “further knew she was not cast in LOTR by the time filming began.” The first film was released in December 2001 but the legal memo states that Judd “claims she did not know until late 2017 that Weinstein was purportedly behind the casting decision.”

In a statement obtained by Deadline, Judd’s attorney, Ted Boutrous, responded to the motion, calling it “baseless” and “flawed,” adding they look forward to “moving forward with discovery into his outrageous behavior, and proving to a jury that Mr. Weinstein maliciously damaged Ms. Judd’s career because she resisted his sexual advances.”

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Leslie Jones blasts Jessica Alba's Honest company for "bad business"

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By Stephen Iervolino

Kailey Fellows/NBC(NEW YORK) — Jessica Alba just lost a “Honest” customer in Saturday Night Live star and comedian Leslie Jones.

Jones, who was nominated for an Emmy just last week for her work on SNL, tweeted at Alba and her all-natural company, stating her recent experience with Alba’s brand has been “a nightmare.”

“Ok @Honest you just lost a good customer,” Jones wrote. “@jessicaalba please address your company that is not doing good business. I have [used] your company for more than three years now and these last three orders have been a nightmare!! I have [spent] too much money here for that to happen!!”

Alba serves as a co-founder for The Honest Company, which sells eco-friendly, nontoxic household and baby products. The company, which was founded in 2011, has undergone public scrutiny in the past and was sued in 2016 for allegedly being deceptive about its eco-friendly and natural products.

Soon after Jones’ tweet, the company responded to her on Twitter, apologizing and explaining the delay to Jones. However, Jones wasn’t quite satisfied in their explanation, saying the timeframe of shipment of her product should have been “made clear,” noting that the “last three orders were late.”

“It wasn’t like that before,” Jones added.

After the exchange went viral, Alba responded to Jones.

“Omg! I’m so so sorry you haven’t had a great experience,” the actress wrote. “We are all over this issue and will make it right. I am so appreciative and grateful to you for being a loyal Honest fan over the years, especially as we go through these growing pains. I’m a huge fan of yours. JA”

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Why so serious? 'The Dark Knight' turns 10 today

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By Stephen Iervolino

Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was released 10 years ago today.

Although it’s the second in director/co-writer Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight is not only widely considered his best chapter, but one of the best superhero movies ever made.

Much of that well-earned praise hangs on two things. One: Nolan crafted his film less like a “comic book movie” and more like a gritty crime drama that happens to be set in Gotham City. And two: The performance of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker.

Ledger died six months before the movie’s release at age of 28 of an accidental prescription drug overdose. However, his haunting portrayal of Joker as a psychotic criminal genius who turns Gotham upside down was powerful enough to win him a posthumous best supporting actor Academy Award.

The Dark Knight also featured strong supporting performances from Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, and Aaron Eckhart, who plays both dashing D.A. Harvey Dent and his villainous alter-ego, Two-Face.

The Dark Knight scored the highest-grossing opening weekend of any movie in history to date at that time, raking in nearly 158 million dollars — besting the previous record-holder, 2007’s Spider-Man 3. It ultimately earned $533.3 million domestically and just over a billion dollars worldwide.

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Sam Rockwell-Taraji P. Henson drama 'The Best of Enemies' picked up by STXfilms

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — The Best of Enemies, a based-on-real-life drama starring Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson, has been picked up for distribution.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, STXfilms has secured the domestic rights to Oscar nominee Henson’s and Oscar winner Rockwell’s upcoming film, which follows the unlikely friendship that developed between Ann Atwater, an outspoken black activist played by Hidden Figures star Henson, and Claiborne Paul Ellis, a ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan, played by Rockwell, who won a Best Actor Academy Award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri last year.

Set in Durham, North Carolina during the 1960s, the film is inspired by Osha Gray Davidson‘s book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South. It centers on Atwater and Ellis reluctantly co-chairing a community summit, and battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina, during the summer of 1971.

In addition to Henson and Rockwell, the film also stars Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher Jr., and Nick Searcy.

No word yet on when The Best of Enemies will hit theaters.

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Danica Patrick will make history tonight as the first woman to host the ESPYs

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Sports and entertainment collide Wednesday night at the ESPYs, hosted by racing star Danica Patrick.

Danica will also be making history as the first woman ever to host the show — a change she tells ABC News is long overdue.

“The fact that the show has been around for about 25 years and there hasn’t been a female host is definitely surprising, because there are plenty of funny women,” she says.

Of course, Patrick hasn’t forgotten that the ESPYs are all about sports, and there hasn’t been any shortage of memorable moments over the past year.

“You know, Nick Fowles winning a Super Bowl as a backup quarterback…World Cup and Wimbledon… I mean, Serena [Williams] didn’t win Wimbledon, but my goodness, she just had a baby and she went to the finals…Tiger Woods started playing golf again, so lots of cool stuff happening in sports and we’re going to talk about as many of them as we can,” says Patrick.

The 36-year-old former NASCAR star also hopes she’ll make us laugh and cry: “There are the triumphant moments that are amazing, and then there are the sad losses. I mean, World Cup just ended and I watched so many grown men cry for a very long period of time.”

The 2018 ESPY Awards will are live from The Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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