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"I cannot be silenced": Oprah Winfrey denies backing out of Russell Simmons doc because she was "intimated"

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(LOS ANGELES) — Oprah Winfrey is clarifying her decision to step away from the On the Record doc, which centers on sexual harassment in the music industry, including the women who have accused mogul Russell Simmons of misconduct.

After announcing she would no longer serve as an executive producer on the project because she felt there was “still work to be done on the film,” Winfrey tells CBS This Morning that she didn’t pull out of the project because of Simmons’ reported intimidation.I just care about getting it right, and I think there are some inconsistencies in the stories that we need to look at,” Winfrey said.

Oprah, who’s also a victim of sexual assault, admits it wasn’t an easy decision to back out of the doc because of how people might perceive it as a win for Simmons. The music mogul has been critical of Winfrey’s involvement in the project, even going as far as calling her out on social media.
“This is not a victory for Russell, and I unequivocally say that I did not pull out because of Russell,” Winfrey said. “This is not a victory lap for him. I cannot be silenced by Russell Simmons after all I’ve been through.”
Ultimately, Winfrey said, the decision she had to make was, “What is the right thing to do?”
“[It’s] ridiculous to think I could be intimidated by Russell Simmons,” she added.
Simmons has vehemently denied all sexual misconduct allegations.
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"For 35 years — I've only wanted Pamela": Producer Jon Peters marries Pamela Anderson in secret ceremony

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Peters and Anderson in 1989/ Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — It’s said that love waits for no one, but if you’re veteran producer Jon Peters, it does.  The Hollywood Reporter notes he tied the knot with Pamela Anderson in a private ceremony in Malibu on Jan. 20 — some 30 years after they first dated.
It is the fifth marriage for both the former Baywatch star and the producer of movies including Batman and two versions of A Star Is Born — the earlier incarnation of which starred his former flame, Barbra Streisand.

“There are beautiful girls everywhere. I could have my pick, but — for 35 years — I’ve only wanted Pamela,” the 74-year-old filmmaker notes, recalling that when they first met, Anderson, now 52, was 19. “In 30 years, our age difference won’t mean so much,” he said he told her at the time. 

“Pamela has never seen her full potential as an artist,” he gushed to the trade. “She has yet to shine in a real way. There is much more to her than meets the eye, or I wouldn’t love her so much.”

For her part, Anderson literally waxed poetic about their relationship. “He’s been there all along/Never failed me/I’m ready now and he’s ready too,” in her poem she sent to the trade about the “original ‘bad boy'” of Hollywood. “I’m a lucky woman/Proof God has a plan,” she concluded.

Anderson was previously married to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee — he of their infamous sex tape — with whom she has two adult sons. She was also married to Kid Rock and producer Rick Salomon, whom she married twice.

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'John Wick', 'Hobbs & Shaw' director David Leitch directing big-screen version of Kung Fu

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Eric Charbonneau/Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Stuntman turned director David Leitch, who called the shots on the first John Wick with Chad Stahelski before tackling the hits Deadpool 2 and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw on his own, is on a vintage martial arts kick — pardon the pun.

Leitch, who will reportedly direct a remake of the Bruce Lee classic Enter the Dragon for Warner Bros., has just signed on to also direct a big-screen version of the 1972 TV series Kung Fu for Universal.

The series, which ran until 1975, featured Kill Bill star David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Chinese Shaolin monk and martial arts master trying to stay on the peaceful path as he wandered the American Old West.  But of course, every week there would be some excuse for him to fight someone.

Ironically, Bruce Lee was passed over for the role of Caine in the series in favor of the non-Asian Carradine.  It’s also been asserted that Lee himself developed the idea for Kung Fu, which was then appropriated by the show’s producers.

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Netflix grabs Bradley Cooper's 'A Star Is Born' directorial follow-up, about composer Leonard Bernstein

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) —  After his directorial debut, A Star Is Born, was nominated for seven Oscars, fans have been wondering what Bradley Cooper would be up to next behind the camera.

Now Variety reports Netflix is betting Cooper’s next directorial effort, a drama about famed composer Leonard Bernstein, could be on next year’s Oscars short list.

The trade notes that the project will stream on Netflix but also hit theaters, in an attempt to make it eligible for awards season.  Netflix’s The Irishman, The Two Popes, and Marriage Story are all nominated for Academy Awards this year.

By the way, Cooper’s also headed to the Oscars again next month: he’s one of the producers of the Oscar-nominated Joker.

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Jason Momoa shares sweet photos of visit to children's hospital

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ABC/Rick Rowell(PENNSYLVANIA) — The King of Atlantis himself, Jason Momoa, recently delighted fans as he paid a visit to patients healing at a children’s hospital.

The star shared heartwarming photos on his Instagram page of himself greeting a number of kids at UPMC children’s hospital of Pittsburgh, writing, “The greatest part of him being aquaman is making children happy spreading aloha.”

One photo showed the hulking star mock-arm wrestling a young patient in a wheelchair as they’re all smiles.

“Me and Joshua bet that if he beat me in arm wresting he gets to have my trident,” Momoa wrote in reference to one of his young fans. “See u on set of Aquaman 2 Joshua. Stay strong.”

This isn’t the first time Momoa has come through for the children. In July, the former Game of Thrones actor worked with the Make a Wish Foundation. He also opened a climbing wall for kids at the Variety Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles.

Momoa can currently be seen in the Apple TV Plus series See, and will once again diving into the undersea world as Aquaman when production on Aquaman 2 starts this year.  The film comes out in 2022.

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