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Bryan Singer agrees to pay $150,000 to settle sex assault claim

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Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — His attorney still claims it never happened, but nevertheless, Bryan Singer has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle accusations from a man who claims the director and producer sexually assaulted him sixteen years ago.

Variety reports the payment was revealed in bankruptcy proceedings by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who filed suit against Singer in December 2017, claiming the Usual Suspects and eventually replaced Bohemian Rhapsody director sexually assaulted him during a party on a yacht, when Sanchez-Guzman was 17.

Singer’s agreement to pay to settle the accusation came to light when the trustee overseeing Sanchez-Guzman’s bankruptcy, which was initially settled in 2014, re-opened the case, declaring Sanchez-Guzman’s suit against Singer wasn’t listed among his assets, and that any money from a settlement should be distributed among Sanchez-Guzman’s creditors.

Variety reports it was the trustee who reached the agreement with Singer’s attorneys.  If the court approves it, Sanchez-Guzman’s suit against Singer would be dismissed with prejudice, meaning Sanchez-Guzman would be legally barred from filing it again.

In a statement to Variety, Singer attorney Andrew Brettler said, in part, “Mr. Singer has denied even knowing this individual, let alone allegedly having interacted with him more than 15 years ago. The decision to resolve the matter with the bankruptcy trustee was purely a business one, as litigation costs would well exceed the amount requested by the trustee to pay off the creditors who were owed money when the debtor filed for bankruptcy.”

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Three generations of 'Shaft' unite in Miami for movie's premiere

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L-R: Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree; Kyle Kaplan, Warner Bros. Pictures(MIAMI) — One of the summer’s most highly anticipated films, Shaft, helped to officially kick off the 2019 American Black Film Festival Wednesday night in Miami Beach, Florida.

The premiere event, held at the New World Center in Miami Beach, brought out Hollywood’s finest, including three generations of John Shaft.

Richard Roundtree, who played the no-nonsense detective in 1971, arrived on the red carpet to much fanfare and admitted that he’d always wanted to be a part of the ABFF.

“I finally got down here,” Roundtree told ABC Radio. “I’ve been threatening to do this for some time and to finally be here and have a film in it, is a double winner.”

In the new Shaft, the sequel to the John Singleton-directed 2000 remake, Samuel L. Jackson once again plays John Shaft II, the nephew to Roundtree’s original character. Meanwhile, Jessie T. Usher plays Jackson’s estranged FBI agent son, John Shaft III.

Jackson, another first time ABFF attendee, said premiering his film around other black creatives was definitely a new and welcoming experience.

“It’s always a great thing to be in the company of a bunch of artistic-minded black folk,” Jackson declared. “So we got something in common there, from the jump — the love of film, the love of art, the love of storytelling.”

However, Jackson joked that not everyone who comes to the ABFF on premiere night has the best intentions.

“Some people are here to get their picture signed so they can sell them,” he laughed. “But other than that, it’s a wonderful gathering. The celebrating of other folks’ accomplishments, especially in this particular industry.”

Jackson also offered young filmmakers some valuable advice.

“Even if your film ain’t, like, a big ol’ hit, at least people saw it,” he said. “And they can tell other people about it. And when you make your next one they can say, ‘Oh, that’s that filmmaker that made,’ you know.  You know what I’m talking about.”

As for the youngest Shaft, Usher said being in the company of two veteran actors and having his film open the ABFF is a true honor.

“To be able to come here and open up Shaft mean everything,” he says. “It’s a pleasure to see them. I love seeing these familiar faces. Everybody’s always so happy to be here and it’s a wonderful thing. It’s literally the epitome of black excellence in this building tonight.”

Shaft, also starring Alexandra Shipp, Regina Hall and Cliff “Method Man” Smith, hits theaters Friday.

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'Younger' stars tease "a lot of drama" is in store for season six

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TV Land(NEW YORK) — Younger is all grown up and heading into season six.

The TV Land comedy’s premise once revolved around Sutton Foster’s Liza, a 40-something woman secretly pretending to be a millennial for the sake of her career in publishing. But now, almost everyone knows her secret.

“It’s a really exciting season,” Foster tells ABC Radio. “I feel like it’s in many ways like Younger has settled into this sort of new territory. It’s grown up a lot.”

This season, Younger is exploring the decidedly more grown-up relationship between Liza and her former boss, Charles, played by Peter Hermann. But it won’t come without complications — one of them being the fact that Charles left his job as publisher to be with Liza.

“You know, he didn’t just give up a job, he also gave up a part of his identity,” Hermann says. “…The ground is really shifting and you see what he’s willing to give up and what he’s not willing to give up.”

The season six premiere will also show the fallout as Hilary Duff’s Kelsey succeeds Charles as publisher, and will reveal whether Nico Tortorella’s Josh is going to be a father. Plus, you’ll want to see three characters sing a rousing rendition of “9 to 5.”

Molly Bernard, who plays Kelsey’s bestie, Lauren, sums up it best: “This season is a lot of drama.”

Younger airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land.

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Woman in Black: Tessa Thompson is proud to bring female stardom to the 'Men in Black' franchise

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Credit: Giles Keyte. © 2018 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. (NEW YORK) — Tessa Thompson is proud to portray the first main female agent in the Men In Black franchise: this Friday, she can be seen donning the iconic suit and shades as Agent M in Men in Black: International.

“There’s always been women inside the Men in Black universe. They just have never been at the forefront of any of these stories,” she told Variety at the movie’s New York City premiere Tuesday. “[M]y hope is that we can get to a space inside of Hollywood where it’s not noteworthy that a woman should topline a studio film.”

The actress leads with her Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame co-star Chris Hemsworth in the new film — the fourth movie in the franchise that launched in 1997 starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

Although the final minutes of that film showed Linda Fiorentino’s character became the partner to Smith’s Agent J, she didn’t appear in the sequels.

The significance of Tessa’s role isn’t lost on her. “So many women and men too have asked me what does it mean that a whole generation of of young girls can see themselves in this film and that’s significant,” she says. “I got out of my car and the first person I saw was a little girl in a black suit and said how much the movie meant to her.”

Thompson expanded on the importance diversity plays in MiB: I — and the world.

“It’s important to go into a cinema and to relate to a protagonist that doesn’t look like you,” Thompson says. “I think that’s what movies are designed to do, is to make us more empathetic and compassionate towards the other and we have never needed that more….That’s always what I want to do on film.”

Men In Black: International opens in theaters Friday.

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Jada Pinkett Smith to receive “Trailblazer” honor at 'MTV Movie & TV Awards'

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Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney (LOS ANGELES) — Jada Pinkett Smith will be recognized with the “Trailblazer” honor at the 2019 MTV Movie  & TV Awards.

Her Girls Trip co-star Tiffany Haddish will present the award, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Jada has been a powerhouse since the beginning of her career and has achieved multi-hyphenate status throughout,” MTV General Manager Amy Doyle tells The Hollywood Reporter.

“She is the epitome of someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo and we are thrilled to present her with this year’s Trailblazer Award.”

The 47-year-old actress currently hosts the Facebook Watch web series Red Table Talk with her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and her daughter, Willow.

Smith’s film credits include The Matrix RevolutionsThe Matrix ReloadedCollateral, and Set It Off. For her next role, she’ll star as a FBI agent in Angel Has Fallen, co-starring Morgan Freeman, which opens August 23.

The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards will air Monday, June 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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