Lena Headey claims she was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein

Game of Thrones actor recounts producer marching her to his hotel room and reacting furiously to a rejection before cautioning her not to tell anyone

The Game of Thrones actor Lena Headey has spoken of how she felt “powerless” during an encounter with Harvey Weinstein, adding her voice to the growing number of women who have accused the producer of sexual misconduct.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Headey said that Weinstein had spoken to her inappropriately at the Venice film festival and reacted with fury when she resisted his advances in a Los Angeles hotel.

Headey says that the first encounter withWeinstein, in Venice, came when she was promoting The Friend Grimm, which was being distributed by the producer’s company, Miramax.” At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I strolled down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive remark, a gesture. I only laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked ,” she wrote.

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A second encounter came as a breakfast meeting with the producer in an LA hotel, which Headey presumed would be about potential work. Headey says that Weinstein began asking questions about her love life and later invited her to his room to look at a script.

” We walked to the lift and the energy changed, my whole body went into high alert, the lift was going up and I said to Harvey,’ I’m not very interested in anything other than run, please don’t think I got in here with you for any other reason , nothing is going to happen ,'” she wrote.

Headey said that Weinstein was ” furious” and marched her to his room with his hand on her back.” I felt wholly powerless ,” she added. When Weinstein’s key card to his hotel room did not work, he walked her to the hotel exit” by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm “.

As Headey was leaving the hotel, Weinstein allegedly whispered:” Don’t tell anybody about this. Not your manager , not your agent .”

” I got into my vehicle and I cried ,” the actor added.

Headey’s account comes after more than 40 other women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment following the publication of investigations by the New York Times and the New Yorker. Following the revelations, Weinstein was sacked by the board of his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. On Monday the actor Lauren Holly also came forward with claims against Weinstein, describing an encounter she had with individual producers in a hotel in the 1990 s in which he asked her for a massage while naked.” I wanted to flee. I was frightened ,” Holly told Canadian talk show The Social.

Weinstein has ” unequivocally denied” all allegations of non-consensual sex.” With respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual ,” a spokesperson for the producer said.

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Too rude for Paris? ‘Copulating’ sculpture causes stir in French capital

Dutch artist says it is not sexual, but Louvre decided giant statue of human appearing to copulate with an animal was too rude to be displayed

From a vandalised butt-plug to a desecrated” queen’s vagina“, Paris has often been at the centre of rows over whether some public art is supposedly too rude to go on show.

But the most recent spat over a giant metal statue of a box-like figure appearing to copulate with a geometric being on all fours proving that the label” too rude” can, for some Paris museums, be seen as a badge of pride.

Domestikator, a 12 -metre-high, 30 -tonne rust-red run by the Dutch sculptor Joep van Lieshout, has just been installed in Paris’s prime place for modern statue: the esplanade of the Pompidou Centre modern art museum. But it was only given refuge there after being rejected by the more genteel Louvre museum as too sex in the city’s latest sculpture spat.

The work was initially to be shown in the Tuileries Garden, adjacent to the Louvre- France’s most visited museum- as part of the annual international contemporary art carnival in the French capital.

But at the last minute the Louvre’s president, Jean-Luc Martinez, backed out of hosting it, fearing controversy.

In a letter to FIAC’s organisers, Martinez said that internet posts and social media about the statue had created” an erroneous perception of this work that might be too rude for the traditional crowd in the Tuileries Garden “.

The Louvre’s decision came after discussion online about whether van Lieshout’s work looked animal or human and whether it was too tacky and lewd to stand outside France‘s most prestigious museum. The Louvre only usually indicates modern runs if they are linked to or commissioned around its own historic collections.

The artist van Lieshout insisted his statue was in no way explicit, saying it was about highlighting” the questions raised by domestication in our world” and was not intended to elicit a sexual interpreting.

” I was astounded first of all, and then of course frustrated, because[ the Louvre Museum] couldn’t prove the art work ,” he told Reuters.” I don’t think it’s very sexually explicit. I mean, I don’t know what I can do to make it less sexually explicit .” He insisted that his work defined the domestication of animals by humen for agriculture and industry, highlighting the ethical issues surrounding that.

The Pompidou Centre said the work was in no way obscene, rather that it was funny. Bernard Blistene, the Pompidou director, argued:” Obscene, pornographic? Well, profanity is everywhere, porn, sadly, is everywhere- surely not in this work of art .”

The statue had been displayed for three years in Bochum, Germany with no dispute. But Paris is fertile ground not just for assuring racy connotations in modern statue, but also for vandalism against outdoor works deemed controversial.

Three years ago, the American artist Paul McCarthy put up his run Tree- described as resembling a giant inflatable “butt-plug”– near the French justice ministry and Ritz hotel in Paris’s Place Vendome, only to become the target of a conservative backlash. When McCarthy then had his face slapped in public and vandals cut the inflatable sculpture’s cables, the artist decided to give up on the installation. At the time Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said the incident was an unacceptable attack on artistic freedom.

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This program has a brilliant plan for bringing diversity to the world of STEM.

When Dr. Jennifer R. Cohen was running as a molecular biologist, she often wondered why no one else in her sector looked like her.

As a black female, Cohen is not the typical face you’d see in a biochemistry lab. The sad reality is science and technology careers are still predominately assumed by white humen even though there is a large reservoir of untapped talent among women and people of color.

The reason for the gap seems to lie in a lack of resources to help talented but underrepresented students reach higher academic levels. While some colleges are currently looking to diversify, it’s often difficult for these students to get on their radar without some sort of assistance.

Cohen knew how much underrepresented talent there was out there just waiting to realize their full potential, so she joined the SMASH program.

SMASH, or Summer Math and Science Honors, is a subsection of the nonprofit organization Level the Playing Field Institute. It’s a rigorous, three-year summertime program that provides sets and resources to students who are underrepresented in STEM fields( science, technology, engineering, and math) free of charge . The courses take place at colleges, like UCLA and UC Berkeley, the hell is leading the style in these fields.

By throwing these students headfirst into an environment stocked with resources, SMASH is dedicating them all they need to totally “own” STEM .

Students learning computer science in the SMASH University of California at Davis program. All photos via SMASH.

The movement, however, is not just about bolstering science abilities. It’s about creating a pipeline into colleges that will help students launch a life seeking some of the coolest, most sought-after and most impactful STEM-related careers out there.

But they have to get in first.

Aside from helping to eliminate the barriers to a college degree and subsequent career, SMASH’s teachers are doing all they can to give their students confidence. The STEM fields aren’t precisely handing out postures to women and people of color, so they’ll need all the conviction they have to get ahead.

UCLA’s SMASH program, for example, is brimming with teachers who are women of colouring, and experts in their fields. Pre-calculus instructor Patrice Smith got her Bachelor of Science from UCLA in Mathematics/ Applied Science and specializations in Business Administration and Computing. Having role models like her likely promotes the 53% of young women who inhabit the UCLA program.

Students at SMASH UC Berkeley working in a lab.

“We help them to see that they belong and that they have what it takes so there’s no question in their intellects that they can be successful, ” Cohen explains.

Having been the only female of color in the room , Cohen feels she can be especially helpful to the young women in SMASH. Her experience working in STEM shines a light on the inequality and need for change.

But, thanks to SMASH, change is happening, and its students are strolling, dissecting, coding, algorithm-solving proof.

Leilani Reyes at SMASH Stanford.

Leilani Reyes, a first-generation college student from Fairfield, California, is analyse computer science at Stanford University and was lately a software engineer intern at Medium. She’s eternally grateful to SMASH for opening up this world of opportunity to her.

“Academically, it granted me rigor and, more importantly, subsistence from teachers and staff who empowered me to be curious and socially conscious in STEM exploration , ” writes Reyes in an email. “Professionally, it granted me resources to develop essential skills like public speaking and a link with mentors and role model who I look to for advice and inspiration.”

Michael Pearson, who attended SMASH UCLA, blossomed into one of the most accomplished computer science students, often helping others with their homework after finishing his own. He’s now pursuing a career in Cognitive and Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

And Thomas Estrada, who went through SMASH UC Berkeley, was awarded the Regent and Chancellor’s Scholarship, which helped fund his undergraduate tuition there. He majored in computer science, and is now pursuing his doctorate. This summer, he landed a coveted internship with Google.

Moises Limon, a first year at SMASH UC Berkeley.

In words of overall numbers, 78% of SMASH students proclaim STEM majors as freshman and 79% of that percentage alumnu with a STEM major. That’s huge compared to the national average of STEM alumnus, simply 22%. Obviously the program is doing something right.

In the last 17 years, SMASH has helped over 500 graduates hit their academic and career goals.

The program is rapidly expanding into their own nationals organization. One of the first east coast schools they’re partnering with is the prestigious Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. There’s no telling how far SMASH’s influence will go now.

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Man Booker prize goes to second American author in a row

George Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo described as unique and extraordinary by head of 2017 judging panel

The American short story writer George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his first full-length fiction, Lincoln in the Bardo.

The book is based around a real event: the night in 1862 when Abraham Lincoln buried his 11 -year-old son Willie in a Washington cemetery. Imagining the son trapped in the Bardo- a Tibetan Buddhist term for a kind of limbo- Saunders’ fiction follows the fellow dead, also trapped in the graveyard and unwilling to accept death, who observe the boy as he desperately waits for his father to return.

Written almost entirely in dialogue, the novel also includes snippets of historical text, biographies and letters, some of which contradict each other and others that Saunders, 58, created himself. In his review for the Guardian, fellow author Hari Kunzru praised Lincoln in the Bardo as” a tale of great formal daring”, adding: “[ It] stands head and shoulders above most contemporary fiction, proving a writer who is expanding his world outwards, and who clearly has many more pleasures to offer his readers .”

Accepting the award, athe 58 -yearold Texan-born author made an eloquent defence of the importance of culture.” If you haven’t noticed, we live in a strange hour, so the issues to at the heart of the matter is pretty simple ,” he said.” Do we respond to fear with exclusion and negative projection and violence? Or do we take that ancient great leap of faith and do our best to respond with love? And with religion in the idea that what seems other is actually not other at all, but only us on a different day.

” In the US we’re hearing a lot about the need to protect culture. Well this tonight is culture, it is international culture, it is compassionate culture, it is activist culture. It is a room full of believers in the word, in beauty and ambiguity and in trying to see the other person’s point of view, even when that is hard .”

The chair of judges, Lola Young, described the fiction as” an extraordinary piece of work. Acknowledging that she initially felt challenged by its layout, which is reminiscent of a screenplay, the Labour peer said she was eventually “captivated” by work which she came to regard as unique.

” The challenge is actually part of its uniqueness. It is almost saying,’ I dare you to engage with this kind of narrative, in this kind of style .’ It is incredibly rewarding.

” For us, it really stood out because of its innovation, its most varied styling, the style it, nearly paradoxically, brought to life these almost dead souls in this other world. There was this juxtaposition of the very personal misfortune of Abraham Lincoln and the death of his very young son next to his public life, as the person who really provoked the American civil war. You’ve got this individual death, very close and personal; you’ve got this much wider issue of the political scenario and the death of hundreds of thousands of young men; and then you’ve got this weird country across the graveyard, with these spirits who are not quite ready to be fully dead, as it were, trying to work out some of the things that plagued them during their lives .”

The author of six collections of short narratives and a long body of journalism, the Texas-born Saunders came to writing comparatively late, initially training as a geophysicist. After working as a tech novelist, a field in which he was rewarded for brevity, he began writing short narratives. His first collecting CivilWarLand in Bad Decline was published in 1996. He was awarded a MacArthur Genius grant and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006, then won the inaugural Folio prize for his narrative collection, Tenth of December, in 2014.

Saunders is the second American in a row to win the Booker prize, after last year’s win Paul Beatty. Saunders’ win falls four years after eligibility rules were changed to allow writers of any nationality writing in the English language and published in the UK. There has been fierce criticism of the rule change.

The magistrates took five hours to come to what Young called a ” collegial”, yet unanimous selection. She denied any concerns about Saunders’ nationality, saying:” We don’t look at the nationality of the writer. Honestly it’s not an issue for us. We’re solely concerned with the book, what that volume is telling us .”

The books losing out on the prize were 4321 by Paul Auster( US ), Elmet by Fiona Mozley( UK ), Exit West by Mohsin Hamid( UK-Pakistan ), History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund( US) and Autumn by Ali Smith( UK ).

With 144 novels submitted for the 2017 prize, Saunders’ novel was among a starry, 13 -book longlist, a rarity in recent years as more debuts and less-established authors have been named as challengers. This year’s longlist included Arundhati Roy, a previous win of the Booker, as well as authors who had also won the Pulitzer, the Costa, the Baileys, the Folio, the Impac and the Goldsmiths prizes.

The PS5 0,000 win, announced at a black-tie dinner at the Guildhall in London, was yet another success for an independent publisher; released by Bloomsbury, Lincoln in the Bardo is the third win in a row for an independent, after two consecutive wins for Oneworld publications.

Sales for Saunders’ novel have trailed behind Smith’s in the UK, with Lincoln in the Bardo selling about 10,000 transcripts so far, compared with 50,000 of Autumn. Saunders can expect his sales to skyrocket; last year’s winner, The Sellout, has now sold more than 360,000 physical transcripts, with sales in the week after the award proclamation jumping by 658%.

Young’s fellow magistrates this year were the writer and critic Lila Azam Zanganeh, the novelist and poet Sarah Hall, the artist and writer Tom Phillips, and the travel novelist and novelist Colin Thubron. Saunders was presented with the award on Tuesday night by the Duchess of Cornwall.

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Woody Allen forced to clarify comments about ‘sad’ Harvey Weinstein

Director says his statements about the sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein were misunderstood and that the producer is a sick man

Woody Allen has been forced to clarify statements made about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, after stating that he felt “sad” for the shamed producer.

Allen was widely criticised for comments made on Saturday in which he conveyed empathy for Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual abuse and harassment by a growing number of women.

” The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved ,” he told the BBC.” Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up. There’s no winners in that. It’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that .”

In the same interview Allen also warned that the revelations could lead to a” witch hunt atmosphere … where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend themselves “.

The director’s comments received widespread censure on Twitter, with Rose McGowan, who is one of the women accusing Weinstein of sexual assault, describing Allen as a ” vile little worm “.

However, in a statement sent to Variety on Sunday, Allen said that his earlier statements had been misconstrued.” When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick human ,” the statement read.” I was amazed it was treated differently. Lest there be any ambiguity, this statement clarifies my intention and feelings .”

Weinstein faces allegations of sexual misconduct from more than two dozen women, following investigations made by the New York Times and the New Yorker in recent weeks. On Sunday it was reported that Scotland Yard were investigating five farther allegations of sexual assault by three women against Weinstein in Britain. Meanwhile, two further accusations were made against Weinstein in the UK, one by the Hollyoaks actor Lysette Anthony that she says took place in the 1980 s, and the other by an unnamed former Miramax employee utilizing the pseudonym Sarah Smith that relates to the 1990 s. Through his spokeswoman, Weinstein has ” unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual sex.

Allen has worked with Weinstein on a number of movies but claims that he had not heard the allegations made against the mogul.” No one ever came to me or told me horror narratives with any real seriousness ,” he said.” And they wouldn’t, because you are not interested in it. You are interested in building your movie. But you do hear a million fanciful rumours all the time. And some turn out to be true and some- many- are just narratives about this actress or that performer .”

Allen has faced his own sexual abuse asserts, with his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow accusing him of molesting her when she was seven years old. Dylan Farrow’s claims have been supported by her mom Mia Farrow and friend Ronan Farrow, who in 2015 wrote an op-ed for the Hollywood Reporter condemning the media for its handled in the allegations against Allen. The claims made against Allen were investigated at the time but he was not charged, and the director has always strongly denied them.

Ronan Farrow has also been a major figure in bringing to light the allegations against Weinstein, penning the New Yorker investigation into the producer’s behaviour. Farrow spoke to three women who accused Weinstein of rape, while several other women accused him of assault and harassment.

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Amazon suspends studio chief amid Weinstein scandal

Roy Price is accused of sexually harassing producer and dismissing actors allegation that Harvey Weinstein raped her

Amazon has put the head of its video content service on leave after he became embroiled in the widening scandal surrounding the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Roy Price, who is in charge of Amazon Studios, accuses of sexually harassing Isa Hackett, the producer of one its best known reveals, The Man in the High Castle. The performer Rose McGowan also claimed Price dismissed her assert that Weinstein had raped her.

Amazon announced that Price had been placed on an immediate leave of absence, while it investigated the allegations. Price has yet to comment.

Amazon also said it was considering scrapping two projects it was working on with the Weinstein Company, which sacked Harvey Weinstein, one of its founders, earlier the coming week after he was accused of sexual harassment and assault by several performers.

The projects are the The Romanoffs, with the Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, and an untitled drama starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore.

Hackett, daughter of the late science fiction writer Philip K Dick, alleged that Price repeatedly propositioned her on the way to, and during, an Amazon party in 2015. She told the industry trade magazine the Hollywood Reporter that Price had said:” You will love my dick .” She said after she made clear she had a wife and children, Price aloud indicated” anal sexuality “, within earshot of several others at the gathering.

Hackett added that when she told Amazon about the incident it hired external examiners, but she was never told about research results.

Christopher Tricarico, a laywer for Hackett, said the magazine’s account of her allegations was accurate.

Price is also accused of ignoring McGowan’s allegation against Weinstein and dropping her display after she spoke up.

” I told the head of your studio that HW raped me ,” she wrote in a tweet to Amazon’s CEO, employing Weinstein’s initials.” Over& over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof .” She further claimed Amazon had” won a dirty Oscar” while” funding rapists “.

The studio picked up three Oscars this year under Price’s helm.

Police in New York and London have launched investigations following the publication of a series of claims against Weinstein that go back decades.

He denies allegations of non-consensual sexuality.

On Wednesday he was seen in public for the first time in days when paparazzi descended upon him as he left his daughter’s home in Los Angeles.

” Guys, I’m not doing OK but I’m trying ,” he said in a video obtained by ABC.” I got to get help. You know what, we all attain mistakes .”

As he climbed into a large chauffeur-driven 4×4 he he said he hoped people would give him” a second opportunity “.

Around 30 women, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have gone public with accusations against Weinstein after an initial report by the New York Times last week. Many are calling for sweeping changes in the industry, and recommending more women to speak out about harassment and abuse.

The eastern branch of the Writers Guild of America noted the scope of their own problems in a statement on Thursday, write:” Sexual harassment and assault have long been hallmarks of the entertainment industry .”

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65,000 portraits of the artist: how Van Gogh’s life became the world’s first fully painted film

With every frame hand-crafted by a squad of artists, Loving Vincent is a fitting tribute to its complex subject. Its makers explain how they recreated his bewitching brushwork

Surrounded by thousands of reproductions on the walls of student bedrooms, cafe and hospital corridors, it’s easy to lose sight of what Vincent Van Gogh‘s paints actually look like: the brushwork, the paint, the expressiveness. Nor quite how many paintings he actually rendered- more than 860 in simply nine years- beyond the well-known sunflowers, wheatfields, cafes and woolly-necked self-portraits.

But dedicating Vincent a run for his fund- in terms of output at least- is a new movie by artist, writer and director Dorota Kobiela and co-director Hugh Welchman, that literally paints the imagined tale of Van Gogh’s last day. It’s an extraordinary conception.” Everything was a painting on canvas ,” says Welchman.” No tracing , no nothing. The opening shot, where we come down from Starry Night, took six hours per frame to paint. So you’re talking about 2 week to do a second. It might have taken 20 weeks to paint that 10 -second shot – you’re looking at half a year of someone’s life .”

The very idea of painting an entire feature film, frame-by-oily-frame, constructs the palms sweat. But the result is bewitching: component exhibition, proportion whodunnit, with a cast that includes Douglas Booth, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan and Aidan Turner. The process, according to cinematographer Tristan Oliver, may well be unique; the entire script was shot in live action in 14 days, on partial decides and in front of green screens at 3 Mills Studio in London. This footage was then handed over to a team of over 50 painters in Gdansk, who meticulously turned each frame into an individual paint. In the end, the team produced more than 65,000 frames in petroleum paints, on more than 850 canvases.

” It’s all painted with Royal Talens paint brand called Van Gogh ,” says Welchman.” It was sort of road traffic accidents, but that objective up being the best. We were ordering quite a lot of paint; around 3,000 litres .” No paint, however, could cope with the need to prevent the pictures drying out, so the team came to a surprising, somewhat fragrant answer: clove oil.” Clove oil was the big secret of our production ,” says Kobeila.” We aimed up mixing it with the paint. And it meant that the studio didn’t smell of disgusting turpentine but of beautiful cloves .”

The film’s plot focuses on a simple errand; the delivery of one of Van Gogh’s last letters to his brother Theo, after the painter’s death. What follows is an intriguing journey undertaken by the postman’s son Armand Roulin( played by Booth)- component commemoration and part investigation into the mysterious circumstances of Van Gogh’s death in the small country town of Auvers in July 1890. Many of the characters who pop up along the way are well-known from Van Gogh’s paintings- Dr Paul Gachet and his daughter Margeurite, postman Joseph Roulin, the innkeeper Adeline Ravoux, the Girl in White and La Mousme.

Key scene … Saoirse Ronan as Marguerite Gachet

” Whenever a new character is introduced into the cinema, they are found in the position in which Van Gogh painted their portrait ,” says Oliver, who is now working on Wes Anderson’s new cinema Dog Island.” But then what you discover is that Van Gogh didn’t always paint everything at once from the same point of view. So we have Marguerite Gachet( Ronan) sitting at the piano when we first watch her. But he started the painting sitting down, then at some phase stood up. So we had to line a camera up to meet two, if not three standpoints, so we could see the upper part of the piano, and the keyboard, and look up at her from below. Determining a photographic frame to match that expressionistic painterly frame was very interesting .”

Perspective wasn’t the only tricky part thrown up by actually attempting to movie like an expressionist. There were also the nuts-and-bolts matters of filming for animation. In one particularly beautiful scene- a black-and-white flashback sequence- we watch Van Gogh clean his face, in reflection, as if filmed from his own eyes.” I practised that bit on my girlfriend ,” says Oliver.” I got a cleaning up bowl full of water, put it on the floor of her flat and get her to stoop over it. I had two issues; how was I going to light his face and where was I going to set the camera so you don’t see it? She complained that you should never make a woman look at her reflection when she’s facing down. But by the time I got to shooting it I knew what I was going to do .”

Meticulously rendered … Loving Vincent

While the colour shots took their lead from Van Gogh’s paintings, the black and white sequences were, explains Oliver, influenced by a small number of photograph taken at the turn of the century.” We had one of Dr Gachet’s house, so in the scene where Vincent comes to the house and determines Saoirse sitting at the table, I did my level best to reproduce that photograph. We used a huge amount of diffusion to give that flushed-out highlight that you have from the photographic process at that time .”

Perhaps the greatest difference between painting and film-making is that, while the former is innately individual, the latter is a team effort. Not that the matter is put Kobiela off.” Originally I planned to paint the whole film ,” she says.” But the only shot I managed to paint myself was the black and white one when the boys are hurling stones at Vincent .” Having originated the idea as a short film, was it hard- once it was decided to expand it to feature length- to give over her newborn to a team of collaborators?” When you’re working as a short film-maker you have complete control over every single thing you do, every movement, every frame ,” she says.” It’s a Polish animation tradition that you write, direct, animate and movie it yourself. So to change that way of running is very strange. But it’s also very exciting to work with that big crew of painters, actors, artists .”

‘ Every frame was a painting on canvas. No tracing , no nothing’

What would Van Gogh make of this Technicolor portrait of his last days on Earth, I wonder. Would he approve of film-making? If he’d been alive today, would he have been drawn to the medium himself?” I imagine he would have constructed altogether unwatchable experimental movies ,” says Oliver.” He was a painter. In many styles, his sheer popularity takes us away from the proper looking at his paintings- he’s too much of an icon, somehow. But, if you can really look at them again, many of them are utterly astonishing .” Perhaps it takes a movie to make us seem again at paintings.

* Loving Vincent is out on 13 October.

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‘Pack of hyenas’: how Harvey Weinstein’s power fuelled a culture of enablers

Weinsteins alleged sexual harassment and assaults did not occur in a vacuum, say industry figures: many around him were complicit or turned a blind eye

It was Harvey Weinstein’s more ambitious production. A storyline stretching over 20 years with a rotating casting of performers, multiple locations across the US and Europe, a disciplined crew of assistants, producers and fixers, savvy dealmaking, and a advertising machine like no other.

But this was not The English Patient, Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech or any other of his movies that earned more than 300 Oscar nominations.

It was a shadow production, an inverted version of Hollywood that leveraged entertainment industry might into an alleged spree of sexual harassment and assaults, including rape, and into a methodical style of hushing it all up with payments, threats and non-disclosure agreements.

Facilitators included colleagues and associates who set up sessions under false pretences and teams of lawyers and publicists who inhibited complaints.

It was a system of abuse involving some of the most famous people on the planet, in which success was measured not in awards or renown or box office revenue, but in silence.

Weinstein, 65, clenched his cinemas in a tight grip but lost control of his darknes production when the New York Times published accounts of harassment and assault, prompting a cascade of other reports that led to Weinstein tumbling into disgrace, joblessness and possibly incarcerate. Police in London and New York have opened investigations.

Weinstein has made an apology in vague terms for his behaviour but denies any accusations of non-consensual sexuality. He is a pariah- fired by his company, dumped by his wife, denounced by a roll call of stars and top legislators who used to defer to him for jobs and donations.

A vertiginous autumn. But attention is switch to those who were complicit, turned a blind eye, might have known or should have known- the deputies, producers, fixers, executives, publicists and lawyers who surrounded the co-founder of Miramax and the Weinstein Company.

” We’re all are applied to predators working alone, but when they band up like a pack of hyenas, that’s a whole other ballgame ,” said Zoe Brock, a model and writer who accused Weinstein of inducing unwanted sexual advances.

” There are enablers all over the place ,” said Jeff Herman, an attorney who represents sex abuse victims and is analyse options for some of Weinstein’s alleged victims. Predators’ companies often facilitated abusive encounters masquerading as work meetings, he said.” Sending limousines to pick up the main victims, making flight arrangements. These guys aren’t making their own schemes, making reservations .”

Other industry figures agreed, saying that transactions conducted amid sunshine, palm trees and amazing smiles often disguised darker agendas.

Harvey Weinstein with Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz at a Miramax Golden Globes party in 1999. Photo: J. Berliner/ BEI/ Rex/ Shutterstock

The French actor Florence Darel told Le Parisien that she had repeatedly defied calls to see Weinstein alone on different occasions but that her agent had insisted she must meet him.” Why do agents send females performers to predators ?” she said.” Why are we supposed to go to meet producers in hotel rooms ?”

Sex abuse in Hollywood involved wider complicity than abuse in the Catholic church, said Lorien Haynes, a Los Angeles-based novelist who worked on An Open Secret, a documentary about abuse of underage sons.” It’s even a bit more insidious with Hollywood because men and women are involved .”

Peter Biskind, the author of Down and Dirty Paintings: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film, a 2004 volume chronicling Weinstein’s rise in the 1990 s, said facilitators ensured the alleged sexual abuse operated smoothly.” It does seem that style. They refined their technique .”

Employees at Miramax put up with Weinstein’s methods and intimidation- he kept a baseball bat in his office- because the company made great films and gilded CVs, he said.” Most people there were ambivalent and made a deal with the demon for what they could get out of it. Not to justify it, but they were only human. Anybody is a potential enabler if they work in that industry .”

In an essay last year titled Why the Assholes Are Winning, Jeffrey Pfeffer, a Stanford professor, wrote that proximity to power and wealth could lead to moral rationalisation and moral decoupling.” Great success and performance make their own reality ,” he said.

Weinstein was for many years Hollywood’s King Midas, a producer and dealmaker who fostered talents including Quentin Tarantino and turned quirky low-budget cinemas such as The Crying Game into major reaches. He turned pitches into cinemas and marketed the hell out of them, wooing the media and Academy Award voters with charm, bluster and guile.

” Everybody has everything to gain by staying in his good graces: actors, novelists, creative people- he is the conduit ,” said Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids.” He is the gatekeeper to getting projects induced, getting your face on screen, to you getting an Oscar .”

When someone with such power abuses it, people” simply mum up”, said the director. He said he had not heard the histories of sex misconduct until they burst into the open last week with accounts from Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and other female actors.

Hollywood has a long tradition of casting couch abuses dating from the silent era and through the golden age, snagging the likes of Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe. Roman Polanksi and Woody Allen are still revered despite, respectively, a rape conviction and sex abuse allegations.

The brazenness shocked Haynes, a Brit, when she first moved to LA. A studio head was among those who propositioned her, she said.

” I just said,’ You’re married, does your spouse know about this ?’. He put the phone down when I said no. People do the most amazing things for power and money, and induce the most amazing compromises.

” People think there is an untouchable part .”

In Weinstein’s case there was a panoply of people who wittingly or not facilitated his modus operandi of inviting a young lady- usually an actor or model- to a hotel room or private office on the pretext of discussing her career, then allegedly demanding a massage or sexuality.

The New Yorker quoted three women who accused him of rape, an accusation the producer has vehemently denied. The article also cited 16 former and current executives and assistants at Weinstein’s companies who said they had witnessed or had knowledge of unwanted sexual advances.

One former assistant, who dedicated her name only as Karen, told ITV the atmosphere in the office constructed it hard for anyone to speak out.” I suppose Harvey is a multifaceted person. I think he is exceptionally bright and intelligent, I believe a lot of people were in awe of him .”

Michael Reiss, 47, who said he briefly worked as a marketing assistant at Miramax in the 90 s, recalled a culture in which junior and senior employees feared Weinstein.

Harvey Weinstein, centre, at Miramax’s New York office in 1989. Photograph: Barbara Alper/ Getty Images

” Fear was the force, but at the same hour they were such a prestigious organisation, especially after Pulp Fiction. No one wanted to buck the system. Some people were planning their escape, but tried to stay long enough to have something on their resume. The culture of stillnes back then was not just for people to preserve their jobs. It was presumed that these people, these movie star producers, could just do whatever they wanted .”

Weinstein cultivated journalists who operated glowing pieces about favoured actors- and negative pieces about those who indignation or defied him.

Even so, at least eight girls constructed objections, in agreement with the New York Times. None became a public scandal.

The plaintiffs accepted payment and resolved out of court, bound to secrecy- a typical outcome, said Haynes, in sex abuse examples.” Lawyers encourage people to come forward and then determine. There’s a whole industry about making money off plaintiffs .”

The Weinstein company board knew of at least three confidential settlements, according to David Boies, a lawyer who represented the co-founder. There was no sanction.

Nevertheless, gossip oozed out. “Congratulations,” the comedian Seth MacFarlane told five best actress Oscar nominees in 2013.” You five dames no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein .”

Emily Best, an L-Abased movie producer, said women have shared info privately in various networks about potential abusers:” It’s a’ whisper circle ‘. We have to do that. The statute doesn’t protect us. The culture doesn’t protect us. So we have to protect ourselves. People will come out and say,’ I had its own experience. Nobody work with this person .”

Industry analysts say the Weinstein Company’s ebbing success in recent years- the stream of hittings became a trickle- made its co-founder vulnerable.

So did the eruption of rape allegations against Bill Cosby and Donald Trump’s” grab them by the pussy” recording.

” You can’t turn a blind eye to this shit. It’s 2017 ,” said Feig, the director.” We are liberal Hollywood. We’ve got to stand up to it no matter who is doing it .”

He was unsure if Weinstein’s career was over.” Who knows? I believed Mel Gibson would never work again[ after his antisemitic outburst in 2006 ].”

Some are convinced this is a watershed- that Weinstein’s fall was so sudden and so immerse it will rattle other offenders.

Biskind, one of Hollywood’s resulting chroniclers, is not so sure.” The shock value of what’s happened to Harvey will reverberate for some time. But as long as you have men, money and power it will come back. Perhaps come back in a more guarded way but it’s not gone eternally .”

Additional reporting by Angelique Chrisafis in Paris

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Harvey Weinstein: Oscars academy holds emergency meeting

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to discuss action as sexual harassment scandal deepens

The board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is to hold situations of emergency session on Saturday morning to discuss action against Harvey Weinstein as the sexual harassment scandal surrounding the Hollywood producer deepens.

The 54 -member board made up of leading performers, directors and executives including Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg may choose to expel Weinstein from the academy, following the exposure of sexual harassment and rape accusations against him going back decades.

The Oscar awarded to the producer in 1999 for his is currently working on Shakespeare In Love may also be considered for nullification, according to reports.

The British Academy Film Awards( Bafta) has suspended the Weinstein’s membership, and the organisers of the Cannes film festival said they were dismayed by the allegations.

Since the first accusations emerged last week, Weinstein has faced allegations of sex misconduct from more than two dozen women, and three of rape.

Police forces-out in the US and the UK have announced that they are investigating accusations made against the mogul, who has apologised for elements of his past behaviour but unequivocally denied any allegations of non-consensual sex. He has also said he hopes to get a second chance.

The scandal, which could lead to criminal action, has destroyed Weinstein’s reputation as one of Hollywood’s leading executives, which he acquired as a co-founder of the Miramax and Weinstein Company studios.

The producer of the Oscar-winning films The Artist and The English Patient, and patron to Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh, was dropped by the firm’s board soon after being placed on indefinite leave earlier the coming week while he underwent therapy.

His brother and co-founder, Bob Weinstein, was necessary to deny provides information on Friday that the company or its committee were trying to find a buyer, saying it was ” business as usual “.

” Our banks, partners and shareholders are fully supportive of our company ,” he said in a statement.

The US banking giant Goldman Sachs had earlier corroborated it was exploring options for its near$ 1m( PS752, 000) stake in the Weinstein Company.

The bank’s announcement came as topics circulate about what the independent film studio’s committee may have known about Weinstein’s actions.

The list of female starrings to go public with allegations of sexual impropriety against the 65 -year-old continued to grow on Saturday, with the British performer Alice Evans alleging he made a” sinister advance ” towards her.

Writing in the Telegraph, she suggested that her refusal to respond led to her and her husband, Ioan Gruffudd, never being considered for a Weinstein cinema again.

The US actor Rose McGowan, one of the first females to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment, tweeted on Thursday that he had raped her.

She made a series of claims in several tweets to Amazon’s founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos.

” I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over& over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof, she wrote.

Amazon said its studio head Roy Price had been put on leave of absence “effective immediately” and that it was reviewing its options for the projects it has with The Weinstein Company.

McGowan’s disclosure followed accusations from starrings including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and the British model Cara Delevingne.

British actor Kate Beckinsale has also alleged that Weinstein sexually harassed her when she was 17 and then hampered her career. she declined several invitations to work on Miramax productions over the following years, a move that prompted Weinstein to threaten her, she said.

Sophie Dix, an English performer who was on the brink of a career in the British film industry in the 1990 s, told the Guardian her trajectory was ” massively trim down” after an alleged assault by Weinstein in a London hotel. Dix, who was 22 at the time, described the incident as” the single most damaging thing that’s happened in my life “.

Condemnation has been heaped on individual producers as more narratives of his allegedly predatory behaviour have emerged, with figures from showbusiness to politics describing their horror and abhorrence at the scandal.

The filmmaker Alexander Payne told the Press Association on Friday that Weinstein was a” bully and a thug” who was ” asking for” his downfall.

The former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton commended the women who had spoken out, telling the BBC such behaviour” cannot be tolerated anywhere “.

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Paris is banning cars. Here’s why U.S. cities need to follow suit basically now.

Photo by Ludovic Marin/ Getty Images.

Paris’ romantic air just got more breathable, and its world-famous streets more stroll-able.

The city’s government unveiled an ambitious plan to ban gas-powered vehicles from the city by the end of the next decade.

“We have schemed the end of thermic vehicle use, and therefore of fossil energies, by 2030, ” Christophe Nadjovski, Paris deputy mayor in charge of transportation, told France Info radio.

The city’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, had already announced a plan to ban diesel-powered vehicles from the city by 2024.

The French capital is the latest in a string of European cities cracking down on cars.

Oslo lately announced plans to ban parking space by 2019. Madrid plans to ban gas-powered cars from the bulk of its city center by 2020.

These moves may seem drastic, but recent research indicates many more similarly extreme steps could be necessary to avert climate catastrophe.

A University of Michigan study recently released estimates the U.S. automotive and electricity industries have fewer than nine years to take large-scale emission-limiting action before runaway warming becomes the most probable outcome.

The Los Angeles skyline in 2015. Photo by Mark Ralston/ Getty Images.

“If we do not act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions forcefully prior to the 2020 election, costs to reduce emissions at a magnitude and timing consistent with forestalling dangerous human interference with the climate will skyrocket, ” Steven Skerlos, University of Michigan professor of mechanical engineering, said in a news release announcing research results. “That will only construct the inevitable switching to renewable energy least effective in maintaining a stable climate system throughout the lives of children already born.”

Some U.S. cities and states are taking steps to reduce vehicle emissions within their borders.

In May, California regulators announced stringent targets for reducing carbon emissions over the next eight years, including a requirement that automakers sell a higher percentage of low-emission vehicles in the state. A month afterwards, a coalition of 30 mayors, three country governors, and over 100 business petitioned the United Nations to join the Paris Climate Accord, in the wake of the Trump administration’s announced decision to withdraw from the agreement.

In August, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his administration was exploring congestion pricing — a toll on automobiles that enter certain central regions of New York City, though similar proposals have previously floundered in the state’s legislature.

Could an enterprising American metropolis follow Paris’ lead and banish gas-powered motor vehicles wholly?

With 218 million licensed drivers in the U.S ., it’s a tall political order.

But, to save countries around the world, they might have to go the extra mile.

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