(CNN)Quentin Tarantino, the famed director and frequent Harvey Weinstein collaborator, said in an interview that he had heard accounts of abuse by Weinstein and regrets not acting on it. "I knew enough to do more than I did," Tarantino told The New York Times in a story published Thursday. "There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn't secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things." "I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard," he added. "If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him." In the past two weeks, more than 40 women have come forward with allegations of rape, sexual harassment or assault since the
Thor is back on the big screen, and the critics seem pretty happy about it. According to the Daily Telegraph, Thor: Ragnarok is one of the Marvel Studios' "best films to date... funny, charming, dazzling [and] gorgeously designed." The film, says Variety, is "easily the best of the three Thor movies", with "self-aware punchlines throughout". Empire, meanwhile, gives four stars to a superhero adventure it describes as "a full-bore comedy using blockbuster spectacle as a backdrop for gags". Thor: Ragnarok, which follows 2011's Thor and 2013's Thor: The Dark World, sees the titular god of thunder, played by Chris Hemsworth, face a fearsome new adversary. This new character, named Hela, is "played
A Welsh MP's bill calling for tougher punishments for attacks on emergency workers has taken a step closer to becoming law. Chris Bryant wants to double the maximum sentence for common assault against them from six months to a year. "We've got to stand by them because they stand by us," the Rhondda MP said. Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said they showed "remarkable courage" and confirmed UK government backing for the bill, which passed its second reading. Mr Bryant had asked his constituents to choose their preferred new law from a list of options after he won a ballot of MPs to introduce a private member's bill. He said there were thousands of assaults on emergency workers every year and that
"While we're disappointed that Rose cannot be here with us in person, we understand that her well being is the priority. We support her and our thoughts are with her. We'll seize this opportunity to amplify her message and celebrate all the women filmmakers with works here at the 15th annual festival," Tallgrass Creative Director Lela Meadow-Conner said in a statement. "The whole world is now aware, in large part due to Rose's efforts, about the rampant sexual harassment within the entertainment industry, and so in her honor, we have pulled together a panel of women filmmakers who will be attending the festival with their films, for a frank conversation, because the message doesn't stop here."
US actress Amber Tamblyn has responded to claims that her husband David Cross made racist comments to a comedian a decade ago by supporting his accuser. Comedian Charlyne Yi said she met Cross some years earlier and that he had asked if she spoke English, before adding: "Ching-chong-ching-chong." Cross responded that he did not recall the incident, but that if he made the comments it would have been a "joke". Tamblyn later said she had "spoken to Charlyne," adding: "I believe her." "Her feelings/safety are all that matter to me," Tamblyn tweeted on Friday after announcing that she had contacted Yi. Tamblyn, who initially defended Cross, said that she was "about [Yi's] emotional health right now",
(CNN)Amber Tamblyn reached out to the woman who accused her husband, David Cross, of making racist comments and said she believes her. It all began Sunday when comedian Charlyne Yi tweeted about what she said happened when she met Cross 10 years ago. According to Yi, Cross made fun of her "tattered pants" and asked her if she spoke English by saying, "Ching-chong-ching-chong." "Then after he saw I was offended he asked me if I was going to fight with him karate in a southern accent," Yi wrote. "Then a few years later he was re-introduced to me after my comedy show with his girlfriend at the time & he said 'Hi nice to meet you.'" Cross tweeted back, saying he didn't remember the encounter in the