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Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner Accused of Teaming Up to Engage in Sexual Misconduct
42 minutes ago
The Times -- which first reported that six women, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, claim that Ratner sexually harassed and assaulted them -- reported on new claims against Ratner and revealed that longtime friend Russell Simmons allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with the director and producer.
One woman, Keri Claussen Khalighi, claims that when she was a 17-year-old fashion model she met Ratner, then an up-and-coming music »
- Hilary Lewis
Critic's Notebook: Morgan Freeman's Quiet Climb to Extraordinary
1 hour ago
You don't get to play God — not once, much less twice — without the requisite gravitas, a sense of authority that is innate and unshakable under any circumstances. And despite having played pimps, prisoners, killers, Old West outlaws and others of undistinguished station, in addition to presidents and gentlemen of notable stripe, Morgan Freeman, who will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the Jan. 21 ceremony, always has embodied and projected just that: a sense of connate gravitas that he carries with him from role to role. Almost invariably, he centers any film in which »
- Todd McCarthy
Why Can't Anyone Get Superman Right?
4 hours ago
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Justice League]
The fact that Superman has to come back from the dead in order to be humanized in dire superhero blockbuster Justice League says a lot about the film's misconceived combination of Frank Miller Lite-style gloominess, and co-screenwriter (and fill-in director) Joss Whedon's signature quippy humor. This film, like so many other stories involving Superman, only details its creators' myopic inability to effectively convey the optimism that Superman personifies.
Justice League is, at heart, toxically cynical, even if it does ultimately conclude — not counting its second post-credits sequence — on a shaky note of optimism. In the film, paranoid millionaire »
- Simon Abrams
Weekend Box Office: 'Justice League' Opens to Dismal $96M; 'Wonder' Amazes
16 hours ago
The world's most famous superheroes seemingly lost their powers over the weekend as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's big-budget Justice League opened to a sorely disappointing $96 million in North America, while a small feel-good movie named Wonder stole the thunder with $27.1 million after galvanizing elementary school kids across the country.
Justice League posted the lowest domestic opening of any title in the DC Extended Universe, which has yet to match the consistent success of rival Marvel Studios. The superhero mashup is faring better overseas, where it debuted to $185.5 million from 65 markets, including $51.7 »
- Pamela McClintock