LAPD Has 28 Open Sex Crimes Investigations Of Hollywood And Media

The Los Angeles Police have 28 open sex crime cases involving Hollywood and media figures under active investigation, according to Police Chief Charlie Beck. He added that more investigations are likely to be opened as more claims come in.

Speaking via email to the Los Angeles Times, Beck said five teams of two special assignment detectives are investigating various allegations. Among those are producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Ed Westwick, Girls writer Murray Miller and agent Tyler Grasham, among others. All of the accused have denied the allegations.

“We anticipate the LAPD and other jurisdictions will receive even more high profile sex crime reports in the coming weeks and months,” Beck said. “We encourage all victims of sexual assault to come forward to report these crimes.”

He added: “We recognize the significant trauma these victims suffer at the hands of the predators who commit these heinous crimes. Our detectives are coordinating closely with our local prosecutors and other police agencies, including the NYPD. The high-profile nature of these particular cases has not changed our unyielding commitment to seek justice for ALL victims of sexual assault.’

Beyond the 28 cases, 37 other sex crimes reports have been sent to other jurisdictions. Some members of the LAPD cold case units are also involved.

Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD media relations department told Deadline that investigators are collaborating with other jurisdictions as questions arise on various cases, including the high-profile ones described by Beck.


Should Michael Keaton Return as The Batman?

The Batman is supposed to be old, past his prime. A superhero who is in the process of retiring from the vigilante game. Sure, Ben Affleck has done a good job of giving fans a weathered crime fighter who has trouble keeping up. But maybe the standalone movie coming from Matt Reeves should take it a step further. Perhaps it should bring back someone with some real age on him. And we think Michael Keaton would be perfect for the part. Though George Clooney could keep the Ben Affleck continuity going very well.

There’s a lot of talk about Ben Affleck not returning to play Batman after the Justice League circus dies down. Affleck originally signed on to write, direct, and star in The Batman, but over the last year, it was announced that the actor was no longer directing the project, then it was later revealed that he was no longer writing the movie, and now it appears that he’s leaving the project entirely and new director Matt Reeves is on the hunt for another Caped Crusader. It has been reported that Jake Gyllenhaal is very interested in the part, but that Warner Bros. isn’t so sure about the actor. The right actor could be right under everybody’s nose, begging the question: Is it time to see Michael Keaton as Batman again?

Michael Keaton first starred as Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton’s classic 1989 movie, Batman, which started the Batman frenzy. Keaton stayed on for the sequel, Batman Returns, but left when the third movie was being written when he didn’t agree with the kid-friendly way that things were moving. Michael Keaton was the first actor to bring the intense, dark, and brooding Batman to the big screen and everybody since has taken a little bit from his playbook. Since the character has gone back to being dark and mysterious, it might be the best idea to bring Michael Keaton back to regain his throne.

DC fans were taken aback when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in 2016′s Batman v Superman and mostly because of his age. Many believed that Affleck was already too old to portray Bruce Wayne while many believe to this day that he just wasn’t the best actor for the job. Affleck has played the character twice now on the big screen with mixed results at best, but hardly anyone talks about his age anymore and instead, they talk about who should step in next. Michael Keaton proved that he’s back and that he can handle the action work at the age of 66. Plus, Keaton has made a successful career out of taking the unpredictable route and what could be more unpredictable than jumping into to play the Dark Knight again? Michael Keaton was a controversial choice back in 1989 and fans bombarded Warner Bros. with furious letters, insisting Keaton was too weird, not understanding that this was precisely why Tim Burton cast him in the first place. Burton had this to say at the time.

“He’s got all that wild energy in his eyes, which would compel him to put on a Batsuit… He does it because he needs to, because he’s not this gigantic strapping macho man.”

Michael Keaton’s Batman completely changed the way superheroes were portrayed in Hollywood movies, inventing the reluctant, self-loathing alter ego that is still being copied 30 years later. It’s safe to assume that Batman wouldn’t be the major character that he is today had Keaton not come in and classed up the joint. Michael Keaton took the cheese out of comic book movies and left when they tried to bring the cheese back. It took 13 years for Batman to become cool again when Christian Bale took over the role and brought back Michael Keaton’s sensibilities back into the fold.

While some will argue that Ben Affleck is the man for the job or maybe even Jake Gyllenhaal, it might be time to bring back Michael Keaton as Batman. DC and Warner Bros. seem to have lost their way with the character these days and it really seems like they don’t know what to do with Batman anymore. Jeffrey Dean Morgan could be a worthy choice for Flashpoint, but Michael Keaton needs to come back for The Batman and show us what we’ve been missing. Bring on the petition to get Michael Keaton into the DCEU and watch the franchise get the kick in the pants that it needs. Thanks to The Guardian for giving us quotes.


Alien 3 Xenomorph Has Michelle Pfeiffer’s Lips

David Fincher reveals that he and H.R. Giger originally gave their StarBeast the famous lips of actress Michelle Pfeiffer in Alien 3. A new article details the making of Alien 3 and its difficult birth in the screenwriting and special effects department. Director David Fincher brought on H.R. Giger to redesign the adult alien for the new movie and give it more of an animal-like feeling as opposed to just a “man is a suit” type of vibe that was exhibited in the first two installments. One of the aspects that Fincher and Giger agreed upon was a more feminine look for the alien.

H.R. Giger was not impressed with the way that the adult alien looked in the first two movies, so he went in to redesign the new alien with more of an animal-like, elegant feel. Giger felt that the head should stay the same, albeit with some tweaking, and that the body should change to give it a more feline, “lethal” look that would go on to terrorize kids for decades. As for the head, both David Fincher and H.R. Giger felt that the face needed to be more feminine and the director told Giger to model the mouth of the adult alien after Michelle Pfeiffer’s voluptuous lips.

Both H.R. Giger and David Fincher felt that the adult alien should be more sensuous as opposed to physically repulsive. Fincher had this to say about the look of the alien.

“We did give it Michelle Pfeiffer’s lips. That’s what they’re based on. It always had these little thin lips, and I said to Giger, ‘let’s make it a woman when it comes right up to Ripley.’ So it has these big, luscious collagen lips.”

Fincher continued and said, “the lips and chin on my new model are better proportioned and give the creature a more erotic appearance.” Both Giger and Fincher believed that when the mouth of the alien was shut, that it looked “beautiful and voluptuous.” In addition, inside the creature’s head, Giger introduced a series of elongated, vertical structures. According to him, it was a “finger-brain, which should move like when wind is blowing over the grain.”

In the end, H.R. Giger didn’t know that that there was already a creative team working on the Alien 3 designs and concurrently constructing them. Giger believes that David Fincher was using him in a way to get the best possible work done, but in the end, only some of Giger’s suggestions ended up on the big screen, and therefore, the lips were less exaggerated and voluptuous as Fincher and Giger initially set out to make. The lips are still based on Michelle Pfeifer’s, but they are not an exact replica as was in Giger’s initial drawings and designs.

H.R. Giger felt burned by David Fincher and slowly faded from the project. In addition, he wasn’t given any credit for Alien 3, which became a pretty sore subject. Giger was promised so much and received very little for his efforts, but the alien in Alien 3 is clearly based off of H.R. Giger and if you look closely, you can still see hints of those Michelle Pfeifer lips in the mix. You can read more about the creation of Alien 3 via Monster Legacy.

H.R. Giger’s design for Alien 3‘s “runner” xeno. He based it on a sphinx. (Note the pronounced lips in his concept)

— Autumn Colorz (@NicanorJourney) April 28, 2017

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Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke Officially Revealed in Justice League

Earlier in the week we were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Joe Manganiello as an unmasked Deathstroke without the eyepatch, and now the actor has revealed the first official image of his character on social media, in all of his gray, eyepatch-wearing glory. By now, there shouldn’t be any spoiler alerts for Justice League, and everybody should know that Deathstroke has a cameo in one of the post-credit scenes with Lex Luthor. The scene hints towards a League of Doom project, but in true DC fashion, nothing has been announced or even talked about since, but there have been rumblings of some more Deathstroke coming our way.

Joe Manganiello took to Instagram to share the first official look at Slade Wilson and he looks pretty awesome. The picture is taken while filming the post-credit scene of Justice League with Lex Luthor, where the duo are setting up a “league of their own,” but a League of Doom, not the Rockford Peaches. Up until now, we’ve only seen the blurry behind the scenes photos of Manganiello in his Deathstroke gear, so this is a treat for DC fans and fans of the actor as well.

Joe Manganiello’s fate in the DCEU remains a little hazy at this point in time. During production of Justice League, Ben Affleck let slip that Manganiello had been hired to play iconic DC comics assassin character Deathstroke for The Batman, back when Affleck was still attached to write and direct the project. It’s been widely reported that Affleck is planning his exit from the standalone movie, and that he will more than likely bail when his promotional duties for Justice League are complete. It has been rumored that director Matt Reeves wanted a more well-known villain when he took over The Batman, so it seems unlikely that we will see Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke in that project.

It was revealed last month that The Raid director Gareth Evans is in early talks to write and direct a Deathstroke spin-off movie, starring Joe Manganiello. The reports have been confirmed, but no deals have been made and the project is said to be in the very early stages of development, which could mean a lot of things at this point. DC has had The Flash in development hell for the last handful of years, but may finally be on track with Flashpoint. The point being, it may be a long time before we see a Deathstroke movie, if it happens at all.

Deathstroke was introduced in the comics in 1980 in New Teen Titans No. 2. The character, whose real name is Slade Wilson, is an expert assassin with super strength and stamina. On TV, he has been played by Manu Bennett on The CW’s Arrow. Joe Manganiello looks like the perfect choice for Deathstroke and hopefully we get to see more of him soon, even if it is the League of Doom project. You can check out the brand-new picture of an unmasked Deathstroke below, courtesy of Joe Manganiello’s Instagram account.


British Entertainer John Leslie, Ex-Host Of ITV’s ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Charged With Sexual Assault

British television presenter John Leslie has become the latest entertainer to become embroiled in a sexual assault scandal after being charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a nightclub in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Leslie, who formerly hosted BBC kids TV series Blue Peter and the UK remake of Wheel of Fortune for ITV between 1998 and 2001, is alleged to have put his hand up a woman’s skirt at Atik, a nightclub in the city’s West Tollcross district in June. Leslie will appear in court in due course.

A police spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh have charged a 52-year-old man following a report that a 26-year-old woman was the victim of a sexual assault at a nightclub in the Tollcross area on Sunday 25 June.”

Leslie has not regularly appeared on television since the early 2000s but has appeared as a radio DJ on stations including Castle FM and the Scottish Bauer Radio AM network over the last five years.


Spawn Creator Shares Reboot Script Page, Promises Big News Soon

To celebrate the holiday weekend, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has shared a page from the script of the upcoming remake and promised some big news that will be coming soon. It was recently revealed that the new, low-budget Spawn movie will take place in New York, but shooting will take place in another area that offers incentives for filming there, giving McFarlane a way to stretch his meager budget and get more bang for his buck. Spawn is currently in pre-production with shooting expected to start in February of next year.

Keeping with the rest of information that Todd McFarlane has shared thus far, the page from the script features Twitch having a conversation with another character. McFarlane revealed over the summer that Spawn would not be the main focus of the new movie, but instead, he’ll be in the shadows, much like Jaws, leaving Twitch to be the main focus of the movie. Maximilian “Twitch” Williams is the fictional NYPD homicide detective created by McFarlane and a pivotal character in the comics, being both an enemy and ally to Spawn

As far as the big news that Todd McFarlane has teased, it’s anybody’s guess. But, it seems likely that some casting news is in order, especially if the project stays on track to start production in February. No actors have been confirmed as of this writing and details regarding the plot are still being kept under wraps, although we now know that the movie will take place in New York City, the home of Twitch. Other guesses could be about Kevin Smith’s long-awaited TV show with Sam and Twitch. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess, but Todd McFarlane has done an excellent job keeping fans informed as well as teasing little bits of information.

After many years in limbo, Todd McFarlane is finally getting to write and direct his new Spawn movie, which will be his directorial debut. The outspoken comic book creator has been pitching the low-budget horror-style movie for years and aims to have a budget within the $10-12 million range that puts two NYPD detectives following a case that leads them to encounter a shadowy monster lurking on the peripherals of their investigation, much like Jaws. Since we’re going to see some NYPD detectives, many fans have begun to get curious as to what actor will carry the new movie.

Todd McFarlane is ramping up to get his new Spawn movie off of the ground to erase the painful memories that surround the original 1997 feature-length Spawn movie that came out to terrible reviews from critics and fans. One of the biggest voices of negativity was Todd McFarlane, so we’ll see if he’s able to pull of the Spawn project that he’s been promising for so many years. While we wait to see what the new Spawn has in store for us, go check out the new picture from the script, courtesy of Todd McFarlane’s Twitter account below.


Here is a tease of a (partial) early scene from the latest SPAWN Movie script. Will be getting you some big news [email protected]

— Todd McFarlane (@Todd_McFarlane) November 24, 2017


Time Responds To Donald Trump’s “Incorrect” Claims Of Turning Down Person Of The Year — Update

UPDATED 5:47 PM PST: Time responded to Trump’s claims that the magazine called him to say that he would “probably” be the magazine’s Person of the Year saying that he is incorrect on how they choose the person for the yearly honor. The magazine’s official Twitter account adds, “TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.”

EARLIER: As Time magazine ramps up for unveiling its annual Person of the Year, Donald Trump took to Twitter with claims that the magazine called him to say that he was “probably” going to receive the honor. Instead of accepting the title for the second year in a row, Trump said he decided to take a pass.

“I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot,” Trump said in a tweet he fired off on Friday. “I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!”

Time magazine’s official Twitter account also sent out a tweet around the same time as Trump’s, asking readers to chime in on who they think should receive the annual title. As of the publishing of this, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman was at the top of the list, receiving 21% of the votes. Trump comes in at a distant second at 5%, at a tie with The Dreamers and #MeToo.

In 2016, Trump was named Person of the Year, which left many polarized. Many thought that Time strategically placed the “M” above his head to mimic horns.

Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017

The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.

— TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017


YouTube Begins Purging “Non-Family Friendly” Content As Advertisers React

YouTube has begun purging the site of channels and videos it deems predatory or non-family friendly, resulting in some channels with millions of subscribers and views going dark.

In a statement on its official blog, Johanna Wright, VP of Product Management at YouTube, said the company has noticed  “a growing trend around content on YouTube that attempts to pass as family-friendly, but is clearly not. While some of these videos may be suitable for adults, others are completely unacceptable, so we are working to remove them from YouTube.”

Wright’s note claimed the service had terminated over 50 channels and removed “thousands of videos” in the last week. It also has implemented age restrictions on certain content, making it available only to those over age 18. It will also apply machine-learning technology to seek out potentially objectionable content for faster human review.

Executives at YouTube are not the only ones noticing the questionable content. Several major advertisers have pulled advertising on YouTube after learning of their ads running on pages favored by pedophiles and other unsavory characters, some of whom left hundreds of comments on videos of scantily-clad children.

Among the reported drop-outs: candy company Mars, which makes M&Ms and Snickers; Mondelez (Oreos, Cadbury); and Diageo (Guinness, Smirnoff vodka, and Johnnie Walker scotch. An investigation by the UK news service The Times is believed to have sparked the advertiser uproar, but online forums have been discussing the issue of questionable content on YouTube for some time.

 “We are shocked and appalled to see that our adverts have appeared alongside such exploitative and inappropriate content,” said a statement from the headquarters of McLean, Virginia-based Mars to USA Today. “We have stringent guidelines and processes in place and are working with Google and our media buying agencies to understand what went wrong. Until we have confidence that appropriate safeguards are in place, we will not advertise on YouTube and Google.”

Not every channel purged is sexual in nature. Toy Freaks, a channel with more than 8.5 million subscribers, was dropped because it reportedly posted content intended to gross-out children. Dozens of other channels appealing to kids have gone dark, which some observers estimate may account for upwards of 20 billion combined views.

The YouTube blog post by Wright promised five steps, including tougher application of community guidelines set by the video service and faster response to complaints; removing ads from inappropriate videos targeting families; blocking inappropriate comments on videos featuring minors; providing more guidance to content creators; and partnering with so-called “experts” while “doubling the number of Trusted Flaggers we partner with in this area.”

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