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Hello No, Franco! Actor Snubbed by Oscars Amid Questionable Sexual Misconduct Claims

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And the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards are… basically everyone you’d expect, minus James Franco. After winning the Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Award for quite possibly the performance of his career in “The Disaster Artist,” the 39-year-old actor was snubbed from the Oscar race — and it’s hard to ignore that five women claiming sexual misconduct against him was a solid deciding factor.

Sexual misbehavior allegations first surfaced when actress Ally Sheedy blasted his Golden Globe win in since-deleted tweets. Then, five women spoke to the LA Times accusing Franco of “sexually exploitative behavior.” One accuser alleged that he removed protective plastic guards covering their genitals while simulating oral sex when filming a scene for the movie “The Long Home.” The four other accusers were students in a master class he taught on making a sex scene.

Two of his accusers appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday (January 22). One accuser said: “James is absolutely not a Harvey Weinstein. He is not an unfeeling monster who has no sense of reality. He created exploitative environments for non-celebrity women on his sets, but I also think James is a very talented and valuable person.”

Franco has publicly denied the claims. During an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” he said: “Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done. I have to do that to maintain my well being. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate. But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to shut them down in any way.”

Franco’s absence from the list of nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Oscars seems to make a statement that the #MeToo movement is demanding accountability in the industry. Last year, the Oscars received backlash for awarding Casey Affleck the Best Actor award after he was the subject of sexual misconduct allegations. Perhaps the Oscars wants to prevent a distraction for explaining Franco’s presence at the ceremony as we are in a different cultural moment of awareness and accountability. It’s unlikely Affleck would have won the Oscar this year.

The Oscars take place Sunday, March 4.

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First Look at Epic Trailer For Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’

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There are moments in a rockstar’s life that define who he is. The movie “Rocketman,” about the life of Elton John, will take audiences to some of those moments in summer 2019.

The film’s star, Taron Egerton, tweeted before the trailer was dropped to say that he was looking forward to people seeing it, adding: “Words cannot describe how proud and excited I am.”

That’s because the trailer is fucking brilliant. Check it out.

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Kanye West Wants To Arrange Meeting Between Kaepernick and Trump

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WARNING: Kanye West has a new album to promote, so expect BIZARRE behavior.

Kanye West’s new album, “Yhandi,” was promised to drop during his Sept. 29 appearance on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” That didn’t happen. Instead, the release date was changed to Nov. 23, a.k.a., Black Friday. In less than 48 hours, his outlandish conduct has included: controversy over wanting to abolish the 13th Amendment (which ended slavery), the filming of a music video in the grass by the parking lot outside of TMZ’s HQ, and announcing he’s trying to organize a meeting between Colin Kaepernick and President Donald Trump. More bat-shit craziness is likely to come.

Trump has been extremely critical of Kaepernick, strongly pressuring NFL owners to fire all of the “sons of bitches” who don’t stand for the national anthem.

But West wants to bring them together. During an interview Monday on “TMZ Live,” West said he’s reached out to Kaepernick to try to make that happen. Unless you’ve been trapped in human trafficking circles, you likely know Kaepernick was under intense scrutiny from Trump after kneeling during the national anthem at football games to shine a light on police brutality against black people.

He didn’t say if either side was open to the idea, but Trump has praised West for being a brilliant leader.

Meanwhile, Kim:

On a positive note, West did premiere a new song on “Saturday Night Live” that might just be his best song this decade. Check it out:

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Cardi B Turned Herself Into Police After Strip Club Fight

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Cardi B turned herself in to New York Police police at the 109th Precinct in Queens Monday morning over charges stemming from a fight at a strip club.

Sources told TMZ that Cardi B has “long-standing beef” with a bartender at the club, with whom she allegedly started the fight. The rapper was at Angels Strip Club back in Aug. 2018 to watch her husband, Offset, perform with Migos on the night of the incident, and she allegedly told her crew to attack the women with bottles and chairs after rumors swirled that one of them had slept with Offset.

The new mom was involved in another fight recently. In September, Cardi B was left with a welt on her head after she was involved in an altercation with Nicki Minaj at a New York Fashion Week party.

Joe Tacopina, the attorney representing the two female bartenders, released a statement to CNN stating: “Cardi B ordered and committed violent assaults against my clients, and is being called to justice for her crimes. Apparently, she thinks her celebrity status puts her above the law, since she has bragged to multiple people and on social media that she orchestrated these vicious attacks,” Tacopina said. “But reality is setting in, as justice does not care whether her name is Cardi B or Carly B, and she will now answer for her crimes.”
“We’re aware of no evidence that she caused anybody any harm on that night,” Jeff Kern, an attorney representing Cardi B told press outside the police precinct. “We expect that the matter is going to be resolved expeditiously.”

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