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Meryl Streep Says She Doesn't Want To Be The Face Of The Trump Resistance

She gave an excoriating, anti-Trump speech at the start of 2017, leading to a personal Twitter attack from the president himself and prompting women around the world to proudly carry signs emblazoned with her name. But Meryl Streep is not interested in leading the so-called Resistance.

“It’s affected my life because I don’t really — I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to be that,” Streep said when asked what it’s like being more of a political figure than she has ever been in her career. “I’m a really private person, and like a lot of people in show business, I’m actually shy so it’s hard for me to do all this stuff.”

Streep made the comments at a panel moderated by BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on Tuesday morning in New York City, where she was joined by The Post director Steven Spielberg and costar Tom Hanks.

“This stuff” likely refers to moments such as Streep’s January Golden Globes speech where she lambasted Trump for mocking a disabled reporter.

“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose,” she said, making the then-president-elect so riled up he began tweeting about how “over-rated” Streep was.

Just a few weeks later, women carried signs at the Women’s March reading “What Meryl Said” and “Meryl Streep For President.”

Streep, Hanks, and Spielberg acknowledged that The Post, with its themes of press freedom and standing up to government power, had been rushed into production due to the current political environment.

“I’ve lived through all these eras and it doesn’t feel like an alien landscape,” Streep said of the current climate, “but it does feel like stepping back in time and how quickly we forget what the world was like 40 years ago.”

Streep also said she thinks that if more women were in positions of power in Hollywood, then the industry would not have tolerated or enabled the behavior of influential alleged predators like Harvey Weinstein.

And while Streep may be keen to pull back from politics, she was all too ready to push her costar to run for office.

“Tom [Hanks], on the other hand, should be president,” she said to applause. “I mean really, this guy, there really is no one who knows more about history, statesmanship. No, seriously, it’s true!”

Hanks could only blush, take off his glasses, and rub his face in embarrassment.

WATCH LIVE: The Golden Globes Nominees Are Being Announced

Hollywood’s awards season is officially commencing on Monday as the Golden Globes nominees get announced at 8 a.m. ET (5 a.m. PT).

We have a livestream right here to see just who will be nominated for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical or Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie, and all the other categories that are mouthfuls.

How many women from Big Little Lies can they fit in one category? Will Get Out win Best Comedy? Is Get Out a comedy? Who knows? All we know is that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will do anything to get Meryl Streep there and that we will post a full list of nominees right here when the ceremony concludes.

This is a developing news story. Check back for updates or follow BuzzFeed News on Twitter.

A Third Woman Has Accused Dustin Hoffman Of Sexual Misconduct

A third woman on Friday came forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct.

Like Anna Graham Hunter before her, actor Kathryn Rossetter wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter detailing her experience working with Hoffman.

Rossetter alleged Hoffman repeatedly groped her, and even inserted his fingers inside her vagina, during the Broadway revival of Death Of A Salesman in 1983. The actress wrote she had to laugh on cue from off stage, which is where she said Hoffman would take advantage of her.

“He kept it up and got more and more aggressive. One night he actually started to stick his fingers inside me,” she wrote. “Night after night I went home and cried. I withdrew and got depressed and did not have any good interpersonal relationships with the cast.”

Rossetter also said during one performance he pulled up her dress and exposed her breasts to the crew.

Representatives for Hoffman did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but his attorneys put the Hollywood Reporter in touch with several people who worked on the show who said they didn’t recall any of the alleged behavior.

Stage manager Tom Kelly told the Hollywood Reporter, “Given my position, it’s insulting to say this kind of activity would go on to the extent of sexual violation.”

Rossetter also alleged Hoffman would grope her breast in pictures together and remove it before the flash, but she provided the Hollywood Reporter with one photograph showing Hoffman touching her.

“Caught as it is, it seems I’m complicit with the gesture,” wrote Rossetter. “I was not. Not ever.”

In an act of revenge she said she later regretted, Rossetter admitted to suddenly grabbing Hoffman’s crotch as they posed for a photograph, which was later published in Playboy.

Like Graham Hunter, Rossetter said Hoffman asked her for foot massages in his dressing room, but she says he repeatedly pressured her to work her hands up to his groin.

“Dustin would whisper, ‘higher, higher,’ trying to get me to move up his pants legs toward his genitals. I didn’t do it. I would stop at his calves,” she wrote.

Rossetter said she was left humiliated from her time working on the play.

“Along with the nightly sexual harassment, he eroded my confidence, my dignity,” she wrote. “He humiliated and demeaned me. He robbed me of my joy in the experience and he left dirty fingerprints on my soul.”

Last month, Graham Hunter alleged Hoffman sexually harassed her when she was a 17-year-old intern working on the 1985 television movie adaption of Death of a Salesman.

In response to Graham Hunter’s claims, Hoffman said, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

A second woman, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, then said Hoffman propositioned her inappropriately during a business meeting in 1991.

At a film event earlier this week, Hoffman pushed back against comedian John Oliver when the HBO host began quizzing him about the sexual harassment allegations against him.

Here's A Timeline Of The Past Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Bryan Singer

Egan claimed many of the incidents happened at the home of Marc Collins-Rector in Encino, California. In his complaint, Egan described one encounter where Singer coerced him into masturbation and receiving oral sex before Singer allegedly pulled Egan’s head down to forcibly perform oral sex on the director.

Egan also claimed in the lawsuit that he and Singer went on a trip to Hawaii where he said Singer again raped him. This claim is the reason Egan was able to file the lawsuit in Hawaii, but a deposition from Egan in 2003, uncovered by Singer’s legal team, had the actor saying under oath that he had never been outside the continental United States and therefore would be admitting to perjury if he continued to claim he went to Hawaii with Singer in the late ’90s.

In August 2014, Egan voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit “without prejudice,” allowing him the possibility to file again in the future on the same claims.

In 2015, Egan was sentenced to two years in prison over a fraudulent investment scheme.

This Actor From “The Good Place” Has Come Out As Undocumented

Bambadjan Bamba, an actor best known for his recurring role on NBC’s The Good Place, on Tuesday chose to reveal that he is undocumented as part of an effort to push for immigration reform.

“I encourage everybody to tell their story and tell it often and tell it as loud as possible the same way I’m doing, and I’m trying to lead by example because the last thing I want is for an American person to say, ‘Hey, I don’t know anybody that’s undocumented,” Bamba told BuzzFeed News in a telephone interview.

The actor first shared his story with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, revealing his family came to the US when he was a child from war-torn Côte d’Ivoire.

He told BuzzFeed News he’s tried to apply for legal status but has encountered delays and legal barriers.

He said his last hope rests with Congress salvaging some form of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which President Trump vowed to end earlier this year.

Bamba said he’s ready to fight for DACA — and his place in the US.

“Congress is taking its time, so they’re like, ‘Oh no, let’s push it back to next year,’ but every day [about 800] people are losing their status because DACA hasn’t been extended,” said Bamba, explaining why he couldn’t hold back his story anymore.

In addition to talking to the Times and BuzzFeed News, Bamba has made a video with the organization Define American calling for the entertainment industry to take a more active stance on DACA.

“[Hollywood] can stand with all these other industries who are fighting the government to make change,” he said, “and also have more immigrant stories, stories like mine, or undocumented people’s stories, because we know how powerful imagery is and how powerful media is in shifting culture or shifting the conversation.”

As for what’s next for his career, Bamba has a small role in Marvel’s Black Panther film, and looks forward to embracing his newfound role as an activist if it encourages others to share their story.

Bamba has reached out to the Screen Actors Guild and NBCUniversal to work with them on figuring out how his undocumented status will affect his career, but he looks forward to returning to The Good Place.

“The creator and the cast, they’re very enthusiastic about my career, about my work on the show,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I mean, they use my name as my character so I’m very, very optimistic because, I mean, it just got green-lit for Season 3, so I would love to come back for Season 3 and I would love to be able for DACA to pass to come back for Season 4.”

The Good Place creator Michael Schur, who also co-created Parks and Recreation, told BuzzFeed News that Bamba had his full support.

In an emailed statement, Schur recounted Bamba’s first audition for the show, in which the actor shared that he was from Côte d’Ivoire and had come to the US to make a new life.

“I didn’t know he was technically undocumented until today, and finding out only makes him more impressive to me — that he accomplished so much while living under that cloud of uncertainty,” Schur told BuzzFeed News. “We always want Bambadjan around our show, and Congress should be working overtime to figure out how to keep him, and people like him, here.”

“He is funny, kind, talented, and as American as I am,” Schur said.

Here’s How Mary J. Blige Turned Her “Really Shitty” Year Into An Awardsworthy Performance

For Mary J. Blige, the best thing about her most recent film role was just how far removed it was from Mary J. Blige.

Amid a difficult period in her personal life, strained by the ugly breakup of her marriage to former manager Kendu Isaacs, Blige worked to channel her pain into a raw performance in Netflix’s newest film, Mudbound. The escapism was just what she needed.

Mudbound was the perfect vehicle because it just shows none of me, I’m gone,” the Grammy-winning performer turned actress told BuzzFeed News in a recent interview. “There’s no singing, there’s no weaves, there’s no nails, nothing— and that’s what I wanted.”

Mudbound, a historical drama directed by Dee Rees, centers on two Jim Crow–era Mississippi families — one black and one white — who become intertwined when they each have a family member ship off to World War II.

When Rees finished cowriting the screenplay with Virgil Williams, she knew that Blige was her first choice for Florence Jackson, the stoic matriarch of the black family of sharecroppers.

When Blige got ahold of the script she saw how dark and challenging the story was, but she was eager to put down her emotional baggage and pour herself into the role: “I am heavy, Mary J Blige is heavy, so I knew that I needed this because I was heavy at the time and I needed this to get all this heavy off of me.”

Production on Mudbound began in Louisiana right as Blige’s marriage was falling apart. Such was the emotional toll that Blige would turn up in tears to acting classes with her friend and coach Tasha Smith (Empire).

Blige said Smith would comfort her by saying, “Mary, fuck that shit. Give everything to Florence. Give everything to Florence, get Mary out of here! We love Mary, but it’s no more time for Mary, give everything to Florence.”

What Blige ended up giving her character was, as she describes it, “Mary’s ability to stand up to embarrassment and trials.”

“The last five years have been really shitty so, you know, I gave Florence all of that because I was still living in that,” Blige said.

Blige revealed she struggled to portray a happy marriage opposite Rob Morgan, her onscreen husband, as her personal life crumbled.

“I had to remember that I’ve always wanted this healthy marriage, I want it, and I’ve always been a team player, so I had to remember what I was in my marriage although it was in shit,” she said.

She said she even found it difficult to hug another man during filming.

“But I had to find that character in order to bring Florence to life,” she added. “I had to find, not even character, I had to find that in me.”

For those familiar with Blige’s work as the reigning Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, there’s no question that Blige has a gift for channeling her pain into art. But with Mudbound, she has become one of the last major hopes to prevent another #OscarsSoWhite in an awards season dominated so far by performances from white actors.

While Blige describes the whole Mudbound experience — from the dirty set in the Louisiana fields, to the red carpet of film festivals in Sundance and Toronto — as an escape and a blessing, her newest foray into acting hasn’t been any less emotionally taxing.

“I wanted to act — not because it was something glamorous. It was another way to sing without singing,” she said.

Blige said she hopes this year marks a new chapter in her life. In addition to Mudbound, the singer released an album called Strength of a Woman that dives deep into her divorce. She also just announced plans to produce a show for Fox called 8 Count inspired by the life of celebrity choreographer Laurieann Gibson.

If anything, her recent trials have given her perspective on her many successes.

“Every time you do something great, something terrible happens, so you still in life, like life to still happening to you,” Blige said. “So that’s what keeps it all exciting and that’s what keeps you appreciating the Grammy nominations again.”

People Are Mad Confused Why “Get Out” Is Competing As A Comedy At The Golden Globes

Elaborating on his tweet to Indiewire, Peele said that to his knowledge he had no say in which Globes category Get Out was submitted for. “The problem is, it’s not a movie that can really be put into a genre box,” said Peele. “The major point to identify here is that we don’t want our truth trivialized. The label of comedy is often a trivial thing. The real question is, what are you laughing at? Are you laughing at the horror, the suffering? Are you disregarding what’s real about this project? That’s why I said, yeah — it’s a documentary.”

Anthony Edwards Accused Hollywood Figure Gary Goddard Of Molesting Him As A Boy

ER actor Anthony Edwards alleged Friday that he was molested as a boy by Hollywood designer Gary Goddard, further accusing the Broadway producer of raping his best friend.

Edwards, best known for playing Dr. Mark Greene on NBC’s medical drama and currently starring as Judge Stanley Weisberg on Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, used a medium post Medium to accuse Goddard of preying on him as a vulnerable child.

“My vulnerability was exploited,” Edwards wrote. “I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet.”

Goddard’s publicist and lawyer told BuzzFeed News he would respond to the allegations shortly.

Edwards said he met Goddard when he was 12 and Goddard was a Disney Imagineer who helped design projects on EPCOT. He would go on to create attractions for Universal Studios theme parks and produce Broadway shows.

He said his mother asked him at 14 whether Goddard was a pedophile, but Edwards “denied it through tears of complete panic.”

“To face that truth was not an option as my sense of self was completely enmeshed in my gang of five friends who were all led by this sick father figure,” he wrote.

Edwards said he had a run-in with Goddard 22 years ago where he was able to confront the producer about the alleged abuse.

“I was able to express my outrage at what he had done. He swore to his remorse and said that he had gotten help. I felt a temporary sense of relief,” he wrote. “I say temporary because when Goddard appeared in the press four years ago for alleged sexual abuse, my rage resurfaced.”

In 2014, Goddard and X-Men director Bryan Singer were sued for allegedly sexually abusing two teenage boys, but the lawsuits were later withdrawn.

Edwards said he has been through therapy and has learned from the experience.

“By processing my anger in a safe place with a professional, I was finally able to have the conversation that I wish I could have had with my mom when I was 14,” he wrote.

Since posting his story on Friday, Edwards has seen an outpouring of support from former colleagues like Mariska Hargitay and Zodiac co-star Mark Ruffalo.

Louis C.K's New Film Will Not Be Coming To A Theater Near You

Indie film distribution company The Orchard announced Friday they will no longer release Louis C.K.’s new film, I Love You, Daddy, a day after the New York Times published an article in which five women accused the comedian of sexual misconduct.

Comedians have condemned C.K. after two women told the newspaper that he exposed himself to them in 2002 in an Aspen hotel room and began masturbating. A third woman said she could hear C.K. masturbating on a phone call.

Lewis Kay, the comedian’s publicist, told BuzzFeed News Thursday that C.K. had no immediate comment on the women’s allegations. “In the coming days, Louis will issue a written statement,” he said. Kay also told the Times that C.K. “is not going to answer any questions.”

Prior to the publication of the long-rumored Times story, The Orchard suddenly cancelled the film’s New York premiere on Thursday. There were also reports that actor Chloë Grace Moretz had already dropped out of promoting the film two weeks ago.

In the film Moretz plays China, the 17-year-old daughter of CK’s character, who begins dating a 68-year-old filmmaker that is also an alleged pedophile.

“The Orchard will not be moving forward with the release of I Love You, Daddy,” the distributor announced in a short statement to media on Friday morning.

I Love You, Daddy was self-financed by CK, but The Orchard paid $5 million to release the film in theaters nationwide after its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to a representative for CK to check if there are any plans to release the film through CK’s website.

HBO said in a statement on Thursday that C.K.’s past work will be removed from its on-demand services and that the comedian will no longer be participating in the “Night of Too Many Stars” benefit for autism programs.

Meanwhile, FX, which aired the comedy-drama Louie based loosely on his life in standup, said it was “very troubled” by the Times’ report.

“The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K. related to any of our 5 shows produced together over the past 8 years,” the network said in a statement. “FX Networks and FXP take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace. That said, the matter is currently under review.”