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Jordan Peele Announced That His Next Film Will Be Another Thriller And People Are Excited As Hell

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nyong’o is in the negotiations phase of the deal, while Duke and Moss are in more preliminary stages of being contracted to star in the Peele-directed movie.

(Full disclosure: Peele is married to Chelsea Peretti, the sister of BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti. Peele’s also partnered with BuzzFeed in the past for a PSA on fake news.)

Jeffrey Tambor Admits To Being “Mean” On The Set Of “Transparent,” But Denies He Sexually Harassed Anyone

Jeffrey Tambor admitted in a report Monday that he was “difficult” and “mean” on the set of Transparent, but continued to deny the allegations of sexual harassment that got him ousted from the critically acclaimed show.

“I drove myself and my castmates crazy,” Tambor told the Hollywood Reporter, adding that he was very passionate about the work, which would sometimes result in him treating people on set poorly.

“Lines got blurred. I was difficult. I was mean,” Tambor said, while continuing to deny that he sexually harassed anyone.

In October 2017, just a few weeks after Hollywood’s reckoning with sexual misconduct started after the Harvey Weinstein reports in the New York Times and New Yorker, Van Barnes said she was sexually harassed by an unnamed actor suspected to be Tambor.

Barnes, who identifies as trans and is Tambor’s former assistant, wrote in a post that the unidentified man would give her “butt pats,” was “subjected to listening to his porno” while she waited in a nearby room, and was sexually propositioned with questions about “taking care of him sexually.”

Barnes also accused Tambor of watching her sleep naked — a claim Tambor said was made up — on Megyn Kelly Today in early March.

She added that she told a producer about the alleged behavior, but no action was taken.

In addition to Barnes, Trace Lysette, who worked on Transparent with Tambor as the character Shea, alleged that the actor would make unsolicited advances and sometimes gave “kisses on the forehead, which was awkward.”

Lysette, who is also trans, said she chalked this up to the actor possibly seeing her as a “daughter figure or something,” but things changed when Tambor allegedly said, “My God, Trace, I want to attack you sexually,” while the two were shooting a breakfast scene.

During the same setting, Lysette said Tambor also put his feet on top of hers and began thrusting on her hips.

“They were discreet and insidious and creepy,” she said. “I felt his genitals on me. And I pushed him off.”

In the Hollywood Reporter, Tambor was reticent when asked about specific details of the allegations.

“I don’t want to characterize them,” he said.

Tambor called Barnes a “former disgruntled assistant” in an initial statement about the ordeal, calling her claim a “baseless allegation.”

“I dispute her account,” Tambor told the paper. “I did raise my voice at times, I was moody at times, there were times when I was tactless. But as for the other stuff, absolutely not.”

Tambor added that he hasn’t spoken with Transparent creator Jill Soloway since February, when the showrunner sent him a text message notifying him that he would not be returning to the show. The decision was made after an internal investigation into the claims of harassment was conducted by Amazon Studios.

The actor made it known soon after that he was “profoundly disappointed” and called the outcome of the investigation “deeply flawed and biased.”

“It’s not a simple case of did he do it or didn’t he do it,” Soloway told the Hollywood Reporter. “Nobody said he was a predator — they said he sexually harassed people. He made enemies, and I don’t think he realized he was making enemies. You have to be very, very careful if you’re a person in power, and treat people very appropriately.”

Although Tambor will no longer appear in Transparent, he will be featured in Netflix’s Arrested Development, when it’s fifth season debuts on the streaming service on May 29.

Helena Bonham Carter Will Officially Play Princess Margaret In “The Crown”

The entire cast is being replaced for the forthcoming season. Each season examines a decade of the Queen and the royal family’s lives, with the first two covering Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s first two decades as a couple. Colman is one of Britain’s most respected actors, known for her roles in Broadchurch, Hot Fuzz, The Night Manager, and Fleabag.

Tobias Menzies (from Game of Thrones and Rome) will play Prince Philip, replacing Matt Smith.

Kanye Is Still Pissed At Barack Obama For Calling Him A “Jackass” In 2009

A lot of ground was covered during the lengthy interview, from how West’s music career took a hit after his years-long beef with Taylor Swift; to the emotions he felt upon hearing his wife, Kim Kardashian West, had been robbed at gunpoint in 2016; to his most recent comments about President Trump.

“I also had a problem that Obama’s from Chicago and Chicago’s the murder capital of the world,” West said.

“I had a number of things that made me say, just how there’s racist Trump supporters, there’s things where I’m like, well, maybe this could make a difference,” West said.

After Charlamagne asked if West thought Obama could just wave a magic wand and fix the city’s problems, the rapper took on a more sympathetic tone.

“You know what, it’s not his fault,” he said. “You’ve seen that gray hair on that man? You don’t know what that man was dealing with — I mean, you can only imagine, but just it took everything in that man’s spirit and soul not to mention racism every sentence.”

“I might be president one day,” West added.

“I might be in that situation, where it’s harder for me to explain to the masses why something isn’t happening that they feel the concept of a president should be able to fix. So to Obama I will say that I understand.”

Time's Up Has Launched A Campaign To Boycott R. Kelly

Women of color in the Hollywood-led anti–sexual harassment initiative Time’s Up on Monday called for a boycott of R. Kelly and his music in response to the allegations of sexual abuse against the R&B singer.

“We demand appropriate investigations and inquiries into the allegations of R. Kelly’s abuse made by women of color and their families for over two decades now,” the Time’s Up initiative said in a statement posted on their social media channels. “And we declare with great vigilance and a united voice to anyone who wants to silence us: Their time is up.”

The group specifically called out RCA Records, Ticketmaster, Spotify, and Apple Music for producing or selling Kelly’s music. They also blasted North Carolina’s Greensboro Coliseum Complex for hosting a Kelly concert scheduled for May 11.

Kelly, 51, has long denied the abuse allegations against him.

“R. Kelly supports the pro-women goals of the Time’s Up movement. We understand criticizing a famous artist is a good way to draw attention to those goals — and in this case, it is unjust and off-target,” his representative said in a statement to BuzzFeed News, calling the criticism of him an “attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.”

“We fully support the rights of women to be empowered to make their own choices,” the statement added. “Time’s Up has neglected to speak with any of the women who welcome R. Kelly’s support, and it has rushed to judgment without the facts.” The statement said he is a victim of a “greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him.”

The campaign dubbed #MuteRKelly, which originally began last year, quickly received support Monday from a number of top celebs, both female and male, as well as Tarana Burke, who is credited as being the founder of the #MeToo movement.

Tim Savage, the father of Joycelyn Savage, one of the women alleged to be involved in the singer’s so-called cult, told BuzzFeed News that “it’s been a long time coming to help these girls,” adding that he was “very appreciative” of the #MuteRKelly campaign.

“I would love to hear from Time’s Up and help them help us move in a direction to where we can bring these girls out and bring this to an end,” he said.

Jerhonda Pace, a woman who said Kelly abused her when she was a minor, tweeted, “My heart is full.”

#MuteRKelly was first launched last year by Oronike Odeleye and Kenyette Barnes in a bid to pressure radio stations to stop play Kelly’s music. (The pair did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.)

“Someone had to stand up for Black women, and if I wasn’t willing to do my part — no matter how small — then I couldn’t continue to complain,” Odeleye said on the petition’s website.

“It’s time for us to end this man’s career. Enough is beyond enough.”

On Sunday, Kelly posted a video statement to his social channels when news broke that he would be dropped from the upcoming 2018 Love Jam concert in Chicago on May 5 following protests from several members of the community.

“I’ve never heard of a show being canceled because of rumors,” he said. “But I guess there’s a first time for everything.”

Savage said he was shocked by Kelly’s response to the performance cancellation.

“This man feels that he has no knowledge of what has been going on for the past two years that my daughter has been in that house,” Savage said.

Here's The Video For Lin-Manuel Miranda's Latest #Hamildrop, “First Burn”

In case you didn’t know, #Hamildrops are monthly releases of new Hamilton content, first announced at the end of 2017 by Miranda.

According to Miranda, the releases will continue through December of 2018.

Miranda revealed that “First Burn” came about in a unique way. While on the HamilCast podcast, he stopped by to play some tunes that “didn’t make it to the show” and upon listening to it again he said, “This is kind of dope.”

Afterward, he went back to his label and focused on reworking the song while showcasing the wealth of talent in different companies that produce the musical.

Kanye West Announced On Twitter That His New Album Is Coming Out In June

West and Khalifa have an intertwined history in that they work in the same industry, and both dated Amber Rose at one time.

The entire blowup seems to have stemmed from a misunderstanding that Khalifa was somehow calling out West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, in a tweet.

As for Kid Cudi, he’s kept a relatively low profile since he announced in 2016 that he would be checking himself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges.

Kid Cudi and West have been friends for at least a decade. West signed Cudi to G.O.O.D. Music label in 2008, and the then-up-and-coming rapper’s career began to take off.

In 2017, Page Six reported that the two were apparently working on a secret project, and it seems that the publication’s hunch was true.

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

A Former “Drag Race” Contestant Is Being Accused Of Lying About An Uber Driver Dying In A Crash

Although fans and drag queens alike were sympathetic to Turner’s purported accident, things took a turn when people began questioning if the tale was actually true.

Turner is a Seattle, Washington-based performer, so BuzzFeed News reached out to the Seattle Police Department for more information.

A spokesperson for the department said they were unable to “confirm it in Seattle proper,” but added that there are several outlier cities in the area with their own dedicated police departments so the crash could have happened in one of those jurisdictions.

BuzzFeed News also reached out to Turner for comment.