Michael Blackmon

Steven Spielberg Wants A Hollywood Code Of Conduct To Eliminate Sexual Harassment

Steven Spielberg said Tuesday that he never witnessed any inappropriate or troubling behavior by actor Dustin Hoffman on the set of 1991’s Hook.

“I had no experience with Dustin in any way, shape, or form, like the allegations,” Spielberg told BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith at a forum in New York City.

Hoffman is facing accusations of sexual misconduct from three women who said the actor groped or made inappropriate comments to them in the 1980s and early ’90s.

But Spielberg, who almost worked with Hoffman on 1988’s Rain Man before withdrawing from the project, said he was not attempting to “excuse” the allegations against the actor.

“It doesn’t excuse an allegation. I’m just saying that I, in working very closely with him, never experienced that,” Spielberg said.

The director was joined at Tuesday’s BuzzFeed panel by the two stars of his latest film, The Post, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, who both defended the idea of separating the art produced by controversial figures.

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.

“If the boards of the company were half female, there wouldn’t ever have been payoffs to anybody,” Streep said. “None of this — the shenanigans wouldn’t have occurred.”

Spielberg, meanwhile, said Hollywood needs an industrywide code of conduct to battle sexual harassment and allow more victims to come forward.

“There needs to be some kind of a code of conduct that everybody signs on with, who everybody is in general agreement with,” the director said, when asked about the rise of the #MeToo movement.

He said that an ideal set of rules would allow “more men and women to come forward with things that they may not have come forward [with], let’s say, six months ago, to talk about.”

Spielberg said he felt there needed to be a system inside Hollywood for people to be more open about sexual misconduct, instead of “just relying on each studio’s HR.”

“This is obviously a national reckoning,” he said of the #MeToo movement. “It’s a global referendum.”

Nicole Kidman And Reese Witherspoon Are Returning For “Big Little Lies” Season 2

Kidman and Witherspoon are also set to executive produce the next season, along with David E. Kelley.

The project will be directed by Andrea Arnold, who will also serve as an executive producer.

Not much is known about the plot details of the upcoming season, but Kelley will be writing all seven scripts.

HBO said the show will delve into the “malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting.”

Patrick Stewart Says He Wants To Reprise His “Star Trek” Role If Tarantino Is Directing

“People are always saying to me, ‘Will you be Jean-Luc Picard again?'” Stewart told the Hollywood Reporter on Friday. “I cannot think that would be possible, but there are ways in which something like that might come about.”

“But one of my dreams is to work with Tarantino. I admire his work so much, and to be in a Tarantino film would give me so much satisfaction,” Stewart continued.

“So, if he is going to direct something to do with Star Trek and there was the possibility of dear old Jean-Luc showing up again and doing that for Mr. Tarantino, I would embrace it.”

Stewart said his admiration for Tarantino’s artistic skills is what makes the director his “first choice.”

“The one thing that characterizes all of his movies is that frame by frame, it always challenges, always demands your attention, always demands a very kind of open and generous response to what he does,” Stewart told the Hollywood Reporter.

“I also love his sense of humor as a filmmaker. So yes, he would be my first choice.”

Two Of R. Kelly's Homes Were Robbed While He Was On Tour

Georgia police on Wednesday announced they have issued arrest warrants for a former associate of R. Kelly who allegedly robbed two Atlanta houses belonging to the singer while he was on tour.

Alfonso Walker, 50, is facing charges of burglary and theft, and remains on the run. Walker used to do “odds and ends jobs” for Kelly, Captain Christopher Byers of the Johns Creek Police Department told BuzzFeed News.

Kelly’s housekeeper contacted authorities on Nov. 26 when she arrived to discover “everything was gone,” according to a police report.

Captain Byers said several valuables were taken from the home, including furniture, clothing, and television sets.

When investigators visited another of Kelly’s residences in the city, they then found it had also been burglarized.

Neighbors noticed suspicious vehicles at one of the homes over the course a week, with people moving items, but Byers said they didn’t find it alarming because the men “were doing it in broad daylight and weren’t acting like your typical burglar.”

Walker was connected to the crime after a detective went to the second of Kelly’s burglarized homes to do some follow-up work, Byers said. As he came upon the driveway, he noticed three individuals who were moving things out of the home and into a truck allegedly registered in Walker’s name.

According to Byers, the men told police that they were hired by “Doc,” a nickname for Walker, to move Kelly’s belongings because the singer was getting rid of his possessions for a move from Atlanta to Chicago, Kelly’s hometown. Since Walker had done work in the past for Kelly before, the men said they thought that everything was above board.

Byers told BuzzFeed News that Walker sold Kelly’s possessions “a room at a time.” One of the men admitted to buying one of the room’s items for $6,000.

There’s no current estimate of how much was taken from the homes because police are still waiting on that information from Kelly, but the individuals who bought items are listed as victims in the police report since they purchased them without knowing they were stolen.

WSB-TV was first to report the news.

In interviews with police, Walker allegedly said he sold the items because he felt he was “owed” money from the singer.

Walker was supposed to turn himself into police on Dec. 5, but failed to do so.

Kelly’s spokesperson said he was thankful to police for their “swift and diligent work in determining the responsible parties.”

“He would also like to thank all of his fans around the world for their love and support, as well as the community for being very cooperative,” the spokesperson said.”

A BuzzFeed News investigation in July found parents have told police that R. Kelly has allegedly been keeping young women in several of his homes against their will, including a home in Johns Creek. Kelly has denied the allegations against him.

“He doesn’t have that house anymore to my understanding,” Byers said when asked if the homes that were burglarized were where any of the women in the BuzzFeed News report lived.

Fergie Interrupted Armie Hammer On Stage At A Charity Event And People Have A Lot Of Feelings About It

The singer then proceeded to crack a few joke about Hammer, saying, “I’m going to win at the Academy Awards, thanks.”

She was soon interrupted when someone in the audience shouted out to Hammer, to which Fergie replied, “They love you, they really do, they really love you,” presumably a reference to Sally Fields’ iconic Oscar speech.

Tonya Harding Never Actually Said One Of The Rudest Things In “I, Tonya,” According To Margot Robbie

The film is a biopic about Tonya Harding, one of the most popular figure skaters of the early ’90s, whose career ended in scandal when she was caught up in the events surrounding the 1994 attack on her skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan. Harding was subsequently banned from the US Figure Skating Association for life.

Here's How Celebs Are Reacting To The Death Of “Touched By An Angel” Star Della Reese

Della Reese, the singer and actor best known for her role as Tess on the television show Touched By An Angel, has died. She was 86 year old.

The news was first reported by People magazine on Monday. Roma Downey, Reese’s costar on Touched By An Angel, shared the news via her personal Instagram.

“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home surrounded by love,” she wrote. “Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people. She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on Touched By An Angel.”

Reese began her venture into Hollywood as a singer, beginning with gospel before making hits as an R&B act. Soon after, Reese broadened her resumé and made her mark on television with the talk show Della, which ran from 1969-1970, making her the first black woman to host her own variety show.

That lead to even bigger opportunities, like working with Johnny Carson, the former host of The Tonight Show.

“One day in the hallway, we passed each other and he said, ‘How’d you like to try out hosting?'” Reese said in an interview discussing Carson. “And I said I’d love it.”

That simple interaction led to Reese becoming the first black woman to guest-host the iconic late night show.

In addition to Touched By An Angel, Reese is known for films A Thin Line Between Love And Hate, Beauty Shop, and the Eddie Murphy classic, Harlem Nights.