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With every passing day, the glitz and glamour we associate with Hollywood is being eroded; replaced instead with stories of misogyny, abuse and depravity.

While Harvey Weinstein is undoubtedly a key player in the industry's abhorrent underbelly, recent reports have shone a light on the alleged crimes of director, James Toback.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Selma Blair recalled a meeting with the director where she was forced to undress and perform naked before being threatened to stay quiet about the encounter.

Having just wrapped Cruel Intentions, Selma recalls meeting the director in his hotel bedroom to discuss a role in Havard Man, telling the publication that Toback coerced her into undressing in an effort to prove her 'trust' for him.

"Will you trust me? I cannot continue to work with you unless you trust me. I need you to take your clothes off. I need you to do this monologue naked," Selma recalls Toback saying.

Remembering undressing despite her protestations, Selma recalled: "I do remember looking down at the script and seeing my bare chest and not being able to focus on anything but the words and my face being so hot and puffy and feeling so ashamed."

The encounter with the director did not end there, with Selma remembering that he made reference to his masturbation habits and forced her to engage in conversation about it.

"I tried to look away, but he would hold my face. So I was forced to look into his eyes," she remembered. "And I felt disgust and shame and like nobody would ever think of me as being clean again after being this close to the devil. His energy was so sinister."

Selma was left in no doubt that disclosing information about the encounter could have life-threatening implications, recalling that James made reference to another actress who threatened to out him.

"If she ever tells anybody, no matter how much time she thinks went by, I have people who will pull up in a car, kidnap her, and throw her in the Hudson River with cement blocks on her feet. You understand what I'm talking about, right?"

While auditioning for the same film, Rachel McAdams was also forced to endure Toback's advances, with actress revealing that the director asked her to show him her public hair.

After disclosing the details of her encounter to her agents, Rachel said she was outraged that Toback's conduct was known within the industy.

"That is when I got mad, because I felt like I was kind of thrown into the lion's den and given no warning that he was a predator," she told Vanity Fair. "This was something that he was known for doing already."

Toback has denied the allegations which have surfaced about him.

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Oprah got snubbed at the Oscars and Twitter is on FIRE about it!

The legendary chat show host and Selma actress was going to high-five Common who was headed to the stage with John Legend to collect their Oscar for Best Song, ‘Glory’ but Common just went straight past her…eek!

The snub didn’t stop Oprah from being brought to tears by the powerful song, which featured in the Martin Luther King biopic which was released earlier this year.

We’re not so sure Common really meant to snub the Queen of TV…but just try telling Twitter that!

Oops, it looks like Common could be in trouble for his Oprah diss…but we're sure he didn't mean it!  

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There are some great new releases coming out this weekend so grab the girlies, you mum or your other half and head to the cinema!

Selma
Hitting Irish cinemas this Friday, Selma sees a great cast of David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth and Tom Wilkinson bring to life Martin Luther Kin’s campaign to secure equal voting rights in ’60s America.

The Interview
Probably one of the most talk-about movies of this year so far, The Interview caused a LOT of trouble with North Korea thanks to its depiction of leader Kim Jong Un.

Jupiter Ascending
Described as, erm a ‘space opera’ (?!) this movie stars lots of big names such as Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne. Out this Friday! 

Patrick's Day
A movie set to change the way people look at mental health issues. Written and directed by Terry McMahon and starring Moe Dunford, Kerry Fox and Phillip Jackson, this is one movie you don't want to miss. Hitting Irish cinemas Friday 6th February. 

 

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Selma, the biopic of Martin Luther King, has finally been given the green light for production.

Even more news for the highly anticipated film is that it will be produced by everyone’s favourite talk-show host, Oprah Winfrey.

Selma will be distributed by Paramount Pictures and it has been said that Liam Neeson and Hugh Jackman may be up for roles – we can only hope!

The movie will be set around the time of King’s campaign for voting rights in 1965.

We are really looking forward to this movie – even more now that Oprah is involved!

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