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Peter Jackson Responds to Harvey Weinstein's Denial of 'Lord of the Rings' Casting Story

Peter Jackson Responds to Harvey Weinstein's Denial of 'Lord of the Rings' Casting Story

Peter Jackson has released a lengthy statement in response to Harvey Weinstein‘s denial of blacklisting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino during the Lord of the Rings casting process.

The Weinstein brothers were involved with the fantasy franchise when their studio Miramax was helping develop the films. The studio didn’t end up green-lighting the movie and the franchise moved to New Line, where the final decisions were made.

Harvey‘s rep claims that he had no input on casting as “all casting was done by New Line.”

Peter says that during his initial conversations with Weinstein, he brought up Ashley and Mira as possibly casting choices and he was told to “steer clear” of them “because they claimed to have had ‘bad experiences’ with these particular actresses in the past.”

“This type of comment is not unusual – it can happen with any studio on any film, when different actor’s names come up in conversation – but once you hear negative feedback about somebody, you don’t forget it,” Peter said in his statement to Deadline. He added, “The movies changed hands from Miramax to New Line before casting actually got underway – but because we had been warned off Ashley and Mira by Miramax, and we were naive enough to assume we’d been told the truth, Fran [Walsh] and I did not raise their names in New Line casting conversations.”

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Taylor Swift & Gigi Hadid Snuggle on the Couch in Gigi's Belated Happy Birthday Post!

Taylor Swift & Gigi Hadid Snuggle on the Couch in Gigi's Belated Happy Birthday Post!

Gigi Hadid is giving us all the BFF feels in her belated birthday post to Taylor Swift, who turned 28 this week.

The 22-year-old model took to Instagram on Friday (December 15) to share her tribute (two days late, but she had a really good explanation).

“A belated wish to an incredible friend, a brilliant mind, a huge heart,” Gigi captioned the slideshow below. “HAPPIEST BIRTH[week] my T @taylorswift , you know I love you beyond. You make me so proud ! ❤️✨.”

The new photos feature Taylor and Gigi cuddling up together for a selfie and a mirror pic while hanging out on the couch together.

Love these two!

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Will Smith, Noomi Rapace, & Joel Edgerton Premiere 'Bright' for UK Audiences!

Will Smith, Noomi Rapace, & Joel Edgerton Premiere 'Bright' for UK Audiences!

Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, and Will Smith gather on the red carpet to snap a selfie at the premiere of Bright on Friday (December 15) at BFI Southbank in London, England.

The actors were joined at the event by their co-star Dawn Olivieri.

Bright will be available for streaming on Netflix on December 22 and the film’s soundtrack, filled with tons of original songs, is now available for download and streaming.

FYI: Dawn is wearing a Jovani Signature dress.

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DJ Khaled's one-year-old son Asahd might be the youngest person to ever get bottle service in a club... but it's not the normal type of bottle service! The DJ and his wife took their son to a club opening this week and he had to get fed, so he was served one of his baby bottles and the pics are too cute. Go check them out...

Hailee Steinfeld Sings 'Let Me Go' on 'Fallon' - Watch Her Last Performance of 2017!

Hailee Steinfeld Sings 'Let Me Go' on 'Fallon' - Watch Her Last Performance of 2017!

Hailee Steinfeld gave en epic performance of “Let Me Go” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!

The 21-year-old singer and actress took the stage with Alesso and watt on Thursday (December 14).

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She sparkled in long-sleeve mini dress, fishnets, and tall black boots.

She also wore a white off-the-shoulder top, black pants, and black pumps while discussing her 21st birthday celebrations. (Her first legal drink was a Moscow mule!)

“LAST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR BABY!” she shared on Instagram, adding, “LET ME GOOOOOOO!! Thank you @jimmyfallon. I had a blast last night, and loved the way you yelled “COME ON” after we finished. And how @alesso flew in from Sweden just for the show and how @thisiswatt looks like he’d kill jack black in a guitar riff-off in school of rock. 🤘🏼🎸🤣💃🏻 #LetMeGo.”

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Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso ft. watt: Let Me Go

Also pictured inside: Hailee joining fans at the Privé Revaux Eyewear New York Flagship store that same night in New York City.

FYI: Hailee is wearing Mugler on The Tonight Show, and David Koma at the Privé Revaux Eyewear event.

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Phoebe Tonkin Joins 'The Affair' Season 4 for Cole's Storyline

Phoebe Tonkin Joins 'The Affair' Season 4 for Cole's Storyline

Phoebe Tonkin is set to join the upcoming fourth season of Showtime’s The Affair!

The 28-year-old actress, who is best known for her work on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, will play a character involved in Cole’s (Joshua Jackson) storyline.

Amy Irving is set to play “Nan Perino, a sculptress from Morro Bay, Calif., with a ‘mysterious’ connection to Cole’s father,” according to TVLine.

Phoebe is playing “Daphne, Nan’s protégé, who ‘guides’ Cole through his quest for answers.”

The final season of The Originals will return to The CW in 2018!

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Kristin Chenoweth Joins Andrea Bocelli for Special Concerts at Madison Square Garden!

Kristin Chenoweth Joins Andrea Bocelli for Special Concerts at Madison Square Garden!

Kristin Chenoweth gives Andrea Bocelli a big hug after singing with him on stage at Madison Square Garden this week in New York City.

The Tony-winning entertainer was Andrea‘s special guest for his NYC shows on Wednesday and Thursday (December 13 and 14). She joined him for a duet of “The Prayer” and also went solo on “Upon This Rock.”

“This week I get to perform two shows with @AndreaBocelliOfficial. Not only that, we’re playing at @TheGarden?! I MUST be dreaming. Life is a beautiful thing,” Kristin wrote on Instagram.

“Last night was a dream come true. I can’t believe I get to do it all over again tonight… 💕,” she added with the below video on Thursday.

You can also see Kristin perform with Andrea on February 9 in Charlotte, February 11 in Miami, and February 14 in Tampa.

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Darren Criss: 'Homework' EP Stream, Download, & Listen Now!

Darren Criss: 'Homework' EP Stream, Download, & Listen Now!

Darren Criss‘ new five-song EP Homework is out now!

The 30-year-old singer and former Glee star dropped the indie EP on Friday (December 15).

Darren is a member of musical group Computer Games, but Homework marks his first solo project in over seven years.

“I liked the name [Homework] for a couple of reasons,” he explained. “For starters, I made it mostly at home. Whether writing or recording it at my own place or at friends’, it’s about as homegrown as you can get. It was produced mostly with real live instruments, getting back to what really started my life as a songwriter in the first place- guitars & pianos and words & music.”

“Thanks for all of your support, really hope you enjoy my humble collection of songs,” he captioned a video he shared on Instagram. “This wouldn’t have been possible without you all. It would have continued to sit in my head with nowhere to go. Thanks for giving it a home!”

Listen below! You can also download Homework on iTunes.

Darren will also be playing a release day show in Los Angeles – get the details here.

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