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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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Harvey Weinstein Responds to Peter Jackson Claiming He Was 'Fed False Information' About Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino

Harvey Weinstein is responding to Peter Jackson‘s belief that he was “fed false information” about Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, leading him to not cast them in Lord Of The Rings.

Representatives for Harvey issued a statement on Friday (December 15): “Mr. Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson. However, as Mr. Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the Lord of the Rings, Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line. While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film they had no input into the casting whatsoever,” the statement reads, via Entertainment Weekly.

“Secondly, until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [Frida and Crossing Over] and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well. There was no indication that Mira Sorvino had any issues until Mr. Weinstein read about the complaints in the news,” the statement continues.

“As recently as this year, Mira Sorvino called Mr. Weinstein and asked if her husband could be part of the SEAL television series [Six] he was producing and Mr. Weinstein cast him; when Christopher Backus received a better offer, Mr. Weinstein allowed him to amicably break his contact to peruse the opportunity.”

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Peter Jackson Confirms Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino's Claims of Being Blacklisted From 'Lord Of The Rings' by Harvey Weinstein

Peter Jackson is opening up about Harvey Weinstein, as well as realizing that he was led to believe false information about Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino.

The Lord Of The Rings director told Stuff that while in talks to produce Rings with Harvey‘s company Miramax, he expressed interest in casting both actresses.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” he said.

While he didn’t have reason to doubt the recommendation not to cast them at the time, he now feels it was likely a “smear campaign in full swing.”

“I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women – and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list,” he said.

Both Ashley and Mira have since responded on Twitter.

“Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick,” said Mira.

“I remember this well,” wrote Ashley while retweeting the story.

See their tweets below.


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Zoe Saldana Gets in 'Avatar' Spirit at Cirque du Soleil's Toruk Premiere!

Zoe Saldana is having an Avatar flashback!

The 38-year-old actress was in attendance at Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK – The First Flight premiere on Friday (November 11) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The new show was inspired by director James Cameron‘s hit film Avatar! Zoe starred in the 2009 film and is signed on for all the planned future movies with the franchise.

Also hitting up the event were Josh Duhamel with son Axl, Lisa Bonet, Christina Milian, Helen Hunt, Maika Monroe, Jack Black, Tricia Helfer, Johnathan Bennett, Mira Sorvino, Goran Visnjic, Black-ish‘s Miles Brown, and Eiza Gonzalez.

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Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Reunite For Beatles LOVE 10th Anniversary Show in Vegas

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite on stage during the 10th anniversary Celebration of ‘The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil’ held at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on Thursday night (July 14).

The two original Beatles members were joined by their wives, Nancy Shevell and Barbara Bach, plus Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison, and Joe Walsh.

Other notable guests included Dot Marie Jones, Cary Elwes, Josh Hutcherson, Ron Howard, Nastia Liukin, Mira Sorvino, Kevin Dillon, and Modern Family‘s Aubrey Anderson-Emmons

The anniversary performance introduced vibrant new acts — including advanced projection technology, new acrobatic acts, a remixed soundtrack with a new song, “Twist and Shout”.

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Jerry O'Connell's Twins Know Rebecca Romijn Was Married to 'Uncle Jesse' John Stamos

John Stamos poses with his pal Kevin Spacey while attending the 2015 Reel Stories, Real Lives event benefiting the Motion Picture & Television Fund held at Milk Studios on Saturday (April 25) in Hollywood.

The guys were also joined by Tony Goldwyn, Tobey Maguire, Lizzy Caplan, Mira Sorvino, Dana Brunetti, and Yvette Nicole Brown.

John‘s name recently came up during an episode of Watch What Happens Live!, featuring his former on-screen wife Lori Loughlin and his ex-wife Rebecca Romijn‘s current husband Jerry O’Connell.

Full House is on a continual loop. Because [my daughters] expressed, like, real feelings for the character of Uncle Jesse, I said, ‘You know girls, I gotta tell you something. This is gonna be crazy…” Jerry said. “My kids really want to know why Mom isn’t still with him. [They say], ‘That was a mistake, Mom.’”

FYI: Lizzy is wearing a Houghton dress.

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Eddie Redmayne Celebrates Globes Win with Tons of Celebs!

Eddie Redmayne is sandwiched in between Felicity Jones and Lily Collins while attending a dinner held to celebrate his Golden Globe win on Monday evening (January 12) at Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old actor picked up the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his work in The Theory of Everything.

Other celebrities who stepped out to celebrate his win included Anne Hathaway, Adrien Brody, Minnie Driver, Melanie Griffith, Alicia Silverstone, Mira Sorvino, and writer Dustin Lance Black.

We’re pretty sure Eddie is on his way to an Oscar nomination and possible win, so there should be plenty more celebrating in his future!

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