John Oliver Is The Hero We All Need: Watch As He Grills Dustin Hoffman About Sexual Harassment Allegations During Tribeca Film Panel Discussion (VIDEO)

 

Some people might watch this video and think, “Wow. That was incredibly awkward,” but I think it’s incredibly entertaining. ‘Last Week Tonight‘ host John Oliver was moderating a 20th anniversary screening panel for Wag the Dog on behalf of the Tribeca Institute. The panel included Dustin Hoffman, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson.

For those who don’t know, Wag the Dog, was a “political spoof in which campaign advisers fabricate a war to cover up a presidential sex scandal,” so Oliver figured it would be appropriate to talk about the sexual harassment allegations against Hoffman.

Oliver said the allegations made by writer Anna Graham Hunter were “hanging in the air.” Hunter claims that Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate remarks to her when she was a teenage intern on a movie set in the 1980s. Another woman named Wendy Riss Gatsiounis told Variety that the 80-year-old actor propositioned her during a meeting in 1991.

After Hunter’s claims went public, Hoffman sent out a statement saying, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

But when Oliver brought up the accusations during the panel, Hoffman claimed he didn’t even remember the woman, “I still don’t know who this woman is. I never met her; if I met her it was in concert with other people.”

And that’s when Oliver really went in. He pointed out weak the original apology was…

“‘It’s not reflective of who I am’ — it’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off. It is reflective of who you were. If you’ve given no evidence to show it didn’t [happen] then there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women. It feels like a cop-out to say ‘it wasn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?”

This led to a long argument between Hoffman and Oliver. Some people in the crowd cheered for Oliver, while others yelled at him to “let it go.”

The best line came when Hoffman told Oliver to have an open mind, stating, “You weren’t there [on set,]” to which Oliver replied, “I’m glad [I wasn’t].”

Must Watch Trailer: Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller And Adam Sandler Star In ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’

Back in May, we might have shocked you when we told you that Adam Sandler might get an Oscar nomination this year for his work in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). The dramedy, which is about an estranged, slightly dysfunctional New York family, received a four-minute standing ovation after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

And critics were praising Sandler for his performance. As we mentioned in the post, Variety claimed Sandler could receive an Oscar nomination…

“Perhaps that’s why Netflix, which is in the Adam Sandler business, scooped up this relatively high-brow Scott Rudin production just weeks before its Cannes film festival premiere. Still, it’s odd to think that the company responsible for Sandy Wexler and The Ridiculous Six could conceivably earn Sandler his first Oscar nomination — and his best role since Punch-Drunk Love played Cannes in 2002.”  

The first trailer for this film was just released, and it definitely looks like it’s going to be worth your time. Will Sandler get an Oscar nomination? Probably not, but maybe this will get him back on the right track.

It’s scheduled to hit theaters and be released on Netflix October 13, 2017. Make sure you check it out.

Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 3 – Cute, Fun, and Intelligently Made

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Here’s something I’ve only said about a few third franchises in a chain; I loved this. This is a really good, really clever storyline that unfolds pretty organically. I mean, haven’t we always kind of known Po was adopted? His father was a bird, for Christ sakes.

Well, that loose end gets tied up in Kung Fu Panda 3, where we meet Li (Bryan Cranston) Po’s (Jack Black) long lost dad. The two connect and Po gets to meet up with a whole world of pandas. All is good, until the evil yak Kai (J.K. Simmons) begins challenging Kung Fu masters across the land, and Po had to train an army of Pandas to fight.

I absolutely loved that they managed to take this in a new, fresh direction without forcing a plot point. It really was a very well done story that’s complicated enough to be intriguing, while simple enough for younger viewers to follow. The writing was phenomenal and there are more than a few laugh out loud moments.

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Of course, the animation continues to be excellent and adorable. It’s the caliber of animation that’s expected to come from a DreamWorks/Disney effort. Everything about the movie is visually appealing and it would have gotten marks for that alone if the screenplay was crap.

But the screenplay wasn’t crap. It was pretty damn good. I loved the addition of Bryan Cranston, easily one of my favorite actors, and he has a great ‘dad’ voice. He helped to take this movie to a new dimension.

This movie deserved to be the one to beat out The Revenant at the Box Office. It’s just what we need to recover from that movie anyway. It’s cute, it’s fun and it’s intelligently made. This sequel was written with the same care that an original would have been and that made all the difference. It’s rare to see a number three that isn’t a shameless cash grab, and this clearly isn’t. It appears to still be a labor of love for those involved.

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If that’s the caliber they keep producing, they can keep putting out one Kung Fu Panda after another forever and never have a straight to video run. Of course, that isn’t really sustainable, so while I enjoyed this movie, I have to say that enjoyment is bittersweet because I’m sure any future Kung Fu Panda movies will come up lacking when compared to this one.

It’s a fun, uplifting movie that’s tied into a neat storyline and will be difficult to beat for any future animated features. Of course, I’m not aware of any coming out soon, so Kung Fu Panda may reign at the box office for some time. This is clearly a collaborative effort, from the artists at DreamWorks, to screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, as well as Yuh Nelson and her co-director, Alessandro Carloni, who collaborated to deliver a terrific, well-paced storyline for Po and his companions.

If you have kids, this one is worth the watch. Heck, it’s one that’s worth the watch even if you don’t have kids.
This is absolutely worth the watch, though you may want to get comfortable. You’re going to be there awhile.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!

four and a half stars

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