Kevin Smith thought heart attack symptoms were result of spoiled milk

Filmmaker Kevin Smith was convinced he had just sipped some “bad milk” after throwing up as he began to suffer from a heart attack on Sunday night (25Feb18). The Clerks writer/director fell ill after completing the first of two of his Kevin Smith Live…

Filmmaker Kevin Smith was convinced he had just sipped some “bad milk” after throwing up as he began to suffer from a heart attack on Sunday night (25Feb18).

The Clerks writer/director fell ill after completing the first of two of his Kevin Smith Live! stand up shows at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California, and had to cancel the second gig.

On Monday (26Feb18), Kevin revealed he had been struck down by a “massive heart attack”, and had to be hospitalised for emergency surgery.

The 47-year-old is now on the road to recovery, and has since shared more details about the scary moments leading up to his health crisis, admitting the thought of a heart attack never even crossed his mind as he wasn’t in that much pain.

Assuring fans he’s “fine, kind of”, he shared in a new online video, “After the first show, I started feeling nauseous, and then I tried to lay down on the floor… I wound up getting ill, like threw up, but (it was) mostly bile, so I just thought I got some bad milk.”

An ambulance was called after Kevin began having difficulties breathing, but even as paramedics arrived to evaluate him, he was still in denial about the seriousness of his condition – and was more concerned about having to expose his bulging stomach to receive treatment.

Calling the first responders “wonderful”, he said, “They were very patient with a guy who was – never mind the heart attack – deathly afraid of lifting his shirt up… They start doing what they’re doing, lifting up my shirt, I was like, ‘Woah!’ and yanking down my shirt.

“It became a struggle, a battle with these cats… I was profusely sweating…, and they were looking at me like, ‘This cat has no idea what’s going on, does he…?'”

Kevin only realised he was in real trouble when the medics called for powerful pain medication morphine, and he suddenly began to assess his life as he faced the possibility of dying.

“If they’re pulling out morphine, that usually means bad s**t, so when I heard that, I started going, ‘This could be it,’ so I thought about my life…,” he explained. “It’s not like my life flashed before my eyes, but I had a good long moment to think…

“I just thought about everything, thought about my parents…, my brother and my sister, my friends, and my wife and my kid, and this weird, wonderful career that I’ve had for so long.”

“I was content, it was weird…,” Kevin admitted. “I didn’t wanna die, don’t get me wrong, but I was like… what a ride it’s been, what an incredible f**king ride.”

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Discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed against Harvey Weinstein dismissed

Harvey Weinstein has scored a small victory in court after a discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed against him by his former assistant was dismissed. In a lawsuit filed in New York federal court last month (Jan18), Sandeep Rehal, who worked at T…

Harvey Weinstein has scored a small victory in court after a discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed against him by his former assistant was dismissed.

In a lawsuit filed in New York federal court last month (Jan18), Sandeep Rehal, who worked at The Weinstein Company from 2013 to 2015, alleged her ex-boss would grope her, call her derogatory names, use profane language towards her, and strip down naked in front of her.

Rehal also claimed Weinstein would threaten her job by telling her, “I am Harvey Weinstein and you are at Weinstein University. I decide whether or not you graduate.” And she alleged she would have to clean up used condoms and semen from his office.

Rehal was seeking unspecified damages, but according to the New York Post’s Page Six Manhattan federal court Judge Jesse Furman dismissed the lawsuit on Monday (26Feb18), because her lawyers were unable to prove the Southern District of New York had jurisdiction to hear the case.

However, the lawsuit can be filed in a different jurisdiction and attorney Genie Harrison is planning to refile it later this week (begs26Feb18).

More than 80 women, including Mira Sorvino, Rose McGowan, and Ashley Judd, have accused the disgraced studio boss of inappropriate behaviour, assault, rape, and misconduct since exposes detailing his bad behaviour were published in The New York Times and New Yorker last year (Oct17).

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, but he had apologised for his past bad behaviour and the way he has treated some people.

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The Weinstein Company to file for bankruptcy

The Weinstein Company (TWC) will file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks, after failing to sell off their assets.The company, which was co-founded by brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, had been close to agreeing a $500 million deal to sell the company …

The Weinstein Company (TWC) will file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks, after failing to sell off their assets.

The company, which was co-founded by brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, had been close to agreeing a $500 million deal to sell the company to businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet two weeks ago.

However, the lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in which he alleged TWC board violated gender discrimination laws as they ignored credible evidence of director Harvey’s alleged misconduct, resulting in an atmosphere of sexual harassment and abuse that discriminated against female employees, is said to have caused the deal to break down.

In a letter shared publicly on Sunday (25Feb18), the organisation revealed that their only remaining option is to declare bankruptcy.

“We will now pursue the Board’s only viable option to maximize the Company’s remaining value: an orderly bankruptcy process,” the letter read.

It also revealed that Contreras-Sweet and Ron Burkle, who was to be the other lead investor involved in the sale, had met with Schneiderman and representatives of TWC board on Wednesday to discuss the sale.

According to the letter, the meeting went well. However, following the discussion, it’s said that the growing stress on the two sides, as well as Schneiderman’s disapproval of the investors’ plan to hire David Glasser, the Chief Operating Officer under Harvey, as Chief Executive Officer, led to the dissolution of the sale.

“We have believed in this Company and in the goals set forth by the Attorney General. Based on the events of the past week, however, we must conclude that your plan to buy this company was illusory and would only leave this Company hobbling toward its demise to the detriment of all constituents. This Board will not let that happen.

“Despite your previous statements, it is simply impossible to avoid the conclusion that you have no intention to sign an agreement – much less to close one – and no desire to save valuable assets and jobs.”

More than 80 women have come forward with accusations of misconduct, harassment, sexual abuse, and even rape against Harvey, 65, who denies having non-consensual relations with any of the women. He resigned from TWC board after the first allegations were reported in The New York Times and The New Yorker last October (17).

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Ryan Gosling thought someone was seriously ill during 2017 Oscars chaos

Ryan Gosling was so confused by the drama at the end of last year’s (17) Oscars ceremony he thought someone had been taken seriously ill. The actor was onstage celebrating La La Land’s Best Picture win when it was announced there had been a mistake an…

Ryan Gosling was so confused by the drama at the end of last year’s (17) Oscars ceremony he thought someone had been taken seriously ill.

The actor was onstage celebrating La La Land’s Best Picture win when it was announced there had been a mistake and presenter Warren Beatty had read from the wrong card.

As Academy Awards bosses tried to relay that message to the audience and viewers at home – and reveal Moonlight had actually won gold – there was chaos both on and offstage, and Gosling admits he felt sure there was an emergency.

In a new recap article for The Hollywood Reporter, the actor says, “I felt like someone had been hurt. I thought there was some kind of medical situation.”

Beatty has also recalled the most dramatic end to the Oscars, confessing he thought there had been an error when he first looked at the announcement card he had been given by a distracted accountant backstage.

“I thought, ‘Well, maybe this is a misprint’. And then: ‘I shouldn’t foul up the show just because someone made a little error’.”

But Moonlight star Mahershala ALi, who had picked up the Best Supporting Actor award earlier in the evening, admits he knew what was going on and was one of the first people to realise his film had been chosen as Best Picture: “I looked up on the monitor. When I saw that people at home could see security onstage, I literally said, ‘Oh, we won’. I don’t know what made me think that.”

Meanwhile, watching at home Beatty’s wife Annette Bening and their daughter were beside themselves: “It was sort of like a dream, and my daughter and I both just started screaming, basically. We were stunned.”

Meanwhile, host Jimmy Kimmel, who will be back to front the 2018 Oscars on Sunday (04Mar18), has poked fun at last year’s flub in a new ad, in which he appears to be chatting to a therapist about the drama, but it’s actually Beatty, who urges the funnyman to “get out of my house”.

The muddled moment is featured at the beginning of the new ad as Kimmel awakes from a nightmare and reveals he’s always thinking about the Best Picture mishap, joking he can no longer open an envelope as mail piles up at his door.

The comedian also tries to destroy every memory of his 2017 hosting gig by setting fire to the tuxedo he wore.

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Paul Hogan wants to produce new Crocodile Dundee movie

Paul Hogan is interested in making another Crocodile Dundee film, but only on the condition that he is behind the scenes.The 78-year-old played outback adventurer Michael “Crocodile” Dundee in the trilogy, which returned to the spotlight following this…

Paul Hogan is interested in making another Crocodile Dundee film, but only on the condition that he is behind the scenes.

The 78-year-old played outback adventurer Michael “Crocodile” Dundee in the trilogy, which returned to the spotlight following this year’s Super Bowl (04Feb18), where Tourism Australia played an advertisement disguised as a faux trailer for an imagined sequel to the movie series. Though Paul has previously claimed he wouldn’t be adding another installment to the franchise, media mogul Kerry Stokes has now revealed otherwise.

“I spoke to Paul Hogan about that… he would like to produce it now but not act in it. Pass on the mantle,” the Seven network owner told NT News.

Actor Chris Hemsworth, who starred in the Tourism Australia commercial alongside Danny McBride as well as fellow Australian movie stars Margot Robbie and Hugh Jackman, has since revealed that he’d “definitely be open to discussions” about making a Crocodile Dundee reboot a reality. And Kerry thinks the Thor: Ragnarok star would make the perfect leading man.

“I think there are many reasons why it could be attractive to make Crocodile Dundee again and if you get Hemsworth to play Dundee that would be pretty neat,” said the 77-year-old. “I think Qantas (Australian airline) should invest in a movie like this. I think the worldwide tourism value… would be sensational.”

The Australian publication has created its own Bring Back Dundee petition, which has garnered nearly 7000 signatures to date.

Previously, actress Rebel Wilson wrote on Twitter that she had approached Paul with an idea for a female fronted reboot but had been rebuffed.

However, Chris shared that if his version is not made, he’d love to see the Pitch Perfect star take on the role instead, adding, “She’d be a better one than I’d be, she can sing too so we could do a musical version.”

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James Gunn keen to cast Mark Hamill in Guardians of the Galaxy sequel

Director James Gunn is entertaining the idea of casting Star Wars legend Mark Hamill in the next Guardians of the Galaxy sequel following a fan request online. The filmmaker, who is currently developing the script for 2020’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vo…

Director James Gunn is entertaining the idea of casting Star Wars legend Mark Hamill in the next Guardians of the Galaxy sequel following a fan request online.

The filmmaker, who is currently developing the script for 2020’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, was approached by Twitter follower Ian Fee on Sunday (25Feb18) and asked if he could “find a role” for Hamill in the forthcoming superhero movie – and Gunn was more than receptive, suggesting the veteran stop by his California home to discuss the project.

“I think @HamillHimself lives around the corner from me in Malibu so he can just come over and we can talk about it over a cup of coffee,” Gunn replied.

The invitation sparked Hamill’s interest, and he soon responded, “I would be happy to do so, both as a good neighbor & an unemployed actor.”

“Haha let’s do it,” tweeted Gunn, as Hamill asked him to get in touch directly “if you’re serious”, which the director insisted he was.

The Twitter exchange stirred excitement among sci-fi fans, particularly as the Guardians of the Galaxy films have been known to reference key pieces of pop culture from the 1970s and ’80s, when Hamill first shot to superstardom as Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ Star Wars blockbusters.

If Gunn does recruit Hamill for the forthcoming sequel, he will join leading man Chris Pratt and his co-stars Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, and Vin Diesel.

Sylvester Stallone is also rumoured to be making a return as Ravager boss Stakar Ogord, after appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last year (17).

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Red Sparrow director shocked by Jennifer Lawrence’s lingerie reveal

Jennifer Lawrence had an awkward encounter with her Red Sparrow director when she thought he needed to OK the lingerie she wore in one sexy scene. The actress reteamed with her The Hunger Games director Frances Lawrence for the steamy thriller, in whi…

Jennifer Lawrence had an awkward encounter with her Red Sparrow director when she thought he needed to OK the lingerie she wore in one sexy scene.

The actress reteamed with her The Hunger Games director Frances Lawrence for the steamy thriller, in which she plays a spy, and admits she didn’t think twice when she thought he wanted her to model a sexy costume for him.

“I accidentally made a mistake about Francis’ intentions of coming into my dressing room,” she smiles. “He keeps being very respectful throughout the underwear process and finding the right lingerie. When I would go into fittings he wouldn’t take pictures.

“But you know you never really go on camera without the director approving a costume? So I’m in the lingerie and they (assistants) were like, ‘Jennifer, Francis is here to see you’, and I was like, ‘Wait, send him in’. And he walks in and he’s like, ‘Oh my God, what are you doing?’

“I was like, ‘I thought you came to see the costume!’ So there was a lot of laughter throughout the whole thing. The scene with Joel when I was in my underwear, the first time I open the door I gasped and then shut it!”

And Jennifer admits working with a man and a crew who have known her for several years, through The Hunger Games franchise, made Red Sparrow’s sex scenes a little too comfortable at times.

She tells WENN, “It’s funny because I feel like Francis has known me since I was a child. He’s like almost a paternal figure to me. And the camera guys I’ve known since I was little, so it was almost just like being in a nude house. You know, those families who get naked in front of each other, it just felt like that. I think it was way weirder for them.

“I accidentally moved something and flashed the camera guys and they were like, ‘Oh my God!'”

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American Black Film Festival honours Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay & Billy Dee Williams

Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay and Billy Dee Williams went home victorious at the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honours.The annual event, an independent film festival that focuses primarily on black film, was held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday…

Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay and Billy Dee Williams went home victorious at the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honours.

The annual event, an independent film festival that focuses primarily on black film, was held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday night (25Feb18).

Peele’s Get Out went home with the Movie of the Year, the same accolade it’s up for at this week’s Oscars.

“People ask me if I was surprised at the timing (of the film). Referring to the fact that we are living in a country of heightened racism. This is the exact same country we have always been living in,” Peele, who wrote, directed and produced the hit film, said as he collected the award. “All these sentiments, hatred, and bigotry has been there, though sometimes it’s just a little bit under the surface. I feel honoured to be a part of this renaissance.”

DuVernay went home with the Industry Visionary Award. The director, who’s currently promoting her upcoming Disney flick A Wrinkle in Time, got her start at the ABFF, and she thanked founder Jeff Friday in her speech.

“(Thanks) for putting in good work for black filmmakers in the independent space,” she said, referring to Friday.

She also gave Star Wars legend Williams a shout out: “He broke boundaries that no one ever thought could be broken so I thank you.”

Williams, who rose to global fame after landing the part of Lando Calrissian in the sci-fi franchise, took home the biggest honour of the night, the Hollywood Legacy Award.

“I can tell you that my journey hasn’t always been smooth but ultimately a positive one,” the 80-year-old actor told the audience. “If on that journey I have helped pave just a little bit of a way for black talent… that will have more opportunities today than yesterday, then I can say that has been the greatest role of my lifetime.”

Other winners included Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish and Power’s Omari Hardwick.

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Gemma Chan joins Captain Marvel

Gemma Chan has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie Captain Marvel. The Humans actress will play Minn-Erva, the alter ego of Doctor Minerva, a geneticist from the alien race Kree, who serves as an antagonist in the Marve…

Gemma Chan has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie Captain Marvel.

The Humans actress will play Minn-Erva, the alter ego of Doctor Minerva, a geneticist from the alien race Kree, who serves as an antagonist in the Marvel Comics.

Gemma confirmed the news on Twitter on Monday night (26Feb18) by sharing a casting article and writing in the caption, “Very excited to be joining the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) #CaptainMarvel.”

The actress will join Oscar winner Brie Larson, who stars as Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien in an accident, and she subsequently acquires powers which include strength, energy projection and flight – powers Minn-Erva also possesses.

Gemma, 35, rose to fame in her native Britain with the sci-fi TV series Humans, which has recently wrapped its third season. She had small parts in blockbusters such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Transformers: The Last Knight. In 2018, she will star alongside Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots and in romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians.

The Captain Marvel cast also includes Jude Law, as Walter Lawson/Mar-Vell, She’s Gotta Have It star DeWanda Wise, and Samuel L. Jackson, who will reportedly return as his regular MCU character Nick Fury. Ben Mendelsohn is in talks for the lead villain role.

It is being directed by Mississippi Grind’s Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and the most recent script was written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet following previous drafts by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman, according to Deadline.

The superhero movie, which will take place in the ’90s, putting it before the rest of the MCU films, is set for release in March, 2019.

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Record-breaking Black Panther reigns supreme at North American box office

Black Panther has continued its reign at the top of the North American box office for a second weekend in a row. The superhero film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, and Michael B. Jordan, has earned a record-breaking $108 million (£77.3 mi…

Black Panther has continued its reign at the top of the North American box office for a second weekend in a row.

The superhero film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, and Michael B. Jordan, has earned a record-breaking $108 million (£77.3 million), making it the second-highest second weekend earner behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $149.2 million (£106.8 million).

The Marvel blockbuster will also surpass $400 million (£286.4 million) in earnings in North America on Sunday (25Feb18), becoming the second-fastest movie to reach that mark behind Jurassic World. Black Panther has also earned over $700 million (£501.2 million) worldwide.

The box office news comes days after director Ryan Coogler wrote an open letter to moviegoers and fans, thanking them for their support of his film.

“I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try,” he wrote in the note, which was shared on Marvel Studios’ Instagram page. “Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong.

“It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film… To see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters – often moved me and my wife to tears…”

Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman’s new comedy Game Night debuts in second place at the weekend’s box office with $16.6 million (£11.9 million), while Peter Rabbit takes the third spot with $12.4 million (£8.9 million).

Annihilation and Fifty Shades Freed round out the top five.

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