Ellen Barkin hits back at Terry Gilliam over #MeToo comments

Ellen Barkin worked with Hollywood director Terry Gilliam in the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. (AFP)
Updated 20 March 2018
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Ellen Barkin hits back at Terry Gilliam over #MeToo comments

LOS ANGELES: The actress Ellen Barkin has hit back at Hollywood director Terry Gilliam after he said the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault has morphed into “mob rule.”
“My hard-won advice: never get into an elevator alone with Terry Gilliam,” the American actress, 63, tweeted over the weekend.
Barkin worked with Gilliam in the 1998 film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
On Monday, she wrote on Twitter that according to Gilliam, Harvey Weinstein was exposed as an alleged serial sexual predator “’because he is an asshole and made a lot of enemies,’ not because he molested or raped over 80” women.
“What is it you are defending when you attack a movement whose goal is to keep women safe?” Barkin wrote.
On Friday, Gilliam raised eyebrows by saying in an interview with AFP that the reaction against the wave of sexual abuse and harassment revelations had become ugly and “simplistic ... people are frightened to say things, to think things.”
He added: “I know enough girls who were in Harvey’s suites who were not victims and walked out.”
“It’s like when mob rule takes over,” Gilliam said.
Barkin reacted with a series of angry tweets against Gilliam but did not give any details about her allusion to “hard-won advice” about not riding alone in an elevator with the director.


Hollywood star Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

Updated 15 July 2018
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Hollywood star Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

  • Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium

MOSCOW: Hollywood actor and singer Will Smith performed the soccer World Cup’s official song “Live It Up” in the tournament’s closing ceremony in Moscow on Sunday.
As Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, giant screens laid out on the pitch showed images of soccer players and the colors of the Croatian and French flags — the two teams who face each other in the final.
Smith was joined on stage by Nicky Jam, a US-born singer with Puerto Rican roots, and by Era Istrefi, a pop singer who describes herself as Albanian Kosovar. Both artists had featured with Smith on the “Live It Up” single.
In the final sequence of the ceremony, Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina performed Russian folk song “Kalinka” accompanied by bagpipes, a children’s choir, and a percussion section.
That section featured a guest performer: Brazilian soccer star and past World Cup winner Ronaldinho, who for a few bars of the song hammered out the rhythm on an African drum.
The performances were a prelude to France and Croatia’s players taking to the pitch to begin their final match, in front of a packed crowd at the 80,000-seat stadium.