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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein (all times local): 3 p.m. Director Quentin Tarantino says he knew about a few instances of improper conduct by producer Harvey Weinstein and wishes he had done more. Speaking to The New York Times in an interview published Thursday, Tarantino expressed remorse for not having taken responsibility at the time. He says he knew first hand of Weinstein's conduct toward actress Mira Sorvino and another he declined to name. Sorvino and Tarantino were dating at the time. Tarantino also says he knew about the settlement reached with actress Rose McGowan. Tarantino has partnered with Weinstein on most of his films, from 'Pulp Fiction' to 'The Hateful Eight' in a fruitful business relationship that spans two decades. He says it was impossible that anyone who was close to Weinstein had not heard about at least one incident. ___ 2:45 p.m. Los Angeles police say they are investigating a possible sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein — the first involving the producer in the city. Police spokesman Sal Ramirez says the department has interviewed a possible sexual assault victim who reported an incident that occurred in 2013. He says the investigation is ongoing and he could not answer any questions about when the interview or incident took place. Police in New York and London are also investigating the fallen movie mogul over allegations of sex abuse in those cities. Weinstein's representative Sallie Hofmeister says the Oscar-winner cannot address anonymous claims but 'unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex.' Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment or abuse by more than three dozen women. ___ 9:50 a.m. Actress Mayim Bialik says she's 'truly sorry for causing so much pain' with her New York Times opinion piece that critics suggested put blame on women who've accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Bialik wrote in the piece published Friday that she makes choices to be 'self-protecting and wise,' like dressing modestly and not acting flirtatiously. She later added that nothing 'excuses men for assaulting or abusing women' and women should be able to wear whatever they want and act however they want. Bialik addressed the backlash in a Facebook Live interview with the Times on Monday, saying she regrets it 'became what it became.' She said Wednesday on Twitter that 'what you wear and how you behave does not provide any protection from assault.' ___ 8:10 a.m. The British Film Institute says it has stripped disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of its highest honor. Weinstein was awarded a BFI Fellowship in 2002 for his contribution to British cinema. In recent weeks, dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault and harassment. He has been fired by the film company he founded with his brother Bob and expelled from Hollywood's movie academy. The BFI said in a statement Thursday that 'the serious and widespread allegations about Harvey Weinstein's appalling conduct are in direct opposition to the BFI's values.' It says 'sexual harassment, abuse and bullying is unacceptable under any circumstances.
  • A new animated Halloween special with the music of Michael Jackson is coming just before the holiday. Entertainment Weekly reported that CBS released a trailer for “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” Wednesday. The trailer was posted on the official Michael Jackson Twitter page. >> Read more trending news The special features the voice work of actors Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons, Brad Garrett, Alan Cumming and others. Billboard reported that the hourlong show will follow millennials Vincent, voiced by Lucas Till, and Victoria, voiced by Kiersey Clemons, who accidentally meet Halloween night and end up at a hotel called This Place Hotel on 777 Jackson St. The pair, along with Ichabod the dog, go on an adventure that features Jackson’s music. It leads up to a finale in which the characters dance with an animated version of the King of Pop.  The official Twitter page of the late singer initially announced the special in July. “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” airs Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Watch the trailer below.
  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police said Thursday its detectives are investigating a possible sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein over a 2013 incident that was recently reported to the department. Police spokesman Sal Ramirez says the department has interviewed a possible sexual assault victim who reported she was sexually assaulted by the disgraced film mogul. Ramirez said the investigation is ongoing and he could not answer any questions about where the incident took place or when the woman was interviewed by detectives. The Los Angeles Times reported the woman is a 38-year-old Italian actress who spoke to the newspaper on Thursday. The woman was not named in the story, but told the newspaper Weinstein raped her after bullying his way into her hotel room. The Times reported she is represented by attorney David M. Ring, who did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. 'Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but he unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex,' his representative Sallie Hofmeister wrote in a statement. Police in New York and London are also investigating the fallen movie mogul over allegations of sex abuse in those cities. Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment or abuse by more than three dozen women, including several top actresses including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Several of the incidents allegedly happened at hotels in Beverly Hills, which does not have an open investigation into Weinstein. He was fired from The Weinstein Co., the film company he co-founded, earlier this month after several harassment incidents were detailed in The New York Times. Additional allegations, including from three women who said Weinstein sexually assaulted them, were included in a subsequent article by The New Yorker. Two of the women, including Italian actress Asia Argento, were named while the third accuser wasn't identified. Argento told the magazine that in 1997 Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her at a hotel in France when she was 21 years old. Weinstein, 65, resigned from the board of directors of his former company earlier this week. He has not been seen in public since last week. The Oscar winner was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday and the Producers Guild of America has started the process of expelling him. On Thursday, the British Film Institute rescinded an honor it conferred to Weinstein in 2002 for his contribution to British cinema. Quentin Tarantino, who has partnered with Weinstein on most of his films from 'Pulp Fiction' to 'The Hateful Eight' over the past 20 years, told the New York Times Thursday that he 'knew enough to do more than I did.' Tarantino had heard first hand from his then-girlfriend Mira Sorvino about Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment, and had known about the settlement reached with Rose McGowan, he told the paper. He'd also heard stories from another actress who he declined to name. He said it was impossible that anyone who was close to Weinstein had not heard about at least one incident. He also said he continued to hear stories second and third hand. 'I chalked it up to a '50s-'60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk,' Tarantino said. 'As if that's O.K. That's the egg on my face right now.' Tarantino went on to compare Hollywood's treatment of women to a 'Jim Crow-like system that us males have almost tolerated.' He called on other men to 'vow to do better by our sisters' and not just issue statements. 'What was previously accepted is now untenable to anyone of a certain consciousness,' Tarantino said. ___ AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.
  • SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Author and film producer George R. R. Martin waded into the politics of movie-industry tax breaks on Thursday while endorsing a prominent Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico. Martin, a longtime Santa Fe resident and author of fantasy novels behind the 'Game of Thrones' television series, made a plea to raise or eliminate New Mexico's $50 million annual limit on the state's tax incentive for film production. At an hour-long forum about New Mexico's film industry, Martin sat alongside Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018 who this week announced she would seek to expand tax incentives for film and television production and look for ways to encourage the construction of new production studio space. Martin described a cutthroat competitive environment of the film industry, and his own budding efforts to attract more movie production to Santa Fe by offering low-cost office space at a building provided to him posthumously by an estate. Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen currently are utilizing the building through Martin's nonprofit Stagecoach Foundation. 'We're in competition with Texas and Arizona and Utah,' Martin said. 'How do we compete? ... Obviously the incentives are a big part of it. We have to get rid of this (state tax incentive) cap.' Martin quipped that he like caps — 'but only on my head.' He said that limiting the tax credit is 'like saying, 'We have enough jobs, we don't need any more jobs. We're going to cap the number of jobs?'' Earlier this year, a bill to raise the annual limit on the film tax credit and link future annual increase to inflation failed to win approval in the Democratic-led Legislature. Analysts with the nonpartisan Legislative Finance Committee have cautioned against film tax incentive increases that could outpace tax revenue growth and put new pressure on the state general fund. New Mexico state government has slashed spending at several agencies and public universities this year, after depleting financial reserves amid a downturn in tax revenues linked to a tepid economy and weak oil prices. Measured in terms of direct job creation per dollar — without considering indirect economic benefits — the film tax credit scored poorly in comparison with other state subsidies, analysts found. Martin and Lujan Grisham highlighted the sometimes intangible benefits of the film production, as tourists are drawn to the state by on-screen images, from Robert Redford's 1988 'The Milagro Beanfield War' shot in Northern New Mexico, to the 'Breaking Bad' series that still draws steady streams of fans to Albuquerque shooting locations. 'The film industry is one of those bright spots that we can focus on immediately and it's pretty easy,' Lujan Grisham said. 'We want to double the number of films that we're doing. ... We want to lift the cap. If you're really going to be open for business, be open for business.' She described film as an industry that 'pays for itself.' Public funds have contributed to the construction of production studios in New Mexico. The discussion took place at a downtown art-house cinema that Martin restored and owns. The discussion was joined by Tesuque resident Tony Mark, executive producer of 'The Hurt Locker,' and producer and documentary filmmaker Andrea Meditch. State officials say more than 60 film and television productions were shot in the state during the past fiscal year. TV series and pilots produced in New Mexico over the last year include 'Better Call Saul,' ''The Night Shift,' ''Longmire,' and Netflix's 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
  • PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lead guitarist for the influential and Grammy Award-winning gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds has died in Philadelphia. Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services says Howard Carroll died Tuesday at an assisted-living facility at age 92. The Dixie Hummingbirds started as a quartet of students formed by James B. Davis in a Greenville, South Carolina, high school in 1928. The group toured widely and recorded a cappella for the Decca label in the 1930s and then relocated to Philadelphia in the 1940s. After World War II, as the sound of gospel changed, the Hummingbirds added bass, drums and guitar supplied by Carroll. They performed on Paul Simon's 'Loves Me Like a Rock' in 1973 and won a Grammy for their own version. The band's influence extends well beyond gospel circles to artists including James Brown and Stevie Wonder.
  • The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1. U2; $7,406,599; $113.22. 2. Coldplay; $6,275,320; $97.45. 3. Guns N' Roses; $4,823,573; $102.22. 4. Celine Dion; $3,800,791; $141.10. 5. Lady Gaga; $3,466,727; $118.04. 6. Depeche Mode; $2,675,543; $77.38. 7. Bruno Mars; $2,262,621; $115.39. 8. Roger Waters; $1,857,933; $123.70. 9. Neil Diamond; $1,499,313; $107.23. 10. Ed Sheeran; $1,380,144; $86.28. 11. Ariana Grande; $1,286,562; $78.20. 12. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,243,344; $97.91. 13. Kendrick Lamar; $1,220,753; $89.49. 14. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill; $1,201,051; $84.84. 15. Florida Georgia Line; $1,082,649; $52.03. 16. Zac Brown Band; $1,082,026; $50.16. 17. Luke Bryan; $1,054,470; $54.57. 18. Jerry Seinfeld; $1,002,328; $124.92. 19. J. Cole; $878,994; $79.10. 20. John Mayer; $878,299; $66.14. For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com ___
  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ridley Scott's film about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III will have its world premiere as the closing night film of the American Film Institute's annual festival in Los Angeles next month. AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga said in a statement Thursday that in addition to the Nov. 16 screening of the new film 'All the Money in the World,' the festival will also honor the prolific director's career. 'All the Money in the World' stars Kevin Spacey as John Paul Getty Sr. and Michelle Williams as the kidnapped teenager's mother. Mark Wahlberg co-stars as the wealthy family's adviser during the ordeal. The film is set to be released in theaters on Dec. 8.
  • NEW YORK (AP) — 'The View' is giving new panelist Meghan McCain a birthday present on Monday. It's a visit from her dad. The daytime talk show said Thursday that it has booked Sen. John McCain as a guest. Meghan McCain, who joined 'The View' last week, turns 33 on Monday. The visit is especially poignant since the 81-year-old Arizona senator and 1988 Republican presidential nominee has brain cancer and said doctors have given him a poor prognosis. He's a newsworthy guest, too, since Sen. McCain has been among the most outspoken Washington Republicans critical of President Donald Trump. Meghan McCain has been an immediate hit on 'The View,' with her debut episode ranking as the show's second most-watched episode in seven months.
  • LAS VEGAS (AP) — American country music duo Big & Rich will be as concerned about security as they are about their lyrics and guitar chords as they return to the stage in Las Vegas Thursday — just weeks after the mass shooting at an outdoor country music festival. 'It's definitely going to be on your mind. You're going to look at your surroundings through a different lens,' John Rich said in an interview with The Associated Press. 'I mean, how could you not?' Big & Rich will headline the benefit concert for shooting victims at the indoor Orleans Arena, about two miles (3 kilometers) away from the outdoor site of the Oct. 1 country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip where shooter Stephen Paddock rained bullets on concertgoers, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds. Thursday's concert is expected to attract 8,000 people, including 2,000 police and other emergency workers. Big & Rich performed about 90 minutes before Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel tower, shooting more than 1,000 bullets into the crowd. Country music star Jason Aldean was on stage at the time. Rich said he would expect 'drastic' security measures going forward for live concerts, suggesting police snipers should be on hand at outdoor events and not only for those featuring major public speakers. 'You almost have to treat this event as if the president of the United States was attending the event. That level of security might be it. If that's what it takes then that's what it takes,' Rich said. He added: 'I would like for a bad guy to look up and see snipers.' Rich, a gun rights advocate, said he had never heard of 'bump stocks,' which Paddock used to make his semi-automatic guns mimic the more rapid fire of automatic weapons. 'To take a semi-automatic weapon and make it fully automatic, it's not good,' Rich said. Big & Rich, whose hits include 'Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)' and 'Lost In This Moment,' had left the festival grounds after their performance the night of the shooting but have taken the tragedy personally. 'Those are our people. That's who we identify with. That's who we make music for, so to see them suffering like that, it's really painful to watch,' Rich said. Security at the benefit concert will be 'really robust,' said David Strow, spokesman for Boyd Gaming Corp., the concert's host. Guns won't be allowed. The tickets for the concert were free and all have been taken. Organizers are accepting donations and profit from food and beverage sales will go to a victims' fund. Thursday's show will also feature remarks from Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo and Fox News host Sean Hannity, a friend of Rich. ___ Follow Sally Ho at https://twitter.com/_sallyho . ___ For complete coverage of the Las Vegas shooting, click here: https://apnews.com/tag/LasVegasmassshooting.
  • NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Peele's thriller 'Get Out' has gotten an awards season boost with a leading four Gotham Awards nominations, including best feature. The Independent Filmmaker Project announced nominations for the 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards on Thursday. 'Get Out' is also up for breakthrough director, best screenplay and actor. Other top nominees include the coming-of-age film 'Call Me By Your Name,' Greta Gerwig's directorial debut 'Lady Bird' and Sean Baker's childhood odyssey 'The Florida Project,' with three each. 'Call Me By Your Name' and 'The Florida Project' are also among the best feature nominees with the heist pic 'Good Time,' and the Tonya Harding biopic 'I, Tonya.' Dee Rees' period drama 'Mudbound' has also received a special jury award for ensemble cast. Awards will be handed out in New York on Nov. 27.