Kurt Russell’s Baller Plaid Coat Is Literally from 1989 

Kurt Russell is seen doing some Christmas shopping while in Aspen Colorado.

We thought we recognized Kurt’s killer plaid coat. We had no idea how right we were.

So much has changed in the past 30 years. And if you’re someone who finds all that change—the screens, the endless choices, “athleisure”—a touch depressing, Kurt Russell is here to remind you that you have some say in the pace of things, too. Russell is still madly in love with Goldie Hawn, for example, and still holding hands with her as the snow falls down around them.

With Goldie Hawn outside Le Cirque restaurant in New York City on January 16, 1989.

Story time: Way back in 1989, Kurt and Goldie went on a date to Le Cirque in New York City. By some miracle, Le Cirque is still open to this day—still serving martinis to people on dates and rocking the carpet and heavy draped vibe of the ’70s. On that date—30 years ago—Russell wore a big plaid coat with a brown shearling collar.

Kurt knows that a good coat is worth keeping. We know he knows this because while shopping for Christmas gifts in Aspen this week, he took it out of storage and looked all kinds of wonderful. We knew the 66-year-old dressed like a baller in his cozy ski town, but this is a next-level flex. Do you own an article of clothing that’s 28 years old? Does it have fur that qualifies as a millennial? We didn’t think so. (If you do, our heartiest congratulations.)

Between the holidays and the end-of-year sales, chances are you’re up to your elbows in brand-new swag. Which is great: New stuff is the best. But what if one of those things is a thing you don’t drop-kick into a landfill as soon as the new smell wears off? What if one of those things is a thing you wear in a cozy ski town in the year 2045 while buying gifts for the literal love of your life? That’s the whole reason you spend time thinking about and buying cool stuff. So this winter, make like Kurt Russell and grab something you’ll want to wear as a much older—but no less cool—man.

Back to business! Queen Letizia looks stylish in a charcoal grey suit and black trench coat as she attends a meeting in Madrid

She is known for her love of colour and bold fabrics, but Queen Letizia proved she can also look stylish in a classic workwear look as she attended a meeting today.

The Spanish queen, 45, looked sleek and sophisticated in a charcoal grey suit and black trench coat for the engagement in Madrid – her second royal outing of 2018.

She added an edgy twist to the look with her footwear, opting for a trendy pair of black patent leather booties with mesh detailing.

Queen Letizia stepped out in Madrid wearing a black and grey outfit, adding a pair of unusual shoes 

Queen Letizia stepped out in Madrid wearing a black and grey outfit, adding a pair of unusual shoes

Under her trench coat she was wearing a smart high neck blouse with box shoulders 

Under her trench coat she was wearing a smart high neck blouse with box shoulders

Queen Letizia met with members of the Foundation of Emerging Spanish in Madrid

Queen Letizia met with members of the Foundation of Emerging Spanish in Madrid

Letizia kept a low-profile over Christmas and New Year, which she spent with her husband, King Felipe, 49, and their daughters, Princesses Leonor, 12, and Sofia, 10.

The family made their return to public duties last Saturday, where they attended the Epiphany Day celebrations with King Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, who abdicated from the throne in 2014.

The Spanish royal was surrounded in a flurry of cameras and news readers as she attended a meeting in Madrid

She wore a pair of tailored cigarette trousers that finished just above the ankle

The Spanish royal was surrounded by a flurry of cameras and news readers as she attended a meeting in Madrid

She discussed the importance of making sure that the Spanish-speaking media kept true to their roots

She discussed the importance of making sure that the Spanish-speaking media kept true to their roots

Once she entered the meeting room she removed her coat to reveal her cigarette trousers and blouse ensemble

Once she entered the meeting room she removed her coat to reveal her cigarette trousers and blouse ensemble

Today Queen Letizia appeared ready to throw herself back into her royal responsibilities, looking engaged and interested as she took part in the round table discussion on how to promote proper use of Spanish in the media.

The mother-of-two wrapped up against the chilly temperatures in the stylish black coat, which she belted around her waist to hint at her slender figure.

Once inside she took off the coat to reveal a fitted charcoal grey trouser suit. She accessorised her outfit with a leather clutch bag.

It has been busy for the 45-year-old royal since the new year began, earlier this week she attended Epiphany celebrations

It has been busy for the 45-year-old royal since the new year began, earlier this week she attended Epiphany celebrations

The queen discussed her thoughts towards the importance of correct Spanish speaking

Despite the grey tones, the Queen was not washed out, displaying her usual rosy glow and youthful complexion.

Despite the grey tones, the Queen was not washed out, displaying her usual rosy glow and youthful complexion

Her choice of shoes added an edge to her already very stylish outfit as she smiled for the cameras

Her choice of shoes added an edge to her already very stylish outfit as she smiled for the cameras

Letizia looked to have had soft highlights added to her brown tresses, that had a natural wave as they fell on her shoulders.

Despite the grey tones, the Queen was not washed out – displaying her usual rosy glow and youthful complexion.

She wore a nude lip with a gloss and a smokey brown shadow to frame her eyes. It’s been a busy start to the new year for Letizia, this being her second public event in a week.

The Queen's coat flattered her figure, by nipping her in at the waist and skimming her shoulders

The Queen’s coat flattered her figure, by nipping her in at the waist and skimming her shoulders

A dark brown and bronze smokey shadow framed her dark brown eyes, complimenting her complexion

A dark brown and bronze smokey shadow framed her dark brown eyes, complimenting her complexion


Meghan Markle could be going in a way different direction than Kate Middleton for her wedding dress … IF she goes with Israeli designer Inbal Dror.

Dror confirmed Monday she was contacted by the Royal Family about possibly dressing Meghan for the big day with Prince Harry — and TMZ has obtained the 3 sketches she submitted.

While Kate’s Alexander McQueen was more of an a-line gown, Dror’s designs are all body-hugging. All 3 include long sleeves — a tradition for royal brides. See Princess Di, Kate and even Camilla.

Queen and Prince Philip: Other royal couples who have reached 70 years of marriage

THE QUEEN and Prince Philip are getting ready to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary next month. Here is a look at other royal love stories that have withstood the test of time.

The love story of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh has enthralled the British public ever since their wedding nearly seven decades ago on November 20 1947.

In fact, the Queen and Prince Philip are officially the longest married British royal couple in history. The long line of royal weddings is often marred by divorce, death and beheadings.

But lasting this long in marriage is not unique to our Queen, and there are several other similar love stories in other royal families around the world.

Queen Anne of Romania and King Michael I

King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania were married for 68 years before death separated them

Queen Anne of Romania and King Michael I – 68 years

In November 1947, exiled King Michael I of Romania met the beautiful Anne Marguerite while visiting London for the wedding of then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

The two became infatuated with each other and continued to meet on chaperoned outings in London until Michael plucked the courage to propose.

The royal nuptials were held on June 19 1948, in the gilded throne room of the Royal Palace in Athens, Greece.

King Michael and his Queen have five daughters together, all of whom have married and have children of their own.

Queen Anne sadly died at the age of 92, in a hospital in Switzerland on August 1 2016.

Queen Juliana of the Netherlands met Prince Bernhard at the 1936 Winter Olympics

Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard – 67 years

Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was the ruling Dutch monarch from 1948 until her abdication in 1980, at the age of 71.

The Queen hailed from a very strict religious family, the House of Orange, which demanded that she married a Protestant.

At the 1936 Winter Olympics in Bavaria, she met a young German aristocrat and dashing businessman – Prince Bernhard of house Lippe-Biesterfeld.

The engagement and wedding were quickly organised by Juliana’s mother, Queen Wilhelmina. It included a foolproof prenuptial agreement on Bernard’s role in the royal family.

Juliana and Bernhard married on January 7 1937, after the Prince shed his German nationality and became a naturalised Dutch citizen.

Their first-born daughter, Princess Beatrix, took the throne after Queen Juliana abdicated in 1980.

Through the mid-1990s, the Queen struggled with illness and eventually succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease. She died in March 2004.

Prince Bernhard died soon after in December 2004, after losing his battle with cancer.

King Albert II of Belgium was completely love smitten by his wife-to-be Queen Paola

King Albert II of Belgium and Queen Paola – 60 years

King Albert II, the sixth king of Belgium, was smitten when he first met the breathtaking Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria in 1958.

Recounting how the two first met at the Belgian Embassy in Italy, Queen Paola said: “We were both shy, so we only talked a little.”

We were both shy, so we only talked a little

Queen Paola of Belgium

The couple finally overcame their shyness when Albert proposed to his wife-to-be. The Belgian public was quickly swayed by the engagement.

Albert and Paola initially planned to marry in the Vatican, but after some deliberation and pressure from the public, they chose to marry in Brussels in 1959.

The King and Queen have two sons and daughter together, and an astonishing 12 grandchildren.

The Belgian King abdicated in 2013, passing on the reins to his son Philippe, and continues to live happily with his wife.

Emperor Hirohito and Empress Kojun

Emperor Hirohito and his wife Empress Kojun were married for 65 years

Emperor Hirohito of Japan and Princess Nagano Kuni – 65 years

The 124th emperor of Japan, played a controversial role in World War Two with his faithful Empress Kojun by his side.

On January 26, 1924, Hirohito married his distant cousin Princess Nagano Kuni.

Together the couple had a total of two sons and five daughters who all outlived their parents.

Following his death in 1989, Emperor Hirohito was succeeded by his son Akito.

The Empress outlived her husband till 2000 when she died at the age of 97, and was laid to rest next to the Emperor within the Musashi Imperial Graveyard.

Prince Mikasa was married to Princess Mikasa since 1941 – 76 years

Takahito, Prince Mikasa and Yuriko, Princess Mikasa – 76 years

In a rare occurrence, Emperor Hirohito’s brother Takahito has been happily married for an incredible 76 years, outliving his brother.

Takahito married Yuriko Takagi, the second daughter of Viscount Masanari Takagi on October 22, 1941.The Prince and Princess and Mikasa have a total of five children, nine grandchildren as well as handful of great-grandchildren.

Takahito died on Cotober 27, 2016, at the incredible age of 100.

On his 100th birthday, he said: “Nothing will change just because I turn 100 years old.

“I’d like to spend my days pleasantly and peacefully while praying for the happiness of people around the world and thanking my wife, Yuriko, who has been supporting me for more than 70 years.”

What Is The Mother In Apple Cider Vinegar? Science Explains

If you’re like me, you’ve had at least 42 different friends tell you all about the amazing health benefits of apple cider vinegar. It supposedly works on everything from acne to weight loss, and I hear it even makes a great salad dressing. Alas, you’ve probably also heard loads about the ghost-like film floating at the bottom of the jar of your pricey raw vinegar — it’s known commonly as the mother. You probably don’t know much about the fermentation process, though, so what is the mother in apple cider vinegar? Strangely enough, it’s not just a gross blob that you avoid like the plague when pouring your vinegar to make a chocolate cake. (I mean health tonic.)

Most store-bought apple cider vinegar (ACV) does not include the mother in the bottling process because it’s been filtered and distilled out during the pasteurization process. However, if you buy raw vinegar, like Bragg’s or other organic brands, you’ll notice that there is a floating ball of film in the bottom of the bottle. That hazy apparition is called the mother. The mother is a complex structure of living organisms — bacteria — that work together to form acetic acid. It begins the fermentation process that alters the liquid used to make ACV into vinegar, according to The Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

The mother of ACV is very similar in nature to the scoby in kombucha or the starter of sourdough bread. Basically, all fermentation begins the same way. Bacteria begins eating at the sugar in the liquid, which converts it to alcohol, and then to vinegar. When you’re making beer or wine, you work to retard this process before it hits the vinegar stage by stabilizing it. That’s why if you leave wine open for a few more days than you should, it tastes like sad salad dressing and not Cabernet Sauvignon. But don’t worry — you can totally drink the mother. According to the website for Bragg, you can just mix up your bottle to evenly distribute it throughout.

Fermented foods are all the rage right now, and with good reason. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, they’re experiencing this surge in popularity because of all of the documented benefits that accompany the fermentation process. They aid in digestion, help people who suffer from Crohn’s Disease, chronic heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and even something as simple as gum disease. With all of that going for it, it’s no wonder people are lining up for their daily dose of yogurt and sauerkraut. Or a big gulp of the mother.

For most of us, though, fermented foods are just really tasty. My MawMaw from West Virginia would make the best sour pickles every year for us to enjoy. Using huge chunks of whatever she’d pull from her garden, she’d have the family lining up to dig into cabbage and carrot pickles that were perfectly salty and sour. My other grandmother hailed from Bratislava, and she adored old school sauerkraut. The vinegary crispy side dish was always available in her fridge, and the smell brings me back every time. Now that I’m a mom, I’ve started making both, as well as making my own yogurt and dabbling in fruit wines. (I mean dabbling — the last batch was basically apple lightning.)

However, these all start at the same place — the colonizing of bacteria that chows down on the natural sugars, souring the food, extending their shelf life, and expanding their health benefits. Not to mention that pickles and vinegar and sauerkraut are some of the most versatile ingredients in your kitchen. Seriously, try a little vinegar in your chocolate cake or splashed in your gumbo. Heck, you could even try making it yourself if you’re so inclined and crafty.

Audrey Hepburn Shines at Auction, but Celebrity Sales Are Changing

The Vivien Leigh stardust inspired a succession of high prices at Sotheby’s on Tuesday. CreditSotheby’s

“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” Andy Warhol once pronounced.

The much-repeated quote, dating from 1968, may in fact be apocryphal. Yet even Warhol, were he alive today, might be amazed that now, thanks to the internet, everyone can be famous for 15 seconds.

The changing dynamics of fame were evident here last week when the collections of the Hollywood stars Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh came up for public auction. The sales, one at Christie’s and the other at Sotheby’s, were held days after the Saatchi Gallery hosted a two-day “immersive experience” to celebrate 10 years of the hit reality-TV show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

“With today’s celebrities, their lives are lived in the public forum,” said Julie Lobalzo Wright, a teaching fellow at the University of Warwick in England who specializes in film and multimedia stardom. “But there’s a harking back to the aura of the Hollywood star.”

“There’s a longing for that sense of mystique, of not knowing everything,” she continued, adding that a sense of mystery surrounding older stars made fans want to own something the celebrities might have used, “that makes them real.”

Ms. Leigh, who won best actress Academy Awards for her performances in “Gone With the Wind” (1940) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1952), and Ms. Hepburn, who won that coveted Oscar for her role in “Roman Holiday” (1954), and greater fame for her depiction of Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” were two of the most dazzling stars of Hollywood’s golden era.

But the two auctions appealed to subtly different audiences.

At Christie’s, the 246-lot Audrey Hepburn “private collection” sale, held on Wednesday by her sons, Luca Dotti and Sean Hepburn Ferrer, consisted mainly of photographs and fashion items. Ms. Hepburn was one of the great global style icons of the 1950s and ’60s, and the live sale (there is also an online-only auction that runs through Wednesday) attracted the most internet bids ever at a Christie’s auction.

More than 1,000 Audrey Hepburn admirers attended an event at Christie’s before a sale of her personal effects on Wednesday. CreditChristie’s

It raised 4.6 million pounds, or about $6.2 million, seven times the estimate, with 30 percent of lots bought by online bidders. All the lots sold, and thanks to those internet bids the event took a marathon 10 hours.

The sensation of the auction was the £632,750 given for Ms. Hepburn’s original working script for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the 1961 film that defined her career as an actress — and turned her into a style icon.

The price was a salesroom high for any film script offered at auction. Estimated at £60,000 to £90,000, it was bought, suitably enough, by Tiffany & Company, represented in the room by its archivist, Annamarie V. Sandecki.

The “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” section of the auction generated intense bidding, with a further £81,250 offered by a telephone bidder for a black-and-white still from the movie that had been signed by Ms. Hepburn and her co-star, George Peppard. It had been estimated at £2,000 to £3,000.

“She had a classic elegance that’s timeless,” said Julia Thompson, 35, a neurologist who was among the 1,200 or so Hepburn admirers who attended an evening of stylish Christie’s events before the sale. “That’s why people go to Tiffany’s. It was famous because of her.”

As for Ms. Leigh, she was a lover of England and the theater, from an earlier generation of actresses. Her 321-lot collection, offered last Tuesday at Sotheby’s by her three grandsons, featured traditional furnishings and artworks from the homes in London and Buckinghamshire she shared with her second husband, the actor Laurence Olivier.

A 1930s Winston Churchill still-life of roses that Ms. Leigh had owned drew the top price of the auction. CreditSotheby’s

The Vivien Leigh stardust inspired a succession of high prices for antiques that would have been worth little if owned by less celebrated mortals.

Ms. Leigh’s 19th-century gilded brass mechanical pencil, for example, sold for £1,875, against a low estimate of £100. It was one of many lots bought by British fans in the room.

Her collection raised a total of £2.2 million, again with all the lots finding buyers. The double-celebrity allure of a 1930s Winston Churchill still-life of roses that Ms. Leigh had owned inspired at least five bidders to push to £638,750, the top price of the event and more than six times the upper estimate — it went to a telephone bidder. Churchill was an admirer (as was Stalin, according to Sotheby’s catalog) of the actress’s depiction of Emma Hamilton, the lover of Lord Nelson, in the 1941 movie “That Hamilton Woman.” He gave the painting to Ms. Leigh in 1951.

An altogether different, more contemporary notion of celebrity was represented by the Kardashian pop-up at the Saatchi Gallery on Sept. 22 and 23.

Billed by E! Entertainment Television as “two days of unmissable experiences including: ultimate selfie opportunities, makeup master classes, and more,” the inaugural free exhibition reconstructed the staircase of the six-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion in California owned by Kris Jenner, whose first husband was the lawyer Robert Kardashian. Ms. Jenner has 17.9 million followers on Instagram.

Though no Kardashian family members were present, nor any of their possessions, the event nonetheless attracted 200 visitors an hour, according to the Saatchi Gallery.

A replica at the Saatchi Gallery in London of a staircase in the six-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion in California owned by Kris Jenner, whose first husband was the lawyer Robert Kardashian. CreditDave Bennett/Getty

“In some ways, celebrity hasn’t changed, but the ways of accessing it has, particularly the speed with which you can now access information digitally,” said Ms. Wright of Warwick University.

“In the past, you had to wait for a fan magazine. People used to collect autographs. Now we have selfies.”

Will the thrill of taking selfies with celebrities — or in simulations of their hallways — replace the desire to possess objects that had been part of famous people’s lives? Do today’s digital stars have objects fans want to own.

“They will have stuff, and it can be sold, either in live or online auctions,” said Martin J. Nolan, executive director at Julien’s Auctions, a salesroom in Los Angeles specializing in celebrity memorabilia. “The question is whether celebrities like the Kardashians have the staying power of Audrey Hepburn or Vivien Leigh.”

Julien’s coming “Icons & Idols” sale, on Nov. 17, will include a souvenir miniature wedding cake from the 2005 marriage of Donald J. Trump and Melania Knauss. Thought to be one of about 300 such souvenirs of the day, it is estimated at $1,000 to $2,000.

Is the former reality-TV star and current president of the United States the sort of celebrity who can shine in this specialist market?

“We’re about to find out,” Mr. Nolan said.

Inside the Fall of Harry Knowles and Ain’t It Cool News

Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles exploded into internet glory by ignoring boundaries. But boundary-breaking also hurt him and his site long before he stepped aside this week over sexual assault and harassment accusations.

Knowles practically invented film geek reporting, then drew criticism for cozy relationships with the studios he once critiqued. In the last decade, he has been overshadowed by other fan-focused empires, and studio and networks’ increasingly savvy attempts to harness fandom.

Ain’t It Cool News, like the Drudge Report, gained fame in the ’90s by bypassing traditional journalistic customs and gatekeepers. But Knowles failed to adapt to the new world he helped create. Three former contributors told TheWrap the site lost its way because of Knowles’ ego, lack of business skill and sense of entitlement.

“Bottom line, this has always been about Harry, his celebrity and whatever he could get out of it,” said one of the contributors. “There is not one business person who has dealt with Harry who hasn’t been f—ed savagely.”

“Harry has no personal boundaries, whether verbal or physical,” he added.

The fall of Knowles — who did not respond to requests for comment — is all the more staggering because of his astonishing rise. He came from Austin — and nowhere.

In 1994, he told The New York Times, he bought a computer with insurance money he received after his mother died in a fire. The next year, setting up for a movie collectibles sale, he tripped over a hose, and “everything below my neck went dead for a while,” he told the paper.

“For a half a year or so I just laid here. I was really worried about what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I always had this dream of going into the movie business, and here I was in bed, with no future,” he said.

From his bed, he turned his fascination with movies into Ain’t It Cool News, which sidestepped press wranglers and studio publicists to get inside scoops directly from people in the know — folks on sets who leaked details, members of test audiences who saw early cuts of films.

Full disclosure: Starting in 2002, I was one of his contributors. I dealt with one of his code-named intermediaries, Lobo, and met Knowles at Comic-Con, where his wife Patricia wheeled him around on the wheelchair he sometimes relies on due to his injuries. I did not see him interact with women other than his wife.

At that point, his site was thriving — but cracks had begun to show.

“Metaphorically, you can warn Harry that a train was about to run him over, and even if three other people told him the exact same thing, he would trust his instinct over the most reasoned logic you can give him,” a former contributor told TheWrap.

It was around the time the site was booming — in the late 1990s — that the first of Knowles accusers says he began repeatedly touching her, repeatedly and uncomfortably, without her consent.

Meanwhile, he was starting to face accusations that he had been seduced by the Hollywood insiders he had once critiqued.

“Studios fly him first-class to screenings, set him up in fancy hotels and grant him privileged access to closed sets. The chat shows are hot for him,” Guardian writer John Patterson argued in 2002. “He’s been accused of getting into bed with any producer who will wine and dine him, let him ride in a limo or stand next to Cameron Diaz at a premiere.”

And over the next few years, other film sites gained traction — including joblo.com, chud.com, darkhorizons.com, and slashfilm.com. Mainstream outlets like Entertainment Weekly got more involved in deep-dive coverage of geek culture.

And Knowles was getting slow, one of the former contributors said: “I feel like Aint It Cool got lazy. They stopped updating. News stories got up late, if at all.”

Knowles was also focused on other exploits. Besides appearing on the “chat shows” mentioned by Patterson, he also developed TV and film projects. At one point he was attached to “John Carter,” which in 2012 became a box-office failure for Disney. In that same year, he began hosting “Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles” for PBS.

Slashfilm.com founder Peter Sciretta told TheWrap: “Harry got pulled in other directions. He wanted to produce movies and he wanted to make TV shows. … I think he spent more time trying to do those things while the staff minded the store.”

But staffers weren’t always happy, in part because of the way Knowles’ friend and business manager, Roland De Noie, failed to take care of business. One of the contributors who spoke to TheWrap said De Noie was routinely late getting staffers the paperwork they needed to pay taxes.

“Roland is the most ineffective and incompetent business manager I have ever dealt with,” the contributor said. “After a press screening once, Harry thought it was hilarious to tell whoever was standing near him that Roland had finally gotten a site contributor his tax paperwork, but that it was all screwed up. Harry found this hilarious because that person had left the site for another job, and to Harry, that made them a traitor. Which is ironic, because in some way or another, Harry has betrayed every person he has ever done business with.”

It was all the more galling, the contributor said, because Knowles lives his life surrounded by movie merchandise, which he keeps stacked, hoarder-like, all around him. Some of it is valuable.

“Harry would rather allow his employees to go unpaid, their families go hungry, and their houses get foreclosed on than sell some of the loads of movie merchandise that literally makes his father’s house a fire trap,” the contributor said.

De Noie did not respond to a request for comment.

He remains the site’s business manager, which is even more remarkable considering that Knowles soon had tax problems of his own. He told The Hollywood Reporter in 2013 that because of De Noie’s errors, the site owed $300,000 in back taxes. The THR story said that while Ain’t It Cool News pulled in $700,000 a year in gross advertising revenue in the early- to mid-2000s, the number dipped to the low-six figures by 2012.

And then the first woman spoke out.

Earlier this month, another Austin film institution, the Alamo Drafthouse, admitted that it had quietly rehired the editor of its film site, Birth.Movies.Death., Devin Faraci, soon after he had resigned because of a sexual assault allegation. Faraci resigned again, but the story renewed interest in sexual assault and harassment in the film-geek community.

Soon attention turned to Knowles. A film fan named Jasmine Baker told IndieWire that she and Knowles had both attended Drafthouse screenings and events in 1999 and 2000, and that on different occasions he rubbed up against her, including against her legs and buttocks, in a way that made her uncomfortable. When she confronted him and told him not to touch her again, “He just giggled about it,” she said.

At least once, she said, he put his hand up her shirt. IndieWire spoke to two friends of Baker who said she had told them about multiple cases of Knowles touching her without consent.

“I categorically deny it,” Knowles told IndieWire, adding that Baker “treated me like a confidante.”

Soon, other women spoke out. “On more than one occasion HK has grabbed my ass and other parts of me. I just learned to not go within grabbing distance of him,” tweeted Austin resident Gloria Walker, 29, who went on to describe other alarming interactions with Knowles.

Austin film writer and ScreenCrush associate editor Britt Hayes, 32, also tweeted. “Harry sexually harassed me. He has sexually harassed other women in this community for years. This wasn’t an anomaly. He is a predator,” she wrote. She says that Knowles once reached out to her online to ask if she wanted to know “the real way” to get into a screening he was hosting, and then told her, “show me your tits.”

Another film writer, who uses the handle “sick__66,” posted a screenshot of messages she says Knowles sent her after they chatted online about film. “Your eyeliner makes you look good enough to eat. Obviously I’m talking cannibalism, baby. You can have my Vienna sausage anytime,” said one series of messages.

And a former Drafthouse employee, Jill Lewis, said Knowles had once “grabbed my arm, asked me to come closer, and then told me he was on mushrooms, and that he and his wife had been talking about wanting to see me naked, and asked me to do just that with them that night.” (IndieWire has more details about all of the accounts above.)

On Monday, longtime Ain’t It Cool News staffers Eric Vespe and Steve Prokopy resigned from the site. “I have known too many women over the years — both inside and outside the film community — who have encountered and survived sexual harassment and/or assault to allow myself to remain involved in an organization where allegations of either are part of the landscape,” wrote Prokopy in a statement.

“Given the recent allegations against Harry Knowles of behavior impossible to defend I can not, in good conscience, continue to contribute to the brand I helped build over the last 20 years,” wrote Vespe.

On Tuesday, Knowles said he would step away from the site to focus on “therapy, detox and getting to a better place.” He said he would hand over operations of Ain’t It Cool News to his sister “while I step away.”

One contributor told theWrap that even though those who worked for the site knew Knowles had issues with boundaries, they went for years not believing he would harass or assault women.

“Frankly, looking back at things, I feel terrible none of us shut it down,” the contributor said.

Freddie Flintoff to host new ITV celebrity contest All Star Musicals

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West End legend Michael Crawford will be teaching stars how to sing and dance in a brand new ITV celebrity contest: All Star Musicals.

Freddie Flintoff will host the series, in which famous faces will perform an iconic song from a hit musical at the Palladium Theatre in London’s West End.

Sally Phillips, Sir Tony Robinson, Rebecca Front, Denise Lewis OBE, Nicky Campbell, Lucy Fallon and Michael Parr will train up with seasoned performers before debuting their song to a live audience who will decide at the end of the night who wowed them the most.

Their guide will be Tony and Oliver-award winning Crawford who was the original star of Phantom of the Opera and has a West End career spanning five decades, as well as playing the iconic Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

Freddie Flintoff may sound like a slightly random choice for presenter, but the former cricketer is in fact making his debut in Fat Friends the musical later this year.

All Star Musicals is set to air on ITV this Christmas.

Jazz hands at the ready…

Who Is Mia Maestro Playing On ‘Hannibal’? Her Character Is A Total Mystery

Even though NBC unceremoniously pulled the plug on Hannibal only three episodes into its third season, showrunner Bryan Fuller doesn’t plan on ceasing to surprise his Fannibals with Season 3’s remaining nine episodes. There are undoubtedly many twists and turns left in store for us as Will Graham & Co. continue their pursuit of Dr. Lecter… and then as the show transitions into its Red Dragon adaptation in the season’s latter half. One such surprise is on its way this Thursday. The press release for Episode 5, “Contorno,” reveals the presence of a very special Hannibal guest: Mia Maestro.

The 37-year-old Argentinian actress is currently starring on FX’s vampire drama The Strain, and is perhaps best known for her roles on Alias and in both halves of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Of course, the synopsis stubbornly refuses to disclose exactly who Ms. Maestro will be playing — NBC hasn’t released any promotional pictures of her, either — which means it’s up to us to scrounge from clues amongst the show’s existing storylines and un-adapted characters from Thomas Harris’ novels.

Harris didn’t exactly pack his Hannibal quadrilogy with tons of strong female characters. Apart from the iconic Clarice Starling and Hannibal’s enigmatic aunt Lady Murasaki, women are somewhat hard to come by in the books — so much so that Fuller had to gender-swap a couple roles (Dr. Bloom and Freddie Lounds) just to balance the scales. But, there are a few minor female characters that have yet to make the jump from Harris’ page to Fuller’s screen.

One such is Ardelia Mapp, Clarice’s best friend and fellow cadet at the F.B.I. (portrayed by Kasi Lemmons in Jonathan Demme’s classic 1991 adaptation of The Silence Of The Lambs). Obviously, it would be a bit premature to introduce Clarice’s best friend before the show even has the rights to Clarice… but Fuller has played fast and loose with Harris’ source material before. (Dr. Alan Bloom is a peripheral-at-best character in the novels, who the showrunner has twisted into one of his series’ chief protagonists.) Perhaps a new F.B.I. agent will pop up this week, played by Maestro with the name “Ardelia Mapp” as an Easter Egg for the franchise’s hardcore fans, but otherwise bearing little resemblance to the Ardelia of the books.

Since the first half of Season 3 is adapting Harris’ novel Hannibal, it makes sense to look at that book for clues. One un-adapted character is Evelda Drumgo (played by Hazelle Goodman in Ridley Scott’s 2001 sequel): She’s a meth kingpin who Clarice shoots down in a drug raid. Clarice is traumatized when it turns out that Evelda was holding a baby at the time she was shot, and Dr. Lecter sends his condolences to his favorite F.B.I. agent, inciting the events of the novel. Again, it would require some twisting on Fuller’s part to portray Evelda without Clarice, but it could perhaps be shown in flashback as a foundational moment in the backstory of either Will Graham or Jack Crawford (a la the F.B.I. chief’s Season 1 flashbacks to Miriam Lass).

Curiously, Maestro seems to only be appearing in this one single episode of the show. (At least, IMDb doesn’t have her listed for any more episodes, and none of the subsequent press releases list her as a guest star.) Given that her presence on the show doesn’t last long, it’s not unreasonable to assume that perhaps she ends up on Hannibal’s dinner plate. It’s easy to imagine the exotic Maestro crossing paths with Lecter and Bedelia Du Maurier on their European travels, being lured back to their apartment and… Bon appetite.

The biggest clue to Maestro’s character could lie in the phrasing of the press release. It begins with the following proclomation in all caps: “THE SEARCH FOR HANNIBAL CONTINUES — JOE ANDERSON AND MIA MAESTRO GUEST STAR.” This could just be convenient positioning of the episode’s two cameoing stars… or it could be a hint that Maestro will be somehow involved in Mason’s storyline. (Anderson plays the disfigured Verger, taking over for Season 2’s Michael Pitt.) Maybe she’ll be the vengeful millionaire’s beautiful new nurse, tasked with caring for the noseless man while he pursues his vendetta against Hannibal. Of course, Mason already has a private physician, Dr. Cordell (played by Glenn Fleshler, aka True Detective‘s creepy serial killer Errol Childress), so maybe not.

Even if she’s not Mason’s nurse, Maestro could still be involved in the Verger storyline. (Spoilers ahead!) If Fuller intends to adapt Harris’ Hannibal to its conclusion, then we should be heading towards Mason’s grisly demise at the hands of his sister, Margot. In the book, the Verger sister continues to work for her brother after his horrific abuse because she needs his sperm to bear the Verger heir with her partner, Judy. After Hannibal evades Mason’s death trap, Margot senses her moment and obtains the desired specimen by sodomizing her despicable brother with a cattle prod. After getting what she needs from him, she kills him by shoving his pet moray eel down his throat. My personal favorite theory is that Maestro will play Judy, Margot’s love interest, and will spur her lover to finally take action against her abuser.