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James Franco denies allegations of sexual misconduct

Actor James Franco on Tuesday denied allegations of sexual misconduct levied against him on social media in recent days, telling Stephen Colbert on CBS’ “The Late Show” that “the things I heard on Twitter are not accurate.”

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Actress Ally Sheedy, who Franco directed in an off-Broadway production in 2014, hinted Sunday at inappropriate behavior from the actor in a series of since-deleted tweets during the Golden Globe Awards show. Franco, who won a Golden Globe for his performance in “The Disaster Artist,” appeared at the show wearing a “Times Up” pin in support of the movement that has encouraged women to speak up against sexual abuse in Hollywood.

"James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business,” Sheedy, who was a member of the so-called “Brat Pack” in the 1980s, wrote on Twitter, according to Vanity Fair.

In an earlier tweet, she wrote, "Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much." 

She did not elaborate.

Franco told Colbert on Tuesday that he “had no idea what (he) did to Ally Sheedy.”

“I directed her in a play off-Broadway. I had nothing but a great time with her (and I have) total respect for her,” Franco said. “I have no idea why she's upset. She took the tweet down. I don’t know; I can’t speak for her.”

Sheedy was one of at least three women to take to Twitter with allegations that Franco had engaged in inappropriate behavior.

Filmmaker and actress Sarah Tither-Kaplan claimed that a contract she signed with Franco was exploitative after she said he directed her to be fully nude.

In a separate tweet to Franco, actress Violet Paley wrote, “Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car toward your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17?”

Franco denied the accuracy of the allegations.

“Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for the things I’ve done,” he said Tuesday. “The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice, because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So, I don’t want to shut them down in any way.”

It’s not the first time Franco has been accused of questionable behavior.

Lucy Clode was 17 years old in 2014 when she said she met Franco after a Broadway show, according to New York magazine’s The Cut blog. The two exchanged messages on Instagram and Franco, who was 35 at the time, tried to get her to meet him in a hotel room, the magazine reported.

He later apologized for the incident, which he attributed to “bad judgment.”

Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner Stedman Graham says

Update 10:25 a.m. Jan. 8: Two friends, who were not identified, told CNN on Monday that Oprah Winfrey is "actively thinking" about running for president.

Friends have been urging her to run for office for months, according to the news station. A friend emphasized Monday to CNN that “Winfrey has not made up her mind about running.”

Original report: Would Oprah Winfrey ever run for president? It's a possibility, according to her partner, Stedman Graham.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

"It's up to the people," Graham, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. "She would absolutely do it."

>> Golden Globes 2018: Why did stars wear black? Ceremony tackled political, social issues

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

Graham's remarks came as Winfrey's fans flocked to social media to praise her Golden Globes speech.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globes red carpet

"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon," Winfrey said as she became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again. 

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

Soon afterward, #Oprah2020 became a top trending topic on Twitter.

But don't get too excited, fans. When a Bloomberg reporter asked Winfrey about the trending hashtag Sunday night, she denied that she plans to run. 

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"I don't; I don't," she said, according to the report.

We'll just have to wait and see.

Golden Globes 2018: Why did stars wear black? Ceremony tackled political, social issues

The Golden Globe Awards, often a night of silliness running up to the Oscars, took on a much darker tone this year, both literally and figuratively.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

“Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen,” began host Seth Meyers, addressing a ballroom full of entertainers wearing black in a show of solidarity stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and other sexual assault and harassment allegations rocking Hollywood for months now. “It’s 2018. Marijuana’s finally allowed and sexual harassment isn’t.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globes red carpet

The red carpet protest came after some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Meryl Streep, launched the #TimesUp campaign, a "unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere."

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

"From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live," reads the website of the campaign inspired by #MeToo. 

Meyers’ monologue rarely strayed from social awareness and political commentary, and the intersection of serious and satire was sometimes cringe-inducing.

>> Carol Burnett takes stage with Jennifer Aniston, brings Golden Globes audience to its feet

“For the male nominees, this will be the first time in months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud,” he said in an attempt to add levity. A “Get Out” joke later fell pretty flat.

Remarks from presenters and award winners and posts tweeted ahead of time underscored the more serious nature of this year’s ceremony.

>> Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban harmonize at the Golden Globes

“This character I played represents something that’s at the center of our conversation: abuse,” said actress Nicole Kidman after claiming best actress/limited series honors for “Big Little Lies.” “I do believe and hope that we can elicit change.”

Mariah Carey, among those conferring honors, expressed thoughts on Twitter before the show started:

During his opener, Meyers was if nothing else self-effacing and self-aware.

“I’m a man with absolutely no power in Hollywood. I’m not even the most powerful Seth in the room tonight,” he said, pointing to Seth Rogen and pivoting to politics. “Hey, remember when he was the guy making trouble in North Korea?”

>> 101-year-old Kirk Douglas takes the stage at the Golden Globes

That set up a joke about how the “Hollywood Foreign Press” Association combined President Donald Trump’s three least favorite words, other than “Hillary, Mexico and salad.”

Meyers didn’t shy away from the origin of the #MeToo movement.

“Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight. I’ve heard rumors he’s crazy and difficult to work with,” he said of the disgraced mogul whose career collapse preceded a number of other prominent denouements.

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

“I hear they’re doing another series of ‘House of Cards.’ Is Christopher Plummer available for that, too?” he said, a reference to Plummer stepping in at the last moment to play J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World.” Kevin Spacey was supposed to play the role but was fired from that project and the Netflix series amid a series of abuse allegations.

“I sure hope (Plummer) can do a Southern accent,” Meyers said. “Kevin Spacey sure couldn’t.”

Meyers’ monologue felt shorter than some of his predecessors’ and far more somber. He concluded by acknowledging viewers might see the ballroom full of wealthy, beautiful stars professing allegiance to social justice from a cosseted, lofty perch.

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“Everyone in this room knows Hollywood is so much more than that,” he said, noting that most people on film sets work unglamorous jobs and got there by virtue of hard work, not powerful connections. “Those people aren’t there thanks to their rich dad.”

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report

Carol Burnett takes stage with Jennifer Aniston, brings Golden Globes audience to its feet

Carol Burnett’s mere presence on stage at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards brought the entire audience to its feet.

Burnett, 84, is a Hollywood legend whose career spans six decades. She is probably most known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which began in 1967.

She walked onstage alongside Jennifer Aniston to introduce the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

The comic legend couldn’t let her moment on stage pass without cracking a joke.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

“On a night when so many people, all of their dreams will come true tonight, so has mine, because I get to present with my idol, the amazing Carol Burnett,” said Aniston.

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

“That is really, that’s so sweet,” said Burnett. “You know, I’m happy that you’re coming back to television, because ‘Will and Grace’ was one of my favorite shows.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards red carpet

The audience erupted into laughter, and when Aniston tried to correct her, Burnett said, “I’m just kidding.”

>> See the moment here

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Before they even announced the winner, Aniston got to get back at Burnett by asking to tug Burnett’s ear, which Burnett called “kinky.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

“It was everything, everything, thank you,” Aniston said of the act.

“As I said, she’s kinky!” Burnett said.

Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

Oprah’s gift for inspiring others was in full view Sunday as she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globes. Her moving speech brought the audience to its feet.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

The 63-year-old media industry mogul was honored at the Golden Globes by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for her contributions to entertainment.

>> On Rare.us: Everyone rose to their feet to honor one of Hollywood’s last living members of the industry’s Golden Age

She was introduced by Reese Witherspoon, who worked with her on the film “A Wrinkle In Time.” On stage, she said, “Oprah’s hugs could end wars.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards red carpet

“For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as chairman, CEO and founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards,” said Witherspoon.

>> Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban harmonize at the Golden Globes

In her speech, Oprah shared inspirational words with all those watching.

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

“And it is not lost on me, that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this award,” said Oprah.

>> Watch the clip here

She touched on the unofficial theme of the night: Time’s Up.

>> 101-year-old Kirk Douglas takes the stage at the Golden Globes

Celebrities coordinated their black wardrobe as a part of the Time’s Up movement. According to the New York Times, the organized campaign aims to fight sexual harassment, assault and inequality for women in all workplaces.

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Oprah spoke to the men guilty of sexual assault, abuse and harassment in the workplace, saying, “Their time is up!”

>> See the moment here

She closed her speech with a prediction for the future.

“So I want all the girls watching here, now that a new day is on the horizon!” said Oprah.

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Petition seeks to stop release of 'Slender Man' movie

An online petition has been launched to pressure Sony to halt the release of its upcoming "Slender Man" film.

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The film, set to be released in May, focuses on the fictional Slender Man character. Two preteen girls stabbed a classmate 19 times in 2014, citing Slender Man as an inspiration, WISN reported. The victim, Peyton Lautner, survived the attack. Both attackers were found not guilty due to mental illness. Anissa Weier, now 16, received a maximum sentence of 25 years in a state mental facility, WISN reported. Morgan Geyes will be sentenced in February, WISN reported.

The petition, which is supported by Bill Weier, Anissa's father, accuses filmmakers of trying to "capitalize on a tragedy." Bill Weier called the film "extremely distasteful" and said its promotion is "extending the pain" of all of the families involved in the stabbing incident.

The petition has received several thousand signatures in support of pulling the film.

Jodie Foster likens superhero movies to fracking: 'You wreck the earth'

Jodie Foster really doesn’t like superhero movies.

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The award-winning actress, director and producer likened the films to hydraulic fracking in an interview with the British Radio Timesaccording to The Telegraph, holding the genre responsible for ruining movies for audiences worldwide.

“Going to the movies has become like a theme park,” she said. “Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking - you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth.

“It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world.”

She told the Radio Times that she had no interest in making superhero movies, but she said she could be swayed if the protagonist had a “really complex psychology.”

Her comments drew mixed reactions.

Screenwriter and producer James Gunn, who most recently directed the superhero film “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” called Foster’s viewpoint “old-fashioned” in a series of tweets Monday.

“Her belief system is pretty common and isn’t totally without basis,” Gunn wrote. “For cinema to survive, I believe spectacle films NEED to have a vision and heart they traditionally haven’t. And some of us are doing our best to move in that direction. Creating spectacle films that are innovative, humane, and thoughtful is what excites me about this job.”

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