“Everybody appears to f–king hate Harvey however they don’t notice they don’t actually hate Harvey,” stated Alexandra Vino of her rumored paramour, Harvey Weinstein. “They’re being instructed the way to really feel. He’s a scapegoat for this whole [#MeToo] motion and so they’ve destroyed his life. It’s been like a human sacrifice. Individuals get 23 years in jail for murdering folks, not for what he did.”
Weinstein, the disgraced movie-studio mogul, has been publicly accused of sexual assault and harassment by ladies together with Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Annabella Sciorra, Ashley Judd and greater than 100 others. Earlier this yr, he started serving time on the Wende Correctional Facility close to Buffalo, sentenced to 23 years for felony sexual assault and rape. However he might have discovered the one lady in New York Metropolis who thinks he’s been given a bum rap.
Vino, a 30-year-old actress, singer, artist and aspiring screenwriter, has been linked with the previous producer after she was seen canoodling with him at downtown sizzling spots Downtime and Socialista on the eve of his conviction for rape final fall. She was seen sitting on his lap and as soon as even interceded on his behalf when one other lady protested the presence of a “f–king rapist” on the bar.
In January, the 2 checked right into a Purple Financial institution, NJ, lodge and have been dinged for additional fees after they lit up joints of their nonsmoking room after which ordered “a number of ice lotions,” in accordance with The Hollywood Reporter.
Whereas insiders instructed The Put up Vino and Weinstein have been romantically concerned, the artist and actress Vino admits to nothing greater than friendship: “I’d prefer to maintain my personal life personal.”
Nonetheless, she defends him extra passionately than his personal attorneys.
“I do know what Oscar events are like, I do know what goes on,” Vino instructed The Put up. “I’ve seen the attractive ladies throwing themselves at Harvey and different highly effective males all day lengthy. These ladies in LA and New York should not naïve. You don’t hit on a man [like Weinstein] with a monitor file for hitting on ladies. What, and you then’re all, ‘Oh I can’t imagine he requested me for a again therapeutic massage?’ Come on.”
Vino and Weinstein’s uncommon relationship was additionally on show Sept. 24 at her artwork present on the rooftop of Bogart Home in Williamsburg.
In jail, Weinstein can name folks solely from an permitted cellphone checklist, which incorporates Vino, and he loses his cellphone privileges at 5 p.m. every day. However that didn’t maintain him from making an attempt to stage-manage her present — that he reportedly funded — and maintain The Put up out, throughout 90 minutes of high-pitched, dramatic cellphone calls to his p.r. consultant, Vino and a buddy.
“The place are they?” Weinstein, 68, may very well be heard bellowing over the cellphone, that means a Put up reporter and photographer. “Go eliminate them, take them out to dinner and I’ll pay for it.”
“I’m in a tricky spot!” Weinstein shouted throughout one other name, reportedly in reference to his plans to quickly file an enchantment asking to overturn his sentence. However he additionally appeared confused about his present standing, yelling that he would “be out in just a few days.” He won’t be eligible for parole for 20 years.
The previous energy participant may be heard yelling into the cellphone that he had paid for Vino’s artwork present. She later denied this: “He hasn’t funded something, I want there have been funding however [his money is] all tied up.”
An worker of the Bogart Home stated the area was lent to Vino without cost and that she paid for different bills.
Weinstein lastly went silent after an hour of heated cellphone calls at 5 p.m. The Put up then managed to get into the artwork exhibit — however may first interview Vino, wearing a black Andrea Lieberman costume and YSL stilettos, solely with one in every of Weinstein’s p.r. representatives by her aspect. The rep forbade her from mentioning Weinstein.
As a Bogart Home waitress proffered slices of vegan pizza, Weinstein’s rep allowed a clearly pissed off Vino to speak solely about her performing profession (she most just lately had a small half reverse Mark Wahlberg on this yr’s “Spenser Confidential”), her early work (she performed the “token American” in a number of Bollywood movies) and her oil work, which have a woodsy fairy-tale vibe and promote for between $5,000 and $10,000.
A number of days after the artwork present, nevertheless, Vino agreed to speak extra freely to The Put up.
She stated she grew up in New Jersey and on the Higher West Facet, splitting her time between her divorced dad and mom. Her mom was a homemaker; her father a rock musician. She didn’t wish to reveal her dad and mom’ names.
Vino started performing as a baby, being ferried to business auditions in Manhattan by her Russian maternal grandmother. She additionally spent months in LA when her dad was touring and dealing as a musician there, she stated. She attended the Vogue Institute of Know-how and, at 17, joined the Actors Studio the place, she stated, she was mentored by Martin Landau.
Vino stated she met Weinstein years in the past whereas relationship a person — allegedly the son of a significant, now-deceased producer who made movies with Weinstein — who labored for him.
“I’ve recognized Harvey a really very long time,” Vino instructed The Put up. “I’ve seen ladies competing to be with him, begging to be with him. I’ve seen it with numerous males within the business. I’ve additionally seen how beneficiant he might be — what a godfather he was to folks. I discover it horrifying what the press did to him and I believe there was an agenda. I’m all for girls’s rights and the ladies’s motion. However can’t we give ladies equal pay and equal rights with out killing males?”
Vino, who’s a fan of the outspoken black conservative activist Candace Owens, says that she might not be politically appropriate however she understands what it’s prefer to be a sufferer.
Ladies do what they’ll to get the most popular, strongest man. It’s what makes the world go spherical.
– Alexandra Vino
“I’ve had sexual assaults in my youthful years,” she stated. “However I additionally put myself in unhealthy positions and I believe some guys thought I used to be main them on.”
She additionally believes that the 2 ladies whose courtroom instances led to Weinstein’s jail time bear some accountability for what occurred to them.
“Strains have been blurred,” Vino stated. “I’m not saying these ladies are incorrect. They each imagine their truths and get coached by attorneys for monetary acquire. Everybody is aware of males are aggressive. And girls might be, too. Males work exhausting to allow them to get the most popular chick and girls do what they’ll to get the most popular, most highly effective man. It’s what makes the world go spherical.”
As for the sordid claims of Weinstein masturbating in entrance of ladies and ejaculating right into a potted plant at Socialista?
“I believe it’s sort of humorous,” she stated. “And if he have been actually a rapist, why would he trouble simply masturbating like that?”
Vino is savvy sufficient to notice that aligning herself with a person like Weinstein gained’t assist her profession at this level.
She has 33 movie and TV credit after greater than a decade of working in Hollywood. However she’s nonetheless ready, she stated, for a lead function.
“Individuals need to be so politically appropriate today that I believe they’re frightened of being seen as having something to do with Harvey,” she stated. “They may be afraid to forged me and that’s a giant concern.”
Vino stated she is conscious individuals are suspicious of the connection — and surprise what she is getting out of it.
“Nothing is in it for me aside from the truth that I’m a loyal buddy to all my buddies. I’ve numerous empathy for him and I noticed him lose his complete life. It’s exhausting for folks to suppose I’d simply be buddies with him. We have been buddies earlier than the scandal,” she stated. “Being buddies with Harvey has not helped me. If something it has been publicly not good to be with somebody who everybody hates.”
She reserves her venom for Weinstein’s former buddies and colleagues.
“All these folks simply turned their backs on him — and so they solely did it to guard themselves,” Vino stated. “So many individuals who stood up for him at first noticed they have been at risk of dropping their jobs due to it. So they only let him be destroyed. I say let the person f–king reside. He’s not harmful. He by no means was harmful. He can barely stroll.”
One other Weinstein pal instructed The Put up that Vino is necessary to the convict as a result of “all his buddies have deserted him. She is loyal to him.”
Nonetheless, Vino stated she is “loyal to a fault” despite the fact that it has gotten her in hassle earlier than.
“Harvey can’t do something for me,” she added. “He’s in jail. However I’m loyal … I wish to have a great life. My work is every little thing to me and I don’t wish to be punished for talking up. However I’ve to be genuine.”
Even when meaning offending many.
“I hope you inform my fact,” she stated.
Who’s Lucas Bravo, the recent chef from ‘Emily in Paris’?
Overlook the popular culture development of the “Scorching Priest” — it’s time for the “Scorching Chef.”
French actor and mannequin Lucas Bravo, 32, is taking the world by storm in Netflix hit “Emily In Paris.”
However earlier than touchdown the function within the well-liked new present that follows Emily (Lily Collins), an American employed by a French advertising agency, Bravo had a markedly completely different look — together with lengthy hair and a beard that made him look extra like an additional on “Recreation of Thrones.”
“Wow, I really like the lengthy hair!” some followers raved on his previous Instagram images.
English-speaking audiences can be forgiven for not recognizing the hunky chef, as Bravo has principally starred in French reveals and films previous to his breakout Netflix hit. Other than appearing, he’s additionally actually labored as a sous-chef for a Japanese-French fusion restaurant, identical to his “Emily” character Gabriel.
“I used to be a sous-chef in a restaurant a number of years in the past,” he advised Vulture. “So I’ve some cooking expertise. However you already know, we did some sort of cook-off competitors…to advertise the present, and I utterly burned my omelet and reduce my finger off, so I’m making an attempt to not brag about my cooking expertise anymore.”
French audiences criticized the present for depicting too many cliches, however Bravo defended it in an interview with Cosmopolitan. Critics “didn’t perceive that it’s only one imaginative and prescient,” he mentioned. “They’re like, ‘Oh, this isn’t what Paris is.’ In fact. Paris is many issues.”
He at the moment resides in Paris, and sure, he’s conscious that individuals assume he resembles a French Armie Hammer. “I’ve heard that a few instances,” he advised Vulture. “It’s very nice to say. I really like him, he’s a terrific actor. It’s humorous.”
Subsequent up, he’ll be in a big-screen adaptation of the novel “Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris,” starring reverse Jason Isaacs. That film doesn’t but have a launch date.
“Emily in Paris” is at the moment streaming on Netflix.
John Stamos volunteers to affix #HappyDays reunion as Chachi
“Comfortable Days” is getting political.
A lot of the solid of the healthful ’50s sitcom set in Milwaukee is getting again collectively for a digital reunion on behalf of the Democratic Social gathering of Wisconsin — with one notable exception.
Former teen heartthrob Scott Baio, an outspoken Donald Trump supporter, will doubtless not be throwing in his skills as Chachi for the reunion of the present that ran from 1974 to 1984.
As an alternative, actor John Stamos, 57, has supplied to play the function of Fonzie’s beloved cousin, with Twitter’s approval. The sitcom star in his personal proper — as hunky uncle Jesse in “Full Home” –threw in his hat late Monday evening after the reunion announcement.
Baio, 60, clapped again together with his personal snarky response: “Shouldn’t you be taking good care of Aunt Becky?,” he tweeted in an obvious reference to former “Full Home” co-star Lori Loughlin’s authorized fallout from the continuing faculty admissions scandal.
The reunion fundraiser kicks off Sunday, October 25 at 6 p.m. CT, and can carry collectively Henry Winkler (Fonzie), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), author Lowell Ganz, and extra.
Tickets to the pandemic-friendly occasion go for a minimum of a $1 donation, with proceeds going towards “making Trump a one-term president,” in line with an announcement from the organizers.
“We’re thrilled a present made well-known in Milwaukee is coming again house to assist make Donald Trump a one-term President,” stated Ben Wikler, Chair of the Democratic Social gathering of Wisconsin. “We all know all roads to the White Home undergo the Badger State, and with the solid of ‘Comfortable Days’ serving to us increase cash to take again the White Home, we consider much more we are able to ship a victory on November third.”
The occasion will function fan questions, behind-the-scenes tales from the solid and crew, and some surprises.
Whereas many had been thrilled to see Stamos take the reins of the enduring function, others on-line weren’t so please with the substitute — or the political trigger behind it.
“That is so irritating. First ‘The Princess Bride’ will get co-opted for a political goal and now ‘Comfortable Days.’ I’m actually 100% nice with actors talking their very own minds, however I want you’d depart our reminiscences of reveals we cherished alone,” @freeburlington tweeted.
No less than one consumer observed the complete circle impact of booting out Baio, referencing the mysterious departure of Richie’s older brother, Chuck Cunningham, within the ninth episode of the present.
“Oh good, Chachi’s been Chuck Cunninghammed,” @CollinMur tweeted.
Robert Redford’s ‘grief is immeasurable’ after son James’ dying
Robert Redford and his household are mourning the dying of his son James, who handed away after a battle with liver most cancers at age 58.
“The grief is immeasurable with the loss of a kid,” Redford’s rep, Cindi Berger, instructed Web page Six in a press release on Tuesday. “Jamie was a loving son, husband and father. His legacy lives on via his kids, artwork, filmmaking and devoted ardour to conservation and the surroundings.”
Redford, 84, “is mourning along with his household throughout this tough time and asks for privateness,” the assertion concluded.
James, a documentary filmmaker, died at dwelling in Marin County, Calif., on Friday. He had been awaiting a liver transplant. The information of his passing was first confirmed by his spouse, Kyle Redford, in a tweet.
“We’re heartbroken. He lived an exquisite, impactful life & was beloved by many,” she wrote, sharing a number of household photographs. “As his spouse of 32 yrs, I’m most grateful for the 2 spectacular kids we raised collectively. I don’t know what we’d’ve accomplished w/o them over the previous 2yrs.”
In 2005, James and his father co-founded the Redford Middle, which “makes use of impact-driven movie and media to speed up environmental and local weather justice, options and restore,” in accordance with its web site.
James was Redford’s son along with his ex-wife Lola Van Wagenen. The pair had 4 kids collectively: James, daughters Shauna and Amy, and son Scott, who died of sudden toddler dying syndrome in 1959.