“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.
Betty White 99th birthday: Celebrate with memorabilia
Break out the bubbly and gather your golden girls, it’s time to celebrate an icon who has made us laugh for the past 80 years — and is still at it.
Beloved “Golden Girls” actress Betty White celebrates her 99th birthday January 17, and despite the pandemic, America’s sweetheart needs a proper party — even if it’s in front of your television at home.
White dished on her riveting birthday plans during an interview and, to the delight of fans of her work, revealed news of her current “Pet” project.
“You probably didn’t ask, but I’ll tell you anyway,” White said. “What am I doing for my birthday? Running a mile each morning has been curtailed by COVID, so I am working on getting ‘The Pet Set’ re-released, and feeding the two ducks who come to visit me every day.”
Referring to her 1970s show with both celebrity and furry guests, “The Pet Set” will be re-released on DVD and streaming platforms by MPI Media Group on Feb. 23, commemorating the show’s 50th anniversary.
While you will have to wait to reminisce with dogs, cats and pop culture greats like Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore and Burt Reynolds to name a few, there are other ways to celebrate the birthday gal on what should surely be a national holiday at this point.
Keep scrolling for a look at a wide variety of collectible DVD boxsets, streaming options galore, books, bobbleheads, face masks and even some Betty-inspired apparel.
After all, now could be the ideal time to stock up for next year’s celebration — when this bona fide American treasure can add “centenarian” to her laundry list of accomplishments.
Dust off the old DVD player and transport yourself back to simpler times with Betty.
The four-disc set features 41 episodes of “Life With Elizabeth” and “Date With the Angels,” making Betty’s birthday party last at least 17 hours. Whether you’re watching them for the first time, or rewatching after seeing them on your childhood television set, the jokes are timeless — just like the star herself.
If you no longer have a DVD player (and forget about a VCR), look to Amazon for all the “Golden Girls” you can handle.
All seven seasons of the show are now available on Amazon Prime Video, starting at $1.99 per episode or $13.99 for Season 1. Check out other platforms such as Hulu or Vudu for more streaming options to see Betty as Rose alongside her gal pals Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Sophia (Estelle Getty).
Betty White has legitimately written the book on life, so you may want to ask her a tip or two.
In her 2011 New York Times best seller, “If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won’t),” White shares her observations on everything from Hollywood to hair care. “In this candid take on everything from the unglamorous reality behind red-carpet affairs to her beauty regimen (‘I have no idea what color my hair is, and I never intend to find out’), Betty White shares her observations about life, celebrity, and love (for humans and animals). Filled with photos, ‘If You Ask Me’ is funny, sweet, and straight to the point — just like Betty,” reads the book’s description.
The book is available at Barnes & Noble as a paperback or in e-reader form for Nook devices. Make sure to check out her other books, too: “Here We Go Again: My Life in Television,” “Betty White in Person” and “Betty and Friends: My Life at the Zoo.”
Even though Betty’s hair still looks amazing, grow your own on her character Rose with a “Golden Girls” Chia Pet.
The collection includes all the ladies from the show, but start with Rose on White’s birthday and soon you’ll have a bunch of green-haired ladies. Walmart also carries Dorothy, Sophia and Blanche.
Thank Betty White for being a friend, along with her “Golden Girls” co-stars, with this vintage photo tee from Urban Outfitters.
“Rep your favorite girl group with this regular fit T-shirt topped with a ‘Golden Girls’ graphic. Cut in a classic short-sleeve silhouette topped with a ribbed crew neck and straight hem,” reads the product description.
The 2020 election may be over, but Betty White is still the president of comedy no matter what.
Get this funny tee from Amazon and vote your approval for the longest career in showbiz no matter the year. The shirt is screen-printed on super soft and durable cotton, made in America. It comes in a wide range of sizes from XS through 6XL.
Color outside the lines, Betty won’t mind.
Adult coloring books are all the rage, and we like to picture Betty White in some sunlit room coloring away during the pandemic. Enjoy original designs of the star, with patterns and shapes for you to color. Share with a friend, as the book comes with two copies of each image, or try two different media or styles.
Of course, a pop-culture icon like Betty White has her own collectible Funko Pop! vinyl figure.
“Rose is in her snappy bowling outfit and she’s ready to beat everyone at all costs! Inspired by Season 1, Episode 7, ‘The Competition,’ Rose plays the hilarious backstabber. Add her competitive personality to your Pop! collection today,” reads the product description.
Go back and watch that episode, with your new Rose figure on the coffee table with you. The three other “Golden Girls” stars are also available in bowling attire, sold at Hot Topic individually.
Show your love for Betty White wherever you are, be it on your car’s bumper, the back of an envelope, your laptop or even a prime spot on the wall next to the television.
This 20-piece sticker set from Amazon features Betty in unique and artistic designs to add flair to any flat, smooth surface you choose to stick them to. Made of vinyl, they are made to last with a lightweight UV coating to protect the beloved visage from fading.
Only Betty White has her warm and endearing smile, but you can try to cop hers with some help from the artists at Redbubble.
Be safe while flashing Betty White’s smile with this face mask, designed by user Coloradorama on the artist-driven platform. Featuring a pretty shade of pink lipstick, this mask is sure to be a conversation starter, if not the best no-stress Halloween costume for this upcoming year.
Godzilla and King Kong will struggle it out two months earlier
Godzilla and King Kong appear very desirous to settle their longstanding grudge.
Warner Bros. says its “Godzilla vs. Kong” mega-monster mash-up shall be launched March 26, two months forward of schedule.
The flick will premiere concurrently in theaters and on the streaming service HBO Max, Selection stories.
The film price $160 million, making profitability a longshot, given the pandemic-related closing of theaters, the outlet famous.
In December, Warner Bros. examined out the hybrid, theater-and-streaming launch of “Surprise Lady 1984;” that film price $200 million to make however has solely recouped $132 million, Selection famous.
‘Star Wars’ spinoff has English village prepared for a dogfight
Assist the sleepy English village of Little Marlow, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Townsfolk aren’t pleased with Disney for constructing a colossal set for the leisure big’s Star Wars TV collection “Kenobi” starring Ewan McGregor because the legendary Jedi Grasp, the Solar reported.
Dozens are making themselves a pressure to be reckoned with, complaining the development is clogging roads with vans and heavy vehicles, creating gentle air pollution and disturbing the wildlife of the city, situated about an hour’s drive west of London.
The village’s council gave Disney the OK to make use of a former quarry website that abuts a lake. Filming begins in March; the spinoff debuts on Disney+ subsequent 12 months.
One resident disgruntled early on was Martin Braint, who advised the Bucks Free Press that Little Marlow is “the mistaken place” for such a TV set that may very well be in place for 3 years.
“We now have had movies within the village earlier than and it’s fairly thrilling having issues go on for a brief time frame,” Braint stated in November. “However when they’re contemplating carrying it on for years or into the longer term, it’s a totally different matter.”