Alan Ball admits Kevin Spacey has ruined American Beauty for him

Kevin Spacey plays an older man obsessed with his friend’s teenage daughter in American Beauty. (Jinks / Cohen Company)

Alan Ball has admitted he finds it “hard to watch” his Oscar-winning film American Beauty because of its star, Kevin Spacey.

More than 20 years after its release, Ball has admitted he struggles to watch the film that won him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay “without thinking about Kevin Spacey and all the allegations against him”.

“Especially since he plays a character who is lusting after someone who is not age-appropriate. It’s unfortunate,” Ball told The Irish Times.

American Beauty was released in 1999 to critical acclaim, and went on to become a box-office smash, raking in more than $350 million from a budget of just $15 million.

It also helped to cement the position of Spacey as one of Hollywood’s most eminent actors.

The film is widely considered to be a modern-day classic, but its reputation was tarnished when numerous people came forward – including actor Anthony Rapp – to allege that Spacey had sexually assaulted them or behaved inappropriately.

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Spacey has denied assaulting Rapp, who would have been 14 at the time of the alleged attack. When Rapp came forward in 2017, Spacey said he didn’t remember any encounter with the actor, but apologised for “what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour”.

He also used the opportunity to come out as gay, a decision that was widely criticised by LGBT+ people as an attempt to deflect from the rising scandal. Since then, a number of other alleged victims have come forward. Rapp is currently suing Spacey.

Reflecting on the huge success of American Beauty, which tells the story of a middle-aged man who develops an intense obsession with his teenage daughter’s best friend, Ball said there was a period of time after its release in which he could “do no wrong”.

He followed the film with two incredibly successful series: Six Feet Under and True Blood, but added: “And then I wrote a movie called Towelhead and that bombed. And I did a series for HBO that didn’t go very well. And I’m no longer the golden boy.”

Alan Ball returns to cinema with Uncle Frank.

Ball will soon release Uncle Frank, a comedy-drama about a gay man returning home for his father’s funeral, his sexuality a secret to his relatives.

“It’s not autobiographical because I’m not Frank,” Ball told the Independent.

“Certainly, the family members [in the film] are not based on anyone in my family. But the whole dynamic, that whole sort of Southern milieu, I’m very familiar with.”

 

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Tayshia Adams Admits To Wearing Wedding Dress, Saying ‘I Love You’ On ‘The Bachelorette’

ABC’s “The Bachelor” has been a whirlwind in just four episodes with Clare Crawley this season, and with Tayshia Adams taking over and being the new “Bachelorette,” viewers are in for a few more surprises before the season ends. 

Adams was first seen on Colton Underwood’s season and made it to the final three before she got her heart broken and was sent home. She also found love on “Bachelor in Paradise” with John Paul Jones, but that ended shortly after the show concluded.

The 30-year-old has taken over for Crawley, after the 39-year-old found love with Dale Moss within three episodes and got engaged on the fourth. Adams will have 16 of the same men and will begin her journey on Tuesday, but with a few new men as well. 

There’ll be a few new faces joining the cast and it’ll get really interesting as soon as that happens, Adams hinted in an interview with Lauren Zima from ET. 

Since the show’s already been filmed and Adams knows her fate, she’s able to give viewers insight into what she went through during her season. 

Throughout Crawley’s episodes, viewers could see a few guys that were there to stir up the drama that she didn’t warn her successor about. Adams explained to Jimmy Kimmel that she wished Clare would have warned her about them before taking over. 

Even though there are a few guys that make her cry, she alludes to a happy ending, as well as, a happy season. 

She told Zima, “I didn’t know it was possible to fall in love with multiple people. But when you just really lean into the journey and really be vulnerable, you never know what can happen. And it happened to me.”

She also admitted that she did say “I love you” to a few men during the stint of her season, and at one point, did don a wedding dress as well, according to ET. 

“The Bachelorette” airs Tuesday, Nov. 10 on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

clare and tayshia Clare Crawley (left) in a scene from “The Bachelorette” and her rumored replacement Tayshia Adams (right) during a 2019 episode of “Bachelor in Paradise.” Photo: ABC

 

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Trump accidentally admits he’s abandoned working women

At a rally Tuesday, President Trump made his closing argument to the suburban women unpersuaded by his dog whistles and kidnapped migrant children: Hey, at least I’m helping your hubbies find jobs.

Trump to suburban women: ‘We’re getting your husbands back to work’

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“And you know what else? I’m also getting your husbands — they want to get back to work, right?” he said. “They want to get back to work. We’re getting your husbands back to work, and everybody wants it.”

There are a couple of ways to interpret these tone-deaf remarks.

One is that Trump is sexist and still believes that “putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing” and only men are expected to bring home the bacon. Perhaps. Trump’s defenders would remind us, though, of the women he has appointed to senior-level positions (Kellyanne Conway, etc.). Heck, the president’s daughter Ivanka even wrote a book called “Women Who Work.” So surely her dad is aware such ladies exist.

There’s another, slightly less chauvinist reading of Trump’s remarks, albeit one equally damning. It’s that Trump knows 21st-century women expect to hold down jobs and provide for their families; he also knows he has utterly failed to help them do so. In highlighting the (relatively) higher numbers of men finding jobs, the president tacitly admits he has altogether abandoned working women.

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In the past few months, employment among women has plummeted, with about 6 million fewer women working today than in February. Men have also lost a lot of jobs, but they’ve recovered more ground than women have. The number of men working is down, on net, by “only” 5.2 million.

Women have also dropped out of the labor force in droves — that is, they are neither working nor even looking for jobs. The trends are especially stark among “prime working age” women, those 25 to 54 years old. Since February, nearly twice as many prime-working-age women as men have exited the labor force (1.7 million vs. about 926,000, respectively).

Why have women fared worse? Partly because of the industries more likely to employ women, such as retail, leisure and hospitality, and health care. These have all been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, which has reduced shopping and dining outside the home and routine medical visits.

But the problem isn’t limited to women’s career choices (or options). Schools remain closed for in-person learning throughout much of the country, and child-care facilities are operating at reduced capacity if they’re open at all. Doting grandparents who might normally pinch-hit on child care are less available because they’re at higher risk for covid-19.

Whatever fragile work-life balance American families had going before the coronavirus has collapsed — with women disproportionately bearing the fallout.

As of this summer, 1 in 5 working-age parents said the reason they weren’t employed was that covid-19 had disrupted their child-care arrangements, according to a Census Bureau report. Among those

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Married grandfather, 75, admits harassing six women with sexually explicit phone calls

A 75-year-old grandfather sexually harassed six young women with explicit and abusive phone calls during a nine-month campaign of harassment.

Michael Bunce, of Broadstairs, Kent, told one woman he wanted to tie her up and others he knew where they lived.

He pleaded guilty to six charges of sending a communication of an indecent or offensive nature on Thursday at Margate Magistrates’ Court.

But Bunce, who said his wife of 58 years was now aware of his actions, claimed his behaviour was a direct result of medication he was taking to manage Parkinson’s disease.

One of his victims, a 24-year-old woman, said he made “graphic and abusive” calls. She said she lived in fear and felt helpless as he phoned her “relentlessly”.

He appeared at Margate Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. (Google)

Last October, Bunce rang one young mother and asked to speak to her sister, before adding: “Are you horny like her?”

Over the next six weeks, he made sexually explicit and suggestive phone calls to the same woman, who asked to remain anonymous.

Speaking after Bunce pleaded guilty, she said: “He’d say, ‘Can you work out what I’m doing?’

“He asked to meet up for a drink and said he wanted to get a hotel room and that he’d pay me to make videos with him.

“He would ring every Wednesday and Thursday between 11am and 1pm and would always be on a withheld number. If I didn’t pick up, he’d ring relentlessly and he got nastier.”

But in November, Bunce forgot to withhold his number and she was able to pass his details onto police, who soon tracked him down to his home in Broadstairs, Kent.

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Bunce told the mother-of-two that he knew where she lived and on one occasion he suggested he saw her children leave her home moments before he rang.

As a result, she bought street-facing CCTV cameras and her family took it in turns to sleep on her sofa.

Even after Bunce was apprehended by detectives, the victim said he called her once more.

Bunce, who declined legal representation in court, added: “You don’t know how ashamed I am. I’m nearly 76. Nothing like this has ever happened before.

“I have the best respect for women. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a good man.”

Sentencing will take place in December at Margate Magistrates’ Court after a pre-sentence report has been made.

Bunce was released on unconditional bail ahead of his next court appearance.

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