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Motion Picture Academy releases new procedures for allegations of sexual misconduct




HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22:  A general view of Oscar Statuettes backstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: A general view of Oscar Statuettes backstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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On Saturday, three months after it booted Harvey Weinstein, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences enacted new procedures for dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct against its members.

Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan spoke with  A Martinez about what the new code entails.

"Over the summer they will launch a website for anonymously reporting. They also have a phone number where the membership department will field calls. A committee will take those reports and allegations into account, gather evidence and determine which to forward onto the board of governors to consider either taking someone's membership away fully...or suspending a member."

Plus, in another break with tradition, Casey Affleck will not attend this year's awards ceremony. Though it's been a tradition in recent years for the previous Best Actor award winner to present the current year's Best Actress award, Affleck bowed out. 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Actor Casey Affleck accepts Best Actor for 'Manchester by the Sea' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Casey Affleck accepts Best Actor for 'Manchester by the Sea' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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"Casey Affleck had previously settled two lawsuits regarding sexual harassment in connection with a film that he made. There was a feeling among some that he should not have won last year for that reason...According to a Deadline story last week, Affleck withdrew himself from the process, not wanting to distract from the moment for the actress who wins."

Plus, how HBO snatched up the buzziest film at the Sundance Film Festival, "The Tale." Many critics raved about the Jennifer Fox autobiographical feature starring Laura Dern. It depicts Fox's sexual abuse at the hands of her track coach, played by Jason Ritter.

And the 1961 musical classic "West Side Story" is getting a reboot. Over the weekend, casting director Cindy Tolan, tweeted out a casting call for an upcoming "West Side Story" project directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner.

https://twitter.com/cindytolan1/status/956601493188239361

Kushner and Spielberg have previously collaborated on "Munich" and "Lincoln."