"An Open Secret" - Hollywood child sex-abuse documentary

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    The Trailer For 'An Open Secret,' The Hollywood Child Sex-Abuse Documentary, Will Horrify You

    By Stephanie Marcus, The Huffington Post

    Many kids dream of becoming famous, but few do. Those who attempt to make their hopes come true in Hollywood are exposed to a very adult world while they are still very much children.

    Amy Berg's documentary "An Open Secret" looks at the sexual abuse of children in the entertainment industry, profiling five men (including Michael Egan, who accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of abuse last year) who relay their stories of misconduct at the hands of those they trusted to help propel them to stardom.

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    Watch the trailer for Amy Berg's incendiary Hollywood child sex-abuse doc An Open Secret

    If HBO's Scientology documentary "Going Clear" is any indication, the American public is hungry for damning exposés on the Hollywood establishment. Enter "An Open Secret," a new documentary by Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg ("Deliver Us from Evil," "West of Memphis" that shines a light on the sexual exploitation of young boys in the entertainment industry.

    The film features interviews with such former child stars as Corey Feldman and Todd Bridges as well as Michael Egan III, the man who accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer and several other high-ranking Hollywood figures of drugging and raping him when he was a teenager in the late 1990s (Egan's lawsuits were later dropped due to inconsistencies in his story).

    Coinciding with the trailer's release, the film's producers -- clearly anticipating that Egan's recent conviction for fraud and the withdrawal of his numerous lawsuits could potentially damage the film's credibility -- have released a statement supporting his involvement while simultaneously distancing the film from the subsequent lawsuits he filed against Singer, Broadway producer Gary Goddard, TV executive Garth Ancier and others:

    “After the recent announcement of the film’s release, there was talk in some quarters of the media questioning the appearance of Michael Egan in the film in light of his subsequent lawsuit, which was both filed and later withdrawn after he filmed his scenes for An Open Secret. The producers vociferously defend Egan’s participation in the film while clarifying its scope.”

    Continued producer Gabe Hoffman: “Michael Egan’s participation in An Open Secret is limited to descriptions of the sexual abuse he suffered at the DEN mansion at the hands of Marc Collins-Rector and the aftermath wrought upon their lives and their families. In the film, Egan does not discuss any of the allegations made in the lawsuits filed on his behalf in 2014. Those lawsuits, subsequently withdrawn, were filed well after, and completely independently from, his participation in An Open Secret. Clearly, Egan has experienced great difficulties in his life following the sexual abuse he suffered while a teenager at DEN. We applaud Mike’s courage to appear in the film and decry any efforts to use these unrelated difficulties to undermine the film’s credibility and deflect from the issue of child sexual abuse in Hollywood portrayed in the film.”

    Berg's 2006 documentary "Deliver Us from Evil," which centered on the crimes of pedophilic Catholic priest Oliver O'Grady, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2007.

    "An Open Secret" is slated to screen at Cannes later this month and will hit limited theaters in June.

    An Open Secret Official Trailer

    Published by An Open Secret on May 6, 2015

    Connect with #AnOpenSecret and help expose Hollywood's dirtiest secret.

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    Cannes 2015: Hollywood Sex Scandal Doc Cut for Foreign Buyers, But Will It Sell? | Hollywood Reporter

    It bills itself as "the movie Hollywood doesn't want you to see." But strategic cuts have been made to the original version of An Open Secret, Amy Berg's explosive documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood, as it courts foreign buyers in Cannes.

    Specifically, the film has dropped all references to lawsuits alleging sexual abuse that Michael Egan filed in 2014 against director Bryan Singer and film and TV executives Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard. Egan later dropped them all, and Ancier and Neuman filed suits of their own against Egan and his attorneys for malicious prosecution.

    Footage of Egan's April 17, 2014, press conference, during which he first launched his accusations, was featured in the concluding minutes of the film when it debuted at Doc NYC on Nov. 14. At that event, the movie's only public screening to date, Berg admitted that finding a distributor "was not very likely."

    Since then, though, producers Matthew Valentinas and Gabe Hoffman, under their Esponda banner, have excised several minutes from the film, including the Egan press conference. Valentinas — a Boston attorney who brought in Berg, who'd previously exposed sexual exploitation in the Catholic Church in Deliver Us from Evil, to direct — insists the film doesn't pose legal risks. "There have been no lawsuits against the film, and the chances of that happening have been even more reduced since the Doc NYC screening," he says.

    "There have been very few changes. Now, there is a little more focus on some of the victims," adds Greg H. Sims of Vesuvio Entertainment, which recently announced a deal with Randy Slaughter's Rocky Mountain Pictures to co-distribute the film stateside with a 20-city run that will kick off June 5 in Denver and Seattle. Vesuvio also is bringing the movie to Cannes. Although foreign buyers from countries where libel laws are stricter than in the U.S. might be wary, according to Sims a May 19 screening already is oversubscribed.

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    Louis C.K. Monologue - SNL

    Published by Saturday Night Live on May 16, 2015

    Host Louis C.K. discusses what it was like growing up in the 1970s, when it was okay to be racist and everyone knew about the town child molester.
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  4. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Try this one
    Hot off the presses
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  5. Anonymous Member

    I remember the times, when people used to propel themselves to stardom thanks to their ability, not relying on someone's money to do it.
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