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Ridley Scott won’t rule out Harvey Weinstein’s return

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  • Hollywood mega-director Ridley Scott thinks there's a chance film producer Harvey Weinstein could return to show business
  • The 80-year-old English director is currently promoting his latest work, All the Money in the World
  • After Weinstein was accused by scores of women of sex crimes, over a dozen men came forward to accuse actor Kevin Spacey of similar crimes
  • Scott had cast Spacey in his film as J. Paul Getty, the billionaire magnate
  • When the allegations surfaced, Scott removed Spacey's scenes and re-filmed them with Christopher Plummer stepping in as Getty

By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com

Published: 21:29 EST, 6 January 2018 | Updated: 00:05 EST, 7 January 2018

Hollywood mega-director Ridley Scott thinks there's a chance film producer Harvey Weinstein could return to show business, it was reported on Saturday.

The 80-year-old English director, who is currently promoting his latest work, All the Money in the World, was asked about the Weinstein revelations and the domino effect it had on his own film, according to the Irish Examiner.

After Weinstein was accused by scores of women of sex crimes ranging from harassment to rape, over a dozen men came forward to accuse actor Kevin Spacey of similar crimes.

In some cases, the Spacey's accusers were minors when the alleged crimes took place.

The allegations cost Spacey his starring role on the hit Netflix show House of Cards.

Scott also got to work, rapidly deleting Spacey's scenes as J. Paul Getty in his All the Money in the World.

Hollywood mega-director Ridley Scott (above) thinks there's a chance film producer Harvey Weinstein could return to show businessHollywood mega-director Ridley Scott thinks there's a chance film producer Harvey Weinstein (above) could return to show businessHollywood mega-director Ridley Scott thinks there's a chance film producer Harvey Weinstein (above) could return to show business

Hollywood mega-director Ridley Scott (left) thinks there's a chance film producer Harvey Weinstein (right) could return to show business

Scott, his cast, and crew re-did the frames with Christopher Plummer standing in just a few weeks before the movie's scheduled release.

Weinstein has denied the allegations against him.

When asked if he believed Weinstein will ever return to Hollywood, Scott said: 'Never say never, I've no idea. I'm sure Harvey (Weinstein) will already have a go within a year.

'What's this thing about forgiveness? Do we ever talk about forgiveness? Or is forgiveness now out of that question? I don't know.

'Do you learn what is unforgivable, when a guy can rape and kill and get out after five years? I don't understand the law at that level.'

Scott said he did not hesitate to remove Spacey from his film after Anthony Rapp, an openly homosexual actor, came forward in October and accused the House of Cards star of assaulting him when he was just 14 years old.

'I knew enough about him over the years, gossip and things,' Scott said.

After Rapp made the allegations, 20 others also came forward publicly to accuse Spacey of groping and harassment.

After Weinstein was accused by scores of women of sex crimes, over a dozen men came forward with similar allegations against Kevin Spacey, prompting Scott to remove Spacey from his film All the Money in the World. Spacey is seen above as J. Paul GettyAfter Weinstein was accused by scores of women of sex crimes, over a dozen men came forward with similar allegations against Kevin Spacey, prompting Scott to remove Spacey from his film All the Money in the World. Spacey is seen above as J. Paul Getty

After Weinstein was accused by scores of women of sex crimes, over a dozen men came forward with similar allegations against Kevin Spacey, prompting Scott to remove Spacey from his film All the Money in the World. Spacey is seen above as J. Paul Getty

When asked why the 'gossip' he heard about Spacey didn't deter him from casting him for the film, Scott said: 'I hadn't even thought about it, frankly.'

'It's his business what he gets up to, it only becomes the business of other people if it involves kids and things like that, then it's not on,' Scott said.

'You can always argue a guy can take care of himself but a kid can't, that's not right.'

Scott said he was impressed with Spacey's track record as an actor.

'I'd met him once, when I'd been in Berlin and he had a film that he directed on Bobby Darin, he sang like Bobby Darin, he's a great mimic. And American Beauty, and all that stuff – he's a great actor.

'But you know, the question is – should you separate the talent from the man? And I think you have to, otherwise, historically, does that make Francis Bacon valueless, Andy Warhol, valueless, you know what I'm saying?'

When allegations against Spacey surfaced, Scott said he 'looked towards the solution of the problem,' as Netflix did when it decided it would film the remainder of the series with Robin Wright as the lead star.

'I thought the solution is we'll get trampled, we won't even run, because already Netflix are talking about removing the show,' Scott said.

'And then instead of that, they removed him.'

Scott said Plummer, 88, was his first choice to play the billionaire Getty in his film, but he decided to cast Spacey, 58, because he was younger.

'That said, (there was) a lot of make-up in the mornings, big make-up, prosthetics,' he said.

'The film is pretty challenging, there are a lot of scenes, a lot of dialogue. So I went with youth, wrongly.'

Plummer has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Getty. The award show is scheduled for Sunday in Beverly Hills.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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