Roy Price Resigns as Amazon Studios Head
Days after one of the retail outlet and streaming giant's top producer accused Price of sexual harassment, the executive has resigned as head of Amazon Studios.
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- Lesley Goldberg
Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former ‘The Mist’ Showrunner Amanda Segel
Amanda Segel, a former showrunner and executive producer for The Weinstein Company’s television drama “The Mist,” has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Bob Weinstein. Segel tells Variety that while she was working on the Spike TV series, Weinstein “repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and asked her to join him for private dinners.”
Moreover, Segel tells the outlet that the harassment began in the summer of 2016 and “continued on and off for about three months until Segel’s lawyer, David Fox of Myman Greenspan, informed TWC executives — including COO David Glasser — that she would leave the show if Bob Weinstein did not stop contacting her on personal matters.”
A representative for Weinstein “denied that he engaged in any inappropriate behavior” in a statement to Variety, adding that “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in »
- Kate Erbland
Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed
Filming has wrapped on the fraught production of Lucasfilm‘s Han Solo spinoff movie, which saw Phil Lord and Chris Miller packing up their things and leave during shooting. Ron Howard came in, bringing a veteran, reassuring hand behind the camera, and a pleasant and engaging social media presence. Now, he’s heading into post-production with one more message.
The director hit Twitter today and revealed the official title of the movie, which is the fairly bland, “Solo: A Star Wars Story“:
Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
It’s simple, effective, dull, and certain to start many memes (or as safesolvent suggested “Yolo: A Star Wars Story,” amirite?).
Continue reading Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Riz Ahmed in talks to bring modern-day Hamlet to Netflix
Riz Ahmed has had a stellar year, with breakout roles in HBO’s The Night Of, being part of the cast of Rogue One, and winning an Emmy for his work on the former, making him the first actor of South Asian descent to do so. The actor is riding high and is using some of that well-earned clout to tackle his dream project, which involves playing the lead in one of William Shakespeare’s greatest »
- Matt Rooney
Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)
Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.
The movie is »
- Dave McNary
Nora Johnson, Writer of ‘The World of Henry Orient,’ Dies at 84
Her daughter, Marion Siwek, said she died of natural causes.
Johnson based the story on her novel about two schoolgirls who have a crush on a concert pianist, informed by her experiences at private school in New York. Peter Sellers played the pianist; the film also starred Angela Lansbury and Paula Prentiss. It also became a Broadway musical, “Henry, Sweet Henry.”
Her memoirs about her father and growing up in show business included “Flashback,” “You Can Go Home Again” and “Coast to Coast,” a memoir of her childhood shuttling between her journalist mother in New York and her Hollywood-based father. Nunnally Johnson was the writer and director of films including “The Three Faces of Eve” and “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” and screenwriter of “The Dirty Dozen.”
Her 1959 essay »
- Pat Saperstein
Gretchen Carlson Says She Showed Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape to Her Children (Video)
While on tour promoting her new book, “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back,” former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson opened up about sexual harassment and revealed that she had even shown Donald Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” tape to her two children — who are 12 and 14. “When the Access Hollywood tape came out with now-President Trump, I played it for my children,” she told interviewer Nancy Armstrong, during a live discussion presented by Build Series, and by Armstrong’s documentary series, “Makers“. “I wanted them to see how not to treat human beings. I wanted then to. »
- Jon Levine
David Cross Responds to Accusations of Racism: ‘I Don’t Remember This at All’
David Cross has responded to actress Charlyne Yi’s accusation that he made racist comments to her a decade ago, saying that he has no recollection of the interaction described. “I don’t remember this at all!” the “Arrested Development” actor said in a tweet Tuesday. His confused reaction comes after the “Stephen Universe” star wrote in a tweet on Sunday: “I think about the first time I met David Cross 10 years ago & he made fun of my pants (that were tattered because I was poor). Dumbfounded I stared at him speechless and he said to me ‘what’s a matter? »
- Reid Nakamura
Molly Ringwald: 'I Have Had Plenty Harveys of My Own'
Molly Ringwald opened up about the numerous times she's contended with the pervasive culture of sexual harassment in Hollywood in an essay for The New Yorker titled, "All the Other Harvey Weinsteins." The piece arrives amidst the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal and as numerous women begin to detail their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault in the film and television industry.
Ringwald called the Weinstein scandal "a thread that has tangled its way through Hollywood, connecting women, mostly actresses, in a depressingly common way. We all seem to have a Harvey story, »
‘NCIS’ Fans React to Maria Bello’s Debut as Pauley Perrette Nears Exit
One star entered as another eyes the exit on tonight’s “NCIS,” and some fans weren’t sure whether to celebrate or commiserate. Tuesday’s installment of the venerable CBS procedural featured the introduction of Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane (Maria Bello) joining Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ (Mark Harmon) team. The new character’s arrival follows the departure of Special Agent Alex Quinn (Jennifer Esposito), who left after Season 14. Also Read: Can 'NCIS' Survive Without Pauley Perrette? Weighing heavily on fans’ minds during this week’s episode was the imminent exit for Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette). The »
- Ryan Gajewski
Elizabeth Olsen, Jane Rosenthal Demand Justice for Sexual Assault Victims at Chanel Tribeca Lunch
“So I don’t know about all of you, but I’m having a Howard Beale moment,” said Tribeca Enterprises’ Jane Rosenthal to the women in film who gathered at Locanda Verde on Tuesday for the third annual Tribeca Chanel Through Her Lens Women’s Filmmaker Program lunch. “Like the character Peter Finch plays in ‘Network,’ I’m mad as hell.”
And, as an increasing number of women come forward with stories of sexual assault and misconduct by Harvey Weinstein and other males in the industry, Rosenthal isn’t alone in her anger.
“I was surprised and not as surprised,” Elizabeth Olsen, who’s volunteered at the Rape Treatment Center, told Variety, “because I’m around women and children who’ve been sexually assaulted every week. I think we have a really insane epidemic, and it’s amazing to hear women who feel comfortable or safe enough to speak out.” She hopes it »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
La City Attorney Asks for Harvey Weinstein Victims to Come Forward, Says He ‘Will Prosecute’
Los Angeles’ city attorney Mike Feuer is calling on victims of sexual abuse and harassment to come forward in the wake of allegations against such Hollywood figures as Harvey Weinstein, the Los Angeles Times reports. Feuer said in a statement on Tuesday that the Lapd takes these allegations “very seriously, and where the facts support conviction, we will prosecute.” He pointed out that “this is not just a Hollywood thing” and that harassment and abuse are problems in “virtually every industry. Also Read: Here's Every Harvey Weinstein Accusation of Sexual Harassment and Assault His remarks come on a day in which Weinstein resigned. »
- Ryan Gajewski
Amazon Studios Head Resigns After Sexual Harassment Allegations
Amazon Studios programming chief Roy Price has resigned after a producer, Isa Hackett, accused him of sexual harassment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Prior to tendering his resignation Tuesday, Price was placed on a leave of absence October 12th.
Price's departure from Amazon Studios comes as Hollywood reckons with the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Amidst Weinstein's downfall, an array of women have begun to detail their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault in the film and television industry.
"I'm pleased Amazon is taking steps to address the issue," said Hackett, »
LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers Players Lock Arms During National Anthem
Prior to the start of their season opening game against the Boston Celtics, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers locked arms in protest during the singing of the national anthem. Prior to the start of the season, NBA commissioner Adam Silver reminded teams that league rules require players to stand during the national anthem, leading to this demonstration in lieu of kneeling as many NFL players have done in recent weeks. The Cavaliers have also locked arms during the national anthem during preseason games played in the past two weeks. The protests come after Donald Trump criticized athletes who kneel during. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Chicago Bulls Fistfight Between Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic Sends One Player to Hospital
There was a real-life bull fight to kick off the NBA season in Chicago on Tuesday. Bulls teammates Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic (above) came to blows during practice, with Portis throwing a punch to Mirotic’s face and sending the starting forward to the hospital, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The pair had been trash-talking before the gloves came off, but things got serious when Portis lunged at Mirotic and punched him the face. Mirotic fell to the floor and laid there for several minutes before getting up, league sources told Espn. Also Read: San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich »
- Debbie Emery
Rose McGowan Apologizes for ‘N-Word’ Analogy Tweet, Calls it a ‘Stupidity Lapse’
Rose McGowan has been one of the loudest voices speaking out against sexual harassment and assault in recent weeks, but she recently took some criticism for a tweet comparing jokes about assault to a racial slur. The actress’s tweet came after James Corden’s jokes about Harvey Weinstein at the amfAR Gala over the weekend — jokes the “Late Late Show host would later apologize for as well. “This Is Rich Famous Hollywood White Male Privilege In Action,” she wrote in the now-deleted post. “Replace The Word ‘Women’ w/ the ‘N’ word. How does it feel?” Also Read: #WomenBoycottTwitter Is Trending Despite the Boycott Hey. »
- Reid Nakamura
Blac Chyna Sues ‘Powerful, Vindictive’ Kardashian Family: They’re ‘Predators’
Rob Kardashian’s ex-girlfriend has filed a lawsuit against her former beau and his famous family, claiming that they “became media predators” against her after her breakup with Kardashian, and that the family worked to prevent a second season of the couple’s E! series “Rob & Chyna.” Chyna, real name Angela White, also alleges that Rob Kardashian, the father of her child Dream, was physically abusive to her. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, names Rob Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner and lists a host of counts, including assault, »
- Tim Kenneally
Kevin Smith Says He Will Donate His Future Weinstein Residuals to Women in Film
Kevin Smith says he intends to donate all future residuals from his Miramax and The Weinstein Company-produced films to the organization Women in Film, following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. “My entire career is tied up with the man,” Smith said in the latest episode of his podcast, Hollywood Babble-On. “”It’s been a weird f–ing week. I just wanted to make some f–ing movies, that’s it. That’s why I came, that’s why I made Clerks. And no f–ing movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Bill Pullman Doubles His Treasure at the Woodstock Film Festival
During the Woodstock Film Festival’s Maverick Awards ceremony on Saturday night (Oct. 14), actor Bill Pullman graciously received an honorary award for Excellence In Acting and, as if on cue, allowed the trophy to fall to the floor and break in half. Holding up the pieces of his broken prize, Pullman quipped, “Oh my God, I’ve got two awards tonight!”
Maverick gestures aside, Pullman was also in Woodstock for the featured film “The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” an old-fashioned western drama, in which he stars. It screened at the Woodstock Playhouse for an enthusiastic crowd.
For the 2017 edition of the self-declared “fiercely independent” fest, currently in its 18th year and held Oct. 10 through 15, the programming was eco-friendly, class-conscious, gender-aware and racially sensitive — a fitting environment for the handful of host towns surrounding the area.
- Mitch Myers
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