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Brigitte Bardot Calls #MeToo Movement “Hypocritical And Ridiculous”

French actress and film legend Brigitte Bardot is the latest to come forward to criticize the #MeToo movement sparked by the deluge of sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood. France 24 translated an interview with the French Magazine Paris Match in which Bardot said that many actresses complaining about sexual harassment are looking for publicity. She goes on to say that, “the vast majority are being hypocritical and ridiculous.” She continues, “Lots of actresses try… Read


Harvey Weinstein Felt “Anger And Acceptance” Days Before His Downfall

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In the final frantic days before the New Yorker and New York Times exposed his sexual misconduct, Harvey Weinstein allegedly spent his time searching for and deleting sensitive documents, scouring ex-employees’ online communications and hunting for the person who leaked incriminating information to the press. A new piece in Vanity Fair details the one-time media mogul’s final hours, as Weinstein awaited publication. The producer veered from strategies that worked for him… Read


‘Queer Eye’ Trailer: The Netflix Reboot Comes In With Style And Social Awareness

The first trailer for Netflix’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy starts with flashes of the new Fab Five and with a voice-over that says, “The original show was fighting for tolerance. Our show is fighting for acceptance.” The preview of the reality makeover series reboot is giving the impression that it’s not just about teaching style-challenged men the difference between a spread collar and point collar shirt but about living your best life. The new take is in the spirit… Read


Donald Trump Crashes GOP Site With “Fake News” Awards To NYT, ABC News, CNN, “Russia Collusion”

President Donald Trump’s inaugural "The Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards of the Year" went to The New York Times' Paul Krugman, ABC's Brian Ross and CNN, among others. The website crashed in seconds as Trump revealed his Fake News Awards there: And the FAKE NEWS winners are… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2018 Even so, within minutes, #FakeNewsAwards was the top trender on Twitter — worldwide. The Times' Krugman… Read


Head Of Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Leron Gubler Announces Retirement

Leron Gubler, announced his retirement as the head of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce after 25 years. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is one of the most recognized in California. Gubler will end his career as head by 2019. "It has truly been an honor to work in one of the most famous communities in the world and to be a participant in the revitalization of Hollywood," said Gubler in a statement. I have had great opportunities working with our board, my staff and so… Read


Jane Fonda Talks TV’s Power, Tom Selleck Describes His Acting Approach At Brandon Tartikoff Awards — NATPE

Jane Fonda, one of five honorees at NATPE’s 15th Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards, has a take on television that may surprise longtime fans of her film career: “If you have something important to say, television is where to go.” The actress delivered the line after Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos presented her with the award, a nod to the streaming giant’s support of Grace & Frankie and her re-teaming with Robert Redford, Our Souls at Night. Fonda told Sarandos, "I… Read


‘One Mississippi’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled By Amazon

Amazon is doing more clearing the decks with the cancellation of three comedy series: Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson. One Mississippi was canceled after two seasons, while I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson were axed after one each. “This is part of a move towards bigger, wider-audience series,” an Amazon insider told Deadline. Notaro’s semi-autobiographical One Mississippi has garnered… Read


MarVista Acquires Rights To Dystopian Novel ‘Sinless’ For TV Series

EXCLUSIVE: MarVista Entertainment announced today that they have acquired the rights to the new book Sinless from Sarah Tarkoff for a new television series. The novel is the first in the author’s Eye of the Beholder series. The series is set in a near future, dystopian society in which “right” and “wrong” are manifested by beauty and ugliness.  Those who are “good” are blessed with beauty, while those who are not suffer horrifying consequences—disfigurement, or even… Read


Donald Trump Praises Apple (And Pats Himself On The Back) For Creating Jobs In U.S.

President Donald Trump, who as a candidate called on voters to boycott all of Apple’s products, today praised the technology giant for its commitment to create some 20,000 jobs over the next five years. Apple said it would invest $30 billion in capital expenditures in the U.S. through investments in data centers across the country; an Apple campus in a new location, which will initially house technical support for customers; and an expansion, from $1 billion to $5… Read


Hector Elizondo & Holland Taylor To Star In Norman Lear & Peter Tolan’s ‘Guess Who Died’ NBC Comedy Pilot

Comedy veterans Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing) and Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) have been cast as the leads in Guess Who Died, NBC’s single-camera comedy from Norman Lear and Peter Tolan, which has a pilot production commitment. Guess Who Died, from Sony Pictures TV, is based on Lear's personal experiences and described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges we all experience at any stage of life. The comedy is set in the Las… Read


Sundance Drama ‘Burden’ Spawns Book That Sells To Convergent In Publishing Auction


EXCLUSIVE: Penguin Random House division Convergent has just won a competitive auction for the true story told in Burden, the Andrew Heckler-scripted and -directed drama that premieres this weekend at Sundance. Plans already are being made to get the book ready to coincide with the film’s release, the first time I can recall that happening for an acquisition title at a film festival. The book  was written by Courtney Hargrave, inspired by the film and Heckler's… Read


Bart & Fleming: What Leo Plays In Tarantino Film; Why Gender Argument On Wahlberg/Williams Was Wrong

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: Whether it’s Hollywood industry news or sexual harassment allegations, the speed at which trade journalism takes place right now can be dizzying. So I’d like to add to the story Deadline broke last week, when Leonardo DiCaprio told Quentin Tarantino he would make his next film… Read