Harvey Weinstein Accused Again Of Sexual Assault At Sundance
A woman identified as “Jane Doe” has sued Harvey Weinstein, describing a now-familiar scenario of the Hollywood producer assaulting the young actress after luring her into private meetings under the pretext of discussing potential movie roles.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Weinstein of repeatedly exposing himself to the young actress, groping and fondling her, and forcibly performing oral sex on her as she audibly sobbed.
“While these… Read
Notes On The Season: Julia Roberts On Making A Difference; Quincy Jones Loves ‘Green Book’; Norwegians Court Spielberg
A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
Julia Roberts is back in the awards conversation this season, not only with her latest film, Ben Is Back, which has been winning her some of the best reviews of her career, but also her Amazon series Homecoming, which got a two-season initial order and has racked up Lead Actress nominations right out of the gate for her at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards after just a 10-episode first… Read
Morgan Spurlock Settles Suit Over Unproduced TNT Docuseries, Will Pay Turner Nets $1.18M
Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock has agreed to pay more than $1.17 million to Turner Entertainment Networks to settle a lawsuit over a female-focused docuseries he ended up not making. The project was shelved after he posted a confessional essay as the #MeToo movement was gaining strength.
The settlement (read it here) ends Turner’s lawsuit over the planned TNT docuseries Who Rules the World, whose logline says was to be about the most divisive and… Read
‘Coco’ Screenwriter Matthew Aldrich Signs With CAA
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has inked Coco screenwriter Matthew Aldrich for representation.
Coco was a huge hit for Disney/Pixar last year at this time, ultimately grossing $807 million worldwide and winning two Oscars, for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Song “Remember Me” from husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Coco also won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.
The film was a project Aldrich started working on in 2012 with Pixar… Read
Tucker Carlson Loses Pacific Life Ads After Remarking Immigration Making U.S. “Dirtier”
Tucker Carlson's Fox News Channel show won't have insurance company Pacific Life as an advertiser for at least a few weeks after opening Thursday’s program with the remark that the "immigration crisis" in the U.S. had left the country "poorer” and “dirtier.”
In his opening monologue, Carlson said you “never” hear anybody making an "economic case for mass immigration" because that argument would be "insane” and “indefensible,” adding, "our leaders demand you shut up and… Read
Blumhouse Television EVP Eben Davidson Exits
Eben Davidson, the executive who joined Blumhouse Television earlier this year to oversee development of scripted programming, has left the company.
The former Paramount exec joined Blumhouse Television in March as an executive vice president. He left this week, with the two sides parting ways in what one source described as not the right long-term fit.
"Blumhouse Television and Eben Davidson have mutually decided to part ways,” the company said in a statement. “We thank… Read
Adria Arjona In Talks For Female Lead In Jared Leto-Led ‘Morbius’ Movie At Sony
EXCLUSIVE: Adria Arjona is in talks to play Martine, the female lead in Sony’s Morbius feature film which has Jared Leto starring. Daniel Espinosa is directing the Spider-Man Universe spinoff based on Marvel Comics’ antihero Morbius the Living Vampire.
Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, the renowned biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius first debuted in the 1970s The Amazing Spider-Man #101 issues. He attempts to cure a fatal blood disease by injecting himself… Read
Gray TV And Raycom Must Divest Stations In Nine Markets In Order To Gain DOJ Approval For Merger
The pending $3.6 billion merger of Gray TV and Raycom, one of the two mega-deals poised to transform the local TV sector, is facing final regulatory conditions before it can proceed.
Antitrust regulators at the Department of Justice today ordered the companies to divest stations in nine markets in order to avoid a scenario where the combined company owns more than two of the CBS, ABC, NBC or Fox affiliates in any single market. Without shedding stations, the company would… Read
Hyde Park Founder Ashok Amritraj Receives French Honor
Hyde Park Entertainment founder and longtime producer Ashok Amritraj was awarded France’s Order National du Merite in a ceremony in Mumbai on Friday. The medal, the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, ,is bestowed in recognition of contributions to the arts in France and worldwide.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, presented the award as part of an official visit. His itinerary included events surrounding the audiovisual and… Read
‘Leave No Trace’ Director Debra Granik: Movie Stars “Don’t Interface Well With Social Realism”
In 2010, Debra Granik made Winter's Bone, the film that first showcased the skill of Jennifer Lawrence, who would be Oscar-nominated for her breakthrough performance. Granik returns to narrative eight years on with Leave No Trace, which tells the story of Will and Tom, a father and daughter living an unconventional life off-the-grid in a public park. Granik's film refuses to moralize, asking questions about non-conforming lifestyles without ever passing judgement on its… Read
Mary Pinchot Meyer Murder Mystery Limited Series In Works At WBTV From David Seidler & Safehouse Pictures
The story about the murder of JFK’s lover, American painter Mary Pinchot Meyer, is being developed by Warner Bros TV as a potential limited series. The project hails from Oscar-winning writer David Seidler (The King’s Speech) and Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell’s Safehouse Pictures.
Written by Seidler and based on Peter Janney’s book Mary’s Mosaic, the drama/murder mystery explores different theories about the killing of Meyer while also exploring her secret romantic… Read
Mick Mulvaney Draws Short Straw, Becomes Donald Trump’s Acting Chief Of Staff
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday night to drag TV news pundits away from the Michael Cohen GMA interview story by announcing Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management & Budget, would become “acting” Chief of Staff, replacing John Kelly:
….I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for… Read