Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
The animal characters in Ivan tie together her conservation efforts with elephants and her support for Jane Goodall's work with gorillas.
Adapted from Katherine Applegate and illustrator Patricia Castelao's 2011 tome by Mike White, the story follows a silverback gorilla (the titular Ivan), who lives in a cage at the Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain, and rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella (Jolie), an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home – and his own art – through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.Angelina Jolie will voice an elephant in new family pic The One And Only Ivan: https://t.co/Fdm2XT2f4J pic.twitter.com/jRixV5J19D— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) October 17, 2017
Me Before You's Thea Sharrock is directing the movie, and the hunt is on to find a youngster to play a janitor's daughter, the character who helps Ivan and Stella on their mission. There's no release date for the movie yet, but Disney will no doubt find a slot for it now the creative team and cast is taking shape.
Exclusive: Angelina Jolie to voice star in 'The One and Only Ivan' https://t.co/h6ZCkatXL0 pic.twitter.com/6iCSITT7ef— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 16, 2017
9:23 AM PDT 10/16/2017 by Borys Kit
Angelina Jolie will voice star in The One and Only Ivan, Disney's adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao.
Jolie adds the role to the one she already has on the project, that of producer. Allison Shearmur, who was one of the producers on Disney’s live-action take on Cinderella as well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is producing the project with Jolie.
Thea Sharrock, director of the tearjerker Me Before You, is directing Ivan, which has a script by Mike White and is intended to be a live-action hybrid.
Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when a baby elephant named Stella enters and Ivan finds himself taking care of her, he begins to rediscover his previous life and concocts a plan to take the baby elephant away from their abusive owner.
Jolie will voice Stella.
The studio now beginning to cast the net to find the actress who will play a janitor’s daughter, a character who is key in helping save Ivan and Stella.
Jolie has lent her voice to movies before, most notably co-starring in the Kung Fu Panda animated films in which she voiced the character named Tigress. She also voiced a character in Shark Tale.
Jolie is repped by UTA and Media Talent Group.
Angelina Jolie Lends Voice to Disney's One and Only Ivan - https://t.co/vxVhyTGKq4 pic.twitter.com/cNfHkOqTbY— Screen Rant (@screenrant) October 16, 2017
THR, Jolie is going to get behind the microphone again to lend her voice to The One and Only Ivan. Jolie, who will voice Stella, is the only voice actor cast in the film so far. The production is reportedly looking to cast someone to play a janitor’s daughter – a character who will figure prominently in saving Ivan and Stella from captivity. The film will be directed by Me Before You helmer Thea Sharrock and is set to be a live-action and animated hybrid. Mike White (School of Rock, Brad’s Status) wrote the screenplay.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
I like how this interview started with asking us to talk about love... Thank you. https://t.co/bZnvDjLzJG— Loung Ung (@UngLoung) October 16, 2017
Writer Loung Ung, Director Angelina Jolie and Producer Rithy Panh at our screening of #FirstTheyKilledMyFather. pic.twitter.com/8gwe9V71rP— BAFTA New York (@BAFTANY) October 15, 2017
In the city of Angels ❤️ @agnes.varda #AngelinaJolie “FACES PLACES” in theatre now in the US pic.twitter.com/DjlkfHXcOD— JR (@JRart) October 15, 2017
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Saturday, October 14, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
It sounds like Villeneuve will start prep on his next film in December, at the earliest. It might be Dune, although that would mean back-to-back dense sci-fi films after Blade Runner 2049. Cleopatra seems closer to being ready, but Angelina won't be free til probably fall next year, after Maleficent 2 and probably WWZ 2.
Next up: He stops.Soon, Villeneuve will tackle remakes of two other big-scale epics: the Frank Herbert sci-fi classic that defeated David Lynch, “Dune,” and producer Scott Rudin’s long-in-the-works “Cleopatra,” based on the Stacy Schiff non-fiction opus (not the Elizabeth Taylor version that almost bankrupted Twentieth Century Fox). But first: a nap.
“I want to just sleep, and take the month of November to think about what happened over the past six years, reflect on that,” said Villeneuve. “I have some projects, but I said to everybody, ‘I want to work, but I don’t want to start prep.’ It’s a privilege to work at that rhythm, to be in contact always with the camera, I deeply loved it, but you are always in the present time, then you shoot another movie. I need to watch movies, read books, and cook for a while before I jump again.”
Thursday, October 12, 2017
FTKMF credit: Now, left and last January 12, right
-- They've been out of lock-down for some time and this suggests they are finally ready to go public. Maybe as soon as Ad Astra wraps.
Since Brad wasn't able to join the family on the red carpet, having "A Film By Angelina Jolie-Pitt" displayed prominently serves to succinctly acknowledge him and their relationship. She is letting people know that she is presenting her film as his wife, as Mrs. Pitt. She had been using Jolie Pitt in her activities before the events of September last year forced a hiatus. With the addition of a hyphen, she and the children now spell their last names exactly the same way. That means together with Maddox and Pax, there will be 3 Jolie-Pitts in the end credits of FTKMF. Most wives who elect to use both their maiden name and their husband's name hyphenate. To make it unanimous, Brad could do what Aaron Taylor-Johnson did. It would be a very bold move for someone with his fame and stature. That would make them, on every level, the Jolie-Pitt family.
-- She didn't mention FTKMF at all in the Harper's spread. It was The Breadwinner's turn and she didn't want it to have to share the spotlight.
-- She was careful not to pose holding or touching the cheetahs so as to reinforce her message that they are not pets.
-- She didn't provide details about her encounter with Weinstein. She wanted to go on the record but she didn't want her story to be the story. It is inevitable that she will be asked about it in a future interview.
... Angelina Jolie, who said that during the release of “Playing by Heart” in the late 1990s, he made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room, which she rejected.-- When asked on CBS how the NYTimes got Angelina and Gwyneth to talk about their long-ago experiences, writer Jodi Kantor said, "They wanted to come forward in the wake of the first story we broke. They wanted to support other women." Angelina wrote, “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.” Gwyneth said, “This way of treating women ends now.” It appears to me like they had coordinated their statements and actions: coming forward for the same reason, sending the same message and at the same time.
“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Ms. Jolie said in an email.
Several days ago, additional actresses began sharing with The Times on-the-record stories of casting-couch abuses. Their accounts hint at the sweep of Mr. Weinstein’s alleged harassment, targeting women on the way to stardom, those who had barely acted and others in between. Fantasies that the public eagerly watched onscreen, the women recounted, sometimes masked the dark experiences of those performing in them....Angelina and Gwyneth decided to reveal their own experiences because they know firsthand how difficult it is to go up against Weinstein and his cabal. They encountered him when they were just starting their careers and he was at his peak. They knew the victims needed to draw more strength in numbers to prevail. Even though his power and stature had diminished in recent years, Weinstein was still a master at coercion and intimidation. He succeeded in shutting down Ronan Farrow's story at NBC and had repeatedly attempted to intimidate both the NYTimes and Farrow.
Now, with the process of tallying the size and scope of Mr. Weinstein’s abuse allegations underway, Ms. Paltrow and others said they wanted to support women who had already come forward and help those in similar situations feel less alone.
...Weinstein threatened to sue The Times this month. "He had one high-priced consultant or lawyer after another -- " Ms. Kantor began.Weinstein and his team thought they could overwhelm his accusers as they had done in the past.
"An army," Ms Twohey confirmed.; "It was an army attacking us."*
“It relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file, which has been debunked by 9 different eyewitnesses,” (Weinstein's lawyer, Charles Harder) said on October 5 on the NYT article. “We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish. We are preparing the lawsuit now. All proceeds will be donated to women’s organizations.”
It wasn't until the New Yorker posted Farrow's piece, underpinned by incriminating audio from a NYPD sting operation, and followed quickly by the NYTimes' 2nd post with Gwyneth and Angelina, that Weinstein's efforts at intimidation lost potency and his combative lawyers fell silent.
The AP wrote, "They waited years to speak, but two of Hollywood's most powerful women might have helped seal the fate of Harvey Weinstein .... no one expected it to go this high." A reporter who exposed sexual harassment in Silicon Valley for the NYTimes said, “Now that Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have come forward, I wonder if it will take some of the weird societal sting out of it.” With their reputation and credibility bolstering the standing of the women, they emboldened many other victims to come forward. It was the tipping point. The floodgates swung open and Weinstein was finally no match for the public outrage that exploded on social media and that scorched even his lawyers.
-- Peter Biskind's 2004 book depicted Weinstein as a "brutish, violent man" and described years of his bullying tactics. The author now notes that his sexual misconduct was an open secret even then. I find it very hard to believe that anyone working actively in Hollywood, especially those who worked with Weinstein, did not know what he was about. He liked to openly brag about who he had slept with. The likes of Streep and Tarantino may not have known the full extent or all the details, but they knew what he was like and what he was capable of. Given his appearance, power, temperament and proclivities, it did not require a stretch of the imagination or much sleuthing to see that he was a sexual predator forcing his way on many aspiring actresses. The AMPAS statement noted "the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity." All those who knew Weinstein well but claimed not to know what he was doing were complicit.
Comparisons have been made to Roger Ailes and Bill Cosby, but while Ailes wielded power and influence most notably in shaping the political conversation, I don't think he had anything to compare with Weinstein's well organized army of enablers -- publicists, writers and reporters, employees, consultants and lawyers -- a force he could instantly mobilize to defend him and silence his accusers. Weinstein had power over his victims to an extent that neither Ailes nor Cosby exercised over theirs.
--- At the Inglourious Basterds Cannes red carpet, she had kept her distance from the Weinsteins, the film's distributors, while waiting for Brad to come back for her. She was on the left behind Bryan Lourd while the Weinsteins were on the far right. In retrospect, it was probably the reason why Brad kept looking back to check on her while posing with his cast mates.
They didn't mingle with the Weinsteins at the after party and stayed in a separate section.
How to Break a Sexual Harassment Story
By ALEXANDRIA SYMONDS OCT. 15, 2017
It starts with a whisper. A prominent man has used his wealth and power to harass or abuse a woman — or worse — and then to intimidate her, or to buy her silence.
As several reporters at The New York Times have learned this year, it rarely ends with a single woman, a single whisper.
And on Oct. 5, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey revealed that the Hollywood megaproducer Harvey Weinstein has been confronted with sexual harassment allegations for nearly three decades, and in at least eight cases has reached settlements with his accusers. Many more accusations of harassment and assault have been leveled at Mr. Weinstein — on the pages of The Times, in other publications and on social media — in the days since. As with the case of Mr. O’Reilly, their findings were bolstered not just by testimony but by legal documents and company records.
All of these journalists say they experienced much the same thing while reporting: ever more women telling the same stories about a small handful of powerful men.
Ms. Kantor and Ms. Twohey were likewise unaware of the dimensions of the Weinstein case when they began working on it. “In a way, we’re asking the same questions now as we were at the start of the reporting,” Ms. Kantor said, “which is, what is the scale and scope of this thing?”
There are a number of factors that make allegations of sexual harrassment difficult to report. In all three cases, reporters said sources were hesitant to speak out because their allegations were so intimate; because they feared reprisal by powerful men; and in many instances, the women involved had entered into settlements that included nondisclosure agreements.
Given the challenges, these stories required weeks or months of painstaking work. “Getting people to speak on the record about these painful experiences requires time, patience and establishing trust,” said Matt Purdy, a deputy managing editor at The Times. “We have given reporters that time and the support of editors because this is a subject that absolutely demands to be brought into the open in a big way.”
The reporters weren’t immune, either, to much the same kind of intimidation and bullying their sources said they’d faced. “The people who carried out the unacceptable behavior threw up as many hurdles as possible,” said Pui-Wing Tam, The Times’s technology editor, who worked on the Silicon Valley story. “Many used threats, yelling and blamed the victims. At times, they called me to try and undermine the credibility of the reporters themselves.”
(“What can I say?” she added. “That just won’t work, folks.”)
And Mr. Weinstein threatened to sue The Times this month. “He had one high-priced consultant or lawyer after another — ” Ms. Kantor began.
“An army,” Ms. Twohey confirmed. “It was an army attacking us.”
For all three cases, that process of uncovering has had a dual effect. On one hand, to discover the extent of the allegations — and the pervasiveness of the culture — has been overwhelming. The reporters said they spent days afterward sorting through dozens of tips; Ms. Steel said people working across a range of industries asked her to look into their similar experiences. As she put it, “It’s disheartening to see that there’s still this power imbalance and that this culture of misogyny really remains in our businesses and in our lives.”
On the other hand, the investigations are beginning to have powerful real-life consequences. Mr. Weinstein was fired by the Weinstein Company three days after The Times’s first report was published. Mr. O’Reilly was ousted by Fox News on April 19. And the venture capitalist Dave McClure stepped down from his company, 500 Startups, several days after Ms. Benner’s report.
The journalists agreed that there has also been an accompanying shift in the culture around disclosure. “I think that what you saw almost immediately was a growing safe space for more women to come forward and tell their stories,” Ms. Twohey said. One source, she said, had been particularly frightened about potential blowback but has since received many notes of gratitude — even flowers, Ms. Twohey said.
Ms. Steel said she was struck, in the course of doing research, by how differently the media portrays these women’s stories even since Andrea Mackris first filed suit against Mr. O’Reilly (and her personal life was subsequently dragged through the mud in the tabloids) in 2004.
“I’ve thought a lot about that,” Ms. Steel said. “There’s this whole history of women who have made these allegations before. How would their stories have been told today?”
“Now that Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have come forward, I wonder if it will take some of the weird societal sting out of it,” Ms. Benner said. “We are so much more than the bad things that happen to us.”
Joining the likes of the already exited Lisa Bloom and Lanny Davis, Charles Harder is now no longer working for the ex-The Weinstein Company co-chair, Deadline has confirmed. “He has been gone for about a week,” a source says of the Harder Mirell & Abrams attorney, adding that Harder’s services were “no longer required.”
With Harder’s departure, the notion of a multi-million action against the NYT has disappeared as well.
Harder nor Weinstein’s PR team at Sitrick and Company did not respond to request for comment on the situation.
Which is a contrast to October 5 when Harder was very outspoken.
“It relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file, which has been debunked by 9 different eyewitnesses,” the lawyer said on October 5 on the NYT article. “We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish. We are preparing the lawsuit now. All proceeds will be donated to women’s organizations.”
In Hollywood, what should've been scandal was long met with a shrug. A new outcry has changed that
October 13, 2017
Until very recently, women who came forward with their accounts of sexual harassment at the hands of powerful men who held sway over their careers were viewed as traitors, whiners or pitifully naive to the ways of industries where a barter system — sex for fame — was all but implicit.
They sold their sexuality on screen and on stage, after all, the thinking went, so what did they expect when the cameras stopped rolling or the arena lights dimmed?
The few who were brave enough to come forward with accounts of being groped, coerced, threatened and even raped were sidelined, careers destroyed. Their stories rarely made the news, until recently, when the sheer number of allegations against power brokers and gatekeepers like Bill Cosby, Fox News’ Roger Ailes, music’s L.A. Reid and now Harvey Weinstein literally forced the media’s hand.
Historically the hardest part for women coming forward with accounts of sexual abuse wasn’t just proving that the sickening events actually happened — it’s been convincing anyone who would listen that what happened was wrong, even if it was business as usual.
Those of us who’ve worked on film sets, in recording studios, around green rooms or in the vicinity of the dreaded casting couch know that drawing attention to the problem puts you on a path paved with land mines. Covering all these industries over the years has taught me and most of the other women I’ve worked with or observed to proceed with caution.
Is the world of entertainment very different than other fields? Probably not; certainly women have had to work around or submit to misogyny, subjugation and sexism in every arena. But the behavior in Hollywood seemed more blatant — and the stakes could be much higher.
Speak up and your chances of becoming a star are over. So it’s best just to move fast, stay on your toes, and laugh at the open secret — which has become the most oft-repeated phrase when talking about the Weinstein scandal — that so-and-so’s door is always open, until you walk in and it locks behind you.
How else would some abusers have been so emboldened over a period of decades? It takes a village full of apathy and fear, with a leadership emboldened by blockbuster films, hit records, must-see TV shows.
It took dozens and dozens of women breaking protocol and coming forward with similar stories of abuse, a social media outcry over their allegations, and a newly energized wave of investigative journalism to expose such abuses outside the studio gates.
A timeline of the Harvey Weinstein scandal https://t.co/k1ViBF5MXh— LAT Entertainment (@latimesent) October 12, 2017
Oct. 4, 2017
Weinstein lawyers up in anticipation of stories
Word leaks out that the New Yorker and the New York Times are preparing stories about Weinstein’s alleged misconduct when it becomes public that he has hired a virtual army of lawyers and crisis managers to fight the reports. The team includes attorney David Boies, the controversial Lisa Bloom (also the daughter of Gloria Allred), and Charles Harder, who famously won Hulk Hogan’s invasion of privacy trial case against the Gawker website. Weinstein preemptively denies any accusations, telling the Hollywood Reporter, "The story sounds so good, I want to buy the movie rights."
Oct. 5, 2017
The New York Times publishes its report
Hollywood is shaken when the New York Times report is published, stating that Weinstein has had a long history of sexual misconduct over the last two decades and has settled eight separate alleged sexual harassment cases. Among the numerous actresses and employees involved in the allegations are Judd, who names Weinstein as her attacker, and McGowan.
Weinstein announces a leave of absence
After issuing a statement reading, in part, “I so respect all women and regret what happened,” Weinstein announced he’d be taking a leave of absence from the Weinstein Co. effective immediately.
Hollywood begins to respond
Performers, news anchors and creative types, including Lena Dunham, Gretchen Carlson, Jenni Konner, Jake Tapper and others, begin to take to social media to condemn Weinstein, although his most famous collaborators and political allies largely remain silent. McGowan tweets without using his name.
Oct. 7, 2017
Oct. 6, 2017
Weinstein Co. orders investigation of allegations
The Weinstein Co. board retains attorney John Kiernan of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP to investigate the allegations, but, for the moment, refrains from firing Weinstein.
Oct. 7, 2017
Legal advisor Lisa Bloom quits
After being criticized for representing Weinstein, two key members of Weinstein’s crisis team part ways with their client, including Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom. “I have resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein,” Bloom wrote on Twitter. “My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement.”
Oct. 8, 2017
Weinstein is fired from his company
After a review, the board of TWC ousts Weinstein from the company he co-founded alongside his brother, Bob. “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company ... have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” the company said in a statement.
Oct. 9, 2017
Oct. 9, 2017
A-listers start to respond
Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Emmy Rossum, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Seth Rogen, Jessica Chastain and other stars begin tweeting their outrage at Weinstein and their support for the women who have come forward. Director Kevin Smith, a longtime Weinstein associate, says he feels “ashamed’ for working with him.
Oct. 10, 2017
New Yorker report alleges that Weinstein assaulted multiple women
Just five days after the New York Times published the initial allegations, the New Yorker publishes a lengthy investigation by Ronan Farrow that accuses Weinstein of further incidents, some involving actresses such as Rosanna Arquette, Mira Sorvino and Asia Argento. The report also includes an audio recording of Weinstein verbally pressuring Gutierrez to enter his hotel room in 2015.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie detail 'unacceptable' encounters
In a follow-up piece in the New York Times, Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie also accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct. The latter says, “this behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Oct. 11, 2017
BAFTA suspends Harvey Weinstein's membership
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announces that Weinstein has been suspended from the prestigious organization, effective immediately. A statement reads, "Whilst BAFTA has previously been a beneficiary of Mr. Weinstein’s support for its charitable work, it considers the reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values.”
Timeline of Weinstein allegations dating back decades
By Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - A timeline of allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has denied having any nonconsensual sexual conduct with any women.
- 1984: Tomi-Ann Roberts, a 20-year-old aspiring actress, meets Weinstein in his New York hotel room to discuss a film. Weinstein is nude in the bathtub and asks Roberts to bare her breasts, she told The New York Times. She leaves the hotel room, she said.
- 1988: Lisa Rose, then a 22-year-old assistant in Miramax's London office, is sent to work for a day at The Savoy hotel and while alone in a suite with Weinstein, he requests a back rub and a massage, saying others complied, she told the BBC. She leaves immediately.
EW - J.J. Abrams
"Someone said to me the other day that they are sick of hearing people talk about how disgusting it is," Abrams said of the allegations against Weinstein. "I don't think enough can be said about how viciously repulsive his abuse of power was. He's a monster. There are other monsters but there are those who fight monsters and tonight is all about those who fight monsters."
Screenwriter close to Weinstein calls out Hollywood: 'Everybody f**king knew'
So, uh, yeah.
We need to talk about Harvey.
I was there, for a big part of it.
From, what, 1994 to the early 2000s?
Something like that.
Certainly The Golden Age.
The “PULP FICTION”, “SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE”, “CLERKS”, “SWINGERS”, “SCREAM”, “GOOD WILL HUNTING”, “ENGLISH PATIENT”, “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL” years...
Harvey and Bob made my first two movies.
Then they signed me to an overall deal.
Then they bought that horror script of mine about the Ten Plagues.
For a lot of money.
Also bought that werewolf-biker script.
That no one else liked but was my personal favorite.
They were going to publish my novel.
They anointed me.
Made it so other studios thought I was the real deal.
They gave me my career.
I was barely 30.
I was sure I had struck gold.
They loved me, these two brothers, who had reinvented cinema.
And who were fun and tough and didn’t give an East Coast fuck about all the slick pricks out in L.A.
And those glory days in Tribeca?
The old cramped offices?
That wonderful gang of executives and assistants?
All the filmmakers who were doing repeat business?
The brothers wanted to create a “family of film”.
And they did just that...
We looked forward to having meetings there.
Meetings that would turn into plans that would turn into raucous nights out on the town.
Simply put: OG Miramax was a blast.
So, yeah, I was there.
And let me tell you one thing.
Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing:
Not that he was raping.
No, that we never heard.
But we were aware of a certain pattern of overly-aggressive behavior that was rather dreadful.
We knew about the man’s hunger; his fervor; his appetite.
There was nothing secret about this voracious rapacity; like a gluttonous ogre out of the Brothers Grimm.
All couched in vague promises of potential movie roles.
(and, it should be noted: there were many who actually succumbed to his bulky charms. Willingly. Which surely must have only impelled him to cast his fetid net even wider).
But like I said: everybody-fucking-knew.
And to me, if Harvey’s behavior is the most reprehensible thing one can imagine, a not-so-distant second is the current flood of sanctimonious denial and condemnation that now crashes upon these shores of rectitude in gloppy tides of bullshit righteousness.
And do you know how I am sure this is true?
Because I was there.
And I saw you.
And I talked about it with you.
You, the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers.
And you, the big rival studio chiefs; you, the big actors; you, the big actresses; you, the big models.
You, the big journalists; you, the big screenwriters; you, the big rock stars; you, the big restaurateurs; you, the big politicians.
I saw you.
All of you.
God help me, I was there with you.
Again, maybe we didn’t know the degree.
The magnitude of the awfulness.
Not the rapes.
Not the shoving against the wall.
Not the potted-plant fucking.
But we knew something.
We knew something was bubbling under.
And this is as pathetic as it is true:
What would you have had us do?
Who were we to tell?
Harvey owned the press.
There was no Internet or reasonable facsimile thereof.
Should we have called the police?
And said what?
Should we have reached out to some fantasy Attorney General Of Movieland?
That didn't exist.
Not to mention, most of the victims chose not to speak out.
Aside from sharing the grimy details with a close girlfriend or confidante.
And if they discussed it with their representatives?
Agents and managers, who themselves feared The Wrath Of The Big Man?
The agents and managers would tell them to keep it to themselves.
Because who knew the repercussions?
That old saw “You’ll Never Work In This Town Again” came crawling back to putrid life like a re-animated cadaver in a late-night zombie flick.
But, yes, everyone knew someone who had been on the receiving end of lewd advances by him.
Or knew someone who knew someone.
A few actress friends of mine told me stories: of a ghastly hotel meeting; of a repugnant bathrobe-shucking; of a loathsome massage request.
And although they were rattled, they sort of laughed at his arrogance; how he had the temerity to think that simply the sight of his naked, doughy, carbuncled flesh was going to get them in the mood.
So I just believed it to be a grotesque display of power; a dude misreading the room and making a lame-if-vile pass.
It was much easier to believe that.
It was much easier for ALL of us to believe that.
And here’s where the slither meets the slime:
Harvey was showing us the best of times.
He was making our movies.
Throwing the biggest parties.
Taking us to The Golden Globes!
Introducing us to the most amazing people (Meetings with Vice President Gore! Clubbing with Quentin and Uma! Drinks with Salman Rushdie and Ralph Fiennes! Dinners with Mick Jagger and Warren-freaking-Beatty!).
The most epic Oscar weekends.
That seemed to last for weeks!
Sundance! Cannes! Toronto!
Telluride! Berlin! Venice!
Private jets! Stretch limousines! Springsteen shows!
Hell, Harvey once took me to St. Barth’s for Christmas.
For 12 days!
I was a broke-ass kid from Boston who had never even HEARD of St. Barth’s before he booked my travel.
He once got me tickets to the seven hottest Broadway shows in one week. So I could take a new girlfriend on a dazzling tour of theater.
He got me seats on the 40-yard-line to the Super Bowl, when the Patriots were playing the Packers in New Orleans.
Even got me a hotel room, which was impossible to get that weekend.
He gave and gave and gave and gave.
He had a monarch’s volcanic generosity when it came to those within his circle.
And a Mafia don’s fervent need for abject loyalty from his capos and soldiers.
But never mind us!
What about what he was doing for the culture?
Making stunningly splendid films at a time when everyone else was cranking-out simpering "INDEPENDENCE DAY" rip-offs.
It was glorious.
All of it.
So what if he was coming on a little strong to some young models who had moved mountains to get into one of his parties?
So what if he was exposing himself, in five-star hotel rooms, like a cartoon flasher out of “MAD MAGAZINE” (just swap robe for raincoat!)
Who were we to call foul?
Golden Geese don't come along too often in one's life.
Which goes back to my original point:
But everybody was just having too good a time.
And doing remarkable work; making remarkable movies.
As the old joke goes:
We needed the eggs.
Okay, maybe we didn’t NEED them.
But we really, really, really, really LIKED them eggs.
So we were willing to overlook what the Golden Goose was up to, in the murky shadows behind the barn...
And for that, I am eternally sorry.
To all of the women that had to suffer this...
I am eternally sorry.
I’ve worked with Mira and Rosanna and Lysette.
I’ve known Rose and Ashley and Claire for years...
Their courage only hangs a lantern on my shame.
And I am eternally sorry to all those who suffered in silence all this time.
And have chosen to remain silent today.
I mostly lost touch with the brothers by the early 2000s.
For no specific reason.
Just that there were other jobs, other studios.
But a few months ago, Harvey called me, out of the blue.
To talk about the bygone days.
To talk about how great it would be to get some of the gang back together.
Make a movie.
He must have known then the noose was tightening.
There was a wistfulness to him that I had never heard before.
It most assuredly had a walking-to-the-gallows feel.
When we hung up I wondered: “what was that all about?”
In a few short weeks I would know.
It was the condemned man simply wanting to comb some of the ruins of his old stomping grounds.
One last time.
So, yeah, I am sorry.
Sorry and ashamed.
Because, in the end, I was complicit.
I didn’t say shit.
I didn’t do shit.
Harvey was nothing but wonderful to me.
So I reaped the rewards and I kept my mouth shut.
And for that, once again, I am sorry.
But you should be sorry, too.
With all these victims speaking up...
To tell their tales.
Shouldn’t those who witnessed it from the sidelines do the same?
Instead of retreating to the cowardly, canopied confines of faux-outrage?
Doesn’t being a bystander bring with it the responsibility of telling the truth, however personally disgraceful it may be?
You know who are.
You know that you knew.
And do you know how I know that you knew?
Because I was there with you.
And because everybody-fucking-knew.
Current cinematography Oscar bets:— Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) October 12, 2017
“Blade Runner 2049"
“The Shape of Water”
"Wonderstruck" could knock something out. That's 35mm, though. It'll be an interesting note when they're all digital.— Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) October 12, 2017
I'd love to see "First They Killed My Father" make the cut. (Digital. Same camera Storaro used on "Wonder Wheel.") Best of the year IMO.— Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) October 12, 2017
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Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and distinguished film producer-executive Amy Pascal will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast, it was announced Thursday. The star-studded gala will take place Dec. 6 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.Very exciting: Jennifer Lawrence is 2017's @THR Sherry Lansing Award recipient. Angelina Jolie to keynote event. https://t.co/c4BRum8gfG— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) October 12, 2017
Academy Award-winning actress-filmmaker Angelina Jolie will deliver the keynote speech at the VIP event, where $1 million in university scholarships will be given to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds who have taken part in the Reporter's highly competitive, 8-year-old Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.
Lawrence will become the youngest person ever to receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given annually to a woman who has been a pioneer and philanthropic leader in her industry. Last year, the four-time Academy Award nominee (and winner for Silver Linings Playbook) donated $2 million to establish the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children's Hospital in her hometown, Louisville, Ky. The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation also assists a wide range of charitable organizations, supporting abused and neglected youth, along with many educational and health organizations. Lawrence recently joined the board of Represent.Us, the nation’s largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign which brings together conservatives, progressives and everyone in between to work towards fixing America's corrupt political system. She also has been outspoken on issues of gender pay disparity and privacy rights in Hollywood.
Lawrence follows a long line of extraordinary Sherry Lansing Award recipients, including Barbra Streisand, Shonda Rhimes, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Halle Berry, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters and, most recently, Tina Fey.
Meryl Streep, a former Lansing Award recipient, will present Pascal with the second annual Equity in Entertainment Award, given to an individual in the showbiz community who has proved committed to providing opportunities for women and people of color. Pascal follows writer-producer Ryan Murphy, last year’s recipient. A former chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pascal is also the producer of such movies as Spider-Man: Homecoming and the upcoming Molly’s Game and The Post. Her company, Pascal Pictures, strives to create avenues for women and people of color, in front of the camera and behind it.
“Both Jennifer and Amy perfectly embody the driving force behind THR’s Women in Entertainment initiative,” said Matthew Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter. “They continue to use their voices and their talent to create opportunities for women in the industry, and I can’t think of two more deserving individuals to honor.”
“Having Jennifer agree to accept the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award is a wonderful honor,” said Lansing, the former CEO of Paramount Pictures and the first woman to head a Hollywood studio. “In merely a decade, her remarkable professional achievements, her willingness to take risks, and her philanthropic generosity have inspired millions. She reminds young women all over the world that their voices are meant to be heard. The Hollywood Reporter could not have chosen a better individual to recognize.”
Jolie, whose Cambodian war drama First They Killed My Father was recently selected as that country’s entry for best foreign-language picture at the upcoming 90th Academy Awards, has enjoyed a year of striking achievement. In addition to continuing her humanitarian work — which includes over a decade of service as Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — she is soon to reprise her title role in Disney’s upcoming sequel to its 2014 blockbuster Maleficent.
“Angelina Jolie has dedicated her life to helping women and girls in war zones, from her girls’ school in Kenya to her primary schools in eastern Afghanistan,” said Belloni. “Her efforts to end sexual violence worldwide is unparalleled in the Hollywood community, and we’re humbled and exhilarated that she’ll be delivering our keynote speech this year.”
Additionally, $1 million in university scholarships will be given to girls now taking part in The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program. Among the scholarships, each of the 18 girls currently in the program will receive $10,000 to attend the university of her choice (jointly funded by Lifetime and Entertainment Industry Foundation), with two girls receiving full-ride scholarships worth more than $240,000 apiece to attend Loyola Marymount University.
The Women in Entertainment breakfast, sponsored by Lifetime and Loyola Marymount University in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, coincides with the publication of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment: Power 100, the definitive guide to the leading women in film and television.
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In 2004, the book Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film painted a brash, memorable portrait of Harvey Weinstein. Written by Peter Biskind, a former editor of the now defunct Premiere magazine and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, it chronicled the independent film scene of the 1990s. Weinstein, along with his brother Bob, was a champion of this era, distributing films like Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Biskind met with Weinstein quite a few times as he was writing the book, eventually depicting him as a brutish, violent man who nevertheless managed to charm all the right people in Hollywood and release a series of groundbreaking, Oscar-winning films.The man who wrote the book on Miramax describes years of Harvey Weinstein's bullying tactics https://t.co/tw4Y756H4c— Vanity Fair's HWD (@HWD) October 12, 2017
But in light of the recent allegations about Weinstein’s sexual misconduct—at least 30 women thus far have accused him of sexual harassment or assault—the producer’s legacy has gone down in a blaze of nitrate flames. This sordid element of Weinstein’s life isn’t mentioned in Down and Dirty Pictures, though the book does contain numerous anecdotes about Weinstein’s grotesque behavior toward employees (slamming tables, tearing phones out of walls, telling a subordinate to jump off balcony). Still, at the time he was reporting it, Biskind tells V.F. he did hear whispers about Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, which he says was “an open secret” in Hollywood.
“I would hear things occasionally, but they were rumors,” Biskind said. Why didn’t they merit a mention in his book? “I wasn’t writing a biography of Harvey; I was writing about the explosion of independent [films] in the 90s . . . I didn’t feel that whatever truth there was to this rumors about Harvey’s personal life had really much relevance to what I was writing about.”
At the time, Weinstein was also one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood—and one of the most terrifying. In the preface to Down and Dirty Pictures, Biskind recalls working on an investigative piece about Miramax at Premiere—until the Weinsteins threatened to pull ads from the magazine. The story was killed. “Next thing I knew, Harvey was writing columns for Premiere and I was his editor,” Biskind writes.
The preface also details the first meeting Biskind had with Bob and Harvey while researching the book. It had an “odor of menace,” he writes, with Harvey forcefully trying to persuade Biskind that his book wouldn’t make any money; at best, he would get pats on the back at cocktail parties. He then asked Biskind if there were any other books he was interested in writing, perhaps something that Miramax might be interested in publishing. Biskind, who still vividly remembers Weinstein’s bullish tone (and the fact that there was a baseball bat resting in the corner of the room), turned the offer down.
Despite Weinstein’s bullying tactics, industry insiders did talk openly about his alleged sexual harassment of women, even before that alleged conduct was public knowledge. In an interview with The New York Times, Gwyneth Paltrow said that Weinstein had sexually harassed her. She also said that Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time, confronted Weinstein about his alleged behavior at a premiere. Biskind says he first learned of that incident while reporting his 2001 cover on Brad Pitt, but wasn’t able to mention it in his story because Pitt had gone off-the-record.
“He made me turn the tape recorder off . . . but he did say he liked Harvey, despite the advances he had made on Gwyneth Paltrow,” Biskind says now. The actor added that he had never done a Miramax movie, and “felt it was his duty” to confront Weinstein. (Representatives for Pitt had no comment, but a source close to him says the actor has no recollection of ever making a comment like that about Weinstein, particularly given the situation with Paltrow and the manner in which Pitt confronted Weinstein.)
After Down and Dirty Pictures was published, Weinstein was “very unhappy,” Biskind says—as was Ben Affleck, whose breakthrough film Good Will Hunting was produced by Miramax. Both Matt Damon and Affleck are quoted in the book, particularly in an excerpt from it published in [Vanity Fair in 2004.] Shortly after that excerpt was published, says Biskind, Affleck wrote a letter to the magazine, essentially “attacking” the writer.
“He said I had misled him . . . that I ended up writing a hatchet job on Harvey,” he says. (Representatives for Affleck have not yet responded to V.F.’s request for comment.)
This echoes a pattern: when David Carr wrote a story about Weinstein for New York magazine in 2001, stars including Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, and Paul Newman called him out of the blue to offer up warm anecdotes about Weinstein’s softer side. Meanwhile, The Wrap editor Sharon Waxman has said that Matt Damon and Russell Crowe both called her in 2004 when she was reporting for The New York Times on Weinstein’s behavior—particularly his relationship with Fabrizio Lombardo, who was rumored “to take care of Weinstein’s women needs” in Europe. Waxman wrote that Damon and Crowe both heaped praise on Lombardo, and speculated that their influence kept any allegations of sexual misconduct out of her finished article. (Damon, for his part, disputes this account: “I just remember it being a negative piece, a hit job on Fabrizio, was what Harvey was saying,” he told Deadline Tuesday. “Basically, that he had no professional experience. Harvey said, you worked with him. Can you tell her that he was a professional and you had a good experience, and that was it. I didn’t mind doing it, because that was all true.”)
Weinstein “became untouchable,” Biskind says. “People were afraid to say anything about him other than ‘Thank you, thank you, Harvey’ at the Academy Awards.”
Why, then, has that aura of invincibility vanished? Biskind thinks that piercing Weinstein’s protective armor is easier now in the wake of revelations about other powerful men and their alleged sexual misconduct, including Roger Ailes, Bill Cosby, and Bill O’Reilly. Perhaps as importantly, Weinstein is losing his golden touch—recent projects like Tulip Fever have been high-profile, money-losing flops—and the independent movie scene is becoming more corporatized.
As of now, the Weinstein Company is on the edge of destruction, its legacy tarnished by Harvey’s alleged actions. Weinstein himself is also likely finished in the industry, although Biskind wouldn’t be surprised if the producer eventually tries to come back from the scandal.
“There’s so many second acts in Hollywood . . . certainly he’s got enough money to retire and he’s old enough to retire, but he’s an extremely competitive person,” he says. And yet, Biskind can’t think of any figure in Hollywood history who could serve as a blueprint for the disgraced producer. He does think, though, that Weinstein’s downfall will help the industry weed out other sexual predators.
“People feel empowered to speak,” Biskind said. “And they should, because it really is out of control.”
WHAT IN THE ENTIRE FUCK?! Saw him in the hotel lobby this past Cannes. Reading this, so much rage. And shame: WE MUST BE BETTER MEN— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) October 12, 2017
Two bad things happened to Guillermo del Toro in the 1990s: "My father was kidnapped and I worked with Weinstein" https://t.co/EeJBhM8RfS pic.twitter.com/bzc1q0551W— IndieWire (@IndieWire) October 12, 2017
Reposting this, as it seems to be perpetually relevant. pic.twitter.com/HDwefl1hKd— Jim C. Hines (@jimchines) October 11, 2017
Harvey Weinstein is gone, but Hollywood still has a problem https://t.co/wHZvXxrTtm— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 11, 2017
By MANOHLA DARGIS
When I read the recent allegations that Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed women for decades, I thought — well, of course. Mr. Weinstein was a famously swaggering bully, and while I hadn’t heard about the specific charges of sexual abuse by women working for him, such behavior fits the movie industry’s pervasive, unrepentant exploitation of women. And then on Tuesday, The New Yorker revealed that three women, including the Italian actress-turned-director Asia Argento, said that “Weinstein raped them.”
The revelations in the New York Times investigation into Mr. Weinstein repelled me, but The New Yorker’s article made me weep. Since then, I have been thinking a lot about all the women I know who have been assaulted and harassed, and I’ve thought about my own experiences, some ugly, others absurd — like the time in New York when a director lurched at me while I was interviewing him. I jumped out of the way and calmly kept talking. I chalked the episode up to male sexist business as usual. In the moment, I didn’t see his behavior as characteristic of the movie industry; he was just another man trying to wield power over a woman. It wasn’t traumatic — it was ordinary.
It is the perverse, insistent, matter-of-factness of male sexual predation and assault — of men’s power over women — that haunts the revelations about Mr. Weinstein. This banality of abuse also haunts the American movie industry. Women helped build the industry, but it has long been a male-dominated enterprise that systematically treats women — as a class — as inferior to men. It is an industry with a history of sexually exploiting younger female performers and stamping expiration dates on older ones. It is an industry that consistently denies female directors employment and contemptuously treats the female audience as a niche, a problem, an afterthought.
It’s greatly encouraging that women like Gwyneth Paltrow have gone public about Mr. Weinstein. But he is not an aberration. He is an ordinary, malignant symptom of systemic sexism, as is everyone who facilitated him, shrugs it off now or offensively asks why women didn’t say something sooner. What largely separates Mr. Weinstein from other predators, within and without the entertainment world, is that he was once powerful, he got caught and a number of gutsy women are on the record. Together, their voices are creating a forceful rejoinder to an industry that runs on fear and in which silence is at once a defense and a weapon as well as a condition of employment.
The industry’s silence has historically shielded the men who make movies, including the old studio bosses like Louis B. Mayer to whom Mr. Weinstein has often been nostalgically compared. In histories, these old-studio chiefs are genteelly referred to as womanizers, a polite metaphor for conduct that ranges from time on the casting couch, another odious euphemism, to what sounds a lot like prostitution. According to the historian Scott Eyman, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer — the studio that bore Mayer’s name and boasted that it had more stars than there are in heaven — had a supply “of what were known as ‘six-month-option girls’ to be passed around the executive offices.”
If this seems, well, normal it is because this tawdry glimpse into the industry — with its powerful men and passed-around girls — is deeply embedded in its history, its lore and its very identity. It’s the old yet evergreen story of the dewy young woman who comes to Hollywood, does a screen test and maybe signs a contract. The company dyes her hair blonde, feeds her pills and puts her on a diet or under a plastic surgeon’s knife. The lucky ones become Marilyn Monroe (or the It Girl du jour); the luckier ones get out alive. Others remain passed-around girls. The old studio system is gone, but the attitude that exploitation is part of the price for being in the business — hey, it’s Hollywood — endures.
One paradox of Mr. Weinstein’s career is that while he emerged in the independent film world in the 1980s — positioning his earlier company, Miramax Films, as the David to the mainstream’s Goliath — he helped build a media giant that came to resemble an old-fashioned Hollywood studio. In an age of drab bean counters, Miramax had moxie and mystique. Importantly, it had a stable of publicity-ready female stars like Ms. Paltrow and rock-star male auteurs, most notably a favorite of critics, Quentin Tarantino. Sure, Mr. Weinstein might sometimes swing at someone, literally, but in Harveywood misdeeds were soon overshadowed by box-office tallies and savvy public relations.
Peter Biskind, a former editor at the film magazine Premiere, tried to investigate Mr. Weinstein back in 1991, but writes that Miramax threatened to pull its advertising, adding, “the next thing I knew, Harvey was writing columns for Premiere and I was his editor.” Over the years, Mr. Weinstein’s grip on soft-bellied entertainment news media remained firm partly because it was mutually advantageous. And, as he rose, he supported women who supported him. In 2007, he presented a Crystal Award — given by Women in Film — to Renée Zellweger, a star of Miramax titles like “Chicago.”
Given the revelations about Mr. Weinstein, it may seem surprising that his companies also offered actual opportunities for women, including directors like Jane Campion (“The Piano”) and older actresses like Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”). This wasn’t progressive; it was evidence of a shrewd embrace of old-studio-style product diversification. In some ways, it is because Mr. Weinstein and his brother, Bob Weinstein, released different kinds of movies and didn’t pour all their resources only into formulas — and male-driven superhero movies — that they gave women opportunities.
Jenni Konner, the co-showrunner for the HBO series “Girls,” has said that the revelations about Mr. Weinstein are a tipping point: “This is the moment we look back on and say, ‘That’s when it all started to change.’” I hope she’s right. One problem is that the entertainment industry is extraordinarily forgiving of those who have made it a lot of money, as Mel Gibson can tell you. It might glance at the fallen comrade on the floor, but only so it can step over the body en route to the next meeting. And if that comrade somehow gets on his feet again, the industry will ask if he has a new project. This forgiveness is often ascribed to the familiar line that the only thing the business cares about is money.
Money often serves as a rationale for some of the industry’s noxiousness, including its sexism and racism: We can’t hire women, blacks, etc., because they don’t sell. Outsiders tend to see the industry as liberal, and while insiders do promote progressive causes, the business hews to a fundamental conservatism. This conservatism shapes its story recycling, its exploitation of women (and men) and its preservation of a male-dominated, racially homogeneous system. Despite pressure, including from the likes of Ava DuVernay and Lena Dunham, the industry resists change. Those in power don’t see an upside in ceding it.
Although the allegations against Mr. Weinstein may not prove to be the necessary tipping point, they are part of growing feminist pressure to change the industry. Activists inside and outside the entertainment bubble are calling out its biases — and showing how those biases affect employment, which in turn affects representations and audiences. (According to The Los Angeles Times, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — spurred to action by the American Civil Liberties Union — began contacting female film and TV directors in 2015 to see what issues they’re facing.)
I hope real change comes soon, especially for the women working in the industry who each day are forced to fight sexism just so that they can do their jobs. I hope change comes because the movies need new and different voices and visions, something other than deadening, damaging stereotypes and storybook clichés. And I hope change comes for those of us who love movies. I’ve spent a lifetime navigating the contradictions of that love, grappling with the pleasures movies offer with the misogyny that too often has informed what happened behind the camera and what is onscreen. The movies can break your heart, but this isn’t the time only for tears. It is also the time for rage.
A version of this article appears in print on October 12, 2017, on Page C1 of the New York edition with the headline: Weinstein Is Gone. Hollywood Sin Isn’t. <