After a decades-long reign of terror, were still learning the full extent of Harvey Weinsteins damage. As sexual harassment and assault victims of the ousted producer continue to come out, other, more nuanced forms of abuse and intimidation have also begun to surface. These stories often relate back to sexual misconduct, whether its Weinstein torturing an actress for refusing his sexual demands, or bullying employees into silence and complicity.
On Wednesday, Salma Hayek published a brutal account of Weinsteins retaliation campaign against her. Enraged by Hayeks sexual rejection, Weinstein flexed his power where he could maintain, more or less, total control: the set of 2002s Frida. When he wasnt threatening to shut down the film altogether, Hayek says that Weinstein exhibited his famous temper and made punishing demands, including a sex scene with co-star Ashley Judd. In addition to putting the project in serious danger, the producer allegedly belittled Hayeks performance and dismissed her casts work, deeming the eventual Oscar winner not good enough for a theatrical release. He transformed Hayeks career triumph into a personal hell.
Although Weinstein didnt succeed in sabotaging Frida, hes long been rumored to have the power to make or break an actresss career. The promise of superstardom was often a component of his now-infamous hotel room meetings with young women. But this wasnt just a lineas Weinstein could elevate an actress, he could also tear her down.
Because of Weinsteins immense power and influence in the entertainment industry, its no wonder that so many women feared saying no to him. In Ronan Farrows late October New Yorker expos, he named Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette as actresses who suspected that, after they rejected Weinsteins advances or complained about them to company representatives, Weinstein had them removed from projects or dissuaded people from hiring them. Sorvino told the New Yorker that Weinstein pressured her sexually while they were working together, recalling, He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around.
In a subsequent guest column in the Hollywood Reporter, Sorvino wrote, People say there are lists out there, that Harvey had a blacklist not only of people he was allegedly investigating but also of people who weren’t supposed to be hired sent to casting people and agencies. I know women with whom I’ve talked since who felt that their careers were derailed. I’ve heard stories about calls being made to their agencies saying that they were drug addicts when they didn’t touch drugs. She added that, while she couldnt say for certain if her career had been derailed by Weinstein as an act of retaliation, I felt if I had accepted Harvey’s advances, I would have continued to make movies with them, and they were the people winning the Oscars for that decade. I was not offered any movie roles past 1996.
Sorvinos suspicions are far from paranoid. Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson told Stuff this week that he believes the Weinstein-led Miramax fed him false information about accusers Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd. Jackson, speaking on Weinstein for the first time, explained that these conversations took place during the early stages of development for Lord of the Rings, when he was pitching the films to Miramax. After the director expressed his interest in casting Sorvino and Judd, I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998. While Jackson had no reason to question what these guys were telling us at the time, In hindsight, I realise that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.
I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women. Jackson continued. And as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”
Jackson said that while he has no direct experience or knowledge of the sexual allegations against Weinstein, he had long ago decided not to work with him. He elaborated, My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings [before New Line took over production of the film], was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work withso I haventMovie making is much more fun when you work with nice people.
He added, I vaguely remember bumping into him [Weinstein] at some award show or premiere at the time of their release, but it’s been 20 years since my last interaction of any substance with Harvey Weinstein.”
Ashley Judd responded to Jacksons interview on Twitter, writing, I remember this well. Sorvino also shared the story, with a tragic caption: Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. Im just heartsick.
Robert De Niro Says ‘The Irishman’ Set for the Big Screen
“The Irishman is set for the big screen next year when it is released by Netflix, star Robert De Niro said Sunday while speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival.
The pic is the actor’s latest collaboration with Goodfellas director Martin Scorsese, which also stars Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, and is set in the crime world.
“We’ve talked about it with Netflix. They are going to do a presentation of our film the way it should be, in a theater, in certain venues, the best theatrical venues there can be,” De Niro said, hinting that there have been ongoing discussions with the streaming platform surrounding the release.
“How they resolve it is, in the beginning, they will show it on the big screen — we’re talking about big venues where it would play, where it should play — and what happens after that, I’m not sure,” he said, guessing that it would be released online at a later date.
It marks the second big film Netflix will release, following in the footsteps of Alfonso Curaon’s Oscar contender Roma in a limited theatrical run for awards season. Netflix has also taken on Guillermo del Toro’s dark Pinocchio, which is another potential awards contender and the next project after his Oscar wins for The Shape of Water…………………………………………..”
Golden Globe nominations to kick off Hollywood’s award season
“Nominations for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual ceremony, which honors achievement in film and television, were announced Thursday. Big film hits “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” will compete for best drama against the critically acclaimed “BlacKkKlansman” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” directed by Spike Lee and Barry Jenkins, respectively, who directed the Oscar-winning “Moonlight.”
Below is the full list of nominees.
See the rest of the nominations here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/06/entertainment/golden-globe-nominations/index.html
Who will host the Oscars now that Kevin Hart has stepped down?
“Now Kevin Hart has stepped down from hosting the Oscars, one question remains: who will replace him?
The 39-year-old comedian was confirmed as the Academy Awards host for 2019 just three days ago.
However, he found himself in deep water this week when fans started sharing unearthed tweets from 2010 which show him using the word ‘gay’ as a slur. as well as labelling people ‘f**s’.
Hart announced his decision to step down as host of the Oscars on Thursday night. Hosting the Oscars is one of the biggest gigs a presenter can land and it’s got to go to the right person. So WHO will the Academy ask to replace Kevin?
Ellen DeGeneres is the bookies’ runaway favourite to host February’s awards show, with Betfair offering odds of 6/4. If the bookies are correct, it will be the third time she’s hosted the prestigious awards, having done so in 2007 and 2014. Her 2014 run saw her taking the infamous Oscars selfie, featuring the likes of Bradley Cooper……………………………………….”
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