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Time’s Up: Hollywood women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment



The initiative, supported by stars such as Natalie Portman and Emma Stone, includes $13m legal defense fund for women in less privileged professions

Three hundred female Hollywood actors, agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives including Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon are kicking off the new year with a coordinated effort to counter systemic sexual harassment in the entertainment business and workplaces nationwide.

The initiative, announced with a full-page ad in the New York Times, includes a $13m legal defense fund to help women in less privileged professions protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the consequences that may arise from reporting it.

Entitled Times Up, the programme was launched with an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business, including Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Rashida Jones and Kerry Washington, as well as powerful backroom Hollywood figures, including producer Shonda Rhimes, whose credits include Greys Anatomy and Scandal.

The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; times up on this impenetrable monopoly, part of the letter reads.

If this group of women cant fight for a model for other women who dont have as much power and privilege, then who can? Rhimes told the New York Times.

In a sense, Times Up is being launched as a companion to the #MeToo movement that grew out of the spontaneous response to revelations about Hollywoods casting-couch system of sexual predation and enduring gender-pay disparities.

While attention has largely focused on show business and the media, Times Up seeks to include the plight of working-class women.

The organization arose from informal gatherings of female talent agents in Los Angeles who starting meeting after the issue of sexual harassment landed like a bombshell on the entertainment industry in October. The group rapidly expanded and now includes meetings and workshops for participants in New York and London.

Organizers said they were moved to broaden the effort after receiving an open letter on behalf of 700,000 female farmworkers in November.

The initiatives goals also include promoting legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to fight against the use of non-disclosure agreements to shield sexual abusers.

Organizers also plan to ask women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes this year to wear black. This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment, actor Eva Longoria, who rose to fame in Desperate Housewives, told the paper.

Janelle Mone, a signatory of the Times Up open letter, at the 2017 Academy Awards. Organizers plan to ask women to wear black on the red carpet at this years Golden Globes. Photograph: Ben Peterson/Getty Images

For years, weve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour, Longoria added. This time the industry cant expect us to go up and twirl around. Thats not what this moment is about.

Beyond the symbolism of red carpet fashion, Times Ups legal defense operation will be administered by the National Womens Law Centers Legal Network for Gender Equity which connects victims of sexual harassment with legal representation.

Donors include Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw, and leading talent agencies that are under pressure to reform their practices in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Witherspoon told the New York Times the organization, which was founded in October, offered an opportunity for women to join forces in an industry that has typically been run by men.

Were finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesnt feel seen, to be finally heard, Witherspoon said.

While Times Up plans to structure itself as a decentralized organization with no formal hierarchy but established traditions, it plans to forge alliances with similarly focused organizations, among them 50/50 by 2020, a group that aims for equal representation in US boardrooms by 2020.

Producer and legal defense fund donor Katie McGrath said that many women had realized from early on that they needed to establish what they wanted to achieve, and what was going to be required in order to shift and pivot from this horror to structural change.

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Pamela Anderson Thought She Had A ‘Special Power To Kill People’ As A Child After Her Death Wish Came True

Charmaine Blake



Pamela Anderson exudes magic every time she runs down the beach in slo-mo — but did you know she has real “special powers”?

At least she thought she did after an allegedly predatory babysitter was killed in a car accident one day after wishing her dead.

Related: Pamela Anderson Refuses To Apologize For Weinstein Comments

The Baywatch star made the admission on Piers Morgan‘s Life Stories that aired Saturday night on ITV. She remembered:

“I had a babysitter, and she molested me for I think a year. I was between the ages of 4 and 8, somewhere in there. I remember wishing her dead, and she ended up dying the next day in her graduation in a car accident.”

Holy karma!

Naturally, young Pam thought she was behind the freak fatality and, if she wasn’t careful, might cause another. She continued:

“I thought, ‘Okay, now I’ve killed her. I’m magic. I can’t tell my parents about this and I’ve killed her,’ so I started believing that I had this special power to kill people.”

The future actress was so terrified to oust herself as a magical being, she didn’t tell her parents about the scary coincidence until “years later.”

Of course, by that time, she realized she had magical abilities every time she squeezed into a red swimsuit.

[Image via Media Punch.]

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Will Smith geeks out over the success of ‘Black Panther’ and its cast

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Excited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we’re rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week. 

Will Smith just showed the world that he’s one of the biggest Black Panther fans around.

After the tremendous success of Black Panther‘s opening weekend, Will Smith took to Instagram to share an inspiring message he himself heard from Nelson Mandela along with a video of himself geeking out about Black Panther and praising everyone who worked on Marvel’s latest film.

“What you have done is spectacular,” Smith said in the video. “I watched the film a couple of days ago, and damn near got brought to tears. You guys have challenged and potentially even shattered a lot of long-time, long-held false Hollywood beliefs and paradigms. I just want to say congratulations to you, I’m proud and I’m excited, damn-near giddy. Congrats y’all, go get it.”

He then crossed his arms over his chest — the Wakandan salute.

Along with the video, Smith quoted Mandela in his Instagram post, sharing a message everyone who worked on the film that spoke to what people can do with their fame and how they can reach out and inspire others.

“Go into the streets… Touch them… Let them know that you are real!” Smith wrote.

Black Panther has been heralded not only for its unmistakable quality but also its achievements in representation, not only with its predominantly black cast but also its range of diversity behind the scenes. 

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Amy Schumer Marries Boyfriend Chris Fischer After A Few Months Of Dating

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Amy Schumer married chef Chris Fischer in a secret ceremony on Tuesday after just a few months of dating, People and Us Weekly reported.

The two were married at a house in Malibu, California, in front of 80 friends, including stars Larry David, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, David Spade and Jake Gyllenhaal, according to the reports.

Schumer, 36, and her chef boyfriend made their relationship public (as in Instagram-official) this week after attending Ellen DeGeneres’ star-studded birthday party. The two reportedly started dating around November after they were spotted having an intimate dinner in New York City.

They later attended a taping of “Saturday Night Live” together, though Schumer’s rep wouldn’t comment on the relationship.

Fisher once worked at Mario Batali’s New York City restaurant, Babbo, after being introduced by his friend, Jake Gyllenhaal.

The chef later returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he grew up, to work at the Beach Plum Inn (a favorite of the Obamas) and The Covington Restaurant.

Fisher  who penned the James Beard Award-winning cookbook, Beetlebung Farm Cookbook  recently opened Beetlebung Farm Market on Martha’s Vineyard, and plans to turn part of it into a restaurant.

“After years of working for other people, my intuition is, ‘I’m doing this on my own terms,’” Fisher told Boston magazine in July. “You can create a destination restaurant anywhere.”

Prior to meeting Fischer, Schumer dated furniture designer Ben Hanisch. The two met on a dating app in 2015 and were together for a little over a year.

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Schumer and Hanisch at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Jan. 17, 2016. 

“I feel like Ben is the first guy who’s really been my boyfriend,” the “I Feel Pretty” actress and author told Marie Claire in July 2016. “There are guys who, if they heard me say that, would want to punch me in the face, but yeah, it’s the truth.”

A rep for Schumer confirmed that she and Hanisch split in 2017, but said the two remained friends. It certainly seems like things are amicable, as the comedian thanked her ex for some furniture he’d built for her in September.

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