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Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
Rose McGowan offers her condolences to the family of her former manager Jill Messick
"For Jill: May your family find some measure of solace during this pain," McGowan wrote on Instagram after Messick's family blasted her after she became embroiled in the actress' feud with Harvey Weinstein. "That one man could cause so much damage is astounding, but tragically true. The bad man did this to us both," she wrote on Instagram."
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
Jill Messick, Rose McGowan’s ex-manager, dies of suicide after becoming embroiled in the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal
Messick, a 50-year-old veteran studio executive and producer, was McGowan’s manager in January 1997 when the actress alleged that Weinstein raped her. Messick’s family has released a statement blasting Weinstein and McGowan in particular, saying Messick "became collateral damage in an already horrific story.” McGowan had accused her manager of not sticking up for her after she revealed the alleged rape. Messick’s family contends, however, that McGowan never said she was raped. In November 1997, Weinstein hired Messick as a Miramax executive. Last week, Messick made headlines when Weinstein’s attorney released, without her authorization, comments attributed to her in Weinstein's defense. “Seeing her name in headlines again and again, as part of one person’s attempt to gain more attention for her personal cause, along with Harvey’s desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her,” Messick’s family said in the statement. “It broke Jill, who was just starting to get her life back on track. What makes Rose’s inaccurate accusations and insinuations against Jill ironic was that she was the first person who stood up on Rose’s behalf, and alerted her bosses to the horrific experience which Rose suffered.”
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 1:33PM EST
Rose McGowan wore her infamous sheer 1998 MTV VMAs dress to protest Harvey Weinstein
"That was my first public appearance after being sexually assaulted. I was like, 'Is this what you want?'" McGowan told Dr. Oz. "I've never worn something like that before or since. That was a political statement. Of course, there was no Twitter at the time or Instagram, no way to speak for yourself."
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Will Rose McGowan’s Citizen Rose lead to more #MeToo-inspired programming?
Some television executives at the RealScreen Summit this week expressed skepticism that viewers will want to watch shows grappling with the effects of sexual misconduct. The problem, as former E! executive Jenny Daly put it, is that the #MeToo movement has largely focused on the media and entertainment industry — it’s not an “equal opportunity movement.” “I know when I’ve brought up other programming like that to speak to networks, (the reaction) has been ‘It won’t appeal to our middle America audience,'” says Daly. ALSO: Citizen Rose premieres to a disappointing 188,000 viewers vs. the State of the Union.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 8:39PM EST
E!’s Citizen Rose is a testament to Rose McGowan in all her gnarly singularity
Premiering Tuesday Night, “Citizen Rose has been drafted to do the kind of emotional work that an E! reality series is rarely asked, and may not be entirely equipped, to do,” says Willa Paskin. “McGowan wants to share the whole messy, contradictory, gutting, empowering, devastating business of being an artist and a woman trying to recover—mentally, professionally, and holistically—from sexual assault, while also repackaging herself to the public. The show is a meant as inspiration, as corrective, as empowerment, as a cri de coeur, as proof of struggle, as proof of survival, as validation, and as a PR strategy, and it is pretty successful at all of those things at once. “
- Its “rough and indie” look feels like a relief for a cable network devoted to hollow celebrity culture
- Exposing Hollywood’s hypocrisy, Citizen Rose is the most important program E! has ever aired
- It’s a flawed portrait because McGowan is finally allowing herself to have flaws
- Citizen Rose won't show Harvey Weinstein's name or face
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
Wendy Williams’ “I’m sick of this #MeToo movement” comment gets a response from the #MeToo founder
"I’m sick of this #MeToo movement,” Williams said on her talk show Thursday. “I love that people are speaking up for the first time and speaking out and everything, but now…I look at all men like you’re a #MeToo, all of them, all of them, which is not fair.” Tarana Burke, who came up with #MeToo, tweeted her response this morning: “I heard what Wendy said yesterday and was disgusted by it. This is why Black women/girls are hesitant about coming forward with their #metoo stories bc of Black women like @WendyWilliams who blame the victim.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 1:23PM EST
Did Jimmy Kimmel offer a preview of his Oscars monologue?
In reacting to the Oscar nominations, Kimmel blended lighter jokes with a topical Shape of Water zinger: “Finally, Hollywood is recognizing a monster other than Harvey Weinstein.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Revisiting Mad Men in the #MeToo era
“Of all the new and old TV shows that have addressed inequality and sexual misconduct in the workplace, along with that great co-conspirator, toxic masculinity, Mad Men is the best,” says Matthew Gilbert. “The drama took on all kinds of big themes in its seven seasons — identity and personal history, advertising and human nature — but none so much as the bane and insidiousness of sexism. It showed us a more naked version of the gender bigotry that has continued to undermine work culture a half-century later.” He adds: “It’s darkly ironic, of course, that Mad Men revolves so consistently and intelligently around these issues, and yet its creator, Matthew Weiner, has been accused by former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon of sexually harassing her.”
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
It’s official: Ronan Farrow inks a deal with HBO
Farrow is moving from MSNBC/NBC News to HBO following his blockbuster Harvey Weinstein story. Farrow's three-year HBO deal will have him developing and starring in a series of investigative documentary specials for the network.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
Another British TV Harvey Weinstein documentary is in the works
Weeks after the BBC announced two Weinstein docs, Channel 4 said it is making its own documentary on Weinstein as part of its Dispatches series. Channel 4's doc will pay special attention to Weinstein’s deep connections to the U.K. film industry.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:01PM EST
Ronan Farrow may get an HBO investigative documentary series
Farrow, whose reporting for The New Yorker helped expose the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations, is closing in on “a multiyear HBO deal that will include an investigative documentary component,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Rose McGowan calls the all-black Golden Globes protest a “Band-Aid to make yourself feel better”
“People see on the outside, they see the red carpet,” McGowan said at the TV press tour, while promoting her E! docuseries Citizen Rose. “I see behind the scenes. So I know a lot of things. I think the system is massively broken. That’s a Band-Aid to make yourself feel better about what you’ve all known about, and been silent witnesses to and/or participants in that silence — and no, I do not forgive.” ALSO : McGowan says she had to sell her house to cover her Harvey Weinstein-related legal bills.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
Why the Golden Globes black-out fashion protest failed
The all-black outfits worn by female attendees “looked particularly silly on the red carpet,” says Christina Cauterucci, who adds that even E! saw the blackout as a gimmick. “The action might have had some real impact if it actually affected the audience’s viewing experience or asked some small sacrifice of the participants,” she says. “Imagine if the men had to wear green to show solidarity, instead of just swapping out their white shirts for black, or worn bags over their heads for the entire night. Or what if the women had worn matching T-shirts instead of gorgeous gowns? What if every woman brought another woman, instead of a man, as her plus-one? What if the women refused to get onstage, or ceded their speeches to lesser-known survivors of abuse, or didn’t show up at all? Industry leaders and viewers would have been forced to take notice and reckon with the power of hundreds of organized women. Instead, the show proceeded smoothly, with the unremarkable omission of most of the color spectrum.”
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 5:52PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel says his biggest Oscar challenge is finding fresh jokes about last year’s Best Picture fiasco
"The challenge for me is that a million jokes have been made about this subject," Kimmel said at the TV press tour. "If it happens again, literally everyone at ABC should be fired," he continued. "But I think 99 percent of the show went pretty well. I don't think of it as a Titanic-caliber disaster."
- How will Kimmel react to the #MeToo movement? He hasn’t begun writing jokes, but saw Seth Meyers as a litmus test
- Kimmel thanks Seth Meyers, says the Golden Globes host was “really funny because he was making jokes last night that felt like they were specifically for me and my wife”
- Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney, will serve as head writer of the Oscars, overseeing a writers’ room of seven men and four women
- Kimmel backs Oprah for president, but worries America isn’t ready to say “President Winfrey,” instead of “President Oprah”
- Will Kimmel mock Matt Damon for his #MeToo missteps? “If there's a chance for me to give Matt an elbow in the ribs, I'll do so,” says Kimmel
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
At the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey “managed to do that difficult thing that she makes look so easy”
Much of this year’s Globes broadcast seemed like a typical awards telecast, even though the ceremony was “amped up by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and the personal testimonies that powered them,” says Maureen Ryan. But it was Oprah who, Ryan says, “focused the themes and surging energies of a specific moment and distilled its messages and its painful essence — all while making viewers feel as though she was speaking directly to each one of them as individuals.” Ryan adds: “Many winners gave fine speeches, and quite of few of them eloquently expounded on themes of intersectionality, gender, race, class, and the marginalization and abuse of the powerless. But none of those other presenters or winners were Oprah. As the highlight reel of her accomplishments made clear, she’s important in many different spheres. But all of her empires were built on this unshakable foundation: She’s a master broadcaster. She connects.”
- The Globes were “(halfway) woke”: “It wasn’t quite a celebration; it wasn’t entirely a protest”
- “There was a lot of goodwill at the awards, but it was often presented in the least sexy way possible”
- #MeToo made this year's ceremony electric, but only some stars tapped into its energy
- The Globes were bound to be disappointing, as an old-fashioned awards show doesn’t fit with the current moment
- What a difference a year makes: There was barely a mention of President Trump during the entire ceremony
- Amy Poehler saved Seth Meyers’ monologue
- Seth Meyers acquitted himself nicely, especially with his plea to have women lead the way
- Meyers nailed the toughest award show opening monologue in years
- Meyers did a terrific job, despite having the look of terror in his eyes
- Not one male Golden Globes winner mentioned #MeToo or Time’s Up in their speeches
- Aziz Ansari beating out favorite Eric McCormack was one of the biggest surprises of the night — so was Rachel Brosnahan’s win
- Here are all the mentions of sexual misconduct during the entire Globes broadcast
- A night of firsts: Sterling K. Brown and Aziz Ansari were the first black and Asian actor, respectively, to win an award in their category
- NBC mistakenly bleeped Frances McDormand when she didn’t curse
- Ewan McGregor thanks his estranged his wife and his current girlfriend, Fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead
- Big Little Lies proves to be even more resonant in these #MeToo times
- What exactly did the Globes bleep out from Aziz Ansari’s speech?
- HBO had the most wins with four, followed by Amazon and Hulu with two each
- James Franco’s past of trying to pick up a 17-year-old on Instagram was scrutinized after his Globes win
- What was up with all the audience groaning during Seth Meyers’ monologue?
- Viewers questioned Tonya Harding appearing at the Globes, especially in a positive light
TOPICS: NBC, Big Little Lies, Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Ewan McGregor, Frances McDormand, Harvey Weinstein, James Franco, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Brosnahan, Seth Meyers, Sterling K. Brown, Tonya Harding, Award Shows, Golden Globe Awards, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up, Trump Presidency, Women and TV