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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 Thursday 2/01/18 at 6:10PM EST
Rose McGowan walks back saying Charmed co-star Alyssa Milano is “a lie”
McGowan accused Milano on last night's Nightline of having an ulterior motive with her involvement in the #MeToo movement. “I don’t like her,” McGowan told Nightline. “’Cause I think she’s a lie.” When Nightline tweeted her quote, McGowan responded: “Yeah, I knew this would be the pull quote, but the lie is a system, not an individual.” Meanwhile, Milano issued a statement in support of McGowan. “I am and always have been completely supportive of Rose and admire her bravery and speaking out about her experiences,” she said.
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 2:23PM EST
Rose McGowan's “uncomfortable” interview with Stephen Colbert deconstructed celebrity in real time
McGowan’s Late Show appearance last night was interesting because it was so uncomfortable to watch, says Constance Grady. “Colbert gamely played along with McGowan, but his in-studio audience seemed bewildered: People couldn’t figure out when to laugh or cheer," says Grady. "They mostly stayed quiet, but every so often, when McGowan said something particularly emphatic, there would be a burst of laughter from one person, or a scatter of fragmented applause that would quickly subside into startled silence. It’s all uncomfortable to watch in a way that celebrity interviews, with their easy banter and weaponized charm, usually are not. Which is part of the point.” ALSO: McGowan defends her interview: “I am bored of formats and questions. I am done with traditional structure.”
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 1:32PM EST
Holly Marie Combs bashes CW’s Charmed reboot and its “feminist” twist: “Don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work”
After initially throwing shade at The CW’s announcement that it had ordered a pilot for a Charmed reboot, Combs offered a lengthier response late Thursday night: “Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work," she tweeted. Referring to her, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan and Shannen Doherty, Combs added: “Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.” On Friday morning, Combs further slammed the revival’s “feminist” twist: “Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
The CW orders a “fierce, funny, feminist” Charmed reboot pilot
Originally planned as a 1970s-set prequel series to The WB witches drama that launched in 1998, the rebooted Charmed pilot will instead be set in the present day. “This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches,” says The CW. “Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.” A present-day setting, as EW notes, would leave the door open for original Charmed stars Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Rose McGowan to reprise their roles. ALSO: Holly Marie Combs appears to be unhappy with the Charmed reboot.
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 Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
E! unveils the first trailer for Rose McGowan’s Citizen Rose
The limited series, premiering Jan. 30, will look at McGowan’s role in the #MeToo movement.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 2:46PM EST
Rose McGowan lands a Citizen Rose docuseries on E!
After making headlines for speaking out against Harvey Weinstein and sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the former Charmed star’s activism will be documented in Citizen Rose. Premiering Jan. 30 with a two-hour launch, the five-part docuseries will follow McGowan as she prepares to release her Brave memoir/manifesto while also focusing on her “special punk brand of activism.” “You are formally invited into my mind and world,” McGowan said in a statement. “I am thrilled to partner with E! to amplify my message of bravery, art, joy and survival…. I want to have a conversation with everyone, and most especially, you about looking at things differently and seeing beauty everywhere.
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
Sexual harassment accusers describe the backlash: Louis CK accuser says she’s "getting death threats and I’m getting ripped apart”
In a discussion led by Rose McGowan, eight women described the consequences for coming forward. “I’m getting all this free hate every single day, by telling the truth that he’s actually admitted to,” says Rebecca Corry, one of Louis CK’s accusers.
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
Why Rose McGowan is right to criticize actresses who plan to wear black on the red carpet to protest sexual misconduct
“McGowan has a valid point. Walking the red carpet dressed in black is a feeble form of protest,” says fashion critic Robin Givhan. “Why is a symbolic gesture even necessary? Are we not beyond symbolism? There has been an ongoing lament that women on the red carpet are only asked about their attire — expected to twirl in front of a glamour-cam and let another camera ogle their manicure and jewelry. In recent years, the #askhermore movement demanded that interviewers talk to actresses about their work, about their philanthropy, about something other than who designed their dress. Yet this awards season promises to be one in which every actor walking the red carpet can be assured of being interrogated about a whole lot more than their frock. They will most certainly be asked about sexual violence, the culture of silence and what constitutes justice.”
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 5:56PM EST
Meryl Streep responds to Rose McGowan’s slam that she had been “deliberately silent” about Harvey Weinstein
“It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend,” Streep said in a statement, “but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others.” She added: “I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted. I didn’t know this was happening.”