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Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
#MeToo movement was glaringly missing at the Emmy Awards
Source: The New York Times
The #MeToo and Time's Up movements that were a big part of the Golden Globes and Oscars ceremonies earlier this year were almost completely missing at Monday's Emmy ceremony. "Unlike at previous awards shows this year, emblems of the movement weren’t pinned to lapels or sequined gowns. #MeToo was mostly absent from acceptance speeches and even from the monologue — except for fleeting jokes by the hosts, Michael Che and Colin Jost," says Maya Salem. Even Les Moonves went unmentioned, while the words "Time's Up" were only mentioned once, by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Amy Sherman-Palladino. ALSO: Les Moonves was to network television what Harvey Weinstein was to independent film, so why wasn't he brought up?
Posted Sunday 9/09/18 at 12:19PM EDT
Six more women accuse Les Moonves of sexual misconduct as CBS negotiates his exit
Source: The New Yorker
Ronan Farrow has followed up his bombshell New Yorker story that accused the CBS chairman and CEO of sexual harassment with another article detailing allegations from six more women. The story comes CBS' board of directors is reportedly negotiating Moonves' exit. "Six additional women are now accusing Moonves of sexual harassment or assault in incidents that took place between the nineteen-eighties and the early aughts," writes Farrow. "They include claims that Moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself to them without their consent, and that he used physical violence and intimidation against them. A number of the women also said that Moonves retaliated after they rebuffed him, damaging their careers." In a statement, Moonves said three of the encounters were consensual, without going into detail. “The appalling accusations in this article are untrue," he said. "What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me.”
- Les Moonves is expected to step down as early as Monday morning
- Moonves isn't expected to get a $100 million exit package
- Moonves may have sexually harassed his doctor 19 years ago
- Time's Up reacts to the six new women who've accused Moonves of sexual misconduct: "“These allegations speak to a culture of toxic complicity at CBS, where the safety of women was continuously ignored to protect the careers of powerful men and the corporation."
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom denounces potential Moonves $100 million exit package: "As an employee of CBS, I would just like to say that Les Moonves should be fired without getting a f*cking dollar. The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes."
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
Time's Up slams Les Moonves' potential $100 million exit package from CBS
"A man accused of rigorously reported allegations of harassment should not be rewarded with a golden parachute,” said the group founded by Hollywood women to combat sexual misconduct and gender inequality, in a statement. "Les Moonves walking away with a $100 million settlement sends a message to survivors everywhere that powerful men can act without fear of consequence...Rather than reward an alleged predator, this $100 million could fund the legal defenses of countless women and men facing workplace harassment and abuse across the country."
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 1:33AM EDT
Louis CK's return may be a preview of how other #MeToo offenders stage their comebacks
The #MeToo offenders could find their way back to the public eye by following Louis CK's lead, staging small comebacks that will generate repeated outrage that will dissipate over time, says Christina Cauterucci. "Here’s a forecast for future post-#MeToo returns based on what has transpired since Sunday," says Cauterucci. "Every time CK or one of his canceled peers reemerges, some people will get mad, but most people won’t, and there will be other, more pressing outrages to smother with energy, and before anyone fully grasps what’s going on, they’ll be back on tour, or rolling through the credits of our TV shows and movies, with an ugly entry on their Wikipedia pages but a growing bank account to soothe that indignity." She adds: "CK’s Sunday set suggests that it may not be a sympathetic Charlie Rose roundtable or glossy magazine spread or self-aware, highly produced streaming special that heralds these men’s reentry into public life. The more likely route to reputation renovation will simply be nonchalant reintroduction into the cultural bloodstream, little by little, like routine allergy shots that cause a milder reaction with each prick."
- Why do the bad men think we need them? "It seems that these men think the world needs them and their work"
- Louis CK should be banished until he demonstrates some measure of understanding of what he has done wrong
- There seems to be a sexist double standard for comebacks: Samantha Bee and Kathy Griffin had to beg for forgiveness, while Louis CK just had to sit out
- Louis CK specialized in a comedy of complicity: "When the charming f*ck-up does something genuinely unforgivable, where is there left for him to go?"
- Michael Che's argument that "any free person has a right to speak and make a living" belittles and delegitimizes the actual conversation around Louis CK
- Louis CK apologists should follow the lead of Michael Ian Black, who seemed to have learned something from sympathizing with the disgraced comedian
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 4:47PM EDT
Rashida Jones and Donald Glover team for a Time's Up workplace sexual harassment PSA
Jones said she volunteered to direct the public service announcement and she asked Glover to be the narrator, and he "very graciously" said yes.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
The Good Doctor and Jane the Virgin are among the shows that added #MeToo-themed storylines
The Good Doctor creator David Shore says the ABC drama will continue tackling sexual harassment after incorporating the issue in a storyline this season. “The challenges and the difficulties and the frustrations — we wanted to embrace it and we wanted it to carry forward,” Shore says. “We didn’t want it to be something that happens and then it’s just forgotten about. We wanted it to play out over a few episodes. We didn’t want it to be what the show is completely all about, but we wanted to deal with it honestly, and that means for more than just a moment. This is something that carries on and that people live with.” For Jane the Virgin, the #MeToo movement prompted the show to revisit a consensual affair Jane had with a graduate school adviser years earlier. Now, a mature Jane looked back at the affair with more scrutiny, especially with regard to its power dynamics.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Jon Hamm: Mad Men's Don Draper would've been "excoriated" in the #MeToo era
Source: New York Daily News
“He would’ve been excoriated, I think, probably,” Hamm told the New York Daily News. "His behavior in many ways is deplorable, and in other ways is admirable,” Hamm added. “And it’s even both of those things with the same characters. He was both terrible and great to Pete. He was both terrible and great to Roger. He was both terrible and great to Peggy. He was both terrible and great to Betty. He’s a complicated guy, and I’ve said this before about him in many capacities, he’s damaged goods.”
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Dick Wolf: Law & Order: SVU helped pave the way for the #MeToo movement
Wolf and Mariska Hargitay discussed last night their long-running NBC drama, which they credit for helping victims of sex crimes come forward. “I think it’s opened the door into a multitude of conversations over the years. If you look at the #MeToo movement, she founded it, a long time ago,” Wolf said, pointing to Hargitay. “We got to take the onus off the survivor and put it where it belongs, on the perpetrator,” Hargitay added. “It did change and it did give people the courage to come forward and realize ‘Guess what, you’re not alone.’”
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Inside Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's #MeToo-inspired sexual harassment storyline
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"That stuff was blowing up and continuing to blow up and it felt like stuff that intersected with the stuff that we've talked about on the show a lot," says co-creator Robert Carlock of the #MeToo movement. "And our characters, Kimmy especially, would have a strong point of view on it."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Survey suggests viewers are unaffected by the #MeToo movement
Source: The A.V. Club
Morning Consult polled 2,202 American adults to see if sexual misconduct allegations hurt any of the high-profile Hollywood men, and the study found that only Louis CK and Kevin Spacey were viewed less favorably.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
Ryan Murphy is developing a #MeToo anthology series
Murphy tells The New Yorker he is planning to do a Black Mirror-style anthology series that will explore a different case of sexual misconduct with each episode
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Are SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che the right choice to host the first Emmys of the #MeToo era?
Source: Vanity Fair
This morning's announcement raises a question, says Laura Bradley: "Are Che and Jost really the right fit for this moment?" She adds: "As women fight to end exploitation and promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry, choosing a woman from the SNL family would have sent a strong message—especially for an awards show that likes to praise the TV industry for supposedly being more progressive than the film world. (Kate) McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, or Aidy Bryant would have made excellent Emmys hosts, either together or separately. (This also might have been NBC’s last chance to tap one of them, as all four seem likely to make their exits from SNL before the network hosts the Emmys again in four years.) Even beyond the halls of Studio 8H, there are plenty more talented women with TV shows on the current NBC roster, including Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, and Retta. (Bell even has one hosting gig under her belt already this year; she hosted the SAG Awards in January.) Were none of these women available?" ALSO: To have the first Emmys of the #MeToo era "hosted by two bros with a history of making highly questionable jokes is not good for progress."
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Aidy Bryant, America Ferrera, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Debra Messing, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Megan Mullally, Michael Che, Retta, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Westworld overcomes a clunky start for an exponentially better Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The HBO drama's second season should've used a long "previously on" recap. Instead, it kicks off with an expository episode aimed at new viewers and keeping old viewers up to speed after a 16-month hiatus. Still, creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan deserve credit for "eagerly embracing the possibilities of the series," says Tim Goodman. "In the five episodes offered for review, they (and the writing staff) have abandoned a sense of cautious plotting and raced into the future (and back to the past, sometimes toggling between the two, frantically)." He adds: "With a thrilling sense of possibility and a fleetness in telling multiple stories, the new season's first five episodes grow exponentially in appeal. And even though there are instances when it's justified to perhaps question what new powers might be in play — beyond the series' exploration of 'the bicameral mind' — there's never a sense that Westworld has tripped up, run out of ideas or reverted to some kind of redundancy. On the contrary, the series offers revelatory possibilities and pursues them in massively entertaining fashion."
- Westworld offers a lesson to Netflix and its mediocre shows: "Rather than reflect the panicky, competitive rush that results in all these half-thought, half-finished, fairly expensive and certainly mediocre series," says Hank Stuever, "Westworld demonstrates the proper way to spend a lot of time and money in a meticulous fashion."
- Cool it with the twists!: "Westworld is a rich and interesting enough series that it doesn’t need a bunch of twists to keep us surprised and invested"
- Season 2 tones down the J.J. Abrams-esque “mystery box” style of storytelling
- Season 2 fixes many of Season 1's problems by providing a believable war between the hosts and park employees
- The aftermath of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements can be seen in Evan Rachel Wood's Dolores
- Westworld is at its best when it simply entertains rather than overthink
- Too often, Season 2 scripts get garbled by gimmicky mysteries
- On the down side, Westworld still treats itself more as a game to be beaten than as a story to be told
- Westworld creators aim to make nudity equal among males and females
- There will be less nudity overall in Season 2
- Westworld cast members didn't know the episode order while filming Season 2
- The Shakespeare line “These violent delights have violent ends" could be key to Season 2
- The five strangest Westworld theories (that still could be true)
- From Grand Theft Auto to Frankenstein: 10 works that influenced Westworld
- Westworld creators say it's essential that the show function on a puzzle box level
- Co-creator Lisa Joy is rewriting women's power story line in Hollywood and beyond
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
New York Times and New Yorker win a Pulitzer for their reporting that kicked off the #MeToo movement
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The Times are sharing Pulitzer Prize for public service with Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker for exposing Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct scandal. The Pulitzer board stated its award is "for explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women." ALSO: Fox News boasts: "NBC humiliated when Ronan Farrow wins Pulitzer for Weinstein expose after Peacock passed."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 6:11PM EDT
HBO went back and corrected any gender-based pay disparities in response to the Time's Up movement
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys was asked about HBO salaries, particularly with regard to one of his executives' recent gaffe of using the word "raped" to describe the contract negotiations with the Big Little Lies cast for Season 2. Bloys says the pay raise "was 100 percent earned and well worth it." He also described one of the affects of working with Reese Witherspoon: "One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently," he says. "We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows — in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay; and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward. And that’s is a direct result of the Time's Up movement."