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Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Now that Roy Price is officially out at Amazon, what’s next for the studio ? Some of the problems seemed based in the company's culture, where work and social events often blended together, and male showrunners were given better deals than women producers -- who continually had to go through the pilot process. Will that change?
Weinstein fallout continues; Roy Price out at Amazon Following stories about Harvey Weinstein in the New York Times and New Yorker, dozens of women have continued to come forward and tell their stories about sexual harassment in the industry.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. The drama surrounding the downfall of Harvey Weinstein continues. In the wake of dozens of women coming forward with their story, Isa Hackett, the showrunner of Amazon's The Man in the High Castle, went on the record with allegations of sexual harassment against Roy Price, the head of Amazon studios. Price was subsequently suspended . Amazon also dropped the $160 million David O. Russell TV show they were working on, which was being produced by The Weinstein Co. Over the weekend, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to expel Weinstein from their ranks. And on Monday, the Producers Guild unanimously voted to terminate his membership there as well.
Rape, Lies, Audiotape: Is the Weinstein scandal about sex or power? Kate Beckinsale has joined the growing list of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of everything from workplace harassment to rape. The veteran Hollywood actor posted on Instagram that the movie mogul propositioned her in a hotel room when she was just 17 years old. The accounts of more than a dozen women in the New York Times and the New Yorker have sent Hollywood reeling and inspired women to demand that men be held accountable for their behavior. But why now? Are we redefining our long standing acceptances as to what is and what is not, consensual sex -- from college campuses to the boardroom?
Did Harvey Weinstein have the Hollywood press around this finger? The New York Times reported that at least eight women faced unwanted sexual advances from studio executive Harvey Weinstein, and they received monetary settlements and signed non-disclosure forms. But sexual harassment rumors have swirled around Weinstein for decades. Why has it taken so long for these rumors to be substantiated and made public?
The Harvey Weinstein bombshell story finally lands The New York Times published an account that alleges decades of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein. Some of these stories had long been open secrets in Hollywood, but the Times was able to get people on the record. Weinstein has now taken a leave of absence from his company.
In her new role at NBC, Megyn Kelly tries to be something she's not The former Fox News anchor is at her best when she's doing hard-hitting, political interviews. She's tried to leave all that behind for her NBC Today show segment, but one week in, the viewers -- and her guests -- are not loving it.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. The star of The CW's show Riverdale totaled his car after falling asleep at the wheel following a 16-hour work day. Thankfully he was not injured, but the crash has revived long-running issues of cast and crew safety. Director JJ Abrams has a rich deal at Paramount, but he's jilted them -- twice! -- to direct Star Wars movies for Disney.
When healthcare became personal, Jimmy Kimmel got political Prior to this year, Jimmy Kimmel was the last late night host you'd expect to take on a political issue. Then, he had a son who needed open heart surgery. Now, Kimmel is loudly speaking out against the newest healthcare bill.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Heading into Emmy weekend, streamers Netflix and Hulu are in the game, but Amazon, not so much . Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said he wants a Game of Thrones' style hit, but so far, they haven't found it. It's been a dismal summer at the box office for everyone except Warner Brothers. Wonder Woman was a hit and now the horror movie It is heading into its second weekend and set to clobber the competition . The buzz from the Toronto Film Festival is...where's the buzz? There were a lot of fun movies, but no Oscar frontrunners yet.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Actor Ed Skrein dropped out of Hellboy in response to fan outcry about whitewashing . It's a significant move, and the first time an actor has ever willingly dropped out of a project for this reason, saying the role should go to someone whose ethnicity matches that from the source material, which in this case is Asian. With the kickoff of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals, Oscar season has officially begun. It's welcome relief for film lovers who are sick of comic book movies.
Ed Skrein departs 'Hellboy' after fans call out whitewashing Actor Ed Skrein announced he'd be dropping out of Hellboy after being cast as a character who in the original source material is Asian. It's the first time an actor has ever stepped down in response to an outcry over whitewashing. Skrein has been praised for his elegant handling of the situation.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins guest host Michael Schneider to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. The domestic summer box office is down 15 percent from last year, and to cap it all off, for the first time in 25 years there will be no new wide release on Labor Day Weekend. In Hollywood’s continued addiction to superheroes and franchises, there are now two Joker movies in the works at Warner Brothers. One will be a "love story" between the Joker and Harley Quinn and the other will be an origin story about the Batman villain. A recently released deposition gave a window into how Judge Judy negotiates her contract at CBS. Short answer? She doesn't. She says, every three years she writes down the amount she wants and CBS delivers. With some recent notable departures of top TV talent going from broadcast to Netflix, it's more important than ever for CBS to hang on to one of their biggest assets.
Bummer of a summer at the box office The domestic box office is stuck the summer doldrums this year. Ticket sales are down 15 percent compared to last year, and for the first time in 25 years, there's no new wide releases landing on Labor Day Weekend.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. There's soul searching in the stunt person community after two recent deaths -- one of the set of Deadpool 2 and on the set of The Walking Dead. In other, less tragic stunt-related news, Tom Cruise broke his ankle doing his own stunts for Mission Impossible 6. This will put production on hold for eight weeks -- an expensive delay for Paramount. The TV talent war is on. In a stunning move, Netflix has poached Shonda Rhimes from Disney's ABC, her home for the past 15 years. And Apple reportedly has $1 billion to spend on new content, and that's likely just the beginning.
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.