FROM Matthew Belloni
Hollywood news banter Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group, has been accused of inappropriate workplace conduct just as ‘Frozen’ opens on Broadway. It appears that Disney had heard complaints about Schumacher as far back as 1994, but it’s unclear if the company ever took any serious action. Fox News is planning to launch a streaming service to appeal to “superfans.” However, most Fox News viewers are over the age of 60, so it’s not a sure thing that they’ll rush to embrace a streaming service.
What will be the fate of The Weinstein Company? The Weinstein Co. drama continues. The company was in financial trouble before the Harvey Weinstein allegations, and following the #MeToo movement, the name alone became toxic.
Hollywood news banter ‘Black Panther’ is here and it is huge. The newest Marvel movie, which makes history with its black director and almost all-black cast, is also being embraced by critics and crowds alike. It will break box office records and perhaps finally shatter the myth that movies with black casts can’t cross over to other audiences. Another mega producer is jumping ship to Netflix. This time, Ryan Murphy is leaving his long-time home at Fox for a 5-year deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In this case, the move was no doubt spurred by Disney’s purchase of Fox. Post-merger, Murphy had questioned whether he would have to start making his material more family-friendly. Plus, the executives Murphy had grown to trust at Fox may no longer have jobs there in the future, giving him yet another reason to leave.
Black Panther poised to smash box office records Going into opening weekend, we're already hearing the thunder of Marvel's newest movie 'Black Panther.' The film will almost certainly break the box office record for February film and has the highest ticket pre-sales of everything except the 'Star Wars' movies.
Hollywood news banter Jill Messick, the former manager of Rose McGowan, has died by suicide . Her family published a blistering letter blaming both McGowan and Weinstein for Messick’s death. The stunt community has spoken, and said Uma Thurman should definitely not have been driving that car on ‘Kill Bill.’ This puts director Quentin Tarantino under even more scrutiny and leaves his upcoming movie in question.
Hollywood producer Jill Messick commits suicide Rose McGowan was among the first women to speak out against Harvey Weinstein, saying he raped her during the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. McGowan’s manager at the time of the alleged rape was Jill Messick, who went on to work for Miramax. Messick killed herself on Wednesday. She struggled with bipolar disorder and depression for years. Her family says her death was connected to McGowan’s statements and the relentless media scrutiny.
After Uma Thurman story, Quentin Tarantino comes under scrutiny Uma Thurman told The New York Times about being in a car crash on the set of 'Kill Bill' after Quentin Tarantino forced her to drive a car she thought was dangerous. It's a bad look for Tarantino, who's also under scrutiny for some resurfaced comments about Roman Polanski and his rape victim.
Hollywood news banter Disney Animation recently held a “Day of Listening” to give staff an opportunity to discuss workplace concerns with HR professionals. This is in the wake of John Lasseter’s six-month “sabbatical” following allegations of misconduct. Many now are wondering if Lasseter can return. As most of Fox is in the process of being sold to Disney, Fox broadcasting--which will remain with the Murdochs--just made a huge deal with the NFL. Fox paid $3 billion for the rights to most Thursday night football games for the next five years.
In new NFL deal, Fox is betting on Thursday night football Fox has paid more than $3 billion to broadcast 11 Thursday night NFL games a year, for the next five years. The deal is a peak at the broadcast network's future strategy in the wake of the Disney deal.
Hollywood news banter In the next wave of the #MeToo movement, women in the industry are breaking long-held taboos about talking about salary. Octavia Spencer told a moving story at a Sundance panel about teaming up with Jessica Chastain on a movie, and Chastain demanding Spencer get paid as much as she did. The result for Spencer? Five times her normal salary. On the TV side of things, some women writers have launched a Google doc where people can anonymously enter their salary, and people can see roughly who is making what from each studio. It looks like CBS and Viacom are set to re-combine, but there may well be a battle between Shari Redstone and Les Moonves along the way.
Speaking up about salary, in the name of pay parity In the next phase of the #MeToo movement, women in Hollywood are starting to break the taboo of talking about money. Writers and actresses have begun sharing their salaries as a way of demanding equal pay from studios.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Ridley Scott had only a very short window to regather his cast and crew to do reshoots on ‘All the Money in the World’ after he decided to cut Kevin Spacey and recast him with Christopher Plummer. Scott had been telling people that the cast came back and worked for free, but now it’s become apparent that Mark Wahlberg actually got $1.5 million for the reshoots, while his costar Michelle Williams got only $1000 . It’s a bad look for WME, the agency that represents both of them. James Franco showed up at the Golden Globes wearing a Times Up pin, but once he won an award, women started calling him out on Twitter for questionable past behavior. Franco’s gone on late night shows like Colbert and Seth Meyers in an attempt to deny the accusations, but that has only made more women speak up against him. Later in the week, he won a Critics Choice award, but was not there to receive it . Update: After an outcry surrounding the wage disparity between Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams for the reshoots of 'All the Money in the World,' Wahlberg is donating the $1.5 million he was paid for reshoots to the Time's Up initiative. The talent agency WME, which represents both Wahlberg and Williams, will donate an additional $500K.
What's up with the pay disparity in 'All the Money in the World'? It's now come out that when the cast and crew came back for reshoots on Ridley Scott's latest movie, Michelle Williams did the work for practically nothing, and Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. The women behind the #MeToo movement are starting to organize to make sure it lasts for more than just a moment. Part of their efforts include a legal defense fund called Time’s Up to help women in blue-collar industries that don’t have a platform like Hollywood stars. The winter television critics gathering is underway, and boy was it an awkward time for Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the chairs of Fox Television. The two seemed committed to saying things would be “business as usual” for the next 12-18 months, but after the Disney deal goes through, it’s not clear where either of them will be working.
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.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.