FROM Matthew Belloni
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.
Days before Oscar nominations, the race is still murky Oscar nominations will be announced on January 23, and normally at this point in the awards season there's a clear frontrunner or two for best picture, but this year, the indicators all are over the place.
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.
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.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni of The Hollywood Reporter and Michael Schneider of IndieWire join Kim Masters to discuss the big entertainment stories we’ll be keeping an eye on in 20198. Deals to keep an eye on in 2018
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.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?