FROM Matthew Belloni
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.
Hollywood reels as the Harvey Weinstein saga continues After the stories in the New York Times and the New Yorker, more and more women continue to come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, who has since been fired by his own company.
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.
Stunt community asking tough questions after 2 recent deaths A motorcycle racer named Joi "SJ" Harris died on the set of Deadpool 2 this week while attempting a stunt for the film. Harris was an accomplished racer, but did not have stunt experience. Some in the stunt community are asking why she was hired in the first place, and saying that her death could have been prevented.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Disney throws down and says it will pull its content out of Netflix and launch two streaming services of its own -- one for sports and one for family-friendly fare -- sometime in 2019. The move represents a giant shift away from the current business model and towards a more a la carte TV future. As media companies like Disney begin to pull out of Netflix, the streaming giant continues to bulk up on originals so they can move towards owning more of their content. Its latest acquisition? David Letterman . John Stankey, the man who will run Time Warner (pending its merger with AT&T goes through) doesn't really watch television. He says he'll be relatively hands-off when it comes to the creative side of things, but some people are wondering if he'll stick to his word.
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.
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?