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Kristen Stewart Speaks Up for Below-the-Line Employees Who Are Sexually Harassed

Hollywood has started to wake up to the grim realities of its industry as dozens of women have accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment and assault over the past few weeks. Many of those women have been recognizable actresses and other well-known figures, but in a speech at an Elle Women in Hollywood event, Kristen Stewart encouraged people to also focus on the below-the-line workers subjected to similar forms of abuse. “I want to express how thankful I am to hear what is typically a murmured sotto conversation,” Stewart said, referring to the Weinstein scandal. “We’ve all been talking about this forever, not to make it specific, but it is, ah, about this motherfucker.”

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Kevin James Explains Erinn Hayes’s Kevin Can Wait Character Death: ‘We Were Literally Just Running Out of Ideas’

Look, Kevin waited as long as he possibly could, but eventually there came a time when Erinn Hayes’s Kevin Can Wait matriarch Donna Grable had to go. In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Kevin James admits that the death of Hayes’s character, briefly acknowledged in the series’ season-two opener and referenced occasionally throughout, was a narrative necessity designed to give the series new life. “I get that people are like ‘Whoa, why would you do this?’ But it really felt like a thing like this was needed for this show to drive forward,” he explained. “Now, I have to deal with my daughter in a different way, and she’s gonna go to college, or one’s getting married, or the holidays. And it deals with things in a different, weightier way.”

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Riz Ahmed In Talks for Netflix’s Hamlet, Talks That Hopefully End With the Phrase ‘Congrats on Being Hamlet, Riz Ahmed’

William Shakespeare once wrote, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Proving the Bard empirically false once and for all is the news that Riz Ahmed is currently in talks to work with Netflix on a Hamlet adaptation he’s been developing. Ahmed would star in the adaptation, a fact that’s empirically good any way you slice it. Screenwriter Mike Lesslie, who previously penned the Michael Fassbender double feature of Assassin’s Creed and Macbeth, will author the screenplay, which finds a modern-day Hamlet grappling with “intersecting themes of familial honor, moral duty and dynastic corruption” in a London gripped by “economic and political uncertainty.” So, sounds like the answer is “to be,” at least until this adaptation is released.

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Björk Opens Up About Sexual Harassment She Experienced While Working With a Danish Director

Adding her voice to the growing number of women publicly discussing their experience with sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual-abuse scandal, Björk took to social media Sunday to reveal that she, too, has been sexually harassed in the workplace. While shooting a film, she rejected advances made an unnamed Danish director, the musician says. Afterward, the director took it out on the singer. “I became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it,” she revealed in a Facebook post. “When I turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one.”

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Mayim Bialik Reflects on Working in Hollywood as a ‘Nontraditional’-Looking Feminist in Wake of Weinstein Scandal

“I have always had an uncomfortable relationship with being employed in an industry that profits on the objectification of women,” Mayim Bialik, who got her start as the titular adolescent star of the ’90s sitcom Blossom, wrote on Friday. Now, three decades into her acting career, the fallout from Harvey Weinstein’s ongoing sexual harassment and assault scandal inspired the Big Bang Theory actress to reflect on feminism, objectification, and the hidden benefits of being an “average-looking” woman in a beauty-obsessed industry — benefits which, according to Bialik, include not being targeted by alleged predators like Weinstein.

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Amazon Drops David O. Russell’s Weinstein Company-Produced Series Starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro

As the personal toll of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged decades-long campaign of sexual harassment continues to climb, so too does the professional price. Amazon announced Friday that they will no longer be making David O. Russell’s untitled drama starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro, as the project was a co-production with the Weinstein Company. “We support Amazon’s decision as in light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show,” Russell, Moore, and De Niro said in a joint statement following the decision. Meanwhile, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s upcoming series, an anthology show about contemporary families who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian Imperial family, will continue at Amazon minus TWC. As an Amazon Studios spokesperson confirmed to Variety in a release, “As for The Romanoffs, Amazon intends to move forward without the involvement of The Weinstein Company.”

The Weinstein Company Is in Total Meltdown

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the board of the Weinstein Company is looking to sell the studio in its entirety, so that it could continue operating under new ownership. This decision comes after countless allegations that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed and assaulted women over the course of decades, and subsequent news that the board of the Weinstein Company may have been aware of these allegations at least since 2015, and that Weinstein’s contract with the company included a clause that essentially allowed him to commit sexual harassment. Originally, the company was planning on appointing co-chairman Bob Weinstein and president David Glasser to run the company, but with the company’s reputation plummeting, this appears no longer to be a possibility.

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Quentin Tarantino Comments on Harvey Weinstein Allegations: ‘I’ve Been Stunned and Heartbroken’

Quentin Tarantino has now commented on the three dozen allegations against Harvey Weinstein. In a statement shared via Amber Tamblyn’s Twitter, Tarantino says he has been “stunned and heartbroken” over all of the allegations, and will make a full statement soon. Distributing Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs was an early marker of success for Weinstein’s old company Miramax, and he has executive produced the director’s films since. The two are also close friends: In September, Weinstein threw a lavish engagement party for Tarantino and his fiancée, Israeli singer Daniella Pick. Tamblyn and Tarantino are also friends, and she tweeted that Tarantino asked her to share his statement.

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On the Subject of Harvey Weinstein, Oliver Stone Says ‘A Man Shouldn’t Be Condemned by a Vigilante System’

While many Hollywood notables have come out with strong words against Harvey Weinstein following the numerous sexual-harassment and rape accusations that have been made against the mogul, director Oliver Stone was not among those publicly denouncing him. When asked about Weinstein’s conduct at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, Stone responded with a measure of sympathy for the mogul. “It’s not easy what [Weinstein]’s going through,” Stone said, according to Variety. His full response:

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Amazon Exec Roy Price Placed on Leave of Absence Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

We reported earlier how a producer on The Man in the High Castle, Isa Hackett, came forward to The Hollywood Reporter with new details regarding an incident in which Amazon executive Roy Price allegedly sexually harassed her. According to Hackett, Price allegedly told her that she’d “love his dick” in a cab ride shared with another Amazon employee during Comic-Con in 2015. In addition, she claims that while they were both at a party later, he yelled “anal sex” into her ear. Amazon brought in a private investigator to look into the matter after Hackett reported the incident, and in the meantime the company has placed Price on a leave of absence. Following Hackett recently speaking out on the record and the growing number of women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment, an Amazon spokesperson released the following statement:

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When It Comes to Hollywood Abuse, Emma Thompson Says Harvey Weinstein Is Only ‘the Top of the Iceberg’

While Harvey Weinstein’s downfall is easily the biggest story in Hollywood right now, Emma Thompson is here to remind us that sexual exploitation in the industry is not limited to one man. “What I find sort of extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg. I don’t think you can describe him as a ‘sex addict,’ he’s a predator,” she told the BBC. “But what he’s, as it were, at the top of the ladder of is a system of harassment, and belittling, and bullying, and interference, and what my mother would have referred to in the olden days as ‘pestering.’” Thompson also says that just because the breadth of the allegations against Weinstein might be more than the average man, doesn’t mean other misconduct should be overlooked. In recent days, Hilarie Burton, Terry Crews, and James Van Der Beek have all shared their stories of being taken advantage of by powerful Hollywood men.

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Riverdale Just Set a Ratings Record — and Netflix May Be the Reason Why

Holy sugar, sugar: After a summer of exposure on Netflix, Riverdale returned to the CW Wednesday with record ratings, starting its sophomore season with series-best Nielsen numbers. The Greg Berlanti–produced soap drew 2.3 million same-day viewers last night and notched a 0.8 rating in adults under 50, more than doubling its May finale tune-in and jumping 67 percent above its heavily promoted January series premiere. Among the network’s target demos of women and younger viewers, Riverdale displayed even more impressive growth: Compared to last winter’s premiere, the show leapt 140 percent with women under 35 and exploded by a jaw-dropping 467 percent with teens (giving the CW its best teen ratings for any telecast since an episode of The Vampire Diaries back in 2012). In fact, among millennial and Gen-Z women, Riverdale tied or beat every show on ABC, CBS, or NBC Wednesday, finishing behind only Fox’s Empire and Star.

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Hillary Clinton Says She Will Donate Harvey Weinstein’s Political Contributions

In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton said she will donate the money she received in campaign contributions from disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to charity. When asked if she would “give the money back,” Clinton answered:

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Weinstein Company Offers to Assist in ‘All Criminal or Other Investigations’

Following the frenzy of sexual-harassment and sexual-assault allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein, as reported in the New York Times and The New Yorker, the Weinstein Company issued a statement on Tuesday promising to assist in any further investigations into misconduct. “We are committed to assisting with our full energies in all criminal or other investigations of these alleged acts, while pursuing justice for the victims and a full and independent investigation of our own,” the company pledged.

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Stop Mentioning Your Daughters When You Denounce Harvey Weinstein

Something happens when a dude has a daughter: Women, once mystifying, vexing creatures with shoe racks, eyelash curlers, and vagina holes become fully formed three-dimensional human beings. The mere and sudden fact of fatherhood pushes men into a new realm of cognizance: They have to care about what happens to women — but only some, and only if they’re of a certain race, class, or status — and maybe even take misconduct against them a little personally. A daughter gives them skin in the patriarchal, sexist game they once could look past. I know this because every time a man is accused of something bad, or when someone he knows is accused of something bad, the same quote surfaces: “As a father of daughters, I …

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Post-Trump, Jimmy Fallon Continues to Lose Ground in the Late-Night Wars

Jimmy Fallon earlier this year ceded the late-night ratings crown to Stephen Colbert. Now, the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show finds himself flirting with a fate that not long ago would have seemed unthinkable: third place. During the first two weeks of the new TV season, Fallon has seen his lead over ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel collapse, falling from more than one million viewers a year ago to fewer than 250,000 viewers last week. And while he’s still on top with adults under 50, Fallon is losing ground in the demographic ratings race, too: Despite a heavily promoted set of shows with Miley Cyrus, Tonight’s demo numbers fell 26 percent last week vs. the same period a year ago, while Kimmel (+1%) and Colbert (-2%) stayed relatively flat. There are multiple reasons for late night’s ratings sea change, but the biggest one seems pretty clear: disrupter-in-chief Donald Trump.

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Jessica Chastain Says She Was ‘Warned From the Beginning’ About Harvey Weinstein’s History of Sexual Harassment

Perhaps like you, Jessica Chastain has been weighing in on social media with her thoughts on the recently revealed history of sexual harassment surrounding heavyweight Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The Academy Award–nominated actress took to Twitter Monday to offer her opinion on the many moving parts of the still-unfolding scandal, retweeting Vulture’s own “heart shattering” story on allegations that Matt Damon and Russell Crowe had a hand in stifling similar accusations against Weinstein in 2004, and praising Kate Winslet’s acknowledgement that the Avatar 2 actress had, in fact, heard rumors about Weinstein’s sexual misconduct against employees and actresses in the past. Unlike Winslet and fellow actress Glenn Close, however, Chastain had neither dismissed the rumors about Weinstein nor was blindsided by them like Meryl Streep or Judi Dench reported to be in their respective statements. No, Jessica Chastain has been keeping thorough tabs on Weinstein’s sexual-harassment scandal because she knew it was brewing this entire time. “I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere,” the Molly’s Game actress revealed on Twitter. Admitting that Weinstein’s reputation was, in fact, actually a well-known secret, Chastain suggests, is the only way to change how sexual harassment is addressed in the entertainment industry. Tweeted Chastain, “To deny that is to create an enviornment [sic] for it to happen again.”

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Kate Winslet, Glenn Close and Judi Dench Denounce Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Vile’ History of Alleged Sexual Harassment

Following in the footsteps of Meryl Streep, who decried Harvey Weinstein’s “appalling” and “disgusting” history of alleged sexual harassment to the Huffington Post Monday, Kate Winslet, Glenn Close, and Judi Dench have joined the growing cadre of A-listers speaking out against the now-former studio head. In a statement to Variety (you can read the full text here), Winslet admitted to having heard about Weinstein’s alleged pattern of coercive sexual behavior, but chalked it up as gossip she now feels “naive” to have dismissed. “His behaviour is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong,” she says in part. “I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumours, maybe we have all been naïve. And it makes me so angry. There must be ‘no tolerance’ of this degrading, vile treatment of women in ANY workplace anywhere in the world.”

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Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Sent Email Begging Hollywood Execs to Defend Him: ‘I Am Desperate for Your Help’

According to an email published by The Hollywood Reporter (as well as other outlets), Harvey Weinstein reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to save his job at the Weinstein Company by asking fellow “high-level Hollywood executives at the studios, networks and talent agencies” to put their support in writing. “My board is thinking of firing me. All I’m asking, is let me take a leave of absence and get into heavy therapy and counseling,” Weinstein pleads in an email sent this weekend. “Whether it be in a facility or somewhere else, allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance.” According to THR, former DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and WME-IMG co-CEO Ari Emanuel were among those who received the email.

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Matt Damon, Russell Crowe Reportedly Helped Kill a 2004 New York Times Harvey Weinstein Article

Though the New York Times has been widely celebrated for its article exposing decades of sexual-harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein, one journalist claims the paper sat on an earlier article detailing the producer’s misconduct. Sharon Waxman, founder of the Wrap, writes that her own investigative reporting, which took her on an international trip to uncover rumors of Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, was cut from the Times in 2004 under pressure from several Hollywood elites. Waxman alleges in the Wrap that Matt Damon and Russell Crowe called her “directly” to dispel the reports she was following about Miramax’s Italian head Fabrizio Lombardo, who was allegedly hired “to take care of Weinstein’s women needs.” She says that because of their influence, and interference from Weinstein, whose company was a big advertiser in the Times, the article was edited to remove the more salacious details. Damon and Crowe had previously worked with Weinstein on pictures like Good Will Hunting, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and Cinderella Man.

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