Goodbye Christopher Robin Is Overfermented Honey
The tale of Christopher Robin Milne’s childhood lost is decent but overripe.By David Edelstein
After dozens of women came forward to tell stories of being harassed and abused by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey has her own story that sounds all-too familiar. In a series of tweets, Headey, who appeared in Miramax’s The Brothers Grimm, revealed she was subject to what she called “endless bullying by the director Terry Gilliam,” describes Weinstein pulling her aside at the Venice Film Festival and making “some suggestive comment, a gesture,” which shocked her as she tried to laugh it off and get back to the rest of her group. “I was never in any other Miramax film,” Headey recalled. She said that Weinstein tried a similar routine on her in Los Angeles years later, after asking her to meet him for breakfast, claiming that he had a script for her in his room. When Headey insisted that she wasn’t interested in anything other than work, she said that Weinstein was “silent” and “furious,” putting his hand on her back and “marching me forward” to his room. When his key card didn’t work, “he walked me back to the lift, through the hotel to the valet, by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm.” Headey said that Weinstein told her not to tell anyone about their encounter and that afterward, “I got into my car and I cried.”
Wonderstruck, Todd Haynes’s film adaptation of Brian Selznick’s YA book, spans time and space, and is largely silent, letting its spectacular Carter Burwell score do most of the talking. The story moves between the 1920s and 1970s, telling the stories of two children who share an unexplained connection: Ben and Rose (Oakes Fegley and Millicent Simmonds), both deaf orphans traveling to New York to track down their missing parents. After his mother’s (Michelle Williams) death, Ben is trying to find the father he’s never known; Rose runs away from her cold, distant father to build a relationship with her glamorous mother, a silent film star (Julianne Moore).
There might be a terrific movie in the life of Christopher Robin Milne, whose fantasy play with his father, Alan Alexander (“A.A.”), and a collection of stuffed animals became the basis of the Winnie-the-Pooh books he would later claim robbed him of his childhood and thrust him into a limelight he loathed. The story is an amazing illustration of the essential anti-humanism of modern celebrity, which generally smothers what it means to exalt.
Björk is standing by her story. After Lars Von Trier released a statement on Monday denying that he is the unnamed Danish director Björk says sexually harassed her, the singer has responded, once again without naming the accused. Lending her voice to the #MeToo campaign started by Alyssa Milano to encourage women to share their stories of abuse in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Björk has elaborated on what she says happened to her. She claims that the unnamed Danish director frequently touched her inappropriately after takes on the film and once broke a chair on set after she publicly refused him, “like someone who has always been allowed to fondle his actresses.”
As if having the best sequel title in recent memory weren’t enough, the gay fantasia that is Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again has also managed to land Cher. The singer slash actress slash future subject of a Broadway musical has joined the cast of the movie, out July 20, 2018, which will reunite Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, and Pierce Brosnan. The sequel will also include flashback sequences with younger versions of their characters, led by Lily James as the young Meryl. We assume that Cher could play both the young and old versions of herself, because Cher doesn’t age. Plus, even if former Silkwood co-stars Meryl and Cher don’t get to share scenes together, the press tour will be perfection.
Another day, another deeply perturbing story about Harvey Weinstein’s seemingly unending history of sexual misconduct. Vietnamese model and former actress Vu Thu Phuong is the latest woman to open up about a distressing encounter with the producer. “I believe that I can’t be silent anymore. It’s time that I liberate myself,” she wrote in a Facebook post, translated in Saigoneer. “It’s time that I can explain about the Shanghai failure and why I shelved my ‘American dream’ as well as the contract with Weinstein’s film company.”
As the number of public accusations of sexual harassment, assault, and rape lodged against Harvey Weinstein climb, claims that those familiar with the former studio head did not know about his reputation become more and more difficult to believe. In a new Facebook post, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg offers his perspective on the disgraced producer, whom he worked for during Miramax’s late-’90s “golden age,” in the form of a confessional poem. In it, he sums up his knowledge of Weinstein’s murky sexual and professional history thusly: “Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing: Everybody-fucking-knew.” Rosenberg claims, “And do you know how I am sure this is true? Because I was there. And I saw you. And I talked about it with you. You, the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers.”
In a story that Lauren Holly says has become “all too familiar,” the actress, who starred in Harvey Weinstein’s Beautiful Girls in 1996, says she also had an encounter with the former studio head that turned ugly. Appearing on Canadian talk show The Social on Monday, Holly says the incident happened in the late ’90s when she was in her 30s and had been acquaintances with Weinstein at that point. As he’d done with many other of his accusers, Weinstein had set up a meeting with Holly in his hotel room to discuss roles for her in future Weinstein-produced films. “It was not abnormal at all,” she says, recalling the Champagne and “small talk” that began the meeting. But when Weinstein asked to be excused, she says he returned wearing the hotel bathrobe and gestured for her to follow him to the bedroom. There, she says, the talk continued to remain professional even as he “dropped his robe, went into the bathroom in front of me, and began to use the toilet.” “At this my point, my head’s exploding,” she remembers thinking as Weinstein began showering while still asking her questions about potential roles.
A week after Harvey Weinstein was kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America has also moved to expel ex–Weinstein Co. boss after over three dozen accusations of sexual harassment or assault. “This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership,” guild presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary wrote in a statement. The PGA’s constitution gives Weinstein the opportunity to respond to the vote before the Guild makes its final determination on November 6. Weinstein was awarded the Producers Guild’s Milestone Award in 2013, along with his brother and Weinstein Company co-founder Bob Weinstein. In addition to moving to expel Harvey Weinstein, the guild created the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force to research and propose measures to prevent sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.
Welcome to the Elio-Oliver cinematic universe: Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino says he’s planning a sequel to the Italian summer romance, to be set in the 1990s and released in 2020. “I want to do a sequel because Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel — they are all gems,” Guadagnino said during the BFI London Film Festival, according to ScreenDaily. “The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up.” Guadagnino suggested that the sequel might be in the style of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, which famously filmed its two sequels years apart, telling the story of Jesse and Celine as they aged. “If I paired the age of Elio in the film with the age of Timothée, in three years’ time Timothée will be 25 as would Elio by the time the second story was set,” Guadagnino said.
Between the publication of the New York Times’ and New Yorker’s exposés revealing decades of sexual harassment and assault accusations surrounding Harvey Weinstein, Fox News reporter Lauren Sivan told her own story involving the producer, claiming he physically cornered her and then masturbated in front of her into a potted plant at New York’s Socialista restaurant in 2007. When Sivan came forward with this accusation, a friend vouched for her story to the Huffington Post. Now, former owner of Socialista Armin Amiri told The Hollywood Reporter he did know something shady happened that night, and that Weinstein’s legal team asked him to vouch for the ex-mogul and say he didn’t see anything.
Have you seen the new Black Panther trailer? Maybe go watch that immediately. Who needs a porg when this trailer delivers a Michael B. Jordan in wire-framed glasses? Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown in Ryan Coogler’s Marvel movie, which finds T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) preparing to take over the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Even with his mother — the ageless Angela Bassett — supporting him, it’s hard being a superhero slash head of state. Eric Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) looms in the background, ready to steal your girl or usurp the throne. Vince Staples and Gil Scott-Heron serve as the perfect soundtracks.
One of the earliest known incidents of sexual misconduct by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has come to light. Paula Wachowiak, a 62-year-old woman from Buffalo, tells the Buffalo News that Weinstein exposed himself to her in 1980 while she was an intern on his first film, The Burning. Though she’d applied to intern for his concert promotion company Harvey & Corky, Weinstein instead offered her a production assistant internship on the film in Buffalo that involved her working with the film’s auditor. One day, she says that auditor asked her to bring a manila folder of checks to Weinstein’s hotel room to have them signed. When she arrived, Wachowiak claims Weinstein was wearing nothing but a small towel that he then dropped to expose himself when she handed him the folder, eventually covering himself with only the folder. She recalls that, like with many of his other accusers, he asked her to give him a massage, which she refused. “That’s not in my job description,” she told him point-blank, though she remembers wanting to “run out of the room screaming.”
We’re going to California, baby! Our convertible and sunglasses are rented, and we’re ready to drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, just like Don Draper, the wind no match for the mid-century pomade in our hair. Because on November 18 and 19, Vulture Festival is coming to Los Angeles! After four sensational years in New York, we felt it was time to bring the pop-culture extravaganza to the City of Stars. Live from The Hollywood Roosevelt, expect two days of reunions, screenings, interesting conversation, laughs, love, and more, all presented by AT&T!
The final credits haven’t yet rolled on the Weinstein Company, which has been embroiled in the continuing sexual-misconduct scandal surrounding co-founder Harvey Weinstein. The company announced Monday that it has received “an immediate capital infusion” from Thomas J. Barrack Jr.’s Colony Capital, according to the New York Times. The amount was not disclosed, but the statement said Colony is also negotiating to buy part or all of the Weinstein Company and its assets. Barrack, a close outside adviser to President Trump, acquired Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in 2008. “We believe that Colony’s investment and sponsorship will help stabilize the Company’s current operations, as well as provide comfort to our critical distribution, production and talent partners around the world,” TWC board member Tarak Ben Ammar said in a statement.
Earlier today, 54 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, reportedly including Tom Hanks, Laura Dean, Whoopi Goldberg, and Steven Spielberg, allegedly met to discuss producer Harvey Weinstein’s membership status in the wake of his ongoing sexual-abuse scandal. In a little over a week since the New York Times published a report describing his history of sexual abuse, dozens of actresses have come forward to accuse the studio head of sexual assault, coercion, and rape. According to Variety, on Saturday afternoon, the Academy’s Board of Governors decided to officially revoke Weinstein’s membership in the organization. “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” the board said in a statement, which you can read in full below.
Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, the highly anticipated closing-night presentation of the 55th New York Film Festival, opens with Justin Timberlake as a 1950s Coney Island lifeguard named “Mickey Rubin” (Irish? Jewish? Baptist like Timberlake?) addressing the camera, explaining that he wants to be a major American dramatist like Eugene O’Neill and suggesting the story that follows (in which he’s a participant) will be a larger-than-life melodrama with strong characters and metaphors. Watching the rest of the movie, I wondered if Allen had discovered the script in an old file cabinet (maybe meant as a play?) and appended that meta intro to account for how obvious and old-hat the rest of it is. Probably a good strategy.
Sometimes, the world is in such a state that you just need the wisdom and European perspective of Charlotte Gainsbourg. Gainsbourg stars in the racy — and confusing — new love-triangle movie, Ismaël’s Ghosts, the director’s cut of which is premiering at the New York Film Festival (after opening Cannes). Gainsbourg plays an astrophysicist whose life is upended when the presumed-dead wife (Marion Cotillard) of her filmmaker lover (Mathieu Amalric) shows up after 20 years to get her husband back. She’s also appearing with Michael Fassbender this fall in the Norwegian crime thriller The Snowman and has created a Nars makeup collection that the Cut’s beauty editor is in love with. We caught up with the now proud Manhattan resident to talk French open relationships, Cotillard, the terror of being 46, and, of course, death.
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