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Chrissy Teigen offers to pay gymnast McKayla Maroney's potential $100,000 fine

Chrissy Teigen potentially has $100,000 check for Kayla Maroney. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
Chrissy Teigen potentially has $100,000 check for Kayla Maroney. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)

Model and Twitter hero Chrissy Teigen is protesting a non-disclosure agreement that could penalize U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney for speaking out against Dr. Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team physician who Maroney claimed sexually abused her.

Teigen, an outspoken social media personality and wife of musician John Legend, offered to pay the potential $100,000 fine the two-time Olympic medalist could face for breaking the NDA she reached in her settlement with the organization.

“The entire principle of this should be fought - an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla,” Teigen tweeted on Tuesday, sharing a headline about the potential fine.

As a condition of the confidential financial settlement, USA Gymnastics apparently required Maroney to sign an NDA, which forbade her from speaking publicly about Nassar or the alleged abuse, lest she face a monetary penalty. Maroney filed a lawsuit in California in December to nullify the NDA.

In a statement to ABC Action News, the gymnast said she was shocked by Teigen’s generosity.

“I just want you to know how much hope your words bring to all of us! I just can’t get over the fact that someone I don’t personally know is sticking up for me, let alone a strong woman that I’ve looked up to for years!” the gold medalist said.

Maroney, 22, thanked the model and said that “things are starting to change” because of people like Teigen.

Nassar pleaded guilty to child pornography and sexual assault charges in November. He has been accused of sexually abusing more than 100 girls and women, several of whom are making victim-impact statements at his sentencing this week in Lansing, Mich., the Associated Press reported.

Though Nassar was not charged with sexually abusing Maroney, Maroney provided her own victim-impact statement.

In December, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography and is now facing another 40 to 125 years in prison, AP said.

On Monday, 2016 Olympics star Simone Biles added her name to the list of high-profile athletes who claimed abuse at the hands of the disgraced physician. Maroney’s 2012 teammates, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, have also spoken out against Nassar.

Celebrity

Matt Damon wishes he had ‘listened a lot more’ before weighing in on sexual misconduct

Matt Damon. (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)
Matt Damon. (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)

Matt Damon apologized Tuesday for remarks he made in December before he knew more about allegations of sexual misconduct by powerful men. 

“I wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” the actor said on the “Today” show, where he was promoting his humanitarian efforts with Water.org. 

“I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while,” he added, noting that many of the women in the Time’s Up movement are his “dear friends.” 

In December, Damon was criticized publicly by ex-girlfriend and “Good Will Hunting” costar Minnie Driver, Alyssa Milano and others after he said he thought there was a “continuum” of sexual misconduct that merited forgiveness for some men and severe penalties for others. 

“[T]here’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” he said on ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers. “Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”

At one end of the continuum, he said, was criminal behavior; at the other, things were “just kind of shameful and gross” and should potentially be forgiven if the offenders were unlikely to repeat themselves. He used Al Franken and Louis C.K. as examples of the latter. 

“[T]he fear for me is that right now, we’re in this moment where at the moment — and I hope it doesn’t stay this way — the clearer signal to men and to younger people is, deny it,” Damon said in December. “Because if you take responsibility for what you did, your life’s going to get ruined.”

In response, Driver tweeted, “Gosh it’s so *interesting how men with all these opinions about women’s differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape reveal themselves to be utterly tone deaf and as a result, systemically part of the problem( *profoundly unsurprising).”

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Mila Kunis is Harvard's 2018 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

Mila Kunis is becoming a Harvard woman: She’s been named Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 2018 Woman of the Year.

The actress, best known for roles in “That ’70s Show," "Black Swan" and “Bad Moms,” will be honored by the nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization — with its oldest award — for making a “lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment.”

Kunis was selected as the 68th Woman of the Year because she has “established herself as one of Hollywood's most sought after, vivacious, and engaging actresses,” according to the Tuesday announcement.

“We have been watching her on both the big and small screen since we were young and can't wait to celebrate her achievements in a truly unique and memorable way,” Hasty Pudding Theatricals co-producer Annie McCreery said in the Harvard Gazette.

On Jan. 25, Kunis will be paraded through the streets of Cambridge, Mass., then bestowed with the Harvard organization’s traditional pudding pot. She’ll also be subjected to a celebratory roast.

“Everyone in the company is really looking forward to meeting her. If she’s even half as fun as her character in ‘Bad Moms,’ then we are sure it’s going to be a great time for all!” co-producer Hannah Needle added.

A rep for Kunis did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment.

Kunis joins an impressive list of actresses who have received the award since its establishment in 1951. Katharine Hepburn, Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington and Amy Poehler are a few of the past recipients. (The 2018 Man of the Year has not yet been announced.)

TV

PBS announces five-part series that asks '#MeToo, Now What?'

Zainab Salbi will host "#MeToo, Now What?," a PBS series investigating sexual harassment. (Vikram Kacher)
Zainab Salbi will host "#MeToo, Now What?," a PBS series investigating sexual harassment. (Vikram Kacher)

PBS plans to dive into the public conversation surrounding sexual harassment with a new five-part series called “#MeToo, Now What?”

Hosted by Women for Women International founder and author Zainab Salbi, the half-hour program will engage both women and men to understand how and why the discussion of sexual misconduct has cracked wide open and what we can learn from it.

Paula Kerger, PBS’ president and CEO, announced the series Tuesday morning at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.

“In order for this conversation to create true cultural change, we must talk with the man on the street, in our lives, our colleagues and friends,” Salbi said in a news release. “Equally, we need to have the conversation with the women in our lives to examine why, when we’ve seen sexual misconduct, we’ve often looked the other way when it didn’t impact us directly.”

PBS is no stranger to the fallout sparked by the #MeToo movement.

In November, PBS parted ways with veteran newsman Charlie Rose after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.

In December, the broadcaster suspended distribution of longtime talk show host Tavis Smiley’s eponymous series after allegations of misconduct surfaced.

“#MeToo, Now What?” debuts Feb. 2.

CelebrityMusic

As Dolores O'Riordan's sudden death is ruled unsuspicious, musicians pay tribute to Cranberries frontwoman

Dolores O'Riordan performs with the Cranberries at the Wiltern in Los Angeles in 1994. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Dolores O'Riordan performs with the Cranberries at the Wiltern in Los Angeles in 1994. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

London police have found no evidence of foul play in the sudden death of the Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan.

The capital’s Metropolitan Police Service initially said the Irish rocker’s death was “unexplained,” according to the Associated Press, but on Tuesday, they released a statement saying that it “is not being treated as suspicious.”

The case has since been passed to the coroner to determine O’Riordan’s cause of death, AP and the Guardian reported.

O'Riordan was pronounced dead at the scene on Monday morning when her body was discovered in a London hotel room. She was 46. 

The rocker, who served as the Cranberries’ chief lyricist and co-songwriter, had been in London for a short recording session, the band said in a statement. L.A.-based rock group Bad Wolves tweeted that she was recording vocals with them for a cover of the Cranberries’ 1994 hit “Zombie.”

Meanwhile, O’Riordan’s fellow countrymen and musicians paid tribute to the late singer, who suffered from physical and mental health problems over the years.

In a statement posted on Instagram, the members of U2 said they were “floored” by O’Riordan’s death.

“Out of the West came this storm of a voice - she had such strength of conviction yet she could speak to the fragility in all of us. Limerick’s ‘Bel canto’. Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry,” read the post featuring an image of O’Riordan with the Irish band.

Bono also gave a shout-out to O’Riordan during a performance Monday night at Ireland’s National Concert Hall, where he, U2 and Johnny Depp were celebrating the 60th birthday of Celtic punk rocker Shane McGowan. Bono yelled “Linger” at the end of “A Rainy Night in Soho,” referencing the Cranberries’ hit song, according to the Blast.

Irish president Michael D. Higgins, who attended the event, memorialized the singer and band’s “immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.”

“I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD [parliament member] Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and the Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes,” he said. “To her family and all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.”

“Take Me to Church” singer Hozier paid his respects on Twitter, recalling the first time he heard O’Riordan’s powerful voice.

“It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I'd never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family,” the Irish musician wrote.

“For anyone who grew up in Ireland in the 1990s, Dolores O’Riordan was the voice of a generation. As the female lead singer of a hugely successful rock band, she blazed a trail and might just have been Limerick’s greatest ever rock star. RIP,” tweeted Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

In O’Riordan’s hometown of Limerick, where she and the Cranberries got their start, residents signed a book of condolences at city council. An online version of the book was shared on Facebook by the city’s mayor, Stephen Keary, who told AP that O’Riordan “put Limerick on the music map and on a world stage.”

TV

Former 'Today' star Ann Curry to appear on 'CBS This Morning,' where she'll be asked about Matt Lauer and #MeToo

 (Mike Coppola / Getty Images)
(Mike Coppola / Getty Images)

For those early risers who missed Ann Curry’s face on morning television, Wednesday can’t get here soon enough.

The former “Today” show co-anchor will make an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday where she’s expected to address her departure from NBC, the firing of her former colleague Matt Lauer, the #MeToo movement and her new PBS series, “We’ll Meet Again.”

Curry will be giving her first television interview since her early exit from the peacock network. The journalist finally left NBC in 2015 after being abruptly ousted from the “Today” show in 2012 and relegated to less airtime on the network.

Her “Today” show ouster was believed to be caused by her lack of on-air chemistry with Lauer, who was fired in November amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations. (“CBS This Morning” also did away with its embattled co-anchor Charlie Rose in November over sexual harassment allegations.)

Curry was replaced by Savannah Guthrie, and “Today” eventually fell to ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the long-running ratings battle. But the former anchor has remained relatively mum on her departure and the latest Lauer scandal, so it’s not surprising that CBS is touting her appearance on its morning show as the forum to address them.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcome third baby: ‘We’re so in love’

Kim Kardashian West (Billy Farrell / BFA.com)
Kim Kardashian West (Billy Farrell / BFA.com)

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West’s third child was born Monday, the reality TV star announced Tuesday on her website. 

The couple’s second daughter arrived at 12:47 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, weighing in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and making the clan a family of five. She was carried by a surrogate, a decision the couple made after Kardashian West struggled through the two pregnancies that brought them daughter North and son Saint. “Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl,” Kardashian West wrote. “We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care.”

On Twitter, she said, “We’re so in love.”

Kardashian West said on “The Real” in November that their relationship with the surrogate could have been anonymous, but wasn’t. 

“I just felt like I wanted, whoever's carrying my baby, like what if they weren't a fan of me or my husband? And what if they didn't want to be carrying our baby?,” she said. “I wanted to give them that choice and be proud and on the same page, and I wanted a relationship with her.”

The surrogate, she said, was the “perfect person” to do this for her family. 

But mom and dad aren’t the only ones excited about baby No. 3.

“North and Saint,” Kardashian West wrote, “are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”

The rest of us? We’re excited for the arrival of baby name No. 3. 

Birthdays

A Star Is Born: Lin-Manuel Miranda turns 38 today

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

To my classmates, I was the guy from the barrio; to my neighbors, I was the kid who went to an Upper East Side school; to the kids in Puerto Rico, I was the American kid. I was always questioning my authenticity.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, 2008

FROM THE ARCHIVES: About Latinos, by Latinos

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Timothée Chalamet will donate his salary from a Woody Allen film to three charities

Timotheé Chalamet (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Timotheé Chalamet (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Timothée Chalamet, who appears in three critically acclaimed awards contenders this season in “Lady Bird,” “Hostiles” and “Call Me by Your Name,” has certainly been on enough red carpets to have answered dozens of questions about representation, Hollywood inequities, sexual misconduct and more.

Apparently it was enough for him to rethink his compensation for "A Rainy Day in New York," a movie that Chalamet filmed with Rebecca Hall, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Selena Gomez and others, and that was directed by Woody Allen. Never commenting on Allen's past allegations of sexual misconduct -- the director’s adopted daughter accused him of sexually abusing her -- Chalamet made clear in an Instagram post that he would donate his entire salary from the movie to three charities: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, or RAINN.

Chalamet had been asked earlier in the awards season by The Times’ Amy Kaufman how he felt about working with Allen after the recent revelations about sexual harassment in the industry, but he declined to answer at the time.

“I understand the question, certainly; it's going to be not only important but imperative to talk about,” he said after a long pause. “I’m hesitant to talk about it now, because I’m here for ‘Call Me by Your Name.’”

Without directly addressing the situation, it seems that Chalamet has answered the question.

"I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve."

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Director Kathryn Bigelow bashes the White House in statement after winning an NAACP Image Award

Director Kathryn Bigelow (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Director Kathryn Bigelow (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Academy-Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s film “Detroit” was awarded outstanding independent motion picture at Sunday’s 49th NAACP Image Awards gala.

The film, which is set amid a 1967 Detroit uprising, earned acclaim for its brutal exploration of power. In receiving the award, Biglow issued a statement that slams the White House and draws comparisons between what occurred a half-century ago and current-day America.

In her statement, Bigelow expressed gratitude to the NAACP while explaining that the film’s story continues to resonate: “The endemic racism, social inequality and abuse of power which precipitated this tragedy persist today as real threats to our freedom and the integrity of our social fabric.”

Added Bigelow: “Given the racist and xenophobic views emanating from the White House this week, largely unchallenged in the halls of power, we must remain vigilant and uncompromising in demanding our leaders reflect our highest ideals as an inclusive democracy.

“As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy,” she said, “I’m reminded of his words in 1963: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”

Sunday’s NAACP Image Awards gala, which occurred at the Pasadena Conference Center, honored the non-televised categories. The remaining 10 categories will be announced during Monday’s televised broadcast on TV One. Actor Anthony Anderson is scheduled to host. 

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies at 46

Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish band the Cranberries, has died. She was 46.

Publicist Lindsey Holmes says O'Riordan died suddenly Monday in London, where she was recording. The cause of death wasn't immediately available.

Holmes says the singer's family is "devastated" by the news.

The Limerick band became international stars in the 1990s with hits including "Zombie" and "Linger."

The band split up in 2003 but reunited several years later. The Cranberries released the acoustic album "Something Else" in 2017 and had been due to tour Europe and North America. The tour was cut short because O'Riordan was suffering from back problems.

In 2014, O'Riordan was accused of assaulting three police officers and a flight attendant during a flight from New York to Ireland. She pleaded guilty and was fined $6,600.

Models accuse photographers Weber and Testino of sexual misconduct

Photographers Bruce Weber, left, and Mario Testino. (Matt Sayles, Michael Sohn / Associated Press)
Photographers Bruce Weber, left, and Mario Testino. (Matt Sayles, Michael Sohn / Associated Press)

In a sweeping new sexual misconduct investigation, the New York Times reported Saturday that several male models have accused famed photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of unwanted advances and coercion.

Fifteen current and former models told the Times that Weber's demands often occurred during photo shoots and other private sessions. Thirteen assistants and models accused Testino, the Times reported.

"I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates," model Robyn Sinclair said of Weber in the article. "We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened. A lot of touching. A lot of molestation."

Models were asked to "breathe" and to touch themselves and Weber, moving their hands wherever they felt "energy," the newspaper said. Weber often would guide the models' hands with his own, the newspaper reported.

Weber's racy advertisements for Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch and other companies helped turn him into a star in commercial and fine art photography.

Testino, adored by celebrities, glossy magazines including Vogue and younger members of the British royal family, was accused of groping and making sexual come-ons, the newspaper said.

Allegations against both date back many years, with accusers in some cases recounting details with remarkable consistency, the Times said.

Representatives for both photographers said they were dismayed and surprised by the allegations.

"I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny," Weber said in a statement from his lawyer.

The law firm Lavely & Singer, representing Testino, challenged the character and credibility of people who complained of harassment.

Testino's attorney, Andrew Brettler, said in an email to the Associated Press late Saturday, "We are not providing any further comment at this time."

Model Ryan Locke worked with Testino on Gucci ad campaigns and called him a "sexual predator." He told the Times that when he told other models he was going to meet Testino for a possible casting "everyone started making these jokes — they said he was notorious, and 'tighten your belt.'"

On the last day of a shoot, as they were taking photographs on a bed, Testino told everybody in the room to leave and locked the door, Locke recalled in the article.

"Then he crawls on the bed, climbs on top of me and says, 'I'm the girl, you're the boy,'" Locke said in the article. "I went at him, like, you better get away. I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out."

Former assistants said Testino had a pattern of hiring young, heterosexual men and subjecting them to increasingly aggressive advances, according to the Times.

"Sexual harassment was a constant reality," said Roman Barrett, an assistant to Testino in the late 1990s who said the photographer rubbed up against his leg with an erection and masturbated in front of him, the article said.

Several industries have been rocked by sexual-abuse allegations since women started coming forward to complain about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has apologized for causing colleagues "a lot of pain" but has denied "any allegations of non-consensual sex."

Allegations of abuse often have faded away in the fashion industry. Recently, photographer Terry Richardson continued to work after being accused in a documentary of sexual assault of female models and denying their claims — until the Weinstein scandal broke.

Conde Nast, which publishes Vogue and other top magazines, said it would stop working with Weber and Testino, at least for now.

Comedian Aziz Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations

Aziz Ansari arrives at the 75th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Jan. 7. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Aziz Ansari arrives at the 75th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Jan. 7. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year.

Ansari said in a statement Sunday that he apologized last year when she told him about her discomfort during a sexual encounter in his apartment he said he believed to be consensual.

The woman, identified as a 23-year-old photographer in an interview with Babe.net, says she was furious when she saw Ansari was wearing a "Time's Up" pin while accepting a Golden Globe on Jan. 7.

She said it brought back memories of him assaulting her after a date in his apartment.

The next day, the woman texted Ansari letting him know that she was upset with his behavior that night.

Ansari says he was surprised and apologized.

Birthdays

A Star Is Born: Mario Van Peebles turns 61 today

 (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
(Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)

We should be looked at as representing nothing but ourselves and our own vision. Unfortunately, when you're black, your film represents more than your individual vision. If a David Lynch picture bombs, it isn't the death of white films. It's not that way for us.

Mario Van Peebles, 1993
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'The Handmaid's Tale' gets its Season 2 premiere date

A first look image from Season 2 of "The Handmaid's Tale," which moves beyond the story told in the Margaret Atwood novel. (Hulu)
A first look image from Season 2 of "The Handmaid's Tale," which moves beyond the story told in the Margaret Atwood novel. (Hulu)

Blessed be a premiere date for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Hulu announced Sunday that Season 2 of its acclaimed drama will premiere April 25 with two new episodes. And it’s moderation from there, with Hulu sticking with its weekly release strategy and rolling out subsequent episodes every Wednesday.

The first season of the drama, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, ended with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) pregnant and being whisked away in a van — her future uncertain. In turn, a central theme of the 13-episode second season, which moves past its source material, will be motherhood, with Offred determined to shield her future child from the horrors of Gilead. 

“The Handmaid’s Tale” has been a bright spot for Hulu. The drama, which also stars Ann Dowd, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski and Samira Wiley, has been a favorite among critics for its timely feminist message and has helped the streaming service elbow its way into the awards circuit.  The series has taken home the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critics’ Choice Award for best drama during this year’s award season.

In her Golden Globes acceptance speech this month, Moss read an excerpt from Atwood’s novel, dedicating the award to the author and other women.

"We were the people who were not in the papers,” she said while accepting the award for best actress in a TV drama. “We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” 

But now, Moss said after thanking Atwood, “We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. … We are the story in print and we're writing the story ourselves.”

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Miss TV George Clooney? Hulu has landed a new series starring the actor, and has secured streaming rights to ‘ER’

Actor George Clooney on the set of "ER" in 1996. The long-running NBC series is now available to stream on Hulu. (Kirk McCoy)
Actor George Clooney on the set of "ER" in 1996. The long-running NBC series is now available to stream on Hulu. (Kirk McCoy)

There’s a whole lotta George Clooney coming to Hulu with the actor making his return to TV in a new limited series for the streaming service and his last TV go-round, “ER,” joining the streaming ranks.

Hulu has officially confirmed a full series order for a TV adaptation of Joseph Heller’s 1961 satirical antiwar novel “Catch-22,” starring Clooney as Col. Cathcart.

The series marks Clooney’s first TV series regular role since he departed NBC’s medical drama, “ER,” nearly two decades ago.

The announcement came as the streaming service made its rounds Sunday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.

In addition to starring and serving as an executive producer, Clooney will direct the series alongside his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov.

“Catch-22” is set during World War II and revolves around Capt. John Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier desperate to fulfill his duties so he can get back home. The title refers to the bureaucratic rule that stipulates that airmen rational enough to want to stop flying could not possibly be mentally unfit and therefore should be returned to duty. Col. Cathcart is a foe to Yossarian.

The six-part limited series, from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, will go into production this year.

Keeping its Clooney well somewhat full until then, Hulu also announced on Sunday that it has a new agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution to become the streaming home of long-running medical drama “ER.”

It’s binge-watching at its most gluttonous. “ER,” with a  roster of actors that also included Anthony Edwards and Julianna Margulies, ran on NBC for 15 seasons from 1994 to 2009. Its more than 330 episodes will now be available for the first time to stream exclusively on Hulu starting Sunday.

“It was such an honor to be a part of this show,” Clooney, who starred on the series until Season 5, said in a statement. “I was lucky to have worked with so many writers, actors and directors all at the top of their game. Most importantly I’ve made friends for a lifetime. I’m excited it will finally be streaming on Hulu."

Birthdays

A Star Is Born: Faye Dunaway turns 77 today

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

I'm in the business of trying to achieve something wonderful, and so you use all of your wit and courage and mind and try to make it special. I mean, that's what art is — that's what people come to movies or the theater for, to see something special.

Faye Dunaway, 1994

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Norma Dearest

MoviesPolitics

Michelle Williams responds to Mark Wahlberg offer to donate $1.5 million after pay discrepancy revealed

Michelle Williams, left, and Mark Wahlberg in "All The Money in the World." (Fabio Lovino / Sony-TriStar Pictures)
Michelle Williams, left, and Mark Wahlberg in "All The Money in the World." (Fabio Lovino / Sony-TriStar Pictures)

In the wake of a controversy sparked by reports that Mark Wahlberg earned roughly $1.5 million for reshoots on the set of "All the Money in the World" while costar Michelle Williams was paid only a fraction of that amount, Wahlberg and the agency that represents him, William Morris Endeavor, announced Saturday that they would be donating $2 million to Time's Up, a legal defense fund set up to combat inequality and harassment in Hollywood.

"Over the last few days, my reshoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation," Wahlberg said in a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times. "I 100 percent support the fight for fair pay and I'm donating the $1.5 million to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams' name."

WME, which also represents Williams, announced that it would be donating $500,000 to Time's Up.

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Today isn't about me. My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me … and the most powerful men in charge, they listened.

Michelle Williams
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James Cameron calls Eliza Dushku 'brave' for speaking out on sexual misconduct allegations

James Cameron (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
James Cameron (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Hours after actress Eliza Dushku came forward in a Facebook post alleging she was sexually assaulted by a stunt coordinator on the 1994 James Cameron film “True Lies,” the prolific director praised her bravery.

Cameron attended the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour in Pasadena on Saturday to discuss his installment of the recurring “AMC Visionaries” series. But the conversation took a more serious turn when he was asked about Dushku’s Facebook post published early Saturday morning that detailed alleged misconduct by the film’s stunt coordinator, Joel Kramer, when she was 12.  Kramer denied the allegations in a statement to Deadline.

“I haven’t given a lot of thought to this specific situation,” Cameron, who wrote and directed the 1994 film, told reporters. “I just heard about it. But I mean, obviously, Eliza is very brave for speaking up, and I think all the women are that are speaking out and calling for a reckoning now.”

Had I known about it, there would have been no mercy.

James Cameron, director

Cameron, whose cinematic footprint also includes “Terminator” and “Avatar,” described what Dushku detailed in her post as “heartbreaking.” The director went on to note that he had not worked with Kramer since “True Lies” and acknowledged the need for an open and supportive system to report such misconduct.

“I know the other party — not well,” Cameron said. “He hasn't worked for me since then. The fact that this was happening under our noses and we didn’t know about it, I think going forward it’s important for all industries —certainly Hollywood — to create a safe avenue for people to speak up. That they feel safe and that anybody who might be a predator or an abuser knows that that mechanism is there … and that there will be consequences. I think we all collectively, just as a human race, have to do that. I don’t think this is a Hollywood problem.”

Dushku played the daughter to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the action film before starring in such TV series as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dollhouse” and films such as “Bring It On.”

“I remember vividly how he methodically drew the shades and turned down the lights,” she wrote in a Facebook post, “how he cranked up the air-conditioning to what felt like freezing levels, where exactly he placed me on one of the two hotel room beds, what movie he put on the television (Coneheads); how he disappeared in the bathroom and emerged, naked, bearing nothing but a small hand towel held flimsy at his mid-section.”

Cameron told reporters Saturday that he hopes the current climate will yield films “about this stuff and we’ll put something in place as an industry practice to do as much as we can to prevent it. Directors are historically pretty oblivious to interpersonal things that are happening on their set because they’re focused and are the worst offenders at being focused on ‘what I am doing creatively?’”

“Had I known about it,” he continued, “there would have been no mercy. Now, especially. I have daughters. There’s really no mercy now.”

ALSO: Eliza Dushku alleges she was molested at age 12 by 'True Lies' stunt coordinator Joel Kramer

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A Star Is Born: Julia Louis-Dreyfus turns 57 today

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Show business, especially television, is really about luck a lot of the time. To be on a show like 'Seinfeld' in one lifetime is very lucky. To have more than that? A lot of times it's not possible and it's OK. It's not a curse.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 2006
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