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 forAll the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation," Wahlberg saidin 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.
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.
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.
Anyone wondering if the black-dress blackout of Sunday night’s Golden Globes was going to continue through the entire awards season only had four nights to ponder the possibility. That’s because the stars descending on Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on Thursday seemed to put the issue to rest, some hitting the arrivals blue (yes, blue) carpet in white and off-white dresses, others in pale shades of pink or purple and some enthusiastically embracing bright, bold colors. Best supporting actress winner Allison Janney was in a blue Michael Cinco number, and Nicole Kidman wore a fuchsia frock from Valentino, to name just two.
Another popular television creator was accused of sexual harassment last week, but this time the story has a slightly different ending: a “masterclass in How to Apologize.”
After being taken to task on Twitter, “Community” creator Dan Harmon made a detailed and lengthy apology to “Community” writer Megan Ganz for his inappropriate behavior during her time on the NBC series.
Continuing the cross-pollinating nature of film and TV, Starz announced Friday it is developing “The Continental,” a drama series spun out of the action-movie franchise “John Wick.”
“The Continental” centers on the Los Angeles hotel of the same name that serves as a haven for assassins in the films starring Keanu Reeves. Reeves is an executive producer and plans to appear — but not star — in the series.
No premiere date has been announced, and it’s unclear where the series will pick up in relation to the timelines of the two films. Speaking to open the Starz panels at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday, network Chief Executive Chris Albrecht said “The Continental” and the movies will exist side by side.
Sure, Pink is slated to sing the national anthem on Super Bowl Sunday, but Carrie Underwood and Ludacris will kick off the show with a video for “The Champion,” a new song that also will be the anthem for this year’s Winter Olympics.
“When we were writing ‘The Champion,’ our main focus was to celebrate athletes at the top of their game, but we also wanted the song to resonate with people in their everyday lives,” Underwood said in a statement from NBC, which will broadcast the Winter Games from South Korea starting Feb. 9 as well as Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.
Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, who is featured on the track, and Underwood, the face and voice of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” for the past five seasons, wrote the song with Brett James and Chris DeStefano.
Fox has pulled the planned film based on the 2016 book “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin that chronicles the 1974 kidnapping of heiress-actress Patricia Hearst. The move comes after Hearst, inspired by the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up demonstrations at the recent Golden Globe Awards, publicly decried the film and unauthorized biography.
“Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book‘American Heiress,’ ” the studio said Thursday in a statement.
Earlier that day, in a statement of her own issued through her daughter Lydia Hearst’s publicist, Patty Hearst noted that the book “cites one of my kidnappers as its main source, romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a ‘rollicking adventure.’ ”