The Hollywood Film Awards -- the show that has literally trademarked itself "the official launch of the awards season" -- has announced its first batch of honorees.
Singer turned actress Mary J. Blige, up-and-comer Timothée Chalamet and the cast of the Tonya Harding biopic "I, Tonya" will all receive prizes at the award show, which "Late Late Show" host James Corden will MC for the third year in a row.
The Hollywood Film Awards, which take place at the Beverly Hilton, in the same ballroom as the Golden Globes, will be held on Nov. 5. Not that you'll ever get to see them, unless you're one of the industry elite. After a brief stint on CBS, the award show has yet to find another broadcast partner, so the event will not be televised.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Wednesday that Harvey Weinstein's membership in the organization has been suspended, effective immediately.
In a statement released on the BAFTA website, the group declared that the extensive sexual harassment allegations levied against Weinstein were beyond the pale and the academy could not stand idly by.
"Whilst BAFTA has previously been a beneficiary of Mr. Weinstein’s support for its charitable work, it considers the reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values," the statement said. "This has led to Mr. Weinstein’s suspension, and it will be followed by a formal process as laid out in BAFTA’s constitution."
Lindsay Lohan might be the one person right now who has Harvey Weinstein's back — though she decided rather quickly to take down a couple of short, supportive videos she had posted Tuesday night via Instagram.
So maybe she changed her mind? Nope.
“As someone who has lived their life in the public eye,” Lohan said in a statement Wednesday to DailyMailTV, “I feel that allegations should always be made to the authorities and not played out in the media.”
I realize we can all get stuck in negative thoughts and negativity. I do it myself. But I try to fight against it. It's a struggle, but I'm not an unhappy person! I'm not an extremely dark person. It's important to embrace certain dark things. I guess, dark thoughts? In order to accept them and move on.
As allegations of sexual harassment against embattled film mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to unfold, the USC School of Cinematic Arts said Tuesday that it is rejecting a $5-million pledge Weinstein had made to fund a program for female filmmakers.
Weinstein referenced the pledge last week in a statement to the New York Times in response to the paper's exhaustive story detailing accusations of sexual misconduct against him going back decades. "It will be named after my mom, and I won't disappoint her," he wrote.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, USC said simply, “The USC School of Cinematic Arts will not proceed with Mr. Weinstein’s pledge to fund a $5M endowment for women filmmakers."
Former President Obama responded on Tuesday to the allegations of sexual harassment that continue to swirl around film mogul and longtime Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein.
"Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," Obama said in a statement. "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status.
"We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories," he added. "And we all need to build a culture -- including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect -- so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future."
In a continuing turn of events equal parts dizzying and sickening, the allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein have mounted quickly since the initial report appeared in the New York Times last week.
On Sunday, Weinstein was fired from the company that bears his name, Weinstein Co. In the hours leading up to that announcement, Weinstein had been sending an email to other top executives in Hollywood in a desperate attempt to somehow keep the Weinstein Co. board, including his brother Bob Weinstein, from firing him.