In a first of its kind move, the Casting Society of America announced Thursday an international casting call for transgender actors. To take place Oct. 22, the initiative aims to provide greater talent to ensure more inclusive films and television.
"The reasoning a non diverse 'star' gets to play a diverse role is because there weren't enough talented, diverse options is an industry myth," said Russell Boast, the society's vice president, in a statement. "We're going to do something about that."
The open call is part of the CSA’s inclusion commitment within the entertainment industry "to challenge unconscious bias, empower casting directors to lead the inclusion conversation, and discover, educate, and promote the next generation of extraordinary talent within a wide range of diverse communities," a statement said.
Kate Beckinsale says she was only 17 when what appeared to be a routine business meeting at a hotel with Harvey Weinstein turned out to be a meeting with a bathrobe-clad Weinstein, who offered her alcohol in his personal hotel room at the Savoy — an encounter that left her "uneasy but unscathed."
However, it didn't appear to make much of an impression on the producer, according to the actress, now 44, who shared her experience Thursday on Instagram.
Weinstein asked her a few years later whether he'd "tried anything" with her when they first met, Beckinsale said, and she realized "he couldn't remember" if he had assaulted her.
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, actors Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek have also blasted some high-powered men in Hollywood for harassing them.
In separate revelations on Twitter this week, the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star and "Dawson's Creek" alum, respectively, shared their tales of being victimized by industry heavyweights, whom they did not name. Their stories served as additional examples of a purported rampant culture of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry -- a culture being scrutinized because of the downfall of the former Weinstein Co. co-chairman.
Crews, giving his account in 16 tweets on Tuesday, claimed that the Weinstein scandal gave him post-traumatic stress and alleged that he had been groped by a "high level Hollywood executive" during an industry function he was attending last year.
My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates. (2/cont.)
Harvey Weinstein is not OK, he told photographers and videographers assembled outside the Los Angeles-area home of one of his daughters Wednesday afternoon. As of Thursday morning, he was said to be in Arizona receiving treatment at a rehab facility amid a storm of sexual harassment allegations.
Answering questions shouted at him Wednesday afternoon, Weinstein said, "I'm hanging in, I'm trying my best.... Guys, I'm not doing OK but I'm trying. I gotta get help, guys. You know what, we all make mistakes, second chance I hope," according to video published by TMZ.
The embattled mega-producer is facing fallout from bombshell stories published in the last week in which models, actresses and other women who worked in the entertainment industry accused him of serial sexual harassment, including rape.
Cinema's most prestigious international film festivals have condemned the alleged actions of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure and general delegate Thierry Frémaux issued a joint statement on Wednesday that said they were "dismayed" to learn of the accusations of harassment and sexual violence against the embattled former Weinstein Co. honcho.
Samantha Bee ripped into Harvey Weinstein, Republicans and “creepy” men during Wednesday’s episode of “Full Frontal.”
Devoting her entire first segment to “this season’s second giant vortex of destructive moisture named ‘Harvey,’” Bee immediately criticized the “apology-like statement” Weinstein issued after the decades' worth of sexual harassment allegations first made headlines last week.
“Give me a break, white Cosby,” said Bee. “Don’t blame the ‘60s and ‘70s for your [terrible] decision-making. It’s serial sexual harassment, not a Monkees tattoo.”
Previously unreleased live recordings by Whitney Houston and alternate takes from the sessions for her blockbuster hit soundtrack album to the film “The Bodyguard” will make up a new collection to be released Nov. 17.
“Whitney Houston—I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard” will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the film and the companion album. It includes an alternate mix of the hit single from the film, “I Will Always Love You” (a cover of the Dolly Parton song), as well as live performances from Houston's 1993-'95 The Bodyguard tour, including a version of the song “Run to You” that she rarely performed.
The new album will be released 25 years to the day of the original release date in 1992 for “The Bodyguard” soundtrack, which became the first album of the SoundScan era that began just a year earlier, to sell 1 million copies in a single week.
The battle between animal and human, I broke that down to be the most essential thing to focus on with [Logan/Wolverine]. We can all relate to that. Maybe not in the same extreme level, but we wrestle every day with that argument between chaos and control and freedom and discipline.