The Weinstein Co., beset by sexual harassment and assault allegations against ousted co-founder Harvey Weinstein, announced Monday that it is in negotiations to sell part or all of itself to Colony Capital.
The company — known for producing films such as “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Django Unchained” and “The Iron Lady,” as well as the reality television series “Project Runway” — also said it has a preliminary agreement for Colony Capital to give it an immediate cash infusion.
“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,” Weinstein Co. board member Tarak Ben Ammar said Monday in a statement. “Colony's successful experience and track record in media and entertainment will be invaluable to the company.”
Kicking off awards season, the African American Film Critics Assn. proclaimed 2017 the "Year of the Woman in Cinema," in a statement Monday announcing the honorees for its ninth annual awards ceremony.
“There is no argument that women have made a bold step forward this year in Hollywood,” said Gil Robertson, the AAFCA's president. “The evidence demonstrated during the past year speaks for itself both in terms of box office and critical recognition by women and we predict that there will be continued momentum going forward.
"We are also pleased that African American women are a part of this progress and are taking advantage of increased opportunities to make their cinematic imprint.”
Chadwick Boseman stars in the latest trailer for Marvel's "Black Panther."
Welcome once again to Wakanda, where the "third-world country, textiles, shepherds, cool outfits" thing is all a front, and the revolution will be live.
The first full-length trailer for "Black Panther" dropped Monday, bringing with it a more intense look at Chadwick Boseman, a.k.a. Prince T'Challa, a.k.a. the sexy, serious, bodysuit-clad lead character in director Ryan Coogler's first Marvel Studios release.
"My son, it is your time," says T'Challa's queen mother, Ramonda, played by Angela Bassett.
On the one hand, I love the success [of 'Murder, She Wrote'] and am enjoying that tremendously. On the other, I resist this takeover that it represents of my life. You're caught in a trap -- that's what I'm not sure about. It's awfully hard to walk away from success, isn't it?
Kehinde Wiley, known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African American subjects, has been commissioned to paint the official presidential portrait of President Obama for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery at Obama's request, the museum revealed Friday.
Wiley, a Los Angeles native, is world-renowned for his portraits of young black men adorned in the latest in hip-hop street style. The artist has painted portraits of influential hip-hop figures such as the Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and Michael Jackson, among others.
At the end of each presidency, the National Portrait Gallery partners with the White House to commission one official portrait each of the president and the first lady. The two sets of official portraits (one for the White House and one for the National Portrait Gallery) are financed through private funds and have been a tradition beginning with former President George H.W. Bush.
Nick Jonas also shared the photo, congratulating his brother and "sister in law to be" on their engagement. He also commented "YES!!!" under Joe's engagement photo on Instagram while their brother Kevin chimed in similarly with "Yeah!!!!!!!"
In 2012, France's then-president, Nicolas Sarkozy, awarded film mogul Harvey Weinstein with the Legion of Honor award, the highest military and civilian honor, after the Weinstein Co.'s "The Artist" won five Oscars. Now French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to revoke it, according to the Associated Press.
Macron said in an interview with TF1 television on Sunday that he has "taken steps" to strip Weinstein of the honor over the multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment currently swirling around the Hollywood titan.
"Yes, I've begun the procedures to withdraw the Legion d'Honneur," Macron said. "Because his actions lack honor."
Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment scandal has sent shock waves through Hollywood, with high profile figures like Quentin Tarantino and Jane Fonda speaking out against the film mogul. Controversial director Woody Allen is the latest to chime in with his opinion, speaking to the BBC to admonish Weinstein's actions. Kind of.
"No one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness," he told the BBC. "And they wouldn't, because you are not interested in it. You are interested in making your movie. ... But you do hear a million fanciful rumors all the time. And some turn out to be true and some — many — are just stories about this actress, or that actor."
"I am inspired by the women everywhere who are speaking up online to tell about my experience," Björk wrote. "I became aware that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it."
She went on to describe an on-set encounter with the director, who punished her and framed her as being "difficult" for turning down his advances. "It was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it," she wrote.