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Ronan Farrow has signed a development deal with HBO.
Ronan Farrow has signed a development deal with HBO. (Paul Morigi / Getty Images)

Ronan Farrow, whose New Yorker investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein helped spark the #MeToo movement, has signed a three-year development deal with HBO, the network announced on Thursday. The deal will begin later this year.

“Ronan Farrow’s extraordinary, revelatory reporting for the New Yorker has helped to propel a string of other investigations, breakthroughs and overdue conversations,” HBO President Casey Bloys said in a statement.

“His work has contributed to this watershed moment in our culture, and we are excited to provide a platform for this dogged reporter to pursue projects that continue to speak truth to power.”

Producer Neil Cross and actor Idris Elba on the set of "Luther."
Producer Neil Cross and actor Idris Elba on the set of "Luther." (Susanna Diallo / AMC Networks)

Idris Elba is back in his signature tweed overcoat on the London set of the British crime drama “Luther.”

Season 5 of the series began shooting this week, with Elba returning as Det. John Luther in Neil Cross’ pulpy TV drama, which Elba also executive produces.

“It’s good to be back in London, back in the coat,” Elba said in a statement from BBC America on Thursday. The SAG Award- and Golden Globe-winning star also shared a video of himself wrapping Day 1 on the new series.

Catherine Deneuve.
Catherine Deneuve. (John MacDougall / AFP/Getty Images)

Oscar-nominated actress Catherine Deneuve is among 100 notable French women who signed an open letter published Wednesday in Le Monde, saying the #MeToo movement — or rather its French equivalent — has gone too far and placed women’s sexual liberation at risk. 

“Insistent or awkward come-ons aren’t a crime,” the letter said. “This fever for sending ‘pigs’ to the abattoir, far from helping empower women, in reality serves the interests of the enemies of sexual liberation.”

The French version of the #MeToo hashtag is #BalanceTonPorc — which has been translated by some as “squeal on your pig.”

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Mira Sorvino.
Mira Sorvino. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

“I will never work with him again,” actress Mira Sorvino declared on Thursday, joining the growing list of actresses now refusing to collaborate with Woody Allen.

Sorvino, who won an Oscar for her role in Allen’s 1995 comedy, “Mighty Aphrodite,” made the declaration on the heels of “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig’s public departure from the revered filmmaker this week.

Sorvino, who was among the first to publicly accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, characterized her decision as an “irrevocable break.”

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A visibly uncomfortable James Franco appeared on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” Wednesday night and discussed his continued support of the Time’s Up movement.

“I truly believe, and why I was wearing the pin, is that they [women and others] need to be part of this conversation,” Franco said of why he wore a Time’s Up pin to the Golden Globes. “So I support that.”

It was Franco’s second late-night appearance in a row, having talked with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night about allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against him.

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Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert (Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images)

For the first time in nearly a year, Stephen Colbert will host a live episode of “The Late Show,” following President Trump’s State of the Union address on Jan. 30, CBS has announced. 

Guests that night will include Tommy Vietor, Jon Lovett and Jon Favreau, hosts of the political podcast “Pod Save America,” who will no doubt provide their thoughts on Trump’s first official State of the Union. 

Colbert will also welcome Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams of “2 Dope Queens” and musical guest Chris Stapleton.

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[My fans and I] have lived through so much together. It's really humbled me and reminded me of how I have gotten as far as I have. You don't get here by being a jerk; you get here by being humble, you get here by having integrity, by loving yourself, by loving God and by loving your people.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Work in Progress

Former E! News anchor Catt Sadler, shown in February, left the network in December.
Former E! News anchor Catt Sadler, shown in February, left the network in December. (Rich Polk / Getty Images)

Amid continuing fallout, Catt Sadler and her former employer still disagree on apples and oranges when it comes to her salary at E!, a topic that came up Sunday on the red carpet at the Golden Globes and again this week at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.

The latest volley, from a recent interview with Sadler that was published Wednesday by the Hollywood Reporter, contrasts the apples-and-oranges message that an NBC honcho was trying to convey Tuesday at the end of a a TCA session about Rose McGowan’s upcoming docuseries. 

In December, Sadler left E! abruptly, citing a “massive pay disparity” between herself and fellow “E! News” personality Jason Kennedy. “My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly,” she said at the time on her blog, blaming the gap on gender.


David Letterman’s next guest needs no introduction. Because it’s Barack Obama.

The inaugural episode of the Netflix talk show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman,” features a light chat with the former U.S. president that the streaming service previewed on Wednesday.

In the clip, the heavily bearded “Late Show” veteran sits onstage with Obama, who recalls his time dancing with daughter Sasha and the musician Prince, just a few months before the singer’s untimely death in 2016.

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Michael Douglas in September 2017.
Michael Douglas in September 2017. (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)

In a new wrinkle on stories about sexual misconduct, Michael Douglas is coming out with a declaration of innocence even before he’s pronounced guilty. The Oscar-winning actor is expecting the publication of a report that will allege bad behavior on his part. 

Douglas said he heard about one outlet’s efforts via his lawyer before the holidays in December. Going on the record with Deadline, he said he was asked by a reporter from the Hollywood Reporter about allegations that he masturbated in front of a female employee who worked for him more than 30 years ago, used coarse language during phone conversations when she was present and blackballed her from the industry.  

“I don’t know where to begin. This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever,” he said of the first allegation. He admitted to using “colorful language” while speaking with his friends and apologized if he had offended the woman. Regarding the last claim, he said, “If people from the industry called me to ask about her, I would have been honest, but I never blackballed her.”