Why do these week’s go by so fast? Oh, right, time here is pretty linear.
In this week’s “Keeps getting worse” story, the son of actor Richard Dreyfuss has accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct, alleging that the House of Cards star molested him while his father was in the same room.
Harry Dreyfuss, who was 18 at the time of the incident, made the claims in an essay published by Buzzfeed. In it he described Spacey as a “sexual predator”, who felt “safe” to abuse him, knowing that he “wouldn’t say a word”.
Dreyfuss claims that the alleged encounter happened in London in 2008 while his father was rehearsing for the play Complicit, which was being directed by Spacey during his tenure as artistic director of the Old Vic theatre.
“It happened one night when the three of us were alone in Kevin’s apartment rehearsing my father’s lines. My father didn’t see, and I didn’t tell him about the incident for many years,” he wrote.
Dreyfuss said that, during the rehearsal, Spacey repeatedly placed his hand on his thigh. He said that his father was unaware of the incident, as he was “deeply focused on his script”. Dreyfuss claims that when he moved to a different seat, Spacey followed him and continued to hold his thigh, before groping his crotch.
Dreyfuss added that he did not alert his father to the alleged incident as he feared that it might start a feud between his father and Spacey. “I didn’t want the play to be threatened,” he said.
“It just never occurred to me that Kevin would be interested in me in the first place. He was an adult man, a hero of mine, my dad’s boss, none of which were categories on my radar for sexual interactions. Besides, I thought, surely he can’t be coming on to me like this right in front of my dad,” he added.
Dreyfuss said he had sought to downplay the alleged incident in the nine years since it occurred by “telling people the story at parties for laughs”. He said that he finally felt emboldened to speak publicly after hearing the claims against Harvey Weinstein. “I came to see how important it is to add my voice to the people who are demanding a better world. A world in which powerful men are no longer allowed to feel safe to do this, or far worse,” he wrote.
In a statement to Buzzfeed, Spacey’s lawyer Bryan Freedman said that the actor “absolutely denies the allegations” made by Dreyfuss.
Richard Dreyfuss, who Harry says was first told of the incident four or five years after it happened, tweeted that he was “incredibly proud” of his son for coming forward.
In this week’s “Still WORSE” story, Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct, and his repsonse began with “These stories are true.”
The rest of his response seems well-though out and cognizant of his problem. You know, for a guy that whips his dick out every time there’s a woman in visual range. But you also have to think that now, all these guys are just waiting to be outed because they know it’s coming. There must be dozens upon dozens of men in the entertainment industry writing letters just like this RIGHT NOW.
It’s really horrible. If you want to read his whole response, you can see it here:
In this week’s “Shazam!” story, the Shazam film has found its’ Billy Batson in young actor Asher Angel (Andy Mack).
He’ll play alongside Zachery Levi in New Line’s DC superhero film Shazam!, sources tell Variety.
The film follows a boy (Angel) who can transform into an adult superhero by uttering the magic word “Shazam!” The name is an acronym of the ancient gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, who Batson derives his heroic attributes from when in adult form.
Mark Strong is in talks for the role of the villain, while Grace Fulton will play one of Angel’s friends.
Lights Out helmer David F. Sandberg is directing from a screenplay by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. “Annabelle: Creation’s” Peter Safran will produce.
DC and Warner Bros. are also currently developing a standalone film about Black Adam, Shazam’s arch nemesis. Dwayne Johnson is attached to play Black Adam in that pic.
This is happening before Flashpoint, the Joss Whedon-directed Batgirl, and the Suicide Squad sequel, which Gavin O’Connor just came aboard to helm.
It does seem like an odd choice somehow.
In this week’s “Bart Related” story, our introduction to Black Bart may have something to do with Suicide Squard 2.
According to two insiders told The Wrap that the current plan for the sequel is for the members of Suicide Squad to be tasked with tracking down a weapon of mass destruction. That weapon? Black Adam himself. The villain is best known in DC Comics as the main nemesis of superhero Shazam.
Suicide Squad 2 is scheduled for an October 2018 production start, and The Rock’s busy schedule during that time includes a potential fifth season of HBO’s Ballers, Disney’s Jungle Cruise, and his Fast and Furious spin-off with Jason Statham.
But Suicide Squad 2 shouldn’t be too much of a scheduling issue, because Black Adam’s part shouldn’t take much time to shoot, the insiders said.
Well, anything to get people to be interested in a sequel to Suicide Squad, I guess. 😉
In this week’s “Good news for Marvel fans?” story, with Disney chatting up Fox about a potential merger, fans are wondering what that could mean for the X-Men.
The deal would involve Fox’s movie studio (which includes the film rights to the X-Men, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four) and TV production business, which would leave Rupert Murdoch’s media empire focused primarily on news and sports, according to CNBC’s David Faber. In addition international assets, such as Star and BSkyB, he reported that Disney is seeking to add entertainment networks such as FX and Nat Geo.
The discussions have taken place over the last few weeks, CNBC reported, but there is no guarantee that they will result in a deal.
Any potential acquisition would have to clear regulatory hurdles — which is one reason why Disney is not interested in certain Fox assets.
Ok, so if this happens, it’s my feeling that Disney won’t go out of their way to change things like, an ‘R’ rating on a Deadpool movie, unless they have some certainty that it will make them MORE money. ‘Nuff said.
In this week’s “Ultimatum” story, writer and first time director Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell of High Water) gave the Weinstein Company a very simple choice.
Sheridan’s film Wind River was a hope for some kind of Oscar presence, it earned rave reviews and strong numbers in limited release. But there was one problem — it had Weinstein’s name on it.
Well not to worry – Acacia Entertainment, a company owned by Tunica-Biloxi tribes, who largely funded the $10 million film, stepped up to fully back the awards season screeners and the Oscar campaign for Wind River. The company scrubbed the Weinstein name from the movie, and the home video release, and there is no involvement at all from The Weinstein Company in the awards season run. Even more, any future profits are being directed to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, which assists battered Native American women.
And how did Sheridan make that happen? “I called TWC president David Glasser and said, ‘I’m going to demand something of you and you are going to get absolutely nothing in return,’ ” he explained to Deadline. “ ‘And you’re going to do it, because it’s the right thing to do.’ To David’s credits, he agreed.”
However, Sheridan was ready to make the ultimate sacrifice in the event that he met any resistance from The Weinstein Company
“I said, if my movie’s going to die, I’ll be the one to kill it,” he said. “I will Alan Smithee the film, take my name off it, and publicly denounce it. I would have said, don’t go see this movie, don’t rent it, don’t watch it. If he was going to remain publicly attached, if he was going to benefit from a film highlighting the atrocity he perpetrated? No.”
Ballsy move, but awesome. Taylor Sheridan gets big points.
In this week’s “Bellucci and Bond” story, with Daniel Craig confirmed as returning as James Bond, will the last Bond girl, Monica Bellucci also return?
Bellucci is being coy about rumors that Craig wants her to reprise her role from the last Bond outing, Spectre, in the new installment of the franchise. Bellucci’s agent told Variety on Wednesday that the actress is neither confirming nor denying rumors that she might appear in the 25th film to feature the suave super-spy, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2019.
On Tuesday evening in Rome, where she was feted with the Virna Lisi lifetime achievement award, Bellucci smiled at reporters who asked her to comment on the rumors, telling them: “I can’t say anything.”
Bellucci’s appearance as one of two “Bond girls” in Spectre made a splash in 2015 when she was dubbed the oldest Bond girl ever at 51. Four years older than Craig, she made it clear at the time that she did not like the epithet. “I can’t say I’m a Bond girl because I’m too mature to be a Bond girl,” she told the Guardian newspaper. “I say ‘Bond lady,’ ‘Bond woman.’”
Variety praised Bellucci’s performance in Spectre, lamenting that she had been “underused” in her role as Lucia Sciarra, the widow of an infamous Italian assassin. Other critics have also said that Bellucci was not given enough screen time in the film.
Craig, the second-longest-serving 007 after the late Roger Moore, announced in August that he would be playing the iconic role for a fifth time, despite saying earlier that he did not want to make another Bond film. White Boy Rick director Yann Demange is reportedly the front-runner to direct Bond 25, which Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions will produce. The screenplay is by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who also penned Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
In this week’s “Evolutionary stagnation?” story, director Ridley Scott is thinking the Alien Xenomorph has run its’ course.
In an excerpt from a roundtable talk with THR (via Dark Horizons), the filmmaker talks about why he wasn’t able to helm Blade Runner 2049 and the future of the Alien series.
“It was a crossfire of too much business. I’m doing a lot of TV and films, there are six films going out this year,” Scott explained. “I figured it was a good piece of business to follow through Prometheus, which, from ground zero, had good lift-off. So we went to Covenant to perpetuate the idea and [revive] the franchise of the Alien. I think the beast has almost run out, personally. [On 2049] you’ve got to come in with something else, you’ve got to replace that. And on Blade Runner, I think Denis [Villeneuve] was a fantastic choice.”
It’s not entirely clear if he’s referring to the whole Alien franchise or just the original premise, but he has made it clear that he wants to take it in a new direction.
“I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over, but what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.’s. The world that the AI might create as a leader if he finds himself on a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one,” he said last month.
In this week’s “Stand By Me on the moon” story, Fox has bought the spec script Crater by John J. Griffin with Shawn Levy in talks to direct. Levy will produce along with 21 Laps’ Dan Levine.
Crater is described as a coming-of-age story in the vein of Stand By Me, set on a moon colony. After the death of his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a mysterious crater, along with his four best friends, prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.
VFX vet Rpin Suwannath, who will now exec produce, originally conceived the idea and was paired with Griffin by their WME reps to construct the story. Once the script was solid, it wasn’t long before it was put in front of Levy and 21 Laps, who quickly signed on to produce and came to Fox with the idea that it would be developed as a directing vehicle for Levy.
Emily Morris is overseeing on behalf of 21 Laps. The script was voted #1 on the Tracking Board’s 2015 Hit List and was #5 on the 2015 Black List.
Wait- Fox bought this? Aren’t they just going to sell it off to Disney along with all of the rest of their film and TV properties? There must be some kind of clause to grandfather certain properties in.
In this week’s “The ol’switcheroo” story, in an unprecedented move, director Ridley Scott, along with Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas have decided to remove Kevin Spacey from their finished movie All The Money In The World. Christopher Plummer has been set to replace Spacey in the role of J Paul Getty. Reshoots of the key scenes are expected to commence immediately. Scott is also determined to to keep the film’s December 22 release date.
In a unified front, the cast and crew of the film, and Sony Pictures, unanimously agreed to reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes, with Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams’ cooperation part of the mix. This comes on the heels of the decision to pull the film from the prestige closing night slot of the AFI Festival. That came after a weekend of back and forth, with Scott and Friedkin in particular incensed that the sordid allegations against Spacey might doom a film that Scott dropped everything to direct, and on which so many people worked hard and did not deserve to see the film come out in the marketplace with the taint of scandal. Scott is a maverick, and didn’t shrink under the pressure to restage the key scenes involving J Paul Getty, the oilman who refused to pay a ransom after his grandson, John Paul Getty III was kidnapped.
Spacey had worked about eight to ten days on the film, so filming Plummer isn’t as challenging as it could be. But then you have to remake all of the marketing materials, too.
Wow. This is pretty awesome. You can’t see me but I’m applauding right now.
In this week’s “Ooh, my God…” story, actor John Hillerman, who played Jonathan Higgins on Magnum P.I. alongside Tom Selleck, has died at the age of 84.
His rep Lori De Waal confirmed the news on social media, adding that a cause of death has not been determined. Bummer. I watched that show often back in the day.
In this week’s “Three trilogies? How about a fourth?” story, filmmaker Rian Johnson, who just directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is going to make a NEW Star Wars trilogy!
This news comes from Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger who announced today during the company’s quarterly earnings call that Rian Johnson will create a new trilogy set in the Star Wars universe.
The new trilogy will be separate from the main Skywalker saga and, according to a Disney press release, the film will “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”
Johnson is set to write and direct the first film in the new trilogy with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy in a statement. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
Disney is going to milk the Star Wars universe for every penny it can. But hopefully it will be a good thing for the rest of us, too.
In this week’s “Hilarious substitution proposal” story, Kevin James fans are rallying with a 28,000 signature petition (so far) to replace Kevin Spacey in House of Cards with, yes, Kevin James.
The petition, which launched on change.org, is addressed to Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings and somehow already has over 28,000 signatures. The petition was launched by Robbie Pyma of Australia and reads as follows:
“Losing a great show is hard, no matter the circumstances. However with hardship comes the opportunity for a great show to become one of the greatest television shows of all time. I think Kevin James can elevate “House of Cards” to a globally adored franchise like “Game of Thrones” and make the entire world focus on one of the most important Netflix Original series there is.”
In an official statement issued on November 3, Netflix said it would no longer be “involved with any further production of ‘House of Cards’ that includes Kevin Spacey.”
The streaming giant is reportedly figuring out if the show can continue or not. While some fans want Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood to take charge as the main lead of the series, there are clearly over 28,000 people out there who think Kevin James is the right fit.
Ok, this has to be some kind of prank. I mean, really, Kevin James?
In this week’s “Wait – YOU can’t even remember?” story, Jason Momoa, who is Aquaman in the Justice League movie, says there is a stinger at the end of the Justice League film.
He confirmed that there will be one more scene, telling BBC radio show “Steve Wright in The Afternoon,” that fans will have to ” sit through the whole thing and go through the credits.” But he didn’t remember the scene.
What will they get in return? Well, Momoa himself says he forgot about the scene entirely (which is a bad sign?) but says the audiences freaked at a preview screening. “Listen I walked out. I was with my kids. I walked out.
And then the audience was like, ‘oo-oo-oo’ because I forgot that it was in the script. It’s fantastic,” he explained.
In this week’s “Too late” story, mere days before Anthony Rapp came forward accusing Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct, the House of Cards star was registering trademarks for merchandise themed to the hit political drama on Netflix.
According to documents obtained by TheWrap, Spacey has been filing trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for more than a year to create a range of products under the label “PRESIDENTIAL BY KEVIN SPACEY” — an apparent reference to his White House-dwelling character Frank Underwood on House of Cards.
The filings include a request to trademark several products, including sunglasses, footwear, gourmet-food products, luxury goods, toys, games, jewelry, alcoholic beverages (except beer), greeting cards and cell phone covers.
A filing from April 2016 also includes the request to trademark “personal-concierge services for others comprising making requested personal arrangements and reservations and providing customer-specific information to meet individual needs.”
Wow, that’s like a nice way of saying “pimping services”.
So, you might want to add monogrammed prison shivs to that product list? Gotta think ahead, you know?
In this week’s “Johnny Depp’s shenanigans” story, Depp’s former managers are trying to foreclose on his five homes, and yet he has no intention of moving out of them.
Former managers at The Management Group (TMG) filed a motion Monday to foreclose on five of his properties in Los Angeles in order to cover a $5 million loan the company says it gave him in 2012 to cover a City National Bank loan.
“TMG agreed to come to the aid of its long-time client,” says the complaint, according to Deadline. “The idea behind this arrangement, which was designed to save Depp from a public and devastating financial collapse, was that Depp would pay TMG what TMG was required to pay CNB under the loan.”
Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman told PEOPLE, “Today’s improper foreclosure action is the latest of the Mandels’ efforts to intimidate Mr. Depp into dropping his lawsuit.”
Asked whether TMG will get Depp’s homes, Waldman added, “Of course not, and they know it. We will move for sanctions for this latest publicity stunt.”
TMG claims it took out the loan to cover Depp’s debt and save him from bankruptcy. His former managers also allege that the five houses included in Monday’s motion were used as collateral for the loan, and since Depp has stopped making payments, they want to sell the houses.
“At least at the time, Depp and his sister, personal manager, and the president of his production company, (Elisa Christi) Dembrowski, were very grateful to TMG for coming to Depp’s aid and helping him to avoid a public financial collapse,” says the complaint.
The threat of foreclosure is just the latest exchange in what has become a bitter back-and-forth between the actor and his former managers, who he claims mismanaged the $650 million he’s made in the last two decades to the point of depletion.
Moving forward, a judge will decide whether or not to sign off on the foreclosure.
Back in February, Depp sued the company for $ 25 million for essentially using his money as their own.
TMG later filed a cross-complaint against Depp, claiming the actor lived an “ultra-extravagant lifestyle that often knowingly cost [him] in excess of $2 million per month to maintain, which he simply could not afford.”
A judge ultimately ruled that Depp’s personal spending habits are not currently relevant in his ongoing legal battle.