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James Franco Skips Critics Choice Awards Amid Allegations

(Santa Monica, CA) –  Actor James Franco is laying low amid several sexual misconduct allegations. He’s the latest star to have a number of women come forward accusing him of abusing his power.

08-james-franco-tweets.nocrop.w710.h2147483647Franco skipped the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday where he won Best Actor for his role in “The Disaster Artist.” According to PEOPLE, “he’s in a really bad place” and is “only talking to a select group of people.” The accusations came to light during Franco’s win at the Golden Globes last week. “The Breakfast Club” star Ally Sheedy, actress Violet Paley and several students of Franco’s came forward with their stories after he was seen at the Globes wearing a “Times Up” pin.

article-meyers-2-0110He has denied all allegations. But that didn’t stop him getting grilled again on late night television about the allegations.  Franco defended himself on “The Late Show” Tuesday, saying the accusations were “not accurate.” On Wednesday night, he repeated the claim on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” saying the tweets he read were not accurate but that it’s still a conversation that needs to be had. Franco said he has his own side of the story, but added, “I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say.”

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Times Up! Only Three People Didn’t Participate In Blackout At Golden Globes, But HFP President Meher Tetna Had A Good Reason

(Beverly Hills, CA) – It looked like everyone got the memo to wear black but literally a few people.  The men even participated, but when it came to the women all but three were in line with the dress code.

The Blackout, Time Up movement was strong at the Golden Globes but a few people went against the grain. Meher Tetna, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press decided against black for cultural reasons. Saying, “When you have a celebration, you don’t wear black.”

But no word yet on why Blanca Blanco decided to wear a bright red dress with not only her leg out but her chest exposed as well. With everything that’s going on, it would’ve been nice to see her not only support the movement, but to go a little towards the demure side as well. Sex doesn’t have to be on display all the time.

The other fashion criminal was Barbara Meier who hasn’t revealed why she decided to shun the blackout idea as well. Beautiful dress…but again, if the men could stick with the dress code, they could too. This particular movement will require everyone with influence to be on the same page.

Sterling Brown Makes History As First Black Actor To Win Best Actor In A TV Drama

(Los Angeles, CA) – The Golden Globes were without a doubt Inclusive as the #Timeout movement took on several meanings during a night that saw Hollywood’s elite both men and women in black; and Sterling K. Brown become the first black man to win Best Actor in a TV Drama.rs_634x1024-180107144432-634.Sterling-K.-Brown-Ryan-Bathe-Golden-Globes.ms.010718

In the Golden Globes’ 75 history, Brown was the first. He was awarded for his work in ‘This Is us’ and his Counterpart Elisabeth Moss won Best Actress in a TV Drama for her role as Celeste Wright in the Handmaid’s Tale. The Handmaid’s Tale was also honored with the Best TV Series-Drama.

Other winners include, Nicole Kidman for her work on the HBO series Big Little Lies.75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Season 75James Franco also had one of the highlight wins of the night and his career as he won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his work in The Disaster Artist. He  was joined on stage by the man himself Tommy Wiseau.

Allison Janney was given a taste of gold when she was given Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work as LaVona Golden in I, Tonya.

47DFD8AE00000578-5244843-image-a-59_1515377200678And you had to love Jennifer Aniston and legendary actress Carol Burnett presenting the Best performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy to Rachel Brosnahan for her work in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

kirk8f-1-webAnd what a joy to see Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas on stage at 101 years old with his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta Jones. he said he would’ve prepared a speech but it would’ve been hard to follow up behind her lol. Your presence was more than enough Mr. Douglas!

Jones, who is married to Michael Douglas said, “In 1991, my father-in-law, this living Hollywood legend Kirk, was recognized by the Writers Guild of America for his role in ending the Hollywood blacklist. He not only hired black-listed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to write the epic ‘Spartacus,’ he insisted that Trumbo receive proper screen credit for his work.”

“My trips around the world have taught me one thing: that movies speak a universal footage,” he said in old footage of him accepting the DeMille Award.

The tribute to Douglas included clips from some of his most famous roles, including “Spartacus,” “Lust for Life,” for which he won a Golden Globe in 1957, and “Detective Story,” which earned him a nomination in 1952. He was also nominated in 1986 for “Amos,”.

 

 

{Video} Jake Tapper Shuts Down Stephen Miller: “I’ve Wasted Enough Of My Viewers Time.”

(SL) – White House aide Stephen Miller got a hard lesson in sticking to the topic today when he was a guest on CNN Host Jake Tapper’s show.

Miller clearly had an agenda. He wanted to attack CNN and its journalistic views while painting Donald Trump as a genius who can write 10 talking points in less than an hour after hearing a speech and recite them perfectly.

We all know that Donald Trump rarely sticks to the script which is why he finds himself in a contradictory and untruthful position 80 percent of the time. What Miller should’ve done was come prepared to answer questions honestly about Fire and Fury, the book that has become a best seller over night and paints what some say could be an accurate picture of what’s going on inside the White House.

As for whether or not Steve Bannon made certain comments about Donald Trump, Miller had no knowledge but insisted on saying the book was full of lies and trash. Trump’s meeting with the Russians, again no solid answer outside of what his agenda was. On the letter that he wrote to get James Comey released…again no solid answer outside of his agenda.

Tapper like the rest of us had had enough and pulled the plug on the interview. Check it out for yourself

NBC Fires Matt Lauer Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

(SL) – NBC “Today” Show host Matt Lauer is the latest high-profile media personality to be fired over allegations of sexual misconduct. NBC News Chief Andrew Lack sent a memo to staff overnight saying the network had received a complaint from a colleague about the long-time morning host and said there was evidence it may not have been an isolated incident.

Lack didn’t provide details but the “New York Post” is reporting that NBC insiders say Lauer is accused of sexually assaulting a network staffer at the Sochi Olympics. The 59-year-old Lauer had hosted “Today” for nearly 20 years.

In the memo, Lack said, “On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer.”

He said the allegation against Mr. Lauer “represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”

“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Mr. Lauer’s co-host, Savannah Guthrie, announced the news on “Today” on Wednesday morning. Appearing on the verge of tears, Ms. Guthrie said, “All we can say is we are heartbroken; I’m heartbroken.”GettyImages-683394046She described Mr. Lauer as “a dear, dear friend,” and said she was “heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story.”

Calling Mr. Lauer’s resignation part of a national reckoning, she continued, “How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?”

The “Today” staff learned the news shortly before going live. Giving the weather report, a visibly shaken Al Roker said, “I’m still trying to process the news.”

Matt receives criticism years ago over his treatment of then Co-host Ann Curry.article-2186739-13D4F2FD000005DC-939_634x426Mr. Lauer’s dismissal was seized upon by President Trump, who went on to ask in a tweet when executives at NBC and Comcast, the network’s parent company, would “be fired for putting out so much fake news.”

CBS and PBS fired Charlie Rose earlier this month and Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly in February. Fox News also axed founder Roger Ailes last year after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit that led to a 20-million dollar settlement.

Fox Signed O’Reilly To New Contract After Sexual Harassment Settlement

(SL) –  The parent company of Fox News is admitting they knew Bill O’Reilly
settled a sexual harassment case shortly before signing the commentator to a new contract. “The New York Times” reports O’Reilly agreed to a 32-million-dollar settlement with former Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl in January.

A month later, 21st Century Fox signed the host of “The O’Reilly Factor” to a contract extension. An email statement from a company spokesman said O’Reilly informed Fox of the settlement.

O’Reilly was forced to resign in April after reports of multiple sexual harassment settlements made by O’Reilly or Fox caused advertisers to flee his program.

Weinstein Takes Leave From Company After Sex Harassment Story

(SL) – A major Hollywood heavyweight is taking a leave of absence after a report about sexual harassment accusations. Harvey Weinstein is at the center of a “New York Times” story that cites dozens of current and former employees and associates who accuse the studio exec of inappropriate sexual behavior, including actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.

In a statement to the “Times,” Weinstein said he is planning to take the leave from the Weinstein Company and is working with a therapist to address his past behavior. He said he sincerely apologizes for the pain caused by his past behavior with colleagues. The “Times” says Weinstein has reached confidential settlements with at least eight women.

The Weinstein Company’s films include many critically acclaimed titles including “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

John Singleton Previews Snowfall With Cast In Atlanta

(SL) – John Singleton hit the ATL to preview his new TV show Snowfall based in Los Angeles 1983. A storm is coming and its name is crack.  Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it.

20170623_222218The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

 

Created by John Singleton & Eric Amadio and Dave Andron, Snowfall is executive produced by Singleton, Andron, Thomas Schlamme, Amadio, Michael London and Trevor Engelson. The show premieres July 5th 10p/9pc on FX!

After Alleged Encounters With Four Different Men And Warner Bros. Declaring Sexual Assault Claim Unsubstantiated, Corrine Olympios Continues To Cry Foul

(SL) – Warner Bros. announced that it will resume filming the 4th season of Bachelor in Paradise after complaints of sexual misconduct on set.

The entertainment giant issued a release concluding its inside investigation of a drunken sex act that went left while taping the popular show that portrays individuals attempting to find love.

A producer complained about the incident that saw Corrine Olympios, who has decried crew members, engaged in a sexual act that has been described at soft porn with cast member Demario Jackson. On the same day, reportedly, she straddled and kissed Chris Harrison (left), Alex Woytkiw (center) and Nick Benvenutti (right).

Even after Warner Bros. claims that it has viewed the tape and saw no wrongdoing, Corrine Olympios is still saying she is a victim and doesn’t remember what happened. Her attorney says, ‘It’s not over.’

Reportedly, Corrine and Demario were drinking on set when she invited herself to sit on his lap. After making out for a bit, she allegedly led him to the pool where they removed clothing items and continued their make-out session which including kissing, fondling, rubbing and a tipsy Corrine putting her genitals in Demario’s face.

Jackson has admitted to performing an oral sex act on Corrine at this point. To which, she says she was too drunk to consent.

Demario Jackson and his attorney are calling for the tape to be released after his family name and character were defamed. Jackson says he even lost his job behind the scandal.

No word yet on if Corrine and Demario will resume filming with the cast. Warner Bros. says it won’t release the video but maybe they should to kill any doubt.