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Wednesday
Jan102018

Report: Mark Wahlberg got "All the Money in the World" for movie re-shoots; co-star Michelle Williams earned less than $1,000

"All the Money in the World" - ©2017 CTMG, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Hollywood gender pay gap? More like a gender pay crater.

According to a report from USA Today, Mark Wahlberg was allegedly paid $1.5 million to do re-shoots for All the Money in the World while his co-star Michelle Williams was paid a mere $80 per diem, which totaled less than $1,000. That means she was paid less than 1% of what he earned.

The Ridley Scott drama about billionaire J. Paul Getty was re-shot the week of Thanksgiving after Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey.

In December, Scott told USA Today that they were able to keep costs down for the re-shoot because “everyone did it for nothing.” He said that he and all the actors “came in free” over the Thanksgiving holiday, except for Plummer.  And Williams, a multiple Oscar nominee,  told the publication that she did indeed agree to that.

"I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me,” she said. “And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort."

But since then, USA Today has learned that Wahlberg’s team negotiated his $1.5 million fee and Williams was not told about it. They are both represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency.

The actors and the studio have yet to comment.

Meanwhile, stars have been speaking out in support of Williams on Twitter, with Amber Tamblyn calling the pay gap “totally unacceptable” and Jessica Chastain saying Williams is a “brilliant” actress who “deserves more.”

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Wednesday
Jan102018

Caught on tape: Patron slaps Harvey Weinstein at Arizona restaurant

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images(ARIZONA) -- Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein ran into trouble at an Arizona restaurant last night, and now TMZ has the video to prove it.

A man named Steve told the gossip site that when he and a friend sat down to eat at the Elements restaurant in Scottsdale,  Weinstein and another man, who TMZ says is Harvey's sober coach, were seated at the table next to them.

Steve claims he complimented Weinstein's filmography and asked for a photo, and that Weinstein became "belligerent" in response. 

But TMZ reports that, according to other witnesses, the producer declined a picture, but was "very sweet about it," and the pair shook hands before parting ways. 

Steve admitted he and his friend "had quite a bit to drink," and when he saw Weinstein leaving, Steve told his friend to get his cellphone and start recording as he approached the producer.

According to Steve, he told Weinstein, "You're such a piece of s*** for what you did to these women," and then punched him twice in the face, sending him stumbling backward.

Video of the altercation actually proves Steve delivered to small backhand slaps to Weinstein's face and, while he appeared surprised, Weinstein wasn't harmed.

The sober coach is then shown running interference between the Weinstein and the "cameraman" while Harvey made his exit.

A restaurant manager tells TMZ that Steve was "out of control," and that Weinstein declined calling the cops.

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Wednesday
Jan102018

"Stranger Things'" Millie Bobby Brown to star in, produce "Enola Holmes Mysteries" movies

ABC/Radhika Chalasani(LOS ANGELES) -- Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown has cracked the case of what she's going to do next in the industry: she's headed to the big screen. 

The 13-year-old has inked a deal to produce and star in a feature film series based on Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes Mysteries novel series, according to Deadline.

The young adult book series, which began with 2006's The Case of the Missing Marquess and spans six novels, revolves around Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ teenage younger sister, Enola.

While her much older brothers dismiss their little sibling, Enola proves to be a capable detective in her own right: in Missing Marquess, she follows clues to find her mom, who has vanished. 

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Wednesday
Jan102018

Michael Douglas gives interview in an attempt to "get ahead" of a sexual harassment story that's a "complete fabrication"

Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) --  Oscar-winner Michael Douglas has offered Deadline an exhaustive interview in order to "get ahead" of a sexual harassment allegation leveled against him by a woman he worked with 32 years ago.

Douglas calls the woman's most salacious accusation -- that he pleasured himself in front of her --  a "complete...fabrication."

Calling it a "cautionary tale," in a time when careers can be ruined without proof, Douglas said in addition, the woman "claims that...I used colorful language...that in conversations I had in front of her, on the phone, that I spoke raunchily, or dirtily with friends of mine, in private conversations."

While he apologized for the "colorful language," he noted, "None of it was directed at her; she didn’t say it was. It was my office and that was the tone that I set...she may have overheard private conversations, and if she was offended, she could have excused herself."

Douglas also denied blackballing the accuser.

As to the accusation of him pleasuring himself, Douglas says there is "no truth to it whatsoever," adding, "I was floored. I didn’t know what to say and I tried to digest it...I tried to figure out, why the hell would somebody do this?"

Douglas told the trade, "I pride myself of being so supportive of the women’s movement...wholeheartedly, through all my years."   He also noted that he's worked with dozens of female executives and "hundreds of performers" in his lengthy career, and was never accused of any impropriety.

Calling the accusations "extremely painful," the actor said, "I pride myself on my reputation in this business, not to mention the long history of my father and everything else. I don’t have skeletons in my closet."

Douglas also speculates that his accuser "either has or is trying to get a book deal," adding, "I can’t believe that someone would cause someone else pain like this. Maybe she is disgruntled her career didn’t go the way she hoped and she is holding this grudge."

Douglas added, "The part that hurt the worst is having to share something like this to your wife and your children. My kids are really upset, has to go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser. They’re scared and very uncomfortable."

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Wednesday
Jan102018

Viral GoFundMe campaign raises funds to send Harlem kids to see "Black Panther"

Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- New York native Frederick Joseph knew he wanted to give back to his community in some way and with the highly anticipated Black Panther hitting theaters next month, he decided to try and raise funds to send a few hundred kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem for free.

But what has happened over the last few days since his GoFundMe page launched is something straight out of the pages of Marvel Comics.

Joseph's original goal of $10,000 has been well surpassed and now stands at around $25,000 and climbing. More than 500 people have donated. The campaign also boasts support from Chelsea Clinton, J.J. Abrams and ESPN's Jamele Hill.

"I knew I wanted to do something, but wasn’t sure what," Joseph told ABC News. "My mother mentioned, 'You're a marketer, why don't you put those skills to good use?' So, I decided to try and do crowd funding."

Joseph's original goal was to send 300 kids to the film, but that's all changed when the campaign went viral. In fact, Harlem Boys & Girls Club executive director Dominique Jones told ABC News that her club services over 1,000 kids of all ages.

The hope is that everyone will be able to go to the film and what's left over will be donated to the club, Joseph said.

Jones said it speaks volumes when children of color see a strong, positive role model just like them fighting for what's right. In this film, Chadwick Boseman returns as T'Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, the prince-turned-king-turned-superhero.

Jones and Joseph are currently in the early stages of planning the big outing for the club's kids.

Joseph said that with the success of the local New York campaign, GoFundMe is working to expand this into other cities.

ABC News and Marvel are both part of parent company Disney.

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Wednesday
Jan102018

Is Hugh Grant expecting baby number five?

"Paddington 2" - Warner Bros. Pictures/STUDIOCANAL(NEW YORK) -- It look like Hugh Grant is about to be a daddy for the fifth time!

The Paddington 2 actor was photographed at a New York City airport on Tuesday with his girlfriend, Swedish television producer Anna Eberstein, whose outfit revealed a growing baby bump, according to People magazine.

The baby would be the third for the couple and the fifth for Grant, who have a two-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son.

Grant also has a four-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter with former girlfriend, Tinglan Hong.

The couple has yet to officially announce the pregnancy.

Paddington 2, also starring The Shape of Water's Sally Hawkins, opens nationwide on Friday.

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Wednesday
Jan102018

James Franco to Colbert on sexual misconduct allegations: "If I've done something wrong, I will fix it, I have to"

Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc.(NEW YORK) -- James Franco is addressing the Twitter accusations of two women who accused the actor of sexual misconduct.

Speaking on Late Night with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, Franco said, "The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate," but he added, "I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn't have a voice for so long."

The actor added, "The way I live my life, I can't live if there's restitution to be made. I will make it. So if I've done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to."

Actress Violet Paley, after seeing Franco on Sunday's Golden Globes telecast wearing a Time's Up pin in support of the new Hollywood initiative against sexual harassment, tweeted, "Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?"

In a second tweet, Paley claimed that Franco offered an apology in recent weeks but added, "...offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone 'apology,'" adding, "I don’t accept."

Paley expanded on her accusation tweeting, noting it was hard for her to come forward because she said she also had a consensual sexual relationship with Franco.

Another woman, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, tweeted, "Hey James Franco, nice #timesup  pin at the #GoldenGlobes , remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn't exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!"

The New York Times has cancelled a planned Q&A event with Franco that had been scheduled for Wednesday in the wake of the allegations.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

"Proud Mary" lead Taraji P. Henson declares "time is up" for male domination of action movies

Photo: Dana Starbard - ©2017 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved. (NEW YORK) -- Proud Mary star and executive producer Taraji P. Henson can't say enough about her new action movie, which hits theaters Friday. In the film, the actress plays the titular hitwoman with a heart of gold.

In short, Henson is proud. "I'm really proud of this movie because we haven't seen an African-American woman starring in a role like this," Henson tells ABC's Good Morning America. "We've seen bada** sidekicks but not the star of the show, headlining."

"I don't think we've seen it since the '70s," she noted, adding, "Why!?"

As for her character in the film, Henson gushed, "I had the ... combat boots ... motorcycle jacket and motorcycle pants and I just felt like, 'Dang, I could really hurt someone!'"

Henson notes that for a 47-year-old actress, a role like this coming her way is particularly rare -- not so for male actors: Liam Neeson, for example, is 10 years her senior, and working in the genre. Ditto Sylvester Stallone, who is 71. 

"You know, usually women, we get of a certain age, they like to...send us out to pasture," the Empirestar says of the entertainment industry. "You can rattle off the men, and they get the opportunities time and time again -- whether the movie does well or not."

"But here we are, me, and all my fine girlfriends, who still look good -- who still can kick butt, we're playing the 'cute girlfriend,' you know: Time is up!"

Related to that rallying cry combating sexism and gender discrimination, Henson said, "We're off to a good start. We have a lot of work to do...You have to start with a conversation, you know? You have to start getting those dirty secrets from up under the carpet and let's talk about it so that we can evoke change."

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Justin Timberlake to appear on post-Super Bowl episode of "The Tonight Show" 

Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) -- If you can't get enough of Justin Timberlake after watching his Super Bowl halftime show on February 4, stick around after the game to watch him hang with his BFF, Jimmy Fallon.

Justin, along with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and the cast of This Is Us, will all appear on a special post-Super Bowl episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Justin will be talking to Jimmy and serving as musical guest on the episode.

The show will air live from the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4 after the Super Bowl, an original episode of This Is Us and late local news.

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Gabrielle Union posts powerful #TimesUp message to mark the 25th anniversary of her rape

ABC Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Gabrielle Union has a special message for the victims of the sexual harassment and abuse: #TimesUp.

In a heartfelt message on Monday, Union shared her thoughts on the #TimesUp initiative, which helps to promote equality and safety in the workplace. 

"#TimesUp #WhyWeWearBlack This year marked the 25th anniversary of my rape," Union wrote, captioning a makeup free selfie of herself on Instagram. "#MeToo I know I am not alone."

Union, who first shared her story in 2014 on The View, was raped at gunpoint at age nineteen while working at a shoe store. Union later revisited the traumatic incident in her 2017 memoir, We're Going to Need More Wine.

Union continued, "Together we can eradicate sexual violence, harassment and abuse. Together we can have true equality. Together we can dismantle white supremacy and racism. Together we can center the voices of the most marginalized among us."

Recognizing the shift in Hollywood and the fact that women are now speaking out more than ever, Union then added, "Together we can acknowledge the jig is up and its BEEN time for monumental sweeping change.  #TimesUpNow."

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