Actor Jeffrey Tambor announced Sunday he will be leaving Amazon's Transparent, after two members of the show's crew said he sexually harassed them.
"Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," he told Deadline. "What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago." Tambor said he apologizes if any of his actions were ever "misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive," but called "the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone ... simply and utterly untrue." Because of the "politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set," he added, "I don't see how I can return to Transparent."
Amazon is investigating the allegations, and prior to Tambor's announcement, there was talk of writing his character out of the show, Deadline reports. Catherine Garcia
Director Ridley Scott is re-shooting scenes for his new movie All the Money in the World, replacing Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer.
Filming was completed and the movie was set to premiere next week at AFI Fest, but after allegations of sexual assault were made against Spacey, the movie was pulled from the festival and Scott decided to cut Spacey from the film, the Los Angeles Times reports. Scott is trying to shoot Plummer's scenes and edit what has already been filmed in order to make the original release date of Dec. 22. Spacey played tycoon J. Paul Getty, alongside Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg. Catherine Garcia
Kevin Spacey's publicist, Staci Wolf, announced on Thursday she is parting ways with the actor, and so is his talent agency, CAA, after several more people alleged sexual misconduct by him.
On Sunday, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that when he was 14 and Spacey was 26, Spacey made a sexual advance toward him. Later in the week, an unidentified man told New York magazine that when he was 14 and Spacey was 24, they had a sexual relationship, and the last time he saw Spacey, the actor attempted to rape him. Spacey apologized to Rapp, and denies the second man's allegations.
Due to the accusations, production on Spacey's Netflix show House of Cards has been put on hold, and on Thursday, CNN spoke with eight crew members who described a "toxic" work environment. One former production assistant said Spacey sexually assaulted him during an early season, several months after he complained to management about Spacey sexually harassing him. The crew members allege that Spacey would make lewd comments, touch them without permission, and mostly targeted young male production staffers. His behavior was "predatory," they told CNN, and all were afraid to talk about the overt harassment because they didn't want to get fired. Catherine Garcia
After six women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against filmmaker Brett Ratner, Warner Bros. decided to sever ties with him, several people with knowledge of the situation told The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday.
The women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, shared their stories with the Los Angeles Times; Ratner's attorney, Martin Singer, said Ratner "categorically" denied the allegations. Ratner released a statement saying that in light of the accusations, "I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities. I don't want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved."
Warner Bros. decided it will not renew his first-look deal, which had already expired, and he can no longer rent the offices on the studio lot once used by Frank Sinatra, The Hollywood Reporter says; the Rush Hour director has also been removed as a producer on the film adaptation of the book The Goldfinch. Ratner remains a partner in RatPac-Dune Entertainment; he formed RatPac Entertainment in 2012 with Australian billionaire James Packer, and the company merged with current U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's Dune Entertainment in 2013. That year, Warner Bros. signed a $450 million financing agreement with the joint venture. Catherine Garcia
A new Lion King, featuring the voices of Donald Glover as Simba and Beyoncé as Nala and directed by Jon Favreau, will hit theaters July 19, 2019, Disney announced Wednesday.
James Earl Jones, the voice of Simba's father, Mufasa, in the 1994 original, is back again in the same role, and joined by Alfre Woodard as Simba's mother, Sarabi. Seth Rogen will voice the warthog Pumbaa, Billy Eichner is the meerkat Timon, and John Oliver will be the hornbill Zazu. The original film earned more than $968 million worldwide. Catherine Garcia
It topped this weekend's box office charts, bringing in $117 million in the United States and Canada and breaking two records.
The $35 million adaptation of the Stephen King novel was projected to bring in $55 million, but it ended up having the largest opening for a horror movie and the biggest September opening weekend gross ever, the Los Angeles Times reports. It stars Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, a murderer who preys on children in a small town in Maine. The success of It is good news for Hollywood, which saw low ticket sales over the summer. Catherine Garcia
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators and showrunners of Game of Thrones, are already looking ahead to their post-Thrones life, announcing on Wednesday their next HBO project: Confederate, a drama series set in a world where the American Civil War had a different outcome, slavery is "legal and has evolved into a modern institution," and the Third American Civil War is about to begin, Rolling Stone reports.
Benioff and Weiss will serve as creators, writers, executive producers, and showrunners. "We have discussed Confederate for years, originally as a concept for a feature film," they said in a statement. "But our experience on Thrones has convinced us that no one provides a bigger, better storytelling canvas than HBO." Production on the show will begin after the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones airs, which is likely to occur in 2018 or early 2019. Catherine Garcia
With their union contract scheduled to expire on May 1, Writers Guild of America members voted on Monday to authorize a strike.
The guild said that 67.5 percent of eligible members voted, and 96.3 percent were in favor of the measure. On Tuesday, the union is expected to pick up negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the major Hollywood studios and broadcast networks. The writers are asking for pay increases, larger residuals for shows on streaming services like Netflix, and bigger employer contributions to the health plan.
The guild says that over the last two years, the average salary for a television writer-producer is down 23 percent, the Los Angeles Times reports. If negotiations fail and a strike is called, it will have a major impact on the television and film industry, cutting seasons short and affecting the fall season and possibly beyond; during the last strike in 2007, which lasted 100 days, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers says writers lost more than $287 million in compensation and the walkout "hurt everyone." Catherine Garcia