HOLLYWOOD, DO BETTER
In this week’s edition of “How Has Hollywood Disappointed,” men in Hollywood don’t seem to understand that consent is sexy. Post-Weinstein, studios are shying away from depicting sex in films entirely. In a piece by The Hollywood Reporter, entertainment attorney Marc Simon says, “There may be a concern in this zero tolerance climate that creativity and creative opportunity could be restrained because individuals may become unwilling to put themselves in situations that could be misinterpreted or misconstrued in the creative process.”
Listen, if male directors and studio heads are saying the only way to avoid on-set harassment is to avoid having films that include sex entirely, that speaks to a huge problem of a lack of work ethic and men’s inability to draw the line between fiction and reality. It tells us we still have a long way to go to fixing Hollywood culture.
The latest “Celluloid Ceiling” study from executive director Martha M. Lauzen and SDSU’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film is here; the study tracks employment numbers of women behind-the-scenes in Hollywood. It’s a damning study, finding that in 2017, women comprised just 18% of all behind-the-scenes crew working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. For directors, 88% of the top 250 films this year were directed by men. That number has been virtually unchanged since 1998. You can read the whole study here.
James Franco has officially been accused of sexual misconduct and exploitive behavior by five women.
COOL PROJECTS FROM COOL PEOPLE
We have a lot of things coming down the pipeline that I’m personally very excited for.
We’re getting a John Wick TV series, you guys. Starz announced it was moving forward with the project, and Keanu Reeves will be one of the executive producers. Reeves will not be the main character, but is expected to show up. The show will focus on the Continental Hotel and those who live there.
Hulu is adapting Jade Chang’s best-selling comedic novel The Wangs vs. the World, about a wealthy Chinese immigrant family that had it all but lost everything. Jon M. Chu will direct the half-hour pilot.
We now have a trailer for Gabrielle Union’s Breaking In, about a woman fighting to protect her family during a home invasion.
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown will star in and produce a series of films based on Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes Mysteries novel series. The novels tell the story of Enola, Sherlock’s younger sister.
Taraji P. Henson is producing and starring in a film about the murder of Emmett Till. “I’ve been passionate about [the project] since Trayvon Martin was murdered,” Henson told Global Grind.
Daveed Diggs, most known for his role as Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the original run of “Hamilton,” has been cast in the lead role for TNT’s Snowpiercer series. Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun, and Dooho Choi, the original team behind the Snowpiercer film, are set to executive produce alongside Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements.
Masterpiece and BBC One are creating a six-part TV adaptation of Les Misérables. Dominic West is playing Jean Valjean and David Oyelowo is Javert.
A biopic is being made about Hattie McDaniel, the first black woman to win an Academy Award. Alysia Allen, who is also the founder of the national book club, Mocha Girls Read, is set to produce.
Celeste Ng’s 2014 debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, is being adapted to film. The story is about a 1970s Chinese-American family in small-town Ohio who suffer a tragedy when their daughter’s body is found in the local lake.
NBC’s Rise, based on a real-life high school drama teacher named Lou Volpe who came out as gay later in life, has rewritten Volpe as a straight man. In response, executive producer Jason Katims said that we’ll see representation among the students. “We are firmly committed to LGBTQ inclusion…to that end, we worked with GLAAD on the show’s LGBTQ storylines to ensure they are told with respect and authenticity,” Katims said in a statement. We’ll have to see how this pans out, but suffice to say we’re still confused why they had to change Volpe’s identity to begin with.
The animated film Bilal, which tells the story of the freed Ethiopian slave, Bilal Ibn Rabah, who later became Islam’s first muezzin and a close adviser to the Prophet Muhammad, is coming to the US! The film stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and will hit theaters February 2.
The new reboot of Roseanne will feature a non-binary child. Mark, played by Ames McNamara, will be a child who likes to wear girl’s clothing and doesn’t identify as gay or transgender; the show will explore Mark’s choices and thoughts on the matter.
We now have a trailer for Blueprint, an indie film about a young black man searches for his identity in the aftermath of a fatal shooting in Chicago. You can watch the trailer here.
Marvel is finally pushing ahead with a Black Widow standalone movie, with Jac Schaeffer writing the script. For years fans clamored for this film, but now it feels too little, too late. What do you think?