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Actors Speak Out About Harassment and Assault + More Industry News

Actors Speak Out About Harassment and Assault + More Industry News
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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein news, others in Hollywood speak out about their experience with harassment and assault.
Terry Crews tweeted that he was groped by a male executive at an industry party last year. Blake Lively told the “L.A. Times” she was harassed by a male makeup artist on set for three months and nothing was done even after she reported it to the film’s producers. Rose McGowan was suspended from Twitter after using the platform to accuse Amazon of canceling a script she had in development after she “told the head of your studio that [Weinstein] raped” her. Kate Beckinsale had to turn down Weinstein’s advances when she was 17 years old. James Van Der Beek says he’s “had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger.” 

And Roy Price of Amazon Studios was suspended after a sexual harassment claim.
It is truly a shame it took the downfall of one of Hollywood’s biggest producers (and most notorious abusers) to get people to admit the industry has a serious problem, but now it seems like everyone is taking note and not taking chances. (New York Times)

CSA opens new doors for transgender and non-binary actors.
The initiative, one of CSA’s largest to date and the first of its kind, is part of the organization’s continuing efforts to challenge unconscious bias within the industry by seeking out and promoting upcoming talent within diverse communities. (Backstage)

The extreme weather wardrobes of film crew members are fascinating.
From “Game of Thrones” shoots in Iceland to docuseries that have them trampling through the Amazon, film and TV crews really love their gear. (Racked)

53rd Chicago International Film Festival to feature awards season favorites ‘Marshall’ and ‘Lady Bird.’
Running Oct. 12–26, this year’s festival will open with director Reginald Hudlin’s “Marshall.” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” will serve as the fest’s centerpiece event after its premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The closing night film will be another anticipated awards contender: Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.” (Backstage)

Calling all “Pushing Daisies” fans!
Creator Bryan Fuller says he would “love to do ‘Pushing Daisies’ as a Broadway musical.” (Vanity Fair)

The New York City Ballet just debuted two same-sex love stories. 
“Same-sex partnering on its own is not new... What feels unusual in these two dances is their fresh approach: Full of abandon and brimming with romantic desire, they seem utterly natural.” (New York Times)

Playwright Taylor Mac and more artists among 2017 MacArthur ‘Genius’ recipients.
Comprised of an eclectic lineup of artists from the realm of theater, as well as musicians, painters, mathematicians, and beyond, the recipients of the 2017 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships have been announced. (Backstage)

Carl Weathers and Vivica A. Fox love voiceover work.
The (vocal) stars of animated series “Explosion Jones” on the perks of not having to sit through hair and makeup, and not having to wear underwear. (Vulture)

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