Since the Harvey Weinstein story broke last week, we are learning more about how pervasive this problem really is. Former Editor and Co-Owner of The Hollywood Reporter, Janice Min was on Bill Maher Friday night. Great interview, lots of insight…we are doomed.
Harvey Weinstein has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after an emergency board meeting on Saturday. He is no longer a member and has been stripped of his voting rights.
Weinstein was fired a week ago from the company he co-founded following harassment and assault allegations going back decades.
The board is made up of 54 members, including Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. The number of votes to remove Weinstein was well above the two thirds needed. The Academy has been criticized in the past for ignoring other allegations of sexual misconduct. Woody Allen, Casey Affleck and Roman Polanski have all won Oscars despite such claims. Bill Cosby is still an academy member.
More decisions will be made regarding Weinstein’s future. France is discussing whether to revoke his Legion of Honour, the country’s highest civilian distinction, according to President Emmanuel Macron’s office Saturday.
The Producers Guild of America will hold an emergency board meeting on Monday to decide whether Weinstein should be kicked out of the organization. In 2012, he received the PGA’s Milestone Award.
Women continue to come forward about Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior. Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow allege harassment as well as Minka Kelly, Kate Beckinsale, Mira Sorvino and Rose McGowan.
Weinstein had his share of accomplishments. His biggest was getting his film Shakespeare in Love to beat out Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture in 1999. His fall from grace was swift and harsh. The “Oscar Whisperer” is no more and deservedly so.
Harvey Weinstein put up the money and was the power behind some of the biggest films of the past 25 years.
Know as the “Oscar Whisperer”, the 65-year-old has been involved in the production of 20 films that have been nominated for best picture. Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, Shakespeare In Love and The English Patient all went on to win the Academy Award. Other films to get Oscar nominations include Pulp Fiction and Gangs of New York.
Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein founded Miramax in 1979, turning it into a major player before selling it to Disney in 1993. They continued to work with Miramax until 2005 when they quit to start Weinstein Company, which was responsible for The King’s Speech, Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook.
There have always been rumors about Harvey’s inappropriate treatment of women that worked for him. A New York Times article the past week alleged inappropriate behavior with women in the last 30 years. In it, actress Ashley Judd described being lured to Weinstein’s hotel room, to find him wearing a bathrobe and requesting sexual favors. It had claims from other women working for the company and official settlements from people, including Rose McGowan, who was issued a $100,000 settlement. Now several more women have reportedly come forward to allege serious sexual misconduct.
In a statement, Weinstein said he “came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone. I realised some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed.”
The Weinstein Company announced on Sunday that its directors have fired Harvey Weinstein.
A statement released from the company read “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company – Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”
If Harvey would have stayed on and continued to produce movies, every actress or actor working with him would forever be questioned about why they would support someone accused of sexual harassment. To this day same questions are asked of people that work with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. The Weinstein Company had no choice but to fire its founder.
Harvey Weinstein went on the Howard Stern radio show to tell everyone how great AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY is and more people need to see it. He also gave a good explanation of what he actually does. He admits to failures and announces an anti-gun movie he is making with Meryl Streep.
Listen to the entire interview here:
Speaking in Zürich, Harvey Weinstein summed up the Oscar season so far and explains why he is pushing GRACE OF MONACO to next year.
“This is the most competitive [Oscar] season I’ve ever seen,” Weinstein said. “And if you aren’t ready, don’t get in it.”
MPAA settles THE BUTLER dispute (with a compromise).
THE BUTLER set to be released August 16th could give Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker and Terrence Howard some Oscar nominations. Harvey Weinstein is set for a huge Oscar push. Warner Brothers claims it owns the rights to THE BUTLER title. THE BUTLER shares its title with a Warner Brothers short film from 1916. Somehow Warner Brother won its arbitration case against Weinstein. Which would force him to change the name of the film right before it’s release date. He has already spent a ton of money. promoting the film and investing in and Oscar campaign. Naturally Weinstein is appealing the case.
Harvey can be a douche, but I have to agree with him this time. I don’t know how anyone could confuse the 1916 short film with THE BUTLER that is coming out in August. It’s all ridiculous and it sounds like WB has some beef with Weinstien that they are trying to avenge.
Discussion from CBS This Morning:
Trailer for THE BUTLER: