On June 7th, the entertainment world was stunned to hear funnyman Tracy Morgan was involved in a fatal car crash, killing one and critically injuring Morgan and others. Many originally though it had something to do with Morgan driving.
Not so. It was a WalMart employee, now revealed to be tractor-trailer driver, 35-year-old Kevin Roper who was “awake for more than 24 consecutive hours,” who allegedly nodded off at the wheel and crashed into Morgan’s limousine bus, as Morgan was returning from a show at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Delaware. Morgan’s limo was overturned by the collision with Roper’s 18-Wheeler on a New Jersey Turnpike.
Following the accident, Roper, was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.
In Morgan’s suit, other plaintiffs include: comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, who died from the crash, Mc’Nair’s wife, Krista Millea, Jeffrey Millea, Morgan’s assistant and comedian Ardie Fuqua.
According to an Article in Variety
A rep for Walmart said in a statement that the company is “committed to doing the right thing for all involved.”
“This has been a terrible tragedy. We wish Mr. Morgan, Mr. Fuqua Jr., and Mr. Millea full recoveries,” the statement reads. “Our thoughts continue to go out to them, their families and friends, as well as to the families and friends of everyone involved, including Mr. McNair, who lost his life. We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved. As we’ve said, we’re cooperating fully in the ongoing investigation. We know it will take some time to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident, but we’re committed to doing the right thing for all involved.”
Twenty-two year-old Eden Sher who plays Sue Heck in ABC’s “The Middle“, wrote a great article about that lack of female directors in Hollywood called, “I’ve Spent 12 Years Surrounded by Hollywood Peen. Where Are the Women Directors?” In part she wrote:
“Having women steer the ship makes all the difference in the world.
For example, I worked on a show in 2006 (another sitcom for ABC) that was created and run by men. There were only two female staff writers. All the producers were male. Every director, too. But despite the bro-heavy environment, these guys were not bad or misogynistic — in fact, they were awesome, progressive and kind. And yet nary a woman in sight.
So what was the problem? Why did this show reek of peen? It wasn’t because of some deep-seated aversion to women in the workplace. Rather, the problem was that these guys seemed to only hire people who were exactly like them: guys. And while working with what’s comfortable and familiar is all well and good, if your goal is to create an honest story about men and women interacting with one another — as was the aim of this particular show — you’re definitely going to miss the mark if you don’t have any input from a real, live female.
The show was canceled after twelve episodes”.
Well, now there’s some hard data to back her position and many more under employed women in the film industry.
A new study by Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D. has been published that maintains the “Celluloid Ceiling” still exists for women working behind the scenes in Hollywood and it’s gotten worse.
In 2011, women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers,producers, writers, cinematographers,and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. This represents an increase of 2 percentage points from 2010 and an increase of 1 percentage point from 1998 (see Figure 1).
Women accounted for 5% of directors, a decrease of 2 percentage points from 2010 and approximately half the percentage of women directors working in 1998.
The following summary provides employment figures for 2011 and compares the most recent statistics with those from previous years.
Findings This study analyzed behind the scenes employment of 2,636 individuals working on the top 250 domestic grossing films (foreign films omitted) of 2011.
38% of films employed 0 or 1 woman in the *Scene roles considered
23% employed 2 women,
30% employed 3 to 5 women,
07% employed 6 to 9 women.
Scenes Roles* includes directors, writers, executive producers editors, and cinematographers.
Women comprised 5% of all directors working on the top 250 films of 2011. Ninety four percent (94%) of the films had no female directors.
“What needs to happen is to continue to forge the new paradigm, as evidenced by Kathryn Bigelow’s masterful direction, and allow women to express themselves beyond the female-centric and family fare. On an executive level, I think we are doing that, as for years we have been seeing high-powered women that are killing it. Sherry Lansing, for example, ran Paramount Studios for years and has forged the way for many others.”
It’s no surprise to any of us women in other non-Hollywood markets that this is the case. Even in filmmaking communities where I live, even though, they say they are an ‘equal opportunity employer’. If the job is in the film industry and it’s not in Craft Services, you can bet they are not….
What’s your feeling…? Film industry Men or Women…I’d love to know your thoughts.
For the complete and very excellent article by Eden Sher, please click Here.
To read the executive summary from the Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D study, please click Here.
To read a like minded article by Rebecca Pahle, please click Here.
Co-Hosts Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler will have a star studded line-up of presenters to join in the fun for the 71st Annual Golden Globes tonight. With a special shout-out to Deadline.com – Here is the full list of presenters:
Just Confirmed: Ben Affleck (2013 and 1998 Golden Globe Award winner; 2007 Golden Globe Award nominee), Drew Barrymore (2010 Golden Globe Award winner; 1993 and 1985 Golden Globe Award nominee), Kate Beckinsale, Orlando Bloom, Sandra Bullock (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama; 2010 Golden Globe Award winner; 2001 and 1996 Golden Globe Award nominee), Jim Carrey (2000 and 1999 Golden Globe Award winner; 2005, 2001, 1998 and 1995 Golden Globe Award nominee), Jessica Chastain (2013 Golden Globe Award winner; 2012 Golden Globe Award nominee), Emilia Clarke, Sean Combs, Matt Damon (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television; 1998 Golden Globe Award winner; 2010 and 2000 Golden Globe Award nominee), Leonardo DiCaprio (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical; 2005 Golden Globe Award winner; 2013, 2012, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1998, 1994 Golden Globe Award nominee), Aaron Eckhart (2007 Golden Globe Award nominee), Chris Evans, Amber Heard, Jonah Hill (2012 Golden Globe Award nominee), Taylor Kinney, Niki Lauda, Paula Patton, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Jesse Spencer, Emma Stone (2011 Golden Globe Award nominee), Emma Thompson (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama; 1996 and 1993 Golden Globe Award winner; 2009, 2002, 1995 and 1994 Golden Globe Award nominee), Usher, and Christoph Waltz (2013 and 1910 Golden Globe Award winner) are the final round of presenters announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Previously Announced: Kevin Bacon (2010 Golden Globe Award winner; 1995,1997 Golden Globe Award nominee), Julie Bowen, Laura Dern (2012, 2009, 1993 Golden Globe Award winner; 1999, 1992 Golden Globe Award nominee; 1982 Miss. Golden Globe), Robert Downey Jr. (2010, 2001, 1994 Golden Globe winner; 2009, 1993 Golden Globe Award nominee), Jimmy Fallon, Colin Farrell (2009 Golden Globe Award winner), Tom Hanks (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama; 2001, 1995, 1994, 1989 Golden Globe Award winner; 2008, 1999 Golden Globe Award nominee), Chris Hemsworth, Mila Kunis (2011 Golden Globe Award nominee), Jennifer Lawrence (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture; 2013 Golden Globe Award winner; 2011 Golden Globe Award nominee), Melissa McCarthy, Seth Meyers, Liam Neeson (2005, 1997, 1994 Golden Globe Award nominee), Chris O’Donnell (1992 Golden Globe Award nominee), Margot Robbie, Mark Ruffalo, Kyra Sedgwick (2007 Golden Globe winner; 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 1996, 1993 Golden Globe nominee), Channing Tatum, Uma Thurman (2003 Golden Globe Award winner; 2005, 2004, 1995 Golden Globe Award nominee), Emma Watson, Naomi Watts (2013 Golden Globe Award nominee), Olivia Wilde, and Reese Witherspoon (2006 Golden Globe Award winner; 2002, 2000 Golden Globe Award nominee).
Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the first president born in the 20th century to become president during his time and the youngest elected president to date.
by Shannonn Kelly 01:22AM, EST, Monday August 26,2013
Updated 2:04PM, EST, Monday August 26,2013
If you’re reading this blog, that means you just finished watching the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 and you, the little ‘MoonMan” and a whole lot of folks may be having a meltdown after witnessing the shenanigans of 20 year-old ex-Disney mega-star Miley Cyrus.
Dan Isett, PTC’s Director of Public Policy, The Parents Television Council (PTC)
“MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials — while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable.”
It’s not the best news to the ears of Batman fans. But you know we’re all going to rush to the box office to see it. Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman in the “Man of Steel” sequel, according to a statement released by Warner Bros. just after last month’s San Diego Comic-Con International.
The announcement follows weeks of speculation about who would don the Dark Knight’s cape in the Batman-Superman film currently titled “Batman vs. Superman“.
Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. President of Creative Development:
“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”
Episode 3 plans to directly deal with the circumstances around actor Cory Monteith’s death but Reilly didn’t specifically say that the character dies of an overdose.
“The third episode will deal with the Finn Hudson character being written out of the show. That episode will deal directly with the incidents surrounding his death and drug addiction … Ryan Murphy is going to film PSAs with the cast, as cast members, as friends of his, they’re going to speak directly to the audience.
Apparently portions of a “fake movie” made in 2011 in the UK whereby “producers” told investors they had signed up A-list Hollywood and UK actors was a complete fraud. Parties involved were sentenced yesterday in England.
Andrea McLean, 43, TV presenter and the star of the UK’s “Loose Women”, was tricked into starring as a bisexual therapist in a low-budget film as part of an elaborate scheme for tax breaks. McLean was cast alongside former EastEnders actor Marc Bannerman for a movie called “A Landscape Of Lies“.