Last week on Twitter, a young actor asked: “Is there a list of actors/directors/etc who have committed to an inclusion rider yet?”It’s a good question. Who has committed so far?He tagged @Inclusionists, which is the Twitter handle of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. That’s the think tank at the University of Southern California led by Stacy L. Smith who originally conceived of, and is now promoting, the inclusion rider.Here’s how it’s explained on their website: “The concept is that A-list actors can incorporate a clause into their contracts that stipulates that inclusion — both on camera and behind the scenes for crew members — be reflected in films.”The clause would ensure that “women, people of color, people with disabilities and members of LGBT and marginalized communities who are traditionally underrepresented be depicted on screen in proportion to their representation in the population.”Sounds like a smart … [Read more...] about Who in Hollywood is using inclusion riders? Nobody’s keeping track — including the group pushing for them
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Getting cast as a hero in a Marvel film appears to be a solid gig for most actors, but Zoe Saldana said it does have its downsides. Saldana recently shared that some Hollywood executives are biased against casting Marvel hero actors, and tend to look down on them as performers (via THR): "I’ve been in rooms with people in this industry who are great at what they do, but they’re absolutely elitist and they look down at movies like the Marvel films or actors like myself. They think we’re selling out in some way. Every time they speak I feel so disappointed in them, because whenever you see pictures of people in this industry who donate their time to children in need, it’s these actors that live in the world that you feel is selling out." If selling out means ensuring you'd never have to work another day in your life, then yes, Marvel actors are selling out. Honestly, I think most of these executives are more angry at Marvel for scooping up such a wide range of … [Read more...] about Zoe Saldana Is Disappointed In Hollywood Elitists Who Look Down On Marvel Actors
Yesterday, I wrote a piece about Los Angeles acting teacher Lesly Kahn, who gave some really shameful acting career advice to a student, telling her that because she “looks Latin,” she should change her name to something Latinx, wear “something fucking red,” and put on “sparkly earrings” to have a better chance at getting jobs. What I didn’t mention was that this upset me both as a Latina and as someone who is currently converting to Judaism. But first, Ms. Kahn did issue an apology for the incident, once the recording came out: pic.twitter.com/lYVYHfe53X — Lesly Kahn (@leslykahn) February 26, 2018 While I’m glad she made the apology, at first, it struck me the way such apologies often do. I thought: Had someone not leaked footage of you talking this way and embarrassed you, you never would’ve apologized. As it happens, students at her school have spoken publicly about how this was not an isolated incident, but rather, a … [Read more...] about Your Periodic Reminder That Antisemitism Is Still Actually Very Real. Yes, “Even” in Hollywood.
A new survey reports that a staggering, almost unbelievable, 94% of women in the entertainment industry have experienced some kind of sexual misconduct or another in their careers. This survey comes only a few months after the #MeToo movement started, along with the allegations of sexual misconduct against some very powerful men in Hollywood.It’s only been about four months since the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal broke the headlines, empowering women, and men, all over Hollywood to come forward and tell their own stories as victims of sexual assault from Harvey and other powerful men in the entertainment industry. So far, we’ve seen the incredibly successful careers of Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer and Louis C.K. basically end, while the careers of people like Woody Allen, Jeffrey Tambor and T.J. Miller are hanging by a thread. According to the report, we’ve seen total of 150 men accused since the Weinstein scandal broke. Women all over the industry, … [Read more...] about 94 Percent of Women In Hollywood Experienced Sexual Misconduct
After a lack of entertainment options as a child drove her to write and direct her own plays, Raelle Tucker took to Los Angeles at age 17 where she turned the cliché Hollywood dream into a successful reality. On March 9, the former True Blood alum's latest project, A&E's The Returned, will explore what happens to a quiet mountain town when the dead start to return. With her newest series about to premiere, the co-showrunner reflects on how she made it to where she is today. I always knew from the time I was 6 years old what I wanted to do with my life. I always knew I wanted to write television, which wasn't a very logical place to be when I was growing up with crazy hippie parents. My father was an underground gay playwright and my mother was a costume designer. We lived in a series of communes and various cults in the U.S. when I was little. We settled in Ibiza, Spain, when I was 6 in the early '80s. Read more 'Fargo' Creator Noah Hawley: How I Made It in … [Read more...] about ‘The Returned’ Showrunner Raelle Tucker: How I Made It in Hollywood