The writers of South Park continued to tweak China in its latest edition, with Randy wearing a President Xi Jinping mask in the opening credits of tonight’s episode. The zinger recalled South Park’s earlier poke at the lion’s cage. That, too, involved Randy, who was forced to shout out an epithet against the Chinese government. South Park is already banned in China and scrubbed from its Internet because of an episode titled “Band In China,” which saw Randy caught trying to sell marijuana in China and sent to a prison work camp. It and other episodes seemingly have been scrubbed from Chinese streaming services, social media sites including Weibo and Baidu, fan sites and discussion pages, according to reports. The ban caught the attention of show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who issued a statement. “Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts,” Parker and Stone wrote. “We too … [Read more...] about South Park Continues To Mock China, Its President, & Takes A Shot At Harvey Weinstein
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Exclusive Harvey Weinstein has gone under the knife in hopes of alleviating his severe back pain and is now recovering. The disgraced studio mogul underwent what's called bilateral laminectomy surgery Thursday at an NYC hospital. We're told the procedure lasted around 3 hours. The surgery -- better known as decompression surgery -- enlarges the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. Play video content 12/6/19 BACKGRID As we reported ... Weinstein could barely walk on his own when he headed to court last week. He needed help from 2 handlers. He's also needed assistance from a walker. You'll recall Weinstein's lead attorney said earlier this week HW would undergo surgery while also slamming haters who accused Weinstein of attempting to play the sympathy card. We're told the surgery went well and he's now recovering. Weinstein's hopeful the surgery will correct his back issues and have him ready in time -- without pain -- as he and his legal team … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein Undergoes Back Surgery, Now Recovering
6:01 PM PT -- 50 Cent is still going at Randall and Lala, responding to a video Lala posted saying the rapper's actions diminished the #metoo movement ... by saying Emmett is just like Harvey Weinstein. Waiting for your permission to load the Instagram Media. 50 Cent is going OFF on Hollywood producer and fiance of "Vanderpump Rules" star Lala Kent, Randall Emmett ... threatening physical violence if he doesn't pay him back by Monday for a million dollar loan he says he owes. Fiddy fired things up on his Instagram Friday by mocking Lala over a 'Vanderpump' clip in which she admits Randall gifted her a Range Rover after the first time they had sex. 50 wrote ... "10 seconds left in the 4 quarter hoe's are Winning. Do you want A range rover, yes, bitch yassss. Then just run out and suck a d-–k. LOL smh." Waiting for your permission to load the Instagram Media. After Lala clapped back in the comments by making fun of 50 for claiming to be a thug but watching Bravo, the … [Read more...] about 50 Cent Equates Lala Kent’s Fiance, Randall Emmett, with Harvey Weinstein
Jon M. Chu will direct the movie musical that, for a time, was caught up in the Weinstein Co. tumult. Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights has officially found a new home. The film rights to the Tony Award-winning musical from Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes has landed at Warner Bros. after being stuck at The Weinstein Co. as it was readying for bankruptcy. Set in New York's Washington Heights, the story centers on a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother's fortune. Following years of development, the rights to In the Heights were released by Universal in 2011 and were later picked up in May 2016 by TWC after Miranda's Hamilton became a Broadway sensation. The casting process for the project was underway when the New York Times and New Yorker exposés detailed decades' worth of sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Following those reports, Miranda … [Read more...] about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Lands at Warner Bros.
After spending two years reporting on alleged Hollywood predators and enablers, The Hollywood Reporter's editor at large hopes the accountability movement won't fade: "A culture of misogyny is not a 'mishap.'" When Warner Media chief John Stankey sat for an onstage interview at a conference in November, he was asked about management changes at the company. Yes, some individuals had left, he allowed, and then added, "Kevin, unfortunately, had a little bit of a mishap." This was a reference to THR's March publication of texts illustrating in lurid detail how in 2013 producers Brett Ratner and James Packer orchestrated a hotel rendezvous between a very young and ambitious aspiring actress and Kevin Tsujihara, who then tried to use his position as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. to help her get roles. Tsujihara resigned under pressure following those revelations, but according to an insider, Stankey was reluctant to push him out. More than two weeks passed after the texts were published … [Read more...] about Kim Masters: Has #MeToo Gone Too Far? No, It Hasn’t Gone Far Enough