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Brilliant move by Sony: Spacey out, Plummer in for “All the Money in the World”

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Kevin Spacey All the Money in the World

Hollywood is known for moving slowly. Production delays, development hell, and rescheduled releases are all part of standard operating procedure in the movie business. That’s why it’s so amazing that there will not be a delay in releasing “All the Money in the World” on its scheduled opening December 22 despite recasting and reshooting one of the main character’s scenes.

Christopher Plummer will replace disgraced star Kevin Spacey in the role of J. Paul Getty. With less than a month and a half to shoot and re-edit the film, director Ridley Scott is racing against the clock.

“They are committed to the 12/22 date — if anyone can pull it off it’s Scott,” an anonymous source at Sony told Yahoo News.

Why this is brilliant

When life gives Hollywood lemons, they do what they can to spin it into lemonade. If they can pull this off, they will be rewarded in a few big ways.

The draw for the film was going to be Spacey who was magically transformed into Getty as can be seen in the original trailer. They even did a dramatic reveal, focusing the majority of the trailer on co-stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg while giving Spacey very little screen time and only a single word spoken.

The push was already on for Spacey to be nominated for an Academy Award. That push was immediately halted when news broke that he was accused of unwelcome sexual advances on a 14-year-old actor, Anthony Rapp, three decades ago. To make matters worse, he used his “apology” to declare he was homosexual in an effort to diffuse the situation. It didn’t work.

Kevin Spacey: If I made a drunken pass at a 14-year-old, I’m sorry. Oh, and I’m gay.

https://noqreport.com/2017/10/29/kevin-spacey-made-drunken-pass-14-year-old-im-sorry-oh-im-gay/After decades of speculation, Spacey has finally come out as being gay. While this likely doesn’t surprise many, it adds a conundrum for liberals. On one hand, he’s admitting that it’s possible he committed an “inappropriate” act against a minor, in which case he should be the target of the anti-Hollywood-monster crew. On the other hand, he’s coming out as gay which is a victory for the LGBTQ community. How will leftists respond?

This is big news across the board. If coming out now is enough to distract media away from the sordid details of the alleged moves he made on a 14-year-old, then he may not suffer the same fate as Weinstein. If not, this could end up being a strong career derailed by stupidity and sexual deviancy.

Here’s the ironic part. Despite the star power behind this interesting true story, it was still going to face an uphill battle driving people to theaters to see it. Now, it has a great chance of being successful because of the switch. People will be interested to see if Plummer and Scott were able to pull off the switch seamlessly. The press behind the movie will be extraordinary behind news of Spacey’s fall from grace.

There’s another potential benefit to releasing it on schedule: Oscars. It needed to get out before the end of the year to qualify for the 2018 Academy Awards. Hollywood, with its penchant for virtue signaling, is apt to reward the movie based upon its decision to dump Spacey. They’ll want to show the world that they’re opposed to the sexual crimes flooding the news ever since Harvey Weinstein was outed as an alleged serial sexual criminal. This could be the industry’s chance to say, “See, we don’t support sexual predators.”

Regardless of how successful the movie is at the box office or whether it wins Oscars, this was the best possible move by Sony, Scott, and TriStar Pictures. Delays would have made the release anticlimactic. Keeping Spacey would have made the movie a pariah for moviegoers and Oscar voters alike. Pushing forward as they are will be a test for the production team, but if they can pull it off, everyone could win big… other than Spacey.

+Jesseb Shiloh is not-so-new to blogging. He enjoys things that most don't and doesn't mind and occasional nap. And he's never ambiguous nor contradictory most of the time. Find him on Twitter.

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These women are not brave

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These women are not brave

Look at all the brave women who chose to take a stand on that stage at the Golden Globes! They were bold, fierce, empowered, and they’re not gonna take it anymore! They spoke of their responsibility to create a different world for young women. They stood with new fervor, big actress tears streaming down their faces, and spoke of correcting the power imbalance and abuse that they just had no idea existed.

Except they did know. They knew it in 1997 when Kathleen Willey came forward about Bill Clinton. The New Yorker knew it in 1997 when Asia Argento told them Harvey Weinstein assaulted her. The LA Times knew in 2013 that Weinstein raped a woman. Playboy knew about Bill Cosby in 1996.

I’m sorry, but standing on a stage to proclaim with fire and fury that you’re not gonna take it anymore decades after the incidents were revealed is not bravery. Bravery would be writing an article in the New York Times about a sitting Democratic president who should be removed from office for abusing women. Real courage would be condemning Roman Polanski in 2003 after he won Best Director; or at least, booing him instead of the standing ovation he received. Bravery is being the first to stand up when nobody else is. Better yet, bravery is being the first to refuse to give up her seat on the bus.

Kathleen Willey was brave. Paula Jones was brave. Juanita Broaddrick was brave. Hollywood and the liberal media diminished and abandoned them, while continuing to support and champion their abuser. There was no soap box drama at the 1998 Golden Globes when the pattern of Clinton’s abuse had become evident. But there wouldn’t be, would there? Not with an election on the line.

Hollywood, you abetted the behavior of a man in power and in doing so enabled the next 20 years of male power abuse to continue. Liberal media, you are responsible for having taught abused women all over the country that it is senseless to fight against a man who takes advantage of his position, because the bigger picture is more important. The ends justify the means. The ends of your ambitions of fame, and the ends of Clinton remaining in power justified the means of your looking the other way. You made this bed of tears, now you must lie in it.

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Hollywood icon Stan Lee accused of groping, harassment of young nurses

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Hollywood icon Stan Lee accused of groping harassment of young nurses

Comic book and Marvel movie fans who adore creator Stan Lee now have to contend with allegations of sexual misconduct from he 95-year-old. Allegedly, Lee has an affinity for the young nurses who take care of him, asking them for oral sex and groping some of them, according to a legal dispute against the icon.

Marvel creator Stan Lee accused of sexual harassment

https://pagesix.com/2018/01/09/marvel-creator-stan-lee-accused-of-sexual-harassment/“He doesn’t seem to care what people think of him, he’s lost his filter,” a source told the tabloid. “There has been a stream of young nurses coming to his house in West Hollywood and he has been sexually harassing them. He finds it funny.”

The source added, “He’s also very handsy and has groped some of the women, it’s unacceptable behavior, especially from an icon like Stan.”

My Take

I may not be a big fan of Marvel movies, but I’ve always liked Lee. From his quirky cameos in all Marvel movies to his brilliant creations that increased exposure for the comic book world and gave birth to the mega-movie franchise, Lee has always been someone I hoped was above the sexual misconduct fray in Hollywood.

If these reports are true, he may be categorized with the worst of them – feeling above the law with no filter or regard for how it affects the women he victimizes. While no accusations have been made of major sexual abuse, his alleged attitude is disturbing.

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Hollywood: Forget our hypocrisy

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Hollywood Forget our hypocrisy

At the Golden Globe, Hollywood took a stand against sexual harassment and gender pay gaps wanting you to forget that they are among the worst offenders in both categories. Natalie Portman thought is necessary to highlight the all male categories for Best Director, thus undermining the winner of the award whoever that was. Many wore black for their new “Times Up” campaign in demand of equal pay. Poverty is apparently sexist. Oprah stole the show teasing a presidential run. And more “activism” against sexual harassment persisted. All the while, for one night, Hollywood pretended that they weren’t the perpetrators of that which they protest against. They want us to solve an industry problem they face because this is the easiest way to deny personal responsibility.

All Male Directors

Natalie Portman felt the need to emphasize the nominees’ genders. This was an immature and cowardly move. It’s not their fault females weren’t nominated. And it’s also not their fault that fewer women are directing movies in Hollywood than men. If Natalie Portman wants to solve this problem instead of shaming people, she should direct a movie herself. She has a reputation. She can win backers. But this sounds like actual work. Instead she would rather undermine the directors who did put in work just because a female director wasn’t chosen to be among them. This also perpetuates the Hollywood mentality that being nominated for something has significant value. In the words of Ricky Bobby, “First or last.” Celebrating being nominated for something is as valid as celebrating a participation trophy.

Natalie Portman could write, direct, and produce her own movie, or at least two of those things. It’s not like women are incapable. To say that women need special encouragement to take more leading roles is ridiculous, especially when Hollywood. Natalie Portman is both lazy and childish. Instead of trying to score with the media, she should take constructive steps to solve the problem.

Time’s Up: Hollywood pay gap

Hollywood has one of the most persistent wage gaps in the US. However there are valid reasons for this. Many of the highest paid actors are true hustlers. How many movies was Dwayne Johnson in? The other thing is the market for talent. It’s the same reason why quarterbacks in the NFL make more than running backs or receivers. Now there have been valid concerns of an unfair wage gap in Hollywood. For instance two equally talented stars should make about the same amount of money if they have the same level of reputation. For instance, I wouldn’t deny sexism if Lena Headley on Game of Throne was making less than Kit Harrington. But the fault is Hollywood’s, not ours. Normal people have nothing to do with Hollywood wage differences in movies where male and female actors of equal reputation make a different wage. Hollywood needs to take the tree out of its own eye before demanding legislation that already exists. Or perhaps butthurt over economics drives the Time’s Up movement.

Poverty Is Sexist

I don’t think I need to explain this one a whole lot.

And for the record, it’s ugly.

Me Too

Terry Crews remains one of the most believable voices to come out since Me Too. Why? Because he’s actually interested in solving the issue and is headed to court. He wants to resolve the problem. Many other voices just want to be heard which is why normal people think they just want attention. Also, normal people also don’t sympathize with people who used sex to get movie roles. But again we, normal males, are the problem. To us it seems like Hollywood is trying to cover up for the bad PR Harvey Weinstein brought. But lets not forget the infamous photo of Oprah kissing Harvey and the standing ovations for Roman Polanski. And Woody Allen wasn’t booted from the industry either. James Franco is still in the business too.Hollywood perpetuates their hypocrisy by protecting their own until it’s too late. They all knew what Weinstein was and did little. I suppose being strong is easier on screen than when it really matters.

The other hypocrisy is the condemnation of men not joining the women in the MeToo speeches. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. This is what I call a PC pretzel. If men don’t speak about a topic, they are contributing to the problem and warrant condemnation. If they do speak about something, they are “mansplaining” and warrant condemnation. There is no winning in a PC world.

Takeaway

Hollywood can expect to lose relevance as they become more focused on activism. The American people see right through their sad facade. We are tired of their insistence that we are responsible for their industry, their culture. We are tired of hypocrites who buy a $380 sweatshirt to preach on poverty, and we are tired of people who enabled sexual misconduct telling us that we are the problem. The last couple of months weren’t some Bill Cosby cocktail party. We still remember that pedophiles and sleezebags roam Hollywood and go unchallenged by those who know. We won’t forget so easily.

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