Famous actress Jennifer Lawrence made an interesting revelation. The popular Hollywood star claimed that she is proud of dropping out of middle school. Of course, the reason why Jennifer made this decision was to be able to pursue her acting career.
Jennifer talked about her decision to drop out of school during an interview with 60 Minutes. She left school at the age of only 14. Jennifer revealed during the discussion that she is self-educated. “I dropped out of middle school. I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma. I am self-educated,” the actress said.
Of course, the next question that Jennifer was asked was if she had any regrets linked to that decision. And it seems that Jennifer is certain that she made the right call. “No. I really don’t. I wanted to forge my own path. I found what I wanted to do, and I didn’t want anything getting in the way of it. Even friends, for many years, were not as important to me as my career. I mean, from the age of 14.”
So, without a doubt it seems that Jennifer has known from a very young age that what she wanted to do was to act. She also said that school was not easy for her when all she wanted to do was acting. “And when I’m reading the script and I feel like I know exactly what it would look like if somebody felt that way, that was the whole part of my brain that I didn’t even know existed—something that I could be confident in and I didn’t want to let it go.”
As expected, Jennifer said that her parents were not very happy with the fact that she wanted to drop out of school. “And to get people to try to understand that, when you’re 14 years old wanting to drop out of school and do this, and your parents are just like ‘You’re out of your mind.'”
Sarah Jessica Parker does not seem to believe that there is a feud going on between her and her former set colleague Kim Cattrall. According to the famous actress, there is no scandal and actually Sarah claimed that there is no feud because she never answered to the comments made by Cattrall.
Sarah Jessica Parker said in an interview with People that the only thing she said about the remarks made by Kim was the fact that she was disappointed that the movie will no longer happen. At the same time, Sarah explained that she never commented about any of the claims made by Kim.
Kim said during a previous interview with Piers Morgan that she felt like being in a toxic relationship with Sarah and her two other co-stars from Sex and the City. The star said that she did not want to be part of another Sex and the City movie because of this.
“I never talked about it, except [to say] that some of us were disappointed [about the movie not happening],” Sarah Jessica Parker explained. “But I never responded to the conversation Kim had with Piers Morgan, where she said things that were really hurtful about me,” she went on to say.
Sarah also explained that she will not respond to what Kim said, because “she needed to say what she needed to say, and that is her privilege.” The star talked about the beautiful experience of working on Sex and the City and claimed that no one else could have played the part that Kim played.
“We had this experience and it was amazing, and nothing will ever be like it. We had a connection with an audience, and we had a connection with the city and with this crew, and we got to tell these crazy stories with each other. So I don’t want to mess with that.”
Exactly the reason why Kim started a feud with Sarah is not very clear at the moment. Kim did not provide too much in-depth detail into her reasons to be so upset with her former set colleague.
Famous actress Julianna Margulies has made some new allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The star claimed that Weinstein tried to sexually harass her. However, Julianna is not the first women to make such allegations against Heinstein. However, she is the first to say that she was also in a similar situation when it comes to famous actor Steven Seagal.
So, this means that Seagal is the latest Hollywood star to be linked to sexual misbehavior allegations. The actress talked about her experience in an interview on SiriusXM. The actress said that both bad experiences, involving Seagal and Weinstein, happened earlier in her career. The talented actress was only 23 back then.
She said that she was asked by a female casting director to go to Seagal’s apartment to read a scene at 10 p.m. The director allegedly told Julianna that she will also be present there and she actually pushed the actress to go, offering to reimburse her for cab costs and promising it will be fine. However, as imagined, the director never arrived, so Julianna was alone with Seagal in his apartment.
Julianna said that the meeting with Seagal was very scary for her. “He made sure that I saw his gun, which I’d never seen a gun in real life,” the actress confessed. “I got out of there unscathed. … I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room. … I sort of squirmed my way out,” she went on to add. The actress said that Seagal wanted the meeting to be a sexual encounter and he actually had similar tactics with Weinstein, asking her to allow him to give her a massage.
The actress revealed that after she had this experience with Seagal, she went through a similar situation with Weinstein. This happened in 1996. She said that she was brought by another woman to his hotel to give a screen test for a role. Julianna said that she refused to go to Weinstein’s room alone, so the woman accompanied her. The actress said that Weinstein opened the door in his bathrobe and he had dinner for two prepared in the room.
However, Weinstein seemed furious when he saw the other woman and slammed the door in their faces.
Amazon allegedly plans on making a very interesting release. It has been claimed that the famous company is thinking about launching a Lord of the Rings television series. The project would be produced by Amazon in collaboration with Warner Bros.
There is no doubt in the fact that The Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful and complex movies of all time. And we can surely say that this story has a lot of fans throughout the world. So, definitely many fans would be very happy to hear that Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos has been working to bringing this story back on the screen.
Some sources have told Variety that Tolkien’s estate and Warner Bros are actually negotiating on this potential project. Sources also claimed that Amazon would be the buyer. Allegedly, the famous company’s CEO is very much involved in the negotiations and Bezos actually is very interested in such a project. The status of the negotiations is allegedly incipient.
The sources also explained Bezos’ interest in this project. In fact, he is said to have been the one coming up with the idea of launching such a series, as part of his plans to expand the work areas of Amazon Studios. Apparently, Bezos believes that considering the success that Game of Thrones had has, an adaptation of the Lord of the Rings could be a hit. Analysts claimed that if the CEO of Amazon would be able to find the perfect cast and director for this, the project could be a huge competitor to the success of Game of Thrones.
However, as already mentioned, such a project may take some time until being developed, as sources claimed that there are no writers or producers involved for the moment. Furthermore, there is no official confirmation from Amazon, Warner Bros or Tolkien’s estate that such a project might be in the works.
Famous actor Kevin Spacey is going to seek treatment after being accused of sexual misconduct towards several young actors. The star was initially accused by a single actor, but then more allegations emerged against him.
The fact that Kevin Spacey will seek treatment was confirmed by a representative of the star. However, the rep did not reveal anything else on this subject, so it is not clear what for the actor will seek this treatment. “Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment,” a rep for Spacey said according to Variety. “No other information is available at this time,” the same rep went on to add.
The scandal involving Spacey first emerged after actor Anthony Rapp said that the star made a sexual advance towards him when he was only 14. Spacey was in his 20s back then. However, Rapp was not the only one accusing Spacey. After his confession, filmmaker Toney Montana said that back in 2003, Spacey “grabbed my whole package” at a bar in Los Angeles.
Another man whose identity was not revealed claimed in a talk with BBC that he was only 17 when he spent a weekend with Spacey at his home in New York. Allegedly, it all happened sometime in the mid-80s. The man said that Spacey tried to convince him to share a bed, but he refused and the actor “was sobbing.” The man said that the whole experience was traumatizing for him.
“In the morning, I woke up and [Spacey’s] head was on my stomach and his arms were wrapped around my torso, very affectionately, I would suppose,” he said. “He certainly wasn’t aggressive, but it was affectionate and certainly not something I was comfortable with as a heterosexual male,” he concluded.
A Mexican actor, Roberto Cavazos, said that sexual advances involving Spacey and young men were quite common when the star served as an artistic director at the Old Vic Theater in London. Spacey apologized when the allegations made by Rapp were first published, although he claimed he did not remember the incident. The actor has not responded to the other claims.
The world of Hollywood has deeply been shaken by the series of sexual harassment and abuse scandals that have broken in the past few weeks. These scandals started with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of harassment, but also rape, and gradually more and more women started to share their stories and other Hollywood filmmakers and even actors were dragged into the spotlight.
One of the actors to be accused of sexual harassment is Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing an intern back in 1985 on the set of Death of a Salesman. The woman who accused him, Anna Graham Hunter, said that she was working as a production assistant at that time. She talked about her experience during a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter.
The woman said that the actor showed inappropriate behavior towards her, groped her and made direct sexual comments. “He asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did,” she revealed. “He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me,” she went on to say.
She also explained that the whole experience was difficult to understand and deal with for her, as she was only 17 back then. “Yes, he was gross. But he could also be sweet and wanted me to like him. Which I did,” she explained. “I would be more comfortable if I felt nothing but revulsion for a man who had power over me and abused it. But I still like watching him onscreen,” she added. “I understand what Dustin Hoffman did as it fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and everywhere. He was a predator, I was a child, and this was sexual harassment.”
The Hollywood Reporter said that after Hunter made these allegations, the actor decided to apologize. “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation,” the actor stated. “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am,” Hoffman went on to add.
Famous actress Olivia Munn is among the women who have accused Hollywood producer Brett Ratner of sexual harassment. Olivia talked to the Los Angeles Times about her experience involving the filmmaker. Olivia claimed that her first bad encounter with Ratner dates back to 2004 when she was early in her acting career.
Olivia said that she was on the set of After the Sunset, when she went to deliver Ratner a meal in his trailer. However, Olivia did not know what Ratner was going to do. She said that he started to masturbate in front of her. Actually, this is not the first time when Olivia talks about this incident. The star opened up about her experience in her essay collection, released in 2010. However, she did not reveal the name of the director at that time.
Well, unfortunately for Olivia, this was not the only encounter that she had with Ratner. She said that she ran into him at an event in 2010, and he actually told her that he ejaculated on magazine covers featuring her image. “It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won’t quit,” the actress said. “You just hope that enough people believe the truth and for enough time to pass so that you can’t be connected to him anymore,” she went on to add.
Given her experience involving Ratner, Olivia decided that she was not going to work with him again. “I’ve made specific, conscientious choices not to work with Brett Ratner.” Five other women also accused him of sexual harassment. One of these women said that Ratner forced her to perform oral sex on him.
Ratner denied all the claims made by these women. “I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment,” his lawyer said. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client,” the same statement added.
Another Hollywood producer has created a lot of headlines for all the wrong reasons. Filmmaker Brett Ratner was accused by six women of sexual abuse. The six women talked about what happened to them during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
One of these women, Natasha Henstridge, said that Ratner actually forced her to perform oral sex. The model said that she was 19 when it all happened. She attended an event at his apartment with some friends and fell asleep. The model and actress said that when she woke up all her friends had left and she remained alone with Ratner. She said she wanted to leave, but he blocked the doorway, started touching himself and forced her to perform oral sex.
“He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me,” the actress said. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing,” she added. Ratner was in his 20s when it happened, in the 1990s. Natasha also said that she always carried the memory of this event and had to watch him become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. He denied the claim. A lawyer for Ratner said that no women have accused him of such severe allegations and he never entered settlements on similar claims with any women.
Another woman who accused Ratner, Jamie Ray Newman, said that she met him in 2005 during an Air Canada flight. She said that Ratner changed seats with his assistant to be able to stay close to her. The actress said that after the plane took off, Ratner started to loudly and explicitly tell her about the sex acts that he wanted to perform on her. The actress said that he also showed her nude photos of his girlfriend of that time. “He was graphically describing giving me oral sex and how he was addicted to it,” she said.
The actress also claimed that she told her close ones about the incident because she was extremely shocked. Ratner’s attorney also denied this claim and said that the incident never occurred.
Famous actress Rachel McAdams has joined the list of women accusing James Toback of sexual harassment. The famous actress revealed that she was 21 when it happened. According to Rachel, everything happened in a Toronto hotel.
The actress revealed that she was supposed to be there for an audition. However, when she arrived Toback asked her to sit on the floor. “Pretty quickly the conversation turned quite sexual and he said, ‘You know, I just have to tell you. I have masturbated countless times today thinking about you since we met at your audition,'” the actress revealed.
Rachel also said that Toback tried to manipulate her using some questions about her and her career. “How brave are you? How far you are willing to go as an actress? I want to build some intimacy between us because we have to have a very trusting relationship and this is a very difficult part,” he allegedly told her.
Rachel said that she actually was shocked when Toback asked her if he could see her pubic hair. “I just jerked off in the bathroom thinking about you. Will you show me your pubic hair?” she said Toback told her after leaving her alone in the room for a short period of time. The star of course said no. The actress managed to leave the room soon after. “I was very lucky that I left and he didn’t actually physically assault me in any way,” the actress claimed.
However, the time spent in his presence was as difficult as possible. “I felt like I was there forever. This has been such a source of shame for me—that I didn’t have the wherewithal to get up and leave. I kept thinking, ‘This is going to become normal any minute now. This is going to all make sense. This is all above board somehow.’ Eventually I just realized that it wasn’t,” she concluded.
Rachel also said that she never went through such an experience again. She also claimed that she was very naïve and didn’t realize that things could have gotten very bad for her. She also revealed that she couldn’t sleep after this experience.
Without a doubt, Hollywood was shaken once again by a new sexual abuse scandal. This time, the film-maker targeted by the allegations is James Toback. And some very famous actresses have raised allegations against him. Among those actresses is Selma Blair, who actually made a shocking statement. The star claimed that Toback threatened to kill her.
Selma revealed during an interview with Vanity Fair that it all happened in 1999. Toback sexually harassed the star and then threatened that he would kill her if she would reveal what happened. Selma said that she just had to speak about what happened to her.
“When he called these women liars, and said he didn’t recall meeting them and that the behavior alleged could not be attributed to him, I just felt rage and an obligation to speak publicly now,” she said. Her statement comes in response to Toback’s claims that he never met or briefly discussed with the several women who accused him of sexual harassment.
Selma said that she had a meeting with Toback to talk about the movie Harvard Man. Selma said that Toback did not come to the meeting, but a hostess told her that he was expecting her in his hotel room. “Against my better judgement, I went upstairs,” the star said. She claimed that he asked her to take her clothes off and to have sex with him. She refused, but Toback asked her to let him please himself in front of her.
“He walked me back to the bed. He sat me down. He got on his knees. And he continued to press so hard against my leg. He was greasy and I had to look into those big brown eyes. I tried to look away, but he would hold my face. So I was forced to look into his eyes. And I felt disgust and shame, and like nobody would ever think of me as being clean again after being this close to the devil. His energy was so sinister,” she said.
Selma went on to say that he made a very serious threat against her. He told her about the story of a girl who went “against” him. He said that “if she ever tells anybody, no matter how much time she thinks went by, I have people who will pull up in a car, kidnap her and throw her in the Hudson river with cement blocks on her feet. You understand what I’m talking about, right?” Selma said Toback told her.
Toback was accused by no less than 200 women of sexual harassment. The scandal broke after allegations of sexual harassment also targeted Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The whole scandal involving Toback emerged after the Los Angeles Times published a report including the testimony of 38 women who revealed that Toback sexually harassed them. The film-marker is now 72 years old. Toback denied all the allegations.