Exclusive: 5 women tell NYT that Louis C.K. crossed a line into sexual misconduct https://t.co/GYl09W0uW2
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 9, 2017
-If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, Louis C.K. has probably been cancelled for you for months. But it all came to a head today. The rumblings started early this afternoon when he abruptly cancelled tomorrow night’s premiere of his new movie and pulled out of his appearance on Colbert’s show. THR reported that it was in preparation for a big NYT story that was about to break — and then it did. The story details accusations from five different women who claim that C.K. masturbated in front of them, or asked if he could. Courteney Cox and David Arquette went on the record saying they heard about this behaviour on the set of a TV pilot they were producing.
-Vulture has a pretty comprehensive timeline about when the rumours first surfaced, kicking off with Gawker’s blind item way back in 2012, heating up with Tig Notaro‘s August interview with the Daily Beast, to last month’s piece by former Gawker writer who recalled getting shut down when trying to ask male comedians about it at JFL. (It bears mentioning that women comedians have been speaking out on this for months but while guys like Aziz Ansari said “I’m not talking about that.”)
-Not surprisingly, the distributor of C.K.’s controversial new film I Love You Daddy is reconsidering the release. It was already off to a shaky start (many critics at TIFF found the subject matter squicky) even before today.
-The Parks and Rec showrunner has apologized for casting him on the show.
-My biggest concern is how this might affect Better Things (which he produces). It’s probably the best examination of what it’s like to be a woman on TV right now. (A recent episode introduced the concept of a “super single” and I actually cheered.) Pamela Adlon is now in a tough spot of either having to comment and possibly coming off like she’s supporting C.K., or not commenting and seeming shady.
-It’s times like this that I wish that ep of Girls with Matthew Rhys was being re-run nightly on HBO. The way it examined how we brush off or make excuses for the transgressions of powerful men we admire has never been more timely.
-Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen ‘absolutely denies‘ a claim that he raped Corey Haim on the set of Lucas.
-The Kevin Spacey fallout continues. In a totally shocking move, Ridley Scott will reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes in All The Money In The World — which comes out NEXT MONTH. Christopher Plummer (who Ridley originally wanted in the role), will replace him. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott made the decision unilaterally and only notified Sony late Wednesday afternoon. This is NUTS (and I love it).
-Earlier this afternoon, Amber Tamblyn tweeted cryptically to wonder why Matthew Weiner fired his assistant-turned-writer on Mad Men, and then this interview dropped with the writer accusing him of saying she owed it to him to see her naked.
–Terry Crews filed a police report yesterday, a month after alleging he was groped.
–Julia Louis Dreyfus‘ Veep costars psyche her up for chemo in this funny video.
-Grey’s Anatomy is airing its 300th(!) episode tonight. That’s Supernatural numbers! Shonda Rhimes admitted that the show is ‘sort of a diary’ in a touching new essay.
-A former Smallville actress is reportedly ‘second in command‘ of a cult under investigation for extorting, beating and branding its members. Not Chloe!!
–Angelina Jolie is such a soccer mom.
-Big Little Lies will probably start shooting season 2 in the spring. Look, I loved that show and it’s definitely ending up high on my year-end “best of” list. But can’t shows have perfect endings and just leave it at that?
-In other Reese Witherspoon TV news, Apple picked up two seasons of her and Jennifer Aniston‘s new show.
–Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are never more tolerable than when they’re trolling each other on social media.
-Here’s our first look at Jodie Whittaker‘s Doctor Who costume.
–Brie Larson is probably hoping that the trailer for this offensive movie she starred in before she got famous hadn’t suddenly surfaced.
–Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams suffer through an intense Game Night in this new trailer. (Her line reading of “YESSS! Oh no, he died!” killed me.)