— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 11, 2018
-And here it is: five women are accusing James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior, according to a new LA Times report. Four were his students, and another said he was her mentor. Before the article broke, Franco appeared on Seth Meyers show, where he repeated basically verbatim what he said on Colbert, calling the accusations “not accurate” (yeah, that’s still the weirdest wording. Not exactly the same as “not true,” is it?), and reiterated that he supports women speaking up. (Good on Meyers for pressing Franco for “not being curious enough to reach out to” Ally Sheedy about her tweet. This is a great piece about how #MeToo is forcing late night talk show hosts to abandon their old-school PR obligations in favour of harder-hitting questions.)
-Meanwhile, his awards show campaign just came to a screeching halt. If he does get an Oscar nomination, it’s going to be incredibly awkward. (Voting ends tomorrow.) It’s a different world from last year’s Casey Affleck moment.
–Johnathon Schaech has accused director Franco Zeffirelli of sexual misconduct 25 years ago.
-Also, Steven Seagal has been accused of a 1993 rape.
-Well, we’ve found someone who doesn’t want Oprah for president. Seal has accused her of knowing about the Weinstein rumours “for decades.”
–Liam Neeson says the gender pay gap is “f***ing disrespectful” — but just don’t ask him to take a pay cut “No. Pay cut? No, no, no, no. That’s going too far.” Sure.
-On his podcast, Community’s Dan Harmon offered a seven-minute apology to writer Megan Gatz, who called him out on Twitter last week for sexually harassing her. She publicly forgave him, tweeting “I’m not being flippant. I didn’t bring up this mess just to sweep it back under the rug. But I find myself in the odd position of having requested an apology publicly, and then having received one—a good one—also publicly.”
-I don’t watch Major Crimes but this is gross. The show had only four episodes left to air before its series finale and yet they still felt the need to kill off its female lead (Mary McDonnell). AND they removed her name from the credits of the final episodes. That’s petty af.
–Rosario Dawson is joining Jane the Virgin for a multi-episode arc. I love this casting so much that I don’t even care if she is going to be yet another obstacle between Jane and Ro. (Oh god, she is, isn’t she?!)
–Anne Heche and James Tupper have split after more than 10 years together. (I once got a pedicure next to her and she was the nicest person ever.)
–YouTube said Logan Paul will not be in the fourth season of Foursome, and “his new Originals are on hold.” His channels will also be removed from the Google Preferred platform.
–Channing Tatum‘s X-Men spinoff Gambit just lost its third(!) director.
–Rose Leslie says she and fiance Kit Harrington haven’t really had time to start thinking about wedding planning yet.
–Sarah Jessica Parker “joked” with Stephen Colbert about how “according to just very recent documentation about why we’re not making [a SATC movie] is because the part usually played by Kim Cattrall has been vacated.”
–Idris Elba has begun shooting new episodes of Luther. Praise be!
–Charlize Theron is an overworked mom in the Tully trailer. It looks good, but I’ve been burned by this crew with Young Adult.