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Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 3:55 PM
— “House of Cards” is ending with its upcoming sixth season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the end of the series had been in the works during the summer. Deadline reported that Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital were leaning toward ending the show, but cast and crew were made aware of the news with calls Monday morning.
The news comes after an allegation that Kevin Spacey, one of the stars of the Netflix show, made a sexual advance on 46-year-old actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14.
The Netflix drama, which stars Spacey and Robin Wright as ambitious Washington political couple Frank and Claire Underwood, will end in 2018 with 13 episodes.
Spacey, an executive producer on the show, responded to Rapp’s allegations -- which were reported by BuzzFeed News -- with a statement, in which he said he doesn’t remember the encounter and apologized for “what would have been deeply inappropriate, drunken behavior.”pic.twitter.com/X6ybi5atr5— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
At the end of his statement, Spacey came out as gay, which was heavily criticized by GLAAD and number of actors in the LGBT community who said the statement conflated homosexuality with his alleged actions.
BuzzFeed News said it contacted Spacey’s reps multiple times for comment on the report, but did not hear back from his team.
Beau Willimon, creator of the show, exited last year. In response to the allegations, Willimon said Rapp’s story is “deeply troubling.”
“During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards, I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off,” Willimon said. “That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.”
“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:05 AM
— Morgan Freeman has issued another statement since eight women have come forward accusing him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.
On Thursday, CNN reported that eight women said that Freeman interacted inappropriately with women in varying work environments. The report said that people described a pattern of the behavior by Freeman while on set, while promoting movies and at Freeman’s production company.
After the report emerged, Freeman issued an apology, saying, “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”
Freeman’s full statement can be read below.
“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports. All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.
I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women — and men — feel appreciated and at ease around me. As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way. Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:42 PM
— A preview for an upcoming episode of “Celebrity Family Feud” featuring Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West and the Kardashian family has been released with a premiere date.
Set to air in June, a preview for the season 4 premiere episode shows host Steve Harvey asking Kris Jenner and West to “name a reason you think Steve Harvey is a good kisser.”
“Lips,” West says, beating Jenner to the buzzer.
“I’m here to win, bro. I’m here to win,” West said.
The show was taped in February. Initially, the Kardashians were supposed to compete against Paris Hilton’s family, but they reportedly turned it down. Instead, West and Kardashian West were on a team with members of West’s family. Competing against them is Team Kardashian-Jenner, comprised of Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kris’ mother Mary Jo Campbell and Cici Bussey, one of their cousins.
Watch a preview clip for “Celebrity Family Feud” below. The episode premieres June 10.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:05 PM
— Ivanka Trump is defending tennis great Serena Williams and slamming Williams’ lack of seeding at the French Open, calling it a penalty for being pregnant.
“This is ridiculous,” Trump said on Twitter. “Serena Williams is a formidable athlete (best ever) and loving new mother. No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child.”
This is ridiculous. @SerenaWilliams is a formidable athlete (best ever!) and loving new mother. No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child! The #WTA should change this rule immediately. #FrenchOpen.https://t.co/W5jQ5aEUXm— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 24, 2018
French Open officials announced this week they would not give Williams a seeding based on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings. The 23-time Grand Slam champion and three-time French Open winner is ranked No. 453 by the WTA.
“This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women's seeds based on the WTA ranking,” French Tennis Federation officials aid in a statement to The Associated Press. “Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week's world ranking.”
“The WTA should change this rule immediately,” Trump said.
Ivanka Trump backs Serena Williams, slams French Open for lack of seeding https://t.co/Y4ooPzgkdi— USA Sport24 (@USASport24) May 25, 2018
Williams took 14 months off to have her first child and was No. 1 in the rankings at the last Grand Slam she played, the 2017 Australia Open, before taking time off to give birth in what turned out to be a difficult pregnancy, including six weeks of bed rest.
Without seeding at the French Open, Williams could potentially have a tough time in the early rounds, having to face top-ranked players right off the bat, instead of in later rounds.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:58 AM
— Elizabeth Sung, who had a long career on the small and big screen, has died.
Sung may be most well known as her character as Luan Violen Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” soap opera. She was on the show in 1994 through 1996, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
She also appeared on the small screen in series across networks, including “Hawaii-Five-O,” “The Sopranos,” “Bones” and “Charmed.”
On the big screen, Sung starred in “The Joy Luck Club,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Lethal Weapon 4.”
She was born and raised in Hong Kong, studying ballet. She graduated from The Julliard School, according to the Hollywood Reporter.