Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner accused of sexual misconduct against a then-17-year-old woman

Def Jam founder Russell Simmons and director/producer Brett Ratner have both been accused of sexual misconduct in connection with an incident from 1991, with a then-17-year-old woman accusing Simmons of sexually assaulting her while Ratner stood by and watched. The L.A. Times reported this morning on the account of…

We are witnessing Hollywood’s long-overdue moral reckoning

In 2006, while accepting the Best Supporting Actor award for Syriana, George Clooney gave a speech that instantly became such shorthand for celebrity smugness that South Park based an entire episode around making fun of it. “We are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while, I think. It’s probably a…

Ellen Page discusses Brett Ratner harassment, remorse about Woody Allen in lengthy Facebook post

By now it’s safe to assume every female actor in Hollywood has experienced harassment—actually, just assume every female everywhere—but it’s always more helpful to hear it from them directly, in dispiriting detail. This afternoon Ellen Page joined the fray with a lengthy Facebook post sharing her experiences working…

Playboy and Jared Leto both swiftly backing away from Brett Ratner and his Hugh Hefner biopic

Playboy is working to distance itself from Brett Ratner today, after six women came forward this morning with allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the Rush Hour director. The Wrap reports that the magazine has put the project—reportedly a passion project for Ratner, whose own pretensions of Hef-hood…

Dakota Johnson to tell the fucked-up true story of the government sterilizing “unfit” women

Freshly free from the bonds of the latest Fifty Shades movie, Dakota Johnson is ready to fight for her reproductive rights on film. Deadline reports that Johnson is set to star in Unfit, a 1920s-set courtroom drama about a woman fighting against a depressingly real Supreme Court verdict that ruled that “unfit”…

A bunch of cool people are getting 2017 Walk Of Fame stars, plus Brett Ratner

The seasons come and go, the sun rises and sets, and Hollywood egos need reinforcing and validation. These things are part of nature’s great cycle of life, and thus, we inevitably come to the delicate part of the ecosystem in which stars on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame are awarded. In a press release from the Hollywood…

Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner are reuniting for a Netflix mockumentary

Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner sure seem to like working together, even if they’ve only done so once. After Ratner directed Murphy in 2011’s Tower Heist, the pair set out to introduce Alex Foley to a new generation with Beverly Hills Cop 4, though the sequel hasn’t gotten off the ground yet. But it seems nothing can…