Dear Lord, READ THE ROOM: Bryan Singer Open To Working With Kevin Spacey Again

Accused rapist Bryan Singer, recently fired from directing Bohemian Rhapsody due to allegations of bad behaviour on-set, is working hard to claim he’s the real victim in these circumstances, insisting he took time out to care for a sick family member and has PTSD from the trauma of working on the film and also never threw anything at Rami Malek. Oddly enough, few people believe the man with a long history of rape and sexual assault allegations against other men who tend to be way younger than he is. Can’t imagine why.

As this news came out, Gabriel Byrne, who appeared in Singer’s film The Usual Suspects, claimed production of that film had to be shut down because of co-star and accused sexual abuser Kevin Spacey’s ‘sexually inappropriate behaviour’. Singer denied this in an interview with TMZ, a publication who have a history of letting the accused tell ‘their side of the story’. Check out the decidedly anti-Amber Heard stance they took during her split with Johnny Depp, and the sudden Trump sympathies they started pushing (remember, my friends: Read your gossip properly). Singer said, ‘I don’t know’, regarding Byrne’s claims.

He then went on to discuss Spacey and his future in the industry, claiming, ‘He’ll always be able to find work. It’s just up to the audience.’ When asked if he’d work with Spacey again, Singer called the questions ‘loaded’ (I mean, they are, but still), before saying ‘He’s a guy that I helped launch his career. He’s an acquaintance of mine, and it depends on the project I guess.’

Oh bless. Maybe you can put on a joint prison production or something.

Singer is currently facing a lawsuit from Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who alleges Singer sexually assaulted him on a yacht in 2003 when he was 17 years old. Spacey, meanwhile, is laying low after being cut from Ridley Scott’s latest film, All The Money in the World, and replaced by Christopher Plummer. Frankly, the world is better without Spacey and Singer being heralded and supported and allowed to continue their abuses of power. Don’t let the door hit your arses on the way out, gentlemen.

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The ‘Usual Suspects’ Shut Down Production for Two Days Over Kevin Spacey’s Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz is arguing that the sexual harassment case, filed by Summer Zervos from the 2007 season of «The Apprentice», should be dismissed because Trump is too busy. How many times has he gone golfing this year? (Politico)

Gabriel Byrne, who starred in 1995’s Usual Suspects, admitted that production had to be shut down for a couple of days over Kevin Spacey’s inappropriate sexual behavior. It’s also worth noting that the director of Usual Suspects was … Bryan Singer. (Uproxx)

I hate The National Enquirer. It was always sleazy, but when reports came out that they orchestrated stories to demean Hillary and promote Trump, I thought it couldn’t get any worse. Now the top editor there, Dylan Howard, has been accused of sexual misconduct. I hope they get Gawkered. (Jezebel)

8,000 people crowdfunded $ 591,305 and purchased a 13th century castle in France. Pajibans, we need to talk. (The Cut)

Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games due to widespread and state-run doping. The story of how this scandal was uncovered is fascinating. (Vulture)

Jay-Z turned 48 today. Forty-eight. Damn. His first album came out in 1996. All of this makes me feel old, but you better believe that Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life is playing on my iPod right now. *bounce wit me, bounce wit me* (Lainey Gossip)

The Royal Society Publishing posted the winning photographs from their competition and they are stunners. (IFLScience)

I like bananas just fine, but a banana wedding cake is too much. Prince Harry disagrees. I think this is the only reason I’m not a princess, honestly. (Celebitchy)

John Mayer’s appendix definitely does not think John’s body is a wonderland. (Dlisted)

I am very much pro-capes and pro-sparkle, so I’m not sure why this dress on Diane Kruger is not quite working for me. (GFY)

Sylvain Neuvel’s debut novel Sleeping Giants starts slowly enough that yesknopemaybe almost quit, but the cast recording of the audio version was engaging enough that she stuck with it. She was glad she did. "What makes this such a fun audioread is that the cast of characters is HUGE and they almost have a full production going on with all the great voice actors they hired." She recommends this for a long car trip. Which audiobooks have you liked for long journeys? (Cannonball Read 9)

While all of you argue in Emily’s post, I’m just going to leave the best Christmas song here. You’re welcome!

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Gabriel Byrne Says Kevin Spacey’s Behavior Shut Down Production On “The Usual Suspects”

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Gabriel Byrne is out promoting a documentary about famed Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, so naturally he was asked about his co-star from 20 years ago, Kevin Spacey. According to The Times UK, Gabriel, who starred in 1995’s The Usual Suspects alongside Kevin, knew Kevin was a perv but had no idea that his sexually inappropriate behavior towards another young actor on the film was the cause of a 2-day production shut down.

The Times reports:

“I did not know honestly then the extent of his violence,” said Byrne. “I mean, he was kind of a joke in that people would say, ‘That’s Kevin,’ but nobody really understood the depth of his predations. It was only years later that we began to understand that [filming] was closed down for a particular reason and that was because of inappropriate sexual behaviour by Spacey.”

Oh, that Kevin! What a scamp. In addition to the physical and emotional trauma he’s caused his victims over the years, I wonder how much money he’s wasted. A 2-day shut down is expensive! Gabriel was also asked to comment on The Big Daddy Of Sleaze, Harvey Weinstein.

“I did three movies with Harvey Weinstein, and I knew he was a sleazebag. I knew he was a vile bully and I saw his bullying up close. I saw him be absolutely appalling, not just to women but to men as well. He had very little respect for any kind of human being. He wanted his stars around him,” said Byrne.

Gabriel went on to say that yes, he’d heard “vague” rumors about specific incidents with Harvey and various women but he wasn’t sure what to do with the information.

Because if it’s not true it’s awful, and if it is true it’s not your job to say, ‘Well, I wasn’t there, the door was locked, I don’t know what happened, I just heard the story.’ But I did not know, and many people didn’t know, the extent of the violence that he perpetrated on women.”

This “damned if you do so fuck it” attitude is infuriating and is what allowed these men to do harm unchallenged for decades but whatever. I appreciate Gabriel’s strong language and blunt characterization of these men but it’s all too late. Everything is awful! Everybody sucks! Except Jason Bateman who spit in a creep’s face. And Uma, who’s gonna gitcha!

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“House Of Cards” Is Officially Coming Back Sans Kevin Spacey

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In news that should shock nobody, production is set to officially resume on Netflix’s House Of Cards without the accused sexual predator Kevin Spacey. That means the last season will be all about Robin Wright. In related news, I vote we rename the show House Of Icy Bobs And Pencil Skirts.

Actually, that could also be the name of any given documentary on Vogue, so I guess we can keep the name as-is. The Hollywood Reporter reports the show will come back with a shorter-than-usual eight-episode season to tie up loose ends (it was originally expected to be 13 episodes). There has been speculation over whether or not there is going to be a spin-off of the show, as a Frank Underwood-less season seems to lend a lot of time to develop new character lines.

As you know, Anthony Rapp came forward with a story accusing Kevin of assaulting him when he was only 14 and Kevin was 26. A former Boston newscaster then accused Kevin of molesting her 18-year-old son on Nantucket in the summer of 2016. THEN, London’s Old Vic theater came forward saying they got 20 complaints about Kevin after they opened a tip line to see if he had done anything while serving as artistic director of the place from 2004 to 2015. Kevin’s career has since gone the way of the Hindenburg. Netflix put House of Cards on a hiatus, but decided not to toss the whole thing out.

Hopefully this will get those House Of Cards freakish fans off poor Anthony’s Instagram since their show is coming back and a Frank-less show is guaranteed to be better than anything put forth for the last five seasons. Although, part of me was just hoping Christopher Plummer would make a career of taking over for all of Kevin’s old roles. Christopher as J. Paul Getty! Christopher as Frank Underwood! Christopher pushing financial tips for E-Trade!

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It’s Official: ‘House of Cards’ Will Return; Kevin Spacey Will Not

You know what I hated? I hated that a bunch of assholes blamed Anthony Rapp for the potential cancellation of House of Cards. I hated that the penis of Kevin Spacey — who, by the way, spoiler, isn’t even President anymore on House of Cards — was going to cost a lot of people their jobs. Seems almost beside the point, too, but after sticking with that show for five seasons, I also liked the idea of getting some closure.

So, I’m treating the fact that the series will be back for a final, eight-episode season as good news. Better still, Spacey won’t be on the series.

I like the idea that he can be killed off and it can continue. I like the idea that Robin Wright will run the show. I like the idea that, in the context of the House of Cards universe, Kevin Spacey no longer matters. The show has a lot more to offer other than the services of a sexual predator. Aside from Robin Wright, there’s still Mahershala Ali, Michael Kelly, Neve Campbell, and Molly Parker. I hope that, as President, Claire Underwood oversees the removal of dozens of Congressmen for sexual harassment. I hope that she gets for an enemy a racist, nationalist asshole in the Senate, and that she smites the hell out of him.

In short, I hope that the final season of House of Cards decides to speak out against all the goddamn evils that have infected politics and Hollywood and I hope that Claire Underwood heals a country that has been badly divided in the House of Cards universe and that she is reelected by a huge margin.

I also hope that she secretly spits on her husband’s grave when Kevin Spacey’s character is killed off.

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Ridley Scott And Michelle Williams Are More Than OK With Kevin Spacey’s Exit From “All The Money In The World”

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In a little less than a month, All the Money in the World will be released in theaters with one huge, allegedly-handsy elephant missing from the room: Kevin Spacey. Director Ridley Scott pulled out the Lestoil and stripped the grime of Kevin Spacey off his film by replacing him as J. Paul Getty in reshoots with Christopher Plummer. It will be released on December 22nd, as scheduled.

Both Ridley and All the Money co-star Michelle Williams recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the reshoots, and it sounds like they’re pretty happy Kevin has nothing to do with it anymore.

Ridley tells EW he got along really well with Kevin and he had no idea he was an alleged creeper. But once he heard about Anthony Rapp’s accusations, there was no way they could keep Kevin in the film.

“Someone was like: ‘Guess what?’ And that’s where it began. I sat and thought about it and realized, we cannot. You can’t tolerate any kind of behavior like that. And it will affect the film. We cannot let one person’s action affect the good work of all these other people. It’s that simple.”

Ridley adds that if Kevin had called and apologized, he might have handled things slightly differently (although Ridley maintains he still would have cut Kevin from the film).

As for how 87-year-old Christopher Plummer got the job to replace 58-year-old Kevin, Ridley says Christopher was always on the list. And lucky for Ridley, Christopher Plummer wants to work until he drops dead in the middle of a line read, so there was a good chance he was going to take the part.

Much like Ridley, Michelle – who plays J. Paul Getty’s daughter-in-law Gail Harris in the film – doesn’t exactly beat around the bush when talking about Kevin getting cut. She also narrowed her eyes and hissed at all the other alleged creeps crawling around Hollywood. Two of Michelle’s four Academy Award nominations came from films made with The Weinstein Company, so I wonder whoever could she be talking about here???

“This doesn’t do anything to ease the suffering of people who were all too personally affected by Kevin Spacey, but it is our little act of trying to right a wrong. And it sends a message to predators – you can’t get away with this anymore. Something will be done.”

Michelle also says she “felt better” after Kevin was cut. Now she doesn’t have to spent the entire press tour and subsequent red carpet premiere praying that people ask her about anything besides Kevin Spacey. “Anything but Kevin. Shoot, I’ll even be up for some Dawson’s Creek reunion question.”

And in case you’re wondering if they’ll be able to pull it off in time, here’s the first trailer for All the Money in the World starring Christopher Plummer. I think we can appreciate that Ridley Scott chose to get rid of both Kevin Spacey and the laughably bad Party City rubber facial prosthetics.

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Morrissey Has More To Say About Harvey Weinstein And Kevin Spacey

Morrissey performing at the Way Out West Festival

There’s been many hot takes on the recent uprising of voices speaking out against powerful men in the entertainment industry. And then there’s Morrissey’s take on it all. Last week, Morrissey gave an interview to Germany’s Der Spiegel in which he defended Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey , calling the allegations “ridiculous” and victim blaming. He also shrugged off the allegations against Kevin Spacey by saying, “If you go through history, almost everyone is guilty of sleeping with minors.

Morrissey recently returned to the well of sexual assault allegations and pumped out some more stagnant puddle thoughts.

The Sunday Times spoke with Morrissey on Sunday about his latest album, Low in High School. But who cares about Morrissey whining melodically into a microphone when we could hear more of his opinions on sexual harassment. Anyone who thought that Morrissey’s comments to Der Spiegel were a lost-in-translation situation now know for certain that that wasn’t the case. Here’s what Morrissey had to say about sexual harassment and assault:

“You must be careful as far as ‘sexual harassment’ is concerned, because often it can be just a pathetic attempt at courtship. I’m sure it’s horrific, but we have to keep everything in proportion. Do you not agree? I have never been sexually harassed, I might add.”

Every time Morrissey opens his mouth about this, an astounding amount of shit falls out. With that being said, there’s a small joy in knowing he’s Harvey and Kevin’s most vocal supporter. Harvey and Kevin are both probably thinking, “Someone has publicly come to our defense? Great! Oh no, wait – please don’t say it’s Morrissey again…

But I’m still stuck on that part about Morrissey thinking sexual harassment is a pathetic attempt at courtship. I’ve never heard that one before, but that could just be me. There is a chance I might have accidentally skipped over the part in Pride and Prejudice in which Mr. Darcy offers to hook Elizabeth Bennet up with an English Garden of the Year award in exchange for a shoulder massage.

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The Old Vic Has Received 20 Allegations Of Inappropriate Behavior Against Kevin Spacey

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After Kevin Spacey was accused of being a handsy creep, London’s Old Vic theater (where Kevin was artistic director from 2004 to 2015) was accused of keeping their mouths shut about numerous allegations against him. So the Old Vic started a tip line where people could anonymously call with their own stories. Page Six says the Old Vic received 20 complaints against him. The allegations span from 1995 to 2013, and include reports of behavior that made people feel uncomfortable, to “sexually inappropriate” touching. None of the reported allegations involve rape. All 20 allegations involve men.

The Old Vic released a statement regarding the 20 reports, explaining why Kevin’s alleged behavior went unchecked for so long. They also gave a not-subtle hint to the ages of some of the victims:

“During his tenure, The Old Vic was in a unique position of having a Hollywood star at the helm around whom existed a cult of personality. The investigation found that his stardom and status at The Old Vic may have prevented people, and in particular junior staff or young actors, from feeling that they could speak up or raise a hand for help.”

The tip line was part of an investigation initiated by the Old Vic theater in October after Anthony Rapp came forward with his story of Kevin groping him at 14. The Old Vic hired a law firm to conduct the investigation. They invited Kevin to participate, but he turned them down (he’s a little busy in rehab at the moment).

A partner at the firm says that they found no evidence of common suspicion about Kevin’s alleged behavior, adding that, “There wasn’t widespread knowledge of this.” Um, on what planet? It was my understanding that everyone knew. Literally the only way you could come to the conclusion that nobody at the theater knew nothing was if the interview was limited solely to a hearing-impaired, near-sighted 94-year-old ticket-ripper named Eugenie. And even she might pull you aside with her cane and advise you not to be alone with Kevin Spacey.

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Bryan Cranston Thinks Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein Deserve a Second Chance. F*ck That

Remember how everyone hated Skyler White because she was mean to her murderous drug lord husband? That, my friends, was because there exists within our society a knee-jerk need to distrust, tear down and hate women and to exert power over them should they be anything other than subservient. This extends to and is magnified for marginalized people as well as other men who can be victimized by the patriarchal notions of gender, sexuality and masculinity. And, so, this finally bubbled over and people were at last empowered to come forward and, at least some of them, share their stories of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of powerful men.

But from this we’ve seen what other men will allow and excuse. What they’ll compromise on. Spoiler: it’s not the sexmonster ones.

Take Walter White himself. Bryan Cranston, in an interview with the BBC, let it be known that we should all just come onnnnnnn, be cool about all this.

«It would take time, it would take a society to forgive them, and it would take tremendous contrition on their part,» Cranston said. «And a knowingness that they have a deeply rooted psychological and emotional problem and it takes years to mend that. If they were to show us that they put the work in and were truly sorry and making amends and not defending their actions but asking for forgiveness then maybe down the road there is room for that. Maybe so. Then it would be up to us to determine, case by case, whether or not this person deserves a second chance.»

That’s a whole lot of words that basically just say, «You just have to be really sorry for all the rape and sexual assault.» And before you say I’m twisting his words, he went on.

«We should let that open,» he said. «We shouldn’t close it off and say, ‘To hell with him, rot, and go away from us for the rest of your life.’ Let’s not do that. Let’s be bigger than that. Let’s leave it open for the few who can make it through that gauntlet of trouble and who have reclaimed their life and their dignity and their respect for others. Maybe it’s possible.»

The amount of leeway white men give other white men is incredible. The level of solidarity that exists within the white cishet male world would almost be inspiring if it weren’t designed around fucking the rest of us over.

If you are bending over backwards to ask people to forgive a fucking sex criminal, even on a «case by case» basis? You’ve taken a wrong turn.

I don’t fucking care about giving a rapist another chance. I don’t have any interest in coddling a population that can’t have the decency to not damage people because they feel like it. And I certainly have no interest in giving them the capacity to continue to make millions of dollars and continue in positions of power after rapist rehab or whatever the fuck you think they’re doing. Not interested. And you should ask yourselves why you’re more concerned about that than their victims.

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Bryan Cranston Thinks Harvey Weinstein And Kevin Spacey Could Make A Comeback

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When most of us heard how Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey are two of Hollywood’s biggest turds with their predatory behavior, most of us were happy with the idea of shipping them off to a jackass colony to never be seen or heard of again and – most importantly – give Robin Wright the fictional throne of America she has always deserved! But not everyone thinks it should be over. Enter Bryan Cranston.

Before you start conjuring up images of Bryan in a Tammy Faye Bakker wig-and-makeup number preaching to the congregation about redemption, he did stress about how it’s actually great everyone has their pitchforks out. Bryan told the BBC that it’s not just a Hollywood problem – everywhere is filled with nasty old and young men with no sense of boundaries. He also said it might be a good thing that it’s making us think back on our own actions and how it might not be okay to make innuendos about your bartenders meat-and-two-vegetables when you’re at the boy bar for $ 1 margarita night.

Seeing that Bryan thinks it’s a societal problem, the interviewer asks him if that means there is a way for Harvey and Kevin to come crawling back to La La Land. He didn’t exactly say no…but it won’t be anytime soon:

“It would take time. It would take a society to forgive them and it would take tremendous contrition on their part. And a knowingness that they have a deeply rooted psychological and emotional problem.”

Before all the potted plants of the world start worrying about Harvey coming back to jerk off into them yet again, Bryan adds that it’s going to take a lot of work to be forgiven and even then it would be kinda slim odds of a total comeback:

“If they were to show us that they put the work in and are truly sorry and making amends and are not defending their actions but asking for forgiveness, then maybe down the road there is room for that, maybe so … Then it would be up to us to determine, case by case, whether this person deserves a second chance.”

Considering I don’t think either of these men plan on living out their lives as a high-pitched Eunuch, I don’t really see how else they can put in the work to hop aboard the forgiveness train. Too many of us are happy living out our days never seeing Frank Underwood talk to us again in that bad Southern accent!

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