15 items from 2017
“In a town sometimes overrun with sequels and reruns, Susan was a true original,” Beaufoy said in a statement. “To be represented by Susan was to become family. And as part of Susan’s family, there was nothing on earth she would not do for you. Fiercely loyal, paint-strippingly honest, she was also the kindest, most generous »
- Pat Saperstein
Cohen, who had been VP of corporate and external affairs, becomes responsible for the company’s west coast corporate affairs strategies including managing public affairs, external and internal communications, and community investment. She will continue to work on corporate social responsibility programs and oversee the corporate affairs team.
The promotion was announced Tuesday. Cohen reports to Cindy Gardner, exec VP of global communications for Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and Corporate Affairs.
During her six-year tenure, Cohen has worked on strategic initiatives for NBCUniversal’s west coast headquarters, such as the approval of the Evolution Plan, the 25-year blue print for the Universal City property. She also worked on the openings of Universal Studios Hollywood’s new attractions, expanded employee volunteer and public service opportunities, and used company resources to benefit surrounding communities, organizations and schools through partnerships. »
- Dave McNary
[[tmz:video id="0_meu3hn2c"]] Former California Senator Barbara Boxer is all for Donald Trump's retaliatory missile strike against Syria. Turns out we broke the news to her on the streets of Bev Hills Thursday, but she had no trouble voicing an opinion about the nerve gas attack and how the U.S. should respond. She's dealt with the issue before in the Senate, and her position was clear. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Talent agency ICM Partners announced Wednesday the hire of political strategist Hannah Linkenhoker. Linkenhoker will educate and engage agents, executives and clients on issue-based advocacy and advise ICM on hot-button issues including human rights and immigration. Her hire is part of a recent trend of talent agencies venturing into the political realm in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. This includes CAA’s signing in January of former Sen. Barbara Boxer, Joe and Jill Biden and Valerie Jarrett, who served as a senior adviser to Barack Obama during all eight years of his presidency. Also Read: CNN Hires Former Trump Surrogate Jason. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Karl Lagerfeld should know better than to mess with Miranda Priestly. Academy Award winner Meryl Streep issued a blistering statement regarding a dust-up with the Chanel designer — in which he accused the “Florence Foster Jenkins” star of allegedly turning down a couture gown because she would not receive a fee to wear it at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony. “Karl Lagerfeld, a prominent designer, defamed me, my stylist, and the illustrious designer whose dress I chose to wear, in an important industry publication,” Streep said through a spokesperson on Saturday night. Also Read: Barbara Boxer on Hollywood Elites: Meryl Streep Didn't Fail, »
- Matt Donnelly
California’s new U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was so appalled by the bungled rollout of the Trump administration’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries last month that she called Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and confronted him about it. “I called him up at home ’cause I got the number,” Harris told the audience at a Creative Artist Agency-sponsored summit of political leaders on Thursday. The call didn’t go as well as she had hoped. “I was really unsatisfied with the conversation,” she told the crowd, which included actors Richard Dreyfuss and Joshua Jackson. Also Read: »
- Itay Hod
Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer defended Meryl Streep and other so-called Hollywood elites against recent attacks by President Donald Trump. “What did Meryl Streep say that would be offensive to the middle of the country?” Boxer told CAA agent Michael Kives at an agency-sponsored summit of political leaders on Thursday. “That Donald Trump imitated a disabled person? Believe me, people in middle America didn’t like that one bit.” But Boxer, who signed on as a CAA client last month following her exit from the Senate after 24 years, also addressed the backlash against Streep and Democrats for speaking out against the new. »
- Matt Donnelly
Hollywood one-upmanship took a turn into politics this week, as leading talent agency CAA followed in the footsteps of rivals Wme and UTA by hastily announcing a day-long summit of political leaders for Thursday. Who could blame them given the national attention their competitors have grabbed with gestures like forming an in-house political action committee and cancelling a lavish Oscar party in favor of an anti-immigration rally in the middle of Beverly Hills? On Wednesday morning, CAA announced it would hold a “day-long, nonpartisan summit” on Thursday — featuring conversations with Senator Kamala Harris, former Senator Barbara Boxer and Muslim Public Affairs Council Founder Salam Al-Marayati, »
- Matt Donnelly
Former Vice President Joe Biden has signed with Creative Artist Agency for post-White House work, the company announced on Friday. The agency will represent Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, across all areas, helping to build upon their lifetime of work improving the lives of Americans and countless others around the world. The Bidens continue to lead the initiative to end cancer they began during their final years in office. They also recently announced the creation of the Biden Foundation, as well as partnerships with the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania. Also Read: Former Sen. Barbara Boxer Signs. »
- Brian Flood
Trevor Schaefer couldn’t do anything to change the brain cancer diagnosis he received in 2002 when he was just 13 years old.
But a new national law that he fought to develop and pass may ensure others never have to endure a similar fight for life that, in Schafer’s case, occasionally found him wishing for death to alleviate the pain.
“I just had to keep pushing,” said the now 27-year old Schaefer who lives in Boise, Idaho. “I definitely had a rough experience but there are kids with much rougher diagnoses. No kids should have to go through . They should »
- Nicole Weisensee Egan
He’ll next be seen in Jeff Baena’s “The Little Hours,” premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this week. In addition, Franco recently wrapped the Netflix drama “6 Balloons” and also has the animated film “The Lego Ninjago Movie” bowing later this year.
Franco had been with CAA for several years, but began looking for a new agency after his longtime agent, Kami Putnam-Heist, left to become a manager at Anonymous Content. His brother, James Franco, who was also repped by Putnam-Heist while she was at CAA, recently left for UTA after her departure.
The Franco brothers appear together in the upcoming New Line Cinema and »
- Justin Kroll
Barbara Boxer, the California Democrat who just concluded four terms as U.S. Senator, has signed with Creative Artists Agency, the firm announced Wednesday. CAA will work with the veteran politician to “develop and execute a post-office strategy that furthers her life’s work and the issues she has passionately advocated for throughout her storied career,” the agency said in a statement. Boxer, who was first elected to the Senate in 1992, was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she chaired the first-ever subcommittee focused on global women’s issues, and a member of the Democratic leadership in the Senate, »
- Thom Geier
Chelsea Handler believes the line between reality TV and politics has completely been blurred.
The Chelsea host, who has been vocal about her dissatisfaction with President-elect Donald Trump, continues to air her grievances in a new interview with Variety, where she makes the argument that celebrity culture may have contributed to the election results.
"They were treating him as an entertainer first," the 41-year-old TV host says. "It was a reality show. We’ve turned into a reality show."
"I blame the Kardashians, personally," Handler continues. "The beginning of the end was the Kardashians. The way these people have blown up and don’t go away — it’s surreal. Everyone is for sale."
Handler, a longtime Hillary Clinton advocate who felt the Democratic nominee was "absolutely" treated unfairly during the election, notes that we probably won't be seeing Trump on Handler's »
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
Chelsea Handler used her public platform to make a difference across the 2016 presidential election cycle, helping to register nearly 17,000 voters while openly criticizing Donald Trump as his campaign endured. Now, after Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton failed to receive the number of electoral college votes to take office, the comedian and talk show host has shifted blame for the devastating loss onto society’s obsession with reality shows — particularly those fronted by the Kardashian family.
In an interview published Tuesday by Variety, Handler, who recently wrapped the first season of her eponymous Netflix talk show, »
- Lanford Beard
On the day after the election, Chelsea Handler was so devastated, she wanted to move to Spain. Then she came to work on her Netflix talk show in Culver City and saw the faces of her staff. The millennial women in her office hugged her and begged her not to retreat. “They all just said, ‘You’re our only outlet. You’re our mouthpiece.’ That will motivate anybody, and it motivates me,” Handler says, lounging in the living room of her house in Bel-Air with her dogs, Chunk and Tammy.
Her streaming talk show, “Chelsea,” has taken a hard stand against Trump, as Handler helped register 17,000 voters and lined up recent guests like California Sen. Barbara Boxer, Van Jones, and Jake Tapper. The comedian, who plans to lead the Women’s March at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21, spoke with Variety about how she’ll continue to call out Trump.
- Ramin Setoodeh
15 items from 2017
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