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Blythe Danner Responds to Criticism That Gwyneth Paltrow Spoke About Harvey Weinstein Too Late (Video)

Blythe Danner Responds to Criticism That Gwyneth Paltrow Spoke About Harvey Weinstein Too Late (Video)
Actress Blythe Danner opened up about her daughter Gwyneth Paltrow’s role in the #MeToo movement — specifically criticism that the Oscar winner waited too long to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Speaking with TheWrap at Acura Studios during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Danner discussed a blunt op-ed she wrote for the New York Times in response to a piece by Maureen Dowd. The columnist asserted that Paltrow ignored Weinstein’s behavior to become the “queen of Miramax,” referencing her 1999 Best Actress Academy Award for Weinstein’s film “Shakespeare in Love.” Danner balked at the notion. Also Read: Jane Fonda, Tessa...
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 17)

1975: The Doctor's Carolee made a decision.

1980: Atwt's Dee and Ian arrived in Italy.

1988: Australian soap opera Home and Away premiered.

2007: General Hospital's Elizabeth made a confession."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1958: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) called Willy and asked him to put two investigators on Toni for protection.
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Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller Will Take Over for Sheila Nevins as HBO Documentary Co-Heads

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Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller Will Take Over for Sheila Nevins as HBO Documentary Co-Heads
When Sheila Nevins concludes her nearly four-decade HBO tenure in March, the network announced December 19 that her successors will be Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, newly-named executive vice presidents of its Documentary and Family Programming division.

Read More:Sheila Nevins’ 5 Rules for Getting Ahead in a Man’s World

“With Nancy and Lisa leading a stellar team, there will be a continued commitment to the excellence that was a hallmark of Sheila’s tenure,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys in a statement. Nevins — winner of a record 32 Primetime Emmys for producing more than 1,000 HBO non-fiction features — revealed her impending departure three days ago in an interview with The New York TimesMaureen Dowd.

Abraham and Heller were previously senior vice presidents of documentary programming, positions they respectively held since 2009 and 2012. Combined, they too have spent almost 40 years working for the HBO subset behind Oscar victors like “Chernobyl Heart,” “Citizenfour,” and “Saving Face.
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HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins Is Stepping Down

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After nearly four decades of making HBO her home, Sheila Nevins is moving on. The President of HBO Documentary Films revealed the big news in an interview with The New York Times. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Documentary Emmys, and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure at HBO, the channel’s documentaries have won 26 Academy Awards. But Nevins’ legacy is about so much more than her many, many honors and accolades.

Nevins revolutionized documentary filmmaking. She recognized that experts and celebrities weren’t the only ones worthy of having a camera put in front of them. As Maureen Dowd writes in the Times profile, Nevins “helped change the image of documentaries from stodgy to provocative.” In Nevins’ own words, “I do have a philosophy about documentaries, which is that I really do believe that almost everybody has a story.
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Sheila Nevins Leaving Job As HBO Documentary President; Network Says She’s “Not Retiring”

Sheila Nevins, who as president of HBO documentary films became a powerful figure in the world of non-fiction programming, is leaving HBO. News of her departure came in a lengthy New York Times profile posted today. HBO confirmed to Deadline that she is leaving, but noted that she is not retiring. Further announcements and details are expected from HBO nearly this upcoming week. The 78-year-old Nevins told the Times‘ Maureen Dowd, “There’s something exciting about leaving…
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HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins to Step Down

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HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins is leaving the cable network after 38 years, the New York Times reported. Nevins revealed the news in an in-depth interview with Maureen Dowd that went live on Saturday. “There’s something exciting about leaving a job. I can’t explain it. I have deprived my life of a life. All I did was work. I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there,” Nevins tells Dowd. “If I stayed any longer, I probably would have died at my desk. I just regret that there’s so little time left.
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Sheila Nevins Stepping Down From HBO Documentary Films After 38 Years

Sheila Nevins is leaving HBO Documentary Films, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

News of Nevins' departure was first reported in an extensive interview with Maureen Dowd in The New York Times, which went online early Saturday.

Sources tell THR that Nevins will be leaving early next year.

Nevins, 78, has headed HBO's documentary division since 1979, serving as president since 2004, with HBO having won 26 Oscars on her watch, most recently A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness in 2016.

In addition, as executive producer or producer, Nevins has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 35...
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Sheila Nevins Stepping Down From HBO Documentary Films After 38 Years

Sheila Nevins Stepping Down From HBO Documentary Films After 38 Years
Sheila Nevins is leaving HBO Documentary Films, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

News of Nevins' departure was first reported in an extensive interview with Maureen Dowd in The New York Times, which went online early Saturday.

Sources tell THR that Nevins will be leaving early next year.

The announcement was made in an extensive interview with Maureen Dowd that went online early Saturday.

Nevins, 78, has headed up HBO's documentary division since 1979, serving as president since 2004, with HBO having won 26 Oscars on her watch, most recently A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness...
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Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler Is Developing a Movie Described as ‘Erin Brockovich’ Meets ‘The Social Network’

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Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler Is Developing a Movie Described as ‘Erin Brockovich’ Meets ‘The Social Network’
After sending waves throughout Silicon Valley with her essay “Reflecting on One Very, Very Strange Year at Uber,” Susan Fowler is now setting her eyes on the silver screen. The whistleblower, whose revelations of sexual harassment at the ride-sharing company eventually led to the firing of more than 20 employees and the resignation of then-ceo Travis Kalanick, is developing a movie based on her experiences.

Read More:a ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Godzilla,’ and ‘King Kong’ Crossover May Reveal Who the King of the Kaiju Is

The news comes from Maureen Dowd’s extensive New York Times profile of Fowler, who published her explosive blog post earlier this year. The article notes that she “now has a job at Stripe as the editor of its tech publication. And she’s working with Verve, a Hollywood talent agency, developing a movie based on her experiences, described by the agency to me as ‘Erin Brockovich’ meets ‘The Social Network.
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Blythe Danner Calls Out New York Times Columnist For Comments About Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow

Blythe Danner will not stand for journalists disparaging her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow. The 74-year-old actress wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times in response to one of their articles about the Harvey Weinstein allegations, in which columnist Maureen Dowd said that Paltrow had “put aside qualms to become ‘the first lady […]
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Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow After Columnist 'Disparages' Her

Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow After Columnist 'Disparages' Her
Blythe Danner has her daughter's back.

The 74-year-old actress wrote in to The New York Times this week after columnist Maureen Dowd called out Gwyneth Paltrow for continuing to work with Harvey Weinstein -- and ultimately winning an Oscar for her role in Shakespeare in Love, the movie he produced -- after he allegedly sexually harassed her.

“Others whom Weinstein asked to give him a massage in his hotel suite refused but continued to collaborate, like Gwyneth Paltrow, who put aside qualms to become ‘the first lady of Miramax,'” Dowd wrote.

"I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein's attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22," Danner wrote in response to the columnist's remarks. "Gwyneth did not 'put aside her qualms to become 'the first lady of Miramax' back then,'
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Blythe Danner and Martha Plimpton Sound Off on Harvey Weinstein Scandal Reactions

Blythe Danner and Martha Plimpton Sound Off on Harvey Weinstein Scandal Reactions
First come the reactions to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations then come the reaction to the reactions... Both Blythe Danner and Martha Plimpton have penned letters to the editor of the famed New York Times in which both actresses take issue with responses to the shocking story. Danner, who is the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, one of Weinstein's alleged victims, defends her daughter in her letter, which is aimed at a recent story by Nyt writer Maureen Dowd. The mother wrote, "I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein's attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22 ("Harvey...
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Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow's Response to Harvey Weinstein

Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow's Response to Harvey Weinstein
Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom Blythe Danner is defending her daughter after she was criticized for continuing to work with Harvey Weinstein after he allegedly sexually harassed her.

“I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein’s attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22,” Danner wrote in an letter to the New York Times on Wednesday.

In a column on Oct. 15, Dowd, an opinion writer for the Times, wrote that Paltrow “put aside her qualms” about Weinstein to become “the first lady” of his studio Miramax.
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Tom Hanks Calls Harvey Weinstein an "Ass" in Scathing Statement

Tom Hanks Calls Harvey Weinstein an
From George Clooney to Meryl Streep, several celebrities have spoken out against Harvey Weinstein. In a new interview with The New York Times, Tom Hanks did the same. Hanks said he "never worked with Harvey." But when columnist Maureen Dowd asked the Forrest Gump actor why Hollywood spent decades protecting the producer despite knowing of his allegations, Hank responded with the following: "Well, that's a really good question and isn't it part and parcel to all of society somehow, that people in power get away with this?" he responded. "Look, I don't want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went down there." The Oscar-winning actor also didn't seem...
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Is a Medieval 'Westworld' in the Works?

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2017-10-04T14:25:49-07:00Is a Medieval 'Westworld' in the Works?

What would you get if you mashed up two of HBO's biggest hits? What about a version of Westworld with Game of Thrones style robots and settings? That's what could happen if the series decides to incorporate the medieval and ancient Roman versions of the fictional amusement park featured in the novel on which the series is based. This week, showrunner Jonathan Nolan hinted that that just might happen next season.

Via Vanity Fair.

When Westworld wrapped up its twist-filled first season last year, fans were treated to a brief glimpse of other, non-cowboy-centric playgrounds to come. At one point during the finale, our robotic heroes wandered out of the realm of hats and lassoes and into a room marked “Sw,” where men in feudal Japanese armor attacked each other with swords. During this summer’s Comic-Con,
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Gospel According to Andre’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Gospel According to Andre’
“I don’t live for fashion, I live for beauty and style.” So says haute couture eminence grise Andre Leon Talley in the opening seconds of Kate Novack’s “The Gospel According to Andre,” and the director takes those words as gospel. The documentary is a deeply loving, frequently beautiful testament to the former Vogue editor, who rose from humble beginnings in North Carolina to become arguably the high fashion world’s first major African-American tastemaker, as well as the type of multi-lingual, Russian-lit-citing public intellectual who is perfectly at ease gossiping on TV with Wendy Williams. At times hesitant to press Talley on some uncomfortable but important aspects of his life, the film amounts to essentially a long, intimate brunch conversation with its inimitable subject, and for those with even a passing interest in fashion, that should be plenty.

Best known for his long association with Vogue, Talley has long stood out even in the peacockish
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Mindy Newell: Why D’ya Think?

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From Martha Thomases’s column of August 4: Last week Heather Antos, an editor at Marvel, went out with a bunch of her colleagues for milkshakes at a nearby Ben & Jerry’s and posted a selfie on Twitter. She said “It’s the Marvel milkshake crew! #FabulousFlo.” The hashtag refers to Flo Steinberg, who had just died.

So, you know, a Friday after a long week, Heather and a group of her pals went out to remember a woman who was their friend and mentor. They didn’t go to a bar. They went for ice cream. They posted a photo on Twitter because that’s what the kids do these days. I don’t know what could be more wholesome.

Naturally, there was an upset. To some, this photo represented everything that was wrong with Marvel today. Women and people of color in editorial offices apparently is a menacing concept to them,
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Peter Thiel Considers California Governor Run (Report)

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Peter Thiel Considers California Governor Run (Report)
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is considering a run for California governor, according to Politico. The publication cites three Republicans sources stating that the Silicon Valley billionaire has been discussing the prospective bid with a small circle of advisers which include Rob Morrow. The speculation comes just a few days after Thiel granted a rare interview with the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, in which he outlined his political perspective as well as his support for President-elect Donald Trump. Also Read: Peter Thiel 'Has No Interest' in Supreme Court Job This isn’t the first time Thiel is said to have taken on a position in.
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Peter Thiel Thinks ‘Star Trek’ Is ‘Communist’ While ‘Star Wars’ Is ‘Capitalist’

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Peter Thiel Thinks ‘Star Trek’ Is ‘Communist’ While ‘Star Wars’ Is ‘Capitalist’
In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd on Wednesday, billionaire tech giant Peter Thiel defended his support of President-Elect Donald Trump and offered some characteristically esoteric opinions on everything from Meryl Streep to “Star Wars.” To a question noting that “President Obama had eight years without any ethical shadiness,” Thiel replied, “But there’s a point where no corruption can be a bad thing. It can mean that things are too boring.” And in a rapid-fire sidebar, he also agreed with the president-elect that Meryl Streep is “probably very overrated, especially by all the people who are vociferously.
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How Hillary Clinton’s Team Tried to ‘Steer’ Maureen Dowd (Exclusive)

How Hillary Clinton’s Team Tried to ‘Steer’ Maureen Dowd (Exclusive)
When New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd asked an A-list Hollywood fundraiser who she should interview for a piece about Hillary Clinton, he knew just who to ask: Clinton’s campaign chairman. “I want to ‘steer’ her,” fundraiser Andy Spahn wrote in an April 2015 email to John Podesta marked “confidential.” “She is asking who she should talk to out here…. any guidance on your end would be appreciated. Thanks.” A rep for Spahn, Marie Lloyd, tried to downplay the email, telling TheWrap that “steer meant he was looking for suggestions of Clinton supporters that she might reach out to.” Also Read: Hillary Clinton.
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