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Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook of Criminal Minds” are fighting for equal pay. The duo are seeking parity with co-stars Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler for the CBS procedural’s 13th season and are currently at an “impasse” in contract negotiations. Deadline broke the story.
The source reports that the actresses are “willing to walk” if they do not receive the pay they deserve. This is completely understandable, especially since this is not the first time the duo have had this battle. Vangsness and Cook were in a similar situation in 2013. They were earning less than half of co-stars Gubler and Shemar Moore’s paychecks and held out for better agreements with ABC Studios, CBS TV Studios, and CBS.
It’s only right that Vangsness and Cook fight for what they deserve, but it’s sickening that this is the second time in four years they’ve had to do so. Also, CBS just went through a similar situation with Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who were earning significantly less than their co-stars on “The Big Bang Theory.”
Vangsness and Cook have appeared on “Criminal Minds” since its first season in 2005. Cook has been a series regular during its entire run, with the exception of Season 6. That was the year CBS dropped Cook and co-star Paget Brewster, leaving Vangsness as the only regular female character. Vangsness started as a recurring character in Season 1 and became a series regular soon after.
Unfortunately, pay parity is anything but a given for actresses. The aforementioned “Big Bang Theory” situation saw stars Bialik and Rauch hold out for equal pay before re-upping their contracts for two more seasons. The actresses were earning about $200,000 per episode, as compared to the $1 million their co-stars were making. Natalie Portman told Marie Claire UK that she made a third of Ashton Kutcher’s pay on “No Strings Attached.” Emmy Rossum, the main character of “Shameless,” demanded a raise in December. She and the rest of the cast had been paid less than co-star William H. Macy from the get-go. In May 2016 Robin Wright revealed her fight for better pay on “House of Cards.” “Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time,” she said. “So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.”
In Hollywood women are often hesitant to go forward when they are paid less than men. In an industry this sexist, actresses may develop a bad reputation simply for demanding what they are entitled to. Plus, they are already making more money than some people will ever see in a lifetime, so actresses may fear that their concerns won’t be taken seriously, or they’ll be dismissed as being overpaid in the first place. But this isn’t about a certain profession’s pay grade; it’s about gender equality within the profession. As Jessica Chastain recently told Variety, “What I do now, when I’m taking on a film, I always ask about the fairness of the pay. I ask what they’re offering me in comparison to the guy. I don’t care about how much I get paid; I’m in an industry where we’re overcompensated for the work we do.” The “Zookeeper’s Wife” star added, “But I don’t want to be on a set where I’m doing the same work as someone else and they’re getting five times what I’m getting.”
“Criminal Minds” Actresses Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Push for Equal Pay was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
While best known for her award-winning dramatic roles, Natalie Portman is actually quite funny -- a side of her she’s only rarely showcased onscreen while hosting Saturday Night Live in 2006 or in the 2011 rom-com No Strings Attached. Lucky for us, she’s flexing her funny bone in an upcoming (and unexpected) guest role on Angie Tribeca.
In an all-new episode airing May 8, Portman joins the TBS comedy as head of Nasa mission control Christine Craft -- and Et has your exclusive first look!
On the police procedural satire starring Rashida Jones as the titular detective, the authorities turn to Christine when their latest investigation leads them to Nasa, which seems to have literally not changed since 1963. And sadly for this no-nonsense professional, that means putting up with a male-dominated culture, where drinking martinis and smacking girls on the butt is par for the course »
Over the past year, we’ve seen Hollywood’s deeply embedded gender inequality get called out by several high-profile actors. Last November, Mila Kunis published an op-ed in A Plus that described an instance where being called “Ashton’s wife and baby momma” in an email from a producer caused her to pull out of a project. In January, Natalie Portman admitted in an interview with Reuters that the pay gap between actors and actresses was “crazy,” noting that she had been paid three times less than costar Kutcher for her role in the 2011 comedy “No Strings Attached.” Both instances garnered widespread public support, with other actresses and creatives sharing their own experiences as a result.
Continue reading Jessica Chastain Speaks Out Against Pay Inequality In Hollywood at The Playlist. »
- Matthew Monagle
Golf biopic “Tommy’s Honour,” which premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, is ready for its theatrical release this Friday, April 14. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
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Based on Kevin Cook’s 2007 novel of the same name, “Tommy’s Honour” tells the real-life tale of “Old” Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) and “Young” Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden), the father-son team regarded as “the real-life founders of the modern game of golf.” As their fame rose during the 1860s-70s, their relationship deteriorated. Tommy’s talent and fame grew to outshine his father’s accomplishments in the sport.
- Yoselin Acevedo
Last week, Natalie Portman made news when she starred in the new music video for James Blake’s “My Willing Heart.” The black-and-white video was helmed by Anna Rose Holmer, the breakout director of “The Fits,” and features a very pregnant Portman connecting with her unborn child. Now, after giving birth to her daughter on February 22, the actress is already gearing up for a new project, which will reunite her with Holmer.
According to Deadline, Portman and Holmer are teaming up for “Bronco Belle,” which follows a bull rider (Portman) as she tries to make her mark in a male-dominated sport. Khurram Longi is handling the script. The project is being shopped around, and “interest is already there.”
- Yoselin Acevedo
Chicago – The photograph of the 2016 movie year is undoubtedbly the iconic shot of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, caught in mid dance, in the musical “La La Land.” The film received 14 nominations for this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony (Feb. 26th), and the “Unit Still Photographer” who got the shot was Dale Robinette.
“Uncle Dale” Robinette first contacted me via email in 2013, to give information about some photos he took on the film “Lovelace.” Ever since then he has been a reliable email pal, sending me image after image from the movie sets that he is “blessed” (his word) to work on. He has plied his skills in Hollywood as a Unit Still Photographer since 1988, after a career as a stage and television actor in New York and Los Angeles. Starting with a TV short called “The Big Five” (1988), he has worked his way up the ladder, and has built »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
This week, Neil Calloway looks at the inequality in what men and women get paid for movies…
There has been much made recently of the disparity in pay between men and women across all industries, and a story this week brought the issue in Hollywood into sharp relief when Natalie Portman revealed that she was paid only a third of the salary her co-star, Ashton Kutcher received for the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached.
Portman isn’t the first big name female star to make her feelings known about the imbalance in Hollywood pay; with the 2014 Sony hack exposing the pay gap between Jennifer Lawrence and her male co-stars in American Hustle. I don’t know about you, but for me paying Jeremy Renner more for that film than Lawrence is nothing short of bizarre; the memorable moments of that movie all belong to her.
There’s a free market »
- Neil Calloway
In this weekly feature from Murtada we follow Oscar contender appearances and interviews. With Oscar balloting closing today, who did we enjoy on the campaign trail.
This was the last week of campaigning and contenders did not disappoint. Some got a boost from the Golden Globes, while everybody continued to cram in appearances. Amy Adams got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Natalie Portman made headlines about gender wage disparity, for No Strings Attached of all her films. Many sang “I Will Survive”.
Today ends what is termed as Phase 1 in Oscar campaigning, the nomination portion. This phase started on Labor Day Weekend as films were unspooled at the Venice and Telluride festivals. So who made it through almost 5 months of interviews, appearances and came out on the other side surprising, charming and endearing to those of us who follow these things closely? Here are our favorites »
- Murtada Elfadl
The 38-year-old actor took to Twitter on Wednesday to support Portman's claim, praising her for speaking out on the gender wage gap in Hollywood.
"So proud of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap!" he tweeted.
Portman, 35, revealed the disparity during a recent interview with Marie Claire.
"I knew and I went along with it, because there's this thing with 'quotes' in Hollywood," she explained. "His was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more."
"I wasn't »
After the actress revealed he made triple her salary when they costarred together in the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached, Kutcher took to Twitter to applaud her for having the courage to speak up.
“So proud of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap!” Kutcher tweeted on Wednesday.
So proud of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap! https://t.co/AV1uYY6KIe
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) January 11, 2017
Natalie Portman says she was only paid a fraction of what co-star Ashton Kutcher earned when they co-starred in 2011’s “No Strings Attached”. Related: Natalie Portman Reacts To Hilarious Video Of Her Nine-Year-Old Self The “Jackie” actress revealed the news in the February 2017 issue of Marie Claire U.K.: “Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
Ashton Kutcher is on Natalie Portman's side. In a recent interview with Marie Claire U.K., the actress revealed she earned three times less than her male co-star in the 2011 rom-com No Strings Attached. "I wasn't as pissed as I should have been," the Jackie star told the mag. "I mean, we get paid a lot, so it's hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy." Kutcher has since spoken out on Twitter, sharing a message of support for Portman and gender equality. "So proud of Natalie and all women who stand up for closing the gender pay gap!" the actor wrote online Wednesday, also sharing a link to the interview. In Natalie's »
Natalie Portman is arguably one of the most respected actresses working in film today. Aside from having the giant franchises of both Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe on her resume, she has a lengthy list of impressive titles whose cast lists bear name – beginning with the remarkable Leon back in 1994, when she was just 11 years of age. So, as she promotes her latest project – the award-winning Jackie – we pay close attention when Portman draws back the curtain to reveal the reality about the gender pay gap, using her 2011 film No Strings Attached as an example.
“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood. His [quote] was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, »
- Sarah Myles
Is Ashton Kutcher three times as famous as Natalie Portman? Or is it maybe that she’s only one-third as talented as him? That doesn’t seem right. So, unless Hollywood salaries are decided by height, it seems pretty indefensible that Kutcher was paid three times as much as Portman (who really is quite tiny) for their dual leading roles in 2011’s No Strings Attached. The 35-year-old Academy Award winner revealed the gross financial asymmetry in a recent interview with Marie Claire.
“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,” she explained. “His [quote] was three times higher than mine, so they said he should get three times more. I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been.” And before a battalion of intentionally obtuse alt-right types storm Twitter to balk at Portman’s complaint at not being quite ...
- Dennis DiClaudio
In a new interview, Natalie Portman said she was paid a third of what one of her male co-stars earned.
As part of an interview for her cover story with Marie Claire U.K., Portman said that she knew about the pay gap during her time working with Ashton Kutcher on the 2011 film “No Strings Attached,” but revealed that she wasn’t as troubled about the issue as she now believes she should have been.
“I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,” Portman told the magazine. “His [quote] was three times higher than mine so they said he should get three times more.”
- Sarah Ahern
Natalie Portman has joined the long list of actresses who are speaking out about the gender pay gap in Hollywood.
“I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy,” Portman said.
“I knew and I went along with it,” Portman added, noting that Kutcher’s standard fee to take part in a film — his “quote” — was higher than hers. »
- Char Adams
Natalie Portman’s latest performance in Pablo Larraín’s biographical drama “Jackie,” about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband’s assassination, has garnered plenty of awards attention this season. She was recently nominated for Best Actress at the Golden Globes, won the award at the Critics’ Choice Awards and placed second after Isabelle Huppert in IndieWire’s own critics poll.
Read More: Natalie Portman Slams Hollywood’s Diversity Problem: ‘Movies Are All About White Men’
But despite all the acclaim Portman has received in her career, including an Oscar win for her performance in “Black Swan,” she still faces the same struggles that many women face in the film industry, especially with regards to pay disparity. In a new interview with Marie Claire UK, she says that her co-star Ashton Kutcher “was paid three times as much” for his work in the romantic comedy “No Strings Attached,” about »
- Vikram Murthi
Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher split the screen in 2011’s “No Strings Attached,” but they didn’t split the film’s salary budget right down the middle. Looking back at the pay disparity, which she was aware of at the time, Portman told Marie Claire: “I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been.” “I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy,” she continued. Also Read: Oscars Gender Gap Extends to Actors and Actresses Portman only went along with the whole thing because of Hollywood’s reliance on “quotes, »
- Tony Maglio
The gender wage gap in Hollywood? Natalie Portman has something to say about it. The Jackie star appears on the cover of Marie Claire U.K's February issue, inside revealing yet another startling incident in which a female actress earned far less than her male co-star. For her performance in 2011 rom-com No Strings Attached, Portman tells the mag that she earned three times less than Ashton Kutcher. But according to the 35-year-old Oscar winner, Natalie wishes her reaction was less indifferent: "I wasn't as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it's hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy." She added, »
The actor reveals the salary disparity for a romcom released the same year she won an Oscar for Black Swan
Speaking to Marie Claire UK, Portman, 35, said her co-star in 2011 romcom No Strings Attached, was paid considerably more than her. “Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much as me on No Strings Attached,” she told the magazine, ascribing the disparity to an inflated asking price for Kutcher, based on his projected worth.
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- Catherine Shoard
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