The Daily Dish for October 10th

GEORGE CLOONEY: Slams Harvey Weinstein


More Hollywood stars are speaking out about the sexual harassment accusations made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, including George Clooney.

Clooney, who has known Weinstein for more than 20 years, called the accusations "indefensible." Though he says he had heard rumors over the years about actresses sleeping with Weinstein to advance their careers, he had never seen or heard of any specific cases of harassment. He says, "I didn’t hear anything about that and I don’t know anyone that did. That’s a whole other level and there’s no way you can reconcile that. There’s nothing to say except that it’s indefensible."

Clooney added that it's part of a bigger problem in our society where powerful people are "taking advantage of people not in power" and being an "establishment figure up to some very shady stuff." He says that if there's any good to come out of this it's that victims of sexual abuse will feel safer coming out and telling their story without being afraid of losing their jobs. (People)


DONNA KARAN: Blamed Victims of Harvey Weinstein


Fashion designer Donna Karan stepped in it when asked about disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. He’s been accused of decades of sexual harassment. The New York Times exposed him for settling eight harassment lawsuits.

Donna Karan defended Weinstein by blaming dozens of his alleged victims. (quote) “How do we present ourselves as women? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and sexuality? What are they asking for? Trouble.”

Naturally, her publicist clarified that statement a few hours later. Apparently her words were “taken out of context.” Further, Donna Karan apologized to “anyone I offended.”

Actress Rose McGowan did not accept that apology. She was one of Harvey Weinstein’s victims, who got a six-figure payout in 1997. Rose tweeted Monday night, (quote) “Donna Karan you are a DEPLORABLE. Aiding and abetting is a moral crime. You are scum in a fancy dress.” (Daily Mail)


NENE LEAKES: Apologizes for Rape Comment


NeNe Leakes has apologized for wishing one of her fans would get raped.

It happened Saturday night as the reality star was doing a stand-up set in Oakland. According to TMZ, the woman was heckling NeNe when she lost it and said she hoped the woman's Uber driver sexually assaulted her on the way home.

On Monday, after the story broke, NeNe wrote on Facebook, "I truly regret and apologize for what I said from the stage in Oakland over the weekend. Sometimes words can cut deep and hurt when you have no intentions of them doing so."

The Real Housewives star added that as a victim of abuse she should've known better.


KATHY GRIFFIN: Returns to Stand-Up and Trump Bashing


Kathy Griffin is back to her old tricks.

After a few months away from the spotlight, the comedian returned to performing on Sunday -- and she made her entrance wearing a Trump mask while flipping the audience the bird. 

Kathy made headlines in May for a photo showing her holding a bloodied Donald Trump mask.

Amid the backlash, the comedian was fired from her New Year's Eve gig at CNN and had several stand-up gigs cancelled.

TMZ says she also took a knee and raised her fist during the AIDS fundraiser at L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre on Sunday. 


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Harvey Weinstein has been dropped as an executive producer on the upcoming series Waco and Yellowstone. The Weinstein Company, which fired the mogul amid his sexual harassment scandal, is also taking steps to remove his name from its other TV series, including Project Runway.

La La Land director Damien Chazelle has gotten engaged to Olivia Hamilton. The couple announced the news on her Instagram page on Monday.

Sylvester Stallone will direct and produce Creed 2. Ryan Coogler directed the previous film.


MEGHAN McCAIN: Makes Her Debut on The View


Meghan McCain officially joined The View as a permanent co-host on Monday.

Whoopi Goldberg introduced her by saying, “A new chapter in The View history starts now because we have a new co-host. She’s a strong voice for young conservatives, a bestselling author and blogger who has been fearless, speaking out about issues that affect women and all Americans.”

Meghan is a former Fox News contributor and the daughter of Senator John McCain. She choked up while discussing her father’s battle with brain cancer. “I haven’t talked about it yet, and I knew this would be hard,” she said. “I spent the last three months while he was getting radiation and chemotherapy — and I can’t believe I’m freaking crying already — but when you hear ‘cancer,’ a nuclear explosion goes off in your life, no matter who you are." (People)

 

NEW TO VIDEO   


You have a lot to choose from with this week's big new video releases.

Ansel Elgort plays a young, talented getaway driver in Baby Driver. But when he meets the girl of his dreams, Lily James, he looks to change his life for good. Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey co-star.

Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler run an illegal casino out of a neighbor's home to pay their daughter's college tuition in The House. 

Wish Upon is a careful-what-you-wish-for horror flick starring Sherilyn Fenn, Ryan Phillippe and Joey King.

In The Beguiled, an injured Union soldier is housed in a Civil War-era girls' school, and the sexual tension mounts. Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell star.

Sally Hawkins plays the title character in Maudie, an aging woman determined to maintain her independence despite crippling arthritis. She answers Ethan Hawke's ad for a housekeeper, and even though she's awful at it, her determination to succeed inspires.

TV that's new to video includes season three of Good Witch, season five of Impractical Jokers, the debut season of The Last Kingdom, the third season of The Leftovers and the fourth season of Reign -- plus the TV bio-pics Britney Ever After and Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland.


MAROON 5: What's That Smell?


Up to now Adam Levine of Maroon 5 has been mainly known for his voice...and The Voice, but the folks at Yves Saint-Laurent are hoping that he's also about to also become known for his smell.

They've just named Levine the U.S. ambassador for the company's latest masculine fragrance, known as Y. Levine says he's "psyched" about collaborating with a brand with a "standout style and groundbreaking imagery" that's always appealed to him. And he's excited to develop the relationship "and see where it will lead."

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