GAL GADOT: Wonder Woman Star Demands WB Fire Ratner
Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot wants producer and alleged sexual harasser Brett Ratner fired -- or she's not doing a sequel to the superhero blockbuster.
Ratner, through his company RatPac-Dune Entertainment, helped produce the Wonder Woman movie and is said to have made a "healthy share of the profits."
But according to Page Six, Gal is "taking a strong stance on sexual harassment in Hollywood and doesn’t want her hit Wonder Woman franchise to benefit a man accused of sexual misconduct."
Last month, the Israeli actress backed out of a dinner honoring Ratner, where she was supposed to present him with an award.
The source added that Gal is "tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet."
SEXUAL HARASSMENT: George Takei, Richard Dreyfuss Among the Newly Accused
The hits keep coming. Several more Hollywood heavyweights have been accused of sexual misconduct as the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues.
- Writer Jessica Teich alleges that Richard Dreyfuss “repeatedly harassed” her in the mid-1980s while they were working on a TV script. The Jaws star addressed the post, saying, “I emphatically deny ever 'exposing' myself to Jessica Teich, whom I have considered a friend for 30 years. I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years. I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual." (Deadline)
Ironically, Dreyfuss's Harry recently claimed that he was molested by Kevin Spacey a few years ago.
- Star Trek actor George Takei has denied a claim he sexually assaulted a former model and actor in 1981. Scott R. Brunton says he went to dinner and the theater with Takei and when they got back to the star's home he was given a date rape drug, causing him to pass out. When he awoke, Brunton says, his pants were down and Takei was groping his crotch. Takei says, "The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now." (Hollywood Reporter)
- Former E.R. star Anthony Edwards claimed in an essay Friday that he was assaulted by director and producer Gary Goddard when he was a child. Edwards writes, “I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet.” Goddard denies the charge.
- Warner Bros. has suspended Supergirl and Arrow producer Andrew Kreisberg after 19 staffers accused him of sexual harassment. (NY Daily News)
LOUIS C.K.: Confirms and Apologizes for Sexual Misconduct
Louis C.K. has confirmed and apologized for those stories of sexual misconduct that came out yesterday (Thursday).
Five women alleged that he masturbated in their presence or on the phone, or asked if he could do so. And now he's released a statement that says, "These stories are true."
He adds that though he's felt remorse in the past, "now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position. I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story."
As we've reported, his new movie I Love You, Daddy has been pulled from distribution and his next Netflix standup special has been cancelled. (New York Times)
Legendary gossip columnist Liz Smith has died at age 94. Her gossip column began at the New York Daily News in 1976. At one point, she was earning $1 million a year to dish dirt. (Hollywood Reporter)
Kim Kardashian threw a "lavish" shower for her third baby over the weekend. Chrissy Teigen and Maria Menounos joined Kendall, Kylie, Kris and Khloé at the party. Kim and Kanye's third bundle of joy is due soon via surrogate. (People)
TLC says Derick Dillard has been banned from the reality series Counting On for months. Dillard, the husband of 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On star Jill Duggar, got the boot after attacking Jazz Jennings, the transgender star of I Am Jazz, back in August -- when he tweeted that “‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.” He recently went on another transphobic rant. (NY Daily News)
1. Thor: Ragnarok - $56.6 million
2. Daddy's Home 2 - $30 million
3. Murder on the Orient Express - $28.2 million
4. A Bad Moms Christmas - $11.5 million
5. Jigsaw - $3.4 million
Thor: Ragnarok continues to hammer the competition at the box office. The Marvel sequel earned $56.6 million in its second weekend, easily beating out newcomers Daddy's Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express. The third Thor movie has made $211.6 million in 10 days and is already the highest grossing film in the series.
Daddy's Home 2, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, opened in second with $30 million, just ahead of the latest remake of Murder on the Orient Express, which made $28.2 million.
A Bad Moms Christmas dropped from second to fourth with $11.5 million.
And Jigsaw went from third to fifth with $3.4 million.