Harvey Weinstein Could Face Canadian Justice

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Why do I suspect that a whole host of countries are going to try and extradite Harvey Weinstein?

A Toronto actress and model is launching a $4-million lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, claiming he sexually assaulted her twice in 2000 when she was in her 20s and starring in her first small movie role.

“Weinstein is a serial sexual predator who, by the time of the assaults on (Jane) Doe, had well-developed methods for targeting young actresses and luring them into situations that he considered optimal for sexually harassing and assaulting them,” her lawsuit alleges. 

According to her proposed statement of claim, the woman, identified only as Jane Doe,  said the famous movie mogul introduced himself on the Toronto set of his Miramax film when she was on her third and final day of filming and told her she looked like a famous actress.

That actress is among the 60 women who have since accused the movie producer of misconduct, including sexual assault and rape.

The day after meeting Weinstein, the Toronto woman said his assistant, Barbara Schneeweiss, called to tell her the famous producer had been impressed by her talent after watching the film’s “dailies” and wanted to have a breakfast meeting at the Sutton Place Hotel “to discuss her career and  potential opportunities with Miramax.”

I hope she wins, and I hope she collects, but the line to sue Weinstein is pretty long. Maybe it would be a good idea to bring criminal charges and protect the public at large?

Great Move, NBC

We all know what NBC thought they were going to get with Megyn Kelly. They thought they were going to get big ratings, a huge chunk of her audience at Fox, and the kind of instant credibility that would make smartasses like me think twice about pointing out that they weren't paying her for her, ahem, journalistic abilities.

Turns out, this hasn't happened:

NBC’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly fell to its lowest ratings yet on Sunday, bringing in 3.1 million total viewers and matching its low rating of 0.4 among adults ages 18-49. Both figures represent the lowest Kelly’s figures have fallen since her show’s debut in early June.

Now, can Kelly turn it around? I guess, but who cares? NBC is getting what it deserves. She'd be doing great if she was on MSNBC, which is probably where she'll land, and soon.

Not Pretty Enough

This doesn't sound very nice, does it?

Earlier this week, it was announced that Quentin Tarantino’s next film will center on the Manson Family murders, specifically the killing of Hollywood beauty Sharon Tate.

Speculations about potential casting choices began swirling online almost immediately, with outlets reporting that Tarantino had met with Margot Robbie for the role of Tate, noting that Jennifer Lawrence was also rumored to be involved with the project. 

It remains unclear as to whether both Robbie and Lawrence are actually being considered for Tate (or any role, for that matter). If it does come down to those two stars, Tate’s sister Debra has a strong opinion about who she’d choose. 

“They’re both extremely accomplished actresses but I would have to say, my pick would be Margot. Simply because her physical beauty and the way she even carries herself is similar to that of Sharon,” Debra recently told TMZ. 

But she didn’t stop there. 

“I don’t think as much about Jennifer Lawrence,” she continued. “Not that I have anything against her. But she just, I don’t know, she’s not pretty enough to play Sharon. That’s a horrible thing to say, but I have my standards.” 

She added, “Physical beauty wouldn’t be so important, but Sharon’s six years of her public life were all based on that incredibly beautiful natural perfect look, in soul heart and spirit. Thats what I’m looking to try to capture.” 

I think this is a very superficial examination of what this part might need. Lawrence and Robbie could do this and it would work. But, really, why would you want to go around saying things like that about someone's appearance? If you really cared about the project, you'd look at the experience and the artistry of the person, not their appearance.