Avenatti Calls Hollywood Reporter Writer an ‘A**hole,’ Demands Call From Editor After Unflattering Piece

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, reportedly called Hollywood Reporter writer Eriq Gardner an “asshole,” and then demanded to speak with Gardner’s editor over an unflattering story. In a piece published Wednesday titled, “Is Stormy Daniels Getting Her Money’s Worth From Attorney Michael Avenatti?” Gardner made the case that Avenatti’s approach to the Daniels case is unconventional with regard to the number of TV appearances he has made to discuss the suit. Gardner also noted the “risky” nature of Avenatti’s legal strategy:
But many lawyers believe Avenatti’s strategy is risky. His argument — Trump didn’t sign the contract with the nondisclosure agreement, so it isn’t valid — isn’t terrible, but it’s no slam dunk. After all, Daniels did accept $130,000 for her silence and hasn’t returned any of it. But if Avenatti ends up losing, the cost Continue reading "Avenatti Calls Hollywood Reporter Writer an ‘A**hole,’ Demands Call From Editor After Unflattering Piece"

Michael Wolff: All White House Staff Thinks Trump is ‘Incapable of Functioning in His Job’

Michael Wolff, whose upcoming book on President Donald Trump’s White House made waves when a series of stunning excerpts were released on Wednesday, wrote that he believes all administration officials have come to believe Trump is incapable of doing the job of president. In a column penned for the Hollywood Reporter detailing his time observing the Trump White House, Wolff concluded that his “indelible impression” of “Donald Trump’s small staff of factotums, advisors and family” is that “they all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.” That conclusion is based on yearlong observations of White House officials, including what Wolff described as “a kind of competition to demystify Trump” amongst staffers that developed as the administration ambled through the treacherous summer of its first year. And their conclusions weren’t pretty: “For Rex Tillerson, he was a moron. For Gary Continue reading "Michael Wolff: All White House Staff Thinks Trump is ‘Incapable of Functioning in His Job’"

Shonda Rhimes Says Donald Trump is Making it a Lot Harder to Write Scandal

shutterstock_618475760 In a recent interview with The Hollywood ReporterShonda RhimesKerry WashingtonTony Goldwyn, and others from everyone’s favorite Thursday night show are opening up about 100 episodes of Scandal. The show, of course, takes place in Washington, D.C. and is focused on the Presidency, the White House, Washington D.C.’s premier “fixer,” and all of the people and moving parts in between. Because of that, real-life parallels come up and sometimes it can feel more like we’re watching a documentary than a drama. According to the cast and Rhimes herself, that makes it harder to write and play. Rhimes said that she wanted the show to be about what would happen in Washington “if the wheels came off the bus and nobody was driving the bus.” But, she said, “The problem now is the wheels have come off the bus, and nobody’s Continue reading "Shonda Rhimes Says Donald Trump is Making it a Lot Harder to Write Scandal"

‘Did You Ever Vote For Bill Clinton?’: Trump Dodges Tough Question in New THR Interview

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 9.01.10 AMIn a new cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump sat with Michael Wolff for an interview that revealed — among other things — that the man’s refrigerator in Beverly Hills, “…only contains water and about a dozen pints of ice cream.” Given that it’s THR, the conversation unsurprisingly works it way to show business at one point, with the real estate mogul directly asking the writer, “I might do something with Ari [Emanuel]. Does he represent you?” But aside from many of the usual conversations you’d expect from cable news outlets, Wolff’s piece included one curious exchange regarding his relationship to the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, the former President. For all of the criticizing and questionably below-the-belt attacks that Trump has launched at the Clintons, he stopped just short in confirming how he voted Continue reading "‘Did You Ever Vote For Bill Clinton?’: Trump Dodges Tough Question in New THR Interview"

Yes, The Oscars Matter — Just Not The Way You Might Think

oscarsIt’s not all about “the art.” For the executives behind this year’s slate of Oscar-nominated films, raking in awards is less important that raking in the credit. At 88th Academy Awards this Sunday, the film industry will bestow a cache of golden statuettes upon the films that represent (at least in the current consensus) the height of the craft. But it also rewards the best in business instincts. If a studio exec can show that they were the driving force behind an Oscar success, it can be a reliable confirmation that they’ve got the business savvy to deliver hits in the future, and elevate their career prospects. So who gets the recognition? The Hollywood Reporter writes:
Oscar can go a long way toward redeeming a career or giving a boost to execs whose good luck has dried up and whose movies haven’t performed at the box office. Rarely Continue reading "Yes, The Oscars Matter — Just Not The Way You Might Think"