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NBC women’s big Brokaw error

Posted: 02 May 2018 07:32 AM PDT

While our collective attention is still, for God-knows-what reason, on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and Michelle Wolf’s scathing takedown of some of President Trump’s top women officials, another story is quietly slipping under the radar: allegations of sexual harassment against one of America’s most powerful and respected television anchors, Tom Brokaw.

A former colleague, Linda Vester, has claimed Brokaw “groped and assaulted” her in the ’90s. An unnamed former assistant has also alleged Brokaw made unwanted advances. Vester has provided journals to Variety that she says back up her account.

Brokaw indignantly denied the claim, likening the claims to a “drive-by shooting” and dismissing Vester as merely “a former colleague who left NBC News angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom.”

“I made no romantic overtures towards her at that time or any other,” he wrote.

But in that same statement, he goes on to contradict himself:

“As I remember, she was at one end of a sofa, I was at the other. It was late and I had been up for 24 hours. As I got up to leave I may have leaned over for a perfunctory goodnight kiss, but my memory is that it happened at the door — on the cheek.”

Against the backdrop of our eye-opening national education on sexual harassment, this admission should have been reason enough to approach this story with seriousness and concern. Instead, his colleagues — his female colleagues, mind you — have inexplicably rushed to his defense.

Big mistake.

Despite their presumed respect for Brokaw, a 22-year “NBC Nightly News” anchor, few of Brokaw’s current colleagues were even at the network 25 years ago when the behavior was alleged to have occurred.

Still fewer were at the NBC News bureau in Denver or London, where at least two incidents reportedly occurred. And presumably none were in Vester’s New York City hotel room, where she says another incident occurred.

And yet, that hasn’t stopped 115 of them, including big names like Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski, Andrea Mitchell and Maria Shriver, from signing a letter attesting to Brokaw’s “tremendous decency and integrity.”

One notable absence? Megyn Kelly, who cautioned on her NBC morning show earlier this week: “You don’t know what you don’t know, and that’s not in any way to impugn Tom, who I love and who’s been so good to me. Just saying, you don’t know what you don’t know.”

Greta Van Susteren and Geraldo Rivera, two Fox News anchors and former Kelly colleagues, learned this the hard way. When Gretchen Carlson alleged harassment against Fox News head Roger Ailes, both were quick to defend him. Van Susteren insisted, “He just doesn’t do this stuff. If this were going on, I would have heard about it.”

Of course, Van Susteren didn’t even work in the New York headquarters where much of Ailes’ harassment took place, later acknowledging she worked “200 miles from the ‘scene of the crimes'” in Washington. Both she and Rivera eventually walked back their defenses.

Since the Brokaw letter was written, a third allegation has emerged, by a former reporter, Mary Reinholz, who claims that in the late ’60s, Brokaw (still then married) abruptly embraced and kissed her while in her mother’s cottage.

Now, it turns out some female staffers at NBC News are complaining that they felt pressure to sign the Brokaw letter. One anonymously told the New York Post, “We felt forced to sign the letter supporting Brokaw. We had no choice, particularly the lower level staffers.” And, “This was all about coming out in force to protect NBC’s golden boy; the network’s reputation is tied to Brokaw. … If more women come forward, that’s a big problem.”

Another in that same report said she felt intimidated by the powerful names on the letter: “When you have over 100 women like Andrea Mitchell signing a letter of support without knowing the facts, it’s pretty scary. … The letter will have a chilling effect on other women coming forward.”

The lesson here is, as much as you think you may know someone, you never really know them fully. And unless you were there, you don’t actually know anything about a specific incident or incidents.

Banding together to sign a letter defending a top veteran newsman is exactly the kind of thing that creates a culture of intimidation. Who would feel comfortable coming forward about sexual harassment allegations now?

Rushing to the defense of an accused sexual harasser is just as bad as rushing to condemn one.

(S.E. Cupp is the host of “S.E. Cupp Unfiltered” on HLN.)

Isabelle Huppert on Her Best Cannes Memories and the Lack of Female Jury Presidents

Posted: 02 May 2018 07:30 AM PDT

French star Isabelle Huppert, whose role in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe last year, served as president of the Cannes Film Festival jury in 2009.

Huppert was reportedly at odds with fellow juror James Gray over awarding the Palme d’Or to Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” and was accused by
some of favoring Haneke because he had directed her in “The Piano Teacher,” which earned her the prize for best actress at Cannes in 2001. Winning that year and also in 1978 for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “Violette Noziere” remain her strongest memories of Cannes.

“The festival is first and foremost a competition, and when you’re in competition, the best thing is to win,” Huppert says. “Honestly, without blushing, I can say that each time it was an intense and immense pleasure.”

Although she is one of fewer than a dozen women to oversee the Cannes jury, don’t expect Huppert, who has a deep bond with the festival, to dish on the lack of female presidents. “The presidency of Cannes’ jury is not such a big deal when you think that Jesus Christ himself chose his disciples one by one, including Judas, without choosing a single woman,” she says. “Or that Shakespeare wrote women’s roles for men.”

Huppert, however, thinks that “Anna Magnani would have been a wonderful president of the jury at Cannes,” and that Marilyn Monroe “would have probably surprised everyone.”

Huppert also speaks highly of incoming president Cate Blanchett. “If I start enumerating all of Cate’s qualities, it’s going to make me jealous! I prefer not to start,” she says. “I know that she is enough of a cinephile to award films that will have a progressive impact on cinema as a whole. Does she know Jean-Luc Godard’s films? She will have a chance to discover his latest film” (“The Image Book”).

Huppert is currently shooting Anne Fontaine’s “Pure as Snow,” a lighthearted and sensual retelling of the fairy tale of Snow White.

Enterprise Drives to Science Channel, Seeker to Talk Technology

Posted: 02 May 2018 07:19 AM PDT

TV viewers may know Enterprise best for its TV commercials featuring Joel McHale and Kristen Bell. Now the company hopes people will recognize it for short videos it has produced that address disaster relief and intriguing technology.

To accomplish its goal, the transportation company is placing a three-part video series across venues operated by Discovery Inc.’s Science Channel and Group Nine Media‘s Seeker. Discovery purchased a minority stake in Group Nine in 2016.

“We do a lot of other things besides renting cars,” says Rob Connors, vice president of brand marketing for Enterprise. That story, he adds, “is hard to tell in a traditional marketing mix.” The campaign launches today and is expected to continue through the second and third quarters of this year.

Enterprise’s drive to find ways to discuss more complex aspects of its business with consumers puts a spotlight on the new methodologies that help them do so. In this case, Enterprise is making a concerted effort to find consumers fascinated by new technologies and systems, not the average lean-back couch potato.

The video series will be made available on Seeker’s Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter channels, via Science Channel social media, and dedicated content hub on Seeker.com. It will examine infrastructure technology, disaster relief logistics to new transportation innovation. The content will also be repackaged into linear vignettes slated to air during relevant programming on both Science Channel and Discovery Channel, and will show up on Science Channel’s authenticated streaming app as well as in connected-TV devices. Enterprise’s campaign will also play a part at “Night at the Museum,” an event Seeker is scheduled to hold in late summer of this year.

“We are really seeing the audience leaning into how science plays into their today and how it will shape their tomorrow,” says Caroline Smith, chief content officer of Seeker.

The deal came together at an event known as a “Final Front,” a showcase for advertisers orchestrated by Omnicom Media Group‘s Content Collective and, in this case, its corporate sibling PHD, which serves as Enterprise’s media agency. In recent years, Content Collective, which specializes in weaving brands and content, has prodded media companies to offer broader distribution and venues by teaming up. Science Channel and Seeker have been offering larger packages in tandem since last year. “This is really the first big partnership,” said Lauri Baker, Discovery’s senior vice president of digital sales solutions.

At the most recent “Final Front,” Discovery and Group Nine offered to focus on how urban populations – expected to soar by 2050 – will grapple to balance population growth with quality of life. Content Collective was looking to present packages that melded traditional media with emerging venues. The collaboration between the two companies represented what executives felt “was an ideal alignment with the focus on mobility and transportation and disaster relief,” said Rachel Baumgarten, managing director of the Content Collective.

Martin Margiela Film to Tell the Story of Enigmatic Belgian Fashion Designer (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted: 02 May 2018 07:03 AM PDT

The story of Martin Margiela will be traced in “Without Compromise,” a new feature doc that is being made with the cooperation of the influential Belgian fashion designer. Margiela changed the fashion world. He was part of the avante-garde Antwerp movement and founded the Maison Margiela fashion house.

Film-meets-fashion project “Without Compromise” is in production for a 2019 release. It will be the first doc on the complete career of Margiela, a man so elusive and private that no official photograph has ever been released and who has been dubbed “the fashion world’s answer to Banksy.”

The feature comes from Reiner Holzemer, whose previous work includes “Dries,” the film about designer Dries Van Noten. That was sold by Dogwoof, which has also boarded “Without Compromise.” It will present the project to buyers at Cannes.

Aminata Sambe is producing the Margiela film. “Dogwoof has an incomparable slate of world-class quality documentaries and they did a great job selling ‘Dries’ worldwide. It is therefore a real pleasure to work with the team again.” Holzemer and Sambe said.

“We are thrilled to work on the story of such an enigmatic ​and mysterious ​designer; and even more so given that extraordinarily, it’s the first time Margiela has agreed to be part of any film about his life or work,” added Ana Vicente, head of sales, at London-based Dogwoof.

Dogwoof has solid fashion credentials. It handled sales for Lorna Tucker’s Vivienne Westwood film “Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist.” Although Westwood herself was not a fan of the film, it was well-received. Variety said it was a “consistently entertaining, enthralled portrait of aberrant British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood…Sharp-lined but entirely flattering.”

Live Nation Acquires Rock in Rio Festival

Posted: 02 May 2018 07:00 AM PDT

Live Nation Entertainment today announced that it is expanding its presence in South America by acquiring a stake in Rock in Rio, which in 2017 was the second-highest grossing festival in the world, as well as the largest music festival in South America, attended by more than 700,000 fans, according to a press release.

The legendary festival currently operates biennial events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Lisbon, Portugal, each which span two weekends. Rock in Rio began in 1985, and has hosted 18 editions with more than 9 million attendees, with headliners including Queen, Prince, Guns N’ Roses, Sting, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron Maiden, Rihanna, Elton John, Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Britney Spears, Roger Waters, the Rolling Stones and more.

According to the announcement, founder and president Roberto Medina and his staff will remain key stakeholders of Rock in Rio, continuing to manage all aspects of production as well as consulting across the business.

“We are delighted to bring together the world’s biggest music festival with the largest entertainment company on the planet,” said Medina. “The partnership will generate a number of synergies that will enable the realization of even greater ambitions for Rock in Rio. We are two companies with a united global vision and the ability to achieve big dreams.”

“Rock in Rio is a marquee event which set the standard for festivals in South America,” said Michael Rapino, President and CEO, Live Nation Entertainment. “Roberto and his team have grown Rock in Rio to become a truly global event and the preeminent festival in the emerging live events market in South America. We look forward to integrating their industry expertise into the Live Nation business.”



French Star Isabelle Adjani on #MeToo: ‘The Issue at Stake Is Equality, Not a Reckoning’

Posted: 02 May 2018 07:00 AM PDT

Isabelle Adjani, the Oscar-nominated star of François Truffaut’s “The Story of Adele H.” and Bruno Nuytten’s “Camille Claudel,” presided over the Cannes jury in 1997, the year of the festival’s 50th anniversary.

Heading the panel is “a very intense experience and at times a difficult mission when it comes to judging the work of other artists, and defending your emotions and ideas against those of other jury members,” says Adjani, who is a fan of incoming president Cate Blanchett. Adjani reportedly clashed with directors Mike Leigh and Nanni Moretti in choosing the winner of the 1997 Palme d’Or, with the jury eventually deciding to give the award to two films, Shohei Imamura’s “The Eel” and Abbas Kiarostami’s “Taste of Cherry.”

“The film world continues to be dominated by men,” says Adjani, one of the first and few French stars to have publicly voiced her support for the #MeToo movement. “#MeToo has spurred a solidarity among women who have been abused and brings them together within a community of victims who can help each other and fight to make laws and mentalities evolve.

“The issue at stake is equality, not a reckoning,” Adjani adds. “The Weinstein scandal has created a new sense of solidarity between actresses who now feel stronger and more entitled to defend their integrity and their rights.”

Adjani, who has five César Awards to her name, won an extraordinary double best actress award at Cannes in 1981 for her roles in Andrzej Żulawski’s “Possession” and James Ivory’s “Quartet.”

Her strongest memory of the festival is “a luncheon that brought together all the Palme d’Or winners in 1997,” she said. “All these artists had directed masterpieces, and they had nothing more to prove. I remember feeling the respect and admiration of François Truffaut when he was talking to me about his inspirations.”

Adjani will be in Cannes this year to present one of the most anticipated films playing at the Directors’ Fortnight, Romain Gavras’ “The World Is Yours,” in which she stars as a dysfunctional mother and pathological liar. She will also soon be working with French author Virginie Despentes on a film exploring the relationship between the painter Maurice Utrillo and his mother.

Bleona’s fashion statement for equality

Posted: 02 May 2018 07:00 AM PDT

Bleona wore a “naked dress” to an Oscars afterparty to make a statement for equality.

The 38-year-old singer turned heads at the Vanity Fair bash in March with her daring chain-mail outfit that left her bare breasts in full view and she claimed her red carpet wear highlighted the double standards shown to nudity in men and women.

She said: “Everybody talks about equality and everyone thinks it is OK that [a male pop star] comes out on stage shirtless but when a woman comes out in a naked dress, it’s a problem. What happened to equality? I want to do something about it, I don’t want to say it for the sake of saying it.”

And the Albanian star – who moved to the US in 2010 – claimed she only received a negative response to her controversial outfit because of her background.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: “The statement piece of dress that I did on Vanity Fair [was] because I refuse to be a victim of the double standard.

“For example, I believe there is a double standard in all these red carpet appearances. If Kim Kardashian [West] or Lady Gaga wore the same dress as I did, everyone would be like ‘Look at this dress, look at this body’.

“When I wore the dress, because people know I’m from a different country, they’re all like, ‘Oh she needs attention’.

“And I’m like, ‘Sure I need attention’, but what you guys don’t understand is that I’ve been the Kim Kardashian or Lady Gaga in my country even when Kim Kardashian or Lady Gaga didn’t really exist.

“I’ve been doing this since I was five years old … I’m just trying to merge my brand from back home into the world.

“But by any means, I’m not trying to compete with anyone because I think there is no competition when you’re making your own lane. I’m in my own lane.”

Despite the public backlash, the ‘Wicked Love’ singer claims many of the guests at the party loved her “amazing” dress, but Bleona understands why they wouldn’t wear something similar.

She said: “People all loved it at the Vanity Fair party. I remember Tracee Ellis Ross, Diana’s daughter, she was like, ‘You go girl! This is an amazing dress. Where did you get this?’ And I was like, ‘There’s a designer from Russia, I can put you in contact [with them].’

“This is what I love about American people, they embrace it. Once you have the courage to go out and do it, 99 per cent of them embrace it, even if they wouldn’t want to take the chance themselves … They’re supporting me because deep inside, they would never get the courage to do that.

“I feel that from all the celebrities. I don’t blame them, they’re in a system and they’re afraid to take chances. Most of them are fitting to the rules.”

Bleona’s latest single, ‘Wicked Love’, is out now.

Chrissy Teigen has ‘huge pregnancy nose’

Posted: 02 May 2018 07:00 AM PDT

Chrissy Teigen is concerned about how “huge” her nose has got.

The 32-year-old model is just weeks away from giving birth to her second child – a baby boy, whom she’s expecting with her husband John Legend – and she’s amazed by how much thicker her hooter has become in the final three months of her pregnancy.

Taking to her Twitter account, the brunette beauty uploaded a video of her husband boogying to Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ behind her, before noticing how wide her snout was.

She wrote: “damn my pregnancy nose is huge. my nose has its own bmi. how you gonna gain weight in your nose. this is fascinating (sic)”

The ‘Lip Sync Battle’ host also has two-year-old daughter Luna with the ‘All of Me’ hitmaker but has admitted her second pregnancy has been a lot harder than the first time around.

She said recently: “Your second pregnancy is harder because you have a kid already.”

And 39-year-old John added: “You have to divide your energy between raising a kid and and carrying one as well.”

However, although they’re looking forward to meeting their bundle of joy, the couple are concerned about how well Luna will adapt to having a sibling.

John said: “Luna’s gonna be an issue. I think she’ll probably have some growing pains because she’s currently running the house right now. She’s used to being the center of everything right now so we’ll see how she adjusts to sharing the spotlight.”

The ‘Good Night’ singer has been reading tips on how to make sure Luna doesn’t feel jealous of her brother, including buying a gift from the baby to “give” to his older sister.

John added: “I’ve heard that I should bring Luna to him so it doesn’t feel like we’re all just sitting there with this new guy, like, ‘Who this?'”

Chrissy and John – who married in 2013 – announced they were expecting another child in November last year, with an Instagram post which featured Luna pointing at her mother’s belly and saying “Baby! Baby!”

Miley Cyrus’ true love is marijuana

Posted: 02 May 2018 07:00 AM PDT

Miley Cyrus’ “true love” is marijuana.

The 25-year-old singer – who is engaged to Liam Hemsworth – is currently abstaining from the drug because she is “very focused” on her work, but she’s expecting to pick her habit back up at some point.

Asked if she’s currently smoking weed, she said: “I want to be, but no. I am very focused on what I’m working on right now.

“[Weed is] the most magical, amazing thing. [It’s] my first and true love.

“It’s just not for me at this time in my life. But I’m sure there will be a day that I will happily indulge.”

Though the ‘Malibu’ hitmaker likes to snack when she’s “stoned”, she won’t be indulging in a special packet of peanuts which she’s held on to from a flight 15 years ago.

She told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel: “They mean something to me! They represent the beginning of this life for me because I was on my way to LA for the first time to audition for ‘Hannah Montana’.

“My dad was there, my dad was in first [class] and I was in coach and he said he’d throw me a hot peanut from the classy section. And then I said, ‘I already have my own.’

“So I’ve just kept them with me forever. No matter how stoned, I don’t snack!”

The peanuts aren’t the only memento from her past that Miley’s held on to as she admitted her “hoarding” drives Liam, 28, crazy.

She said: I would say that I’m a clean person, but I’m also a bit of a hoarder – he calls it hoarding, I call it collecting.

“That thin line that divides hoarding and collecting is keeping things in the package, so having things in the boxes.”

The ‘Voice’ star recently shared a clip of Liam scaring her at home and she admitted the ‘Hunger Games’ actor has a bad habit of sneaking up on her.

She said: “I know that it’s May and I was putting our Christmas decorations away finally.

“I was already in this really creepy basement and I was coming up to say, ‘Oh my god, that basement is so scary.’ And then he jumped out at the worst time…

“I just don’t know why I haven’t caught on to this at all. I just don’t know he’s around every corner. He’s around a lot of corners.”

But Miley hasn’t been so successful at returning the prank.

She explained: “I’m obviously loud and so I’m not very good at scaring people.”

Pickup Trucks: F-Series Reigned at 2018 Fabulous Fords Forever

Posted: 02 May 2018 06:50 AM PDT

By Richard Truesdell

For more than three decades, the third Sunday each April brings the Ford faithful to Buena Park, Calif., for the annual Fabulous Fords Forever show. The 2018 version marked the 33rd year of the event and showcased more than 1,600 vehicles, many of them Ford pickup trucks. This year’s event celebrated 70 years of the F-Series, the best-selling vehicle in America for more than 40 years. Since 1977 — when the half-ton F-150 was first introduced — Ford has sold more than 26 million F-Series trucks.

The oldest Ford truck at the FFF was a 1929 Ford Model A roadster owned by Jim Runyon that was displayed in the inner circle as part of an extensive collection of vehicles celebrating 90 years of the legendary Model A. What’s interesting about this truck was that it has been updated with a 12-volt electrical system and features an overdrive unit from a Volvo, a marquee once owned by Ford.

Of course, the Ford F-Series display is of most interest to PickupTrucks.com readers. Organizers said it was difficult to locate stock, restored, original or otherwise unmolested examples of Ford pickups. From what we saw, four where quite impressive, including a 1976 F-250 Camper Specialowned by Richard Drake, previously featured on PickupTrucks.com.

The oldest F-Series was a 1955 Ford F-250 owned by Richard Stanley that has been in his family since it was purchased in 1955 by his father, who used it as a daily driver well into his 80s. At the other end of the F-Series spectrum was the 1994 Ford F-150 Lightning, owned by Gene and Connie Ravera. It was one of 4,007 produced that year, according to the truck’s storyboard. However, even this truck featured some stealth modifications: a Vortech supercharger and it was lowered less than an inch.

FFF always has a separate section dedicated to other Ford trucks, most of which were modified in some way. Most impressive were the trucks displayed by La Foringas TruckClub, a Southern California group of Latino Ford truck owners, many whom own F-Series trucks that were built at the Ford assembly plant in Mexico. One of the most impressive was a light blue retro-mod 1978 Ford F-100 Ranger owned by Rafael Garrido. Roberto Garcia displayed a big-wheeled yellow 1978 F-100 Ranger that was beautiful but not over the top.

Several other classic Fords attracted our attention as well. These included the wonderfully presented 1954 F-100 six-cylinder in light aqua, displayed by the grandson of the truck’s original owner, Jerry Spear. Parked next to the Spears’ truck was a 1950 Ford F-1, showing the evolution of the first-generation F-Series to the second. It sported a wonderful patina in gray and red. With its wide white walls, it looked as if it could have been on the cover of Hot Rod magazine in the 1950s.

As you might expect, most of the Ford truck area was dominated by Ford Lightnings. Our favorite was the red 2002 Lightning owned by George and Lisa Dias, one that is raced often in the Optima Ultimate Street Car seriesand the Silver State Classic Challenge. Another was the sharp 2003 Ford Lightning in black. A red 1997 Lightning, owned by Mark Rojas, showed the origins of the first-generation Lightning and high-performance Ford trucks such as like the current Ford F-150 Raptor.

We also saw some lifted trucks; the most impressive was a Bright Lime later-model F-350 dubbed the “High Roller Edition.” More to our taste was a white-and-red 1960 Ford F-250 4×2 owned by Nicholas Miller that looked just about perfect.

On the main show field were more than a dozen car-based pickups, many without owner identification such as the yellow Torino-based yellow Ranchero GT, but one that caught our eye was the red-and-white 1965 Ford Ranchero owned by Lee Schultz. Falcon-based Rancheros continue to be quite popular, especially when they get a heart transplant of a modern high-output, fuel-injected 5.0-liter V-8 from a late-model Ford, many donated not from Fox-body Ford Mustangs but from Lincoln Mark VIIs that share the same engine.

Cars.com photos by Richard Truesdell