HOLLYWOOD HOTHEADS: THE VIEW FROM THE DUG OUT

How much have things changed in Hollywood since the Harveyquake?  In some ways, the business will never be the same. But in most ways, there’s still plenty the same. One very important view, however, comes from someone who deals with Hollywood muckety-mucks, poobahs, and grandees at the most sensitive level  – from their children’s softball games. The letter below, obtained EXCLUSIVELY BY THE ANKLER (trumpet flourish!) comes from the Referee Adminstrator of a Little League Association somewhere in West LA, one populated by lots of show business folk. In this letter, he addresses league parents about behavior at the games. Read on and judge for yourself how much the climate of Hollywood has changed, post-Weinstein. Parents, Coaches and Referees, We are all in this together to create a fun, fair and safe experience for the players. However, the “we are all in this together” doesn’t mean that everyone gets to

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What Now? From Today’s Ankler

Today’s is the first Ankler in over a month in which the lead item is not some sort of Harveygate news. And it still certainly could be. The fallout and the consequences here are not half over. So where’s it going now?  To date, we’ve been in the Open Secrets phase of this journey. Harvey, Brett Ratner, Louis CK, Kevin Spacey: all people about whom there were plenty of rumors. Although frankly “people about whom there were plenty of rumors” would describe half the men in Hollywood. There are still a handful of those obvious, long-rumored about candidates to come, and sorting them out will take a while. But then there are the higher rung of the predators. The non-public figures, or mostly non-public.  People whose toppling could erase billions from a company’s valuation overnight.  The fact of the matter is, we live in a closed system. Reporters can’t file requests for

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THE WOMEN TAKE THE REINS! FROM TODAY’S ANKLER

Since the Harveyquake first thundered, this newsletter has been flabbergasted, apoplectic and dumbfounded by the total abdication of leadership of Hollywood’s entire poobah class, in the face of the greatest crisis and demonstration of moral insolvency in the business’ history. But now, with the titans refusing to take charge, the women of Hollywood are charging into the leadership vacuum with an effort serious and mega-wattage high-powered enough to redraw the face of the entire industry. The Ankler can now reveal that – sound the trumpets –  a committee has been formed! Assembling under the working name “Time’s Up!” a group has been meeting in secrecy in the labyrinths of the Creative Artists Agency since the dawn of this crisis.  In contrast to the ineffectual wishlists issued by such groups in the past, Time’s Up has been working towards a concrete list of changes to the industry, with hard, verifiable benchmarks to

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Spacey. Piven. Ratner. Apres le Deluge

The big question now is no longer “who’s next?”  That question seems to be answering itself.  Everyone. Everyone will be next. Lots of little to medium-sized to now somewhat big names are coming out. And the standards of what is needed for a takedown are falling by the hour. The very biggest names unfortunately take time. Given how well people with all the resources in the world in this business are able to cover up their misdeeds – the armies of courtiers trailing behind, each writing checks and making things right – these stories are very hard to tell, even with the mobs roaming the streets. It’s one thing for Andy Dick’s or James Toback’s victims to come forward, but even after the explosion, a titan of Hollywood is still a fearsome thing, with a lot of carrots and sticks at their disposal. We’re living in this strange in-between moment, when no

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