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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THE HARV WAY

It’s another day when it’s very hard to write about anything but the big elephant in the bathtub.  I’ve had also sorts of other things waiting on the runway for their chance to soar for a week now, but IP Bob’s Retirement, James Murdoch’s house of cards,  CAA’s sell-off…Are all going to have to wait to fight another day as we do yet another Mostly Harvey issue. That fact that a grandee of Hollywood is being called to account for his behavior is still sinking in. It’s such a stunning reversal of all laws of nature that Hollywood still doesn’t quite know how to process it.  And not just a grandee, but The Iconic Grandee: the inventor of the modern For Your Consideration deathmarch Himself. Around town, there are still plenty of people rolling their eyes, saying, what’s the big deal,  he’ll be back. As recently as Friday, Vulture had this quote

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Ankler 1.0

Of all the things! Who the hell needs another Hollywood trade?  Don’t we have too many of those already? Way too many? Well, we do and we don’t. The great innovation of the internet is that so many have been given the opportunity to say exactly the same thing at the same time everyone else. If you want that breaking news about the Mid-Season premiere date of Agents of Shield, or what director is in talks for the new Loki standalone, or who said on the red carpet that they are “very excited” for their new season, then you’re very covered. But if you’re looking to find out what’s happening in this loony bin of ours, you’re out of luck. Hollywood deserves better. To read the coverage of this place, you’d think it’s just a bunch of nice, smart people, getting up early and manning their desks to churn out the

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IN THE AMAZONE: WOODY WOODY

(from the September 15th edition of The Ankler) Not to get all judgmental, but is Amazon drunk? Like, majorly drunk? Two years ago, jaws dropped across town when the toilet paper seller/movie studio produced this headline: From THR Amazon recently paid $160 million for two seasons of a drama from David O. Russell starring Robert De Niro and another $75 million for an anthology from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. It also is said to be millions of dollars over budget on season two of Goliath after the drama’s second showrunner, Clyde Phillips, exited amid clashes with star Billy Bob Thornton. Sources say Price and lieutenant Joe Lewis doled out $80 million to lure Woody Allen to TV for Crisis in Six Scenes. One insider describes the six-episode comedy created by and starring Allen as a “$100 million boondoggle.” I’m a little worried that if we mock them too much over this they might hand Woody the keys to Jeff Bezos’

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