Morgan Freeman Accused Of Inappropriate Behavior By Multiple Women(5/24/18) Multiple women say actor Morgan Freeman subjected them to harassment or inappropriate behavior on set, while promoting his movies and at his production company Revelations Entertainment, CNN reports.
The cable news organization says eight women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior. CNN interviewed 16 people for its report, including some who said they witnessed the behavior.
One production assistant said she was subjected to unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing on a nearly daily basis, including one incident in which the 80-year-old actor allegedly “kept trying to lift up my skirt” while inquiring if she was wearing underwear.
The accusers, most of whom CNN does not identify, describe a climate of harassment and inappropriate behavior at Revelations Entertainment. Freeman’s co-founder, Lori McCreary, allegedly witnessed one such incident, CNN reports.
This alleged misconduct is not limited to Freeman’s work on set or within his company.
CNN reports that three entertainment writers recounted inappropriate remarks made to them during press junkets. One of these women, CNN’s Chloe Melas, described an encounter when she was six months pregnant when she interviewed him during a promotional tour for the 2017 movie Going in Style. He allegedly looked her up and down and made suggestive remarks including, “You look so ripe.”
The allegations could not be independently verified by Deadline.
Freeman has had an enduring career in Hollywood, collecting an Oscar for supporting actor for Million Dollar Baby, and nominations for his roles in Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Street Smart. This year, he collected the SAG Awards’ highest honor, for lifetime achievement.
Freeman’s next film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, is due out November 2. Disney is distributing the movie, which is a Mark Gordon Co. production. He also is working on Angel Has Fallen, the next installment of the Olympus Has Fallen franchise, and also is attached to star in Cold Warriors, which is in development with producer Avi Lerner and targeting a 2019 release.
“Morgan is 80 years old, and he is a lovely man.” said Lerner, who has worked with the actor on set on multiple movies. “I don’t believe it’s going to affect my movies. I have to tell you that I’ve been with him on the set for many movies over 15 years, and I’ve never seen one inappropriate thing in my life.”
Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter hinted at relations in texts before death(4/26/18) Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter talked about having “grandpa feelings” just months before she was brutally murdered, RadarOnline.com has learned.
As Radar reported, rumors the Oscar winner had a secret sexual affair with Edena Hines date back nearly a decade. Now, during the trial over her murder, text messages hinting at the illicit relationship have been revealed.
On July 3, 2015, about six weeks before she was killed outside her apartment building in Washington Heights, N.Y., Hines texted her boyfriend and alleged killer, rapper Lamar Davenport, to discuss some problems she was having with an older gentleman.
“I dont ask him for advice,” Hines wrote. “He was calling to ask me . . . I blocked him for myself not for you because men who equal grandpa feelings dont need to be in my life at all.”
At the time, Hines, 33, was discussing the future of her rocky relationship with Davenport, and the outside influence of another man.
In response, Davenport, 33, wrote, “When it comes to…your grandfather, there’s a submissive love that will always be there.”
At Davenport’s trial in Manhattan Supreme Court on April 20, lawyers went a step further, asserting that Hines “disclosed to Lamar Davenport and others that her grandfather engaged in a sexually inappropriate relationship with her.”
It’s news Radar first broke years ago, when a family friend revealed the affair between The Shawshank Redemption star and his 45-years-younger granddaughter.
The insider told Radar when Harris was a teenager “she and Morgan went to dinner at a friend’s house one evening. Both had been drinking, and when they returned home, Morgan attempted to have sex with her.”
Their affair allegedly continued until Freeman began dating a stunning Los Angeles accountant named Ellie in 2012. It was that year when both Hines and the star publicly denied an affair amid the marriage reports.
Hines said, “These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family.”
At the time, Freeman noted, “The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers. What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well.”
Hines was the biological daughter of Deena Dair, whom Freeman and his first wife adopted as a child. They were not related by blood. The two have always vehemently denied any affair or sexual encounters.
According to police, Hines was stabbed 25 times in the neck, back and chest outside her home on August 16, 2015, at 2:50 a.m.
Davenport’s attorneys argue he is not guilty of the violent crime by reason of insanity because he was in the throes of a PCP-induced psychosis when the attack occurred.
Lin Bolen Dies: First Female VP Of Programming At A Network Was 76(1/28/18) Lin Bolen, the first female VP of programming at a TV network and an influential force in daytime television fare, has died. She passed away on January 19 at the age of 76 in a hospital in the San Fernando Valley, according to friend and former game-show host Jim MacKrell.
Bolen worked for NBC in the 1970s and was responsible for commissioning the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. She also is credited with bringing long-form narrative to soap operas, expanding them to hour-long formats.
It was long rumored that the ruthless Faye Dunaway character of Diana Christiansen in the 1976 satrical film Network was based on Bolen, something Bolen denied.
She was appointed VP of daytime programming at NBC in 1972, rising to become the VP of programming in Sept. 1975. NBC thrived under her leadership, becoming the No. 1 network in ratings.
Some of her moves were controversial. Bolen ended the 11-year run for Jeopardy!, citing its older demographics and stodgy host Art Fleming, and also killed the 15-year-old game show Concentration. Instead, she pivoted to a new concept from creator/producer Merv Griffin, a casino-like game called Wheel of Fortune that debuted in 1976. It became a huge hit.
Merv Griffin remembered Bolen in his Simon & Schuster memoir, Merv: Making The Good Life Last. He described her as a “hard-driving” and “difficult” woman, with whom he had many “bitter fights.” Still, he noted, “I developed a gruding respect for her talent and determination. She wanted to put her own stamp on NBC’s daytime lineup, and if that meant throwing out a few babies along with the bathwater, then so be it.”
Bolen left NBC in 1976 to form her own, self-named producion company focused on creating and developing game shows, movies of the week, and theatrical films for networks and studios. Among its show was Stumpers!, hosted by Allen Ludden (which lasted 13 weeks before cancellation), and W.E.B., a show that looked seriously at the men who ran network television. It, too, was canceled after 13 weeks, done in by its slot against the ABC hit Charlie’s Angels.
She fared better in television movies. The Christmas Coal Mine Miracle, starring Kurt Russell and Melissa Gilbert, was the highest-rated movie of the year for NBC.
Survivors include a son, Jason Wendkos. No details on memorial services have been made public.
SAG Awards Nominations(12/14/17) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET / Elio – “CALL ME BY YOUR NAME” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JAMES FRANCO / Tommy Wiseau – “THE DISASTER ARTIST” (A24)
DANIEL KALUUYA / Chris Washington – “GET OUT” (Universal Pictures)
GARY OLDMAN / Winston Churchill – “DARKEST HOUR” (Focus Features)
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Roman J. Israel, Esq. – “ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.” (Columbia Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE CROWN (Netflix)
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
STRANGER THINGS (Netflix)
THIS IS US (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Tom Wiggin & Saundra Santiago on Madam Secretary(12/8/17) “Women Transform the World” – Secretary of State McCord struggles with the realization that she may need to advise the Afghan government that a compromise with the Taliban may be better than a war with them. Also, Henry uses Dmitri as bait to convince a Russian spy to help the U.S., and Daisy returns from maternity leave and decides to finally tell Joe’s mother about the baby, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Dec. 17 (10:30-11:30 PM ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Ephraim Ware (Clifton Davis), Saundra Santiago (Margarita Garcia), Tom Wiggin (Ash Mackey).
Morgan Freeman set to play Colin Powell in biopic(10/19/17) Morgan Freeman will star as Colin Powell in an independent biopic about the former US Secretary of State.
The film will focus on Powell’s 2003 speech to the United Nations to seek support for the Bush administration’s plan to forcibly remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, based on intelligence — later discredited — that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons. Powell later described the event as a low point in his career.
Reginald Hudlin is attached to direct “Powell” with Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment and Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment as the production companies. Producers are Amritraj and Lori McCreary, Freeman’s partner at Revelations.
Hudlin will direct from a script by Ed Whitworth, which was on the 2011 Black List. The project will focus on Powell’s tenure as the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position.
Executive producers are Hyde Park’s Priya Amritraj and Addison Mehr, along with Freeman and Revelation’s Kelly Mendelsohn.
Freeman recently starred in New Line’s remake of “Going in Style” and will appear in Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.” Hudlin directed “Marshall,” starring Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad.
Freeman starred in the 2009 historical biopic “Invictus,” portraying South African President Nelson Mandela. He received his fifth Oscar nomination for the role.
Both Freeman and Hudlin are represented by CAA.
Talk Show Appearance(9/29/17) THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT - CBS
Thursday, Oct. 5 - Morgan Freeman
‘Just Getting Started’ Trailer: Morgan Freeman & Tommy Lee Jones Are Rivals-Turned-Partners(9/19/17) (Video) Morgan Freeman is Duke Diver, the resident manager of a resort community. He’s also “the resident champion of everything” at the place. And that includes makin’ time with the ladies. Then, suddenly, “there’s new food on the buffet” in the form of Leo (Tommy Lee Jones) — a charming military vet and “citizen of the world” who shakes things up at Villa Capri. But he’s not the only one rattling cages: Enter Suzie (Rene Russo).
They compete at poker, golf, ping-pong and for the new arrival. Sounds like a good old-fashioned alpha male battle tale, right? But don’t price it yet.
Here’s the first trailer for Just Getting Started, which takes a turn around the midpoint. Seems someone wants Duke dead. “Get me the hell out of here,” he urges Leo. “Why would I do that for you?” is the reasonable reply. “I’ve got a big secret,” Duke confesses. He was a star witness against the mob and now isn’t exactly laying low in witness protection.
Meanwhile at the resort, there’s a camel, an exploding golf cart, an assault on Santa, lots of limbo and even more libido. Co-stars include Glenne Headly, Joe Pantoliano, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Elizabeth Ashley.
Ron Shelton wrote and directed the action comedy formerly known as Villa Capri, which Broad Green Pictures opens wide December 8.
Morgan Freeman Recurs & Directs Madam Secretary 10/8/17(9/8/17) “News Cycle” – When the assistant vice minister of Timor-Leste suddenly dies during a meeting with Elizabeth on the first day of the U.N General Assembly, she becomes suspicious after the president of Timor-Leste ships the body back without a proper investigation. Also, a “fake news” story surfaces claiming Elizabeth is responsible for the minister’s death, and Dmitri returns to work with Henry, on the fourth season premiere of MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Oct. 8 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Morgan Freeman (Another World/Ryan’s Hope/Texas) returns as Chief Justice Wilbourne. DIRECTED BY: Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman To Receive SAG Life Achievement Award(8/22/17) Morgan Freeman (Another World/Texas/Ryan’s Hope) will be the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for his career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. The award, which will be presented at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 21, 2018, is SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor.
“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur, convicted murderer, boxing gym attendant, pimp or president, Morgan fully realized every character, baring their souls and showcasing their humanity. It has been a privilege to see his genius at work.”
Freeman, who began acting at age 12, has appeared in nearly 100 films, which together have earned over $4.5 billion at the box office. His credits include Million Dollar Baby, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar; Unforgiven, and The Shawshank Redemption, for which he received Best Actor nominations for a SAG Award, Oscar and a Golden Globe. Other credits include Street Smart, his 1987 breakthrough role, Invictus, The Dark Knight, The Bucket List, Glory, Lean on Me, Se7en, Amistad, Bruce Almighty, and Along Came a Spider. He most recently starred in Warner Bros.’ Going In Style, Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur, Summit Entertainment’s Now You See Me 2 and Focus Features’ London Has Fallen. Freeman’s upcoming films include Broad Green Pictures’ Villa Capri and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
With one of the world’s most recognizable voices, Freeman was the voice of two Oscar-winning documentaries: The March of the Penguins and The Long Way Home.
Freeman first became nationally known in 1971 when he starred in the Children’s Television Workshop’s The Electric Company, for which he created characters including the iconic Easy Reader. He is currently an executive producer of Madam Secretary for CBS, and hosts and is an executive producer for the Science Channel series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, which recently completed its seventh season. He also hosted the event series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on the National Geographic Channel, and will next host The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, which premieres October 11 on the National Geographic Channel.
His philanthropic work includes support for Artists for a New South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education – organizations working to create hope and better lives for thousands of people. In 1973, he co-founded the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop, now in its 37th season, which supports and nurtures promising African American playwrights to ensure those voices can be heard.
Clifton James Dies: ‘James Bond’ Sheriff Was 96(4/16/17) Clifton James (All My Children/Texas/The Secret Storm) , a longtime character recognizable from as a Southern sheriff type in films and TV shows from Cool Hand Luke and Dukes of Hazzard to a pair of James Bond movies, died today of complications from diabetes at 96.
James’ death was reported by the Associated Press, with his daughter Lynn James confirming he died at another daughter’s home in Gladstone, Oregon.
The actor played Sheriff J.W. Pepper in the Bond films Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), but was a familiar face from scores of appearances, including in such films as Cool Hand Luke, Silver Streak, Eight Men Out and The Bonfire of the Vanities, The New Centurions, The Chase and The Happening.
Likely from his roles as a prison guard in 1967’s Cool Hand Luke and a sheriff in 1969’s The Reivers, the Spokane-born lifelong Northwesterner often played Southern law types, sometimes for laughs, as in Superman II, Silver Streak, Dukes of Hazzard and the Bond films.
He is survived by five children and an extended family.
Talk Show Appearance(9/23/16) HARRY, syndicated
Fr 9/30: Morgan Freeman
Talk Show Appearance(9/23/16) THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, CBS
Th 9/29: Morgan Freeman, Judith Light
Talk Show Appearance(9/23/16) LIVE WITH KELLY, syndicated
Th 9/29: Morgan Freeman
Tom Wiggin & Christina Bennett Lind on Persons of Interest“A More Perfect Union” – The Machine sends Reese and Finch to a wedding to protect a pair of POIs before their nuptials. Also, Fusco becomes angry at being kept in the dark by the team and takes it upon himself to investigate a string of missing person reports, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Monday, May 23 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Cast Includes: Purva Bedi (Maggie), Christina Bennett Lind (Karen), Tom Wiggin (Kent).
Humbert Allen Astredo Dies: ‘Dark Shadows’ Actor Was 86Humbert Allen Astredo, a stage actor who played opposite James Earl Jones, Frank Langella and Elizabeth Taylor but is best remembered by generations of scared kids as the evil, devil-bearded warlock of Dark Shadows, died February 19 at the age of 86. No cause of death was given in a paid death notice published today in the New York Times.
After performing for Joseph Papp’s free Shakespeare in the Park and in various Off-Broadway productions, Astredo joined Shadows in 1968 in his primary role Nicholas Blair, a demon-summoning warlock and foe of witch hunters. The role was at the center of a brief controversy in ’68 when real-life Christian groups protested a plotline in which Astredo’s character seemed to be gearing up for an encounter with Satan himself. The show’s writers — in what was either a real reaction or a publicity stunt — renamed the devil character Diablos and outfitted him in generic Grim Reaper garb.
Humbert served in the Korean War before studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, working in local L.A. theaters and establishing the classical theater company the Hollywood Center Theatre. He played Sergius in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Shaw’s Arms And The Man. He also performed with James Earl Jones in Othello. After Shadows, he toured nationally with both Langella and Martin Landau in Dracula. On Broadway he performed in Gore Vidal’s An Evening With Richard Nixon, Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs and the world tour of Little Foxes with Elizabeth Taylor.
Before retiring to Connecticut in the 1980s, he appeared on soaps Another World, The Edge Of Night, For Richer, For Poorer, Guiding Light, Love Of Life, Loving, One Life To Live, Somerset and Texas. He was predeceased by his daughter Jennifer.
ATWT ALUM RELEASES NOVELTom Wiggin (ex-Kirk, ATWT/ex-Lawrence, GL/ex-Gil, AW/ex-Joe, Texas) has written a book, The Client's Wife, the first in a series of mystery/romances starring Emma Charles, the 30-year-old grandaughter of Nick and Nora Charles (of The Thin Man movies). Emma is following in her grandparents' footsteps as a private eye in present day New York City. She has just secured her first client when she meets Dash Moran, a jazz pianist who just might be the man of her dreams. Emma joins forces with Dash and an unforgettable cast of characters to unravel a series of murders in this stylish romp that races from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to Harlem and to the glittering mansions of the Hamptons. The book can be purchased at Amazon or on Kindle or through the website, www.emmacharlesmystery.com. Check it out!
The Client's Wife: an Emma Charles Mystery(Paperback, Kindle) by Tom Wiggin (ex-Kirk, ATWT/ex-Lawrence, GL/ex-Gil, AW/ex-Joe, Texas)
Emma Charles is the 30 year old granddaughter of Nick and Nora Charles, the high society sleuthing couple immortalized in “The Thin Man” movies of the 1930s. Emma's dream of following in her grandparents’ footsteps has started to come true: she has opened her own private investigation agency and secured her first case with a high profile client.
The second part of Emma’s dream is more elusive: enjoying the kind of romance that Nick and Nora made famous. Emma’s devotion to her grandparents’ Swing Era culture has made it impossible to find a contemporary man who can match her wit, taste and love of jazz music and gin martinis. But as Emma tackles her first case, which has unexpectedly implicated her client’s wife, she meets Dash Moran, a jazz pianist who has big dreams of his own and also harbors a deep appreciation for that bygone era.
In this stylish mystery/romance that races from the posh Upper East Side of Manhattan to funky Harlem and out to the glittering mansions of the Hamptons, Emma joins forces with Dash and an unforgettable cast of characters to solve a series of murders that threaten to make Emma and her client’s wife the final victims.
The History and Influence of Soap Operas(Listen) Earlier today, Julianne Moore got an Oscar nomination for "Still Alice." She is by far the betting favorite to win the best actress award. But you may remember her better as Franny Hughes Crawford on "As The World Turns." And four or five years before Ellen said "I'm gay," Bill Douglas came out as a gay teenager on One Life to Live. That character was played by Ryan Philippe. In fact, Leo DiCaprio, Maria Tomei, Tommy Lee Jones, Parker Posey, Kevin Bacon, Meg Ryan, they all worked on soaps before they moved on.
Now there are only four soap operas left – drawn out, dramatic stories that used to be sponsored by soap manufacturers, and now are struggling to maintain relevance to house wives who have a lot more options in the middle of the day. We'll talk about this slice of Americana with those in the industry, and a professor who co-directs “Project Daytime.”
Barbara Irwin - Professor of Communication Studies at Canisius College, co-director of Project Daytime
Catherine Hickland InterviewSoap Vet Catherine Hickland Goes On An Excellent God Adventure. Read the TV Guide interview here.