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‘Tulip Fever’ Author Recalls “Nightmare” Experience of Movie Adaptation

Deborah Moggach, author of Tulip Fever, opened up to The Guardian  about the ‘nightmare’ experience she had regarding the adaptation of her novel, which starred Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz. Translating her beloved novel to the big screen was a horrible process and in many ways, was a cautionary tale of how NOT to adapt a book. Describing the experience as a ‘ghastly disaster’, Moggach, after flying to Hollywood to speak to producers about adapting the novel, jokingly offered her milkman, Ron, a role in the film. Though the comment was in jest, newspapers caught wind of this and spun it into “MILKMAN BEING OFFERED ROLE IN MOGGACH’S TULIP FEVER!” Soon, Moggach found herself dealing with both the press and a mountain of incoming screenwriters.

She recalled there was a continuous stream of screenwriters hoping to adapt her work, each one bumped off in favor of a new writer. In the process, she believes they lost track of what the book was supposed to be about. Moggach noted Harvey Weinstein interfered with the production constantly, which was shooting in 2014. It was first optioned in 2004 but was dropped after production delays. Weinstein kept fiddling with the cut of the film itself.  Moggach comments that he was a ‘bully’ and was never satisfied with the cut.

 

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The film adaptation was finally released to negative reviews. It currently has a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and an average rating of 4.4/10 on IMDB. It’s not hard to see why the author thought the film was particularly terrible and she admitted to watching the first screening with a glass of wine in hand, practically laughing at the decisions made by screenwriters while adapting the novel.

This film shows what happens when a good story gets into the wrong hands. What did you think of the film adaptation? Was it as terrible as everyone said? Is the book better? (In this author’s opinion, yes!)

 

 

 

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Harvey Weinstein

New York Times Pulitzer Prize-Winning Weinstein Exposé Coming to Screens

It was the exposé  that shook both Hollywood and the world and society as we know it. Sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein took the media by storm when they first were revealed in October of 2017. His exposure prompted an avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations to be made against other people in power, finally sending the pendulum swinging in favor of victims of Hollywood’s culture of harassment. 
 
 
Thanks to Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of the New York Times and Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker, the movie mogul’s crimes were brought to the surface, and soon, will be brought to your TV screen.

 

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The three reporters worked continuously to contact victims and break past the walls that Hollywood put up. Now, after receiving a Pulitzer Prize for their research, their investigative articles are being picked up by Plan B, Brad Pitt’s company. Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures will also be backing the work that still remains untitled.

 

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According to The Guardian, the show won’t be focusing on Weinstein’s crimes and victims so much as it will focus on the tireless reporting and collection of information by each journalist. Think Oscar-winners like Spotlight and All the President’s Men.

 

Weinstein is still under investigation for his misconduct while one of his most prominent victims, Rose McGowan, has published an autobiography, Brave, and is still working for justice for victims. I’m not sure what to expect from this movie, but I’d say we’re all hungry for some justice and equality.

 

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Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan Exposes the Hollywood Secrets We’re Still Ignorant of

If someone told us that the end of 2017 would start a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations and admissions, I don’t think anyone would’ve believed it. Now the surge is coming full force and the victims of these actions are taking the reins. One of the first women to step forward about the actions of Harvey Weinstein was actress Rose McGowan. 

 

Rose McGowan

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In her new book BRAVE, the Charmed actress speaks up about her encounter with Harvey Weinstein. It’s a terrible moment where she describes him as “the Monster.” However, we don’t just get a reflection on that assault, we get all her trials and hardships. According to People, she touches on sensitive topics that played major roles in her life.

 

The book does cover how Harvey Weinstein assaulted her in his hotel room. She recalls disturbing details about the assault that ended in a sabotage on her career, but she was urged by others to see it as a stepping stone to success.

 

She also discusses her first sexual assault in Hollywood, which occurred when she was just fourteen. A much older man forced himself on her while on set as an extra, but she was still forced to take the job due to financial and family obligations.

 

Her past relationship with director Robert Rodriguez is also covered, which scarred her mentally and emotionally. Rodriguez used his knowledge of McGowan’s assault and used it against her in movie projects and deals with Weinstein’s company Miramax

 

Also covered is that her relationship with Marilyn Manson ended due to the chaos of their lifestyle. She expresses her love for Manson, but their lifestyle and different journeys left her “exhausted.” Their differences proved to be greater than their love.

 

She also reveals that she had to lie about the truth behind her plastic surgery. What was supposed to fix something from a past sinus issue left her with a different look altogether due to a doctor’s mistake. However, publicists created a statement for her to explain her procedure.

 

Her barely-there 1998 MTV VMAs dress wasn’t meant to be sexual. McGowan explains her choice behind her dress was supposed to be a final nod to all her assaulters that she owns her own body.

 

Being on Charmed showed her female struggles in the workplace first-hand. One of the only female directors she worked with while on the show was constantly disrespected and laughed at by the other male directors. McGowan wishes that she had stood up for her then.

 

Her first love and past boyfriend was stabbed to death. She escaped from an abusive relationship into the arms of her first real love. It came to a sudden end when he was stabbed to death with no suspects charged. The crime remained unsolved and McGowan still reflects on the pain.

 

These are only a few of the stories McGowan shares in her new memoir BRAVE. It will be released January 31st and we can only hope it will bring with it a new, brighter day.

 

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Witness the Glory of Tracee Ellis Ross’ ‘The Handsy Man’ Read Aloud

In light of sexual harassment scandal after sexual harassment scandal, Tracee Ellis Ross has written a book that fully breaks down the issue for whoever is still confused about respectful behavior. 

 

The Blackish star guest hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live! where she revealed her latest book, The Handsy Man. It’s styled like a children’s book and it is basically a tell-all of what men should not do. In the video below, she reads the entirety of the book. It’s very funny, trust me. 

 

 

My favorite parts are as follows, 

 

And if I am your employee

don’t rest your hand upon my knee. 

No, I won’t sit on your lap. 

I shouldn’t have to say this crap. 

 

and 

 

So Handsy Man, if you’re still confused 

whether your behavior will be excused 

I’ll say it clearly, nice and slow. 

If she doesn’t consent – the answer is NO. 

 

What are yours? 

 

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Emma Cline

‘The Girls’ Author Emma Cline Opens Up About Sexual Harassment in Publishing

In the wake of the myriad allegations of sexual assault and harassment  against film producer Harvey Weinstein, the question of the abuse of power has been raised not only in Hollywood but internationally, in every field. Women all over the world have used the #metoo hashtag to speak out about their experiences and highlight how widespread the problem truly is.

 

Emma Cline, author of the award-winning novel The Girls, whose fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Tin House, The Paris Review, and Granta, has written for The Cut about her experiences with sexual harassment in the publishing industry. She opens the article with an incident that occurred ‘years ago,’ at an awards ceremony for a literary prize she had won.

 

An older writer introduced himself. I imagined, for a moment, that maybe he saw me as a fellow writer. When someone gestured for us to stand together for a photograph, the writer put his hand on my back, then dropped it lower to grab my ass; how swiftly I was returned to my body, to the fact of my youth and gender.

 

She goes on to detail several other incidents of harassment by men high up in the publishing industry, begging for her number with drunken assurances that they would get her published, forgetting, ignoring or simply not considering the possibility that she had already been widely published. Cline then bravely relates a more extreme, more personal episode involving an abusive partner she had when she was twenty-two, which she did not report, thus illustrating the many levels on which power-play and abuse function in society. Cline says “This isn’t the first time I’ve written an essay about gendered violence. I wrote a whole novel about it. But here I am, again. And even as I write this, any anger I feel ebbs into weariness.”

 

Emma Cline

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She echoes the sentiment of many women, tired of enduring a seemingly endless series of comments, passes and worse. In response to criticism leveled at Weinstein’s accusers and the many people who have spoken out in the wake of the accusation, who did not immediately speak out following the incidents, Cline says: 

 

Of course women attempt to appease men who’ve abused them, or try to transform the pain into friendship, blur the sharp edges in their minds into the shape of something manageable. It’s like teaching someone how to play a game and then punishing them when they follow the rules; women would act differently if we believed there was any other way to escape unharmed from the whims of men. We’re navigating a society defined by them, and suffering for it. Yet we’re blamed for our attempts to survive within those parameters.

 

Cline is brave to add her name and story to the ever-growing list of people speaking out about their own experiences. Hopefully this wave of stories and experiences made public will pave the way for real change.