Hollywould: Ruby Rose, Marilyn Monroe, and James Gunn
The film and television business moves at a mile a minute, so keeping up with the latest news can be a little daunting. Not to worry—we have your back. In Hollywould, we’ll round up the industry developments you need to know. Here’s what you may have missed:
Backlash Forces Ruby Rose Off of Twitter
Actress Ruby Rose—soon to be Batwoman—has left Twitter after being harassed for taking the role. Rose deleted her account and turned off public comments on Instagram after intense backlash. Some complaints included Rose not being Jewish (the character, reintroduced by DC in 2006s 52, is), but many were directed at her apparently not being gay enough. Before leaving Twitter, she offered one last statement:
“Where on Earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be Batwoman’ come from – has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’ how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change. I wish we would all support each other and our journeys.”
Long Lost Marilyn Monroe Nude Scene Recovered
A group of film historians has unearthed a lost scene cut from John Huston’s 1961 film, The Misfits—one in which film icon Marilyn Monroe appears nude. The footage, where Monroe drops a bedsheet in a love scene with Clark Gable, was believed to have been destroyed. Producer Frank Taylor preserved the scene, believing it was so “important and so ground-breaking” that it needed to be saved. Sure, Frank, that’s why.
James Gunn Back at Marvel?
Get your salt shakers ready… Rumor has it James Gunn might be back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 despite the Mike Cernovich-led campaign to get him fired from the project. Deadline says that “back channel conversations are taking place between Marvel Studios and Disney,” which may lead to the director’s return. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll be fine—rival studios are lining up to woo Gunn to their ranks.
New Joker Casting Info
That Hashtag Show has the scoop on Zazie Beetz’s character from the upcoming Joker project:
Not beautiful, has a hardness to her, a single mother living on the Lower East Side, doing the best she can, trying to make ends meet; worn out by the grind of the city. She understands how the system is stacked against her and the people in her community, how unjust it all is for them. She’s just trying to catch a break.
Star Strek Losing Star Power?
Word from The Hollywood Reporter is that Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth are in danger of leaving the franchise’s next entry (from S.J. Clarkson, not Tarantino, though the latter had planned on using the same cast). Negotiations over pay have broken down between the actors and Paramount; Pine and Hemsworth want the paychecks they signed on for, but Paramount is playing hardball with their salaries. Star Trek isn’t the moneymaker Paramount wants it to be (the third entry supposedly didn’t break even), and wants a tighter budget. The series has always been an ensemble project, but losing two major players would definitely throw a wrench into the machine.
Director Leaves Jessica Chastain’s Eve
Jessica Chastain’s Eve has hit a major speed bump: director Matthew Newton has left the project in light of assault and domestic abuse allegations. According to Variety, Newton “pleaded guilty in 2007 to physically assaulting his then-girlfriend, actress Brooke Satchwell. In 2010, Newton’s fiancee Rachael Taylor accused him of two ‘unprovoked assaults’ and was granted a two-year domestic violence order against him.” Newton released a statement discussing issues of mental illness and addiction, but made the following concession:
“I can never undo the harm that I’ve caused the people I’ve cared about and I carry that shame and responsibility with me every day.”
No word what this means for Newton’s screenplay for the film, if anything.
First Look at The Romanoffs
Finally, check out the trailer for Matthew Wiener’s new project, The Romanoffs.