HBO MAKES STRIDES ON DIVERSITY: HBO’s president Casey Bloys opened up with The Hollywood Reporter on the cabler’s ongoing strides toward greater inclusion. During the 2014-15 season, 23% of HBO’s directors weren’t white men, but as of 2017-2018, 57% of its directors were women of color, men of color and white women. Also, six of HBO's 11 pilots for 2018 were directed by women. "It's not a difficult thing to do. You need someone to push from the top and have everyone involved in the process," Bloys tells The Hollywood Reporter.
GAL GADOT JOINS WRECK IT RALPH SEQUEL: Gal Gadot will voice Shank, a tough driver in Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet. Gadot joins returning cast members John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch. The Wreck-It-Ralph sequel hits theaters November 21st.
MATTHEW NEWTON EXITS EVE: Matthew Newton has left his directing post at Jessica Chastain’s Eve, a character driven action flick Newton wrote himself. Chastain is producing the film via Freckle Films, in tandem with Voltage Pictures. When the project was announced August 1, Chastain got serious blowback. She is a prominent member of the #MeToo movement and the hiring of Newton was seen as hypocritical as he’d pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend in 2007. In a statement, Newton said: "Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers on the film EVE that I will be stepping down as director. Since the announcement of this film, the responses, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears. I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past. 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. Over the past eight years I have been working extensively with healthcare professionals to help me overcome my addiction and mental health illness. For the past six years I have lived a quiet and sober life. All I can do now is try to be a living amends and hopefully contribute to the positive change occurring in our industry."
PAUL RUDD HEADED TO NETFLIX: The giant streamer service Netflix announced that Paul Rudd is set to star in comedy Living With Yourself, a series that has been given an eight-episode order. Former Daily Show exec producer Tim Greenberg created the show, which will follow Rudd’s character as he "undergoes a novel treatment to become a better person," then "finds he’s been replaced by a new and improved version — revealing that his own worst enemy is himself." Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) are attached to direct.
DID CBS TOLERATE ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR ON 60 MINUTES: A report in the Washington Post claims that the toxic behavior of 60 Minutes senior producer Michael Radutzky was well-known by top brass at CBS. This latest report comes as the network investigates allegations of sexual misconduct by CEO Les Moonves and talking head Charlie Rose.