In the 10th edition of their annual letter, Melinda and Bill Gates took on President Trump’s “America First worldview,” with Melinda writing: “I wish our president would treat people, and especially women, with more respect when he speaks and tweets.”
‘Vanity Fair’ revealed it removed James Franco’s image from its Hollywood issue cover, which featured stars including Tom Hanks and Oprah, due to sexual misconduct allegations -- a highly unusual last-minute move. Franco has denied accusations of wrongdoing.
The Obamas’ presidential portraits have been revealed in the National Portrait Gallery. Barack and Michelle picked two African American artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, to portray them. The former first lady’s portrait “overemphasizes an element of couturial spectacle, but also projects a rock-solid cool,” writes the NYT.
The ‘New York Times’ published a piece on Uma Thurman accusing not only Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault but claiming her ‘Kill Bill’ director Quentin Tarantino forced her to do a car stunt that resulted in injuries, spat in her face and strangled her with a chain.
Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre told CNN the only way to make the game safer is to not play. Medical pros have questioned serious brain injuries sustained by players. Meanwhile, Favre is being sued for $16 million over his failed social media startup, Sqor.
Steven Soderbergh is back with the horror movie ‘Unsane.’ The grainy, dark film, shot entirely with an iPhone, stars Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) who’s dealing with a digital stalker. “I look at this as potentially one of the most liberating experiences that I’ve ever had as a filmmaker,” he said.
Actress Octavia Spencer revealed that Jessica Chastain helped her earn five times her salary by tying their earnings together for an upcoming comedy they’re making. Chastain, who has been a vocal critic of the pay disparity in Hollywood, instigated a “bidding war” on the project.
Ursula Le Guin, who pushed boundaries as a female writer in male-dominated fantasy and science fiction genres, has died at 88. The author was known for her novels including ‘The Left Hand of Darkness,’ ‘A Wizard of Earthsea,’ ‘The Tombs of Atuan’ and ‘The Farthest Shore.’
TNT has debuted a new crime drama based on the 1994 novel ‘The Alienist’ by Caleb Carr. The series follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a serial-killer hunter played by Daniel Brühl, in corrupt 19th-century New York City, with Dakota Fanning playing a police secretary whose aim is to become a detective.