Use This Moment to Create a World Without Harveys

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Editor’s note: Moore also shared this on his Facebook page.

Anyone with a flicker of a conscience or a modicum of decency stands, as I do, with the women who’ve summoned the courage to tell the truth about Harvey Weinstein.

But well-meaning platitudes of support for the abused are simply not enough.

Why do we live in a society where men do not intervene when they witness the mistreatment of women? I have intervened on more than one occasion and I have fired men who sexually harass women. Harvey Weinstein knew better than to behave inappropriately toward women in my presence. I’m guessing successful sociopaths like him who get away with it for years are very, very careful not to let the kind of men who would stop them dead cold ever get a glimpse of who they really are.

I don’t live in Weinstein’s Hollywood world and I make documentaries, so I can’t speak to the culture he created and seemed to thrive in. I AM the only director that I know of who’s actually taken Weinstein to court (for being a thief, which requires a different set of sociopathic skills, but, like sexual harassment, you can probably find them at a few Hollywood studios).

All of us (men) must share the responsibility for allowing a society to exist where women do not feel safe. A society where, when they are abused, they do not feel safe to tell their stories without fear of retribution and without shame. A society that doesn’t badger, blame or scoff at women when they tell their stories. Or how they tell their stories. Or “how long” it took them. They carry a burden that most of us (men) never have to experience. If you can’t empathize with that or understand what they are dealing with, then maybe you’re part of the problem.

The New York Times investigation into the repugnant and abhorrent behavior of Harvey Weinstein (and the Weinstein Company) is a profound cultural/social/political moment that I believe could actually ignite a historic change in our society. What if we seized this moment and bring down, once and for all, the white male hierarchy which has ruled our way of life in America since the first boatload of religious zealots arrived on Plymouth Rock?

And what if Hollywood commits, right now, to dismantling its rampant sexism and inequality, starting with appointing more female executives and letting more than 4% — yes, it’s actually only 4% — of all its films be directed by women?

Let’s use this moment to end the abuse of women in our industry. Let’s make this a call for men to take a stand against the men who perpetrate this corrosive, criminal behavior, to call them out and shut them down. We can do this. All it takes is the will and the decision to say “enough is enough!”

I have four suggestions that Hollywood (and our greater society) should act on immediately:

1. Put all abusers on notice NOW: You know who you are, and scores of your employees, past and present, know who you are. You need to step down before they bring you down. There is nowhere left to hide. Your years of attacking and intimidating women are over. You have only two options: 1) Resign now, or 2) face an army of women and men who are going to take you out of power. You have seen this week what has happened to the most powerful, most well-known executive in Hollywood. You’re next. Turn yourself in, or go far, far away to a place where you can no longer harm more women.

2. To those abusers who ignore the above warning and choose to stay in power because you think that this is all going to die down and blow over — and that you are going to get to continue to get away with your behavior — let me explain to you in clearer language how this is all going to end for you:

Every one of your employees is now a documentary filmmaker. Thanks to the invention of the smartphone that has a built-in camera and voice recorder, every single one of your workers now carries in their pocket the ability to secretly record or film you and your harassment. And they will. They will post your crimes. You will be exposed, publicly shamed and hopefully removed. Avoid this cruel end by resigning now.

3. To the men who do treat women as equals and behave toward them with respect and dignity: This is your moment! Confront the abusive men at work. When you see something, you must say something. No more ignoring and turning away when you see women being harassed and intimidated in the workplace. This is on us. MEN, step forward, NOW!

4. The boards of directors of the Hollywood studios — and all across corporate America — must declare gender parity the new priority. Fifty-percent of all boards must be female. Hiring multiple female executives is the mandate. Of the top 100 grossing films each year, an average of only TWO are directed by women! All studios must commit to greenlighting more films by women (and, needless to say, by African Americans and other neglected groups).

These are short term actions that can happen now. But I want to point out that there is also a fundamental fix that MUST occur in the long run if there is ever to be any real change. We must reform our broken economic system and transform it into one that is equitable and democratic, one where the gap between rich and poor is ELIMINATED so that no longer do a few wealthy men hold the power.

We need to create a new economy where women and men have the same opportunities and are paid the same, an economy that no longer condemns generations to poverty and where their only option is to serve at the pleasure and the whim of the rich. We need businesses and workplaces that are owned and operated by their employees in a country where democracy is not just a word we mouth but an actual way of living — at work, at school, in our neighborhoods and in our daily lives.

A democratic economy is a must if we are ever going to be able to deny white men their major weapon of abuse — the fear of financial insecurity — that they have used against women for eons. This is our mission for the long haul, the big picture that must be addressed and changed. We must ALL commit to doing this. I believe our collective conscience will ultimately settle for nothing less, and the result will be a better world.


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‘Game of Thrones’ On-Demand Viewership Dominance Is Finally Broken, By ‘This Is Us’ — Ratings Watch

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Game of Thrones” has remained a powerful force in on-demand viewership, weeks and months after Season 7 ended. But streaks are meant to be broken: According to the most recent weekly report from Xfinity, NBC’s “This Is Us” has taken over as the new most-viewed on-demand series on the service.

Viewers can’t get enough of “Thrones,” which had been the No. 1 show on Xfinity On Demand every week since May 22 — essentially, since the end of the regular TV season. But now that fall TV is officially underway, it’s probably no surprise that audiences are now looking to catch up with the Pearsons of “This Is Us.”

Users are also sampling new series on demand including ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” HBO’s “The Deuce,” Fox’s “The Orville,” and ABC’s “Marvel’s Inhumans.”

Meanwhile, the second week of the new season (Oct. 2-8) saw ratings come down a bit back to earth. Football dominated as usual in adults 18-49, while “The Big Bang Theory,” was once again the leader with all viewers (17.9 million, down from the previous week’s 22 million).

The top-rated entertainment show in adults 18-49 (including three days of DVR and VOD usage) was “This Is Us,” while “The Good Doctor” continues to amaze as the freshman series with the biggest open. The medical drama was the most-watched new show last week, and also the highest rated in the demo.

Here are this week’s rankers:

Adults 18-49 ranker, week ending Oct. 8, 2017:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

RATING

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

RATING

1

NFL Sunday Night Football: Chiefs vs. Texans NBC 

5.8

5.8

2

NFL Thursday Night Football: Patriots vs. Buccaneers CBS/NFL

5.1

5.1

3

This Is Us NBC

 4.8

3.1

4

The Big Bang Theory CBS

4.4

3.1

5

NFL Monday Night Football: Chiefs vs. Redskins ESPN

4.3

4.3

6

The Good Doctor ABC

3.7

2.2

7

Grey’s Anatomy ABC  

Will & Grace NBC

3.3

3.3

2.1

2.0

9

The Voice (Monday) NBC 

3.1

2.6

10

Modern Family ABC

2.8

1.9

11

Empire Fox

The Voice (Tuesday) NBC

2.7

2.7

1.9

2.3

13

The Simpsons Fox

The Gifted Fox

American Horror Story: Cult FX

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.2

1.5

1.1

16

Scandal ABC

Survivor CBS

MLB Wild Card: Twins vs. Yankees ESPN

2.2

2.2

2.2

1.4

1.6

2.2

19

The Goldbergs ABC

2.1

1.6

20

The Middle ABC

Black-ish ABC

Saturday Night Football: MSU vs. Mich. ABC

NCIS CBS

Chicago Fire NBC

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.6

1.5

1.9

1.4

1.2

25

Family Guy Fox 

American Housewife ABC 

Criminal Minds CBS

Chicago PD NBC 

Law & Order: SVU NBC

The Good Place NBC

1.9

1.9

1.9

1.9

1.9

1.9

1.4

1.4

1.1

1.2

1.3

1.2

Adults 18-49; ratings points. Source: Nielsen Media Research

Total viewers ranker, week ending Oct. 8, 2017:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

The Big Bang Theory CBS

17.87

14.04

2

NFL Sunday Night Football: Chiefs vs. Texans NBC

16.60

15.57

3

NCIS CBS

 16.35

13.51

4

The Good Doctor ABC

15.97

10.88

5

NFL Thursday Night Football: Patriots vs. Buccaneers CBS/NFL

 15.52

15.45

6

This Is Us NBC

15.46

11.06

7

Bull CBS

13.49

10.79

8

Blue Bloods CBS

12.96

9.49

9

The Voice (Monday) NBC

12.90

11.04

10

NFL Monday Night Football: Chiefs vs. Redskins ESPN

12.09

12.03 

11

The Voice (Tuesday) NBC

11.91

10.42

12

NCIS: New Orleans CBS

11.81

9.23

13

Hawai’i Five-0 CBS

10.97

8.53

 14

Grey’s Anatomy ABC 

Seal Team CBS

10.93

10.93

8.07

8.39

16

60 Minutes CBS

10.74

10.25

17

NCIS: Los Angeles CBS

10.71

8.46

18

Will & Grace NBC

10.48

7.14

19

Dancing with the Stars ABC

10.24

9.01

20

Survivor CBS

10.06

8.16

21

Madam Secretary CBS

9.86

7.21

22

Chicago Fire NBC

9.42

6.13

23

9JKL CBS

9.29

8.20

24

Criminal Minds CBS 

9.21

6.17

25

Wisdom of the Crowd CBS 

9.16

7.84

Total viewers; in millions. Source: Nielsen Media Research

 

Here is this week’s Xfinity On Demand ranker:

Top 20 TV Series, Oct. 2-8, 2017:

RANK

SHOW

NETWORK

1

This Is Us

NBC

2

Game of Thrones

HBO

3

Will & Grace 

 NBC

4

The Good Doctor

ABC

5

Rick and Morty

 Adult Swim

6

Outlander

Starz

7

Curb Your Enthusiasm

 HBO

8

American Horror Story: Cult

FX

9

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

10

The Simpsons

Fox/FXX

11

The Voice

NBC

12

Grey’s Anatomy

ABC

13

Ray Donovan

Showtime

14

Empire

Fox

15

The Deuce

HBO

16

The Orville

Fox

17

 Chrisley Knows Best

USA

18

Teen Mom 2

MTV

19

Marvel’s Inhumans

ABC

20

Dancing with the Stars

ABC

 

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‘The Night Shift’ Canceled by NBC After Four Seasons

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The show with perhaps the best key art (or at least, the cheesiest) in all of television is coming to an end. “The Night Shift” won’t be back for a fifth season, NBC announced Friday.

“We want to thank our amazing creators and executive producers, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, for their dedication and stellar work; a cast and crew that were second to none; and the city of Albuquerque, N.M., which graciously opened its arms to us,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “For four seasons ‘The Night Shift’ gave audiences a window to heroic doctors, nurses and all-star medical workers who never hesitated to give their blood, sweat and time to help those most in need.”

The medical drama, which premiered in May 2014, ran as a summer series for most of its run, except for Season 2, which ran in spring 2015. All together, 45 episodes were produced of “The Night Shift,” with the most recent season running for 10 episodes.

But “The Night Shift” was hit with bigger erosion this year, ending its run on Aug. 31 with 4.4 million viewers.

The series, from Sony Pictures TV, earned praise for its depiction of the military and military vets. “The Night Shift” centered on the lives of the staffers that populated a San Antonio hospital, and starred Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Brendan Fehr, Robert Bailey Jr., JR Lemon, Tanaya Beatty and Scott Wolf.

Other great moments in the show’s key art history:

“The Night Shift”

NBC

“The Night Shift”

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‘Mindhunter’ Season 1 Review: This Fascinating Textbook of a TV Show Thrives on Hidden Monsters — Spoilers

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the entirety of “Mindhunter” Season 1. For a spoiler-free review, please click here.]

“If what we’re doing doesn’t get under your skin, you’re either more messed up than I thought or you’re lying to yourself.”

Shouted by Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) in an episode primarily focused on the flat-topped agent himself, the above quote ended up defining the tragic arc of his partner, the confounding, stubborn, and all-too-proud Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff). By the end of 10 episodes, if not long before, it became frustratingly apparent just how deeply Holden had been lying to himself. Not only

Played out with an attention to detail Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) would admire, Holden’s arc came to define the best and worst of “Mindhunter’s” engrossing and occasionally overwhelming first season. His home life was a mess, both over-talkative and uninventive, but work is where he earned his money.

Holden’s Transformation From Man to Monster

Well before Debbie (Hannah Gross) tells Holden he’s changed, his inner demons have started to peek out. When Holden first starts on the job, his interview technique is inquisitive. He’s nervous. He’s not sure what he’s asking.

“Is this helping? Are you getting what you came for?” Kemper asks him, early in their first interview. “I think so,” Holden says. He then presses on, but the interview ends similarly: “What do you want from me?” Kemper asks. “I have no idea,” Holden says.

Obviously, even Kemper notices Holden’s rather scurried, unorganized questioning. But Holden quickly accepts his each sequential interaction with a monster as more than relevant: They’re definitive. These killers represent every other one out there. He’s so proud of himself for having the idea to talk to them (he repeatedly reminds his colleagues was his idea) and sitting in the room with these men (notice how he hangs Kemper’s letters inside the doorframe of Tench’s office) that he accepts his limited experience as fact.

Mindhunter Jonathan Groff Season 1 Episode 2

Toward season’s end, Wendy reminds Holden he’s met with four men, emphasizing the number as a low, statistically irrelevant sampling. Holden takes it as the opposite. His confidence grows and grows, becoming “unbecoming” as Kemper would describe it, and it starts to affect his personal life. The last time Debbie tries to be adventurous with him — notably, the couple’s last sex scene — he notices her heels, and instead of explaining why they’re not a turn on (he just watched a psychopath masturbate into a stiletto shoe), he blames her. “This just isn’t you,” he says. “Yeah, Holden, that’s the point,” Debbie says back.

But what solidifies Holden’s shift from eager experimentalist to a mad scientist run amok is one casually captured moment during his interrogation of Gene Devier (Adam Zastrow). As Holden presses on with the questions he warned might make the locals “uncomfortable,” he utters an unforgettable phrase. “You gotta make it with that young pussy before it turns into mom,” he says. 

David Fincher, who directed Episode 10 (as well as the first two and penultimate episodes), pivots to a straight-on over-the-shoulder shot for this line, closely examining Holden’s delivery, but the moment otherwise goes unremarked upon by the series itself. There’s no overt attention drawn to it, other than the two local cops shifting “uncomfortably.” But viewers certainly recognize his nearly word-for-word recitation of Edmund Kemper’s line from Episode 2: “You gotta make it with that young pussy real quick before it turns into mom,” Kemper says then to Holden.

Now, it’s unlikely Holden is saying this unconsciously. He meticulously prepares for the interview, placing everything from the evidence to the file folder exactly how he wants it. So he likely knew what he was going to say, too. But does that make it OK? What sets Chief Shepard off about Holden’s vulgar interview technique is that he “can’t tell the difference between one of my agents and an incarcerated low-life.” Holden thinks that’s the point, and it is — that’s how he forges a connection in the room. His plan to learn how they think has worked, but at a cost Holden fails to realize until Kemper’s hug sends him into a panic attack.

This arc is carried out very, very well. Though one could argue Debbie’s line about Holden changing is a bit on-the-nose, almost everything leading up to that moment is done via incremental choices. Groff, for his part, maintains the stiff, goodie-two-shoes poise and presence he established from the start. He draws out Holden’s change with a stern tone and a boisterous pride, like the way Holden tells Agent Smith (Joe Tuttle) to lie for him, a lot of Holden’s newfound authority comes from his eyes.


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