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What is #TimesUp? Hollywood women launch initiative to combat harassment

“This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” said actress Eva Longoria, one of the members of the Time’s Up group.
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“This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” said actress Eva Longoria, one of the members of the Time’s Up group.

Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Aniston are among hundreds of Hollywood women who have formed an anti-harassment coalition called Time’s Up.

The initiative (www.timesupnow.com) was launched Monday with an open letter vowing support for women in the entertainment business and beyond, from janitors to healthcare workers. Time’s Up will include a legal defense fund and will advocate for legislation combating workplace harassment.

“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,” the letter says.

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The group is one answer to the question of how women in Hollywood would respond to cascading allegations that have upended the careers of powerful men in an industry where the prevalence of sexual predation has yielded the minimizing cliché of the “casting couch,” and where silence has been a condition of employment.

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Contributors to the Time’s Up defense fund include Meryl Streep , Taylor Swift, J.J. Abrams, and Viola Davis.

Dozens of men in the entertainment industry have faced harassment and assault allegations in recent months, including Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, and Kevin Spacey.

Time’s Up has also been urging women to wear black at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, to use the red carpet to speak out against gender and racial inequality, and to raise awareness about their initiative and the legal fund.

“This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” Longoria said. (AP/NYT)

Women rule ’17 box office

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Sorry, Batman. So close, yet so far away, Star-Lord. Better luck next time, Captain Jack Sparrow.

Rather, the three most popular movies at theaters in the United States and Canada in 2017 — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Wonder Woman” — were each driven by female characters, something that has not happened in at least 37 years, as far back as full box-office data is available. The top comedy of the year, “Girls Trip,” was also anchored by women, as was the top film to play in limited release, “Lady Bird.”

“Women truly emerged as the giants of cinema this year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior comScore analyst, adding Oscar contenders like “The Shape of Water,” “The Post,” and “I, Tonya” to the list.

Between Friday and Sunday, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Walt Disney Studios) collected an estimated $52.4 million to become the No. 1 movie of 2017 in North America, with a three-week total of $517 million. Overseas, “The Last Jedi” has taken in an additional $523.3 million and has yet to arrive in China, the world’s second-largest movie market.

Disney also had the No. 2 movie of the year. The live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” with Emma Watson as the warbling Belle, collected $504 million at domestic theaters. Directed by Bill Condon, “Beauty and the Beast” took in $759.5 million overseas.

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Third place went to that breaker of comic-book movie glass ceilings, “Wonder Woman,” which lassoed $412.6 million in domestic ticket sales ($409.3 million overseas) for Warner Bros., minting two new A-list stars in the process — actress Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins.

Overall, the year was a mixed one for studios and theater owners. Domestic ticket sales totaled about $11.12 billion, a 2.3 percent decline from last year and on par with results for 2015. (The New York Times)