New Barbie doll honors ‘Selma’ director

Updated 08 December 2015
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New Barbie doll honors ‘Selma’ director

LOS ANGELES: Though famously snubbed for Best Director at Oscar time, filmmaker Ava DuVernay and her otherwise Academy Award winning “Selma” made history last year. DuVernay wasn’t just the first African American woman to direct a movie nominated for Best Picture; she helmed what is arguably the highest-profile film about Martin Luther King Jr. to date.
But there is always another mountain to climb. DuVernay announced that a Barbie Doll made in her image will go on sale Monday — and, despite Barbie’s bad name among some concerned about how the dolls affect young girls, the director and her fans are psyched.
“Wild (plus) wonderful,” DuVernay tweeted.
“Am I too old to put this on my Santa list?” one Twitter user wondered.
DuVernay’s Barbie has been in the works for some time. The doll, part of Barbie’s “Sheroes” line, was announced this past spring.
“Barbie has always represented that girls have choices, and this Spring we are proud to honor six Sheroes who through their trade and philanthropic efforts are an inspiration to girls,” said Evelyn Mazzocco, Barbie’s general manager, said at the time. “Started by a female entrepreneur and mother, this brand has a responsibility to continue to honor and encourage powerful female role models who are leaving a legacy for the next generation of glass ceiling breakers.”


Weinstein reaches deal to settle civil proceedings for $44 million: report

Updated 24 May 2019
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Weinstein reaches deal to settle civil proceedings for $44 million: report

  • The deal, which has not yet been signed, aims to cover all civil proceedings filed against the fallen Hollywood mogul
  • The settlement does not exempt Weinstein from the criminal proceedings brought against him for sexual assault

NEW YORK: Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has reached a provisional $44 million settlement with alleged victims and creditors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The deal, which has not yet been signed, aims to cover all civil proceedings filed against the fallen Hollywood mogul, including those in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Weinstein’s spokesperson denied to comment.
The settlement does not exempt Weinstein from the criminal proceedings brought against him for sexual assault, for which he will go on trial in September.
Weinstein — a catalyst for the #MeToo anti-harassment movement — has been charged over the alleged assaults of two women and faces life in prison if he is convicted at the trial, which could last five weeks.
In addition to the alleged victims and creditors, the settlement covers the proceedings started by former New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who has been succeeded by Letitia James.
The proceedings aim specifically to guarantee the alleged victims will be compensated.
James’s spokesperson also declined to comment.
The settlement amount will be paid out by insurance agencies, the Journal reported, several of which count The Weinstein Company, the production company Weinstein co-founded, among their clients.
Since October 2017, Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood before a cascade of sexual misconduct allegations precipitated his downfall — has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than 80 women.
Among his accusers are prominent actresses such as Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek.