Midday at the Movies: Hollywood's #MeToo Wave Continues; Year-End Flicks | WYPR

Midday at the Movies: Hollywood's #MeToo Wave Continues; Year-End Flicks

Dec 7, 2017

Actor Kevin Spacey
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From Hollywood to New York, a constant barrage of sexual harassment allegations against icons and wannabes alike in the news and entertainment industry continues unabated.  Two fixtures on New York public radio are among the latest to be accused of misconduct. 

On Wednesday, Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, were placed on leave by New York Public Radio while the company investigates the claims made against them.  Mr. Lopate said that he wasn’t apprised of what the claims were or who made them.  He told the New York Times, quote, “I am sure any honest investigation will completely clear me.”

The actor Danny Masterson was written out of the Netflix series, The Ranchfollowing allegations of rape, and Dustin Hoffman was confronted by John Oliver at a screening Monday night at the 92nd Street Y in New York about published reports of his sexual misconduct.

How is all of this impacting the business and culture of Hollywood?  And will it change the power dynamic of fans, critics and movie idols? 

Joining us to talk about all of this -- and about some of the great new Oscar-contending films being released in the final weeks of 2017 -- are Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday, and Maryland Film Festival founder and director, Jed Dietz. As always, listeners are welcome to join the conversation as well.