Smith donates film residuals to Women in Film

After accusations of sexual misconduct have surfaced against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, some are trying to distance themselves from the exposed film executive.

Take Kevin Smith, for example. According to HuffPost, the filmmaker — who earned his place in Hollywood after his low-budget Indie film “Clerks” was picked up by Weinstein in the 1990s — is donating the future residuals he earns from his Weinstein-linked films to Women in Film, an organization that “advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries.”

HuffPost reports that Smith tweeted his feelings before making the announcement on his podcast, Hollywood Babble-on, sharing that he was “‘ashamed’ to be profiting from his relationship with the producer while ‘others were in terrible pain.'”

On his podcast, HuffPost says the filmmaker expanded on his thought process this way:

“My entire career is tied up with the man,” he said. “It’s been a weird fucking week. I just wanted to make some fucking movies, that’s it. That’s why I came, that’s why I made ‘Clerks.’ And no fucking movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, fuck it, take it. It’s wrapped up in something really fucking horrible.”

Explaining that he is not looking for sympathy, HuffPost says Smith went on to explain that he feels a sense of responsibility in building up the clout of Weinstein, offering that he often spoke of Weinstein as a “friend” and even a “hero” because he “changed [his] fucking life.”

While it is clear that Smith is still trying to come to terms with the situation, he is certainly trying his best to make up for the years of support he provided to Weinstein; in fact, HuffPost shared that Smith “pledged to donate $2,000 to Women in Film every month for the rest of his life” in addition to donating his residuals.

 

Zendaya shares wisdom with young fans

In between promoting her new movie, The Greatest Showman, Zendaya took some time to  give advice to her youngest fans, and her words are exactly what we needed to hear.

According to Glamour, their November cover model shared in a video her experiences in working her way up through Hollywood as a young woman of color, as well as how her social media presence opened her eyes to the the weight of her own voice.

“As my social platforms grew, I realized that my voice was so much more important than I had originally thought,” she said in the five-minute video. “I think if every young person understood the power of their voice, things would be a lot different.”

When asked whether or not it was easy to follow her dreams, Zendaya explained that it’s never easy; in fact, it is quite the opposite.

“Following your dreams is never easy, really, because it’s gonna take work, and it’s gonna take dedication, and it’s gonna take focus, and it’s gonna take drive, but as long as you really love it and you really want it and you keep that laser focus, then nothing is impossible,” she said. “You got this.”

Thanks, Zendaya. We needed that. Hear more of what she has to say here.

Davis makes history with Oscar win

The Academy Awards are always filled with history-making moments, and this year was no different.

According to Buzzfeed, Viola Davis not only took home her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, she also made acting history at the award show on Sunday, Feb. 26.

The win launched her into the exclusive “triple crown” of acting club, says the Huffington Post, a group of now 23 actors who have each won “at least one competitive acting award at the Oscars, the Emmys and the Tonys.”

However, HuffPost says Davis is the first black woman to achieve such a feat. Her previous accolades that contribute to her now elite status include a 2015 Emmy for her role in How to Get Away With Murder, reports HuffPost, as well as two Tonys: “first in 2001 for her work in ‘King Hedley II‘ and then again in 2010 for her work in the Broadway rendition of ‘Fences.'”

Well deserved, Viola!

‘Big Little Lies’ takes aim at typical female roles in Hollywood

Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz are teaming up for a new HBO miniseries that challenges the typical roles reserved for women in Hollywood.

Their new show “Big Little Lies” —  an “adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, a murder mystery wrapped up in a story about five women, all moms of first-graders,” according to USA Today — provides not only what’s sure to be an interesting plot, it also provides complex female characters that the actresses hope will influence future roles for women.

“The real amazing part was really digging deep into the lives of women,” Witherspoon told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, according to CNN. “It wasn’t about [the characters] being good or bad, [the script] showed every spectrum and every color of women’s lives.”

For Kidman, a co-producer on the series with Witherspoon, says the project has a strong theme of “women helping women,” something that CNN says is just as important to Witherspoon.

“I’m passionate [about producing] because things have to change,” Witherspoon said, according to CNN. “We have to start seeing women as they really are on film…We need to see things because we as human beings learn from art and what can you do if you never see it reflected? I feel like women of incredible talent [are constantly]playing wives and girlfriends … I’ve just had enough.”

“Big Little Lies” premieres on HBO on Feb. 19.