Thursday, May 23, 2024

#MeToo Sweeps Through Movies, Plays: Famed Playwright Severed from Off Broadway Theater, Universal Fires Marketing Exec, Puts Another on Leave


The #MeToo movement continues to sweep through show biz. I’m hearing that at one record company a serious investigation is ongoing. If it pans out, shockwaves will be the result…

Off Broadway at the MCC Theater, playwright Neil LaBute has been severed from the company. His play, “Reasons to Be Pretty Happy,” which was to open in August, has been cancelled. This is HUGE. La Bute writes the most misogynistic plays and movies in the history of the world. Many have been hits including “Reasons to Be Happy”– the play– and “In the Company of Men.” His “Fat Pig” was one of the more incendiary titles to play at the Lucille Lortel Theater. There’s no explanation from MCC and it can’t just be that they’ve suddenly discovered his drama-antipathy toward women. Stay tuned…

Universal Pictures has canned Seth Byers, EVP of creative strategy and research, and put marketing head Josh Goldstine on leave for “inappropriate conduct.” Michael Moses is now in charge of marketing. This is also BIG, as Goldstine– in particular– was responsible for a lot of Universal’s successes including “Get Out.”

What has gone on at all these places is kind of mind blowing. With LaBute, who knows, except his plays were really insanely against women. And people in general.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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