1965’s Hollywood Babylon (it was quickly banned upon publication and re-released in 1975), written by avant-garde author & occultist Kenneth Anger, is a must-read muckraking classic featuring a gory tableau of the best of “old Hollywood” open secrets.
Well, Anger is still kicking around at the age of 90, and recently did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. His thoughts on Harvey Weinstein and the current schadenfreude in Tinsel Town?
Here is another of what’s known as “Hollywood Open Secrets”—something that has circulated amongst the industry and blind item gossip columns for many years, but that nobody ever officially reported. The National Enquirer has just run a story in which actor Charlie Sheen has been accused of having sex with Lucas co-star Corey Haim when the former was 19 and the latter was 13.
Look, if it’s in any way even remotely possible that a movie cursed with some indefinable yet quantitatively proven fatal quality took out four (if not more) of Hollywood’s greatest funny men…then it is my honor-bound duty to get to the bottom of it.
So without further delay, here’s a look at one of the most persistent contemporary Hollywood urban legends…”The Curse Of Atuk.”
Eyebrows were raised when Gal Gadot backed out from presenting the Tree Of Life award to director Brett Ratner at a Jewish National Fund dinner last Sunday. A spokesperson for the dinner said the actress cited scheduling conflicts with her Justice League promo tour, and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins stepped in instead to give Ratner the award.
But in light of the blockbuster article from the LA Times in which six women accused Ratner of sexual harassment and misconduct, everything is starting to come a little more into focus.
So I guess, for the media, this is literally going to be a “game” of exposing one Hollywood “open secret” every day! Where were they when some of these actors and actresses went public with this stuff ages ago? I guess everyone wants to hop on a “trend,” huh?
Latest “open secret” is director Brett Ratner, the subject of a blistering article in the LA Times. Six women, including actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn, accuse Ratner of various acts of sexual harassment.
It’s official: Suburbicon, the home-invasion comedy directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon, is one of the biggest box-office flops of all time. It only earned $2.8 million at the box-office so far, with a combined production and distribution budget of $35 million.
Nobody is flocking to watch Suburbicon, despite boasting such Hollywood royalty as Clooney and Damon. And that’s the point.
So comedian Andy Dick is another of those Hollywood “open secrets” (as documented in this VICE article): “Gropings, genital exposures, grand theft: Andy Dick’s litany of offenses to society is long and egregious.”
Most recently, he has been fired from the independent film Raising Buchanan after claims that he acted sexually inappropriately on the set—claims Dick denied in a rambling Hollywood Reporter interview.
Here are some snippets from that interview:
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