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Cannes: Relaunched French 50/50 Organization Fact-Checks Fest on Female Representation

Last year at Cannes, there was a notable void in the vocal female activism that has characterized the festival since the start of the #MeToo movement, as both Time’s Up U.S. and its French corollary, Collectif 50/50, had recently imploded in controversy. But unlike Time’s Up, which is now effectively defunct in the U.S., the […]

Natalie Portman at Cannes: “I Need to Leave the Drama for the Screen”

In a scene late in Natalie Portman’s new movie, May December, she’s talking with the faintest lisp, somehow playing a moment as both fragile and predatory. Portman’s performance in the scene is striking not just for how uncomfortable it is, but because it’s an uncanny re-creation of a character that Julianne Moore has been playing […]

Guest Column: The Demise of Time’s Up Doesn’t Spell the End of Hollywood’s Equality Push

I wish I was more surprised by the absence of women in the best director category at the Academy Awards nominations that were announced on Jan. 24. Just a quick reminder: only seven women have ever been nominated for best director (Jane Campion has been nominated twice), and three have taken home the award, the […]

Time’s Up to Halt Operations

Time’s Up will formally cease its operations by the end of January and direct its remaining $1.7 million in funds to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund (TULDF), The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The gender rights organization, which had launched to great fanfare at the Golden Globes in 2018, has been in the midst of […]

#MeToo, Five Years Later: Why Time’s Up Imploded

When it was founded in the months after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke in 2017, Time’s Up was supposed to put Hollywood’s considerable power and money — and its sudden outrage — to work fighting sexual harassment. Instead, today Time’s Up is a ghost organization, technically still operating, but with no CEO or programming offered […]

Hollywood Women’s Group Cautiously Receptive to Gender-Neutral Acting Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards were the latest Hollywood voting body to go genderless with its awards, announcing on Aug. 23 that the best lead actress and best supporting actress awards were being retired forever. Instead, there will be only “best lead performance” and “best supporting performance” awards handed out to a gender-diverse pool of 10 […]

Tina Tchen Joins Obama Foundation as Chief Strategy and Impact Officer

After a tumultuous tenure as head of Time’s Up, Tina Tchen has reunited with the Obamas. The former Obama administration staffer has joined the Obama Foundation as executive vice president as well as chief strategy and impact officer. Her work will include overseeing the grassroots educational Girls Opportunity Alliance program, for which she has been […]

Activists React to Hollywood’s Silence During Johnny Depp Trial: “Where Are You and Why Are You Not Supporting Amber Heard?”

It may seem that every TikTokker, cable news commentator and chatterbox neighbor has an opinion about the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation trial that concluded Wednesday in Virginia. But for many sexual violence survivors, there has been a noteworthy absence from the conversation: Hollywood. While major stars and the industry activist group Time’s Up […]

Time’s Up Releases Findings From Audit Ahead of “Major Reset”

Time’s Up has completed its reform effort’s first phase, concluding that muddled origins, as well as the unanticipated events of 2020, contributed to the dysfunctional dynamics and communication failures that have led to the organization’s downfall. The report released Friday followed an examination of the current state of the organization by independent consultant Leilani M. Brown, […]

Embattled Time’s Up, Post-Cuomo, Announces a “Major Reset”

Confusion over purpose and mission. Lack of focus on long-term goals. Ineffective communication internally and externally. Lack of accountability for top officials, especially the CEO. Too politically partisan, and too aligned with Hollywood. These are just some of the issues raised in a report commissioned by Time’s Up and released Friday — in the name […]

How Time’s Up Woes Are Overshadowing Its Mission Beyond Hollywood

P., a 32-year-old Guatemalan immigrant living in Texas, was cleaning equipment and packing tomatoes and cucumbers at a vegetable processing plant during the night shift in 2018 when her boss began making comments about her appearance. Over a period of nine months, he touched her legs and breasts, told her he thought of her when […]

Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, Jurnee Smollett Among Time’s Up Board Exits Amid Leadership Reorganization

Following the recent resignation of Tina Tchen, several Time’s Up board members are set to exit amid a reshuffling of the organization’s leadership. Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, Jurnee Smollett, Katie McGrath, Christy Haubegger, Hilary Rosen, Michelle Kydd, and Time’s Up’s interim board chair Nina Shaw are among the members stepping down from their positions with […]