‘Grace and Frankie’ Creator Reveals Ernie Hudson Return – PaleyFest

Read on: Deadline.

Season 6 of Grace and Frankie promises the return of a popular character and the addition of a new one. The cast and co-creators of the Netflix comedy filled fans in on the series Saturday afternoon at PaleyFest in Hollywood.
Taking part in the convers…

Meet Gavin de Becker, the Security Expert in Charge of Jeff Bezos’ Investigation

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

For years, Hollywood stars in need of protection could count on Gavin de Becker.

The 64-year-old is now at the center of the Jeff Bezos saga, tasked by the Amazon founder with finding out who leaked his private photos and texts to the National Enquirer. He wants to know if David Pecker, a longtime associate of President Trump and head of the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., conducted a politically motivated hit job against Bezos.

In a lengthy blog post on Medium Thursday, Bezos said Pecker had threatened to publish the photos unless he dropped the investigation into AMI.

Also Read: Jeff Bezos Says National Enquirer Threatened to Publish His Nude Selfie

Here are five things to know about the de Becker and his investigation.


De Becker has established himself as the go-to guy for stars in need of peace of mind. Past clients have included Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Joan Rivers, Madonna, Cher, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Ovitz, Gary Shandling and John Travolta.

Getty Images


De Becker has been involved in several high-profile cases, advising prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson trial and providing security for Bill and Camille Cosby after their son’s murder in 1997.

He also ran security for former President Ronald Reagan and his family during their time at the White House, according to The New York Times.

In 2001, he also helped provide privacy to George Harrison when the Beatles guitarist was dying of cancer.

Also Read: Read the Blackmail Email Jeff Bezos Says He Received From AMI


De Becker helped develop a computer program called MOSAIC, a risk assessment system that helps evaluates levels of threat facing high-risk individuals and can predict future violence.

People logging onto the website are asked 46 questions to determine how much of a threat an abuser poses to an individual or family members.

“MOSAIC expresses its results on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most likely to escalate — including homicide,” according to Oprah.com.

Speaking of Oprah, in the last year of Winfrey’s show, she dedicated two hour-long episodes to de Becker’s work in domestic violence.



De Becker has authored several books, including, “The Gift of Fear,” which became an instant bestseller after a gushing Winfrey endorsed it on her show.

The book had reached No. 4 on the New York Times’ bestseller list, according to the Los Angeles Times, and has been published in more than a dozen languages, according to de Becker’s site.

Also Read: AMI Promises to ‘Promptly and Thoroughly Investigate’ Jeff Bezos Accusations


De Becker and his security firm established The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport, a secluded and exclusive luxury compound serving VIPs looking to for privacy.

The facility, which opened in May 2017, offers “unprecedented ease as well as high-end security, seamless logistics, and five-star services,” according to Forbes.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Jeff Bezos vs The National Enquirer: A Tale of Journalism and Blackmail

Federal Prosecutors Open Investigation Into National Enquirer Owner Over Jeff Bezos’ Accusations

Amazon Investors Unfazed by Jeff Bezos’ Divorce From His Wife of 25 Years

Women’s Media Center Says Oscar Noms Again Come Up Short Recognizing Female Talent

Read on: Deadline.

Confirming data reported by Deadline last month, a new study from the Women’s Media Center has found that 75% of all non-acting Oscar nominations this year went to men.
“The 2019 Oscar nominations were disappointing for women behind the camera,” the gr…

‘Grace And Frankie’ Trailer: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin Return For Season 5 With A New Attitude

Read on: Deadline.

Grace and Frankie are at a crossroads. No, really. At one point in this trailer for this month’s Season 5 debut of the Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, the title characters are in no hurry to get from one side of a street to an…

Jane Fonda to Receive Stanley Kramer Award From Producers Guild

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

The Producers Guild of America will present producer and actress Jane Fonda with the 2019 Stanley Kramer Award, the guild announced Thursday.

The award is generally given to a specific film as represented by its producer team. Fonda is just the second individual to receive the award since it was established in 2002, with the other being Sean Penn in 2010. Fonda is being recognized for her lifetime activism and philanthropic work.

Fonda will be presented with the award at the 30th annual PGA Awards on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

Also Read: Sally Field and Jane Fonda, Rebels and Role Models for #MeToo Generation (Guest Blog)

Past recipients of the Stanley Kramer Award include the films and producers behind “Get Out,” “The Hunting Ground,” “The Normal Heart,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Precious,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” and “Hotel Rwanda.” The award is determined by a nine-person committee appointed by the PGA’s National Board of Directors and operates independently of the Producers Guild Awards team and the PGA staff.

Fonda’s fifth season of her Netflix show, “Grace and Frankie,” which she executive produces and stars in, debuts next month. She was also the subject of this year’s documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” and also starred in this year’s “Book Club.”

The 80-year-old actress is a two-time Oscar winner for “Klute” and “Coming Home.” She’s also known for her political beliefs and social causes, including her nonprofit, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, which aims to lower the teen pregnancy rate and improve the overall health and well-being of young people in the state of Georgia.

Also Read: ‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’ Film Review: Doc Explores the Many Lives of the Actress-Activist

Fonda also raised nearly $1 million for the Women’s Media Center, a nonprofit she co-founded with Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, whose mission is to make women and girls more visible and powerful in media.

“Jane Fonda has built an extraordinary legacy as an outspoken advocate for the vulnerable in our society. Throughout her remarkable life, she has made and continues to make a significant impact on the lives of people through her work both on and off the screen. Fonda exemplifies the spirit of Stanley Kramer, and we are proud to honor her,” PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said in a statement.

Related stories from TheWrap:

‘Fox & Friends’ Defends Michael Flynn, Asks Why Jane Fonda Was Never Arrested

Jane Fonda Says She’s ‘Very Proud of Most of What I Did’ in Trailer for New HBO Doc (Video)

‘The View’ Slams Megyn Kelly Over Jane Fonda: ‘How Much Work Have You Had, Bitch?’ (Video)

‘Fox & Friends’ Defends Michael Flynn, Asks Why Jane Fonda Was Never Arrested

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

The set “Fox & Friends” offered a robust defense of former National Security adviser Michael Flynn, questioning the possibility he might be charged for violating the Logan Act, which criminalizes unauthorized individuals from negotiating with foreign governments.

On Monday, host Brian Kilmeade cited Jane Fonda’s infamous support for North Vietnam during the Vietnam War and asked why she was never arrested for Logan Act violations.

“What is the Logan Act? The Logan Act is working with the enemy,” Kilmeade said. “Did Jane Fonda get that? We saw video of her with the enemy. You gotta be kidding me, going after him for this reason.”

Also Read: Trump Mocks Closure of ‘Never Had a Clue’ Bill Kristol’s The Weekly Standard: ‘May It Rest in Peace!’

Kilmeade’s line is reference to Fonda’s opposition to the Vietnam War, which included a well-publicized two week visit to North Vietnam in 1972. While there, Fonda made regular broadcasts on North Vietnamese radio and sat for photos on top of an anti-aircraft gun. Critics dubbed her with the nickname “Hanoi Jane,” which continues to dog the actress to this day.

Last December, Flynn pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI and offered his full cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign. Last week, he asked for lenience from a sentencing judge, citing his cooperation and a recommendation from Mueller’s team that he be spared jail time as a reward for his good behavior.

Also Read: Jim Carrey Taunts Trump About Putin and Saudi Crown Prince’s Bromance in Latest Artwork

Flynn lasted just 24 days on the job before he was fired, officially for lying to the vice president. His brief tenure, however, was also plagued by scandal including questions about his ties to Russia and conversations with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. It was also revealed that he worked as a paid lobbyist for the government of Turkey while serving in the White House.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Trump Blasts ‘SNL’ as ‘Democratic Spin Machine,’ Hints at Legal Action Against Networks’ ‘One Sided Coverage’

‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin’s Trump Returns in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Parody (Video)

Trump Mocks Closure of ‘Never Had a Clue’ Bill Kristol’s The Weekly Standard: ‘May It Rest in Peace!’

Trump Inauguration Money Went to Trump Organization With Help From Ivanka, Report Says

‘Grace And Frankie’ Gets Season 5 Premiere Date On Netflix

Read on: Deadline.

Netflix has set January 18 for the Season 5 premiere of Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as the respective title characters. As the press notes puts it — and fans of the series will understand: “They’re back, and out o…

Sally Field and Jane Fonda, Rebels and Role Models for #MeToo Generation (Guest Blog)

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

The stories of two women we have lived with for decades are arriving in the midst of the #Metoo movement. They once seemed the epitome of strong, brave role models. But we now get fuller pictures, filled with self-doubts and men who loved them but also demeaned them and left them seeking more respect. And ultimately, independence.

Sally Field’s memoir has just been released, welcomed with positive reviews. At the same time, a two-hour documentary on the life (or lives) of Jane Fonda has premiered on HBO.

Yet more accolades for the actresses, who have never worked together but are good friends. Small wonder, as the parallels between their histories are uncanny. They are women we have admired for their work, their longevity and their willingness to stretch. Now, after we have watched, and read, their painfully honest stories, they earn our sympathy as well.

Also Read: Sally Field Relieved Burt Reynolds Will Never Read Her Memoir: ‘This Would Hurt Him’

A good part of Field’s book, “In Pieces,” deals with sexual abuse by her stepfather. Fonda’s story is colored by her father’s limited emotional ability. Between the two, they have had five divorces and other broken relationships. They were often as accomplished as their mates, but always made to feel subservient. Though there was one man who, arguably, saved them both, and paved the way for their two-time Oscar-winning careers.

That would be Lee Strasberg, who famously ran The Actors Studio. His storied technique was about using the traumas in your life to embellish the characters you portray. When Field showed up at the Studio, she had just completed a successful three-season run as “The Flying Nun.” (Which she did against her will. Among other things, she was made to fly onto the stage at the Golden Globes.)

Strasberg asked why she — who was working regularly, unlike most his students — was there. She explained she was ready to learn to act, and she became one of his most devoted and praised followers.

Also Read: ‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’ Film Review: Doc Explores the Many Lives of the Actress-Activist

Fonda was doing superficial dizzy parts as a very young woman when she knocked on Strasberg’s door and asked if she could give his classes a try. She hid in the back of the studio for months before finally tackling a scene. The master teacher told her she had real talent and those words proved the necessary encouragement.

Nevertheless, both women dealt with lifelong personal insecurities. They struggled on the physical front. Field ate emotionally, went up and down, while Fonda purged and binged and almost starved for decades. They both juggled careers with motherhood and were left with recurring regrets. “I wanted my daughter to know why I wasn’t a better parent…I get so sad,” says Fonda in the documentary. “I cannot fool myself into thinking that I have been a perfect parent,” writes Field.

Also Read: Jane Fonda Says She’s ‘Very Proud of Most of What I Did’ in Trailer for New HBO Doc (Video)

For whatever reason, they spent most of their lives feeling they weren’t good enough. “If I’m not perfect, no one can love me,” was Fonda’s mantra for much of her life. Field was mocked for her “You like me!” Oscar speech. But reading the book, those words become more understandable.

The women were clearly influenced by the men in their lives but both Field’s book and the Fonda film end with the stars’ each trying to come to terms with misunderstood mothers. Fonda was never told that hers had committed suicide, later learning the news in a magazine. Only recently did she discover that “my mother was the life of the party” (until her bipolar disorder kicked in) — and that helped Fonda immensely. “The defining moment of Jane’s life was the death of her mother,” says Paula Weinstein, the actress’ best friend.

Field finally confronted her mother about the abuse she suffered, and learned she had known about some of it. Yet, the actress writes, “She was my devoted, perfectly imperfect mother. I loved her profoundly and I will miss her every day of my life.”

Also Read: How Jane Fonda Explains ‘Hanoi Jane’ Photo: ‘Regret to My Dying Day’

Field and Fonda’s careers have been close to exemplary, often brave. Field fought past her sitcom persona. She returned to the medium for stellar works like “Sybil” (for which she won an Emmy) and much later, the series “Brothers and Sisters” (for which she also won an Emmy). She did a few Broadway shows and has just announced she’ll be performing in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” in London next year.

Fonda moved past sexy and silly material with “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and many more of substance to follow. Several years ago, she also did a Broadway run. And she is now in the funny and resonant Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie.”

Resonant is a key word here. Sally Field and Jane Fonda seemed to have all the things many of us dream of, and yet by baring all, as now-single women, they have somehow become entirely relatable. #ThemToo.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Sally Field Relieved Burt Reynolds Will Never Read Her Memoir: ‘This Would Hurt Him’

Minnie Driver and Sally Field Share a Unique Take on Why Ivanka Trump Is Not a ‘C–t’

‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’ Film Review: Doc Explores the Many Lives of the Actress-Activist

Jane Fonda Says She’s ‘Very Proud of Most of What I Did’ in Trailer for New HBO Doc (Video)

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Get an Oscars Boost From DOC NYC

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

Do you want to know what film is going to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature next February?

It’ll either be Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s “RGB,” Tim Wardle’s “Three Identical Strangers,” Susan Lacy’s “Jane Fonda: A Life in Five Acts,” Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” or one of these 10 other docs:

“Crime + Punishment,” Stephen Maing; “Free Solo,” Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin; “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross; “Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu; “On Her Shoulders,” Alexandra Bombach; “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” Wim Wenders; “Quincy,” Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks; “Reversing Roe,” Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern; “The Sentence,” Rudy Valdez; “Shirkers,” Sandi Tan.

Those, at least, are the 15 films on the annual Short List compiled by the documentary festival DOC NYC. Since its inception in 2012, the list has been an accurate predictor of the films that will end up on the Academy shortlist and then go on to be nominated for and win the Oscar.

Also Read: Why Mr. Rogers Is the Perfect Movie Superhero for Our Times (Guest Blog)

For the last five years, the DOC NYC list has included nine or 10 of the 15 films that have made the Oscar shortlist every year. It has included all five Oscar nominees for the last three years in a row and four of the five for the two years before that, and has included the eventual Oscar winner every year.

This year’s list includes the three top-grossing nonfiction films of the year: Neville’s Mr. Rodgers doc “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” which has made $22.6 million to become the 12th-highest-grossing doc of all time; West and Cohen’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg film “RGB,” at $14 million; and Wardle’s stranger-than-fiction tale “Three Identical Strangers,” at $12.2 million.

Other entries include “Fahrenheit 11/9,” which drew largely positive reviews after its Toronto Film Festival premiere on Sept. 6, and “Free Solo,” about Alex Honnold’s attempt to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan without ropes, which won the audience award in Toronto.

Also Read: ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Review: Michael Moore’s New Movie Is About a Lot More Than Donald Trump

Seven of the 15 docs are directed or co-directed by women, a record total for the list. Three of the titles are from Netflix and two each are from HBO Documentary Films, Focus Features and Magnolia Pictures.

The list is compiled by the programming team at the New York-based festival, led by the festival’s artistic director, Thom Powers.

For the first time, DOC NYC also compiled a short list of documentary shorts, which includes Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “End Game,” Kristi Jacobson and Roger Ross Williams’ “Take Back the Harbor,” Kim A. Snyder’s “Lessons From a School Shooting: Notes From Dunblane” and Charlie Tyrell’s “My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes,” which appeared at TheWrap’s recent ShortList Film Festival.

Also Read: ShortList 2018: How ‘My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes’ Explores Family Secrets (Video)

In addition, DOC NYC announced that this year’s festival, which runs from November 8 thorugh 15, will open with John Chester’s “The Biggest Little Farm,” a well-received film at the recent Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals that deals with the attempt to create a sustainable family farm outside Los Angeles.

DOC NYC is the largest documentary festival in the United States.

The short lists:

“Crime + Punishment” (IFC Films / Hulu), Stephen Maing
“Fahrenheit 11/9” (Briarcliff Entertainment), Michael Moore
“Free Solo” (National Geographic Documentary Films), Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (Cinema Guild), RaMell Ross
“Jane Fonda: A Life in Five Acts” (HBO Documentary Films), Susan Lacy
“Minding the Gap” (Magnolia Pictures / Hulu), Bing Liu
“On Her Shoulders” (Oscilloscope Laboratories / RYOT), Alexandria Bombach
“Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” (Focus Features), Wim Wenders
“Quincy” (Netflix), Rashida Jones & Alan Hicks
“RBG” (Magnolia Pictures / CNN Films), Betsy West & Julie Cohen
“Reversing Roe” (Netflix), Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern
“The Sentence” (HBO Documentary Films), Rudy Valdez
“Shirkers” (Netflix), Sandi Tan
“Three Identical Strangers” (NEON / CNN Films), Tim Wardle
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Focus Features), Morgan Neville

“’63 Boycott” (Kartemquin), Gordon Quinn
“Earthrise” (New York Times Op-Docs / POV), Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
“End Game” (Netflix), Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
“The Girl and the Picture” (USC Shoah Foundation / Cause & Affect Media), Vanessa Roth
“The Head & the Hand” (Lost Time Media), Marc Serpa Francoeur
“Lessons From a School Shooting: Notes From Dunblane” (Netflix), Kim A. Snyder
“My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes” (New York Times Op-Docs), Charlie Tyrell
“RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee” (HBO Documentary Films), Cathy Chermol Schrijver
“Sidelined” (A&E IndieFilms / Lifetime Films), Galen Summer
“Take Back the Harbor” (Discovery / Motto Pictures), Kristi Jacobson & Roger Ross Williams
“We Are Not Done Yet” (HBO Documentary Films), Sareen Hairabedian
“Zion” (Netflix), Floyd Russ

Related stories from TheWrap:

‘The King’ Film Review: Glorious Documentary Takes American Road Trip With Elvis Presley

Cannes Review: Pope Francis Documentary Is a Modest Film About a Bold Man

‘RBG’ Film Review: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life Makes for a Snappy But Surface-Level Documentary

Jane Fonda on Redemption for #MeToo Abusers: ‘F— It! Sweep the Floor at Starbucks Until You Learn!’

Read on: Variety.

Even after living through decades in the entertainment industry and enough real-life twists to fill several biographies beyond her own, Jane Fonda has still found herself surprised by the force of the #MeToo reckoning that has rocked Hollywood to its c…