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'For The People' Producer Explains Britt Robertson Casting Decision

Britt Robertson‘s casting in upcoming series For the People has been met with some controversy, but now producer Paul William Davies is explaining the decision.

The 27-year-old actress stepped out at the show’s panel at the 2018 Winter TCA Tour on Monday (January 8) at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif.

She was joined by her cast mates Ben Rappaport, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Rege-Jean Page, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Anna Deavere Smith, Wesam Keesh, Susannah Flood, Hope Davis, Ben Shenkman and executive producer Shonda Rhimes.

During the panel, Paul explained race was not a factor in recasting former lead Britne Oldford and giving the part to Britt.

“It really wasn’t [a factor], because it wasn’t like we moved from Britne to Britt. We moved through a tracking period, looking at other actresses. And part of it was just redefining the role of Sandra. She plays a little bit differently than she did in the original version,” Paul explained.

He added, “There was discussion with the network about the creative direction of the show. And so in the context of that, I ended up rewriting things. We also decided, just in the nature of the chemistry, that we would recast.”

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Here's What Celebs Have Donated to the Time's Up Legal Fund

It has been so inspiring watching celebs from across Hollywood come together and unite the world in the Times Up movement to end sexual harassment in the workplace.

One of the main parts of the initiative is a legal defense fund that was created to help women protect themselves against sexual misconduct in the workplace and encourage them to report it when it happens.

Stars like Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Meryl Streep, and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes have all stepped up with donations of $500,000 each! The donation amounts made by celebs are visible on the cause’s GoFundMe page.

Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfrey both donated $100,000 and donations of $50,000 were made by Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Emma Stone, and Jessica Chastain.

JJ Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath made a giant donation of $1,000,000 and Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg‘s Wunderkinder Foundation donated $2,000,000 to the cause.

You can donate now on GoFundMe. No amount is too small, so please give anything you have to spare!

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Time's Up Now: 300 Women in Hollywood Team Up to Fight Sexual Harassment

300 powerful women in Hollywood, including Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, have joined forces to launch the Time’s Up initiative to fight back against sexual harassment in the workplace.

The initiative includes a legal defense fund that will help women protect themselves against sexual misconduct in the workplace and encourage them to report it when it happens. Time’s Up will also drive legislation to penalize any companies that tolerate harassment and it will seek to reach gender parity in Hollywood studios and talent agencies by 2020.

“Now, unlike ever before, our access to the media and to important decision makers has the potential of leading to real accountability and consequences. We want all survivors of sexual harassment, everywhere, to be heard, to be believed, and to know that accountability is possible,” the 300 women wrote in an open letter released on New Year’s Day. “We also want all victims and survivors to be able to access justice and support for the wrongdoing they have endured. We particularly want to lift up the voices, power, and strength of women working in low-wage industries where the lack of financial stability makes them vulnerable to high rates of gender-based violence and exploitation.”

Dakota Johnson, Emma Stone, Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, and many more are among the women who signed the letter. They will also be wearing all black to the Golden Globes this Sunday in solidarity with the victims of sexual harassment who have come forward in recent months.

Go to TimesUpNow.com for more info and a link to donate.

Olivia Munn, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Morrison & More Step Out for THR's Women In Entertainment Breakfast!

A whole bunch of fierce ladies came together to help honor some of Hollywood’s most powerful women today (December 6)!

Olivia Munn, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Morrison, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Sarah Silverman were among the many actresses who stepped out for The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women In Entertainment Breakfast held at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.

Also in attendance were Isla Fisher, Glenn Close, Kate Walsh, Shonda Rhimes, Kathryn Hahn, Anna Paquin, Kyra Sedgwick and Loni Love.

FYI: Olivia is wearing a Roland Mouret dress with jewelry by Eriness, Zoe Chicco, and Anna Sheffield. Jennifer is wearing a Max Mara dress. Bryce is wearing Irene Neuwirth earrings and rings. Anna is wearing a Temperley London dress and Jennifer Meyer jewelry. Isla is wearing alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet. Kate is wearing Malone Souliers heels.

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Ellen Pompeo & 'Grey's Anatomy' Celebrate 300th Episode!

The cast of Grey’s Anatomy got together last night to celebrate the show’s 300th episode!

The party was held at TAO Hollywood on Saturday night (November 4) in Los Angeles. In attendance were Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Camilla Luddington with her partner Matthew Alan, Sarah Drew, Jessica Capshaw, Kevin McKidd, Kim Raver, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr, Jason George, Caterina Scorsone, Kelly McCreary, Rushi Kota, Stefania Spampinato, Jeanine Mason, and Alex Blue Davis, among others. Also in attendance was Shonda Rhimes, the show’s creator!

The 300th episode of Grey’s Anatomy will air Thursday, November 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Cast Joins Jesse Williams in Taking a Knee (Photo)

Jesse Williams has been one of the most outspoken voices in Hollywood in the fight to end racial injustice in America and the cast of Grey’s Anatomy is joining him in taking a knee.

The stars of the ABC are showing solidarity with NFL players who have taken a knee during the National Anthem while protesting racial injustice and police brutality.

“…and we took a knee in solidarity of racial justice,” Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes captioned a photo of her, Jesse, and Ellen Pompeo on the set of the show’s 300th episode.

“We kneel because we are supposed to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” Ellen captioned a picture on her account.

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Jimmy Kimmel Hosts Vanguard Awards for L.A.'s LGBT Center

Jimmy Kimmel poses for a photo with television producer Shonda Rhimes while attending the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 2017 Vanguard Awards on Saturday (September 23) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 49-year-old talk show host was the host of the event, where WME/IMG’s co-CEO Ari Emanuel was honored with the Vanguard Award and Valerie Jarrett, the former senior advisor to President Obama, was honored with the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award.

Some of the other stars in attendance included Barely Famous sisters Erin and Sara Foster, soccer star Robbie Rogers, comedian Jermaine Fowler, and UnREAL actress Breeda Wool.

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