John Oliver Is The Hero We All Need: Watch As He Grills Dustin Hoffman About Sexual Harassment Allegations During Tribeca Film Panel Discussion (VIDEO)

 

Some people might watch this video and think, “Wow. That was incredibly awkward,” but I think it’s incredibly entertaining. ‘Last Week Tonight‘ host John Oliver was moderating a 20th anniversary screening panel for Wag the Dog on behalf of the Tribeca Institute. The panel included Dustin Hoffman, producer Jane Rosenthal and director Barry Levinson.

For those who don’t know, Wag the Dog, was a “political spoof in which campaign advisers fabricate a war to cover up a presidential sex scandal,” so Oliver figured it would be appropriate to talk about the sexual harassment allegations against Hoffman.

Oliver said the allegations made by writer Anna Graham Hunter were “hanging in the air.” Hunter claims that Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate remarks to her when she was a teenage intern on a movie set in the 1980s. Another woman named Wendy Riss Gatsiounis told Variety that the 80-year-old actor propositioned her during a meeting in 1991.

After Hunter’s claims went public, Hoffman sent out a statement saying, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

But when Oliver brought up the accusations during the panel, Hoffman claimed he didn’t even remember the woman, “I still don’t know who this woman is. I never met her; if I met her it was in concert with other people.”

And that’s when Oliver really went in. He pointed out weak the original apology was…

“‘It’s not reflective of who I am’ — it’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off. It is reflective of who you were. If you’ve given no evidence to show it didn’t [happen] then there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women. It feels like a cop-out to say ‘it wasn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?”

This led to a long argument between Hoffman and Oliver. Some people in the crowd cheered for Oliver, while others yelled at him to “let it go.”

The best line came when Hoffman told Oliver to have an open mind, stating, “You weren’t there [on set,]” to which Oliver replied, “I’m glad [I wasn’t].”

Last Week Tonight Host John Oliver Slams The Academy For Not Doing Enough After It Expelled Harvey Weinstein (VIDEO)

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If you haven’t heard, the Academy had an emergency meeting over the weekend on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. It didn’t take long for the members to vote for Weinstein’s expulsion. It’s only the second time in the organization’s history that such a punishment has been handed out to one of its members.

And while many people were pleased with the decision, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver pointed out how hypocritical the Academy is, and slammed them for not doing enough.

“Yes, finally! The group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out. So, congratulations, Hollywood! See you at the next Oscars where – and this is true – Casey Affleck will be presenting Best Actress.”

For those who don’t know, Casey Affleck was hit with a couple of sexual harassment lawsuits in 2010. He has denied any wrongdoing, but the same can be said for most abusers. They’re not going to admit it.

Oliver’s point is fair. Why did the Academy take such drastic measures with Weinstein? Because they were under intense pressure from the public. They should have this attitude toward all of the abusers in Hollywood. These decisions shouldn’t be made simply because the dirty business is out in the open.

John Oliver Joins Disney’s Live-Action ‘The Lion King’ Will Voice Zazu In The Jon Favreau-Directed Flick

You know John Oliver as the host of the wonderful (and informative) HBO show Last Week Tonight. And if you have kids, you might also recognize his voice as Vanity Smurf in Sony’s The Smurfs and Smurfs 2.

Well, Mr. Oliver will be getting more voice work. According to multiple reports, Oliver will play Zazu in the upcoming live-action Lion King film, which is being directed by Jon Favreau. As most of you should know, Favreau directed the live-action Jungle Book movie. He’s also set to direct its sequel.

Oliver will be joining an impressive cast, which includes Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa.

The film is set to be released July 19, 2019, and it’s going to be a hit. I’m honestly more excited for this than I should be. I’m not typically a fan of remakes, ’cause it shows a lack of originality, but Favreau’s vision with The Jungle Book was mesmerizing.

If they can capture that same magic with this movie, then I’ll fully support it.