Mo’Nique Sues Netflix for Discrimination Over Stand-Up Special

Comedian Mo'Nique is suing Netflix for racial and gender discrimination. It's been nearly two years since the comedian tried to get people to boycott the streaming platform over a low stand-up special offer she received. She is now suing to stand up for herself and the ones who are coming up behind her, she said in a statement posted on social media. Mo'Nique claims she was offered a fraction of what comedians like Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle have received over the years. She had this to say."Hey My Loves - I can confirm that today I filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against Netflix. I had a choice to make: I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me. I chose to stand up. I don't have any further comment this time, but I appreciate all of your support and love."In addition to the gender and racial discrimination, Mo'Nique is also suing Netflix over unfair business practices, according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court this morning. Netflix offered Mo'Nique $500,000 to do a stand-up special, which she thought was incredibly unfair. It's not clear how much money the comedian is trying to get from the streaming giant at this time. You can read what her attorneys at the deRubertis Law Firm, APC and Schimmel & Parks, APLC said in the suit below."Despite Mo'Nique's extensive résumé and documented history of comedic success, when Netflix presented her with an offer of employment for an exclusive stand-up comedy special, Netflix made a lowball offer that was only a fraction of what Netflix paid other (non-Black female) comedians."The lawsuit says Netflix reportedly offered comedian Jerry Seinfeld $100 million for two stand-up specials, along with an interview series. It also said Netflix reportedly signed a deal with comedian Dave Chapelle in 2016 worth $60 million for three specials. Chris Rock was reportedly offered a $40 million deal for two specials, and Ricky Gervais was reportedly also offered $40 million for a two-show deal. Amy Schumer reportedly received $13 million for an hour-long special after renegotiating. And it's rumored that Eddie Murphy is teaming with Netflix for a multi-million dollar stand-up deal. You can read another portion of the lawsuit below.RELATED: Netflix, Disney+ and More Crackdown on Password Sharing as Streaming Wars Heat Up"Thus, Netflix reportedly offered or paid Rock, Chapelle, DeGeneres, and Gervais forty (40) times more per show than it offered Mo'Nique, and it offered Schumer twenty-six (26) times more per show than Mo'Nique. In short, Netflix's offer to Mo'Nique perpetuates the drastic wage gap forced upon Black women in America's workforce."If that wasn't enough, Mo'Nique's lawsuit brings Kevin Spacey into the mix. The comedian claims that Netflix allowed Spacey to use the N-word on the House of Cards set. The suit also brings up the fact that Netflix's then Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Friedland used the N-word in a meeting and later made an apology over it. However, when apologizing to human resources, he used the word again. It was only after the streaming giant fired Friedland that they acknowledged his actions.The lawsuit calls Mo'Nique, "one of the most well-known black female comedians in America" and says when she faced that "anachronistic attitude, she knew it was time to challenge the status quo." Comedian Wanda Sykes also revealed that she too received a lowball offer from Netflix for a special. At this time, Netflix has not released a statement on the matter. When approached about the matter nearly two years ago, they would not comment on contract negotiations publicly. You can check out Mo'Nique's Instagram post below. Topics: Netflix, StreamingWriter for Movieweb since 2017. Enjoys playing Catan when not writing about superheroes and Star Wars.

Dollface: Season Two on Hulu? Cancelled or Renewed Yet?

Vulture Watch Will Jules find happiness with her friends? Has the Dollface TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Hulu? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Dollface, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?    What’s This TV Show About? A Hulu single-camera comedy series, Dollface stars Kat Dennings, Brenda Song, Shay Mitchell, and Esther Povitsky with Connor Hines, Beth Grant, Brianne Howey, Vella Lovell, Malin Akerman, Goran Visnjic, and Shelley Hennig in recurring roles. Created by Jordan Weiss, the series follows a young woman named Jules Wiley (Dennings), a web designer at a wellness company called Woöm. After being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Jeremy (Hines), Jules must deal with her own imagination in order to literally — and metaphorically — re-enter the world of women and rekindle the female friendships she left behind. Along the way, she befriends Izzy Levine (Povitsky), a co-worker, and reconnects with Madison Maxwell (Song) and Stella Cole (Mitchell), Jules’ best friends from college.   O   F   F   I   C   I   A   L          S   T   A   T   U   S As of November 20, 2019, Dollface has not been cancelled or renewed for a second season. Stay tuned for further updates.     Telly’s Take Unless they decide to publicize viewership, it is difficult to predict whether Hulu will cancel or renew Dollface for season two. Since Hulu isn’t completely ad-supported, it can take a chance on series it believes in and stories that need telling, but sooner or later it comes down to production costs, versus viewership numbers. I’ll keep my ears open and an eye out for news, and will update this page with breaking developments. Subscribe for free alerts on Dollface cancellation or renewal news.  Dollface Cancellation & Renewal Related Links What do you think? Do you hope the Dollface TV show will be renewed for a second season? How would you feel if Hulu cancelled this TV series, instead?

Freddy Krueger and A Nightmare on Elm Street Pitches Being Taken by Wes Craven’s Estate

In September, Wes Craven's Estate regained A Nightmare on Elm Street rights. Now, Freddy is getting ready to make a comeback. We've heard for several years now that the plan is to reboot A Nightmare on Elm Street. Or, rather, to reboot it again, following the failed attempt that was made in 2010. Now, it seems some real progress is finally being made on that front as Wes Craven's estate is said to be taking pitches for a new movie set within the iconic horror franchise.According to a report from Bloody Disgusting, the estate of franchise creator Wes Craven, who...


Roman Polanski Screening Gets Shut Down by Protesters in Paris

Roman Polanski's Paris screening of An Officer and a Spy was shut down by protestors. Around 40 women showed up and blocked the entrance to the theater on Tuesday night, which led to the shutdown of the screening. The women were all dressed in black and "equipped with red smoke-generating canisters." In addition, some of the women held large cards with the names of women who have come forward to accuse Polanski of sexual assault.The demonstration lasted for about an hour in front of the theater and wound down after the screening of An Officer and a Spy was canceled. The official premiere was held on the same evening, but in another location in Paris. The official screening, which Roman Polanski attended, was at the UGC Normandie cinema on the Champs-Elysées. There were no reports of similar protests at the premiere. Polanski has been back in the news after another woman came forward with allegations of sexual assault in the 1970s.French photographer Valentine Monnier has accused Roman Polanski of raping her at his Swiss chalet in 1975. The director has denied these new allegations through his attorney. Polanski fled the United States in 1978 before sentencing after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year old girl. Without mentioning Polanski by name, the French film industry association, ARP, released a statement saying it "strongly supports all victims of moral and sexual violence" and that it "must take into account that our professions, by the power they confer, can open the door to reprehensible excesses."RELATED: Kevin Spacey Makes Rare Rome Appearance to Recite Self-Reflective PoemRoman Polanski is currently a member of the ARP, though that could change in the near future. The ARP's statement went on to say that a "member found guilty of a sexual offense be excluded and that any member indicted for the same reason be suspended." No action against the director has taken place as of this writing. Polanski was again accused of sexual abuse in 2010 by the actress Charlotte Lewis, who claimed the director abused her when she was 16 in 1983. Polanski was then accused again in 2017 by another woman, who says he abused her when she was 16, but in 1973.An Officer and a Spy first debuted at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It also received nominations for four European Film Awards last week. Roman Polanski recently sued the Academy for expelling him. His representation believes he should have been notified well in advance before the expulsion took place. The director's lawyers also state that Polanski should have been able to talk to the Academy before the decision was made. It doesn't seem like the Academy is going to back down from their decision at this point in time. The protests in front of the An Officer and a Spy screening was first reported by Deadline. Topics: Sexual MisconductWriter for Movieweb since 2017. Enjoys playing Catan when not writing about superheroes and Star Wars.

Black Ink Crew: Chicago: VH1 Series Returns in December

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Criminal Confessions: Season Three; Dick Wolf Series Returns to Oxygen

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The Mandalorian: Season Two? Has the Disney+ Series Been Cancelled or Renewed?

Vulture Watch Can the first live-action Star Wars series live up to fan expectations? Has The Mandalorian TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Disney+? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Mandalorian,...