As tensions continue to mount in Hollywood over the Israel-Hamas war, United Talent Agency has dropped actor Susan Sarandon as a client after comments she made about the conflict.
Sarandon came under criticism earlier this month for her remarks at a Pro-Palestinian rally in New York. The actor, who has starred in movies including “Thelma & Louise” and “Dead Man Walking,” called for a cease-fire, according to the New York Post.
“There are a lot of people that are afraid, that are afraid of being Jewish at this time, and are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country,” Sarandon said at the rally, according to the Post.
UTA on Tuesday confirmed to The Times that the “Thelma & Louise” and “Blue Beetle” actor was no longer a client. The Beverly Hills agency declined further comment.
“When Susan Sarandon said that Jews ‘are getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country’ she was saying that American Jews have it coming — that we don’t deserve to live free from harassment and assault,” wrote Aviva Komplas, co-founder of pro-Israel nonprofit Boundless Israel on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
The agency’s decision to drop Sarandon comes as the entertainment industry is grappling with how to respond to the Israel-Hamas war.
The Writers Guild of America decided not to weigh in on the issue because there was a lack of consensus among its members, upsetting some Jewish writers who felt the union should issue a statement following the Oct. 7 attack.
At Century City-based Creative Artists Agency, a prominent agent, Maha Dakhil, resigned her board seat and stepped back from her role as co-head of the motion picture department, after she was criticized for sharing a social media post that accused Israel of genocide. She deleted her post and later apologized. Still, Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin dropped her for rival agency WME.
Sarandon and her representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.
“There’s a terrible thing that’s happened where antisemitism has been confused with speaking up against Israel,” Sarandon told the New York Times earlier this month. “I am against antisemitism. I am against Islamophobia.”
The news of Sarandon being dropped by UTA was first reported by Page Six.
Anavarana Movie Review: Sickly love
The movie begins with a boy finding a woman’s dead body at an isolated place. Police Inspector Rakshan Appachira (
While the police inspector is busy with the investigation of Nyja’s murder, one more murder takes place. The police inspector successfully nabs Bhimesh, a newspaper boy who is addicted to cricket betting, for the murder of that woman, who used to live alone. Later, the police inspector meets Nishanth as part of the investigation of Nyja’s murder. Nishanth claims that his wife Nyja is alive. What happens to Nishanth, who the deceased is and who is the killer is what Anavarana is all about.
The main drawback of the movie is poor cinematography. Comedy scenes do not serve any purpose as they fail to tickle the funny bones. The directors could even have cut out some unnecessary characters, like that of a police constable and his wife. Action scenes are too over the top too.
As far as the performance go, Arjun Yogi has acted well. His acting, as a good human being and concerned husband, is good. Sarika Rao, who plays a double role – as Nyja and Maya, looks beautiful.
If crime dramas are your thing, go for it!.
Julianna Margulies and Susan Sarandon walk back explosive comments on Israel-Hamas war
Susan Sarandon, left, and Julianna Margulies both apologized for incendiary comments regarding the Israeli-Hamas war that many considered offensive. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images // Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
Actors Susan Sarandon and Julianna Margulies are both backpedaling on incendiary statements they made about the Israel-Hamas war.
Margulies, star of “The Good Wife” and “The Morning Show,” appeared on the Nov. 20 episode of the “Back Room With Andy Ostroy” podcast. In the interview, she called pro-Palestinian protesters “kids who are spewing this antisemitic hate that have no idea if they stepped foot in an Islamic country — these people who want us to call them they/them, or whatever they want us to call them … It’s those people that will be the first people beheaded, and their heads played with [like] a soccer ball.”
“I wanna say to them, ‘You f- idiots. You don’t exist. Like, you’re even lower than the Jews — (A) you’re Black, and (B) you’re gay, and you’re turning your back against the people who support you?’” she continued. “The fact that the entire Black community isn’t standing with us to me says either they just don’t know, or they’ve been brainwashed to hate Jews.”
In a statement first reported by Deadline on Friday, Margulies did not disavow her comments, but said, “I am horrified by the fact that statements I made on a recent podcast offended the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities, communities I truly love and respect.”
“I want to be 100% clear,” she continued. “Racism, homophobia, sexism, or any prejudice against anyone’s personal beliefs or identity are abhorrent to me, full stop. Throughout my career I have worked tirelessly to combat hate of all kind, end antisemitism, speak out against terrorist groups like Hamas and forge a united front against discrimination. I did not intend for my words to sow further division, for which I am sincerely apologetic.”
Meanwhile, Sarandon walked back explosive statements aimed at American Jews fearing violence in the wake of the conflict.
In November, she spoke at a pro-Palestinian rally in New York, saying that American Jews who were frightened by antisemitic violence were “getting a taste of what it feels like to be a Muslim in this country, so often subjected to violence.”
After those remarks, the actor was dropped by her talent agency UTA, who had represented her since 2014.
In a statement posted to Instagram on Friday, Sarandon said that “This phrasing was a terrible mistake, as it implies that until recently Jews have been strangers to persecution, when the opposite is true.”
“As we all know, from centuries of oppression and genocide in Europe, to the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, PA, Jews have long been familiar with discrimination and religious violence which continues to this day,” Sarandon added. “I deeply regret diminishing this reality and hurting people with this comment. It was my intent to show solidarity in the struggle against bigotry of all kinds, and I am sorry I failed to do so.”
‘Renaissance’ reviews are officially in: Here’s what fans think about the concert film
In less than a week since its debut in AMC theaters, “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé” has garnered great reviews from audiences worldwide.
On Dec. 1, Beyoncé released her film which gives fans an intimate look at her life as a global icon on her “Renaissance” tour. Not only did viewers get to see Beyoncé’s incredible work ethic behind the scenes, but they also learned how Blue Ivy became a part of the tour and started dancing with her mom on stage.
If anything, “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé,” which according to Variety earned $5.1 million in previews on Nov. 30, truly showed all the hard work that Beyoncé puts into her shows — and to no surprise her efforts didn’t go unnoticed.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, one fan said they couldn’t believe how amazing the film was.
“Just finished the Renaissance film. I seriously do not understand anybody who questions Beyoncé’s talent or work ethic. Anyone who says she’s “over rated”…She is unmatched. Just when I thought she couldn’t top herself, I watch this s— & am in awe like I JUST discovered her,” they said.
Another fan, who shared videos from Nigeria and South Africa, gave Beyonce her flowers, saying the “Break My Soul” singer “did what needed to be done with the RENAISSANCE movie.”
This fan wasn’t the only one who shared video reactions about the concert film. Some took to the theaters to capture the exhilarating moment, with some of them posting videos of themselves dancing and singing along to the movie with other people in the theater.
In a clip shared on X, fans are seen standing up from their seats and clapping along to the music in the film.
In another video shared on X, theater attendees are seen dancing and singing along to the concert film. “Babyeeee RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ was a whole experience. This was definitely the best cinema experience ever! They even gave us glow sticks,” the user captioned the video.
Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé’s former Destiny’s Child bandmate, also raved about the film when she went to the Nov. 30 London premiere of her friend’s long-awaited project.
On Instagram, Rowland said, “The Renaissance film is NOT TO BE MISSED PERIOD! Truly inspired! #I’m so proud of you BB!”
Other stars who attended the premiere were Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, Michelle Williams, Chloe and Halle Bailey, Issa Rae and more.
In fact, when Rae talked about her experience at the premiere during a recent appearance on TODAY With Hoda & Jenna,
Rae said that the dress code for the evening was “cozy opulence” and that’s why she didn’t go above and beyond with her outfit. For the evening, Rae decided to wear a shimmery black dress with matching heels.
“Everyone was opulent. I was in the middle,” she said. “I was like, I really just want to see this movie and eat popcorn. Let me just take something out of my closet. And people said that about me. They were like, she looked like she just showed up to watch the movie, and I did!”
This article was originally published on TODAY.com
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