Film, TV maker Joss Whedon faces 'Buffy' actor abuse claims
Whedon, the prominent film and TV creator who faced a claim of abusive behavior on the set of Justice League, drew criticism Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, from actors who worked with him on Buffy the Vampire Slayer including Gellar and Carpenter. Whedon didnt immediately respond to a request for comment. “While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon,” Gellar wrote. The company said then that “remedial action” had been taken, but did not go into specifics. Last month his character Cyborg was removed from appearing in the upcoming “Flash” film, which Carpenter said was the last straw for her.
Charisma Carpenter says Joss Whedon created toxic environment on sets of ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer,’ ‘Angel’
Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, said that creator Joss Whedon “abused his power” on the sets of both shows. Carpenter played Cordelia on three seasons of Buffy and four seasons of Angel. She said that, “Buffy was a toxic environment and it starts at the top. Actor Ray Fisher said Whedon was “abusive” on the set of the 2017 film Justice League. READ: Actor says ‘Justice League’ director Whedon was ‘abusive’“Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable,” Fisher tweeted in July.
Hollywood power publicist and pal to stars Nanci Ryder dies
Nanci Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who became close to such stars as Rene Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday of Lou Gehrigs disease in Los Angeles. Zellweger thanked Ryder in her best actress acceptance speech when she won the Academy Award for Judy earlier this year. Stints at Goldberg-Ehrlich Public Relations and Management and Michael Levine Public Relations followed, before she formed Nanci Ryder Public Relations in 1984, with Fox as her first client. In 1987, she co-founded the firm BWR Public Relations with Paul Baker and Larry Winokur. This spring, the firm's parent company, Burson Cohn & Wolfe, shut down BWR Public Relations, moving staffers or laying them off.
Selma Blair's famous friends helping her in MS battle
Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar attend the 26th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 10, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California. (CNN) - When it comes to living with multiple sclerosis, Selma Blair is getting by with a little help from her friends. The single mom of 8-year-old Arthur said longtime friends have rallied around her, including her "Cruel Intentions" costar Sarah Michelle Gellar and actress Jaime King. Blair, 47, went public last October with her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, which affects the central nervous system. Blair said Gellar started a meal train in which other stars provide meals for Blair and her son.