The Berlin International Film Festival became embroiled in the debate about diversity in the movie industry Thursday, with jury President Meryl Streep dismissing questions about the all-white panel by telling reporters that “we’re all Africans really.”
Streep, who heads a festival film jury for the first time, said she was committed to equality and inclusion “of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions.” The seven-member jury also includes German actor Lars Eidinger, British film critic Nick James, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, British actor Clive Owen, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher and Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska.
“This jury is evidence that at least women are included and in fact dominate this jury, and that’s an unusual situation in bodies of people who make decisions,” Streep said. “So I think the Berlinale is ahead of the game.”
Charged filed over Ford accident
British health authorities announced Thursday they have issued criminal charges against the producers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” over an on-set accident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg. The actor was struck by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon — his character Han Solo’s spaceship — at Pinewood Studios near London in June 2014. He was airlifted to a hospital where he underwent surgery. The Health and Safety Executive said it had charged Foodles Production (UK) Ltd. — a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. — with four breaches of workplace health and safety laws.
the opener: Taylor Swift will open the 58th annual Grammy Awards with a performance from her nominated album, “1989,” while Alabama Shakes, Miguel and 12-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander will also perform. LL Cool J is hosting Monday’s Grammys.
deal: The Boss has a book deal. Simon & Schuster announced that Bruce Springsteen has spent the past several years working on a memoir, which will come out Sept. 27, four days after Springsteen turns 67. The title, of course, is “Born to Run.”
settled: Donald Trump and Univision said they resolved the lawsuit that the Republican presidential contender filed after the company decided last summer not to broadcast the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. Trump owned the pageants at the time. Univision claimed Trump had “offended millions” with comments that Mexico sends criminals over the border into the U.S. Neither side gave details about the settlement.
banned: Actor Brendan Coyle, 52, who played beleaguered valet John Bates on TV drama “Downton Abbey,” has been banned from driving for 50 months after being caught behind the wheel after drinking on Jan. 1. Coyle pleaded guilty to drunken driving under his real name, David Coyle.