Matt Damon, pictured at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. made some comments about diversity on “Project Greenlight” that have caused an online stir. (Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Matt Damon, pictured at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. made some comments about diversity on “Project Greenlight” that have caused an online stir. (Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Matt Damon on diversity leaves lots to be desired

Interestingly, Matt Damon didn’t edit out some eyebrow-raising attempts to explain diversity in Hollywood to African-American producer Effie Brown during an episode of “Project Greenlight” that quite rightly has irked folks.

On Sunday’s episode of the HBO show in which he and Ben Affleck guide aspiring moviemakers, Brown (who produced “Dear White People” and other Hollywood flicks) made the point in favor of hiring minority filmmakers (she suggested Leo Kei Angelos, who is Vietnamese, and Kristen Brancaccio, a woman) during a chat about a movie in which the only black character is a prostitute being abused by a pimp.

Damon almost rendered Brown speechless when he said, “When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show.”

The surprised Brown simply said, “Wow. OK,” but online observers had plenty of comments, lambasting the actor for “Damonsplaining” and “whitesplaining” and referring back to “Selma” director Ava DuVernay’s Oscar snub at the 2015 Academy Awards.


A&E’s upcoming premiere “Cosby: The Women Speak” may be very enlightening.

A press release for the cable network says the show, which airs at 9 p.m. Thursday, details new allegations of sexual and other misconduct leveled against Bill Cosby and tells “a horrific story of alleged assaults, drugging, unwanted advances and molestation of young women.”

Among those interviewed are actress Louisa Moritz, publicist Joan Tarshis and model Beverly Johnson. The show also discusses the viral effect of a video of comedian Hannibal Buress’ standup act in which he called Cosby a rapist.


Iggy Azalea, getting a tattoo with the name of her ex-beau removed, warned followers on Twitter: “Its all fun & games getting dumb sh*t tatted under the premise youll ‘just get it lasered off when im older’ untill u actually have to do it.’” … Stephen King told TMZ that his favorite actor in a movie based on one of his books is Michael Clarke Duncan in “The Green Mile.” … Scary Spice Mel B divulged that the Spice Girls nicknames were made up in 1996 by a “lazy journalist” (Peter Loraine, who was editor of the British magazine Top of the Pops) who “couldn’t be bothered” to remember their real names,


Musician Nick Jonas is 23. … S.F. 49er Hunter Kendall is 27. … Actress Madeline Zima is 31. … Actress Alexis Bledel is 34. … Rapper Flo Rida is 36. … Comedian Amy Poehler is 44. … Singer Marc Anthony is 47. … Comedian Molly Shannon is 51. … Actress Jennifer Tilly is 57. … Actor Mickey Rourke is 59. … Illusionist David Copperfield is 59. … Guitarist Earl Klugh is 62. … Actor Ed Begley Jr. is 66.

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_ Staff, wire report

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