Grapevine: Bill O’Reilly dumped by talent agency

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Bill O’Reilly was dumped by talent agency UTA.

O’Reilly dumped by talent agency

UTA has ended its relationship with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The report states O’Reilly was a longtime client of N.S. Bienstock Agency, which was acquired by the UTA in 2014. This news comes days after the New York Times’ report that O’Reilly paid a settlement of $32 million to a former Fox News analyst to settle sexual harassment claims she made against him. O’Reilly’s rep told the Hollywood Reporter that “Bill has already lined up new representation” but would not disclose the name of the new agency.

Julianne Moore says director James Toback harassed her

Julianne Moore joins the growing number of women who are speaking out against the sexually aggressive actions of filmmaker James Toback. “James Toback approached me in the 80’s (sic) on Columbus Ave. with the same language — wanted me to audition, come to his apartment,” Moore tweeted Tuesday. “I refused. One month later he did it again with the exact same language. I said don’t u (sic) remember u did this before?” Nearly 40 women spoke to the LA Times about the “Bugsy” director’s actions. The Times says more than 200 other women have come forward since the story broke, including “Today” anchor Natalie Morales. Toback has denied all allegations.

Mark Wallace, CEO of Wallace Detroit Guitars, holds a guitar that was made from used reclaimed wood.

Wallace Guitars to be on ‘Handcrafted America’

A guitar company that makes instruments out of reclaimed wood from Detroit buildings will be featured on an episode of “Handcrafted America” on the INSP network. Wallace Guitars and owner Mark Wallace will be the subject of an episode airing 8:30 p.m. Friday. There will be a behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing of guitars out of materials from places like the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center or the former Detroit Fire Department. The episode also will include blues guitarist and singer Laith Al-Saadi, who was a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” last year. “We are honored to be featured on ‘Handcrafted America’ and to have our work highlighted alongside other talented artisans,” said Wallace in a press release. “We hope this program will spotlight the craftsman spirit of Detroit and how far we have come as a city of passionate creators and entrepreneurs.” INSP is available on the Dish Network, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS and U-Verse.

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■The Wildt Family of Detroit will be featured on a upcoming episodes of “Family Feud” on Nov. 8-10.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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