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This week in Hollywood

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By Tara Woods – The Collegiate Staff

Ellen Pompeo becomes the world’s highest-paid primetime TV drama actress

In an in-depth interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the Grey’s Anatomy star spoke about her more than $20 million a year – $575,000 an episode – contract. She also received a seven-figure signing bonus and two full back-end equity points on the series, estimated to bring in another $6 to $7 million. She also will get a producing fee plus back-end on this spring’s Grey’s spinoff and starting pilot commitments and office space for her “Calamity Jane” production company on Disney’s Burbank lot.

In other words – she’s ruling the world.

Actresses usually do not discuss their paychecks with the press, but Pompeo decided to do so in hopes of showing women in Hollywood that they can earn what they deserve.

Before McDreamy’s (Patrick Dempsey) tragic death in 2015, Pompeo had a hard time negotiating for her salary.

“For me, Patrick [Dempsey] leaving the show [in 2015] was a defining moment, deal-wise,” Pompeo said in an interview with Hollywood Reporter. “They could always use him as leverage against me — “We don’t need you; we have Patrick” — which they did for years. I don’t know if they also did that to him because he and I never discussed our deals. There were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that. At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey’s Anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me. And I could have walked away, so why didn’t I? It’s my show; I’m the number one. I’m sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, “I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house.”

Pompeo finished her interview by speaking about what she thinks is the best way to solve many problems in Hollywood.

I should also say this: I don’t believe the only solution is more women in power because power corrupts. It’s not necessarily a man or a woman thing. But there should be more of us women in power, and not just on Shonda Rhimes’ sets.”

Ed Sheeran got engaged!

The 26-year-old singer announced his engagement to Cherry Seaborn on Instagram.  

“Got myself a fiancé just before new year,” Sheeran said in the caption, alongside a photo of him kissing Seaborn. “We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx.”

During an interview with Radio.com last year Sheeran spoke about being in a long-term relationship.

“I think if you ever enter into a long-term relationship and you have a doubt, then you shouldn’t be in the long-term relationship,” Sheeran said. “I actually always thought I’d end up dating like an actress or something, someone in the industry, but I don’t think I’m that kind of person. I’m a hometown boy.”

Sheeran and Seaborn met in high school and have been dating for three years.

Celebrities took to the streets to walk in the second annual Women’s March

Many female stars were in attendance for the protest March on Washington this Sunday. The first Women’s March took place that day after Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017. The mass of people to show up and march caused controversy when there were more people at the march than at Trump’s inauguration.

Many spoke at last year’s march including legendary activists like Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis, alongside celebrities like Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson, Ashley Judd, Zendaya, Beyonce, and several others.  

Some of the celebrities who marched this year included Sarah Hyland, Adele, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lawrence, Jane Fonda, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Halsey, and Scarlett Johansson, who took the opportunity to speak in front of the crowds and call out James Franco.

“My mind baffles—how could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power,” Johansson said at the podium, facing a Los Angeles crowd of thousands. “I want my pin back by the way.”

Johansson’s rep later confirmed that the star was referring to James Franco, who was accused of sexually assaulting five women. Johansson was referring to the “Times Up” movement pin the actor sported while winning a Golden Globe for his work in the Disaster Artist.

Johansson wasn’t the only one to make a powerful speech this year. Halsey read a poem she wrote about her experiences in life that has people all over social media buzzing. The singer later tweeted about her speech.

“Hoping to upload my speech at some point later for those of you who weren’t there. If you’re supporting from anywhere in the world, the streets, your home, your job: We thank you.”

James Franco made his first public appearance at the SAG Awards Sunday evening.

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards took place Sunday evening to honor the best achievements in film and television performances this past year.

James Franco was in attendance despite the accusations of sexual misconduct. His sister-in-law, Alison Brie, spoke to E! Network’s Giuliana Rancic about the claims.

“I think that above all, what we’ve always said is that it remains vital that anyone who feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward,” Brie said. “I obviously support my family, and not everything that’s been reported is fully accurate. So I think we’re waiting to get all the information, but of course now is a time for listening and that’s what we’re all trying to do.”

Franco decided not to walk the red carpet but was in the audience. This is his first public appearance since the accusations came forward.

The hit drama television series “This Is Us” won big and made history with Sterling K. Brown, who plays Randall Pearson, was honored by being the first black man to take home the award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

“To my glorious cast of “This Is Us”, you guys feed me day in, day out. To my white family, which is thankfully nothing like the family in “Get Out”, I love you,” Brown said. “To my TV wife, Susan (Kelechi Watson), let’s keep on repping for the people. To the two other young actors that play Randall, to Lonnie (Chavis) and Niles (Fitch), thank you for making the work so easy and seamless.”

The show’s entire cast also won the award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series.

You can check out the full list of winners here.

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