The summer season film season is a pandemic-afflicted bust. However Hollywood is overcompensating with a real-life blockbuster: Starring a savvy younger actress who takes down two highly effective studio heads, it reads like a reboot of “Primary Intuition” meets “Deadly Attraction.”
Regardless of a lackluster profession, 28-year-old Charlotte Kirk snagged marquee headlines this week after toppling the four-decade profession of Ron Meyer — previously one of the highly effective brokers in Hollywood (having labored with stars like Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Cher) and, since 2013, the vice chairman of NBCUniversal.
Meyer, 75, admitted to settling a lawsuit with Kirk, whom he characterised as a lady with whom he had a “transient consensual affair” in 2012, whereas nonetheless married to his second spouse, Kelly. The Los Angeles Instances reported that Meyer paid Kirk no less than $500,000 as a part of a promised $2 million settlement in 2019.
In a press release this week, Meyer claimed that third events “constantly tried to extort me into paying them cash” by threatening to publish false claims about Meyer or falsely implicate NBCUniversal within the ordeal, and that Kirk (whom he didn’t title) had “made false accusations in opposition to” him.
Kirk’s lawyer, who had no remark for The Put up, advised Selection that he’s “by no means carried out a settlement with Ron Meyer on something.”
In the meantime, final 12 months, Kevin Tsujihara, 55, stepped down because the CEO of Warner Brothers Leisure after it was revealed that he tried to get movie auditions for Kirk, with whom he, too, had an extramarital affair.
Textual content messages — between Kirk, Tsujihara and others — leaked to The Hollywood Reporter in 2019 appear to counsel that Kirk’s sexual favors could have additionally helped grease a $450 million deal between Warner Bros. and RatPac-Dune Leisure, a manufacturing firm owned by two of her early benefactors: director Brett Ratner and billionaire James Packer, whom Kirk reportedly additionally dated. (Representatives for Meyer, Tsujihara and Packer didn’t return requires remark. Ratner had no remark.)
A few of these energy gamers have accused Kirk of “blackmail” and “extortion” in her determined climb up the Tinseltown ladder.
“She is crafty and is aware of what she desires,” producer Jana Grazer, the sister-in-law of super-producer Brian Grazer, advised The Put up of Kirk.
She recalled seeing Kirk in performing lessons. “My husband [director Gavin Grazer] would are available in to observe the actors on the showcase nights. [Charlotte] was super-aggressive and he or she tried to hit on my husband just a few occasions. He’s a director and associated to Brian . . . I do know her kind.
“Her networking fashion is pushy and aggressive. She wore brief, tight attire. However I assumed she was actually proficient. She jogged my memory of a younger Nicole Kidman.”
Born Charlotte Dyke, the daughter of a nurse, in Kent, England, the long run Kirk determined — in accordance with her bio on IMDb.com — to be an actress when she noticed “Gone With the Wind” at age 11. She began off in regional stage productions of “Oliver Twist” and “Hairspray.” However Kirk, who reportedly studied performing in London and New York Metropolis, had larger desires.
An early performing bio — through which Kirk described herself as “industrious” and “socialable” (sic) — obtained by The Put up reveals that she modeled, competed in magnificence pageants and appeared in an advert for Nintendo.
“Charlotte Kirk has come a great distance from the impressionable youngster in London, however nonetheless has so much to study,” the bio reads. “She hopes Hollywood can educate her what years in class didn’t.”
Her Hollywood journey truly started in London in 2012. That’s when the aspiring actress met Meyer at an occasion hosted by the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation.
“She went up and launched herself to him,” stated somebody accustomed to the state of affairs. “She was very resourceful.”
Kirk moved to LA a couple of 12 months later and began a consensual affair with Meyer that went on for not more than a month, sources with information of the state of affairs advised The Put up.
She additionally met Ratner, who owned RatPac-Dune together with Packer and Steven Mnuchin. (Mnuchin bought his curiosity when he grew to become President Trump’s treasury secretary.)
Ratner launched Kirk to Packer, now 52. In response to the leaked texts and to statements from Kirk herself, she had a short affair with the billionaire and the 2 remained on good phrases. A lot in order that in September 2013, he texted the actress wannabe with directions to go to the Resort Bel-Air to satisfy Tsujihara, indicating that — for somebody hungry to be on the large display screen — this might be the break of a lifetime.
Additionally, Ratner and Packer’s firm landed a $450 million cope with Warner Bros. three days later.
“She was in search of any opening she may get,” a supply who knew Kirk round this time advised The Put up. “She’d contact the arms of highly effective males. She was in search of a means in. When you have magnificence and sufficient sensibility on the similar time, you can also make issues occur [in Hollywood].”
Kirk later complained to Packer that Tsujihara “solely needed to f–ok,” however she started an affair with him anyway.
“Charlotte is enticing however she’s not stunning. Perhaps she is sexually . . . fascinating,” speculated William Blaylock, a veteran Hollywood producer who is aware of Meyer and who just lately produced “Strolling With Herb,” starring Edward James Olmos.
And she or he seemingly had no bother enjoying hardball with these males.
Not lengthy after they met, Tsujihara texted Kirk after a screening: “It was good, however I might reasonably have watched ur music video on loop for an evening…” — a reference to one in every of Kirk’s soft-core music movies accessible on YouTube.
In response to The Hollywood Reporter, she wasted no time asking if Tsujihara had talked to his “guys” a couple of TV present she had learn for.
Over the following 12 months, communications present the 2 planning — whereas Kirk additionally requested about auditions and Tsujihara appeared to develop more and more weary of her calls for.
In March 2015, Kirk angrily e-mailed him a couple of function she truly landed — presumably within the WB movie “The way to Be Single” — saying: “Kevin? A two liner?? U have gotten to be kidding me!!”
The Tsujihara affair ended, however Kirk walked away with a barely bigger half in 2018’s “Ocean’s 8,” additionally a Warner Bros. flick.
Kirk wasn’t solely rubbing elbows with males on the high of the Hollywood heap — and insiders allege that her lesser-known lovers tried to extort the extra well-known one.
She additionally dated Joshua Newton, a low-budget director who solid her within the upcoming “Nicole & O.J.” through which Kirk performs Nicole Brown Simpson.
“She tried to hit on my husband . . . Her networking fashion is pushy.”
– Jana Grazer
And she or he’s now engaged to Neil Marshall, who has directed episodes of “Recreation of Thrones” and “Westworld,” in addition to a 2019 big-screen remake of “Hellboy.” He, too, has labored with Kirk, on her ardour venture “The Reckoning” — a horror movie, co-written by and starring her and produced and directed by him. It opened the net Fantasia Worldwide Movie Pageant Thursday, after organizers canceled a Q&A with Kirk and Marshall.
“It’s clear ‘The Reckoning’ is meant to be a star automobile for Kirk — she’s made up and shot like a mannequin even whereas in a squalid jail . . .,” wrote BadFeelingMag.com. “However the movie is just too hokey to take critically.”
A number of sources advised Web page Six that Newton and Marshall individually tried to extort Meyer — for cash, introductions and work — resulting in the ouster at NBCUniversal. They allegedly threatened to go public with Meyer’s affair with Kirk and the settlement he allegedly promised her after it ended.
Marshall and Newton deny the allegations; Newton was unreachable and Marshall didn’t reply to requests for remark. A supply near the matter stated that Meyer has made complaints about each males to the FBI, together with one about Kirk.
Those that have labored with Kirk have reward for the actress.
“She is one of the best actress that [her acting teacher] had,” Jana Grazer stated.
“She got here to work, she did what she was presupposed to do . . . professionally, she was excellent,” stated Jamison M. LoCascio, director of the 2017 drama “The Depths,” through which Kirk had a co-starring function. “We by no means noticed any indicators of [her personal drama]. She by no means got here on to anybody. She flew out [to New Jersey] to do the film from Los Angeles and paid her personal bills. Charlotte is a pleasant individual.”
Too unhealthy, then, that insiders say her profession will probably by no means get well.
“All of them shot themselves within the head,” stated Blaylock. “[Kirk, Marshall and Newton] can have a tough time getting employed once more. I wouldn’t rent them.”