CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 |
Here's what I've learned this week from the Dylan Farrow/Woody Allen scandal: Everybody loses. I wonder if New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof really knew what he was unleashing when he gave over his journalistic real estate on Saturday to Dylan Farrow, who re-ignited charges that her father, Woody Allen, sexually molested her in a Connecticut attic 21 years ago as her parents were engaged in a high-profile custody battle. The revived scandal has prompted a flurry of discussion about the duty we owe children who say they've been wronged, whether an artist should be judged by his life as well as his art and the wisdom of dragging a painful family scandal back into the public arena.
March 27, 1993 |
Mia Farrow testified Friday that one of her prior husbands offered to break Woody Allen's legs in the midst of the bitter child custody battle between the filmmaker and his former leading lady. Farrow has been married twice--to conductor Andre Previn and singer Frank Sinatra.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1992 |
Not all would ascribe their motivation to divine revelation, but the Hittites, Babylonians and Israelis in the ancient Near East each shared an instinctual opposition to sexual relations among family members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 |
In the long run, it doesn't matter whether you believe the tragic story of Dylan Farrow, who alleges that her father Woody Allen sexually assaulted her 20 years ago when she was 7 years old. Nor does it matter whether you believe Woody Allen, who was never charged with a crime, and who has steadfastly maintained his innocence. This scandal is and will remain a case study in frustration. We will never know for sure what happened. And yet our impulse is to take sides. But to what end?
August 20, 1992 |
The twisted psychodrama of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow deepened Wednesday as her press agent revealed that Farrow had videotaped her 7-year-old daughter Dylan recounting alleged sexual abuse by Allen. A copy of the tape ended up at a local television station. Producers considered airing it, but were stopped by lawyers representing the feuding parents, said John Springer, a Farrow spokesman.
March 24, 1993 |
Woody Allen's 14-year-old adopted son, enraged by the filmmaker's affair with his older sister, wrote that he wished his father would kill himself if he tried to gain custody of the children he shared with Mia Farrow, according to a letter presented Tuesday as evidence in court. "You have done a horrible, unforgivable, terrible, stupid, ugly thing. Those are my thoughts and feelings towards you," the undated letter purportedly written to Allen by Moses Farrow said.
March 23, 1993 |
Testifying under sharp cross-examination, Woody Allen said Monday that at one point he told Mia Farrow he had ended his affair with her 22-year-old adopted daughter while he really was "in constant contact" with her "five or six times a day." Allen said he used the ruse in an attempt to calm Farrow, who was in a rage over Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi Farrow Previn, the adopted daughter of Farrow and her former husband, conductor Andre Previn.
February 27, 2014 |
MSNBC host Ronan Farrow says reporters can ask him anything, because he doesn't put restrictions on interviews. The 26-year-old son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen is denying that he and his team were behind a "tip sheet" designed to bar reporters from asking him any personal questions at a Wednesday benefit for Reach the World, a nonprofit educational organization. The story first appeared in the New York Post. The tip sheet warned journalists to stay "on message" or be immediately bounced from the event.
December 16, 1992 |
Woody Allen made a surprise appearance in court Tuesday and won the right to view a videotape of his adopted 7-year-old daughter, Dylan, during which she allegedly claims that the filmmaker molested her. Mia Farrow, Allen's estranged longtime companion, was not present during the sometimes acrimonious hearing on custody motions in New York State Supreme Court.
July 12, 2013 |
“Sharknado,” Syfy's latest shlocky made-for-TV guilty pleasure, hit social media Thursday night like, well, a swirling cyclone of bloodthirsty fish. Yet another offering from the minds who brought us “Dinoshark,” “Sharktopus” and “Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus,” “Sharknado” also benefited from the presence of at least two past-their-prime actors, starlet-turned-party-girl Tara Reid and “Beverly Hills 90210's” resident bro, Ian Zeiring. And, well, it's the summer and there isn't much else on. The combination of an absurd yet self-evident premise, a clumsy portmanteau title, visual effects that would leave Ed Wood embarrassed, and D-list stars proved to be the perfect storm for Twitter snarking, with seemingly everyone -- or at least seemingly everyone related somehow to the media industry -- weighing in on the campy spectacle.