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February 16, 2014 | By Wallace Shawn
Gossiping publicly about the private lives of well-known people is one of the most popular forms of licensed sadism that our society indulges in. It's permissible to play roughly with the cardboard figures of these people we don't know, to bully them, humiliate them, and treat them in ways we would never think of treating our neighbors or friends. In discussing their lives, our standards of accuracy are pitifully low, our manner is casual, and we openly smile and laugh in response to events that are not at all funny to those involved in them.
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March 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Scarlett Johansson defended herself for working with Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, and for promoting SodaStream, an Israeli-owned company that operates a factory in a West Bank settlement, during a recent interview with the Guardian. Johansson, who has starred in three of Allen's films, was criticized along with other actors by Farrow in an open letter published in the New York Times last month. Johansson  told the Guardian , "I think it's irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on. That just feels irresponsible to me. " Regarding the controversy, which ignited a firestorm of debate and prompted Allen to respond with his own New York Times op-ed, Johansson said, "I'm unaware that there's been a backlash.
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OPINION
February 6, 2014 | Meghan Daum
Several months ago, I watched Woody Allen's 1979 film "Manhattan" for the first time since I was in my 20s and for perhaps the 10th time total. "He adored New York City," Allen's character, Isaac Davis, says in voice-over in the opening lines. "He idolized it all out of proportion. " Once upon a time, I idolized this movie all out of proportion. Though I was too young to see it when it was first released, I became obsessed with its Gershwin soundtrack and black-and-white, wide-screen cinematography in high school, right around the time I began romanticizing some mythic notion of becoming a New York sophisticate.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Reed Johnson and Oliver Gettell
Would she or wouldn't she? If she won the Oscar for lead actress, would Cate Blanchett utter the "W" word? Fairly or not, that was a question surrounding the star of "Blue Jasmine," who took the trophy for her portrayal of a fallen New York socialite in writer-director Woody Allen's latest film. On the way to Oscar, Blanchett swept up practically every acting award this season - winning lead actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Golden Globes, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and more.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2014 | By David Ng
Timing is everything in showbiz. And so it is with public controversies too. The resurrection of the 20-year-old Woody Allen controversy surrounding his adopted daughter Dylan (also known as Malone) Farrow comes as the prolific writer-director is riding a surge of critical and commercial success, capped off with his Academy Award nomination this year for "Blue Jasmine," the 24th nod of his career. It also comes as Allen is nearing the opening of one his most significant projects yet - his first-ever Broadway musical.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Scarlett Johansson defended herself for working with Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, and for promoting SodaStream, an Israeli-owned company that operates a factory in a West Bank settlement, during a recent interview with the Guardian. Johansson, who has starred in three of Allen's films, was criticized along with other actors by Farrow in an open letter published in the New York Times last month. Johansson  told the Guardian , "I think it's irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on. That just feels irresponsible to me. " Regarding the controversy, which ignited a firestorm of debate and prompted Allen to respond with his own New York Times op-ed, Johansson said, "I'm unaware that there's been a backlash.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Continuing the relationship that has yielded such recent box office successes as "Midnight in Paris" and "Blue Jasmine," Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight. " This will be the seventh collaboration between the filmmaker and Sony Classics. Allen notoriously keeps the subjects of each of his films a closely guarded secret. "Magic" stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2011
Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band When: 8 p.m. Thursday Where: UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Blvd., Westwood Tickets: $85-$115 Info: http://www.uclalive.org/calendar/events
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By David Ng
In his latest movie "To Rome With Love," Woody Allen plays Jerry, a retired music executive and former opera director who travels to Italy to meet his daughter's fiancé. Upon his arrival in the Eternal City, Jerry encounters his future son-in-law's father, an undertaker who happens to have a perfect operatic voice - but only when he's singing in the shower. The chance discovery precipitates a series of comic set pieces, and prompts Jerry to rediscover his passion for the operatic art form.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Woody Allen has revealed the title of his next movie: "Magic in the Moonlight. " The prolific director isn't saying yet what the film is about. But it is set in the South of France and, judging by images released from the production, appears to be set sometime in the 1930s. (The title may be a reference to Dean Martin's romantic ballad "Magic Is the Moonlight. ") The movie stars Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone and Jacki Weaver, and costars Erica Leerhsen, Catherine McCormack, Paul Ritter and Jeremy Shamos.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Scott Collins
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By David Ng
Woody Allen will team with tenor Plácido Domingo in a revival of the director's Los Angeles Opera production of "Gianni Schicchi" that will be produced in Madrid. The production will be part of the Teatro Real's 2014-15 season, which was announced this week. Allen first staged the short Puccini opera in L.A. in 2008. His staging was an homage to black-and-white Italian cinema from the 1940s and '50s. Domingo, who didn't star in the L.A. production, will play the title role in Madrid.
OPINION
February 16, 2014
Re "Art versus scandal," Opinion, Feb. 13 I make no apology for enjoying the work of Woody Allen. Accountability is necessary, but punishment should be restricted to the guilty, without collateral damage. Any misdeeds of Allen's are a reason to punish him, not me. His debt to society is his and not mine, and I refuse to pay any of it for him by curtailing my cultural edification. Meghan Daum cites Picasso and Wagner who, because they are dead, are no longer capable of being punished.
OPINION
February 16, 2014 | By Wallace Shawn
Gossiping publicly about the private lives of well-known people is one of the most popular forms of licensed sadism that our society indulges in. It's permissible to play roughly with the cardboard figures of these people we don't know, to bully them, humiliate them, and treat them in ways we would never think of treating our neighbors or friends. In discussing their lives, our standards of accuracy are pitifully low, our manner is casual, and we openly smile and laugh in response to events that are not at all funny to those involved in them.
OPINION
February 13, 2014 | Meghan Daum
Want to make a really bad time for yourself on social media? Register an opinion about Dylan Farrow's letter published by the New York Times on Feb. 2 stating that her father, Woody Allen, sexually abused her some two decades ago when she was 7. Better yet, register an opinion that stops short of totally vilifying either Allen, who despite the general ick factor of his attraction to younger women was never charged with a crime, or Farrow, who makes...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
Sarah Seltzer grew up a fan of Woody Allen movies - her parents showed her "Sleeper," "Annie Hall," and "Everyone Says I Love You" once she was old enough to get the jokes. As a 31-year-old writer living in New York, she has admired Allen's more recent work, the bittersweet "Midnight in Paris," the meaty roles for women in "Blue Jasmine. " So when the New York Times website published an open letter from Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow last week, alleging that the director sexually assaulted her at age 7, Seltzer was thrown.
OPINION
February 6, 2014 | Meghan Daum
Several months ago, I watched Woody Allen's 1979 film "Manhattan" for the first time since I was in my 20s and for perhaps the 10th time total. "He adored New York City," Allen's character, Isaac Davis, says in voice-over in the opening lines. "He idolized it all out of proportion. " Once upon a time, I idolized this movie all out of proportion. Though I was too young to see it when it was first released, I became obsessed with its Gershwin soundtrack and black-and-white, wide-screen cinematography in high school, right around the time I began romanticizing some mythic notion of becoming a New York sophisticate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
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.
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