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Greta Gerwig regrets Woody Allen film: ‘I will not work for him again’

Charmaine Blake



Actor, writer and director says if I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in [To Rome With Love]

Greta Gerwig has expressed regret over working with Woody Allen on 2012 film To Rome With Love, saying in an online roundtable, If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film.

At the Golden Globes this week, where Gerwigs critically acclaimed film Lady Bird won in two of four nominated categories, the actor, writer and director dodged a question about working with Allen.

Allen has been the subject of decades-long allegations of sexual abuse by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, which he continues to deny.

Its something that Ive thought deeply about, and I care deeply about, Gerwig said on Sunday night. I havent had an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion where I come down on one side or another.

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Some criticised Gerwig for evading the question, while others drew attention to the gendered pattern of holding women like Gerwig and Kate Winslet more accountable for working with Allen than men.

Erica C. Barnett (@ericacbarnett)

Yo, while we’re (correctly and righteously) trashing the women who worked with Woody Allen and are now hypocritically saying #TIMESUP, can we PLEASE also talk about all the MEN who worked with him and are not experiencing remotely similar levels of scrutiny right now?

January 9, 2018

Bailey Disler (@baytato)

Another day, another d(ay watching people attack primarily women for working with Woody Allen in the past instead of the men or instead of Woody Allen him damn self)ollar

January 10, 2018

But on Tuesday night, in an online discussion with Aaron Sorkin hosted by the New York Times which covered the #MeToo wave in Hollywood, cultural appropriation and the impact of streaming services on the industry, Gerwig clarified her position on Allen.

Responding to a broad question about how allegations against artists like Allen should affect their legacy and future opportunities, Gerwig said: I would like to speak specifically to the Woody Allen question, which I have been asked about a couple of times recently … It is something that I take very seriously and have been thinking deeply about, and it has taken me time to gather my thoughts and say what I mean to say.

I can only speak for myself and what Ive come to is this: if I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.

Gerwig mentioned two pieces written by Dylan Farrow one in 2014, when she first publicly addressed her allegations against Allen, and another in October 2017 when she questioned why he was being spared in the #MeToo revolution. In the second piece, Farrow namechecked Gerwig, Winslet and Blake Lively as three A-list women who had broadly supported the movement while failing to account for their own professional support of Allen.

Dylan Farrows two different pieces made me realise that I had increased another womans pain, and I was heartbroken by that realisation, Gerwig said. I grew up on his movies, and they have informed me as an artists, and I cannot change that fact now, but I can make different decisions moving forward.

Gerwig described the politicised Golden Globes ceremony as an extraordinary night which was indicative of a turning point for women.

I think that the way women have come together to lead the Times Up movement and to make clear goals for our industry is how we are going to move forward with purposefulness. I was very moved that the stage was given to the leaders of this movement and the people who can be change agents. These are the women who should be apologised to, and that they were given the space was meaningful.

The fact that many of the women attended with feminist activists from across all industries made the night even more resonant with this moment.

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Every Star Wars film ranked!

Charmaine Blake



“From the sagas debut in 1977 to this months Solo and (almost) everything in between, we rank 14 of the Star Wars films and spin-offs

14. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999)

What a disaster. Never was so much anticipation and excitement loaded into a single movie, which shortly after its release in 1999 became known as A New Crushing of Hope. This monumentally obtuse and dull prequel episode utterly failed to answer 15 years worth of what-happened-next? (or is that what-happened-before?) excitement, and featured the intensely annoying and borderline offensive character Jar Jar Binks.

13. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984)

Warwick Davis plays Wicket the Ewok on his home turf, the forest moon of Endor, in this TV movie. He helps two orphaned human siblings, Mace and Cindel, find their abducted parents. Burl Ives narrates.

12. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)

A classy cast, including Sin Phillips, arguably gives this movie the creative edge over the first Ewok-centred film. Cindel, the orphaned girl from that film, reappears to help the Ewoks against marauders.

Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, one of two Return of the Jedi spin-offs. Photograph: Allstar/Lucasfilm

11. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

An animated feature-length one-off that spawned six seasons of a TV series. Set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, this drama recounts the story of Jedi knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, and their command of a clone army in the war with the Separatists. Lively appearances from Yoda and Jabba the Hutt.

10. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)

The third in the prequel trilogy has its defenders, perhaps due to the fact that it brings the threads of a big, baggy story together and creates the origin-myth moment for Darth Vader. The flawed, unhappy Jedi, Anakin Skywalker, is drawn into the ambit of Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious, and a great villain is born. Anakin will often tilt his head down and look up, in an awful parody of coyness.

9. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002)

This is the best of the prequel trilogy, due to the appearance of Christopher Lee. He plays the wicked renegade Jedi, Count Dooku, who has a mano-a-mano confrontation with Yoda, which is nothing if not very good value. There are some spectacular battle set pieces that still stand up, especially on the big screen.

8. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

The invention of YouTube in 2005 gave an official recognition to the existence of the bizarrely misjudged one-off Star Wars variety special transmitted once in 1978 and then never again. For years, a sheepish George Lucas pretty much tried to manipulate fans into thinking they had dreamed it. Everyone hated the Holiday…”

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How we made The Blair Witch Project

Charmaine Blake



We were listed as deceased on IMDb. Our parents started getting condolence calls

Daniel Myrick, co-director

“I had this idea of a stick figure hanging from a tree the Blair Witch symbol

I grew up around the woods and swamps of Florida. For a long time, I had this idea of seeing a stick figure hanging from a tree and it creeped the hell out of me. Ed Snchez, a friend from university who ended up co-directing, helped me work this into a 35-page treatment about three students who go missing after heading out into the Maryland woods to make a documentary about a legendary witch. The idea was that this film was put together later, using the footage they shot. In the late 90s, with digital coming into its own, it was only a matter of time before someone made this kind of first-person movie.

The treatment covered what happens, but it had no dialogue we wanted it all improvised. The original plan was for it to be three guys, but we had to cast Heather Donahue after what happened during her audition. We asked actors to pretend to be at a parole hearing and explain why they should be released. She said: I probably shouldnt be released.

We set up a base at a house in Germantown, Maryland, that Ed shared with his girlfriend. There were 10 to 15 of us there for six weeks, sleeping on couches and on the floor. The shoot took eight days and was a 24/7 operation. It wasnt like a normal film: the actors would work the cameras, filming each other all the time. Using GPS, we directed them to locations marked with flags or milk crates, where theyd leave their footage and pick up food and our directing notes.

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These would say things like: Heather, youre absolutely sure that to get out of this mess you go south. Dont take no for an answer. Or: Josh, somewhere along the way today, youve had it with this bullshit. They had the freedom to decide how to play it: we only intervened if…”

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Margot Kidder Beyond Lois Lane

Charmaine Blake



Margot Kidder flanked by fans at WonderCon in Anaheim, 2015

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“It is no small legacy for an actor to become so entwined with a character in the popular imagination that no one can ever replace them. Such was the fate of Margot Kidder, who passed away in Montana on Monday at the still-too-young age of 69.

Many brilliant actors have taken on the role of Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane, whom Kidder portrayed in Superman I, II and III. Teri Hatcher played her for years in Lois and Clark; Amy Adams is the current Lois of record in DC movies.

Neither could hold a candle to Kidder, who became the essential, irreplaceable Lois just as her co-star Christopher Reeve became the archetypal Clark Kent/Superman.

Her Lois was effortlessly empowered and brooked no nonsense in or out of the newsroom. She fizzed and crackled with intelligence and energy; she was devoted to getting the story even in the midst of a date with an alien superbeing.

It’s no exaggeration to say that she inspired a generation of women and men to enter journalism as much as her real-world counterparts Woodward and Bernstein.

Margot Kidder at the 1983 Academy Awards.

Image: Michael Montfort/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Even as Kidder portrayed a strong feminist icon in an otherwise…”

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