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The Hollywood reckoning sets its sights on Woody Allen

Charmaine Blake

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Timothe Chalamet, Rebecca Hall, and Greta Gerwig.

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The chorus of voices against Woody Allen is growing louder by the day.

Over the past few months, several actors who’ve starred in Allen’s films have come forward to express their regrets – and, in some cases, announce that they’re donating their salaries to charity. That list includes multiple stars of Allen’s next movie, A Rainy Day in New York.

Even in the throes of Hollywood’s reckoning, Woody Allen has not faced the same swift and total condemnation that men like Harvey Weinstein have. 

His latest film, Wonder Wheel, hit theaters in December, and he’s already wrapped his next movie, A Rainy Day in New York, for release in 2018. On the Wonder Wheel press tour, star Kate Winslet praised the director’s “extraordinary” female roles, garnering side-eyes from some of her colleagues.

Contrast that to the consequences faced by Harvey Weinstein, who was fired from The Weinstein Company and booted from the Academy and other organizations; Kevin Spacey, who was dropped from House of Cards and replaced in All the Money in the World; or Louis C.K., whose I Love You, Daddy was shelved and whose projects were scrapped.

Meanwhile, Dylan Farrow, Allen’s alleged victim, has been determined not to let him off the hook. She’s called out the hypocrisy of stars like Justin Timberlake (Wonder Wheel) and Blake Lively (Café Society) who profess to stand with Time’s Up, yet seem to see no problem collaborating with an abuser like Allen.

“The system worked for Harvey Weinstein for decades,” Farrow wrote in December. “It works for Woody Allen still.”

But that may be changing, finally, in no small part thanks to Farrow’s tireless efforts. Below is a list of all the actors who’ve previously worked with Allen, but have since denounced him or donated their salaries from his movies.

1. Griffin Newman

In a Twitter thread dated October 14, Griffin Newman voiced his deep regret at working with Allen, writing, “I learned conclusively that I cannot put my career over my morals again.” Newman has what he describes as a “one-scene role” in Allen’s next release, A Rainy Day in New York

2. Ellen Page

 

In a November 10 Facebook post about Brett Ratner and other sexual predators in Hollywood, Ellen Page wrote that starring in Allen’s To Rome With Love was “the biggest regret of my career.”

3. David Krumholtz

On January 5, David Krumholtz tweeted that working on Allen’s Wonder Wheel “one of my most heartbreaking mistakes.” He later clarified to Indiewire that he had also donated his salary from the project to Time’s Up.

4. Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig, who starred in To Rome With Love, addressed her work with Allen during a January 9 interview with The New York Times:

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. Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization. I grew up on his movies, and they have informed me as an artist, and I cannot change that fact now, but I can make different decisions moving forward.

5. Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino published an open letter to Dylan Farrow on January 10, in which she apologized for starring in Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite:

I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress. I swallowed the media’s portrayal of your abuse allegations against your father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and him, and did not look further into the situation, for which I am terribly sorry. For this I also owe an apology to Mia.

6. Rebecca Hall

 

The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody Allen’s latest movie in New York. I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day. When asked to do so, some seven months ago, I quickly said yes. He gave me one of my first significant roles in film for which I have always been grateful, it was one day in my hometown – easy. I have, however subsequently realized there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened. After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones – I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup. I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere. #timesup

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Rebecca Hall, who reunited with Allen on A Rainy Day in New York after working with him in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, issued a statement via Instagram on January 12. In it, she apologized and announced that she had donated her wages to Time’s Up. 

7. Timothée Chalamet

 

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Another A Rainy Day in New York star, Timothée Chalamet, wrote on Instagram on January 15 that while “contractual obligations” prevented him from speaking freely about his decision to work with Allen, he planned to donate his entire salary to charity. “I don’t want to profit from my work on this film,” he wrote. 

No comment (yet)

Major stars who have yet to comment on their work with Woody Allen include Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Owen Wilson, Tom Hiddleston, Larry David, Selena Gomez, Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart, Colin Farrell, Blake Lively, Cate Blanchett, Colin Firth, Rachel McAdams, and Hugh Jackman.

Mashable will continue to update this list as more actors presumably come forward about this.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/17/celebrities-denounce-woody-allen/

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Brawn again: why Hollywood’s muscle heroes are bigger than ever

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From Mark Wahlberg to The Rock, Americas cinema strongmen have increasingly big biceps is it something to do with waning power?

“If global politics had left you in any doubt, the commotion caused by Mark Wahlberg last week confirmed that we are truly in the age of the strongman. The publication of the actors daily routine which includes two gym sessions, six meals and one hour cultivating his torso in a cryogenic recovery chamber confirmed what many of us had suspected for some time: a mans cultural worth these days can be accurately gauged by the circumference of his biceps.

Telltale evidence had already arrived last year, when the eighth film in the Fast and Furious series shattered the global box-office record for an opening weekend, taking an absurd half a billion dollars in three days. That would be the Fast and Furious series fronted by Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Vin Diesel, two men whose pre-Hollywood years were spent as pro wrestler and nightclub bouncer respectively, and whose current whey-powered incarnations make pipsqueaks of their former selves.

Together, this trinity of weights-room warriors have racked up nearly $10bn worth of ticket sales in the US alone. If you were feeling unsure about a society that chooses a showbiz star as its president, how about one whose cultural icons look more like cartoon characters than people? Strange times indeed made even stranger by the fact that weve been here before.

Back in the 80s, as former film star President Ronald Reagan was decrying the Soviets as an evil empire, cinema screens were similarly teeming with inflated male flesh. Within a year of Reagans election, Sylvester Stallone had made his first appearance as the machete-wielding John Rambo and Arnold Schwarzenegger had made the transition from body builder to action star with Conan the Barbarian. By the time the credits rolled on Reagans presidency in 1989, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren had piled aboard an increasingly cramped bandwagon and between them, the four had rattled out two dozen or so movies about vengeful vigilantes (Rambos I-III), killer robots (The Terminator) and wannabe arm-wrestling champions (Over the Top).

If the 70s action icons were Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Charles Bronson hard-drinking, normal-looking guys whose morals were strewn with shades of grey the following decade flipped the formula: you may have rightly wondered how Arnie and co got so pumped, but you never had reason to question their cause. And they were well-oiled in only the most literal sense.

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Muscle memory Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo. Photograph: Allstar/Tristar Pictures

A cursory scan of some video-box taglines from the era (samples include Crime is a disease. Meet the cure………………..”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/sep/18/hollywoods-heroes-more-muscular-mark-wahlberg-the-rock

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Talks About starring in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack and Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in the upcoming ‘Mary Poppins Returns’.

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“Half a century ago, back in 1964, a film came out that would shape the childhoods of not just one generation, but pretty much every generation that came thereafter.

Mary Poppins, since first it graced cinema screens, became a firm fixture on family television sets. I recall my grandmother posting me a card with a pound coin taped to it with the strict instruction to rent Mary Poppins from the video shop. For my father, the film marks his very first trip to the cinema, age six.

But mine was not the only home filled with the sounds of “chim chimney chim chimney” being played on a loop. Lin-Manuel Miranda, star of Mary Poppins Returns — the upcoming sequel to the beloved original film — says the movie was “on regular rotation” in his childhood home.

“I wore out ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ and I wore out ‘Jolly Holiday,’ Miranda tells Mashable during a set visit at Shepperton Studios, where filming took place. “I didn’t see the end for many years because I would burst into tears at ‘The Birds,’ and I was like, ‘Turn it off! Turn it off!'”

To be starring in the sequel is, understandably, something of a dream for Miranda, given his childhood obsession with the original. Miranda plays Jack, a lamplighter who “apprenticed under Bert [Dick Van Dyke] from the original films.”

Miranda plays Jack, a lamplighter.

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“I started writing musicals because I didn’t see a path for myself in musical theatre.”

“There are dreams that are too audacious to dream,” says Miranda. “Like, you could dream of maybe being on Broadway someday, you could dream of writing a show.

“Then there are dreams that you didn’t even have the audacity to have, like that there would be a sequel to Mary Poppins and you could be dancing with Mary Poppins someday. Who would have the audacity to………………..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/lin-manuel-miranda-mary-poppins-returns/

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‘A Star is Born,’ ‘First Man’ And ‘Widows’ Are This Year’s Early Oscar Front-Runners

Charmaine Blake

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“On the first day of the Toronto International Film Festival last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the Oscars will table the polarizing new category meant to honor the year’s “outstanding achievement in popular film.” Good. The award isn’t only misguided what makes a film popular, and why reward something on those grounds? but also quite unnecessary, as the festival itself made clear.

Many of the movies that premiered and screened in Toronto are crowd-pleasers destined to earn piles of cash and offer the sort of skillful prestige the Oscars favor. Already I can pinpoint three awards front-runners with solid shots at revenue exceeding the coveted $100 million mark: “A Star Is Born,” “First Man” and “Widows.”

All three have obvious selling points that could vault them into blockbuster territory. “A Star Is Born” is a beloved story exquisitely reimagined by the uberfamous Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga; “Widows” is an electrifying thriller featuring an all-star cast led by Viola Davis; “First Man,” which reunites Ryan Gosling with “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, depicts Neil Armstrong’s 1969 lunar journey imagery that’s seared into the American consciousness.

If all goes well, these movies will hit the sweet spot between commercial success and artistic merit that the academy seems to think eludes its grasp. (Never mind that “The Shape of Water,” a dreamy sci-fi romance with $195 million in worldwide grosses, scored this year’s Best Picture trophy.) “Star,” “Widows” and “First Man” are major studio releases distributed by Warner Bros., Fox and Universal, respectively, giving them the leverage needed to sail into the national zeitgeist long before fall’s top awards are announced. ……………………….”

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-star-is-born-oscar-race-2018_us_5b9bf101e4b013b0977a7d0c

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