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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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Elizabeth Debicki Brought her A-Game in ‘Widows’

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“The heist thriller “Widows” has arguably the most impressively stacked ensemble cast of the year, including Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, Brian Tyree Henry, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Jacki Weaver, Colin Farrell and Cynthia Erivo.

Which makes it all the more impressive that 28-year-old Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki has been singled out for her performance as Alice, a young woman who gets out from under the repression of her abusive husband and her exploitative mother to discover she has more to offer than anyone, including herself, had previously known.

“She resonated on many, many levels,” Debicki said of the part during a recent interview in Los Angeles. “I mean, I’ve been looking and waiting for some time to play somebody like Alice, somebody who was very real and raw and multidimensional, had an arc that was quite an amazing sort of growth in that woman’s life. So there was me as the actor looking at it and thinking, ‘I just want to get my hands on that.’”

In the movie Davis plays Veronica, a woman who is suddenly in debt to a dangerous gangster when her husband, a career criminal, dies during…………………………………..”

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Everything you need to know about ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

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Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda is Jack in Disneys Mary Poppins Returns.

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“It’s been 54 years since Mary Poppins came into the world in movie form. And now, five decades on, we’re getting a second helping in the form of Mary Poppins Returns — a sequel to the beloved classic.

Of course, we have many burning questions about this hotly anticipated film. But fear not: Mashable spoke to the film’s producer Marc Platt during a set visit to Shepperton Studios, near London. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Mary Poppins movie.

Is Mary Poppins Returns based on a book?

Marc Platt: We went right to the source. We went to P.L. Travers. And, it turns out that P.L. Travers wrote eight books, and the original film really capitalises on only one of the books. And what we found in her books was really a treasure trove of new characters and episodes. We realised that we could bring the sequel our own version and our own story. An original story of Mary Poppins all these years later in a very exciting way, but that we could draw upon the original source, P.L. Travers.

When is the sequel set?

MP: She wrote her books in 1934 and 1935. Our film, Mary Poppins Returns, is set in those years, which is the Depression Era in England. So, it takes place about 25 years after the original film took place. We went after David Magee who was an Academy Award winning screenwriter — he also notably wrote Life of Pi, Finding Neverland —  to work with us on the screenplay.

Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack.

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What is the plot?

MP: Our story is, as I said, set in the 1930s. Michael Banks — the young boy from the original film — is now a father of a family and he’s living in Cherry Tree Lane in the house and he has children. There’s been a loss in the family, and so there’s a need for Mary Poppins to come back into their world and to the world of these new children, and to the world of Michael Banks and his sister Jane, to see if she can bring joy back into their lives.

How did they decide who to cast as the new Mary Poppins?

MP: When it came to casting, really, we could only think of one person to step into the shoes and to own the role of Mary Poppins and that was Emily Blunt, an actress who we’ve worked with on Into the Woods and most recently we did Girl on the Train with her.

She’s not only a consummate actress, who possesses a tremendous craft as an actress, she sings beautifully. By the way, she dances magnificently, you’ll see in the film………………………………………………………”

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… your entire family, extended relatives included: Ralph Breaks the Internet

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Oh no, that’s sold out: Instant Family probably won’t blow any minds, but it might warm some hearts. (Families with under-13 kids should proceed with caution, though.)

… your mother-in-law who really loves Christmas: The Grinch

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She thinks cartoons are just for kids: Well, it also doesn’t get more classically Christmas than The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, even if this version puts a new spin on that old tale.

… your parents who keep asking for movie recs: Creed II

Creed II is an easy win, even if it’s not quite as good as Creed 1…………………………………………..”

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