Woody Allen

Presuming Woody Allen’s Innocence Is Not a Neutral Stance

You hardly need me to tell you that over the weekend, the New York Times columnist Nick Kristof posted a letter from Dylan Farrow on his blog. The letter detailed the abuse she says she suffered at Allen’s hands 20 years ago, and goes on to note that all the context-free accolades that Allen has received in the years since — from both critics and awards shows — have taken a toll on her: … Read More

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Internet Debate Is Never Going to Solve the Case of Woody Allen

It has been about two decades since the collective conversation about Woody Allen shifted from critiques of his creative output to arguments about his personal life. This was partially due to his relationship with and eventual marriage to Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his then-longtime girlfriend, Mia Farrow, with whom Allen became intimate while still dating Farrow. The other, more sinister side of the tale is the allegation that he sexually assaulted Dylan, the daughter he adopted with Farrow. Allen’s relationship with Previn had, until last year’s Vanity Fair profile of Farrow brought those allegations back into the public consciousness, long been the major blight on his reputation. But in the months since that piece’s publication, the internet has become the site of another public trial, in which Allen has often been judged guilty of the sexual assault charges by a jury of cultural critics and online commenters. … Read More

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Let’s Judge Woody Allen — And His Golden Globes Tribute — By His Own Standards

As you have perhaps heard, last night Ronan Farrow intervened in the matter of his (nominal) father’s career achievement Golden Globe by tweeting a single line:

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25 Great ’80s Movies Time Has Forgotten

Buried among the also-rans within this week’s Blu-ray releases, you’ll find the HD debut of Tequila Sunrise, Robert Towne’s 1988 mystery/love triangle thriller starring Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kurt Russell. It’s the kind of movie studios don’t make that much anymore — an entertaining and reasonably intelligent picture for grown-ups, done on a medium budget with the expectation of a medium return. There’s nosurplus of love out there for mainstream American moviemaking in the 1980s — and for good reason. But there are also a handful of films from that much-maligned era that have stood the test of time, and deserve more retroactive attention than they… Read More

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A Brief Guide to Woody Allen’s Favorite Things

Like every good neurotic, obsessive, or perfectionist (and sometimes all of the above), director Woody Allen is a lover of lists. Over the span of his career, the iconic filmmaker has shared his likes, dislikes, and absolute favorites of just about everything that highlights his eclectic tastes. In honor of his birthday, we’ve collected some of those lists — and they deserve a bookmark in your browser for eternal… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Woody Allen Is Right to Pull ‘Blue Jasmine’ Over India’s Ridiculous Anti-Smoking Regulations

Bad news for Indian audiences who love Woody Allen and sad, wealthy white ladies: the director’s latest film, Blue Jasmine, which was slated to open in India over the weekend, saw its distribution in the country canceled. Allen, who contractually is able to reject any changes to the film, objected to the anti-smoking disclaimers that, according to Indian law, must be included in any scene in which a character smokes a cigarette. … Read More

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Shocker: Ronan Farrow Might be Frank Sinatra’s Son

Imagine spending your life thinking that you have inherited the genes of the world’s most famous neurotic, then you find… Read More

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