Monday, January 22, 2018


Dylan Farrow
   It seems it's Woody Allen's turn to face the ire of the Time's Up movement because of an allegation of sexual molestation made by his daughter Dylan 26 years ago.

    Dylan, now 32, has once again gone public with her accusation, both in print and in a televised interview in which she went into graphic detail.

   . Her renewed allegation has caused a growing group of women to distance themselves from Allen and express regret about having worked with him. The list currently includes Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino, Kate Winslet, Rebecca Hall and Ellen Page. 
with Woody
  Hall, who stars in Allen's latest movie A Rainy Day in New York, has elected to donate her salary to three charities, Time's Up, the LGBT Centre and the rape and abuse network RAINN
  Yet all these actresses were very happy and flattered to be asked to work with him despite Dylan's accusations 26 years ago. It is only now, in the light of her renewed accusation and in the current backlash against sexual abuse that they have decided that maybe they shouldn't have.  
  To me it smacks highly of hypocrisy. Why now, when they didn't care about it before?

  Allen has a staunch supporter in Alec Baldwin, who worked with him on To Rome With Love, ---"one of the privileges of my career."

  Baldwin tweeted: "Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed," tweeted Baldwin, who worked with Allen on 2012's To Rome with Love. "The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it’s unfair and sad to me.
“Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also believe that WA is innocent? I think so. The intention is not to dismiss or ignore such complaints. But accusing people of such crimes should be treated carefully. On behalf of the victims, as well.”

   Allen, now 82, has once again rejected claims he molested Dylan and accused his "angry ex-wife" Mia Farrow of "relentlessly coaching" 32-year-old Dylan into thinking he was a "dangerous sexual predator."

  The claims were investigated by officials from New York State and Yale New Haven Hospital who did not find evidence of abuse.

  Connecticut state prosecutor Frank Maco, questioned the credibility of the New Haven report and said there was probable cause to charge Allen. But no charges were ever filed.
Now, in the light of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements to expose sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the claims have resurfaced. 

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Sunday, January 14, 2018


Fifty Shades Freed poster
 Fans of on-screen erotica had better make the most of the tawdry Fifty Shades Freed, featuring the exploits of S and M couple Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey when it is released because it could mark the end of studio-financed sex-fuelled films.

The #MeToo movement has led several studios and production companies to hurriedly ditch steamy projects in the works in favour of more family-friendly fare. 

  Some of the projects originally planned but won't be making it to the big screen any time soon are:
the Hugh Hefner biopic which was to be directed by the now-disgraced Brett Ratner; a James Franco-produced stripper/prostitute travelogue called Zola Tells All, complete with a 15-year-old Russian prostitute; Maestra, which features a heroine with a penchant for X-rated sex and Calendar Girl about woman who becomes a high-priced escort to pay off her father's gambling debts.

with Dakota Johnson
  And the remake of A Star Is Born, to be directed by Bradley Cooper, is being rewritten to be much more chaste than originally intended.

  Oh, if anyone's interested, without giving away any secrets, Fifty Shades Freed features a happy ending for the kinky couple, played by Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.

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Monday, January 8, 2018


Kirk Douglas on stage with daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta Jones
 Not everyone, is seems, thought this year's Golden Globes show was a triumph for diversity,  women's activism and an outspoken condemnation of sexual harassment.
 In fact a Maureen Callaghan, writing in the right-wing New York Post thought just the opposite and concluded the "award for ultimate hypocrisy goes to...the Hollywood class of 2018."
 She wrote: "We were promised a reckoning, the leveling of a male-dominated industry that institutionalized the rape, abuse and harassment of women for decades.
  "Like so much Hollywood product, advance buzz was greatly exaggerated. Not one actor or actress, on the red carpet or on stage, made direct reference to their industry’s greatest monster — the one they boast of slaying yet still want to appease.
"Host Seth Meyers, in his opening monologue, was the only person in the room to mention him by name".
 Myers said: "Harvey Weinstein can’t be here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with. But don’t worry — he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment.”
 "And how did these brave, crusading, black-garbed, pin-wearing celebrities respond?" asked Ms Callaghan. "They booed."
  Yes they did but for a very different reason. I was in the room and they booed at the mention of Weinstein's name.
 "Same when Meyers made a crack about the disgraced Kevin Spacey fumbling a Southern accent," says Ms Callaghan. "Even a tame Woody Allen joke fell flat," she writes adding: "It seems there’s no sexual predator who still doesn’t get Hollywood’s sympathy."
  Hasn't she seen the condemnation poured upon Weinstein, Spacey, James Toback, Brett Ratner and dozens of others?
  And, she says, "In perhaps the night’s most twisted hosanna, 101-year-old Kirk Douglas was honored with a standing ovation and special award. It didn’t take long for Twitter to light up over Douglas’s long-rumored rape of Natalie Wood when she was just 16."
  It was a rumour, Maureen. Nothing more. If people gave credence to 80-year-old unsubstantiated rumours then the names of virtually every old Hollywood star would be blackened.  
  She is certainly entitled to her opinion and the Post is to be lauded for flying in the face of public opinion by printing it.
  But for heaven's sake Maureen, get your facts right!


Nicole Kidman accepting her Golden Globe

 The fine line was crossed, the elephant in the room disposed of and the  Golden Globes show managed to be a celebratory evening while at the same time dealing a series of blows to the toxic system that has existed in Hollywood for so many years.
  It was a show where the awards didn't matter as much as what was said; and racism, bullying, sexual harassment and, most of all, the empowerment of women, were the topics of the night.
   The ballroom at the Beverly Hilton had a somber look as nearly all the women were wearing black in response to the Time's Up's movement's call for solidarity for gender equality and against sexual harassment.
   Some of the attendees---Meryl Streep, Emma Samms, Oprah Winfrey and others--- left their companions at home and instead brought women activists to the show.   
   Many of the winners took the opportunity to use their acceptance speeches to make political points.
   Nicole Kidman, who won for playing an abused wife in the TV series Big Little Lies, spoke out against the abuse of women; Laura Dern, who won for playing the mother of a bullied child in the same series, called for children and parents to speak out against bullying;  Francis McDormand, the best actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, spoke of the "tectonic shift" in the industry's power structure; Elisabeth Moss, who won for her role in The Handmaid's Tale, thanked the author Margaret Attwood "and all the women who came before and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world."
   The Hollywood Foreign Press president Meher Tatner, who opted to wear bright red instead of black, nevertheless spoke of the support for women standing together and added: "Time's Up.
   But the night belonged to Oprah Winfrey, who earned a standing ovation and wild applause for her impassioned and emotional speech while accepting the Cecil B De Mille award.
   "I want all the girls watching here, now , to know that a new days is on the horizon," she said. "And when that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too,' again."
  She was so eloquent that there was speculation at the after-parties as to whether she might be considering a run for president in 2020.  
    Seth Myers had the difficult job of hosting the most high profile awards show since the barrage of sexual misconduct allegations brought down dozens of men.
    And he wasted no time in setting the tone by announcing: "Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen," and adding: "This is 2018 when marijuana is allowed and sexual harassment isn't."   
  While the awards produced no real surprises, some of the guests did.
  Catherine Zeta Jones brought her father-in-law, 101-year-old Kirk Douglas to the stage in a wheelchair; James Franco, who won for his role as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, introduced Wiseau with him and surprise presenter Barbra Streisand said she was proud to be at an awards show filled with people who spoke out against gender inequality, sexual harassment “and the pettiness that has poisoned our politics.”  
   But Streisand said she had won the best director award for Yentl back in 1984 and added: "That was 34 years ago and there should be more nominations and wins for female directors. Folks! Time's up!"
   But the almost final word went to Gary Oldman, accepting the award for best dramatic actor in "The Darkest Hour."
   He said: "Words and actions can change the world. And boy oh boy, does it need some changing!"

Friday, January 5, 2018


Cate Blanchett on the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet

   Fashion stylists who usually make out big time by taking money under the table to dress their clients in certain brands are losing out at this year's Golden Globes.

   The usual dealmaking is being replaced by calls for charitable donations to the Time's Up sexual harassment initiative.

   Many women stars on the red carpet will be wearing Time's Up buttons and instead of the usual colourful gowns they will be dressed in black to protest gender equality and to acknowledge the flood of sexual abuse allegations that have rocked Hollywood in recent weeks. 

  “We are all fighting for the same black dresses,” stylist Law Roach, who is dressing nominees Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige , told the Hollywood Reporter.

 "For years we've sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colours and our beautiful faces and our glamour," Eva Longoria told the New York Times. "This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around. That's not what this moment is about."



  It's always a pleasure seeing Nicole Kidman, whom I first met 21 years ago on Batman Forever. A lot of water under the bridge si...