4 items from 2014
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Fact has always been more interesting to the human mind than fiction. In this postmodern world, fiction is in some way always influenced or inspired by fact, whether it be consciously or subconsciously. It stands to reason that factual occurrences are always more interesting than that which is conjured up.
Think about your life, ponder the greatest true stories you have been told, right from the big grandiose ‘based on a true story’ tales shown on the cinema screen down to your friends nattering away about the actions of other friends. How many times have you thought or heard the phrase ‘you couldn’t make that up’ bookending an almost unbelievable true story?
This list contains some of the strangest moments to befall actors; some are faultless, some are very much the blame of their actions. As a result these incidents always render previous work in some »
- Shaun Lappin
What’s my favorite Woody Allen movie? When I was asked, along with several other Variety staffers, to answer that question — long before Dylan Farrow posed it rhetorically to the world — for a 2013 sidebar to my own Allen interview, I picked “Husbands and Wives,” Allen’s raw and formally inventive 1992 drama of two married couples variously parting ways and reuniting amidst a roundelay of infidelities. That movie famously premiered while the director’s separation from Mia Farrow was still playing out daily in the headlines, and had reportedly been shot just as Mia was learning of Woody’s nascent affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.
All of this powered “Husbands” — one of Allen’s rare movies to be released nationwide on its first weekend — to above-average box office, but with all the life-imitates-art parallels in the press, the movie’s actual merits got somewhat lost in the shuffle. There were two Oscar nominations, »
- Scott Foundas
Stacey Nelkin, an actress who dated Woody Allen while he was middle-aged and she was still in high school, is continuing to defend the embattled director, saying sexual assault allegations are being unearthed to generate publicity for Ronan Farrow’s new MSNBC program. “I, myself, was a little bit suspicious about the timing of this, with the article in Vanity Fair and this letter coming out,” Nelkin said during an appearance this week on HuffPost Live. “It just seems like maybe a publicity ploy for Ronan’s new MSNBC TV show.” Dylan Farrow accused the “Annie Hall” filmmaker of touching her inappropriately when she. »
- Brent Lang
In an open letter to the New York Times, which will appear in the paper’s Sunday Review, Woody Allen has responded to the 1992 molestation allegations from his ex-partner Mia Farrow and their children Ronan and Dylan Farrow.
Read his full response below:
Twenty-one years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought. We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself. It was my show business attorney who told me she was bringing the accusation to the police and I would need a criminal lawyer.
I naïvely thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I »
- Variety Staff
4 items from 2014
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