In a ‘New York Times’ op-ed, Woody Allen finally responded to his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s allegations of sexual abuse. Now, Dylan Farrow has fired back at Allen’s self-defense.
On Friday evening at approximately 9 p.m. ET, filmmaker Woody Allen published a lengthy op-ed in the Opinion section of The New York Times defending himself against allegations of child sexual abuse levied by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. Just a few hours after Allen’s defense went online, Dylan Farrow responded to it in a letter posted to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dylan wrote, “Once again, Woody Allen is attacking me and my family in an effort to discredit and silence me—but nothing he says or writes can change the truth. For 20 years, I have never wavered in describing what he did to me. I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life.”
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5. Wild Russian Driving
Should parallel parking be the newest Olympic sport? This driver would definitely earn a perfect 10 for this jaw-dropping technique. (While this video is all over the Internet, its authenticity has not been confirmed.)
The film ‘Love & Air Sex,’ now playing in theaters, centers on pals who enter into the Air Sex Championships. Chris Trew, who tours the country hosting the Air Sex Championships, explains the “air sex” phenomenon.
Hello, Internet. My name is Chris Trew. Since 2008, I’ve been hosting what I’ve deemed the most important sporting event in the history of the world: the Air Sex Championships. It’s like air guitar, but replace the invisible guitar with a person. Then, instead of strumming the pretend strings, you’re fucking that person. Or object. Or multiple people and objects. Really, whatever you want… as long as it’s invisible. You show us as much as you want, from meeting your partner to the climax. Oh, and your climax has to be simulated. That’s one of only a few rules in the Air Sex Championships.
Sara Paxton in "Love &Air Sex" distributed by Tribeca Film. (Ryan Green/Tribeca Film)
This show started as a one-off joke at the Alamo Drafthouse in 2007 after viewing this. Tim League (American Hero and owner of the Alamo Drafthouse) organized the first competition, held at his amazing movie theater in Austin, Texas. I developed the show to what it is today, which is very far removed from the previous Japanorama clip. The contestants aren’t all lonely, straight men, and the audience isn’t seated, bored, and waiting for a movie to start. The Air Sex Championships has the energy of a sporting event, the atmosphere of a comedy show, and most importantly, it feels good (like actual sex for most of us).
Though the show’s entire premise is based on losing tons of weight in a short period of time, America was shocked when Rachel Frederickson glided on stage 155 pounds lighter.
When it comes to their bodies, women can’t win. That’s the takeaway from this week’s finale of The Biggest Loser when Rachel Frederickson glided on stage 155 pounds lighter than when she began the contest. Though the show’s entire premise is based on losing an extreme amount of weight in a short period of time, the American public was shocked—shocked!— when one of those contestants actually managed to do exactly that.
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As she floated on stage, social media erupted with accusations of eating disorders, mental illness, and bad judgment on the part of the show’s producers. Two of the show’s trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels’ reactions (Michaels was literally agog when Frederickson appeared) were analyzed as being “mortified” by viewers.
Built by a mad king and copied by Disney, Neuschwanstein Castle held Hitler’s stash of priceless artworks—until the true-life Monuments Men liberated the stolen collection.
High in the Bavarian Alps, a white castle with soaring turrets overlays a scene of rolling green meadows and snow-capped mountains straight out of a storybook watercolor. The setting is so idyllic it served as Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
But the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle, nearly straddling the German-Austrian border, once played host to something more sinister than the fairytale setting it inspired. During World War II, the Nazis, aiming to amass a world-class art collection for Hitler’s dream of a “Führermuseum,” stashed thousands of paintings inside the castle. When the war ended, it also closed a 12-year period now recognized as history’s largest art heist—raking in priceless masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, da Vinci and Vermeer—and the recovery efforts were tasked to an allied unit known as the Monuments Men.
Woody Allen vehemently denies the abuse accusations of Dylan Farrow in a New York Times op-ed, and angrily trashes Mia Farrow’s "vindictiveness."
The film director Woody Allen has emerged to strongly defend himself against accusations of child abuse—and to blast Mia Farrow, his former partner, with nearly every counter-allegation imaginable: from “indoctrinating” their adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, with the idea that he had molested her to carrying on an affair with Frank Sinatra while Farrow and Allen were a supposedly happy couple.
Woody Allen poses on the red carpet of the movie "To Rome with Love", in Rome, Friday, April 13, 2012. (Andrew Medichini/AP)
In an angry New York Times article, Allen attacks Farrow’s “shabby agenda… to hurt me with a smear.” Allen, 78, writes, “I did not molest Dylan. I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being.”
Putin had to put on a show with lots of lights and dancing, but quash the gay factor. Thankfully, he didn’t succeed. The anemones were way gay, and way awesome. And the presence of Putin’s rumored girlfriend and the blatant whitewashing of Russian history simply made this the Uncomfortable Olympics, where the stench of Putin's persecution just can't be quelled.
It wasn’t a parachuting Queen of England, but organizers of the opening ceremony of the 28th Winter Olympics of 2014 had their own giddy, publicity-generating ace: the presence of President Putin’s rumored girlfriend or wife. Alina Kabaeva was one of the chosen six of Russia’s premier athletes to convey the Olympic torch through Sochi’s Fisht Stadium.
Dancer Diana Vishneva performs during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games February 7, 2014. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
The 30-year-old former rhythmic gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, who is now a member of the Russian Parliament, was even rumored to have had Putin’s children, which she has denied. But there she was, center stage, for the finale of the three-hour opening ceremony.
For every thoughtful episode of ‘The Walking Dead,’ there was another bogged down with annoying squabbles and tedious villains. Does Brad Pitt’s zombie flick have the answers?
It’s T-minus two days now until The Walking Dead returns and zombie fever strikes again. Every year, no matter how uneven series gets as showrunners play hot potato, around 12 million people tune in on Sundays for blood, guts, and Daryl Dixon. Though still a long way from the fast-paced, visceral highs of the first season, Season Four has (so far) been a return to form: The flu virus posed an inventive new threat; characters other than Rick took charge for once; and with the midseason finale, our two biggest wishes were mercifully granted: The Governor was killed and Rick’s crew finally left the prison.
Until the second half of the season premieres on February 9, we find ourselves in familiar territory: waiting and desperately hoping that the show will deliver. In past seasons, for every thoughtful and gorgeously shot episode (those featuring Lenny James as Rick’s old friend turned half-crazed survivor, Morgan, are good examples) there were many more full of bad decisions, intergroup squabbling, and tedious villains (sorry, Governor).
And 'The Biggest Loser' reveals how she lost it.
Inside Philip Seymour Hoffman’s funeral. Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams, Joaquin Phoenix, and Spike Lee joined Hoffman’s girlfriend and his three children at the church of St. Ignatius Loyola to say their final farewell to Hoffman Friday morning. The Daily News
The Lego Movie is really, really good. The movie has a surprisingly high 98 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is tracking to be the first box-office blockbuster of 2014. Entertainment Weekly
The rumors were true. t.A.T.u. took the stage in Sochi, holding hands and singing 'Not Gonna Get Us.' Unfortunately, they didn’t kiss.
Seven years after quitting ‘The View,’ Rosie O’Donnell returned to the couch Barbara Walters built. Funny, engaging, and reliably controversial, she proved her unparalleled worth.
“Is Hasselbeck here? Just checking.”
With one naughty, haughty question, Rosie O’Donnell transports us all back to what was, at once, the most exciting and despicable time in daytime television: the Rosie O’Donnell/Elisabeth Hasselbeck wars of 2007. It was energizing, captivating television, watching two strong women unapologetically articulate their respectively controversial viewpoints and un-self-consciously debate and defend them against each other. It would’ve been inspiring had the moments—and they were the epitome of television “moments”—been organic. Instead, they were so callously orchestrated by The View’s producers (remember that offensive Jerry Springer-esque split screen shot?) that O’Donnell—that rare breath of air that’s fresh precisely because it’s a bit crude and rancid—quit the show feeling disgraced and used.
Claude Lanzmann, the director of the Holocaust masterpiece ‘Shoah,’ controversially falls under the spell of a Jewish collaborator of the death camps.
The hardest film to watch this year will be The Last of the Unjust. Not because it is a three-and-a-half hour documentary by Claude Lanzmann, which should qualify it as nothing more than a preview for the director of the nine-and-a-half-hour-long Shoah, perennial contender for the greatest cinema project the world has ever seen. Not because the film is essentially nothing but long segments of uncut interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein, the Elder of the Jews who helped the Nazis run the Theresienstadt concentration camp in modern-day Czech Republic. Not because it is about the Holocaust, that grimmest and most confounding event in history, which makes even poetry barbaric, let alone cinema.
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Rather, as you watch The Last of the Unjust, a hundred questions are raised, and none are answered. My pick for the best performance of 2014 goes to Murmelstein (despite the fact that he granted his interviews in 1975 and died in 1989), who lays down an impossible challenge: what would you have done in his place? Murmelstein was a rabbi in Vienna when in the summer of 1938 he met Adolf Eichmann, and was ordered to give him a report on emigrating the Jews in a few hours. “I taught him all he knew about emigration,” Murmelstein says, as he summarized whatever encyclopedia entries and books he can find on the subject. Over the years he would report regularly to Eichmann.
The veteran host did unexpectedly succumb to his emotions as he signed out after 22 years. In truth, it’s certainly time for a change.
In the final moments of his 22 years as host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno actually seemed to succumb to affectingly genuine human emotions. But then, how could he not when serenaded (to special lyrics for “So Long, Farewell” from “The Sound of Music”) by actor-comic Billy Crystal, who’d been Leno’s guest on his first “Tonight.” Crystal brought out a surprise chorus of stars that included Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey to serenade Leno “Goodbye.”
To season the sublime with the ridiculous, Kim Kardashian showed up, too, though earlier Leno got through an entire monologue without mentioning her. Or did he perhaps sneak in a reference subliminally? He did do a Justin Bieber joke or two, of course, and there was the requisite mention of Anthony Weiner and the usual rogues’ gallery.
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