Spike Lee apologises for defending Woody Allen

Spike Lee has apologised after defending fellow filmmaker Woody Allen.The Do the Right Thing director was heavily criticised for the comments he made in a recent interview with New York radio station WOR, in which he said Allen was his close friend. “I…

Spike Lee has apologised after defending fellow filmmaker Woody Allen.

The Do the Right Thing director was heavily criticised for the comments he made in a recent interview with New York radio station WOR, in which he said Allen was his close friend.

“I’d just like to say Woody Allen is a great, great filmmaker,” Lee began. “This cancel thing is not just Woody, and I think that when we look back on it, we’re going to see that – short of killing somebody – I don’t know you can just erase somebody like they never existed. He’s a friend of mine, a fellow Knicks fan, and I know he’s going through it right now.”

In a post on Twitter on Saturday, Lee apologised for his comments in the interview, and insisted he was not dismissing victims of sexual abuse or violence.

“I Deeply Apologize. My Words Were WRONG. I Do Not And Will Not Tolerate Sexual Harassment, Assault Or Violence. Such Treatment Causes Real Damage That Can’t Be Minimized.-Truly, Spike Lee,” he posted.

As the #MeToo movement gained traction in late 2017, Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow went public once again with allegations that he sexually abused her when she was a child in the ’90s. Allen has always denied the accusation.

His movie, A Rainy Day in New York, which was filmed in 2017, was dropped by its original distributor Amazon Studios and shelved for some time before eventually being released in territories outside of the U.S. from last year.

His memoir, Apropos of Nothing, was dropped by its original publisher following social media outrage over its publication and it was subsequently released by a different publisher earlier this year.

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Vanessa Hudgens wants to work with Woody Allen

Vanessa Hudgens is open to working with controversial filmmaker Woody Allen.Several actors and actresses have expressed regret about working with the Annie Hall director after his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow publicly repeated allegations that he sex…

Vanessa Hudgens is open to working with controversial filmmaker Woody Allen.

Several actors and actresses have expressed regret about working with the Annie Hall director after his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow publicly repeated allegations that he sexually assaulted her when she was a child in the ’90s, claims Allen has repeatedly denied.

Allen’s last film, A Rainy Day in New York, was shelved, a four-picture deal with Amazon Studios was scrapped, and most big-name actors will no longer work with him as a consequence of the allegations.

However, the controversy has not put off the High School Musical star, who has cited him as one of the top directors she’d like to work with, alongside the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Yorgos Lanthimos.

“I love Woody Allen films. Vicky Christina Barcelona is one of my favourite movies,” she told the Los Angeles Times.

When asked about the allegations of sexual abuse against the Midnight in Paris director, Vanessa added: “I don’t know him. I’ve never met him. I only know what I’ve heard. And the fact is, I love his films and I love the romantic worlds that are created within (them).”

Her comments sparked backlash on social media, with one user writing, “Who knew Vanessa Hudgens would disappoint everyone by wanting to work with Woody Allen before 2019 ended?” and another posting, “Vanessa hudgens supporting woody allen….. i don’t think i’ve ever felt this BETRAYED (sic).”

A third asked, “What on God’s earth possessed vanessa hudgens to kiss woody allen’s a*s like that (sic)?”

Hudgens, who is yet to respond to the comments, gave the interview to promote her new festive movie The Knight Before Christmas, which is now streaming on Netflix.

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Woody Allen reaches settlement with Amazon in $68 million lawsuit

Woody Allen has reached a settlement with Amazon Studios in his $68 million (£53 million) lawsuit over an abandoned film deal.Back in 2016, the director signed a four-film deal with the studio and received a $10 million (£7.8 million) advance payment…

Woody Allen has reached a settlement with Amazon Studios in his $68 million (£53 million) lawsuit over an abandoned film deal.

Back in 2016, the director signed a four-film deal with the studio and received a $10 million (£7.8 million) advance payment. However, his first film for the streaming service, A Rainy Day in New York, was shelved in 2018 after his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, repeated allegations that Allen had molested her when she was a child.

The 83-year-old filmmaker, who vehemently denied the claims, filed a lawsuit in February, alleging that Amazon breached the deal after they then cancelled the three other films.

Lawyers for Amazon Studios argued that Allen’s comments about the #MeToo movement last year “sabotaged” its attempts to promote his new movies.

Both parties filed paperwork last week to finally end the legal action. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but a source told Deadline, “There were no winners in this in the end.”

The four-time Oscar winner reportedly expressed sympathy for disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, and later accused his adopted daughter of “cynically using the #MeToo movement” to reiterate her claims.

He then said in an interview with Argentinean broadcaster Eltrece that he “should be the poster boy for the Me Too movement” since he had worked with plenty of actresses and was “only accused by one woman in a child custody case”.

Amazon Studios said they were justified in terminating the four-film deal with Allen because his comments “undermined its financial security.”

Lawyers for the studio also pointed out that “scores of actors and actresses expressed profound regret for having worked with Allen in the past, and many declared publicly that they would never work with him in the future”.

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Jeff Goldblum would consider working with Woody Allen again

Jeff Goldblum is open to working with director Woody Allen again in the future.In a new interview, the Jurassic Park star has praised the Annie Hall filmmaker, despite the 83-year-old being accused of child molestation by his adopted daughter, Dylan Fa…

Jeff Goldblum is open to working with director Woody Allen again in the future.

In a new interview, the Jurassic Park star has praised the Annie Hall filmmaker, despite the 83-year-old being accused of child molestation by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. Allen has denied the claims and no criminal charges have been brought against him.

“I think there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty,” Goldblum told British newspaper The i. “I know I enjoyed working with him many years ago and I sat in with his band once too.”

Hollywood stars including Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, and Timothee Chalamet said they would never work with the Oscar-winning filmmaker again after Farrow went public last year with her allegations.

Despite voicing his support for the #MeToo movement, the 67-year-old – who had a small role in Annie Hall – insisted he admires Allen’s work and is waiting for more evidence before making any further decisions.

“Even though I feel like this cultural shift (the #MeToo movement) is very, very positive and long overdue and I support it wholeheartedly and take it very seriously, I also admire his body of work. So, I would consider working with him again, until I learned something more,” he added.

Farrow, who is the adopted daughter of Allen and actress Mia Farrow, opened up about the alleged sexual assault in an interview with Gayle King last year.

She alleged the director had molested her at the age of seven, and first went public with the allegations in an open letter to The New York Times.

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Woody Allen has no plans to retire

Woody Allen has no intention of retiring from filmmaking despite the controversy surrounding him. The Annie Hall director has faced a boycott in Hollywood since the rise of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements against sexual misconduct, with many of his…

Woody Allen has no intention of retiring from filmmaking despite the controversy surrounding him.

The Annie Hall director has faced a boycott in Hollywood since the rise of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements against sexual misconduct, with many of his former leading men and women vowing never to collaborate with him again and his most recent film, A Rainy Day in New York, being shelved following renewed child abuse allegations made against him by his adopted daughter Dylan.

However, Allen, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, remains undeterred by the controversy surrounding him and plans to continue making films until the day he dies.

“I have never thought of retiring,” Allen said during a press conference on Tuesday, according to reporters at Deadline. “Since I started, I’ve always tried to focus on my work, no matter what happens in my family or with politics. I don’t think about social movements, for example. My cinema is about human relationships, about people. And I try to have humour in them. If I were to die, I would probably die on a film set, which may well happen.”

The press conference was held in San Sebastian in Spain to launch the production of his new movie, which has a working title of Rivkin’s Festival.

The romance-comedy stars Christoph Waltz and Gina Gershon as a married American couple who go to the San Sebastian Film Festival. She has an affair with a French movie director, and he falls in love with a local Spanish woman.

During the press conference, Showgirls actress Gershon explained she was won over by the story, saying, “It’s a beautiful script; a dream come true… These are crazy times; one has to analyse the situation and decide how you feel; I’m delighted to be part of this team.”

Rivkin’s Festival, which also stars Elena Anaya, Sergi Lopez, Wallace Shawn, and Louis Garrel, begins filming in Spain on Wednesday.

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Christoph Waltz to star in Woody Allen’s next movie

Christoph Waltz and Gina Gershon have been lined up to star in Woody Allen’s next romantic comedy. The Annie Hall director’s last movie, A Rainy Day in New York, was shelved after allegations of sexual abuse resurfaced at the height of the #MeToo move…

Christoph Waltz and Gina Gershon have been lined up to star in Woody Allen’s next romantic comedy.

The Annie Hall director’s last movie, A Rainy Day in New York, was shelved after allegations of sexual abuse resurfaced at the height of the #MeToo movement, accusations he has denied, and a number of actors subsequently expressed their regret about working with him.

However, Allen has managed to employ a largely European cast for his next project, which has a working title of Wasp 2019, including the Inglourious Basterds star, Showgirls actress Gershon, Clueless’ Wallace Shawn, French actor Louis Garrel, and Spanish stars Sergi Lopez and Elena Anaya.

The film has been described as a “comedy-romance” about a married American couple who go to the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, with the wife having an affair with a French movie director, while the husband falls in love with a beautiful Spanish woman.

Executives at Spanish production studio Mediapro, who previously worked with Allen on Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris, announced via a press release that the shoot is scheduled to begin in the European country on 10 July.

“At Mediapro we’ve been working with Woody Allen for 14 years. His films, like every project the group produces, have a unique personality. This latest movie has all the ingredients to be right up there along with what we’ve become accustomed to from a director of Woody Allen’s talent: an intelligent script and a first-rate international cast. In addition, we’re delighted to be able to shoot the movie in a city such as San Sebastian, which has such strong ties to cinema,” said Mediapro founder Jaume Roures.

A Rainy Day in New York, which stars Selena Gomez and Timothee Chalamet, was left in limbo after Amazon Studios bosses halted its release over the controversy surrounding the filmmaker. They have since terminated their deal with Allen and dropped the movie, which has been picked up by multiple European distributors and is set to be released later this year.

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Anjelica Huston would work with Woody Allen again ‘in a second’

Actress Anjelica Huston wouldn’t hesitate to work with Woody Allen again because the embattled filmmaker has never been charged with any sex crime. Allen’s reputation has taken a big hit in recent years as he continues to fight decades-old allegations…

Actress Anjelica Huston wouldn’t hesitate to work with Woody Allen again because the embattled filmmaker has never been charged with any sex crime.

Allen’s reputation has taken a big hit in recent years as he continues to fight decades-old allegations suggesting he molested Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow, when the child was seven.

Investigations were previously launched by child welfare officials in New York and prosecutors in Connecticut, but they didn’t file any charges, and Allen has always maintained nothing happened.

Dylan stirred up the controversy again following the rise of the #MeToo movement in 2017, when she took aim at the stars who continue to sign on for his movies, leading to actors like Colin Firth, Mira Sorvino, Rebecca Hall, Freida Pinto, and Timothee Chalamet to publicly vow never work with the writer/director again.

However, Huston insists she won’t be taking such drastic action: “Two states investigated him, and neither of them prosecuted him,” she told Vulture.

Asked if she would work with him again, she replied, “Yes, in a second.”

The Addams Family star previously collaborated with Allen on 1989’s Crimes and Misdemeanors, and again in 1993 movie Manhattan Murder Mystery.

Meanwhile, Huston also offered her take on the sexual harassment accusations made against her Transparent co-star Jeffrey Tambor, who was fired from the TV show last year (18) following alleged incidents with his former assistant, Van Barnes, and actress Trace Lysette.

“At least insofar as I was concerned, nobody did or said anything inappropriate,” Huston recalled. “I do think in this work we have to feel freedom. We have to feel as though we can say and do things that are not necessarily judged, particularly by the other people in the cast or crew.”

Tambor vehemently denied all claims of inappropriate behaviour.

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Woody Allen suing Amazon Studios over scrapped film

Woody Allen has filed a $68 million (£52.4 million) breach of contract lawsuit against bosses at Amazon Studios over their alleged refusal to release his new movie. The filmmaker reportedly signed a multi-picture deal with studio executives in 2017 t…

Woody Allen has filed a $68 million (£52.4 million) breach of contract lawsuit against bosses at Amazon Studios over their alleged refusal to release his new movie.

The filmmaker reportedly signed a multi-picture deal with studio executives in 2017 to finance and distribute his future films.

“(The deal was to) finance the Allen Films, make minimum guaranteed payments to (his production company) Gravier totaling between $68 and $73 million, pay Gravier additional amounts based on the success of the Allen Films, and distribute the Allen Films widely,” the lawsuit reads.

The filmmaker’s lawyers claim Amazon bosses backed out of the deal in June (18), and they are refusing to distribute his movie A Rainy Day in New York, which stars Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber, and Timothee Chalamet.

Allen claims Amazon bosses no longer wanted to work with him because of the allegations of sexual abuse made against him by his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow.

“(Amazon) has tried to excuse its action by referencing a 25-year-old, baseless allegation against Mr. Allen, but that allegation was already well known to Amazon (and the public) before Amazon entered into four separate deals with Mr. Allen – and, in any event, it does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract,” the lawsuit continues.

According to The Blast, Allen is seeking damages “in excess of $68,000,000 in minimum guarantee payments”.

Back in 2014, Dylan claimed her father molested her as a child in an open letter to the New York Times.

Allen has denied the allegations repeatedly and has never been charged in connection to his daughter’s claims.

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Jude Law wants Woody Allen’s scrapped film to be released

Jude Law wants Woody Allen’s scrapped film, A Rainy Day in New York, to be released. The British actor worked on the movie alongside Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, and Liev Schreiber in September 2017, however, the project was shelved am…

Jude Law wants Woody Allen’s scrapped film, A Rainy Day in New York, to be released.

The British actor worked on the movie alongside Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, and Liev Schreiber in September 2017, however, the project was shelved amid the start of the #MeToo movement after allegations of child molestation against Woody by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced. The filmmaker has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Yet, in spite of the backlash over A Rainy Day in New York, Jude still wants to see the feature appear in cinemas in the future.

“It’s a terrible shame,” he told The New York Times. “I’d love to see it. People worked really hard and put a lot in, obviously himself included.”

Back in 2014, Dylan publicly claimed in an open letter to the U.S. newspaper that her father molested her as a child.

Woody, 82, has long denied the allegations, which were first reported during his bitter split from ex-wife, Mia Farrow, in 1992.

Several actors who had worked with the Oscar-winning director donated their salaries in response to the resurfaced allegations last year, or claimed they would never work with him again.

But Jude was reluctant to make any promises about working with Woody in the future.

“I didn’t really want to get involved, to be honest,” the 45-year-old told the publication. “I just don’t feel like it was my place to comment, and it’s too delicate a situation. I feel like enough has been said about it. It’s a private affair. (As for working with Woody again) I don’t know. I’d have to consider carefully.”

Back in January, Timothee pledged to donate his entire salary from the film to three organisations: Time’s Up, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN.

“This year has changed the way I see and feel about so many things; it has been a thrilling and, at times, enlightening education,” he wrote in a post on Instagram.

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Woody Allen: ‘I will continue to write films no matter what’

Woody Allen will never give up writing screenplays even if the sexual assault allegations he is facing wreck his career as a director. The Blue Jasmine filmmaker has been accused of molesting her former partner Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan when…

Woody Allen will never give up writing screenplays even if the sexual assault allegations he is facing wreck his career as a director.

The Blue Jasmine filmmaker has been accused of molesting her former partner Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan when she was seven and has spent years insisting he is innocent.

Investigations have been launched by child welfare officials in New York and prosecutors in Connecticut, but Allen has never charged with a crime and has always maintained nothing happened.

Following the launch of the #MeToo movement last year (17), the claims resurfaced as Dylan took aim at the stars who still signed on for Woody’s films and her comments prompted several actors like Mira Sorvino, Rebecca Hall, and Timothee Chalamet to publicly vow they would never work with Allen again.

But Woody insists all the negativity won’t end his career as a writer – even if he can’t get films made anymore.

“I’m a writer. It’s what I am. What I do. What I always will be. I’ll write,” he tells the New York Post’s Page Six. “Since I continually have ideas, it’ll be new ideas and I’ll write new things.”

Woody still has his supporters – former leading men Alec Baldwin and Javier Bardem have insisted they will continue to collaborate with the director, because he has not been found guilty of any crimes.

“My inclination to want to defend my friends – who either a) I thought were innocent, which is Woody or b) I had no knowledge of what they did and I still have no knowledge of what they did… – is a normal inclination,” Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year (18).

“It’s a normal inclination to want to rally by your friends up until the point that they are convicted of something,” he added. “If they’re convicted of a crime, well then you’re sad, and that’s tragic, but they’ve got to go through that process.”

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