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  • Banana Republics and the Nuts Who Run Them

    07/10/2016 6:08:41 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 14 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-10-2016 | MOTUS
    Remember back in the 70’s when Woody Allen was funny? What a great portfolio:Sleeper - So how would you feel if your name was Miles Monroe and you ran the Happy Carrot Health Food Store in Greenwich Village and you went into St. Vincent's Hospital for a minor operation one morning and woke up two hundred years in the future? And America had become a police state? Ha Ha! As if that could ever happen! And like anyone would ever admit that butter, steak and chocolate were good for you! Play it Again Sam - He's your average, ordinary movie...
  • My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked (Ronan Farrow compares Woody to Cosby)

    05/11/2016 6:28:58 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 23 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 5/11/2016 | Ronan Farrow
    (snip) Some reporters have drawn connections between the press' grudging evolution on Cosby and a painful chapter in my own family's history. It was shortly before the Cosby story exploded anew that my sister Dylan Farrow wrote about her own experiences — alleging that our father, Woody Allen, had "groomed" her with inappropriate touching as a young girl and sexually assaulted her when she was 7 years old. Being in the media as my sister's story made headlines, and Woody Allen's PR engine revved into action, gave me a window into just how potent the pressure can be to take...
  • A Blot On The Jewish People

    08/19/2014 2:00:40 AM PDT · by idov · 147 replies
    The Times Of Israel ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 | Dov Ivry
    There are lots of famous Jewish atheists from Sigmund Freud to Ayn Rand to Isaac Asimov to Woody Allen. How do you think the Jewish community would have reacted if what follows had happened? A Jewish couple, atheists, artists, puts on an exhibit in which they critique five major religions with artworks and commentary. At the end of the first day the gallery owner comes up to them and says, you are attacking Islam and that means you favor the Jews in "Palestine." This is "racism." They try to explain that they are critiquing five major religions equally, did not...
  • MST3k Becomes the Biggest Crowd-Funded Video Project in Internet History

    12/12/2015 3:10:54 AM PST · by Morgana · 44 replies ^ | December 11, 2015 | Jim Vorel
    Mystery Science Theater 3000 smashed through all known barriers Friday night to prove itself the king of geeky TV when its total on Kickstarter (including its add-on shop) soared past $6.3 million. The show, which went off the air in 1999, became the most successful crowdfunded video project of all time, surpassing the Veronica Mars movie, which previously held the title with $5.7 million. The MST3k project’s ultimate goal had been $5.5 million to produce a new, 12-episode season of the cult series, in an attempt to prove to various networks or online streamers that there was a demand for...
  • Here’s where to tune in to this year’s MST3K Turkey Day

    11/24/2015 7:12:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies ^ | November 19, 2015 | Katie Rife
    This year’s edition of the sacred MSTie tradition known as Turkey Day should be an especially festive affair, considering that the Kickstarter to fund a new season of MST3K has already exceeded its $2 million goal with 22 days left to go in the campaign. Thus, MST3K creator Joel Hodgson will carve up six juicy, tender classic episodes of the show beginning at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT next Thursday, AD. As it has for the past two years, the marathon will be presented by Shout! Factory, and live-streamed through the web portal at
  • Creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Starts Kickstarter Campaign to #BringBackMST3K

    11/10/2015 2:39:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 56 replies ^ | November 10, 2015 | Eric Van Allen
    In a not-too-distant future, you could be watching brand-new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Joel Hodgson, the creator and original host of MST3K, has turned to Kickstarter to campaign for a new season of the cult-classic movie-riffing series. Returning to the line-up are the original bots, Tom Servo and Crow, to mock and joke through each unbearable film. The asking price? $2 million is the initial goal, which will allow the team to shoot three brand new episodes of MST3K. Each additional $1.1 million after that will allow them to shoot another three episodes, up to 12 episodes. The...
  • Four episodes of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' coming to TPT

    03/14/2015 7:35:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-14-15 | Amy Carlson Gustafson
    Way before people were making fun of TV shows via Twitter, the guys from "Mystery Science Theater 3000" were on TV making fun of movies. Really bad movies. Now the cult comedy favorite is returning to the small screen thanks to Twin Cities Public Television. That's right, the irreverent show is public TV fare. TPT will be airing four classic episodes of the beloved low-budget show starting on March 21 (10 p.m.) and for the three following Saturdays. Fans of the "MST3K," which started in the Twin Cities at KTMA in the late '80s before moving to Comedy Central (originally...
  • 2014 MST3K Turkey Day Marathon

    11/27/2014 8:29:56 AM PST · by Signalman · 37 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/27/2014 | self
    For all of you fans of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Youtube will present an MST3K marathon beginning at 12PM EST (9AM PST) Whadda ya think, sirs? click the link.
  • RiffTrax Brings "Reefer Madness" Back to Theaters on August 19 ( MST3K treatment of a cult classic )

    08/17/2010 9:44:15 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Associated ^ | August 17, 2010 | Steven Bryan
    For years, the stars of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" found the funny in films that were never intended to be comedies. A poorly-written B-grade science fiction film like "This Island Earth" was, for instance, perfect fodder for the MST3K guys. On August 19, Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy will be back in theaters for live RiffTrax presentation of "Reefer Madness." A notorious propaganda film from the 1930's, this over-the-top movie shows the horrors that come with smoking marijuana.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000

    12/08/2009 2:17:14 PM PST · by WVKayaker · 124 replies · 2,852+ views
    HULU ^ | 12/8/2009 | Best Brains Inc
    For 10 side-splitting seasons and one feature film, the crew of the Satellite of Love orbited Earth, faced with the arduous assignment of watching and lampooning only the most wretched movies ever made.
  • Cinematic Titanic (MSTies! New project for Original Cast of MST3K)

    11/22/2007 8:14:26 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 27 replies · 1,703+ views
    Attention MSTies! The original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back together again to produce new shows where they riff on bad movies just like they did on the Satellite of Love! Joel Hodgson has the site up and running but they have yet to produce any episodes. Click here for the website. At the website, you can sign up for a newsletter that will keep you informed of their progress! Sounds exciting guys!
  • MST3K: A Lesson in Perspective for Liberals

    04/18/2006 6:27:50 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 60 replies · 1,501+ views
    I have felt for sometime now that the main motivating force behind the "Bush lied, people died" crowd is the notion that "they did it to Clinton, so we'll do it to Bush." And while there were those on the right that went to extremes in their criticism of President Clinton, the general level of vitriol and hate that Liberals have sunk to in their seething rage against Bush specifically and Republicans in general is totally out of proportion with reality and precedent. This reminded me of this sketch from Mystery Science Theater 3000:Mike: And then the drunk guy says,...
  • An Interview With Mike Nelson 2 (Mystery Science Theater 3000 host votes Republican)

    05/31/2004 4:23:14 PM PDT · by atomicpossum · 40 replies · 5,103+ views
    MST3K Review ^ | 5/31/04 | Mike Nelson
    --snip-- Q33 (Forrest):  Have you seen The Passion of the Christ?  If so, what did you think?A33:  I have seen it.  I have mixed feelings about movie depictions of the central event in the Christian faith.  For myself, I have the Bible and that works well for me.  Also, I’m a Protestant, and we tend to be more Easter focused, while traditionally, Catholics have been a little more Passion focused.  So it did me good to spend a little time there.All that being said, I think it was a pretty fine movie, and darned if it didn’t get people talking...
  • Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Hamill, Neil Patrick Harris join up with 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'

    12/12/2015 7:20:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 59 replies ^ | December 11, 2015 | Bonnie Burton
    Bad movies only get better with expert heckling. "Mystery Science Theater 3000," aka MST3K, riffs on truly horrible films with the help of a human and his robot buddies. So it only makes sense that its fans have put their money where their laughs are and helped raise millions of dollars for a new season. With this successful Kickstarter campaign almost completed, fans of the original MST3K will have a chance to watch new episodes with a new cast, new cameos and a new writing staff. Since this is a continuation of the series and not a reboot, they also...
  • Bananas- movie- Mad Dictator Scene

    09/21/2015 10:44:20 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 15 replies
    You Tub-e ^ | 10/4/2011 | Bananas-the movie
    New info from Havana and the Pope's visit. New "freedoms" celebrated... and monitored as in every good socialist/marxist dictatorship. Have a laugh in the face of the serious happenings. "The official language of San Marcos (Cuba), will be Swedish. All citizens will be required to change their underwear on the 1/2 hour.....underwear to be worn on the outside, so we can check. Also, all children under 16 years old, are now... 16 years old". From the movie (woody allen's- his last worthwhile funny film from long ago-- considering what a perv he is) "Bananas"- appropriate with the shiite going on...
  • 'Godfather' Cinematographer Gordon Willis Dies at 82

    05/19/2014 8:55:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | May 19, 2014 | THR Staff
    Gordon Willis, the acclaimed cinematographer behind the Godfather trilogy and such Woody Allen films as Annie Hall, Manhattan, Broadway Danny Rose and Zelig, has died. He was 82.
  • Spike Lee explains expletive-filled gentrification rant

    02/27/2014 3:55:52 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 2//27/2014
    His parents still live there. He still keeps an office there. But it's not the same neighborhood he grew up in, and his feelings about newcomers now inhabiting once-blighted parts of America's most-populous city like Fort Greene slapped many people in the face after the famed director went into an expletive-laced rant during an African-American History Month lecture on Tuesday. Spike Lee on gentrification "I grew up here in New York. It's changed," Lee said at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, an art, design, and architecture school. "And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the South Bronx,...
  • Re-Watching Woody Allen: The newly-chilling themes that you can see throughout his movies

    02/08/2014 7:14:11 PM PST · by grundle · 73 replies
    Esquire ^ | February 4, 2014 | Stephen Marche
    So what happens when you go looking for evidence of sex crimes in Woody Allen movies? If you look, you find it, again, and again, and again.
  • Dylan Farrow about Woody Allen: ‘Nothing he says or writes can change the truth’ (Reply to Allen)

    02/08/2014 10:20:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2014
    The back-and-forth volleys among the Woody Allen and Mia Farrow families continue as Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has released a statement responding to Allen’s piece published Friday online in the New York Times Sunday review section according to Variety. In the Woody Allen Speaks Out article, he defended himself against Dylan Farrow’s post published last Saturday in the New York Times alleging that Allen had molested her at the age of 7. Dylan Farrow’s response sent Friday night read as follows: Once again, Woody Allen is attacking me and my family in an effort to discredit and silence me...
  • Democrats Speak Out to Defend Woody Allen!

    02/08/2014 8:36:54 AM PST · by zencycler · 17 replies
    2/8/2014 | self
    What Democrats might say to in support of Woody Allen Let's have some fun with this. I'll start, and look forward to other Freeper contributions: Bill Clnton: He did not have sex with that woman Hillary Clinton: What difference at this point does it make? President Obama: I promised Woody years ago, if he liked his daughter, he could keep his daughter.
  • Woody Allen speaks out

    02/07/2014 6:23:09 PM PST · by Borges · 141 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/7/2014 | Woody Allen
    I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation. I had been going out with Mia for 12 years and never in that time did she ever suggest to me anything resembling misconduct. Now, suddenly, when I had driven up to her house in Connecticut one afternoon to visit the kids for a few hours, when I would be on my raging adversary’s home turf, with half a dozen people present, when I was in the blissful early stages of a happy new relationship with the woman I’d go on to marry —...
  • Hillary Has A 'Woody Allen Problem'

    02/06/2014 5:18:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | February 6, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Dylan Farrow, now 28 years old, is the adopted daughter of Oscar-winning director Woody Allen. In "An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow," published in The New York Times, Dylan accuses her father of inappropriately touching her "for as long as I could remember." She said: "When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me." Not good news for Mr. Allen...
  • Dylan Farrow’s brother: She wasn’t abused [Woody Allen]

    02/05/2014 10:11:36 AM PST · by grundle · 78 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 5, 2014 | Emily Smith
    Following Dylan Farrow’s harrowing letter describing sexual molestation she says she suffered from father Woody Allen – her brother Moses is speaking out to defend Allen, accusing their mother Mia of poisoning them against their father. Responding to accusation first made 20 years ago that has bitterly divided the family, Moses accused Mia Farrow of turning him and Dylan against Allen as revenge for his affair with Soon-Yi. “Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” says Moses, who is estranged from Mia Farrow and remains close to Allen and Soon-Yi. “My mother drummed it into me to hate my...
  • Woody Allen's daughter...details how he sexually abused her in open letter [Hollywood Perversion]

    02/03/2014 1:34:19 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 140 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | 2/2/14 | Rich Schapiro
    Woody Allen’s adopted daughter, in a wrenching letter, describes in stomach-churning detail how the iconic film director sexually abused her. “When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house,” wrote Dylan Farrow, who is now 28. “He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me.” “He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go...
  • An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow (Alleged Victim of Woody Allen)

    02/01/2014 2:52:12 PM PST · by RummyChick · 192 replies
    Kristoff Blog of NY Times ^ | 2/1/2014 | Dylan Farrow
    What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house.
  • MSNBC: Tasteless Ronan Farrow Compares War Hero's Struggles to Congressional Bickering

    01/31/2014 12:30:07 PM PST · by chessplayer · 20 replies
    What is wrong with the hosts at MSNBC? Ronan Farrow, who will begin anchoring a network program on February 24, made a tasteless joke on Tuesday night, comparing war hero Cory Remsburg's struggles to that of politicians in Congress. Farrow tweeted, "Cory 'struggles on the left side.' Congress relates.'" Farrow has not apologized for the tweet On Wednesday, political reporter Mark Murray, whose wife works in the Obama administration, compared Remsburg's struggle to that of the President: "Obama's ending on Remsburg wasn't just a story about America -- it also was a story about Obama.
  • Mia and Ronan Farrow Slam Golden Globes' Woody Allen Tribute Via Twitter

    01/13/2014 10:40:54 AM PST · by diverteach · 43 replies
    E! Online ^ | 1/13/2014 | Lilly Harrison
    Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow didn't hold back their disdain for Woody Allen on Twitter Sunday evening. The mother and son tweeted out against the tribute to the director at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. "Time to grab some ice cream & switch over to #GIRLS," Mia tweeted when Allen's tribute began to start. Diane Keaton accepted the Cecil. B. DeMille Award on behalf of the Hollywood heavyweight—extolling the director's work with actresses, dropping a few curse words and even singing during her monologue. But Ronan's tweet made it clear that he wouldn't be offering any tributes at his house....
  • Mia Farrow's daughter breaks silence about Woody Allen's alleged molestation

    10/03/2013 12:31:39 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 22 replies ^ | October 3, 2013 |
    For the first time, Mia Farrow’s daughter Dylan has opened up about the shocking child molestation claims brought against her adopted father Woody Allen.
  • Mia Farrow admits Woody Allen's son Ronan may have been fathered by Frank Sinatra

    10/02/2013 3:07:53 PM PDT · by fishtank · 122 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Oct. 2, 2013 | Jill Reilly
    Mia Farrow has admitted that Frank Sinatra may be the father of her son, instead of Woody Allen. Rumours about the parentage of her son Ronan, 25, have long dogged Mia Farrow, and she finally addressed the issue in an interview saying the legendary crooner was 'possibly' his father. But on Wednesday, in reference to the claims, Ronan Farrow put in his two cents by tweeting: 'Listen, we're all *possibly* Frank Sinatra's son.' Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Woody Allen Blue Jasmine - Honest to God Masterpiece

    09/07/2013 9:07:11 PM PDT · by qwertyz · 66 replies ^ | August 29. 2013 | Casey Menninger
    There’s a lot eating Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine,” a brilliant social satire about morals, social class and a socialite coming spectacularly undone in our ethics-challenged times, and she should already start clearing space on her mantle for all the golden statuettes that are going to be coming to her. The latest cinematic effort from writer/director Woody Allen is the perfect antidote from the usual superhero spectacles and it's a stand up and cheer return to form for a celebrated director that has fallen on hard times himself.
  • Katy Perry, Ronan Farrow Agree: Zimmerman Verdict Proves 'America's Racism'

    07/15/2013 5:47:27 PM PDT · by drewh · 54 replies
    Pop singer Katy Perry and the son of Mia Farrow agree on one thing regarding the acquittal of George Zimmerman--it confirms their feelings that America remains a racist society. Ronan Farrow, the biological son of the actress and her former beau, Woody Allen, unleashed a tweet today bemoaning the state of the U.S. judicial system in the wake of Zimmerman's not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing case. And Perry was only too proud to retweet Farrow's race-obsessed viewpoint: Ugh, my tummy turns. RT “@RonanFarrow: American justice: still colorblind (as long as you're white).”
  • VIDEO: When Woody Allen Met Bob Hope- 'Play It Again Bob'

    12/26/2012 2:26:47 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 24, 2012 | chankfloyd
  • Not what you'd expect from Woody Allen

    08/07/2012 8:16:43 AM PDT · by pjd · 42 replies
    The latest Woody Allen movie is so much not what you would expect from Woody Allen, I have to post this little commentary. I don't know if he suddenly had an epiphany or something, but I was totally blown away. Heavy spoilers follow... Ok, early on he starts criticizing his daughter's new Italian boyfriend whom he refers to as a Communist because he is a pro-bono lawyer, union supporter, etc. Woody's movie-wife says that he used to be like that. He says, "Yeah, when I was younger, but I was never a Communist. I don't even like to share a...
  • Woody Allen doesn't get God, or religion

    09/18/2010 10:27:16 AM PDT · by NYFreeper · 20 replies
    At 74, Mr. Allen, the prolific filmmaker and emblematic New Yorker, has hardly found religion. But the idea of faith informs his latest movie, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," which Sony Pictures Classics is to release next Wednesday. In the film, as the marriage of a London couple (Anthony Hopkins and Gemma Jones) unravels, the wife seeks comfort in the supernatural, which has unforeseen consequences on the marriage of her daughter (Naomi Watts) and her husband (Josh Brolin). Read more:
  • The Night Woody Allen and Billy Graham Argued The Meaning of Life

    09/16/2010 11:18:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 9/16/2010 | Scott Ross
    It's the kind of encounter made in TV heaven: the neurotic intellectual New York Jew and the fire-and-brimstone televangelist arguing about what it all means. Woody Allen interviewed Billy Graham in the 1960s, where the two men discussed all manner of topics touching on religion, morality and the meaning of life. It was a respectful, intelligent and often funny conversation the likes of which would be impossible in today's cultural climate, according to the legendary director, who recounted the meeting to the film press as he promoted his latest movie. Allen's talk with Graham resonates with him today, informing in...
  • The Woody Allen Presidency

    07/08/2010 8:55:59 AM PDT · by chickadee · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/8/2010 | chickadee
    Many have suggested that George Soros is the "brains" behind the Obama administration. I contend it is Woody Allen.
  • Woody Allen: “It would be good if Obama could be a Dictator for a few years”

    05/15/2010 4:25:07 PM PDT · by sushiman · 61 replies · 1,780+ views
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  • Barack Obama, Dictator: Secret Transcript

    05/25/2010 5:03:23 AM PDT · by mattstat · 10 replies · 578+ views
    Transcript Begins Obama Read that back to me. Axelrod OK: I have fantasized–don't get me wrong–but that what if we could just be China for a day? I mean, just, just, just one day. You know, I mean, where we could actually, you know, authorize the right solutions, and I do think there is a sense of that, on, on everything from the economy to environment. I don't want to be China for a second, OK, I want my democracy to work with the same authority, focus and stick-to-itiveness. But right now we have a system that can only produce...
  • Woody Allen Wants Obama to Be a Dictator! Woody is Splintered!

    05/17/2010 2:40:01 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 17 replies · 472+ views
    Associated Content ^ | May 17th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Woody have you EVER been under a dictatorship? If not, how can you babble about wanting Obama to be a dictator? Woody have you any family members that live under a dictatorship? Do they love that concept or do they want to live like Americans?
  • Woody Allen comes out in support of Polanski

    05/16/2010 10:46:46 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 627+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2010
    CANNES, France (AP) -- Woody Allen has restated his support for fellow filmmaker Roman Polanski, who is in house arrest in connection with a 33-year-old sex scandal. Allen said Polanski "was embarrassed by the whole thing," "has suffered" and "has paid his dues." He said Polanski is "an artist and is a nice person" who "did something wrong and he paid for it."
  • Woody Allen: “It Would be Good if Obama Could Be Dictator for a few Years"

    05/16/2010 10:43:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 889+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | May 15, 2010
    Elitist Hollywood liberals already make me want to vomit, even worse when it’s coming from a guy who married his step-daughter… Woody Allen is a “big fan” of the president of the United States Barack Obama, To the point where you think you should be a dictator for a few years to carry out all his plans. “I’m thrilled with Obama, I think it’s great. The Republican Party should get out of their way and stop trying to hurt him,” Allen said flatly in an interview with Spanish media in Cannes Film Festival, Where he presented out of competition, his...
  • Police: Ogden teacher's relationships 'inappropriate,' but not illegal

    11/05/2009 3:35:49 PM PST · by Colofornian · 6 replies · 1,388+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Nov. 5, 2009
    Ogden police say an Ogden High School teacher has had 'inappropriate relationships' with at least six female students over the years, but none of them rise to criminal conduct. Lt. Scott Conley said Thursday that while the teacher's behavior is questionable under the school district's policy for professional conduct, his relationship with students is not criminal. He said investigators found the teacher had "inappropriate relationships" with at least six students dating back to 2000. He said the teacher used his influence to develop relationships with girls shortly before they turned 18. Police investigated allegations the teacher had been dating his...
  • Filmmakers demand Polanski's release (Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar)

    09/29/2009 4:32:33 PM PDT · by Justaham · 59 replies · 2,077+ views
    CNN ^ | 9-29-09
    ZURICH, Switzerland (CNN) -- Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese have "demanded the immediate release" of fellow filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was arrested in Switzerland on a U.S. arrest warrant related to a 1977 child sex charge. Polanski was on the way to the Zurich Film Festival when Swiss police detained him in response to the American warrant. The filmmaker pleaded guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor but fled before he could be sentenced. He settled in France, where he holds citizenship. Investigators in the United States say Polanski, then 43, drugged and raped...
  • 12 things Woody Allen just doesn’t get

    07/06/2009 3:09:44 PM PDT · by Borges · 63 replies · 2,776+ views,29731/ ^ | 06/29/09 | Keith Phipps, Kyle Ryan, Leonard Pierce, Nathan Rabin, Scott Tobias, and Zack Handlen
    1. African-American people: For a brilliant writer and perceptive chronicler of the human psyche, there’s a whole lot that Woody Allen, or at least the Woody Allen we know from his movies, just doesn’t seem to understand. Allen’s charming, maddening new movie, Whatever Works, provides another in-depth glimpse into the strengths and weaknesses of his neurotic, acerbic, New York-centric worldview. Allen is a whiz at exposing the anxieties and desires of the upper-middle-class Manhattan smart-set, but his blind spots are legion. Take African-Americans for example. Allen named his son after the great pitcher Satchel Paige and has a deep abiding...
  • Woody Allen eyes Carla Bruni for film role

    06/18/2009 3:26:19 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 13 replies · 865+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 18, 2009 | James Mackenzie
    Woody Allen would like to use France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy for a film role, the U.S. director told RTL radio on Thursday. "I'm sure she would be wonderful," he said through a translator. "She's got charisma, she's already acted so she's not unknown to an audience. There are a lot of ways I could use her though I don't have a story for her at the moment," he said. "But I'll certainly talk to her about it and I'll ask her if she's interested." Bruni-Sarkozy, one of the world's top models before starting a career as a singer and...
  • Woody Allen settles American Apparel lawsuit for $5 million

    05/18/2009 7:28:05 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 39 replies · 2,876+ views
    Entnertainment Weekly news-briefs. ^ | May 18, 2009 | Tanner Stransky
    Woody Allen has settled a suit he filed against trendy clothing company American Apparel, and the company will pay him $5 million for using his image in advertising, Reuters reports. "I am told the settlement of five million dollars I am being paid is the largest reported amount ever paid under the New York right to privacy law," Allen said outside Manhattan federal court where the case was supposed to be heard this morning. Allen claimed his reputation was damaged and the image was used without consent, while American Apparel founder Dov Charney told reporters the case was about "the...
  • Woody Allen says American Apparel is harassing him

    04/15/2009 6:45:47 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 3,095+ views ^ | Apr. 15, 2009
    NEW YORK – Actor-director Woody Allen has fired back against American Apparel's effort to drag his personal life into a civil court case, saying the clothing company is harassing him. Lawyers for the 73-year-old Allen filed new legal papers in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday. The papers say American Apparel isn't playing fair by trying to expose his family life, personal finances and career. They say it's a "scorched earth" approach.
  • Nothing funny about Obama losing, funnyman Woody Allen says

    09/19/2008 1:08:34 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 80 replies · 537+ views
    AFP ^ | September 19, 2008 | AFP
    US filmmaker Woody Allen, best known for such comedy classics as "Annie Hall," says it will be no laughing matter if Barack Obama fails to win the race for the White House. "It would be a disgrace and a humiliation if Barack Obama does not win," he told Spanish journalists at the ongoing 56th San Sebastian film festival, where his latest film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" is being screened. "It would be a very, very terrible thing for the United States in many, many ways," he said. Democratic hopeful Obama, Allen said, is "so much better" than Republican rival John McCain,...
  • Mel Tolkin, Lead Writer for ‘Show of Shows,’ Dies at 94

    11/27/2007 8:29:59 AM PST · by EveningStar · 3 replies · 60+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 27, 2007 | Margalit Fox
    Mel Tolkin, the long-suffering head of Sid Caesar’s celebrated television writing team, who was present from the cramped, sweaty, malodorous beginning, died yesterday at his home in Century City, Calif. He was 94... As the lead writer for “Your Show of Shows” and its successor, “Caesar’s Hour,” Mr. Tolkin presided over a team that at one time or another included Mel Brooks, Lucille Kallen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart and Woody Allen. “Your Show of Shows,” starring Mr. Caesar and Imogene Coca, was broadcast on NBC from 1950 to 1954. A wellspring of American television comedy, the show endures to this...
  • Woody Allen: Bergman 'was the finest director of my lifetime'

    07/31/2007 7:41:34 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 64 replies · 959+ views ^ | 07/30/2007 | AFP
    American film icon Woody Allen on Monday said he was devastated to hear Swedish filmmaker and playwright Ingmar Bergman had died, hailing him as cinema's greatest director. "I was very sorry to hear Ingmar passed away," Allen told Swedish daily Aftonbladet's website. "He was a friend and certainly the finest film director of my lifetime," added Allen, who has also expressed great admiration for Bergman in the past. In a 70th birthday tribute in 1988, Allen said Bergman was "probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera." Bergman, considered one of the...