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Woody Allen Doesn’t Have A New Friend In Susan Sarandon, That’s For Sure.

Susan Sarandon is not dating Jake Gyllenhaal

Woody Allen has had a pretty okay time at Cannes via his molestation charges…until now.

Sure, some reporter made a non-joke about rape, but overall Woody Allen hasn’t really had to confront anything regarding his molestation charges. In fact, some of his actors even defended the guy. Well, Susan Sarandon is HAVING NONE OF IT. She slammed the actor at Cannes yesterday, and it’s pretty upfront:

“I think he sexually assaulted a child and I don’t think that’s right,” Sarandon said during Variety and Kering’s Women in Motion talk with Geena Davis. “I have nothing good to say about him,” she added. “I don’t want to go there.”

I mean, WOAH. The difference between Blake Lively defending Woody and a Hollywood institution like Susan Sarandon condemning him is huge. And, I applaud her.

Sarandon and Davis also briefly touched upon some other sad things: the lack of strong roles for women in studio films and the lack of directing opportunities for women. The actresses, who memorably starred in 1991’s “Thelma & Louise,” said that everyone predicted that the film would spur a new wave of projects about female friendship. But that never happened.

“The movie made a lot of money and that didn’t happen,” said Sarandon.

Davis expressed hope that things could improve.

“The thing about film is it can change overnight,” said Davis. “The next film somebody makes can be gender balanced.”

(Via Variety)

What do you think about Sarandon’s statement?

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Posted Monday, May 16th, 2016 at 8:08am
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Blake Lively, Nobody Respects You For Defending Woody Allen

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Very interesting. Very, very interesting.

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg have gotten in trouble before for shooting off their big mouths about stuff they have no idea about. And yet, they’ve managed to keep quiet and respectful and stay under the radar after Ronan Farrow’s op-ed dropped on Wednesday. I’m sure they’ve both gotten pointed questions about why they chose to work with Woody on Café Society, but their publicists are doing what stars pay them to do: namely, STFU-ing about anything Woody-related. Unfortunately, Blake’s publicist is clearly not as good. Following Blake’s nonsensical defense of Woody yesterday, she dropped these gems in another interview:

“It’s amazing what Woody has written for women,” said Blake Lively, who plays a Midwestern woman of some elegance, noting a series of complicated female characters dating back to the 1970s. Lively said any news coverage of Allen’s personal life did not register as she was making the movie.

“It’s very dangerous to factor in things you don’t know anything about,” she said. “I could [only] know my experience. And my experience with Woody is he’s empowering to women.”

(Via LAT)

Ugh. I know what’s going on. She wants to stay in Woody’s good graces so that maybe, in the future, he’ll write a part for her that will up her career. And while it’s true that Woody has written some meaty parts for women, this is not the moment to come to his defense. Where he might be empowering to women in his film life, he definitely hasn’t been in his personal life- and he’s using his “powerful white man” superpowers to sweep it under the rug.

Sigh.

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Posted Friday, May 13th, 2016 at 11:11am
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Woody Allen Got Served A Roman Polanski Joke At Cannes

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Man, sh*t is hitting the fan for Woody Allen.

Ronan Farrow had ensured that there would be drama surrounding Woody Allen’s appearance at Cannes this year, and that’s absolutely what went down. Ronan’s Hollywood Reporter op-ed was published mid-morning yesterday, and everyone was trying not to freak out in the middle of the high-profile festival. But of course, some cheeky reporter thought it would be funny to ask if Woody if he would ever consider writing a movie with an older woman-younger man love story, since all of his films seem to have very young women falling for much older men.

Mr. Allen said he was a romantic, raised on Hollywood movies. After so many films with love affairs between an older man and a younger woman, Mr. Allen was asked if he would ever consider making a film with a romance between, say, a 50-something woman and a 20-something man. That, he said, would be “a perfectly valid comic idea,” but it wasn’t really his field. “I just don’t have any material,” he said. “I don’t have anything really to draw on. But I wouldn’t hesitate if I had a good story.”

(Via The NY Times)

And then MC Laurent Lafitte made a “rape joke” about Woody, which actually isn’t quite a rape “joke,” even though it’s being reported like that:

Laurent Lafitte, a French comedian and the master of ceremonies at the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival, on Wednesday night caused gasps with a comment about festival favorite Woody Allen before the premiere of Cafe Society.

While addressing Allen, the master of ceremonies said: “You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe and yet in the U.S. you haven’t even been convicted of rape.”

Attendees took the comment as a reference to Roman Polanski, who lives and works in Europe, escaping the U.S.’ bid for extradition from Poland for charges dating back to the 1970s related to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

(Via THR)

One thing’s for sure- MC has gigantic balls and whether you think it was warranted or not, it’s inevitable that this stuff be addressed.

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Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 9:09am
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Could You Sound Any Creepier, Woody Allen?

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Woody Allen, come ON. Can you at least make some attempt at not sounding like a creepy old man?

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Allen discusses his still-icky marriage to wife Soon-Yi Previn as being “one of greatest experiences of his life,” which sounds sweet until he goes on to talk about how he “is able to make her life better.” Ugh. Here are some excerpts, via People:

“We’ve been married 20 years. And we were together for a few years before that. And she has given me the great years of my life, personally,” Allen, 80, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “She’s a great companion and a great wife. She has given me a stable and wonderful home life and great companionship. I guess whenever you meet somebody and they’re the right person for you, there is a great emotional contribution they make to your life.”

“She had a very, very difficult upbringing in Korea: She was an orphan on the streets, living out of trash cans and starving as a 6-year-old. And she was picked up and put in an orphanage,” Allen says of watching Previn grow up. “And so I’ve been able to really make her life better. I provided her with enormous opportunities, and she has sparked to them.”

Allen says that he helped Previn get a college and graduate degree, as well as make friends.

“She’s very sophisticated and has been to all the great capitals of Europe. She has just become a different person,” he explains. “So the contributions I’ve made to her life have given me more pleasure than all my films.”

In return, he says Previn – with whom Allen shares two daughters (Manzie and Bechet) – has “given me a lot of pleasure,” noting, that they’ve shared “a wonderful life.”

If you remember, Allen was still dating Mia Farrow when he began a relationship with Previn, her adopted daughter. Farrow and Allen had been a couple for over a decade when the actress discovered the affair. Previn, now 45, and the director wed in 1997. Ah, what a great love story.

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Posted Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 11:11am
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