Woody Allen hasn’t said anything about Mia Farrow‘s allegations that their son is actually Frank Sinatra’s kid. Perhaps he’s channeling it into a different fight. Okay, not really, he’s probably just rolling over the whole thing and shuffling around his apartment holding up his hands asking houseplants, “Can you believe this?” while taking short breaks to play jazz clarinet and count his money. Please let this be accurate.
He’s got a film out, Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett and that chick from The Bachelorette, and it’s getting really good reviews and buzz. But India isn’t giving Allen any slack when it comes to their strict film laws. They have anti-tobacco laws, and consider smoking in films to be an advertisement for smoking, which they don’t allow, so they put anti-smoking ads into all films where there are smoking screens. Something at the bottom of the screen. “Typically scrolling text warning viewers of the dangers of tobacco use.” (BBC News). So here’s what he’s doing about it. More from BBC News:
According to Reuters, Allen refused to accommodate the ads during his film.
It had been due to open in around 30 cinemas at the weekend.
The film features two smoking scenes that would have given cause for the on-screen disclaimers – typically scrolling text warning viewers of the dangers of tobacco use.
A publicist for Allen told Reuters: “Due to content in the film, it cannot be shown in India in its intended manner. Therefore, the film is not scheduled to play there.”
The film’s Indian distributor, PVR films, told DNA newspaper the director had overall creative control over the film.
“He wasn’t comfortable with the disclaimer that we are required to run when some smoking scene is shown in films,” Deepak Sharma said. ”He feels that when the scroll comes, attention goes to it rather than the scene. We had to abide by the law and we don’t have control over the film.”
I think it’s stupid as hell to have these ads inserted into films. Where will it stop? Can you imagine if Breaking Bad had to abide by the same laws? Give your viewers some credit. Or don’t, who cares, not your problem to watch out for their health.
October 8, 2013 at 7:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Ali Fedotowsky, the chick from season 6 of The Bachelorette, somehow landed a super tiny role in Woody Allen‘s upcoming film, Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, Bobby Cannavale, and weirdest of all, Andrew Dice Clay. Okay considering Andrew Dice Clay is in the film, I guess having a Bachelorette isn’t a huge stretch. And her role is apparently about 30 seconds long. But STILL. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Here are some details from the LA Times:
Allen’s casting director, Patricia DiCerto, eyed the bubbly blond and thought of her for a role in “Blue Jasmine,” which hits theaters in limited release Friday.
“She fit Woody’s vision of the character both physically and personality-wise,” DiCerto wrote in an email. “I knew he would think she was perfect for the role.”
And as for “the role”?
Fedotowsky plays the couple’s [Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin's characters] physical trainer, and Baldwin’s character asks if she’d be interested in attending a Yankees game with him.
“Absolutely,” Fedotowsky’s character Melanie replies enthusiastically. “If there’s nobody else you want to take.”
The whole scene lasts maybe 30 seconds, but filming it in the Hamptons last summer was nonetheless thrilling for the onetime reality-TV star.
“When Alec started reading his line, he was so good that I almost didn’t realize we were starting,” Fedotowsky recalled…
Oh Jesus. So you just thought right then and there that he was actually asking you to a Yankee game?
I will say, I thoroughly enjoy Ms. Fedotowsky’s blog on E Online. Especially when she takes Q&A from her twitter followers, in which she reveals behind-the-scenes Bachelorette stuff, like how she fell for contestant Roberto Martinez pretty much immediately and had to go through the motions of dating 24 other dudes. She said it was painful. I would imagine so.
July 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Happy Father’s Day again! Yeah, it was yesterday and I think we pretty much covered all the bases with the Peter Facinelli post, but if you weren’t around to check it out, Happy Father’s Day again! What a special, special day! And Woody Allen’s son, Ronan Farrow (son of Mia Farrow, not Woody’s adopted daughter), took to Twitter to wish his followers a Happy Father’s Day and this is what he came up with:
Um. LOL? Yes, I guess “LOL” would be appropriate here. I don’t quite know how the brother-in-law thing comes into play, being that there’s no disputing (?) that Ronan is Woody’s son (?), but … I don’t know. There’s definitely a weird bunch of birds there, and Woody’s recent comments about wanting to work with the “gifted” and “talented” Lindsay Lohan have only further solidified the fact that I think Woody Allen’s off his rocker.
June 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm by Sarah
The unlikely duo was spotted out in NYC last night at fancy-schmancy Philippe restaurant — and we’re told this isn’t their first spin on the friendship bicycle.
Sources close to Lindsay tell TMZ … Allen and Lilo have been friends for years now and he’s one of her biggest supporters — never jumping on the judgment bandwagon.
We’re told there are no projects officially on the books right now, BUT sources tell us they’ve been throwing around the idea of Lindsay being in one of Allen’s future films — which would be huge for Lilo, since his last flick, “Midnight in Paris,” won him an Academy Award.
We’re also told Lindsay has nothing but respect for the quadruple Oscar-winning director and would LOVE to work with him.
OK, somebody just kill me now. Woody Allen, coming out in “support” of Lindsay Lohan and her Lifetime-move-role-winning ways? I can’t even stand it. If this nutty little crackhead worms her way into one of Woody Allen‘s up-and-coming films, I just don’t know what I’m going to do with myself.
I mean, honestly, what would he even call it? ‘Midnight Bar Brawls in Paris’? ‘Annie Eightball’? ‘To Rome With Love (and Drugs)’? ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Cocaine But Were Afraid to Ask’? Or hey, maybe she could re-do the old classic, ‘Play It Again, Sam‘. I think I like that last one the best, probably.
May 6, 2012 at 9:00 am by Sarah
Woody Allen and his next wife *ahem* daughter attended the Knick’s game at Madison Square Garden Friday night.
Did anyone hear that?
That was the sound of me shooting fish in a barrel.
I think I’m gonna let this one slide based on the premise that it basically writes itself….Also, I do not want to go to Hell.
February 7, 2009 at 6:30 am by Soleil
A rare shot of Woody Allen and his adopted daughter/wife, Soon-Yi, at the afterparty for the Vicky Cristina Barcelona premiere in LA.
Also there: Scarlett Johansson, looking like she descended from a completely different universe than Woody and Soon-Yi.