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Woody Allen Strikes Back: "Of Course I Did Not Molest Dylan"; Dylan Farrow Responds UPDATE

"TWENTY-ONE years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought. We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2014 8:09 PM
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Eight Great Quotes from Cate Blanchett at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (CLIPS)

"Blue Jasmine" hit theaters back in July 2013 which, by this awards-packed winter 2014, feels like ages ago. Writer-director Woody Allen ostensibly penned the title role of Jasmine French with Cate Blanchett in mind. "Well that's something I'd like to believe is true," the ever-bashful Blanchett told the audience last weekend at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, where she accepted the award for Outstanding Performer of the Year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 6, 2014 1:51 PM
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Moses Farrow Sides with Woody Allen, Who Wants NYTimes to Publish His Defense (UPDATED)

The Farrow vs. Allen scandal has exploded again, with members of each family publicly taking sides in a high stakes media war. UPDATE: Moses Farrow, 36, who was adopted by Mia Farrow and Woody Allen and is now estranged from his mother and close to Allen and his wife Soon-Yi, has responded to his 28-year-old sister Dylan Farrow's Open Letter describing Allen's sex abuse when she was age seven.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2014 2:02 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Sony Pictures Classics has snapped up their seventh Woody Allen acquisition, taking North American rights to the director's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight," a period piece set in the South of France in the 1920s. It stars Colin Firth as an Englishman who arrives to investigate a possible scam among the high society of the Riviera.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2014 11:32 AM
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Read Woody Allen's Open Letter to Hollywood in Support of Casting Directors

Woody Allen has penned a rare open letter to Hollywood, via the Hollywood Reporter, wherein he supports his longtime colleague and casting director Juliet Taylor, with whom he worked on "Blue Jasmine." Read below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2013 11:36 AM
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Review: Documentary 'Casting By' Heralds the Unsung Yet Crucial Art of the Casting Director

“More than ninety percent of directing a picture is the right casting,” says Martin Scorsese at the outset of Tom Donahue’s engrossing documentary “Casting By,” which will be released in theaters November 1. And Scorsese’s not alone in his feelings -- Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and a legion of others put in face time in the film to trumpet the importance of the unsung, highly intuitive art of casting. The result is a cinephile’s treat.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2013 12:33 PM
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Ronan Farrow, Son of Mia Farrow, Lands Gig on MSNBC (VIDEO)

Ronan Farrow, son of actress-humanitarian Mia Farrow who grew up as the son of director Woody Allen (his paternity has been debated -- even his mother says it's "possibly" Frank Sinatra), has joined MSNBC and will host a weekday show. MSNBC cites Farrow's winning personality as the reason he's being hired. Check the video below and see for yourself.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 17, 2013 2:58 PM
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Woody Allen's Next Film Gets a Title: 'Magic in the Moonlight' (FIRST PHOTOS)

Woody Allen has given a title to his currently in-production new film: "Magic in the Moonlight." Shooting in the South of France, the project stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver and Simon McBurney.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2013 2:32 PM
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Indian Audiences Want to See Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine,' Fed Up with Movie Theater Rules that Repel Filmmakers UPDATED

UPDATE: Indian audiences and theater owners are in an uproar over the recently canceled theatrical run of Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" in their country. The film will not be shown in India because Allen wouldn't tolerate anti-smoking messages playing during scenes from his film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 14, 2013 1:47 PM
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NYFF Tributes Cate Blanchett on the Road to Oscar

NYFF programming director Kent Jones led Cate Blanchett through the parade of her first-rate directors, and she shared gems from each of her experiences. Discussing her role as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator," she slipped into an uncanny Martin Scorsese accent and recalled his advice to her: "Make it your own"--the "most liberating piece of direction" he gave her, she said.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • October 3, 2013 2:42 AM
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