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Scarlett Johansson's publicist deserves a whopper raise after her latest comments defending Woody Allen.

Johansson's contemporaries, such as Greta Gerwig and Natalie Portman, have publicly distanced themselves from the famous director after the #MeToo movement kicked off, but Hollywood's highest paid actress has other ideas in mind.

Allen's adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow accused the director of sexual abuse, taking place when she was a child, which shocked the world.

Both men and women who were cast in his movies, including Kate Winslet, have jumped to his defence and now Johansson has had her say. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Allen has consistently denied the claim and was also never found guilty of child sex abuse. "I love Woody," the actress told The Hollywood Reporter. "I believe him, and I would work with him anytime."

"I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it. I have been very direct with him, and he's very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him," she went on."

Johansson previously worked with Allen in Match PointScoop, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. 

Amazon returned the rights to his latest film A Rainy Day in New York. Timothee Chalamet donating his salary to the Time's Up campaign and other charities after regretting accepting the project.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A cultural shift has taken place where women's allegations bear power and are now being believed, hence why the star's opinions and controversial statements matter more than ever.

"It's hard because it's a time where people are very fired up, and understandably. Things needed to be stirred up, and so people have a lot of passion and a lot of strong feelings and are angry, and rightfully so. It's an intense time."

Johansson has been a vocal advocate for equality and women's rights, calling out James Franco (accused of sexual misconduct by five women) for wearing a Time's Up pin in 2018 and speaking at the Women's March on Washington that same year.

Needless to say, the internet was having NONE of her views. Especially after her whole 'I should be able to play any part or person I want' shenanigans, which came after she accepted roles of characters with other ethnicities (Ghost in the Shell) and sexualities.

Trans people in particular have felt their space invaded, arguing that trans roles should be saved for struggling trans actors who face discrimination and prejudice in the entertainment industry. 

Hollywood has been accused of whitewashing the majority of their films, and Johansson has often been at the centre of those scandals.

Moment of silence for ScarJo's publicist;

What an exhausting job that must be. 

It's safe to say, the gal got dragged through the mud online, and the internet was taking no prisoners.

What do you think about the drama, are you on Scarlett's side regarding the allegations against Woody Allen and on playing roles created for trans people, people-of-colour and disabled people?

Or are you on the side of literally everyone else? 

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Selena Gomez's mother has revealed that she warned her daughter about working with Woody Allen, though she admitted that her advice “fell on deaf ears.”

The actress/singer is set to star in the director's upcoming film, A Rainy Day in New York – a project which has been surrounded in controversy over Allen's reputation of alleged child sexual abuse.

The film also features a number of up-and-coming actors including Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning, as well as more the more seasoned talents of Jude Law, Diego Luna, Rebecca Hall and Liev Schreiber.

Fans are calling on Selena to donate her earnings from the film to charity after Chalamet and Hall pledged to do just that.

 

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After failing to get through to the Disney star, some fans approached her mother, Mandy Teefey, on Instagram in the hopes that she would be able to get through to her daughter.

“Make Selena write an apology about the Woody Allen film,” wrote one user.

To which Mandy replied, via production company's account: “Sorry, no one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to. I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn’t click.”

“Her team are amazing people. There is no fall person here,” she added.

“No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”

The comments come just two months after the 25-year-old told Billboard that she wasn't sure how to respond to the criticism.

“To be honest, I'm not sure how to answer — not because I'm trying to back away from it,” she said at the time.

“[The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that's something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, 'Wow, the universe works in interesting ways'.”

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2008 was a defining year in the career of British-American actress, Rebecca Hall.

She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and while she didn't take home the award, the nod opened many doors for her within the film industry.

As a result, Rebecca, who has subsequently starred in The Town, Frost / Nixon and The BFG,  has always felt indebted to Mr Allen, which is one of the reasons she agreed to play a role in his latest movie, A Rainy Day in New York.

However, the accusations of sexual abuse which have been levelled at the director by his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, in recent decades have caused Rebecca to re-think both her working relationship with Allen, and her participation in the movie.

In a heartfelt message posted to Instagram, the pregnant actress admitted she regretted her decision to work with Allen, and after considerable soul searching acknowledged that her choice to do so indirectly silenced women who have been the victims of sexual violence.

"The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody Allen’s latest movie in New York. I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day, "she began.

"When asked to do so, some seven months ago, I quickly said yes. He gave me one of my first significant roles in film for which I have always been grateful, it was one day in my hometown – easy. I have, however subsequently realized there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened."

 

The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody Allen’s latest movie in New York. I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day. When asked to do so, some seven months ago, I quickly said yes. He gave me one of my first significant roles in film for which I have always been grateful, it was one day in my hometown – easy. I have, however subsequently realized there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened. After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones – I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup. I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere. #timesup

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Rebecca explains that her attempts to reconcile her career trajectory with the suffering of other women was hugely painful, and she hopes that by donating her wage from A Rainy Day in New York to the #TimesUp campaign, she can go someway towards rectifying the matter.

"After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones – I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed."

"That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. "

"It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup. I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere. #timesup

Rebecca's followers, some of whom have been victims of sexual abuse. have praised her candour and acknowledged the impact her gesture will have on the movement as a whole.

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Given the sheer amount of press coverage – not to mention incredulity – surrounding Harvey Weinstein's alleged crimes in recent weeks, you'd be forgiven for thinking that he was the only Hollywood heavy-hitter to ever find himself the centre of such allegations.

Keen to remind the public that this isn't the case, movie producer, Judd Apatow, made reference to actor and director Woody Allen's past in a recent tweet which has sparked intense discussion online in recent days.

Allegations surrounding sexual abuse and misconduct have dogged Allen for almost three decades while the storyline of his latest movie has sparked concern among many – something Judd address directly on social media.

"It is sad that he is obsessed with all these young actresses and none of them run when offered the job," Judd wrote while sharing an article which focussed on the unsettling nature of Allen's latest movie.

Agreeing with 49-year-old producer, one Twitter user wrote: "Seriously, anyone who supports Allen, Roman Polanski, and others like them are the problem."

"I think the first thing to question is why is the industry still supporting him? He goes on like nothing happened," added another.

While agreeing with Judd, one of his followers did question why he believes the responsibility lies at the feet of women, asking: "Why do men continue to work with him?"

"Seriously, men & women know he’s a predator yet his name & fame perpetuate a dangerous reality for all."

Kate Winslet recently came in for criticism when she sidestepped a question relating to Allen's past

"As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person," she reasoned.

Judd's tweet has been likes more than 2,000 time since its upload.

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Miley Cyrus was only ecstatic as she revealed to her Instagram followers yesterday that she had landed a role in Woody Allen's upcoming TV series. 

The six-part series that is as-yet unnamed, is set to debut on Amazon's live streaming service and begins shooting in March. 

The drama/ comedy series is to be set in 1960's and will have a short first season of six half-hour long episodes. 

Miley Cyrus will co-star with Woody himself as well as screen veteran Elaine May. 

The 23-year-old shared a picture on social media of some Woody Allen artwork she had in her room as she gushed about the opportunity. 

"F*ck yeah ! Stoked to be in Woody Allen's first series!!!!!

"I had claimed 2016 to be my year of 'chillin the f*ck out' but next to my bed for a few years now has been this portrait of W.A. & I was looking into his eyes when I got the call to be a part of the cast.

"And work alongside the bad a$$ Elaine May & da dude himself! 1960zzzz here I cummmmm."

However, the man himself does not seem as stoked about the series as he said at the Cannes Film Festival that accepting the series deal was a "catastrophic mistake."

"I thought six half-hour [episodes] would be a cinch, but it's not. It's very hard. I'm not good at it, I'm floundering," said the 80-year-old last year. 

"It could be a cosmic embarrassment. I just hope I don't disappoint Amazon."

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It's been red, it's been brown, it's been blonde and bronde, but Blake Lively's hair has always been long.

Now though, we;ve had a taste of what the star might look like with a permanently shorter style, and we could definitely see it working.

The actress was snapped on the set of Woody Allen's new film with a strawberry-blonde pin-curl bob sitting just above her shoulders.

Blake has often gone for retro hairstyles in the past, so the curled bob wasn't a huge leap for her, but the lack of length is definitely a change.

Of course, the style could have been a wig, but if so it's an extremely natural one – just look at that seamless hairline…

In typical Woody Allen style, no details of the new film have been revealed, but going by the costumes seen on set so far, it'll have a Fifties vibe.

Blake's been spotted in both a flowing silver sequined gown and a leopard print cape, while her co-star Kristen Stewart was pictured wearing a floral pink dress with a bow in her hair:

Neither Blake or Kristen have spoken much about the film – but that's mainly because they're not allowed.

"You're not supposed to talk about Woody Allen movies before they're out," Kristen said during an August appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael.

"But I think I'm probably allowed to generally say [her character Teresa is] a stretch for me,' she admitted.

Woody's movie began filming in August and also stars Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis.

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