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    • DYLAN FARROW PUTS HOLLYWOOD ON BLAST FOR IGNORING WOODY ALLEN CLAIMS

      Woody Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow slammed Hollywood and the media for giving him a pass on sexual assault allegations, while similar accusations have ended the careers of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, James Toback and others.

      In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times titled "Why Has the #MeToo Revolution Spared Woody Allen?" she points out that while "the system" is no longer working for Weinstein, "It works for Woody Allen still."

      • Farrow’s brother, Ronan Farrow, helped take down Weinstein with a blistering screed based on a 10-month investigation that revealed decades of harassment and assault in the New Yorker.
      • "We are in the midst of a revolution. From allegations against studio heads and journalists, to hotel maids recounting abuses on the job, women are exposing the truth and men are losing their jobs," Farrow writes. "But the revolution has been selective."
      • Farrow, the adopted daughter of Allen and Mia Farrow, first alleged decades ago that Allen sexually assaulted her when she was 7.
      • "It is a testament to Allen's public relations team and his lawyers that few know these simple facts," she says. "It also speaks to the forces that have historically protected men like Allen: the money and power deployed to make the simple complicated, to massage the story."
      • Farrow continues, "In this deliberately created fog, A-list actors agree to appear in Allen's films and journalists tend to avoid the subject."
      • She called out actresses, including Kate Winslet, Blake Lively and Greta Gerwig, all of whom worked with Allen and have publicly decried sexual assault committed by other men, while refusing to address Allen’s behavior.
      • Farrow writes: "Although the culture seems to be shifting rapidly, my allegation is apparently still just too complicated, too difficult, too 'dangerous,' to use Lively's term, to confront. … The truth is hard to deny but easy to ignore. It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it."

      KATE WINSLET ON WOODY ALLEN

      Kate Winslet, who appears in Allen’s latest film Wonder Wheel, has been asked about allegations against him. In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, she lauded his understanding of women.

      • "I think on some level Woody is a woman," Winslet joked. "I just think he’s very in touch with that side of himself. He understands the female characters he creates exceptionally well."
      • She continued, "His female characters are always so rich and large and honest in terms of how they’re feeling and he just knows how to write dialogue for them to communicate all that."
      • When asked by the LAT about the abuse allegations, she said: "At the end of the day, you look at the facts. He’s an 81-year-old man who went through a two-year court case," she said. "As far as I know, he wasn’t convicted of anything. I’m an actor; he’s a director. I don’t know his family. I’ve heard and read exactly what you’ve heard and read. I know as much as you do. That’s all I can say."
    • J.K. ROWLING BREAKS SILENCE ON JOHNNY DEPP CASTING IN 'FANTASTIC BEASTS'

      Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is ready to talk about Johnny Depp’s casting in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. She addressed the controversy, which stemmed from domestic assault allegations leveled against him by his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

      "When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he’d be wonderful in the role. However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had appeared in the press that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise," Rowling wrote in a statement on her website. "Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role. As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already said, we naturally considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn’t happen."

      • "However," she wrote, "the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected. Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies."
      • Rowling is the screenwriter for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald.
      • She concluded: "I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing."
      • Depp disputed Heard’s allegations and after they reached a settlement in 2016, the released a statement which read, in part: "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm."
    • ALEC BALDWIN DEFENDS HIS CRITICISM OF LATE NIGHT 'GRAND JURIES'

      Alec Baldwin isn’t backing down. On Wednesday, Baldwin bemoaned on Twitter about the approach late night hosts like John Oliver and Stephen Colbert are taking to sexual misconduct, likening them to "grand juries."

      Oliver recently confronted Dustin Hoffman at a live Q&A about groping allegations made against him.

      • Baldwin tweeted: "Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc. Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries."
      • Baldwin appeared on Megyn Kelly’s hour of The Today Show Thursday to defend himself and expand on his comment, which received criticism online.
      • "You certainly want to see everybody who’s guilty of something, who’s done bad things, wrong things, and hurt people, you want to see those people get punished.But I don’t want to see other people get, like, pulled into that who… there’s a lot of accusations and no proof yet."
      • Kelly asked Baldwin about his relationship with James Toback, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 30 women.
      • "In terms of anybody who’s guilty," Baldwin responded, "whether it’s Jimmy Toback, who was, who is, my friend — I haven’t seen much of him lately after this happened — but anybody who’s guilty of this predatory behavior, men that I know, and I think most women would agree with this, we don’t understand men who want a woman, her tears streaming down her face and she’s begging you not to do the thing you’re going to do, and most men that I know say, ‘What’s with that?'"
      • Baldwin also addressed the accusations against Hoffman specifically, claiming that times have changed, and what he did was considered normal at the time.
      • "For me, what is different, what is odd, this is no excuse, but like 40 years ago there was a kind of way that people had a kind of sexualized by play, and a kind of fooling around that was wrong, you look back and you say it was wrong then," he explained. "But it seemed to be less problematic than it is now. Where we live now, there are a lot of things you just don’t do anymore."
      AUDIO: ALEC BALDWIN ON LATE NIGHT & SEXUAL ASSAULT
    • EMMA STONE, JENNIFER LAWRENCE, NICOLE KIDMAN & MORE TAKE SEXUAL ASSAULT PLEDGE

      W Magazine challenged several celebrities to speak up against sexual assault. The move comes on the heels of Time’s decision to pick "Silence Breakers" as 2017’s Person of the Year, which in turn is a reflection of the passion with which the public has embraced the #MeToo movement.

      The #MeToo movement stems from the sexual assault scandals that have plagued major Hollywood figures, starting with Harvey Weinstein, in recent months.

      • In the same spirit, W asked several top stars to use their voice and their platform to simply say "I will not be silent anymore." It’s a pledge to stand up for themselves and others, any time they see or hear about sexual assault.
      • Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman, Gal Gadot, Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniel Kaluuya, Hong Chau, Jessica Chastain and many others signed on for the challenge and got together with W to produce a video, released Thursday.
    • SARAH PAULSON REVEALS SHE WAS TOLD TO HIDE ROMANCE WITH HOLLAND TAYLOR

      Sarah Paulson may be a household name now thanks to her roles in American Horror Story and The People v. O.J. Simpson, but when she was first starting out, she was told that her romantic life might harm her chances of landing a major role.

      Paulson, 42, first confirmed her relationship with Holland Taylor, 74, in March of 2016. She graced the cover of The EDIT’s latest issue and sat down to discuss why she decided to throw caution to the wind.

      • "My life choices are, um, unconventional," she told The EDIT in the cover story of their latest issue. "I'm with a much older person, and people find that totally fascinating and odd, and to me, it's the least interesting thing about me. I am a woman of a certain age who chose not to have children, and who has made my career my priority. I am the captain of my own ship, and I’ve never looked to anyone else to validate that, or tell me it’s okay."
      • She continued, "Early on, when people found out I was with Holland, some said: 'I think you have to be careful, I'm afraid it's going to affect your career negatively'. I was like, what? It never occurred to me at all."
      • Still, it had some effect, because she admits that when she received an Emmy for her OJ performance, she wondered whether she should address Taylor in her acceptance speech.
      • "It occurred to me, should I not do that? And then I thought, why would I not?" Paulson explained. "The fact I'm having this thought is wrong. But I had a moment of societal concern; wondering if, maybe, people who didn't know that about me would be like, wait, what? But then, you know, I did it anyway."
    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      REPORT: ANDY COHEN AND MELISSA GORGA SUED FOR $30M: A woman featured on Real Housewives of New Jersey is claiming that producer Andy Cohen and star Melissa Gorga defamed her by making her look like a thief on the show. According to The Blast, Jackie Beard Robinson is suing NBC Universal, Cohen and Gorga for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Robinson owned a clothing store in Florida and met Gorga when she came into shop. The pair went into business together on a shop in New Jersey, but their deal went south after Robinson claimed Gorga "misappropriated" $37K. On a RHONJ episode, it appeared that Robinson went into the store and stole clothing, whereas in reality, Robinson claims she removed the clothing during the day, and that the merchandise belonged to her. She is asking for $30M.

      SCOTT DISICK AND SOFIA RICHIE MAKE FIRST OFFICIAL APPEARANCE AS COUPLE: It is on! Scott Disick and Sofia Richie made their first official appearances as a couple after months of speculation about their status. They walked the red carpet at an Art Basel party in Miami Beach Wednesday night, with Disick, 34, sporting a mostly unbuttoned black shirt and loafers and Richie, 19, doing the LBD / strappy heels thing.

      CHRIS PRATT TAKES SON JACK OUT FOR B-BALL: Cuties! Chris Pratt brought his best pint-sized pal, son Jack, to see the Los Angeles Clippers play the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. The Guardians of the Galaxy star sat courtside with 5-year-old Jack, and the pair looked contented and chatty as they ate popcorn and took in the game. Pratt and ex Anna Faris separated in August and filed for divorce last Friday. They are requesting joint custody of Jack. Faris has been spotted out this week reportedly house hunting in L.A. with rumored boyfriend Michael Barrett.

      LINDSAY LOHAN RETURNS TO THE RED CARPET WITH MOTHER DINA: Lindsay Lohan was among the stars gracing the red carpet for The Daily Mail’s annual New York City holiday bash at the Moxy Hotel. Lohan is back in NYC for business meetings that are reportedly a prelude to her grand return to Tinseltown. Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, and Ramona Singer were also at the party along with Vanderpump Rules stars Brittany Cartwright, Jax Taylor, and Stassi Schroeder.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      RECASTING KEVIN SPACEY WILL DELAY ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD FOR 3 DAYS: Wow. Ridley Scott pulled off a cinematic feat when he recast Christopher Plummer in Kevin Spacey’s starring role in All the Money in the World, reshot much of the picture and pushed it through post in a matter of weeks. (Spacey was ousted because of the sexual misconduct allegations swirling around him). Plummer stars as J. Paul Getty. Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg also star. The film drops December 25th.

      RYAN REYNOLDS TO STAR IN LIVE-ACTION POKEMON FILM: Ryan Reynolds has joined the cast of Detective Pikachu to play the titular character. The live-action film is based on the Pokemon gaming franchise. Shooting will start in January in London. Rob Letterman is helming the film, which also stars Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Justice Smith (Paper Towns, The Get Down).

      MATT LAUER WON’T BE CUT FROM I, TONYA: Matt Lauer was ousted from the Today Show on November 29th over allegations of sexual harassment, but he will still appear on the big screen. He already made an appearance in Saoirse Ronan’s Lady Bird (she watches him on a newscast reporting about the war in Afghanistan), and he will also appear in I, Tonya (with footage of him reporting the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan). According to The Hollywood Reporter, at a recent screening of I, Tonya, the sold-out crowd groaned when he popped up onscreen.

      IMAX & 20TH CENTURY FOX EXTEND PARTNERSHIP: Imax Corp. and 20th Century Fox Film are extending their partnership through 2019. The Darkest Minds and Marvel titles The New Mutants, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Gambit are covered under the terms of the new deal, which will see the films get digitally re-mastered so they can be shown in the immersive Imax format.

      7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE TRAILER DROPS: Focus Features shared its trailer for José Padilha’s 7 Days in Entebbe. It follows the story of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route to Paris from Tel Aviv. Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi and Rosamund Pike star. 7 Days drops March 16th, 2018.