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Ronan Farrow, Woody Allen’s Estranged Son, Serves Up Epic Diss On Father’s Day

Just in case you are unclear about the sordid back story, Ronan Farrow is the 24-year-old biological son (who was accepted to Yale Law at 15) of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. Woody famously left Mia for their adopted daughter — and Ronan’s adopted sister — Soon-Yi. I particularly like the fact that Mia retweeted Ronan joke with a simple “Boom.” [Hyper Vocal]

Rest In Peace, Vidal Sassoon: A Tribute

We’ve lost two great visionaries this week: writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away on Tuesday at 83, and just yesterday we received the news that Vidal Sassoon, 84, died peacefully in his Los Angeles home due to natural causes stemming from his enduring leukemia. He eclipsed a troubling childhood in Britain, placed by his destitute immigrant mother in an orphanage for seven years following the departure of his philandering father, and began a hairdressing apprenticeship at only 14. He said of his vision, “If I was going to be hairdressing, I wanted to change things. I wanted to eliminate the superfluous and get down to the basic angles of cut and shape.”

Sassoon’s architectural insight freed women from the constraint of the stiff, artificial-looking styles of the late ’50s and early ’60s by pioneering sensual, low-maintenance hair that didn’t require wearing “hair curlers to bed” or “weekly trips to the salon.” Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue, was a model for the stylist in the 1960s, and said yesterday of Mr. Sassoon, “He changed the way everyone looked at hair. Before Sassoon, it was all back-combing and lacquer; the whole thing was to make it high and artificial. Suddenly you could put your fingers through your hair!” Coddington wore an original version of the stylist’s classic helmet-like five-point bob cut: “He didn’t create it for me; he created it on me. It was an extraordinary cut; no one has bettered it since. And it liberated everyone.”

After the jump, a few of the master’s most iconic cuts. Rest in peace, Sassoon. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Woody Allen Speaks Up For Roman Polanski

Good news, Roman Polanski, a man who cheated on his partner with her adopted daughter is on your side! On Saturday, director Woody Allen told the media at the Cannes Film Festival that Polanski is “embarrassed,” “has suffered” and “has paid his dues” for a 1977 incident where he provided drugs to a 13-year-old girl and then raped her. Polanksi served 42 days in prison back in ’78, but he fled to Europe, where he has lived and made films for decades. Recently, Polanksi has been under house arrest in Switzerland and is facing jail time in the United States. Late last week, another woman accused Polanski of sexually assaulting her over two decades ago. Actress Charlotte Lewis says the director “forced himself” on her when she was 16 and they were working on the film “Pirates” together. Keep reading »

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