“You know, I wasn’t there, so I don’t have a lot more to offer than you. Of course, it is a distraction … But I take it in stride. Look, we all have, you know, our family histories to bear … so … You know, that story has been out there for years. It was somewhat surprising to see it break in such a huge way of late. I’m fairly … I mean, I appreciate how hilarious it is. I mean, it’s a ridiculous situation. That said, I’m pretty unfazed by it in substance, because it’s been out there both publicly and privately for so long. You know, I have a relationship that I’m very happy with, you know, with all parties involved. For me, the imperative is ‘all right, we’ve talked about it, I get a kick out of it, everyone gets a kick out of it. Let’s move onto the substance,’ — which is one reason I’m so excited to be rolling out [his new show on MSBNC]. … Look, I grew up in a family with ten adopted siblings, so you know, if anything, I consider it an insult to them to obsess too much over the question of genetic provenance.”
Here’s soon-to-be-MSNBC host Ronan Farrow‘s game response to a tenacious reporter from New York magazine looking for a scoop straight from the horse’s mouth. To great hullaballoo, Ronan’s mother Mia Farrow recently told Vanity Fair that it is possible that Frank Sinatra is her son’s biological father instead of Woody Allen. (Ronan responded by tweeting, “Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son.” ) I give Ronan credit for having a sense of humor about his sperm donor and also his attitude about the unimportance of “genetic provenance.” That reminds me of something I wrote back when the tabloids (and, um, her mom) were trying to make Khloe Kardashian’s biological parentage a thing: family is family. Obsessing over who is the “real” sister or “real” father is actually kind of offensive. Kudos to Ronan for agreeing. [NYMag.com] [Image via Getty]
Call Jerry Springer! Or, you know, whichever A+ list Hollywood bigwig deals with such things. Mia Farrow has confessed that her hunky, brilliant son Ronan Farrow, thought to be the son of estranged husband/general asshole Woody Allen, miiight actually be Frank Sinatra’s kid. Whoa. Keep reading »
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]
In my opinion, Woody Allen films are hit or miss. I either love them or hate them. I was personally a big fan of “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight In Paris.” “To Rome With Love” looks like it may be another quirky winner with an all-star cast. It follows several characters on their romantic escapades through Rome. But then again … this may be just another stop on Woody’s European film tour. I guess we shall see on June 22. Thoughts?
Woody Allen is not most people’s idea of a pin-up. But Diane Keaton, who starred in Woody’s iconic films “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan,” says their romance blossomed over her attraction to his “great body.” (For his part, Diane says Woody fell for her because “he loved neurotic girls.” How … sweet?) In the 65-year-old actress’ memoir, Then Again, she writes:
It was his manner that got me, his way of gesturing, his hands, his coughing and looking down in a self-deprecating way while he told jokes. He was even better-looking in real life. He had a great body, and he was physically very graceful.
I still don’t see it — either ’70s Woody or the Woody Allen of today, who is a bona fide senior citizen at age 75. The guy just screams “geeky sex perv” to me. But hey, to each their own.
Diane Keaton does have a point about something, though: sometimes a younger woman’s attraction to an older dude isn’t necessarily because he’s “hot,” but because he is good-looking for his age. Call it, if you will, “old guy hot.”
After the jump, dudes who are our
fathers’ grandfathers’ age who we still think are pretty fine! [Daily Mail UK]
I always assumed the original nerd boyfriend Woody Allen wore the same glasses in movie after movie. But alas, there are subtle differences. Maybe in 50 years someone can replicate this chart with Lady Gaga’s hair? [World of Wonder] Keep reading »
In a 45-year career that’s been filled with screwball comedies, touching love stories and the occasional serious drama, there’s one thing that’s been a constant in Woody Allen’s filmography: his love for the ladies.
“My heart is in it more when I’m writing for women,” Allen said once in an interview, and he’s certainly given us some of the most memorable female characters in movie history. (Credit must also be given to Allen’s longtime casting director Juliet Taylor.)
Often starring opposite a neurotic schlub (played by Allen until recently), the Allen female character knows how to deliver a joke, exudes sexuality, and amidst adultery, arguments and other relationship problems is almost always clearer on what she wants than her male counterpart. Keep reading »
“Casting is so awkward. I’m too shy to meet [actresses]. I have the women come in and I don’t let them sit down. I make up some questions, but I couldn’t care less about chatting. I only see them to make sure that they haven’t gained 200 pounds or had five face jobs. I want to see that the woman I saw on the DVD is still intact.”
—Woody Allen talks to W magazine about his new flick, “Midnight in Paris,” which is screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Wow, he does such a bad job of making himself likable. Really, he meets with actresses just to make sure they’re still hot? Guess he liked what he saw with Rachel McAdams. [PopWrap] Keep reading »