Saturday 23 September 2017

US Diary: Bullets over Woody as ex Farrow takes aim

Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow
Woody Allen
Actress Lena Dunham arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 12, 2014.
Hillary Clinton
Hayden Panettiere at the Golden Glode awards

Orla Healy

WOODY Allen isn't the only person nervous about what Mia Farrow might do, or say, next. Producers of Bullets over Broadway: The Musical, which goes into previews on the Great White Way in less than six weeks, are reportedly so concerned that Farrow's renewed attacks against Allen will taint the show they are trying to figure out how to re-market the big-budget production -- based on Allen's 1994 big-screen crime-comedy caper -- without leaning on the Oscar-winning director's star power.

Following the fracas that blew up last week -- after Farrow and son Ronan lashed out at the Golden Globe Awards for honouring Allen with a Lifetime Achievement Award, accepted on the night by Diane Keaton -- producers, including Woody's sister Letty Aronson, called a meeting to "come up with a crisis plan for when Farrow speaks out again", a source told the New York Daily News.

Last Sunday night, Farrow, who was live-tweeting the Globes, toyed with her followers just as her former longtime partner was about to be honoured. "Time to grab some icecream & switch over to #GIRLS," she wrote, followed by, "Nite all."

The couple's son Ronan was less measured, tweeting: "Missed the Woody Allen tribute -- did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?"

The next morning Farrow let rip, re-igniting what one commentator described as the "darkly shaded" 1991 saga that erupted after she discovered he was having an affair with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn. Their ugly break-up also involved allegations that Allen molested Farrow's adopted daughter Dylan -- charges Allen has steadfastly denied.

"A woman has publicly detailed Woody Allen's molestation of her at age 7," Farrow tweeted Monday morning.

"Globe tribute showed contempt for her and all abuse survivors." Farrow also re-tweeted a link to a disturbing article by Maureen Orth which details Dylan's claim, asking: "Is he a paedophile? Read this Vanity Fair article and make up your own mind."

The reaction was swift and powerful, leaving "the play with a big problem", according to the News: "Producers want to celebrate Woody being on Broadway, but at the same time they now know any interviews with him will bring up Mia and her issues. The question being asked is how to best use Woody to sell tickets, if that's possible at this point."

The play, directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman and starring the likes of Brooks Ashmanskas, Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie and Vincent Pastore, is scheduled to premiere at the St James Theatre on April 10.

Lena's cred needs retouch

THE giddy sense of excitement surrounding last week's release of Lena Dunham's first Vogue cover didn't take long to sour. The Girls star, who became a feminist role model for millennials uncomfortable with Sex and the City's sugary shtick, now stands on the cusp of a major credibility fail after images inside the magazine appear to have been so heavily photoshopped that one frame shows Dunham minus her left arm.

The actress, whose cult following hinges on her zealous body positivity,may genuinely love the Annie Leibovitz frames ("Dear @voguemagazine: Thank you. Love, Lena"), but she's going to have to do something drastic to win back her disillusioned fanbase.

Jezebel, one of the many sites outraged by the suspicious Vogue visuals, is going as far as to offer a $10,000 bounty for an original unretouched photo from the shoot. "The final images are gorgeous; there's a 99 per cent chance that the originals are, too. So let's see them. $10,000. Anonymity guaranteed," write the site's editors, adding a PS: "Lena," they challenge, "we'll also extend this offer to you, if you want to submit them yourself." Nice.

Hillary steps out for 'Time'

TIME magazine's new Hillary Clinton cover is also sparking controversy. A photo illustration, it features one pantsuit-clad leg and a sensibly heeled foot under which a miniature man is about to be crushed. The accompanying cover line, which asks, "Can anyone stop Hillary? How to scare off your rival without actually running (yet)," is provoking negative reactions, ranging all the way from sexist through stupid. ("No word yet on what else Clinton's Mean Unstoppable Power Lady Pumps might crush next. A sad baby in a briefcase? A case full of makeup? A bra that is also on fire?" snarled one irate critic.)

Ironically, the questionable visual is one of the inaugural covers under Time's first female editor-in-chief, Nancy Gibbs.

Dressing for spite at Globes

FORGET colour-blocking (Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams), exaggerated ruffles (Paula Patton) and those dodgy man-buns. The most talked-about fashion trend from the Golden Globes is being tagged "revenge dressing", aka pushback from actresses snubbed by A-list designers used to controlling who wears what to Hollywood's big occasions.

Hayden Panettiere, the 24-year-old TV starlet nominated for a best supporting actress globe (Nashville), generated the most buzz for buying her own Tom Ford gown after her attempts at reaching out to his people for a loaner were turned down.

But rather than admit she had been rejected by Ford, Panettiere (who, apparently stressed about wardrobing issues, fired her stylist hours before Sunday's ceremony) walked the red carpet in a black-and-white autumn 2013 gown, giving the impression -- via interviews in which she gushed about the designer ("I'd wear a plastic bag if it was designed by him") -- that Ford had made the frock, which was panned by the fashion police, especially for her. The media-savvy designer nimbly spun the subsequent brouhaha by sending Panettiere flowers to thank her "for her support", which she, natch, immediately posted on Twitter.

Not so lucky was Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco, who also purchased her red silk Lanvin gown (autumn/winter 2013) off the rack. "I went into Jeffrey on West 14th Street, talked to my shopper there and bought it.

"Why not? It's the least I can do," the matter-of-fact actress explained. Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz wasn't moved. While the black mermaid gown he created for Emma (niece of Julia) Roberts won plaudits from red carpet watchers, Falco's ensemble scored less than stellar reviews.

The result? No flowers. Not even a tweet. The upside: industry types predict even bit-actresses to land a dress from the designer of their choice come Oscar night.

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