NEW YORK – Actor and film director Woody Allen has sworn he will never work with himself again and has pledged his salary to the MeToo movement.

Woody Allen joins Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet in publically distancing himself from the work of the legendary comedian and director. Woody explained to the Studio Exec:

It’s going to tricky for me going forward, but the way I see it the time has come to make a stand. This a historic sea change in which finally women are being heard and victims of sexual abuse are being given their day.

But Woody, you’re the man who has been accused of sexual abuse?

That’s what makes it so complicated. But I’m still willing to do my part.

The news that Allen is refusing to have anything to do with himself comes after a series of high profile collaborators issued similar statements. In the past, Allen has enjoyed the benefit of the doubt. But it looks as if the tide is turning for the 82 year old New Yorker.

A Rainy Day in New York will be released the week after I Love You, Daddy.


REVIEW – 20TH CENTURY WOMEN – Annette Benning shines in this witty and original dramedy.

Mike Mills new film 20th Century Women manages the unique feat of being a fresh blast of nostaligia. Annette Benning plays Dorothea – a Virginia Woolf-y name if ever there was one – a single mother who is bringing her child Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) up in the seventies with the help of her lodgers Greta Gerwig and Billy Cudrup as well as platonic friend Julie, played by Elle Fanning. The alternative family has been seen before, recently in Captain Fantastic and previously in The Royal Tenenbaums, but 20th Century Women isn’t about wish-fulfilling quirk. There’s a seriousness behind the frequently hilarious wit. Both a longing for a lost time, but also a sense of how different life really was. A pregnancy test involves byzantine instructions and hours of tension.

Each character is given space to really grow and interact. There’s a sense of time similar to that found in the writing of James Salter. From a moment in the immediate now, we can suddenly find ourselves twenty – thirty years in the future. Time folds so that for once the nostalgia actually deserves the tragic sense it sometimes has. The soundtrack featuring early Talking Heads among others likewise has a vibrancy and wit to match the movie. The feminism of the piece is lightly worn, with a kind of ‘no-shit-Sherlock’ nonchalance and a timely reminder of the good Planned Parenthood has been doing for decades.

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