HBO docuseries to explore Woody Allen, Mia Farrow fallout
FILE - Director Woody Allen attends a special screening of "Wonder Wheel" on Nov. 14, 2017, in New York. A docuseries about the relationship of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow and its fallout is coming to HBO. The four-part documentary series is titled "Allen v. Farrow" and will debut Feb. 21, 2021, on HBO. Allen and Previn didn't participate in the documentary, nor did Moses Farrow, the son of Allen and Mia Farrow. “Allen v. Farrow,” from filmmakers Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy, will debut Feb. 21 on HBO, with episodes airing weekly.
Explosive Woody Allen documentary series coming to HBO
The story of Woody Allen's notorious relationship with Mia Farrow and their family is set to be explored in a four-part documentary on HBO. Directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, Oscar-nominated documentarians, the series titled "Allen v. Farrow" delves deep into one of Hollywood's most public scandals — the accusation that Allen had sexually abused his then 7-year-old adopted daughter Dylan. In the bitter custody battle that followed it was revealed that Allen had been having a relationship with Farrow's adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn. HBO will debut the first episode in the series on Feb. 21, with new installments airing on subsequent Sundays. The series is reminiscent of HBO's involvement in the Michael Jackson documentary "Leaving Neverland," as both were shot in secret.cnbc.com
New this week: 'Resident Alien,' Arlo Parks & 'Palmer'
This image released by Syfy shows Alan Tudyk as Harry Vanderspeigle in a scene from the new series "Resident Alien," premiering Wednesday on Syfy. — AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— iHeartRadio’s fifth annual ALTer EGO show dedicated to contemporary rock artists starring Billie Eilish, Foo Fighters and Coldplay will air virtually on Thursday night. — British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks is having a breakthrough, and she can count former first lady Michelle Obama as a fan. — If a wacky sci-fi series sounds appealing, check out “Resident Alien.” Alan Tudyk plays Harry, masquerading as a small-town doctor — and a human — after crash-landing on Earth. Based on the comic book series of the same name, “Resident Alien” debuts 10 p.m. EST Wednesday on SyFy.
Publishing saw upheaval in 2020, but 'books are resilient'
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)NEW YORK – Book publishing in 2020 was a story of how much an industry can change and how much it can, or wants to, remain the same. To its benefit and to its dismay, publishing was drawn into the events of the moment. Penguin Random House, among other initiatives, asked all employees to read Ibram X. Kendi’s “How To Be an Anti-Racist.” Kendi later presided over a company town hall. Macmillan CEO Don Weisberg, who cited a wide range of diversity programs at the publishing house that began before “American Dirt,” said he “understands the skepticism." The CEO of Penguin Random House U.S., Madeline McIntosh, noted how well book publishing could meet the public's needs during the pandemic and other events of 2020.
Trump books will continue after Trump leaves office
NEW YORK – One of publishing's most thriving genres of the past four years, books about President Donald Trump, is not going to end when he leaves office. In 2021 and beyond, look for waves of releases about the Trump administration and about the president's loss to Democratic candidate Joe Biden. “But there are tens of millions of Americans who look to the Trump presidency as an important time and are fans of his administration. Center Street, a Hachette Book Group imprint, has published Donald Trump Jr., Newt Gingrich and Judge Jeanine Pirro among others. Any publisher signing with Trump or a top administration official might face the anger not just of Trump critics among the general public, but from within the industry.
Broadway veteran Nick Cordero dies from virus complications
FILE - In this April 10, 2014, file photo, actor Nick Cordero attends the after-party for the opening night of "Bullets Over Broadway" in New York. Tony Award-nominated actor Cordero, who specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as Waitress, A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway, has died in Los Angeles after suffering severe medical complications after contracting the coronavirus. Cordero died Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Cedars-Sinai hospital after more than 90 days in the hospital, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)
Broadway veteran Nick Cordero dies from virus complications
FILE - In this April 10, 2014, file photo, actor Nick Cordero attends the after-party for the opening night of "Bullets Over Broadway" in New York. Tony Award-nominated actor Cordero, who specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as Waitress, A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway, has died in Los Angeles after suffering severe medical complications after contracting the coronavirus. Cordero died Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Cedars-Sinai hospital after more than 90 days in the hospital, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero, who specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as “Waitress,” “A Bronx Tale” and “Bullets Over Broadway,” has died in Los Angeles after suffering severe medical complications after contracting the coronavirus. Cordero died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai hospital after more than 90 days in the hospital, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots.
2 Garrison Keillor books set for release this fall
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, Garrison Keillor poses for a photo in Minneapolis. Keillor has two books coming out this fall, his first releases since sexual harassment allegations were made against the author and humorist three years ago. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen, File)NEW YORK Garrison Keillor will have two books out this fall a novel and a memoir marking his first releases since sexual harassment allegations were made against the author and humorist three years ago. Arcade Publishing announced Thursday that Keillor's The Lake Wobegon Virus, which continues his popular Lake Wobegon series and ties it to the current pandemic, is coming Sept. 8. "The people of Lake Wobegon were waiting for the chance to go wild and so the book wrote itself.
Spike Lee issues apology after defending Woody Allen
NEW YORK After voicing support for Woody Allen and criticizing cancel culture, Spike Lee apologized Saturday for words he said were wrong.In an interview Friday on the New York radio station WOR 710, Lee called Allen a great, great filmmaker.This cancel thing is not just Woody. Woodys a friend of mine, said Lee. "I know hes going through it right now.The following day, Lee tweeted an apology. Earlier this year, he released a memoir through Arcade Publishing after his original publisher, Hachette Book Group, dropped the book amid widespread criticism. Lee's latest film, the Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, debuted Friday on Netflix.
Broadway star Nick Cordero has leg amputation due to virus
NEW YORK – Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero has had his his right leg amputated after suffering complications from the coronavirus, his wife says. “We took him off blood thinners but that again was going to cause some clotting in the right leg, so the right leg will be amputated today,” she said earlier Saturday. Cordero entered the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on March 31 and has been on a ventilator and unconscious after contracting COVID-19. Cordero played a mob soldier with a flair for the dramatic in 2014 in Broadway’s Woody Allen 1994 film adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway," for which he received a Tony nomination for best featured actor in a musical. It has also claimed the life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally.
'Exorcist' actor Max von Sydow dies at age 90
"It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow,” Diamond said. In 1980, von Sydow starred as the evil emperor Ming the Merciless in "Flash Gordon." He was baptized Carl Adolf von Sydow, but later changed his first name to Max. “I’m very grateful to the schooling I had in Sweden because in order to learn acting you have to work, work, work,” he said. Von Sydow married Swedish actress Christina Olin in 1951 and had two sons, Clas and Henrik.
Hachette says it has dropped Woody Allen's book after facing backlash
Hachette Book Group has decided not to publish Woody Allen's upcoming memoir "Apropos of Nothing," the publisher confirmed to CBS News. pic.twitter.com/h0zuAi0T7l Dylan Farrow (@RealDylanFarrow) March 3, 2020Her brother, Ronan Farrow, published his book "Catch and Kill" through Hachette's Little, Brown and Company imprint. He also posted about the decision to publish Allen's book, writing on Twitter that he was "disappointed" the company acquired Allen's memoir when other publishers refused to do so and that they concealed the decision while working on "Catch and Kill." One day later, the company decided not to publish Allen's book, which was scheduled to be released in April 2020. "The decision to cancel Mr. Allen's book was a difficult one," the company said.cbsnews.com
Publisher cancels plans to release Woody Allen memoir
Woody Allen's publisher has decided to cancel the planned release of his memoir "Apropos of Nothing." The announcement Friday by Hachette Book Group followed days of criticism focused on allegations that Allen sexually abused his daughter Dylan Farrow. "The decision to cancel Mr. Allen's book was a difficult one. Allen's book was scheduled to come out next month. Ronan Farrow followed up a day later, calling Hachette's decision "wildly unprofessional."cnbc.com
Why 'cancel culture' doesn't always work
Some people rail against this "cancel culture" while others say it's necessary. "[Cancel culture] doesn't really work," Wortham says. This, in a lot of ways, is what cancel culture has become. Some people argue that cancel culture is justified because celebrities are facing repercussions for their actions. After Gillis was fired from "SNL" for racist jokes he made as recently as 2018, comedian Jim Jeffries said, "This is just cancel culture.
Scarlett Johansson 'would work' with Woody Allen 'anytime'
Scarlett Johansson (L) and director Woody Allen arrive at the premiere of Weinstein Company's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" at the Mann Village Theater on Aug. 4, 2008, in Westwood, California. (CNN) - Scarlett Johansson is facing major backlash for some reported comments about controversial director Woody Allen. Johansson was asked during the interview how she felt about Allen and said, "I love Woody. "Scarlett Johansson vehemently defending Woody Allen, further solidifying herself as one of the worst people working in Hollywood," Michael Cuby, editor-at-large for Them, tweeted. Johansson was asked during the interview about her stance on Allen in light of the "cultural environment where there is a new and powerful emphasis on believing women's allegations."
Sofia Vergara on shooting threesome scene in "Fading Gigolo"
Sofia Vergara on shooting threesome scene in "Fading Gigolo" "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara is playing the client of a male escort in the new romantic drama "Fading Gigolo," also starring Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and the film's writer-director John Turturro. Vergara spoke to CBS News' Ken Lombardi about shooting the film, and what it was like acting in her first threesome love scene, alongside Stone and Turturro.cbsnews.com