The latest on the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman; Woody’s lawyer blames Mia; Vanity Fair editor explains Gwyneth Paltrow article controversy and Bieber gets a trial date.
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Woody Allen’s attorney was on Today yesterday, where he insisted the director’s ex Mia Farrow is behind Dylan Farrow’s recent New York Times letter in which she once again accused Allen of sexually assaulting her. "[Dylan] was a pawn in a huge fight between [Allen] and Mia Farrow years ago, and the idea that she was molested was implanted in her by her mother," Elkan Abramowitz said in the interview. "And that memory is never going to go away, so the fact that she says this now, that it happened 20 years ago, is totally understandable." Abramowitz added that Allen’s reaction to the letter was “one of overwhelming sadness because of what has happened to Dylan.” He also suggested the accusations are resurfacing because Mia is upset about the accolades Allen has been receiving for his film Blue Jasmine. "I think it's a continuation of Mia Farrow's desire to hurt Woody Allen," Abramowitz said. "Woody Allen is now riding high…and I believe it revived the anger she has toward him."
Philip Seymour Hoffman reportedly admitted his addiction problems in an off-handed comment to a stranger just two weeks ago. Magazine publisher John Arundel bumped into Hoffman at the Sundance Film Festival and didn’t recognize him at first. When he asked Hoffman what he did for a living, he replied, “I’m a heroin addict.” Arundel later recognized the actor, who admitted as he walked away that he “just got out of rehab.” Hoffman, who had been clean for over 20 years, had a relapse last year and it had gotten so bad his girlfriend of 14 years Mimi O’Donnell, mother of his three children, had kicked him out of their Greenwich Village apartment. “It was known that he was struggling to stay sober, and his wife had given him some tough love and told him he needed some time away from the kids and to get straight again,’’ a source told The New York Post. The Broadway community will honor Philip Seymour Hoffman tonight by dimming the lights on all theaters for one minute starting at 7:45 pm. Hoffman was a fixture on the Broadway stage, having been nominated for three Tony Awards: for revivals of Death of a Salesman (2012) and Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2003), and for Sam Shepard’s True West (2000).
Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter has gone public with the battle his magazine went through when they attempted to write an article about Gwyneth Paltrow. Carter insists the idea for the story was sparked after noticing “that people tend to have passionate opinions on the actress.” “What began so innocently quickly took a turn, however,” he admits in this month’s Editor's Letter. “Once the story was assigned, the writer reached out to Paltrow’s representatives and friends, and Paltrow sent the now-infamous email to her show-business pals. She asked that they not speak to Vanity Fair about her, or about anything else ever again. Ever. Never.” He added, “Kim Jong-Un couldn’t have issued a more blanket demand.” After news of Paltrow’s email hit the press, speculation began as to what exactly Gwyneth wanted to keep quiet, including rumors she had an affair.
Justin Bieber has a court date. The singer will go on trial March 3rd in connection with his recent arrest in Miami on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license. Bieber has pleaded not guilty to all three misdemeanors.
The upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars is going to sound a bit different. ABC announced Monday that longtime music director Harold Wheeler and his 28 member live backing band will not be returning to the show. They will be replaced with sound recordings and a “small electric band” in order to “attract a younger demographic.” But the move has angered the American Federation of Musicians. "People who love Dancing With the Stars also love the superb performances of the orchestra because it is such an integral part of the show," president Ray Hair said. "The tight, elaborate musical productions that catapulted the show into the top 10 in 17 countries can't be duplicated by recordings and a small combo. Viewers, whether they are young or old, will reject that as artistic fraud."