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#MeToo comments killed Woody Allen movie deal, Amazon claims

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#MeToo comments killed Woody Allen movie deal, Amazon claims

Woody Allen killed his contract with Amazon when he called the #MeToo movement a witch hunt, lawyers repping the digital retail giant claim.

Amazon inked a four-movie deal with the controversial director in 2017 and never released his film “A Rainy Day in New York,” which sources previously claimed contained an adult-teen sex scene.

Attorney Robert Klieger told U.S. District Judge Denise Cote Friday that Allen, 83, breached his contract when he made “public comments that at a minimum were insensitive to the #MeToo movement.”

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Klieger said that Allen’s remarks hurt made the project, which starred Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Jude Law and Rebecca Hall, too difficult to promote.

Friday’s hearing was for a $68 million lawsuit Allen filed against Amazon in February.

Allen did not attend the hearing; his lawyer, John Quinn, told the judge that Amazon initially claimed it was ending the deal because of sexual abuse allegations made against Allen, not because of his incendiary remarks.

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“The baseless allegations against Mr. Allen are decades old,” Quinn said, adding that the claims were well known when Amazon signed their contract with Allen in August 2017 — just months before the #MeToo movement would shake Hollywood.

Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, said in 1992 that Allen molested her in an attic when she was 7. Allen has repeatedly denied it and claimed Dylan’s mother, actress Mia Farrow, coached her to lie. Connecticut home. The Los Angeles Times reported that authorities and sexual abuse experts investigated the allegations, but a prosecutor declined to press charges to spare young Dylan the trauma of a trial. A judge in the case reportedly claimed that Allen’s behavior toward Dylan was “grossly inappropriate.”

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Dylan recounted the allegations in a 2014 essay for the New York Times, as well as in a sitdown for “CBS This Morning” in 2018.

Quinn claims that Amazon changed its explanation for terminating Allen’s contract to Allen’s #MeToo commentary, not the allegations levied against him previously.

Quinn said Amazon also cited claims that people in the industry won’t work with Allen.

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Many of Allen’s former castmembers renounced him, including “A Rainy Day in New York” stars Chalamet and Hall, as well as Michael Caine, Jeff Daniels, Hayley Atwell, Colin Firth, Mira Sorvino and Greta Gerwig.

In court papers, Amazon noted that Allen’s son, Ronan Farrow, published an article in The New Yorker just weeks after the company signed its contract with Allen, detailing numerous sexual misconduct claims against Harvey Weinstein.

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“The article became the catalyst for a broad reckoning over the persistence of sexual harassment in entertainment and other industries,” Amazon’s lawyers wrote in court documents.

Afterward, Amazon’s team alleges, Allen made numerous public remarks “suggesting that he failed to grasp the gravity of the issues or the implications for his own career.”

They cited several quotes by Allen in a magazine article including: “You don’t want it to lead to a witch-hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.”

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They also noted that after Dylan recalled her harrowing memories of Allen’s alleged sexual abuse in January 2018, Allen publicly dismissed the statements in an interview, saying his daughter was “cynically using” #MeToo for attention.

Klieger told the judge Allen’s public comments resulted in controversy “in Hollywood and outside of Hollywood,” making his films unable to be made nor promoted any longer.

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The judge set a case schedule stretching into 2020.

Allen and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, among others, will likely be ordered to depose if the case isn’t resolved in private mediation.

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Allen planns to produce a new movie this summer, Quinn claimed. The auteur still has some celebrity supporters, including Javier Bardem, Diane Keaton, Blake Lively, Scarlett Johansson and Alec Baldwin.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jenna Bush Hager announces third pregnancy: ‘I don’t know how I hid this’

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Jenna Bush Hager revealed she is expecting her third child with husband, Henry Hager.

The “Today” show co-anchor broke the news on air to a heartwarming reception from her fellow anchors—even receiving a hug from co-host Craig Melvin. “I’m very pregnant… I don’t know how I hid this,” said Hager in her announcement.

Hager also spoke about her daughters—Mila, 6, and Poppy, 3—and their reaction to the big news. The mother of two revealed the pregnancy to her daughters via their Easter baskets, which drew elated reactions from the tots. “They told the man behind me on the airplane. They told the people at church,” Bush Hager said with a laugh. “They’re so happy — to [the point] where they’re telling strangers.”

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Hager also expressed fear when debriefing co-host Hoda Kotb about the pregnancy. “I told Hoda, I said I’m so sorry. She had a glimmer in her eye. Lo and behold, we are doing it at the same time,” said Hager, referring to Hoda’s announcement of her newly-adopted daughter Hope Catherine.

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Hager, who is the daughter of former President George W. Bush, has stated that she intends to reveal more details about her forthcoming child, including the gender, on the 10 o’clock hour of the “Today” show. She married Henry Hager in 2008 after meeting him during the 2004 presidential campaign for father.

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KISS guitarist Paul Stanley explains how a childhood deformity led him to become a rock legend

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KISS guitarist Paul Stanley said a physical deformity is responsible for pushing him to become one of the most flamboyant and stylized rockers in history.

Stanley may be better known to fans for the “Starchild” persona that he’s used since he started with the iconic band in the late 1970s. Stanley would paint one black star over his right eye, which he recently revealed was part of the rock and roll glamor he turned to after being a social outcast in his youth.

Stanley sat down for an interview with Dan Rather on AXS TV where he got candid about living with a deformity called microtia and how it pushed him into the spotlight.

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“I pursued fame as a way to compensate for a lot of insecurities. I was born deaf on my right side and I had a birth defect. I had what’s called a microtia, which is basically not having an ear. Having a crumpled mass of cartilage,” he shared. “And, I wasn’t very socially adept and when you have something physical that sets you apart from people it makes you really a target of unrelenting scrutiny and sometimes ridicule. And, quite honestly, the idea of becoming famous was a way to push it in people’s faces and go, ‘you see, you should have been nicer to me.’”

While he’s grateful for the many years he spent with KISS and for the life it’s given him, he says that he learned quickly that fame wouldn’t solve his problems. However, he thanks the rocket-ride for teaching him that lesson early, when there was still time to do something about it.

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“I was fortunate enough to have success come to me and realize that didn’t change anything. So I was really blessed because, at that point in your life, it’s either a disappointment because it’s not a remedy and you either put a needle in your arm, a gun in your mouth or you live life as a victim, and I’m not cut out of that,” he said. “So I decided that I would spend my life and my time on self-exploration and trying to make myself a better person and seeing where that was going to take me.”

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Now, Stanley and the rest of the band are preparing to leave their makeup and armored outfits behind at the conclusion of their “KISS End of the Road World Tour,” which kicked off earlier this year.

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Pink says she’ll no longer share photos of her kids after people comment ‘just some of the nastiest things’

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Pink says she’ll no longer share photos of her children on social media after receiving a slew of negative comments about her parenting abilities.

The 39-year-old mother of two appeared on Monday’s episode on “The Ellen Show” where she spoke with host Ellen DeGeneres about the decision to cut back on posting about her kids. The final straw came when she shared an image of her and her children admiring a pelican that flew into their room and allegedly stayed with them for about two hours.

Pink caught backlash online for the fact that her 2-year-old son, Jameson, was bottomless with no diaper in the beach photo despite the fact she edited out his private parts.

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“We live on a farm. My kids are naked. It’s what happens. I’m naked sometimes,” Pink explained (via The Hollywood Reporter).

She continued: “People went as far as saying, ‘Someone should call Child Services,’ because he didn’t have a diaper on, and ‘How dare I?’ — just some of the nastiest things,” an emotional Pink said. “I cried so hard after that because I like to share my family. … I’m prouder of my kids than anything I’ve ever done and I just won’t share them anymore. I won’t do it.”

The star acknowledged that she has a responsibility to her kids, Jameson and 7-year-old sister Willow, given that she’s in the public eye. However, she takes issue with the “anonymous” keyboard warriors’ approach.

“There’s a kind way to be online. I’m open to kindness online,” she said.

The image in question remains on Pink’s Instagram. However, she has since changed the caption to be a scathing lecture to the trolls that commented on her child’s bottomless appearance.

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“There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real? As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper,” she wrote. “I deleted it because you’re all f—ing disgusting. And now I’m turning off my comments and shaking my head at the state of social media and keyboard warriors.”

Pink concluded: “And the negativity that you bring to other people’s lives. There is something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Smfh. Here’s a picture of the pelican we obviously caught and abused for hours before dangling baby penis in its face.”

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In her interview with Degeneres, Pink noted that she’s happy to engage with her online haters if she has the time. She previously fired back at critics of her opinions on the Covington Catholic school students after they were criticized for their behavior at a march for Native American people.

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