People: Sorvino doesn't want Me Too movement to lose focus
Actress Mira Sorvino said that she hopes the Me Too movement keeps its focus on sexual misconduct and doesn't turn into a general women's rights movement.
Sorvino met with television critics Thursday about her participation in an AT&T Audience Network drama, "Condor," but talk quickly turned to sexual misconduct involving Hollywood figures. Sorvino is one of mogul Harvey Weinstein's accusers, having alleged her career suffered for spurning his 1995 advances.
A day earlier, HuffPost published Sorvino's public apology to Woody Allen's daughter Dylan Farrow. Sorvino said she was sorry for "turning a blind eye" to Farrow's accusations against him and vowed never to work with Allen again. Sorvino starred in Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite."
Farrow has maintained her father sexually abused her when she was 7 years old, a charge the filmmaker has denied. Connecticut police investigated, but charges were never filed.
Sorvino said she accepted a media portrayal of the charges as an outgrowth of a bitter custody battle between Allen and actress Mia Farrow, and didn't investigate further at the time. Sorvino said she never had a problem with Allen's behavior when she worked with him. But the fact that she wished Farrow's charges weren't true doesn't excuse overlooking them at the time, she said.
There was no immediate comment from Allen about Sorvino's letter.
Stevie Wonder wows crowd on 'smart' piano
Trying to distinguish your product among the thousands at the CES gadget show is no easy feat, so it helps when music legend Stevie Wonder pays an unexpected visit.
Especially when your product is a "smart" piano designed to teach people how to play.
Piano teacher Gabie Perry was demonstrating the internet-connected device, made by a California startup, when someone told her that Wonder asked to try it. She thought it was a joke.
Wonder spent about 15 minutes playing tunes as a crowd gathered at The One Music Group's CES booth in Las Vegas. Wonder says he likes to visit the conference to "see new things" and meet people. He's among several celebrity musicians attending, including rapper Iggy Azalea and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.
Gerwig, Peele among Directors Guild nominees
Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele are among the five directors who have been recognized for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America. The Guild announced its feature film nominees Thursday, including Gerwig for the coming-of age film "Lady Bird" and Peele for his horror sensation "Get Out," which also earned him a first-time director nod.
Guillermo del Toro, who won the Golden Globe for directing Sunday, also scored his first DGA nomination for the romantic fantasy "The Shape of Water," as did Martin McDonagh for his revenge tale "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Christopher Nolan got his fourth for "Dunkirk." Nolan was previously nominated for "Inception," ''The Dark Knight" and "Memento."
First-time feature film nominees include Peele, Aaron Sorkin for "Molly's Game," Taylor Sheridan for "Wind River," William Oldroyd for "Lady Macbeth" and Geremy Jasper for "Patti Cake$."
Winners will be revealed at an untelevised Feb. 3 ceremony and dinner in Beverly Hills hosted by Judd Apatow.
With nearly 17,000 members, including television and commercial directors, the guild often selects a more populist lineup when compared with the selections of the nearly 400 members of the directors' branch of the film academy.
Today's birthdays: Actress Margaret O'Brien ("Meet Me In St. Louis") is 80. Actress Andrea Martin is 71. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 61. Guitarist Adam Jones of Tool is 53. Actor Eddie Cahill ("Conviction," ''CSI: New York") is 40. Rapper Pitbull is 37. Actress Jessy Schram ("Nashville," ''Once Upon A Time") is 32. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 30.
— The Associated Press
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