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Allen v. Farrow: Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s Former Family Structure Is Complicated

By | February 22, 2021

The HBO documentary Allen v. Farrow provides a look into the family dynamics of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s marriage and children. It’s a scandalous and often devastating story, with affairs and abuse leaving permanent marks on all of the children. Although their family was sprawling, the couple actually only had a few children together.

Out of Farrow’s 14 biological and adopted children, the only one who is biologically hers and Allen’s is Satchel Farrow, better known as the journalist Ronan Farrow. A 2014 report by The Daily Beast revealed some of the details of Allen and Farrow’s child-rearing arrangement, as described in the 1992 custody lawsuit between the former couple. By the time they began dating around 1980, Farrow already had several children: three biological sons from her marriage to André Previn, as well as three adopted daughters (including Soon-Yi Previn, adopted by Farrow and Previn) and an adopted son, Moses Farrow, who was adopted by Mia alone.

When they began dating, Allen reportedly “viewed her children as an encumbrance,” according to the court documents. In 1984, Farrow told Allen she wanted to have a child together, and he agreed after “Ms. Farrow promised that the child would live with her and that Mr. Allen need not be involved with the child’s care or upbringing.” They were initially unable to conceive, and instead, Farrow adopted another child, her daughter Dylan; Allen chose not to be Dylan’s adoptive father at the time.

In 1987, the couple did have their biological son, Ronan, and Allen began to show a greater interest in Dylan. Despite her misgivings about his interactions with Dylan, in 1991, Farrow struck a deal with Allen. As described in the court documents, Allen promised not to stand in the way of Farrow adopting again – which she did do – if Farrow would allow him to legally adopt Dylan and Moses. Farrow agreed – with the caveat that Allen “would not take Dylan over for sleepovers… unless [her mother] was there.” Dylan later alleged that Allen had sexually abused her during that time.

Allen also has two adopted children with Soon-Yi Previn, who he married in 1997. In 2016, People checked in with Farrow’s children. Of her 14 children, three – Lark, Tam, and Thaddeus – have died. Most of her surviving children, with the exception of Ronan, Dylan, and Soon-Yi, have gone on to live relatively private lives with families of their own.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Help Women’s Shelter Damaged in Texas Storm

By | February 22, 2021

It was announced just last week that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were officially stepping back from their royal duties for good, but that doesn’t mean they’re stepping back from the causes that mean the most to them. On Feb 21., Harry and Meghan surprised Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support in Dallas, TX, supporting them with repairs caused by the winter storm that has devastated the US state.

“Today the news of our damages reached Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!” Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support – an organisation which aims to provide shelter, safety, and counselling to women and children who have experienced domestic violence – wrote on their Twitter page. “Through their nonprofit [Archewell Foundation], they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional housing facility and helping us meet our immediate needs.”

Despite having to give up various royal patronages and honorary appointments by stepping down as senior working members of the royal family, Meghan and Harry are able to keep their private patronages, which include charities and projects such as Smart Works, Mayhew, The Invictus Games, and of course their Archewell Foundation. This latest under the radar help from the couple shows that the duke and duchess will always be people of action, regardless of royal patronages held.

Genesis have set up an Amazon Wish List to help with donations.

WandaVision: What to Know About Agatha Harkness’s Role in the Series

By | February 19, 2021

The latest episode of WandaVision, titled “Breaking the Fourth Wall,” just confirmed what we’d been hoping about Kathryn Hahn’s character, Agnes – she’s been Agatha Harkness, a lesser-known Marvel character, all along! Who is Agatha, anyway, and what’s she doing in this show? We’ve got some answers!

Throughout the series, Hahn fills the role of Wanda’s defacto best friend Agnes. It’s not until the seventh episode that we realize what role she’s been playing behind the scenes. Agatha has been pulling the strings the entire time; from the moment “Agnes” visits Wanda with a housewarming plant to making “Pietro” show up at Wanda’s front door. Even when Vision encounters a seemingly frozen “Agnes” in a witch’s costume, it’s all a part of Agatha’s act. But what is Agatha’s actual endgame now that she has Wanda under her spell? And what is up with her creepy book? Also, where are the twins? Because they’re certainly not in the basement.

In the Marvel comics, Agatha is a witch who survived the Salem witch trials and went on to mentor Wanda in the use of her magical powers (whose superhero name, you’ll remember, is Scarlet Witch). Unlike many of the other heroes, Agatha’s powers are literally magical, rather than based in something more scientific. In the comics, she’s also the governess and protector of Franklin Richards, the son of Reed Richards and Sue Storm of the Fantastic Four.

Ultimately, the comic version of Agatha is an ally to Wanda and to the Avengers as a whole, including lending a hand during a crisis involving Wanda’s children (it’s a long story). Despite that, she eventually meets a devastating fate, killed by Wanda at one point when Wanda loses some of her memories and her sanity.

It remains to be seen what, exactly, the WandaVision version of Agatha will be up to, and whether she’ll be a friend or a foe to Wanda and Vision in whatever strange reality they’re dealing with. Although from the evil cackle she had at the end of her “Agatha All Along” theme song, and the fact she killed Sparky the dog, it seems Marvel is setting her up to be bad news. Hopefully, we’ll have all our questions answered with WandaVision‘s season finale in a few weeks.

Elizabeth Chambers on Armie Hammer Allegations: “I Didn’t Realize How Much I Didn’t Know”

By | February 2, 2021

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Elizabeth Chambers is breaking her silence amid disturbing allegations of violent abuse against ex-husband Armie Hammer. On Monday, weeks after multiple women came forward with accusations of sexual assault and cannibalistic proclivities, the 38-year-old TV personality and entrepreneur spoke out about the matter and voiced her support for any victims of assault and abuse. The former couple split back in July after 10 years of marriage.

“For weeks, I’ve been trying to process everything that has transpired,” she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. “I am shocked, heartbroken, and devastated. Heartbreak aside, I am listening, and will continue to listen and educate myself on these delicate matters. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know. I support any victim of assault or abuse and urge anyone who has experienced this pain to seek the help she or he needs to heal.”

Elizabeth also explained she would not be commenting further on the matter, while her sole focus is on her children. She and Armie, who married in May 2010, share two children together: 5-year-old Harper Grace and 3-year-old Ford Douglas Armand. “Thank you for all of the love and support, and thank you in advance for your continued kindness, respect, and consideration for our children and me as we find ways to move forward,” she wrote.

Larry King Has Died at Age 87

By | January 24, 2021

Larry King died on Jan. 23 at age 87, according to a statement released on his official Twitter account. Ora Media shared the news, writing, “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.”

The longtime TV host is remembered for his over-25-year run on CNN’s Larry King Live, where he interviewed a variety of notable, newsworthy subjects. “For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster. Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience,” Ora’s statement read.

No cause of death has been confirmed, although Larry was hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 weeks ago. He is survived by his children, Larry Jr., Chance, and Cannon.