I did not expect this week’s biggest piece of non-Trump-related celebrity news to center around Dr. Phil and Shelley Duvall, but that’s the hand I was dealt, so it’s the hand I will play.
Ronan Farrow, the wunderkind spawn of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has taken to Twitter to express his disgust with Dr. Phil for what he calls an exploitative interview with Duvall. His tweetstorm ends with a call for a boycott of the show, and comes just one day after Vivian Kubrick, daughter of the late director Stanley, did the same.
Farrow wrote, in part:
You can read all of Farrow’s comments on his Twitter feed. Shelley Duvall’s interview with Dr. Phil airs today.
Anyway, speaking of Ronan Farrow, the father of Young Blue Eyes is in the rags today because of an unpleasant mention in Kathy Griffin’s new book, Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index. Griffin claims she joined Allen at a dinner party in 2014, and that he had plenty to say after she brought up Miley Cyrus.
Allen responded “that he’s seen every episode . . . of ‘Hannah Montana’ [which Cyrus starred in until 2011]” and expressed concern about “her ‘current rebellious phase.’ ”
Griffin adds, “Yeah. Pick your jaw up off the floor and let that nestle somewhere uncomfortably in your stomach.”
This is notable only because it was just two months ago that Allen, who cast Cyrus in his new Amazon series, told a version of this story that was decidedly less creepy.
In an interview with Digital Spy, he said:
“When I was younger and my kids were growing up, I would go through the channels and I would see her for a second. I stopped and I noticed, ‘Who is this kid? She’s got a great delivery!’ – she was knocking off those one-liners like she was a very gifted comic performer – and then I forgot about her and moved on.”
“I noticed she was a gifted comic performer and then forgot about her” is…considerably different from “I have seen every episode of Hannah Montana and am concerned about her current ‘rebellious phase.’”
Page Six published a very good and very short interview with Kathy Bates (who’s currently promoting the Bad Santa sequel) this morning. Here’s part of it:
“I couldn’t come out with a memoir now . . . I had some good times, [but] I can’t tell you about it — they’re still alive.”
Read the rest here.
- “I want to be somebody who is fighting for what’s true—not for more attention, more fame, more accolades.” – Lady Gaga [Bazaar]
- Sorry I can’t go to court, I have to shoot an HBO show. 🙁 [TMZ]
- He sees you when you’re ‘gramming. He knows when you’re awake… [People]
- Gigi Hadid’s refusal to accept the fact that she’s gotten a leg up in the fame game because of her parents is more than baffling, and this interview is a mind-fuck. [Celebitchy]