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Woody Allen responds to Dylan Farrow's abuse claims

After Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, wrote a first-person essay for The New York Times on Saturday detailing the alleged sexual abuse she endured as a 7-year-old, Allen has responded, calling her claims “untrue and disgraceful.”

“Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful,” a rep for the Oscar-winning director said in a statement. “He will be responding very soon.”

We will update when Allen’s full statement is released.

Allen’s attorney, Elkan Abramowitz, also sent a statement to Mother Jones. “It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent authorities. The one to blame for Dylan’s distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen.”

Dylan Farrow also called out some of the actors in Allen’s movies in her essay, including Blue Jasmine stars Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett, asking, “What if it had been your daughter?” Blanchett and Baldwin responded over the weekend.
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Indian actress Suchitra Sen dies at 82

Suchitra Sen, a legendary Indian actress known for her memorable roles in both Bengali-language and Hindi Bollywood films, died Friday of heart failure. She was 82.

Sen was hospitalized in Kolkata more than three weeks ago for treatment of a respiratory infection and died following cardiac arrest, said her daughter, Moon Moon Sen, who is also an actress.

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British sitcom legend and 'Harry Potter' actor Roger Lloyd-Pack dies at age 69

British character actor Roger Lloyd-Pack has died at the age of 69, according to The Guardian. Lloyd-Pack was much loved in his homeland for playing the dim-witted Trigger in the hugely popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses and the equally slow Owen Newitt in the similarly successful, Richard Curtis-penned show The Vicar of Dibley. But he was an incredibly versatile performer whose big screen credits included Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Interview with the Vampire, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which he played Barty Crouch Sr. In addition to his TV and film roles, Lloyd-Pack was an accomplished theater actor and recently appeared alongside Mark Rylance in London productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night. According to his agent, Lloyd-Pack was suffering from pancreatic cancer and died at home surrounded by his family.

Actress Carmen Zapata dies after long career

Emmy-nominated actress Carmen Zapata, who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce, has died of heart problems, colleagues say. She was 86.

Zapata died Sunday at her Van Nuys-area home, said Luis Vela, marketing manager for the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles.

Zapata started her career in 1945 in the Broadway musical Oklahoma and went on to perform in Bells Are Ringing, Guys and Dolls, and many plays.

“She was an inspiration for me,” Vela said. “She taught me that art is the key to resolving differences in the community.”

He said Zapata was once asked how she wanted to be remembered — as an artist, producer or founder. “‘I prefer people remember us as educators,’” Vela recalled her saying.
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'Billy Jack' star Tom Laughlin dies at 82

Actor-writer-director Tom Laughlin, whose production and marketing of Billy Jack set a standard for breaking the rules on and off screen, has died.

Laughlin’s daughter told The Associated Press that he died Thursday at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Laughlin was 82 and Teresa Laughlin, who acted in the Billy Jack movies, said the cause of death was complications from pneumonia.

Billy Jack was released in 1971 after a long struggle by Laughlin to gain control of the low-budget, self-financed movie, a model for guerrilla filmmaking.

He wrote, directed and produced Billy Jack and starred as the ex-Green Beret who defends a progressive school against the racists of a conservative Western community. The film became a counterculture favorite and the theme song, “One Tin Soldier,” was a hit single for the rock group Coven.
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Paul Walker laid to rest after Los Angeles funeral

Paul Walker was laid to rest on Saturday after a private funeral service in Los Angeles.

According to E! online, the Fast & Furious star was cremated, and his ashes were interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery during a non-denominational service. His father, mother, two brothers, and other family members and friends were in attendance. Another private gathering will be held for family and friends at an as-yet undisclosed location.

On Dec. 8, thousands of fans visited  the site where the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. Mourners left flowers and candies and revved their engines to pay tribute to the actor.

'Lady in the Lake' star Audrey Totter dies at 95

Film noir star Audrey Totter, who appeared in such classics as Lady in the Lake, The Set-Up, and High Wall, died on Thursday in Los Angeles at age 95. Her daughter, Mea Lane, told the Los Angeles Times that Totter had a stroke and suffered from congestive heart failure.

Though Totter had a small part in The Postman Always Rings Twice, the 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain’s pulp novel, her breakthrough came with 1947′s Lady in the Lake, where she was cast as a publishing executive who hires private detective Philip Marlowe (Robert Montgomery) to find her boss’ wife. Other roles found her playing a gold-digger (1947′s The Unsuspected), a psychiatrist (1947′s High Wall), and the wife of a has-been boxer (1949′s The Set Up).

Her last acting credit came from a 1987 episode of Murder, She Wrote.

'The Sound of Music' actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91

Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in The Sound of Music, has died at 91.

Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. “She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs,” Gale added.

Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951, and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965′s The Sound of Music, in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.

“Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known,” Plummer said in a statement. “Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever.”
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Autopsy: Paul Walker died from impact, fire in crash

Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was killed by impact and fire in a crash that occurred while he was a passenger in a Porsche driven by his friend, according to an autopsy released Wednesday

Walker died Saturday when the high-performance car smashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames.

The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was driven by Roger Rodas, who was killed by the impact alone, according to the autopsy released by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Results of toxicology testing will take another six to eight weeks.
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French director Georges Lautner dies at 87

Director Georges Lautner, whose films from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are part of the French canon and still adored, has died.

He was 87. The cause of death was not announced.

Of the dozens of films he made, Les Tontons Flingeurs, which appeared as Monsieur Gangster for Anglophone audiences, was perhaps the most beloved.
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