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More actors expressing regret about working with Woody Allen

A growing number of actors are distancing themselves from Woody Allen and his next film, heightening questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in a Hollywood newly sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Timothee Chalamet on Tuesday said he will donate his salary for an upcoming Woody Allen film to three charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN. The breakout star of "Call Me By Your Name" announced on Instagram that he didn't want to profit from his work on Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York," which wrapped shooting in the fall.

"I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve," said Chalamet.

Chalamet is just the latest cast member of an Allen production to express regret or guilt about being professionally associated with the director. In recent weeks, Rebecca Hall ("A Rainy Day in New York," ''Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), Mira Sorvino ("Mighty Aphrodite"), Ellen Page ("To Rome With Love"), David Krumholtz ("Wonder Wheel") and Griffith Newman ("A Rainy Day in New York") have all in some way distanced themselves from Allen or vowed that they wouldn't work with him again.

The rising chorus suggests the road ahead for Allen may be particularly challenging, even for a director whose personal controversies have for decades made him an alternatively beloved and reviled figure in movies. Financial support for the filmmaker has not previously waned in part because of the eagerness many stars have for working with a cinematic legend. But fielding a starry cast may prove increasingly difficult for Allen in a movie industry in the midst of a "Me Too" reckoning.

"If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film," Greta Gerwig, who co-starred in Allen's 2012 comedy "To Rome With Love," told The New York Times last week . "I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again. Dylan Farrow's two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman's pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization."

Dylan Farrow, Allen's adopted daughter, has said Allen molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was seven. Allen, who has long denied the allegations, was investigated for the incident but not charged.

Farrow has previously questioned why the "Me Too" movement hasn't ensnarled Allen. In an op-ed published last month in The Los Angeles Times , she wrote: "Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?"

Price, the former head of Amazon Studios, resigned in October following an allegation that he had sexually harassed television producer Isa Hackett while she was working on the Amazon series "The Man in the High Castle."

"A Rainy Day in New York" is the fourth project for Allen with Amazon, which bet heavily on the filmmaker to help establish its film production arm as a home to auteur filmmakers. It reportedly spent $80 million to lure Allen into television to make the 2016 series "Crisis in Six Scenes."

Amazon, which didn't respond to queries Tuesday, also distributed Allen's "Cafe Society" in 2016 and "Wonder Wheel," which opened December 1. It has grossed a mere $1.4 million domestically on an estimated budget of $25 million but had more success overseas, grossing $7.8 million.

"A Rainy Day in New York," a romantic comedy due out sometime this year, also stars Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber and Elle Fanning. In his statement, Chalamet tellingly noted that due to "contractual obligations" he couldn't comment on the long-standing allegations against Allen.

The announcement by Chalamet, a favorite Oscar contender for best actor this year, followed a similar one Friday by his co-star Hall. She said she was donating her salary from the film to Time's Up, the recently formed initiative to combat gender inequality in the entertainment industry. "It's a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation," Hall wrote on Instagram.

Some have continued to publicly support Allen, though, including Alec Baldwin.

"Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states (NY and CT) and no charges were filed," Baldwin said Tuesday on Twitter. "The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. But it's unfair and sad to me. I worked with Woody Allen three times and it was one of the privileges of my career."

Australian actress Jessica Falkholt dies after car crash

Australian actress Jessica Falkholt died in a Sydney hospital on Wednesday, three weeks after a two-car collision that had already claimed four lives including three members of her family.

The 29-year-old, who played Hope Morrison in more than a dozen episodes of the long-running drama "Home and Away" in 2016, died six days after her life support was withdrawn, St. George Hospital said in a statement.

Falkholt was the last survivor of a Dec. 26 head-on collision on the coast south of Sydney that instantly killed her parents Lars and Vivian Falkholt and the sole occupant of the second car, Craig Whitall.

The actress's 21-year-old sister Annabelle died In the hospital three days later.

Jessica Falkholt stars in an Australian movie "Harmony" that is due for cinema release this year.

Hundreds of mourners gathered in a Sydney church a week ago for the funerals of the three Falkholt family members.

The Latest: Angela Lansbury, 92, schools young actors

The Latest on upcoming programming from the TV Critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):

5:46 p.m.

Angela Lansbury has words of wisdom for young actors.

Lansbury, 92, who plays crusty Aunt March in PBS' new adaptation of "Little Women," advised newcomers to learn everything they can about a character to avoid just spouting words.

Actors who fail to approach their work thoughtfully will end up "a flash in the pan," Lansbury said.

"It's terribly important to get out of yourself and into that character. Leave yourself at home," she told a TV critics meeting Tuesday.

The two-part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, debuting May 13 on PBS' "Masterpiece" showcase, stars Maya Hawke, daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, in her screen debut. She plays aspiring writer Jo March.

Hawke called it a "huge gift and a huge honor" to work with Lansbury and Emily Watson, who plays Jo's mother, Marmee.

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PBS will air a five-part series about the sexual misconduct crisis.

PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday will address the burst of attention to the issue and how it can be used to produce "positive and lasting change."

"#MeToo, Now What?" will be hosted by Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, a humanitarian organization. The debut date is Feb. 2.

PBS said the series will include reporting and conversations on topics including how race and class figure into the issue. Studio guests will include men and women from across the country, along with activists, and leaders from media, business and other sectors.

The Me Too unity movement was triggered by allegations of sexual misconduct against prominent men including Harvey Weinstein.

Box office top 20: 'Jumanji' hits No. 1 again

After finishing second behind "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" for two weeks, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" notched its second straight weekend atop the North American box office, taking in $35.2 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, according to final figures Tuesday.

Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama "The Post" took in $23.1 million in its nationwide launch, while the Liam Neeson thriller "The Commuter" opened with $15.8 million.

The Taraji P. Henson hit "Proud Mary" debuted with $11.7 million. And the sequel "Paddington 2," bowed with $15 million. Warner Bros. purchased the North American distribution rights for the Paddington Bear sequel from The Weinstein Co. last November.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Tuesday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Tuesday by comScore:

1. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," Sony, $35,176,695, 3,849 locations, $7,301 average, $291,312,604, 4 Weeks.

2. "The Post," 20th Century Fox, $23,055,654, 2,819 locations, $6,868 average, $27,544,891, 4 Weeks.

3. "The Greatest Showman," 20th Century Fox, $16,177,587, 2,938 locations, $4,244 average, $98,931,455, 4 Weeks.

4. "The Commuter," Lionsgate, $15,795,899, 2,892 locations, $4,738 average, $15,795,899, 1 Week.

5. "Paddington 2," Warner Bros., $15,003,359, 3,702 locations, $2,972 average, $15,003,359, 1 Week.

6. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Disney, $14,627,721, 3,090 locations, $3,836 average, $594,902,305, 5 Weeks.

7. "Insidious: The Last Key," Universal, $14,353,765, 3,150 locations, $3,943 average, $50,594,905, 2 Weeks.

8. "Proud Mary," Sony, $11,701,440, 2,125 locations, $4,687 average, $11,701,440, 1 Week.

9. "Pitch Perfect 3," Universal, $7,326,950, 2,505 locations, $2,393 average, $96,326,175, 4 Weeks.

10. "Darkest Hour," Focus Features, $5,415,720, 1,693 locations, $2,636 average, $36,631,272, 8 Weeks.

11. "Ferdinand," 20th Century Fox, $4,863,022, 2,154 locations, $1,638 average, $76,891,116, 5 Weeks.

12. "Coco," Disney, $4,618,538, 1,362 locations, $2,446 average, $198,161,978, 8 Weeks.

13. "Molly's Game," STX Entertainment, $4,618,479, 1,708 locations, $2,267 average, $21,447,576, 3 Weeks.

14. "I, Tonya," Neon Rated, $4,068,388, 517 locations, $6,504 average, $10,767,207, 6 Weeks.

15. "The Shape of Water," Fox Searchlight, $3,450,402, 723 locations, $3,921 average, $27,172,294, 7 Weeks.

16. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri," Fox Searchlight, $3,075,421, 1,022 locations, $2,464 average, $29,283,880, 10 Weeks.

17. "Lady Bird," A24, $2,157,666, 652 locations, $2,712 average, $37,373,875, 11 Weeks.

18. "Wonder," Lionsgate, $1,627,928, 970 locations, $1,248 average, $129,016,502, 9 Weeks.

19. "All the Money in the World," Sony, $1,484,807, 1,408 locations, $869 average, $23,310,867, 3 Weeks.

20. "Phantom Thread," Focus Features, $1,391,276, 62 locations, $18,513 average, $2,473,054, 3 Weeks.

At least 4 Olympians won’t accept invitation to White House

Controversy has hit the Winter Olympics before the torch has been lit in South Korea, as four U.S. Olympians — plus one “furious” ice skater who didn’t end up making the cut — preempted a White House invite from President Donald Trump by turning it down.

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Skiers Gus Kenworthy and Lindsey Vonn, and figure skaters Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon have all said publicly that they will not accept a White House invite from the president in the event that they receive one.

Figure skater Ashley Wagner said the same, but she didn’t make Team USA.

Kenworthy and Rippon, who are both openly gay, said that they do not support Trump’s policies and do not want to appear that they do by visiting the White House.

“I am very proud to represent the U.S. but I don’t stand by Trump and his cabinet and their policies,” Kenworthy said. ”I do not want to feign approval for policies that are in place and things that are being pushed at the moment, by going. If I was invited I would decline my spot.”

Rippon said that he felt it is his “duty” not to go.

“Athletes are given a really special platform. It’s our duty, as athletes, to be role models. I won’t go to the White House,” Rippon told the BBC. “I won’t go because I don’t think somebody like me would be welcome there. I know what it’s like to go into a room and feel like you’re not wanted there.”

USA Today reported that Nathan Chen and Ashley Wagner would also decline an invite. In Wagner’s case, it is moot since she did not qualify for Team USA.

Wagner notably missed out on an Olympic appearance, said that she was “furious” about the decision-making by the judges and that she believed that she wasn’t treated fairly.

“I’m furious. I am absolutely furious. I know when I go and I lay it down, and I absolutely left one jump on the table. But for me to put out two programs that I did at this competition, as solid as I skated, and to get those scores, I am furious, and I think deservedly so,” she said. “I am absolutely OK with [judges] being strict on my [jump] rotations […] but you know it needs to be across the board. I don’t necessarily feel like it’s been that way at this event, so we’ll see how things pan out.”

The U.S. Figure Skating selection committee responded that the judges “absolutely made the right call.”

Wagner later changed her tune.

Lindsey Vonn said as early as the beginning of December that she hoped to “represent the people of the United States, not the president.”

When asked if she would accept an invite she replied “Absolutely not.”

Matt Damon apologizes for comments on sexual misconduct

Matt Damon says the backlash for his comments on sexual misconduct was actually very helpful.

A few weeks ago, Damon told The Associated Press and other outlets that there were varying degrees of misconduct and the punishment should reflect that. But he was criticized by some, including ex-girlfriend Minnie Driver.

In an interview with the AP on Tuesday, Damon says he wishes he had listened more before offering his thoughts, and that he "doesn't want to further anybody's pain."

He says he's sorry and adds that the feedback on his comments have been "very helpful."

He adds that he supports the Time's Up organization Hollywood women founded to combat sexual harassment nationwide.

Dave Matthews Band returns with new album, summer tour

Last year, the Dave Matthews Band took a rare hiatus from the road.

This summer, the band will embark on an extensive North American tour May through September, according to a Monday announcement on the band’s official website.

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Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 on livenation.com.

The band is also prepping the release of a new studio album, its first since 2012’s “Away From the World.” Every online ticket order for the, tour purchased by May 17 will include a choice of CD or digital download of the new album, the name of which has not been announced, upon its release.

Members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association can participate in a ticket pre-sale now at warehouse.davematthewsband.com. As well, Citi cardholders can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 through 10 p.m. Feb. 1 through the Citi Private Pass program.

Dates for the tour are below. More information can be found on the DMB website.

5/18 in The Woodlands, Texas, at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

5/19 in Dallas, at Starplex Pavilion

5/22 in Austin, Texas, at Austin360 Amphitheater

5/26 in Atlanta at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

5/27 Orange Beach, Alabama, at The Wharf Amphitheater

5/29 Brandon, Mississippi, Brandon Amphitheater

5/30 Rogers, Arkansas, Walmart AMP – Arkansas Music Pavilion

6/1 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, KeyBank Pavilion

6/2 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Center

6/5 Syracuse, New York, Lakeview Amphitheater

6/6 Clarkston, Michigan, DTE Energy Music Theatre

6/7 Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center

6/9 Bristow, Virginia, Jiffy Lube Live

6/12 Gilford, New Hamphire, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

6/13 Gilford, New Hamphire, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

6/15 Camden, New Jersey, BB&T Pavilion

6/16 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion

6/22 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center

6/23 Hartford, Connecticut, Xfinity Theatre

6/27 Darien Center, New York, Darien Lake Amphitheater

6/29 Chicago, Huntington Bank Pavilion

6/30 Chicago, Huntington Bank Pavilion

7/1 Milwaukee, Wisconsin American Family Insurance Amphitheater

7/6 Noblesville, Indiana, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

7/7 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

7/10 Toronto, Budweiser Stage

7/11 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Bluesfest

7/13 Saratoga Springs, New York, Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/14 Saratoga Springs, New York, Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/17 Wantagh, New York, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

7/18 Holmdel, New Jersey, PNC Bank Arts Center

7/20 Raleigh, North Carolina, Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek

7/21 Virginia Beach, Virginia, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

7/24 Charlotte, North Carolina, PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte

7/25 Tampa, Florida, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/27 West Palm Beach, Florida, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

7/28 West Palm Beach, Florida, Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

8/24 Englewood, Colorado, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

8/25 Englewood, Colorado, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

8/28 Bend, Oregon, Les Schwab Amphitheater

8/31 George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre

9/1 George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre

9/2 George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre

9/7 Stateline, Nevada, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

9/8 Mountain View, Califonia, Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View

9/10 Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl

Enrique Iglesias, Anna Kournikova share photos of newborn twins

Enrique Iglesias is taking a break from his ulta-private life to share the first photo of one of his twins with the world, and so is his rumored wife, retired tennis star Anna Kournikova.

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E! News reported that the singer, who welcomed twins with Kournikova in December, shared the first photo of himself snuggling one of the babies on social media on Instagram with the caption, “My Sunshine.”

Kournivoca posted a similar photo an hour later on her Instagram page with the same caption. In the image, she cradles one of her babies in her hands and gives a kiss.

The couple kept Kournikova’s pregnancy a secret from the public for the duration until they welcomed the babies, a boy and a girl, late last year. According to TMZ, the twins were reportedly named Nicholas and Lucy.

Related: Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova reportedly welcome twins

Iglesias and Kournikova started dating in 2001 when the retired tennis star appeared as his love interest in the music video for his hit single “Escape.”

Premiere date set for ‘Trading Spaces’ reboot, despite allegations against Carter Oosterhouse

Fans can enjoy new episodes of TLC’s revamped version of “Trading Spaces” starting this spring.

A new trailer for the latest iteration of the reality TV design show was announced Friday and included the April 7 premiere date for the program.

The trailer, on the Trading Spaces Facebook page, shows original host Paige Davis with designers Vern Yip, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Doug Wilson, Laurie Smith and Genevieve Gorder and carpenters Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse.

New additions to the cast -- John Gidding, Kahi Lee, Sabrina Soto, Brett Tutor and Joanie Sprague -- are also featured. 

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Us Weekly  reported that despite sexual assault allegations against Oosterhouse, TLC and “Trading Spaces” co-stars are sticking by the former model turned carpenter.

Former makeup artist Kailey Kaminsky said in a Dec. 14 interview with The Hollywood Reporter that Oosterhouse repeatedly coerced her into in sexual acts with him while on the set of his HGTV show “Carter Can” in 2008.

Related: TLC’s ‘Trading Spaces’ is headed back to television

“What I can tell you from my experience with Carter is that he is an absolute professional,” Davis said during the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour Jan. 12. “I’ve never had any experience with him where I haven’t just had the best time ever. He’s down to earth. He’s very good at what he does. And I enjoyed working these episodes with him. And I’m really excited for them to air.” 

“Everything she just said, I reiterate,” Pennington said. “We know Carter as the Carter we know, and he’s a great guy.”

Related: Paige Davis, Ty Pennington, Vern Yip, others join ‘Trading Spaces’ revival

Yip also voiced support for Oosterhouse, saying, “From what I know of Carter, he is a decent human being. He is a solid person. He’s a loving husband. He’s a loving father. And I think we have to realize that it’s important to make sure that we listen to exactly what’s going on, and that we don’t throw somebody under the bus without first making sure that we understand the entire story and view it through the lens of the facts. That’s not me saying something is untrue or not true, but that’s just me saying that from what I know of Carter, he’s a good, good person.”

Nancy Daniels, president and general manager of TLC, said at the same event that the network is fine having the show continue with Oosterhouse.

“At the end of the day, we feel very comfortable continuing with Carter in the show,” she said, according to Variety.

“Trading Spaces” airs April 7 at 9 p.m. on TLC. Watch the trailer for the show’s return below.

Richardson seeks to resolve Myanmar crisis, free journalists

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday that he hoped two Reuters journalists will be freed in conjunction with his visit to Myanmar next week as a member of an international advisory panel seeking to resolve the crisis in the country.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12 after police accused them of illegally obtaining secret papers from policemen, who had worked in Rakhine State. Security forces there are blamed for rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims that sparked the exodus of some 650,000 people to Bangladesh since August when Myanmar's military launched a brutal crackdown. Myanmar's army has described it as "clearance operations" against terrorists, but the United Nations and the U.S. have called it "ethnic cleansing."

The fate of the two journalists, who could be sentenced to 14 years in prison, will be discussed when Richardson and three other members of the advisory board travel to Myanmar on Monday. The board is charged with helping implement recommendations for ending the crisis written by a commission led by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. One of those recommendations calls for a free flow of journalists in the Rakhine area.

"Hopefully we will get this resolved during the trip or before the trip," said Richardson, a former U.S. representative to the United Nations and energy secretary during the Clinton administration. "I think it would be a smart move on the part of the government to release them before we arrive, but I'm not optimistic that will happen. It would be a nice gesture."

Richardson has played key roles in the successful release of hostages and U.S. servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq and the Sudan. He was appointed to the International Advisory Board on Rakhine State at the request of Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The chairman of the advisory board, former Thai foreign minister Surakiart Sathirathai, the Trump administration and former President Bill Clinton also have called for the journalists' release.

Richardson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he sent a letter asking to meet with Myanmar's minister of home affairs during his visit to Southeast Asia.

Rights and media groups have criticized Myanmar's new civilian government led by Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate, for continuing to use colonial-era laws to threaten and imprison journalists. Such laws were widely used by the military junta that previously ruled the country to muzzle critics and the media.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Richardson wasn't traveling on behalf of the State Department in any formal capacity, but that the administration wished him well as he seeks the journalists' release.

"We certainly hope that he will be successful in doing that," Nauert said.

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