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13 May 2016

Cannes 2016: Woody, could he, did he?

Kristen Stewart, left, Woody Allen and Blake Lively draw quite a crowd at the Cannes Film Festival. (Courtesy: www.wsfa.com)

After more than 35 years sitting down with world-famous movie actors, you know, cinematic royalty, if you will, people often ask me if I am nervous or awed in their presence.

Absolutely not!  Except twice.

It happened one time with Paul Newman, when I stared into those blazing blue eyes from about three feet away and asked the legendary actor -- per instructions from my bosses at the NBC News Channel -- about the death of his son.

The second time was during a one-on-one TV interview with Woody Allen, whom I had long idolized as one of the funniest actors, screenwriters and stand-up comedians of the century; any century.  I wasn't nervous, but while I sat there and Allen spoke, my inner voice was screaming, "That's Woody Allen.  Right there ... WOODY ALLEN!"

In my Movie Memories presentations, I go into more detail about both historic, for me at least, events, including a recurring dream I had for years where I was approached by Allen and his long-time muse Diane Keaton at a swank Manhattan cocktail party.

But that was before Allen's much-discussed fall from grace for many, the result of Allen's involvement and later marriage in 1997 to stepdaughter Soon-Yi Previn and allegations of sexual abuse by adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow.

Despite it all, Woody Allen, the 80-year-old filmmaker with four Academy Awards taking up space somewhere in his apartment, marches on.  Allen's romantic comic-drama Café Society, starring Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Jesse Eisenberg and Steve Carell opened the much-ballyhooed Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday (May 11).

With it comes an interesting article posted by the Hollywood Reporter posing this question:  Why do A-list actors continue to work with Woody Allen?

Some of the answers might surprise you.  Click here to read the Hollywood Reporter article.


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