Tuesday's HOT MIC
Apropos the latest Woody Scandal mention by Steve Kruiser (that Allen's new movie features sex between a middle-aged man and a teenager — so what else is new?) I have more to say about Woody Allen than most people. I am one of the few people on the planet to actually have written a film for the dude — the late lamented Scenes from a Mall. This is a movie that was going to change my life and make me the capo de tutti capi in more ways than one.... until Woody wanted to do it. Originally, it was a much more serious (possibly pretentious) film targeted for Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston. But the studio wanted Woody and Bette — to yuck it up and sell tickets (it didn't). And whose idea was that? Not the director, Paul Mazursky, or, heaven forfend, the writer, RL Simon, but the near head of Disney chairman at the time — one Jeffrey Katzenberg (i. e. he of green light power). I say this because, ironically or not, Katzenberg seems to be leading the charge from the inside against sexual assault in Hollywood, saying it's not just Weinstein (I should say not!). Ah, the wheel of fortune — and lack thereof.