1. “From Sochi, journalists report Winter Olympics woes: poor conditions and ongoing construction.” #SochiProblems has already gained steam on Twitter as journalists find their hotels unfinished and the streets of the Olympic village in Sochi, Russia still being paved—just days before opening night of the $51 billion games.
“Don’t flush the toilet, don’t drink the water and don’t expect a good night’s sleep. These are just some of the bizarre problems guests and athletes can expect at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. With just days to go before the opening ceremony, the seaside city is a bit of a five-ring circus. For example, some journalists found this advice in their bathrooms: ’Please do not flush toilet paper down the toilet! Put it in the bin provided.’ Others were greeted with a diagram offering the proper use of the bathroom facilities. No fishing was among the ’don’ts.’”
2. “Dylan Farrow’s Brother Moses Defends Woody Allen.” Allen’s adopted son contradicts his sister’s claims of sexual abuse.
“’Of course Woody did not molest my sister,’ says Moses, who is estranged from Farrow and many of his siblings and is close to Allen and Soon-Yi. ’She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit. She never hid from him until our mother succeeded in creating the atmosphere of fear and hate towards him. The day in question, there were six or seven of us in the house. We were all in public rooms and no one, not my father or sister, was off in any private spaces. My mother was conveniently out shopping. I don’t know if my sister really believes she was molested or is trying to please her mother. Pleasing my mother was very powerful motivation because to be on her wrong side was horrible.’”
3. “Don’t Listen to Woody Allen’s Biggest Defender.” Why are so many journalists lauding Robert Weide’s sleazy, passive-aggressive attack on Mia Farrow and her daughter?
“It’s not clear that the ’recent conversation’ is with Weide or someone else, but if Weide did conduct an interview with Moses, that’s huge. Allen and Farrow’s oldest child, Moses has been conspicuous in his absence from the renewed controversy; he was a central figure in Allen and Farrow’s epic 1990s custody battle, when the teenager refused to see his father. In a 1994 decision, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, discussing Allen’s continued relationship with Soon-Yi, cited ’the obvious ill effects it has had on all of the children and the especially profound effects it has had on Moses.’ If Moses has indeed cut off contact with his mother, reconciled with his father and sister/stepmother, and is talking to Weide about it, then it’s extremely puzzling that Weide chooses to quote Moses using a grand total of five words’ worth of sentence fragments. It’s one of many moments in the Daily Beast piece where the lack of editorial judgment is glaring.”
4. “Matthew Barney and Gaspar Noé.” In an excerpt from a forthcoming print feature, Barney and Noé discuss The River of Fundament, which opens February 12 at BAM.
“This sounds like the type of film that I could never imagine making, because my addiction has to do with performance, with creating a very real situation and then dealing with all the physical problems surrounding it. I spend much energy trying to realize situations and occurrences physically before I give in to digital effects. In that way, digital effects for me always feel like a compromise but not unrelated to the kind of compromise that one faces as a sculptor. You know, on the classical level, a figure often needs a third leg to stand. Or the material problem you set up for yourself fails and needs an additive or an adhesive to make the material survive on its own, or to stand on its own. Compromise is so much part of the process of making film or the process of making sculpture for that matter.”
5. “Source: 4 arrested in connection with drugs in Hoffman’s apartment.” our people believed to be connected to the drugs found in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment were arrested late Tuesday night, law enforcement officials told CNN.
“During the raid that led to the arrest of the three men and one woman, police recovered 350 glassine-type bags of what is believed to be heroin, the officials said. Apartments at 302 Mott Street in Manhattan, where the four were arrested, are part of the investigation into Hoffman’s death, according to a police source. The source identified suspects being investigated in connection with drugs sold to Hoffman as Juliana Luchkiw, 22, charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana; Max Rosenblum, 22, charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana; Robert Vineberg, 57, charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia; and Thomas Cushman, 48, charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.”
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