Neurotic and brilliant filmmaker Woody Allen settled out of court yesterday and secured $5 million from the uber hipster/sleezy clothing giant, American Apparel, specifically founder Dov Charney A Pocket Full of Rye hd . Allen sued the clothing company for $10 million last year after they ran ads of him in black Hasidic garb in a scene from his film “Annie Hall” without permission.
The deal was reached moments before jury selection was set to start in Manhattan Federal Court, and before Charney’s lawyers could follow through on plans to air Allen’s dirty laundry. The company’s lawyers had made noise about calling Mia Farrow- Allen’s ex and the adoptive mother of his wife, Soon-Yi Previn- as a witness. Still, Charney insisted the dispute was not personal.
Charney had this to say, “Naturally there is some relief of not having to go through a trial but I also harbor a sense of remorse and sadness for not arguing an important issue regarding the First Amendment, particularly the ability of an individual or corporation to invoke the likeness of a public figure in a satiric and social statement.”
and Allen this, “Threats and press leaks by American Apparel designed to smear me did not work, and a scheme to call a long list of witnesses who had absolutely nothing to do with the case was also disallowed by the court.”
Allen’s latest effort, Whatever Works features Larry David and hits theaters June 19th.
Watch the trailer HERE
It’s just been announced that Woody Allen’s new film, Whatever Works will be opening the Tribea Film Festival on April 22nd. Whatever Works is Allen’s first film shot in his hometown of New York since 2004. His last few films have been shot overseas, showing his obsession with Europe especially France & Spain.
“Whatever Works” is a romantic comedy starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Begley Jr. and Patricia Clarkson.
In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Allen stated that “the film will be a comedy, but, “a slightly different one for me. It’s a blackish comedy.” Allen also had this to say about his choice of Larry David as the leading role, ”He’s got a great thing of his own. He’s got a great, what would you call it, sarcastic, sour or vitriolic, wonderful, wonderful, no nonsense sense of humor.”
Clip of Woody doing stand-up circa 1965 after the jump