The Scramble: The Famous Are Human Too
On Sunday, two people named Dylan made news. So much so that you had to be careful on Twitter. If you tweeted "Dylan sold out" about Bob Dylan's Super Bowl commercials, you might offend people who thought you meant Dylan Farrow who broke 20 years of silence to talk about her memory of childhood molestation by Woody Allen.
This is a story that dates back to 1992 here in Connecticut and has never been adequately resolved but for many younger Woody Allen fans, it was new news. They weren't around for the headlines in 1992 and those of us who were never saw what we saw Sunday, Dylan Farrow's own words in an open letter to the public published on The New York Times website.
While we were chewing over that, another part of the world came crashing down with the news that Philip Seymour Hoffman was dead at 46. It's hard not to feel sadness at the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was one of Hollywood's most respected and talented actors, infusing a raw vulnerability into characters made so intimate they make us squirm in their pain.
Last, we look at the ads of the Super Bowl, in particular the one with Bob Dylan promoting the purchase of Chrysler cars. Really?
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- Mellini Kantayya is a humorist, culture critic, and author of "Actor, Writer, Whatever (Essays on my rise to the top of the bottom of the entertainment industry)"
- David Edelstein is a film critic for New York Magazine and for NPR's Fresh Air.
- Steve Wolfberg is the co-owner of Cronin and Co., named "Top Shop" in Connecticut by Adweek Magazine.
- Cliff Furnald is the editor of Rootsworld Magazine and a host on WPKN radio in Bridgeport.
- Ben Nadaff-Hafrey is the Deputy Arts & Entertainment editor for PolicyMic.