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The Shortlist for March 17

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Scarlett Johansson stands behind Woody Allen and her SodaStream deal in new interviewAfter being thrown into two controversial situations, Scarlett Johansson is sounding off on her contract to represent SodaStream -- which ended her previous deal with Oxfam because of SodaStream's factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank -- and her name appearing in Dylan Farrow's open letter about Wody Allen's alleged sexual abuse."I think it's irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on. That just feels irresponsible to me," Johansson told the Guardian in a new interview.Asked about the ensuing backlash against Allen, who has directed Johansson in multiple films, the actress said, "I'm unaware that there's been a backlash. I think he'll continue to know what he knows about the situation, and I'm sure the other people involved have their own experience with it. It's not like this is somebody that's been prosecuted and found guilty of something, and you can then go, 'I don't support this lifestyle or whatever.' I mean, it's all guesswork."She went on to recommit herself to her relationship with SodaStream, despite the company's politics. "I stand behind that decision," she said. "I was aware of that particular factory before I signed. And it still doesn't seem like a problem -- at least not until someone comes up with a solution to the closing of that factory and leaving all those people destitute. I think for a non-governmental organization (Oxfam) to be supporting something that's a political cause ... something feels not right about that to me."
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