Posts Tagged ‘Woody Allen’

Director B-Side: Woody Allen and ‘Stardust Memories’

January 2nd, 2015 By

The central operational notion of Woody Allen’s Starust Memories is the same as Federico Fellini’s : the problems of the successful and the artistically accomplished can still be a source of genuine pain and frustation. This is the main idea that you have to buy into if you are going to get much out of either work’s worldview. Allen’s film is all about a man who is struggling with his past successes and the almost obsessive love that the entire world seems to have for his public persona. It asks the viewers to treat these problems, relatively weightless as they might seem when compared to those that confront less fortunate individuals, as a genuine cause for concern. It’s easy to roll your eyes at the film’s treatment of these ideas, writing them off as whiny or egotistical. Then you arrive at the scene when a deranged fan shoots the film’s protagonist in a sudden burst of unexplained violence. It takes only an additional second to register that the film was released just seven weeks prior to John Lennon’s murder, a killing carried out in almost identical fashion to Allen’s fictional shooting. Perhaps the film does have something to say about the dangers of fame that’s worth paying attention to. Read more…

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Woody Allen’s Upcoming Film Will Be Set in Rhode Island

June 2nd, 2014 By


Woody Allen will premiere his latest feature film – Magic in the Moonlight, a romantic comedy set on the French Riviera – this July, but as per usual, the New York-based writer/director has already shifted priorities to his next feature film.  News broke Monday that the untitled feature will take place in Rhode Island, a contrast to where Allen’s films are typically set, but marking a return to the east coast. Read more…

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Trailer Released for Woody Allen’s ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

May 21st, 2014 By
Colin Firth and Emma Stone in 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Colin Firth and Emma Stone in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

“The plot thickens” in the newly released trailer for Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight, which sees the director’s latest return to 1920s France since his fantastical Midnight in Paris.  Oscar winner Colin Firth and Emma Stone are at playful odds with each other; Stanley (Firth), an illusionist and supposedly the “greatest debunker of false spiritualists,” is tasked to uncover the truth behind the enchanting but elusive spirit medium Sophie (Stone).

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Emma Stone to Star in Woody Allen’s Next Two Films

May 6th, 2014 By

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Get ready to see the combination of Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen’s newest film. Stone seems to be following in the footsteps of Diane Keaton and Scarlett Johansson as Allen’s latest go to actress. As expected, four-time Oscar winner Allen will handle the writing, directing, and producing of the picture.

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Woody Allen Taps Joaquin Phoenix To Star In His Next Picture

May 5th, 2014 By
Joaquin Phoenix in Spike Jonze's 'Her' (2013)

Joaquin Phoenix in Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ (2013)

Controversy or no, Woody Allen is going to keep on making films. Not far off Cate Blanchett’s Best Actress Oscar win for her work in Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Allen has already signed up the star of his next as-of-yet untitled movie. Joaquin Phoenix will be the next A-lister to help Allen tell his next tale, according to The Wrap.

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Woody Allen Preps Response to Sexual Abuse Claims

February 2nd, 2014 By


A few days ago, Dylan Farrow, wrote a letter to the New York Times, revisiting Allen’s alleged sexual abuse of her as a child.  Following their break up in 1992, Mia Farrow accused Allen of abusing her daughter, Dylan.  After a lengthy investigation, Woody Allen was not charged or prosecuted.  The New York Times Article marks the first time Dylan has written about it publicly. Read more…

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Sony Pictures Classics Will Release ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

January 10th, 2014 By

Marcia Gay Harden and Emma Stone in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

In what will surprise likely no one at all, Sony Pictures Classics has picked up Woody Allen’s next film Magic in the Moonlight, the filmmaker’s forty-fourth feature.  A romantic comedy set in the south of France in the early 1920s, the film stars Academy Award winning actor Colin Firth and Emma Stone.  This marks the sixth consecutive partnership between the iconoclastic Allen and the distributor, both of which are currently in the 2013 awards circuit for the summer sleeper hit Blue Jasmine, which has earned innumerable critics mentions for its leading lady Cate Blanchett as well as PGA and WGA nominations.  Allen is also the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. Read more…

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Woody Allen’s New Film ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ Releases Photos

October 15th, 2013 By


The next film from writer-director Woody Allen is titled Magic in the Moonlight and will star Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Emma Stone, and Jacki Weaver. Read more…

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Government Mandate Leads to Withdrawal of ‘Blue Jasmine’ from Circulation in India

October 8th, 2013 By

Blue Jasmine

On several occasions in the past, the Indian Central Board of Film Certification (ICBFC) has frustrated obstinate Hollywood filmmakers unwilling to amend their films to comply with strict government mandates posed by the committee. Woody Allen’s refusal to distribute his newest film, Blue Jasmine, this past weekend due to the ICBFC’s requirement of cigarette-related health warnings (not only preceding the start of the film but also within the diegesis itself) is the latest such incident.

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‘Fading Gigolo’ Sold to Millennium Films

September 9th, 2013 By

Woody Allen “manages” the ‘Fading Gigolo’

In the film Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays a cash-strapped New Yorker who decides to take part in the world’s oldest profession with a little help from Woody Allen.  The high concept of Mr. Allen as pimp inspired many a giggle when the trailer to film debuted last month.  Now comes news that Millennium Films has grabbed the U.S. rights to Fading Gigolo following its premiere at the continuing Toronto Film Festival.  Liev Schreiber (currently on screens in Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Sharon Stone (currently on screens in Lovelace), Modern Family‘s Sofía Vergara and French actress Vanessa Paradis co-star. Read more…

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