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Woody Allen has had a weird career. Followed around by bizarre and sometimes troubling headlines and considered simultaneously a criticís darling and a near habitual box office disappointment, heís managed to consistently churn out headlines for fifty years.
Woody Allen is never one to stay dormant for long, and long for him is not very long for the rest of us. With his latest film, Magic In The Moonlight, heading to theaters this summer; the director is already starting to ramp up work on his latest film.
Colin Firth is everywhere this year, and it's a good thing! The man has worked hard to hit pretty much every demographic in the market, and he's doing a pretty comprehensive job. He's got Paddington for the kids, Kingsman: The Secret Service for the teens-adults, and numerous titles for adults and Academy voters alike. One such film that falls into that last category is Woody Allen's latest comedic effort, Magic In The Moonlight.
We have yet to see the first collaboration between Emma Stone and director Woody Allen, as >Magic In The Moonlight isn't scheduled for release until late July, but apparently the production on that project went rather smoothly, as now they are reportedly ready to work together again. And while Colin Firth plays opposite Stone in Magic, he's found her a different Oscar-caliber leading man for their latest film.
Last night, the Hollywood Foreign Press honored Woody Allen with the Cecil B. Demille lifetime achievement award. The writer/director/ actorís longtime collaborator and friend Diane Keaton handled the mini-ceremony with her usual charm and an extended montage worked its way through all of the Oscar winnerís most beloved works.
Woody Allen may have already wrapped his latest film Magic in The Moonlight, but that doesn't mean the persnickety director will give up the goods when it comes to what the movie is all about. Nonetheless, with word that Sony Pictures Classics will be distributing the film, Allen has decided to drop a few details.
Spacey is fantastic in House of Cards. I can understand why he might want to use the Netflix original series to showcase his talents, but there are countless other projects Iíd use to show off his refined skills. What would you select for a Spacey highlight reel?
Details on the plot are still a mystery, but we do know that the film was shot in the South of France, making Magic in the Moonlight Allen's eighth movie to be set in Europe. Magic in the Moonlight boasts an ensemble that includes English actress Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen, Catherine McCormack, Paul Ritter, and Jeremy Shamos.
What if Woody Allen directed The Wolverine? Thatís the question comedian Ben Stadler answers with the hilarious clip above. He not only imagines Logan in Manhattan, plagued by neuroses and self-defeating insecurities; he imagines him as Woody Allen.
I have to admit itís a huge relief knowing that we probably wonít have to worry about seeing men in their 50s and 70s go on about loose bowels or other geriatric ailments. Though I fully expect to hear a few jokes about Viagra and the trouble with maintaining erection.
Though the film is partly set in the New York, Allen's most familiar setting, the bulk of the narrative will take place in San Francisco, where quasi-socialite Jasmine (Blanchett) is forced to take shelter with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) after her marriage with Alec Baldwinís Wall Street financier implodes.
Both written and directed by Allen, the new film centers on Jasmine (Blanchett), a woman who has become used to the finer things in life thanks to her wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin). But when everything falls apart and Jasmine begins to have a nervous breakdown, she moves out to San Francisco where she can stay with her sister Ginger (Hawkins).
Very little is known about the plot of Blue Jasmineat this time, though it's been said that the film chronicles the mental crisis of a New York housewife. Making up for the lack of plot details, however, is the fact that the film has a noteworthy, incredible ensemble.
Allen has set his sights on Colin Firth as his next leading man, and the actor and the production have entered negotiations to make that happen. What's more, the site has also learned that the title will be one to add to the filmmaker's ever-growing list of European set stories, and will be filmed in the South of France.
It would seem that Emma Stone has reached a point in her career where she wants to work with the best directors that Hollywood has to offer. Not only is she now set to star in the new films from both Cameron Crowe and Guillermo del Toro, she has now reportedly close to signing a deal that will have her star in the next project from one of the greatest comedy filmmakers of all time.
Watching a mashup like this, which reportedly took editors Oliver Noble and Ben Craw several months to complete, reminds you why Allen's had such a long career in movies despite a weird appearance and, let's face it, something of a speech impediment. His presence is inimitable but completely appealing, and even when his words are chopped up into hypnotic nonsense like this, you're dying to hear him get the words out and probably slay you with a joke
In 2011, Woody Allen earned a revival in relevance and praise thanks to his nostalgic romance Midnight in Paris, which not only earned Allen a Best Director Oscar nod and a win for Best Original Screenplay, but also made a whopping $150 million worldwide. His follow-up, To Rome With Love, was not too warmly received by critics (okay, they hated it), but it still made an impressive $73 million worldwide.
Last year's surprise Woody Allen hit Midnight in Paris paid tribute to all kinds of great authors and artists from the 20th century, with many of them-- like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald-- making hilarious appearances in the flesh. William Faulkner, another contemporary of those times, didn't appear in person but was quoted by Owen Wilson's lead character
We'll have a full report on this weekend's box office later today, but it seems worth highlighting the limited release-- especially the fact that Woody Allen, so late in his career, has hit yet another one out of the park. Last year's Midnight in Paris was the highest-grossing film of Allen's career
Woody Allen is, in a word, a legend. Since 1966 he has made more than 40 films, some of them considered among the greatest of all time, including Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters. But how Allen look back on those great titles? With disappointment.
While Woody Allen is famously known as one of the quint-essential New York directors, he hasn't filmed a movie in the United States in nearly a decade. In 2004 he made Melinda and Melinda in NYC, but since then it's been all about Europe, making movies like Vicky Christina Barcelona, Match Point, Midnight and Paris, and the upcoming To Rome With Love in locals like Spain, England, France and Italy.
Michael Emerson has had a pretty seamlessly successful career on television, going from an Emmy win for his guest role on The Practice to his unforgettable role as Ben Linus on Lost to a starring role now on Person of Interest
Even if you don't know Bobby Cannavale by name, you've undoubtedly seen him steal a scene. The character actor and Broadway veteran, with a loud voice and a brash attitude, has done stints on TV shows like Nurse Jackie, Will & Grace and Six Feet Under, and popped up in supporting roles
Allen has approached the Happy-Go-Lucky star to take on one of the untitled feature's two female leads. Word has it Cate Blanchett is being considered for the other. Should she sign on, Hawkins will be playing a spirited but neurotic woman described as "rough around the edges," while Blanchett is being eyed for a more sophisticated lady, whose life is more enviable at the outset. Also said to be circling is Bradley Cooper, who seems poised to join the sure-to-be star-studded ensemble.
Woody Allen's been spending a lot of time shooting his movies in Europe lately, and a lot of them have turned out to be the best of his career-- Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris all got substantial critical love and awards attention