Lena Dunham and Scarlett Johannson have weighed in on Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse allegations against her father, Woody Allen.
When Dylan Farrow published an open letter concerning her father, Woody Allen, reiterating her claims that he sexually abused her, Hollywood didn’t really know how to react. Allen was in the midst of praise for his latest movie Blue Jasmine, for which Cate Blanchett would go on to win the Oscar, and Allen’s career was at its zenith.
Woody Allen, seen here with his one time step-daughter, now wife, Soon-Yi, always maintains his innocence
Yet it wasn’t so easy to ignore Farrow’s claims this time round. The first time the accusations had been made she was a child and Allen had ultimately not been charged with any crime, despite the case being investigated by prosecutors. But this time there was a 28 year old woman making the claims, eloquently and clearly she once again repeated the accusations she had made against Allen as a child, this time with her own adult analysis. Farrow asks in her letter “What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?”
Continue reading: For Or Against Woody Allen? The Argument Splitting Hollywood
The much-anticipated return of 'Louis' is just round the corner
Louis C.K’s critically acclaimed, award-winning comedy is set to return for a fourth season on May 5. The semi-autobiographical show will hit FX after fans and peers lauded praise over C.K’s offbeat sitcom, which the comedian has taken a 19-month hiatus from to perfect.
Louie is coming back to FX on May 5
The show sees Louis play himself with dramatized elements of his life. He has two kids in real life, and the two girls in the show playing his daughters (Hadley Delany and Ursula Parker) mirror the frustrations C.K displays about parenthood in his stand up bits.
Continue reading: Mark The Calender: 'Louie' Is Back On TVs On May 5
Mindy Kaling may have been asked the stupidest red carpet question ever, which other celebs have been victims of red carpet idiocy?
“Who are you wearing?”, “Are you excited to be here?”, “Do you want to win?” are just a few of the inane questions that get yelled at the stars as they walk down the red carpet. But every now and then a question gets asked that is so mind-blowingly idiotic, or eyebrow-raisingly nonsensical that you just have to ask, how are these people allowed within 100 feet of celebrities? And more to the point, who thought it was a good idea to give them a microphone and put them on the television? Usually the answer is E! news.
Mindy was asked to specify what race she found attractive
For instance, E! news correspondent Alicia Quarles recently asked The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling what race of guys she likes. Yes, you read that right. “Who’s your type?” she asked Kaling, who seemed confused by the question. “Good looking?”, Kaling responded with the quizzical intonation of someone who is confounded. This wasn’t enough for Quarles though, who continued “So, any colour?”. It’s more than a little intrusive to begin with to ask the star what kind of men she likes, but to demand a race be included in her bizarre interrogation is just too much.
Continue reading: Mindy Kaling And The Stupidest Red Carpet Questions, Ever
Most of us know that Zooey Deschanel and Jared Leto are pretty musical, but there's a bunch of other celebs who also have musical skills on the side!
Those celebs are a talented bunch, sometimes even more than they let on! Lots of them are also skilled musicians on top their acting and directing day jobs. We bet you’ll never believe that some of these famous people have the time to play an instrument on top of all the other projects they’re always involved with.
Clint Eastwood made his name as an actor in movies about the Old West, before going on to become one of the most renowned directors in the movie biz. However, we bet you didn’t know that he’s also a skilled composer and has composed the film scores to accompany a selection of the movies he has directed, including Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River.
Clint Eastwood often composes the scores to his movies
Continue reading: 10 Actors Who Are Also Talented Musicians (Hint: Not Just Jared Leto!)
The author dismissed Mia and Dylan Farrow's claims as "palpable b**chery."
Stephen King has been compelled to apologise profusely after comments that he made regarding Woody Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, and her claims that her father sexually abused her when she was a young girl. In a tweet that has now been deleted, the author wrote after reading about the story: "Boy, I'm stumped on that one. I don't like to think it's true, and there's an element of palpable bitchery there, but..."
Stephen King Provoked Fury After He Used "Palpable Bitchery" To Describe Dylan Farrow's Claims.
Many reacted with outrage towards King's words with the phrase "palpable bitchery" seeming to provoke the most concern. The writer has since tweeted a series of apologies in the hope of smoothing things over: "Have no opinion on the accusations; hope they're not true. Probably used the wrong word," he wrote, adding "Still learning my way around this thing. Mercy, please."
The 'Blue Jasmine' director has hit back at claims he sexually abused his adoptive daughter.
Woody Allen has responded to the claims of sexual abuse made by his daughter Dylan Farrow in an open letter published by the New York Times. In the letter, Dylan speaks out publically for the first time regarding the accusations that Allen abused his adoptive daughter. The claims first surfaced in 1993 when the filmmaker and his then-girlfriend Mia Farrow were splitting up.
Woody Allen Has Apparently Branded Dylan's Claims "Untrue And Disgraceful."
"What's your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house," writes Dylan. "He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me."
Continue reading: Woody Allen Denies Sexual Abuse Again, As Oscars Move Into Sight
The accusations originally raised in 1992 have been revisited in an open letter by Dylan Farrow.
Trouble has been brewing for Woody Allen since the Golden Globes and the now infamous tweets from his son Rohan Farrow. The scandal finally hit a breaking point last Saturday, when Dylan Farrow accused him in an open letter published on the New York Times website of molesting her in a "dim, closet-like attic" at the age of seven. At the time, Allen was investigated, but never charged.
Woody Allen is yet to respond to the allegations directly.
The director is yet to respond directly to the allegations, but his publicist Leslee Dart issued a sort of placeholder statement on his behalf, saying that Allen would respond “very soon” and pointing out the findings of the original investigation.
Continue reading: Scandal Rages On With Dylan Farrow's Open Letter To Woody Allen
The stars were called out by name in the open letter
Dylan Farrow’s letter – which details the supposed sexual abuse by her adoptive father, Woody Allen – has been a hot topic of conversation. The stars of the controversial director’s latest film, the Oscar-nominated Blue Jasmine, have been responding to the allegations.
Woody Allen is being accused by Farrow of abusing her as a child
At the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday night, journalist Jeffrey Wells asked Cate Blanchett for her response to the letter. "It's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some sort of resolution and peace," Blanchett said, according to Wells.
Woody Allen's adoptive daughter, Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow, has penned an open letter in which she details the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her father.
Woody Allen adopted two children, Dylan and Moses, with Mia Farrow in addition to their biological son.
Farrow and Allen were in a relationship from 1980 and had one biological child, Ronan 'Satchel' Farrow, together and adopted two children, one of whom is Dylan. The couple separated in 1992 when Farrow discovered Allen was having a relationship with her adoptive daughter, Soon-Yi. During the subsequent custody battle, there were a number of allegations made against Allen relating to alleged abuse of then 7-year-old Dylan. The case was brought to court in September 1993 and a number of rulings dismissed Allen's abuse charges, according to The American Law Library. However, the Connecticut State Attorney Frank Maco, announced that he had "probable cause" to prosecute Allen, he was dropping the case in order to protect Dylan from "the trauma of appearing in court."
Golden Globes successes brought Oscar nominations speculation this week as movie awards overshadow all other news.
Golden Globes Glory: Last weekend's Golden Globe awards set hearts racing ahead of March's Oscars with plenty of deserving winners next to a few jaw-dropping snubs. 12 Years A Slave predictably came out on top with the big gong but a few unpredictabilities set award odds and Oscars speculation askew. Newbie comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw off rivals to claim two awards whilst Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett took the leading lady award alongside Dallas Buyers Club's for the men.
Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón stole Best Director from Steve McQueen whilst Breaking Bad and Behind The Candelabra snatched the big TV awards. The surprise wins also made for some truly memorable speeches too, with Elisabeth Moss exclamation of "Oh s**t!" and Jacqueline Bisset's sweary ramble marking two particular highlights. Read about all the winners here.
Fioravante is paid to sleep with beautiful women, what could get stale?
The trailer has been released for upcoming comedy drama Fading Gigolo, the movie that sets out to test one man's endurance of having someone find and pay for women to sleep with him. It's actually skint florist worker Fioravante who gets paid for sex though, as the movie twists the common assumptions of prostitution.
John Turturro's Fioravante Is Paid To Sleep With Beautiful But Lonely Women.
John Turturro's character decides to accept a rather unusual job offer from his friend Murray (Woody Allen) who recently learned that his dermatologist and her friend were looking for a stranger to try out new sexual experiences with. After Fioravante consents, Murray charges the women $1,000, sends his friend to carry out his assigned task whilst keeping a portion of the cash for himself.
Strapped for cash, handsome but middle-aged bookshop worker Fioravante decides to accept an offer of an unusual job from his friend Murray, who recently had a brainwave after his dermatologist and her friend admitted to wanting a new sexual experience with a stranger. Murray charged them a huge $1,000, offering the modest Fioravante the chance to be a male escort for a large paycheque while keeping a portion himself. After realising that he quite enjoys the experience of worshipping single and lonely women in the bedroom, Fioravante continues his exploits with Murray and ends up meeting a particularly shy woman named Avigal. Consumed by loneliness, Avigal seeks comfort and recognition, but just how deep does her solitude go?
Continue: Fading Gigolo Trailer
See below for a full list of nominations
The Bafta nominations didn’t really throw up any surprises, with many of the year’s top actors, directors and films being recognised. The constant metronome of: ‘Gravity,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘American Hustle’ still chimes away; the Oscar favourites are set to do battle.
Gravity is leading the way with 11 Bafta nominations
So 'Gravity' leads the way with 11 nominations; it’ll go up against '12 Years a Slave' in the Best Film Category as well as 'American Hustle', 'Captain Phillips' and 'Philomena', a film the Alfonso Cuaron space thriller must also beat to win Outstanding British Film gong. 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', 'Rush', 'Saving Mr. Banks' and 'The Selfish Giant' make up that category.
The multi-talented son of Mia Farrow is taking to television.
Ronan Farrow, the son of actress Mia Farrow, is joining MSNBC to host his own weekday show that will reportedly focus on youth activism. The 25 year-old law school graduate, journalist and human rights activist has also worked as part of the Obama administration as a foreign policy official, founded the State Department's Office of Global Youth Issues, and is adviser to youth on the Nigerian AIDS epidemic, Angola and Darfur.
Mia Farrow, Ronan's Mother, Has Caused A Stir Recently.
Speaking about the upcoming arrival of Ronan's show MSNBC chief Phil Griffin said that "Ronan has established himself as a provocative, independent journalist capable of challenging people's assumptions and empowering audiences," in a statement announcing the news. "His show will be a game changer for MSNBC, representing a fresh approach to how we deliver news."
Continue reading: Ronan Farrow Given Weekday Show On MSNBC, Focus On Youth Activism
So which movies made Tarantino's list for 2013?
Movie buffs have begun to anticipate Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 movies lists in recent years. The legendary director's run-down of his favorite movies of the year has made for interesting reading in recent years and is often regarded as the antithesis of the Academy's choices of the year's best.
He passed on devising a list last year, owing to Django Unchained, though in 2011 Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris - a wonderful movie that actually went onto win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars - topped Quentin's list, edging out Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the excellent Moneyball, with Brad Pitt. Tarantino threw in a couple of curveballs with X-Men: First Class, The Skin I Live In, Attack The Block and Warrior.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Movies Of 2013 (So Far)
Mia Farrow claims her son, Ronan Farrow, may "possibly" have been fathered by the late Frank Sinatra.
Mia Farrow stated her son Ronan Farrow could "possibly" have been fathered by Frank Sinatra. Farrow, who was married to Sinatra from 1966-68, was in a relationship was in a relationship with Woody Allen at the time of her son's birth. In Vanity Fair's November issue, Farrow and her eight children (biological and adopted) discussed their home life and their relationships with their mother's three partners.
Mia Farrow claims her son Ronan is "possibly" Frank Sinatra's son.
A DNA test to determine Ronan's paternity has never been undertaken, had Sinatra truly been the father of Ronan, he would have been 73 at the time of his birth. Allen responded "The article is so fictitious and extravagantly absurd that he is not going to comment."
Continue reading: Frank Sinatra's Widow: Mia Farrow's Paternity Claims Are "Phony"
Could Ronan Farrow be the son of Frank Sinatra?
The Rosemary's Baby star Mia Farrow has hinted that her son Ronan, apparently with Woody Allen, may actually be the son of her ex-husband Frank Sinatra. The actress was married to the legendary singer from 1966 to 1968 though their relationship continued sporadically, including during her early years with director Allen.
Woody Allen Has Re-Established His Reputation Over The Past Decade
In a new interview with Vanity Fair's special correspondent Maureen Orth, Farrow hinted that it's entirely possible that Sinatra is the biological father of Ronan, now 25. When directly asked whether this was the case, Farrow said "Possibly," adding, "We never really split up."
Continue reading: Awkward: Mia Farrow Claims Woody Allen's Son May Be Frank Sinatra's
Cate Blanchett can win her second Academy Award in 2014.
Cate Blanchett will win the Oscar for Best Actress on the evening of March 2, 2013 and if she doesn't - and Meryl Streep steals the award - it could be one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Academy Awards.
Bobby Cannavle [R], Max Casella and Woody Allen [R] On The Set of 'Blue Jasmine'
As the current 1/3 favourite for her performance as New York multimillionaire Jasmine Francis in Woody Allen's new movie Blue Jasmine, the Australian actress is approaching Daniel Day-Lewis's Lincoln territory. The actor's third Oscar win was inevitable and considered a shoo-in months ahead of the ceremony - months ahead of the announcement of nominations.
Hugh Jackman's The Wolverine topped the box-office in 100 countries.
Hugh Jackman as 'The Wolverine' in James Mangold's Movie
The superhero picture set in Japan opened bigger than any previous X-Men movie abroad, making $86.1 million internationally to add to a modest $55 million domestically. The 20th Century Fox project certainly cannot be considered a flop in the U.S - it still earned the No.1 spot - though it made $10 million less than expected.
Continue reading: X-Men's 'The Wolverine' Opens Moderately In U.S, HUGE Abroad
So, what's it going to be?
This weekend’s releases include The Wolverine, Blue Jasmine and The To Do List, with The Way, Way Back and Fruitvale Station widening their scope with added theatres. Some pretty difficult decisions stand in your way tonight, so which film are you going to choose when the box office assistant says “Excuse me, what film? I need an answer.”
Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine
The geeks choice: The Wolverine
Cate Blanchett's portrayal of an abandoned and broke socialite takes critics by storm.
Cate Blanchett's latest film Blue Jasmine was released today (July 26th 2013) and has already received a flood of positive reviews.
The Aviator star portrayed the cold, haughty and formerly wealthy socialite Jasmine in the new Woody Allen drama which sees her lose everything from her high status to her husband as she is forced to move in with her sister and rebuild her life once more.
So far it has been a hit with critics with Rotten Tomatoes holding it at a more than reasonable 82% as reviews heap praise onto Oscar winning Cate. ''Blue Jasmine' showcases a brilliant, Oscar-worthy performance by Cate Blanchett as sort of a WASP version of Ruth Madoff', said the New York Post, while the Los Angeles Times praise Woody with: 'For all of 'Blue Jasmine's' darkness, the movie is among the filmmaker's most emotionally affecting.
Is Cate Blanchett a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination?
Ok, so this happens every year. Every movie writer around - including yours truly - writes a story about Oscar buzz and whether or not an actor will score a golden statuette come February. It's happening again this year. Idris Elba could win Best Actor. The Monuments Men could win Best Picture. But Cate Blanchett could win Best Actress - she really could.
We're not afraid of using the word. So we're going to use it. There's serious 'buzz' around Woody Allen's new movie Blue Jasmine, particularly the Australian actress's performance as Ruth Madoff, a New York housewife struggling through a life crisis.
"In all, this is the strongest, most resonant movie Woody Allen has made in years," said David Denby of the New Yorker.
Jasmine is an aristocratic New York housewife whose luxurious lifestyle and marriage to the wealthy Hal has been snatched away from her leaving her with quite literally nothing but the clothes on her back. She is forced to fly to San Francisco to move in with her sister Ginger whose apartment is well below her usual standards, as is her boyfriend Chili who is equally as resentful of Jasmine. It doesn't take long before Jasmine starts to plummet emotionally and mentally and only just manages to keep herself sane with several handfuls of anti-depressants a day. In a bid to get her life back on track, she takes a job as a dental receptionist while pursuing a career in interior design. Suffering from a serious breakdown, things are looking dark for Jasmine's future, but do things begin to look up when she meets the sophisticated Dwight?
Continue: Blue Jasmine Trailer
Frances Ha is one of the best reviewed movies of the year so far.
Frances Ha, the new movie starring Greta Gerwig as an apprentice dancer in New York, has been critically acclaimed ahead of its release this week. The movie, by Noah Baumbach (Squid And The Whale, Margot At The Wedding), follows a young woman named Frances who lives with her best friends Sophie, until she moves out to live with another pal.
Gerwig and Baumbach first collaborated in 2010's Greenberg, starring Ben Stiller, though decided to work together again and began exchanging ideas which ultimately became the co-written script for Frances Ha. The movie is shot in black-and-white to emulate parts in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979) and the movie is gaining comparisons to the director's most famous work, Annie Hall (1977). The film boasts a 92% score on reviews aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes (Star Trek Into Darkness 81%, Iron Man 78%) and critics have been unanimous in their praise. "An American independent film (shot in luminous black and white by Sam Levy) that feels off the cuff but is in fact exactly made by a filmmaker in total control of his resources," said Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times. John Anderson of the Wall Street Journal said, "Perhaps Ms. Gerwig is the greatest actress alive. And maybe "Frances Ha" is just the ghost orchid of independent cinema."
Watched the Frances Ha trailer:
Continue reading: Is Noah Baumbach's 'Frances Ha' The New 'Annie Hall'?
Emma Stone has bagged the lead actress role in Woody Allen's new movie.
Emma Stone and Colin Firth will star in Woody Allen's latest movie - a currently untitled comedy set to shoot in the South of France this summer. It will mark Allen's second time shooting in France - following the excellent Midnight in Paris - and his eighth movie set in Europe, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Though the plot of the move is still under wraps, the cast and crew offer a hint of what the film may look like. Allen's longtime associated Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenebaum will produce, while Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love cinematographer and production designer, Darius Khondji and Anne Seibel also return to work with Allen.
Emma Stone has emerged as one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood, following turns in Crazy Stupid Love, The Help and The Amazing Spider-Man. She is currently shooting the sequel to the latter. Oscar winner Firth has no less than six movies currently in some sort of production, including World War II drama The Railway Man, with Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard.
Continue reading: Emma Stone, Colin Firth Heading To France For Woody Allen Comedy
Why did you ever doubt them? It seems as though Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are still going strong, despite reports of a recent breakup. Although the couple have had their problems in recent months, it looks as though everything is back to normal and the pair were snapped canoodling in Salt Lake City this week.
E! Online obtained photographs of Bieber and the Wizards of Waverly Place star kissing in the airport, with Gomez sitting on her boyfriend's lap and cuddling him. Aww. The pair have actually been spending plenty of time with each other lately, hopping on a jet together in Van Nuys, California, last Wednesday. The photographs will please fans of the A-list couple, especially considering Gomez was pictured getting close to Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's 25-year-old son Ronan Farrow last week. A Twitter picture uploaded by Ronan featured the caption, "Do not challenge the lovely @selenagomez to a dance-off. You will lose."
Bieber and Gomez called it quits in November, though tabloid reports concerning their makeups and breakups have been omnipresent through 2012.
Photographers are warned of 'copyright infringement' as they snap Woody Allen, Jill Scott, Vanessa Paradis and John Turturro on the set of 'Fading Gigolo' in New York City. John, who is the director, writer and star of the comedy movie, can be seen rushing about on the set trying to get everything ready for the next scene. He is then seen discussing something with Vanessa who is sporting a rather sophisticated bob haircut.
Barbra Streisand is now half-way through her triumphant homecoming, having performed to a sell-out audience at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre for the first time last night (October 11, 2012). The screen, stage and studio superstar will head back to her home town’s new massive concert venue for a second time tomorrow (October 13), before hitting the road once again as she continues her already massively successful Barbra Live tour.
Whilst blaSting out the hits last night, there was no shortage of famous faces in the crowd, with Barbara Walters, Jimmy Fallon, Sting, Katie Couric, Woody Allen, Michael Douglas and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg all spotted in the crowd. And if that wasn’t enough, the upper echelons of the fashion world also made an appearance at the show, designers Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors being spotted in the audience.
Streisand's ex-husband, Elliott Gould, was also at the event, in support of his and Barbara’s son Jason, who accompanied his mother on stage. Barbra introduced Jason to the audience as her “pride and joy,” before performing ‘How Deep Is the Ocean’ together.
Continue reading: Brooklynite Barbra Streisand Returns Home For Two Sell-Out Shows
Baldwin plays an architect who returns to his student stomping grounds and meets Jack (Eisenberg), who seems to be living his old life, even as he falls for a friend (Page) of his girlfriend (Gerwig). Meanwhile, there's Leopoldo (Benigni), a dull businessman who suddenly becomes a celebrity for no reason he can see, is pursued everywhere by the paparazzi and starts to enjoy the high life. Across town, Jerry and Phyllis (Allen and Davis) arrive to meet the fiance (Parenti) of their daughter (Pill). Then Jerry pushes a future in-law (Armiliato) into becoming the latest opera sensation. Finally, a young couple arrives from the country to start a new life in the city, but the husband (Tiberi) ends up having a farcical day out with a sexy prostitute (Cruz) while the wife (Mastronardi) meets her favourite actor (Albanese).
Continue reading: To Rome With Love Review
Woody Allen takes us on a romp around yet another beautiful European city with his latest film To Rome With Love. Set in one of the most beautiful and romantic cites in the world (unsurprisingly) Rome, the film is broken down into four parts and the tale follows the escapades and relationships of holiday makers and local residents alike, each story individually unravels and gives us a glimpse into their -generally complicated & quirky- lives.
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Blocked writer Gil (Wilson) is visiting Paris with his wife Inez (McAdams) and her high-achieving parents (Fuller and Kennedy). When they run into Inez's know-it-all ex (Sheen), Gil starts having second thoughts about everything. He also begins to wish he'd lived in Paris in the artistic heyday of the 1920s, and is stunned one night to find himself in some kind of magical time-warp, rubbing shoulders with F Scott Fitzgerald (Hiddleston), Gertrude Stein (Bates) and Ernest Hemmingway (Stoll). He also begins to fall for Adriana (Cotillard), a muse for Picasso and Modigliani.
Continue reading: Midnight In Paris Review
Gil and Inez are young couple who decide to travel to France with Inez's family. Gil is a very successful screenwriter in Hollywood and when he announces to Inez that he wishes to write his debut novel, she's supportive bu not exactly taken with the idea. When the opportunity to visit Paris arises, both Inez and Gil - who's had a fascination with the city for many years-, feel it's a perfect vacation.
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After years of marriage, Alfie and Helena are getting divorced, this is mainly due to Alfie's midlife crisis and lust for a much younger woman called Charmaine. Whilst Helena seeks guidance from a fortune teller her daughter is also facing troubles of her own. Sally works in an art gallery work whilst her husband stays at home hoping to write a novel that repeats the success of his first.
Kenneth Williams' famous quip "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got in for me!" has been named as the funniest line in movie history.
He uttered the words as Julius Caesar in the 1964 film Carry On Cleo.
Coming second in the poll for Sky Movies Comedy, which quizzed 1,000 film fans and critics, is the line "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy" from the Monty Python film The Life of Brian.
And apparently the third funniest words uttered in a film are the exchange between Robert Hays (Ted Striker) and Leslie Nielsen (Dr Rumack) in the 1980 hit Airplane! After Hays said "Surely you can't be serious" Nielsen quipped back "I am seriousand don't call me Shirley".
Other films with one-liners making it into the poll's top ten are lines from the slapstick comedy films Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary and The Naked Gun.
Top ten comedy lines
1) "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!" Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar Carry on Cleo (1964)
2) "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy." Terry Jones as Brian's mother - Life Of Brian (1979)
3) "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley." Leslie Nielsen as Dr Rumack - Airplane! (1980)
4) "Remember you're fighting for this woman's honour, which is probably more than she ever did." Groucho Marx as Rufus T Firefly - Duck Soup (1933)
5) "Don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love." Woody Allen as Alvy Singer - Annie Hall (1977)
6) "Do you have a licence for your minkey?" Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau - The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
7) "Is that, is that hair gel?" Cameron Diaz as Mary Jensen - There's Something About Mary (1998)
8) "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the War Room." Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley - Dr Strangelove (1963)
9) "Nice beaver! Thank you. I just had it stuffed." Leslie Nielsen as Lt Frank Drebin and Priscilla Presley as Jane Spencer - The Naked Gun (1988)
10) "When I met Mary I got that old-fashioned romantic feeling where I'd do anything to bone her." Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas - Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Continue reading: Carry On Joke Tops One-liner Poll
The big schlemiel at the heart of the movie is actually not Allen, it's Biggs, who plays Jerry Falk, a young comedy writer with a chronic inability to say no to anybody: not his useless shrink or his clinging, laughable manager (Danny DeVito), and especially not his neurotic (on a good day) girlfriend, Amanda (Ricci). Falk's best friend is another comedy writer, David Dobel (Allen), who has all the usual Allen characteristics, but seems to have been taking steroids for his paranoia and misanthropy.
Continue reading: Anything Else Review
While it is getting harder and harder to indulge an aging Woody Allen's enduring fantasy of beautiful young women falling in love with him in his movies, the man's comedy instincts are as sharp as ever in "Hollywood Ending."
The sophisticated screwball jaunt stars Allen as washed-up movie director Val Waxman, whose hypochondria reaches new extremes when he's rescued from deodorant commercial hell by his producer ex-wife (Tea Leoni) and given one last shot by making a $60 million blockbuster. Panicked at the prospect of making or breaking his career -- not to mention working for his ex and the Hollywood greaseball she left him for -- Val goes psychosomatically blind.
Rather than quit the picture and doom himself to showbiz purgatory, he decides he just won't let on. He'll wing it and hope his cast and crew see his apparent ineptitude as visionary eccentricity.
Continue reading: Hollywood Ending Review
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