His Amazon series, Crisis In Six Scenes, was not well received
Woody Allen never wants to do television again. The film director recently showed his series, Crisis In Six Scenes, on Amazon Prime and has admitted it didn’t go down too well and he isn’t too keen to repeat the mini-series process.
Woody Allen's foray into television is not a process he'd like to repeat
The shoot was apparently not a barrel of laughs and the show then received a political panning and now Allen had revealed he "underestimated" doing TV and should have instead made a film.
Continue reading: Woody Allen Never Wants To Make Television Again
The ‘Wrecking Ball’ singer thought her mic was turned off…it wasn’t.
Miley Cyrus accidentally dropped an F-bomb live on NBC’s the ‘Today Show’ on Friday, shocking early morning viewers. The singer was all mic-ed up for her upcoming segment, but as the show went to a break she let out a four-letter expletive after thinking her microphone was switched off.
Continue reading: Oops! Miley Cyrus Dropped An F-Bomb Live On The 'Today' Show
Lively stars in Allen’s latest film 'Cafe Society'.
Blake Lively couldn't believe her luck when she landed a role in Woody Allen’s lastest film Cafe Society. The actress has a small part in the comedy/drama, but says she would have taken any role to work with Allen, because the writer and director “really, really writes to women”.
Blake Lively stars in Woody Allen’s latest film, Cafe Society
“I didn't care if it was one line, one scene, or playing a janitor,” she told The Independent. “He's one of the few filmmakers who really, really writes to women. They're fully realised women; they're not one thing or the other."
Continue reading: Blake Lively: "Woody Allen Writes The Best Roles For Women"
Allen responded to Ronan Farrow's explosive essay in The Hollywood Reporter yesterday, which re-explored the long-standing abuse allegations against the director.
Following blistering allegations made by his estranged son Ronan Farrow about how the media doesn’t talk about sexual abuse accusations made against his father, Woody Allen has responded to what was said in the essay.
Journalist Farrow had written an op-ed in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (May 11th), moments before Allen’s press conference ahead of the opening of his new movie Café Society at Cannes Film Festival.
In that piece, Ronan questioned why the media wasn’t asking hard-hitting questions about the accusations his sister, Dylan Farrow, made against their estranged father dating back to the early ‘90s. Dylan repeated those allegations in an open letter in the New York Times blog in February 2014, but accused the media industry of silencing her by not effectively following it up.
Continue reading: Woody Allen Responds To Ronan Farrow's Essay
He writes an essay defending his sister and shaming reporters for their handling of the allegations.
Well, this has been quite the awkward start to the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. With Woody Allen's new film 'Cafe Society' opening the event and critics praising the movie, his adoptive son Ronan Farrow has used his father's spotlight to slam the media for not taking sexual abuse allegations made by daughter Dylan Farrow seriously.
Ronan Farrow speaks out about woody Allen and the press
Indeed, the scandal has barely been mentioned over the past couple of weeks leading up to Cannes. Mostly because Allen is a very powerful man and no charges were ever brought against him. However, last week, The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Allen in a piece that does mention the allegations, but only as a brief contextual sidenote. Ronan Farrow was not happy with the way the subject was treated, and the inaccurate way it was protrayed (THR said that accusations were 'dropped by police' before changing it to 'not pursued') and so he used the publication to later release an account of his own thoughts on how Allen is being treated in the media.
Continue reading: Ronan Farrow Slams The Media For Ignoring Woody Allen Sex Abuse Scandal
The movie gets its first reviews.
Woody Allen's opening of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival has turned out to be quite a success, with 'Cafe Society' impressing critics with its visual style and flawless acting performances. Starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, this is a romantic drama that explores the sparkle of 1930s Hollywood life.
Woody Allen opened Cafe Society at Cannes 2016
Allen usually has an ensemble of fantastic actors at his disposal on any of his movies, and this time it doesn't disappoint. 'Kristen Stewart is utterly captivating from the moment she first appears on screen', Flickreel said, with the Hollywood Reporter agreeing that the movie 'benefits from an exceptionally adept cast led by Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell'.
Continue reading: Critics Weigh In After Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' Cannes Opening
Welcome to another exciting 12 days of pure cinematic joy.
Cannes Film Festival 2016 kicks off tomorrow and there's way too much to look forward to both in and out of competition. The Grand Theatre Lumiere will be showing some major eagerly-anticipated blockbusters as well as some of the most exciting independent works of the year. We've listed 10 of the most watchable movies to make life a little easier.
Prepare for Cannes Film Festival 2016
1. Cafe Society - Opening the Festival de Cannes tomorrow (May 11th) is Woody Allen, with a 1930s romance set in Hollywood. Starring Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively, this is a movie laced with comedy, drama, love and societal honour.
Lots to look forward to at this year's event in May.
Looks like the 69th Cannes Film Festival is going to be a good one! There's plenty to look forward to in both the In Competition and Out Of Competition categories for 2016, not least with the opening title being Woody Allen's romantic drama 'Cafe Society' starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.
The 69th Cannes Film Festival arrives in May
'Cafe Society' isn't the only movie from this year's Cannes line-up that Kristen Stewart will appear in either, because she also has the lead role in Olivier Assayas' fashion drama 'Personal Shopper' which will appear among the In Competition flicks. Xavier Dolan's 'Juste La Fin Du Monde' ('It's Only the End of the World') starring Léa Seydoux and Marion Cotillard is another French movie from that category.
The film stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristin Stewart.
The world's favourite international movie event, Cannes Film Festival, is now well on its way as it's announced that Woody Allen's latest movie 'Cafe Society' will be this year's opener, marking the third time he's ever kicked-off the show after 'Hollywood Ending' in 2002 and 'Midnight In Paris' in 2011.
Woody Allen opens Cannes once again
'Cafe Society' also happens to be the director's 49th film and stars Jesse Eisenberg as a Hollywood screenwriter called James in the 1930s who soon falls in love with Kristen Stewart's character Theresa. Also starring Blake Lively as Kat and Steve Carell as Aaron, little else is known about the upcoming drama except that it explores 'the vibrant cafe society that defined the spirit of the age'. As well as being the third Woody Allen opener for Cannes, 'Cafe Society' also marks the third time Eisenberg and Stewart have played a couple onscreen after 2009's 'Adventureland' and 2015's 'American Ultra'.
Continue reading: Woody Allen To Open Cannes For The Third Time With 'Cafe Society'
Allen is writing a directing a six-part series for Amazon Prime, which is due to begin shooting in March.
Miley Cyrus has been cast in Woody Allen’s upcoming Amazon Prime series. The series, which will take place in the 1960s, consists of six half-hour-episodes and will begin shooting in March. It is the award-winning director’s first foray into television.
Miley Cyrus has been cast in Woody Allen’s Amazon Prime series.
Continue reading: Woody Allen Casts Miley Cyrus In Amazon Prime Series
The stars turn out for the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival, while Tomorrowland holds a child-friendly premiere in California, and Miles Teller and Jonah Hill are on location in Miami. Trailers arrive for Woody Allen's Irrational Man, the long-awaited Vacation sequel, Meryl Streep's musical Ricki and the Flash, and the Hathaway-De Niro comedy The Intern...
The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on the French Riviera this week with acting icon Catherine Deneuve, who stars in the opening night film Standing Tall. She was joined on the red carpet by a glamorous line-up including Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller and Jane Seymour.
Catherine Deneuve at Cannes Film Festival
Amazon is moving into the movie business.
Amazon Studios is stepping up its plan to take over the world and has confirmed it will begin to produce around 12 feature films per year. The streaming service won a Golden Globe for its comedy-drama Transparent and now plans a foray into the movie business.
The move seems to be a direct response to rival Netflix's entry into the movie sector. The service recently announced a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (The Green Legend) and has also signed a four movie deal with Adam Sandler.
Continue reading: Amazon Reacts To Golden Globes Win - Will Make 12 Movies A Year
Amazon could have a mega-hit on its hands with 'The Man in the High Castle'.
Amazon releases its first wave of pilots for 2015 today (January 15) with an interesting slate of shows from an interesting group of filmmakers including Ridley Scott. The pilots are being delivered en masse via Amazon's Instant Video service, essentially giving the Golden Globe-winning streaming service a chance to test the water with users.
Ridley Scott has produced The Man in the High Castle pilot
One of the pilots is being described as must-see viewing: The Man in the High Castle. Produced by blockbuster director Scott, the show is based on the alternate history novel by American writer Philip K. Dick, which won the Hugo Award in 1963. The book focuses on daily life under totalitarian Fascist imperialism occurring in 1962, fifteen years after the end of a longer World War II, lasting from 1939 to 1947. The victorious countries are Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. The show will essentially focus on what America would look like had the Allies lost the war.
Continue reading: Your Guide To Amazon's TV Pilots For 2015 (Next Big Things?)
Woody Allen says he really has no ideas for the new Amazon show.
Woody Allen admits that he has "no ideas" and is "not sure where to begin", despite signing on to write and direct a full season of an unnamed show for Amazon Prime Instant Video. The half-hour episodes - of a show yet to be created - will be available to Amazon subscribers in the US, UK and Germany in 2016.
Woody Allen is to create an original new series for Amazon
It's a huge coup for the on-demand service, which appeared to leapfrog Netflix in the streaming stakes after picking up two Golden Globes at the ceremony on Sunday, for flagship comedy-drama Transparent about a family dealing with a father who is transgender.
Continue reading: Woody Allen To Create Show For Amazon, Currently Has "No Ideas"
The filmmaker discusses his enchanting new drama, and how its rural French location proved a challenge.
Woody Allen has recently unveiled his enchanting new comedy drama, Magic in the Moonlight, with an intriguing trailer and a promisingly star-studded cast. Set mainly in France in the 1920s, the unique story takes a look at the tussle between spirituality and scepticism seen through the eyes of two unlikely lovers.
The filmmaker has spoken of his pride towards his latest venture but has also revealed that this was tinged with uneasiness surrounding the rather soporific surroundings. "This one's set in Nice in the 1920s. I have a great cameraman, terrific art director, but finding locations was hard. We had to travel around, do selective shooting to re-create primitive spots like in the old days," the director told the NY Post's Page Six.
How did Turturro get this much talent in one room?
Actor-filmmaker John Turturro made some canny choices in casting for his new comedy Fading Gigolo, in which he plays a hapless New Yorker whose friend suggests that he might have a new career as a male prostitute. In addition to giving the film his own offbeat performance, he surrounds himself with terrific actors.
Woody Allen and John Turturro in 'Fading Gigolo'
Some of his choices have raised eyebrows: did he put Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis in his movie simply so he could perform intimate scenes with them? If so, there's a long history of actor-filmmakers giving themselves roles opposite beautiful women, from Warren Beatty to Woody Allen.
Continue reading: Fading Gigolo: New York Stories
Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix will star in Woody Allen's next - as yet untitled - project.
Emma Stone has joined Joaquin Phoenix in the cast for Woody Allen's next movie. The currently untitled project will be written, produced and directed by Allen, following the director's Oscar winning movie Blue Jasmine.
Emma Stone at the Met Gala 2014
Plot details are unknown but Variety report that the movie will shoot this July. It is also without a distributor, though Sony Pictures is the front-runner, given its allegiance with Allen on numerous of his previous projects.
Continue reading: With Emma Stone And Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Allen's New Movie Could Fly
Liam Neeson told a pretty weird story about Woody Allen.
Liam Neeson says he was filming a se scene for Woody Allen at the very moment that the director received a call that his long-term Mia Farrow had discovered naked photos that he had taken of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.
Liam Neeson At The Non-Stop Premiere
"There was one incident - people think I've made this up, but no," Neeson reveals in GQ's April issue. "There's a scene where I'm [performing a sex act] on Judy Davis, right. Judy and I are in bed - obviously covered up .?.?. the crew are all ready, and we're waiting for Woody. No-show. It's starting to get a bit uncomfortable."
As other celebs rush to distance themselves, Dunham clambers into the Dylan Farrow/Woody Allen debate.
Lena Dunham has become one of the only celebrities to comment publically on the familial tension between director Woody Allen, his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow and their adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Dylan and Mia have accused the filmmaker of molesting his daughter when she was young, with Dylan detailing her abuse in a New York Times open letter.
'Girls' Star Lena Dunham Has Offered Her Two Cents On Claims Woody Allen Molested His Daughter.
In her letter, Dylan admonishes actors who have worked with Allen by name, including Scarlett Johansson and Cate Blanchett, claiming they had "turned a blind eye" to her father's behaviour and had condoned his actions by continuing to work with him. Allen has fiercely denied the claims, which were first dismissed by a police investigator in the early nineties, but Mia and Dylan have pressed on with their allegations.
Scarlett Johansson has branded Dylan Farrow "irresponsible" for naming her in an open letter accusing Woody Allen of sexual abuse.
It did seem a little strange that, in her open letter accusing her adopted father of sexually abusing her, Dylan Farrow dropped the name of a whole host of A-list stars including Scarlett Johansson and Alec Baldwin - questioning why they would still work with the acclaimed filmmaker.
Scarlett Johansson Had Branded Dylan Farrow "Irresponsible"
In Farrow's letter, published in the New York Times last month, she accused the director of abusing her when she was 7 years old and called out Johansson and others for effectively sweeping the past accusations under the rug.
Woody Allen was apparently heckled at a theatre in New York.
Woody Allen is continuing to put on a brave face after allegations from his adopted daughter that he sexually abused her as a child. The acclaimed director attended the Broadway musical matinee of After Midnight on Saturday (February 15, 2013), though, as expected, not everything ran smoothly for Allen at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Woody Allen Was Apparently Heckled in New York
According to the New York Post's Page Six, as soon as the show finished, the director, his wife Soon-Yi and their two daughters Bechet and Manzie made a beeline for the door, which didn't go unnoticed by the crowd.
Continue reading: Woody Allen Met With "I Think He Did It!" Heckles At New York Matinee
Cate Blanchett will still win the Oscar for best actress.
Given the recent Woody Allen scandal - which actually got buried under the weight of the Philip Seymour Hoffman news this month - some commentators have speculated on the race for best actress at the Oscars, suggesting that Cate Blanchett's predicted streamrolling of her fellow nominee isn't so cut and dry.
Cate Blanchett [L] in Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'
In a 1,000 word open letter to Woody Allen in the New York Times, his adopted daughter Mia Farrow accused the acclaimed filmmaker of molesting her as a child. Allen has been investigated in the past though was never prosecuted and has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
Continue reading: Cate Blanchett's Oscar Is Safe And Sound, Despite Woody Allen Scandal
The film maker has hit back at claims he abused his adopted daughter when she was 7-years-old
The last week has been dominated by Dylan Farrow’s allegations that Woody Allen sexually abused her when she was 7-years-old. Now, after some relative silence, Allen has issued a response, doubting whether Farrow even penned the open letter.
Serious allegations of sexual abuse have been levied against Woody Allen
"Not that I doubt Dylan hasn’t come to believe she’s been molested, but if from the age of 7 a vulnerable child is taught by a strong mother to hate her father because he is a monster who abused her, is it so inconceivable that after many years of this indoctrination the image of me Mia wanted to establish had taken root?"
Dylan Farrow releases another statement which firmly asserts her position on the previous claims she made against film director Woody Allen: "I won't let the truth be buried and I won't be silenced."
One week ago Dylan Farrow began a media frenzy by claiming director Woody Allen sexually abused her when she was just 7 years-old.
The now 28 year-old aired these accusations in the form of an open letter published by the New York Times (Feb 1st).
The only comments made from Woody's camp have been by his lawyers who branded Mia Farrow, Dylan's adopted mother, a "vengeful liar," as they blame her for these claims surfacing.
Continue reading: Dylan Farrow Responds To Woody Allen's Denial Of Sexual Abuse Claims
Woody Allen finally speaks out amidst the sexual abuse accusations made by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, the film director states: "I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father."
In that time there has been a media frenzy surrounding these accusations and so far, only Allen's attorney has responded, claiming that the letter was "engineered by a vengeful lover," which seems to be directed at Mia Farrow.
But now the 'Blue Jasmine' director has finally aired his side of the story, penning an article that the NY Times, yet again, published (Feb 7th).
Philip Seymour Hoffman's death cast a sombre shadow over showbiz this week but new movie news and surprise performances from a certain Prince kept our spirits high.
RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: The world lost a true talent when actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment last Sunday after a suspected heroin overdose, aged 46. Thougha autopsy results were ruled inconclusive, drugs paraphernalia was found littered all over his house after the Oscar-winning actor suffered a relapse to substance abuse despite having been clean for more than 20 years.
The father-of-three's break-up with his partner Mimi O'Donnell is said to have caused the Capote star to turn to drugs and not the confusion over his sexuality, as was falsely alleged by the National Enquirer. Since the death, four suspected drug dealers have been arrested and are being questioned with regards to selling Hoffman, who was found with a syringe in his arm, a bad batch. Sadly, we have lost one of the only actors working today whose acting prowess meant we'd instinctively trust any film with his name. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014).
Moses Farrow has spoken out against his sister Dylan Farrow's open letter detailing Woody Allen's alleged molestation.
Woody Allen has denied allegations he sexually assaulted his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow.
Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow alleged, in an open letter published in The New York Times, that Allen had sexually abused her at the age of 7. A separation, fierce custody battle and 22 years have not pacified or resolved the large family or their particularly unique brand of issues.
Dylan Farrow opens up about writing the candid letter, detailing her adoptive father's sexual abuse past, "All I have is the truth and that is all I put out there."
The now 28 year-old recalled an incident where the film maker sexually abused her when she was just seven years-old.
"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," she wrote.
Woody Allen's family feud continues: The director's lawyer claims the responsibility of Dylan's open letter, detailing Woody sexually abusing her, lies with a "vengeful lover."
Famed director Woody Allen has recently had to face a family feud that dates back to 1992.
The 78 year-old is currently battling accusations that he sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was only 7 years-old.
Dylan, now 28, recently wrote an open letter, which was published in the New York Times (Feb 1st), detailing the sexual abuse she received from the film maker.
Director Woody Allen calls his adopted daughter's sexual abuse claims "untrue and disrespectful" in a reply to her New York Times open letter. Soon-Yi Previn
The now 28 year-old recalls, "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."
Adding, "He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me."
The usual suspects become Oscar contenders, smaller movies fill out multiplexes, Captain America co-stars Jackson and Cooper trail their upcoming legal thriller, The Nut Job promises laughs, and Woody Allen pimps out John Turturro...
After the glamour of the essentially irrelevant Golden Globes on Sunday, the biggest movie news this week was the Oscar nominations announcement on Wednesday. As expected, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity got another big awards-season boost, while American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska move into pole position, bumping Inside Llewyn Davis and The Wolf of Wall Street out of the spotlight. For now. For those who need to catch up on these titles click here for 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Awards contenders continue to dominate cinema screens in both America and Britain, although distributors are sneaking smaller films in as alternative programming. In the US, audiences can catch the high school comedy G.B.F. or the British period romance Summer in February, while in the UK offbeat options include Michael Cera in the Chilean road trip Crystal Fairy and the cheeky Penn & Teller documentary Tim's Vermeer. To read our reviews click here for G.B.F., Summer in February, Crystal Fairy and Penn & Teller documentary Tim's Vermeer.
The space thriller was the night's biggest winner, taking home seven gongs in total
On the same day as the nominations for this year's Academy Awards ceremony were revealed, the latest instalment of the ongoing awards season went by at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, where the 19th annual Critic's Choice Awards honoured the cast and crew of some of last's year's biggest and best films.
Gravity soared to success at the Critic's Choice Awards
The big winner on the night was the space thriller Gravity, which soared to success with seven wins by the end of the night. Among it's credits the film earned Alfonso Cuarón the award for Best Director and the award for Best Editing, shared with co-editor Mark Sanger. The film also earned Sandra Bullock the award for Best Actress In An Action Movie and was crowned as crowned the Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie. The film also scored recognition for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Score.
A complicated tribute for a complicated guy.
With all the news headlines that came out of that fateful Golden Globes night last Sunday, Woody Allen’s tribute and Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award could have gone largely unnoticed. The filmmaker wasn’t at the award show to pick it up in person, so instead Allen’s longtime collaborator Diane Keaton accepted it on his behalf, toasting her friendship with Allen. In her brief speech, Keaton said their 45-year friendship fills her heart with "pride, affection and even love."
The Annie Hall star heaped praise on the director, who kickstarted her career.
In the end though, it wasn’t the tribute or Keaton’s speech that drew the most media attention. On Monday, news websites were flooded with headlines about Allen’s family –ex-wife Mia Farrow and Allen’s son, journalist Ronan Farrow.
The regularly scheduled Golden Globes broadcast was briefly interrupted for some Farrow family history.
Possibly the most entertaining part of last night’s Golden Globes (apart from JLaw’s red carpet shenanigans) had to have been Ronan Farrow’s live Twitter coverage. A particular gem was this one:
Like the People's Choice Awards but hate democracy? Watch the Golden Globes!
Like the People's Choice Awards but hate democracy? Watch the Golden Globes!— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 12, 2014
Mia Farrow and son, Ronan Farrow, don't join in on congratulating Woody Allen at the Golden Globes, but instead take a shot at the film-maker on twitter.
American director Woody Allen was honored at the 71st annual Golden Globes this past Sunday (Jan 12th).
Many fans and fellow movie industry workers were full of praise and appreciation as the Globes awarded the 78 year-old with a lifetime achievement award.
It was to celebrate his writing, producing and directing, in the movie business, which spans over four decades.
The 'Mean Girls' actress is the victim of theft once again.
Lindsay Lohan's laptop has been stolen during a visit to the Chinese city of Shanghai where she was visiting for the Sohu Fashion Achievement Awards on Monday. The laptop was apparently taken from the airport when the 27 year-old actress was on her way home.
Lindsay Lohan Was Been Struck With A Theft Upon Her Departure From China.
The Canyons actress shared her anguish over the theft on Twitter: "It was great to be in China and I want to thank everyone for their hospitality, however someone has stolen my computer at the airport...offering a reward for anyone who can retrieve and rtn it, bummer to go home w/o it. xo L."
The Daryl F. Zanuck Award is given to the PGA's favourite film of the year (and usually the film that sweeps up at the Oscars)
The members of The Producer's Guild of America have cast their vote and the list of nominee's for their annual Daryl F. Zanuck Awards - their Best Picture category - have been cast. Formerly known as the Golden Laurel Awards, the PGA's are usually pretty accurate at predicting which films will go on to be nominated in the Best Picture category at the Oscars, and their winners rarely differ too.
American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street make up the full list of nominees up for awards this year, so don't be surprised to see these films still being discussed vigorously until the beginning of March.
Forget the favorites, where can the best money be found? Two words: Captain Phillips.
There’s a special time in ‘Oscars season’. It comes after the standout pictures separate from the pack, but before the ceremony itself. It’s a time of conjecture, speculation and guesswork, and can often lead to wild predictions, like ‘The Counselor is going to win an Oscar’.
These guys have messed about with the Oscars odds
This unique period of Academy lingo also leads to varied odds, as great films get pushed out – sometimes as far as 66-1 – as others triumph in the various Oscars precursor awards.
Continue reading: Early Oscars Betting Guide - Make The Most Of Some Crazy Odds
Mia Farrow's son will present a new weekday news show that will try and entice younger viewers into political involvement
Ronan Farrow wants to "empower" the younger generation of America and ignite a fire in their bellies that will bring about a new age of political enlightenment and interest in what's going on in the Capitol. How is he going to do this? With his own TV show of course, as MSNBC have handed Mia Farrow's son his very own weekday programme.
Talk of Ronan getting his own show has been around for a while now, and on Wednesday, 16 October, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that an agreement had been made and the young Farrow had been given his TV hosting debut. Ronan has appeared on television before, as an guest on some MSNBC and CNN programmes, however his as-yet-untitled show will be the first time he will present a show by himself.
Previously, the 25-year-old Yale law graduate has worked for the Obama administration as foreign policy official, as well as working alongside Hillary Clinton in an advisory role. Mia and Woody Allen's son has also gained experience working within various charities and is a published journalist, having written for The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune and The Atlantic. He has also sold his first book, Pandora's Box: How American Military Aid Creates America’s Enemies, to Penguin Press, which explores the circumstances leading to some recent international crises, and is expected in bookshops by 2015.
Continue reading: Ronan Farrow Officially Handed His Own Show On MSNBC
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.
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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.
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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).
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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)
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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.
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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.
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It's a very convincing 1940 in Woody Allen's "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," and impetuous Howard Hawkes-style love-hate sniping -- infused with the requisite Allen neuroticism -- is the foundation of this comedy about an insurance detective hot on the trail of the cagiest jewel thief he's ever encountered: Himself.
Allen stars as C.W. Briggs, his company's best (or is it just luckiest?) in-house dick for the last 30 years. You can tell C.W. thinks he's a pretty smooth cat because he walks with a saucy bounce in his step and chases young secretaries around the office. He's the guy who found a stolen Picasso rolled up in a telescope, after all. "And it wasn't easy," he boasts, "because I was supposed to be looking for a painting of a woman holding a guitar, but it was in all these little cubes!"
But C.W. is stuck in his ways, and these days he spends most of his energy butting heads like a stubborn billy goat with the company's new tough-as-nails efficiency expert, Betty Ann Fitzgerald (Helen Hunt). She thinks his department is obsolete and that the firm should hire out when it needs a detective.
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