Woody Allen

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Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, 1.12.1935)

Woody Allen is an American film director from New York City, USA.

Woody Allen: Childhood

Woody Allen was born in New York City. He was raised in New York and has lived there his whole life.

Woody's mother, Nettie was a bookkeeper at her local delicatessen and his father, Martin, was a waiter, as well as a jewellery engraver. His Jewish parents spoke Yiddish, German and English. His sister, Letty, was born in 1943.

As a teenager, Allen would write gags for newspaper columnists and was eventually discovered by Milt Kamen, who brokered Allen's first writing deal, with Sid Caesar.

Woody Allen: Comedy Career

When he was 19, Allen started writing scripts for The Ed Sullivan Show, Caesar's Hour and The Tonight Show.

In his late 20's, Woody Allen started doing stand up comedy, in Greenwich Village, New York as well as writing for Candid Camera. He appeared on the show a few times and developed his neurotic, yet intellectual persona.

In addition to his TV writing, Allen also became a well-respected playwright. In 1966, his play, Don't Drink the Water, opened on Broadway and in 1969, a film adaptation of the play was released, as well as a 1994 version, in which Allen starred along with Michael J. Fox. In 1969, he starred in his own play, Play It Again, Sam, which also featured Diane Keaton.

Woody Allen: Film Career

Woody Allen's first film production was What's New Pussycat?, which stars Peter O'Toole and Peter Sellers, followed by the James Bond spoof, Casino Royale. On both of these productions, Woody became frustrated with the egos of the stars involved and the meddling producers. He made a decision to go it alone and make films his own way.

Woody's first film as a director was What's Up, Tiger-Lily? The film was a Japanese spy movie that Allen re-dubbed with a new comic script, in English.

In 1969, he directed Take The Money and Run, which was followed by Bananas and, one of his most notorious films, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex (But Were Too Afraid To Ask).

In 1977, Woody Allen released Annie Hall, which was something of a turning point in his film career. The film won four Academy Awards, including a Best Actress gong for Diane Keaton.

Woody Allen released Manhattan in 1979. The film was a black and white homage to New York City and mocks the pretentiousness of intellectuals, whilst simultaneously being full of obscure intellectual references that alienated many of its potential fans.

In the 1980s, Woody Allen's films became somber and philosophical. September and Stardust Memories are influenced by the work of European directors such as Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman. Later in the decade, Hannah and Her Sisters and Crimes and Misdemeanours returned to the comic elements for which Allen had become known. His film Radio Days is considered one of his finest and is about the importance of the radio whilst he was growing up in Brooklyn.

Of the films that Woody Allen made in the 1990s, the highlights were Husbands and Wives, which earned two Academy Award nominations and Manhattan Murder Mystery, which starred Angelica Huston and Diane Keaton. In 1994, Allen released Bullets Over Broadway and received an Academy Award nomination for his efforts. In 1999, his film Sweet and Lowdown also got two Oscar nominations, this time for its stars Samantha Morton and Sean Penn.

In the early 2000s, Allen's films such as Melinda and Melinda and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion were trounced by the media and performed badly at the box office. 2005's Match Point, starring Scarlett Johansson, fared far better and earned Allen a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination.

In 2007, Allen filmed Vicky Cristina Barcelona, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

Woody Allen: Personal Life

Woody Allen's personal life has been the subject of great tabloid speculation. For some time, he dated the actress Mia Farrow. He has one child with her and two adopted children. The relationship broke down when she discovered Woody was having an affair with Soon-Yi Previn, the daughter that she adopted when she was in a relationship with Andre Previn.

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Magic in the Moonlight

22nd September 2014 -

 Movie Review

After the high of last year's Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen is back in playful mode for this rather goofy comedy, which only works for audience members willing to abandon their cynicism and just go with...

Man Arrested After Invading Woody Allen Movie Set In Providence

6th August 2014 -

 News

And in random mid week news, a man has been arrested after allegedly causing trouble on the set of Woody Allen’s new movie. Allen is currently filming on location near Brown University in Providence, for...

Critical Consensus: 'Magic in the Moonlight' Isn't Magical Enough

24th July 2014 -

 News

In ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ - the latest comedy from Woody Allen – Colin Firth applied his bumbling British charm to Stanley (alias: Wei Ling Soo), a British stage magician and master illusionist, brought to...

Fading Gigolo

24th May 2014 -

 Movie Review

With a witty observational script, amusing characters and a jazzy sense of life in New York, this feels like an old-fashioned Woody Allen movie, even though Allen merely costars in it. Instead, it was written...

Shooting 'Magic In The Moonlight' Was A Challenge For City Boy Woody Allen

23rd May 2014 -

 News

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...

Fading Gigolo: New York stories

23rd May 2014 -

 News

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...

Magic In The Moonlight

23rd May 2014 -

 Video

Stanley is a talented magician who goes by the name of Wei Ling Soo professionally, and he is also a renowned cynic. One day, an associate enlists him to help him expose a self-proclaimed spirit...

'Magic In The Moonlight': Woody Allen's New Muse Emma Stone Dazzles In Enchanting New Dramedy

22nd May 2014 -

 News

The trailer has been released for Woody Allen's bewitching new comedy drama, Magic in the Moonlight, which stars The Amazing Spider-Man's Emma Stone alongside The King's Speech star Colin Firth in a movie set in...

With Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Allen's New Movie Could Fly

7th May 2014 -

 News

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...

Diane Keaton On Woody Allen Molestation Allegations: "I Believe My Friend"

4th May 2014 -

 News

The controversy surrounding Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's bizarre family continues but Diane Keaton doesn't believe the rumours alleging Allen molested his adopted daughter.Diane Keaton has defended Woody Allen in a recent interview with a...

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

17th April 2014 -

 News

Sofia Vergara has been speaking about her nerves at shooting a ménage a trois with Sharon Stone and John Turturro in Woody Allen's romantic drama Fading Gigolo. The movie - easily the least talked about...

Liam Neeson Recalls Weird Woody Allen Tale (Also Turned Down Lincoln Lead)

28th March 2014 -

 News

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...

For Or Against Woody Allen? The Argument Splitting Hollywood

19th March 2014 -

 News

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...

Lena Dunham "Disgusted" With Woody Allen: "I'm Decidedly Pro-Dylan Farrow"

18th March 2014 -

 News

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...

Scarlett Johansson Dubs Dylan Farrow "Irresponsible" Over Woody Allen Letter

17th March 2014 -

 News

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...

Mark The Calender: 'Louie' Is Back on TVs On May 5

15th March 2014 -

 News

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...

Mindy Kaling and the Stupidest Red Carpet Questions, Ever

13th March 2014 -

 News

“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...

10 Actors Who Are Also Talented Musicians (Hint: Not Just Jared Leto!)

12th March 2014 -

 News

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...

Woody Allen Met With "I Think He Did It!" Heckles at New York Matinee

18th February 2014 -

 News

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...

Cate Blanchett's Oscar is Safe and Sound, Despite Woody Allen Scandal

13th February 2014 -

 News

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...

Woody Allen Responds to Dylan Farrow Allegations, Questions Mother's Influence

8th February 2014 -

 News

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...

Dylan Farrow Responds To Woody Allen's Denial Of Sexual Abuse Claims

8th February 2014 -

 News

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...

Woody Allen Finally Responds To Dylan Farrow's Accusations Of Sexual Abuse

8th February 2014 -

 News

It has been one week since Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow published an open letter in the New York Times (Feb 1st), detailing the sexual abuse she received from the film maker.In that time...

A Week In News: A Screen Legend Dies, A TV Legend Makes His Exit, And The World's Weirdest Boxing Match

7th February 2014 -

 News

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...

Stephen King "Used The Wrong Word" To Describe Dylan Farrow's Sex Abuse Claims

6th February 2014 -

 News

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...

Woody Allen Molestation Allegations: Moses Farrow Responds To His Sister's Open Letter

6th February 2014 -

 News

Moses Farrow, the adoptive son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has spoken out about his sister's allegations their father molested her.Woody Allen has denied allegations he sexually assaulted his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow.Dylan O'Sullivan...

Dylan Farrow Admits To Using All Her "Strength" And "Emotional Fortitude" To Write Woody Allen Open Letter

6th February 2014 -

 News

Dylan Farrow opens up about her recent letter, published in the New York Times, which details a very disturbing time in her youth involving adoptive father, Woody Allen.The now 28 year-old recalled an incident where...

Woody Allen Denies Sexual Abuse Again, As Oscars Move Into Sight

4th February 2014 -

 News

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...

Woody Allen's Lawyer Claims A "Vengeful Lover" Is Responsible For Dylan Farrow's Open Letter

4th February 2014 -

 News

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...

Scandal Rages On With Dylan Farrow's Open Letter To Woody Allen

3rd February 2014 -

 News

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...

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