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.
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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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Corey Stoll, Blake Lively, Woody Allen , Kristen Stewart - The Gala Opening Ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais de Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Wednesday 11th May 2016
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.
Woody Allen - Legendary actor and director Woody Allen films an unnamed project with long time friend and veteran actress Elaine May. The duo walked up and down 69th street at 69th Avenue - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 7th March 2016
Sometimes directors base films around their buddies.
Quentin Tarantino is well-known for choosing to use the same actors over and over again, and it's not at all incidental. He's referred to the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth (both of whom star in his latest film 'The Hateful Eight') as the 'Tarantino Superstars', and he's hardly alone in his favouritism.
Quentin Tarantino loves his 'superstars'
Steve Carell is reportedly taking over the role Bruce Willis vacated in Woody Allen’s upcoming film.
Steve Carell is reportedly replacing Bruce Willis in Woody Allen’s next film. Sources speaking to a U.S. entertainment website have stated Carell is in talks for the role but his part has yet to be officially confirmed by the film’s producers.
Steve Carell at the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award Gala in Los Angeles in June 2015.
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The director says he’s too middle-class to be a perfectionist.
Oscar winning director Woody Allen has described himself as being lazy and an imperfectionist and blames his middle-class upbringing for lacking the streak needed to make better movies. The 79 year old, who has received 24 Oscar nominations during his career, released his latest film Irrational Man last month.
Woody Allen thinks he’s lazy and an imperfectionist.
Speaking to the NPR Allen said, "I'm lazy and an imperfectionist. Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese will work on the details until midnight and sweat it out, whereas for me, come six o'clock, I want to go home. I want to have dinner. Film-making is not [the] end-all be-all of my existence."
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The movie-making legend was left feeling quite uncomfortable by a standing ovation for 'Irrational Man' at Cannes.
A man with four Oscars to his name must be used to receiving praise for his big-screen achievements over the decades, but Woody Allen wasn't altogether comfortable with a standing ovation lasting nearly 20 minutes at the premiere of his new movie Irrational Man at the Cannes Film Festival.
Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn at Cannes
The 79-year-old writer-director was honoured with the lengthy round of applause after the film, a mystery comedy-drama starring Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix, went down very well indeed with the audience on Friday (May 15).
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Allen is premiering his new movie 'Irrational Man' at the Cannes Film Festival
Veteran filmmaker Woody Allen has confessed he’s been struggling with his latest in-development project, a six-episode special event series for Amazon Prime. The 79-year signed on to create the original series for the streaming service back in January, but now says he regrets every second since he signed the deal.
The director inked his deal with the streaming service back in January.
“I have regretted every second since I said OK,” Allen told Deadline while promoting his latest movie Irrational Man at Cannes. “It’s been so hard for me.I had the cocky confidence, well, I’ll do it like I do a movie…it’ll be a movie in six parts, turns out, it’s not.”
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Date of birth
1st December, 1935
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