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.
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.
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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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Woody Allen - Kristen Stewart driving a classic car for a scene in the upcoming movie 'Woody Allen Secret Project' with co-star Jesse Eisenberg filming in Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 25th August 2015
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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Woody Allen - Chicago premiere of 'Irrational Man' at Bellweather Meeting House & Eatery - Red Carpet Arrivals at Bellwether Meeting House and Eatery - Chicago, Illinois, United States - Saturday 18th July 2015
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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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
Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone head up Woody Allen's newest drama
Woody Allen has kept suspiciously quiet about his upcoming mystery drama Irrational Man probably safe in the knowledge that with lead stars such as Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone fans won’t need too much to be tempted to watch.
For a sneak preview, watch the trailer here.
Phoenix’s character, Abe Lucas, is in the middle of an existential crisis. He cannot write, breathe or "remember the reason for living and when I did, it was for the wrong reasons."
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In a small town at the college campus, a normal man is having a terrible time. Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is the philosophy professor, but he's having a full existential crisis. To Abe, nothing is meaningful and he fails to perform in every aspect of his life, and is steadily falling into the bottle. But when a young woman (Emma Stone) forces him to reassess his life, he finds happiness - seemingly out of nowhere. While the rest of the faculty benefit from his new lease on life, the woman can't quite figure out why the whole situation makes her so uncomfortable.
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Woody Allen's new movie 'Irrational Man' could be another hit for the auteur.
Woody Allen continues to be as prolific as ever, regularly churning out one movie a year since 2000. The financiers are only too happy to put forward the cash because, for the most part, Allen's movies are successful - critically and commercially. Since 2005, the auteur's films have taken well over $500 million at the box-office.
Woody Allen's new movie Irrational Man looks like the auteur's classic fare
His latest movie, Irrational Man, promises to add to that tally. Drawing on the talents of Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, the movie - shot mostly around Newport, Rhode Island - follows a troubled but charismatic professor named Abe Lucas who arrives at a new campus and whose sex life is rescued by a student.
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Date of birth
1st December, 1935