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.
Dylan Farrow is pregnant with a baby girl.
The 30-year-old adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen made the announcement as she attended TIME’s 100 Gala on Tuesday night (26Apr16). Dylan couldn't hide her blossoming bump as she wore a strapless grey beaded gown while posing with her mother at the event.
She also revealed she's expecting a daughter, with her due date coming this fall.
However, she refused to be drawn on what moniker she and her husband have chosen for the tot.
Continue reading: Mia Farrow To Be A Grandmother For The Tenth Time
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'
Woody Allen is set to become the first director to have three films open the Cannes Film Festival.
The director's latest movie, Cafe Society, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart will open the 69th edition of the iconic French film event on 11 May (16).
Although the film, set in 1930s Hollywood, is to open the world's most famous film festival, it will not be entered in competition meaning Woody will be ineligible to win its prestigious Palme d'Or award.
A statement posted on the Cannes Film Festival website reads, "The 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes will launch with a screening of Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society, on Wednesday 11 May in the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Theatre Lumiere as an Official Selection Out of Competition title."
Continue reading: Woody Allen Makes History With Third Cannes Opening Film
Miley Cyrus uses yoga to calm her mind.
The pop superstar showed off her flexibility in a series of time lapse videos of her yoga work out on Thursday morning (17Mar16), when she put her toned abs on display by donning a red sports bra and cropped grey sweatpants.
Alongside her first Instagram clip, she wrote, "starting da day right (sic)".
She went on to prove she was no novice as she did a forearm stand, known as Sirsasana, bent forward in a move called Uttanasana, and did a spinal twist, called Ardha Matsyendrasana.
Continue reading: Yoga Keeps Miley Cyrus Sane
Actor Michael Rapaport is reuniting with his Mighty Aphrodite director Woody Allen for the filmmaker's upcoming TV series.
The Friends star, who last worked with Allen 21 years ago, is joining comedians Lewis Black and Joy Behar, and actors Becky Ann Baker, Margaret Ladd, Rebecca Shull, Christine Ebersole, and David Harbour among the newest crop of talent to be added to the TV venture, reports TheWrap.com.
Miley Cyrus and Elaine May, who previously appeared in the acclaimed director's 2000 film Small Time Crooks, were recently announced as part of the cast of Allen's as-yet-untitled show, his first scripted series, which will stream online on Amazon.
Allen's new project was announced last year (15), and he subsequently admitted it was shaping up to be a daunting task.
Continue reading: Michael Rapaport Reuniting With Woody Allen For Tv
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
Dustin Hoffman Still Has Huge Regrets About His Early Career After Turning Down The Chance To Work With Revered Directors Woody Allen, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, And Steven Spielberg.
The Graduate star admits he was a fool when he was younger and often passed on good projects because he didn't think he deserved the success the films would likely bring.
In addition to turning down work with Allen, Fellini, and Bergman, Hoffman also rejected leading roles in Spielberg's 1977 alien film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the director's Oscar-winning 1993 drama Schindler's List, a part picked up by Liam Neeson.
Asked if he has any regrets about his career, Hoffman told U.S. breakfast show Today, "Oh my God, yes. I turned down maybe more brilliant things and more great directors probably than any other actor I know.
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
Miley Cyrus Is Heading Back To The Small Screen As The Star Of Woody Allen's Upcoming Tv Series.
The Wrecking Ball singer has landed a spot in the principal cast of Allen's as-yet-untitled show for online streaming service Amazon.
The 1960s-set series, which will only include six half-hour episodes, also features actress Elaine May, who previously worked with the acclaimed director in his 2000 film Small Time Crooks.
The role marks Cyrus' first major TV gig since her hit Disney Channel show Hannah Montana ended in 2011. Since then, she has appeared as a guest on Two and a Half Men, and most recently, on Bill Murray's Netflix holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas.
Veteran Actor/director Peter Fonda Has Written A Lengthy, Heartfelt Post Dedicated To Late Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond Following His Death.
The Oscar-nominated director of photography passed away on Friday (01Jan16), aged 85, after a career spent working with filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Brian De Palma, and Martin Scorsese over his five-decade career.
He worked as a cinematographer on Fonda's directorial debut The Hired Hand in 1971, and the duo remained friends throughout their careers, and Fonda marked his pal's death with two lengthy tributes on Facebook.com.
He writes, "I am stunned again this morning to learn of the death of another dear friend, Vilmos Zsigmond, who passed away on New Years Day. We go way way back... The Hired Hand was my first film to direct and his first film as a director of cinematography.
Continue reading: Peter Fonda Writes Heartfelt Tribute To Vilmos Zsigmond
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
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
Date of birth
1st December, 1935
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