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.
Susan Sarandon doesn’t think Thelma and Louise paved the way for more female-led movies.
The hit film, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year (16), turned the tables on the traditional buddy movie, and had two women star as the main characters. Susan was joined by Geena Davis in the title roles, and the movie won the best writing Oscar while also scoring a further five nominations.
But when she was asked during a chat at the Cannes Film Festival if the movie would get made today, Susan replied, "Maybe as an animation?", reports telegraph.co.uk.
"I mean everybody thought that there were going to be so many more buddy films (afterwards). Well I don't think the studios have fallen off their horse and had some kind of epiphany about women in film," she added. "After Thelma and Louise, they predicted there would be so many films starring women. But it didn't happen."
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Susan Sarandon attacked Woody Allen at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Sunday (15May16), revealing she's convinced he "sexually assaulted a child".
The outspoken actress was speaking at the Women in Motion event when she turned on the filmmaker just days after his estranged son, Ronan Farrow, blasted Hollywood celebrities who continue to work with Woody, despite family allegations he molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was a child.
Allen's new film, Cafe Society, opened the festival and the director was joined by stars like Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively at the glitzy premiere, and Sarandon was not thrilled by the support Woody received.
"I think he sexually assaulted a child, and I don't think that’s right," she said. "I have nothing good to say about him."
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Kristen Stewart’s stylist worried that Karl Lagerfeld was going to kill her when the actress cut up a Chanel T-shirt.
Fashionista Tara Swennen has worked with the Twilight actress for over a decade, so has of course been on hand to help Kristen out with her Cannes Film Festival looks.
Rocking her new blonde, sheared hair do this year (16), the darling of Chanel has been putting her own spin on some classic clothes.
"We cut it that morning," Tara told telegraph.co.uk of the white cropped tee Kristen recently wore with a Chanel pencil skirt. "I would easily say about seven or eight inches. It always makes me cringe a little bit, like is Karl going to come kill me at some point. But it's a T-shirt, it wasn't that bad. We had a sweater option and it wasn't right with the weather, so we just decided to slash a shirt. It's very Kristen."
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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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Blake Lively has condemned a French comedian for poking fun at Woody Allen with a controversial rape joke during the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.
Master of ceremonies Laurent Lafitte shocked the audience at the grand premiere of Allen's new comedy, Cafe Society, on Wednesday night (11May16), when he said: "It's very nice that you've been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the U.S."
The quip reportedly drew gasps from the audience, as host Lafitte appeared to reference the allegations of sexual abuse levelled at the director by Dylan O' Sullivan Farrow, his adopted daughter with ex-partner Mia Farrow.
Allen, 80, batted off the joke during a lunch in Cannes as he continued to promote his new comedy, telling Variety.com, "I am completely in favour of comedians making any jokes they want."
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Woody Allen brushed off the controversial rape joke made by a French actor at the 69th Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony on Wednesday evening (11May16).
Master of ceremonies Laurent Lafitte shocked the audience at Wednesday's opening night premiere of Allen’s comedy Cafe Society, when he said: “It’s very nice that you’ve been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the U.S.”
The joke, reportedly drew gasps from the audience, as host Lafitte appeared to reference the allegations of sexual abuse levelled at the director by adopted daughter Dylan O' Sullivan Farrow.
Allen, 80, batted off the joke during a lunch in Cannes as he continued to promote his new comedy. And in response to a question from publication Variety he said: “I am completely in favor of comedians making any jokes they want.
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Café Society offers a glimpse in to the world of Hollywood in the 1930's. With its narrative following Bronx-born, Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Einsenberg) on his romantic journey following his dreams, in both Hollywood and New York.
At the beginning of the film Bobby works for his uncle in Hollywood where he falls in love with his charming assistant Vonnie, on finding out she has a boyfriend he settles for friendship. However when she breaks up with him Bobby wastes little time and proposes to her. All seems to be going well until an unexpected turn of events happen and Bobby ends up fleeing to New York heartbroken.
On returning to New York he works for his gangster brother Ben who is now the owner of a nightclub "Les Tropiques" which is where he is first introduced to Veronica. The couple marry and seem to be living happily until one night when Vonnie arrives at the club and events change once again. This film is charming in its diverse representations of the 30's from down town New York to the scandals of Manhattan's elite.
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.
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Kristen Stewart has defended her decision to work with Woody Allen.
The 26-year-old actress stars alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell and Blake Lively in the director's latest offering Cafe Society. However, her decision to appear in the film was slammed by Woody's estranged son Ronan Farrow, who said that by doing so she and the rest of the film's cast were ignoring the director's links to an alleged child molestation scandal.
But Kristen insists she and Jesse discussed in depth whether or not to star in the film.
“I was like, ‘What do you think? We don’t know any of these people involved. I can personalise situations, which would be very wrong'," Kristen told The Hollywood Reporter. "At the end of the day, Jesse and I talked about this. If we were persecuted for the amount of s**t that’s been said about us that’s not true, our lives would be over. The experience of making the movie was so outside of that, it was fruitful for the two of us to go on with it."
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Miley Cyrus went off on a Twitter rant regretting her spontaneous decision to bleach her hair blonde.
The Wrecking Ball star is currently in New York filming an as-yet-untitled TV series from legendary director Woody Allen. And while she had time off from the project, Miley made the impromptu choice to dye her naturally brunette locks in favour of a platinum blonde look - which she now regrets.
The 23 year old took to Instagram on Wednesday (11May16) to share a selfie featuring her blonde locks and brown roots prominently coming in, and wrote the caption, "Bleached my f**king natural healthy a** hair rebelling out of boredom while dealing with a consecutive amount of time off on the Woody project (2 months ago)."
She continued, "Sitting in a random apartment with nothing to do but smoke weed (which I should've just appreciated) and f**k with my hair obvi (obviously), something inside told me I'd regret it.... That hair color comes in a box (well maybe mine) therefore it's available to purchase and what grows from my scalp naturally is mine and and only mine!!!
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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
Corey Stoll, Blake Lively , Woody Allen - Actors and Celebrities attends the opening Ceremony with "Cafe Society" at the Palais des Festivals for the 69th Cannes Film Festival. at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Wednesday 11th May 2016
Date of birth
1st December, 1935
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