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Blake Lively, Woody Allen , Kristen Stewart - 69th Cannes Film Festival 2016 - 'Cafe Society' - Photocall at Cannes Film Festival - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 11th May 2016

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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

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Corey Stoll, Blake Lively and Woody Allen

Blake Lively, Woody Allen , Kristen Stewart - 69th Cannes Film Festival 2016 - 'Cafe Society' - Photocall at Palais de Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Wednesday 11th May 2016

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Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Woody Allen: The Filmmakers Who Recycle Stars


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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 TarantinoQuentin Tarantino loves his 'superstars'

More: Samuel L. Jackson denies being Tarantino's muse

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Steve Carell Replacing Bruce Willis In Woody Allen’s Next Film?


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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 CarellSteve Carell at the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award Gala in Los Angeles in June 2015.

Read More: Woody Allen Describes Himself As 'Lazy' And An 'Imperfectionist'.

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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

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Woody Allen - Woody Allen signs autographs has he leaves Craig's with wife Soon-Yi, while Courteney Cox arrives by herself - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 10th August 2015

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Woody Allen Describes Himself As 'Lazy' And An 'Imperfectionist'


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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 AllenWoody 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

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Woody Allen: Why So Modest?


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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 Soon-Yi Previn at CannesWoody 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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Woody Allen 'Regrets Every Second' Since Signing Amazon Prime Deal


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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.

Woody AllenThe 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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Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn - 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Irrational Man' - Premiere at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Friday 15th May 2015

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Woody Allen, Soon-yi Previn, Emma Stone and Parker Posey
Woody Allen, Soon-yi Previn, Emma Stone and Parker Posey
Woody Allen, Soon-yi Previn and Parker Posey

Woody Allen's Irrational Man Showcases An Impressive Cast


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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.


The recently released trailer doesn’t shed much more light on the happenings in Allen’s latest offering; however, viewers are aware that on a small town college campus, a philosophy professor and everyday guy is having a very difficult time. 

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."

Continue reading: Woody Allen's Irrational Man Showcases An Impressive Cast

Irrational Man Trailer


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 Sticks To His Winning Formula With 'Irrational Man'


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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 AllenWoody 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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Karen LeFrak, Woody Allen and Soon Yi-Allen - Youth America Grand Prix 2015 - Gala at the David H. Koch Theater Lincoln Center - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 16th April 2015

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Karen Lefrak, Woody Allen and Soon Yi-allen

Woody Allen Heads Cannes Film Festival With 'Irrational Man'


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Woody Allen's existential comedy Irrational Man starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone heads this year's Cannes Film Festival line-up, announced Thursday. The 2015 festival also sees the premiere of Natalie Portman's directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness, adapted from Amos Oz's novel.

Woody AllenWoody Allen will premiere Irrational Man at the Cannes Film Festival

Set on a small time college campus, Irrational Man follows a philosophy professor in an existential crisis who gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with a student. 

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Woody Allen Casts Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis In New Film


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Woody Allen has cast Bruce Willis, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in his latest movie. As usual with Allen's projects at this stage, the film is untitled and there are no details, though it's being produced by Letty Arsonson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson.

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart will star in Woody Allen's latest movie, alongside Bruce Willis and Jesse Eisenberg

It's an eye-striking and typically varied and unusual cast and Allen remains one of the few directors who signs up talent without showing them a script. Everybody wants to work with Allen and the general rule of thumb is: if you're asked, you take the job. Cate Blanchet won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2014 after starring in Allen's Blue Jasmine.

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Lena Dunham Suggests Woody Allen Is 'A Real Perv' At Sundance Talk


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Lena Dunham was as outspoken as ever on the panel of 'Power of Story: Serious Ladies' at Sundance Film Festival last weekend, as she took aim at award-winning actor and director Woody Allen over his marriage to his son's sister.

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Lena Dunham attacks Woody Allen's marriage

The 'Girls' star is never one to keep her opinions to herself, but there may have been an exchange of awkward glances as she discussed the issue of characters and reality on the Sundance panel, even suggesting Woody Allen was a 'perv'. Insisting that men got the better deal when it came to people thinking actors are like the characters they play, Dunham launched into a personal attack. 

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Amazon Prime Signs Woody Allen To Write And Direct His First Television Series


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Woody Allen has become the latest big name to make a leap into the online world of streaming, with the announcement that the veteran director will be writing and directing a comedy series for Amazon Prime.

Woody AllenWoody Allen's first foray into television will come courtesy of Amazon Prime

Little is known about the series at the moment, which is going under the name 'Untitled Woody Allen Project', however Amazon have already ordered it to a full season. There’s also no projected release date, but something we do know is that each episode will be half an hour.

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Magic In The Moonlight Review


Very Good

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 the flow. A solid cast makes the most of Allen's cleverly barbed dialogue, even if the performances and filmmaking sometimes feel a bit slapdash. And Allen's deeper existential themes add a hint of depth to the silliness.

It opens in 1928 Berlin, as the magician Stanley (Colin Firth) is convinced by his friend Howard (Simon McBurney) to travel to the South of France to debunk a young American mystic named Sophie (Emma Stone), who has a wealthy family in her thrall. Not only has Sophie convinced the matriarch (Jacki Weaver) that she can communicate with her dead husband, but she has also attracted the puppy-dog devotion of Brice (Hamish Linklater), the sweetly dim heir to the family fortune. But no matter how hard Stanley tries, he can't prove that Sophie is a fraud, and accepting her supernatural powers completely upends his relentlessly pessimistic view of humanity. Although it's even trickier to convince himself that he might be falling for Sophie.

Allen sets all of this up in a very simple way, prodding Firth to a hilariously ridiculous performance as a repressed Englishman for whom life has to be completely rational. Facing him off against Stone's young, free-flowing American is a bit obvious, but the script makes sure that their barbed banter overflows with witty repartee. This includes astute commentary on Allen's favourite theme: exploring the meaning of life through the contradictory blending of science, religion and human emotion. So even if the performances are rather oddly matched, Firth and Stone find some superb chemistry along the way. Although the snappiest role belongs to Eileen Atkins, as Stanley's beloved aunt, who has a wonderfully dry way of speaking the truth.

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Man Arrested After Invading Woody Allen Movie Set In Providence


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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 an as-of-yet untitled project to be released in 2015.

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The untitled movie is due out sometime in 2015. Filming will continue as scheduled.

Officers of the local police department were called on the scene on Tuesday, August 5, after the suspect hurled a chair at security guards and ran off. He had previously arrived on the set and started asking “weird questions”about the movie's stars, who include Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix and Parker Posey. The incident raises concerns about the security of the actors and everyone involved in the project, however the project will continue as scheduled.

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Critical Consensus: 'Magic In The Moonlight' Isn't Magical Enough


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In ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ - the latest comedy from Woody AllenColin Firth applied his bumbling British charm to Stanley (alias: Wei Ling Soo), a British stage magician and master illusionist, brought to the French Riviera to showcase his talents in the 1920s. He is charged with unmasking Emma Stone’s Sophie, a so-called spiritualist who is suspected of exploiting a rich family with her faux clairvoyant ways.

Magic in The MoonlightColin Firth and Emma Stone filming Magic in The Moonlight 

Unfortunately, Allen hasn’t been able to create the same fervent critical buzz that surrounded his latest major project, Blue Jasmine. The reviews have been filed, and ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ currently holds a rotten rating of 55% on Rotten Tomatoes. 

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Co-President, Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics Tom Bernard, Woody Allen, actress Jacki Weaver, and Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics Michael Barker - New York premiere of 'Magic In The Moonlight' at The Paris Theatre - Arrivals - New York, United States - Friday 18th July 2014

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Fading Gigolo Review


Very Good

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 and directed by leading actor John Turturro, with an easy-going charm that's irresistible even if it feels vaguely dated. And despite its potentially controversial premise, the film is so gentle that it's unlikely to ruffle many feathers.

Turturro stars as Fioravante, a florist whose life hasn't gone as planned. His one-time mentor Murray (Allen) has just been forced to close his grandfather's rare-book shop, and with too much time on his hand has started working on Fior's life. Murray thinks Fior could make a living as an escort, and sends him on a date with his dermatologist (Sharon Stone). When that goes well, a string of wealthy clients follow, including the man-eating Selima (Sofia Vergara). But one of Murray's friends is more reluctant: the devout Avigail (Vanessa Paradis) is a widowed rabbi's wife who can't have contact with other men. As she and Fior begin a tentative friendship, there might be something meaningful developing. Then a jealous community cop (Schreiber) notices that something is amiss.

As a director, Turturro keeps the scenes grounded in real situations that centre on the characters rather than the machinations of the plot. This offers a lively depiction of this neighbourhood as a melting pot of African-Americans, Italians and Hasidic Jews who are part of each others' lives. Some of this might feel a bit contrived (Murray also adopts a sprawling black family), but the interaction is jaggedly funny and packed with a generous stream of honest emotion.

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Magic In The Moonlight Trailer


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 medium named Sophie living in the South of France and he decides to travel over, convinced that he will easily debunk her. Despite everyone around her insisting that she has displayed psychic abilities beyond anyone's comprehension, Stanley is determined to force her to reveal her deceptive secrets, but on meeting her it seems that he also is captivated. Extremely beautiful, Sophie becomes something of a love interest for Stanley and, in spite of his initial doubts, he too finds himself unable to explain some of the extraordinary feats Sophie is demonstrating, and he starts to wonder if the world really is full of magic.

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


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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 1920s Europe.

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Emma Stone Dazzles As The Bewitching Sophie In The 'Magic In The Moonlight' Trailer.

Set for release throughout summer and early fall 2014, Magic in the Moonlight stars Firth as Stanley, a man who poses as an Asian magician whilst secretly trying to debunk fake spiritualists. He is directed to the South of France where his assignment is to unmask a purported spiritual medium named Sophie (Stone), who has been mystifying people with her seemingly otherworldly skills.

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


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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.

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Diane Keaton has defended Woody Allen in a recent interview with a British newspaper.

Allen's adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, Dylan Farrow, wrote an editorial in The New York Times in which she alleges Allen sexually assaulted her when she was seven years old. Allen responded in an open letter stating he had no history of sexual assault and the timing of the allegations, at the same time as his divorce to Farrow, appears suspicious.

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Woody Allen, Susan Stroman and Nick Cordero - Meet the 2014 Tony Nominees press junket held at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 30th April 2014

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Sofia Vergara On Her Menage A Trois In Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'


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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 bit of cinema ever - has a limited release in the U.S this weekend.

Fading GigoloSofia Vergara [L] and John Turturro [R] in 'Fading Gigolo'

It follows the story of Turturro's character, who plays a male escort teaming up with an unlikely pimp (Woody) to make a little bit of extra cash. Vergara and Stone play Turturro's satisfied clients. 

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Woody Allen

Date of birth

1st December, 1935

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

Male

Height

1.65


Woody Allen Movies

Cafe Society Trailer

Cafe Society Trailer

Café Society offers a glimpse in to the world of Hollywood in the 1930's. With...

Irrational Man Trailer

Irrational Man Trailer

In a small town at the college campus, a normal man is having a terrible...

Magic in the Moonlight Movie Review

Magic in the Moonlight Movie Review

After the high of last year's Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen is back in playful mode...

Fading Gigolo Movie Review

Fading Gigolo Movie Review

With a witty observational script, amusing characters and a jazzy sense of life in New...

Magic In The Moonlight Trailer

Magic In The Moonlight Trailer

Stanley is a talented magician who goes by the name of Wei Ling Soo professionally,...

Fading Gigolo Trailer

Fading Gigolo Trailer

Strapped for cash, handsome but middle-aged bookshop worker Fioravante decides to accept an offer of...

Blue Jasmine Movie Review

Blue Jasmine Movie Review

With a riveting performance, Cate Blanchett creates one of Woody Allen's most memorable movie characters...

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Blue Jasmine Trailer

Blue Jasmine Trailer

Jasmine is an aristocratic New York housewife whose luxurious lifestyle and marriage to the wealthy...

To Rome With Love Movie Review

To Rome With Love Movie Review

After Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen remains in a cheery European mode for another breezy...

To Rome With Love Trailer

To Rome With Love Trailer

Woody Allen takes us on a romp around yet another beautiful European city with his...

Midnight in Paris Movie Review

Midnight in Paris Movie Review

After a run of loose, uneven films, Allen hits the right notes in this funny,...

Midnight In Paris Trailer

Midnight In Paris Trailer

Gil and Inez are young couple who decide to travel to France with Inez's family....

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger Trailer

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger Trailer

After years of marriage, Alfie and Helena are getting divorced, this is mainly due to...

Whatever Works Trailer

Whatever Works Trailer

Watch the trailer for Whatever WorksEveryone's favourite cynic Larry David takes the lead role in...

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