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Woody Allen Never Wants To Make Television Again


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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 AllenWoody 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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Oops! Miley Cyrus Dropped An F-Bomb Live On The 'Today' Show


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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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Blake Lively: "Woody Allen Writes The Best Roles For Women"


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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”.

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“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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Woody Allen Responds To Ronan Farrow's Essay


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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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Ronan Farrow Slams The Media For Ignoring Woody Allen Sex Abuse Scandal


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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.

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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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Critics Weigh In After Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' Cannes Opening


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Woody Allen's opening of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival has turned out to be quite a success, with 'Cafe Society' impressing critics with its visual style and flawless acting performances. Starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, this is a romantic drama that explores the sparkle of 1930s Hollywood life.

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Allen usually has an ensemble of fantastic actors at his disposal on any of his movies, and this time it doesn't disappoint. 'Kristen Stewart is utterly captivating from the moment she first appears on screen', Flickreel said, with the Hollywood Reporter agreeing that the movie 'benefits from an exceptionally adept cast led by Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell'.

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Cafe Society, The Neon Demon, Loving: Ten Unmissable Films At Cannes Film Festival 2016


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Cannes Film Festival 2016 kicks off tomorrow and there's way too much to look forward to both in and out of competition. The Grand Theatre Lumiere will be showing some major eagerly-anticipated blockbusters as well as some of the most exciting independent works of the year. We've listed 10 of the most watchable movies to make life a little easier.

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1. Cafe Society - Opening the Festival de Cannes tomorrow (May 11th) is Woody Allen, with a 1930s romance set in Hollywood. Starring Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively, this is a movie laced with comedy, drama, love and societal honour.

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The BFG, Money Monster, Cafe Society: Cannes Film Festival 2016 Is Looking Amazing


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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.

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'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.

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Woody Allen To Open Cannes For The Third Time With 'Cafe Society'


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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.

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'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'.

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Woody Allen Casts Miley Cyrus In Amazon Prime Series


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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 CyrusMiley Cyrus has been cast in Woody Allen’s Amazon Prime series.

News of Cyrus’ casting was first broken by Deadline, who reported that Allen had set the series’ principal cast, with Cyrus joining Elaine May, who last worked with Allen in 2000’s Small Time Crooks.

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A Week In Movies: Cannes Kicks Off, Tomorrowland Premieres, Cameras Roll In Miami And Trailers Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Meryl Streep And Anne Hathaway


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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.

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Amazon Reacts To Golden Globes Win - Will Make 12 Movies A Year


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Amazon Studios is stepping up its plan to take over the world and has confirmed it will begin to produce around 12 feature films per year. The streaming service won a Golden Globe for its comedy-drama Transparent and now plans a foray into the movie business.

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The move seems to be a direct response to rival Netflix's entry into the movie sector. The service recently announced a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (The Green Legend) and has also signed a four movie deal with Adam Sandler.

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Your Guide To Amazon's TV Pilots For 2015 (Next Big Things?)


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Amazon releases its first wave of pilots for 2015 today (January 15) with an interesting slate of shows from an interesting group of filmmakers including Ridley Scott. The pilots are being delivered en masse via Amazon's Instant Video service, essentially giving the Golden Globe-winning streaming service a chance to test the water with users.

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One of the pilots is being described as must-see viewing: The Man in the High Castle. Produced by blockbuster director Scott, the show is based on the alternate history novel by American writer Philip K. Dick, which won the Hugo Award in 1963. The book focuses on daily life under totalitarian Fascist imperialism occurring in 1962, fifteen years after the end of a longer World War II, lasting from 1939 to 1947. The victorious countries are Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. The show will essentially focus on what America would look like had the Allies lost the war.

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Woody Allen To Create Show For Amazon, Currently Has "No Ideas"


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Woody Allen admits that he has "no ideas" and is "not sure where to begin", despite signing on to write and direct a full season of an unnamed show for Amazon Prime Instant Video. The half-hour episodes - of a show yet to be created - will be available to Amazon subscribers in the US, UK and Germany in 2016.

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It's a huge coup for the on-demand service, which appeared to leapfrog Netflix in the streaming stakes after picking up two Golden Globes at the ceremony on Sunday, for flagship comedy-drama Transparent about a family dealing with a father who is transgender.  

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Shooting 'Magic In The Moonlight' Was A Challenge For City Boy Woody Allen


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Woody Allen has recently unveiled his enchanting new comedy drama, Magic in the Moonlight, with an intriguing trailer and a promisingly star-studded cast. Set mainly in France in the 1920s, the unique story takes a look at the tussle between spirituality and scepticism seen through the eyes of two unlikely lovers.

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Colin Firth & Emma Stone Are Resplendent In 1920s Glamour In Woody Allen's New Dramedy, 'Magic In The Moonlight.'

The filmmaker has spoken of his pride towards his latest venture but has also revealed that this was tinged with uneasiness surrounding the rather soporific surroundings. "This one's set in Nice in the 1920s. I have a great cameraman, terrific art director, but finding locations was hard. We had to travel around, do selective shooting to re-create primitive spots like in the old days," the director told the NY Post's Page Six.

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Fading Gigolo: New York Stories


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Actor-filmmaker John Turturro made some canny choices in casting for his new comedy Fading Gigolo, in which he plays a hapless New Yorker whose friend suggests that he might have a new career as a male prostitute. In addition to giving the film his own offbeat performance, he surrounds himself with terrific actors.

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Some of his choices have raised eyebrows: did he put Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis in his movie simply so he could perform intimate scenes with them? If so, there's a long history of actor-filmmakers giving themselves roles opposite beautiful women, from Warren Beatty to Woody Allen.

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With Emma Stone And Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Allen's New Movie Could Fly


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Emma Stone has joined Joaquin Phoenix in the cast for Woody Allen's next movie. The currently untitled project will be written, produced and directed by Allen, following the director's Oscar winning movie Blue Jasmine.

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Plot details are unknown but Variety report that the movie will shoot this July. It is also without a distributor, though Sony Pictures is the front-runner, given its allegiance with Allen on numerous of his previous projects.

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Liam Neeson Recalls Weird Woody Allen Tale (Also Turned Down Lincoln Lead)


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Liam Neeson says he was filming a se scene for Woody Allen at the very moment that the director received a call that his long-term Mia Farrow had discovered naked photos that he had taken of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.

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"There was one incident - people think I've made this up, but no," Neeson reveals in GQ's April issue. "There's a scene where I'm [performing a sex act] on Judy Davis, right. Judy and I are in bed - obviously covered up .?.?. the crew are all ready, and we're waiting for Woody. No-show. It's starting to get a bit uncomfortable."

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Lena Dunham "Disgusted" With Woody Allen: "I'm Decidedly Pro-Dylan Farrow"


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Lena Dunham has become one of the only celebrities to comment publically on the familial tension between director Woody Allen, his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow and their adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Dylan and Mia have accused the filmmaker of molesting his daughter when she was young, with Dylan detailing her abuse in a New York Times open letter.

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'Girls' Star Lena Dunham Has Offered Her Two Cents On Claims Woody Allen Molested His Daughter.

In her letter, Dylan admonishes actors who have worked with Allen by name, including Scarlett Johansson and Cate Blanchett, claiming they had "turned a blind eye" to her father's behaviour and had condoned his actions by continuing to work with him. Allen has fiercely denied the claims, which were first dismissed by a police investigator in the early nineties, but Mia and Dylan have pressed on with their allegations.

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Scarlett Johansson Dubs Dylan Farrow "Irresponsible" Over Woody Allen Letter


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It did seem a little strange that, in her open letter accusing her adopted father of sexually abusing her, Dylan Farrow dropped the name of a whole host of A-list stars including Scarlett Johansson and Alec Baldwin - questioning why they would still work with the acclaimed filmmaker.

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In Farrow's letter, published in the New York Times last month, she accused the director of abusing her when she was 7 years old and called out Johansson and others for effectively sweeping the past accusations under the rug.

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Woody Allen Met With "I Think He Did It!" Heckles At New York Matinee


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Woody Allen is continuing to put on a brave face after allegations from his adopted daughter that he sexually abused her as a child. The acclaimed director attended the Broadway musical matinee of After Midnight on Saturday (February 15, 2013), though, as expected, not everything ran smoothly for Allen at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

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According to the New York Post's Page Six, as soon as the show finished, the director, his wife Soon-Yi and their two daughters Bechet and Manzie made a beeline for the door, which didn't go unnoticed by the crowd.

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Cate Blanchett's Oscar Is Safe And Sound, Despite Woody Allen Scandal


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Given the recent Woody Allen scandal - which actually got buried under the weight of the Philip Seymour Hoffman news this month - some commentators have speculated on the race for best actress at the Oscars, suggesting that Cate Blanchett's predicted streamrolling of her fellow nominee isn't so cut and dry.

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In a 1,000 word open letter to Woody Allen in the New York Times, his adopted daughter Mia Farrow accused the acclaimed filmmaker of molesting her as a child. Allen has been investigated in the past though was never prosecuted and has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

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Woody Allen Responds To Dylan Farrow Allegations, Questions Mother's Influence


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The last week has been dominated by Dylan Farrow’s allegations that Woody Allen sexually abused her when she was 7-years-old. Now, after some relative silence, Allen has issued a response, doubting whether Farrow even penned the open letter.

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"Not that I doubt Dylan hasn’t come to believe she’s been molested, but if from the age of 7 a vulnerable child is taught by a strong mother to hate her father because he is a monster who abused her, is it so inconceivable that after many years of this indoctrination the image of me Mia wanted to establish had taken root?"

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Dylan Farrow Responds To Woody Allen's Denial Of Sexual Abuse Claims


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One week ago Dylan Farrow began a media frenzy by claiming director Woody Allen sexually abused her when she was just 7 years-old.

The now 28 year-old aired these accusations in the form of an open letter published by the New York Times (Feb 1st).

The only comments made from Woody's camp have been by his lawyers who branded Mia Farrow, Dylan's adopted mother, a "vengeful liar," as they blame her for these claims surfacing.

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Woody Allen Finally Responds To Dylan Farrow's Accusations Of Sexual Abuse


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It has been one week since Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow published an open letter in the New York Times (Feb 1st), detailing the sexual abuse she received from the film maker.

In that time there has been a media frenzy surrounding these accusations and so far, only Allen's attorney has responded, claiming that the letter was "engineered by a vengeful lover," which seems to be directed at Mia Farrow.

But now the 'Blue Jasmine' director has finally aired his side of the story, penning an article that the NY Times, yet again, published (Feb 7th).

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A Week In News: A Screen Legend Dies, A TV Legend Makes His Exit, And The World's Weirdest Boxing Match


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RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: The world lost a true talent when actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment last Sunday after a suspected heroin overdose, aged 46. Thougha autopsy results were ruled inconclusive, drugs paraphernalia was found littered all over his house after the Oscar-winning actor suffered a relapse to substance abuse despite having been clean for more than 20 years.

The father-of-three's break-up with his partner Mimi O'Donnell is said to have caused the Capote star to turn to drugs and not the confusion over his sexuality, as was falsely alleged by the National Enquirer. Since the death, four suspected drug dealers have been arrested and are being questioned with regards to selling Hoffman, who was found with a syringe in his arm, a bad batch. Sadly, we have lost one of the only actors working today whose acting prowess meant we'd instinctively trust any film with his name. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014).

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Woody Allen Molestation Allegations: Moses Farrow Responds To His Sister's Open Letter


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Moses Farrow, the adoptive son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has spoken out about his sister's allegations their father molested her.

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Woody Allen has denied allegations he sexually assaulted his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow.

Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow alleged, in an open letter published in The New York Times, that Allen had sexually abused her at the age of 7. A separation, fierce custody battle and 22 years have not pacified or resolved the large family or their particularly unique brand of issues.

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Dylan Farrow Admits To Using All Her "Strength" And "Emotional Fortitude" To Write Woody Allen Open Letter


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Dylan Farrow opens up about her recent letter, published in the New York Times, which details a very disturbing time in her youth involving adoptive father, Woody Allen.

The now 28 year-old recalled an incident where the film maker sexually abused her when she was just seven years-old.

"When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house," she wrote.

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Woody Allen's Lawyer Claims A "Vengeful Lover" Is Responsible For Dylan Farrow's Open Letter


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Famed director Woody Allen has recently had to face a family feud that dates back to 1992. 

The 78 year-old is currently battling accusations that he sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was only 7 years-old.

Dylan, now 28, recently wrote an open letter, which was published in the New York Times (Feb 1st), detailing the sexual abuse she received from the film maker. 

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Woody Allen Addresses Dylan Farrow's Open Letter Detailing Sexual Abuse Allegations


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Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow released a letter to the New York Times detailing the sexual abuse she received from the film maker. 

The now 28 year-old recalls, "When I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house."

Adding, "He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me."

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A Week In Movies: Gravity And 12 Years A Slave Lead Oscar Nominations, Filming Goes To The Wire On Captain America 2


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After the glamour of the essentially irrelevant Golden Globes on Sunday, the biggest movie news this week was the Oscar nominations announcement on Wednesday. As expected, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity got another big awards-season boost, while American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska move into pole position, bumping Inside Llewyn Davis and The Wolf of Wall Street out of the spotlight. For now. For those who need to catch up on these titles click here for 12 Years a SlaveGravityAmerican HustleDallas Buyers ClubNebraskaInside Llewyn Davis and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Awards contenders continue to dominate cinema screens in both America and Britain, although distributors are sneaking smaller films in as alternative programming. In the US, audiences can catch the high school comedy G.B.F. or the British period romance Summer in February, while in the UK offbeat options include Michael Cera in the Chilean road trip Crystal Fairy and the cheeky Penn & Teller documentary Tim's Vermeer. To read our reviews click here for  G.B.F.Summer in FebruaryCrystal Fairy and Penn & Teller documentary Tim's Vermeer.

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'Gravity,' 'American Hustle' And '12 Years A Slave' Scoop Major Wins At Critic's Choice Awards: Full Nominees & Winners


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On the same day as the nominations for this year's Academy Awards ceremony were revealed, the latest instalment of the ongoing awards season went by at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, where the 19th annual Critic's Choice Awards honoured the cast and crew of some of last's year's biggest and best films.

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Gravity soared to success at the Critic's Choice Awards

The big winner on the night was the space thriller Gravity, which soared to success with seven wins by the end of the night. Among it's credits the film earned Alfonso Cuarón the award for Best Director and the award for Best Editing, shared with co-editor Mark Sanger. The film also earned Sandra Bullock the award for Best Actress In An Action Movie and was crowned as crowned the Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie. The film also scored recognition for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Score.

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Diane Keaton Toasts Woody Allen At Golden Globes, While The Farrows Sharpen Their Pitchforks


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With all the news headlines that came out of that fateful Golden Globes night last Sunday, Woody Allen’s tribute and Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award could have gone largely unnoticed. The filmmaker wasn’t at the award show to pick it up in person, so instead Allen’s longtime collaborator Diane Keaton accepted it on his behalf, toasting her friendship with Allen. In her brief speech, Keaton said their 45-year friendship fills her heart with "pride, affection and even love."

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The Annie Hall star heaped praise on the director, who kickstarted her career.

In the end though, it wasn’t the tribute or Keaton’s speech that drew the most media attention. On Monday, news websites were flooded with headlines about Allen’s family –ex-wife Mia Farrow and Allen’s son, journalist Ronan Farrow.

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Woody Allen Versus Ronan Farrow - Controversial Golden Globes Tweet Causes Media Storm


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Possibly the most entertaining part of last night’s Golden Globes (apart from JLaw’s red carpet shenanigans) had to have been Ronan Farrow’s live Twitter coverage. A particular gem was this one:

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Mia And Ronan Farrow Tweet During Woody Allen's Golden Globe Tribute, Blasting The Film-Maker


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American director Woody Allen was honored at the 71st annual Golden Globes this past Sunday (Jan 12th).

Many fans and fellow movie industry workers were full of praise and appreciation as the Globes awarded the 78 year-old with a lifetime achievement award.

It was to celebrate his writing, producing and directing, in the movie business, which spans over four decades.

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Lindsay Lohan Offering Reward For Return Of Stolen Laptop After China Visit


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Lindsay Lohan's laptop has been stolen during a visit to the Chinese city of Shanghai where she was visiting for the Sohu Fashion Achievement Awards on Monday. The laptop was apparently taken from the airport when the 27 year-old actress was on her way home.

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Lindsay Lohan Was Been Struck With A Theft Upon Her Departure From China.

The Canyons actress shared her anguish over the theft on Twitter: "It was great to be in China and I want to thank everyone for their hospitality, however someone has stolen my computer at the airport...offering a reward for anyone who can retrieve and rtn it, bummer to go home w/o it. xo L."

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The Producers Guild Of America Nominate '12 Years A Slave,' 'Her,' 'Blue Jasmine' And More For Daryl F. Zanuck Award


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The members of The Producer's Guild of America have cast their vote and the list of nominee's for their annual Daryl F. Zanuck Awards - their Best Picture category - have been cast. Formerly known as the Golden Laurel Awards, the PGA's are usually pretty accurate at predicting which films will go on to be nominated in the Best Picture category at the Oscars, and their winners rarely differ too.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor's powerful performance in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave has made it a favourite for the top honour

American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street make up the full list of nominees up for awards this year, so don't be surprised to see these films still being discussed vigorously until the beginning of March.

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Early Oscars Betting Guide - Make The Most Of Some Crazy Odds


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There’s a special time in ‘Oscars season’. It comes after the standout pictures separate from the pack, but before the ceremony itself. It’s a time of conjecture, speculation and guesswork, and can often lead to wild predictions, like ‘The Counselor is going to win an Oscar’.

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This unique period of Academy lingo also leads to varied odds, as great films get pushed out – sometimes as far as 66-1 – as others triumph in the various Oscars precursor awards.

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Ronan Farrow Officially Handed His Own Show On MSNBC


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Ronan Farrow wants to "empower" the younger generation of America and ignite a fire in their bellies that will bring about a new age of political enlightenment and interest in what's going on in the Capitol. How is he going to do this? With his own TV show of course, as MSNBC have handed Mia Farrow's son his very own weekday programme.

Talk of Ronan getting his own show has been around for a while now, and on Wednesday, 16 October, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that an agreement had been made and the young Farrow had been given his TV hosting debut. Ronan has appeared on television before, as an guest on some MSNBC and CNN programmes, however his as-yet-untitled show will be the first time he will present a show by himself.

Previously, the 25-year-old Yale law graduate has worked for the Obama administration as foreign policy official, as well as working alongside Hillary Clinton in an advisory role. Mia and Woody Allen's son has also gained experience working within various charities and is a published journalist, having written for The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune and The Atlantic. He has also sold his first book, Pandora's Box: How American Military Aid Creates America’s Enemies, to Penguin Press, which explores the circumstances leading to some recent international crises, and is expected in bookshops by 2015.

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Woody Allen's 'Magic In The Moonlight': Everything You Need To Know


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Woody Allen has revealed that his next movie, set in the South of France, will be titled Magic in the Moonlight.The prolific director, who is back to making one movie per year, refused to give up any further details on the project though it appears to be set sometime in the 1930s. As the Los Angeles Times points out, the title could be a reference to Dean Martin's ballad Magic is the Moonlight

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Something else we do know about the movie is the cast. It stars Colin Firth,  Emma Stone, Jackie Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Paul Ritter, Erica Leerhsen, Catherine McCormack and Jeremy Shamos.

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No 'Blue Jasmine' For India: Anti Smoking Adverts See Woody Allen Pull Oscar Contender


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This weekend would have seen Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine open in around 30 cinemas in India, but the director has decided to withdraw him film due to the anti-smoking campaign that would have penetrated two of his scenes. In India, on selected scenes that are deemed suitable, a banner is shown warning against the dangers of smoking.

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In Blue Jasmine, which stars Cate Blanchett, there are two scenes that would have been affected by this, which wasn’t acceptable for Allen, who decided to pull the movie.

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Forget Sinatra, Ronan Farrow Is The Brains Of The Family


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Ronan Farrow may well be Woody Allen's biological son, then again, he could be Frank Sinatra's. In a Vanity Fair interview that probably didn't do Ronan any favors this week, his mother Mia Farrow made the case for old blue eyes being the daddy.

Ronan hasn't seen Woody for years and his likeness to Sinatra is striking, however, it's not wise to use the 25-year-old as the subject of gossip, speculation and celebrity tittle-tattle. This guy is arguably the smartest guy in the family - whether that includes Woody, or Frank - and he's got a big future.

Ronan has been a determined human rights activist since graduating from Bard College at the ripe old age of 15. "I grew up with altruism on display in a pretty intense way," he told Forbes, referring to his 10 adopted siblings, some of whom suffer from severe disability. 

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Dylan, Mia Farrow's Daughter, On Alleged Woody Allen Abuse: "What Happened In The Attic I Remember"


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After years of silence, Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter – Dylan, who has adopted different names in the past – has opened up about the abuse she alleges filmmaker Woody Allen inflicted on her. A seven-year-old Dylan, in 1992, told her mother that Allen touched her inappropriately. Farrow videotaped her confession, but the court case was dropped so that Dylan wouldn’t, at such a young age, have to testify in court.

20 years on, she’s opened up to Vanity Fair with her version of events.

“I’m scared of him, his image,” she explained. “I have never been asked to testify. If I could talk to the 7-year-old Dylan, I would tell her to be brave, to testify,” she added. Since the case was dropped, Allen’s career continued to flourish. He is known as one of the finest filmmakers of his generation.

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Mia Farrow & Woody Allen's Son, Ronan Farrow, In Talks To Host MSNBC Show


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Ronan Farrow, the only biological child of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, looks like he may be joining MSNBC's weekend line-up with his very own show. Farrow, a journalist and human rights activist, is said to be in advanced talks with the usually-liberal network over a show in which he will address various human rights concerns and other political concerns. He probably won't be discussing the week's hottest gossip though, like whether his father might actually be Frank Sinatra.

Initially reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the show will be Farrow's first real leap into television, although he has appeared on MSNBC and CNN's programs in the past. The 25-year-old isn't being handed the job just because of his famous name either, as Ronan has a rich history of journalistic duties and charitable work behind him. Most recently, Farrow has worked for President Obama's foreign policy department as well as at the State Department, where he founded the Office of Global Youth Issues. He also served as an advisor to Hilary Clinton during the Arab Spring uprising.

Much like his mother, Ronan has long been a staunch campaigner for the protection of children caught in conflict, and despite his young age, has developed an impressive resume of charitable pursuits and work within various non-governmental organisations, in addition to his work with Obama and Clinton. He has addressed the ongoing AIDs pandemic in Africa and the genocide in Darfur and is a published journalist, writing on the subject of human rights for The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune and The Atlantic.

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Mia Farrow Reveals Biological Shock Hinting Her Son's Father Could Be Frank Sinatra And Not Woody Allen?!


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Mia Farrow made the huge revelation that her son, Ronan Farrow, may be the biological son to Frank Sinatra and not Hollywood film director Woody Allen.

Mia was married to the legendary singer from 1966 to 1968 and in a recent interview with Vanity Fair she admitted Sinatra and herself "never really split up" as he was the love of her life.

The interviewer then asked if Ronan, her son, could be Frank's son and she replied "possibly".

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A Week In News: Breaking Bad Finale, Marc Jacobs Leaving Louis, And Tom Clancy Dies


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Respect the Chemistry: After five seasons, Breaking Bad came to its explosive conclusion on Sunday, finishing Walter White's journey from "Mr Chips to Scarface." Check out which episodes our writers chose as their favorite.

Leaving Vuitton: HUGE news from the fashion world this week, with Marc Jacobs announcing his departure from Louis Vuitton to focus on his own collections. Jacobs has been with the house for 16 years, establishing himself as one of the finest designers of the planet. If not the best. Read more about his departure here.

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A Week In Movies: Awards Buzz Continues To Build, Hemsworth Hits New York, Divergent Teases


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Awards season is cranking up a notch as some attention-grabbing performances land in cinemas. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal are getting praise for their gritty work in the unnerving thriller Prisoners, now showing in both America and Britain. And Cate Blanchett is radiant in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, which finally opens in the UK this week. Click here to read the Prisoners movie review or here for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine review.

Fans of less high-brow entertainment may enjoy Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in the online gaming thriller Runner Runner, which has just opened in the US and UK. You can read the Runner Runner movie review or go here for the Runner Runner trailer.

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Woody Allen On Cate Blanchett, The Woman Who Put The Jasmine In 'Blue Jasmine'


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Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is being hailed as his best film in two decades by some, his best film ever by others. At its marrow, the film is a character drama about loss and decisions. And, talking to The Guardian, the legendary film make has talked about Cate Blanchett’s character: Jasmine.

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Jasmine starts hanging around with a new crowd -namely these guys.

"Ninety-nine per cent of decisions are predicated on feelings – instinctive, emotional, fears, conflicts, unresolved childhood problems. They're our dominant motivating factor, not reason or rationality or common sense. And that's why the world is in a terrible, terrible state,” said Allen.

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Blue Jasmine Review


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With a riveting performance, Cate Blanchett creates one of Woody Allen's most memorable movie characters in years. And it's also the writer-director's strongest film in recent memory, as it balances comedy and drama in an engaging story that has a kick of resonance as it explores fall-out from the current economical recession.

Blanchett is Jasmine, a New York socialite who has fallen from grace after her husband Hal (Baldwin) lost control of his dodgy financial empire. So Jasmine is forced to move across the country to live with her sister Ginger (Hawkins) in San Francisco. Although she misses her high-society lifestyle, Jasmine gets on with things, finding a job with a local dentist (Stuhlbarg) and a flicker of romance with a rising-star politician (Sarsgaard). But living in Ginger's small apartment with her two kids and her blue-collar boyfriend Chili (Cannavale) takes its toll. And while smoothing the edges with alcohol and Xanax, Jasmine begins to lie to herself and others about her past.

All of the characters here are jaggedly complex, interacting with hilariously observant dialog as their relationships get increasingly messy. But while Jasmine is snobby and prickly, Blanchett also reveals her fragility as she tries to get back on her feet. And Hawkins is just as revelatory as the tenacious and much more generous Ginger. The men around them are just as complicated: Cannavale is hot-tempered but charming, Sarsgaard is kind but a bit slippery, Baldwin is charismatic and over-confident. No one fits into a simple box, which keeps us on our toes and lets the characters worm their way deep under the skin.

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Cate Blanchett To Helm Herman Koch Adaption In Directorial Debut


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Cate Blanchett has decided to make the leap from screen star to scene setter, and has been handed her first script to kick star her career as a budding director. As initially reported by Deadline, the actress will make her directorial debut with the adaptation of Herman Koch's The Dinner, the Dutch writer's 2009 best-selling crime thriller.

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The Oscar-winner is making the move from actress to director

Oren Moverman (The Messenger) is in charge of writing the screenplay for the film, and Cotty Chubb is producing, with Eva Maria Daniels and Olga Segura serving as executive producers. The story itself covers the kidnapping of a child, and the lengths that a parent will go to in order to get their child back (much like the recently released Prisoners). With the script still in development, there has apparently been no advancements in finding a cast, which could mean Blanchett may be in talks to make an appearance in the film herself.

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Cate Blanchett Will Debut As Film Director In Herman Koch's Epic 'The Dinner'


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Cate Blanchett might've put on a jaw-dropping performance in her most recent film Blue Jasmine, but she's about to display a new talent as a budding film director in the upcoming adaptation of The Dinner.

Perhaps working with such iconic directors as Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine), Peter Jackson (The Hobbit), George Clooney (The Monuments Men, due out 2014) and Kenneth Branagh - who she is currently filming the new adaptation of Cinderella with - has inspired her to branch out in her film career as she finally takes on the tricky role new in a new film based on the novel by Herman Koch.

It's a suspenseful thriller about two couples who are trying to make a drastic decision about their teenage sons who have been involved in a horrific situation that's now in the hands of the police. There is little action and one setting, but that will only make it harder to infuse each second with nail-biting tension and heart-stopping dread when it is put to film.

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Honorary Golden Globe For Woody Allen, For Contribution To Filmmaking


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The legendary filmmaker Woody Allen is set to have his achievements and influence recognized as the organisers of the Golden Globe Awards have announced that the director will receive the 2014 Cecil B DeMille Award. Come the 71st annual Golden Globe ceremony on January 12, a special tribute to the 77-year-old will be paid.

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"There is no one more worthy," said awards organiser Theo Kingma. Allen might be looking at an awards-laden winter. His 49th movie, Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett, is an outsider for a Best Picture award, while the Best Director category is still wide open. Allen, though, is more likely to receive a Best Screenplay for his drama, which also stars Alec Baldwin.

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Woody Allen Will Be Honoured At Golden Globes With Lifetime Achievement Award


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Woody Allen is to be awarded the Golden Globes' Cecil B. De Mille Award at next years awards show, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced on Friday, 13 September. The prolific writer, director, producer and actor will be bestowed with the award at the 71st Annual Golden Globes ceremony taking place on 12 January 2014.

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Allen has been working in film for six decades

“There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” HFPA president Theo Kingma said in the official announcement. He added, “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he is an international treasure.”

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Mark Wahlberg's '2 Guns' Shoots Up 'Wolverine' At The Box-Office


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The Mark Wahlberg vehicle 2 Guns - co-starring Denzel Washington - topped the US box office over the weekend with estimated takings of $24.4 million. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the movie sees both actors teaming up as cops battling drug traffickers.

It toppled the strong performing The Wolverine, Marvel's latest blockbuster starring Hugh Jackman which was knocked back to second with $21.7 million. The Smurfs 2 appeared to suffer from a plethora of awful reviews and took just $18.2 million, according to the reliable guys over at Hollywood.com.

The animated sequel failed to meet expectations in the US, though earned $52.5 million from 43 markets.

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'2 Guns' Shoots Straight To No. 1 In Box Office After Strong Opening Weekend


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The battle for the number one spot at the box office wasn't quite so one sided as it was last week, but like last week, our number one this time around was a clear victor, with 2 Guns beating it's nearest competitor by some distance. With The Wolverine dominating cinemas last weekend, it was time for Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington to take their share of the box office takings, with Hugh Jackman's latest turn as Logan falling short of the top spot in it's second week.

Watch the trailer for 2 Guns

2 Guns managed to bring in a cool $27.4 million over the weekend, a paltry sum by some weekend standards, but enough to make it to the top of the film charts at least and an amount that will be reassuring to the movie's producers. Meanwhile, The Wolverine led an impressive second week charge to remain in the top two despite the two big name releases coming this week in the shape of 2 Guns and Smurfs 2. With overall weekend takings of $21.7 mil., the superhero film has managed to draw in almost $100 million in the domestic market alone, whilst it continues to perform well overseas, with the overall foreign total now standing at $160.2 mill.

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Woody Allen Shines The Spotlight On A Fragile Cate Blanchett In "Blue Jasmine"


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Woody Allen – the name alone evokes a special kind of respect most of us reserve for filmmakers we know are good, but never actually sit down to watch. But that shouldn’t be the case with Blue Jasmine. The latest Allen flick had the biggest limited release of 2013 last weekend and with good reason.

Watch the Blue Jasmine trailer below

Reviewers have commented that the biggest gem in this film is Kate Blanchett – playing a glamorous, but neurotic and increasingly distraught Jasmine – a modern day, alcohol and glamour-addicted version of Tennessee Williams’ Blanche. Blanchett fans out there will recall that the actress has experience with this type of heroine, having played Blanche herself in a 2009 production of Streetcar.

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Zach Braff To Star In Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'


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Zach Braff has been cast in a Broadway adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway. Set in the 1920's, an apparently fashionable time if popular culture's current obsession with The Great Gatsby and the most recent series of Downton Abbey is anything to go by, the plot centres around a struggling playwright's dealing with the mob.

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Zach Braff at the premiere of Ice Man.

The 1994 film of Bullets Over Broadway saw struggling playwright David (played by John Cusack) forced to choose a talentless actress to star in his play. The actress is the girlfriend of a mobster who has offered, in exchange for her opportunity to tread the boards, to finance David's play.

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A Week In Movies: Superman Arrives, Armie Hits Cowboy Bootcamp, Naomi Is Diana


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A still from Man Of Steel

The new Superman and Lois Lane, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, were out on the red carpet this week for two big premieres for Man of Steel, the franchise reboot by Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan. After major events in Los Angeles and London, they're now heading to Shanghai. Critical reaction has been strongly positive to the film, which opens this weekend

Also opening this weekend in America, and July 5th in the UK, The Bling Ring tells the true story of a group of teens who systematically robbed Hollywood homes, including those of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The film's star Emma Watson, discusses the movie in a special short feature alongside director Sofia Coppola and producer Youree Henley.

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British Star Colin Firth Lined Up For New Woody Allen Movie


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Following the news that Emma Stone is lined up to star in a Woody Allen movie, Deadline have announced that British actor Colin Firth is also in the running to star in the film. As yet untitled, the movie is expected to be shot in the south of France. Woody’s keeping the plot firmly under wraps though it seems that he is working towards putting together a typically stellar cast.

Allen, a prolific, iconic and highly respected director, just finished working on his 44th movie as a director. Entitled Blue Jasmine, the film was set in New York and Los Angeles and stars Alec Baldwin, as well as Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Louis CK. The movie is scheduled to open in September 2013. Colin Firth is currently lined up to star in The Secret Service – the next movie from X:Men First Class’s Matthew Vaughn. However, he’s thought to be making room in his schedule to ensure that he lands a slot in Woody Allen’s latest movie.

For Emma Stone, a role in a Woody Allen will be an important move. Allen is known for creating movies that – whilst popular, both critically and with audiences – have a certain art-house appeal and to appear in a Woody Allen movie is a mark of progress and industry respect for many actors. 

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Amazing Spider-Man Star Emma Stone Lands Woody Allen Role


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Emma Stone has turned to famed director Woody Allen for her next major movie role. Having already earned her stripes in the blockbuster scene, with movies like The Amazing Spider-Man (and of course its sequel) and Gangster Squad to her name, Stone has opted for something a little artier, The Guardian reports, as she’s signed up for Allen’s next movie project. As yet, it remains untitled, though it is expected that he will return to France to shoot this movie, following the success of Midnight In Paris.

Allen is currently preparing his latest movie venture Blue Jasmine for release in July. Starring Cate Blanchett, the story is described by Sony Pictures Classics as “the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of fashionable New York housewife.” So far, there’s no word on who will be joining Emma Stone on screen for Woody Allen’s forthcoming venture though it’s likely that she’ll be in good company, given Allen’s propensity for securing big-name talent for his relatively small-scale ensemble movies. Scarlett Johansson, Owen Wilson and Evan Rachel Wood have all graced the screen for Allen in recent years.

Stone is currently busy filming for two projects, the Spider-Man sequel and Birdman, a comedy from Alejandro González Iñárritu. She’s also scheduled to appear in Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak and an untitled rom-com from Cameron Crowe. 

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Prolific TV Writer Mickey Rose Dies Ages 77


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Mickey Rose – the childhood friend of Woody Allen, who went on to work with him on comedies "Bananas" and "Take the Money and Run" – has died aged 77. It has been reported the cause was cancer.

Although Rose was handed a fairly heft leg-up by his legendary friend, he carved out a successful career writing jokes and sketched for Johnny Carson, Sid Caesar and other top comedians/shows of his generation. Allen's biographer Eric Lax said of the pair: "They were just very good friends with similar sensibilities, who laughed at the same things and loved to make each other laugh.” Rose really peaked in the 70s, writing for ‘The Smothers Brothers,’ ‘All in the Family,’ ‘The Odd Couple’ and ‘The Tonight Show.’ "Mickey was one of the funniest humans I know, a true original and a total eccentric and a wonderful first baseman," Allen said in a statement his biographer released this week. "We played a lot of baseball together. Once, when I asked him what death meant to him he said, 'no more malteds.' The 80’s saw the writing dry up for Rose, who, according to his son, was lacking opportunities.

He stayed in touch with Allen – who introduced him to his late wife via a blind date – over the years. "There was outright laughter sometimes as we worked," Rose said of the process of working with Allen, according to Lax's 1991 biography of the film maker.

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Baldwin Family Grows: Alec Baldwin And Hilaria Expecting First Child Together


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Alec Baldwin and his new wife Hilaria Thomas Baldwin are expecting their first child together. A representative confirmed the news to Reuters on Tuesday (February 12, 2013), with Baldwin later telling television program Extra, "If I really shared with you how I felt, I would probably burst out crying."

Baldwin, 54, married yoga teacher Hiliaria, 28, in a ceremony in New York in July 2012. "It was a surprise, a wonderful surprise," said his wife, who also works as a correspondent for the entertainment TV show. "Now I'm showing and it's getting to be much more, like, 'Oh, my God, this is actually going to happen." Although one of the most recognizable stars in Hollywood, Baldwin is best known for playing egotistical television executive Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy 30 Rock, which broadcast its final episode in January. He was previously married to the L.A. Confidential actress Kim Basinger from 1993-2003. The couple have one daughter together, Ireland, who was born in 1995. 

Following on from To Rome With Love, Baldwin has just completed work on Blue Jasmine, his second movie with Woody Allen. Though plot details are sketchy, the film also stars Cate Blanchett and Peter Sarsgaard and is set to hit cinemas in July. 

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Scarlett Johansson Returns To Broadway In ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’


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Scarlett Johansson will grace Broadway once more, as she plays Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, reports The New York Daily News.

Tennessee Williams’ award winning play, which has won the Pulitzer Prize, and has been revived several times on Broadway already, will set the scene for Johansson’s return to the stage; her first since her Tony-winning performance in a 2010 revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. Benjamin Walker will join her on stage. The actors will play Maggie and Brick in a new production that is expected to open Jan. 17 at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre. Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones) will play Brick’s plantation-owner father, Big Daddy. Tony winner Debra Monk will play Big Mama.

The show’s lead producer will be Stuart Thompson, and Johansson, who worked with him on “View From the Bridge,” has wanted to play Maggie for some time, and her box office star power proved strong enough for the Broadway producers to bring back a play that is already familiar to many theatre-goers. It’s hard to pigeonhole Johansson as an actress, given the range of roles she’s fulfilled. More art-house performances, notably with Woody Allen, include; Match Point, Scoop and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but she has also featured in many Hollywood blockbusters, like Iron Man 2 or The Avengers.


Video - Woody Allen And Alec Baldwin Arrive For 'To Rome With Love' Special Screening Part 1


'To Rome With Love' stars Woody Allen (also director and writer of the film), Alec Baldwin and Greta Gerwig arrive at the special screening sponsored by Italian liqueur Disaronno for the movie presented by The Cinema Society with news publication The Hollywood Reporter and jewellery designer Piaget at the Paris Theatre. The Hollywood Reporter interview Baldwin on the red carpet before the press take his photo.

The comedy film premiered in Italy on April 20th 2012. It features Woody Allen's first acting role in six years

Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts and Woody Allen - Josh Brolin, Gemma Jones, Naomi Watts, Woody Allen and Lucy Punch Saturday 15th May 2010 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

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Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts and Woody Allen
Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts and Woody Allen

Woody Allen - Woody Allen (poster art) Madrid, Spain - Press conference to announce Moet & Chandon Benefit Auction, held at Circulo de Bellas Artes Monday 30th November 2009

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Freida Pinto, Josh Brolin and Woody Allen - Freida Pinto and Josh Brolin filming a scene in artificial rain London, England - on the set of the 'Untitled Woody Allen London Project' Monday 24th August 2009

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Freida Pinto and Woody Allen
Freida Pinto, Josh Brolin and Woody Allen
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Freida Pinto and Woody Allen

Josh Brolin and Woody Allen Friday 31st July 2009 on the set of the 'Untitled Woody Allen London Project' filming on location London, England

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Josh Brolin and Woody Allen
Josh Brolin and Woody Allen
Josh Brolin and Woody Allen
Josh Brolin and Woody Allen
Josh Brolin and Woody Allen

Woody Allen Thursday 10th May 2007

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Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen - Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen Wednesday 22nd April 2009 at Tribeca Film Festival New York City, USA

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Woody Allen and Soon-yi Previn

John Hayes, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Mary-Kate Olsen, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Robert De Niro, Spike Lee, Uma Thurman, Whoopi Goldberg and Woody Allen - Tuesday 21st April 2009 at Tribeca Film Festival De Niro founded the event with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff to help revitalise the lower Manhattan area after the terrorist attacks of 9/11

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Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen Thursday 18th December 2008 arrives at British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) headquarters for a screening of Woody Allen's new film 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona ' London, England

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Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen
Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen
Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen

Woody Allen and Dylan Lauren - Woody Allen and Dylan Lauren at 1011 third Avenue New York City, USA - Dylan Lauren unwraps her newly expanded Dylan's Candy Bar Monday 27th October 2008

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Dylan Lauren and Woody Allen
Dylan Lauren and Woody Allen

Woody Allen and Jennifer Aniston - Woody Allen meets Daily Star 'Goss Girl' Charli Morgan Los Angeles, California - as he has lunch with Jennifer Aniston at Madeo in West Hollywood Tuesday 26th August 2008

Woody Allen and Jennifer Aniston
Woody Allen and Jennifer Aniston
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Woody Allen

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Review


Good
Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the venerable director's fourth consecutive film made outside of the U.S. (and more importantly, outside of New York City), is made up of scenes featuring well-spoken, awkwardly-placed rich people drinking wine, eating excellent Spanish cuisine, and visiting beautifully-aged sets that range from odd museums to classic villas to an amusement park that looks too gorgeous to run electricity through. As if one needed more reason to love Barcelona, it now turns out they have a Tilt-A-Whirl.

When previously in London, Allen used all sharp tones, imagery wise. Even the shopfronts had perfect diction. At first, this yielded excellent results (Match Point) and the stage was set for a resurrection of the eternal Kvetch. Allen's two follow-ups, Scoop and Cassandra's Dream, debunked those hopes, proving that very same sharpness can lead to the visually mundane. In Spain, however, everything already has a built-in romance to it. The old-style Spanish houses, the Gaudi architecture, the auditory splendor of Spanish guitar playing: You're supposed to swoon on cue and you do.

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Chris Messina, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson and Woody Allen - Chris Messina, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen, Rebecca Hall, and Javier Bardem Westwood, California - arriving at the LA Premiere of Vicky Cristina Barcelona at the Village Theater in Monday 4th August 2008

Chris Messina, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson and Woody Allen
Javier Bardem and Chris Messina
Chris Messina, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson and Woody Allen
Javier Bardem and Chris Messina
Chris Messina
Javier Bardem and Chris Messina

Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen Sunday 3rd August 2008 Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen at Mr Chow Los Angeles, California

Soon-yi Previn and Woody Allen
Soon-yi Previn and Woody Allen
Soon-yi Previn and Woody Allen
Soon-yi Previn and Woody Allen
Soon-yi Previn and Woody Allen
Soon-yi Previn and Woody Allen

Woody Allen - Woody Allen and Penelope Cruz Saturday 17th May 2008 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

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Woody Allen
Woody Allen
Woody Allen
Woody Allen
Woody Allen

Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen - Penelope Cruz, Woody Allen and Rebecca Hall Saturday 17th May 2008 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen
Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz

Woody Allen - Larry David Woody Allen and Evan Rachel Wood New York City, USA - on the set of Woody Allen's untitled film project filming in the East Village Thursday 15th May 2008

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Evan Rachel Wood and Woody Allen
Larry David and Woody Allen
Larry David and Woody Allen
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Evan Rachel Wood and Woody Allen

Cassandra's Dream Review


Excellent
Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters culminates with a warm and fuzzy Thanksgiving dinner scene where all the inner and outer relationship problems plaguing the angst-ridden characters in the film are happily resolved and familial ties are reaffirmed; a tiny beam of light in Allen's dark and bleak tunnel of life. And ever since Hannah and Her Sisters, Allen has been renouncing that happy ending in every film he's made... but never more so than in his two recent dramas, Match Point, and now, Cassandra's Dream (Allen's 42nd film as writer/director).

Cassandra's Dream is Allen's most grim and uncomfortable film to date, surpassing even Crimes and Misdemeanors and Match Point. At least in those films the upper class criminals get away with their deeds and get on with their lives (however psychically diminished those lives may be). Not so in Cassandra's Dream, where two lower-middle-class brothers commit a dark crime (almost a British translation of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) that not only shatters their humanity but also destroys their family ties and much more.

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Scoop Review


OK
Maybe it was just too soon. Maybe after coming back so strongly with last year's bracing morality thriller Match Point, Woody Allen should have taken a year or so off. Caught up on his reading, taken care of the garden, whatever. But, being the manically productive filmmaker that he is, he had to follow up his best film in years almost immediately after with another one, Scoop, featuring his newest favorite leading lady Scarlett Johansson (we are many years removed from the Mia Farrow and Diane Keaton phases), and a 180-degree turn in mood. No icy tension or investigations of ethical behavior this time, just hijinks and one-liners -- though for the second time in a row, the most famously New York-centric filmmaker sets the action in London. As Allen's character in Scoop notes, the restaurants are great, and the theater's better.

Taking a page from his last truly funny frivolous comedy, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Allen puts a pair of fairly clueless but nosy characters in the middle of a murder mystery and hopes that their bickering will carry the day. It almost does. Johansson is a long way from her previous Allen role as a soulless social-climber, playing this time American journalism student Sondra Pransky, who's so awkward and out of her element that, in order to get a story, she sleeps with a famous actor, and then forgets to get the interview. Johansson's better at playing daffy than one might expect, and unlike films like The Devil Wears Prada -- where a bad sweater and bangs are supposed to make Anne Hathaway some sort of hideous ogre -- this one doesn't pretend that she's unattractive behind the big glasses and careless hair.

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Casino Royale (1967) Review


OK
Though great he may be, there is a limit to the amount of uninterrupted Burt Bacharach music one can endure. And sadly, that limit -- of music punctuated by kazoos, harpischords, and accordions -- is far less than 137 minutes.

There's also a limit on the length of a spy spoof one can sit through (the second Austin Powers and Richard Grieco's If Looks Could Kill being the few notable, yet guilty, exceptions). That limit tends to run about 58 minutes.

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Alice (1990) Review


Very Good
Alice in Wonderland gets a Woody Allen update and makeover in this oddball story of a woman (Mia Farrow) who is stricken with a backache and seeks the advice of a Chinese herbalist/hypnotist, who diagnoses her with emotional problems instead. Soon she's hallucinating, invisibly eavesdropping, communicating with the dead, and otherwise curing herself, all while navigating the waters of her heart. Allen earned a screenwriting nomination, but Farrow is charming in her red hat, and William Hurt is memorable as her straying husband.

Scoop Review


OK
Maybe it was just too soon. Maybe after coming back so strongly with last year's bracing morality thriller Match Point, Woody Allen should have taken a year or so off. Caught up on his reading, taken care of the garden, whatever. But, being the manically productive filmmaker that he is, he had to follow up his best film in years almost immediately after with another one, Scoop, featuring his newest favorite leading lady Scarlett Johansson (we are many years removed from the Mia Farrow and Diane Keaton phases), and a 180-degree turn in mood. No icy tension or investigations of ethical behavior this time, just hijinks and one-liners -- though for the second time in a row, the most famously New York-centric filmmaker sets the action in London. As Allen's character in Scoop notes, the restaurants are great, and the theater's better.

Taking a page from his last truly funny frivolous comedy, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Allen puts a pair of fairly clueless but nosy characters in the middle of a murder mystery and hopes that their bickering will carry the day. It almost does. Johansson is a long way from her previous Allen role as a soulless social-climber, playing this time American journalism student Sondra Pransky, who's so awkward and out of her element that, in order to get a story, she sleeps with a famous actor, and then forgets to get the interview. Johansson's better at playing daffy than one might expect, and unlike films like The Devil Wears Prada -- where a bad sweater and bangs are supposed to make Anne Hathaway some sort of hideous ogre -- this one doesn't pretend that she's unattractive behind the big glasses and careless hair.

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Husbands And Wives Review


Very Good
Woody Allen took a turn toward the exceptionally nasty with this bleak yet strangely compelling look at modern romance. Between Mia Farrow and Judy Davis, it's tough to find two actresses that exude contempt more readily, and there's indeed plenty of shrieking and hitting in the picture, which opens with Davis and husband Sydney Pollack announcing their divorce. A whirlwind series of affairs and acrimony follows, all captured on nausiating shakycam. Lots of hate in this movie, but it's strangely endearing. I'm not quite sure why. It's also worth noting that the film came out immediately after Allen and Farrow split up.

Match Point Review


Extraordinary
I'm tired of apologizing for Woody Allen. I've rated his recent films higher than most critics. Not sure why, but I probably gave Celebrity a higher rating than anyone else who saw it. (There are, of course, exceptions to this.) I just like Allen's sensibility. He was Seinfeld before Seinfeld.

I like almost all Woody Allen movies: When he's in them, when he's not in them, when he's being funny, and when he's being serious. But aside from a couple of classic straight-up comedies -- Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters -- Allen is at his very best when he's being slyly funny and deadly serious at the same time.

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Play It Again, Sam Review


Good
Woody Allen has made a scant few appearances in films he didn't also direct. This is one of the better ones, an adaptation of his stage play by director Herbert Ross, best known for teaming him for the first time with Diane Keaton, a watershed moment no matter how you cut it. The story's a bit silly: Allen is a nebbish film critic who's getting divorced. To help him back into the game, he envisions Humphrey Bogart to help him woo women (including his best friend's wife, Keaton). Naturally, scenes from various Bogie movies are re-enacted and perverted for the purpose of comedy.

Sleeper Review


Excellent
Pound for pound and minute for minute, Sleeper may just have more laughs in it than any other Woody Allen movie. The unabashed '70s flick has a cryogenically frozen Miles (Allen) waking up after 200 years to find that the future is a mess -- well, sort of -- and that everything he knows is wrong. (Sample update, when a future historian shows Miles a video of Howard Cosell talking, he says, "We weren't sure at first what to make of this, but we developed a theory: we feel that when people committed great crimes against the state, they were forced to watch this." Miles agrees.)

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex * But Were Afraid To Ask Review


Excellent
A minor classic and Woody Allen's most absurd film ever, this series of seven short vignettes is worth a look for its '70s fueled humor and sex-crazed hysterics. Based on (well, not really -- inspired by, let's say) the watershed book, Allen indulges in homages to everyone from Scorsese to Kubrick to Fellini, with stops along the way for his traditional neurotic filmmaking style. The stories are goofs on cross-dressing, beastiality, sex in public, and more. Perhaps the most notorious moment involves an enormous breast rampaging the countryside, and the "What's My Perversion?" sketch (a riff on What's My Line?, starring Jack Barry as himself) is classic. Pricelessly ridiculous.

Antz Review


Very Good
Every ant has his day. At least, that's what Woody Allen would have you think, in this twisted animated version of Annie Hall meets Brazil. Starting with a moody grass-scape of what turns out to be a quiet corner of Central Park, voiced-over by Allen's "Z", a hapless worker ant who feels the weight of the colony--so to speak--on his back, Antz tracks a lot like any Allen flick.

In fact, if it wasn't for all the formula-driven bad guys, perilous situations, and narrow escapes, Antz would be exactly like any other Allen film. But this is animation, and that means kid-pleasing effects must plaster the screen. Sadly, this hurts the story to the point where Antz will quickly get lost in the shuffle of animated films coming out over the next year, despite its unique touches. To make matters worse, some of the more gruesome scenes, including an ant-termite battle that would leave Private Ryan wetting himself, are decidedly not for children.

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Annie Hall Review


Essential
The Woodman's finest hour, in this bittersweet love story between a die-hard New Yorker and a midwestern ditz, about what it really takes to make a relationship (or two or three) work. Woody Allen is at his best as an actor, and Diane Keaton has never had a better role. What makes Annie Hall so much fun, though, is the cameos -- from Paul Simon to Jeff Goldblum's one liner (On the phone: "I forgot my mantra!"), it's a complete send-up of the 70s. Best is Christopher Walken as Annie's psychotic brother.

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Small Time Crooks Review


Excellent
Woody Allen always does his best work when he's both in front of and behind the camera. Small Time Crooks give us Woody once again as the star, once again making us laugh by proving that he and only he knows how to deliver the exact and peculiar cadence of his written humor.

An unabashed comedic fable, Small Time Crooks presents Woody as Ray Winkler, an ex-con living in a New York rathole and scraping by as a dishwasher. His wife Frenchy (Tracy Ullman) does nails by day, gives Ray a whole lot of lip by night. And when Ray comes home with a new "master plan" that promises to make them rich so they can retire to Florida (the dream to end all dreams in Small Time Crooks), Frenchy becomes a reluctant partner.

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The Purple Rose Of Cairo Review


Very Good
If Radio Days is Woody Allen's love letter to radio, The Purple Rose of Cairo is his ode to old movies. Purple Rose, however, is about ten times as ridiculous, its conceit being that Jeff Daniels' Depression-era movie star walks right out of the movie screen to be with the girl in the audience (Mia Farrow) whom he loves. This of course causes havoc for the characters on the screen (who provide the most hilarity in the film) and the real people here on earth, who simply aren't prepared for a fictional character to become one of them.

Eventually, this sends the studio into a tizzy, and the actor who plays the movie star shows up to try and coax his alter-ego back onto the screen. Meanwhile, the fictional character learns that you can't use fictional money in a restaurant and that cars don't just start on their own without keys. It's all lighthearted and full of whimsy, and that's about it. Allen presumably is trying to make a statement here about wanting what we can't have, and how harsh reality can be, but it doesn't really come across. Purple Rose is just too goofy to carry much of a punch.

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The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion Review


OK

It's a very convincing 1940 in Woody Allen's "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," and impetuous Howard Hawkes-style love-hate sniping -- infused with the requisite Allen neuroticism -- is the foundation of this comedy about an insurance detective hot on the trail of the cagiest jewel thief he's ever encountered: Himself.

Allen stars as C.W. Briggs, his company's best (or is it just luckiest?) in-house dick for the last 30 years. You can tell C.W. thinks he's a pretty smooth cat because he walks with a saucy bounce in his step and chases young secretaries around the office. He's the guy who found a stolen Picasso rolled up in a telescope, after all. "And it wasn't easy," he boasts, "because I was supposed to be looking for a painting of a woman holding a guitar, but it was in all these little cubes!"

But C.W. is stuck in his ways, and these days he spends most of his energy butting heads like a stubborn billy goat with the company's new tough-as-nails efficiency expert, Betty Ann Fitzgerald (Helen Hunt). She thinks his department is obsolete and that the firm should hire out when it needs a detective.

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Woody Allen

Date of birth

1st December, 1935

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Woody Allen Movies

Cafe Society Trailer

Cafe Society Trailer

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Irrational Man Trailer

Irrational Man Trailer

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Magic in the Moonlight Movie Review

Magic in the Moonlight Movie Review

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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

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