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Review: 'Fading Gigolo' Starring John Turturro & Woody Allen Is Breezy And Inoffensive

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2014 5:05 PM
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Fading Gigolo
"Do you ever just get down on your knees and thank god that you know me and have access to my dementia?" George Constanza asks when his scheme to get Jerry out of a relationship by having him claim he wants to have a menage a trois, winds up with woman actually being into the idea. It's a hilarious scene because not only does it acknowledge one of the ultimate male fantasies, but when moments later Jerry says he can't go through it, it also underscores that it's a long way from fantasy to reality. There's little of that wonderment or fear in John Turturro's odd, uneven and yet engaging "Fading Gigolo," a film that starts as a sex comedy but becomes something else entirely, as ideas for what would've been two really good separate films are combined into one merely adequate picture.

Jack Black Takes 'The D-Train,' Chloe Sevigny Feels '#Horror' And John Turturro & Vanessa Paradis Say 'Rio, I Love You'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 11, 2014 9:19 AM
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Nachrichten aus Berlin! That's “news from Berlin” to you English. But although it's from Berlin, it's about Rio de Janeiro, which is confusing. But yes, news has arrived that John Turturro and Vanessa Paradis (who paired up in his upcoming directorial effort "Fading Gigolo") have signed on for a segment in the forthcoming “Rio, Eu Te Amo” — and if you don't speak Portuguese, you can work it out from the previous films in the series of city-focused anthologies, “Paris, je t'aime” and “New York, I Love You,” the first of which was a surprise success back in 2006.

TIFF Review: 'Fading Gigolo' Starring John Turturro & Woody Allen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2013 3:30 PM
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"Do you ever just get down on your knees and thank god that you know me and have access to my dementia?" George Constanza asks when his scheme to get Jerry out of a relationship by having him claim he wants to have a menage a trois, winds up with woman actually being into the idea. It's a hilarious scene because not only does it acknowledge one of the ultimate male fantasies but when moments later Jerry says he can't go through it, it also underscores that it's a long way from fantasy to reality. There's little of that wonderment or fear in John Turturro's odd, uneven and yet engaging "Fading Gigolo," a film that starts as a sex comedy but becomes something else entirely, as ideas for what would've been two really good separate films are combined into one merely adequate picture.

Garrett Hedlund Replaces Jason Clarke In William Monahan's 'Mojave'; Terry Gilliam Has Small Role In The New Wachowski Movie

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 16, 2013 5:39 PM
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Even without being massively fond of many of the films produced from his screenplays (not least his pretty bad directorial debut "London Boulevard"), we're fond of William Monahan and his salty dialogue, best embodied in his Oscar-winning script for "The Departed," and we're always hopeful that he'll come up with the goods. So despite our feelings about "London Boulevard," we're hopeful for his follow-up "Mojave," not least because of the cast he's assembling.

Liev Schreiber Joins Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' As Lyndon Johnson, Co-Stars With Woody Allen In 'Fading Gigolo'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 25, 2012 1:45 PM
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Just as Lee Daniels' upcoming White House drama “The Butler” takes place over the course of eight presidencies, naturally the film is going to be populated with a talented, expansive cast. It's certainly attracted an interesting bunch already, with Robin Williams and Alan Rickman inhabiting the roles of Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, respectively, and today one more actor prepares to go presidential.

Listen: Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis Cover "Ballade de Melody Nelson" For Serge Gainsbourg Tribute Album

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2011 2:56 PM
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The category of actor/musician consists of a small, diversely talented and wide-ranging bunch, including Ryan Gosling, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Kevin Bacon, Idris Elba, Billy Bob Thornton, Keanu Reeves, Russell Crowe and yes, Johnny Depp. That Jack Sparrow has also moonlighted as a guitar player is nothing new -- in fact, just last month he jammed with ZZ Top in Austin, Texas -- and it looks like he's got some aural candy for devoted fans.

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