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Woody Allen Wants To Make A Movie About Bob Hope But Doesn't Think Anybody Would Go See It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2014 9:18 AM
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"...when I was a comic, I’d be on the Johnny Carson show, I’d take over the Johnny Carson show, I’d host it and promote and promote. The next week I’d go to Vegas, and they’d start moving around the potted plants to make the room look smaller. And they’d move them in so it didn’t look so empty," Woody Allen recently told New York Observer. "I’ve never been a draw in my life, in any medium … my record album came out when Newhart, Shelley Berman, Cosby, Mort Sahl, Nichols and May [all had hits]. And I was a hot comic at the time. Very disappointing.” And so Allen's six decade exploration in self-deprecation continues. He also told the newspaper about a long-gestating movie project he'd like to make regarding Hollywood legend Bob Hope. But he claims few would want to see it.

Woody Allen's Next Film Reportedly A Serious Murder Mystery, Plus New Pics & Clip From 'Magic In The Moonlight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2014 11:41 AM
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As one movie opens, another begins production, and that's the way it's been with Woody Allen for years. His latest Euro jaunt, "Magic In The Moonlight," heads to theatres this weekend. Meanwhile, the director is in Rhode Island filming his latest, starring new muse Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix among many others. And it looks like the director is headed back into dramatic territory.

Woody Allen Wants To Work With Kevin Spacey, Says Jack Nicholson Almost Starred In 'Hannah & Her Sisters'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 10:21 AM
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Earlier this week, we ran down The 10 Best Male Characters In Woody Allen's Films, and one of them was Michael Caine's terrific turn in one of the director's best films, "Hannah And Her Sisters." But as always, history could've played out differently as Allen revealed on a recent podcast with Sad Happy Confused, in a discussion about the great actors he's never had a chance to work with.

The 10 Best Male Characters In Woody Allen's Films

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 22, 2014 2:33 PM
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Is it that time of year already? This week, 2014’s Woody Allen film opens. “Magic in the Moonlight” (review here) sees the director back on the frothy-fun-in-foreign-climes form that he’s made a stock in trade recently, after the deviation of last year’s “Blue Jasmine.” That film’s Oscar-winning central turn by Cate Blanchett led us to discuss some of Woody Allen’s best female characters, and if it’s unlikely that “Magic in the Moonlight” will prove the same awards-magnet for any of its cast, there’s certainly enough here to warrant another riffle through Allen’s back catalogue of performances. And with our reviewer calling attention to Colin Firth in particular, who, cast a little against type, “drives his incorrigibly cranky character right to the edge of unsympathetic” but pulls it back just in time to save his sarcastic and cynical illusionist from all-out detestability, perhaps it’s as good a time as any to take a look at Woody’s men.

Review: Woody Allen’s ‘Magic In The Moonlight’ Starring Colin Firth & Emma Stone

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 18, 2014 9:02 AM
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“Cloquet hated reality but realized it was still the only place to get a good steak,” Woody Allen once wrote in the 1977 short story "The Condemned"—as good as any an example of a raison d’etre for the glib, witty and yet philosophical filmmaker. But also a good exemplar of his outlook on life; bleak and yet slightly hopeful (and always with a dash of wit). Allen’s preoccupation with death and his own mortality is well-documented in his films and prose. And part of that obsession may have been escaping the harshness of reality. But behind all the existential dread that troubled characters like Alvy Singer or Isaac from “Manhattan” really lay the question: is that all there is, this misery of life? Or could there be something more?

Watch: Woody Allen's Little Seen PBS Mockumentary 'Men Of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2014 12:51 PM
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78 years old and still going strong, Woody Allen continues the prolific streak that he's maintained for decades. While he's got "Magic In The Moonlight" hitting theaters this month, he's already filming his next movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, and moreover, financiers are so confident in his work ethic, the director told The New York Times he's got financing secured for his next four movies. And for most of his career, this has been the case, with Allen's films usually turning a profit, costing little and getting wide distribution. But there is one that you likely haven't seen.

Watch: 6 New Clips From Woody Allen’s ‘Magic In The Moonlight’ With Emma Stone & Colin Firth

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 16, 2014 8:41 AM
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Woody Allen’s latest is almost upon us, and perhaps in rare form, the director is actually going to be doing press for his upcoming romantic comedy “Magic In The Moonlight," and he'll much to talk about. Set in the South of France in the 1920s, the movie centers around Allen’s fondness for magic, but also hews closely to Allen’s preoccupation with (comically) exploring, life, death and the existential meaning of it all. There’s a lot more to it than what meets the eye.

Parker Posey Joins Woody Allen’s Next Film With Joaquin Phoenix; Over 20 New Photos of ‘Magic In the Moonlight’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 10, 2014 3:22 PM
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OK, we still know nothing about Woody Allen’s next movie that is shooting in Rhode Island and Providence starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (some have speculated it’s a college professor/student relationship story). Though there’s word today that Parker Posey is also part of the cast. But otherwise, details are… zilch.

New Images From Woody Allen's 'Magic In The Moonlight' Starring Emma Stone & Colin Firth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2014 2:22 PM
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Magic In the Moonlight
For Woody Allen, "Magic In The Moonlight" is already done, in the can, and he's moving on—in fact, he's starting production today on his next film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. But for the rest of us, "Magic In The Moonlight" is still new, and with the film's release fast approaching, a batch of new stills have arrived.

New Photos From Magic In The Moonlight’; New Cast Member Joins Woody Allen’s Next Film With Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 2, 2014 4:09 PM
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Magic In The Moonlight
What do we know about Woody Allen’s “Magic In The Moonlight” so far? Well, besides a new poster that had the whole Internet up in arms because of its poor Photoshop—despite the fact that poor Photoshopped movie posters are a dime a dozen—quite a bit. Though since I’ve not watched the trailer—saving myself for the movie—I feel personally a little bit more in the dark in terms of flavor.

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