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Emma Stone Reteams With Woody Allen, Joins His Next Film With Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2014 1:07 PM
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While Andrew Garfield has at least one more "The Amazing Spider-Man" movie to deal with, Emma Stone is no longer required to square away a big chunk of the year to the franchise, so she's deciding to do some more interesting work instead. With "Magic In The Moonlight" due later this summer, it seems Emma Stone has got on well with Woody Allen, and is ready to work with him again.

Joaquin Phoenix To Star In Woody Allen's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2014 11:56 AM
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At 78 years old, Woody Allen don't quit. Continuing his run of one movie per year, his next picture,"Magic In The Moonlight," is getting ready to hit theatres this summer, and always, the filmmaker is already on to his next project. We're already stoked even though there's no plot details (as always). Why?

New Photos From Woody Allen’s 'Magic In The Moonlight’ Plus New Plot Details Emerge

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 26, 2014 11:55 AM
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Magic In The Moonlight
Set in the 1920s on the French Riviera (wait, why isn't this at Cannes again??), Woody Allen’s 5,0000th film (ok, less), “Magic In The Moonlight,” is a romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. And, of course, personal and professional complications ensue. That’s all we’ve known for several months, but new plot details have emerged along with two new photos from the film.

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.

Watch: Woody Allen Is A Pimp In New Trailer For John Turturro's 'Fading Gigolo'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 9, 2014 11:37 AM
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Woody Allen might be nearing the age of 80, but his creative output has not slowed down one bit. but what has slowed down, considerably, are his on-screen appearances. Since 2004, he’s directed ten films and has just finished production on his eleventh (“Magic in the Moonlight”), but he has only starred in two of them (“Scoop," “To Rome With Love”). So, when it was first discovered that he would be co-starring with John Turturro in “Fading Gigolo,” we were delightfully surprised. Not only is it just his second acting gig in eight years, but also his first film appearance since 2000 of which he has not directed himself.

Watch: 13-Minute Interview From 1979 With Woody Allen About 'Manhattan' & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 12:03 PM
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Manhattan
While Woody Allen himself hated "Manhattan," with the legend going that he asked United Artists to shelve the movie with the offer of directing another movie for them for free, the picture was not only an instant hit (nominated for two Oscars too), but it has become one of the standout, iconic films in the director's impressive catalog. A love letter to New York City and a charming romance all rolled into one, few have done it better than Woody Allen in this film.

Watch: 30-Minute Woody Allen Stand Up TV Special From 1965; Pushes For Oscar Recognition For Casting Directors

  • By Ben Brock
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  • November 1, 2013 11:39 AM
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Woody Allen
Woody Allen has been a major cultural presence for more than half a century now, and though he got his start in stand-up (for more of which, see below), most of those 50 years have been spent making movies, beginning with 1965's “What's New Pussycat?”. In that time, the man has worked with an absurd array of actors, helping to forge and reforge careers and paying attention, to this day, to performers he thinks are undervalued by the rest of Hollywood: see for instance his recent praise for Louis CK, a fellow writer, comic, actor and source of quotable remarks on masturbation.

First Look At Emma Stone, Colin Firth & Marcia Gay Harden In Woody Allen's 'Magic In The Moonlight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 2:52 PM
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Emma Stone Marcia Gay Harden Magic In The Moonlight
While Woody Allen tends to keep all details of his movies close to the chest until he's damn well ready to let you know, we now know at least one thing about his next annual movie: it has a title.

NYFF: Cate Blanchett Talks The "Quasi-Religious Experience" Of Working With Terrence Malick, Woody Allen & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 5, 2013 12:02 PM
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Taking a "break" from shooting Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" in London, Cate Blanchett walked on the stage of Alice Tully Hall Wednesday night dripping in Hollywood glamor (immediately after an exclusive invite-only dinner in her honor) and sat down with NYFF programming director Kent Jones as part of the festival's Gala tribute to her career. As the discussion got underway, the stunning and humorously self-effacing Blanchett spoke about her experiences working with highly esteemed directors (Allen, Malick, Scorsese ...), her first paying acting gig (for five Egyptian pounds and free falafel—"I only have one anecdote and that was it") and her children's hopes that someday she will be in a blockbuster ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull"?).

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.

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