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Woody Allen Says He's Been Offered Financing To Shoot In Stockholm, But Needs A Good Idea First

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 12:39 PM
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If you thought Woody Allen just went through his drawer of ideas, wrote up a screenplay and then just followed the money to wherever would be most advantageous to shoot, it seems that's not always the case. While recent years have seen the writer/director decamp to London, Barcelona, Paris and Rome (and he returns to France this year to shoot his next film starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth) and entertain possibilities in Copenhagen and Munich, it seems he does put some consideration into the story he's going to tell in each story. So sorry Swedish Woody fans, you'll have wait for him to get to you.

10 Of Woody Allen's Best Female Characters

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 26, 2013 3:00 PM
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10 Of Woody Allen's Best Female Characters
There are a few stock criticisms often leveled at a new Woody Allen film: his characters are all neurotic messes; his films are relentlessly white and upper-middle class; when he tries for profundity, he flounders; when he leaves Manhattan, he never achieves anything like the heights of his New York-set stories; his eye for his own approximate generation's foibles and concerns has always been sharper than that for the much younger... the list goes on. But however much you may have your knives out, you just can't accuse Allen of not writing decent roles for women.

Stream This: 'Mud,' Hugh Jackman In 'The Fountain,' Woody Allen's 'The Purple Rose Of Cairo' & More on VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 26, 2013 12:56 PM
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Hello streamers, and welcome back to our weekly search for the best of what's available to watch on the World Wide Web. The home entertainment system reigns supreme for another day, as two late summer flicks appear on VOD before their big screen release and a well-received picture, fresh off its theatrical run, hits the streaming services in advance of its DVD debut. Of course, there's plenty going on at the cinema too—this is blockbuster season, after all. Observing the premier of "The Wolverine," we have a much better alternative: an early-ish Hugh Jackman film, you know, before all the singing and all the muscles. And with the newest Woody Allen movie in theaters, starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett, we have celebrations of both artists. It could be that two-for-one which put us over, but with so many good VOD choices, we decided to forgo a Criterion selection for this week. Hulu Plus remains, however, and that section will be back next time, we promise. Now, let's get to the picks.

Watch: New Clip From 'Blue Jasmine,' Louis C.K. Talks Potential Movie With Woody Allen

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 24, 2013 10:56 AM
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Woody Allen is a man of many movies (49, to be exact) and of many muses – Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johansson – but although Cate Blanchett is his latest leading lady, in "Blue Jasmine," which arrives Friday, it seems that for once in his life Woody has gotten himself inspired by a man; specifically, the very funny man that is Louis CK.

Review: Woody Allen's ‘Blue Jasmine’ Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin & Sally Hawkins

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 17, 2013 4:32 PM
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Blue Jasmine
Like clockwork, the prodigious workaholic Woody Allen releases a movie each year. And every 12 months, there is the temptation to compare Allen’s latest with his past works, given that they tend to have formed a 31 flavors-like distinction over the last five decades. There’s the more recent trend towards to the romantic (“Midnight In Paris”) and globe-trotting (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), familiar existential comedic worries (“Whatever Works”), and even moral-dilemma-led thrillers ("Match Point," "Cassandra's Dream") but a recent theme emerging of late is an introspective examination at the past and regret also evinced in “To Rome with Love.” That motif is also explored in “Blue Jasmine,” Allen’s latest picture which possesses a script that is at times clunky and uneven, but features an outstanding firecracker turn from Cate Blanchett that has “Oscar-worthy” written all over it in flames.

Woody Allen Wants To Write A Film To Star In With Louis C.K., Considering Return To Stand-Up Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 11:03 AM
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While his work ethic hasn't paused for a single moment, Woody Allen has lately been more content to work behind the camera rather than act in front of it. While he does have a role in John Turturro's upcoming "Fading Gigolo," the writer/director has been fairly selective about appearing in his own films, letting six years pass between "Scoop" and "To Rome With Love." But not that he hasn't thought about it, and it turns out one of his "Blue Jasmine" stars may be inspiring him to act again. And it's a pairing we'd certainly endorse.

Woody Allen Adds Jacki Weaver, Hamish Linklater & More To His Next Movie With Emma Stone & Colin Firth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 2:15 PM
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Well, with his latest "Blue Jasmine" coming to theaters later this month, it's time for Woody Allen to stick to his schedule, and start getting his team together for his next effort. As per tradition, Allen is prepping his annual outing to a movie set, and he's added a bunch of new actors.

Watch: 1-Hour Episode Of 'Scene By Scene' By Mark Cousins Featuring Woody Allen

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 10, 2013 11:45 AM
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School is almost out, but the learning never stops when you have access to the internet. There are so many discussions, behind-the-scene videos, and interviews from master filmmakers floating on the web that you can spend a whole summer immersing yourself in the world of film studies and not run out of material. So to kick off your summer studies, why not start off with some Woody Allen?

Max Von Sydow Talks Ingmar Bergman, Woody Allen & Playing Jesus At The TCM Classic Film Festival

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • May 7, 2013 7:29 PM
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At this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, we had the chance to sit in on a few conversations with the legendary Max von Sydow. As part of the festival’s tribute to the actor, TCM screened two excellent von Sydow films – the existential and cinephile must-see “The Seventh Seal” and the 1970s spy thriller “Three Days of the Condor (both featured in our The Essentials: 5 Great Max von Sydow Performances). During the introductions to these films, the Swedish actor discussed his career, the directors he had worked with and what’s next on his plate with TCM hosts Ben Mankiewicz and Robert Osborne, respectively.

Colin Firth Joins Emma Stone In Woody Allen's Next Film; Says 'Bridget Jones 3' Not Happening Anytime Soon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2013 10:18 PM
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Colin Firth pretty much classes up the joint whenever he appears on screen, so no surprise the actor is in high demand. Hell, this morning we learned he was making a rare blockbuster move, and lining up a role in Matthew Vaughn's "Secret Service." But when Woody Allen comes calling, you clear your schedule, and Firth certainly has.

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