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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.

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.

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.

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 3, 2013 1:03 PM
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival preview
While there might be some overlap with Venice and a little stolen thunder (at least for hardcore cinephiles) thanks to Telluride, that doesn’t make the TIFF lineup this year any less spectacular. In fact this year's slate — that runs as deep as it does long — works more than ever to make those other festivals, impressive though they may individually be, feel a little like the throat-clearings before the main event. Boasting a staggering array of splashy premieres, the latest from a barrage of auteurs and a host of indie efforts that have hitherto flown below the radar but that could surprise in a big way, it feels like the TIFF 2013 program may be their most packed ever (though we seem to say that every year). So whilst our attendees face the unenviable (but actually extremely enviable) task of working out their schedules, we've dug through the near and far corners of this embarrassment of riches to highlight the 15 films we're most anticipating from this year's Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't an easy choice.

Watch: Woody Allen Pimps John Turturro In First Trailer For 'Fading Gigolo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 12:17 PM
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Woody Allen doesn't act often these days, and it's even rarer that he'll step in front of the camera for someone else's film. But when he does, he rarely loses a step, and everything we've come to know about the writer/director/actor's screen presence is here fully formed in "Fading Gigolo," the latest directorial effort from John Turturro.

TIFF First Looks: Woody Allen & John Turturro In 'Fading Gigolo' And James Franco's 'Child Of God'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 10:36 AM
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Yep, TIFF is continuing to dazzle with its slate of films as it's now just weeks before things in Toronto get underway. And as always, a few more peeks at the movies coming over the horizon are here, so let's jump right in...

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.

Woody Allen Talks The Inspiration Of Italian Cinema For 'To Rome With Love'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 21, 2012 1:59 PM
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“With Woody Allen, you have someone who is responsible for more memorable moments than anyone who’s ever been involved in films,” says Alec Baldwin, one of the stars of “To Rome With Love,” who joined various cast members and the director in New York City to talk with press with about the film. The 42nd film of the career of the writer, director and legend, Allen doesn’t have to go far to find an exciting collaborator like Baldwin, who bluntly says, “When he calls you and asks you to come and do this, if you’re available, you go.”

Woody Allen & Sofia Vergara Join John Turturro's 'Fading Gigolo' With Sharon Stone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 8:57 PM
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Aside from only a small role in "Hannah & Her Sisters," it's actually a bit surprising that John Turturro never starred in a Woody Allen movie. He seems like the perfect, neurotic Allen surrogate but alas it has never come to pass. The pair also crossed paths nearly 15 years later in the little seen comedy "Company Men," where Allen had a cameo role. Now, more than a decade on from that, the duo are set to share another film set, although this time, in a much larger capacity.

John Turturro Will Direct & Star In 'Fading Gigolo' With Sharon Stone; May Appear In Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 19, 2012 5:22 PM
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While he’s one of our most respected actors -- who somehow has never received an Oscar nomination, that’s another story -- the world of feature filmmaking hasn’t been exactly kind to actor John Turturro.

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