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

by Edward Davis
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.

Colin Firth stars as the Englishman and Emma Stone plays an unlikely charlatan. The movie also stars Hamish Linklater (Miranda July’s “The Future”), Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, Antonia Clarke and Jeremy Shamos. It’s perhaps not as star-studded as you’re used to from a Woody Allen film but when you’ve got Emma Stone and Colin Firth in the leads, that’s obviously more than enough.

If you’ve seen the PBS documentary on Woody Allen (or hell, read closely about him at all), you know he has a well-known “drawer” of ideas—literally sometimes just scraps of paper, each with a one-sentence idea—that he’s amassed over the years. When stuck for a movie-concept, the über-prolific writer sometimes just opens the drawer, grabs a random scrap of paper and thinks, “OK, yeah, this will be my next movie,” and then goes to town on his typewriter (no, really).

And so, “Magic In the Moonlight” is one of those ideas. According to a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, Allen had kicked around the idea of a rom com about an Englishman who sets out to expose a phony mystic, only to end up falling for her for a long time.

“I had it on a piece of notepaper in my drawer for ages,” Allen told the magazine. “I knew it was a good plot, but I kept seeing it as a contemporary thing and something about that just didn’t smell right to me. Then when it occurred to me it could be set in the south of France in the 1920s, all of a sudden it just felt good.”

Harden plays Stone’s mother and scheming co-conspirator, and convincing her to appear in a Woody Allen movie in the South of France wasn’t difficult. “It was a no-brainer,” she says. “Working with Woody has been on my bucket list for years, and there’s nothing I love more than travel.” Allen is practically a travel pro; 'Magic' is his eighth film shot overseas in the past decade. “By sheer accident, because I was getting European financing,” he says, “I’ve wound up being a foreign filmmaker.”

Shot by the great Darius Khondji, who also shot Allen's "Midnight in Paris," "Magic In The Moonlight" is due in theaters July 25. [L.A. Times and EW via the Woody Allen Pages]

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  • Davie | May 13, 2014 12:08 PMReply

    I wonder why always the French Riviera? Why not set it in the North Coast of São Paulo for instance? It's just as beautiful! :)

  • Woody Allen is a rapist | April 28, 2014 8:58 PMReply

    Woody Allen raped his daughter., Dylan Farrow, and coerced his other daughter, his de facto step daughter and social daughter, Soon Yi, into a sexual relationship. In so doing he injured his other step children, driving one, Lark, into an early grave. Please boycott all Woody Allen films

  • TwoSides | April 30, 2014 7:14 PM

    That's not what Dylan's brother says. He says she made it up to get attention because Mia always had a dozen kids in the house and never paid any attention to Dylan. So, there are two sides to every story. And, they went to court and the judge dismissed it. So Woody was never convicted of anything, and Mia seems very spiteful and hateful. She's a scorned woman because Woody would never marry her, yet he married her adopted daughter, and is very happy. Please boycott all Mia Farrow movies.

  • james | April 27, 2014 7:52 PMReply

    Another movie where an old man falls in love with a girl young enough to be his daughter.
    Surprised emma stone, with all of her 'girl power' talk is fine with this.
    Just goes to show all the bs that comes out of actors' mouths...they don't really care about anyone or anything except for their own careers and paycheques.

  • Rory | April 30, 2014 7:17 PM

    Yeah, James, it's a real smart career move to make a film with such a controversial director, right? Maybe she doesn't believe all the lies that have been told about his ex girlfriend. Maybe she and 137 other actresses who've been in Woody's films have never found him to be anything but professional and a joy to work with. How about that?

    I'm tired of seeing this character assassination online about a person you've never met and know very little about.

  • Rob | April 27, 2014 9:13 PM

    so i take it you don't approve of relationships with decade plus age gaps? pourquoi? to each their own, i say. and what does that have to do with 'girl power?'

  • 24/7 in France | April 27, 2014 8:12 AMReply

    A lovely place to film a movie, not to mention live - can't wait to see this one!

  • jervaise brooke hamster | April 26, 2014 7:55 PMReply

    I want to bugger Emma Stone (as the bird was in 2006 when the bird was 18, not as the bird is now obviously).

  • buddy | April 26, 2014 10:26 PM

    I want Jervaise Brooke Hamster to realize that his sexist and ageist desire to 'bugger the bird when she was 18, not as she is now obviously' makes him disgusting to women of substance and good taste of any age.

  • Rob | April 26, 2014 9:03 PM

    'at bird flew away, innit?

  • sam | April 26, 2014 7:45 PMReply

    Emma Stone and Colin Firth=obviously more than enough star power. was coffee really that unavailable this morning?

  • David Fuchs | April 26, 2014 3:15 PMReply

    You didn't mention Dylan Farrow. That's good for Woody-fans but bad for Farrow-fans.

    I should be happy but Emma Stone is worried about it. She & Blanchett raved about Woody at The Globes! They both found out that that is forbidden.

    The lynch-mob will stop at nothing. Vanity Fair has the gall to write that the SAME counselor who testified that it was "not sexual," was counseling Allen for sexual behavior!!

  • David Fuchs | April 30, 2014 8:30 PM

    You asked me "Dylan has fans?" and you said "This site covers business."

    Team-Farrow is strong & they stopped Blanchett from continuing to rave about Woody.

    We are "talking business." Emma will do press for the film. And she will have to weigh every word she speaks. At The Globes, she was free to "rave about Woody."

  • Ben | April 26, 2014 7:22 PM

    Yeah and also who really wants to talk about anything except how cute Emma Stone is?

  • fred | April 26, 2014 7:03 PM

    As tawdry as this website may occasionally appear, it still covers business only. Thank goodness for small miracles. I think you meant to click on Gawker.

  • Rob | April 26, 2014 4:43 PM

    Dylan Farrow has fans? what has she done to gain them? she does have her share of supporters who sympathize with her for claims that have yet to be resolved to anyone's satisfaction.

    However, Woody is the one who has directed numerous amazing films and was not found culpable of any criminal wrongdoing.

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