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Weekend Box Office: Despite All Warnings, Everybody Sees 'The Hangover Part II'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 29, 2011 6:58 AM
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In the future, sequels to all our popular films will not require writers, directors, or even new talent. Sure, they might re-hire some of the people responsible for the first film, but by and large, the leading users of Xerox technology will be Hollywood executives. At least, that’s if the mammoth opening for “The Hangover Part II” is any indication, as the film took advantage of the holiday weekend to score an expected $137 million over this five day period. Critics seemed to do everything short of design spreadsheets to illustrate just how Todd Phillips and company were replicating the exact story of the first film (arguably, the marketing campaign did the same), but audiences, who loved the earlier installment enough to make it a massive word-of-mouth hit, were apparently happy enough to indulge the funnymen (not women, though -- sorry, ladies!) behind the picture one more time.

Weekend Box Office: 'Pirates 4' Scores Biggest Global Debut Of All-Time Despite Being A Shitty Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 22, 2011 5:37 AM
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This weekend, Disney pooled their resources with Jerry Bruckheimer and produced an insta-blockbuster. Apathy is the name of the game with “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which scored the biggest bow of 2011 despite being a piece of shit that grossed lower in its opening frame than its two predecessors. “Dead Man’s Chest” and “At Worlds End” both cracked $100 million in their first domestic weekend, but even with the elevated 3D pricing, “Pirates 4” couldn’t cross nine digits.

The Complete Woody Allen: A Retrospective Pt. 2 (1992-2011)

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 20, 2011 7:54 AM
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Woody Allen's latest, "Midnight in Paris," begins its roll-out in theaters today, and with it comes the second part of our complete retrospective on the great writer-director's work. (check out yesterday's Part One here). We pick up in 1992, with "Shadows and Fog."

In Theaters: 'Pirates,' 'Paris,' And Not Much Else

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 20, 2011 5:40 AM
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Yaarrghh! Mateys! It's time for another installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Let's Cash Some Checks"!!! Johnny's got the mortgage on his private island in France to pay off, so let's get the gang back together. Dig the dreadlock wigs out of storage and rustle up some mermaids, we've got bills to pay! So you can go see that in theaters this weekend. Or you can go see the fresh-from-the Croisette "Midnight in Paris," a delightful entry into the Woody Allen canon. Owen Wilson! He's perfect for a Woody Allen movie, why didn't we figure this out before?! Have you checked out our extensive Allen retrospective? It's tearing Playlist HQ apart! Epithets have been hurled; gauntlets have been thrown. So those are your choices for this weekend. Alternatively, you can re-read the reviews from Cannes and cry that you haven't seen "The Tree of Life" or "Drive" yet. That sounds fun too.

The Complete Woody Allen: A Retrospective Pt. 1 (1966-1990)

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 19, 2011 8:17 AM
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Making a film once a decade, like the Terrence Malicks of the world, is all well and good, but what's truly impressive is making a film virtually every year for 40 years, and, generally speaking, consistently making pretty good ones. And that's what Woody Allen's managed to rack up since his debut as credited co-director on "What's Up, Tiger Lily?"

Cannes Review: 'Midnight In Paris' Is A Classically Whimsical Woody Allen Treat

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 11, 2011 8:18 AM
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Sometimes it feels hard to badmouth Woody Allen at all, even when he's in the creative doldrums. Movies like "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," and "Hannah and Her Sisters" aren't just masterpieces, they're benchmarks of American cinema. So when he lets off a largely forgettable trifle, like last year's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," you have to shrug in indifference rather than ball your fists in anger. After all, homeboy gave us "Love and Death."

New Photos: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams & Léa Seydoux In Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 22, 2011 8:15 AM
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There is probably no better way to kick off the Cannes Film Festival this year than with Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris." France adores the director, and with a star-studded cast and the film set in the most romantic city in the world, it's really the perfect mix of ingredients for what will hopefully be a lovely little treat before the heaviness of the rest of the festival entries screen.

Watch: Trailer For Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris' Is Basically 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 6:27 AM
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And That's Just FineWhile Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" continues to dominate the attention around this year's Cannes Film Festival, you'll be forgiven if you forgot that the event will kick off with Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris" -- and lo and behold, a trailer has now arrived for the film.

Owen Wilson Has A Starry Night In Poster For Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 10:51 AM
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With beleaguered film press heading back home from SXSW, all eyes are now being turned to the Croisette for the Cannes Film Festival, which is less than two months away. This year's lineup -- if the rumors and speculation turn out to be accurate -- should be one of the best in years, so it's perhaps fitting that the festival will kick off with Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris." France is very much enamored with the filmmaker, and with his latest set right in the heart of the famed, titular city it looks like that love is going both ways.

Woody Allen To Appear In Small Role In His Next, Rome-Set Picture

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 14, 2011 1:01 AM
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Would Like To Work With Diane Keaton Again, But Not Sure On WhatWoody Allen may be creeping up on his 80th birthday (he's 76 this year), but his work ethic shows no sign of letting up. He's directed 41 films in 42 years and, as usual, has started prepping for the next before the premiere of his latest, the Owen Wilson/Rachel McAdams topliner "Midnight in Paris." As revealed a week or so ago, the next will follow the recent trend in Allen's work, and be set in a major European city, with Rome following on from London, Barcelona and Paris.

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