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First Reviews of Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' Spell a Minor Effort

With an embargo having been lifted at midnight, the first wave of reviews for Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” are coming fast. At first blush, it seems to follow the pattern established by Woody Allen’s later years: a highly acclaimed effort ("Blue Jasmine," in this case) finds itself followed by a slightly pleasant, ultimately airy trip.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 18, 2014 3:18 PM
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'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls' Author Peter Biskind Looks Back at the New Hollywood

Excess – fueled by fame, fortune and self-serving, often-destructive behavior -- often goes hand in hand with success, especially in the movie biz. Few film history books proved that as well as “Easy Rider, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘n’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood."
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 18, 2014 1:34 PM
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SCREEN TALK: Festival Updates, Fall Hopefuls, New Openers from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, Fox vs. Time Warner

David Fincher is back for the opening night of the New York Film Festival with Ben Affleck-starrer "Gone Girl." What folks really care about, says Indiewire's Eric Kohn on our sixth Screen Talk podcast (now on iTunes!) is that the opening night party is returning to Tavern on the Green. We talk about changes at various festivals, the movies that carry expectations as the fall award season gets under way, from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, and several movies coming out this weekend. We dig into Rupert Murdoch's attempted takeover of Time Warner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 18, 2014 11:50 AM
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Woody Allen's Next Film Begins Casting, Expected to Shoot in Rhode Island in July

Woody Allen's films have taken us all over the world these last few years--Paris in 2011, Rome in 2012, San Francisco in 2013 and the French Riviera this year in his new "Magic in the Moonlight"--and his next film will bring us back home, according to some juicy, newly released details.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 2, 2014 10:48 AM
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RIP Gordon Willis, Master of Cinematic Chiaroscuro (CLIPS)

Virtuoso cinematographer Gordon Willis, trailblazer of the New Hollywood who gave us everything from 1920s New York in "The Godfather" to 1970s Manhattan in the films of Woody Allen, has died. He was 82.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 19, 2014 1:24 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Two Comedies Score as 'Chef' Beats Out 'Fading Gigolo,' 'Palo Alto' Shows Promise

Jon Favreau's "Chef" (Open Road) and Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto" (Tribeca) both scored more than $20,000 per screen in limited openings this weekend. Radius/Weinstein veered from its usual pattern with a wider initial release of the food documentary "Fed Up," eschewing VOD for now.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 11, 2014 4:28 PM
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Emma Stone Will Star Opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen's Next Film

Emma Stone, who stars in Woody Allen's upcoming feature "Magic in the Moonlight," is also now signed on to star in the prolific director's next film, opposite Joaquin Phoenix.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 6, 2014 1:45 PM
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John Turturro Talks 'Fading Gigolo,' Women, Sex, Woody Allen and That Elephant in the Room (TRAILER)

Director John Turturro arguably is the only filmmaker who’d ever think of casting actor John Turturro as an attentive escort who's handsomely paid for his sexual favors by exceptionally attractive -- and extremely grateful -- women. Turturro called a few days ago to discuss his work on both sides of the camera for "Fading Gigolo."
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • May 5, 2014 3:37 PM
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Diane Keaton Chimes in on Woody Allen Controversy: "I believe my friend"

Diane Keaton tells The Guardian where she stands on the Allen vs. Farrow controversy: "I believe my friend."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 5, 2014 12:35 PM
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WATCH: John Turturro Spans Career, 'Fading Gigolo' and More in Hour-Long Conversation at 92nd Street Y

Triple-threat John Turturro wrote, directed and stars alongside Woody Allen in the new comedy "Fading Gigolo," now the second best limited opening of 2014 so far. Following a screening of the film in New York at the 92nd Street Y, Turturro sat down with critic Annette Insdorf for an hour-long conversation about the film and his career. Watch here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2014 1:21 PM
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