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TIFF Deal: Millennium Nabs John Turturro's Comedy 'Fading Gigolo,' Starring Woody Allen as a Pimp

Millennium Entertainment has snapped up US rights to John Turturro's comedy that he wrote, directed and stars in, "Fading Gigolo." Turturro plays a hapless middle-aged man trying out his luck as a male prostitute, while Woody Allen (!) is his bookseller-turned-pimp. Vanessa Paradis, Sharon Stone, Liev Schreiber and Sofia Vergara also star.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 9, 2013 1:08 PM
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Top Ten Highest Grossing Woody Allen Movies vs. 'Blue Jasmine'

"Blue Jasmine" moved into the top ten this weekend as Woody Allen's widest release ever. Taking in $4.3 million in 1,283 theaters and reaching the $14.8 million mark in only its fifth week, this Sony Pictures Classics release is now certain to be the biggest specialized film of the year thus far, and likely to become Allen's second-biggest success since "Crimes and Misdemeanors" in 1989.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 27, 2013 11:21 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'The Grandmaster' and 'Short Term 12' Lead Openers

This week's openings didn't reach the heights of the strongest mid-summer specialized releases, but two did solid initial business. Weinstein's "The Grandmaster" and Cinedigm's "Short Term 12" both have a ways to go before they're hits, but each grabbed decent sampling and critical heft to boost them in upcoming weeks, when there will be less competition among new films until late September when the fall glut begins.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 25, 2013 6:08 PM
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'Blue Jasmine' to Go Wider--and Outgross--Any Woody Allen Film

Sony Pictures Classics has decided that the time is right to expand "Blue Jasmine," Woody Allen's 44th feature starring Cate Blanchett, from 229 to over 1,200 screens nationwide this weekend. This far surpasses the "Midnight in Paris" screen count of 1038, marking "Blue Jasmine" as the widest release of any Allen film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2013 4:24 PM
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Rio Wants Woody: Allen Offered "100%" Funding to Shoot His Next Film in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Woody Allen, Rio is calling. In a recent interview, Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes made it clear that he wants the "Blue Jasmine" director to make his next film in Brazil's second-largest sprawling metropolis: "I'll pay 100% of the production. I'll pay whatever it takes to get him to come film here."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 19, 2013 1:49 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Sundance Hits 'Austenland,' 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' and 'Cutie & the Boxer' Open Soft

The ongoing success of several late-summer hits plus serious competition from "The Butler" this weekend contributed to the disappointing results for three new entries. Over July and August, four Sundance 2013 releases opened strongly with two breakouts: "The Way, Way Back" and "Fruitvale Station." But this weekend's three acclaimed Sundance hits stumbled at the August box office. The combined grosses of "Austenland," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and doc "Cutie and the Boxer" didn't even add up to the opening of "The Spectacular Now," and grossed only slightly better than last week's "In a World." This year the mid-August period isn't ready to join an expanded prime summer calendar.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 18, 2013 5:51 PM
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Oscar Talk Season Five Episode One: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, the first of our fifth season, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I round up the movies that have already screened, from Sundance hits "Fruitvale Station," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Before Midnight" to the Cannes titles ("All is Lost," "Blue is the Warmest Color," "The Immigrants," "Nebraska," "The Past") that are likely to show up at Venice, Telluride, Toronto or New York.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2013 11:59 AM
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WATCH: Woody Allen Pimps John Turturro in Male Prostitute Comedy 'Fading Gigolo'

Check out the first trailer for John Turturro's "Fading Gigolo," in which he stars alongside Woody Allen as, well, a middle-aged male prostitute. And Allen is his makeshift pimp! Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 14, 2013 12:15 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Spectacular Now' and 'Blue Jasmine' Break Out, Summer Specialty Hot Spot

For the fourth week out of the last five, a new limited release showed major strength. Unusual for mid-to-late summer, A24's "The Spectacular Now" attained post-Labor Day-level opening grosses. Also showing rare summer strength are Fox Searchlight's "The Way, Way Back," Weinstein Co.'s "Fruitvale Station" and Sony Pictures Classics' "Blue Jasmine." These commercial breakouts could lead to later awards consideration--and a new specialty paradigm.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 4, 2013 4:29 PM
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10 Filmmakers' Top 10 Films Lists: Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen, Tarantino, Nolan and More

Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 1:16 PM
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