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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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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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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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Woody Allen Strikes Back: "Of Course I Did Not Molest Dylan"; Dylan Farrow Responds UPDATE

"TWENTY-ONE years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought. We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2014 8:09 PM
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Eight Great Quotes from Cate Blanchett at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (CLIPS)

"Blue Jasmine" hit theaters back in July 2013 which, by this awards-packed winter 2014, feels like ages ago. Writer-director Woody Allen ostensibly penned the title role of Jasmine French with Cate Blanchett in mind. "Well that's something I'd like to believe is true," the ever-bashful Blanchett told the audience last weekend at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, where she accepted the award for Outstanding Performer of the Year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 6, 2014 1:51 PM
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Moses Farrow Sides with Woody Allen, Who Wants NYTimes to Publish His Defense (UPDATED)

The Farrow vs. Allen scandal has exploded again, with members of each family publicly taking sides in a high stakes media war. UPDATE: Moses Farrow, 36, who was adopted by Mia Farrow and Woody Allen and is now estranged from his mother and close to Allen and his wife Soon-Yi, has responded to his 28-year-old sister Dylan Farrow's Open Letter describing Allen's sex abuse when she was age seven.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2014 2:02 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Sony Pictures Classics has snapped up their seventh Woody Allen acquisition, taking North American rights to the director's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight," a period piece set in the South of France in the 1920s. It stars Colin Firth as an Englishman who arrives to investigate a possible scam among the high society of the Riviera.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2014 11:32 AM
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