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Read Woody Allen's Open Letter to Hollywood in Support of Casting Directors

Woody Allen has penned a rare open letter to Hollywood, via the Hollywood Reporter, wherein he supports his longtime colleague and casting director Juliet Taylor, with whom he worked on "Blue Jasmine." Read below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2013 11:36 AM
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Review: Documentary 'Casting By' Heralds the Unsung Yet Crucial Art of the Casting Director

“More than ninety percent of directing a picture is the right casting,” says Martin Scorsese at the outset of Tom Donahue’s engrossing documentary “Casting By,” which will be released in theaters November 1. And Scorsese’s not alone in his feelings -- Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and a legion of others put in face time in the film to trumpet the importance of the unsung, highly intuitive art of casting. The result is a cinephile’s treat.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2013 12:33 PM
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Ronan Farrow, Son of Mia Farrow, Lands Gig on MSNBC (VIDEO)

Ronan Farrow, son of actress-humanitarian Mia Farrow who grew up as the son of director Woody Allen (his paternity has been debated -- even his mother says it's "possibly" Frank Sinatra), has joined MSNBC and will host a weekday show. MSNBC cites Farrow's winning personality as the reason he's being hired. Check the video below and see for yourself.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 17, 2013 2:58 PM
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Woody Allen's Next Film Gets a Title: 'Magic in the Moonlight' (FIRST PHOTOS)

Woody Allen has given a title to his currently in-production new film: "Magic in the Moonlight." Shooting in the South of France, the project stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver and Simon McBurney.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2013 2:32 PM
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Indian Audiences Want to See Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine,' Fed Up with Movie Theater Rules that Repel Filmmakers UPDATED

UPDATE: Indian audiences and theater owners are in an uproar over the recently canceled theatrical run of Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" in their country. The film will not be shown in India because Allen wouldn't tolerate anti-smoking messages playing during scenes from his film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 14, 2013 1:47 PM
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NYFF Tributes Cate Blanchett on the Road to Oscar

NYFF programming director Kent Jones led Cate Blanchett through the parade of her first-rate directors, and she shared gems from each of her experiences. Discussing her role as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator," she slipped into an uncanny Martin Scorsese accent and recalled his advice to her: "Make it your own"--the "most liberating piece of direction" he gave her, she said.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • October 3, 2013 2:42 AM
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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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'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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