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Woody Allen has been churning out films at a reliable rate of one per year since the ’80s, and apparently not even his first-ever TV series can slow him down. The director is getting the pieces together for his 2016 release, and has set Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis, and Kristen Stewart to lead the ensemble.

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Woody Allen‘s latest film finally has a release date and a studio. Irrational Man will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, as were Allen’s last six films. Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Jamie Blackley star. More of the Woody Allen Irrational Man news is after the jump.  Read More »

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Add Woody Allen to the long, long list of big-name filmmakers heading to the small screen. Allen is set to write and direct his first-ever TV series, which will stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Few details have been revealed at this time, but find out what we do know about the Woody Allen Amazon project after the jump. Read More »

The Auteurs of Christmas: Christmas Morning, As Directed By 20 Famous Filmmakers

Last year, we published a fantastic video by Fourgrounds Media Inc. called The Auteurs of Christmas which reimagined the magic of Christmas morning through the eyes of 10 famous filmmakers.  They have returned with a sequel for 2014: The Auteurs of Christmas 2, which features Christmas morning as directed by 10 more filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malick, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Morgan Spurlock, David Lynch, M Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.

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Magic in the Moonlight trailer

2014 is turning out to be a big year for Emma Stone. She’s already had one big hit in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and has projects with Cameron Crowe and Alejandro González Iñárritu opening later this year. In between, she stars in Magic in the Moonlight, the latest from the prolific Woody Allen.

The Jazz Age dramedy stars Stone as a spirit medium who has won over a wealthy family in the South of France. Not everyone is totally convinced of her supernatural talents, though, and a stage magician (Colin Firth) is sent to debunk her. (So he’s a bit inspired by Harry Houdini, then?) Watch the first Magic in the Moonlight trailer after the jump.

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Briefly: A few years ago, after the near-debacle of I’m Still Here, the future career of Joaquin Phoenix seemed to be in doubt. Not that his ability was ever in question — Phoenix is among the most talented actors working today — but his willingness to deal with the business end of the job seemed to have disappeared. But after The Master and Her, there’s no question that Phoenix is still going strong. Later this year he’s got another collaboration coming up with Paul Thomas Anderson: the Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice.

Now Phoenix has been revealed as the star of Woody Allen‘s next project. (Or one of the stars, at least.) As is typical with Allen’s films in development, we have no info on the project. We don’t know what the tone or concept might be, or who Phoenix will play, or even the title of the movie. But we’ll take another role from Phoenix any day, whatever it might be. [Deadline]

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Briefly: It will come as a surprise to no one that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American distribution rights to Woody Allen‘s new movie Magic in the Moonlight, and along with the announcement we’ve got the first plot details for the film. We’ve known that the cast features Emma Stone and Marcia Gay Harden (seen above) with Colin FirthEileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurneyJacki WeaverJeremy Shamos and Erica Leerhsen. Now we know what they’ll be doing.

Specifically, the Sony Classics announcement says “Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle.  Personal and professional complications ensue. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age.”

There’s no release date for the film at this point, but a Cannes debut doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect.

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Is it weird to watch Woody Allen working as a self-styled pimp, given his own, er, unusual sexual history? Maybe so, and perhaps that just makes this new trailer for John Turturro‘s film Fading Gigolo more, er, striking. I keep waiting for the whole thing to be revealed as an extended dream sequence, given that the plot has the Normal Guy played by Turturro turning into a $1000-per night gigolo thanks to the efforts of his pal, played by Allen. We’re given an intro via two gorgeous women (Sharon Stone and Sofía Vergara) who want a threesome, with Vergara even offering up that “a woman is meant to be looked at.” Seriously.

Lest you think this is all just a self-serving wish-fulfillment act from Turturro, note that The Playlist called the film “odd, uneven and yet engaging” after its premiere at TIFF, and noted that the best parts of the picture turn up via Turturro’s relationship with a widow played by Vanessa Paradis.  That makes it sound like some reality does tap the main character on the shoulder sooner or later, which may be good to know. in the meantime, take in the new trailer below. Read More »

Bullets Over Broadway (movie)

In an entirely appropriate twist, Woody Allen‘s Bullets Over Broadway is now itself headed to Broadway. At the helm of the new show is Susan Stroman, who just so happens to have previous experience directing Broadway plays about Broadway plays — she previously directed and choreographed The Producers and picked up a couple of Tonys for her trouble.

Leading the musical production as naive playwright David Shayne is Zach Braff, of Scrubs and Garden State fame. How does he measure up to John Cusack, who played the role in Allen’s 1994 movie? See for yourself with a first-look image after the jump.

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