Amazon is pulling in talent left and right. Spike Lee, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Jim Jarmusch, Terry Gilliam, and perhaps one stranger signee than any other: Woody Allen. When he signed the deal to make a TV series for Amazon, Allen joked “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas, and I’m not sure where to begin.” Or we thought that was a joke, an expression of the anxiety that is one of his hallmarks.
Maybe that wasn’t just a gag. In a new interview, Allen says he knows nothing about TV, that “I’ve never seen anything online at all — nothing,” and that he doesn’t even know what a streaming service is. Amazon was relentless in pursuing him, finally grinding Allen down to the point where he said yes. But “I have regretted every second since I said OK,” he explains. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
In typical Woody Allen fashion, the writer/director has been keeping details for his next film Irrational Man under tight wraps. But with the arrival of the first Irrational Man trailer, we finally have some idea of what this movie will be about.
Joaquin Phoenix stars as a philosophy professor who’s suffering from an existential crisis: he can’t write, he can’t breathe, he “couldn’t remember the reason for living,” as he says in the promo. But he gains new purpose when he strikes up a relationship with a beautiful young student played by Emma Stone. Watch the Irrational Man trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
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.
Get what few details we have on the Woody Allen Kristen Stewart project after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
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]
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 Firth, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Jacki Weaver, Jeremy 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.