Samuel L Jackson oscar

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced today that early next year, Honorary Oscars will be presented to actors Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Liv Ullmann (Cries & Whispers), and writer/director/actor Elaine May (A New Leaf). These honorary awards are intended “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Plus, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon). This prize is given every year “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” Read More »

crisis in six scenes trailer

If anyone was wondering what a television series written and directed by Woody Allen would look like, all they have to do is look at the rest of the director’s filmography. The first trailer for Crisis in Six Scenes, the new series he created for Amazon, could easily be mistaken for a preview of new Allen movie – it has self-deprecating jabs, a jazzy soundtrack, and that relaxed, slightly whimsical tone that has come to dominate so much of his later work. In other words, if the thought of a typical three-hour Woody Allen comedy spread across six chapters sounds appealing, this is the show for you.

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American Masters Mike Nichols

Filmmaker and actress Elaine May was just cast alongside Miley Cyrus for Woody Allen’s forthcoming series set up at Amazon. But May also had some recent work behind the camera get some attention as well with this year’s debut installment of the long-running PBS documentary series American Masters.

The Graduate director Mike Nichols takes the spotlight for this episode of the series that runs through his life and career. For those who may not know, Nichols and May were actually a Grammy-winning improvisational comedy duo in the 1950s and 1960s, so there’s no better person to provide an intimate profile of the iconic filmmaker. Read More »

Woody Allen Amazon Series

Last summer, a few months after we learned writer/director Woody Allen would be taking his first TV series to Amazon, the filmmaker revealed that the deal was giving him some serious anxiety and even said, “It was a catastrophic mistake. I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m floundering. I expect this to be a cosmic embarrassment.” But at least the director has two stars for his series now

Chart-topping singer and former Disney Channel star Miley Cyrus seems to be Woody Allen’s latest muse, as the actress has confirmed taking a lead role in the series. But perhaps more interesting is the addition of actress and filmmaker Elaine May to the Woody Allen Amazon series. Find out more below. Read More »