HBO and HBO Max both premiered the first episode in the four-part documentary series Allen v. Farrow last weekend. In the series, filmmakers Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy dive into the accusations of sexual abuse against filmmaker Woody Allen involving Dylan, his then 7-year-old daughter with actress Mia Farrow, the custody trial that followed, and the revelation of Allen’s relationship with Farrow’s daughter Soon-Yi and the controversy that came with it. Since the series is quite the indictment of Woody Allen, HBO Max is taking heat for continuing to stream six of the director’s films. Read More »
Director Roman Polanski (Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby) hasn’t exactly been the toast of Hollywood since he fled the country back in 1978, but that hasn’t stopped major studios from releasing many of his films in the United States. But the studios seem to have had a bit of an awakening in the #MeToo era, because both Polanski and director Woody Allen (Manhattan, Annie Hall) are struggling to find companies who will distribute their newest films in the U.S. Read More »
Woody Allen‘s next movie may never see the light of day. The prolific filmmaker recently announced he was taking time off from directing for the first time since 1981, and now comes word that Amazon has shelved his next film, A Rainy Day in New York. Amazon has yet to give a specific reason as to why they’re shelving the movie, but odds are it has a lot to do with the sexual abuse allegations allegations that have followed the director for decades.
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Woody Allen is one of the most prolific filmmakers of all time. The 82-year-old writer/director has released a movie per year since 1981 – sometimes even several movies, or in the case of 2016, a movie and six episodes of a TV series – but his streak seems to be coming to an end. A new report claims that Allen, who has again come under fire for abuse allegations, is taking a break from directing for the first time in over thirty-five years. Read More »
Woody Allen‘s love affair with a younger, sprightly streaming service continues with Wonder Wheel, the divisive auteur’s new film under Amazon Studios.
Returning to his Northeastern roots after flitting about in Hollywood, Rome, and Paris with his past few films, Wonder Wheel takes place in 1950s Coney Island — a familiar setting in which Allen grew up. But populating Wonder Wheel are a few unfamiliar faces to the Allen repertoire: Wonder Wheel stars Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Jim Belushi, and Juno Temple, all first-time collaborators with Allen.
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Amazon wants to start producing 15 movies a year with “top filmmakers.” They’ve already collaborated with some notable directors, having joined forces with David O. Russell and Nicolas Winding Refn for some shows, in addition to distributing Kenneth Lonergan‘s Manchester by the Sea. Now, they’re producing the latest films from Todd Haynes (
Carol) and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), and for a good reason, the company wants their work shown in a theater like the rest of us.
Below, learn why Amazon theatrical releases matter to the distributor.
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Another period piece is coming our way from writer-director Woody Allen. We know little about his latest movie, titled Wonder Wheel, which is typical of Allen’s movies. Rarely are character and plot details shared early on. But we do know his latest film stars Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet, and Juno Temple and it takes place in the 1950s.
Below, check out the first photo from Woody Allen’s next movie.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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Earlier this month, we got our first look at Woody Allen‘s Amazon series Crisis in Six Scenes. Allen wrote and directed the half-hour comedy’s six episodes, which stars Allen, Miley Cyrus, Max Casella (Blue Jasmine), Michael Rapaport (I Am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast), John Magaro (The Big Short), David Harbour (Stranger Things), and another filmmaker Amazon should maybe talk to about making a series, Elaine May (The Heartbreak Kid). Crisis in Six Scenes debuts next month, and you can now see some new photos from the series now.
Below, check out some images from the Woody Allen Amazon show.
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Amazon’s sessions for the Television Critics Association were filled with tidbits on their upcoming projects throughout the day. In his opening remarks on Sunday, Amazon’s Head of Half Hour Joe Lewis discussed the Amazon series Woody Allen has written and directed starring Miley Cyrus. “We have Woody Allen’s highly anticipated new series which is titled Crisis in Six Scenes,” Lewis said.
However, Head of Amazon Studios Roy Price explained that the title is not literal. It will not be a single half hour scene each episode. “No, actually,” Price said. “It’s like six episodes, continuous story comedy.”
Allen wrote and directed all six episodes. Price would like to have a second season, but it will depend entirely on Allen’s availability and interest. “That’s something we have to figure out with Woody,” Price said. “We’ll see how he feels and [what he] wants to do. He’s busy because he does a movie a year, so it’s hard. Normally he shoots a movie in the summer. Then he got this in right before it. I don’t know that he’ll always be able to do this schedule that way, because he also has to write too. I would do it.”
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