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Bryan Singer Distances Himself from new X-Men Film to Prevent Backlash Due to His Legal Woes

5 hours ago | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 

Bryan Singer doesn’t want the controversy of the allegations against him to drag down his upcoming film X-Men: Days of future Past, so he’ll be keeping a low profile during the publicity build-up to the release of the film.

 

 

With the release date of X-Men: Days of Future Past coming closer; the cast is traveling around, doing publicity for the movie. However, one person who will not be seen on the talk show circuit or quoted in entertainment magazines is the film’s director Bryan Singer, who has decided to become invisible during the promo-phase of the project.

 

Singer is currently mired in a controversial lawsuit regarding alleged sexual abuse in 1999 (the case is still under investigation and Singer’s complicity has yet to be determined) and he doesn’t want his highly publicized problems to overshadow the project and damage the film’s bottom line. He has »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Five Minutes With a Very Busy Corey Stoll at the Tribeca Film Festival

11 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Corey Stoll is a busy man these days. Lucky for us, he managed to find a few minutes to discuss his latest film "Glass Chin," which costars Billy Crudup and is currently in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival. Modest but powerful, the film is a great showcase for Stoll’s understated, effective acting. He is not a big-name actor quite yet, but he is surely on his way.Stoll has appeared in numerous television series, but it was his role as the manipulated, dejected Peter Russo opposite Kevin Spacey’s vulture politician in the hit "House of Cards" that won him his first Golden Globe nomination and the love of TV critics and fans alike. He’s also been a regular on the stage, and it was his appearance in "A View From the Bridge" that caught the attention of Woody Allen, who consequently cast him as Ernest Hemingway »

- Melina Gills

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Sony Classics set for a bumper year at Cannes, following acquisition of 'Red Army'

15 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last year was a slightly quieter one than usual for Sony Pictures Classics on the prestige film circuit -- the studio had a number of strong titles, from Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" to Ralph Fiennes's "The Invisible Woman," but only a couple that really connected with audiences. Their strongest Oscar contender, Woody Allen's surprise hit "Blue Jasmine," ruled the Best Actress race but didn't make it all the way to Best Picture. Meanwhile, Best Foreign Language Film -- the category that they normally have on lock, with four consecutive wins between 2009 and 2012 --  didn't go their way at all, with several surprise omissions keeping them out of the final five.  2014, however, looks like it could be a very different year for Spc: just look at their stacked Cannes Film Festival slate, for example. Before the festival has even started, they've already secured five major titles set to play on the Croisette, »

- Guy Lodge

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14 Films That Famously Break the Fourth Wall

15 hours ago | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

We love when characters in films break the fourth wall and talk to us, meaning they ignore the imaginary “wall” that keeps the actors from the audience. Whether they do this through expressing inner thoughts, acknowledging they’re in a film, or venting to the camera (and in turn, the audience), the following films break the ever-so-sacred fourth wall. And they do it so well, we’re wondering why more movies haven’t followed suit! “Annie Hall”A classic breaking of the fourth wall comes from Woody Allen’s classic romantic comedy, “Annie Hall.” Allen’s Alvy Singer often breaks the fourth wall to comment on details of his relationship with Diane Keaton’s titular character. With the film earning four Oscars, maybe the fourth wall was meant to be broken? “Funny GamesMichael Pitt (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) plays a convincing pyschopath in the 2007 Michael Hanake film “Funny Games. »

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Tribeca: "5 to 7," Or Why Frustrated Writers Should Back Away From Final Draft

19 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tribeca coverage continues with Diana on 5 to 7 with Anton Yelchin & Glenn Close

Based on the imaginings of an out-of-touch, middle-aged writer-director, 5 to 7 is about a 24 year-old “writer” (Anton Yelchin) who becomes involved with the 33 year-old wife of a French diplomat (Berenice Marlohe). Brian lives in Manhattan, presumedly on his parents’ dime (Glenn Close and Frank Langella, both painfully misused), and attempts to write, his creative juices facilitated by posting a multitude of rejection letters on his wall and playing lonely man wiffleball in his apartment. Arielle also lives in Manhattan  and is oh so very “French” -- husband, two kids, posh neighborhood, and ability to balance high heels with a well-fitting dress.

Spotting Arielle in front of the St. Regis, Brian pursues her through quips that sound more like early drafts of “wit” rather than the finished product (think Woody Allen without the neurotic charm). She tosses words back at »

- Diana D Drumm

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Diane Keaton continues being friends with Woody Allen post sex abuse scandal

20 hours ago | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, April 24: Diane Keaton has revealed that she still remains friends with Woody Allen after his sex abuse scandal, as nothing is going to change their friendship.

She said that she is Allen's friend and has been son for 45 years, Us Magazine reported.

Keaton's relationship with Allen traces back to almost five decades ago, as the pair dated each other for five years. (Ani) »

- Meeta Kabra

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Wamg Talks To Director John Pogue : The Quiet Ones

23 April 2014 5:04 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From the producer who brought you The Woman In Black and Let Me In comes the unnerving tale of The Quiet Ones. Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland along with a team of university students conduct an “experiment” on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected.

This week Wamg sat down with Director John Pogue in a small roundtable to discuss sound design, the films inspiration, and being attached to the ‘Hammer’ brand. Check it out below.

Inspired by true events, the film stars Jared Harris (Mad Men and Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), and is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville. »

- Melissa Howland

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Coherence Gets a New One-Sheet and Clip

23 April 2014 4:25 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We told you back in November during our coverage of the American Film Market that Oscilloscope had landed distro for the sci-fi horror hybrid Coherence (review), and now we finally have a new poster and even a chilling clip. Dig it!

Check out the goods below courtesy of Badass Digest. The film hits theaters and VOD June 13th from Oscilloscope Laboratories. More on it soon!

From the Press Release

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired Us rights to James Byrkit’s feature directorial debut, Coherence. The film had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, where it won the Next Wave Best Screenplay award, and has since gone on to play the Sitges Film Festival (where it again took home the Best Screenplay prize) and the Philadelphia Film Festival, receiving widespread critical and audience acclaim at every stop along the way. The film will continue to play at festivals in the »

- Steve Barton

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Watch: John Turturro Spans Career, 'Fading Gigolo' and More in Hour-Long Conversation at 92nd Street Y

23 April 2014 10:21 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Triple-threat John Turturro wrote, directed and stars alongside Woody Allen in the new comedy "Fading Gigolo," now the second best limited opening of 2014 so far. Following a screening of the film in New York at the 92nd Street Y, Turturro sat down with critic Annette Insdorf for an hour-long conversation about the film and his career.  Watch below, and read our review of the film here. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Diane Keaton Still Friends With Woody Allen After Sex Abuse Scandal: "Nothing's Going to Change That"

23 April 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Friends forever. Diane Keaton will always be pals with Woody Allen, no matter what, she said in a recent interview for the May 2014 issue of More magazine. "I'm Woody's friend and I've been Woody's friend for 45 years," she told the mag of maintaining her friendship with the beleaguered director a couple months after his sex abuse scandal was reignited. "And nothing's going to change that." Keaton's relationship with Allen, also a former flame of hers, traces back to almost five decades ago. The two carried on their [...] »

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Whatever Works in ‘Manhattan’: Woody Allen’s May/December Romances

23 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Friday is Manhattan‘s 35th birthday, and while Woody Allen‘s black and white love story may not have the prestige of an Annie Hall or the out and out hilariousness of a Love and Death, it does have one unique aspect — one of greatest May/December affairs in cinema. Plus we’re still three years from Annie Hall‘s 40th anniversary, and we’ve got to kill time somehow. But what is it that’s so special about the love between Allen’s balding, bespectacled Isaac Davis and Mariel Hemmingway‘s genteel young Tracy? Well, part of it is that Manhattan isn’t the story of Isaac and Tracy. It’s not really about anyone. It’s a film about a city; something made achingly clear in the title and the first three and a half minutes. We view the scenery of New York, we hear the music equivalent of New York (George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue »

- Adam Bellotto

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'Fading Gigolo' Director John Turturro Touts 'Positive Sides' of Prostitution

23 April 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

John Turturro, the writer, director and star of Fading Gigolo, shared some of the research and thinking on the nature sex work that informed his hit indie comedy, co-starring Woody Allen. Speaking with sex writer Karley Sciortino for an interview with the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, Turturro said: "I think there are positive things about what sex workers do. I know and consulted people who have been in that world, and it’s interesting on a human level that people sometimes go to these people for reasons beyond just sexual contact -- maybe they're looking for solace, or other things,

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- Patrick Brzeski

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'Fading Gigolo's John Turturro on Defying the Clichés around Sex Workers

23 April 2014 5:17 AM, PDT | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

'Fading Gigolo's John Turturro on Defying the Clichés around Sex Workers "I think there are positive things about what sex workers do," he told The Guardian. by Liam Mathews  Fading Gigolo, which Coen Brothers stalwart John Turturro wrote, directed, and starred in, depicts a side of sex work that is rarely seen in film: the positive side. In the film, Turturro plays Fioravante, a mild, down-on-his-luck bookstore employee who reluctantly becomes a male prostitute represented by Woody Allen. But what starts as a sex comedy becomes a deeper, very thoughtful exploration of human connection when Turturro begins working with Avigale, a sad Hasidic widow played by Vanessa Paradis. Turturro spoke to The Guardian about the positive side of sex work and challenging the conventional narratives around sex workers.  The Guardian: In the film, it seemed as if you were making a connection between sex work [...] »

- Liam Mathews

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Fading Gigolo review: Twilight for middle-aged men

23 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a film that looks more like the filmmaker’s midlife-crisis wish-fulfillment fantasy than this one. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

You know how it happens. A beautiful, wealthy woman — a doctor — happens to mention, offhand, just out of the blue, to one of her patients that she and her even more gorgeous, even more rich friend are just dying to have a threesome. And the patient, who just happens to be Woody Allen, naturally thinks to pimp out his florist pal, John Turturro, to them. Cuz who couldn’t use a little extra dough? Same old story, really.

Did I mention that this is written and directed by Turturro?

This is like Twilight for middle-aged men, in which prostitution is an adventure and getting paid tons »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Good TV Ratings Bring Back Oscar Producers for Third Consecutive Year

22 April 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2015: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as Oscar show producers (photo: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron) Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will be back as producers of the 2015 Oscar ceremony, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced yesterday, April 21, 2014. This will mark Zadan and Meron’s third consecutive year as Oscar producers. In the United States, the 87th Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015. Last March 2, the Zadan- and Meron-produced 2014 Oscar telecast brought back Ellen DeGeneres, whose performance as Oscar host drew mixed reviews — some loved the pizza; others hated it. Besides pizza delivery, the Oscar telecast also featured the presence of veterans Kim Novak and Sidney Poitier; musical performances by U2, Pharrell Williams, and Idina Menzel (aka "Adele Nazeem," as per John Travolta); in addition to a tribute to The Wizard of Oz performed by »

- Steve Montgomery

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Power of Women: New York Continues to Incubate Trailblazing Women of Entertainment

22 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When you think of the brilliant, bad-ass women in entertainment and media in New York, it’s hard to know where their quirky genius begins and the city ends. From Clare Boothe Luce to Helen Gurley Brown, from Gloria Steinem to Barbara Walters, Gilda Radner to Diane Keaton, Diane Sawyer, Patti Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Nora Ephron, Tina Brown, Annie Leibovitz and Lena Dunham (not to mention the new top editor at the New York Times, Jill Abramson), women in New York are not like anyone else, including each other: They’re razor-sharp, with unique voices and an outlying vision that enter the mainstream and tug it away from the lowest common denominator and toward something smarter, funnier, more tolerant, more knowing, better.

“It’s in the water,” says maverick ICM literary agent Esther Newberg. “Shirley Chisholm ran for president. We had a black mayor early (David Dinkins, 1990-2003). This neck »

- Trish Deitch

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Power of Women: New York Continues to Incubate Trailblazing Women of Entertainment

22 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When you think of the brilliant, bad-ass women in entertainment and media in New York, it’s hard to know where their quirky genius begins and the city ends. From Clare Boothe Luce to Helen Gurley Brown, from Gloria Steinem to Barbara Walters, Gilda Radner to Diane Keaton, Diane Sawyer, Patti Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Nora Ephron, Tina Brown, Annie Liebovitz and Lena Dunham (not to mention the new top editor at the New York Times, Jill Abramson), women in New York are not like anyone else, including each other: They’re razor-sharp, with unique voices and an outlying vision that enter the mainstream and tug it away from the lowest common denominator and toward something smarter, funnier, more tolerant, more knowing, better.

“It’s in the water,” says maverick ICM literary agent Esther Newberg. “Shirley Chisholm ran for president. We had a black mayor early (David Dinkins, 1990-2003). This neck »

- Trish Deitch

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What Screenwriter Will Immediately Draw You to a Movie?

21 April 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

One movie premiering this week at the Tribeca Film Festival that has gotten a lot of attention is In Your Eyes. The reason isn't necessarily because of great buzz (though it's getting decent reviews) or who stars in it (Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David) or who directed it (relative unknown Brin Hill) or even because it was just announced as being immediately available to rent through Vimeo On Demand following its debut in New York. The biggest reason for its attention is who wrote it: Joss Whedon. It's not that common these days for writers to be the main draw for a movie, not unless they're also the director. Consistently notable scribes like Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Sofia Coppola, Mike Leigh, David Mamet and many more who also helm...

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- Christopher Campbell

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New To Netflix: Docs and Monsters

21 April 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

And we're back with a fresh entry of New To Netflix. Contained in this edition of streaming premieres in various markets around the world are several classic documentaries, including one on the dwellers of an abandoned stretch of underground railway in New York in at the turn of the 21st century, another on a Brit neurosurgeon who does pro-bono work in Romania, and yet another on the cyber activist pseudo-organization Anonymous.  Then there is the Canadian mock-doc on a fictional school shooting, The Dirties, which streams to its local Canadian audience.  Woody Allen's classic Manhattan comes to UK, Gareth Edwards low-budget proto-Kaiju film (that got him the big Godzilla gig) streams in The Netherlands and a shocking Mexican possession flick comes to Netflix USA....

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Louis C.K. Gets Hurt Repeatedly in 'Louie' Teaser

21 April 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Although Louis C.K. usually succumbs to any number of not-so-merry maladies and indignities during a season of his FX show Louie, a preview of the show's upcoming season, which premieres May 5th, shows him getting hurt ­– physically. An elderly man hits him, he spends time icing his head in jail, he suffers various pains walking around and, in one scene, he has to sit on a sidewalk due to pain. A doctor even tells him to come back when he has "something fun like a blood disease." But of course, »

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