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Written and directed by Woody Allen
Woody Allen’s newest film, Magic in the Moonlight, has yet another appealing ensemble, this one featuring Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, and a handful of other beloved character actors. A 1928 period piece, the film follows Stanley (Firth), a famous magician, as he tries to expose Sophie (Stone), a mystic of increasing notoriety and a possible swindler. Set in the south of France, the film takes place between two houses: the house of Grace (Jacki Weaver), who wants Sophie to stay and help her connect with her late husband, and the house of Stanley’s aunt Vanessa (Eileen Atkins), which Stanley frequently visits to get away from magic and process his thoughts.
Magic in the Moonlight is a very beautiful film in terms of its aesthetic, with its 1920s attire combined with a secluded scenic area of France, »
- Samantha Ladwig
It’s difficult to dislike Woody Allen’s latest divertissement. With attractive people engaged in amusing repartee, beautiful 1920s clothes, and the South of France as a breathtaking backdrop, Magic in the Moonlight has an abundance of eye candy and charm. It isn’t one of Allen’s best, and I’ll admit there is an air of contrivance about it, but it’s a refreshing change from most of the summer fare—like a cool drink on a hot day. Colin Firth plays a master stage magician with an outsized ego. His boyhood pal (and fellow illusionist) Simon McBurney asks his help to expose a young woman whose sham séances and psychic messages have duped a family of wealthy Americans. Firth...
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- Leonard Maltin
Though it wasn’t until her breakout performance in Animal Kingdom that Jacki Weaver really became well known stateside, since that explosive 2010 film, she’s steadily increased her profile in Hollywood. The actresses’ newest project is Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight, which hits theatres tomorrow and stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone.
Set in the roaring 20s, the film sees Firth as a British stage magician who attempts to expose Sophie (Stone), a fraud spiritualist trying to exploit a wealthy family. However, this being a Woody Allen film, “professional and extremely personal complications” quickly arise.
Last week while Weaver was in NYC doing some press for Magic In The Moonlight, we caught up with her for an exclusive interview. Delightful to talk to and eager to speak about her new film, Weaver and I discussed what it’s like working with Woody Allen, the wonderful sets and costumes that we see here, »
- Justine Browning
• Uma Thurman will be joining Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in The Weinstein Co.’s Adam Jones, originally titled Chef (and then John Favreau happened). John Wells directs this story of a rock-star chef (Cooper) who hopes to run his own kitchen and eventually earn the coveted third Michelin Star. Helene (Miller) will help him achieve his goal. Stacy Sher, Michael Shamberg, and Erwin Stoff are producing. Dylan Sellers, Julie Rapaport, and Negeen Yazdi are overseeing production for The Weinstein Co. The film just began principal photography. It will shoot in New Orleans for two days before moving on to London from July 27 to Sept. »
- C. Molly Smith
On the final weekend of July, two very different action movies will try to reverse the domestic box office's downward trend. Hercules has a much bigger budget and arguably more star power in Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but the sword-and-sandals epic doesn't appear to be connecting with moviegoers. In contrast, Lucy's eye-catching visuals and intriguing "what if" story has put it on pace for an opening north of $30 million, which should be enough to take first place this weekend.At the start of Summer, Lucy's box office potential didn't look so hot. The movie was scheduled for August 8th, which was smack dab in the middle of a hyper-competitive August that included Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Expendables 3. It also didn't help that director Luc Besson has a so-so track record at the box office: excluding the Taken franchise, his highest-grossing movie »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Looming in the wake of Boyhood‘s hot box office roll out earlier this month, some heavy-hitters will enter the Specialty fray this weekend which should shape up to be rather interesting come Sunday box office time. Woody Allen blitzed theaters last July with a smashing roll out of Blue Jasmine and he’s back, courtesy once again of Sony Classics with his latest Magic In The Moonlight. The distributor, however, is taking a somewhat different release track this time around. Lionsgate/Roadside is opening Philip Seymour Hoffman starrer A Most Wanted Man after delaying the title’s bow in the wake of its […] »
After making a detour in San Francisco to help Cate Blanchett strike gold at last year’s Oscars, Woody Allen kicks off another leg of his European tour with Magic in the Moonlight. Borrowing the magical realist conceit along with the backdrop of Midnight in Paris, and cherry-picking just a hint of the class commentary from Blue Jasmine, Magic in the Moonlight is less a culmination of Allen’s recent output than it is a jazzy riff on the same stories and ideas that have occupied him for the better part of a decade. While the film makes clear that Allen has played these same beats for pretty much all they’re worth by now, the fresh-faced cast and comforting familiarity of Magic in the Moonlight liven up its well-rehearsed routine.
- Sam Woolf
Plot details are currently being kept tightly under wraps.
Allen's 2015 project is a reunion with Stone, who appears in his current movie Magic in the Moonlight.
Allen's latest film opens on Friday (July 25) in the Us and on September 19 in the UK. Watch a trailer below: »
Gravier Productions has announced that Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley have signed on to star in the Untitled Woody Allen Project, which is currently in production. Take a look at the official press release, then read on for more details.
Woody Allen added to the cast of his latest film, which is currently shooting in Rhode Island. Starring alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone are Parker Posey (Broken English) and Jamie Blackley (Snow White and the Huntsman).
Plot details are unknown at this time. The pic is currently filming in Rhode Island.
- Justin Kroll
The drama about an ambitious two-star Michelin chef will start in New Orleans and Move to London untl the end of September.
Parker Posey and Jamies Blackley have joined Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone on Woody Allen’s latest film, currently shooting in Rhode Island. The untitled Gravier Productions film is produced by Allen’s longtime associates Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. Magic In The Moonlight opens through Spc on July 25. »
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While "Magic in the Moonlight" rolls out in select cities this weekend, director Woody Allen is already at work on his next project, a college-set murder mystery starring Joaquin Phoenix and "Moonlight" muse Emma Stone. Adding to that promising two-hander, Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley ("The Fifth Estate," Snow White and the Huntsman") are now set to star in Allen's latest. Given how tight-lipped Allen prefers to keep his developing projects, details are scant. In typical Allen fashion, we may not have a sense of these roles until the film hits next year. Patience will be a virtue, so, in the meantime, maybe you’ll want to catch up with however many of his films you’ve yet to see? There are certainly worse ways to quell that wait. »
- Nick Newman
"Magic in the Moonlight" isn't in theaters just yet, but Woody Allen is already hard at work on his next film, and Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley are the latest performers to join his ever-growing cast of characters. The duo will join Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone in the next "Untitled Woody Allen Project," which is currently shooting in Rhode Island. The film's plot is a mystery for now. As per usual, Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum will produce the film, which will likely be seen sometime in 2015, although no distributor is yet on board. The prolific Posey is perhaps best known for her roles in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, including "Waiting For Guffman" and "Best in Show." She'll soon be seen in "Ned Rifle," directed by frequent collaborator Hal Hartley. She also appears in the much-maligned "Grace of Monaco," which has yet to be released in the U.S. »
- Dave Lewis
Why do simian superheroes seem more empathetic than the normal comicbook kind?
Let me backtrack a few paces before answering this.
All of us have heard the admonition in years past from our English teachers: “Write about what you know and who you know” — and have chosen to ignore it. Yet this precept has been paying off for filmmakers like Jonah Hill, Judd Apatow and their friends. Films like “22 Jump Street,” “This Is the End” and “This Is 40” all seem to have been written about themselves and their buds, seemingly for their own personal enjoyment.
“22 Jump Street,” like the others, is doing well overseas, which makes you wonder how Chinese or Russian teenagers decode jokes about gay shrinks and weirded-out fratboys.
- Peter Bart
Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley are joining the cast of Woody Allen’s newest film, which is currently shooting in Rhode Island. The untitled Gravier Productions film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, is being produced by Allen’s longtime associates, Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. Magic in the Moonlight, Allen’s most recent completed film, opens Friday via Sony Pictures Classics. Posey, repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, most recently appeared in Grace of Monaco. Blackley, repped by Wme and Luber Roklin Entertainment, will be seen in the upcoming If I Stay, directed by R.J. Cutler.
- Gregg Kilday
After setting Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone to star in his next untitled film, Woody Allen has just added Parker Posey and If I Stay‘s Jamie Blackley to the cast of the film currently shooting in Rhode Island. Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum are producing. Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight will be released this week by Sony Pictures Classics. »
I was originally planning on waiting to take another look at the Golden Globe awards and my predictions for that precursor until the summer was over, but with the festival announcements in full swing, it seems like a nice time to approach these again. Next week brings new Oscar predictions on my part (also informed by the New York and Toronto Film Festival announcements), so this is a good way to bide our time until then. There’s certainly a bit of a separation between the two, so it’s a far cry from the same sort of predictions, as you’ve probably already gathered by now. The Globes and the Oscars are very different animals, to say the least. You can argue about the actual impact that the former has on the latter, but at the very bare minimum, it influences perception, so it must be reckoned with to some degree. »
- Joey Magidson
This weekend, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson brings a mythical hero to life in "Hercules," Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in the John le Carré-penned spy thriller "A Most Wanted Man," the season finale of "The Bachelorette" airs Monday night on ABC, and "Running Wild With Bear Grylls" premieres on NBC with guest star Zac Efron.
Also in theaters this weekend: Written and directed by Luc Besson, "Lucy" stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman who transforms into a merciless warrior and turns the tables on her captors. "And So It Goes" follows a grumpy, self-centered realtor (Michael Douglas) who enlists the help of his neighbor (Diane Keaton) when he's left in charge of his granddaughter. "Magic in the Moonlight" stars Emma Stone and Colin Firth in a romantic comedy from Woody Allen about an Englishman brought in to unmask a possible phony spiritualist in the 1920s. "The Fluffy Movie" is a »
- Jonny Black
Unimpressed by the gleaming musculature of Dwayne Johnson as a mythic warrior in Paramount's comic book adaptation "Hercules"? Then take solace in the art house, and at home, with these six quieter films in theaters and on demand. Though it lacks the sound and fury of "Blue Jasmine," Woody Allen's kickback "Magic in the Moonlight" is a perfectly fine late-career comedy, handsomely shot in France by Darius Khondji, and witty enough to coast on the crackling chemistries of Emma Stone and Colin Firth as illusive 1920s expats. Meanwhile, already on VOD and in select cities Friday, Joe Swanberg's delicate relationship comedy "Happy Christmas" finds an oats-sowing twentysomething (Anna Kendrick) on the frontlines of a domestic Midwestern cold war between her cheery older brother (Swanberg) and his writer wife (Melanie Lynskey). Hilarity, and melancholy, ensue in equal doses. Three long-awaited, considerably darker films arrive: Luc Besson's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Hercules might be a legendary warrior, but Lucy’s brain capacity will likely prove too formidable a foe for the Greek demigod at the box office. The Scarlett Johansson-led action film looks poised to ravage Dwayne Johnson’s sword-and-sandals epic as both debut on 3,000+ screens this weekend.
Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes, starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas also opens in 1,800 theaters, which could possibly break the top five with $8 million, closing out a quiet and struggling July at the box office before Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy arrives next weekend.
Here’s how things might play out. »
- Lindsey Bahr
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