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Woody Allen’s Irrational Man is about a tormented philosophy professor who finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. Abe feels that everything he’s tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn’t made any difference. Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe gets involved with two women: Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his best student, who becomes his closest friend. While Jill loves her boyfriend Roy (Jamie Blackley), she finds Abe’s tortured, »
- Scott J. Davis
In the latest episode, Brian and Zach discuss news stories from the week including a new Amy Schumer/Jennifer Lawrence team-up, the cast of the Richard Pryor biopic, and Steve Carell joining a famous director’s movie in place of Bruce Willis.
Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence are co-writing a sister comedy, will both star Eddie Murphy, Oprah join Mike Epps in Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic Steve Carell replaces Bruce Willis in Woody Allen’s latest film It Follows director responds to Quentin Tarantino’s notes about the movie How Quentin Tarantino would fix It Follows Borderlands set to get a movie adaptation by Lionsgate Matt Damon says Bourne 5 will take place in a “post-Snowden” world »
- Zach Dennis
Our forums posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, are furiously debating who the Golden Globes will choose to honor with the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. As the announcements of George Clooney last year and Woody Allen in 2013 came in mid-September, we expect the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. to reveal this year's recipient soon. In this century, only two women -- Barbra Streisand (2000) and Jodie Foster (2013) -- have numbered among the 14 honorees. We wondered if a woman will be chosen this time around and asked our forum posters to suggest possibilities. Related: Honorary Oscars to Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds -Break- Below are profiles of 16 actresses over 50 who might be on the radar of the selection committee. Read through our list and then vote in our poll as to the most likely recipient. We will do the same in the coming days for the fellows and »
Woody Allen has wasted no time in finding a replacement for Bruce Willis ahead of his new upcoming project, with Deadline reporting that the decorated filmmaker has drafted in Foxcatcher and Despicable Me alum Steve Carell to fill the vacant role.
News of Willis’ abrupt departure (firing?) came as a big shock late last week, considering that production on the Los Angeles/New York love story had barely begun in earnest. The official word is that scheduling conflicts had cropped up, specifically in relation to Willis walking the boards on Broadway, that forced him to pull out of the project at the eleventh hour. Still, the fact that the entire thing was filed away with relatively few details released suggests that there is more to this story than meets the eye.
Whatever the case, Carell’s swift casting ensures that production can continue on Woody Allen’s latest without any need for delay, »
- Michael Briers
Woody Allen’s latest comedy “Irrational Man” was met with very mixed reviews out of Cannes earlier this spring. THR reported the film received a bout of polite two minute applause and that’s all it could muster. Our own review from writer Jessica Kiang was arguably the most vituperative, hitting Allen with a D-grade and censuring the film for what the writer saw as tiresome sameness and disheartening gender politics. Read More: The 10 Best Male Characters In Woody Allen's Films But a Woody Allen film is a Woody Allen film, a yearly tradition, and we’ll all have to see it for ourselves regardless. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey and Jamie Blackly, “Irrational Man” centers on a university philosophy teacher (Phoenix), his pupil (Stone) and a mystery element within. Here’s the official synopsis: Woody Allen’s Irrational Man is about a tormented philosophy professor who »
- Edward Davis
After news broke last week about Bruce Willis’ departure from the cast of Woody Allen’s now-shooting new film, the production has moved quickly to secure the services of Steve Carell to replace Willis, Variety reports.
Carell joins a cast that includes American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, as well as Blake Lively (The Age of Adeline), Parker Posey (Irrational Man), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Corey Stoll (Ant-Man).
Willis had to depart the project due to scheduling conflicts with his appearance on Broadway in Stephen King’s Misery, although some reports suggest he was dismissed. No official announcement on the reason behind his exit has been made.
Allen’s new film is set to debut in 2016 and is currently untitled.
- Scott J. Davis
Last week when it was reported that Bruce Willis had exited Woody Allen's new film due to "scheduling," someone hit our comments section and teased that an "Oscar nominee" was going to replace the actor, which has happened indeed. Read More: The 10 Best-Shot Films Of Woody Allen Variety reports that Steve Carell (Best Actor nominee for "Foxcatcher") will step in for Bruce Willis in the movie. He joins an already pretty great ensemble featuring Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Anna Camp, Paul Schneider, and more, and as always, the title and plot remain under lock and key. But we do know the picture is a period piece based on set photos. It will be Carell's second time working with Allen, following a small role in "Melinda And Melinda," and it's likely a thrill for the actor who cut his teeth on comedy. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Eyebrows were raised last week when Bruce Willis unexpectedly dropped out of Woody Allen’s current project. But if you were wondering whether Sylvester Stallone or one of the other Expendables would take his place, dismiss such ideas from your noggin. Steve Carell is the man stepping into the part. As is traditional with Allen, we don’t know much of anything as to what the film will actually be about, or what Carell will be doing in it, but we do know he’ll be sharing the screen with the likes of Corey Stoll, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider, and that they’re doing their thing in Los Angeles right now, before heading to New York.Carell isn’t exactly a newcomer to Allen’s work – he was part of the ensemble for »
Willis was forced to leave the production the other week due to a commitment on Broadway, though the departure caused confusion as the actor did appear on set before leaving the production.
Plot details are under wraps and the film is currently untitled and without distribution.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The untitled project, which is written and directed by Allen, already features an all-star cast, including Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Jesse Eisenberg, Parker Posey, Anna Camp and Paul Schneider among many others.
Willis exited the project earlier this month due to his Broadway commitment to Misery but not before he had been spotted filming on set.
The Oscar-nominated actor's next films will see him reunite with two of his Crazy, »
So, Bruce Willis left the latest Woody Allen movie, and though initial reports say it was due to a scheduling conflict, the latest reports are that the Die Hard star got canned. But don't worry if you're super psyched for the neurotic auteur's next film and worried it might be delayed, because they already replaced Willis, and they landed a an A-lister to boot. According to a report from Deadline, the as-yet-untitled film has cast The Office and The 40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell to take over for Bruce Willis. There's definitely a different style moving from one of these actors to the other. This will be Carell's second time teaming up with Allen, as he was also part of the director's 2004 romantic comedy-drama Melinda and Melinda. Though there is little in the way of details on this latest Woody Allen joint.he.s »
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Bruce Willis had parted ways with the 2016 Untitled Woody Allen Comedy, just days after he was spotted shooting scenes on the set in Los Angeles. Today we have word from Deadline that Steve Carell has signed on to replace him. The casting keeps the production on schedule, with filming also set to take place in New York after the L.A. shoot wraps.
We reported in March that Bruce Willis, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg were the first three cast members to sign on for this untitled comedy movie. Bruce Willis reportedly dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with his Broadway stage play adaptation of Misery. However, there have been persisting rumors that claim the actor was actually fired by Woody Allen, because he didn't think he was right for the role.
It was just four days ago when Deadline revealed that Bruce Willis had exited the cast of Woody Allen's latest film. Willis was one of the first actors to be cast but unfortunately he was set to star in a Broadway adaptation of Stephen King's "Misery" and couldn't make the scheduling work. As the film is already in production,... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Bruce Willis recently departed Woody Allen's new film, currently in production, purportedly because of his commitment to his role in the Broadway adaptation of Stephen King's Misery. (This remains a pretty unconvincing explanation.) Regardless, Variety reports that Allen has found a replacement for Willis in the form of Steve Carrel, who is nothing at all like Willis, who is nothing at all like Woody Allen. Though details regarding Allen's untitled film are scarce, we can now safely assume that it won't be an action movie, or Carrel will be the hairiest action star since Chuck Norris. »
- Greg Cwik
We still don’t know exactly what happened on Woody Allen‘s latest film that led to the departure of Bruce Willis, but in the end the show will go on. Despite having shot some of his scenes, Willis is off the film, and his role will now be played by Steve Carell. Deadline reports on the […]
- Russ Fischer
Following the report Bruce Willis was forced to leave the production of Woody Allen’s next pic, Allen has moved quickly to find his replacement as sources tell Variety that Steve Carell will replace Willis in the pic.
Carell joins Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider in the cast, with Allen writing and directing.
The film is currently untitled and without distribution. As has been the case with several of Allen’s past films, Sony Classics is the front-runner to land the pic.
As always, plot details are under wraps, and the shoot is currently under way. Though an early report said Willis was forced to leave because of his commitment to “Misery” on Broadway, there remains some confusion surrounding his exit since the actor did appear on set before leaving the production. »
- Justin Kroll
Bruce Willis has indeed left the cast of Woody Allen’s upcoming film, but not for the reasons that we initially thought. While early reports indicated that Willis departed from the project as a result of scheduling conflicts with his participation in an adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery on Broadway, it has now come to light that director Woody Allen may have in fact fired the Die Hard star. According to Hitfix, this news comes based off a Twitter excange between The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider and Tom O'Leary, which indicates Willis experienced immense difficulty delivering his lines. This trouble impeded production and caused excess stress on cast and crew members. @TheInSneider Yep. Fired. A friend is on the film. Bruce couldn't remember a line. Cue cards were no help. Cast were losing their minds. — Tom O'Leary (@TomOLeary4) »
Exclusive: Four days after Deadline scooped that Bruce Willis exited the ensemble cast of Woody Allen’s new film, Steve Carell has been tapped to take over the role. He now joins a cast that includes Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider. The swap-out keeps the production on schedule for the pic, which as usual is being kept under wraps. It shoots… »
Quentin Tarantino and the Weinstein Co. harbor awards hopes for "The Hateful Eight," a claustrophobic western with Shakespearean dimensions. Will the movie deliver at Oscar time? In an interview with New York, Tarantino compares himself to other Oscar-winning screenwriters Billy Wilder and Woody Allen. What's going on with his patrons, the Weinsteins, who are undergoing turbulent management shifts? Eric Kohn and I also debate the merits of the Academy Governors Awards picks, including an honorary Oscar for youngish Spike Lee, 58. Is it hypocritical for the Academy to give him an honorary Oscar when the studios are no longer making the kinds of films that made his name? We also talk festivals and upcoming movies. Per usual! »
- Anne Thompson
31 year old Alex Ross Perry is in an enviable position for a young filmmaker. After just four films, two of which not many audiences have seen outside of hardcore cineastes, the director has been minted by the critical intelligentsia of cinema. His most recent films, “Listen Up Philip” and “Queen Of Earth” have made world premieres at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival respectively and recently, the Museum Of The Moving Image feted his four-film long career with a retrospective of all his works in 35mm — that’s got to be some kind of age and oeuvre record. Read More: Review: Alex Ross Perry's Chilling, Intense 'Queen Of Earth' Starring Elisabeth Moss & Katherine Waterston Precocious, smart and quick-witted, all signs point to Perry earning this distinction thus far. He’s one of the most exciting young American filmmakers and his work has drawn favorable comparisons to Woody Allen, »
- Rodrigo Perez
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