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(Note: This piece reveals details about the ending of “Magic in the Moonlight.”)
Amid this unusually busy season for faith-based cinema — or whatever we should call 2014’s bumper crop of Christian-themed and/or spiritually inclined movies, from “Son of God,” “Noah,” “God’s Not Dead” and “I Origins” to the still-forthcoming “Left Behind” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings” — the arrival of one of the year’s more prominent anti-faith movies should not go unnoticed. I’m talking about “Magic in the Moonlight,” the latest sun-drenched romantic travelogue from that fitful cinematic genius and self-styled nihilist philosopher, Woody Allen.
Fittingly enough for a story about professional magicians and wily con artists, the film unfolds against the French Riviera in 1928, a setting ripe with all manner of enchanting and seductive possibilities. But don’t let that title fool you: Earnest as it may sound, it actually begs to be read sarcastically. Allen »
- Justin Chang
The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has unveiled the guest list for its 20th edition.
Mexican actor Gael García Bernal will be the first guest to meet this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival audience, stepping in front of 3,000 cinemagoers at the Open Air Cinema before a screening of Alejandro González Inárritu’s Amores Perros.
Bernal will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo on the opening night, as will designer and director Agnes B. who will screen her feature debut Je M’appelle Hmmm…
That same night, directors Cristi Puiu, Vladimir Perišić, Aida Begić, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec and Isild Le Besco will present their short films, compiled as the omnibus feature Bridges of Sarajevo.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Living alone in the South of France, Grace becomes consumed by thoughts of the afterlife and the mystical prophecies provided by a seer. Weaver understands the character as someone with so little that she clings to the supernatural to give meaning to her lonesome existence.
“She’s very needy. Mourning her husband, she’s lonely and she's grasping at any opportunity for comfort,” Weaver explained exclusively to uInterview. “And combined with that, she's quite a naive, gullible, innocent. So she's ripe for that sort of swindling — for that sort of trickery. And they’re the sorts of people that get preyed on by people who take lots of money to predict things.”
To play Grace, Weaver said she was able to imagine her mindset by channeling older, »
Continuing his career resurgence, Andrew Dice Clay has signed with Gersh for U.S. representation, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. The stand-up comic earned critical admiration last year for his turn as Cate Blanchett’s blue-collar brother-in-law in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. He’ll continue to work with high-profile talent as a cast member in HBO’s untitled rock ‘n’ roll drama pilot, from producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and The Wolf of Wall Street’s Terence Winter and starring Bobby Cannavale. Clay will play “obnoxious, cocaine-addled” radio station executive Frank “Buck” Rogers in the 1970s New
- Rebecca Sun
Woody Allen’s 1920s feature to close Sarajevo at the city’s Open Air Cinema.
Allen’s Oscar-winning Blue Jasmine screened at Sarajevo’s Open Air Cinema during last year’s festival.
As previously announced, Sarajevo will open with three films to mark its 20th edition.
The first will be Alejandro González Inárritu’s 2000 feature Amores Perros and actor Gael Garcia Bernal will be in attendance to introduce the Open Air Cinema screening and accept the festival’s Honorary Heart of Sarajevo.
The second opening night film will be road movie Je M’appelle Hmmm…, the »
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Nostalgia and the lingering sting of eras lost to the sands of time have cropped up in a number of Woody Allen’s lengthy list of features, but never with such heartfelt remembrance of his own childhood as he portrays so entertainingly in Radio Days. Constructed as a sort of anthology of aurally recalled memories centered around a middle class family in Rockaway Beach and the radio celebrities of the day, Allen’s Cannes preemed and Oscar nominated 1987 film (Best Original Screenplay & Art Direction) celebrates the golden age of radio with the sharp-witted auteur’s signature neuroticism, an unusual visual pizzazz and a surprisingly melancholic air that lingers long after the credits roll.
It’s said that smell is the sense most intensely tethered to memory, but Allen seems keen to argue that point by organizing the film around an outstanding set of songs and faux radio shows from the »
- Jordan M. Smith
From the suspiciously affordable West Village in Friends to the cosmopolitan Huxtable house in The Cosby Show, sitcoms have shaped our most elemental images of urban America. Maria Bustillos surfs from Cincinnati to Queens to Springfield, USA
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The New York of my imagination, before I came to the real thing, was a weird amalgam of notions gathered from all over the Ramones, Rosemary's Baby, James Thurber, the Velvet Underground, Woody Allen, Diana Vreeland, Taxi Driver, Henry James and Edith Wharton, The New Yorker. But my most seminal images of New York, lodged all the more firmly in my mind for having been subliminally implanted when I was but a wee tot, were sitcom ones.
From That Girl, I learned of the exciting and sweet Manhattan life of an aspiring actress, one who went on dates and lived in her own apartment! I Love Lucy, »
- Maria Bustillos
Commentaries to accompany a film are an add-on which have polarised the film loving community. Admittedly most wonder why they would waste their time committing to a 2-hour breakdown of a film when the actual movie is far more entertaining on its own. This school of thought was best expressed by actor-director Woody Allen – one of a handful of film makers to have never made an accompanying audio track – who said “I want my films to speak for themselves. And hopefully they do”. These views are shared by the likes of Steven Spielberg and David Lynch and a large percentage of the cinematic community.
However, there is a small yet passionate sub-community of commentary lovers. These people will happily repurchase a DVD or Blu-ray they already own just to gain access to some new insight via the commentary. Though it is indubitable that there are some commentaries that truly aren »
- Sam Heard
Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?
Luc Besson is unique. He is a French action film writer-director-producer. His films are slick, tough, and thoroughly European. He is also almost certainly the most prolific human in film. In 1997, he wrote and directed The Fifth Element (1997). Since then, he has written 36 scripts or stories, directed nine, and produced about 100 (though IMDb does include a lot of uncredited producer titles). Not unlike Woody Allen, the break-neck speed of his production suggests there isn't a lot of time for second drafts and it can show. Then a movie like Lucy (2014) comes along and, while rough-hewn and requiring some limberness of credulity, shows the man at his apex. And it's wild.
- Jason Ratigan
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If you watched Woody Allen‘s latest film, Magic in the Moonlight over the weekend, you may have noticed something interesting about its romantic leads: Emma Stone and Colin Firth have a 28-year age difference between them. This example of a May-December romance is drastic but — surprise, surprise — not uncommon in Allen’s films.
The director must have a fascination with the older man, younger woman affair because this sort of pairing runs rampant in his filmography. From his critically acclaimed musical-comedy Everyone Says I Love You (1996) to kooky crime fare like Small Time Crooks(2000), several of his pictures feature at least one cradle-robbing encounter, no matter how brief. We’ve assembled 10 particularly salacious pairings with the approximate age each actor or actress was at the time of filming. Some have 20, 30 or even 40-year age gaps. In other words, some of these actors could »
All good things must come to an end at some point. Yes folks, this is the final installment of this series of mine, and as such, it’s (hopefully) a bit of a doozy…the Best Picture field. Without a doubt, this is the big one, so it’s the one where the list will be the most important and I hope interesting to look at as well. Obviously, I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic and teasing, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard one more time. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or so and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure… »
- Joey Magidson
Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" action film we up against Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" action film at the box office this weekend, with "Lucy" coming out a clear winner with $44 million in domestic earnings. "Lucy" is directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). The film had the biggest opening of any film in his career and earned nearly four times as much as his "Colombiana" action film, starring Zoe Saldana. "Lucy" cost $40 million to make, which means that it's already profitable. And with an international release still on its way, the new movie will be a major hit for everyone involved. It has a 58% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Hercules" had to settle for second place with a $29 million opening. That's a disappointing result for a movie that cost $100 million. But with another $29 million coming from international box office, "Hercules" has a good chance of ending up with a total »
This new clip centres on Stanley and the spiritual medium debating who has more to lose if either is proved incorrect in their quest.
Allen's latest film is now playing on limited release in the Us and opens on September 19 in the UK. Watch a trailer below: »
Amir here, with the weekend’s Scarlett Johansson re Box Office report
‘twas a battle between two kickass heroes at the multiplex this weekend, and the The Rock’s old school muscles and sword and sandals fell to the fierce power of ScarJo and the wonder of technology. Lucy beat Hercules to top the weekend. Those weren’t the only new releases that entered the top ten: the anonymously titled And So It Goes starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas started with a tepid $2k per screen average for the slightly older crowd, while A Man Most Wanted did really solid business on only 361 screens. Experts are currently analyzing whether the audience interest stems from Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final performance or the work of Iranian character actor Homayoun Ershadi.
Weekend Box Office
01 Lucy $44 *New* Trailer thoughts
02 Hercules $29 *New*
03 Dawn Of Planet Of Apes $16.4 (cum. $172) Review
04 The Purge: Anarchy $9.8 (cum. »
- Amir S.
In this bleak midsummer for specialized product, two strong new releases opened wider than the usual two-city norm. "A Most Wanted Man" (Roadside Attractions) even placed among the wide-release Top Ten--in just 361 theaters-- while Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight" (Sony Pictures Classics) shows a continued late-career rebound in interest in the comedy auteur. But three weeks into its amazing run, the story remains Richard Linklater's slowly expanding "Boyhood" (IFC). The story of a boy's life from 6 to 18 ranked #14 despite playing in only 107 theaters, grossing $1,725,000 for a per screen average of $16,121 at a total so far of $4,126,000. This places the performance for this acclaimed (now with an unbelievable 100 score at Metacritic) at the upper end of recent specialized releases, more impressive with its three-hour length. ("Blue Jasmine" last summer in its third weekend in 119 theaters had a PSA of $19,700 on its way to $33 million »
- Tom Brueggemann
“A Most Wanted Man,” one of the final films of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, took off in its limited debut and Woody Allen‘s “Magic in the Moonlight” started solidly in its debut this weekend. But Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” was nearly as impressive in its expansion. “A Most Wanted Man” delivered the first top ten opening in the 11-year history of Roadside Attractions, which is distributing the spy thriller based on John le Carre's novel with Lionsgate. The cerebral espionage saga, directed by Anton Corbijn and co-starring Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright, opened to $2.7 million from 361 locations. »
- Todd Cunningham
Hercules’s muscles were no match for Lucy’s drug-enhanced brain at the box office this weekend. Audiences turned out in earnest to see the Scarlett Johansson thriller, which earned an expectation-shattering $44 million from 3,173 theaters in its first weekend.
Not only is it director Luc Besson’s biggest opening, Lucy is also a career high for Scarlett Johansson as a lead. Audiences for the original feature were evenly split between genders, 35 percent were under the age of 25, and 29 percent were Hispanic. But even though the EuropaCorp-produced, Universal-distributed project appealed to a wide demographic swath, those who did see the »
- Lindsey Bahr
Bold debuts from two of the weekend’s openers in a crowded specialty box office included yet another Woody Allen film as well as a last starring turn from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight was another solid opener in a string of recent successes for the veteran writer-director, with a good per-screen average. That said, the numbers were less stratospheric than some of his recent summer films when comparing on a straight theater average, though this go-around did bow in substantially more locations. Magic is Allen’s third consecutive summer release (and seventh if you count the ”shoulder” seasons). The formula continues to be a lucrative […] »
<< Continued from "Weekend Report"Playing at 361 theaters, spy thriller A Most Wanted Man cracked the Top 10 with $2.7 million. That's the second-biggest opening ever for distributor Roadside Attractions, and is noticeably higher than last year's Mud ($2.2 million). With strong reviews and built-in curiosity surrounding the final lead role from Philip Seymour Hoffman, this should be a solid performer in the weeks ahead.Richard Linklater's Boyhood expanded to 107 theaters and earned $1.73 million this weekend ($16,121 average). The movie has now earned $4.1 million, which ranks fifth all-time for distributor IFC Films. According to IFC, there will be an aggressive expansion over the next few weeks that will include a national television advertising campaign. It's unclear exactly how high this can go, but a total north of $15 million seems like a likely outcome.Gabriel Iglesias stand-up flick The Fluffy Movie opened to $1.3 million from 432 theaters. In comparison, Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain »
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The actress may have benefited more from her work on the Marvel movies than any other member of the superhero ensemble save for Robert Downey Jr., whose work as Iron Man transformed him into perhaps the biggest box office star on the planet. Evidence of Johansson’s raised profile was on display this weekend, as the actress powered “Lucy” to a $44 million debut, the third biggest female-driven action opening of all time.
- Brent Lang
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