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For all you Woody Allen haters out there, this might help bring him back into your good graces. Maybe.
It's been three years since John Turturro's last film ("Passione"), and you probably didn't see it. He's now back in the director's chair for "Fading Gigolo," which has a stellar cast -- the movie stars Turturro, Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Liev Schreiber, and Vanessa Paradis, among others.
The plot is just as it sounds: someone's becoming a gigolo. Main character Fioravante (Turturro) decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray (Allen). With Murray acting as his "manager," the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the complicated world where love intersects with money.
(Click image for full-sized poster, below.)
"Fading Gigolo" is slated for release in Canada on May 23, 2014. It has a tentative U.S. release date of »
- Chris Jancelewicz
A few nights ago, I went to the screening of Troma’s hilarious new movie Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1. Texas Frightmare Weekend and Rue Morgue magazine were kind enough to sponsor the event at the historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Texas Frightmare is an annual horror convention that happens every May in Irving, Texas, that welcomes both celebrities and fans to gather and celebrate the genre. Fearnet will be attending the event this year, so make sure to stop by their booth to say hello and grab some much needed hand sanitizer!
On Sunday, I was lucky enough to get a quick interview with the man himself; the legend who created Troma Entertainment, Mr. Lloyd Kaufman. We chatted about the remake of his cult classic Class of Nuke ‘Em High, what’s in store for Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2, and what it takes to make »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Watch this new clip from Millennium Entertainment's "Fading Gigolo" which is directed by John Turturro, who also stars in the film alongside Woody Allen, Vanessa Paradis,Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Bob Balaban. When best friends Fioravante (Turturro) and Murray (Allen) scheme to get out of debt by entering into the world’s oldest profession, neither is fully prepared for what awaits them. With Murray acting as pimp, he quickly secures a job for his friend. Murray’s beautiful dermatologist Dr. Parker (Stone) and her equally gorgeous friend Selima (Vergara) confess they’d like to experience a ménage à trois – Fioravante is hired, after a few “try out” meetings. Before long, Murray is successfully »
The film version of A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway’s memoir about his time as a young writer in Paris in the 1920s, is edging closer toward production.
“I have waited years and years for that to be set up. Mariel Hemingway has set that up for me and I am enjoying it enormously,” Hirst commented of the project.
“It is just the greatest love story ever written - the most painful love story »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Cate Blanchett Gets Tattoo After Oscars
Blanchett, 44, visited the Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlor with her close friend and fellow 2014 Best Actress in a Leading Role nominee Amy Adams. Both Blanchett and Adams' significant others – Andrew Upton and Darren Le Gallo – came along as well.
While it was clear that both Blanchett and Le Gallo had bandages likely stemming from some new ink, it’s uncertain as to whether Adams or Upton opted to get tattoos.
Blanchett previously won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for her work in The Aviator opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Since this was her first leading role win, it’s possible she got a tattoo to commemorate the victory. »
Caliber Media and Glydascope are producing the project. Quincy Rose is directing the film about well-educated young adults trying to make their way through the craziness of dating in Los Angeles.
Shooting began Wednesday and will last about three weeks in Los Angeles, where big-budget films have largely vanished due to rich incentives from other states and nations. State legislators have recently introduced a bill to improve the state’s production tax credit program, and FilmL.A. president Paul Audley has noted repeatedly that these days, much of the feature film shooting in Los Angeles has been of low-budget entries such as “Friends Effing Friends.”
“Shooting in L.A. was a mixture of several things,” producer Dallas Sonnier told Variety. “The story is all about how hard »
- Dave McNary
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Interiors and Manhattan Murder Mystery...
Simon Columb on Interiors...
Woody Allen’s first foray into drama is a delicate musing on family, divorce and depression. Daughters Joey (Hurt), Renata (Keaton) and Flyn (Griffith) are coping with the divorce of their parents, Arthur (E.G. Marshall) and Eve (Geraldine Page). Interior-designer Eve desperately hopes Arthur will return to her – but we, and the daughters, suspect this won’t happen. Wild-child Flyn is a TV actress and her sister’s boyfriend obsesses over her. Joey’s high-strung and intense attitude cloaks her fears. Renata, though honest with her mother, »
- Gary Collinson
There are no two forces more fundamentally incompatible than lightweight moral outrage and Hollywood. In a way, we're already very well aware of this, eager to jump on Jared Leto for daring to besmirch his lion-tressed, doe-eyed acceptance speech with the words "Venezuela" and "Ukraine." Shut the fuck up, Catalano! Get off the stage! And yet the media at large generated a couple hundred think pieces over the weekend about what Cate Blanchett's acceptance speech did or didn't owe, in terms of her relationship to Woody Allen; or what 12 Years a Slave winning Best Picture means about racism in modern America. It's patently ludicrous to try to chain a discussion of right and wrong in relation to modern media -- or even a bit...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
"It's like another contemporary American phenomenon that's truly moronic. The novelizations of movies. You're much too brilliant for that." - Woody Allen, "Manhattan"
Indeed, movie novelizations are a strange cultural artifact if there ever was one. Why would you want to read something you could spend 90-minutes watching? We could see people curious about a major blockbuster, say a new "Star Wars" movie coming down the pike, reading to quench their thirst for spoilers. We could also imagine it was fun before the era of home video to revisit a favorite flick in your mind's eye. But These movies?
That's right, we've uncovered 10 hilariously misguided efforts to novelize movies that should never have been made at all, let alone canonized as "literature." Cheesy horror sequel? Check. Video game adaptation? Check. One of the biggest flops of all-time? You bet. We've read through them all to pluck out the most ridiculous excerpts we could find, »
- Max Evry
Alexa Ray Joel's Residency
Joel’s residency will be at The Café Carlyle inside the Hotel Carlyle on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, reported Upi.com. She’ll be singing and playing the piano at the lounge from April 1-12.
Joel, who has previously had a residency at the Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room, has released singles “Notice Me,” All I Can Do Is Love” and “Beg You to Stay.” She’s also recorded a cover of her father’s hit “Just the Way You Are.”
While his daughter performs in the Upper East Side, Billy Joel will continue performing to sell out crowds at Madison Square Garden in Midtown. The six-time Grammy-winning artist will continue to do one show a month in the »
"Those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences, they are not. Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people!" exclaimed Cate Blanchett while accepting the Best Actress Oscar for "Blue Jasmine." Blanchett's female empowerment mantra received a tidal wave of good cheer from her peers in the Dolby Theatre Sunday night, especially compared to the muted reception she got for thanking her scandal-ridden director Woody Allen. But does Blanchett have her box office facts correct? (See the list of 2013's top money makers below.) While there's no question certain audiences will always want to see female-driven movies, the idea that those movies "earn money" is perhaps a statement more designed to inspire hope than reflect actual facts. Sorry for the reality check, Cate! Case in point, »
Oscar 2014 winners and nominees (photo: Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto chat at the 2014 Oscar ceremony) Best Picture: American Hustle, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon; Captain Phillips, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca; Dallas Buyers Club, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter; Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman; Her, Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay; Nebraska, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa; Philomena, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward; 12 Years a Slave, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Anthony Katagas; The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium; The Great Beauty, Italy; The Hunt, Denmark; The Missing Picture, Cambodia; Omar, Palestine. Best Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County. Best Actor: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, »
- Steve Montgomery
Oscar 2014 TV ratings: 10-year high in overall viewership in U.S. (image: Twitter hit ‘Ellen selfie Oscars,’ featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Oscar 2014 company) Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose "Oscars selfie" became a record-breaking Twitter hit, and featuring the likes of Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, and John Travolta as presenters — in addition to a pizza delivery man as part of an extended DeGeneres joke — the 2014 Oscar ceremony hit a 10-year high in overall viewership. In the coveted 18-49 age bracket, this year’s Oscar show drew a 12.9 rating vs. 13.0 last year; overall, in the United States an estimated 43 million people watched at least some segments of the Oscar telecast held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 — up 6% compared to last year’s show hosted by Seth MacFarlane, and featuring Ben Affleck’s Argo, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christoph Waltz, and Anne Hathaway among the winners. »
- Steve Montgomery
Cate Blanchett brought home the Best Actress at the Oscars 2014 tonight, dodging the recent Woody Allen scandal to take home the golden statue. The Australian star picked up the trophy for her role in Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' and paid tribute to all the other nominees as she was handed her award. She said: ''As random and as subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year, yet again, of extraordinary performances by women. ''Amy Adams, everything you do, but your performance in 'American Hustle' blew my mind. And Meryl [Streep] what can I say? Sandra [Bullock], I could watch that performance to the end of time, and I sort of felt I had. ''Julia [Roberts] hashtag suck it! You know what I mean? And [dame] Judi Dench. What a career. And she's not here tonight, because at the age of 79 because she's in »
Alfonso Cuarón's space thriller takes seven awards, but loses out to 12 Years a Slave for best picture
• How the night unfolded
• Full list of winners
Gravity may be set in space, but it achieved a landslide at the 86th Academy Awards, taking seven Oscars, while 12 Years a Slave went home with three.
Through its UK producer, David Heyman, Gravity qualifies as a British film, and its Oscar wins come in the wake of the best British film award at the Bafta ceremony. Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI, the UK's lead film agency said: "We join the whole British film industry in congratulating Steve McQueen on the awards for his remarkable and important film, 12 Years A Slave, and Alfonso Cuarón whose astonishing film, Gravity was made right here in the UK. Our industry continues to punch above its weight, with exceptional creative talent and world-leading practitioners, infrastructure and facilities »
- Catherine Shoard, Andrew Pulver
The 86th annual Academy Awards were really fun to watch. Ellen Degeneres did a fantastic job hosting, and I enjoyed the show she put on. It was also insanely predictable, at least, for me it was. Overall, I'm happy with all of the films that won. My favorite win of the the night was Spike Jonze taking home the Oscar for Best Original screenplay for Her. That was such an amazing movie, and I really wanted it to win that award, but I wasn't sure it would happen. My favorite speech of the night came from Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey. I was never really a big fan of his, but over the last couple of years he has sure blown up into an amazing actor who has starred in some really incredible films. Then that speech he gave last night won me over, and now I'm on team McConaughey. »
- Joey Paur
Blue Jasmine star Cate Blanchett served up a little bit of blue language on Sunday night. After walking away with the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the Woody Allen flick, the 44-year-old thesp dropped an F-bomb that was caught live on CNN while she was fielding questions from the press backstage. "I wanted to ask you about the fact that you're the first Australian to ever win [Best Actress]," said a reporter, before Blanchett playfully cut in with, "And don't you f--king forget it!" Later, Blanchett also kinda, sorta explained the cryptic comment she made to Julia Roberts during her acceptance speech when she said, "Julia, hashtag suck it." "It »
• How the night unfolded
• Gravity pulls all night
• Full list of winners
• 10 things we learned
This year's Academy Awards was a very good year, pretty well a vintage year in fact, with excellent films of very different genres being recognised. For a critic it is gratifying to see them rewarded, though baffling in other ways to watch the spectacle of so many others being ignored. Well, that is what happens in this quasi-Superbowl. As ever, the Oscars revealed themselves to be purely enjoyable only for the observers, the journalists and the big winners with the majority of the actual participants undergoing what I suspect is a terrible ordeal and the majority going away under a cloud of disappointment. »
- Peter Bradshaw
While live-blogging the Oscars you really don't get too much of a chance to take in all the acceptance speeches. I catch a few moments here and there, and I can pretty much tell when the air is being let out of the room as well as those moments where someone is really capturing the moment. What I've put together below are the five speeches where I think the winner really managed to stand-out. I also love the true excitement coupled with the words chosen in these speeches. Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave, especially, seemed to capture the room with her infectious smile as much as Jennifer Lawrence a year before, not to forget her brother, Peter, who photobombed Ellen's Twitter-breaking selfie and is clearly someone very special in Lupita's life and she in his. The only truly strange thing about these speeches is John Ridley and Steve McQueen failing »
- Brad Brevet
Hard-hitting slavery drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor becomes first film from black director to win top Academy award
• How the night unfolded
• Full list of winners
12 Years a Slave has won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards, defeating a nine-strong field that included Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle for the headline prize at this year's ceremony. 12 Years a Slave becomes the first film from a black director to take the best picture Oscar.
Directed by Steve McQueen, the landmark slavery drama stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man kidnapped and sold to slaveowners in 19th-century Louisiana. It was based on the bestselling memoir by Solomon Northup, first published in 1853. 12 Years a Slave follows McQueen's award-winning dramas Hunger and Shame, and was produced by among others Brad Pitt's Plan B outfit. Pitt also takes a small but pivotal role as abolitionist carpenter Samuel Bass. »
- Andrew Pulver
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