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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
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.
- Trish Deitch
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.
- Trish Deitch
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...
- Christopher Campbell
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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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, »
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Orgasm, Inc.: hilarious documentary look at the medical-industrial complex’s ongoing attempts to make big bucks off women’s unhappiness in the bedroom [my review] [at Netflix]
new to streaming
Foxfire: magnificent drama about a girl gang in 1950s New York, astonishing in its peek into the hidden traumas of girls’ everyday lives [at Netflix] Manhattan: Woody Allen’s glorious 1979 valentine to New York wrapped up in romance between a middle-aged man and a teenaged girl offers extra insight into the filmmaker thanks to subsequent public events in his personal life [at Netflix] Terms and Conditions May Apply: compelling documentary about the privacy we willingly sign away online; essential viewing in light of current events [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
All Is Lost: gripping tale of adventure and survival on the high seas, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
With the premiere of her superhero sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, just weeks away, and plenty of other top-tier projects in the works (including a Woody Allen movie and untitled Cameron Crowe project), Emma Stone would seem to be the antithesis of dull. However, in her May 2014 cover story for Vogue (on stands on April 29), the bottle-redhead, 25, cops to calling herself a "bland basic bitch." Why? She discovered the insult after Googling herself, and found it to be rather comical. “I don’t usually like what [...] »
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" remained in the top spot at the domestic box office with another $27 million, bringing its worldwide total to $586 million. The best opening of the Easter weekend for a new release went to the faith-based film "Heaven is for Real," starring Greg Kinner. The movie, which landed in third place, is based on the real-life story of pastor Todd Burpo, whose young son said he visited heaven during emergency surgery. It earned $21.5 million on a budget of only $12 million and has a 53% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Taking fourth place is Johnny Depp's "Transcendence" sci-fi film, which bombed with $11.2 million on a budget of $100 million. It also has a terrible 20% rating. "The movie just missed its audience," said Warner Bros. Marlon Wayans' "A Haunted House" sequel, which cost only $4 million to make, ended up in fifth place with $9.1 million. The first film hit theaters in »
In the specialty world, strong grosses follow critical reaction most of the time. When distributors fear reviews, they often avoid narrow two-city, high-profile openings, going broader or even heading straight for video on demand. Millennium Films, despite mixed reactions to the "Fading Gigolo" premiere at Toronto, committed to a high-end New York/Los Angeles debut for the John Turturro film starring (but not directed by) Woody Allen, along with a wide advance screening program and significant marketing expenditures. The surprise result is the second-best limited opener of the year, with grosses comparable to some much higher profile first weekends in similar theaters. Its success is welcome, as several other decent openers don't boast the wider reaction that could propel them into crossover or lengthy limited release success. Opening "Fading Gigolo" (Millennium) - Criticwire: B-; Metacritic: 56; Festivals include: Toronto 2013, Rio 2013, Miami 2014 $198,000 »
- Tom Brueggemann
After 15 years of acting, Chris Messina last year decided that it was time to make the jump to calling the shots as a director. He had plenty of on-set experience to draw on as he began the endeavor, and it was one note he took while working with Woody Allen on “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” that played an especially important role in his approach to making “Alex of Venice.” “Woody Allen said to Rebecca Hall once in a scene, ‘Do it once happy, do it sad, and do it indifferent, because I don't know where I'm going to be when »
- Jordan Zakarin
Amir here, with the weekend’s box office report. It’s Easter weekend and we have proof of it in the box office top ten. When was the last time three films with such strong religious overtones as Noah, God’s Not Dead and Heaven Is for Real were simultaneously in the top ten best selling pile? The latter film was the new entry this weekend and shockingly grossed more than $20m, helping itself to the third spot behind holdovers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2. Can you think of any film with a more unappealingly on the nose title? The 3-minute trailer is an excruciating exercise in patience in its own right but I understand I’m not the target audience. I’m sure the people who saw it in droves enjoyed it. Right? Maybe. Possibly. Fuck, seriously? Is this film for real?
Yes, Greg Kinnear. Your »
- Amir S.
Any thoughts that the sex abuse allegations leveled at Woody Allen by his adopted daughter earlier this year would hurt his movies at the box office look to be unfounded – at least on the art house circuit. The comedy “Fading Gigolo,” in which Allen stars as an aging pimp, posted the second-best limited opening of the year this weekend, with $198,399 from just five theaters. That's a $39,680 per-theater average, behind only the debut of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which averaged a stunning $202,792 from four theaters last month. In fact, “Fading Gigolo” is as much John Turturro's movie. He »
- Todd Cunningham
John Turturro built his reputation by starring in a slew of independent features that showcase a vast range and immense talents, including Coen brothers classics like Barton Fink and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but John’s talents stretch farther than just acting. As a writer and director, Turturro has gained a few filmmaker credits with titles like Romance & Cigarettes, but his most recent film has gained some pretty deserving hype because of an on-screen team-up with famed goofball Woody Allen. Yes, Turturro’s new film Fading Gigolo pits these two Brooklyn natives as dear friends, one being a pimp and the other being his gigolo – guess which is which?
Also starring Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, and Liev Schreiber, this sweet tale of love and companionship puts Turturro and Allen in a world full of guilt, paychecks, and the conflicting emotions that accompany such a lifestyle. While some »
- Matt Donato
The recent uproar surrounding Woody Allen over allegations that he molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, didn't stop new comedy Fading Gigolo from doing strong business in its limited debut over Easter weekend. John Turturro both directed and stars in the Qed International film opposite Allen, who rarely acts for other directors. Fading Gigolo debuted to $198,399 from five theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a pleasing theater average of $39,680, the best of the weekend for any film. U.S. Box Office: 'Heaven Is for Real' Crushes Johnny Depp's Latest Bomb 'Transcendence' "Fading Gigolo is performing
- Pamela McClintock
John Turturro's "Fading Gigolo" brought some very good news to distributor Millennium Entertainment this Easter Sunday. The film -- which stars Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, and Liev Schreiber -- grossed a fantastic $198,399 from just 5 theaters over the weekend, averaging $39,680. That's the second best limited debut of the year, after "The Grand Budapest Hotel." "Fading Gigolo is performing better than we had even hoped," Bill Lee, CEO Millennium Entertainment, said. "Propelled by fantastic word of mouth we saw a spectacular jump from Friday to Saturday - which goes to show that audiences were craving a funny and heartfelt film. That fact that Woody Allen is featured in a hilarious lead role was clearly a big draw. John Turturro has created a romantic comedy that is truly speaking to audiences- young, old, male and female. We're proud to be part of bringing this very special film »
- Peter Knegt
There is absolutely no sugar coating it, with an $11.2 million opening, a 'C+" CinemaScore, 19% at RottenTomatoes and a $100 million budget, audiences and the majority of critics have roundly dismissed Transcendence. While I personally don't agree with the negative verdict, there is no escaping the fact this three-day opening is more than $15 million less than the $25.6 million tracking. I have no idea when the last time a film,'s tracking was that far off the end result. What disappoints me most about this is director Wally Pfister will be judged harshly after such an ambitious film and due to critics regularly comparing him to Christopher Nolan, whom he served under as cinematographer for so long. Transcendence is far more interesting than it has been given credit, but it appears no one is paying attention. In first place, for the third weekend in a row, is Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier with $26.6 million. »
- Brad Brevet
Something very odd is headed to Tribeca with Onur Tukel's Summer Of Blood. Imagine, if you will, Woody Allen as a child of the mumblecore movement making a vampire film. You are now in the correct neighborhood, at least, for what Tukel has in store though this is so distinctly his own that playing the compare and contrast game seems to be doing it a mild disservice.Erik Sparrow is one of the lucky ones. He's got a good job. He's in a stable relationship. He lives in one of the greatest cities in the world. Does he deserve it? Probably not. He's not too bright. He's not very attractive. He's not at all ambitious. He's chubby and he's always complaining. And when his girlfriend Jody...
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The New York City skyline is one of the tired titans of American imagery. To put it more charitably, it’s awfully difficult to fill a movie with classic images of Gotham and finish with something original and interesting. In Ira Sachs‘s newest feature, Love Is Strange, one of his characters goes to the trouble of actually painting the view of Manhattan from a Brooklyn roof. This particular canvas becomes one of the most emotionally charged symbols of the film. In the hands of a less assured director, it would be entirely ponderous. Yet Sachs knows his way around the city, so to speak. His last feature, Keep the Lights On, charted the heartbreaking decline of a relationship against the backdrop of a hazy metropolis. Love Is Strange, on the other hand, finds a much clearer and brighter source of light. Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are an aging couple finally, legally »
- Daniel Walber
Actor, writer and director John Turturro has certainly left his mark on Hollywood with earlier parts in numerous Spike Lee films, The Big Lebowski, Quiz Show and many more. The talented star has also written and directed a few of his own films, one of which includes the very amusing and sexy upcoming film, Fading Gigolo.
Turturro stars in his film as the unassuming gigolo along side a fantastic cast, which includes Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis. We sat down with the charming actor to chat about the captivating script, which he consulted Allen on, the smokin’ hot female cast and why he chose to write a story about prostitution.
Check out our interview and the film this coming Friday, April 18th.
- Jenny Karakaya
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