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Box Office: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ to Out Muscle ‘Hercules’

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of Hollywood’s hottest action stars will inject a shot of adrenaline into the moribund summer box office this weekend, when “Lucy,” Scarlett Johansson’s revenge thriller, hits screens.

Distributed by Universal, “Lucy” will unroll across 3,172 theaters this weekend and should shoot up an estimated $36 million. That would be a nice return on a $40 million budget and a sign that audiences don’t always need their on-screen mayhem to arrive pre-branded, pre-merchandised and plucked from venerable comic books or toylines. It’s the rare original film that looks ready to upend the steady stream of same-olds.

Film Review: Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy

Sadly, “Lucy’s” main competition, “Hercules,” is looking less than godly. Paramount and MGM’s $100 million re-imagining of the old Hydra killer is on track to debut to roughly $25 million across 3,600 locations, which would be a scrawny showing given the high cost of the production.

Brett Ratner (“Tower Heist”) directs the film, »

- Brent Lang

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Colin Firth Talks Magic In The Moonlight, Working with Woody Allen, Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, Genius, Comic-Con, and More

7 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening in limited release this weekend is Woody Allen’s new film Magic in the Moonlight.  The romantic comedy is set in the south of France in the 1920s and stars Colin Firth as an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle, as a young woman (Emma Stone) claims to be able to communicate with spirits.  As he spends more time with the girl, however, he starts to wonder if she may not be a fraud after all.  The film also stars Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, and Jacki Weaver.  For more on the film watch the trailer. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with  Colin Firth.  He talked about making Magic in the Moonlight, working with Woody Allen, filming in France, shooting at the magic hour, working with Matthew Vaughn on Kingsman: The Secret Service and one of the »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Spotlight on the Stars: Emma Stone

9 hours ago | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at a younger A-lister, though one who’s been continually increasing her profile for a number of years now. It’s Emma Stone, one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars. She’s basically been on a rocket to the top, with no signs of slowing down. Stone not only has the goods as an actress, she’s got the charisma and personality to match. That’s the kind of combination that allows a star to go far. She’s an A-lister through and through, but one still very much on the upswing of her career. She’s still got plenty more to do, including I suspect…win an Oscar. Stone is an actress who can shine in just about any role. She got her start with a clever supporting performance in Superbad, the type of performance she’d »

- Joey Magidson

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Daily | Performance, Top Sci-Fi, Demy

11 hours ago | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Performance" is the theme of the new issue of Screen Machine, with essays on Al Pacino in Michael Mann's Heat (1995) and Anton Walbrook’s in Thorold Dickinson's Gaslight (1940 and more. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Time Out's polled directors, scientists and authors for its list of the "100 best sci-fi movies." Plus Terrence Rafferty on Jacques Demy, Adam Schatz on Alain Robbe-Grillet, Laya Maheshwari's conversation with Park Chan-wook, Jessica Kiang's interview with William Friedkin—and Josh Horowitz has gotten Woody Allen to appear on his first podcast. » - David Hudson »

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The Noteworthy: Nyff Premieres, Dennis Hopper & The Russian Dynamite Trick, Radiohead's Motion Picture Soundtracks

12 hours ago | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Edited by Adam Cook

The 52nd New York Film Festival is shaping up to be an especially high profile event this Fall. Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice is set to premiere there, along with David Fincher's Gone Girl, and Alejandro Iñárritu's bizarre looking Birdman. On David Bordwell's blog, he writes on Wes Anderson, and the current state of authorship in cinema:

"Wes Anderson has found a way to make films that project a unique sensibility while also fitting fairly smoothly into the modern American industry. He has his detractors (“I detest these films,” a friend tells me), but there’s no arguing with his distinctiveness.  The Grand Budapest Hotel is perhaps the most vivid example of Andersonian whimsy as signature style....I want to look at the auteurish aspects of another Anderson film. Whether you admire him, abominate him, or have mixed feelings, I think that studying »

- Notebook

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Summer sitcom rewind: 'Seinfeld' - 'The Red Dot'

13 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Continuing our occasional summer look back at classic sitcom episodes, it's time to discuss "The Red Dot" from "Seinfeld" season 3, coming up just as soon as my favorite book is "Venetian Blinds" by Art Vandelay... "Seinfeld," the short version: For that, take a look at this story I wrote at the start of this month on the 25th anniversary of the airing of "The Seinfeld Chronicles" pilot. As I noted at the end of the last summer sitcom rewind piece, I was limited in my "Seinfeld" options by whatever episodes Crackle happened to be streaming this month. (The way my luck's going with this project — more on that at the end — the calendar will turn over to August and "The Contest," "The Outing" and "The Opposite" will all suddenly be available.) "The Red Dot" isn't likely to make a lot of "Seinfeld" fans' top 10 lists, but that ultimately speaks more »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Magic in the Moonlight Review: Emma Stone, Colin Firth Have "Chemistry," Yet Woody Allen's Film Is "Fluffier Than a Croissant"

15 hours ago | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

In theaters Friday, July 25 2 1/2 stars (out of 4 stars) An enchanting look at unlikely powers of love, this comedy is fluffier than a croissant just out of the oven. That's not good enough. By now, we expect more from a sharp-witted, prolific genius like writer-director Woody Allen. At 78 years old, he's still at the pinnacle of his profession, dutifully releasing one original film a year. In the past decade alone, he's crafted such masterworks as Blue Jasmine, Match Point and Midnight in Paris. It's [...] »

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Woody Allen Musical 'Bullets Over Broadway' to Close

22 July 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Woody Allen's $14 million Bullets Over Broadway is closing, with a final performance slated for Aug. 24, its producers announced Tuesday. Bullets, Allen's first stage musical, is the fourth major musical based on a movie to close during the 2013-14 season, following Big Fish, The Bridges of Madison County and Rocky. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The closing is a blow for A-list Broadway director-choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers), who also worked on Big Fish. The play is likely to lose a good portion or all of its $14 million capitalization, The New York Times reported. To

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- Aaron Couch, David Rooney

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Review: 'Magic In The Moonlight' makes weak use of Colin Firth and Emma Stone

22 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Magic In The Moonlight" is one of those Woody Allen films. You know the kind I mean. At this point, with Allen currently directing his 45th feature film, his pace has become as much a part of his daily life as breathing or dodging uncomfortable questions about his personal proclivities. He writes and directs one feature film after another, and some of them are good and some of them are terrible and occasionally one of them is so great it's ridiculous. Often, what we get are serviceable premises dressed up with recognizable actors who are just happy to get their turn to work with Allen, and the films end up feeling thin, like first drafts of something that might work. In "Magic In The Moonlight," Colin Firth plays Stanley, a stage magician who, in the grand tradition of Houdini, hates anyone who deals in spiritualism, and when his old friend »

- Drew McWeeny

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Colin Firth and Jacki Weaver Try to Pick Their Favorite Woody Allen Film

22 July 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Woody Allen has directed so many movies, it’s hard to pick just one favorite. At the L.A. premiere of his latest, “Magic in the Moonlight,” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Monday, the attendees had some trouble even narrowing it down.

“Well, I’ve got about 12,” said Jacki Weaver, who plays Grace in the film. “I’ll always have a soft spot for ‘Zelig.’ And I love all the usual things. I love ‘A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy,’ and more recently I love ‘Match Point.’ I’m crazy about ‘Broadway Danny Rose’ and ‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’ and ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’ and ‘Hannah and Her Sisters.’”

Colin Firth, who stars opposite Emma Stone, struggled with the same question. “I think people can play this, it’s like a parlor game all night, really. At the moment, »

- Sebastian Torrelio

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The 10 Best Male Characters In Woody Allen's Films

22 July 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Is it that time of year already? This week, 2014’s Woody Allen film opens. “Magic in the Moonlight” (review here) sees the director back on the frothy-fun-in-foreign-climes form that he’s made a stock in trade recently, after the deviation of last year’s “Blue Jasmine.” That film’s Oscar-winning central turn by Cate Blanchett led us to discuss some of Woody Allen’s best female characters, and if it’s unlikely that “Magic in the Moonlight” will prove the same awards-magnet for any of its cast, there’s certainly enough here to warrant another riffle through Allen’s back catalogue of performances. And with our reviewer calling attention to Colin Firth in particular, who, cast a little against type, “drives his incorrigibly cranky character right to the edge of unsympathetic” but pulls it back just in time to save his sarcastic and cynical illusionist from all-out detestability, perhaps it »

- The Playlist Staff

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Emma Stone and Colin Firth Talk Magic In The Moonlight, Working with Woody Allen, Filming Without Rehearsal Time and More

22 July 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

On the one hand, you’ve got to feel pretty damn good when you’re cast in a Woody Allen film.  He’s an Academy Award winning director who continues to churn out films with outstanding performances year after year.  But, on the other hand, that’s a seriously high-pressure situation right there and Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight stars, Emma Stone and Colin Firth, certainly felt it. While promoting the film’s July 25th limited release, Stone and Firth sat down with us to talk about hitting the set having done no rehearsals, shooting and re-shooting a certain scene only to have it completely cut from the film, adding Allen’s signature cadence to their own performances and much more.  You can check it all out after the jump.  Also, in case you missed it, click here for what Firth told us about his upcoming Donald Crowhurst movie. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Podcast: Blockbuster Escapism, Marvel's Cinematic Future, Games and More

22 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We aren't forgetting DVDs and Blu-rays this Tuesday, not sure if that's a good thing or not, but beyond that Laremy and I chat about our similar taste in movies, the future plans for Marvels Cinematic Universe, and the escapism found in blockbusters or the lack thereof. On top of that we have your questions, which includes a voice mail from Mike, games and more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »

- Brad Brevet

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Emma Stone Annoyed Colin Firth by Live-Texting Him the Entire Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Plot

22 July 2014 7:02 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Working with Colin Firth has its perks. Working with Emma Stone has its drawbacks. In a joint interview to promote Woody Allen's movie Magic in the Moonlight, Stone revealed that she pestered her colleague about his prior work. "I've seen Love Actually about 18 times," the 25-year-old actress told The Daily Beast. "I've seen Bridget Jones too many times now. You were so upset with me! I live-texted Colin the plot of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason a few months back while I was watching it. You were very upset with me, if I remember correctly. I talked him through what he was doing." Stone's unfiltered access to Firth became a bit irksome. "She's talking through my back »

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Woody Allen Talks His Life and Career in First Podcast Appearance

22 July 2014 12:12 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Woody Allen may not know what a podcast is, but that didn't stop him from making his first appearance on one. The prolific director sat down for a 35-minute chat with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz, covering a wide range of topics throughout his career. However, there was no mention at all of the sex abuse claims brought by his daughter Dylan Farrow in an open letter in February. Allen had publicly responded to her New York Times open letter with the suggestion that her mother, Mia Farrow, had coached her to make the accusations. Also read: ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ Review: Woody. »

- Jason Hughes

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Red-Carpet Video & Photo: Woody Allen in Chicago for ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

21 July 2014 8:11 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – A neurotic New Yorker, Woody Allen has been a fixture in Hollywood for more than 50 years. After racking up 73 writing credits and 50 in the director’s chair, Allen returned to Chicago on July 19, 2014 to walk the red carpet for his new romantic dramedy “Magic in the Moonlight”.

The film stars Emma Stone and Colin Firth.

At the age of 79, our red-carpet video shows you Woody Allen’s enduring wit, discusses what he thinks is funny, reminisces about standup comedy in Chicago and recalls how much the now-vegetarion misses Windy City ribs. The video also includes interviews with executive producer Ron Chez and Metropolitan Capital CEO Michael Rose. Enjoy our red-carpet video below!

While it lacks the oomph and memorability of Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” which in 2013 scored and Oscar for Cate Blanchett’s leading role, “Magic in the Moonlight” fascinatingly focuses on the seance, psychic and magic craze of the 1920s. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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A “New” New Hope: Film Preservation and the Problem with ‘Star Wars’

21 July 2014 8:03 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In an episode of The Big Bang Theory (a sitcom lampooning modern “geek” culture with varying degrees of success), physicist Dr. Sheldon Cooper refuses to watch the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series before the Clone Wars movie. He explains, “I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intended.” Though likely unintentional, this offhanded remark reveals the central dilemma of the Star Wars fandom.  Does the franchise “belong” to Lucas or does it “belong” to the public, as an artifact of cultural history? With the 2011 release of the 6-part Star Wars saga on Blu-ray came the announcement that the version of the trilogy available in the set would not be from the original theatrical prints, but the 1997 “Special Edition” versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which include additional scenes and updated technology. Many fans of the franchise see »

- Mallory Andrews

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Woody Allen's First Podcast: 7 Revelations From 'Magic in the Moonlight' Director

21 July 2014 5:13 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Woody Allen made history Sunday when he opened up to MTV News' Josh Horowitz in his first podcast appearance, admitting that "I don't know what a podcast is" — while also eating his first vanilla Tootsie roll. Among the wide range of topics touched on by the pair during the 35-minute interview for Happy Sad Confused were why the 78-year-old is never satisfied with his films, his favorite leading ladies and lack of leading men, his love of candy and the New York Knicks. Notably absent during the interview was any mention of daughter Dylan Farrow and the open

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- Debbie Emery

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Jacki Weaver says 'Broadchurch' remake 'Gracepoint' has a different villain

21 July 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Critics may be questioning the point of remaking acclaimed BBC series "Broadchurch" when the first two episodes of its U.S. remake are reportedly so similar to the original show - but as "Gracepoint" star Jacki Weaver tells HitFix, the Fox miniseries becomes quite distinct from its predecessor as it progresses. "'Gracepoint' is quite different," said the actress during promotion for Woody Allen's latest film "Magic in the Moonlight." "I mean, the first few...couple of eps are the same, but then there's new characters, and there's different...there's a different villain. A different killer. So...it is different." So what did Weaver think of the original series? Check out the full clip embedded above for the answer. Also starring David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Michael Peña, Nick Nolte and Kevin Zegers, "Gracepoint" premieres Thursday, October 2 on Fox. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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'Magic in the Moonlight' (2014) Movie Review

21 July 2014 10:11 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

In my opinion a new Woody Allen movie every year is a bit of a treat. Yes, they can disappoint such as Whatever Works, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and To Rome with Love, but they can also be true knock outs such as Vicki Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris, along with the stunning performance from Cate Blanchett in last year's Blue Jasmine, and that's only looking at the last six Allen films. He's directed nearly 50 over his illustrious career and I'd say his latest, Magic in the Moonlight, falls somewhere in the middle. Set in France in the 1920s, the film is complete with all the acerbic wit, pessimism for life and otherwise charm the better Allen films often exude. Magic in the Moonlight's first two-thirds are delightful as we're first introduced to Colin Firth in the role of Stanley Crawford, a pompous and arrogant »

- Brad Brevet

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