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Sony Slates 'I Saw the Light' for Awards Slot, Tom Hiddleston Looking for First Nom

29 June 2015 3:38 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Sony Pictures Classics has dated Marc Abraham's I Saw the Light for a Nov. 27 release, which all but guarantees an Oscar push for the film and most likely a big push for Tom Hiddleston who stars in the feature as legendary country western singer Hank Williams. The pic is now slotted alongside fellow Oscar hopeful The Danish Girl, though both films will probably be looking to make a big splash on the Fall film festival circuit, already establishing an awards season narrative before the general public lays their eyes on either of them. The pic, which also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones, chronicles Williams' meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. Hiddleston is probably best known to most as Loki from The Avengers film franchise, but 2015 is looking to be a year where he makes a »

- Brad Brevet

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Sony Pictures Classics Adds Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Starring Tom Hiddleston to Awards Slate

29 June 2015 11:28 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Back in April, Sony Pictures Classics snagged worldwide rights to "I Saw the Light," writer/director Marc Abraham's biopic of country western singer Hank Williams, whose life was destroyed by fame. Now Spc has dated the movie for prime time on November 27 for Thanksgiving weekend. This means that Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are adding Tom Hiddleston, who has never been nominated for an Oscar, to their burgeoning awards campaigns.  That will not include Woody Allen's "Irrational Man." While Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone are entertaining, the all-too familiar romantic comedy scored middling reviews out of Cannes. Sure to be high on critics' ten-bests and rewarded by awards groups, however, is Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner "Son of Saul," which has already been submitted for the Oscar by Hungary. Other awards possibilities include rising Swedish star Alicia Vikander, who carries intense World War I drama "Testament of Youth" (which. »

- Anne Thompson

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Five "Must-See" Movies for July 2015

29 June 2015 8:55 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Normally, I'm not one to brag, but I would like to say right off the bat, I think I did pretty well with my must-see list last month. Of my five official picks -- Spy, Jurassic World, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dope and Inside Out -- the closest I got to suggesting you see a movie people generally didn't like was Jurassic World, which has broken all sorts of box office records and sits at a "fresh" 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not that box office results or Rotten Tomatoes are the ultimate barometers of quality, but I have to base this off something, rightc Personally I didn't much care for the new Jurassic film aside from a few scenes of enormous spectacle, but others found plenty to like in it. I also ended up seeing Dope twice -- that one might be my favorite movie so far this »

- Jordan Benesh

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She’s Funny That Way review – rom but no com

28 June 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Bogdanovich’s screwball comedy fails to live up to its title, with only Jennifer Aniston making an impact

There’s a lot of in-joke love (and in-crowd cameos) in Peter Bogdanovich’s throwback screwball romcom. Sadly the laughs are far fewer. Despite taking its “squirrels to the nuts” cue from Ernst Lubitsch, this plays more like an unmemorable late-period Woody Allen offcut, its parade of cute call-girls and lovable johns all ringing as untrue as Imogen Poots’s New York accent. She plays working-girl-turned-actress Isabella/Izzy, recounting her rags-to-riches story (through Breakfast at Tiffany’s-tinted glasses) to Illeana Douglas’s supposedly cynical reporter.

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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Kevin Costner Enters the TV Game with Amazon's 'The Trial'

27 June 2015 3:40 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Netflix gets most of the press for their streamed original content, but between the excellent "Transparent" and what I've seen thus far from their newly imported arrival "Catastrophe," Amazon's got more than a few aces in their sleeves to place them firmly into the competition. Having Woody Allen on board to make his first-ever television series, as well as producing Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam's latest movies, is also a big plus. And it looks as though they've got some more good eggs in their basket coming up, as Kevin Costner is in talks to frontline David E. Kelley's ("Ally McBeal," "The Practice," "Boston Legal") latest legal drama "The Trial." Even though Amazon's model consists primarily of letting users decide whether or not a show gets a full-season order based on their pilots, should Costner sign on it would get a straight-to-series order. The two-time Academy »

- Will Ashton

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'Ted 2' is filthy-dirty, but who are some of the foulest mouths on screen ever?

26 June 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Ted 2" features the talking teddy bear and Mark Wahlberg tapped in for Round 2 of some of the filthiest, dirtiest, swearingest, foulest hijinx and line-reads of 2015. But many have come before Ted and his human. While it'd be a strange thing to say these are our "favorite" foul-mouths on the big and small screen -- because funny foulmouths can also be bigots and bullies and brain-deads -- we will say these are among the most notable dirty birds in film and TV history. Below are characters from "Orange Is The New Black," "Scarface," "South Park," a Woody Allen flick, the current Doctor Who, an Alec Baldwin turn, a recent Oscar winner, a horror movie, a couple of HBO faves and more. Who is your favorite cursing character? Sexual-pun-making filth founts? Who would you add to this list? »

- Katie Hasty

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7 Auditions to Check Out this Weekend!

26 June 2015 9:25 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

“Annie’S World”Producers are seeking actors out of Brooklyn to play their lead, Miles, a Woody Allen-esque writer from the same borough, for an independent feature film. All expenses will be covered once rehearsal begins in August. Shooting will be spread over three weekends beginning Sept. 25 through Oct. 9. Untitled Drama Series, Youth ACTORAn male actor between the ages of 10 and 14 is being sought for this SAG-aftra production intended for HBO. It’s a series regular role that will require adult language as the thriller deals with adult concepts. The two-week rehearsal begins late July into August, with a September shoot schedule based in and around Los Angeles. “Othello”This Equity production is casting a stand-in for its titular character alongside two male actors to play Roderigo and Brabantio/Lodovico. Auditions are July 20 in New York, but the show is based out of Washington, D.C. Dinner & Drag, “Lipstick »

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Podcast 167: Emily Mortimer, Robert Sheehan, Corin Hardy

26 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

You're not going to believe this, but the Edinburgh International Film Festival invited the Empire Podcast team back for the second year in a row, and this is the result: over two hours of silly questions, silly answers, movie news and reviews, featuring not one, not two, but three interviews. We spoil you, we know.Look forward to finding out which lie Emily Mortimer told Martin Scorsese and whether or not Robert Sheehan has ever seen Rupert Grint's fleet of ice-cream vans. Plus! An impression of Woody Allen as Spider-Man. There's genuinely nowhere else in the world that offers you this sort of "entertainment".P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine for just £18 here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »

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Scott Reviews John Frankenheimer’s The Train [Arrow Video Blu-ray Review]

25 June 2015 5:38 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Though it quickly escalates into one of the most exciting, suspenseful action films of the 1960s, The Train starts off in near silence. A German officer walks amidst an art gallery, surveying dozens (hundreds?) of key works of French art. They have remained safe during the war, which is soon to end in Europe, as we learn from his conversation with the makeshift museum’s manager. Finally, a sigh of relief. But the officer turns on a dime, immediately orders all the paintings be shipped by train to Germany to keep them under German control after that army is ousted from France. If the art should survive the trip, of course.

The curation and preservation of classic Western art is now practically a given. Funding may be slashed and flushed, tastes may miss the mark regarding who or what is truly important, and it will forever remain a struggle to »

- Scott Nye

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She's Funny That Way review – dated farce not really funny that way

25 June 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and a smattering of high-profile cameos can’t rescue this strained offering crammed full of wacky coincidences

One of the great American directors, Peter Bogdanovich, has returned with his first feature for many years. Sadly, it’s a strained and dated screwball farce, crammed with wacky coincidences and self-conscious cameos but not many funny lines, notionally set in present-day New York, but looking as if it could be happening decades before that.

In fact, She’s Funny That Way feels like one of Woody Allen’s recent luxury-tourist European capers, and bathed in the orangey-yellow light that suffuses a certain kind of old-fashioned hotel lobby. Imogen Poots plays Izzy, a wannabe Broadway star making a living as an escort — one of her most gallant and infatuated clients is Arnold (Owen Wilson), who happens to be the theatre producer for whom she is auditioning.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season

24 June 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Every year, some clickbait-chasing doofus questions whether TV or film is the superior medium, ignoring that they’re entirely different from each other, good at different things and perfectly able to compliment each other. But what is undeniable is that in recent years, the quality of what we’re seeing on the small screen has become increasingly more exciting and sophisticated.  The idea of TV being a downgrade from cinema has long since dissipated, and barely a week goes by without the announcement or arrival of a television project from an acclaimed talent or featuring A-list stars. Even Woody Allen is getting in on the act. The new world of small screen entertainment means that the traditional TV season is becoming less important, with some of the most popular or acclaimed shows arriving in the once-rerun-heavy summer months.  Read More: 15 Filmmakers At The Forefront Of The TV Revolution But it’s still there, »

- The Playlist Staff

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How Jerry Seinfeld Changed Modern Comedy with Seinfeld

24 June 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The most-watched stand-up comedian ever is not Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Bill Cosby, or Kevin Hart. It's not George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Larry the Cable Guy, Dane Cook, Amy Schumer, or Woody Allen. It's Jerry Seinfeld: No, not Jerry Seinfeld the stand-up comedian who created Seinfeld, but Jerry Seinfeld, the fictional comedian on it. As the lead character on the most popular show on television, that comedian altered comedy by changing the relationship fans had with comedians, and what they expected from them. Seinfeld lands on Hulu today, when interest in stand-up and comedy is at all-time high — we are currently at the peak of a Second Comedy Boom, one that Jerry Seinfeld helped define and foster with Seinfeld and his documentary Comedian. “Millennials have a deeper connection to comedy than previous generations,” Chanon Cook, Comedy Central’s head of research, »

- Jesse David Fox

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She's Funny That Way: Peter Bogdanovich's not-so funny rom-com

24 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Peter Bogdanovich; Screenwriters: Peter Bogdanovich, Louise Stratten; Starring: Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Rhys Ifans, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte; Running time: 92 mins; Certificate: 12A

With his first feature in almost 15 years, director Peter Bogdanovich aims for crowd-pleasing comedy without actually considering his audience. She's Funny That Way harks back to the screwball comedies of the '30s and '40s with its farcically twisted plot concerning Imogen Poots and Owen Wilson as a starlet on the rise and her neurotic director, but the narrative convolutions rarely add up to a decent punchline and the dialogue is only superficially funny. Modern moviegoers just won't get it and cineastes mightn't be too impressed either.

Immediately, Poots' Brooklyn 'New Yawk' accent strikes an odd note – is that nasal twanging supposed to be funny, or is she just overcooking it? The only thing we can know for sure about Izzy is that she's an incurable romantic, »

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Legendary Producer Jack Rollins Dead At Age 100; Long Time Associate Of Woody Allen

23 June 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Jack Rollins, who along with his partner, the late Charles H. Joffe, had produced all of Woody Allen's films between 1969 and 1993, has died at age 100. Rollins and Joffe also served as Allen's manager. Rollins had also managed Robin Williams, Diane Keaton and Dick Cavett, among other show business notables. Rollins and Joffe were hired by Allen when he was an aspiring young filmmaker. They saw more potential in him than he saw in himself. Allen said of Rollins, "He pushed me to always be deeper, more complex, more human, more dramatic- and not to rest comfortably". Indeed, with Rollins and Joffe as his managers, Allen progressed from making popular, slapstick-oriented films to writing and directing some of the most acclaimed films in recent decades, winning Oscars for his efforts. Upon hearing of Rollins' death, Allen said "He was one of the very few people in my life  who lived »

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Round-Up: Night Of The Living Dead: Darkest Dawn, Funko Comic-Con Exclusives, The Sender and Student Bodies Blu-rays

23 June 2015 8:23 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Made entirely with CG, Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn will premiere at Walker Stalker Fan Fest in July. Also in this round-up: release details for Wave 7 of Funko's Comic-Con 2015 exclusive figures and The Sender and Student Bodies Blu-rays.

Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn: "Night Of The Living Dead: Darkest Dawn is a new fully CG take on the 1968 classic, “Night of the Living Dead.” This is the story of a group of survivors fighting to stay alive when a mysterious plague unleashes the undead on New York City. Barricaded in an abandoned apartment building, the characters from the original film face new terror and question each other’s compassion and sense of humanity as they fight to stay alive against the army of the walking dead...It was directed by Krisztian Majdik, Zebediah Y. Desoto, and written by David Schwartz, Zebediah Y. De Soto, Jib Polhemus, »

- Tamika Jones

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Watch: Terry Gilliam’s 3-Hour Stage Production Of Berlioz’s 'Benvenuto Cellini'

22 June 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It may seem unusual for a renowned film director to suddenly switch mediums and helm an opera, but such a thing has happened a number of times before: for example, Woody Allen has directed Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” for the Los Angeles Opera; legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has helmed Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” for the Aix-en-Provence Festival; Julie Taymor has directed Mozart's "The Magic Flute" for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as well as the Broadway musical adaptations of "The Lion King" and "Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark"; Roman Polanski has helmed Verdi's “Rigoletto” for the Bavarian State Opera; William Friedkin has directed a version of Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck”; and Werner Herzog has helmed a number of Wagner productions including “Doktor Faust,” “The Flying Dutchman” and “Parsifal”. Read More: Terry Gilliam: My Life In Eight Movies Terry Gilliam is among this elite group, »

- Timothy Tau

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The Little Death Review

22 June 2015 6:02 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This review was originally posted during our coverage of the 2014 Leeds Film Festival.

Australian film has seen as resurgence in the 21st century. Not since the heyday of the 1970s has the antipodean cinema scene enjoyed such a swell in international popularity. For a very long time, the only films to come out of Australia were comedies. These films were representative of Australian cinema to the world at large and determined what kind of movie was considered commercially viable in its home country. This resulted in a rush of Australian comedy films that stuck fast to the rule of diminishing returns. Thank God then that we have had such a great run of Australian films lately and more particularly, the absolutely terrific sex comedy, The Little Death.

A portmanteau film that’s a little reminiscent of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia and the work of Woody Allen, The Little Death is absolutely concerned with sex. »

- Liam Dunn

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Irrational Man Movie Review

20 June 2015 12:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Irrational Man Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Woody Allen Screenwriter:  Woody Allen Cast:  Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey Screened at: Sony, NYC, 6/18/15 Opens:  July 17, 2015 There are many excuses that defendants have for committing murder, and the typical judge in criminal court must have heard ‘em all.   “Twinkies made me do it” (Dan White); “The Devil made me do it” (Adam and Eve); “I stood my ground” (George Zimmerman); “I feared for my life” (Officer Darren Wilson); “They were making too much noise” (Michael David Dunn); “I was sexually molested” (Lorie Hino-Boddie). “I was drunk;” “I  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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20 New Photos Of Woody Allen’s 'Irrational Man Starring Emma Stone & Joaquin Phoenix

19 June 2015 11:01 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Maybe Emma Stone would rather star in Woody Allen movies than "Ghostbusters" reboots/sequels? Even if each one isn't a success artistically, it still seems like the right choice; an artisan over a franchise, and one that's had trouble coming to the screen. For an added bonus, she gets to work with Joaquin Phoenix, one of the best actors in the game at the moment, and together they've cooked up "Irrational Man." The movie is another breezy, existential piece from part-time jazz musician Woody Allen, this time following a college professor facing a personal crisis. But it all changes once he overhears a crucial conversation in a restaurant, and it gives him a new perspective on his life, surprising everyone around him. Joining in the fun are Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley. Read More: Emma Stone Doesn't Want To Go In New Clip From Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man »

- Edward Davis

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Woody Allen’s Producer Jack Rollins Dies at 100

18 June 2015 5:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Longtime comedy producer-manager Jack Rollins, who handled Woody Allen, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Lenny Bruce, died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 100.

Rollins, a native of Brooklyn, was a co-producer with the late Charles H. Joffe on many of Allen’s films. The duo managed many of the industry’s top comedy acts starting in the 1960s.

Rollins appeared briefly in Allen’s 1984 film, “Broadway Danny Rose,” in which Allen played a manager of a variety of strange acts — a character he loosely modeled on Rollins.

Rollins and Joffe had producing credits on all of Allen’s films between 1969 and 1993, including “Take the Money and Run,” “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Bananas,” Sleeper,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Zelig,” “Radio Days” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Born as Jacob Rabinowitz in Brooklyn, he broke into the business after World War II as a Broadway producer, then founded a talent »

- Dave McNary

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