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This week brings the closing chapters of one of the rarest things in cinema -- a consistently strong trilogy -- in the shape of the latest installment of one of the most beloved series in recent memory. Not "The Hangover," but "Before Midnight," the closing (?) chapter to Richard Linklater's tale of romance. While it's bittersweet, we're also hopeful that one other perfect trilogy will be coming along before summer's out, in the shape of Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg's Cornetto trilogy, begun with "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz." A new trailer for the third installment "The World's End" is coming tomorrow, but just arriving before that is a new British quad poster, which highlights some of the supporting cast, including Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan. Check it out above. In other poster news, there's a new one for Woody Allen's fourty-ninth movie, »
- Ben Brock
After being one of the most beloved writer/directors of the 1970s and 80s, Woody Allen continued his success in the 90’s where five of his ten films received some form of Academy Award nomination. However, by this point critics had started to question his process of writing and directing a film every year and suggested it was beginning to take a toll on the quality of the end product.
Popular consensus on the quality of his work also declined as the millennium turned. It took until 2011’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ for one of his films to be universally regarded as a return to form. Not least because it also saw Allen himself win Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards for the first time since ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ in 1987. In financial terms, it became his most successful picture to date, showing that the cinema-going public loved it too. »
- Terry Hearn
Blue Jasmine, anyone remembers this title? Well, of course, it’s Woody Allen‘s latest comedy, for God’s sake! Last month we shared some pretty cool images from the whole thing, now it’s time to share the first poster with lovely Cate Blanchett who, in case you forgot, stars as a fashionable New York housewife. Suits her well… Written and directed by Woody Allen, the movie tells the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife. Blanchett plays that lady, and that’s basically all we know about the plot at this moment. Well, to be honest, this »
- Jeanne Standal
Written and directed by Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), the film stars Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Blue Jasmine tells the story of the life of a fashionable New York housewife (Blanchett) amidst an acute crisis.
The poster, which bears a lot of resemblance to those that have been used to promote Allen’s other films, lands around four months before the film is expected to hit UK cinemas, and can be viewed below.
- Jamie Neish
Woody Allen appears to be firing them out from every direction at the moment, sorry if that’s too visual, but after the wonderful Midnight In Paris and To Rome With Love, we’ve now got the first poster for Blue Jasmine. Once again, he’s gathered a great cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K, Sally Hawkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and a whole host of names.
Currently, there’s not much given over the plot beyond this little snippet that says it is “the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife.” With one hell of a ensemble and more witty Woody, we’re always sure he’ll come up with something clever. However, at the moment it’s only set release dates for La and New York on July 26th, the best day of the year. »
- Dan Bullock
Woody Allen has been in the headlines quite a bit lately, but it's all been about his project for next year. While very little is known about the film other than the fact that it will be shot and set in the South of France, in the last couple weeks we've learned that both Emma Stone and Colin Firth are attached to star. But let's not forget that we still haven't seen the multi-Oscar-winning filmmaker's latest title: Blue Jasmine. Today the conversation turns in its favor. Moviefone has released the brand new poster that you see above, which doesn't really have much going on. Similar to the first one-sheet for Midnight In Paris, there's a mix of both photography and paint used in the image, only this one has far more negative space. It's also somewhat hard to gauge the expression on star Cate Blanchett's face, which could honestly »
What do David Beckham and Snoop Dogg possibly have to talk about? Did Lindsay Lohan and Woody Allen just bond over being really, really weird? And are Nicki Minaj and Anna Wintour buds because they both enjoy fashion or freestyle rap battles? You can't pick your family, but you can pick your friends. And sometimes the friends that your favorite stars pick make you say, "Wtf?!" So we rounded up some of the most unlikely celebrity pairings for your perusal and general confusion. Have fun! »
Details about Woody Allen's latest film, "Blue Jasmine," may be hard to come by, but we've got something that will give fans of the director something to ponder for a while: the official poster (below), featuring a strikingly pensive Cate Blanchett. What we do know is that the film tells the story of a fashionable New York housewife in the final stages of an acute crisis. Sure, this may raise more questions than answers, but that just makes you want to see "Blue Jasmine" more, right? The movie also stars Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., and Bobby Cannavale. Check out the poster below, and discover what "Blue Jasmine" is all about when it hits theaters July 26. Click to zoom »
- Dana Taddeo
Now "Star Trek Into Darkness" is in theaters (to somewhat underwhelming grosses), Jj Abrams attention will now move exclusively (well, excluding the dozens of projects in the works at his company Bad Robot -- read about those here) toward "Star Wars Episode VII," his much-anticipated renewal of the Other geek-beloved space franchise. And with the film due for release in the summer of 2015, we should start to hear about new casting for the series, beyond what we already know -- e.g. that original central trio of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are returning in some degree. And while it's not official yet, word is coming in that the first new cast member might be an old collaborator of Abrams, as the normally-on-the-money Latino Review report that "The Tudors" star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in talks to play a role in "Episode VII." Probably best-known for Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in Star Wars: Episode VII? Jonathan Rhys Meyers is "in talks" to star in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, according to Latino Review. Best known for his role as King Henry VIII in the Showtime series The Tudors, which also features upcoming Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Rhys Meyers has already been featured in one Abrams movie: Mission: Impossible III (2003), in which he supported Tom Cruise. (Photo: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors.) At this stage, it’s unclear which role Jonathan Rhys Meyers would play in Star Wars: Episode VII, now a Walt Disney Studios production. The next installment in the highly popular franchise is reportedly to continue the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off. Having said that, in case Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels (perhaps a little rustier?) are indeed returning to the Star Wars fold, »
- Zac Gille
The best of the fest so far sees the Coen brothers meditate on mediocrity and modernity in the 1960s New York folk scene – but not be so sombre as to forget the laughs
Cannes audiences just heard a clean, hard crack: the sound of the Coen brothers hitting one out of the park. Their new film is brilliantly written, terrifically acted, superbly designed and shot; it's a sweet, sad, funny picture about the lost world of folk music which effortlessly immerses us in the period.
The musical interludes are stunningly achieved: a pastiche chart single about President Kennedy and the moon mission brought the crowd I was among close to bopping in the aisles. This has something of Woody Allen movies like Sweet and Lowdown and Broadway Danny Rose; there's a playful allusion to Breakfast at Tiffany's and even a weird casting echo of Walter Salles's On the Road »
- Peter Bradshaw
Paul Thomas Anderson’s next project, Inherent Vice, is continuing its mission to acquire a cast of truly unique proportions. Today’s latest rumour comes courtesy of Anderson fansite, Red Vines and Cigarettes. According to the site, Sean Penn is in the running for a role in the upcoming adaptation.
Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice is a period piece set in the 1970s. Already cast as the lead is Joaquin Phoenix, who’ll play Larry “Doc” Sportello. A private detective with a penchant for smokin’ the herb, Sportello takes on the case of a missing girl who is coincidentally, one of his ex-girlfriends. If Penn joins the production, the guys over at the site suggest he’d be in the running for the character of Adrian Prussia; a notorious loan shark who gets a tad brutal if he doesn’t receive payment. At this stage, it »
- Gem Seddon
Send the Marine!
Cannes has a great tradition of introducing new sex symbols to the world. Following in the dainty footsteps of Bardot, Deneuve and Paradis comes Marine Vacth (as in "pact"), whose performance in François Ozon's Jeune et Jolie had everyone asking, "Who's that girl?" In the film, she plays a gamine, bourgeois 17-year-old who suddenly takes up prostitution. Vacth followed Kate Moss as the face of Ysl perfume La Parisienne having been discovered in a branch of H&M when she was 15. When she did her first undressed shoot, her lorry-driver father sued the magazine and won. In her first-ever English interview, she told me: "My parents now leave me to do what I want. They haven't seen this film yet. But there's nothing they can do about it now. »
- Jason Solomons
Mel Brooks: Comedy As The Currency Of Friendship
By Eddy Friedfeld
(Photo copyright Steven R. Stack)
Mel Brooks is profiled in a superb American Masters documentary entitled Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, which premieres nationally on PBS stations on May 20th. One of 14 Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winners, he has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer, and shows few signs of slowing down. With new interviews with Brooks, his friends and colleagues, including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Joan Rivers, Tracey Ullman, Rob Reiner, and his close friend, with whom he created The 2000 Year Old Man, Carl Reiner. A DVD with bonus material will be available Tuesday, May 21 from Shout Factory.
"When they called me to say I had been chosen as the next 'American Master,' I thought they said I was chosen to be the next Dutch Master. So I figured what the hell, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
I haven't seen enough of Noah Baumbach's films to weigh in on the entirety of his filmography, but Frances Ha is something any fan of cinema is sure to enjoy as it harkens back to the films of the French New Wave with its music and editing choices and its lovely black-and-white imagery. Beyond that, it excels largely due to what would seem, on the surface, a simple story, elevated by the realization life is never simple. Serving as co-writer and title star, Greta Gerwig steps into the shoes of Frances, a dance company apprentice with aspirations to, one day, join the company as a full-time dancer. She's a little scattered and aloof, but nevertheless charming and someone you'd enjoy having as a friend. She's a dreamer with high aspirations and, even when things look their bleakest, maintains, somewhat irresponsibly, a certain level of confidence... or does she? Determining »
- Brad Brevet
Frances Ha is new territory for writer-director Noah Baumbach. To briefly pigeonhole him as a filmmaker, he’s not the type of storyteller we expect to show someone joyously running down the street cued to David Bowie’s “Modern Love.” We’d expect to see a character breaking down talking about how much they hate the poppiness of that Bowie song and the people who love it. Roger Greenberg or Bernard Berkman wouldn’t have been a fan of that song or the character at the center of Frances Ha, Frances (Greta Gerwig). She’s Baumbach’s most conventionally likable character yet. She has plenty of financial and career drama, but, even with some of that despair, Baumach’s picture, which he co-wrote with Gerwig, has a happy personality to it. Happiness is not the a feeling generally associated with Baumbach’s directorial work, but he seems comfortable with that new territory. Here »
- Jack Giroux
"Spock, I do not know too much about these little Tribbles yet, but there is one thing that I have discovered. I like them … better than I like you." –Dr. McCoy, "Star Trek" (1967)
Greetings from the apocalypse! The trouble with Tribbles is not how cute they are but how much they multiply, or in the case of "Star Trek Into Darkness," the silly plot point for which they cameo. That's the only thing I'll spoil from that movie (besides that it stinks), but luckily there's some sweet alternatives this week that boldly go where no J.J. Abrams movie has gone before … coherence.
Friday, May 17
Pow! In Theaters
Oh boy. "Star Trek Into Dumbness" finally fulfills J.J. Abrams' five-year mission to run this franchise through a Cuisinart of stupidity. I would need a spoiler avalanche to make a proper case for how this sequel squanders classic characters and scenarios from »
- Max Evry
Woody Allen steps in front of the camera for the first time since 2006's Scoop to join a typically starry cast in this quattro formaggi platter of love and laughs, made in the Eternal City. Allen is the opera director who is crazily inspired after meeting the gifted father of his daughter's Italian fiance, while visiting architect Alec Baldwin guides student Jesse Eisenberg through a tricky romantic situation. Elsewhere, Penelope Cruz's call girl puts a newlywed in a compromising position and local nobody Roberto Benigni suddenly finds himself a national media star. »
Designer Donatella Versace hosted a runway launch yesterday in New York City for the Versus Versace line, and an eclectic mix of celebrities were in attendance. Darren Criss, Colton Haynes, Hayden Panettiere, Christian Siriano, goth ex-Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen and even Woody Allen.
Hard to imagine Woody Allen (or indeed anyone over 20) wearing anything from the Versus Versace line. The runway models both male and female were all so young and shockingly skinny…
- The Backlot
Noah Baumbach has been a polarizing filmmaker since he burst onto the scene with his first high-profile feature, 2005's The Squid and the Whale. Aside from launching Jesse Eisenberg's career, that effort also familiarized the film world with Baumbach's quirky indie voice. While like nails on a chalkboard to some -- see critical reaction to Margot at the Wedding and Greenberg -- Baumbach's minimalist, self-deprecating style has been emulated by many in the years that have followed. His latest, Frances Ha, is every bit as Baumbachian as his previous work, yet feels somehow more accessible as well, aside, perhaps, from the black-and-white photography, which, at times, evokes early Woody Allen or the French New Wave. It is up for debate whether this is because of...
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