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Film Review: Deep Thoughts, Shallow Characters in ‘Irrational Man’

24 July 2015 2:36 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – At this point in his stellar career, what is fascinating about Woody Allen is basically what he thinks about. He is a successful, family-stable, millionaire filmmaker with mortality issues. In “Irrational Man,” he ponders the existential question of “what lights the spark of life?”

Rating: 3.0/5.0

The other question – in critical circles – is always, “what kind of Woody Allen will show up?” In assessing his long career, there are masterpieces, middle-of-the-roaders and duds, but it’s his dogged pursuit of making movies that is always welcome, and oddly comforting. “Irrational Man” is a middle-of-the-roader with flashes of brilliance, but the thin way Allen draws the characters – students and professors in an academic setting – is very irritating in the context of what he ponders. The film is less of an entertainment than a philosophical exercise, and Woody does attempt to have a meaningful discussion about a very piquant subject, but ultimately »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Exclusive Portraits: Woody Allen, Parker Posey on the Chicago Red Carpet for ‘Irrational Man’

24 July 2015 10:40 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It was a Chicago moment for the legendary filmmaker Woody Allen, as he walked the Red Carpet on behalf of his latest film, “Irrational Man.” He was joined by a co-star in the film, Parker Posey, and HollywoodChicago.com was there to capture these Exclusive Portraits.

Woody Allen at the Chicago Preview of ‘Irrational Man,’ July 18th, 2015

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Irrational Man” is Woody Allen’s 47th film as director, an amazing output for an American filmmaker, and unlikely to be duplicated for mainstream releases in the future. He began with “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” in 1966, won an Oscar for directing Annie Hall (1977) and has written or co-written every screenplay he has ever filmed. “Irrational Man” is another Woody Allen contemplative film, set on a college campus, regarding a philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) who shakes himself out of a case of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Report: Benicio Del Toro in Running for Major Star Wars: Episode VIII Part

21 July 2015 6:18 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens is still months away from bringing joy to our eyeballs and already casting news is starting to trickle out for Star Wars: Episode VIII. The first rumored new role reportedly being sought is potentially a big one and some big names have already been attached to it.

How does "Benicio Del Toro Star Wars actor sound?" According to The Wrap and further backed up by numerous other trade sources, Lucasfilm and Episode 8 writer/director Rian Johnson have extended an offer to Del Toro to play a key villain in the film.

Variety further chimed in to confirm The Wrap's report and add that Joaquin Phoenix was previously in the running for the villainous role and ultimately turned it down, marking the second big Disney role he's rejected following an offer to portray Dr. Strange for Marvel.

Regardless of who ends up playing this new villain character, »

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Interview: Joaquin Phoenix talks Irrational Man

21 July 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

In 2008, following a lengthy break from acting, Joaquin Phoenix began to sound, to put it mildly, like the eccentric, troubled characters he plays.

A child of Hollywood who began acting in 1982 at the age of eight, he declared he was quitting the profession. Despite earning Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his roles as evil Roman emperor Commodus in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and country music hellion Johnny Cash in Walk the Line (winning the Best Actor Globe), he said he was fed up, sick of awards races and retiring permanently.

He was flushing away his career to be a hip-hop star.

Luckily he was kidding. He was filming the mockumentary I’m Still Here, directed by longtime friend Casey Affleck (married since 2006 to Phoenix’s sister Summer). His seemingly authentic farewell was a media myth he kept up for more than a year; and the mercurial Phoenix made »

- Colin Covert

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'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Wants Benicio Del Toro for a Villain

21 July 2015 6:58 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

With filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII to begin in early 2016 for a May 26, 2017 release it means we are going to be coming up against the possibility of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens spoilers as casting begins to take place. It's to be assumed characters from The Force Awakens will continue over into the next episode, presumably those of John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac specifically, while the fate and/or need of others remains in the air, but now the first talks of new cast members has surfaced with Benicio Del Toro being among the first. The Wrap reports director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm are looking at Del Toro as a possible villain in the upcoming film with an offer out to the actor, but no word yet on whether he'll accept. Over at Variety they are reporting the studio also considered Del Toro's Inherent Vice »

- Brad Brevet

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Benicio Del Toro Wanted For "Star Wars"

21 July 2015 6:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Benicio del Toro has reportedly been offered the role of the villain in Rian Johnson's upcoming "Star Wars Episode VIII" at Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm according to The Wrap.

Whether Del Toro, who appeared in Disney and Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" as The Collector, will take the role and the precise nature of it in the grander new trilogy story is unclear at this time.

What is interesting is that Lucasfilm and Johnson were also interested in Del Toro's "Inherent Vice" co-star Joaquin Phoenix for this specific role as well. Del Toro will not show up in this year's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," though numerous actors from that film will also appear in this. »

- Garth Franklin

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Benicio Del Toro Offered Villain Role In Rian Johnson's 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'; Joaquin Phoenix Was Also Eyed

21 July 2015 6:01 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Having already put his foot in one galaxy for Disney, taking the role of The Collector in Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy," Benicio Del Toro might be stretching his franchise wings to another big outer space adventure. Variety reports that the actor has been offered the villain role in Rian Johnson's untitled "Star Wars: Episode VIII." But he's not the only one in the running. The trade reports that the studio had also met with Joaquin Phoenix (but don't forget that Marvel couldn't lure him for "Doctor Strange"). Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac are all expected to return and reprise their roles from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and I'd imagine a few more faces as well. No word yet on when production begins, but it seems Lucasfilm and co. are eager to get their ducks in a row early. "Star Wars: Episode VIII" arrives on »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Benicio Del Toro Eyed for Star Wars: Episode VIII Villain

21 July 2015 4:53 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Seeing Benicio Del Toro in a Star Wars movie would be out of this world! According to multiple reports, the 48-year-old Puerto Rican actor is being for a role in Episode VII. The character is likely a villain. Disney and Lucasfilm do not comment on casting negotiations. "Discussions are still in the very early stages, but Disney and Lucasfilm are high on the Oscar-winning Traffic star," The Wrap's Jeff Sneider wrote after breaking the news Monday. Insiders told Variety that "the studio was going after A-list talent for the role" and met with Joaquin Phoenix regarding the role. Del Toro was previously considered for a major role in another franchise: Khan in Star Trek Into »

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Benicio Del Toro Might Be the Villain in 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

21 July 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

In the "Star Wars" universe, there are good guys and there are bad guys -- and Benicio del Toro might be one of the latter.

Variety reports that the Oscar winner is in talks to join "Star Wars: Episode VIII" as the movie's main villain. He would join "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, who are all expected to reprise their roles in the final film of the new trilogy.

Adding a new big bad indicates that one or more of the villains from "Episode VII" don't make it - Adam Driver's Kylo Ren, Gwendolyn Christie's Captain Phasma, or Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux.

Director Rian Johnson seems to be going after a big name, as Variety also notes that he met with Joaquin Phoenix for the part. Del Toro is better known for his work in dark, gritty, independent dramas, but »

- Kelly Woo

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Benicio Del Toro Might Be a Star Wars: Episode VIII Villain

20 July 2015 11:41 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Benicio Del Toro, fairly fresh off his sci-fi turn as the Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy, has the option to go back to outer space, according to multiple reports. He's been offered the top villain role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, Variety notes, and if Del Toro closes the deal, he'll join Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac for the Rian Johnson–helmed sequel. Other details (particularly those involving the identity of the nefarious role in question) are unclear, but Joaquin Phoenix is also said to be a contender. Deadline speculates that the early news of this role could mean one of the baddies from Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux, Gwendolyn Christie’s Captain Phasma, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren — gets extinguished. (This seems likely, because this is a movie. Also, feel free to play Mfk with that trio if you're so »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Report: Benicio Del Toro in Running for Star Wars: Episode VIII Villain Role

20 July 2015 8:57 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens is still months away from release and already casting news is starting to trickle out for Star Wars: Episode VIII. The first rumored new role reportedly being sought is potentially a big one and some big names have already been attached to it.

How does "Benicio Del Toro Star Wars actor sound?" According to The Wrap and further backed up by numerous other trade sources, Lucasfilm and Episode 8 writer/director Rian Johnson have extended an offer to Del Toro to play a key villain in the film.

Variety further chimed in to confirm The Wrap's report and add that Joaquin Phoenix was previously in the running for the villainous role and ultimately turned it down, marking the second big Disney role he's rejected following an offer to portray Dr. Strange for Marvel.

Regardless of who ends up playing this new villain character, »

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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII': Benicio Del Toro Eyed for Villain Role

20 July 2015 5:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Casting for Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is already in motion, as Benicio Del Toro has been offered the role of the villain in the upcoming film, sources tell Variety.

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, who will first be seen in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” bowing this Christmas, are all expected to return, with Rian Johnson helming the pic.

A deal is still far away from coming together and who exactly Del Toro will be playing is unknown, but insiders say the studio was going after A-list talent for the role, also meeting Joaquin Phoenix for the role.

The movie will bow on May 26, 2017. Ram Bergman is producing the film with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy.

Del Toro was previously considered for the bad guy in another major franchise: Khan in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Though negotiations fell through, Del Toro recently appeared as »

- Justin Kroll

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Benicio Del Toro Offered Villainous Role In Star Wars: Episode VIII

20 July 2015 4:52 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Multiple sources are telling TheWrap that Benicio del Toro, who won an Oscar for his performance in Traffic, has been offered the main villainous role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which Rian Johnson (Looper) has closed a deal to direct for Lucasfilm and Disney.

Discussions are still in early stages for the acclaimed actor, who is well-versed in everything Disney thanks to his part as The Collector in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but execs are reportedly euphoric about handing over the role of a key antagonist to del Toro.

Disney and Lucasfilm went after an A-list actor for the role – Joaquin Phoenix was also a contender, but he passed on the role. Interestingly, del Toro was at one point rumored to be playing antagonist Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness – but we all remember how that one turned out.

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- Isaac Feldberg

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‘Mr. Holmes’ Dominates, Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ Debut Is Solid: Specialty B.O.

19 July 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sony Classics opened Woody Allen's latest, Irrational Man, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone and Parker Posey in New York and L.A. this weekend, outpacing his 2014 feature Magic In The Moonlight, which also starred Stone as well as Colin Firth and Marcia Gay Harden, though his current film bowed in fewer theaters. The weekend's biggest specialty debut in terms of absolute numbers was by far Mr. Holmes from Roadside Attractions and Miramax, opening decently in 363… »

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Parker Posey could reunite with Woody Allen for his next film

19 July 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It looks like Parker Posey will once again be teaming up with Woody Allen, as she's in final negotiations to appear in the filmmaker's next project.

The actress could feature alongside Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis in the upcoming movie, reports Deadline.

No title or plot details have been released yet for Allen's next film, although it will be produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson.

Posey previously appeared in Allen's Irrational Man with Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix.

She is also known for roles in The House of Yes, Party Girl and Superman Returns.

Watch a trailer for Irrational Man below: »

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Philosophy Is Dangerous in ‘Irrational Man’

18 July 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cinema’s obsession with the idea of a perfect murder is quite grotesque. The macabre fascination only cements what Francois Truffaut once said, “Film lovers are sick people.” Perfect murders are a form of intellectual freak show, and Irrational Man, Woody Allen’s newest feature, tackles on the visual and physical allure of taking a person’s life. A much less heavy-handed effort than the director’s previous Magic in the Moonlight, Irrational Man stays light while dissecting the ennui of existing.

Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix), a philosophy professor, arrives at the campus of the fictional Braylin University a broken man, suffering from a messy divorce and the untimely death of a friend in Iraq. Abe is often filmed from the waist up, exposing his less than attractive physicality. The guy does not walk; he lumbers around with his big belly. Yet women are inexplicably drawn to him, precisely because »

- Phuong Le

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Woody Allen Gushes About Emma Stone: "She's Really Got It All"

18 July 2015 1:37 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Emma Stone's got a big fan in Woody Allen. At the New York premiere of his new film, Irrational Man, on Wednesday, July 15, Allen took some time to speak highly of the cast, and his leading lady in particular. In the film, Stone plays a wide-eyed college student who crushes on, then gets in a secret relationship with her wise but tortured professor (Joaquin Phoenix). The film is the second collaboration between Stone, 26, and the iconic writer-director, 79. They first worked together on the 2014 movie [...] »

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Parker Posey re-teams with Woody Allen on next film

17 July 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to Deadline, actress Parker Posey, who co-stars in Woody Allen’s new film Irrational Man, is set to re-team with the director for his next project.

The legendary director’s as-yet-untitled film is due for release next year, and willsee Posey join an already stellar cast including Jesse Eisenberg (American Ultra), Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria), Blake Lively (The Town) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard). No details have yet been revealed on the film, but it is set to be the director’s annual release for 2016.

Irrational Man, out yesterday in select Us cinemas, stars Posey alongside Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and Emma Stone (Birdman).

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- Scott J. Davis

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“Irrational Man” and back: Ranking the films of Woody Allen

17 July 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

I know I’m one of the few, but in my humble opinion Woody Allen has yet to make an overtly bad film. His best are all time classics, but even his worst are still very much watchable movies that have pleasures to be found within them. On the occasion of the release of his latest outing Irrational Man, I wanted to run down all of Allen’s solo directorial endeavors and rank them. I’ll also be writing a bit about Irrational Man first, but below you’ll find a list of all 45 of his works to date. In the interest of not making this the longest piece in existence, I’m only going to be writing about the top ten, but the list will go down the line of everything he’s made (with the exception of what he didn’t direct, didn’t completely direct, or made »

- Joey Magidson

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Parker Posey Says She Nearly Quit Acting, Will Return For Woody Allen’s Next Movie

17 July 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s almost unthinkable that more than twenty years after she broke out (in, of course, “Dazed & Confused”), it’s taken until this week’s “Irrational Man” for Parker Posey to work with Woody Allen. The acerbic, hilarious actress was a figurehead of Allen-indebted independent film in the 1990s, but somehow seemingly never came to Allen’s attention. And what’s worse is that it nearly didn’t come to pass at all.  Read More: Review: Woody Allen's Slapdash And Charmless 'Irrational Man' Starring Emma Stone And Joaquin Phoenix According to a profile of Posey on the Daily Beast, the actress cried when she discovered that she got the part in the film (after meeting the director for three-and-a-half minutes) because she was close to quitting the industry and turning her home into a wedding venue to make money instead. “I saw the independent film movement go away from me, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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