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Cannes Review: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Isn't His Best Effort

20 May 2015 1:47 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Two recurring themes in Woody Allen's filmography are murder and dangerous love affairs. His latest is Irrational Man and it continues this trend with mixed results. But mostly it will leave you with thoughts of revisiting Allen's better efforts like Crimes and Misdemeanors, Match Point and Cassandra's Dream. His latest film (which just premiered at Cannes) takes place in a concentrated college town where everyone seems to know each other and privacy is nonexistent. Insecure philosophy professor Abe Lucas (played by Joaquin Phoenix) has just been hired at the fictional Braylin College and it's treated like an atom bomb of gossip by the faculty and student body. Everyone has a theory about the professor before he's even reached the campus, with rumors flying of alcoholism, erratic behavior and sexual affairs with female students. It doesn't matter if the rumors are true, it's still »

- Marco Cerritos

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Woody Allen, Emma Stone, and Parker Posey on Irrational Man

20 May 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Woody Allen has been making a film a year for decades now, and each one of them in their own way is its own special treat. Many of his films share similar themes about big questions – Is murder ever justified? What makes us happy? What makes us intellectually fulfilled? – with each film in its own way tackling these philosophical quandaries with a level of humour and sophistication that remains remarkable.

 Woody’s latest project Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix as a philosophy prof who wishes to go beyond simple prognostication and actually put his ethical beliefs into practice. Parker Posey plays one of his colleagues with whom be becomes romantically involved, while Emma Stone plays one of his students who similarly seeks out an intimate connection with him.

The film is playing as part of an out-of-competition showcase here at Cannes, a place that the filmmaker has long found a »

- Jason Gorber

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David Letterman's Top 10 Most Memorable Moments -- So Long, Dave!

20 May 2015 12:01 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Over the course of his 33 year career, David Letterman has brought countless memorable moments to late night TV -- but a few stand out among the rest.As we say goodbye to the comedy legend, let's take a look back at the best bits we'll never forget -- in true Letterman fashion ... with a Top 10 list! 10. Frequent guest Warren Zevon's final appearance before dying 9. Dave walks out on Joan Rivers 8. Lady Gaga eats Letterman's »

- TMZ Staff

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‘Irrational Man’ Review: Woody Allen & Joaquin Phoenix Make Perfect Pair

19 May 2015 6:29 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

I am here at the Cannes Film Festival this week and filing film reviews of some of the more significant titles on display. If you haven’t already, I highly urge you to check out my colleague Mike Fleming Jr’s sensational in-depth interview with Woody Allen. It opens a whole new window on the unique creative process of this remarkable filmmaker. This year marked his 45th film as a director with Irrational Man, a dramedy in which a college professor played by Joaquin Phoenix… »

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Watch: Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone Banter in Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Clips

19 May 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Woody Allen has been earning some of his best reviews since "Blue Jasmine" for his Cannes out-of-competition premiere "Irrational Man," starring Joaquin Phoenix as a philosophy professor stuck in an existential mire. This leads to entanglements with two women: Rita (Parker Posey), a colleague bored in her marriage, and Jill, the brainy student (Emma Stone) for whom he falls. "With its grim turn of events, 'Irrational Man' enters 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' territory, catapulting its witty banter into increasingly nefarious developments. Even then, however, 'Irrational Man' retains a playful tone," writes Indiewire's Eric Kohn, one of several critics to point out "Irrational Man"'s connection to Allen's 1989 "Crimes" and his 2005 "Match Point," which was a sort-of Dostoevskian reinvention of that earlier film. Variety calls "Irrational Man," Allen's 45th feature, "a darkly funny, intellectually rigorous campus »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Cate Blanchett in “Carol”: Our first big Oscar contender from Cannes 2015

18 May 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Over the past week or so, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival has slowly unveiled some big time releases. Some, like Woody Allen’s Irrational Man and Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, have turned out to be longer shots for any Academy Award attention. On the other hand, Cannes has seen Todd HaynesCarol launch towards the top of quite a few Oscar contention lists. Yes, while the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Emma Stone saw their chances fade, Cate Blanchett, Kyle Chandler, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson certainly had their stock rise. Carol is the cream of the Cannes crop so far… As a primer, the film is an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt (later retitled Carol). In it, Blanchett plays a married older woman who begins a flirtation and then an affair with a younger woman, played by Mara. »

- Joey Magidson

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David Letterman’s Top 10 Legacies

18 May 2015 12:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Beginning with “Late Night” on NBC in 1982 and continuing with the “Late Show With David Letterman” on CBS in 1993, the gap-toothed, be-spectacled, Indiana-born “Dave” became America’s most exceptional everyman — finding unconventional ways to point out the silliness of daily life. Here’s how his hosting style forever changed late-night TV.

10. The Top Ten List

The segment mocked the media convention (ahem) of ranking everything from the eligibility of bachelors to the popularity of songs, while shunning anything in eleventh place and beyond. It debuted in 1985 with “Things That Almost Rhyme with Peas.” Over the years, guest presenters added another layer of humor: see actor John Malkovich reading “Top Ten Things That Sound Creepy When Said by John Malkovich,” or our current president and then-senator intoning the farcical “Top Ten Barack Obama Campaign Promises” in 2008. Total Top Tens by the time the show wraps: 4,605.

9. Recurring segments fueled by absurdity

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- Kate Hahn

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Woody Allen Left Feeling Uncomfortable Following Cannes Standing Ovation

17 May 2015 1:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Woody Allen was left feeling extremely uncomfortable when he received a standing ovation lasting 20 minutes.

The 79-year-old director was honoured with the lengthy round of applause after his film ‘Irrational Man’ – starring Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix – premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday (15.05.15).

A source told the New York Post newspaper’s Page Six: “Woody didn’t know what to do. He wanted to get out of the theatre, but they wouldn’t stop applauding. He didn’t know how to shut it down.”

While his latest offering has proved to be a success, Woody has also revealed his concerns over an upcoming project after he signed on to direct his first ever television series for Amazon and is worried the show will be a “cosmic embarrassment”.

He said of the currently untitled series – which will consist of 30-minute episodes – during a press conference the same day: “I »

- The Hollywood News

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Cannes 2015: 'Irrational Man' review

17 May 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ Woody Allen returns to his beloved Cannes with his story of crime and punishment in a sleepy up-state town, Irrational Man (2015), which was screened this morning to press outside of the main competition. Joaquin Phoenix plays Abe, a maudlin philosophy professor who, following his umpteenth scandal, finds himself teaching at a backwoods college. Here he meets Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), a beautiful student who is soon enamoured with her sensitive, vulnerable professor, much to the chagrin of her nice-guy boyfriend Roy (Jamie Blackley). However, although happy to pour out his soul to Jill, Abe is unwilling to start a relationship, preferring the more age-appropriate charms of Rita (Parker Posey).

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- CineVue UK

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Cannes Review: Woody Allen Gets Away with Irrational Man

16 May 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

For the past few films, Woody Allen appears to have developed an obsession with murder. He either wants to murder someone, is watching too many Dateline reruns or fancies himself as a modern-day Agatha Christie with cynicism and philosophy. Basically, he has been making the same movie for the past ten years. Presented off-competition in Cannes, Irrational Man recycles his brand of humor, irony and references to Frenchisms and Eurocentric philosophy, wrapped in a murderous plot. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Abe Lucas, an admired philosophy professor has hit rock bottom because of his emotional failures and his tendency to drown his sorrows in spirits. His reputation precedes him before he even arrives at the small-town college to teach philosophy and quote loads of European philosophers like Kant and Sartre. And there’s something about the bad boy that women are attracted to. He soon becomes involved with to women. Rita »

- Talia Soghomonian

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Thanks to Joaquin Phoenix and Colin Farrell, the Dadbod Trend Has Even Hit Cannes

16 May 2015 2:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Outside the Palais in Cannes yesterday, as Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz hit the red carpet for their gala premieres, both actresses wore chic, curve-hugging gowns that showed off their enviably toned bodies. Inside the Palais, when their films unspooled, it was a much different story … at least for their male co-stars. Both Joaquin Phoenix (who romps with Stone in Woody Allen's Irrational Man) and Colin Farrell (who stars with Weisz in the dark comedy The Lobster) enter their movies potbelly-first, a trend of movie stars gone to seed that had audiences buzzing. That's right: Even a continent away in the most glamorous place on Earth, Cannes has embraced the dadbod.If you're unfamiliar with the term (and oh, what a sweet, thinkpiece-free existence you must lead!), let us bring you up to speed: The dadbod is this spring's trendiest body type, a look for men whose gym-going is »

- Kyle Buchanan

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Woody Allen doesn’t watch ‘Mad Men’ and regrets Amazon streaming deal

15 May 2015 2:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Well we know that someone isn’t losing sleep over what will happen to Don Draper and company during the series finale of Mad Men this week.

In an interview on Thursday with Deadline, acclaimed writer/director Woody Allen opened up about his move from movies to television after he signed a deal with Amazon earlier this year to create a six-episode series for the streaming company. It seems like Allen is definitely having second thoughts on the whole ordeal.

“I have regretted every second since I said Ok. It’s been so hard for me. I had the cocky confidence, well, I’ll do it like I do a movie…it’ll be a movie in six parts. Turns out, it’s not. For me, it has been very, very difficult. I’ve been struggling and struggling and struggling. I only hope that when I finally do it — I »

- Zach Dennis

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Gill Dennis, ‘Walk the Line’ Screenwriter, Dies at 74

15 May 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gill Dennis, who co-penned the screenplay for the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line,” has died. He was 74.

Dennis died in his Portland, Ore. home, according to the American Film Institute. AFI was unable to confirm the date of his passing at this time.

Dennis also wrote the screenplays for Walter Murch’s “Return to Oz” (1985) and Judy Davis’ drama “On My Own” (1991), in addition to penning and directing Angelina Jolie’s thriller “Without Evidence” (1995) and the 1973 film “Intermission.” On the TV front, he did the teleplay for the 1996 TNT Western “Riders of the Purple Sage” and wrote the Showtime miniseries “Home Fires.”

Dennis was a 1969 graduate of the AFI Conservatory’s first class, which also included Terrence Malick, David Lynch and Caleb Deschanel. He returned to AFI in 1997 as a master filmmaker-in-residence and taught the incoming class this past September. His students took to Twitter to express their grief. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Emma Stone, Woody Allen & Parker Posey Pose For The Cameras At Cannes

15 May 2015 12:02 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Emma Stone, Woody Allen and Parker Posey attended the photocall for their new film Irrational Man at the Cannes Film Festival Friday. ‘Irrational Man’ At Cannes Stone and Posey star in Allen’s latest film, Irrational Man, which premiered at Cannes this week. The film follows jaded college professor Abe (Joaquin Phoenix) as he finds a way […]

The post Emma Stone, Woody Allen & Parker Posey Pose For The Cameras At Cannes appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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Time Machine: Drop Dead Dazzling Adams 'Always the Bridesmaid Never the Bride' on the Oscars' Red Carpet

15 May 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Amy Adams drop dead gorgeous on Oscars' Red Carpet Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards Looking drop dead gorgeous, Amy Adams is pictured above donning a scintillating blue dress while arriving at the 2011 Oscar ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in the fast-thumping heart of Hollywood. Adams was – for the third time in six years (more info below) – a Best Supporting Actress nominee. This time around, she was shortlisted for her performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a generally well-regarded and surprisingly successful (in the U.S.) boxing drama that earned fellow supporting actress Melissa Leo the evening's Oscar. Another The Fighter actor, Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. In fact, the film's only major cast member left without an Oscar nomination in the acting categories was lead Mark Wahlberg (pictured with wife) – though he did »

- D. Zhea

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Cannes: Woody Allen’s New Film Is Very Familiar But Not in the Way the Trailer Suggests

15 May 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The trailer for Woody Allen's new film, Irrational Man, sells it as a light entertainment where college professor Joaquin Phoenix finds himself reinvigorated by young student Emma Stone, so imagine our surprise at Cannes today when the film premiered and revealed one extra, essential wrinkle: It's yet another Allen film preoccupied by getting away with murder. Phoenix's potbellied prof finds himself consumed with the notion of committing the perfect crime against an obstinate judge whose rub-out might actually make the world a better place, and this theme of ordinary, murderous men circumventing justice is one that Allen has returned to so often — in films like Crimes and Misdemeanors, Match Point, and Cassandra's Dream — that a journalist at today's Cannes press conference straight-up asked Allen, "Have you ever considered murdering someone?"Allen peered at the man for a beat, then replied, "Even as you speak!"For many of his critics, »

- Kyle Buchanan

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Cannes: Woody Allen Compares Murder to Religion at 'Irrational Man' Conference and More Highlights

15 May 2015 8:37 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible Woody Allen was in fine form at the Cannes Film Festival today to talk about "Irrational Man," his latest film that screened this morning, out of competition. The 79-year-old writer-director-actor was accompanied by two of the film's stars, Emma Stone and Parker Posey, but it was Allen who held court during the 40-minute press conference, speaking on a number of topics including world philosophy, remaking his own work and his upcoming Amazon Studios TV series. Below are the top highlights from the discussion. He Thinks Committing Murder is No Less Irrational Than Choosing a ReligionIn "Irrational Man," Joaquin Phoenix plays a mysterious philosophy professor who [spoiler alert] murders a stranger for ethically dubious reasons -- hence the title [spoiler end]. Asked to comment on Abe's actions, Allen said, "In everybody's life, there are times when suddenly you realize that something momentous can possibly happen »

- Nigel M Smith

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Woody Allen Explains Why He Regrets His Amazon Deal, Says He Might Go Digital For His Next Film

15 May 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For many filmmakers, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon represent the next great creative frontier. Given healthy budgets and carte blanche, these outlets are responsible for providing numerous writers and directors the kind of freedom they can't get at a studio level. Thus, it was with much excitement when it was announced earlier this year that Amazon had landed Woody Allen to write and direct a series for them. But here's the thing: Allen is one of the writer/directors in Hollywood who gets to do whatever he wants anyway, and he admits he had to be persuaded to take the Amazon deal, but he's not sure it was the right thing to do. Read: Cannes Review: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone And Parker Posey "This was a catastrophic mistake for me. I'm struggling with it," he told a Cannes press conference (via »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Woody Allen Explains Why He Regrets His Amazon Deal, Says He Might Go Digital For His Next Film

15 May 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

For many filmmakers, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon represent the next great creative frontier. Given healthy budgets and carte blanche, these outlets are responsible for providing numerous writers and directors the kind of freedom they can't get at a studio level. Thus, it was with much excitement when it was announced earlier this year that Amazon had landed Woody Allen to write and direct a series for them. But here's the thing: Allen is one of the writer/directors in Hollywood who gets to do whatever he wants anyway, and he admits he had to be persuaded to take the Amazon deal, but he's not sure it was the right thing to do. Read: Cannes Review: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone And Parker Posey "This was a catastrophic mistake for me. I'm struggling with it," he told a Cannes press conference (via »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Clip from Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' as Cannes Reviews Arrive

15 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I was supposed to have seen Woody Allen's new movie Irrational Man a day before it screened at the Cannes Film Festival, giving me a chance to review it the same time as the Cannes crowd, but that review was swiftly canceled and perhaps the reviews out of the fest suggest why. Over at Variety, Scott Foundas calls it one of Allen's "more offbeat and ambitiously weird projects since the fragmented Deconstructing Harry in 1997, though less conventionally entertaining than recent home runs like Blue Jasmine and Midnight in Paris." At The Playlist, Jessica Kiang savages the film concluding her review writing, "As an unyielding, deeply fond fan of many of Allen's earlier films, some of which have combined homicide and humor to far, far, far greater effect, it gives me no pleasure to ask the question that buzzed through my brain at the end of Irrational Man: how »

- Brad Brevet

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