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When it comes to music, these girls have it all. They can sing. They can dance. And they can act — err, wait a minute on the last one. Sadly, a powerful voice, a magnetic personality in interviews, or killer dance moves in music videos doesn’t mean a pop star has what it takes to be an actress. With practice, some do get better. But if their big screen debuts are any precursor, some of them better stick to their main gig and leave the acting to the professionals.
Check out the 10 worst big screen debuts from your favorite female pop stars, including Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. (Oh yeah, the latter is making her return to the big screen in The Giver, co-starring Meryl Streep, in theaters this weekend.)
Given that so many singers make cameos and small, often uncredited appearances in films, we limited the big screen »
- Stacy Lambe
Summer is coming to an end, but there’s still time catch an open-air showing of some of the Bard’s most popular works. Check out these outdoor Shakespeare performances from all over the country and the prominent theater companies producing them. Bonus: They’re all completely free! Shakespeare in the Park (NYC)This annual celebrity-studded event from New York’s Public Theater is the father of all outdoor Shakespeare festivals. Offering free performances in Central Park throughout the summer, the festival gives New Yorkers a chance to see some their favorite actors live under the stars. Performances are held in an amphitheater built for the purpose; the Delecorte Theater was constructed in 1961 after a court battle with the park, and opened with a performance of “The Merchant of Venice” starring George C. Scott and James Earl Jones. This year’s line-up included “Much Ado About Nothing” featuring Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe, »
It seems every new Woody Allen film brings out in force the writer/director’s detractors, who kvetch that it’s “not one of his best” and that it’s “just another Woody Allen movie.” The first statement is certainly undeniable since he’s made so many masterpieces and the second observation is more or less true but so what? Magic In The Moonlight is currently sitting on a measly 52% over at Rotten Tomatoes with the 78-year old Allen being attacked for making the kind of movie he’s most known for — and most liked for — so long as he does it well. And with Magic In The Moonlight, Woody Allen has done it very well indeed. It’s not on the level of his great films – it’s not Annie Hall, Manhattan, or Blue Jasmine, but Magic In The MOONLIGHTis a kind of movie you rarely see in late »
- Tom Stockman
Woody Allen has responded to criticism about a lack of diversity in the casts of his films.
The Academy Award-winning director was chided in the press earlier this year for a perceived lack of using African-American actors and actresses in his six decades of filmmaking.
Allen rejected that criticism in an interview with the New York Observer, insisting the he does not cast his movies along racial lines.
"Not unless I write a story that requires it. You don't hire people based on race," he insisted.
The filmmaker continued: "You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that I'm deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid.
"I cast only what's right for the part. Race, friendship means nothing to me except who is right for the part."
Allen added that he has many African-American friends, »
This new clip centres on Stanley and the spiritual medium debating who has more to lose if either is proved incorrect in their quest.
Allen's latest film is now playing on limited release in the Us and opens on September 19 in the UK. Watch a trailer below: »
Chicago – After last year’s powerful “Blue Jasmine,” writer/director Woody Allen’s trajectory seemed destined toward another film masterpiece, but “Magic in the Moonlight” isn’t it. Colin Firth and Emma Stone are an unlikely pairing in this seen-it-before-Woody film trifle.
Again Allen goes back to the 1920s, an era he has explored before in “Bullets Over Broadway” and to a lesser degree “Midnight in Paris.” The elements of magicians and illusions have also been covered in “Shadows and Fog” and the underrated “Stardust Memories.” Thematically, it feels like Woody Allen has done this film before, even in the relationship between Colin Firth and Emma Stone, which generates zero chemistry. In his quest to make at least one film a year, the 78-year-old auteur has made this one a placeholder, albeit a funnier, more beautifully filmed and at times more interesting placeholder – better than most of the films out there. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Since time immemorial Woody Allen has been entranced by the art of illusions. A proponent of magic tricks as a child, Allen’s affinity for legerdemain has manifested itself throughout his filmography — most notable in his surreal homage to Federico Fellini, Stardust Memories. Now with Magic in the Moonlight the nebbish New Yorker has pulled off yet another impressive act of prestidigitation: making a jubilant and delightful trifle that — much like many of his other 44 films — ponders the rhyme and reason of our existence, however futile or fruitful that may be. To Stanley (Colin Firth) our existence is meaningless. In order to remain comfortable in that unrepentantly bleak worldview, he’s made a career out of exposing pseudo spiritualists — opportunistic swindlers who dupe people into believing they possess divine powers bestowed to them by some omniscient deity. The Englishman’s latest assignment is to debunk the mythical Sophie (Emma Stone), a young American woman who has convinced »
- Sam Fragoso
Written and directed by Woody Allen
Woody Allen’s newest film, Magic in the Moonlight, has yet another appealing ensemble, this one featuring Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, and a handful of other beloved character actors. A 1928 period piece, the film follows Stanley (Firth), a famous magician, as he tries to expose Sophie (Stone), a mystic of increasing notoriety and a possible swindler. Set in the south of France, the film takes place between two houses: the house of Grace (Jacki Weaver), who wants Sophie to stay and help her connect with her late husband, and the house of Stanley’s aunt Vanessa (Eileen Atkins), which Stanley frequently visits to get away from magic and process his thoughts.
Magic in the Moonlight is a very beautiful film in terms of its aesthetic, with its 1920s attire combined with a secluded scenic area of France, »
- Samantha Ladwig
After making a detour in San Francisco to help Cate Blanchett strike gold at last year’s Oscars, Woody Allen kicks off another leg of his European tour with Magic in the Moonlight. Borrowing the magical realist conceit along with the backdrop of Midnight in Paris, and cherry-picking just a hint of the class commentary from Blue Jasmine, Magic in the Moonlight is less a culmination of Allen’s recent output than it is a jazzy riff on the same stories and ideas that have occupied him for the better part of a decade. While the film makes clear that Allen has played these same beats for pretty much all they’re worth by now, the fresh-faced cast and comforting familiarity of Magic in the Moonlight liven up its well-rehearsed routine.
- Sam Woolf
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
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, a new dramatic comedy starring Robin Williams and Mila Kunis, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today. To celebrate, we have a new behind-the-scenes featurette that shows the filmmakers setting up the film's premise and how the story came to them as a remake of a European movie. Watch and learn more about this provocative new release before picking up The Angriest Man in Brooklyn at your local retailer today!
Iconic comedian and Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Good Will Hunting, 1997) stars in the heartfelt comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn coming to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD July 22 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is currently available on Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Also starring Golden Globe nominee Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Ted), Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (HBO's Game of »
"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
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.’”
- Sebastian Torrelio
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
Hocus Pocus: Allen’s Latest a Re-hash of All-Too-Familiar Themes
Returning once more to the world of psychics and magicians to inform his breezy comedic styling, Woody Allen’s latest, Magic in the Moonlight, plays like the slight reconnoitering of a slew of other past titles from his filmography. While this is often a critique lobbed at Allen’s perennial offerings, his latest is a surprisingly uncharismatic and uninvolving recapitulation of the kinds of schemes he used in The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), Scoop (2006), and a few others. If those are your favored Allen titles, then perhaps this one will be a pleasing trifle. However, whereas generally Allen applies a zany, broad streak to these scenarios, here we’re pared down to a quietly developing (and unlikely) romance between its two leads.
Wei Ling Soo, a famed Chinese conjurer in 1920’s Berlin, is actually the stage persona of a »
- Nicholas Bell
Title: Magic In The Moonlight Director: Woody Allen Starring: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Simon McBurney, Jacki Weaver, Hamish Linklater, Erica Leerhsen, Marcia Gay Harden, Eileen Atkins. Woody Allen enchants again. This time he takes us to the French Riviera in the late twenties, where witticism, magnificent dresses (designed by his longtime collaborator Sonia Grande), alluring revivals of tracks of the period (performed by Woody’s jazz-band companion Conal Fowkes), build up an amusing and profound romantic comedy. Colin Firth plays the most celebrated magician of his age, British Stanley Crawford, who performs under the disguise of Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo. The Englishman has a sky-high opinion of himself and is [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
When the lights went down at New York's packed Paris Theatre for the world premiere of Woody Allen's Magic In The Moonlight, starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, Hamish Linklater and Marcia Gay Harden, a very special festive hush descended over the star-studded audience.
Among those attending the Dolce & Gabbana - Sony Pictures Classics (Michael Barker & Tom Bernard) invited screening were Audrey Tautou, John Turturro, Oliver Stone, Fed Up's Katie Couric, Danny Strong, Gina Gershon, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks, Dane DeHaan, Dana Delany, Mia Moretti, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Anna Wintour, Christine Baranski, Olivia Palermo, Michael Stuhlbarg, Regis Philbin and Soon-Yi Previn.
"Tell me, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
As Woody Allen continues his ‘film a year‘ project, it looks like he’s come up with another quirky comedy that stars Emma Stone and Colin Firth, and it’s all set in the 1920s on the Riviera in the south of France. Quintessentially, Magic In The Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake.
With two very likable leads, this might not have the intensity of Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine but recalls a touch of Midnight In Paris. For this film, it follows the supposed Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo, who is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford (Firth), a grouchy Englishman with a sky opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists’ claims that they can perform real magic. »
- Dan Bullock
Romance blooms under the sun and the stars in Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight,” a high-spirited bauble that goes down easy thanks to fleet comic pacing, a surfeit of ravishing Cote d’Azur vistas and the genuinely reactive chemistry of stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone. A welcome balm for the blockbuster-addled soul, Allen’s 44th feature finds the director back in the 1920s Gallic mood of 2011’s “Midnight in Paris,” with the star-crossed lovers this time held apart not by time but rather by philosophical inclinations. While the result may not quite equal “Midnight’”s box office bonanza, expect “Magic” to handily corner the upscale adult demo for the remainder of summer, continuing the Woodman’s late-career hot streak.
A childhood magic buff and amateur magician, Allen has incorporated hypnotists, stage illusionists and touches of the supernatural into many films including “Alice,” “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion” and “Scoop, »
- Scott Foundas
The marketing push for Woody Allen’s latest, a period romantic comedy titled Magic in the Moonlight, has been atypically slight in recent weeks, but Sony Pictures Classics is finally kicking its campaign into high gear with the release of dozens of images from the film, in addition to a large synopsis. Allen and company have no real reason to worry about his film’s box office chances, however – with his reputation and a cast including Emma Stone and Colin Firth, Magic in the Moonlight should cast quite a spell in theaters when it opens later this month.
A new set of images from the film, highlighting its stellar cast and period setting, have landed online, and you can check those out below. In addition to Stone and Firth, Magic in the Moonlight features Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, Antonia Clarke and Jeremy Shamos. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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