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Film Review: Wonder Wheel (2017): Staged Mystery, Mania & Delusion in 1950s Coney Island [Nyff 2017]

13 October 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Wonder Wheel Review Wonder Wheel (2017) Film Review from the 55th Annual New York Film Festival, a movie directed by Woody Allen, starring Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, Debi Mazar, Jim Belushi, Max Casella, Geneva CarrTony Sirico, Steve Schirripa, and Candice A. Buenrostro. When it comes to Woody Allen, it can feel [...]

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- Marco Margaritoff

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New York Film Review: ‘Wonder Wheel’

13 October 2017 12:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Woody Allen films now come in three essential flavors, or maybe it just comes down to three levels of quality. Once in a blue jasmine moon, he comes up with an enthralling act of high-wire inspiration, like “Match Point” or “Blue Jasmine,” that proves that he can still be as major as any filmmaker out there. Then there are the quaintly crafted, phoned-in mediocrities, like “Café Society” or “To Rome with Love,” where the jokes feel old and the situations older, like the Woody Allen version of paint by numbers. But then there are the middle-drawer Allen films that still percolate with energy and flair, like “Bullets Over Broadway” or “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” They’re too baubly and calculated to be great, with each Woody trope locking into place, yet damned if they don’t hold you and even, in their way, add up to something (even if it’s ultimately something minor).

Wonder Wheel” is one »

- Owen Gleiberman

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“Wonder Wheel” closes Nyff with a commanding Kate Winslet turn

13 October 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Just a few short hours ago, the New York Film Festival wrapped up its 2017 slate with the Closing Night Selection, Woody Allen’s latest film, the Coney Island set Wonder Wheel. In many ways, this is a coming home for the legendary filmmaker, while also managing to do something a bit different than usual. Eschewing his normal Cannes Film Festival bow before a summer release, Allen took this flick to Nyff, with a winter awards season release to come at the end of the year. He does have a contender on his hands, but perhaps not in the way we initially thought. Read on for more… The movie is a period piece set in Brooklyn’s historic Coney Island during the 1950’s. Lifeguard Mickey Rubin (Justin Timberlake) narrates this story of passion on the boardwalk. Carousel operator Humpy (James Belushi) and his rather beleaguered wife Ginny (Kate Winslet), eke out »

- Joey Magidson

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Trailer for “Wonder Wheel” showcases one of Woody Allen’s most visual efforts to date

4 October 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It’s no secret that these days we get one new Woody Allen movie a year. The thing is, usually it’s been a summer release, piggybacking off of a debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Sometimes in this modern era, they become Oscar winners, like Blue Jasmine, Midnight in Paris, or Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Other times, they become unfairly ignored gems, like Cafe Society. Still other times, they appear like “lesser” Allen works. This year, however, things are a little bit different. This time around with Wonder Wheel, Allen and Amazon Studios skipped Cannes, will instead be the Closing Night Selection at the New York Film Festival, and will instead have a December release, right in the heart of awards season. A Trailer dropped today to showcase why Amazon is so bullish on it. You can see it below, but first…a bit of discussion. Plot wise, I’ll »

- Joey Magidson

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Watch the trailer for Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel

4 October 2017 8:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a little over a week to go until Wonder Wheel receives its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, Amazon Studios has released the first trailer for writer-director Woody Allen’s latest, which stars Kate Winslet, Justin TimberlakeJuno Temple, Jim Belushi, Tony Sirico, Jack Gore, Steve Schirripa, and Max Casella; watch it below…

See Also: First poster and new images from Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel

Wonder Wheel tells the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny (Kate Winslet), an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty (Jim Belushi), Ginny’s rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey (Justin Timberlake), a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty’s long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father’s apartment. »

- Amie Cranswick

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First poster and new images from Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel

20 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its world premiere at the New York Film Festival next month, the first poster and a new batch of images have arrived online for Woody Allen’s last film Wonder Wheel. The upcoming drama features a cast that includes Kate Winslet, Justin TimberlakeJuno Temple, Jim Belushi, Tony Sirico, Jack Gore, Steve Schirripa, and Max Casella; take a look below…

Wonder Wheel tells the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny (Kate Winslet), an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty (Jim Belushi), Ginny’s rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey (Justin Timberlake), a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty’s long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father’s apartment. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro captures a tale of passion, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Tony Sirico Remembers Dear Friend, 'Sopranos' Castmate Frank Vincent

13 September 2017 5:31 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Tony Sirico was shocked and saddened like many others on Wednesday when he learned of the death of Frank Vincent

The two men did a number of projects together, both film and TV, with their most famous work being the iconic HBO mob show, The Sopranos

Vincent died Wednesday. He was 78. 

Sirico, who played Paulie Gualtieri, granted The Hollywood Reporter an interview to talk about his friend.

"We had a lot of fun together," he told THR. "Great guy. Well respected. Great actor."

Vincent, who appeared in multiple films by Martin Scorsese, played boss of the Lupertazzi crime family, Phil Leotardo.

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- Ryan Parker

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New Images of Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake in Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’

10 July 2017 5:24 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Although a Coney Island-set feature seems tailor-made for a summer release, Wonder Wheel will mark the first feature from Woody Allen to get a release outside of this season since 2010’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Amazon Studios recently set a December 1st limited release for the film and now a pair of new images have arrived.

Starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, not much is known about the plot yet, but it takes its title from the Deno’s amusement park located there, whose circular main attraction opened back in 1920. Also starring Juno Temple, Jim Belushi, Tony Sirico, Jack Gore, Steve Schirripa, and Max Casella, expect more details to arrive soon, including a likely festival premiere in a few months. In the meantime, check out the new photos below courtesy of French distributor Mars Films.

Wonder Wheel opens on December 1. »

- Jordan Raup

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Woody Allen’s Latest Wonder Wheel Unveils First Pic Of Justin Timberlake And Kate Winslet

22 February 2017 9:47 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Even at 81 years young, Woody Allen’s work rate continues to be the stuff of legend. For generations, the prolific filmmaker has operated at a remarkably brisk clip, churning out one quirky feature after another, and culminating with the release of last year’s somewhat forgettable romantic dramedy Café Society.

But a mixed reception has never stopped Allen before and sure enough, the director is behind the lens once again for Wonder Wheel, a 1950s-set period drama in which Justin Timberlake takes point as a lifeguard. Seen above alongside Juno Temple and the Oscar-winning Kate Winslet, Timberlake’s character will reportedly have some sort of romantic dalliance with Winslet’s, while Tony Sirico’s mysterious character is the one threatening to throw a spanner in the works.

Set under the grand shadow of Coney Island’s iconic Ferris wheel – known locally as the ‘Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn’ – Wonder Wheel also stars Jim Belushi, »

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Woody Allen’s Next Film, Starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, Titled ‘Wonder Wheel’

21 February 2017 12:13 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Although it hasn’t been officially announced by U.S. distributor Amazon Studios yet, if history repeats itself, a new Woody Allen film will arrive this summer. It’s also the most fitting release window in some time for the director as his next feature takes place in the summer days of the 1950s, specifically in Coney Island. Although no more plot details beyond the setting have been revealed, the newly announced title should be of no surprise to those familiar with the Brooklyn locale.

Titled Wonder Wheel, it takes its name from Deno’s amusement park located there, whose circular main attraction opened back in 1920. This title was revealed by Mars Film CEO Stephane Celerier (via Woody Allen Pages), so presumably they’ll reunite with Allen to distribute his latest film in France once again.

Starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake (who plays a life guard, as we can »

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