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Magic in the Moonlight, 2014.
Written and Directed by Woody Allen.
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.
Woody Allen has released a film every consecutive year since 1982 and has seldom missed a year since his first feature What’s Up, Tiger Lily? in 1966. His film releases are as much part of the ‘must see’ list of any given years as any directors, but the results can be mixed. For every Midnight in Paris you get a From Rome With Love and with the likes of Everyone Says I Love You comes The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. His latest offering Magic in the Moonlight is by no means Allen at his best, but I’ll take average woody »
- Gary Collinson
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This was a big week for fashion, kids! Searingly chic New York Fashion Week gave way to the funky-cool London version — plus, every actress worth their weight in Prada went hyper-glam for the Toronto Film Festival red carpet. From Emma Stone in a fringe-y, lacy black number (and a gorge new bob), to Olivia Palermo bringing back Western wear (fringe purses for the win!), every look was hotter than the next. No need to break the bank to score these style. Here, check out how you can steal our favorite superstar looks, for less.
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- Tia Williams
Let it be know that it's not just mega-studios who are guilty of tossing out microteasers for their films. With Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" coming up, Fox Searchlight is providing the first clip. Just don't blink, you might miss it. Running a scant fifteen seconds, it's still a pretty entertaining tease, with Michael Keaton and Emma Stone — playing father and daughter — in the midst of an argument about social media. It's fun stuff, from a film that never stops moving. A picture we raved about in our review as, "an endlessly surprising, inventive movie," it looks like Iñárritu has taken the story of an actor on the comeback trail, to try and reinvent cinema itself. Needless to say, this is probably one of the most ambitious movies of the fall. "Birdman" opens on October 17th. And be sure to check out our exclusive listen of the soundtrack. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival last month, Fox Searchlight has now debuted the first brief clip from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s (21 Grams, Biutiful) latest film Birdman, which features Michael Keaton (Batman) and Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Check it out below…
“Birdman is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.”
Also featuring in the cast of Birdman are Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover Part III), Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
Birdman is set for release in the States on October 17th and on January 2nd 2015.
- Gary Collinson
By Anjelica Oswald
With the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival now over, all eyes are on the 52nd New York Film Festival, which runs Sept. 26 to Oct 12. The festival’s lineup includes some festival favorites from these past few weeks, including Whiplash and Foxcatcher, but the festival’s premieres have been gaining buzz since the lineup was released. Here is a list of the top 10 films to see in New York (in alphabetical order with their festival date):
Birdman (Oct. 11)
Dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
This dark comedy features Keaton as a former film star who created a Broadway play in an effort to make a comeback. The film premiered in Venice to rave reviews before heading to Telluride where it created more Oscar buzz. It will close the festival, which the Academy Award-winning Her (2013) did last year. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s 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. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick Magic In The Moonlight plays is the one that fools us all.
Please note: This competition is open to UK residents »
One Valentino color-block dress, styled three different ways! Emma Stone first gave the Valentino shirtwaist dress featuring a red, black, and white color block design, a whirl during an appearance on Good Morning America in New York City in April 2014. Opting for a head-to-toe single label look, The Amazing Spider-Man actress also wore the designer’s Rockstud pumps. Photos: Stars at Fashion Week 2014 In July 2014, Olivia Palermo wore the same dress to Paris Fashion Week. The former reality TV star, accessorized her look with a fringe hunter green [...] »
One Valentino color-block dress, styled three different ways! Emma Stone first gave the Valentino shirtwaist dress featuring a red, black, and white color block design, a whirl during an appearance on Good Morning America in New York City in April 2014. Opting for a head-to-toe single label look, The Amazing Spider Man actress also wore the designer’s Rockstud pumps. Photos: Stars at Fashion Week 2014 In July 2014, Olivia Palermo wore the same dress to Paris Fashion Week. The former reality TV star, accessorized her look with a fringe hunter [...] »
It’s September, so why wouldn’t we start predicting an Oscar race that won’t finish for another five months?
To be fair, Venice, Telluride, and the Toronto film festivals have all concluded. Many films have screened. Many films have connected with audiences, and a rough draft of the Oscar race is beginning to come into focus. Sure, no Academy member will even begin popping in those screener DVDs for another couple of months, but it’s still worth discussing what has buzz and what is likely to still be on voters’ minds once the weather finally begins to cool off. »
- Nicole Sperling
Jimmy Fallon has already competed with the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski and Emma Stone during his epic Tonight Show lip sync battles, and on Wednesday, it was Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's turn to show off their skills. But was the NBC late-night host a match for the Voice coaches? Shelton walked on stage with a drink on hand, naturally, before he and Stefani got down to business. No one knew which two songs his or her opponent picked ahead of time, making the challenge even harder. Fallon chose Shelton to go first. The "Boys 'Round Here" singer, 38, selected Taco's classic "Puttin' on the Ritz." Not only did he mime the lyrics, but Shelton handed his glass of »
Magic In The Moonlight is in cinemas tomorrow, and to mark the occasion we've got our hands on some exclusive behind the scenes stills. Scroll down to see Emma Stone seemingly looking a bit baffled by Woody Allen's direction, Allen apparently praying to a God we thought he didn't believe in ("If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.") and more. Official synopsis: Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth)...
- Sam Ashurst
How many times have we heard Ghostbusters 3 is just around the corner and ready to begin filmingc How many directors have been attached and will Dan Aykroyd ever be over talking about itc The most recent rumor had Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) attached as director and the idea of turning the film into a whole new thing, "new" in that it would center on a group of female ghostbusters. In response to that, Bill Murray recently shared his thoughts on who those females should be telling the Toronto Star, "Melissa McCarthy would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny - God, she's funny! I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot, and Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there." When asked about Murray's suggestions, Wiig told Yahoo, "I will do whatever Bill Murray tells me to." Personally, I actually like this »
- Brad Brevet
Resident Teen Wolf heartthrob Dylan O'Brien is heading to the big screen with The Maze Runner, a film adaptation of James Dashner's popular Ya novel. O'Brien plays Thomas, a teen who wakes up to find that he's been transported to a community of boys he's never met before who live in the center of a large maze. In a fight to survive, he becomes a "runner," someone whose job is to attempt to find a way out of the maze. Last year, I was invited to visit the set of the movie with a few other journalists to chat with the stars in melting-hot Baton Rouge, La. O'Brien was busy filming a scene in the maze, but we did get the opportunity to talk with the actor about his rule-breaking ways, the best cook in the cast, and his famous crushes. Check out the interview before the movie is released on Friday, »
First of all, something of an apology. I have been writing this column thinking that every single title due for release the following Monday would of course be released via some kind of pay to stream service. Of course it would, we are living in the future, and this is how things are done isn’t it?
Apparently not, last week I included Jeremy Saulnier’s much loved Blue Ruin in the pay to stream section and then it didn’t come out the way I thought it might. Turns out that some companies still have a fairly limited release pattern so Blue Ruin was released by channel 4’s DVD label and appeared on DVD and Blu but didn’t show up to stream on any of the major providers, not even Sky Store or Playstation Network.
So turns out that being a channel 4 release, you can of course rent »
- Chris Holt
Woody Allen’s latest offering is rather a perplexing beast. Packed to bursting point with talent, played out against an exquisite French Riviera backdrop and benefitting from a witty story, it ought to be fabulous. But it isn’t. Instead Magic In The Moonlight – the story of a skeptical magician and an artful clairvoyant – is something of a conjuring act itself. From an amiable muddle of misdirection, Agatha Christie adaptation aesthetic, lopsided performances and grand affectations, the veteran director still somehow extracts a dazzling ending which warrants applause.
World renowned conjuror Wei Ling Soo is better known to his very few friends as Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) – an opinionated Englishman with a tangible disdain for the weak, gullible and “mentally defective”. Flattered by the extravagant compliments of lifelong friend and fellow illusionist Howard (Simon McBurney) – and abandoning plans to holiday with his pragmatic fiancée Olivia – Stanley agrees to a trip »
- Emily Breen
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Birdman is director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s mad masterpiece about one man’s search for relevance and validation. It’s a striking and welcome return to form for Michael Keaton, who has long been absent from the spotlight, bar occasional supporting roles in the likes of The Other Guys and the RoboCop remake. The surprisingly meta world of Birdman is more along the lines of a Charlie Kaufman concoction than something Iñárritu would normally attempt. His crushingly sad takes on existence in Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful have inventive plot devices about intersecting lives, but Birdman is wholly about the grand hallucinatory ego of one man and the stories that happen to briefly touch him. Both Keaton and Iñárritu provide us with ample reasons to admire the off-the-wall, swirling existential crisis that is Birdman. »
- Lane Scarberry
With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC’s summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures Classics’ Foxcatcher could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some quarters, but that movie came out in March, and when was the last time a March release made the list of Best Picture nominees?
Related: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As Tiff World Premieres Keep On Coming
But with these early fall fests, Hollywood has trotted out at least three additional films that seem like sure shots to add to the list: Focus Features’ Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, with certain »
- Pete Hammond
It was a #Tbt for Emma Stone in Paris! On Thursday, Sept. 11, the adorable redhead, 25, stepped out in the French capital to premiere her film, Magic in the Moonlight, looking every bit the throwback queen. Seemingly influenced by the Woody Allen project’s roaring ‘20s setting, Stone and her glam squad, including hairstylist Mara Roszak, created a flapper-worthy beauty look for the event, complete with a finger-wave hairstyle. On her lovely face, they added a coral lipstick, soft pink cheeks, and an evergreen smoky eye, a perfect [...] »
After realizing that acting was her passion, the art student dropped everything and headed out to Los Angeles to make her dreams a reality. While success was hardly immediate for Wiig, her hall of fame "SNL" career and breakout film role in "Bridesmaids" (2011) have made her one of the biggest comedy actresses today. This fall, Wiig taps into her dramatic side in the indie favorite "The Skeleton Twins" opposite fellow "SNL" alum, Bill Hader.
From her days selling hot dogs to her big-screen debut, here are 23 things you probably don't know about Kristen Wiig.
2. Her mother was an artist, while her father ran a lake marina in Western New York. »
- Jonny Black
So the Best Actor field is packed ehc Well, that's nothing new and the lack of surprise when it comes to the field of contenders continues when we look at the Best Actress category, which I chopped down to 17 contenders from my initial 28 as several films such as Suite Francaise, Carol, Suffragette and others won't be hitting theaters this year and even if they did, they would have needed the fall film festival bump to get word started and that time has come and gone. Speaking of which, With Telluride, Venice and Toronto behind us and New York on the horizon, let's see how the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress fields have changed since the last update and what we should be looking out for in the future. Best Actress I have kept Amy Adams (Big Eyes) at the top of the Best Actress chart even though the way »
- Brad Brevet
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