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Living alone in the South of France, Grace becomes consumed by thoughts of the afterlife and the mystical prophecies provided by a seer. Weaver understands the character as someone with so little that she clings to the supernatural to give meaning to her lonesome existence.
“She’s very needy. Mourning her husband, she’s lonely and she's grasping at any opportunity for comfort,” Weaver explained exclusively to uInterview. “And combined with that, she's quite a naive, gullible, innocent. So she's ripe for that sort of swindling — for that sort of trickery. And they’re the sorts of people that get preyed on by people who take lots of money to predict things.”
To play Grace, Weaver said she was able to imagine her mindset by channeling older, »
Woody Allen’s 1920s feature to close Sarajevo at the city’s Open Air Cinema.
Allen’s Oscar-winning Blue Jasmine screened at Sarajevo’s Open Air Cinema during last year’s festival.
As previously announced, Sarajevo will open with three films to mark its 20th edition.
The first will be Alejandro González Inárritu’s 2000 feature Amores Perros and actor Gael Garcia Bernal will be in attendance to introduce the Open Air Cinema screening and accept the festival’s Honorary Heart of Sarajevo.
The second opening night film will be road movie Je M’appelle Hmmm…, the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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By Christopher Rosa
If you watched Woody Allen‘s latest film, Magic in the Moonlight over the weekend, you may have noticed something interesting about its romantic leads: Emma Stone and Colin Firth have a 28-year age difference between them. This example of a May-December romance is drastic but — surprise, surprise — not uncommon in Allen’s films.
The director must have a fascination with the older man, younger woman affair because this sort of pairing runs rampant in his filmography. From his critically acclaimed musical-comedy Everyone Says I Love You (1996) to kooky crime fare like Small Time Crooks(2000), several of his pictures feature at least one cradle-robbing encounter, no matter how brief. We’ve assembled 10 particularly salacious pairings with the approximate age each actor or actress was at the time of filming. Some have 20, 30 or even 40-year age gaps. In other words, some of these actors could »
Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" action film we up against Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" action film at the box office this weekend, with "Lucy" coming out a clear winner with $44 million in domestic earnings. "Lucy" is directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). The film had the biggest opening of any film in his career and earned nearly four times as much as his "Colombiana" action film, starring Zoe Saldana. "Lucy" cost $40 million to make, which means that it's already profitable. And with an international release still on its way, the new movie will be a major hit for everyone involved. It has a 58% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Hercules" had to settle for second place with a $29 million opening. That's a disappointing result for a movie that cost $100 million. But with another $29 million coming from international box office, "Hercules" has a good chance of ending up with a total »
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: »
Hercules’s muscles were no match for Lucy’s drug-enhanced brain at the box office this weekend. Audiences turned out in earnest to see the Scarlett Johansson thriller, which earned an expectation-shattering $44 million from 3,173 theaters in its first weekend.
Not only is it director Luc Besson’s biggest opening, Lucy is also a career high for Scarlett Johansson as a lead. Audiences for the original feature were evenly split between genders, 35 percent were under the age of 25, and 29 percent were Hispanic. But even though the EuropaCorp-produced, Universal-distributed project appealed to a wide demographic swath, those who did see the »
- Lindsey Bahr
A Woody Allen comedy about a master magician trying to expose a psychic medium as a fake.
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.
Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford (Firth), a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists’ claims that they can perform real magic. »
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. »
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Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly had discussions and is currently in serious consideration if not outright talks for the role of Doctor Stephen Strange in Scott Derrickson's upcoming "Doctor Strange" film at Marvel Studios.
With Benedict Cumberbatch having revealed this week he had meetings for the role but couldn't do the role due to scheduling, talk has suddenly and quite heavily turned to Phoenix. In fact at least two trades claim actual negotiations are actively underway. Representatives for Marvel and Phoenix had no comment.
Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and Justin Theroux have also previously been mentioned as possibilities that ultimately didn't pan out. Whomever takes on the role will play the Marvel Comics hero - a former neurosurgeon who protects Earth from magical and mystical threats.
- Garth Franklin
For his latest romp around the European countryside, Woody Allen whisks moviegoers away to 1920s southern France for a frothy romantic comedy starring Emma Stone as Sophie, a cheery American with supposedly incredible psychic powers, and Colin Firth as Stanley, the arrogant English stage magician who sets out to debunk her credibility. Photos 'Magic in the Moonlight': Emma Stone, Colin Firth and Anna Wintour Hit the New York Premiere The Sony Pictures Classics specialty box-office title hits 17 theaters in select cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., on Friday. Read what top critics
- Jenna Robbins
Despite what her name suggests, Emma Stone is not stone-faced. Her eyebrows and lips dart and dash all over, like that one firework that sends off little sprites flying in different directions after its initial explosion. No wonder she was cast in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, which opens this weekend – that's one seriously enchanted face. Here are 22 of her silliest looks. »
- Jesse David Fox
Woody Allen's new movie, Magic in the Moonlight, hits limited theaters this weekend. Meanwhile, he's off in Providence, Rhode Island with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone and new additions to the cast, Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley, shooting his next movie, which the Chicago Sun Times reports is "a murder mystery, set on a college campus." On top of that it's said to be a "serious-ish drama," which I guess might place it in Match Point territory considering Manhattan Murder Mystery was definitely comedic. In other Allen news, in a recent New York Times profile they revealed Allen has secured financing for not only the film he's currently shooting, but three more beyond that and it sounds like all four will be released by Sony Pictures Classics: Mr. Allen said that his next four films, including the currently untitled one he is making with Ms. Stone and Mr. Phoenix, »
- Brad Brevet
Although Woody Allen’s latest, 1920s-set romantic caper Magic in the Moonlight, is just opening this week, news about the prolific helmer’s next project is already emerging. We had previously learned that the untitled film would be set in modern-day Rhode Island and be a “contemporary story” that centers on “academics, graduate students, and middle- and working – class folks.” Additionally, it was revealed that the cast would include Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley.
Now that Allen is rolling cameras on the pic in Rhode Island, some more news about the project has broken. According to the film’s executive producer Ron Chez, who spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times about working with Allen, the new movie is “a murder mystery, set on a college campus.” The Chicago Tribune added that it is a “serious-ish drama.”
So, are we looking at something similar to Match Point? Or »
- Isaac Feldberg
As one movie opens, another begins production, and that's the way it's been with Woody Allen for years. His latest Euro jaunt, "Magic In The Moonlight," heads to theatres this weekend. Meanwhile, the director is in Rhode Island filming his latest, starring new muse Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix among many others. And it looks like the director is headed back into dramatic territory. The film's executive producer Ron Chez told the Chicago Sun Times that the new film is “a murder mystery, set on a college campus,” with the Chicago Tribune adding that it's a "serious-ish drama." And that's about all the details there are at the moment, but maybe it's something in the vein of "Match Point"? We'd be okay with that. Until there's more news, here's some more pics and a clip from "Magic In The Moonlight," which starts rolling out in limited release today. Here's our review. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jacki Weaver is killing it. She already had a prolific career in Australia, but when Animal Kingdom came out and earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, she quickly became a hot commodity in America. Since, she’s delivered some chilling material in Stoker and also scored another Academy Award nomination for her work in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, and now she’s adding yet another noteworthy achievement to the list, appearing in a Woody Allen film. In Magic in the Moonlight, Weaver steps in as Grace, a grieving widow who misses her husband so much that she turns to a supposed psychic medium (Emma Stone) to put them back in touch. While in New York City promoting the film’s release, Weaver sat down with us to talk about the art of nailing a supporting character, working with Allen, whether or not she believes in psychic mediums, »
- Perri Nemiroff
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- Alyse Whitney
Originally titled "Chef," the story follows a rock-star chef (Cooper) hoping to land his own kitchen and a third Michelin star, but he’ll need the help of the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). Daniel Bruhl, Emma Thompson, Omar Sy and Jamie Dornan also star. [Source: THR]
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Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones") and Andy Samberg ("Brooklyn 99") will star in Jake Szymanski's one-off HBO mockumentary telemovie "7 Days In Hell". "Girls" executive producer Murray Miller will write the script.
- Garth Franklin
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
On his educational show Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman, the distinguished actor helped to demonstrate the wonders of science by altering his iconic baritone with the help of a helium balloon. Tonight, he did it again, not in the name of science, but for the much more common reason that celebrities do things: because Jimmy Fallon tells them to. Sure, we expected this slavish adherence to the will of Fallon from the likes of Emma Stone or Halle Berry, but not from you, Morgan. Not from you. »
- Anna Silman
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
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