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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
Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run was pivotal in launching his career as a credible actor and leading man. Although considered a comedy classic today, the 1969 film actually lost money at the time of its release.
By Brian Hannan
All you need is top stars and top directors and making movies is easy. Surely you couldn’t miss with a line-up that included Sean Connery, Steve McQueen, Michael Caine, Dustin Hoffman, Lee Marvin, Omar Sharif, and directors of the calibre of Robert Aldrich (hot after The Dirty Dozen), John Boorman (Point Blank) and Woody Allen. Or so ABC must have thought when it set up a movie division in the late 1960s. Delving into the archives recently, I discovered that Sam Peckinpah’s rodeo picture Junior Bonner (1972) starring Steve McQueen was a box office stinkeroo. The picture lost $2.8m (about $15m in today’s money). Not just on domestic release, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
78 years old and still going strong, Woody Allen continues the prolific streak that he's maintained for decades. While he's got "Magic In The Moonlight" hitting theaters this month, he's already filming his next movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, and moreover, financiers are so confident in his work ethic, the director told The New York Times he's got financing secured for his next four movies. And for most of his career, this has been the case, with Allen's films usually turning a profit, costing little and getting wide distribution. But there is one that you likely haven't seen. Back in early '70s, between "Take The Money And Run" and "Bananas," Allen headed to PBS where he dropped the half-hour mockumentary, "Men Of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story." The brief movie is skewing of Nixon administration, with Allen playing the Henry Kissinger-esque titular character. But he wasn't a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While the media world explodes with speculation, excitement and, yes, a bit of trepidation for Avengers: Age of Ultron, we must keep the important things in perspective. Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is coming out next Friday, the latest in a long line of Allen films that stretch back six decades. But while you might know Mr. Allen’s work very well indeed, chances are you have not yet seen his 1972 mockumentary Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story, which recently surfaced on YouTube.
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story was produced as a PBS special in 1972, marking Allen’s third directing credit and coming between Take The Money and Run and Bananas. With those two films in mind – as well as his later mockumentary Zelig, to which this bears a passing resemblance – one can see the development of Allen’s style as a director and, more potently, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
By Mark Pinkert
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Bananas (1971) and Woody Allen‘s other early works, like Take the Money and Run (1969), are generally omitted from “Top Ten Woody Allen” lists. Most people neglect these movies, but only–I think–in light of his later works, which are more polished and masterful: movies like Annie Hall (1977) which established his reputation as an auteur who could tell real, meaningful stories. By that time, though, his earlier works suddenly come across as trivial and raw. And there’s no denying that most of the pre-Annie Hall films are silly; they are more collections of standup bits than they are complete films. Regardless, he was by that time an experienced humorist and Bananas is still a hilarious movie. So if you like Woody Allen at all–and thereby New York Jewish humor, slapstick, randomness, delis, standup, one-liners, and sex comedy–Bananas is a must-see.
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- Mark Pinkert
Caliber Media and Glydascope are producing the project. Quincy Rose is directing the film about well-educated young adults trying to make their way through the craziness of dating in Los Angeles.
Shooting began Wednesday and will last about three weeks in Los Angeles, where big-budget films have largely vanished due to rich incentives from other states and nations. State legislators have recently introduced a bill to improve the state’s production tax credit program, and FilmL.A. president Paul Audley has noted repeatedly that these days, much of the feature film shooting in Los Angeles has been of low-budget entries such as “Friends Effing Friends.”
“Shooting in L.A. was a mixture of several things,” producer Dallas Sonnier told Variety. “The story is all about how hard »
- Dave McNary
Ellen DeGeneres says her whole life has been inspired by movies, with comedies like Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run and Steve Martin in The Jerk informing her trademark rambling comedy, and others like Oliver! and Born Free turning her on to musicals and a love of animals. "I love stories that are inspirational yet have a lot of heartache, because I think that's what life is," the 2014 Oscars host says in Sunday's issue of Parade. But when it came to a repeat performance - she hosted in 2007 - at the Academy Awards, "Everybody who works with me thought I was crazy, »
- Andrea Billups
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