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Friends Effing Friends Effing Friends: Woody Allen's Godson Tries to Direct a Comedy

17 October 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Quincy Rose, the godson of Woody Allen and the offspring of the late Mickey Rose (an Allen collaborator on films such as Bananas and a writer for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson), has just scribed, directed, produced, and edited his second feature film, Friends Effing Friends Effing Friends (Fefef) so roll out the red carpet and blow the horns. Such an amazing lack of talent has seldom been contained in a mere 117 minutes.

This is not to propose that Mr. Rose is totally bereft of any artistry. The trailer for his initial effort, Miles to Go (2012), in which he stars, displays an engagingly high-strung neuroticism in his Allenesque take on heterosexual relationships, and you can't help but wish he had cast himself as a lead in Fefef.

But before I decimate the theatrics and the writing, let's confront the plot. Two childhood buddies -- one circumcised, the other not »

- Brandon Judell

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Bananas

2 October 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Very smart and very silly, Woody Allen solidified his standing as a Groucho Marx for the new generation in Bananas, a throwback to the Marx Brothers’ absurdist comedies of the thirties shot through the cynical prism of Nixon’s seventies. In this 1971 farce, Woody finds himself propped up as the political leader of a Latin American revolution when all he’s really trying to do is get laid. The late, great Jack Davis did the appropriately “Mad” poster art.

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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to (and going from) Hulu this October

15 September 2016 4:11 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The CW’s Smallville has begun looking more and more like a trendsetter in recent years, with its low-budget, DC Comics-based model paving the way for the current dominance of superhero shows on TV. And even though the Superman prequel series was often imperfect, it did include a few hidden delights, including fun villain turns from Michael Rosenbaum and the hammily fantastic Jon Glover as the evil-hearted Luthor clan. Now, you can see the whole thing—meteor freaks, Brainiac, “The Blur,” and all—with Hulu bringing all ten seasons of the show to its streaming library next month, just in time for its 15th anniversary.

And if mid-2000s superhuman angst isn’t your speed, the service has also added a number of classic comedies to its October slate. Several Woody Allen movies (including Bananas and the recently lauded Midnight In Paris) are making the jump, along with the »

- William Hughes

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Woody Allen: A Career in 20 Hilarious, Brilliant Lines

13 July 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This Friday, Café Society, the latest release from writer/director/comic godhead Woody Allen, waltzes into theaters — the 47th feature Allen has directed over a career spanning 50 years. (Yes, we're counting New York Stories.) He's had box-office successes and outright bombs, Oscar-winning masterpieces and critically panned duds. But regardless of his movies' receptions (and the reoccurring rumors about his personal life), he's managed to pump out a film a year with impressive regularity. Some key elements have stayed the same — once a jazz clarinet slinks onto the soundtrack, audiences know exactly who they're dealing with. »

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Woody Allen: A Career in 20 Hilarious, Brilliant Lines

13 July 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This Friday, Café Society, the latest release from writer/director/comic godhead Woody Allen, waltzes into theaters — the 47th feature Allen has directed over a career spanning 50 years. (Yes, we're counting New York Stories.) He's had box-office successes and outright bombs, Oscar-winning masterpieces and critically panned duds. But regardless of his movies' receptions (and the reoccurring rumors about his personal life), he's managed to pump out a film a year with impressive regularity. Some key elements have stayed the same — once a jazz clarinet slinks onto the soundtrack, audiences know exactly who they're dealing with. »

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Comedy Bang! Bang! It's silly, it spoofy – it's the very definition of a hidden gem

1 March 2016 3:24 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This faux sketch show has talking books, phone-ins about murdering baby animals, celebrity guests like Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd – and it’s so absurd it barely holds together as a concept. I sorely need you to start watching

British Netflix is notoriously threadbare compared with its American cousin. In the Us, you can watch almost any film or TV show that has ever been made. In the UK, your choice basically consists of Aloha, that Bill Murray holiday special that temporarily made you despise Christmas and – because you watched Woody Allen’s BananasJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

But things are getting better. Because this week, the gloriously silly Comedy Bang! Bang! finally debuted on Netflix UK, and it’s the greatest thing to happen to the service in years. Greater, even, than the awful third series of House of Cards that everyone forced themselves to sit through out of »

- Stuart Heritage

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A Telling Look Back at the Century-Old Quest for Diversity in Entertainment

23 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Variety began, the entertainment industry was mostly live theater, circuses and vaudeville — and minstrel shows. Later, blacks were at the forefront in demanding equality in the entertainment industry and were followed by groups representing Latinos, Asians, Native Americans and women.

For better or worse, showbiz has always been a microcosm of the world. While black stars like Louis Armstrong were celebrated for their art, they were still denied access to hotels, drinking fountains and restaurants.

Many minorities were (and are) victimized by institutionalized prejudice. If anyone doubts that, it only requires a quick look at Variety’s 111 years of publication to find the proof.

The history of show business is a history of bias, which can be broken down into three general eras: Humiliation (1905-42) when grossly demeaning terms like “coon” and vile treatment were “normal”; protest (1942-49), when voices were raised in simple requests that demeaning stereotypes and »

- Steven Gaydos and Tim Gray

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Court Still Awaits Relativity Financing and Executive Plans

17 February 2016 10:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Relativity Media returned to court Wednesday in its long-running battle to win approval of its exit from bankruptcy, though the real action took place outside the New York court room — with the company still trying to drum up proof that it has adequate financing and formal employment arrangements with its proposed new film executives — Kevin Spacey and his producing partner, Dana Brunetti.

The company still had not presented proof of those arrangements, which U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles has said he wanted to see before allowing Relativity’s emergence from bankruptcy to become effective.

Wednesday’s hearing instead focused on a convoluted claim by a would-be film writer and producer who said he was entitled to a place in the Relativity proceeding, a claim which the company rejected and Judge Wiles said he would take under submission.

Lawyers for the company previously had told Wiles that by »

- James Rainey and Gordon Cox

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