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Woody Allen – ‘Bananas’ (1971)

1 April 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

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

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Ultra-Low Budget ‘Friends Effing Friends’ Begins Production in L.A. (Exclusive)

5 March 2014 5:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tyler Dawson (“Bellflower”), Graham Skipper, Christina Gooding, Vanessa DuBasso and Jillian Leigh are starring in ultra-low budget comedy “Friends Effing Friends Effing Friends.”

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

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Golden Globes 2014: Wasted Ladies Kick Ass

13 January 2014 7:40 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"This was the beautiful mess we hoped it would be," Tina Fey announced at the end of the Golden Globes. Amy Poehler crowed, "And I got to make out with Bono!" Both ladies were correct. It was the real American Horror Story: Coven up in here tonight, as this year's Golden Globes bash turned into a rowdy celebrity pageant of Wasted Ladies Kicking Ass. Tina and Amy led the way, though they saved their best line for the final stretch: "And now, like a supermodel's vagina, let's give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio. »

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This Year's Golden Globe Winners: Predictable, Surprising, Mismatched Wins

12 January 2014 9:13 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Golden Globes 2014 winners (photo: 2014 Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) Scroll down to check out the full list of Golden Globes 2014 winners. This year’s Golden Globes ceremony took place earlier this evening, January 12, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey back as hosts. (Here are our fearless — and somewhat accurate — Golden Globes 2014 Predictions and our equally fearless — and mostly accurate — 2014 Golden Globes Predictions - The Nominations.) The 2014 Golden Globe nominations were announced by Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde exactly one month ago. Among the surprises was the inclusion in the Best Picture - Drama category of Ron Howard’s domestic box office disappointment Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Best Supporting Golden Globe nominee Daniel Brühl, and the exclusion of The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Martin Scorsese from the Best Director roster. Also, Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig were both in the running »

- Steve Montgomery

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