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Veteran actor Tony Roberts is "doing well" in hospital after suddenly collapsing in the middle of a performance on Broadway on Sunday.
The Annie Hall star was onstage for the matinee showing of The Royal Family when he began speaking incoherently, sparking fears he had suffered a stroke.
Audience members only realised something was wrong when co-star John Glover walked offstage and asked for the curtain to be brought down, according to a report in the New York Post.
Theatregoer Roger Lorente tells the publication, "He looked fine and moved around fine, but he was speaking nothing but gibberish for about a minute. It was very strange. The curtain came down and the lights went up, and the usher asked if there were any doctors in the house."
Roberts was taken to New York's St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he is currently recovering in a stable condition.
And the star's cousin insists he has regained control of his speech, confirming: "He's doing well. He's talking. I think he's going to be fine." »
Actor Tony Roberts was rushed to hospital in New York on Sunday after falling ill during a performance on Broadway.
The Annie Hall star was performing onstage in the matinee showing of The Royal Family when he began feeling unwell.
The play was halted and Roberts was taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in the Big Apple.
The 69 year old is in a stable condition, according to a hospital spokesperson.
No further information was available as WENN went to press. »
Originally Posted in Creative Loafing  Tampa. Very few filmmakers are known for their casting power. Woody Allen  may be one of the best. He is always great at getting Hollywood's biggest movie stars and the latest indie up and comers into his films (and with perfect timing). He worked with Sally Hawkins  and Samantha Morton  right when they were about to hit it big. His latest, Whatever Works , has some of the most coveted actors around (Evan Rachel Wood , Larry David , and Patricia Clarkson ). Here are my 15 favorite performances in a Woody Allen film: 15) Rebecca Hall  - Vicky Cristina Barcelona  (2008) Hall is reminiscent of Kate Winslet  in that she can convey multiple emotions with astounding subtlety. Many consider Vicky to be the first female Woody Allen character. On paper maybe, but Hall turns the role into so much more, perfectly relating the character's fears and her longing to make life exciting and meaningful. »
- Anthony Nicholas
The Annie Hall director launched a $10 million (£6.6 million) lawsuit against clothing giant American Apparel after its bosses used his image on billboard ads in New York and Los Angeles without his permission.
American Apparel lawyers planned to bring Farrow and her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn - who is also Allen's wife - to testify at the hearing.
It was believed the company's legal team would attempt to prove Allen's reputation had already been damaged by his controversial love life.
But the firm's chief Dov Charney announced on Wednesday he has no intention of bringing the women into the courtroom.
Branding Allen a "source of inspiration", Charney promised he would never discuss the star's "personal life" during the trial, reports the New York Post. »
The Annie Hall director launched a $10 million (£6.6 million) lawsuit again clothing giant American Apparel after company bosses used his image on billboard ads in New York and Los Angeles without his permission.
And in the latest round of legal arguments, the moviemaker wants his former girlfriend Farrow and Hustler tycoon Larry Flynt barred from giving evidence in the case - because it will turn the hearing into a "spectacle", according to the New York Daily News.
In legal papers, attorney Christian Carbone writes, “It is clear that the unproven allegations from the custody dispute will be used in a most lurid manner.”
Allen and Farrow were in a relationship for 12 years from 1980, but underwent a bitter battle for custody of their son Ronan and two adopted children following their split in 1992. »
Bosses at clothing giant American Apparel have demanded Woody Allen prove he can command a fee of $10 million (£6.8 million) for appearing in commercials.
The Annie Hall director filed suit against the company last year, claiming advertising chiefs used his likeness on billboards without his consent.
He was depicted dressed as a rabbi in ads placed across New York and Los Angeles.
Allen is adamant his usual asking price for appearing in a commercial is $10 million - but American Apparel bosses are now demanding the legendary filmmaker proves it in court.
In papers filed at Manhattan Federal Court, lawyers for the clothing company's boss Dov Charney have asked for records to show Allen can still command a "premium price" for his endorsement of products.
Lawyer Stuart Slotnick tells the New York Post, "We believe that Mr Allen's popularity has decreased significantly, especially in light of the scandals he's been associated with.
"We believe that he greatly overvalues the worth of his endorsement - if he can get one."
Woody Allen has been making films for forty years now. Forty years, with forty feature length films to his credit if you include What’s Up Tiger Lily? That’s a lot of movies. And it’s understandable that if he makes some bad movies (which he has throughout his career) and then makes a great film (which he’s made a ton of). It’s Woody, so let’s say Sleeper, Love and Death, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cario, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Husbands and Wives, Bullets Over Broadway, Deconstructing Harry, Match Point. Twelve great films. And that’s not including his merely good films. As a batting average that’s pretty great. So add another one to the fire, because Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of his great ones. Rebecca Hall plays Vicky, Scarlet Johansson plays Cristina. Vicky is about to »
7 items from 2009
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