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Noah Baumbach Reveals the Key Movies That Made Him Want to Be a Filmmaker

Noah Baumbach Reveals the Key Movies That Made Him Want to Be a Filmmaker
Noah Baumbach has been making movies for more than 20 years, and in that time, has developed a distinctive voice in American cinema. His stories of neurotic New Yorkers are loaded with memorable moments of self-obsession and narcissistic showdowns. But Baumbach didn’t become a filmmaker overnight; he learned much about filmmaking from watching other movies. Raised by novelist Jonathan Baumbach and film critic Georgia Brown, Baumbach grew up surrounded by cinema, and it played a critical role in his evolving love for the medium.

The filmmaker looked back on some of these key influences during a conversation at the Film Society of Lincoln Center shortly before a screening of his latest effort, the ensemble comedy “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which Netflix releases later this month.

The Movie Brats

Baumbach was born in 1969, which placed on the younger end of the spectrum of moviegoers influenced by the movie brat
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Review: Woody Allen's "September" (1987) Starring Mia Farrow; Twilight Time Blu-ray Release

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“Love And Angst”

By Raymond Benson

Woody Allen came off an incredible run of five superior films released between 1983 and 1987 (Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Radio Days) and then delivered one of his occasional “serious” pictures (without his presence as an actor) in late ’87 that was so dire that it only grossed approximately $500,000 in its initial run.

Basically a six-character “play” that takes many cues from the works of Anton Chekhov, September is set in a Vermont country house where depressed Lane (Mia Farrow) is recovering from a suicide attempt. Her best friend Stephanie (Dianne Wiest) is there for moral support. Lane is in love with tenant/writer Peter (Sam Waterston), and neighbor/teacher Howard (Denholm Elliott) is in love with Lane. She doesn’t share Howard’s affections, but Peter, however, is in love with Stephanie. Coming to visit into
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Bernie Styles, New York Casting Director, Dies at 99

Bernie Styles, New York Casting Director, Dies at 99
Bernie Styles, who cast actors and extras for such films as The Manchurian Candidate, Up the Sandbox and Outrageous Fortune, has died. He was 99.

Styles died Wednesday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., producer and former Motion Picture Academy president Hawk Koch told The Hollywood Reporter.

Working out of New York City, Styles owned the Central Casting Talent Agency and for a time lived above the now-defunct Stage Deli on Seventh Avenue near Carnegie Hall (the restaurant had a prominent place in the 1984 Woody Allen movie Broadway Danny Rose).

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‘Broadway Danny Rose’ Review

Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Forte | Written and Directed by Woody Allen

A clutch of comedians chat in a New York cafe, sharing stories about a legendary theatrical manager named Danny Rose (Woody Allen). A quirky fellow, Rose liked to throw his weight behind dead-end novelty acts: one-armed jugglers, one-legged tapdancers, and wine glass musicians. But the best story – around which this madcap movie circles – is that of Danny’s relationship with Lou Canova (Nick Forte); or, more specifically, Danny’s relationship with Lou’s muse, Tina (a barely recognisable Mia Farrow).

Lou is a pretty lousy cabaret singer who fortuitously lands a gig at the Waldorf. But he won’t perform without Tina in attendance. Danny goes to pick her up, but in doing so triggers an absurd series of events that sees the two of them on the run from Italian mobsters. Suffice to say, Allen’s
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‘Trainspotting,’ ‘Simon Killer,’ ‘The Loneliest Planet’ & More Indies Headed to Hulu in July — See Our Curated List

‘Trainspotting,’ ‘Simon Killer,’ ‘The Loneliest Planet’ & More Indies Headed to Hulu in July — See Our Curated List
A great many shows and movies are coming to Hulu next month, some more notable than others. To skip the chaff and go straight to the wheat, allow us to collate and curate a selection of the most notable titles available to stream in July:

“48 Hours” and “Another 48 Hours”

“The Aviator”

Berberian Sound Studio

Broadway Danny Rose

The Brothers Bloom

“Devil’s Pass”

Dirty Wars

“Dirty Work”

“‘Don’t Look Now”

Escape From Alcatraz

Finding Neverland

Fish Tank

“Flashdance”

Gimme the Loot

“Glory”

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Reed Morano To Direct Elisabeth Moss In The Hulu Series

“Hackers”

“Hunger”

The Hunt for Red October

“In the Loop”

“Jimmy P”

Liberal Arts

Like Someone in Love

The Loneliest Planet

Lonesome Jim

“Manderlay”

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Mommie Dearest

“Phoenix”

“Rosemary’s Baby”

Read More: ‘Transparent’ Ratings Lag Behind Rivals on Netflix & Hulu

“Sightseers”

Simon Killer
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Celebrating the absurd by Anne-Katrin Titze

Xavier Giannoli on the lie of Charlie Chaplin: "Everything is true in the Dada performance." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Tristan Tzara, Margaret Dumont and Groucho Marx, Robert Redford as Denys Finch Hatton in Sydney Pollack's Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen, Salieri and Mozart in Milos Forman's Amadeus, and Caruso the peacock helped to compose Xavier Giannoli's Marguerite, starring Catherine Frot with André Marcon, Aubert Fenoy, Michel Fau, Denis Mpunga, Sylvain Dieuaide and Christa Théret.

Meryl Streep in Stephen Frears' Florence Foster Jenkins, the next Steven Spielberg, Jeff Nichols, Midnight Special in Paris, Broadway Danny Rose, Woody Allen and Danny Kaye in Carnegie Deli and Carnegie Hall in New York excited the director during our conversation.

Hazel (Christa Théret) singing with Nedda (Petra Nesvacilová)

Anne-Katrin Titze: When did you first hear of Florence Foster Jenkins?

Xavier Giannoli: 15 years ago on the radio. I heard this
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Perfect pitch by Anne-Katrin Titze

Xavier Giannoli: "The importance of Billy Wilder for me was tenderness and cruelty." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

My conversation with the Marguerite director ranged from Erik Satie's food habits, Salieri in Milos Forman's Amadeus, tribute to Jean Renoir's The Rules Of The Game, John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King, Erich von Stroheim in Sunset Boulevard, Robert Redford in Sydney Pollack's Out Of Africa and Karen Blixen, Meryl Streep in Stephen Frears' Florence Foster Jenkins, Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose, Danny Kaye and the Carnegie Deli, Charlie Chaplin, Tristan Tzara to Margaret Dumont and the Marx Brothers.

Catherine Frot as Marguerite: "It's the story of a woman who needs love."

When I brought up Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols' latest film, Midnight Special (after Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter and Mud), Xavier Giannoli said that in Paris there are posters
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The WGA Names the 101 Funniest Screenplays of All Time

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Let’s end the year with a celebration of the funniest comedy scripts ever written. The Writer’s Guild of America has chosen the 101 best laugh-getting screenplays. Keep in mind that this is all about the writing, not the cast or the director.

1.Annie Hall (1977)

2. Some Like it Hot (1959)

3. Groundhog Day (1993)

4. Airplane! (1980)

5. Tootsie (1982)

6. Young Frankenstein (1974)

7. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

8. Blazing Saddles (1974)

9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

10. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

11. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

12. The Producers (1967)

13. The Big Lebowski (1998)

14. Ghostbusters (1984)

15. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

16. Bridesmaids (2011)

17. Duck Soup (1933)

18. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

19. The Jerk (1979)

20. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

21. His Girl Friday (1940)

22. The Princess Bride (1987)

23. Raising Arizona (1987)

24. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

25. Caddyshack (1980)

26. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

27. The Graduate (1967)

28. The Apartment (1960)

29. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

30. The Hangover (2009)

31. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

32. The Lady Eve
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Writers Guild of America names Annie Hall as funniest script

When talk turns to penning a great comedy film script, Woody Allen is often referred to as one of Hollywood’s best scribes. And now that honour seems to be official – the Writers Guild of America has named Annie Hall as the funniest movie of all time.

Members of the writers’ union have weighed in on what they deem to be the best comedies released in the English-language. The result is a list of 101 features topped by 1977’s Annie Hall.

Directed and co-written by Allen, and starring him opposite Diane Keaton, Annie Hall is centred on a neurotic New Yorker who falls in love with the titular heroine, a budding singer. The romantic comedy was a huge success at the time – winning four Oscars, including Best Picture – and remains a highly-acclaimed classic.

Other Allen titles that made the cut are Sleepers, Bananas, Love and Death, Manhattan and Broadway Danny Rose.
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According to the Writers Guild, 'Annie Hall' is the funniest screenplay ever

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According to the Writers Guild, 'Annie Hall' is the funniest screenplay ever
What's the funniest movie you've ever seen? According to the Writers Guild of America, it's Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman's "Annie Hall."  That's the top of its just-released ranking of the 101 funniest screenplays, and Woody Allen appears several more times on the list: "Sleeper" (60), "Bananas" (69), "Take the Money and Run" (76), "Love and Death" (78), "Manhattan" (81), and "Broadway Danny Rose" (92). Harold Ramis made five appearances on the list, with "Groundhog Day" (3), "National Lampoon's Animal House" (10), "Ghostbusters" (14), "Caddyshack" (25), and "Stripes" (88). And Mel Brooks had "just" three screenplays on the list but they all ranked highly: "Young Frankenstein" (6), "Blazing Saddles" (8), and "The Producers" (12). He's also credited with "The Big Lebowski" (13), but he didn't write that, so I'm sure the WGA will correct its error shortly. (The Coen Brothers, who did write it, also appear at number 23 with "Raising Arizona" and 86 with "Fargo.") The most recent movie to make the list is 2011's "Bridesmaids
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Woody Allen's 'Annie Hall' Voted Funniest Screenplay of All Time

Woody Allen's 'Annie Hall' Voted Funniest Screenplay of All Time
Woody Allen's groundbreaking 1977 comedy Annie Hall triumphed over 100 other films – including a handful of the director's other works – to land at Number One on the Writers Guild of America's list of the 101 Funniest Screenplays. The comedy's Allen- and Marshall Brickman-penned script beat out a Top Five that included 1959's Some Like It Hot (Number Two), 1993's Groundhog Day (Three), 1980's Airplane! (Four) and 1982's Tootsie.

In total, Allen placed seven scripts on the 101 Funniest Screenplays list, with Sleeper, Bananas, Take the Money and Run, Love and Death, Manhattan
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Writers Guild of America Names 'Annie Hall' the Funniest Screenplay of All Time

Writers Guild of America Names 'Annie Hall' the Funniest Screenplay of All Time
Read More: The 25 Best Comedies Of The 21st Century So Far The Writers Guild of America has weighed in on the funniest films of all time, putting together a list of 101 features they consider to be the best comedies the movie business has ever offered. The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at Hollywood's Arclight Cinema Dome over a two-hour discussion panel hosted by Rob Reiner. The WGA East announced the winners in New York at the New School Auditorium in Greenwich Village. Woody Allen's Oscar-winning screenplay for "Annie Hall" topped the list, though it was just one of seven titles by the writer-director that was included on the list. Allen's other entries included "Sleeper," "Bananas," "Take the Money and Run," "Broadway Danny Rose," "Love and Death" and "Manhattan." "Some Like it Hot," "Groundhog Day," "Airplane!" and "Tootsie" rounded out...
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The 101 Funniest Screenplays of All-Time, According to the WGA

Perhaps the most subjective genre in cinema, the same comedy can cause one viewer to have tears of laughter and another to not crack a smile. So, while knowing there can be no definitive list of the finest in the genre, the Writers Guild of America attempted to narrow down the 101 funniest screenplays. Noting the distinction from the best in the genre, these 101 films should simply produce the most laughs.

Topping the list is Woody Allen‘s Best Picture-winning Annie Hall, a choice difficult to argue with. Rounding out the top five were Some Like it Hot, Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie, while films from the Coens, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and Edgar Wright were also mentioned. There are also some genuine head-scratching inclusions, including The Hangover at 30, and, as much as I enjoy the film, Bridesmaids nearly making the top 15, but overall, if one is looking to brighten their mood,
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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members
Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run,
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Woody Allen’s Producer Jack Rollins Dies at 100

Longtime comedy producer-manager Jack Rollins, who handled Woody Allen, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Lenny Bruce, died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 100.

Rollins, a native of Brooklyn, was a co-producer with the late Charles H. Joffe on many of Allen’s films. The duo managed many of the industry’s top comedy acts starting in the 1960s.

Rollins appeared briefly in Allen’s 1984 film, “Broadway Danny Rose,” in which Allen played a manager of a variety of strange acts — a character he loosely modeled on Rollins.

Rollins and Joffe had producing credits on all of Allen’s films between 1969 and 1993, including “Take the Money and Run,” “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Bananas,” Sleeper,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Zelig,” “Radio Days” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Born as Jacob Rabinowitz in Brooklyn, he broke into the business after World War II as a Broadway producer, then founded a talent
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‘Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper On Her Cult Heroine: “I Wasn’t Sure Fey And Carlock Were Serious”

‘Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper On Her Cult Heroine: “I Wasn’t Sure Fey And Carlock Were Serious”
Ellie Kemper is as charming as one of the heroines in a Woody Allen film–fast-talking, genuinely affable, quick on her feet with a deftness for physical comedy—not unlike the cutups that Mia Farrow portrayed in Radio Days and Broadway Danny Rose. The Princeton grad propelled herself through New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and soon gained industry recognition with her multi-character one-woman show Feeling Sad/Mad with Ellie Kemper. She auditioned for Saturday N…
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Twilight Time 4th Anniversary Promotion Through April 3

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Twilight Time is celebrating its 4th anniversary with a major promotion that sees some of their limited edition titles reduced in price through April 3. These are the titles on sale.

Group 1

Retail price point: $24.95

Picnic

Pal Joey

Bite The Bullet

Bell, Book, And Candle

Bye Bye Birdie

In Like Flint

Major Dundee

The Blue Max

Crimes And Misdemeanors

Used Cars

Thunderbirds Are Go / Thunderbird 6

Group 2

Retail price point: $19.95

Rapture

Roots Of Heaven

Swamp Water

Demetrius And The Gladiators

Desiree

The Wayward Bus

Cover Girl

High Time

The Sound And The Fury

The Rains Of Ranchipur

Bonjour Tristesse

Beloved Infidel

Lost Horizon

The Blue Lagoon

Experiment In Terror

Nicholas And Alexandra

Pony Soldier

The Song Of Bernadette

Philadelphia

The Only Game In Town

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

Sleepless In Seattle

The Disappearance

Sexy Beast

Drums Along The Mohawk

Alamo Bay

The Other

Mindwarp

Jane Eyre

Oliver

The Way We Were
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Beyond Fright Interview With The Wrecking Crew Director Denny Tedasco!!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Denny Tedesco’s The Wrecking Crew, then you should stop everything you are doing and watch it right this minute. This film goes above and beyond what you would expect in a documentary, and contains the perfect mixture of music, interviews, and photographs to tell the story of a group of talented musicians that made musical history, and will forever be known as The Wrecking Crew. Recently, I had a chance to sit down and talk to the Director, Denny Tedesco, as he tells us all about this must see film, his father, Tommy Tedesco, and of course, how he put this amazing documentary together.

How did the idea for The Wrecking Crew documentary come about?

Well, I’ve always had the idea of doing something about my Dad and his friends, I was into film making, I have always been into film,
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Sundance: ‘Mistress America’ Continues Winning Streak for Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig

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Sundance: ‘Mistress America’ Continues Winning Streak for Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig
Film strikes a rare and welcome balance between screwball comedy and touching emotion

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig have been a match made in indie-film heaven since “Greenberg” in 2010, and the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Mistress America” this weekend showed the two fully in sync once more.

By turns wacky, amusing and touching, the new film isn’t as focused as “Frances Ha,” the last film directed by Baumbach, starring Gerwig and co-written by both. But the Fox Searchlight project is one of the delights of this year’s festival, and one of the most satisfying, sure-handed and touching
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Joe Franklin, Pioneering Talk Radio Host, Dead at 88

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Joe Franklin, Pioneering Talk Radio Host, Dead at 88
Frequently parodied by Billy Crystal on “Saturday Night Live,” Franklin also played himself in the movies “Manhattan” and “Ghostbusters

New York City radio and television personality Joe Franklin has died. He was 88.

“Joe went unexpectedly and passed away Saturday night,” friend and former producer Steve Garrin told CNN.

Franklin was a fixture on late-night radio and TV in New York. Over the years, he worked at radio stations Wjz and Wor and more recently at the Bloomberg Radio Network.

See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos)

“The last two weeks were the first time he ever missed a broadcast in over 60 years,
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