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If the Sundance Film Festival has always been the place to discover tomorrow’s biggest stars in front of and behind the camera during the past 30 years, it seems to have become even more fruitful in recent years. From young filmmakers like Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) to ready-to-launch superstars like Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings), Hollywood has quickly found its future in the snowy peaks of Park City. “One of the biggest changes in the last 30 years is how independent film »
- Jeff Labrecque
Eyebrows were raised back in September, when Woody Allen was announced as the 2014 recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement at the Golden Globes. Not, of course, that it was a controversial selection in itself: you could argue for the award being a tad redundant, given that Allen hasn't exactly been under-recognized in his career, but hardly undeserved. (Indeed, he has been given somewhat short shrift by the HFPA: his only two Globe wins have come in the Best Screenplay category, for "Midnight in Paris" and "The Purple Rose of Cairo," though "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Vicky Cristina »
- Guy Lodge
The holidays are nigh, so here are ten dysfunctional family films to bring you all together (or drive you apart). The dysfunctional family film can run the gamut from depressing ("Capturing the Friedmans" or "Cries and Whispers," anyone?) to surprisingly warm ("Hannah and Her Sisters"). Below, we've categorized our ten titles into the Dark Meat and the Light(er) Meat -- because everyone has their own preference. The Dark Meat, by Ryan Lattanzio:"The Color Wheel" (2011) Dir. Alex Ross Perry Dream team Alex Ross Perry and Carlen Altman created one of the most memorable indies of recent years with "The Color Wheel." They play Jr (Altman) and Colin (Perry), two late-twentysomething siblings who hash out their neuroses and push each other's buttons on the road to moving Jr out of her professor boyfriend's apartment. Honest and hilarious, and shot in 16mm, this unflinching sendup of millennial malaise takes a queasy »
- Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014
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Writer/director Woody Allen’s (Hannah and Her Sisters) 2013 film is the drama-comedy Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett (Hanna) and featuring the ensemble cast of Alec Baldwin (Rock of Ages), Sally Hawkins (Never Let Me Go), Louis C.K. (TV’s Louie), Bobby Cannavale (Roadie), Peter Sarsgaard (An Education), and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) and Andrew Dice Clay
The film centers around Jasmine (Blanchett), a former New York socialite teetering on an emotional tightrope, balancing between her troubled east coast past and a fresh start in San Francisco. Having moved into her sister’s (Hawkins) humble apartment, Jasmine ricochets between the tumultuous acceptance of her new limitations, and the dreams of reclaiming her past life’s glamor.
Well-received by the critics—it garnered a rating of 91% at Rotten Tomatoes based on 153 published reviews—the »
Hannah and Her Sisters is the definitive Thanksgiving movie, full stop. Why? Well, there’s a lot of Thanksgiving in it. But also, like your family, the one in this movie doesn’t know it’s unbearable, funny, sad, weird as hell, and perfect. It will fuel you with essential patience through Thursday’s festivities, even when your Uncle Werner begins with his conservative rants about Jennifer Lawrence‘s new haircut. She just likes it that way, Uncle Werner! Don’t be on the wrong side of history!
New viewers of Hannah and Her Sisters will find it’s much different than recent Woody Allen movies, which are streamlined, plot-driven efforts. Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine almost feel like elongated short films, but Hannah and Her Sisters dishes plenty of comedy, wordy-ass arguing, despair, and a lot of contemplative moments featuring none of the above. Woody Allen’s character »
- Louis Virtel
Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" is a movie that features not just one but three Thanksgiving celebrations, all hosted by Mia Farrow's earth-mother Hannah character over three consecutive Novembers, that come off without a hitch. They're picture-perfect holiday gatherings worthy of Norman Rockwell or Martha Stewart, even though her extended family is so big it requires two impeccably golden-brown turkeys at the feast table.
That's the exception.
In most films depicting the November holiday, Thanksgiving is a disaster. From travel nightmares to squabbling relatives to kitchen catastrophes, almost no one in the movies is able to stage a Thanksgiving that looks even remotely like a Rockwell painting or a Stewart magazine spread. Of course, since most of us fall similarly short of perfection at our real-life Thanksgivings, we can identify with both the frazzled hosts and irked guests we see on the big screen.
So, if you »
- Gary Susman
Here's some more casting news: Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) and Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises) are set to star in George C. Wolfe's Harry and the Butler. Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) will join Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) in James Gray's The Lost City of Z. Taylor Kitsch (Battleship) is set to play a sadistic cop in director Julian Jarrold's Exit 147. Hit the jump for more on both pictures. Screen Daily reports (via The Playlist) that Pattinson is on board Gray's adaptation of The Lost City of Z. David Grann’s bestselling non-fiction narrative tells of British explorer Percy Fawcett who ventured into the Amazon jungle and never returned. Cumberbatch is in talks to star as Fawcett, who survived the perils of the jungle once and discovered a mythical lost city, but wasn’t so lucky when he journeyed back for proof. »
- Dave Trumbore
Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) and two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, Hannah And Her Sisters) will star in the heartwarming drama, Harry And The Butler, to be directed by George C. Wolfe, winner of the Directors Guild Award for “Lackawanna Blues,” it was announced today by producers Philippe Rivier of Spirit Films and Colin Callender of Playground Entertainment.
The film, written by Damian F. Slattery, will start shooting on location in Louisiana in spring 2014.
Harry And The Butler is the story of Harry (Sam Jackson), a one-time jazz virtuoso living in New Orleans who has given up on his dreams and now spends his days as the mechanic for a derelict rollercoaster and his nights in his makeshift home – a converted train caboose. When his former mentor bequeaths him a large sum of money, Harry – in a drunken celebration –decides to hire himself an aging, »
- Michelle McCue
• Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises) will star in the secretive project In The Future from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty). The two-time Oscar winner (for Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules) is currently working on Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi adventure Interstellar. Caine also has a part in Brad Anderson’s Eliza Graves (based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story) with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, and Ben Kingsley. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Director writes open letter in support of his longtime casting director, who he credits as being instrumental in his films' success
• Readers vote: the 10 best Woody Allen films
Woody Allen has weighed into the debate over whether casting directors should have their own Oscar by writing a letter to industry trade magazine the Hollywood Reporter outlining the contribution his own casting director, Juliet Taylor, has made to his films.
Allen writes: "My history shows that my films are full of wonderful performances by actors and actresses I had never heard of and were not only introduced to me by my casting director ... but, in any number of cases, pushed on me against my own resistance."
He continues: "If it were up to me we would use the same half dozen people in all my pictures, whether they fit or not. »
- Andrew Pulver
Nicole Holofcener has not spent the night rearranging her hotel room. "Absolutely not! I'm not crazy!" She has thought about it, though. "If a woman gets insomnia you never know where you're going to find her furniture the next morning. It's primal. We have so little we can control, but we can perfect the way our room looks."
In Enough Said, one woman considers splitting up with a man over his lack of bedside tables and another spends the small hours shifting her sofa. "Even my mom does it!" says Holofcener, cross-legged atop the cushions. "And she's tiny. I'm like, 'Mom! You moved the piano?' 'Yes! I had this strength! Four in the morning!'"
Holofcener's mother was once a set designer, her father acted on Broadway, her stepfather was Woody Allen's long-time producer. »
- Catherine Shoard
Writer-director Nicole Holofcener served her apprenticeship as an editor on Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters before making her mark with the lovely and insightful feature debut Walking and Talking. Her latest is a typically astute and funny reading of the foibles of human relationships, spiced up with a forgivably contrived comedic plot twist. When divorced singletons Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (James Gandolfini, in his penultimate screen role) meet at a party, they fall for each other's company, if not their looks.
Meanwhile, masseuse Eva becomes friends with published poet Marianne (Catherine Keener), who crabs endlessly about her ex, a truculent, clumsy irritant with annoying eating habits who Eva only later comes to realise is someone she knows intimately. Keeping her secrets to herself, Eva discreetly mines Marianne for information about her fomer partner's failings, »
- Mark Kermode
Woody Allen has titled his new film “Magic in the Moonlight.”
The movie takes place in southern France and stars Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone and Jacki Weaver. Co-stars include Erica Leerhsen, Catherine McCormack, Paul Ritter and Jeremy Shamos.
The story line has been kept under wraps but official set photos of Firth, Stone and Gay Harden show the actors in 1930s garb at a mansion.
“Magic in the Moonlight” is the 47th film directed by Allen. He’s been nominated for 23 Oscars and won for directing and writing “Annie Hall” and for writing “Midnight in Paris” and “Hannah and Her sisters.”
- Dave McNary
Everyone loves a romantic movie, right? Here's what the Guardian and Observer's critics think are the 10 most romantic movies of all time. Let us know what you think in the comments below
Peter Bradshaw on romantic movies
Movies such as Gone With the Wind and Doctor Zhivago lent something grand and epic to romantic love, but it was perhaps the much-loved weepie An Affair to Remember that did the most to introduce us to the more domestic idea of the chick flick or the date movie – the romantic film adored by women and tolerated by their husbands and boyfriends.
The Hollywood star is always headline news – for her movies, relationships and extendend family. And her latest claims about the paternity of her son have reopened the bitter wounds from her split from Woody Allen
For a while, Mia Farrow was a genuine Surrey housewife. In a life of bright lights and dark, dark shadows, this must surely count as one of the most unusual periods of them all: a moment of apparent stability and respectability in the late 70s and early 80s. During this time, she picked up her twin sons Matthew and Sascha by the conductor André Previn from their ballet classes and music lessons and took them back to the family home in Leigh, much as if she had never been the daughter of Tarzan's Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan), nor the young bride of Frank Sinatra.
But this was the era when the notion of adopting needy children took hold. »
- Vanessa Thorpe
The UK has seen a pretty awesome summer in 2013 compared to recent years. But as brilliant as constant sunshine is a welcome change to the usual rain in June or snow in April, some of us here at Digital Spy can't help but choose autumn as our favourite season of the year. And autumn has arrived today!
Sun is still around, a cool breeze is in the year, trees and falling leaves look like a beautiful painting, and we can start wearing cosy jumpers. So for those who love this time of year, DS has compiled a list of 12 great autumnal movies for the 12 equinox hours to get you in the mood.
While the time-travel elements may be confusing and make little sense, this underrated gem reunites Speed's Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a film that really showcases the beauty of autumn throughout.
With much »
Woody Allen will be presentedwith the Cecil B DeMille Award at the 2014 Golden Globes.
The writer/director/actor has been named the next recipient of the prestigious honour at the ceremony early next year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
Allen has released over 45 films including Annie Hall, Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters.
The award is given to "talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment" and is named after the legendary director and producer.
The organizers of the Golden Globe Awards say they will honor Woody Allen for his contributions to filmmaking.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Friday that Allen will receive the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award.
A tribute to the 77-year-old actor, writer, and director will be included in the 71st annual Golden Globe ceremony set for Jan. 12. Morgan Freeman and Martin Scorsese are among the previous recipients.
- Associated Press
Woody Allen will be honored with the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award and will be paid tribute to at the 71st Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Sunday, January 12, 2014, Live coast-to-coast on NBC with the pre-show from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (Pst)/7:00-8:00 p.m. (Est), and main telecast from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (Pst)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (Est) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. It was announced today by Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
“There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” said Kingma. “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he truly is an international treasure.”
Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to the talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. Recent recipients include Jody Foster (2013), Morgan Freeman, (2012), Robert De Niro »
- Michelle McCue
The kudo will be presented to Allen at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” said Theo Kingma, president of the HFPA. “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he truly is an international treasure.”
The New York-based Allen usually shuns Hollywood events although he did attend last year’s world premiere of his comedy “To Rome with Love” at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
- Dave McNary
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