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Photo: MGM Home Entertainment Watching Hannah and Her Sisters is something of a revelatory experience for the viewer. The film is presented in a series of episodic vignettes centering on one idea after another, introducing you to a variety of characters and exploring a varying level of emotions primarily centered on the idea of love, the need to be loved and love ultimately becoming a reason for existence. The film is an exploration of existence as told through love and comes to its own inevitable conclusions riding a range of up and down tidal waves. To point to a centerpiece in the story is a bit difficult; to view this film is to view it solely through one's own eyes and there isn't much in the way of a singular way to see it. Calling the movie Hannah and Her Sisters is almost misleading as Hannah (Mia Farrow) is certainly »
- Brad Brevet
It's hard to gauge Woody Allen's impact on American comedy and culture, because it's vast and still ongoing. Even setting aside his comedy albums, his writings for The New Yorker and other publications, his jazz band, and his appearances as an actor in other people's work, there's still his filmography as a writer, director, and often star, stretching to more than 40 features. Beginning with Take The Money And Run in 1969—or the overdubbed 1966 lark What's Up, Tiger Lily?, if that counts—Allen has been the standard-bearer for New York Jewish wit, and a persistently insightful chronicler of human relationships. He's received an astonishing 21 Oscar nominations, and won three, for writing and directing Annie Hall (which also won Best Picture) and writing Hannah And Her Sisters. Other highlights from his long career include Bananas, Sleeper, Manhattan, The Purple Rose Of Cairo, Crimes And Misdemeanors, Husbands And Wives, Sweet And »
- Scott Tobias
Pulp Fiction has topped a new magazine poll to find the best film of the past 25 years.
The publication claims the 1994 film "opened a new universe of mainstream storytelling".
Meanwhile, The Silence of The Lambs was named the best movie poster, The A-Team nabbed the best TV theme song and The Simpsons beat The Sopranos and Seinfeld to land the best TV show on the small screen New Classics list.
Finally, Madonna's wedding dress-clad appearance at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards beat the opening credits of TV show Sex and The City for the top Pop Culture Moment that Rocked Fashion, and Angels In America was named the top stage show of the past 25 years. »
Actress Mia Farrow was forced to call off a campaign in Cambodia to highlight the refugee crisis in Sudan on Sunday, after protestors clashed with local police. The UNICEF goodwill ambassador and her group, Dream for Darfur, have been holding Olympic-style torch-passing ceremonies in countries that have suffered genocides to draw attention to the close links the 2008 Olympic host, China, has to Sudan. They had planned to continue their campaign with a ceremony outside the former Tuol Sleng torture facility, which is now a genocide museum, on Sunday to pressure 2008 Olympic Games hosts China to use its power and bring an end to the violence in Darfur, western Sudan. But the 62-year-old's plans were thwarted by local authorities when the Cambodian government refused to grant the group permission to enter the prison, which is famed for its links to the country's former ruling political party, the oppressive Khmer Rouge. Prior to the event, Farrow said: "It's pretty harsh to be against a ceremony that honors the victims of Darfur and genocide survivors everywhere. Frankly, I'm a little bewildered." And despite Farrow's vow to continue with the ceremony, Dream for Darfur activists were forced to admit defeat after Cambodian police blocked all road access to the museum and threatened rowdy protestors with truncheons and tear gas. At one point, campaigners were reportedly physically pushed when they refused to move away from the former prison. The Hannah And Her Sisters actress and seven other protestors then handed white lotus flowers to a policeman and asked him to place them in front of the building. Farrow said: "This flower honors all those who have perished, and celebrates for all those who have survived." »
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The production, helmed by Russian director and Chekhovian scholar Viacheslav Dolgachev, will begin previews Feb. 20 in advance of a March 13 opening. The limited engagement will run until March 30.
Wiest, who won Oscars for her work in the Woody Allen films Hannah and Her Sisters and Bullets Over Broadway, most recently appeared onstage in New York in 2005, when she starred with Charles Durning in Third at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center.
Cumming, who won a Tony for the Sam Mendes revival of Cabaret, recently starred in the Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera during the 2005-06 season.
Dolgachev is the artistic director of the Moscow New Drama Theatre and a former associate at Moscow Art Theatre. He has taught and directed Chekhov in Moscow, Switzerland and the U.S., including New York and Columbia universities and New York's Actors' Center. »
5 items from 2008
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