12 items from 2014
Let's say you're an actress who has just landed one of the key roles in a new "Star Wars" trilogy. Before that, you had turned some heads as a kid in "Leon: The Professional," and had small appearances in films by directors like Michael Mann ("Heat") and Woody Allen ("Everyone Says I Love You"). But "Star Wars" was your key to the big time, and the future looked bright. But that's not quite how it turned out for Natalie Portman. And she reveals that the late, great Mike Nichols was the one who saved her career from a possibly skidding off the rails before the entire trilogy had hit theaters (Portman later starred in his 2004 effort "Closer"). " 'Star Wars' had come out around the time of [her performance in 'The Seagull' in Central Park], and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
By Anjelica Oswald
Edward Norton hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in fifteen years — since 1999’s lead actor nomination for American History X — but his supporting role in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) may result in a third Oscar nomination for the actor.
The film stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor trying to reclaim his glory by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway show. Norton costars as Mike, an arrogant actor who has been cast in the play. The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis said Norton was “pitch-perfect, perfectly cast.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy described Norton as “crackerjack as the bad boy actor whose gigantic ego does constant battle with equally large insecurities.”
Norton told NPR, “I think it was one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I’ve had — and I think it’s an incredibly audacious and very rare movie. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Louis Virtel, Chris Eggertsen, Donna Dickens
Magic in the Moonlight, 2014.
Written and Directed by Woody Allen.
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.
Woody Allen has released a film every consecutive year since 1982 and has seldom missed a year since his first feature What’s Up, Tiger Lily? in 1966. His film releases are as much part of the ‘must see’ list of any given years as any directors, but the results can be mixed. For every Midnight in Paris you get a From Rome With Love and with the likes of Everyone Says I Love You comes The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. His latest offering Magic in the Moonlight is by no means Allen at his best, but I’ll take average woody »
- Gary Collinson
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By Christopher Rosa
If you watched Woody Allen‘s latest film, Magic in the Moonlight over the weekend, you may have noticed something interesting about its romantic leads: Emma Stone and Colin Firth have a 28-year age difference between them. This example of a May-December romance is drastic but — surprise, surprise — not uncommon in Allen’s films.
The director must have a fascination with the older man, younger woman affair because this sort of pairing runs rampant in his filmography. From his critically acclaimed musical-comedy Everyone Says I Love You (1996) to kooky crime fare like Small Time Crooks(2000), several of his pictures feature at least one cradle-robbing encounter, no matter how brief. We’ve assembled 10 particularly salacious pairings with the approximate age each actor or actress was at the time of filming. Some have 20, 30 or even 40-year age gaps. In other words, some of these actors could »
This new clip centres on Stanley and the spiritual medium debating who has more to lose if either is proved incorrect in their quest.
Allen's latest film is now playing on limited release in the Us and opens on September 19 in the UK. Watch a trailer below: »
To celebrate the DVD release of The Woody Allen Collection on 7th July, we’re giving away 1 box set a lucky winner.
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment is pleased to announce the UK release of The Woody Allen Library boxset – a collection of classic Woody Allen films that are also releasing individually on DVD on 7th July 2014; the films will be available digitally from 23rd June 2014.
The Box set includes: Bullets Over Broadway, Deconstructing Harry, Mighty Aphrodite, Celebrity, Everyone Says I love You, Small Time Crooks, Sweet And Lowdown and Wild Man Blues. From directing, to writing, to acting, these eight titles are arguably some of Allen’s most classic and successful pieces of work, featuring outstanding cast lists.
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Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films … in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody’s films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Everyone Says I Love You…
Simon Columb on You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger…
Squeezed between Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris are two less-known features. Whatever Works harks back to earlier scripts while You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is a mish-mash of actors and threads of stories that are, ultimately, forgettable. Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) divorces his wife, Helena (Gemma Jones), while daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) struggles with her own husband, Roy (Josh Brolin). Roy falls for younger-model Dia (Freida Pinto) as Sally »
- Gary Collinson
Magic in the Moonlight will open on July 25 in the Us and on September 19 in the UK.
It was announced earlier in May that Joaquin Phoenix is to begin shooting Allen's next movie this summer. »
The collection will be released as a DVD boxset entitled ‘The Woody Allen Library’ on July 7 and will also be available digitally from June 23. The films include Bullets Over Broadway, Celebrity, Deconstructing Harry, Everyone Says I Love You, Mighty Aphrodite, Small Time Crooks, Sweet and Lowdown, and Wild Man Blues.
Review Billy Grifter 10 Jan 2014 - 16:23
This review contains spoilers.
2.10 The Three Amigos
There was me thinking I’d seen the last of turkey, and then Revolution came back.
What The Three Amigos reminded me of most is how far from the original premise this show has wandered. Because people have entirely given up even mentioning the power outage issue and their focus is decidedly south of the border.
Our three Amigos in this instance are Miles, Rachel and Bass, who head to Mexico to hang out with Bass’s long lost son. It’s as simple and as dumb as that statement makes it sound, as when you leave people for decades they’re invariably either not where you left them or the same person when you come back.
August: Osage County takes two minutes to prove that Meryl Streep, still racking up Oscar nominations like Skee-Ball tickets at age 64, will brutalize herself and you for the sake of a movie. As the loopy Oklahoma grandmama Violet in the new adaptation of Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer-winning play, she stumbles around almost gratuitously, gargles profanities at Julia Roberts, and basically refuses to endear us for the movie’s entire duration. If you thought June Squibb was broad in Nebraska, you’ll be shocked at the kabuki-type insanity of Meryl’s work. She practically draws a sword and impales Margo Martindale for disgracing the emperor.
As such, August: Osage County polarizes. But who doesn’t love when Meryl gives us polarizing work? After all, her weirdest, kookiest, and potentially funniest movie of all time is also her most divisive: Death Becomes Her. The dark 1992 farce may feel like the snobbish Hollywood cousin »
- Louis Virtel
12 items from 2014
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