11 items from 2012
Woody and Louise were married for 3 years between 1966 and 1969, but she only worked with him after they got divorced. Lasser appeared in four of Allen’s early comedies. After working with Woody Allen she appeared in many TV series such as Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Taxi.
Louise Laser on Woody Allen: “In our relationship, he was the stable one.”
- Dan Bullock
Back in November, after having written Movie Poster of the Week for almost three years, I decided to start a Tumblr as a place to display all those orphan posters I loved: the ones I couldn’t find all that much to say about, that didn’t fit any current trend or personal train of thought but which needed to be seen. It seemed natural to call it Movie Poster of the Day and so I decided I would try to post just one single poster a day, ideally something unfamiliar yet worthy of attention. In February, Flavorpill declared Movie Poster of the Day one of the “Essential Tumblrs for film fans” which persuaded me it was worth continuing and over the past eight months I have somehow managed to post something every single day. In the process I seem to have amassed over 15,000 followers on Tumblr.
I have a »
It came, it saw, it massively underwhelmed. Nevertheless, despite lukewarm critical reviews, Prometheus shot to the top of the UK Box Office this week, comfortably ahead of Snow White and the Huntsman in second. I imagine Prometheus will have plenty of legs and should be at the top for another week or so yet as people flock to see what all the fuss is about.
The major release this week is Lucasfilm production Red Tails which tells the story of the first African-American airmen to serve in the American army during World War 2. It’s a project George Lucas has had gestating for some time now but he has wisely handed over directorial duties to Anthony Hemingway, an experienced TV director making his first foray into feature films. I can’t see Red Tails challenging the big hitters at the top of the Box Office pile, but it should do »
- Rob Keeling
Woody Allen knows a thing or two about comedy. Before writing, acting and directing such films as Manhattan and Deconstructing Harry, the award-winning filmmaker found notoriety as a successful stand-up comedian. In 2004, Allen placed fourth on Comedy Central’s list of 100 greatest stand-up comedians. So, yes, Woody Allen knows a thing or two about comedy – and when casting for his latest film, Allen recruited two of the most well-known stand-up comedians in recent history.
According to THR, Allen has added both Andrew Dice Clay and Louis C.K. to an already-impressive cast for his latest untitled film. The movie, which will film this summer in both New York and San Francisco, will also reportedly feature Cate Blanchett (Hanna), Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Emerson (Lost) and Alec Baldwin. This will mark consecutive ...
- Jason Marrero
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Now that The Avengers have blown summer wide open like Loki’s space portal, it’s time to consider what massive flying lizard-ships of movies will be waging the biggest attacks on our excitement bones. The next four months features probably the same amount of players as any summer movie season, but it’s arguable that the hitters are much heavier than usual. In fact, this summer might have accidentally turned into an Avengers-like all-star assembly without us even realizing it.
Along with the franchise mega-monsters like The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises, Men in Black 3, or even Step Up: Revolution, summer will also be providing us with more work from the “hottest” directors (if you’ll allow me that temperature caveat). Showing how the summer movie season is quickly becoming more than just a time for “Big Lumbering Idiot »
- Nick Allen
While Julia Louis-Dreyfus is currently headlining Armando Iannucci‘s hilarious new HBO series Veep, she is looking to team with a star from creator’s last project, In the Loop. Deadline reports that James Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus are currently in talks to team for the next project from Nicole Holofcener.
Coming off yet another well-done drama with Please Give, her next project, which is currently untitled, is set-up at Fox Searchlight. Written by Holofcener, the film follows “a masseuse who falls in love with the husband (Gandolfini) of a new friend.” Not other details are known, but just the talent involved thus far has our anticipation increased.
The writer/director has a certain knack for characters and this should be a welcome return to feature films for Louis-Dreyfus, whose last live-action role was over fifteen years ago in Woody Allen‘s Deconstructing Harry. Paired with Gandolfini, I can already see great comedic chemistry. »
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With a start in independent films like Nights and Weekends with “mumblecore” director Joe Swanberg, actress Greta Gerwig has recently expanded her quirky prowess to larger films, both from the independent and Hollywood scene. Recently, she played Russell Brand’s on-screen love interest in Arthur, playing the part once made famous by Liza Minnelli. Now, she’s in Damsels in Distress, the latest movie from Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco filmmaker Whit Stillman.
In the vibrant comedy Damsels, Gerwig plays a college student named Violet, an eccentric character with an unusual circle of friends. As tap dance-loving Violet falls into a “downward spiral,” her group of friends incorporate a new student (played by Crazy Stupid Love’s Analeigh Tipton) into their deadpan world of boys, suicide prevention centers, and the “Sambola.”
I sat down with Gerwig to talk about her unique character, the difference between working on a »
- Nick Allen
As he prepares to host the Academy Awards once more, we chart the movie highlights of Billy Crystal's career...
This Sunday will mark the ninth time that Billy Crystal has hosted the Academy Awards, and if he carries on at this pace his hosting appearances will soon catch up with his film appearances. That comment may be a little unfair, but despite being great screen presence and a talented comedian, Billy Crystal has never been a prolific actor, which is a great shame.
Below are what I consider to be some of his finest appearances in film.
These films are perhaps given a hard time as they can be used as an example of where Robert De Niro became a parody of himself, which is partly true. Still, these are far less egregious examples of this than, say, the Meet The... movies.
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In Jason Reitman's film Young Adult, released last week, Mavis Geary (Charlize Theron) returns to her midwest hometown to stalk a high school boyfriend, prompted by an email, with a picture of a newborn daughter, that shows him to be happily married. Mistakenly convinced he must nevertheless be still in love with her, she suffers a series of humiliations. Deluded, washed-up, twisted, alcoholic, she is also – it almost goes without saying, given Hollywood's stereotypes – a blocked writer, the movie taking its title from the generic novels she produces.
Here we go again, connoisseurs of cinema's portraits of fictional novelists may say. Two Stephen King adaptations, The Shining and Misery, offer extreme versions of two recurring types of writer. In the former, Jack Nicholson gradually becomes psychotic, »
- John Dugdale
In 1993, whilst under heavy fire from the media regarding his split with Farrow and in the middle of a nasty custody battle over custody of their children, Woody Allen released yet another movie. “Manhattan Murder Mystery” is a light hearted romp that reunites him with Diane Keaton in a role originally intended for Farrow. Keaton and Allen play a high class married couple who accidentally stumble upon what they believe to be a murder. Co-Starring Alan Alda and Angelica Huston the movie is fun, frivolous watch which showed that the on screen chemistry between Allen and Keaton was still there after all those years. It also proved that regardless of what was happening in his personal life Woody Allen was still an accomplished and extremely focused film director. He escaped from the pressures of reality by immersing himself in even more work.
In 94 he directed “Don’t Drink the Water »
- Tom Ryan
At the screening I attended of Jan Švankmajer’s Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (2010), there were two walk-outs. I was tempted to follow, but my love of the great Czech animator’s previous work won out, making me want to experience, if not enjoy, every minute of his latest film.
Newcomers to Švankmajer would do best to start with his shorts from the 1960s and 80s, live-action Surrealist animations of everyday objects. Some people find them disturbing, but if you embrace their sheer creativity and magic, these films can take you right back to childhood, evoking its fear of the unknown, love of repetition, and sense that anything might happen.
If I hadn’t already seen two of Švankmajer’s feature-length films, having seen Surviving Life I would have said that the director should stick to short films. His tendency towards variations on a theme arguably works best in small doses, »
- Alison Frank
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