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Canon Of Film: ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’

In this week’s edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at one of Woody Allen‘s most popular films, ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)

Director/Screenwriter: Woody Allen

Part dark tragedy, part dark comedy, or is it all comedy? It’s certainly all dark to say the least. Considered by almost everybody as one of Woody Allen’s very best films (although I’m not sure Woody would agree), ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’, wasn’t his first dramatic film, that was the Ingmar Bergman-esque ‘Interiors,’ and it certainly wasn’t his last comedy, yet it clearly represents the moment in Allen’s career when he started to abandon comedy in favor of drama and tragedy. Well, maybe “abandon,” is the wrong word, but he certainly began to lose interest in comedy around here.
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Outlander Recap: Yeah, I Ship It

Outlander Recap: Yeah, I Ship It
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Outlander recap here.

If this ship’s a rockin’… you can go ahead and knock. Or do whatever else you like. Because this week’s Outlander takes place almost entirely on a ship, and it rocks, sways and bobs. A lot.

And because of that, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Landlubber Fraser is a bit green — and worse — throughout the hour. But that’s hardly his and Claire’s biggest problem in “The Doldrums,” given that they encounter forced separation, pestilence and near-mutiny within the course of the episode. (At least they’re
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The Voice Recap: Ladies' Night

The Voice Recap: Ladies' Night
As The Voice’s Season 13 Blind Auditions drew to a close Tuesday, coach Miley Cyrus made a big to-do about her hopes of rounding out the show’s first-ever all-female team. But the chatter might have been just a distraction technique, as she was stealthily assembling the season’s strongest lineup, including standouts Ashland Craft and Moriah Formica. Do you think Miley’s got the crew to beat? Before you size up the coaches’ rosters in the comments, let’s review the final group of singers advancing to next week’s Battles and see if the erstwhile Hannah Montana managed to make Voice herstory.
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Exclusive: Nikki Bella Reveals How Fiancé John Cena Reacted to Her Steamy 'DWTS' Latin Night Routine

Exclusive: Nikki Bella Reveals How Fiancé John Cena Reacted to Her Steamy 'DWTS' Latin Night Routine
Nikki Bella has brought the hotness to the ballroom!

Et caught up with the WWE wrestler backstage at Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday, where she got candid on her sexy Latin Night routine with her pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev, and what her fiancé, John Cena, thought of it.

In case you missed the performance, the brunette beauty didn't hold back with the sultry moves, wowing the audience in a sparkly purple costume while dancing the samba to "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee. She strutted across the dance floor with a shirtless Artem, proving #TeamSmackdown is here to stay!

"I'm used to it," Nikki joked to Et's Cameron Mathison about her barely-there outfit. "Working in WWE, no one wears clothes around there. Backstage we're all half naked."

Watch: 'DWTS' Cuts 2nd Contestant of the Week Following Latin Night Dances -- Find Out Who Went Home!

Following the performance, Nikki said John
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Why ‘The Conjuring’ Could Become the Biggest Horror Franchise of the Century

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Why ‘The Conjuring’ Could Become the Biggest Horror Franchise of the Century
Four movies in — with at least three more on deck — and the burgeoning The Conjuring Universe is continuing to scare up big box office bucks with no sign of slowing down. Even during the downturned, dog days of summer, the latest film in the franchise, prequel-to-a-sequel “Annabelle: Creation,” topped out as the weekend’s biggest winner, pulling in over $35 million in domestic returns and handily dispatching with its nearest competition (“Dunkirk,” now in its fourth week, made just $11.4 million to take second place). The 21st century has already played home to one of the genre’s biggest hit franchises ever and has steadily rolled out new offerings that seem destined to inspire their own series but, for now, “The Conjuring” is king. And it won’t stop until it becomes the biggest horror franchise of the century.

The franchise has some stiff competition, including the “Paranormal Activity” films ($401.4 million) and
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Why the Woody Allen ‘Difficult People’ Parody Exposes the Power of His Legacy

Why the Woody Allen ‘Difficult People’ Parody Exposes the Power of His Legacy
The news cycle surrounding Woody Allen these days tends to go as follows: Reminder of previous allegations, followed by announcement of new film, followed by talent in new project being asked about allegations, followed by new film receiving either critical acclaim or relative indifference, followed by new reminder of previous allegations.

Right now, we’re in the “announcement of new film” phase, with Tuesday’s casting of Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, and Selena Gomez in Allen’s upcoming untitled feature film. But that same morning, Hulu premiered the most savage takedown yet of not just Woody Allen’s modern day work as an auteur, but the cult of personality around him.

Difficult People” in general and creator Julie Klausner in particular have never been shy about poking fun at certain topics the rest of Hollywood might consider taboo. Just consider the metric ton of jokes about Kevin Spacey’s sexuality
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Why the Woody Allen ‘Difficult People’ Parody Exposes the Power of His Legacy

  • Indiewire
Why the Woody Allen ‘Difficult People’ Parody Exposes the Power of His Legacy
The news cycle surrounding Woody Allen these days tends to go as follows: Reminder of previous allegations, followed by announcement of new film, followed by talent in new project being asked about allegations, followed by new film receiving either critical acclaim or relative indifference, followed by new reminder of previous allegations.

Right now, we’re in the “announcement of new film” phase, with Tuesday’s casting of Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, and Selena Gomez in Allen’s upcoming untitled feature film. But that same morning, Hulu premiered the most savage takedown yet of not just Woody Allen’s modern day work as an auteur, but the cult of personality around him.

Difficult People” in general and creator Julie Klausner in particular have never been shy about poking fun at certain topics the rest of Hollywood might consider taboo. Just consider the metric ton of jokes about Kevin Spacey’s sexuality
See full article at Indiewire »

The Lrm Interview with Lego Batman Movie Director Chris McKay

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Fans of Batman are going to get an extra special treat this weekend as Will Arnett’s incarnation of the Caped Crusader introduced in 2014’s The Lego Movie gets his very own solo adventure in The Lego Batman Movie, opening Friday.

The animated film is directed by Chris McKay, who was animation director on The Lego Movie and who cut his teeth as a director and producer of Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken before joining Phil Lord and Chris Miller to create a new animated Lego universe.

In the new movie, Batman has to deal with the fact that his desire to be a loner has left him rather lonely (not that he’ll admit it) and the introduction of a young orphan named Dick Grayson (voiced by Michael Cera) and the new Commissioner, Barbara Gordon (Rosario Scott), gives him and Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) a chance to form a family
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Film Review: ‘The Bye Bye Man’

Film Review: ‘The Bye Bye Man’
Horror films used to play by the rules. These days, though, especially when they involve haunted houses, they often have a visually promiscuous, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink quality that toys with the audience in ways that don’t always fit together. (The audience’s attitude toward this smorgasbord-of-fear factor tends to be a shrug of “Whatever works.”) “The Bye Bye Man” falls somewhere in between those two poles. The movie lays down its rules and follows them, and then breaks them. Yet even when it seems to be making things up as it goes along, its slapdash hallucinatory quality is a token gesture toward placing you inside the characters’ heads.

In a rural area just outside Madison, three students at the University of Wisconsin — tall sexy geek Elliot (Douglas Smith), his come-hither girlfriend Sasha (Cressida Bonas), and his smooth jock Bff John (Lucien Laviscount) — arrange to room together off-campus in a rundown old
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Evan Rachel Wood: How Wild Past, Personal Demons Prepped Her for 'Westworld'

Evan Rachel Wood: How Wild Past, Personal Demons Prepped Her for 'Westworld'
It's raining something biblical in Nashville, coming down like vengeance between the roadway signs for chicken wings and Jesus and Donald Trump. And here, inside a farm-fresh joint called Butcher and Bee, at a table spread with pickled okra and fried chicken and kale, Evan Rachel Wood is questioning the nature of our reality, the cogs and wheels that have created this very scene, up to and possibly including the guy posted up at the bar who looks like an older Elvis, if Elvis were crazy tall and wearing vintage tweed.
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Don't Vote Hangry: Here's How to Order Free Pizza to Your Polling Place

Don't Vote Hangry: Here's How to Order Free Pizza to Your Polling Place
It's time to vote! Except, you're starving and can't wait in line with a hangry stomach. You'll definitely pull up and turn right back out of your polling place when you see the snackless, hour-long line. Bad news. Pizza to the Polls was created to combat just that. What is it? If the outcome of the election isn't motivation enough for you to wait out the long lines at your polling place, perhaps pizza will keep you. Whatever works! Their website notes, "Americans are hungry for democracy and are turning out in record numbers to vote. But that means long lines and sometimes empty stomachs, which might discourage these brave patriots from performing their civic duty. Fortunately, Pizza to the Polls is...
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Woody Allen is having 'A Crisis in Six Scenes'

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Woody Allen is having 'A Crisis in Six Scenes'
Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes and clips and puts it all in perspective. Woody Allen hasn't written for television since the '50s, when he was crafting jokes for talk show hosts like Sid Caesar. The TV medium has changed a lot since then, so much so that Woody Allen can come full circle because, at this point, his movies are less likely to be something we'd spend 90 thousand dollars to see in the theater, and more like something we'd wait to see on various screens in our house. So Amazon TV is a smart venue for Woody Allen. That is, if you want to see Woody Allen at all. I've heard through the grapevine that he's a little controversial.  We don't know much about this particular project: A Crisis in Six Scene. But we do know It takes place in the swingin'' '60s,
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CAFÉ Society – Review

Woody Allen narrates CAFÉ Society, his 47th film and at age 80, his voice is sounding sadly geezerish. Set in the mid-1930’s, CAFÉ Society has a cool period soundtrack, an older man courting a much younger woman, a Jewish family kibitzing around the dinner table, quotable dialog on love and life, and a neurotic Jewish hero channeling a much younger Woody. In other words, all the elements of a great Woody Allen film. It also has Vittorio Storaro’s rapturous cinematography (a Woody first) and a terrific and complex central performance from Jesse Eisenberg. CAFÉ Society is the most romantic Woody since Annie Hall and one of his best.

Leaving his (very) Jewish family back in the Bronx, young Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) heads west to “learn the movie business” from his Uncle Phil (Steve Carell), a bigtime Hollywood talent agent. Phil assigns his captivating, but romantically unavailable, secretary Vonnie
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The Bathroom Item That Kept 11-Month-Old Prince Nicolas Quiet During the Royal Christening

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The Bathroom Item That Kept 11-Month-Old Prince Nicolas Quiet During the Royal Christening
There is a mantra that every parent of toddlers knows: Whatever works. At Friday's christening of 3-month-old Prince Oscar at Stockholm's Royal Palace Chapel, his 11-month-old first cousin, Prince Nicolas, found entertainment in a most everyday object: an electric toothbrush. The prince, whose mom is Sweden's Princess Madeleine, was spotted chomping on the light-up toothbrush during the baptism of Prince Oscar, the newborn son of Madeleine's older sister, Crown Princess Victoria. • Want to keep up with the latest royals coverage? Click here to subscribe to the Royals Newsletter.Both sisters appear to be relaxed moms, with Madeleine previously sharing a
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Cannes Review: Woody Allen's "Café Society"

This review was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad. It's reprinted here in a slightly expanded version...

Few things in life are as regular as Woody Allen movies. For the past 40 years or so they arrive exactly once a year. In recent years they generally premiere out of competition at Cannes and predictably reignite the endless cycle of media wars about Woody Allen.

The only thing irregular about the experience is the reviews, box office, and Oscars. For the past 10 years or so it’s been especially hard to predict. In that time he’s delivered critical and commercial Oscar winning hits that the media fawned over (Blue Jasmine, Midnight in Paris), well received films that didn’t quite crossover to that same extent (Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), critical flops that did surprisingly okay at the box office (To Rome With Love), trifles that people tolerated (Scoop), reanimated
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Who is Julianne Wainstein? 5 Things To Know About the Newest Rhony Castmember

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Who is Julianne Wainstein? 5 Things To Know About the Newest Rhony Castmember
Welcome to Bravo, Jules! The Real Housewives of New York City's latest, season 8 addition Julianne "Jules" Wainstein has officially made her reality television debut - and already fallen victim to a Bethenny Frankel zinger. While the ladies may speculate on her weight this season, Wainstein, 35, has bigger things to tackle - like corralling her two children (Rio, 8, and Jagger, 5) with husband Michael and running her business. It doesn't seem like Wainstein will quake in the presence of Dorinda Medley or Sonia Morgan. In fact, the stylish star says she lives for time in the spotlight. Here's more on that,
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Who is Julianne Wainstein? 5 Things To Know About the Newest Rhony Castmember

  • PEOPLE.com
Who is Julianne Wainstein? 5 Things To Know About the Newest Rhony Castmember
Welcome to Bravo, Jules! The Real Housewives of New York City's latest, season 8 addition Julianne "Jules" Wainstein has officially made her reality television debut - and already fallen victim to a Bethenny Frankel zinger. While the ladies may speculate on her weight this season, Wainstein, 35, has bigger things to tackle - like corralling her two children (Rio, 8, and Jagger, 5) with husband Michael and running her business. It doesn't seem like Wainstein will quake in the presence of Dorinda Medley or Sonia Morgan. In fact, the stylish star says she lives for time in the spotlight. Here's more on that,
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5 Female Celebs Who Put a Ring On It

5 Female Celebs Who Put a Ring On It
February 29 is Leap Day and with it comes several traditions... Buying a little extra time on that rent check, celebrating newborn babies who will only technically have birthdays every four years, oh, and there's that old school tradition in Ireland where women can propose marriage to men. You're probably familiar thanks to the Amy Adams' documentary* on the subject, Leap Year, in which a woman follows her boyfriend to Dublin to pop the question. (*Note: This is a 2010 romantic-comedy film, not a documentary.) Obviously, this is an outdated move. Anyone can propose to anyone else—or not propose at all. Whatever works best for a couple. In fact, there are several female...
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Here Are Freddie Mercury’s Vocals on Charity Single ‘Little Freddie Goes to School,’ in Case You Forgot for One Second About Freddie Mercury

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Here Are Freddie Mercury’s Vocals on Charity Single ‘Little Freddie Goes to School,’ in Case You Forgot for One Second About Freddie Mercury
Look, you're not proud you haven't been thinking a lot about Freddie Mercury recently, but sometimes these things slip your mind. The holidays happen; you get so busy. The most important things in life, specifically the late, extremely great Queen front man, can slip from your mind. Luckily, Stuart Leathem remixed Mercury's vocals from "When This Tired Old Body Wants to Rest" and "The Golden Boy" with singer Esther Trousdale to create "Little Freddie Goes to School." Created for World AIDS Day, proceeds from the single will go to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, created by members of Queen in Mercury's memory. Listen to it, think for a while about Freddie Mercury, and do not let this happen again. Put "Thinking about Freddie Mercury" in your Google Calendar if you have to. Whatever works for you.
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Would The Good Wife Cast Vote for Peter Florrick?

Would The Good Wife Cast Vote for Peter Florrick?
There's another presidential candidate joining the already crowded field: The Good Wife's Peter Florrick. Ok, so he's a fictional presidential candidate, but still. In the world of The Good Wife, Chris Noth's character is running for president with the help of Ruth Eastman (Margo Martindale) and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is along for the ride with Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) by her side. But Eli is just there to undercut Ruth and potentially destroy Peter. Whatever works best for him, clearly. Peter's running to be Hillary Clinton's vice president, he knows he can never win the presidential election, but he wants on the center stage. So, would The Good Wife stars vote for Peter Florrick? Click play on the...
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