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After having the title changed from The Bop Decameron to Nero Fiddled back in October, the next project from Woody Allen is now even closer to a reality as Sony Pictures Classics has just announced that it will distribute Allen's film in North America and The United Kingdom. Following the recent success of Midnight in Paris, which just received four Golden Globe nominations, Sony is eager to get back in the saddle with Allen. This will actually mark their fifth collaboration after You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Whatever Works, Sweet and Lowdown and the aforementioned comedy starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. Though no plot has yet been revealed, the cast is reason enough to see the flick as it includes Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Alison Pill, and Ellen Page. Sony is excited and is already giving the film praise saying, »
- Ethan Anderton
After one brief fling in 1999 with Sweet and Lowdown, Sony Pictures Classics got back in the Woody Allen business in 2009 to produce Whatever Works, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and Midnight in Paris. The partnership was especially lucrative this year, since Midnight Paris grossed $144 million worldwide on the way to major Oscar buzz. So it comes as no surprise when Spc announced today their acquisition of Allen's next project, Nero Fiddled. Said Allen: “[Sony Pictures Classics] seems to be very sensitive to the kind of films I make, and I'm looking forward to working with them now again.” Set in Rome, Nero Fiddled is comprised of four vignettes---two center on American characters; the other two center on Italians. Allen will step in front of the camera for the first time since 2006's Scoop to take on a starring role alongside Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American and UK rights to Woody Allen's next film, Nero Fiddled. The film stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.
Nero Fiddled marks Allen's fifth film with Sony Pictures Classics. Allen's most recent film with Spc, Midnight in Paris, has made almost $60 million at the box office and is Allen's highest grossing film in North America. The film also recently garnered four Golden Globe nominations. Spc's previous collaborations with Allen include You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger starring Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Freida Pinto; the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival's opening night film Whatever Works starring Larry David, Patricia Clarkson »
One of my favorite holiday movies is the 1990 home security comedy Home Alone. Does anyone better embody the spirit of Christmas than Polka King of the Midwest John Candy as he offers Catherine O’Hara a ride in the back of a van from Scranton to Chicago? You gotta love the Kenosha Kickers! (I never appreciated them at the time; now I think they’re one of the most brilliant parts of the whole movie.) Also, sometimes when I see “Merry Christmas” emblazoned on something, I hear those words as spoken softly by Old Man Marley in the sad church scene. »
- Annie Barrett
Does Warner Bros. not care if anyone watches the trailer for Wrath of the Titans? Less than an hour after the trailer debut  for The Dark Knight Rises -- the most anticipated trailer release in many months -- and at the same time as Fox's first look  at Prometheus, the studio has also dropped the first footage of the sequel to Clash of the Titans. Wrath of the Titans looks like it has gone all-out to include as much stuff as possible, but that may just be how the trailer is cut. Check it out below. This sequel is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) and seems intent on cramming as many angry, fightin' CGI monsters as possible. A couple of the classic Clash of the Titans elements are in here, like Pegasus and a shaggier, less-militant looking Perseus. Some of the battles do look like fun, even if »
- Russ Fischer
Evan Rachel Wood Actress Evan Rachel Wood attends the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] Actor James Earl Jones was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Altered States), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Evan Rachel Wood's film credits include Thirteen, The Missing, Running with Scissors, Across the Universe, The Wrestler, Whatever Works, The Conspirator, and George Clooney's potential Oscar contender The Ides of March. On television, Wood played Kate Winslet's daughter in a remake of Mildred Pierce. »
- D. Zhea
By Frazier Moore, The Associated Press
New York — You will see his typewriter, the Olympia portable Woody Allen has used for pounding out everything he's written since his teens.
You will see the contents of the "idea drawer" in his bedside table where he stashes random paper scraps, any of which might inspire his next film.
You will see him in the role of director, both in the distant past and while making his 2010 film, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" – a remarkable unveiling by an artist known for keeping a locked-down set.
In sum, you will see this legendarily private filmmaker up close and personal, charming and candid, and, yes, funny as he strikes a clear contrast with the neurotic, death- and sex-obsessed Manhattanite he has famously depicted in so many classic films.
Turns out, Woody Allen at heart is a writer.
"Writing is the great life," he »
- Gazelle Emami
Can a PBS documentary actually have a major impact on this year’s Oscar race? That’s the question I asked writer-director-producer Robert Weide, whose two-part American Masters portrait of Woody Allen begins airing on PBS stations November 20-21. Of course this is perfect timing because Sony Pictures Classics is launching a major Oscar campaign on behalf of what has turned out to be Allen’s most successful film ever, Midnight In Paris, which so far has a domestic gross of $55 million, is critically acclaimed, and is on every pundit’s list of potential Oscar players this year. Weide is an 11-time Emmy nominee and three-time winner for directing Curb Your Enthusiasm as well as various showbiz docus on W.C Fields, The Marx Brothers and Lenny Bruce (a feature doc for which he also earned an Oscar nomination in 1998). He has tried for decades and finally got unprecedented access »
- PETE HAMMOND
Midnight in Paris, 2011.
Directed by Woody Allen.
A screenwriter is forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his fiancée after magical experiences in the French capital.
Woody Allen’s latest film shows all the hallmarks of classic Woody Allen fare (and that in itself is no bad thing); a neurotic leading character who writes for a living, a relationship on the brink of collapse, a know-it-all male rival, a younger female interest, families with money, and, of course, a beautiful jazz score. This time round Owen Wilson plays the character Allen would have played himself 10 years ago or more, but with the writing this time isn’t as sceptical and the characters not as self-destructive as they have been in recent outings (You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, »
'I had to eat a lot of pasta and get cinched really tightly into the corset and let the girls do the acting for me,' she tells MTV News.
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Summit Entertainment
Paul W.S. Anderson was proud. Sitting in a swanky London hotel earlier this month while promoting "The Three Musketeers," the director happily recounted one critic's opinion of his 3-D action-adventure and the quality of the performance of Milla Jovovich, who is not only one of the film's stars but also his wife.
"There was a review of the movie that said Milla's cleavage is worth the price of admission," he laughed to MTV News. "Cleavage in 3-D: It was what the medium was invented for."
Shortly thereafter, Jovovich was shocked — shocked! — in an interview to learn her husband was dishing such details to the press. "I can't »
Since breaking out with her performance in the hard-to-watch drama Thirteen, Evan Rachel Wood has established herself as one of the best young actresses working right now. She.s dabbled a bit in everything, from drama like The Wrestler to comedy like Whatever Works and even musicals like Across the Universe. Now she.s doing a bit of politicking with George Clooney and Ryan Gosling in The Ides Of March. Speaking with the actresses about the role as part of a roundtable interview the weekend before last, Wood talked about the background of her character (who serves as an intern for the presidential campaign at the center of the film), how inspiring it was to work with an actor-director like George Clooney, and her desire to do a silly pot comedy. Check out the interview below. How much back story did you create for this character? You.re obviously the »
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Being as inconsistent as he is prolific, it would be fair to say that Woody Allen’s late-day career has been hot-and-cold at best; for every success – most recently the likes of Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona – there is something that didn’t quite work – Cassandra’s Dream or Scoop – and even in his better recent films, there is a bitter taste of misanthropy which, while at one time fresh and diverting, has long become tiresome and trite. Allen’s latest, Midnight in Paris, is a return to a more optimistic past – literally and figuretively – complimenting a charming premise with sweet characters and a winningly old-fashioned feel.
While the grumpy old men get-together that saw Allen pair with Larry David for Whatever Works certainly had its moments, Allen has smartly – and indeed, surprisingly – tended towards more mainstream comic talent for his latest excursion, calling upon »
- Shaun Munro
With Woody Allen, it’s not so much a case any more of expecting a ‘return to form’, as seeing periodic glimpses of inspiration and genius.
Recently, his work has veered from the atrocious (Cassandra’s Dream) to the great (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), with a handful of tittersome morsels in between (Whatever Works, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger). He’s still working at an alarming rate, and is still quite happy to gaze at intellectual middle class types and their over-inflated personal problems.
However, by now he is so comfortable with these tropes - life crises, marital issues, creative anxiety - that they are mere motifs, or a form of narrative shorthand that he can embellish ever so slightly, marking out each new film with a different location, »
ABC’s Expedition Impossible might not have turned out to be the ratings juggernaut that is The Amazing Race, but when it comes to gay competitors with guts as well as heart, Ei concedes nothing to Tar.
Credit for that goes to 36-year-old Ryan Carrillo and 30-year-old A.J. Gibson, former boyfriends who, along with Aj’s sister, 26-year-old Kari Gibson, came “oh so close” to wining the first season of Expedition Impossible. Alas, the team took a wrong turn at the very end and wound finishing third, disappointing themselves, but not their fans, friends and families who marveled at the Fab 3's toughness as they fought their way through injuries and illness, not to mention the mountains and deserts of Morocco.
AfterElton.com caught up with the Fab 3 (the name they gave themselves) to talk about their close call, representing the gay community, and much more. »
- Michael Jensen
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One Day Directed by: Lone Scherfig Written by: David Nicholls Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess and Patricia Clark It's never a good sign when you sit down to write a review and you can't recall a single detail about the movie. Thus is the case with One Day, the screen adaptation of the wildly popular 2009 novel by David Nicholls. One Day is a perfectly fine movie, but its cardinal sin is that it is so unremarkable. I've heard nothing but great things about the book (full disclosure, I've not read it) for two years, and I expected monstrously good stuff from the film. Instead, we get a ho-hum romance that is nice and lovely, but immediately forgettable. Aside from the unique storytelling device, there is nary a single thing to set this film apart from countless other romance movies available to us on any given year. Anne Hathaway stars (bespectacled »
Actress Evan Rachel Wood started acting at the young age of 7, and she hasn't let up since. The actress cut her teeth in TV movies and feature films such as Practical Magic, Digging to China, and Simone, along with her breakthrough performance in Thirteen. Those roles lead to bigger parts in acclaimed dramas such as Across the Universe, The Wrestler, and Whatever Works. Her latest movie is the historical drama The Conspirator, where she portrayed Anna Surratt. I had the chance to speak with Evan Rachel Wood about her role in The Conspirator, which hits the shelves on Blu-ray and DVD on August 16. Here's what she had to say below.
Check out this awesome clip from the BBC Do-It-Yourself Animation Show in 1974 featuring director Terry Gilliam showing viewers how he creates cut-out stop motion animations. This is a technique he used for years while working on Monty Python's Flying Circus. The Do-It-Yourself Animation Show, was a kid educational series about the art of animation.
The whole point of animation to me is to tell a story, make a joke, express an idea. The technique itself doesn’t really matter. Whatever works is the thing to use.
Enjoy the video below!
Everyone's favorite mustached government employee Ron Swanswon (Nick Offerman) on Parks and Recreation has already deal with plenty of grief from his wife Tammy (Megan Mullally), but that's not the only Tammy that Mr. Swanson found himself married to in the past. As a matter of fact, Swanson's first ex-wife is also named Tammy and apparently she's an even bigger bitch than the second. The character was obscured but revealed at the end of the second season finale a couple months back, but now we know who will finally be terrorizing Swanson come the third season premiere this fall. Patricia Clarkson (Easy A, Whatever Works) will play Tammy 1 in two episodes of the comedy's third season. More details after the jump. As for what to expect from Tammy 1 and just how she'll mess with Ron Swanson on the series, executive producer Michael Schur tells TV Line, “We talked about pretty »
- Ethan Anderton
“The penis doesn’t care about race, creed, and color. The penis wants to get to its homeland. It wants to go home.” – Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm, by all definitions, is the quintessential Jewish-American comedy, harking back to the East Coast sensibilities of great comedians from the past like Mel Brooks (who guest starred in Season 4), Woody Allen (who directed Larry David in Whatever Works), and Neil Simon –- even though the show takes place in Los Angeles. The show is essentially about a man (David) who comes from a historically oppressed group who becomes successful and now finds himself hanging out with the upper crust of American society, the very people who would have oppressed him if he were not successful. It’s a typical fish-out-of-water scenario which for David — and for the amusement of Curb fans — is the cause of many of his frustrations (look up Allen »
- Mo Fathelbab
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