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‘Wonder Wheel’ or: When Autopilot Woody Allen Goes on Autopilot

When Woody Allen makes a movie these days, it’s akin to watching a dart in midair as it readies to hit the board. When he makes a hit, it hits (‘Midnight in Paris‘, ‘Blue Jasmine‘, ‘Café Society’, even older hits such as ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors‘); when the project flops, oh boy, does it flop (‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger‘ and ‘To Rome with Love‘ [you know, the one Ellen Page said she regretted working on. She was right, just not for the reasons she believes]); and sometimes, there’s a middle ground where the movie can fall into either group (‘Magic in the Moonlight‘ and ‘Irrational Man‘). ‘Wonder Wheel‘ marks three milestones for Mr. Allen: his forty-eighth major motion picture as he turns, a reunion with iconic Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro after their previously acclaimed collaboration and directing Kate Winslet, certainly one of the most iconic actresses of today, in what
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New Images of Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake in Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’

Although a Coney Island-set feature seems tailor-made for a summer release, Wonder Wheel will mark the first feature from Woody Allen to get a release outside of this season since 2010’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Amazon Studios recently set a December 1st limited release for the film and now a pair of new images have arrived.

Starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, not much is known about the plot yet, but it takes its title from the Deno’s amusement park located there, whose circular main attraction opened back in 1920. Also starring Juno Temple, Jim Belushi, Tony Sirico, Jack Gore, Steve Schirripa, and Max Casella, expect more details to arrive soon, including a likely festival premiere in a few months. In the meantime, check out the new photos below courtesy of French distributor Mars Films.

Wonder Wheel opens on December 1.
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Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’ Scores Oscar Season Release Date

The summer movie season usually means two things: buttery blockbusters and a new film from Woody Allen. You would have to go back to 2010’s “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” for the last time Allen released a film in the fall, but this year, the director is once again skipping the warmer weather for a glitzier debut.

Amazon Studios will release the director’s new film in limited release on December 1st.

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Blu-ray of Solace Starring Anthony Hopkins and Colin Ferrell

Solace is a new thriller about a retired physician with psychic powers who teams up with a pair of FBI agents on the hunt for a serial murderer terrorizing New York City. Reported to genre bending, addressing philosophical questions about the nature of life and death, while presenting a unique take on serial killer thrillers. The doctor and his law enforcement agents are in for a dangerous journey as they track the perpetrator of the series of unusual murders, who has mystic abilities of his own.

Solace stars Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, and Colin Ferrell

Now, you can own the Solace Blu-ray. Wamg has four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie starring Anthony Hopkins? (mine is Woody Allen’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!
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In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016

In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016
We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.Hector BabencoArgentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of

We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.

Hector Babenco

Argentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.

He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985), for which he earned a best director Oscar nominee and William Hurt earned an Oscar win for best actor.

Babenco went on to direct Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Ironweed (1987) and Tom Berenger and John Lithgow in At Play In The Fields Of The Lord (1991).

After undergoing cancer treatment in the 1990s, he returned to the director’s chair for films including Brazilian prison
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Spain’s Mediapro Taps Stephen Johnstone to Launch its Independent Production Business in the U.K.

Spanish film and TV conglom Mediapro Group has tapped Stephen Johnstone, a former director at ad media giant Wpp’s Group M Entertainment, to launch its independent content production business in the U.K..

The London-based operation aims to co-produce with local talent, generate new intellectual properties and raise the prospect of greater collaboration between Mediapro and Group M Entertainment, Mediapro said in a statement.

Johnstone’s appointment as managing director of Mediapro Content U.K. follows those of Laura Fernandez Espeso, director of international content, and Ran Telem, head of international content development, underlining Mediapro’s ambitions for international expansion.

A co-producer alongside HBO, Sky and France’s Canal Plus of upcoming Jude Law-starrer TV series “The Young Pope,” Mediapro is seeking to further increase its creative and commercial collaborations in international drama and entertainment.

Stephen Johnstone was responsible for Group M Entertainment’s business expansion into 10 new territories throughout Europe. Previously
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Mipcom: Spain’s Mediapro, Phileas Productions Team on Gameshow ‘Crush’

Madrid Confirming its ambitions to become a key player in the international market for not only original scripted but also non-scripted content, Spain’s Mediapro Group, co-producer of Jude Law-starrer “Young Pope,” has teamed with Madrid’s Phileas Productions to create and produce gameshow format “Crush.”

The new TV contest will be launched at next week’s Mipcom trade fair, co-handled by Imagina Intl. Sales, Mediapro’s international distribution arm.

“Crush” marks the first entertainment format from Mediapro since the appointment in May as head of international content development of Ran Telem, a Primetime Emmy Award-winning producer on “Homeland” and longtime V.P. of programming and content at Israel’s Keshet Broadcasting.

The format presents a team of four people – who are friends, family, neighbors or work colleagues – competing together for a big money prize. The gameshow sees them answering seven questions. Wrong answers mean they are crushed to all appearances by heavy safe-like boxes.

The
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Movie Review – Cafe Society (2016)

Cafe Society, 2016.

Written and Directed by Woody Allen.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Corey Stoll, Parker Posey, Ken Stott, Jeannie Berlin and Steve Carell.

Synopsis:

In the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning to New York, he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.

Has Woody Allen lost it? An argument that has raged for many years since the turn of the century as to whether one of cinema’s most brilliant and witty minds had lost his mojo with films like Anything Else and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger splitting fans. Recently though he has embraced change and has been on a good roll recently last year’s Irrational Man proving he still has the touch.

His yearly venture
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Freida Pinto Joins Idris Elba in Showtime-Sky Miniseries ‘Guerrilla’

Freida Pinto Joins Idris Elba in Showtime-Sky Miniseries ‘Guerrilla’
Freida Pinto, best known for “Slumdog Millionaire,” has joined Idris Elba in the cast of the Showtime-Sky miniseries “Guerrilla.” John Ridley, who won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” will write, direct and executive produce.

The six-part drama centers on a couple, Jas and Marcus, whose “passion propels them into making the leap from political activism to radical militancy,” Sky said in a statement. Pinto, whose credits include Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” plays Jas; Marcus has yet to be cast. As well as co-starring, Elba serves as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures.

Ridley, whose credits include “American Crime,” will write the majority of the episodes, and will direct the first two and the finale, with Sam Miller taking on the other episodes.

In the miniseries, Jas and Marcus’ “relationship and values are tested when
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‘Homeland’s’ Ran Telem Joins Spain’s Mediapro as Head of Intl. Content Development (Exclusive)

‘Homeland’s’ Ran Telem Joins Spain’s Mediapro as Head of Intl. Content Development (Exclusive)
Ran Telem, a Primetime Emmy Award-winning producer on “Homeland” and longtime V.P. of programming and content at Israel’s Keshet Broadcasting, has joined Spain’s Mediapro Group in the newly-created post of head of international content development.

Taking up his position this week, he will responsible for furthering the development of original scripted and non-scripted at Mediapro, one of Spain’s biggest TV-film groups, as it turns ever more to international-market content as a strategic growth priority.

Telem’s oversight takes in identifying and developing ideas, whether in-house or from writers, through to international formats, tying in broadcaster partners, tapping writers and working with creatives at Mediapro offices around the world. He will work closely with Mediapro’s international arm, Imagina Intl. Sales (Iis). Telem will be based out of Spain and Israel, he said.

Mediapro’s competitive advantages, Telem said, are “first of all passion. Although it is
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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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Cannes Film Festival Official Lineup

Kieran, here. The Cannes film festival is a peculiar animal. Its relation to the Oscar race (it's April, so I'm allowed to mention it again) is nebulous. While the festival raerly fails to deliver at least a few titles that will net multiple nominations, it's hardly the launching pad into awards season in a way similar to Toronto or (in more recent years) Telluride. And truthfully, that's one of the things that makes it so compelling to follow. Regardless of whatever criticisms one can levy against Cannes, it's hard to deny that it clearly has its own rich history and identity with different motives on its mind compared to many high profile festivals.

The lineup for the festival is replete with interesting cinematic offerings. There are certain directors who can always garner a slot on the roster (*uses quiet voice* regardles of the quality of the actual film). Even still,
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Mip TV: Mediapro Makes First International TV Co-Production Moves (Exclusive)

Madrid – Sporting 30 offices in 20 countries, and already Spain’s biggest rights broker and a high-profile movie producer, Mediapro, one of Spain’s biggest heavyweight TV-film congloms, is making its first moves into high-end international TV co-production as, like other big ambitious companies in Europe – think Lagardere, or even Spain’s Telefonica – it zeroes in on high-end contents as a major growth driver.

Content represents “the major bet of the company for the next five years, where it aims to grow most,” said Javier Mendez, head of content at Mediapro, which also owns top Spain-based TV-film sales house Imagina Intl. Sales (Iis).

In early moves, Mediapro – which is headed by Jaume Roures and Taxto Benet and best-known as the co-producer of Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and “Midnight in Paris” and as a long-term partner with Al Jazeera’s beIN Sports in and
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'God's Own Country' cast revealed as shoot begins

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'God's Own Country' cast revealed as shoot begins
Exclusive: Boardwalk Empire’s Ian Hart and Sense and Sensibility’s Gemma Jones join rising stars Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu.

Principal photography has started in Yorkshire on romantic drama God’s Own Country, the debut feature of writer-director Francis Lee.

The cast includes acting veterans Gemma Jones (Sense and Sensibility, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) and Ian Hart (Urban Hymn, Boardwalk Empire) alongside rising talent Josh O’Connor, whose credits include festival favourite Bridgend, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella and Stephen FrearsThe Program, alongside upcoming Romanian actor Alec Secareanu.

Director Lee, whose award-winning shorts have screened at the BFI London Film Festival, Slamdance Fand Sheffield Doc/Fest, has explored what might have happened if he had stayed in his local community in rural Yorkshire and begun to farm instead of leaving to study at drama school.

God’s Own Country is the story of farmer’s lad Johnny (O’Connor) who has shut
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The Divergent Series: Allegiant movie review: walled in by reality

A disappointing downfall from the previous films, the appealing metaphor for nonconformity giving way to dull good-vs-evil battle and dumb plot conundrums. I’m “biast” (pro): I’ve enjoyed the previous films in the series

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I’ve been onboard with the dystopian adventures of Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley: The Fault in Our Stars, The Spectacular Now) in her postapocalyptic future Chicago, but this third outing — with the fourth and final installment due next year — is a disappointing downfall from the first two films, which only just about skated by on the novelty of a very cool female action hero and the appealing metaphor for the struggle against enforced conformity her world offered. Here, in Allegiant, based on the first half of the novel of the same name,
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Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond has died by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-01-05 22:58:54

Vilmos Zsigmond shot François Truffaut and Bob Balaban in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who won an Oscar for his work on Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, died on New Year's Day at his home in Big Sur, California at the age of 85. The legendary collaborator with Robert Altman (McCabe And Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye), Brian De Palma (Blow Out. Obsession, The Bonfire Of The Vanities) and Woody Allen (Cassandra’s Dream, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Melinda And Melinda), also received Oscar nominations for Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, Mark Rydell's The River and De Palma's The Black Dahlia. The Cannes Film Festival in 2014 presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vilmos Zsigmond, with fellow cinematographer Yuri Neyman (Liquid Sky) founded the Global Cinematography Institute in 2012. Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler for Hal Ashby's
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'The Deer Hunter' cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond dies aged 85

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'The Deer Hunter' cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond dies aged 85
Visionary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who escaped his native Hungary to set up in Hollywood and became one of the most acclaimed practitioners of his generation, has died aged 85 in Big Sur, California.

The cinematographer fled Budapest in 1956 with his hidden footage of Soviet forces crushing the Hungarian Revolution and along with his dear friend and fellow émigré the late László Kovács went on to establish a brilliant career in the United States.

Zsigmond and Kovács got their foothold shooting B-movies under the Americanised names William Zsigmond and Leslie Kovacs before they embarked on more illustrious projects.

Zsigmond’s career spanned collaborations with Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma and Woody Allen.

He shot Altman’s McCabe & Mrs Miller and won the Oscar in 1978 for Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. He was nominated subsequently for The Deer Hunter, The River and The Black Dahlia, a collaboration with frequent associate Brian De Palma.

Zsigmond
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Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dead at 85

Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dead at 85
Vilmos Zsigmond, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer of Close Encounters of the Third Kind as well as films like The Deer Hunter, Deliverance and Heaven's Gate, passed away Friday, his business partner Yuri Neyman confirmed to Variety. Zsigmond was 85.

The Hungarian-born Zsigmond – who filmed the Hungarian Revolution alongside his friend and fellow cinematographer László Kovács before they both relocated to Los Angeles – began his Hollywood career as a director of photography on low-budget exploitation and horror films and TV movies before he was hired by director Robert Altman – another veteran of
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Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dies at 85

Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dies at 85
Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for his achievements on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and a nominee for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River” (1984) and the “The Black Dahlia” (2006), has died at 85. His business partner Yuri Neyman said he died January 1.

Over a period of five decades in Hollywood, his other outstanding achievements included “Deliverance,” “Blow Out,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and such Robert Altman films as “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” and “The Long Goodbye.” And he considered it the ultimate compliment that no two of his movies looked alike.

Working into his eighties, Zsigmond also shot a number of episodes of the Fox sitcom “The Mindy Project” from 2012-14. Zsigmond ranked among the 10 most influential cinematographers in film history in a 2003 survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild.

Belying his comment to Rolling Stone that “a cinematographer can only be as good as the director,
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Trainspotting cast then and now: Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor might be back to make a Porno

Trainspotting cast then and now: Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor might be back to make a Porno
News of a possible Trainspotting sequel - based on Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel Porno, released in 2002 - has left us climbing on the ceiling with anticipation. Could director Danny Boyle really wrangle together the cast once more? And could Trainspotting 2 - as they definitely won't call it - live up to the hype?

With the 20th anniversary coming up just next year, here's what Spud and company have been up to since they all chose life...

Digital Spy's Porno poster:

The original Trainspotting poster:

1. Robert Carlyle

Character: Francis "Franco" Begbie

Age then: 33

Age now: 54

Biggest acting gigs since: The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela's Ashes and TV's Once Upon A Time, Stargate Universe and 24: Redemption

Carlyle joined forces with Boyle again on The Beach, and worked alongside Samuel L Jackson in 51st State, but his "career highlight" has been directing his first film, The Legend of Barney Thomson,
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