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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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NYC Weekend Watch: Quad’s Return, James Gray, Frederick Wiseman, De Niro Essentials & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Quad Cinema

The Quad has returned and looks very fine, their first weekend running from a Lina Wertmüller series to watching a David Lynch classic with Greta Gerwig to Fassbinder to David Bowie. And that’s only about the half of it.

Metrograph

James Gray, Universal ’70s classics, Alphaville, Donnie Darko, Jeanne Dielman, Ghost in the Shell
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Back on Track: Interview with star of T2: Trainspotting, Jonny Lee Miller

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Back on Track: Interview with star of T2: Trainspotting, Jonny Lee MillerBack on Track: Interview with star of T2: Trainspotting, Jonny Lee MillerJulide Tanriverdi - Cineplex Magazine3/14/2017 10:01:00 Am

When, in June 2016, rumour got out that director Danny Boyle had started filming the sequel to his cult hit Trainspotting people got very excited.

Paparazzi and fans alike flocked to the Edinburgh set and disrupted filming, making it tough for the filmmakers to keep anything secret. “They were trying to shelter our costumes. They had umbrellas and were like, ‘Put your hood on when you get your hair done,’” recalls Jonny Lee Miller, who once again plays platinum-blond drug addict Sick Boy. “Danny said, ‘It’s like f--king Star Wars up here.’ There was a level of excitement which was quite alarming.”

The 1996 film was an unexpected sensation and made instant stars out of Miller and his co-stars Ewan McGregor,
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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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Round-Up: The Wave Blu-ray / DVD, An Ending, Sacrifice, The Divine Tragedies, Night Wolf

Roar Uthaug’s The Wave crashes on the shores of Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on June 21st. Also in this round-up: production details on Jessica Cameron’s An Ending, release details for Sacrifice and The Divine Tragedies, and Kickstarter launch details for Night Wolf.

The Wave: “Nestled in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village — and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord — it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger’s warning centre, geologist Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he’s about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn’t right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe
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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, 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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Chiwetel Ejiofor to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards

Chiwetel Ejiofor to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards
London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

Previous recipients have included John Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Emma Thompson.

Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”

In 1996, Ejiofor caught the attention of Steven Spielberg who cast him in “Amistad,” opposite Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins. In 2002, he was nominated for his first major awards: the Bifa for
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Chiwetel Ejiofor to receive honorary Bifa

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British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.

The Moët British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) had announced that Chiwetel Ejiofor is to be honoured with The Richard Harris Award at this year’s ceremony on Dec 6 at London’s Old Billingsgate.

The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.

A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.

Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris, said: “I am so happy this award is going to Chiwetel. Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the
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Steve Carell replaces Bruce Willis in Woody Allen's next movie

Carell, who worked with the veteran director on 2004’s Melinda and Melinda, joins cast following action star’s premature departure

Steve Carell has replaced Bruce Willis in Woody Allen’s upcoming untitled film, which is currently shooting in Los Angeles, following the Die Hard star’s unexplained departure, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Willis left the production in mysterious circumstances last week. Some reports have indicated there was a conflict with the actor’s forthcoming run in the Broadway version of the Oscar-winning psychological thriller Misery, while the Wrap’s reporter Jeff Sneider has suggested he was dropped from the cast.

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Steve Carell Drafted In To Replace Bruce Willis On Woody Allen’s Latest

Woody Allen has wasted no time in finding a replacement for Bruce Willis ahead of his new upcoming project, with Deadline reporting that the decorated filmmaker has drafted in Foxcatcher and Despicable Me alum Steve Carell to fill the vacant role.

News of Willis’ abrupt departure (firing?) came as a big shock late last week, considering that production on the Los Angeles/New York love story had barely begun in earnest. The official word is that scheduling conflicts had cropped up, specifically in relation to Willis walking the boards on Broadway, that forced him to pull out of the project at the eleventh hour. Still, the fact that the entire thing was filed away with relatively few details released suggests that there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Whatever the case, Carell’s swift casting ensures that production can continue on Woody Allen’s latest without any need for delay,
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Steve Carell Replaces Bruce Willis In Woody Allen’s Next Film

Last week when it was reported that Bruce Willis had exited Woody Allen's new film due to "scheduling," someone hit our comments section and teased that an "Oscar nominee" was going to replace the actor, which has happened indeed. Read More: The 10 Best-Shot Films Of Woody Allen Variety reports that Steve Carell (Best Actor nominee for "Foxcatcher") will step in for Bruce Willis in the movie. He joins an already pretty great ensemble featuring Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Anna Camp, Paul Schneider, and more, and as always, the title and plot remain under lock and key. But we do know the picture is a period piece based on set photos. It will be Carell's second time working with Allen, following a small role in "Melinda And Melinda," and it's likely a thrill for the actor who cut his teeth on comedy.
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Steve Carell Replacing Bruce Willis In Woody Allen's Latest

Steve Carell Replacing Bruce Willis In Woody Allen's Latest
Eyebrows were raised last week when Bruce Willis unexpectedly dropped out of Woody Allen’s current project. But if you were wondering whether Sylvester Stallone or one of the other Expendables would take his place, dismiss such ideas from your noggin. Steve Carell is the man stepping into the part. As is traditional with Allen, we don’t know much of anything as to what the film will actually be about, or what Carell will be doing in it, but we do know he’ll be sharing the screen with the likes of Corey Stoll, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider, and that they’re doing their thing in Los Angeles right now, before heading to New York.Carell isn’t exactly a newcomer to Allen’s work – he was part of the ensemble for
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Steve Carell set to take over Bruce Willis role in new Woody Allen film

Steve Carell set to take over Bruce Willis role in new Woody Allen film
Steve Carell is gearing up to reunite with his Melinda and Melinda director Woody Allen in the filmmaker's new movie.

The Foxcatcher actor will replace Bruce Willis in the film after Willis "was forced to leave" production, reports Variety.

The untitled project, which is written and directed by Allen, already features an all-star cast, including Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Jesse Eisenberg, Parker Posey, Anna Camp and Paul Schneider among many others.

Willis exited the project earlier this month due to his Broadway commitment to Misery but not before he had been spotted filming on set.

Allen's last movie Irrational Man was released in July and starred Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey and Emma Stone.

Meanwhile, Carell's latest project saw him revisit his evil villain character Gru from the animated franchise Despicable Me in the wildly successful spin-off film Minions.

The Oscar-nominated actor's next films will see him reunite with two of his Crazy,
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Woody Allen Already Replaced Bruce Willis With ...

Woody Allen Already Replaced Bruce Willis With ...
So, Bruce Willis left the latest Woody Allen movie, and though initial reports say it was due to a scheduling conflict, the latest reports are that the Die Hard star got canned. But don't worry if you're super psyched for the neurotic auteur's next film and worried it might be delayed, because they already replaced Willis, and they landed a an A-lister to boot. According to a report from Deadline, the as-yet-untitled film has cast The Office and The 40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell to take over for Bruce Willis. There's definitely a different style moving from one of these actors to the other. This will be Carell's second time teaming up with Allen, as he was also part of the director's 2004 romantic comedy-drama Melinda and Melinda. Though there is little in the way of details on this latest Woody Allen joint.he.s
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Steve Carell to Replace Bruce Willis in Woody Allen’s Next Film

Steve Carell to Replace Bruce Willis in Woody Allen’s Next Film
Following the report Bruce Willis was forced to leave the production of Woody Allen’s next pic, Allen has moved quickly to find his replacement as sources tell Variety that Steve Carell will replace Willis in the pic.

Carell joins Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider in the cast, with Allen writing and directing.

The film is currently untitled and without distribution. As has been the case with several of Allen’s past films, Sony Classics is the front-runner to land the pic.

As always, plot details are under wraps, and the shoot is currently under way. Though an early report said Willis was forced to leave because of his commitment to “Misery” on Broadway, there remains some confusion surrounding his exit since the actor did appear on set before leaving the production.
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Locarno Film Review: ‘Right Now, Wrong Then’

An acclaimed filmmaker is the object of diffident female attention from multiple sources, leading to an innocuous array of misunderstandings and romantic missteps. If you think that sounds very much like a Hong Sang-soo film, you’d be right: “Right Now, Wrong Then,” the tireless South Korean auteur’s 17th feature, is so quintessentially Hong as to border on larkish self-parody. What distinguishes it from similarly toned work within his filmography, as with last year’s trifle “Hill of Freedom,” is a wily structural gimmick, as the pic’s two leisurely halves tell much the same nearly-love story with subtly different accents, reactions and bittersweet outcomes. The amiably ambling result is unlikely to shift the divide between Hong’s enchanted admirers and impatient skeptics — meaning “Right Now’s” theme of self-repetition should extend to a familiar travel itinerary, with fest slots in Toronto and New York following its Locarno premiere.
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What do The Goonies look like now? Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman

What do The Goonies look like now? Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman
The Goonies celebrates its 30th birthday today, and even after all these years we still adore this '80s classic.

Rumours have been swirling for some time about a Goonies 2 (make it happen, Hollywood!) with all the original cast returning, so with this in mind we take a trip down memory lane to find out what the stars of the cult classic are doing now.

Sean Astin

Sean Astin played the slightly dorky yet bright, braces-clad Mikey - who attempts to leads his fellow adventurers to One-Eyed Willy's hidden fortune upon his discovery of an old treasure map.

The 44-year-old actor has continued to enjoy movie success with his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Astin also played Lynn McGill in hit Fox TV series 24, provides the voice of Raphael in Nickelodeon's TV version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), and recently appeared in Guillermo del Toro
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Will Ferrell: His Ten Best Films

Consider this a bit of an experiment today. Instead of doing something like what I used to do with the Spotlight on the Stars series, I’m going to try honoring an actor or a filmmaker with a personalized top ten list. We’ll start off with none other than Will Ferrell, who happens to have the new comedy Get Hard hitting theaters this weekend. This initial piece will look at the ten best movies he’s been in, as opposed to just his best performances, but those will be contained within this list too, of course, so fear not. Anyway, let’s give this a shot and see how it goes! Here now, without any delay, are the ten best films that Ferrell has found himself a cast member in… 10. The Producers – Though a pale comparison to the original Mel Brooks movie (or the Broadway production), this remake of
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