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You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger – First clip from Woody Allen’s new one

Posted by LiveFor on May 5, 2010

A little romance, some sex, some treachery, and apart from that, a few laughs. The lives of a group of people, whose passions, ambitions and anxieties force them all into assorted troubles that run the gamut from ludicrous to dangerous.

Directed by Woody Allen it stars Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, and Lucy Punch

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The Random – Wolverine 2, Marco Polo, Green Lantern, The Shadow, The Smurfs, De Niro in Dark Fields, Jackman in Selma, Rachel McAdams gets a Woody, Splice

Posted by LiveFor on March 4, 2010

– Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) has finished his draft of the Wolverine sequel, which he began writing in August. Shooting is currently expected to commence in January of 2011. It is going to be set in Japan and no word yet on who will direct although Hugh Jackman will be back as Logan. I just hope the claws are better than the first film.

– Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend,” “Constantine) will direct a feature about Marco Polo for Warner Bros. Pictures reports Variety – More fantasy/adventure epic than serious biopic drama, the film will be most set in “the Orient of our imagination”

– Test shooting on the Green Lantern has started shooting in New Orleans. Apparantly it involves a stunt car.

– David Slade (30 Days of Night) could direct the Sam Raimi produced film adaptation of classic pulp character The Shadow at 20th Century Fox reports Latino Review.

– Dr Horrible himself, Neil Patrick Harris, is to be the live action star in The Smurfs movie. I feel slightly more interested in the project…but only a little.

Robert De Niro joins Bradley Cooper in The Dark Fields. The film is about ‘a down-and-out Gotham writer (Cooper) who comes into possession of a designer drug that gives him newfound intelligence and success‘. According to Variety, De Niro will be playing the role of the brilliant financial mogul that’s chasing after Bradley Cooper’s character. The film will begin shooting in May in Philadelphia.

– Hugh Jackman will be starring in Selma to be directed by Lee Daniels (Precious). Deadline previously reported that Robert De Niro was on board to play Alabama Governor George Wallace in the film, which is about the historic march from Selma to the state capital in Montgomery.

– Rachel McAdams has signed on to co-star in Woody Allen’s next project. Production of the still untitled film is to begin this summer, likely with a 2011 release date in mind. Owen Wilson and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy are also starring in it.

– Vincenzo Natali’s Sci-fi creature feature, Splice, is to be released on 4th June. Looks like the studio are pushing this to be a big Summer film.

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to star in Woody Allen’s next film

Posted by LiveFor on November 26, 2009

France’s first lady, former supermodel, singer and all round hottie, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, has agreed to be in Woody Allen’s next film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bruni-Sarkozy doesn’t know what role Allen has in store for her and admits she could be a terrible actress.

Allen “asked me to be in his next film,” she said on Canal Plus television, where she appeared for an interview and duet with crooner Harry Connick Jr.

Asked if he had told her what part she would play, Bruni-Sarkozy replied: “No. But I said ‘yes’… I do everything a little bit blindly. If I don’t, I won’t do anything.”

“I’m not at all an actress. Maybe I’ll be absolutely terrible,” she added.

Bruni-Sarkozy, now a singer-songwriter, has largely shelved her concert tour plans to make way for her responsibilities as France’s first lady.

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Classic Scene: Christopher Walken in Annie Hall

Posted by LiveFor on March 30, 2009

A young Christopher Walken talks to Woody Allen.

Can I confess something? I tell you this as an artist,I think you’ll understand. Sometimes when I’m driving… on the road at night… I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the explosion. The sound of shattering glass. The… flames rising out of the flowing gasoline.


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The Random – Monsters Inc 2, Rocky Marciano, Friday the 13th 2, Damn Yankees, Eclipse, Mars Needs Moms,

Posted by LiveFor on February 28, 2009

It seems we might get a new glimpse at our favorite monsters Mike and Sully in the next few years. Blue Sky Disney is reporting that Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter is working on a sequel to his 2001 hit Pixar film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mikael Salomon will be directing Undefeated: The Rocky Marciano Story. This is the first authorized biopic about the former boxing champion. He is the only one to ever retire and remain undefeated. The film looks at Marciano’s early life up until his untimely death in a plane crash in 1969. Terri Apple wrote the screenplay.

According to The Risky Business Blog, New Line Cinema and Platinum Dunes are going full steam ahead on the next installment of Friday the 13th. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the writers that brought us the recent Friday the 13th reboot, are again drafting the script. The next film is being called “a follow-up.”

In a story from Variety, it seems that New Line Cinema has attached Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal to their reboot of the famed musical, Damn Yankees. Writing the script are comedy veterans Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. Beginning on a Broadway stage in 1955 the musical won seven Tony Awards. It focuses on the mild mannered Joe Boyd, a man who loves a pro baseball team so much that he decides to sell his soul to the devil in order to aid them. Currently, the hope is that Carrey will be the devil and Gyllenhaal will play Boyd.

According to Entertainment Weekly, it looks like Drew Barrymore is on Summit Entertainment’s shortlist to possibly direct Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight series.

Seth Green will star in Walt Disney Pictures and ImageMovers’ performance-capture feature Mars Needs Moms! says The Hollywood Reporter. An adaptation of the Berkeley Breathed children’s novel, the story follows a boy named Milo (Green) who stows away aboard a spaceship to rescue his mom (Joan Cusack) after she was kidnapped by aliens. Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers”) will play the alien leader of Mars, inspiring terror in all who meet her. Dan Fogler (Fanboys) is playing Gribble, a friend of Milo. Elisabeth Harnois has also joined the cast.

Antonio Banderas has joined Woody Allen’s next project says The Hollywood Reporter. He’ll be joining Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts and Freida Pinto in the film which is scheduled to start shooting in London in the summer.

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008 – Movie Review of Woody Allen’s Latest

Posted by LiveFor on August 6, 2008

Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall
Running Time: 96 minutes

Score: 6.5 out of 10

This review from ZeMightyGorilla
Vicki Cristina Barcelona (VCB for short) is a nice return to form for Allen after Cassandra’s Dream, which was entertaining throughout but totally uneven and unsatisfying. VCB is pretty classic Woody Allen— an intimate look at doomed relationships and unsatisfied people who can’t seem to find true happiness. The movie is not as depressing as that sentence might make it sound—it is full of life, humor and energy, and it reads like a love letter to Spain. The performances are all pretty great, especially Javier Bardem and Rebecca Hall. The movie is not without faults, but it is smart and fun and interesting and entertaining.
Plot (minor spoilers): 2 best friends from America are visiting Barcelona for the summer. One is Vicki (played by Rebecca Hall), who is the type of woman who looks for stability and trust in relationships. She is engaged to a nice “safe” guy in NY and is pretty happy/content with life. Her best friend is Cristina (played by Scarlett Johansson). Unlike Vicki, Cristina always seeks out torrid, fiery relationships, which are high on passion and low on stability.
The two are staying with a couple (Patricia Clarkson and Kevin Dunn) who take them to an art show; at the show, Cristina immediately makes eyes for Juan Antonio Gonzolo (Javier Bardem), a successful Spanish artist who was nearly stabbed to death by his last girlfriend (or did he stab her?—the rumors floating around about Juan Antonio are a bit unclear). Upon hearing these rumors, Cristina immediately decides that Juan Antonio is the guy for her. While at dinner with Vicki, Cristina flirtatiously stares at Juan Antonio, causing him to approach their dinner table with an interesting proposition. He invites Cristina and Vicki to accompany him to an island where all three can eat, drink, enjoy nature, and make love together.

Vicki is disgusted and offended by his offer, but Cristina is turned on, and Woody Allen fast-forwards to the two women on a small island-bound plane with Juan Antonio. After a day of wine-drinking, Cristina immediately agrees to go to bed with Juan Antonio, but she becomes nauseous and is in no shape to seal the deal. As Cristina spends the next day in bed with a hangover, Vicki hangs with Juan Antonio who takes her on an intimate tour of the island. Vicki’s barriers break down; she falls for Juan Antonio and winds up cheating on her fiancé and sleeping with the artist.
Vicki never tells Cristina about this indiscretion, but she is shocked when Juan Antonio pursues a relationship with Cristina over her. As the summer continues, Cristina and Juan Antonio grow extremely close, and in no time Cristina moves in with him. Meanwhile, as a result of her earlier fling with Juan Antonio, Vicki grows increasingly dissatisfied with her relationship with her fiancé and with her life in general. Meanwhile, Cristina is as happy as can be until Juan Antonio’s ex-girlfriend Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz) moves in with the couple to recuperate from a failed suicide attempt.

I don’t want to go too much further into the plot. Suffice it to say, all four leads find themselves in dire straits—Vicki is hung up on Juan Antonio and is questioning her engagement. Cristina is freaked out by the return of Juan Antonio’s ex-lover and doubts that she will ever be an equal to the two great artists. Maria Elena is still in love with Juan Antonio and is not too fond of the new woman in his life. And finally, Juan Antonio is just plain confused at how to handle the two fiery women in his house.
Problems: As I noted before, the film has some problems. Woody Allen relies too heavily on narration throughout the movie. Sometimes this works well, but many times it seems like a cheap shortcut—why show two characters falling in love when the narrator can just tell you that they have? Why show the development of a rift in a relationship when the narrator can just tell you that a rift has occurred? Also, the character of Juan Antonio begins as a fairy tale (he’s a supremely confidant, wealthy artist who drives sports cars, pilots planes, and is the toast of Spain), but then suddenly shifts to a more realistic character (he is artistically challenged, he cannot hold on to the women he loves). I think this shift plays to Allen’s message that no relationship/lover is perfect , but it seems a bit abrupt—one moment Juan Antonio is every woman’s dream, the next moment he’s a fragile, stressed-out dude.

Overall, Johansson does a really good job, but every once in a while she starts speaking in that trademark nervous Woody Allen-style. I found this to be really distracting— it seems like at least one actor in every Allen film does this. It totally takes me out of Allen’s movies whenever this happens.
My last fault is a bit juvenile, but I feel I must share it. I was really hoping for some hot sex scenes with Cruz and/or Johansson, but the movie is fairly conservative when it comes to showing the action. Except for a little bit of kissing and some side-boob, there isn’t much to get excited about. I guess I was expecting Woody Allen to push the boundaries a bit on this one, and I was disappointed that he left most of the sex off-screen. Some of you will no doubt roll your eyes at this complaint, but I’m just trying to be honest here.
Great stuff: The acting is top-notch! Except for my minor complaint about Johansson mimicking Woody Allen in a handful of scenes, the rest of her performance was great. ALL of the characters are extremely likeable, which is no easy feat in a movie like this. Bardem is awesome— the scene where he first approaches Vicki and Cristina with his island-getaway offer is a tour-de-force. Rebecca Hall is so beautiful and really emotes well throughout the film, as her character goes through the most on-screen turmoil. I’ve never really heard of her before, but I’m now totally in love with her. And Penelope Cruz is soooo loveable, despite being batshit crazy.
As dark as it is, I really respected the film’s message about love. People enter into relationships with different hopes and desires, and it is really rare when both parties can have their needs met. Anyone who has been through a heartbreak (as either victim or cause) can find someone to relate to in this movie.
Also, this film made me fall in love with Barcelona. Having never even been to Spain, I am now seriously thinking about heading there on my next vacation.
I really recommend it, and I think Woody Allen deserves a ton of praise for turning out such diverse, interesting work in the past few years.

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