October 23, 2015 |
It's not unusual to leave a Broadway musical humming a tune or two. But starting Tuesday, those heading into the Academy of Music to see "Bullets Over Broadway" (here through Nov. 1) might have some of its songs running through their heads before the show starts, even if they haven't seen it before. That's because the score to the musical comedy based on Woody Allen's 1994 film of the same name is culled from what is commonly referred to as the "Great American Songbook. " Rather than commission a new set of songs for the comic tale of a 1920s playwright who makes a Faustian bargain with a gangster to get his new piece produced, Allen and director-choreographer Susan Stroman decided to populate the score with era-appropriate classics.
January 15, 2015
U SHER IS MAKING things official with longtime girlfriend, business partner and - three cheers! - older woman Grace Miguel . Miguel, 44, was spotted with a major rock on her ring finger on New Year's Eve, when Usher, 36, performed in Miami, and at Sunday's Golden Globes awards show. The couple hasn't confirmed. But when you know, you know. NBC-ya later Two-and-a-half years after her tearful on-air goodbye to "Today," Ann Curry appears to be flying the peacock coop for reals.
August 13, 2014 |
AS IF the Israel vs. Hamas battle didn't lead to enough Internet name-calling, the comments sections are about to add a celebrity angle. The U.N.'s three-member commission on possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza will include George Clooney 's fiancee, British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin . The president of the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council announced the appointments yesterday. Alamuddin is a London-based international-law specialist and former legal adviser to the prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
August 1, 2014 |
WHEN LAST HE visited the subject of mystics, Woody Allen gave us the curdled "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. " In that movie, magical thinking was for the small-minded, and happiness itself was for the desperate and delusional. "Magic in the Moonlight" has caught Allen in an improved "Midnight in Paris" mood, and he's made a better movie, or at least one that gives us a less cynical take on the possibility of earthly contentment. There's hope, he suggests, even for misanthropes and skeptics.
July 14, 2014 |
Rather than presenting one dramatically large video installation, as they did for their last show at Locks Gallery, in 2012, the filmmaking team of Matthew Suib and Nadia Hironaka now have taken the opposite approach. Their current show at Locks, "Mirrors, Marks & Loops," is a cineaste's dream and my idea of the perfect visual torment: six videos, all running continuously in the ground-floor gallery. But Suib and Hironaka have become so good at what they do - making ambitious, witty films that play on the history of the moving image, among other things - that I soon found myself sitting in the dark on various cubes distributed throughout the gallery, watching each video from beginning to end. I think I may have seen the largest of them, Ascension (With Cat)
July 14, 2014 |
No secret: Zach Braff is a Woody Allen fan. Braff's 2004 emo indie, Garden State , which he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in (opposite Natalie Portman ), drew comparisons to Annie Hall , to Manhattan . More than 10 years before that, a teenage Braff had a small part in Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery , as the progeny of Allen and Diane Keaton's characters. So, landing the lead role in Bullets Over Broadway , the Tony-nominated musical adapted from Allen's 1994 comedy, was "a dream come true" for the actor.
April 28, 2014 |
Most odd-couple buddy pics are born in the thrumming noggins of Hollywood agents trying to pair disparate clients, or are the thunderous brainstorms of studio execs mixing and matching talent to work box-office magic. The idea of teaming John Turturro and Woody Allen - as in the soft-touch sex-and-religion comedy Fading Gigolo - came from a different source: their barber. "It is true that the guy who cuts my hair also cuts Woody's," says Turturro, who not only stars in Fading Gigolo , but also wrote it and directs.
April 24, 2014 |
Drew B.'s new baby Drew Barrymore , 39, on Tuesday gave birth to a bouncy baby girl named Frankie , People says. It's the second child for the Blended star and her third hub, art adviser Will Kopelman , 36. Their first, Olive , was born in September '12. Drew last year told Women's Health she's not obsessed with her looks during pregnancy. "You're not supposed to look perfect while you're making babies," she said. "Making babies is the perfection. " Diane Keaton on love Unlike his other ex-partner Mia Farrow , Woody Allen survivor Diane Keaton ain't bitter about her time with the film auteur.
February 17, 2014
Children's stories Since Woody Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, renewed her previously investigated allegation that Allen abused her, child molestation is in the news once again ("Allen denies abuse allegations," Feb. 4). At Family Support Line, we know the issue all too well. Perhaps even more disturbing than the pervasiveness of such crime is the widely held theory that its incidence is far greater than reported, due to abusers' control over their victims. Farrow's account underscores the need for such allegations of sexual abuse to be investigated by multidisciplinary agencies known as children's advocacy centers, which coordinate law enforcement, forensic teams, medical care, social services, and court advocates.
February 11, 2014 |
LOOKS like Will Smith has declared his independence from the movie franchise that made him a superstar. Deadline.com reports that the pride of Overbrook will not be part of "Independence Day 2," planned for release in July 2016, the 20th anniversary of the original Fox sci-fi smash. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are expected to reprise their roles as alien-fightin' Earthlings, and rumor has it that Michael B. Jordan will step into the lead. Then again, director Roland Emmerich and co-writer and producer Dean Devlin drafted two scripts - one with Smith, one without - and gave both to scriptwriter James Vanderbilt ("The Amazing Spider-Man")