May 1, 2013 |
THE CYNDI LAUPER -scored "Kinky Boots" has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12. Those two crowd-pleasers will compete for the best-musical prize with the acrobatic "Bring It On: The Musical" and "A Christmas Story, The Musical. " Four big Broadway musicals. Four adaptations. "Matilda" is from the Roald Dahl book. The other three are based on movies. So, basically, the risk-averse, get-off-the-couch entertainment industry has come down to this: The big movies are usually sequels to - or remakes of - other big movies or television shows, and the big theatrical shows are based on not-so-big movies (unless they're "The Lion King" or "Spider-Man")
April 18, 2013
Mickey Rose, 77, a childhood friend of Woody Allen's who cowrote his movies Bananas and Take the Money and Run , died of cancer April 7 at his home in Beverly Hills, his daughter, Jennifer, told the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Rose and Allen met in high school in Brooklyn, N.Y., and became friends. They shared a love of jazz and baseball. Mr. Rose met his late wife, Judy, through a blind date arranged by Allen. Mr. Rose became a TV comedy writer. He wrote for Johnny Carson and Sid Caesar and for shows including The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour , All in the Family , and The Odd Couple . Allen said Rose was one of the funniest people he has known - and a "wonderful first baseman.
November 18, 2012
With the big holiday coming up Thursday, match the Thanksgiving - or Thanksgiving-themed - story or poem with its author, the song with its singer, or the film or television program with its director. Answers on C3 . 1. "Alice's Restaurant. " 2. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving . 3. "The Courtship of Miles Standish. " 4. Hannah and Her Sisters . 5. Home for the Holidays . 6. "It's Thanksgiving. " 7. "My Triumph. " 8. Planes, Trains & Automobiles . 9. "Thanksgiving Song.
September 18, 2012 |
TORONTO - It's been a long time since Woody Allen acted in a film he didn't direct. It's probably even longer - as in never - since he's played a pimp. The 76-year-old will do just that in "Fading Gigolo," a movie conceived and written by John Turturro. Turturro will direct and - of course - play the hooker. The johns? Those would be Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis and Sharon Stone. There were plenty of highly touted Hollywood movies at the Toronto International Film Festival. But somewhat below the radar were a number of projects, such as "Fading Gigolo," that are seeking attention within the industry as their principals talk them up to distributors.
June 23, 2012 |
Kris: Her mom made Kim's sex tape In an explosive allegation that adds even more sordid spice to their rancorous, rancid, divorce, Kris Humphries claims the sex tape that made his wife of 72 days, Kim Kardashian, famous was conceived by her mom, Kris Jenner. TMZ says this is one of the nasty tidbits about the Kardashian Kabal that Kris shared with his ex-gf, Myla Sinanaj. Humphries reportedly told Myla that Jenner even made Kim reshoot the vid, which costars a hunkoid identified as Ray J., because she didn't look hot enough.
February 26, 2012 |
PARIS - Paris is a city where possibilities are endless, expectations are high, and no one doubts that magic can happen. Anyone who saw Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris , his recent homage to the City of Light (up for four Academy Awards Sunday), knows what I'm talking about. Allen's protagonist, a Hollywood screenwriter who yearns to be a serious scribe, takes to wandering the rainy streets of Paris at night in search of a muse. On one such night, he accompanies a couple in 1920s dress to what he assumes is a costume party.
November 18, 2011
* AMERICAN MASTERS. WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY. 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, WHYY 12. WARNING: Watching "Woody Allen: A Documentary" - a two-part "American Masters" that premieres Sunday - is likely to only lead to more time on the couch. And, no, not the one in the psychoanalyst's office. I found it impossible to watch Allen and others discussing his life's work without wanting to immediately rewatch a number of his movies, if only to figure out why he thinks he screwed up some of the ones I remember liking best.
October 20, 2011 |
The three new one-acts combined into a Broadway show called Relatively Speaking come across as a comedic evolution in time-lapse. It all goes by in barely more than two hours, beginning with the subtle, ending with the zany. We start with writer/filmmaker Ethan Coen's "Talking Cure," a facile piece that ups the sharp comic ante as it progresses. After a four-minute break, we're into classic Elaine May, a piece called "George Is Dead," with more nuance and bigger laughs as it turns from a character study into a poignant scenario that works.
June 28, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Woody Allen has his biggest hit in a quarter-century. Now the question is how much further it can go. "Midnight in Paris" has in the last week surpassed all of the 75-year-old filmmaker's releases since 1986 at the box office, selling a total of $28.6 million worth of tickets, including $4.5 million this past weekend. That is Allen's highest mark since 1986's "Hannah and Her Sisters," surpassing such recent hits as 2008's "Vicky Christina Barcelona" and 2005's "Match Point," both of which took in just over $23 million each.
May 29, 2011 |
'Just remember that you have to be the most fabulous life of the party that ever existed. " Those were Woody Allen's instructions to Alison Pill when she went to work on his latest endeavor, Midnight in Paris , last year - in, yes, Paris. Pill plays Zelda Fitzgerald , Jazz Age muse and spouse of F. Scott . What exactly the Roaring '20s flapper is doing in Allen's movie is something that should be left for moviegoers to discover on their own. In fact, Pill, the 25-year-old Canadian actress of TV ( In Treatment )