July 28, 2016 |
Woody Allen's affinity for gypsy jazz is obvious to anyone who has seen - or just listened to - his films. The director has used Django Reinhardt's music on his sound tracks at least as far back as 1980's Stardust Memories , and his 1999 movie Sweet and Lowdown stars Sean Penn as a shiftless guitarist who both worships and envies the legendary guitarist. So it says something that when Allen wanted a distinctly French jazz guitar sound for his time-traveling 2011 Midnight in Paris , he turned to Stephane Wrembel.
July 23, 2016 |
The Hollywood of the 1930s - swank watering holes, Deco manses, pristine beaches, roofs of Spanish tile - has never looked so good. If Woody Allen gets one thing right in Café Society , his 47th (!) feature, it's the hiring of cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. But maybe even that was a mistake. Enlisting the director of photography of such seared-in-memory masterworks as Apocalypse Now and The Conformist only reinforces how forgettable just about everything, and everyone, in Café Society is/are.
May 14, 2016 |
Clooney: Dude, I'll save America! Renowned political analyst and sometime actor George Clooney was in France on Thursday to assure our European allies America is on the right track. "There's not going to be a President Donald Trump ," said Clooney, who established his bona fides directing David Strathairn as newsman Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck (and appearing as producer Fred Friendly). "That's not going to happen. " Clooney, 55 , spoke at the Cannes Film Festival, where he's hawking his pic Money Monster . He received big applause for attacking Trump as a fearmonger.
May 13, 2016 |
Bad taste: Woody Allen joke Ah! The Cannes Film Festival, bastion of art, high learning and . . . rape jokes. Just ask Woody Allen . The auteur on Wednesday had the honor of opening the fest with his new pic, Café Society . But honor wasn't exactly on the mind of French actor Laurent Lafitte , who hosted the fest's opening ceremony. "It gives me pleasure to see you because you've filmed so much in Europe and you haven't even been convicted of rape in the U.S.A.," Lafitte said, referring to decades-long accusations that Allen, 80, sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow . Lafitte compared Allen to Roman Polanski , who fled to Europe after being convicted in America of raping a teen.
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 |
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.
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)