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Best Director 2011: When I Paint My Masterpiece

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“I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason.” — Hugo This year saw films by arguably the greatest directors America has ever produced — Woody Allen,…

American Masters – Woody Allen, November 20, 21

American Masters – Woody Allen, November 20, 21

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Ryan already posted about this American Masters series American Masters.  But here is a trailer for it. It’s the year to once again circle back and celebrate the great Woody Allen for his highest grossing film to date, Midnight in Paris, which is maybe a perfect movie.  Owen Wilson’s part on this is my favorite.

The State of the Race — The Directors: Gods & Demigods

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(Top: Spielberg, Scorsese, De Palma, Lucas, and Coppola, 1994. Bottom: Hooper, Russel, Aronofsy, Nolan, and Fincher, 2010) Last year’s slate of Best Directors was one of the most impressive lineups ever. Darren Aronofsky, David Fincher, Joel and Ethan Coen, David O. Russell and of course, the winner, Tom Hooper. I’m not going to go over this each and every time I write about the Oscars this year, but you have…

Midnight in Paris Expands to 1,038 screens, Becomes Woody Allen's Widest Release

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Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have increased MIDNIGHT IN PARIS’ theater count to 1, 038 screens, which marks the widest release of  any  Woody Allen film. The film has earned over $16 million dollars to date, so went today’s press release for the film. Midnight in Paris is successful, I think, not just because it has big stars in it but because, for the first time in many…

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Woody Allen Never Watches His Own Movies

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From an interview with Allen in the NY Times when asked about trends in his later work compared to the past: No, it‚Äôs too hit or miss. There‚Äôs no rhyme or reason to anything that I do. It‚Äôs whatever seems right at the time. I‚Äôve never once in my life seen any film of mine after I put it out. Ever. I haven‚Äôt seen ‚ÄúTake the Money and Run‚Äù since…