On Woody Allen: Brilliant Artist, Dysfunctional Man

When I was in my early twenties I used to go to the movies to watch Hannah and Her Sisters. I saw it maybe seven times, ritualizing it with a carton of white rice and plum sauce. I was fully immersed in the world of the film, seeing myself in each of the characters. How could I...
Posted On 11 Feb 2014

Woody Allen Responds

Reported in Mother Jones: Update: Allen’s attorney Elkan Abramowitz sent Mother Jones the following statement on Sunday afternoon: It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent...
Posted On 02 Feb 2014

Woody Allen to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

The Cecil B. DeMille award is only an honor if you believe in awards, which Woody Allen does not. It was reported today that he will be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award, and I guess this means he’s going to show up and receive it. Certainly he is a worthy...
Posted On 13 Sep 2013

Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine and The Unbelievers

This pic turned up on Facebook with Ms. Blanchett and Woody Allen – word has it this is a good one, along the lines of Match Point.  We’ll have to wait and see when the pic is released in June. In other Woody Allen news, a quick scan through the truly great website...
Posted On 03 May 2013

Reminder: Woody Allen, American Masters, PBS, Sunday night

Sasha already mentioned this last week, but well worth repeating the heads up for anyone who forgot or might have missed it. Sunday and Monday, November 20-21, the American Masters series broadcasts its 2-part profile of Woody Allen. Promo preview after the cut, along with a clip...
Posted On 17 Nov 2011

American Masters – Woody Allen, November 20, 21

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...
Posted On 05 Nov 2011

Oscar Bits and Bites

A few happenings on the web related to the sleeping dog that is the Oscar race.  We wait, we wait, we wait. In Contention reports that Hans Zimmer has bowed out of the Oscar race this year and will not submit to it.  Who can blame him by this point? So, why is Zimmer choosing to...
Posted On 24 Oct 2011

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

(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...
Posted On 20 Sep 2011

Woody Allen gets 2-part American Masters profile

Probably the only television exposure more prestigious than a 60-minutes segment in peak Oscar season, a profile on PBS American Masters is a rare honor reserved for national treasures. All the more rare when it spotlights a subject as chronically shy and elusive as Woody Allen....
Posted On 01 Aug 2011

Penelope Cruz on the Set of Bop Decameron

Pretty Penny just snapped on the set of Woody Allen’s Bop Decameron (thanks to Javier — no, not THAT Javier): More after the cut.
Posted On 11 Jul 2011