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Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
The great playwright Eugene O'Neil looms as large over Woody Allen's latest film as the giant Ferris wheel that dominates the movie's Coney Island setting.
It's not exactly clear whether "Wonder Wheel " is an ambitious homage to O'Neil or a blatant theft of his work. Either way, it will...
Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016
With Woody Allen's "Crisis in Six Scenes," the screenwriter has let down his director — who coincidentally also falls short. And then there's the leading man, who phones in his performance.
"Crisis" is right.
It was a major coup when Amazon announced in January 2015 that its...
Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2016
Woody Allen has outdone himself at age 80. Not only has he kept up his blistering pace of pushing out a movie a year, but this time he's really delivered two films, only loosely connected by jangling neurosis.
"Cafe Society ," starring Jesse Eisenberg as the sweet but awkward Allen stand-...
Tuesday, May. 10, 2016
The first time Jodie Foster came to the Cannes Film Festival, she did so as a co-star in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," and as a wide-eyed 13-year-old, soaking in the spectacle. "Taxi Driver" would go on to win the festival's prestigious Palme d'Or.
"It was kind of like Mr. Toad's wild...
Tuesday, Jul. 14, 2015
Woody Allen has always been interested in man's search for meaning in life — a search he clearly sees as futile. Who can forget the young woman in "Play it Again, Sam," staring at a Jackson Pollock painting and seeing "the hideous lonely emptiness of existence,...
Friday, May. 15, 2015
Woody Allen returned to the Cannes Film Festival on Friday to show his latest film, "Irrational Man," speak about what he called the meaninglessness of life and confess that trying his hand in television was "a catastrophic mistake."
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Amazon Studios is delivering Woody Allen as creator of his first-ever TV series.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker will write and direct all of the episodes of the half-hour series. A full season has been ordered for Amazon's Prime Instant Video, the...
Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014
Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.
"I always thought: 'He could be making a film right now. He's as lucid as could be. Here's the great Frank Capra not doing it,'" Eastwood recalled of the famed...