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'Fading Gigolo' trailer: It's hard out here for Woody Allen as a pimp -- VIDEO

In Fading Gigolo — a real movie we did not make up — Woody Allen plays Murray, a mild-mannered septuagenarian bookseller who earns extra money by pimping out his buddy, Fioravante (John Turturro, who also wrote and directed).

Following in the footsteps of trailblazing comedies like Hung and Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo, the film looks like it will portray the life of a male prostitute as fun and idyllic — who wouldn’t want to earn money by sleeping with voracious hotties like Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone? In other words: Taxi Driver, this ain’t. (Curiously, though, the poster doesn’t picture Allen or Turturro, electing instead to focus on a naked woman’s torso and nether-regions. Thanks for the equal-opportunity objectification.)

Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine': Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins do a sister act -- EXCLUSIVE


Do you hear the one percent raging about getting a job? (The horror!)

You will in the following clip, which gives a sneak peek at Woody Allen’s latest project. Cate Blanchett plays the film’s title character, a Manhattan socialite forced to flee her privileged life after splitting with her wealthy Wall Street shark of a husband (Alec Baldwin). Jasmine finds refuge in San Francisco, where she shacks up with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) — though as the video shows, rebuilding her life entirely will be more difficult than she could have imagined.

Casting Net: 'The Giver' gets its Jonas; Plus, 'Veep' star heads to 'Inherent Vice,' more


• It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel The Giver, but things are moving forward. Jeff Bridges has been attached to the project for over a year to play the Giver, and now, Brenton Thwaites has been cast as Jonas, the young boy chosen to be trained by the Giver.  Thwaites has appeared on a number of Australian televisions show and is also portraying the Young Prince in Maleficent. Fans of the book will remember we meet Jonas just as he’s about to turn 12. Thwaites is already in his 20s. Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) is set to direct the project for The Weinstein Company. Filming will commence in South Africa this fall. [Deadline]


Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard, and Andrew Dice Clay star in Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

In Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen splits time between New York and San Francisco, as Cate Blanchett’s unraveling Manhattan socialite retreats to her sister’s more-modest ‘Frisco digs after her marriage to a wealthy Wall Street financier (Alec Baldwin) collapses. “Jasmine is in freefall and has to leave behind everything she knows and has expected,” Allen says in the film’s production notes. “She’s entering the realm of absolute unknown, moving from one coast to the other, from one social set to the other, one class to another.”

Jasmine knows she can rely on her plainer and kinder sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), even though Jasmine is sure to turn Ginger’s life upside-down as well. The more elegant sister has never approved of Ginger’s taste in men, and when she arrives, she immediately turns up her nose at Ginger’s current boyfriend, Chili (Bobby Canavale, pictured above with Allen and Max Casella), a mechanic who realizes right away that Jasmine is a threat to his continued happiness. READ FULL STORY

'Blue Jasmine' trailer: Family dysfunction, Woody Allen-style -- VIDEO

Just couldn’t stomach the gentle, European whimsy of Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love? Woody Allen’s follow-up might be more your speed.

Though the film stars an Australian and a Brit — Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins — it’s the first Allen joint in four years that’s actually set stateside. The story follows an American-accented Blanchett as Jasmine, a socialite who moves from New York City to San Francisco after she and her wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin) lose all their money. (Baldwin doesn’t seem to make the trip with Blanchett; he appears to be a Bernie Madoff-type figure.) Hawkins plays Jasmine’s mousier sister. The cast is rounded out by actors you’d expect to see in an indie movie or Woody Allen production (Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg), as well as a few … less predictable names (Andrew Dice Clay??).

Casting Net: Emma Stone in talks to team up with Woody Allen; Plus Jennifer Garner, more

• Has Woody Allen found a new muse? Emma Stone is in talks to appear in his next film that will reportedly shoot in the south of France. The Amazing Spider-Man actress has a number of enviable projects coming up, including a film for Cameron Crowe, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, of course the Spider-Man sequel. With her quick delivery and deft comedic timing, Stone seems a natural fit for an Allen film. Thankfully, Allen has been taking himself out of the leading romantic man equation in his more recent projects. Now we’d just like to know who her co-stars might be, the plot, the title of the film, and how we can score a set visit. [Deadline]

• Armie Hammer can’t get enough of classic television remakes. The Lone Ranger star is set to join Tom Cruise in the Guy Ritchie-directed update to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The Social Network actor will play the role originated by fellow blondie David McCallum. In addition to his role in The Lone Ranger (in theaters July 3), Hammer is also about to start work on the thriller By Virtue Fall with Kerry Washington and Connie Britton. [Deadline]


Mickey Rose, co-writer of 'Bananas' and 'Take the Money and Run,' dies

A childhood friend of Woody Allen who co-wrote his movies Bananas and Take the Money and Run has died. Mickey Rose was 77.

His daughter, Jennifer, tells the Los Angeles Times that he died Sunday from cancer at his home in Beverly Hills.

Rose and Allen met in high school in Brooklyn and became friends. They shared a love of playing jazz and baseball.

Rose met his late wife, Judy, through a blind date arranged by Allen.

Rose became a TV comedy writer. He wrote for Johnny Carson and Sid Caesar and for shows including The Smothers Brothers, All in the Family, and The Odd Couple.

In a statement, Allen says Rose was one of the funniest humans he’s known — and a “wonderful first baseman.”

'Before Midnight,' latest from Woody Allen & Pedro Almodovar get release dates

Fans of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Before Sunset have spent nine long years yearning to see the next chapter of Celine and Jesse’s story — and this spring, the wait will finally be over.

Statistical research firm Exhibitor Relations revealed via Twitter yesterday that Linklater’s Before Midnight will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on May 24. That date was confirmed by the movie’s Facebook page. Like the first two films in the series, Midnight stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as a pair of photogenic lovers. It premiered at Sundance in January and will play at Austin’s South by Southwest Film Festival next month as well.

Exhibitor Relations also announced release dates for two more high-profile auteur projects: Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited (Los amantes pasajeros), starring Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, and Louis C.K., among others. I’m So Excited comes to New York and L.A. June 28; Blue Jasmine appears in those same cities July 26.

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'To Rome With Love' Blu-ray: Jesse Eisenberg on working with Woody Allen -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In To Rome With Love, Woody Allen’s most recent traveling roadshow in an iconic European locale, the director steps in front of the camera for the first time since 2006’s Scoop. He plays a retired music-recording exec who visits Rome with his wife (Judy Davis) to meet their daughter’s Italian fiancé, whose father just so happens to be an undiscovered opera virtuoso — as long as he performs in the shower. It’s one of four amusing story threads, but fans of Allen’s most memorable on-screen neurotics will be drawn to Jesse Eisenberg, who plays an American architectural student tempted by his girlfriend’s free-spirited old classmate (Ellen Page). Eisenberg’s previous work — especially in movies like The Squid and the Whale and Zombieland — seemingly pointed him towards an inevitable collaboration with Allen, and you can sense the writer/director may have felt the same way by the way he wrote Eisenberg’s character’s relationship with an older, wiser architect played by Alec Baldwin. When the young man is thrust into an awkward romantic situation where he has to navigate a moral dilemma, you can almost hear two voices whispering advice into Eisenberg’s ear: Baldwin’s architect and Woody Allen himself.

With Rome out on Blu-ray today, the 29-year-old Eisenberg spoke to EW about working with a legend, his next appearance on the New York stage, and an upcoming reunion with Zombieland co-star Woody Harrelson. Click below for a Q&A and an exclusive video extra clip from the new Blu-ray.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Woody Allen is famous for being very particular about selecting the right actors for his films, but then being hands-off and letting them do what they want once the production begins.
JESSE EISENBERG: Yes, I guess he was very open-minded about letting the actors kind of fill up the space. A lot of the shots are just one shot and because you’d don’t have an opportunity to edit many different shots together, you kind of have to fill up a lot of the space between the written dialog, so he was just very open to us saying anything. I think he’s the best script writer, so it seems a little strange to be improvising in a movie of his. But he just wants things to sound casual and to kind of move quickly so there’s not a lot of dead space. READ FULL STORY

Jason Reitman to re-create Woody Allen's 'Manhattan' in live-read event -- EXCLUSIVE

Poster by Matt Owen; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Jason Reitman’s staged live-readings of famous movie scripts has become a must-see Los Angeles event, but the next one will pay tribute to the big city on the opposite coast.

Woody Allen’s Manhattan, the 1979 story of a New Yorker who falls in love with his best friend’s mistress, will be the next film recreated by Reitman at the Film Independent series, set for Nov. 15 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“From the onset of the Live-Read series, we wanted to hit all the major writers and Woody Allen is simply one of the greatest screenwriters of all time,” the Up in the Air and Juno filmmaker tells EW. “He has ability to match pathos and comedy and drama and then turn it all on a dime. If you’re going to make a series based on dialogue, you can’t find much better than Woody Allen.”


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