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My problem with Woody Allen these days: It's the way his characters talk. Plus, a few thoughts on Andrew Sarris

As someone who will always consider Woody Allen a god, I admit that I’ve been pretty grumpy about his movies over the past few years. The last one I really loved was Match Point, the addictively squirmy, London-set drama of lust and ambition and adultery and murder he made back in 2005. It was the rare thriller with a true Hitchcock edge — and, for my money, a more brilliantly insidious (and complex) variation on the themes of Allen’s 1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors. In the seven years since Match Point, however, the press, perhaps grateful that Woody, in his 70s, is still churning out a movie a year, seems to have stopped asking for him to be major again. Audiences, too, have grown freshly fond of Woody as a kind of sweet genius of cosmopolitan fables, a maker of luscious desserts that don’t pretend to be much more than desserts. And so you’d have to be quite a curmudgeon to knock these movies, right? READ FULL STORY

Woody Allen opens L.A. Film Festival with 'To Rome With Love'

Woody Allen is rarely seen on the West Coast, but he was in L.A. Thursday night for the North American premiere of his latest film, To Rome With Love at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

“Everyone has been saying to us, ‘Is he really gonna show up? Is he really gonna show up?’ for two months now,” Sean McManus, co-president of Film Independent, which produces the festival, told EW.

But show up he did, and to a standing ovation as he took the stage to introduce his 47th directorial feature.


Casting Net: Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay join new Woody Allen film. Plus: Ashley Tisdale, Elijah Wood, Johnny Galecki

• Here’s something you don’t see every day. Director Woody Allen announced today that he’s cast comedians Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay in his latest, untitled film, which will be shot in New York and San Francisco. The stand-ups will join Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Emerson, Sally Hawkins, and Peter Sarsgaard.

• Frankly, it’s surprising it took this long for a High School Musical alum to do a movie like this. Ashley Tisdale will play the lead in the horror flick parody Scary Movie 5. Malcolm D. Lee (Soul Men) will direct. [Deadline]

• A small town pawn shop in the American South will be the nexus for the impressive ensemble cast writer-director Wayne Kramer (The Cooler, Running Scared) has assembled for his black comedy Pawn Shop Chronicles. Joining actor-producer Paul WalkerMatt Dillon, Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser, Vincent D’Onofrio, Thomas Jane, Norman Reedus, Ashlee Simpson, Lukas Haas, Chi McBride, DJ Qualls, Michael CudlitzPell James, and Kevin Rankin. Phew! [Deadline]

The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, and actress Mickey Sumner (The Borgias) have all joined CBGB, about the renown New York punk rock club. Galecki will play band manager Terry Ork; Hawkins will play Iggy Pop; and Sumner will play Patti Smith. They join Alan Rickman (as club owner Hilly Crystal), Malin Akerman (as Debbie Harry), and Rupert Grint (as guitarist Cheetah Chrome). Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) will direct. [Deadline, THRVariety]

• Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) and Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) have been cast in director Darren Aronofsky‘s Biblical epic Noah as Noah’s sons Ham and Shem, respectively. Russell Crowe will play the famed ark builder. [Deadline]

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'The Avengers' Tom Hiddleston on Woody Allen and 'Midnight in Paris': 'It was a surreal dream'

If you’ve seen The Avengers – and surely, that’s most of you now considering the film recently crossed the 1 billion dollar mark worldwide — you are familiar with Tom Hiddleston as Loki, the bad guy who managed to steal a whole lot of scenes from a bunch of A-list superheroes.

But Hiddleston has had quite a year in addition to Avengers. Since introducing his villainous supervillain character last May in Thor, the Brit has appeared in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, played opposite Rachel Weisz in the critically acclaimed Deep Blue Sea, and been the spitting image of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. He found out he had won that latter role when he received a letter from Allen himself. “It was three sentences long,” Hiddleston told EW. “Dear Tom, I’m making a movie in Paris this summer. I attached some pages. I’d love for you to play the role of Scott.” READ FULL STORY

'To Rome With Love' trailer: Neurosis, Italian style

Woody Allen’s upcoming To Rome With Love may have gone through several names (the intriguing Nero Fiddled, the unfortunate The Bop Decameron), and it’s not entirely surprising considering what we see in the quip-heavy, plot-light trailer. Still, if you’re looking for a dyed-in-the-wool Woody Allen movie, look no further. It has everything from the loving travelogue aesthetic to the requisite slew of saucy women as objects of fascination-slash-titillation (notably Ellen Page and Oscar-winning Vicky Cristina Barcelona holdover Penélope Cruz), not to mention Allen himself and his Dorian Gray doppelganger Jesse Eisenberg. Roberto Benigni even shows up for the party. Ciao, principe! Check out the promo spot below. READ FULL STORY

Woody Allen's Rome movie gets another new title

Sony Pictures Classic announced today that Woody Allen’s new film, previously called Nero Fiddled, has a new title, To Rome With Love. It’s the second title change for the film; it was originally called The Bop Decameron.

To Rome With Love is a nod to the city where the film was shot and set, with a cast that includes Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Ellen Page. It will be in theaters June 22.

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Casting Net: Forest Whitaker in talks to play the White House 'Butler'; Woody Allen to star in, but not direct, 'Fading Gigolo'

• In his first acting role in a film he isn’t also directing since 2000’s Picking Up the Pieces, recent Oscar-winner Woody Allen is set to star in director John Turturro‘s Fading Gigolo. Allen and Turturro will play flat broke friends who go into the gigolo business for money, with Allen serving as Turturro’s pimp. Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone are signing up to play two of Turturro’s prospective clients. Production on the indie begins in April. [Variety]

Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Anna Faris (The House Bunny) have signed onto I Give It a Year, about a couple (Byrne and AnonymousRafe Spall) grappling with their first year of marriage. Faris will join Simon Baker in a supporting role. Frequent Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Dan Mazer will be making his feature directorial debut with the romantic comedy. Faris also stars in the Mazer-produced The Dictator, opposite Baron Cohen later this spring. [VarietyREAD FULL STORY

Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: 'Midnight in Paris' production designer Anne Seibel on transporting moviegoers back in time


Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.

In Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, it was easy to see why Gil (Owen Wilson) fell in love with the City of Lights, both past and present. While some magical time-traveling (and some very famous travel companions) certainly had something to do with it, none of it would have made Gil — or Academy members — swoon without the romantic scenery and mood set by Oscar-nominated production designer Anne Seibel. EW spoke with Seibel (who is nominated alongside set decorator Hélène Dubreuil for the Academy Award for Art Direction) about her process on Midnight in Paris (click the jump to see her sketches and mood boards), how the magical sets came to life, and what it was like to work with Woody Allen. C’est magnifique!


'The Artist' wins big at the Directors Guild Awards

The Directors Guild of America announced its annual awards tonight at a ceremony in the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius took home the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film. Fellow nominees Martin Scorsese (Hugo) and Alexander Payne (The Descendants) also spoke at the event while accepting their nomination medallions. As is his custom for awards events, nominee Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) was not present; nominee David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) had to fly to the premiere of his film in Tokyo, Japan, although he did attend the nominee breakfast Saturday morning.

Hosted by Kelsey Grammer, the evening also feted directors for feature documentaries, and TV dramas, comedies, reality shows, made-for-TV movies and miniseries, soap operas, children’s programming, and commercials.

Since 1948, the DGA Award winner for feature film has gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Director every year save for six exceptions, most recently when Rob Marshall took home the DGA Award for Chicago in 2002, while Roman Polanski won the Oscar for The Pianist.

Check out the full list of winners below: READ FULL STORY

'Bridesmaids,' 'The Descendants' lead WGA nominees

Comedy might not get an respect from the Oscars, but writers love to laugh, judging from the Writers Guild Awards nominations announced today. All five nominees for Original Screenplay were comedies, led by Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig’s Bridesmaids. Toss in Tate Taylor’s The Help and The Descendants from Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, and you have an awards slate connected by a common funny bone. Another Oscar favorite with a sense of humor, The Artist, didn’t make the cut, though likely only because it was ineligible (as was The Iron Lady, Shame, Drive, and My Week With Marilyn, among others) for not complying with the guild’s contractual guidelines. Click below for the complete list of nominees.


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