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 EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.
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Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: 'Midnight in Paris' production designer Anne Seibel on transporting moviegoers back in time
Woody Allen lists the five iconic actresses he wishes he could go back in time to direct -- EXCLUSIVE
If you had to choose one director to bring out a career performance in any actress, you can’t do much better than Woody Allen. During his amazing 45-year career as a director, he’s worked with many of the best, and Oscar has always been impressed. Diane Keaton, Penélope Cruz, Mira Sorvino, and Dianne Wiest all have trophies from their collaborations with Allen, to say nothing of the nominated performances from Samantha Morton, Judy Davis, Geraldine Page, and others.
In Midnight in Paris, Allen’s comedy-fantasy about a 21st-century writer (Owen Wilson) high on the nostalgic fumes of 1920s Paris — out today on home video and digital download — it’s Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams who get to dance with the master auteur. Actresses have always leaped at the opportunity to be Allen’s muse, and at this point of his career, any role in one of his films is an honor capable of luring even the hottest young ingenues.
But if Allen could go back to a different age — Midnight in Paris-like — what legendary Hollywood actresses would he most have wanted to cast in his films? We asked the director to name his Top 5, and he responded quickly, as if he had the list waiting in his pocket. “They were all fabulous actresses with their own styles,” he wrote in an e-mail about his selections. “But however different those styles were, they all worked on the screen and you believed them.” Click below for the leading ladies of Allen’s cinematic dreams: READ FULL STORY
Diane Keaton, Scarlett Johansson, and more talk Woody Allen in 'American Masters' doc -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Adolescent. Hypochondriac. The Antichrist. These are just a few descriptors Woody Allen’s friends(!) use to characterize him in PBS’ upcoming American Masters — Woody Allen: A Documentary. But I think my favorite quotes comes from Annie Hall star and one-time Allen paramour Diane Keaton. “On the one hand he’d be brilliant and his insights were amazing,” she says in the exclusive sneak peek at the documentary, embedded after the jump. “But on the other hand, he’d be an idiot.” Spoken like a true ex-girlfriend!
Keaton isn’t the only A-list star to toast the 75-year-old director’s achievements. READ FULL STORY
Woody Allen has officially changed the name of his latest film from The Bop Decameron to Nero Fiddled. A rep for Allen confirmed to EW that he changed the title after realizing that the previous one was garnering befuddlement instead of excitment.
“I couldn’t believe how few people had heard of The Decameron even in Rome,” Allen said in a statement after shooting in Rome all summer. ”And the few that did assumed the movie was based on Boccaccio’s tales which it’s not.”
Allen will lead an impressive cast that also includes Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. But despite the impressive all-star roster, Allen noted that the title-change was necessary to create some buzz for the film. “Anyhow, I changed the title to Nero Fiddled, which is the first time I’ve changed a title since my last minute switch of Anhedonia to Annie Hall,” he said.
Nero Fiddled will be released in 2012.
Woody Allen has announced the full cast for The Bop Decameron, his next film project planned for a July 11 start date in Rome. Starring, in alphabetical order, will be Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Ellen Page. Co-stars include Antonio Albanese, Fabio Armiliato, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ornella Muti, Flavio Parenti, Alison Pill, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Alessandro Tiberi.
The role for Allen is his first since 2006′s Scoop.
Owen Wilson’s latest film, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, just had its Cannes premiere and earned warm reviews from critics on the Croisette (the film opens in U.S. theaters on May 20). In the film, Allen’s 42nd, Wilson plays a screenwriter vacationing in the City of Light with his fiance (Rachel McAdams) who is magically transported back in time to the city’s 1920s Jazz Age. We recently caught up with the star to discuss his unlikely collaboration with Allen, how shocked he was to see the director whip out an iPhone on the set, and why A-listers seem to drop whatever they’re doing to work with the legendary New Yorker.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your first impression of Woody Allen when you met him?
OWEN WILSON: He’s somebody that you’re so familiar with. Someone you’ve grown up seeing. So it’s almost surreal to be standing with him. It feels a bit like Purple Rose of Cairo. He’s come out of the screen and there he is! And he sounds just like he does! I remember working with Bruce Willis on Armageddon and we’re doing a scene and I remember kind of seeing an expression, and thinking ‘Gosh, I know that expression on his face!’ With Woody, you hear him talking and you think I’ve heard him talk like this before. READ FULL STORY
The graphic concept for this year’s Cannes Film Festival incorporates typography that makes the numbers 6 + 4 look like something out of the Seventies. The retro chic is reinforced by the image on the festival’s official poster, a striking 1973 black-and-white photograph of Faye Dunaway in full Twiggy eye makeup. Under the circumstances, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris fits right in as the opening-night selection: Like Allen’s London in Match Point, his Barcelona in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and, for that matter, his Manhattan in any of his New York movies, the filmmaker’s Paris is a romantic (and romanticized) attitude in his head rather than an identifiable way of living in an actual city. (My colleague Dave Karger weighs the movie’s award cred here.)
That attitudinal insularity, equal parts neurosis and amusing snobbery, has always been both the charm (when it works) and limitation (when it doesn’t) of Allen’s movie scripts: Wherever he is, either on the streets of NYC or in the Great Cities of Europe, he brings himself along, barely noticing any character or any scenario outside his established comfort zone. And so it is with Midnight in Paris — with a pleasant twist: For the first time in a long time, a self-aware Allen plays with his own weakness for nostalgia. Here, after all, is the story of Gil (Owen Wilson, doing The Woody Thing), an American screenwriter in Paris with his hard-edged fiancée (Rachel McAdams, in the unfair role of a highbred, insensitive status-seeker). Gil is a man so besotted with the romance of artsy Paris from vanished days that he slips backwards in time at the stroke of midnight. With the gong from a clock tower, he’s swept away to a world of the still-living F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali (among others). He’s enthralled by a beautiful serial muse/mistress (Marion Cotillard). He gets writing advice from Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates). He lives, at least each midnight, la vie en rose.
The cast is, in the grand Allen tradition, big, starry, and left to their own theatrical devices with varying degrees of success. (Adrien Brody has a grand time as Dali; Carla Bruni, also known as the wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, is more tentative as a modern-day tour guide.) The cinematography by Darius Khondji is, in the confounding Allen tradition, flat and uninspired — quite a feat when shooting such photogenic material. (My theory: Allen isn’t a visual guy and never much cares how his films look and flow so long as he has cast attractive people.) The music? Well, it’s great, of course: Allen is definitely an aural guy.
Tonight, Woody Allen and his stars will walk up the legendary red-carpeted steps of Cannes’ Palais and present his Paris on French soil. I’m guessing the French will say, “Charming! But what city is that? Wish I lived there.”
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