June 20, 2012 |
It's been more than 13 years since Roberto Benigni - the actor-director-writer-producer and all-around Italian force of nature - joyously clambered atop the back of seats at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on his way to pick up the Oscar awarded to "Life Is Beautiful" for foreign-language film. Benigni also took home the lead actor Academy Award that night in 1999 for his performance in the World War II drama. Since then, he's had a much lower profile on American movie screens; fans may have caught him in his 2002 version of "Pinocchio"and his 2005 drama "The Tiger and the Snow" (which, like "Life Is Beautiful," costarred his wife, Nicoletta Braschi)
February 26, 2012 |
If as widely predicted, Woody Allen wins his fourth Academy Award on Sunday, this time for original screenplay for the romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris," an even safer bet will be that Allen won't be there to accept the Oscar. The academy has a long love affair with Allen — a record 23 Oscar nominations, including wins for writing and directing the 1977 best picture winner "Annie Hall" and for his screenplay of 1986's "Hannah and Her Sisters"; 22 of the nominations were for screenplay and directing and one was for lead actor, for "Annie Hall.
January 6, 2012 |
Woody Allen earned his 20th nomination Thursday for a Writers Guild of America Award for his original screenplay for "Midnight in Paris. " Allen, 76, received his first nomination from the WGA 46 years ago for "What's New Pussycat?" and won for 1977's "Annie Hall," 1984's "Broadway Danny Rose," 1986's "Hannah and Her Sisters" and 1989's "Crimes and Misdemeanors. " Comedies made a strong showing among the nominees this year. Joining Allen in the original screenplay category are Will Reiser for "50/50"; Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig for "Bridesmaids"; " Diablo Cody for "Young Adult"; and Tom McCarthy for "Win Win" (McCarthy shares story credit on the film with Joe Tiboni)
January 3, 2012 |
Woody Allen's 45th feature, "Midnight in Paris," centers on Owen Wilson's character, Gil, the latest in a long line of Woody stand-in figures and, inarguably, one of the best. While in Paris with his fiancée and her parents, Gil, a would-be novelist, gushes about the City of Light — not its present-day incarnation, mind you. Gil dreams of living in the Paris of the 1920s, joining the movable feast that included Hemingway, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Picasso. Those in Gil's circle roundly dismiss his pining for the past.
December 27, 2011
Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band When: 8 p.m. Thursday Where: UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Blvd., Westwood Tickets: $85-$115 Info: http://www.uclalive.org/calendar/events
December 27, 2011 |
Talk to Woody Allen and he'll go out of his way to tell you what a crummy musician he is, and yet, for the past half-century or so, his innumerable live performances likely have introduced New Orleans-style jazz to more audiences in America and Europe than anyone outside of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The renowned filmmaker's enthusiasm for his hobby animated a recent phone chat that found the 76-year-old passionate in discussing topics as varied as the artist he'd most like to have played with and his dogged determination to practice at all hours.
December 20, 2011 |
"Midnight in Paris" Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 "Midnight in Paris" isn't as funny as Woody Allen's classic '70s comedies or as thoughtful as his '80s masterpieces, but there's a good reason why it's become the biggest hit of Allen's career. It's such an enchanting little movie, starring Owen Wilson as a successful Hollywood screenwriter who visits Paris with his fiancée and finds himself transported through time to the '20s, where he rubs elbows with the likes of Fitzgerald, Picasso, Hemingway, Dalí and Stein.
December 2, 2011
After "Interiors," Woody Allen's sober-sided follow-up to the Oscar-winning "Annie Hall," met with critical and box-office indifference, Allen responded with "Stardust Memories," a comic grotesque in which a director's fans beg him to make films like his "early, funny ones. " Although Allen denied the film was autobiographical, critics took it as an attack on his audience, and on them, and responded in kind. Does Allen resent those audience expectations? "When you do a certain kind of film and it's successful, people psychologically want you to do that [again]
December 2, 2011 |
For an artist who's played out his neuroses on screen for more than four decades, Woody Allen is remarkably unreflective about his creative process. Or perhaps it's just that he's wary of delving too deeply inside the black box of inspiration, lest all the parts not fit back inside. "It's possible that there is an underlying psychological thing that influences these choices that I'm not conscious of, that I'm responding to something going on in my life or other films, and I don't think I'm responding to them," he says in the dimly lighted screening room of his Manhattan offices.
November 19, 2011 |
It was always the fragile balance of opposing forces that made Diane Keaton's face so remarkable - those tilted melancholy eyes above that frequent and infectious smile. She seemed in a perpetual state of emotional contradiction, which is one of the things that made her such a perfect match, at least on film, for Woody Allen, who as history's most hopeful pessimist is a master juggler himself. So it's not surprising that Keaton's memoir, "Then Again," is also an elusive sort of work, part autobiography, part daughterly paean, part love letter to her own children, a book in which portions of her mother's journals and details of her parents' travails in old age far outnumber the on-set anecdotes and glamour shots.