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 |
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.
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]
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.
November 18, 2011
'Woody Allen: American Masters' Where: KOCE When: 9 p.m. Sunday; concludes 9 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14) (Sunday); TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children) (Monday)
November 18, 2011 |
Six years ago, when Woody Allen's "Match Point" debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, the news conference that followed the media screening was, to put it mildly, a zoo. After a string of box office and even critical failures, Allen seemed to have lost his way; "Match Point" was his renaissance. So reporters from all around the world (including, at the time, me) were happy to stuff themselves into a small room if it meant a chance to sit before the phoenix risen and ask him questions about life, death, love and art. Allen, though gracious and amusing in his replies, refused to be courted as a sage, answering instead as filmmaker.
October 16, 2011 |
Describing his road back from the Hollywood hinterland, actor Steve Guttenberg uses a preferred tactic: He reaches for a metaphor. "I've played at the small ballpark. But now I want to be at Yankee … Stadium," the actor said, punctuating his words with the gerund form of a certain four-letter word. "I'd rather be a batboy on the Yankees than a power hitter on the … Blue Jays. " Deploying the Blue Jays as a symbol of his box-office futility may be putting it kindly. Over a four-year period in the 1980s, Guttenberg had a stunning run. Though only in his 20s, the actor anchored seven hit films: He was the diaper-changing cartoonist in "Three Men and a Baby," the robot-protecting scientist in "Short Circuit," the unsuspecting boat owner in "Cocoon" and the wisecracking police cadet, Carey Mahoney, in the "Police Academy" franchise.
July 13, 2011 |
Woody Allen, the Brooklyn-born director who defined New York for filmgoers with such hits as "Bullets Over Broadway" and "Annie Hall," is once again choosing Europe over Manhattan as the stage for his next movie. Following up films shot in London, Barcelona and Paris — where Allen set the recently released "Midnight in Paris," his most successful movie in years — the idiosyncratic filmmaker is now focusing his lens on Rome. On Monday, Allen began filming his next release, "Bop Decameron," in the Italian capital, an event celebrated by the city's mayor, Gianni Alemanno.