The prospect of writing about Woody Allen has loomed large over my writing since the inception of this column last year for many reasons. First, I hold the non-unique position in considering him the greatest comedic director to ever work. Second, the last year has not been particularly friendly to Mr. Allen press-wise and I had little interest in stepping in those murky waters. However, it remains important that Allen is one of the most influential comedic directors and probably the most respected by the academy and The Academy and given that his new (not particularly inspiring seeming) film is coming out later this month, it seemed high [...]
Earlier this year, the Hollywood Foreign Press announced that Woody Allen will be the recipient of the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year's Golden Globes, and since Woody Allen notoriously never attends awards shows and doesn't care for the west coast, it was safe to assume he wouldn't be there to accept the prize. Now, EW reports that Allen's frequent collaborator Diane Keaton will be accepting the award on his behalf at the ceremony, which is set for January 12th. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting the Golden Globes, so hopefully, they can rope Diane Keaton into a funny bit.
Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Eduardo Paes, is deadset on bringing Woody Allen to the Brazilian city to make his next movie. Allen has made movies in European cities like Paris, France, and Barcelona, Spain, in recent years with the encouragement of the local governments, but Eduardo Paes is taking it to the next level, offering to "pay 100 percent of the production." He adds, "I’ve already tried everything. I spoke to his sister, I sent a letter to Calatrava, who is his neighbor in New York, and I’ll pay whatever it takes to bring him to film here." In unrelated news, Brazil has recently seen huge demonstrations from its [...]
"I love Mel Brooks. And I've had wonderful times working with him. But I don't see any similarities between Mel and myself except, you know, we're both short Jews. That's where it ends. His style of humor is completely different. But Bob Hope? I'm practically a plagiarist."
- Woody Allen to Esquire in a great piece for their "What I Learned" series that also sees him discussing his dinner with Ingmar Bergman ("like a house painter sitting down with Picasso"), why he doesn't read any reviews, and the time a cabdriver taught him to shave as a kid.
Woody Allen's 43rd writer/director effort, Blue Jasmine, made its debut in movie theaters across the country this past weekend. 43 is a lot. Allen has made so many films at this point, of different combinations of his Chaplin, Hope, Fellini and Bergman influences, that choosing a favorite out of all of them is both a pointless and important exercise: pointless because there isn't a right or wrong answer, important because your answer says a lot about what you find funny, and/or moving.
With that in mind, please do not judge these upstanding Splitsider staffers and contributors if they happen to not share the same opinion as yourself, but [...]