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Watch Woody Allen's Incredibly Rare Short Film 'Men of Crisis'

One of the rarest pieces of comedy of the modern era, Woody Allen's short film Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story, has appeared on YouTube. Originally made for PBS but deemed too critical of the Nixon administration to air, the film has never been officially released.

For more info on Men of Crisis, see the first installment of our ongoing column "From the Archives."

America Meets Buddy Hackett, Carol Burnett, and Woody Allen with 'Stanley'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Remember a few years a back when 30 Rock was still on and they would do the occasional live episode? Remember the excitement [...]

Guess Who Directed the Best New Woody Allen Movie? (Hint: It Wasn't Woody)

For the past 20 years, nearly every Woody Allen release has prompted critics to declare, “Woody’s BACK!” And for people who enjoy his films, “particularly the early funny ones,” it’s always thrilling to hear. This summer, it also happens to be true. The unique comic vision, the underdog as hero, the awkward love interest, and the hilarious one-liners are back on the big screen…just not in Blue Jasmine. The unique comic voice belongs to Lake Bell, the writer, director and star of In A World.

Bell’s stunning debut had me humming Seems Like Old Times. It sounds awful to admit, but yes, I’ve left Woody for a younger woman. And I’d feel [...]

Woody Allen Plays a Pimp in the Trailer for John Turturro's 'Fading Gigolo'

Here's the trailer for Fading Gigolo, a new comedy written, directed by, and starring John Turturro that's set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month. Turturro plays a guy he decides to become a prostitute, with Woody Allen, who rarely acts in movies he's not directing, co-starring as his friend who acts as his pimp. It's basically an art house version of Deuce Bigalow.

Andrew Dice Clay Says Woody Allen Discussed Returning to Standup with Him

A couple weeks ago, Woody Allen said in an interview that he's been "toying with the idea" of returning to standup after seeing Mort Sahl perform recently. Now, Andrew Dice Clay, who played a supporting role in Allen's latest film, Blue Jasmine, tells THR that Allen talked to him about doing standup again. "We got into the whole conversation about how he started, and then we talked about where I started, and it really got his juices going again," said Clay. He added, "I hope he does it. I think he should do Radio City with me, personally."

There may be no comedian pairing more mismatched than [...]

'Annie Hall' and Woody Allen's Experimental Visual Film Style

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 [...]

Diane Keaton to Accept Woody Allen's Honorary Golden Globe

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.

The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Will Fund Woody Allen's Next Movie If He Makes It There

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 [...]

Woody Allen Says He Has Nothing in Common with Mel Brooks But Is a Bob Hope Plagiarist

"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.

Our Favorite Woody Allen Movies

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 [...]

Here's the Trailer for Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' Starring Emma Stone

Woody Allen's next movie, Magic in the Moonlight, hits theaters July 25th, and this is the first trailer for it. The Jazz Age comedy follows an English magician (Colin Firth) who's hired to figure out whether a woman claiming to be a medium (Emma Stone) is telling the truth or pulling off a con, the answer to which is kind of already revealed in the trailer so watch at your own risk.

Woody Allen to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

Woody Allen will be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in January. The honorary Golden Globe is awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." The last comedian to be given the honor was Robin Williams back in 2005.

Allen has written and directed more than 45 movies, and already won Golden Globes for The Purple Rose of Cairo and Midnight in Paris, as well as Oscars for Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Midnight in Paris. He was also a top-notch standup back in the day and a fantastic prose writer, which are [...]

Read Woody Allen's Funny Resume from 1965

Kliph Nesteroff of Classic Showbiz dug up Woody Allen's old resume circa 1965 a while back, and folks online have been passing it around this week. At the time, Allen was a budding standup and screenwriter who was just about to start directing movies. At two pages, it's more autobiography than resume, but it's jam-packed with jokes ("My hobbies are not drinking and avoiding sex") and well-worth the read for fans of comedy or history or whatever. (via The Comic's Comic)

Check out the resume below:

This Week in Comedy: Two Leave 'Parks and Rec,' and 'The Simpsons' Nears Cable Syndication

-Rashida Jones and Robe Lowe are both leaving Parks and Recreation. Showrunner Mike Schur explained the decision was creative, not financial, and made sure to mention it's a happy departure. Here's a list of 8 Parks and Rec side characters worthy of [...]