Long before he morphed into one of the most celebrated American filmmakers in history, Woody Allen got his first taste of fame as a stand-up comedian working in the clubs in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Those formative experiences are captured on the forthcoming The Stand Up Years, a two-disc set that captures some of Allen’s finest jokes and onstage moments. READ FULL STORY
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In February, Woody Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, wrote an open letter claiming that Allen had sexually abused her. In the letter, Farrow addressed a number of Allen’s colleagues by name, including his longtime collaborator Diane Keaton: “You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?”
While promoting her new book, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, Keaton has finally given her take on the subject. In a recent interview with The Guardian, she explained her feelings toward Allen rather simply: “I love him.”
When Lena Dunham’s first movie, Tiny Furniture, came out, many critics made favorable comparisons to Woody Allen’s films. But maybe there was something deeper to the fact that the film’s hipster-doofus jerk (Alex Karpovsky) reads Woody Allen’s book, Without Feathers. Turns out, Dunham hadn’t been a fan of Allen’s work for some time, and after Dylan Farrow’s explosive open-letter outlining allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather, Dunham has been extremely outspoken on the matter, especially on Twitter. Now, she tells Marc Maron on his WTF podcast that she’s “nauseated with [Allen].”
Maron was asking about Dunham’s upbringing as a child of two artists, and the actress brought up Allen as the most vivid example of not judging the art by its artist. “In the latest Woody Allen debate I’m decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow and decidedly disgusted with Woody Allen’s behavior,” she said. “But for me, when people go through his work and comb through it for references to child molestation, that’s not the f–king point.”
“I’m not gonna indict the work,” she continued. “I think that you can decide that you don’t want to support the work of somebody who has molested a child. That’s a completely appropriate choice. But going through it and saying, look, he’s told us in 57 ways that he rapes kids — that’s not the thing. The thing is to look at the actual evidence that exists in the world, which I think strongly suggests that Woody Allen is in the wrong. READ FULL STORY
Nobody likes a boaster. That’s why God (or self-conscious social media users) invented the humblebrag — a prideful statement couched in a layer of self-deprecation. (You’ll find exhibits A through infinity at Parks and Rec writer Harris Wittels’s eponymous Twitter account.)
Celebrities, particularly, are well-schooled in the art of the humblebrag. They want to seem cool and relatable and down-to-earth, but it’s impossible to keep up that appearance while simultaneously describing what their lives are actually like. After seeing Ronan Farrow’s appearance on last night’s Daily Show, though, I’m convinced that he is to humblebragging what Kanye West is to actual bragging.
Any way you slice it, Farrow’s got an impressive resume. In his 26 years of life, he’s already 1. graduated college at the age of 15, 2. graduated from Yale Law at the age of 21, 3. traveled to Darfur as a UNICEF spokesperson, 4. been a Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs for the Obama Administration, 5. been Director of the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues, and 6. snagged a Rhodes Scholarship. And, oh yeah, he’s also about to start hosting his own daily news show on MSNBC. Add in that Farrow has achieved all this despite a family life that’s been… unstable at best, and it’d be easy to forgive him a few straight-up boasts.
Ahh, but that’s not Ronan’s way! Check out how he tries to soften the blow of Jon Stewart’s praise:
Woody Allen’s tribute at the Golden Globes attracted many fans — most notably Diane Keaton, who sang the Girl Scout theme song mid-way through congratulating him. But not everyone was willing to celebrate the Oscar-winning director.
Ex Mia Farrow went the joking route while making clear she wouldn’t be watching, tweeting, “Time to grab some icecream & switch over to
Ronan Farrow, Allen and Farrow’s biological child (Or is he?), went with some sharper comments: “Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” (Mia Farrow then retweeted this message.) READ FULL STORY
First look at Zach Braff (and company) in Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' musical -- EXCLUSIVE
Woody Allen’s beloved 1994 crime-comedy caper Bullets Over Broadway is making the big leap to the real Broadway stage in a world premiere musical, helmed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (The Producers).
Here’s why you ought to be excited: Stroman has enlisted a truly dazzling cast of stage veterans to join Scrubs alum Zach Braff in his Broadway debut. Braff plays David Shayne, a naïve playwright who finds himself embroiled with the mob when a gangster’s talentless girlfriend (Masters of Sex’s Heléne Yorke) tramples into the cast of his Broadway show. Joining the onstage fun are Marin Mazzie as the alcoholic Helen Sinclair, Brooks Ashmanskas as gluttonous leading man Warner Purcell, Nick Cordero as interfering gangster Cheech, Vincent Pastore as deep-pocketed mafioso Nick Valenti, Lenny Wolpe as producer Julian Marx, and Betsy Wolfe as David’s neglected girlfriend Ellen.
EW’s got the first exclusive photo of the cast all spiffed up in full costume (designed by Tony-winner William Ivey Long, no less) plus your sneak peek at video from behind the scenes of the glitzy photo shoot, introduced by Braff. One thing is quickly apparent: Bullets Over Broadway will have no shortage of the old school glamour that made Allen’s much-loved movie such a visual treat.
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Ronan Farrow’s ol’ blue eyes may provide a clue.
In an in-depth interview with Vanity Fair, Mia Farrow was asked if Ronan Farrow, long described as the only biological child of Farrow and Woody Allen, might actually be the son of on-and-off love Frank Sinatra. Farrow replied, “Possibly.” READ FULL STORY
Summer has officially taken hold, but all eyes seem to be on fall and spring, with nearly all of the 40 Broadway houses having scooped up shows to call their own if they don’t already have a tenant. This fall, we will see the arrival of a new Janis Joplin musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, which has been making the rounds nationally and finally setting up camp for a long run. Ethan Hawke is returning to Lincoln Center for his take on Macbeth, John Grisham gets his first Broadway salute with a Main Stem mounting of his legal thriller A Time to Kill, and look for the starry likes of Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Mark Rylance, Orlando Bloom, Mary-Louise Parker, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto in already-announced shows, which will make for a busy season. And this spring will feature the musical debuts of both Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway (which is to star Zach Braff) and The Bridges of Madison County (reuniting Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale after their recent coupling in the musical adaptation of Far From Heaven). READ FULL STORY
Don’t speak! Better yet, sing! Which is precisely what Scrubs and Garden State star Zach Braff will be doing as the male lead in Woody Allen’s musical adaptation of his hit 1994 comedy Bullets Over Broadway, marking Mr. Braff’s Broadway debut.
The production, about a young 1920s playwright (Braff) struggling to keep sane amidst a cavalcade of temperamental actors, gangsters and producers all giving their two cents on his first major production, will also feature theater vets Betsy Wolfe (The Last Five Years), Brooks Ashmanskas (Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me), Lenny Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone), Hélene Yorke (Grease) and The Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore (in the Chazz Palminteri role one would have to guess). No word yet on who will play the role of Helen Sinclair, the boozy grande dame role that won Dianne Wiest her second Academy Award ,but whoever it is, you can certainly count on a Tony nomination for the lucky individual next year.
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