| Aug 1, 2013
*** (out of four)
Recently, the flavor of Woody Allen's work has had all the sweetness of a black coffee martini. 2011's nostalgic "Midnight in Paris" turned borderline evil in the bitter, unwatchable scenes involving Rachel McAdams' excruciating...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 8:00 AM
In the astute new road-trip movie "Crystal Fairy," set mostly in Chile's Atacama Desert, Michael Cera plays an archetypal Ugly American.
In fact, Cera plays several versions of the Ugly American popularized through generations of movies, novels and...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 4:30 PM
MEMO TO: Woody Allen
FROM: Peter Bart
The premieres are behind you, your new movie is doing strong business and, once again, you are wallowing in the critics' worshipful praise. Except you don't do wallow, Woody -- in the midst of all the hoopla, you'...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 6:32 AM
"Midnight in Paris": Woody Allen's rhapsodic rom-com in the City of Lights is a rich ode to cultural nostalgia, set partially in romantic 1920s Paris and filled with literary notables of the era. Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Josephine Baker,...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 4:35 PM
Sony Pictures has won out in a legal battle over whether Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" had the right to use a nine-word quote from William Faulkner's novel "Requiem for a Nun."
A federal Mississippi judge on Thursday dismissed Faulkner Literary...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 10:30 AM
The glut of big-budget tentpoles left even less room than usual for specialty pics to spread out and catch audience attention this summer.
Fewer limited releases earned over $2.5 million than in 2010 and 2012, and the season's top-grossing indie so far,...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 2:56 PM
Sony Pictures Classics is increasing the theater count for "Blue Jasmine" from 229 locations to more than 1,200 on Friday -- marking the widest release of Woody Allen's career.
The drama, which stars Cate Blanchett as a wealthy socialite in the midst of...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 12:30 PM
She's come undone. The title of one of my favorite Wally Lamb novels about a woman over the edge kept running through my mind as I watched Woody Allen's new film "Blue Jasmine."
There's just no better way to put it. Jasmine, in such a paralyzing state...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Alison Pill is finding herself in the dark these days -- for play rehearsals, anyway.
Pill, who plays eager TV news staffer Maggie Jordan on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” is to star in a new adaptation of Frederick Knott’s thriller...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 1:28 PM
The acting is everything in "Blue Jasmine," though Cate Blanchett and company wouldn't have anything to act without writer-director Woody Allen's flagrant revision of "A Streetcar Named Desire." "Best-since" phrases have been flying since Allen's...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Hollywood's favorite bling ring Chopard is the official jeweler on the film "Diana," opening in September and starring Naomi Watts.
The Swiss jeweler's connections in cinema run deep.
In addition to sponsoring the Cannes Film Festival, Chopard has...