The First Full Trailer for Woody Allen’s Amazon Show is Here

The first full trailer for Woody Allen’s new Amazon original series, Crisis in Six Scenes, has finally arrived, and it promises to be a quirky, star-studded riot of a TV show. The show follows a struggling TV writer (played by Allen) in the 60s and his dysfunctional suburban family, thrown into turmoil by the arrival of one rebellious hippie daughter – a certain Ms. Miley Cyrus.

Cyrus returns to acting with longer hair than we’ve seen her sporting in years, eating naval oranges and wagging them in front of her face in the trailer. She and Allen are joined in the cast by Elaine May, Rachel Brosnahan, and John Magaro.

The show is a single season, six episode project for Allen, and airs on Amazon on Sept 30.

Check out the trailer below.

See Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in the First Trailer for Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’

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The first trailer for Woody Allen’s aptly titled Irrational Man just debuted online, and as expected, it certainly doesn’t look to be one of his best efforts. More in the off-putting register of Magic in the Moonlight and less emotionally grounded than Blue Jasmine, with Irrational Man we again see Allen hobbling together a film that looks like a sketch of his past talents. Starring Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, and Parker Posey, the film will have its premiere out of competition at Cannes next month before it comes stateside this summer.

From what we can gather in the trailer, Phoenix plays an alcohol-loving philosophy professor dealing with his own existential and romantic woes. “You suffer from despair,” announces Stone, his student / love interest, while the two sit perfectly coiffed in restaurant booth. Phoenix’s voiceover chimes in: “It was at this moment that my life came together,” and suddenly the trailer veers off into the real meat of the film, in which Phoenix is no longer an anxious mope and the women around him are befuddled.

Check out the trailer for yourself below.

‘Making Love’ With Woody Allen: A Supercut

In modern cinematic vernacular, there are myriad ways to talk about a sexual encounter or experience, but what I love about seeing Woody Allen’s films is that he seems to be the only person to still refer to sex as “going to bed” with someone. And  for as nauseating it is to hear someone utter the words “make love” in real life, for some reason when it’s strewn about Allen’s films, that too becomes just part of his lexicon that we obviously so adore.

And today, if you already haven’t spent your holiday under a pile of late-80s, early 90s Woody Allen films like me, you can check out Woody Allen Making Love: A Supercut—a four-minute video chronicling every use of the term “making love” in Allen’s films, from What’s New Pussycat to To Rome With Love. Enjoy.

Nicola Formichetti, Jason Schwartzman Play Arbiters for Opening Ceremony’s Best of 2011 List

To chime in on the various best-of roundups floating around the web, Opening Ceremony has put together a list of this year’s favorite movies, books, songs, fashion moments and more. A nice twist on their effort is that they asked a bunch of their famous friends to declare their picks, including Nicola Formichetti, Spike Jonze, Jason Schwartzman, and The Misshapes. They also tapped a few internet-famous people, too, like photoblogger Tommy Ton, who selected Belgian model Hanne Gaby (pictured) for best street style.

"Hanne Gaby is crazy, young, and silly. She uses clothes like a little girl playing dress-up," Ton tells OC. She has fun with style—it’s not the standard model-off-duty look. She’s the ideal muse for a designer, wearing head-to-toe looks right after the shows, but adding her own quirky touch." 

For best movie, Jason Schwartzman picked Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and for best Lady Gaga look, Nicola Formichetti went for the Mugler leopard bodysuit that the pop star wore to the after-party for his first Mugler show in Paris. "We took the outfit straight off the runway, put her hair up, and styled it with the Mugler knee-high leather boots from ‘Born This Way,’ and a glass of champagne," Formichetti notes. "Her date made the outfit even more glamorous—it was me, of course!" See the full list here.

From Club Man to Actor: Danny A. Works With the Best

Danny A. Abeckaser has made the transition from hosting boldface names to being one. The longtime club owner/promoter is usually surrounded by the beautiful and famous at the chicest of clubs. He has a piece of Avenue, and I find him there when he’s not out in the world shooting some flick or another. The good clubs aren’t good because the celebrities go there. The celebrities go to the good clubs because the people there allow them to be themselves and they know that what happens in there stays there. Danny A., as we all know him, has been the guy with the table, the mega-star, and the models, going back to when I was doing it well. Early on, I saw him in a club-like flick called Point&Shoot, and found it amusing. His production of and performance in Holy Rollers made me a true believer. Hey…I’m a fan.  He has remained a friend and I enjoy catching up with him and talking about what he is up to.

You have a great role in the new flick The Iceman with Michael Shannon, James Franco, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, and Winona Ryder. This is big time. Tell me about your part and about the film.
I’m so excited for The Iceman. It’s been two years in the making. I play Dino Lepron, who’s the Iceman’s best friend. He’s the only guy the Iceman really loves and trusts. Acting alongside Michael Shannon was amazing; the guy is so good he makes anyone he’s in a scene with so much better. I’ve known the director Ariel Vromen for years, and when he told me about it I had to be in it. It was just shown in Venice and Toronto. Should be out end of this year.

You just finished some work with Martin Scorsese. Tell me about that and how you hooked up with Marty…er, Mr. Scorsese?
I did three days on The Wolf of Wall Street. Just being on set and working with Scorsese was a dream come true. The roll is very, very small. But it’s Marty. I would have gone to Japan to be an extra, so that was great.

You will be in another film which headlines Woody Allen as an actor. Are you blowing up? Tell me about this film and the path it took you to get here.
Yeah, I just got cast in a small role as a rabbi in Fading Gigolo. Starring Woody Allen. Directed by John Tutoro. Very exciting. I don’t care about the size of the role. I just want to work with the best. So I feel very blessed.

I remember Point&Shoot, and thinking how amazing it is that you’re this club guy, a high-end promoter/owner type, yet you have this movie career.
Point&Shoot. That was fun. That’s when I said, “I like this. I want to keep doing it.” I’ve always wanted to act and produce. I acted in a few small things as a kid. But now I feel it’s what I was meant to do.

I loved Holy Rollers and have seen it many times. I appreciate it more each time. You had a production credit in that flick, as well as your acting performance in the pivotal role of Jackie.
Jackie was a character I felt I wanted to play first, very early in my career cause I felt I know that guy. I needed to feel comfortable with my first big role. Being in the club business, I’ve met lots of guys like him.

Have you been planning this movie career all along? Will your club career be coming to an end?
Nightlife has opened so many doors for me since it’s kept me around amazing people. But only after doing The Iceman did I realize how hard this acting thing is. You have to put in the work and time to do it on a high level. I’m very lucky to have Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss as partners at Avenue and a few other small things. Without the freedom of knowing Noah is there to make sure everything is good, I wouldn’t have been able to go away and shoot for two months at a time.  Like I said, I’m very blessed and excited for the future. Excited to see what happens.

I love that you, Steve Lewis, loved Holy Rollers and always says nice things about it. It made me go out and work harder. So thanks. Peace. 

Films Inspired By The Work Of J.D. Salinger

Today marks the release of Salinger, a documentary (which A.O. Scott says doesn’t qualify as such) about the author I am contractually obligated to describe as “famously reclusive.” It, and the massive new biography of the same name, represent  just the sort of invasion of privacy he’d deplore—but Salinger equally hated the idea of any adaptation of his fiction to the screen. Even without the rights to those beloved stories, however, filmmakers have found ways to inject his signature blend of sentimentality, idle wealth and acid wit into their movies.


Metropolitan (1990) 

Salinger had a way of making his stakes seem simultaneously sky-high and intimately scaled-down. In “For Esmé—with Love and Squalor,” he presents a tale of one girl’s loneliness alongside a critique of American postwar optimism. Likewise, Whit Stillman’s tale of Manhattan at the turn of a prosperous decade, featuring the bluebloods descended from Salinger’s, straddles the subjects of class, morality and tradition, lampooning the rich but not without pity, and managing a believable story of young courtship besides.  



Igby Goes Down (2002)

Easily wins the award for “most reviewers name-checking The Catcher in the Rye” of any film in the last twenty years, and rightly so. Just check out the IMDb description and see if this doesn’t sound familiar: “A young man’s peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.” As the troubled Igby, Kieran Culkin must contend with an icy mother in Susan Sarandon as well as ridicule and ostracizing from his peers and the specter of an insane father figure whose footsteps he fears to follow in. The reality, of course, is much worse.  


Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) 

Miranda July’s directorial debut earns a spot on this list for two crucial reasons: there’s the nervous breakdown that sets the plot in motion (Salinger peppered such mental episodes throughout his fiction, often at the beginning or end of the action), and there are the supposedly naïve children whose innocence turns out to be a potent antidote for adult neurosis. That one character finds out she’s been carrying on an online affair with a child who seems to understand her more deeply than any man her own age makes us think old J.D. could have written a hell of a story about the Internet.  


Interiors (1978)

When Woody Allen set out to make a decidedly non-comedic film about a disintegrating WASP family, dimly lit with what appears to be only natural light, it had a lot of Ingmar Bergman to it. But with Allen a New Yorker, he couldn’t help but in some ways conjure Salinger’s iconic Glass family, with their suicide attempts and uneasy shifting of alliances. The author’s touch is especially evident in how the squabbling siblings can set their differences aside to savage an outsider brought into their midst. Allen even began to appear somewhat Salingereqsque himself during filming, increasingly unpredictable, testy and afraid that his movie would bomb (it was nominated for four Oscars).  


The Squid and the Whale (2005) 

Another bad New York family to be in, Noah Baumbach’s Berkmans are literary, smart, and utterly failing. Jeff Daniels, as the patriarch, is a novelist of squandered gifts, in a bitter rivalry with Laura Linney, his estranged wife, who is now publishing in the New Yorker (which ran most of Salinger’s short work after rejecting dozens of early manuscripts). But again, it’s the children who strike the most familiar chord, experiencing a pain so acute that grown-ups have forgotten what it’s like, lashing out in nonsensical, self-destructive ways, never quite sure what motivates their hopeless rage at the world.


Rushmore (1998) 

This feature wouldn’t be complete without a nod to boarding school culture, or Wes Anderson, for that matter, any of whose films might have qualified. Anderson clearly feels a resonance in Salinger’s work, and his prim sense of mise-en-scène often harks back to some classical postwar setting—just try to imagine the hotel room in “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” without using Anderson-brand pale yellow. Anyway, Max Fischer is an intelligent loser who is flunking out of his prep academy and pines after a woman twice his age. It was likely only the addition of Bill Murray that staved off an intellectual property lawsuit.    



Salinger Stats – The Catcher in the Rye

Copies of sold per year: 250,000
Sales to date: 65 million
Number of reprints: 8
Week on the New York Times Best Seller List: 30
Translations: The novel has been translated into almost all the word’s major languages

From Woody Allen to François Truffaut, Here’s What You Should Be Seeing This Weekend in NYC

Whether it’s classic Woody Allen or his latest ode to neurosis Blue Jasmine that you’re in the mood for, this weekend there’s plenty of reasons to head down to the cinema. With a generous mix of new releases—from your favorite fetish director Nicolas Winding Refn with Only God Forgives to Josh Oppenheimer and his chilling new documentary The Act of Killing—you can also find yourself disappearing into one of cinema’s most stunning film’s ever made, with L’Avventura still having its run at Film Forum.

So whatever your cinematic fancies, persue our list of the best films playing around New York City this weekend, grab yourself some Twizzlers, and enjoy.


Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Experimental, Graphic Design, and Music Videos
The Secret of NIMH

IFC Center

The Big Lebowski
Dirty Wars
Escape From New York
First Comes Love
Museum Hours


Fruitvale Station
Girl Most Likely
The Bling Ring
Broken Blossoms
Return to Oz

Landmark Sunshine

Annie Hall

Film Linc

Breaking Bad Season 1
City of the Living Dead
Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film
Much Ago About Nothing
Bloody Daughter 
Muscle Shoals

Film Forum

Computer Chess
The Servant


Happy Anniversary
Shoot the Piano Player
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Where the Wild Things Are

Museum of the Moving Image

There Will Be Blood
Night of the Hunter
Making Bad: An Evening with Vince Gilligan

Get a Closer Look at Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’ With a New Batch of Stills

Yesterday, we saw a peak at Cate Blanchett’s powerful performance in Woody Allen’s latest film Blue Jasmine. As the story of an emotionally spiraling housewife who moves to San Francisco to live with her sister, we can’t help but wonder which bag of tricks Allen picked this one from. As someone who has been churning out films in succession for years, it’s an incredible thing to watch the nuances of his work change—for better or worse—as the years go by. And speaking to the truth of life, Allen said that:

You start to think, when you’re younger, how important everything is and how things have to go right—your job, your career, your life, your choices, and all of that. Then, after a while, you start to realise that – I’m talking the big picture here – eventually you die, and eventually the sun burns out and the earth is gone, and eventually all the stars and all the planets in the entire universe go, disappear, and nothing is left at all. Nothing – Shakespeare and Beethoven and Michelangelo gone. And you think to yourself that there’s a lot of noise and sound and fury – and where’s it going? It’s not going any place… Now, you can’t actually live your life like that, because if you do you just sit there and – why do anything? Why get up in the morning and do anything? So I think it’s the job of the artist to try and figure out why, given this terrible fact, you want to go on living.
With Blue Jasmine‘s release but two weeks away, the film has been garnering praise, comparing its magic to the likes of his more antiquated works. Featuring an interesting cast that features Bobby Canavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Alec Baldwin, you can’t help but anticipate just how things will all mesh up together. So start amping up your neurotic excitement with a batch of new images from the film.

See an Unraveled Cate Blanchett in a New Clip From Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’

After finding myself unsettlingly disappointed with Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love last summer, I thought it best to keep my anticipation for this next feature at bay. However, with his latest film Blue Jasmine—which premieres in just two weeks—it looks as though I may be able to dispel my fears and start counting down the seconds until I head to the cinema and get lost in the very particular world only Allen knows how to create.

And thanks to EW, we now have a first clip from the feature which highlights the film’s star Cate Blanchett in a desolate moment that makes you ache to see the film just for the brilliant perfomance she delivers (but let’s be real she could read the phone book and still be astoundingly brilliant). And as the story of a well-kept housewife who moves to San Francisco to live with her sister after her life gets turned inside out, the sprawling cast also includes Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis CK, Bobby Cannavale—to name a few. 
There’s no advantage to ageing. You don’t get wiser, you don’t get more mellow, you don’t see life in a more glowing way. You have to fight your body decaying, and you have less options," Allen said to the Guardian. Going on to say:
The only thing you can do is what you did when you were 20 – because you’re always walking with an abyss right under your feet; they can be hoisting a piano on Park Avenue and drop it on your head when you’re 20 – which is to distract yourself. Getting involved in a movie [occupies] all my anxiety: did I write a good scene for Cate Blanchett? If I wasn’t concentrated on that, I’d be thinking of larger issues. And those are unresolvable, and you’re checkmated whichever way you go.
So with the film’s premiere on July 26th, check out the first clip from the film HERE and start scheduling your nightly Woody Allen retrospective now.