No, don't worry; it's highly unlikely that Seinfeld co-creator and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David will be popping up in any superhero films anytime soon. Still, that didn't stop MTV's Eric Ditzian from asking David about it in a recent interview:
Ha, Ha, Ha! Pardon me, that's very funny! That's the biggest laugh I've had in a while. The Riddler. I'll consider that, yeah.
David's upcoming movie, Whatever Works, is his third film with acclaimed director Woody Allen, though his first in the starring role. Posted 06.14.09 by BrentJS
Early in his career, Woody Allen famously cast himself as the male lead in his movies, making a name for himself as an actor in Bananas, Annie Hall, Manhattan, and many others. As he grew older, Allen kept the neurotic persona but has occasionally charged other actors with the role, including John Cusack, Will Ferrell, and Jason Biggs.
For his upcoming release Whatever Works, Allen has once again thrown the role onto someone else, casting Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David as the lead. While it was a bit of a stretch for someone like Ferrell to take up Allen's mantle, with just a little digging it's clear that this role won't be too difficult for David. In fact, their similarities are pretty stunning. SeeWhatever Works: Woody Allen Casts His Twin. Posted 06.08.09 by reelz
Whatever Works is in many ways a throwback to earlier eras, according to an in-depth feature on the movie in New York magazine. Not too surprising given that Woody Allen first penned the script, and then shelved it, way back in the 1970s. It is of the same era as his New York classics Manhattan and Annie Hall and might well be considered, this article suggests, the missing movie from that period.
Both the return to filming in New York and the resurrection of the script just now were a bit of an accident, Allen tells the magazine. The threat of a summer-long actors strike (which never materialized) pushed him to start working on a new movie three months earlier than anticipated. So he started with where he was and what was ready to hand.
Allen isn't so sure that the film is bringing back some kind of lost Jewish humor, though:
You know, it's funny. I have a blind spot there. Because I wouldn't see what I do as Jewish humor. I would see it as funny if you think it's funny, or not if you don't. But I never think of it as Jewish in any way. Now, as I say, this is a blind spot. Because you and other people might feel differently.
And some clearly do. The rest of the article is an interesting and informative exercise in trying to prove the director wrong about this particular aspect of his own work -- the writer can't be faulted for his lack of chutzpah, in any case. Posted 05.26.09 by reelz
It just wouldn't be a Woody Allen movie if the lead character didn't have a few phobias.
Although Allen isn't playing neurotic, himself, in Whatever Works, Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) displays plenty of phobias of his own, along with some rather eccentric -- and obsessive -- ideas about what might work as protection.
In a new compilation clip, we're treated to a series of funny scenes in which he puts his "happy birthday" mantra and ritual hand washing to work in the battle to ward off germs. Posted 05.20.09 by reelz
Last night, Variety reported that Nicole Kidman will step down from Woody Allen's newest movie, which is scheduled to begin shooting in London this summer.
The untitled project will also star Naomi Watts, Freida Pinto, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, and Antonio Banderas.
No official announcement has been made regarding either Kidman's replacement or her reasons for leaving. Posted 05.13.09 by reelz
"This is not the feel good movie of the year," says the curmudgeonly Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) early on in the new trailer for Woody Allen's Whatever Works. Indeed it isn't. It is chock full of clever one-liners though -- and an extra helping of irony.
At its center is the romantic entanglement between the 60-something New Yorker Boris and a cheerfully naive 21-year-old girl from the south (Evan Rachel Wood), an unlikely pairing that mirrors Allen's own scandalous relationship with Mia Farrow's adoptive daughter. Not so surprising perhaps, except for the fact that Allen penned the script for the movie more than 30 years ago, long before the scandal -- so long ago, in fact, that he originally had the late Zero Mostel in mind for the role of Boris.
From what we can see in the trailer, it does seem like classic Allen though, with his philosophy of life front and center: praying for forgiveness does you no good, so you might as well try whatever works. And enjoy the laughs along the way. Posted 05.09.09 by reelz
Fresh off Slumdog's Oscar wins, Freida Pinto has signed on to play an ingenue in an upcoming, untitled Woody Allen film.
Wonder if ScarJo feels slighted by the Wood-man giving some other hot young thing the ingenue role?
The cast of the movie also includes Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, and Anthony Hopkins. We can only hope this career development doesn't lead Pinto down an annoying ScarJo career path of He's Just Not That Into You proportions. Let us not forget ladies, it takes more than a pretty face and a "Woody-Ingenue Title" to make a career. Posted 02.24.09 by reelz
In Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Maria Elena is very unstable -- emotionally, mentally, psychologically. What was it like for Penelope Cruz to play this woman on the edge? Find out in our interview with Cruz, who talks about the challenges of the performance that's generating Oscar buzz. Posted 08.22.08 by reelz
Legendary director Woody Allen has a new movie coming out, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, about a love triangle between Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and his current muse, Scarlett Johansson.
Luckily for you, we've have some pictures from the movie. Check them out in our Vicky Cristina Barcelona photo gallery. Posted 06.26.08 by reelz
Variety reports that Woody Allen unveiled some casting details for his latest flick, which has been described by Allen as a "love letter to Barcelona."
“I hope I can present Barcelona to the world as I see it, the same way I presented Manhattan to the world as I saw it with my eyes,” Allen said of the film, which will shoots in Spain this summer.
The primary cast includes Scarlett Johansson , Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Today Allen also announced that Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn and Chris Messina have also joined the cast. Posted 07.02.07 by reelz