04
Aug
2014
Posted by DeAdele under Alerts, Irrational Man / 0 comments

‘Untitled Woody Allen‘ Movie is looking for extras to work on scenes filming in Rhode Island. The feature film stars Woody Allen, Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix.

The Woody Allen film is still untitled and not much is known about the plot, though the film has been described by the Boston Globe as a ‘”contemporary story” with academics, graduate students, and middle- and working-class folks’.

According to Patch, Woody Allen‘s next feature film has started filming in Rhode Island and producers are looking for extras.

Casting Agency LDI Unlimited put out a casting call for extras in Newport, Rhode Island area.

Actors will be hired throughout the summer. But, casting director are seeking talent available on August 11th and August 12th.

If you are interested in submitting, send your pictures and resumes to office@ldipro.com with “CLASSROOM” in the subject line.

04
Aug
2014
Posted by DeAdele under Articles, Charities / 0 comments

Selena Gomez was feeling a bit inspired by some fellow celebrities over the weekend.

On Sunday, Selena took a page out of Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield’s handbook and brought attention to some important causes.

Standing with three friends, Selena shows off her body in an adorable pink bathing suit, but covers her face with a sign encouraging her millions of fans to go to UNICEF.org, the organization in which she is a global ambassador. The pop star captioned the photo, “Thank God for Emma and Andrew. What are you up to on your Sunday folks?”

Her friends each have other charities and organizations that they are endorsing, taking the attention off the celebrity and on to causes that will help change people’s lives.

You may remember, Andrew and Emma were spotted walking the streets of New York in June, when they were met with paparazzi, they both covered their faces with hand-written signs saying, “We don’t need the attention, but these wonderful organizations do.”

02
Aug
2014
Posted by DeAdele under Articles, Magic in the Moonlight / 0 comments

Today in news that makes us go, “OMG, Emma Stone, we are meant to be BFFFFFFFF,” we learned that the actress taught famed director Woody Allen how to text.

Stone starred in Allen’s most recent film, the 1928-set “Magic in the Moonlight.” Despite the film’s long-passed time period, there’s no escaping the technology of today. The 78-year-old Allen has a tech-averse reputation, only recently getting an iPhone, which he told the New York Observer his assistant loaded up with jazz albums for him. He listens with headphones when he travels.

“I’m so untechnical,” he said. “I don’t have a word processor. I still have my typewriter, the Olympia portable.”

Despite Allen’s insistence that the smartphone is for jazz and phone calls only, Stone somehow convinced him to pull up the tiny keyboard and tap a few words out at some point.

Start your betting now on what Allen’s favorite emoji is. For that matter, place a bet on how you think he pronounces “emoji.”

Unfortunately, we won’t know unless it comes from the mouth — or tiny touchscreen keyboard — of Allen himself. As he says in the profile, “There’s no magic, unfortunately … And there are no psychics.”

Uh, spoiler alert? Sheesh.

“Magic in the Moonlight” is in theaters now.

01
Aug
2014
Posted by DeAdele under Birdman, Trailers & Spots, Videos / 0 comments

When a movie trailer opens with a tighty whities-clad Michael Keaton meditating mid-air in his apartment, you know you’re in for an absurd three minutes. “How did we end up here?” the gruff-voiced actor narrates. “This place is horrible, smells like balls.” And the official international trailer for Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams), only gets more bizarre from there.

The film stars Keaton as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor (best known as fan-favorite superhero Birdman) who attempts to revive his career by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway play. The trailer offers a bit of background on the story, showing Keaton’s character as he deals with skepticism from everyone in his life – including his daughter (Emma Stone) and a hot-headed rival actor played by Edward Norton. Mostly, though, the clip previews exactly how insane this film will be – with guns, explosions, backstage make-out sessions, a screaming Zach Galifianakis and Keaton jumping off a tall building.

The first Birdman teaser took a similarly surreal approach – including shots of seals washed up on a beach and Keaton strolling through Times Square in his underwear while being hounded by reporters and a marching band.

The film’s dark comedic tone is a change in direction for Iñárritu, whose previous films have been heavy dramas (including his most recent, 2010’s Biutiful). Birdman premieres at the Venice International Film Festival later in August, with a wide release date set for October 17th.

25
Jul
2014
Posted by DeAdele under Interviews, Magic in the Moonlight / 0 comments

On the one hand, you’ve got to feel pretty damn good when you’re cast in a Woody Allen film. He’s an Academy Award winning director who continues to churn out films with outstanding performances year after year. But, on the other hand, that’s a seriously high-pressure situation right there and Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight stars, Emma Stone and Colin Firth, certainly felt it.

While promoting the film’s July 25th limited release, Stone and Firth sat down with us to talk about hitting the set having done no rehearsals, shooting and re-shooting a certain scene only to have it completely cut from the film, adding Allen’s signature cadence to their own performances and much more. You can check it all out after the jump.

Collider: Is there anything you’ve seen in past Woody Allen films that, when you got these roles, made you say, ‘Wow, I can’t wait to get to do that?’

COLIN FIRTH: I don’t think there’s anything in my character that I had particularly seen in another Woody Allen film.

EMMA STONE: I had seen elements I think of my character in a few. Elementally there are bits and pieces that are kind of an amalgamation of characters. Because I guess every character plays a different part of Woody’s psyche.

FIRTH: Oh, I can definitely see a lot of – there’s the motif of the Woody role, as people call it, and I guess I had that, but in a completely different form. Some of those sentiments and the gags that you would expect somehow landed with me. And I was looking forward to those, some of them such wonderful, vintage little zingers. But, you know, I’d seen good acting in all Woody Allen films and good writing. I didn’t think, ‘I can’t wait to do that;’ I just thought, ‘I hope to god I can do that.’

Was there an intimidation factor here?

STONE: Oh, yeah. Hugely. It was hugely intimidating. I think after a while you get your sea legs a little bit, but there’s no rehearsal process, there’s no real getting-to-know Woody at all. You just are terrified. It’s all cold.

What’s the first thing he does with you when he gives you a role? Is there a table read or anything?

STONE: Nothing.

FIRST: Action! Roll camera!

STONE: You get on set and he says, ‘Action,’ and then he re-shoots it. [Laughs]

 

25
Jul
2014
Posted by DeAdele under Interviews, Magic in the Moonlight / 0 comments

Colin Firth and Emma Stone make for a fetching and very funny duo in Woody Allen’s latest summer release, “Magic in the Moonlight,” which opens in select theaters this Friday. They also make for a fun time in person.

In the 1920’s set romantic comedy, Firth plays Stanley Crawford, a cocky stage magician who doesn’t believe in magic. He meets his match when a close friend persuades him to debunk a young woman (Stone), who claims to be real clairvoyant. In a matter of days he falls under her spell despite his reservations.

Indiewire sat down with Firth and Stone in New York to discuss the experience of working on their first Woody Allen project, and what they make of the fact that the 28-year-old age gap between their two characters is never addressed in the film.

How does one get cast in a Woody Allen film?

Colin Firth (CF): In a way it was straightforward by standards of the way he operates. I was sent the script and was offered it with a note. Scripts come on a computer now — this one did not. It had to be transported, handcuffed to somebody.

Was the note handwritten?

CF: No. There was a note at the end, which was nice. It was just a little thing about how you would be great in this role. I read it while somebody waited. And you know, I don’t have to think too hard about working with Woody Allen. I got a fair idea about this work, really and I wanted to do it. But dates conflicted and they needed an answer quickly. So it had to wait a month or so and then they came back again saying dates had been moved. There wasn’t much conflict.

Same for you, Emma?

Emma Stone (ES): I had a quick meeting with them. I had a four minute meeting and then they asked me to come into his office to read the script. About a month later, I went and there was a note attached to it, not handwritten, saying basically the same thing and that was it.

CF: Did you have to give the script back?

ES: Oh yeah, right away.

 

24
Jul
2014
Posted by DeAdele under Clips, Magic in the Moonlight, Videos / 0 comments

24
Jul
2014
Posted by DeAdele under Interviews, Magic in the Moonlight / 0 comments

Emma Stone was intimidated by Woody Allen on the set of ‘Magic in the Moonlight’.

The 25-year-old actress stars in the legendary director’s latest project and she’s confessed that working under his direction was nerve-racking because the cast weren’t given time to get comfortable with him.

She said: “It was hugely intimidating. I think after a while you get your sea legs a little bit, but there’s no rehearsal process, there’s no real getting-to-know Woody at all. You are just terrified. It’s all cold.”

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ star – who claims Allen “goes to great lengths” to keep his scripts under wraps – didn’t even meet with the director before she was offered the part.

Stone told Collider: “I didn’t physically see him. He didn’t pull me into any room and he wasn’t there when I read the script. Someone gave me the script. His assistant gave me the script and I read it, gave it back to her and then left.”

The flamed haired beauty stars as a young woman who claims she can tell the future and communicate with the dead in the film, while her co-star Colin Firth takes on the role of a renowned illusionist tasked with the exposure of Stone’s characters “lies”, and he admits he also felt nervous around Allen.

Quizzed on whether the cast prepared for the film together, he said: “We clung to each other! Nothing brings you closer together than blind terror.”

24
Jul
2014
Posted by DeAdele under Interviews, Videos / 0 comments

24
Jul
2014
Posted by DeAdele under Magic in the Moonlight, Reviews / 0 comments

Reviews for “Magic in the Moonlight” started to roll in and I have collected a few for you to read. It is clear that it is not gonna be one of Woody Allen’s best but some critics give credits to Emma and Colin’s endearing performances. Read on but as always, they contain spoilers which most of you would like to avoid.

Time (Richard Corliss on July 23, 2014):

You can see the film as a Brooklyn boy’s dream of a vanished civilization — all swank frocks and lawn parties — that perhaps existed only in the buoyant films he loved as a child, and beyond. Firth and Stone channel that poise and appeal; they could easily slip into a Golden Age rich-boy–clever-girl romantic comedy like Preston Sturges’ The Lady Eve. And Allen gets points for trying to revive the glamour, wit and heart of classic Hollywood at a time when other filmmakers just want to duplicate last year’s superhero smash. But the script lacks brio; it needs someone — perhaps Sturges, or the young Woody Allen — to punch up the laugh lines.

Rolling Stone (Peter Travers on July 24, 2014):

The actors, including Eileen Atkins, whose wit is martinidry as Stanley’s Aunt Vanessa, are a pleasure to be around. But the film depends on discerning a spark between Sophie and the older Stanley. Luckily, Firth and Stone make a magnetic pair of opposites. Stone, free from all the Spider-Man nonsense, lights up the screen. And Firth is wonderfully appealing when he finally lets loose with the feelings Stanley has locked inside. Taking shelter from a storm in an abandoned observatory, Sophie and Stanley regard the stars, seductive to her, menacing to him. That’s Allen for you, searching for a refuge from the dull reality of life that can’t be deconstructed as a trick. Is love the answer? Or is love too volatile to trust? Melancholy and doubt may seem like gloomy qualities to blend into an amorous romp. But that shot of gravity is what makes Magic in the Moonlight memorable and distinctively Woody Allen.

Variety (Scott Foundas on July 17, 2014):

Romance blooms under the sun and the stars in Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight,” a high-spirited bauble that goes down easy thanks to fleet comic pacing, a surfeit of ravishing Cote d’Azur vistas and the genuinely reactive chemistry of stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone. A welcome balm for the blockbuster-addled soul, Allen’s 44th feature finds the director back in the 1920s Gallic mood of 2011’s “Midnight in Paris,” with the star-crossed lovers this time held apart not by time but rather by philosophical inclinations. While the result may not quite equal “Midnight’”s box office bonanza, expect “Magic” to handily corner the upscale adult demo for the remainder of summer, continuing the Woodman’s late-career hot streak.

 

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