BLUE JASMINE Blu-ray Review

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Though the movie may be currently overshadowed by decades old events that have no bearing on the film itself, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is one of his stronger late-period films, with a brilliant performance by Cate Blanchett as a woman of money who finds herself living with her sister (Sally Hawkins) and on the verge of madness.  My Blue Jasmine Blu-ray review follows after the jump.  

Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay Talk BLUE JASMINE, Meeting and Working with Woody Allen, Plus Allen’s Best Female Protagonists

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Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine, finds the director in peak form as he explores what happens when an elegant New York socialite, Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again after everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin).  The film features an impressive ensemble cast that also includes Peter Sarsgaard, Andrew Dice Clay, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Stuhlbarg and Louis C.K.

At the press conference in Los Angeles, Blanchett, Sarsgaard and Clay talked about how they first heard that Allen wanted to meet with them, their reaction when they read their pages of the script, what it was like working with the legendary director, how the majority of his directing happens in the script, how their wardrobe influenced their performances and revealed the chronology of their characters, why Jasmine ranks among the best of Allen’s female protagonists, and the good, the bad, the ugly and the really funny about their characters and where they end up by the end of the story.  Check out the interview after the jump.

Andrew Dice Clay Talks BLUE JASMINE, Working with Woody Allen, Developing a “Dice Documentary” with Doug Ellin, & the Possibility of an ENTOURAGE Movie

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Veteran comedian Andrew Dice Clay proves he hasn’t lost his edge as he delivers a scene-stealing dramatic turn playing Augie, a divorced working-class dad, in Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine shot on location in San Francisco and New York City.  The drama examines what happens when everything in life falls to pieces and explores the dire consequences that can result when people avert their eyes from reality and the truth they don’t want to see.  The strong ensemble cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Alex Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Stuhlbarg, Louis C.K., and Peter Sarsgaard.

I recently landed an exclusive interview with Clay who talked about his surprising comeback, the emotional moment when he realized Allen had cast him, what appealed to him about the role, what it was like working with the legendary filmmaker, how he geeked out with Allen about jazz and stand-up comedy, and why he’s never stopped believing in himself.  He also discussed his upcoming autobiography, The Filthy Truth, which he’s co-writing with David Ritz, his collaboration with Entourage creator Doug Ellin on a documentary about his life and career, and the very real possibility of an Entourage movie.  Hit the jump for the interview.

New Images from Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE Featuring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., and More [UPDATED]

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A number of new images from Woody Allen’s latest film Blue Jasmine have made their way online.  The pic stars Cate Blanchett as a New York City housewife who travels to San Francisco to be with her sister (Sally Hawkins) after losing all of her money when her husband (Alec Baldwin) turns out to be a white collar criminal.  As we saw from the fantastic first trailer, the film finds Allen navigating considerably darker territory than his recent efforts, and the culture clash between Blanchett’s socialite character and the more blue collar sensibilities of Hawkins, Andrew Dice Clay, and Bobby Cannavale is incredibly enticing.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Blue Jasmine images.  The film also stars Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Max CasellaBlue Jasmine opens on July 26th. [Update: We've updated the article with more high-resolution images.]

First Trailer for Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE Starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin

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Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for Woody Allen‘s new film Blue Jasmine.  The pic stars Cate Blanchett as a New York City housewife who travels to San Francisco to be with her sister (Sally Hawkins) after losing all of her money when her husband (Alec Baldwin) turns out to be a white collar criminal.  Jasmine looks to take on a considerably darker tone that Allen’s recent output, but there’s still plenty of humor sprinkled throughout – particularly pertaining to Blanchett’s socialite clashing with her sister’s blue collar friends (played by the likes of Andrew Dice Clay and Bobby Cannavale).  Blanchett looks to be giving an incredibly strong lead performance supported by an unsurprisingly talented ensemble, and I’m definitely enthused by the prospect of Allen once again tackling a character who is in the midst of an emotional crisis.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg.  Blue Jasmine opens in limited release on July 26th.

New Images from Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, and Andrew Dice Clay

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Three new images have been released from Woody Allen‘s upcoming film, Blue Jasmine.  The romantic comedy is described as “the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife.”  Details on the plot remain scarce, but Allen, as always, has amassed an incredible cast.  For Blue Jasmine, he’s got Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg.  Wow.  Clay really sticks out like a sore, misogynistic thumb in that line-up.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Blue Jasmine is due out July 26th.

Woody Allen’s Next Film Entitled BLUE JASMINE; Sony Pictures Classics to Distribute

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Today, we’ve learned that Woody Allen‘s upcoming film will be entitled Blue Jasmine.  As we previously reported, the romantic comedy apparently centers on a woman whose “posh New York City lifestyle” comes crashing down so she makes a move to San Francisco.  The press release adds, “It is the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife.”  As per usual, Allen has lined up a superb cast for his latest feature, which includes Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Hit the jump for the press release.  Sony Pictures Classics will distribute Blue Jasmine, which is the sixth Allen picture for the studio.  No word yet on the release date, but I’m willing to bet we’ll see it later this year since Allen manages to get out one new movie per year.

Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay Join Woody Allen’s New Film

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Woody Allen looks to have finalized the cast for his next film, and a few exciting additions have been announced.  We already knew that Sally Hawkins and Cate Blanchett would be leading a cast that also includes Alec Baldwin, Michael Emerson and Bobby Cannavale, and now Variety reports that Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay will round out the cast.  Bradley Cooper was mentioned as a possible addition at one point, but he may have run into some scheduling issues.  Max Casella and Alden Ehrenreich are also listed in the announced cast.

Though story details are under wraps, Louis C.K.’s casting is interesting for a number of reasons.  First off, C.K. has great comedic timing as well as dramatic talent so he’s a welcomed addition, but he’s also been hailed as a bit of a successor to Allen with his New York-centric, critically hailed series Louie.  I’m beyond eager to see how he fits into Allen’s next film, and the writer-director has assembled an unsurprisingly impressive ensemble for his next effort.  The untitled film will shoot this summer in San Francisco and New York City.

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