Woody Allen seems to elicit strong responses from a large majority of cinephiles, either rapid fandom or extreme distaste. The middle ground, of which I am a member, is relatively small. I have always taken each Allen film on its individual merits. Having absolutely loved Midnight in Paris, I eagerly anticipated To Rome With Love, hoping it would continue in that vein. Alas.
Hit the jump my review of To Rome with Love on Blu-ray.
This week’s Blu-ray offerings are rather light, but here’s a look at what’s hitting shelves on Tuesday:
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For the past six days, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man has held the top spot at the daily box office. It should surprise no one, therefore, that the reboot easily netted the weekend prize as well; earning an estimated $65 million from 4,318 locations. That gives the film a new domestic total of $140 million, a number that’s higher than early projections but lower than past entries in the Spider-Man series. Worldwide, the film has now earned a reported $341 million, which is not too bad for reboot…
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Nine new images from writer/director Woody Allen’s new film To Rome With Love have been released. The pic is comprised of four separate vignettes and “tells the story of a number of people in Italy—some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors—and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.” Allen stars alongside an impressive cast that includes Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Alison Pill, and Greta Gerwig.
In related news, director Bob Weide’s must-see Woody Allen documentary is now available on Netflix Instant Watch. I can’t recommend the film enough. Whether you’re a Woody die-hard or just a casual fan, the film is incredibly entertaining and wildly engrossing as it takes an intimate look at Allen’s life and filmography complete with insightful thoughts from the man himself. Do yourself a favor and carve out a couple hours this weekend to give it a whirl. Hit the jump to check out the To Rome With Love images. The film is in select theaters starting today.
Filmmaker Woody Allen’s latest movie, To Rome with Love, is a comedy that follows the lives of various individuals, some of whom are American and some Italian, some residents and some visitors, all around the enchanted ancient city. These people from all different walks of life will experience romances and adventures, in a place where they’re surrounded by extraordinary culture, art and cuisine. The film stars Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page and Alison Pill.
At the film’s press day, writer/director Woody Allen talked about what inspired the setting of Rome for this film, why he decided to act in it, the importance of music in his films, why he tries to avoid his cast on set, how he feels about improvisation, what he’s learned about love, why he’s made his last few films in Europe, how he feels about his own movies, and his thoughts on retirement. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Greta Gerwig brings an unconventional beauty, bravura and vulnerability to the role of Lola, the unconventional heroine in Lola Versus. The film follows Lola through a year full of humor and heartbreak as she reevaluates a lifetime’s worth of aspirations and plans and adjusts to her new life as a single woman in the city. Gerwig makes the role hers and holds the audience’s sympathy through even the most difficult moments as she becomes an inescapable version of the character that has so many flaws.
At the press day for Lola Versus, we sat down at a roundtable interview with Gerwig to talk about what attracted her to the challenging role. She told us why she likes movies about women behaving badly, how at some point you’ve got to stop looking for Prince Charming and deal with fixing yourself first, and why Noam Chomsky crossed with Bill Murray is her ideal kind of guy. She also discussed what it was like shooting on location in New York City, how she learned to approach acting like a fencing match, what it was like working with Woody Allen on To Rome With Love in Italy, and how she hopes to direct something she’s written next year. Hit the jump for the interview.
We’ve got some new posters from a multitude of genres for your viewing pleasure today. Here they are at a glance:
- A new poster for The Expendables 2, this time featuring Scott Adkins. Be sure to check out the previous character posters featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and more. The Expendables 2 opens August 17th.
- A great poster for A Fantastic Fear of Everything featuring Simon Pegg. A Fantastic Fear of Everything opens in the UK on June 8th.
- The “Sure to Give You Nightmares” poster category winner goes to The Possession, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and Natasha Calis. The Possession opens August 31st.
- An official poster for Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, which Steve premiered right here a couple of weeks ago. To Rome With Love opens domestically on June 22nd in limited release.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
The line-up for 2012′s Los Angeles Film Festival has been announced and, as expected, Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love will kick things off. LAFF 2012 will also feature the world premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike to close out the festivities. Between those two screenings, the world premiere of Dreamworks Pictures’ People Like Us will also be featured, along with screenings of Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. The festival runs from June 14th to the 24th at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles for its 18th annual showing. Hit the jump to see more of what you can expect from the eclectic mix of films at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.
With CinemaCon starting on Monday in Las Vegas (it’s essentially Comic-Con for theater owners), the folks that run the convention are starting to hang the posters and build the displays. While walking around over the past hour, I managed to get pictures of the first promo posters for Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 , Carl Rinsch’s 47 Ronin, and Seven Psychopaths and The Words. In addition to those promo posters, I came across the first domestic poster for Woody Allen‘s To Rome with Love.
The film is comprised of four separate vignettes and “tells the story of a number of people in Italy—some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors—and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.” I believe two of the vignettes are in Italian and the other two are in English. The film stars Allen, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Alison Pill, and Greta Gerwig. To Rome with Love premieres in the U.S. at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14th, and open in theaters on June 22nd. Hit the jump to check out the poster and click here to watch the trailer.
With a few exceptions, Woody Allen has kept mostly to Europe for his new movies. Today, Variety reports that Allen will be returning stateside for his next feature. At the Rome premiere of his new movie, To Rome with Love, Allen revealed that he would be shooting his untitled picture mostly in San Francisco with a “tiny bit” in New York. Like most of Allen’s movies that are in early development, his next picture currently doesn’t have a title and plot details are being kept under wraps.
To Rome with Love involves four separate vignettes, two of which are in Italian and the other two are in English. The film stars Allen, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Alison Pill, and Greta Gerwig. To Rome with Love will premiere in the U.S. at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14th, and open in theaters on June 22nd.
The first trailer for Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love has gone online. Per the synopsis: “The film is comprised of four separate vignettes and tells the story of a number of people in Italy—some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors—and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.” The vignette style has its advantages and disadvantages, and I can already tell from the trailer that there will most likely be more than a few stories that could test my patience. Nevertheless, Allen himself is a standout in this trailer, as is the story involving Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin and Ellen Page. The same can’t be said for Penelope Cruz or Robert Benigni‘s stories, both of which veer towards the farcical. Those looking for a Rome take on Midnight in Paris will be sorely disappointed, as To Rome with Love looks to be much more of a straightforward comedy. I’m a big fan of Allen’s, so I’m really hoping that his vignette pic delivers. He’s got an impeccable cast to work with, so fingers crossed.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Judy Davis, Alison Pill, and Greta Gerwig. To Rome with Love opens on June 22nd.
An Italian news segment has provided a glimpse at some of the scenes in Woody Allen‘s To Rome with Love. Per the synopsis: “The film is comprised of four separate vignettes and tells the story of a number of people in Italy—some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors—and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.” The movie will be Allen’s first starring role since Scoop, and you can catch a brief moment of him being his familiar neurotic character on an airplane. There are also a few quick scenes featuring Roberto Benigni and Penelope Cruz. The Italian reporter is talking over most of the scenes, but if you can’t wait for a new look at the latest Allen film, this is for you.
Hit the jump to check out the news segment. The film also stars Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Judy Davis, Alison Pill, and Greta Gerwig. To Rome with Love opens June 22nd. [Warning: Video autoplays]
Four new images from Woody Allen‘s To Rome with Love have gone online. The film is comprised of four separate vignettes and tells the story of a number of people in Italy—some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors—and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into. The outstanding cast includes Allen, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Alison Pill, and Greta Gerwig. Allen landed a strong hit with Midnight in Paris, so here’s hoping he can carry that momentum into his new feature.
Hit the jump for the new images, and click here for the ten that were released yesterday. To Rome with Love opens June 22nd.
No doubt hoping to capitalize on the success of last year’s Midnight in Paris, Sony Pictures Classics has announced a title change for Woody Allen’s next film. Previously titled Nero Fiddled, the pic will now be called To Rome With Love. The studio gives its reasoning for the title change as follows:
“The film’s former title, Nero Fiddled, while an appropriate and humorous phrase in the U.S., is not a familiar expression overseas and many international territories preferred a more globally understood name.”
This is actually the second title change for the pic, as Allen originally called it The Bop Decameron. Obviously, the film takes place in Rome, and it is comprised of four separate vignettes, two featuring American characters and two featuring Italian characters. Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Alison Pill, and Alessandra Mastronardi star. To Rome With Love opens on June 22nd. Hit the jump to read the full press release.