Archive for July, 2012
I’ve known Woody all my adult life, and clearly I love him. He’s hilarious and brilliant. What can I say? There are few people you get to know that well in life. That’s why I feel privileged to be in that rarified world of people who’re old news. I’ve been around forever; I’m someone he’s known forever. He can’t get rid of me. I’ll always be his friend, and that’s never going to go away.
Is he distracted by adverse publicity? He’s never distracted when he works. After all, how many years has he been doing it? Thirty? He’s very disciplined. I believe that if you lean on your disciplines, they’ll help get you through life.
It’s true of a lot of people. Francis Coppola had a horrible tragedy when his son was killed, but he continued to work. I’ve never known anyone to become hysterical while working as a director. It’s just too much responsibility. You don’t have time to let your personal life interfere.
When I went back to do Woody’s movie Manhattan Murder Mystery after a very long period of not having worked with him, I realized what a truly remarkable film maker he is.
There’s nobody like him in the world. And he’s deceptive, because a lot of the time you feel like you’re not even being directed.
People are excited to work with him because obviously he’s one of the greatest film makers America’s ever produced. Everybody wants to be in a quality product, and they trust him, so he’s done very well with actors.
Not that he’s easy to work with. The process is difficult,the expectations are very high, and it can be very nerve -wracking. After ten years, of course, I was anxious, very nervous. It’s like going back and seeing your family again.
But after a week it felt like old times.
New updates to the Delightful Diane Keaton Fan Gallery with assorted magazines scans of Diane.
Delightful Diane Keaton Fan Gallery > Magazine Scans
If you ask someone to name the first Woody Allen film that comes to mind, there’s a good chance they’ll say Annie Hall before any other of his forty-two movies. A further dozen distinguished films that Allen has shot will come to mind almost as quickly, but when he’s remembered in fifty or a hundred years, it will be Annie Hall that first appears beside his name. This is not without good reason. His famous romantic comedy, released in 1977, won four Academy Awards, including best feature, beating out Star Wars and three others. Annie Hall sticks with people. It is a brutal acid test for romantic comedies to match up against, for not only is it extraordinarily funny, and not only is it extraordinarily well written, but it is also an intelligent picture—a quality the romantic comedy genre criminally underrates—and it is smart in ways that it does not receive enough credit for.
I will say that, watching it after viewing some of Allen’s other standout pictures, Annie Hall comes across as something of a utilitarian work, at least in the way it was shot. The film is so well constructed and so typical of Woody Allen that we might be tricked into thinking it was one of his later works; in fact, it was only his sixth movie, and he credits it as being the one in which he broke from traditional comedy in favor of his recognized style—films that are intellectually meaningful as well as funny. Annie Hall is visually simpler than the likes of Manhattan, Stardust Memories, or even the earlier Love and Death, but this is very much a strength and not a weakness. The energy that might have been spent engineering a more visually adroit film is instead channeled into the narrative and the characters, and to great effect.
The comedy starring Academy Award® winners Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline takes a bow on Blu-ray in August.
In an early announcement to retailers, Sony has just revealed ‘Darling Companion’ for Blu-ray on August 28.
The heartwarming film from four-time Academy Award nominee writer/director Lawrence Kasdan, brings together an all-star ensemble, which, in addition to Keaton (‘Annie Hall’ (1978) – Best Actress in a Leading Role) and Kline (‘A Fish Called Wanda’ (1989) – Best Actor in a Supporting Role) includes two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest (‘Bullets Over Broadway’ (1995) – Best Actress in a Supporting Role; ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ (1987) – Best Actress in a Supporting Role), Academy Award nominees Richard Jenkins (‘The Visitor’ (2009) – Best Actor in a Leading Role), Sam Shepard (‘The Right Stuff’ (1984) – Best Actor in a Supporting Role), Elizabeth Moss (TV’s “Mad Men”), Mark Duplass (TV’s “The League”) and Ayelet Zurer (‘Angels & Demons’).
The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include three behind-the-scenes featurettes, “On the Red Carpet: New York Premiere,” providing a look from the red carpet, as well as commentary with Lawrence Kasdan, Meg Kasdan and Kevin Kline.