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Don’t speak….Bullets headed for Broadway

I am very pleased with the news that Woody Allen’s brilliant comedy “Bullets Over Broadway” is coming to, where else?

Broadway.

Woody is adapting his 1994 movie as a musical, aiming for a New York opening in 2013.  The musical is being co-written with Douglas McGrath, from their original screenplay, and will feature period music from the Depression era.

It tells the story of a struggling writer David Shayne who agrees to cast a gangster’s girlfriend – Olive, in his new play in exchange for financing.

I think this is one of Woody’s best films and certainly one of his funniest. It features a superb cast (John Cusack, Jennifer Tilly, Jim Broadbent, Tracey Ullman amongst others) and it gave the divine Diane Wiest her second Oscar for her portrayal of stage diva Helen Sinclair, who utters the famous words “don’t speak” in moments of ecstasy! A true laugh out loud moment.

Dianne Wiest (Helen) and John Cusack (David) in a moment of pure art direction and stunning costume design from the film.

 

Here are a few bits of the very funny dialogue from the film, hopefully to remain intact for the stage version, why would one change a word?

*The coloured maid Venus and the gangsters moll Olive (Jennifer Tilly – hysterical in her Oscar nominated role) have an interaction over cocktails…..

Olive: Hey, didn’t I tell you to make “horse durves”?
Venus: I don’t make nothin’ out of horses, especially “horse durves”, ’cause I don’t know what they are, and neither do you.
Olive: Oh, aren’t you the big mouth since you hit your number!
[raising her voice]
Olive: And I said the imported stuff!
Venus: The imported stuff ate through the bottle! It’s gone!
Olive: A likely story!
[composing herself – to David]
Olive: It’s very hard to get good help these days.

Jennifer Tilly as Olive.

*Sid Loomis, Helen’s agent (Harvey Fierstein) accuses her of being a drunk….

Sid: You’re a star because you’re great and you are a great star, but let me tell you something, Helen. In the last couple of years you’re better known as an adulteress and a drunk. And I say this in all due respect.
Helen: Look, I haven’t had a drink since New Year’s Eve.
Sid: You’re talking Chinese New Year’s.
Helen: Naturally. Still, that’s two days, Sid! You know how long that is for me?

*When Helen has a drink at the bar with David….

Helen: Two martinis please, very dry.
David: How’d you know what I drank?
Helen: Oh, you want one too? Three.

*And of course Helen’s most famous line, as David asks her for a kiss…..

Helen: No, no, don’t speak. Don’t speak. Please don’t speak. Please don’t speak. No. No. No. Go. Go, gentle Scorpio, go. Your Pisces wishes you every happy return.
David: Just one…
Helen: Don’t speak.

I can’t wait to see who gets the role of Helen Sinclair, sure to be filled by a true Broadway diva. (Patti Lupone anyone?)


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Judy bops with Woody!

While we await  the Australian release of Woody Allen’s new hit movie Midnight In Paris” comes news of his latest production. Still enjoying his sojourns in stunning European cities he is setting this one in Rome, Italy. (after London, Barcelona & Paris) The film has the title “The Bop Decameron”

The cast has been set and I am glad to see that one of my favorite actresses the wonderful Judy Davis has been added to the list. Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful), Penelope Cruz (Vicki Christina Barcelona), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Greta Gerwig (Greenberg), Ellen Page (Juno) and Alison Pill (Milk) are co-stars. Woody Allen himself is also appearing in the film as Judy’s husband they play  the parents of Eisenberg.

Loosely inspired by The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio’s collection of bawdy stories, the film is divided into four separate vignettes. One of them, featuring Allen, focuses on an American couple travelling to Italy to meet the family of their daughter’s fiance.

It will be a welcome return for Miss Davis who has shone in 4 previous Woody films. She was pipped at the post for a supporting actress Oscar for her wonderful turn as the neurotic divorcee  in “Husbands & Wives” (Marisa Tomei won for “My Cousin Vinnie”- a travesty in my opinion) she also had roles in “Alice”, “Deconstructing Harry” and “Celebrity” – I will never  forget the hilarious scene where she is given fellatio instructions on a banana by a hooker played by Bebe Neuwirth, truly outrageous and hysterical!!!.

Judy Davis & Woody Allen in “Husbands And Wives”

Judy will be seen next in the eagerly awaited new Fred Schepisi film “The Eye Of The Storm” based on the novel by Patrick White. She plays Princess Dorothy de Lascabanes and it is a role that fits her like a glove. I previously made the  prediction of a possible Oscar nomination, and hopefully if the film is positioned right and gets noticed she will be justly rewarded.

You can check out the  trailer for the film on the newly launched “The Eye Of The Storm” website.

Judy Davis, Charlotte Rampling & Geoffrey Rush star in “The Eye Of The Storm”

Footnote: For some strange reason Woody Allen’s film before “Midnight In Paris”“You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” was never released in Australia despite a cast including Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Pauline Collins, & Gemma Jones. It was a box-office failure in the US, perhaps that is the reasoning – go figure!!

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I’ll eat my words Woody!

Well, well, well – will I have to eat my words and go see a film starring Owen Wilson in a leading role?

The answer is yes!  Why?

Blame the Woodster – Woody Allen.

In a previous post I let it be known I am not a fan of  Owen Wilson at all. But, I am a big fan of Woody Allen (mostly of old, not new)

The new exceptions being “Vicki Christine Barcelona” which I liked due to Penelope Cruz & Javier (hubba, hubba) Bardem, and I have an hilarious soft spot for the little seen flop Hollywood Ending (Woody as a blind film director- ha!) which made me laugh out loud on occasion!

The newest Woody Allen film is “Midnight In Paris” and it is a box office hit in the States ($16.5 million to date) expanding this weekend to 1038 screens the biggest ever release for a Woody-flick. It premiered at the 2011 Cannes film festival to excellent reviews.

From all accounts it seems that MIP harks back to the Woody of old, a fantastical film in the vein of “The Purple Rose Of Cairo”, and with the comic charm of the brilliant “Bullets Over Broadway”. Of course it has an all-star cast to relish in, and a stunning picture postcard location – Paris, how can one resist?

Owen Wilson (in the substitute Allen role) is on vacation in Paris with his future bride – Rachel McAdams. A dissatisfied but successful screenwriter who is writing his first novel, he is constantly demeaned by his fiancé and her family and friends also holidaying with him. One night whilst walking the streets of Paris he is picked up by a car full of party-goers, he is transported back to the romantic 1920’s and finds himself amongst his literary idols who advise him on his novel and life. Sounds like fun to me.

Also in the starry cast are Oscar winners Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, & Adrien Brody. France’s first lady Carla Bruni makes a cameo as a tour guide.

Woody Allen always pleases with his films from a design/location point of view, and it’s always a pleasure to watch his cast enjoy themselves with his dialogue.

I would expect with the reception of the film so far that Woody will receive yet another Oscar nomination for screenplay, perhaps it may do well in other categories as well.

So break out the champagne and munch on your baguette because it looks like for all the Woody fans out there, we are all in for a fabulous Parisian treat – ooh la la!

Marion Cotillard & Owen Wilson mooching in Paris

“Midnight In Paris” is due for release in Australia later in the year.

 

 

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