Dianne Wiest

Woody Allen’s Classic Leading Ladies and Their Contemporary Counterparts

When Freud wrote of female sexuality as “a dark continent,” he might as well have been writing about Woody Allen’s murky understanding of women. The director’s female characters invariably have abundant daddy issues, a slew of neuroses, and affairs with artists, professors, married men. They seek advice from therapists and fortune tellers, they’re tempestuous and stubborn; though they’re sometimes incredibly narrow, they’re often appealingly complex. Allen’s female characters are so obviously amalgamations of his fantasy woman – or rather women, plural – that one might contend they’re part of an ongoing, experiment in understanding women. Following this week’s news that Emma Stone is set to star in the next Allen film, we’ve conducted a little experiment of our own, looking back at the ladies of his canon, matching the women of his classic era with their contemporary counterparts. … Read More

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Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Is Headed to Broadway

Evidently Woody Allen isn’t quite done with the 1920s just yet. PopWatch reports that the Midnight in Paris director is adapting his 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway into a musical that will debut on the Great White Way some time next year.

Set in 1929, the comedy focuses on a struggling playwright… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Starchitect Rem Koolhaus has signed a deal to design and construct Marina Abramovic’s Center for the Preservation of Performance Art. The $8 million space in Hudson, New York will be devoted to showcasing performance art pieces of “six hours minimum.” [via Vulture]

2. While Whitney Houston’s funeral, which takes place this Saturday… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Deadline is reporting that Dianne Wiest and Chris Cooper are negotiating to play the leads in HBO’s forthcoming Noah Baumbach-helmed adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s award-winning novel, The Corrections. We approve heartily!

2. Dark Blood, the movie that River Phoenix was filming at the time of his death, might be getting released almost… Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: RAGE

This week the internet delivers a gift in the form of Jude Law in drag, as part of an ensemble cast in Sally Potter‘s latest film RAGE. The assembled actors, and the film’s plot, are slightly confusing: Dame Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, Steve Buscemi, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, model Lily Cole, and Law as Minx the supermodel are profiled on neon background performing monologues about the fickle field of fashion, dahling. IMDB describes RAGE as a murder mystery narrated via cell phone interviews shot by a young fashion blogger. Blogging: subversive! … Read More

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