Filmmaker Woody Allen is often praised for his witty dialogue and the A-list ensemble he manages to collaborate with in each of his features. Allen’s features, however, are also blessed with a beautiful visual sense. During what some may considered his creative peak, Allen extensively worked with cinematographer Gordon Willis (Annie Hall, Manhattan, Broadway Danny Rose). Allen’s work with Carlo Di Palma was also revered thanks to their work on Hannah and her Sisters, Bullets over Broadway,and the criminally underrated Shadows and Fog.
Allen’s latest director of photography choice is Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, Reds), and Storaro’s painterly, golden light was evident in last year’s Cafe Society and now with Wonder Wheel.
Click on the media bar to hear Allen discuss working with Storaro, who’s considered one of cinema’s most talented cinematographers:
Wonder Wheel, starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, is now playing nationwide.
Various Woody Allen films have placed one foot firmly in the past (Radio Days, last year’s Café Society), and now Wonder Wheel takes a look back at 1950s Coney Island.
The story centers on the inevitably intersecting lives of an ex-waitress turned actress named Ginny (Kate Winslet), her rough and tumble carousel operator spouse Humpty (Jim Belushi), Humpty’s estranged daughter (Juno Temple), and a wannabe playwright (Justin Timberlake). Along with Allen’s continuing employment of a stellar ensemble, the director again teams with renowned cinematographer Vittorio Storaro(Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) for his latest feature. Storaro and Allen worked together on Café Society.
We’ve interviewed Allen over the years, and one of his many wonderful insights has his talking about why the advantages of fame outweighs its eventual price. Click on the media bar below to hear Allen:
Wonder Wheel opens in select theaters December 1. Check out the trailer below and leave us a comment!
From The Mickey Mouse Club to N’Sync, from his solo career to his acting career, Justin Timberlake hasbeen on quite a ride these past 20 years. Obviously, he was really young when he started out… yet somehow he’s avoided falling into a lot of the traps that other child stars have fallen into. So how’d he manage to stay out of trouble? (Click on the media player below to hear Justin Timberlake)
Justin Timebrlake is currently playing to sold out audiences with The 20/20 Experience World Tour
Justin Timberlake has another hit album out with The20/20 Experience, which has already spun off a few hit singles. The album has been broken up into two separate releases. The first release sold almost four million copies, which in today’s music world is phenomenal.
It has been seven years since he made his last album, and Timberlake feels humbled and in awe of the success of his album. He credits collaborating with superstar producer/songwriter Timbaland as one of the main reasons why The 20/20 Experience has been such a huge success. (Click on the media bar below to hear Justin Timberlake)
Next week is pretty big for Justin Timberlake, thanks to the impending release of his new album The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2and the October 4th debut of the thriller Runner,Runner.
With Runner, Runner, Timberlake stars as a student who believes he’s been financially bamboozled by an online gaming site and he travels to Costa Rica to confront the site’s seemingly corrupt owner (Ben Affleck). What ensues is a cat and mouse game in which Timberlake’s character gets seduced into an opulent world filled with money, women, and crime.
Co-starring Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie, the film was directed by The Lincoln Lawyer filmmaker Brad Furman.
On the music end, Justin Timberlake doesn’t want to be simply lumped into the “pop” category. “I don’t really consider myself a pop artist,” said Timberlake. “You just go in and make music. You just go in and try to make music that you don’t hear on the radio, because I that’s the only way to move the needle, so to speak.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Timberlake talk about some of his favorite albums of 2013: