Monday night marks the national premier broadcast of the American Masters installment on Mel Brooks. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a collection of Brooks’ best Jewish clips.
Oh, yes, Hagel was bad for Israel — now he’s OK (“Hagel, Obama, Bibi and Red Lines,” April 26). Kerry was good for Israel — now he’s bad. And of course “good for Israel” means not pushing Bibi to actually stop eight years of talking about a two-state solution and doing nothing, not even bringing it up for a vote within his own party. Which I guess makes around half of all Israelis “bad for Israel.”
“Paris-Manhattan,” whose respective residents consider their city to be the center of the known universe, is the title of an appealing French movie by a first-time feature film director.
During a recent Friday at the Writers Guild on Fairfax Avenue, scenes from Woody Allen films screened after clips from “Curb Your Enthusiasm;” Lenny Bruce records were passed around the room and conversation centered on Jewish assimilation in American life and its connection to Jewish funnymen onscreen.
Funny, serious, and controversial, Woody Allen’s films evoke many emotions—but his Jewish upbringing sticks out in them like a matzo ball in chicken soup.
As a legislator and a Jewish Journal subscriber, I was deeply disappointed in “Berman vs. Sherman: Evaluating Their Congressional Records” (June 29), Bill Boyarsky’s effort to measure each member’s legislative effectiveness through an Internet search engine.
Here’s this week’s not-so-crazy idea: Let’s all pitch in, just a few dollars each, and fund Woody Allen’s next movie — in Israel.
Veteran film director Woody Allen on Monday announced an all-star cast for his next yet-to-be-titled project, led by Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett, comedian Louis C.K. and actor Alec Baldwin.
Woody Allen will play a pimp who irks his Chasidic neighbors in a movie directed by John Turturro.
The iconic director’s New Orleans-style jazz ensemble makes a rare appearance in Los Angeles. Allen plays clarinet in this group, which has performed in small venues — mainly in New York — for more than 35 years.
Famed directors Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg led the list of Jewish nominees for Golden Globe Awards.
The son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, and an Orthodox Jewish college student are among the recipients of Rhodes Scholarships.
Early on, in a new documentary about Woody Allen, the cultural icon sits in the back seat of his chauffer-driven car, pondering his mortality. He tells a story of a formative near-death experience that occurred when he was a small child in his crib: His mother was at work when his nanny told him, and then demonstrated, that if she wanted to, she could smother him. For a few seconds, she wrapped a blanket around his face.
Mightnight is Paris. Owen Wilson stars opposite Marion Cotillard and France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, in Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy, which opened the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 11. When a young engaged couple (Wilson and Rachel McAdams) travel with family on a business trip to the City of Light, they are forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own would be better. Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux also star. Fri. Various theaters. sonyclassics.com/midnightinparis.
Woody Allen is fitted for a new suit by robot Jewish tailors. Ginsberg & Cohen, Computerized Fittings, Since 2073. From 'Sleeper'
Annabelle Gurwitch and her book, "Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed," which includes the pink-slipped memories of folks like Robert Reich, Felicity Huffman and Bill Maher.
The anti-Semitic fallout from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks so appalled alternative journalists Joshua Neuman and David Deutsch that they went scurrying to their keyboards. "The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies," published in April 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin, is a compendium of Jewish conspiracies through the ages as seen through the eyes of, say, Woody Allen or Mel Brooks.
"Match Point" marks a notable departure for Woody Allen, and not just because its story is set and was shot in England. Reminiscent in theme of "Crimes and Misdemeanors," though without the humor, there's a new tone to this film. Enough so that anybody entering the theater not knowing who made this picture would be hard pressed to guess it was Allen.
At the end of Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda," I sat in my seat stunned: Woody Allen had actually made a movie I liked -- a good movie that had something to say about life and literature. It felt like a long time since I'd enjoyed one of his films.
When Debra Messing heard she'd been cast as Woody Allen's girlfriend in his new romantic romp, "Hollywood Ending," she shrieked.
For Allen's fans, the 90-minutes of Woody's quips and movie clips offer some insight into the every-year process of moviemaking, and thoughtfully examines the recurring themes and obsessions of a thoughtful filmmaker.
"Woody Allen and I used to play a little game," says Martin Landau, who portrays the owner of an aged movie house in Frank Darabont's new film, "The Majestic."
"I'd say 'The Elm,' and he'd say, 'The Midwood.' I'd say 'The Kenmore' and he'd say, 'The Avalon.'"
Woody Allen doesn't stutter excitedly when he speaks. Nor does he wave his hands in a state of exaggerated panic.
In the world of moviemaking, Woody Allen is an auteur. In the world of jazz, Woody Allen is a rock star.
Woody Allen once said the shortest book ever written was the one on Jewish athletes. Well, here is the shortest chapter in that book: Since May 1987, Argentinean native Imach Marcello Solomon (a k a Hoshitango) has been wrestling his way up in the competitive sumo leagues in Japan.
"People think I'm being facetious when I say I once toyed with a life of crime," filmmaker Woody Allen recently told 1,400 students, professors and alumni during a standing-room-only screening of his new comedy, "Small Time Crooks," at UCLA's Wadsworth Theater.
Before films such as "Radio Days," Woody Allen had his television days.