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Woody Allen was back in the news this past weekend, and it wasn’t because his latest film Wonder Wheel closed the 2017 edition of the New York Film Festival. Rather, he made some headlines when the BBC reported his comments on the emerging litany of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who produced some of Allen’s past films. While Allen said that the situation “very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that...
The ascension of Donald Trump to President of the United States is a triumph of stupidity, hatred, fear and reckless nihilism. The not-new cynical alchemy that used economic despair to stoke a widespread persecution complex with misidentified perpetrators, producing votes and a sham “movement,” seemed to rapidly accelerate a national death wish that was until now only bubbling latently under the surface. The country will probably make it to 2020, but Trump’s normalization and...
Crisis In Six Scenes Amazon, streaming from September 30 An early scene in Woody Allen’s Manhattan neatly summarizes Crisis in Six Scenes: Isaac, a TV writer, ceremoniously quits his sketch show gig: “It’s embarrassing, antiseptic... there’s not a laugh in there!” Unless it’s a ball game, Allen isn’t partial to television, and while Amazon’s digital arena permits opportunities not granted on airwaves, his interest in heading a series was prompted less by creative exercise than by...
Things have been going well for John Magaro. Whether it’s his recurring role as Vinnie, Lorna Morello’s prison pen-pal husband on Orange Is The New Black, appearing alongside Rooney Mara in Todd Haynes’s Carol, or sharing scenes with Brad Pitt in last year’s Oscar-winning The Big Short, the Ohio native is having himself a nice run. Now, the 33-year-old actor takes on his next challenge as a lead in Woody Allen’s new Amazon series, Crisis In Six...

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