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'Blue Jasmine' has Woody Allen's biggest box-office debut ever

Can Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” become a bigger hit than his “Midnight in Paris”?

That’s what Sony Pictures Classics is hoping after “Blue Jasmine” scored the biggest box-office debut of the filmmaker’s career this weekend. Playing in six theaters, the movie starring Cate Blanchett grossed $612,767, according to the film’s distributor. That amounts to a per-theater average of $102,128 -- not only the highest such figure of the year for a film opening in limited release, but also the highest for any of Allen’s films. Read the FULL STORY

Cate Blanchett Could Be Woody Allen’s First Best Actress Since Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall”

In the span of more than 40 of Mr. Allen’s films, including “Annie Hall,” “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” strong and memorable women have become as much a hallmark of his movies as the venerable Windsor font in their credits. These are women who dominate and who are subjugated, who struggle and love and kvetch and fall apart, but they rarely conform to simplistic stereotypes. Jasmine may be deeply troubled, but at least she’s deep. Read the FULL STORY

Cate Blanchett worried she'd be dumped from "Blue Jasmine"

Working on Woody Allen's new movie Blue Jasmine was a real test for Cate Blanchett - because she was convinced she was about to get fired throughout the shoot. The actress agreed to return to film acting after a hiatus spent in the theatre because the project gave her the chance to work with one of her heroes, but she had no idea it would be such an emotional job. Read the FULL STORY

Surprise! Woody Skips "Blue Jasmine" Premiere Party

One important guest was missing from the Tuesday night premiere of the film “Blue Jasmine”: the director, Woody Allen. As organizers explained, Mr. Allen was away but had a brief announcement to make. “He sent me a text, if you can imagine that,” said Leslee Dart, his spokeswoman, as the audience took its seats at the Museum of Modern Art. “And it says: ‘I am in the South of France, so I can’t be there this evening. I only wish I was in New York and couldn’t be there.’ ” Read the FULL STORY

“We went around to all the theaters in New York, and there were college-aged moviegoers and Woody Allen fans in their 80s -- which is what we experienced with ‘Midnight in Paris’ as well,” Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, said of this weekend’s opening.

"Small Time Crooks" on location

Take a look at a great feature story showcasing the real life locations verses how they appear in Small Time Crooks. Read the FULL STORY

Could Louis CK take the lead in Woody's 2015 film?

"When I finished this picture, I went into my room and thought, What would be a fun picture? My first thought for a while was, Can I come up with something at the moment that I could do with Louis C.K.?" -Woody Allen -- Read the FULL STORY

At last: we saw Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” tonight in a screening room so full at Sony that an overflow room had to be booked at Dolby down the street. It’s a little early for a real in-depth review since “Blue Jasmine” doesn’t open until July 26th. Still, I will tell you that Cate Blanchett is a cinch for a Best Actress nomination. She could win the whole enchilada, too. She’d be Woody’s first Best Actress since Diane Keaton in 1978′s “Annie Hall.” Read the FULL STORY

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