Friday, February 8, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: my future woody

This just in to the Rocket News Center...

According to NY Post’s Page SixWoody Allen’s new flick Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which the nebbish, pedophile auteur just completed shooting in Spain, will contain a steamy lesbian sex scene between the Oscar nominated thespians Scarlett Johansson (Eight Legged Freaks, 2002) and Penelope Cruz (Captain Corelli's Mandolin, 2001). 

A source told Page Six "It is also extremely erotic. People will be blown away and even will leave the audience gasping." 

Curious.... I really have nothing to add.


According to Entertainment Weekly, The Woodster’s follow-up to his The Hunger-like romp, is about to begin shooting back in his beloved New York and will be starring the Across The Universe

 songbird / Thirteen train wreck Rachel Wood and also starring, presumably in the Woody Allen role, as her (slightly older) lover the obnoxious Larry David

David, the co-creator of the hit time-filler Seinfeld, whom on his own show, Curb Your Enthusiasm has many of Woody’s mannerisms. Though much louder and more ‘in-you-face’. Since Woody Allen the actor has become completely unwatchable (as have most of his films), his replacing himself with a somewhat younger model does in fact give me hope. David seems better suited for the role of “Woody” then others who have taken on the part, over the years (John CussackJason BiggsWill Ferrell or Kenneth Branagh)


I just finished watching the new DVD of Season Six of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

And I’m happy to report it’s much better then I recall some of the previous more recent seasons.

After initially finding Curb Your Enthusiasm it to be a funny insider (the Westside) take on life of a guy (Larry David) who made to much money and now has nothing to do but annoy people.  After a few seasons, he begun to annoy me.  

The shows got to predictable (act one, someone has a new watch, Larry say’s he doesn’t like the watch. Act two Larry tries to apologize but make’s it worse. Act three, an ironic twist, Larry runs the watch over in his car. Etc. I think I’m making that episode up. But it felt very formatted).

Season Six also follows the pattern. But it feel fresher for two reasons. 

1) Mirroring real life, his wife leaves him which creates some new possibilities. Frankly, the actress is good, but the wife to me... okay a saint for having sex with the guy. But she always came off as just as selfish as Larry and in Season Six I was glad to see Larry become single.

2) But what makes this season work best, is beginning with the first episode the Davids take in a displaced family from New Orleans. There name (and race) The Blacks, which of course leads to a lot of great new situations. After Larry’s initial reluctance they become his friends. Best of all the brother Leon, becomes Larry top ally in his ridiculous schemes and plots. The last episode has a great twist with the head of the family, played by the sometimes sexy Vivica A. Fox (speaking of which I recently rewatched a guilty-pleasure Booty Call (1997). And she is very funny in it, holding her own with Jamie Foxx).

Now back to you in the studio, Tom...


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