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Playboy TV Answers Everything Their Viewers Always Wanted to Know

Exactly 40 years ago, Woody Allen gifted the world with the comedy Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask. This weekend, Playboy TV will debut The Truth About Sex. A.k.a. everything their subscribers wanted to know about sex and were definitely not afraid to ask.

According to the press release, burning questions to be truth-tested will  include: Does male foot size really correlate? Is there a scientific explanation for “beer goggles?” And are blonde women more sexually adventurous?

The ten-part series was executive produced by Jon Hotchkiss, former showrunner of Emmy-winning Showtime series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!:

“Sex is exhilarating and fun, or so I’ve read on the Internet. It’s also complicated and confusing. With this new series, I’m thrilled we’re able to clear up the complications, debunk the misinformation, and still give Playboy TV’s audience what it desires: facts. Naked facts.”

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Woody Allen Shows Up in LA for To Rome With Love Premiere

The reports were true. Woody Allen actually came to Los Angeles with his wife Soon Yi Previn for the North American premiere of his latest film To Rome With Love at the LA Film Festival. This is a guy who won’t even show for the Oscars.

LA doesn’t seem to be treating him too badly this time around. He was in good spirits last night while introducing the film.

“If you hate it and think it was a waste of time, don’t let me know,” he told the audience last night in full nebbishy glory. “I get depressed easily,”

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A Hollow Woody Allen Headline

It’s a question many Los Angeles Film Festival watchers have been pondering this week. How the heck did Film Independent manage to convince Woody Allen to make an appearance at tonight’s opening night gala screening of To Rome With Love?

Based on the above Hollywood Reporter headline, a brief Q&A with artistic director David Ansen conducted by Gregg Kilday has the tantalizing answer. Not so fast. Hilariously (given the headline), here’s the non-answer provided by the critic-turned-programmer when asked about The Woodman’s rare west coast public appearance:

“I don’t know what his thought process was… I had told Tom Bernard and Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics that we’d really like to have Woody for opening night. And they came back a few days later and said, “We’re on.”

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LA Film Fest Opens Today

The LA Film Festival kicks off tonight with the North American premiere of Woody Allen‘s latest flick To Rome With Love. Obviously a hot ticket. By tomorrow, however, the fest will drift into discovery territory, with several films making their world premieres. You can see the full schedule here. We’re no film reviewers, but for the media-obsessed out there like us, here are few news biz-oriented films you might want to check out over the course of the 10-day festival.

Reportero — Director Bernardo Ruiz’ documentary about Zeta, the weekly Baja political newspaper that has seen its reporters harassed and even murdered for its tough investigative coverage of narco-traffickers and the politicians in their pockets.  From the press material: “Not even the brutal (and unsolved) murders of several colleagues can deter these brave men and women from their principles as journalists and their unflagging efforts to expose the truth, no matter what the cost.”

Vampira and Me – From director R. H. Greene, this is the story of the LA late night horror movie host Vampira, who became a star long before Elvira, only to suddenly disappear off the radar.

Words of Witness – Director Mai Iskander’s documentary account of the Arab Spring, as told through the online social networking and reporting of a young female journalist working for an English language newspaper in Egypt.

Coming Soon: An ArcLight Cinemas on the East Coast

Richard Verrier of the LA Times had the story exclusively a few days ago. Today, ArcLight Cinemas is making it official.

For its first expansion move outside Southern California, the chain has selected an east coast city used as a filming location for Dave, True Lies and several Woody Allen shoots. Per today’s announcement:

ArcLight Cinemas executed a lease today that will open a new location in Bethesda, MD… Construction on the theater in the Westfield Montgomery will begin in early 2013, with the grand opening set for 2014.

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LA Film Festival Reveals Partial Gala Schedule

Film Independent just released the preliminary gala schedule for this year’s LA Film Festival. Focus Features’ Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Fox Searchlight’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, and AFFRM and Participant’s Middle of Nowhere are the latest films added to roster. Beasts and Middle of Nowhere have already earned acclaim after debuting at Sundance. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World–with Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Rob Corddry, and Patton Oswalt, among others–will be making its world premiere.

Woody Allen‘s To Rome With Love will kick off the festival on June 14. More films should be announced shortly.

Jest.com Has Another Oscar Kiddie Spoof Winner

For the second year in a row, CollegeHumor Media’s jest.com has enlisted a gang of deadpanning kids to re-enact the nominees for Best Picture.

This extremely slick two-part Academy Awards goof is quickly–and deservedly–going viral. In Part 1 (below), the Moneyball and Midnight in Paris bits work especially well:

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Woody Allen Fronts Biggest-Ever Issue of ‘The Envelope’

In today’s LA Times print editions, the awards season supplemental section “The Envelope” clocks in at a record 68 pages. Another sign of just how robust this year’s studio ad-driven film kudos coverage business is looking to be, after several lean years.

Meanwhile, on the online side of things, Focus Features will this Sunday begin a month-long exclusive sponsorship of TheEnvelope.com’s video content. The irony is that today’s cover boy, Woody Allen, is right up there with the late Marlon Brando in terms of the importance he ascribes to such things as the Oscars. Per reporter Sam Adams‘ interview:

With Midnight in Paris, Allen has done more than merely survive: He’s connected with a mass audience to the greatest extent since 1986′s Hannah and Her Sisters. “People do come up to me more on the street,” Allen says. “I noticed it before I went away for the summer.” Hannah also won supporting actor Oscars for Michael Caine and Dianne Weist and the original screenplay prize for Allen. It also notched a further four nominations, which augurs well for Allen come award season.

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When Wells Met Woody

The fall of 1978 was not kind to Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeffrey Wells. In between working as a Connecticut tree surgeon on weekends and borrowing rent money from his dad, he was writing film reviews for free and sharing magazine article pitches with individuals who seemed to have attained their position by means of something other than editorial competence.

Then it happened. Blogging wistfully over the weekend, Wells recalled crashing a film shoot at an art gallery near West Broadway and Prince, where he availed himself of craft service and stumbled into a bespectacled muse:

I walked into the main gallery room and there, sitting in a canvas chair and reading something intently, was young Woody Allen. He was being left alone, nobody hovering. Glasses, dark brownish-red hair, flannel shirt… and sitting absolutely still, like a Duane Hanson sculpture.

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Actor/Director Paul Mazursky Named VanityFair.com’s Newest Film Critic

Actor/director Paul Mazurksy, of Down and Out in Beverly Hills fame, was just named the new film critic for VanityFair.com.

“I wanted a film critic who’s been inside the Hollywood trenches; one who would bring a richly seasoned viewpoint to current cinema,” Vanity Fair EIC Graydon Carter says of the hire. “Mazursky fits the bill to a T. There isn’t an aspect of moviemaking that he doesn’t know first hand. And he has the scars to prove it.”

It’s definitely an interesting hire. Mazursky brings an insider element to the job that gives him technical and industry expertise your average critic lacks. He also, obviously, brings an air of celebrity–which doesn’t hurt in attracting eyeballs.

Mazursky addresses the role of the 21st century film critic in his introductory post.

So, do critics matter? It depends on to whom. To the young audience? I’m not sure they even read reviews, in the era of RottenTomatoes.com. Does it matter to the over-45s? Sure, if they want culture and social problems—and don’t mind a little sex and violence. I’d like to believe they want to be moved to tears by the end of a great film.

Do reviews matter to the studios? Sure. They’ll be happy with a rave. But they’re capable of manufacturing a full-page ad with blockbuster quotes from Grade C critics.

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