Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” to Close NY Film Fest, Amazon Gets a Hat Trick with Opener and Centerpiece, Too


I told you on July 6th that Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” would probably close the New York Film Festival. And so it shall be. Amazon has scored a hat trick.

The burgeoning film company now has taken the NY Film Fest by storm– They have the opening night film, the centerpiece film, and the closing night film. That has to be a first for any film festival, to have their three main screenings from the same studio.

Of course, adding Woody Allen would give some balance to the Robert Mitchum retrospective that’s planned. I told you yesterday that Mitchum was a Holocaust denier, a racist, a bigot, and an anti-Semite. I doubt Woody will attend the retrospective.

The other amazon movies are Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” and Todd Haynes’s “Wonderstruck.” Last year Amazon had “Manchester by the Sea.” They are, to say the least, rocking!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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