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Woody Allen finds romance in magic

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 01:02

The veteran filmmaker transforms his love for illusion into the new movie ''Magic In The Moonlight.'' Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Woody Allen assembles another set of all-stars for his latest movie "Magic in the Moonlight." The veteran director joined cast members Emma Stone, Colin Firth and Jacki Weaver at the New York premiere of the film on Thursday (July 17). The romantic comedy set in the south of France in the 1920s tells the story of an English master of illusion, played by Firth, who is called by his friend to help determine if Stone's character is phony fortune teller. For Allen, who wrote and directed the project, the story comes from his love of magic. "I read that during the 1920s there was a great many fraudulent spiritualists exploiting people all over the United States, all over Europe. And they could fool the general public, they could fool intellectuals, they could fool scientists, but they could never fool magicians because they were wise to the gimmicks. So there are a number of magicians, Houdini included, who were always debunking them. And I thought it would make a good story, a good romantic story," Allen told Reuters. Actors Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater and Simon McBurney also star in the film. "Magic in the Moonlight" will have a limited release on July 25th and national throughout the month of August.

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Woody Allen finds romance in magic

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 01:02