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Scoop

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Directed by Woody Allen
Produced by Letty Aronson
Gareth Wiley
Written by Woody Allen
Starring Scarlett Johansson
Hugh Jackman
Woody Allen
Ian McShane
Music by Edvard Grieg
Johann Strauss Jr.
Piotr Tchaikovsky
Cinematography Remi Adefarasin
Editing by Alisa Lepselter
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date(s) July 28, 2006
(limited)
Running time 96 min.
Language English
Budget US $4 million (IMDb estimate)[1]
IMDb profile

Scoop is a 2006 UK-set romantic comedy/murder mystery written and directed by Woody Allen and starring Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Ian McShane, and Allen himself. Focus Features released the film, which was rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "some sexual content." Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (509x755, 92 KB)[edit] Summary http://www. ... Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, musician, and comedian. ... Letty Aronson (born 1943) is a Hollywood film producer and sister of Woody Allen. ... Gareth Wiley is a movie producer whose credits include Match Point, Scoop, and Till Human Voices Wake Us. ... Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, musician, and comedian. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Hugh Michael Jackman (born October 12, 1968) is an Australian film producer, film and stage actor, known for playing Wolverine in X-Men and its sequels, and his Tony Award-winning performance in The Boy from Oz. ... Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, musician, and comedian. ... Ian McShane (born 29 September 1942 in Blackburn) is a British actor. ... Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist who composed in the romantic period. ... Johann Strauss II The Waltz King coming to life in the Stadtpark, Vienna Johann Strauss II (or Johann Strauss the Younger, or Johann Strauss Jr. ... Young Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1874) Tchaikovsky redirects here. ... Remi Adefarasin (born, London) is a noted British movie cinematographer. ... Alisa Lepselter is a movie editor. ... Focus Features is the art house films division of Universal Pictures, and acts as both a producer and distributor for its own films and a distrubutor for foreign films. ... July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Romantic comedy films are a sub-genre of comedy films as well as of romance films. ... Sherlock Holmes, pipe-puffing hero of crime fiction, confers with his colleague Dr. Watson; together these characters popularized the genre. ... Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, musician, and comedian. ... Hugh Michael Jackman (born October 12, 1968) is an Australian film producer, film and stage actor, known for playing Wolverine in X-Men and its sequels, and his Tony Award-winning performance in The Boy from Oz. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Ian McShane (born 29 September 1942 in Blackburn) is a British actor. ... Focus Features is the art house films division of Universal Pictures, and acts as both a producer and distributor for its own films and a distrubutor for foreign films. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ...

Contents

Overview

Plot

The film opens at the memorial service for irrepressible investigative reporter Joe Strombel (Ian McShane). Meanwhile, Strombel's spirit finds himself on the barge of death across the River Styx with several others, including a young woman who believes she was poisoned by her employer, Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman). The woman tells Strombel she thinks Lyman, a handsome British aristocrat with political ambitions, may be the Tarot Card Killer, a notorious serial murderer of prostitutes, and that he killed her when she stumbled onto his secret. Ian McShane (born 29 September 1942 in Blackburn) is a British actor. ... For other uses, see Styx River (disambiguation) River In Greek mythology, Styx ([river of] hate) is the name of a river which formed the boundary between earth and the underworld, Hades. ... Hugh Michael Jackman (born October 12, 1968) is an Australian film producer, film and stage actor, known for playing Wolverine in X-Men and its sequels, and his Tony Award-winning performance in The Boy from Oz. ...


The scene then shifts to Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson), a beautiful but somewhat awkward and uncommitted American college journalist on vacation in London. Pransky attends a performance given by magician Sid Waterman (Woody Allen), aka "The Great Splendini," and agrees to participate on the stage. While in a booth known as the dematerializer, Pransky encounters Strombel's ghost who has escaped the Grim Reaper himself to impart his suspicions of Lyman to a journalist who can investigate the story. Sondra decides to infiltrate Lyman's privileged world and find out if he truly is the dreaded criminal, enlisting Sid in the process. Sondra enlists Sid the magician to utilize his powers of deception and help her investigate Lyman. Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, musician, and comedian. ... Death, personified is an anthropomorphic figure or a fictional character who has existed in mythology and popular culture since the earliest days of storytelling. ...


Sondra catches Lyman's attention by pretending to drown near him at a swimming pool. When he rescues her, she introduces herself as Jade Spence, daughter of a wealthy oil family from Palm Beach. Whilst Sid poses as her father, "Jade" begins dating Lyman. As the deception begins, Sondra is convinced Lyman is the murderer while Sid finds it impossible to believe. But as the film progresses and Sondra falls in love with Lyman, she begins to trust him as well. Meanwhile, Sid becomes less sanguine about Lyman as he notices more and more inconsistencies, especially after he and Sondra find a Tarot deck hidden in Peter's vault. He finally prevails upon Sondra to write a news story implicating Lyman, but the newspaper editor refuses the story because of Sondra's lack of proof. Throughout their investigations, Sid and Sondra have a relationship that is in turns friendly, paternal, and also antagonistic -- fueled largely by Sondra's annoyance that her smooth "Jade Spence" charade is being compromised by Sid's obnoxious attempts to act the part of a nouveau riche oil baron (an impression made up primarily of the same "What's your sign, darling?" schtick of Broadway Danny Rose). now. ... Broadway Danny Rose is a 1984 film written, directed by and starring Woody Allen. ...


Soon thereafter, however, the police arrest the real Tarot Card Killer. Sondra, relieved that her suspicions were for naught, reveals her real name the deception she and Sid had practiced. Lyman is surprisingly gracious, and tells Sondra he desires to keep seeing her. They plan to spend the weekend at Lyman's isolated county estate. Later, Sid (at the late Strombel's urging) suggests that Peter used the Tarot Card murders to cover up a prostitute murder of his own.


While Sondra and Lyman vacation in the country, Sid continues to investigate this theory. He finds that Lyman did frequent a prostitute, Betty Gibson, later killed, apparently by the Tarot Card Killer. Gibson is described as a "baby-faced blonde" (just like Sondra) before Peter convinced her to dye her hair, presumably to match the profile of the other Tarot victims. When Sid calls Sondra with his findings, she waves them off. Unbeknownst to her, Peter is ominously listening in on another extension.


As the film approaches its climax, Sid breaks in to Lyman's vault again, this time finding the key to Betty Gibson's flat. Meanwhile, out on a canoe in Lyman's lake, Peter confesses to Sondra that he killed Gibson to stop her blackmailing him, and he used the Tarot Card pattern to allay suspicion, just as Strombol and Sid surmised. Peter comments on the irony that he first met Sondra by saving her from drowning, and now she really would drown. He would kill Sid later; no one would connect an obscure stage magician's death to that of a clumsy journalism student. This scene is intercut with shots of Sid driving madly out to the Lyman estate to rescue Sondra, but there is a crash off camera.


After his confession, Peter throws Sondra into the lake and watches her go under. He then calls the police. When they question him, he tells them of how Sondra was a terrible swimmer and how she almost drowned that first day at the pool. Suddenly, Sondra enters, soaking wet but smiling cheerfully. She informs Peter and the police that the drowning had been an act to get his attention, and actually she was a very good swimmer.


The penultimate scene of the film takes place back in the newspaper offices. The editor who turned her down before is congratulating Sondra on a brilliant piece of investigative journalism, the start of a promising career. Sondra is flattered, but she admits she could never have cracked the case without the help of the late Joe Strombel and the late Sid Waterman, Splendini. The final scene is of the film shows Sid, now himself a passenger on the Reaper's ship, performing the same magical gags and comedy routines he did in life for his fellow spirits.

Taglines

  • The Perfect Man. The Perfect Story. The Perfect Murder.
  • He's dashing, dapper, and possibly deadly. Two out of three ain't bad.

Cast

Jackman, Johansson, and Allen in a scene from Scoop.
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Jackman, Johansson, and Allen in a scene from Scoop.

Image File history File links Allen-Jackan-Johannson-Scoop. ... Image File history File links Allen-Jackan-Johannson-Scoop. ... Hugh Michael Jackman (born October 12, 1968) is an Australian film producer, film and stage actor, known for playing Wolverine in X-Men and its sequels, and his Tony Award-winning performance in The Boy from Oz. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, musician, and comedian. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, musician, and comedian. ... Hugh Michael Jackman (born October 12, 1968) is an Australian film producer, film and stage actor, known for playing Wolverine in X-Men and its sequels, and his Tony Award-winning performance in The Boy from Oz. ... Ian McShane (born 29 September 1942 in Blackburn) is a British actor. ... Charles Dance OBE (born October 10, 1946 in Redditch, Worcestershire) is an English actor. ... Romola Garai. ... Kevin McNally (born 27 April 1956 in Bristol, England) is an actor who has worked extensively in both film and television. ... Julian Glover in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ... Victoria Hamilton (born 5 April 1971) is a British actress. ...

Critical reception

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, receiving a "rotten" rating from film review website Rotten Tomatoes.[2] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Stephen Hunter, of The Washington Post called it the "worst movie Woody Allen has ever made": Stephen Hunter is an American author born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1946. ... The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. ...

Basically the movie decodes into a Hardy Boys-level mystery. It's not, of course, that comedies must display documentary realism on this sort of thing. You forgive anything in a movie if it's funny. Scoop is never funny enough — except for the odd, whiny Allen gibe, mainly because it recalls better days — to achieve this dispensation; the lack of realism becomes a crippling attribute. This gives nobody, least of all me, any pleasure, but a truth must be faced: Scoop is the worst movie Woody Allen has ever made.[3]

At the other extreme, Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle, who also gave positive reviews to Allen's Melinda and Melinda, called it "the funniest movie of the year so far" and Allen's funniest film in a decade. He also said: The Hardy Boys is a popular series of detective/adventure books for boys chronicling the fictional adventures of teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy. ... Mick LaSalle (born May 7, 1959) is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of two books on pre-code Hollywood. ... The San Francisco Chronicle, the self-described Voice of the West, is Northern Californias largest newspaper. ... Melinda and Melinda is a 2004 film written and directed by Woody Allen. ...

Scoop has something Match Point didn't, something that none of Allen's films have had to quite this degree in 10 years. It's really, really funny. Not funny "heh-heh," but laugh-out-loud funny. Funny like you walk out wanting to tell your friends its best lines. Funny like you're walking down the street and remember a moment and start laughing like an idiot. Woody Allen has written himself an ideal role, creating a character and a situation that result in a continuous stream of winning bits. And he's paired himself with a partner in Scarlett Johansson who brings deftness and freshness to Allen's familiar comic universe.[4]

Manohla Dargis of The New York Times called it "not especially funny yet oddly appealing": Manohla Dargis is one of the chief film critics for The New York Times. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ...

Mr. Allen doesn’t seem to be working terribly hard in Scoop, and while that makes for some apparent goofs and lots of ragged edges, it gives the whole thing a pleasantly carefree vibe. After the first 20 or so clunky minutes, the film settles into a groove and then, ever so slightly, deepens. Mr. Allen’s invocation of the Thin Man films in an interview makes sense, even if he’s no William Powell and Ms. Johansson is certainly no Myrna Loy. Scoop was made by someone who understands that what makes the “Thin Man” series enduring isn’t whodunit and why, but the way Nick and Nora look at each other as they sip their martinis, Asta nipping at their heels.[5]

William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 - March 5, 1984) was an American actor, noted for his sophisticated, cynical roles. ... A publicity photo of Myrna Loy Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American motion picture actress. ... A whodunit or whodunnit (for Who done it? and sometimes referred to as a Golden Age Mystery novel) is a complex, plot-driven variety of the detective story in which the puzzle is paramount. ... Nick and Nora Charles, or Mr. ...

Box office

Scoop opened in 538 American theatres on July 28, 2006. In its first three days, it grossed $3,046,924 for a per-theatre-average of $5,663. Box Office Mojo listed its opening as the biggest limited release premiere of 2006.[6] By the time the film's domestic run had ended on September 28, 2006, it grossed $10,525,717 in the U.S.[7] The film had a $4 million budget, not including prints and advertising expense. July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Box Office Mojo is a website that tracks box office revenue in a systematic way. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing...


Trivia

  • As is often the case with films by Woody Allen, no original score is used. Most of the music pieces heard in the film are ones composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss Jr., and Edvard Grieg.
  • This is the second film Allen has shot in England with Scarlett Johansson.
  • Scoop is one of three 2006 films to feature both the topic of magic and magicians as main characters. The other two are The Illusionist and The Prestige, the second of which also stars Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson. Mr Allen was tutoured magic and illusion for the movie by Scott Penrose.
  • The lead character (originally an adult journalist) was tailored specifically to Johansson, whom Allen observed as having an unused "funny" quality about her while working on the previous film "Match Point".[citation needed].
  • The green & Black microcar was a Smart Fortwo

Young Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1874) Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian: Пётр Ильич Чайкoвский, Pjotr Il’ič ÄŒajkovskij;   (7 May 1840 [O.S. 25 April] – 6 November 1893 [O.S. 25 October]), also transliterated Piotr Ilitsch Tschaikowski, Petr Ilich Tschaikowsky, Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, as well as many other versions, was a Russian composer... Johann Strauss II The Waltz King coming to life in the Stadtpark, Vienna Johann Strauss II (or Johann Strauss the Younger, or Johann Strauss Jr. ... Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist who composed in the romantic period. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Magic, including the arts of prestidigitation and conjuring, is the art of entertaining an audience by performing illusions that baffle and amaze, often by giving the impression that something impossible has been achieved, almost as if the performer had magic or supernatural powers. ... Magician redirects here. ... The Illusionist is a 2006 period drama directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, and Paul Giamatti. ... The Prestige is a 2006 period film directed by Christopher Nolan, adapted from Christopher Priests award-winning 1995 novel of the same name. ... Scott Penrose was born in Essex, England in 1969, the son of magician John Penrose. ... Match Point is an Academy Award-nominated 2005 film written and directed by Woody Allen and starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, and Matthew Goode. ... This Smart car is now considered an example of a microcar, in spite of weighing as much as a Volkswagen Beetle A microcar is an extremely small automobile. ... The Fortwo is the original Smart model, launched in 1998 as City Coupe. ...

References

  1. ^ Business Data for Scoop from IMDb
  2. ^ Scoop at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ Scoop: Just Kill the Story, a review by Stephen Hunter for The Washington Post
  4. ^ Scoop is Allen's funniest film in years, a review by Mick LaSalle for the San Francisco Chronicle
  5. ^ Scoop: Shades of Nick and Nora, With Woody Allen’s Shtick, a review by Manohla Dargis for The New York Times
  6. ^ Box Office Mojo report on Scoop
  7. ^ Scoop at Box Office Mojo

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1] is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Stephen Hunter is an American author born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1946. ... The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. ... Mick LaSalle (born May 7, 1959) is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of two books on pre-code Hollywood. ... The San Francisco Chronicle, the self-described Voice of the West, is Northern Californias largest newspaper. ... Manohla Dargis is one of the chief film critics for The New York Times. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ... Box Office Mojo is a website that tracks box office revenue in a systematic way. ...

External links

  • Official website
  • Info, plot, poster and review Scoop

 
 

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