Mia Farrow (born Maria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow on February 9, 1945) is an American actress. Farrow has appeared in more than forty films and won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe award (and seven additional Golden Globe nominations), three BAFTA Film Award nominations, and a win for best actress at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Farrow is also notable for her extensive humanitarian work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Her latest effort is www.miafarrow.org containing a guide on how to get involved with Darfur activism, along with her photos and blog entries from Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic.
Farrow is the daughter of John Farrow, an Australian film director, and Irish actress Maureen O'Sullivan. Both parents were practicing Catholics and Mia, born Maria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow (in Los Angeles, California), had a Catholic upbringing. Her sister, Prudence Farrow, inspired The Beatles' song Dear Prudence. Farrow was stricken with polio as...
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The Ex is a 2007 comedy film directed by Jesse Peretz and starring Zach Braff, Amanda Peet and Jason Bateman. The film had a wide release planned for January 19, 2007, and then March 9, 2007. It was originally promoted under the working title Fast Track. It was released on May 11, 2007. Co-stars include Charles Grodin and Donal Logue.
A new married father named Tom (Zach Braff) keeps moving from job-to-job, while his wife Sofia (Amanda Peet) decides to leave her career track and work at home. Both are frustrated with their situation. Tom lands at Sofia's dad's advertising agency, and things are made more difficult for them by another employee at that ad agency: the wheelchair-bound Chip (Jason Bateman), Sofia's ex.As of September 1, 2007 on Rotten Tomatoes, 20% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 92 reviews (18 "fresh", 74 "rotten). On Metacritic, the film was listed under its previous title Fast Track and had no average score because only 2 reviews had been tabulated....
Be Kind Rewind is an upcoming 2007 comedy film directed by Michel Gondry and starring Jack Black and Mos Def.
Jerry (Jack Black) is a junkyard worker who attempts to sabotage a power plant that he believes is melting his brain. But when his plan goes awry, the magnetic field that he creates accidentally erases all of the videotapes in a local video store where his best friend Mike (Mos Def) works. Fearing that the mishap will cost Mike his job, the two friends team up to keep the store's only loyal customer, a little old lady with a tenuous grasp on reality (Mia Farrow) from realizing what has happened by recreating and re-filming every movie that she decides to rent. From Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, RoboCop, Rush Hour 2, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Boyz n the Hood, and The Lion King. Jerry and Mike become the biggest stars in their neighborhood by starring in the biggest movies ever made.
The Omen (also known as The Omen: 666) is a 2006 remake of the 1976 horror film The Omen. The film is directed by John Moore and is written by David Seltzer. Principal photography began on October 3, 2005 at Barrandov Studios in Prague, Czech Republic. The film is part of the Omen series.
The Omen was released on June 6, 2006 (6/6/06), at 06:06:06 in the morning. This symbolically represents the number 666, which, traditionally is regarded as the "Number of the Beast," according to the New Testament (this is disputed by several theologians, however).
The MPAA rated this film as R for disturbing violent content, graphic images, and disturbing sequences.
The Omen opened on a Tuesday in order to be released on June 6, and recorded the highest opening Tuesday box office gross in domestic box office history in the United States, by earning more than $12 million. The film earned $12,633,666 on its first day, with the last three digits ending in the number 666. However, Bruce Snyder, Fox's...,
Widows' Peak is a 1994 British film. It stars Mia Farrow, Natasha Richardson, Adrian Dunbar, Joan Plowright and is directed by John Irvin.
Husbands and Wives is a 1992 American film directed and written by Woody Allen. The films stars Allen, Mia Farrow, Sydney Pollack, Judy Davis, and Juliette Lewis. It was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Judy Davis) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Woody Allen).
The film is about two couples: Jack (Pollack) and Sally (Davis), and Gabe (Allen) and Judy (Farrow). Gabe is an English professor at a college, Judy works at a magazine, Jack is a businessman, and Sally is a co-worker. The film starts when Jack and Sally arrive at Gabe and Judy's apartment and announce their separation. Gabe is shocked, but Judy takes the news personally and is very hurt. Still confused, they go out for dinner.
Later that night, Judy asks Gabe if he ever fantasizes about other woman. Gabe brushes her questions off, and they go to bed. The next day, Gabe approaches Rain, a student of his that he admires for her brilliant writing. Rain and...
Shadows and Fog (1992) is a black and white film directed by Woody Allen and based on his one-act play Death. It stars Allen, Mia Farrow, John Malkovich, John Cusack, William H. Macy, Madonna, and Kenneth Mars. It was filmed on a 26,000-square-foot set at Kaufman-Astoria Studios, which holds the distinction of being the biggest set ever built in New York.
Shadows and Fog is an homage to Fritz Lang, G.W. Pabst and F.W. Murnau, and the German Expressionists.
The movie begins with Kleinman (Allen) being woken up from a deep sleep by a vigilante mob. They claim to be looking for "the strangler", a serial killer who strangles his victims. They tell him to get dressed and meet them downstairs in five minutes. In a flurry, he gets dressed. Before he goes down, his landlady who wants to marry him gives him a small paper bag with pepper in it. "If The Strangler attacks you, blow some of this in his eyes!"
Meanwhile, in a circus on the outskirts of town, Irmy (Farrow) and her boyfriend Peter,
Alice is a 1990 film directed by Woody Allen and starring Joe Mantegna, Mia Farrow and Alec Baldwin. The film is loosely a reworking of Federico Fellini's 1965 film Juliet of the SpiritsAlice Tate, the mother of two, with a marriage of sixteen years, finds herself falling for handsome, married saxophonist Joe.
Stricken with a backache, she consults Dr. Yang, an Asian herbalist who realizes that her problems are not related to her back, but in her mind and heart. Dr. Yang's magical herbs give Alice wondrous powers, taking her out of a well-established rut.
Crimes and Misdemeanors is a film written and directed by Woody Allen. It stars Woody Allen (as Cliff), Martin Landau (as Judah), Mia Farrow (as Halley), Anjelica Huston (as Dolores), Jerry Orbach as Jack, Alan Alda (as Lester), and Joanna Gleason (as Wendy). The film was met with critical acclaim and was nominated for the following Academy Awards:
Due to the film's serious and realistic treatment of its plot and characters, it is considered by many to be Allen's most mature film.
The film is set in 1980s New York and follows two main characters: Judah, a successful ophthalmologist, and Cliff, a failed documentary filmmaker. The two men are each confronted, respectively, with different moral crises.
Judah's crisis concerns the affair he had with an airline stewardess named Dolores. After Judah unceremoniously ends their relationship, Dolores, scorned, blackmails Judah, threatening to tell his wife about their affair. Frustrated and desperate, Judah has her killed, and subsequently...
New York Stories is an anthology film which was released in the USA in March 1989.The film consists of three shorts with the central theme being New York City. The first short is Life Lessons, directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Richard Price. The second is Life Without Zoe, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and written by Francis Ford Coppola and Sofia Coppola. The last segment is Oedipus Wrecks, directed and written by Woody Allen.The reviews were generally positive for Life Lessons and Oedipus Wrecks, but generally negative for Life Without Zoe. Hal Hinson of The Washington Post said of Coppola's segment, "it's by far the director's worst work yet." Oedipus Wrecks includes Adrien Brody and 7-year-old Kirsten Dunst in their first film roles. The film also features Larry David as the club owner who explains to Allen that his mother is missing. And it coincidentally features both Mae Questel and Julie Kavner, who voiced perhaps the most significant female cartoon...,
Another Woman is a 1988 Woody Allen film about an emotionally reticent woman. It stars Gena Rowlands and Mia Farrow and does not feature Allen in an acting role.
Marion is a middle-aged college professor. She heads the philosophy department of a university and specializes in German existential philosophy. During a summer sabbatical, she embarks to write a book. However, loud construction has begun next door to her office. She rents a small apartment for quiet privacy. A psychiatrist's practice is next door. Through the vent she hears his sessions with patients. At first she is guiltily hesitant to listen. Slowly she becomes fascinated with the intellectual existentialism of their problems. She's particularly drawn to a young pregnant woman, Hope, played by Mia Farrow. The doctor theorizes that in Hope's subconscious, she is sabotaging her own life to gradually deem it worthy of suicide. She's married a man she doesn't love and conceived a child she does not want. These...,
Radio Days is a 1987 film directed by Woody Allen. The film looks back on American family life during the Golden Age of Radio.Allen narrates the stories of his youth, although he is never seen by the audience. The young Allen is portrayed onscreen by Seth Green as "Joe".The Narrator (Woody Allen) tells us how the radio influenced his childhood in the days before the TV. In the New York City of the late 30's to the New Year of 1944, this coming-of-age tale mixes the Narrator's experiences with contemporary anecdotes and urban legends of the radio stars.Even though the Narrator's Jewish family lives modestly in the Queens neighborhood of Rockaway Beach, each member finds in radio shows an escape from reality through the gossip of celebrities, sports legends of the day, crooners, etc. For the Narrator, the action adventurers on the radio (one of them based on The Shadow) inspire him, as he daydreams about his attractive replacement teacher, movie stars, and World War II. Meanwhile, the...,
The movie does not feature Allen as an actor, and is one of his straightforward dramatic films. The cast includes Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Dianne Wiest, Elaine Stritch, Jack Warden, and Denholm Elliott.
The plot centers around Lane, who is recovering in her house in the country. She has been befriended by local widower Howard. Peter is renting her guest house. Her friend Stephanie is spending the month with her. And her mother, Diane, and step-father come to visit. It is a story of unrequited love, betrayal, selfishness, and loneliness.
Woody shot the film twice. Originally with Sam Shepard as Peter (after Christopher Walken shot a few scenes, but was determined not to be right for the role), Maureen O'Sullivan as Diane, and Charles Durning as Howard. After editing the film he decided to re-write it, re-cast it, and re-shoot it.
Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 romantic comedy film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family, told mostly during a year that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner. The movie was written and directed by Woody Allen and stars Mia Farrow as Hannah, with Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest as her sisters.
The film's ensemble cast also includes Allen, Michael Caine, Carrie Fisher, Maureen O'Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Max von Sydow, and Julie Kavner. Daniel Stern, Lewis Black, Joanna Gleason, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all have minor roles, as do Tony Roberts and Sam Waterston, whose are uncredited cameo appearances. Several of Farrow's children, including a pre-adolescent Soon-Yi Previn, have credited and uncredited roles, mostly as Thanksgiving extras.
The film is Allen's biggest box office hit thus far, without adjusting for inflation, with a North American gross of $41 million. Adjusted for inflation it falls behind Annie Hall and Manhattan, and possibly also one...,
The Purple Rose of Cairo is an award-winning 1985 film written and directed by Woody Allen. It tells the story of a film character who leaves the film and enters the real world.
The Purple Rose of Cairo is the name of a film-within-the-film, with Jeff Daniels playing the dual roles of Tom, a character in the film-within-the-film, and Gil, the actor who portrays Tom. Tom literally breaks the fourth wall, emerging from the black-and-white into the colorful real world on the other side of the cinema's screen. He is drawn out by Cecilia (played by Mia Farrow), a film buff who goes to the movies to escape her bleak Great Depression life and loveless marriage to Monk (Danny Aiello). The producer of the film finds out that Tom has left the film, and he and Gil fly cross-country to the New Jersey theater where it happened. This sets up an unusual love triangle involving Tom, Gil and Cecilia.
A number of the scenes featuring Tom and Cecilia are set at the Bertrand Island Amusement Park, which...,
Supergirl is a 1984 feature film. It stars Helen Slater in her first motion picture role in the title role of the DC Comics superheroine Supergirl and Faye Dunaway (who received top billing) as the primary villain, Selena. The movie was a spin-off from the popular Superman saga which lasted from 1978 to 1987 starring Christopher Reeve.
The movie also featured Marc McClure reprising his role as Jimmy Olsen.
The movie performed poorly at the box office and failed to impress critics or audiences. Helen Slater, however, was nominated for a Saturn Award for her strong performance by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The film does contain some expansions on the Superman movie mythology, such as taking the viewer into the Phantom Zone itself (in the first two Superman films, it was merely represented by a spinning black pane of glass). The story uses sorcery (a noted Superman weakness, but less favored over kryptonite) as a counter attack on Supergirl to great...,
Broadway Danny Rose is a black and white 1984 Academy Award-nominated film written, directed by and starring Woody Allen. The plot concerns a hapless talent manager who, by helping a client, gets dragged into a love triangle involving the mob. Mia Farrow costars. The story is told in flashback, as an anecdote shared amongst a group of comedians over lunch at New York's Carnegie Deli. Talent agent "Broadway" Danny Rose (Allen) represents countless incompetent entertainers and one talented one: washed-up lounge singer Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte), whose career is on the rebound.
Lou is having an affair with a woman, Tina (Farrow), who had previously dated a gangster. Lou wants her to accompany him to his big gig at the Waldorf Astoria, where he will perform in front of Milton Berle, who could potentially hire him for future gigs. At the singer's insistence, Danny Rose masquerades as Farrow's boyfriend to divert attention from the affair. However, Tina's ex-boyfriend is extremely...
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy is a 1982 film written and directed by Woody Allen.The plot revolves around a weekend party bringing together six people, loosely based on Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night. This movie is notable for being the first of thirteen movies that Allen would make starring Mia Farrow. Farrow's role was originally written for another famous Allen lead actress, Diane Keaton, but she couldn't take the part because she was busy promoting her film Reds and preparing to shoot the film Shoot the Moon. It also marks the first appearance of Woody Allen as an ensemble performer in his own film, as previously he had either been the lead character or did not appear in his films.The film opened on July 16, 1982 at 501 North American theaters, and made $2,514,478 ($5,018 per screen) in its opening weekend. It grossed $9,077,269 in its entire run.What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) •Take the Money and Run (1969) •Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971) •Bananas ...
A Wedding is a 1978 black comedy directed by Robert Altman, starring Carol Burnett, Lillian Gish, Geraldine Chaplin, Vittorio Gassman, Mia Farrow, Lauren Hutton, Craig Richard Nelson,Pam Dawber, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Paul Dooley, and Howard Duff. The dialogue is humorous, and the story is told in the trademark Altman style, with multiple plots and overlapping dialogue.The stories unfold in a single day during a lavish wedding that merges a middle-class Southern family with a wealthy one that has connections to organized crime. Capped with a somewhat tragic ending, the film makes concludes with a cover version of Leonard Cohen's "Bird on a Wire." Cohen's music set the tone for Altman's McCabe and Mrs. MillerThe Delinquents (1957) • The James Dean Story (1957) •Countdown (1968) •That Cold Day in the Park (1969) •MASH (1970) •Brewster McCloud (1971) •McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)•Images (1972) •The Long Goodbye (1973) •Thieves Like Us (1974) •California Split (1974) •Nashville (1975) •...,
Death on the Nile is a 1978 film based on an Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same title, directed by John Guillermin. The film features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and it takes place in Egypt, mostly on the Nile River.The film begins with a meeting between Linnet Ridgeway (Lois Chiles) and Jacqueline de Bellefort (Mia Farrow). Jackie wants her fiancé, Simon Doyle (Simon MacCorkindale), to work for Linnet. Upon his arrival he and Linnet Ridgeway have a whirlwind affair, in which they end up marrying. While honeymooning in Egypt, they are continually hounded by a jilted Jacqueline. In an attempt to get away, the Doyles board a Nile paddle steamer.The next day, when the passengers venture off-shore to examine a near-by temple, a large boulder is pushed off a pilar narrowly missing Simon and Linnet Doyle. Soon after, they stumble upon Jackie who, after scaring the Doyles witless, boards the ship, despite Poirot's warnings to stay away. That night, in the saloon, Jacqueline...,
Rosemary's Baby is a 1967 best-selling horror novel by Ira Levin, his second published book.
It centers on Rosemary Woodhouse, a young mother-to-be, who begins to suspect her elderly neighbors are not the kindly souls they appear to be. She soon discovers they are the leaders of a coven of witches and her husband, a struggling actor, allowed the devil to impregnate her in exchange for a successful career, but she is unable to convince anyone to believe her.
In 1968, the novel was turned into an acclaimed film adaptation starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes as her husband. Ruth Gordon won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Roman Polanski, who wrote and directed the film, was nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. Other actors in the movie include: Ralph Bellamy, Elisha Cook Jr. and Charles Grodin.
The movie was filmed partially on location at the the Dakota, off Central Park West in New York City.
Levin published a sequel to...
Secret Ceremony is a 1968 film, produced in Britain and released by Universal Pictures. It stars Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, Robert Mitchum, Pamela Brown, and Peggy Ashcroft. Joseph Losey directed, from a script by George Tabori.Taylor plays a prostitute despondent over the death of her daughter. Mia Farrow is a lonely young woman who is immediately attracted to Taylor and practically adopts her as her mother. Mitchum, Farrow's stepfather, intrudes into this make-believe mother and daughter relationship, and tragedy ensues.Critical reception of the film has tended to be mixed, with some critics essentially maintaining that it is a bad film but yet one that can be enjoyed due to a certain camp quality evident in Losey's mise-en-scène and the actors' performances. However, other film analysts regard the film as compelling because of its deep psychological portraits. Taylor's performance has been characterized as occasionally tacky, but justified by the fact that she is playing a...,
Mia Farrow was born