Blake Lively signs on to Woody Allen’s next film, also starring Kristen Stewart


Am I the only one still wondering what was up with Blake Lively’s absence at the Met Gala on Monday night? Her rep said her absence was because she was filming movies “back to back” in Asia. Which… is easily disproven, considering everyone has access to IMDB. Her IMDB lists All I See Is You as her next film, so maybe that’s filming in Asia? Maybe? But there is some good news (sort of) for Blake’s career: she did just get a legitimate job! She’s been cast in the new Woody Allen film, which will be filmed this summer:

Fresh from opening The Age Of Adaline, Blake Lively will join the ensemble cast of Woody Allen’s next film. She will join Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis and Kristen Stewart, I’m told. As usual, the film is untitled and there are no plot details, but the picture is being produced by Letty Arsonson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson, his usual collaborators.

Allen is casting the film as he prepares for the Cannes premiere of Irrational Man, which stars Emma stone and Joaquin Phoenix and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics July 24th.

It’s a good time for Lively, as Age of Adaline has grossed $24 million so far domestically as nice counter programming against the behemoth Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Lively is next booked to star alongside Jason Clarke in the Marc Forster-directed All I See Is You. Then she will join Allen’s film. She’s repped by WME and Management 360.

[From Deadline]

The way Woody Allen almost always works is that he films for about eight to ten weeks in the summer months, cuts the film quickly and starts writing another script, which will be made the following year. So… Blake will be working this summer on a Woody Allen film. I doubt she cares about the rumors and accusations, by the way. She, like so many actors, just wants to work with Woody. I would assume the same is true of Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis, etc. Also: Kristen and Blake in the same movie? Miss Perma-Grump and Miss Sunshine? It will be epic.

Meanwhile, Blake has a new interview with the BBC’s Newsbeat. Some assorted quotes about baby James and her post-baby body.

She’s not glamorous in real life: “We don’t have red carpets in our house. Or glam squads and people making us look awesome and making it look easy every day. What our house is like, it’s just in complete chaos. It’s lasting on no sleep and not knowing what to do because you’re a parent.”

Her post-baby body: “I’m still 15 pounds heavier so it’s nice that people think I lost my baby weight. I still haven’t lost a pretty good chunk of it, but it’s also the pressure – who cares? There’s pressure to lose it, or women are like supposed to look like they did when they were 19 right after you give birth to your child, I think it’s silly.” Blake says breastfeeding has helped, but she’s “not really obsessing” over losing any more weight right now.

[From BBC]

To my eyes, it does look like Blake has lost all of her baby weight and that her body snapped back really quickly after giving birth. That’s what being tall and leggy will do for you, people. But she’s right… who cares? She’s happy and healthy and I hate that new moms are expected to bounce back quickly. I also hate that new moms are being constantly asked about their bodies. Ugh to all of it.


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  1. savu says:

    Hahahaha her and Kristen in a movie together. Ahahahaha I’m sorry it’s just playing out too hilariously in my head. *mutual lip bite, one angsty one twee*

  2. Kiddo says:

    But…who plays the shrill, money obsessed, narcissistic older woman who gets dumped for a much younger girl?

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Seriously Kiddo…I don’t understand how Woody Allen keeps getting funded for his movies. It seems to me that he has one good movie (good, not always amazing/great) out of every 5-10 movies. And all of his films seem to have the same creepy relationships between women as you described…..ALL OF THEM.

      • Dolce crema says:

        But compared to everything else out there they aren’t that stupid. Look at all the crap watched these days. He tries. (Leaving the pervert Molestor angle out of this perspective )

      • Kiddo says:

        I feel like he has made THE SAME movie, with slight tweaks, over the last several years.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        @Dolce crema
        I think “they’re that stupid”, because it’s the same tropes over and over again…….and not executed that well. I think it’s because he’s an old white guy, he’s seen as an auteur…..nope.

        And his films are worse for me, because I hate when drama movies make movies that are sad/depressing/etc, just because. And that it’s supposed to be a good movie because there’s some drama/overacting in it.

        And it’s even creepier when you factor in his personal life.

      • Pinky Rose says:

        I don’t see how Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Annie Hall, Interiors, Husbands and Wives, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and her sisters, Everyone says I love you, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Blue Jasmine, Another Woman, Match Point, Melinda and Melinda, Midnight in Paris, Bullets Over Broadway, Play it again Sam share the same topics like at all.
        One might dislike him for any reason, but saying he only makes movies about “creepy” (and really why? in real world people do have relationships with older people) relationships is innacurate. And when his movies feature that (see: Mighty Aphrodite) his view is more of contempt and it doesn’t drive the plot.

      • Prince Valiant says:

        Pinky Rose, concur. But you forgot Broadway Danny Rose, one of my favourite films.

      • Kiddo says:

        It’s not the topic, it’s the persistence of a theme under the general plot

      • Prince Valiant says:

        OMG, I forgot the splendid Radio Days!

      • Dolce crema says:

        I don’t mind the topic of “being replaced by a younger woman” being addressed on film. The topic is disturbing (I’m in a common law relationship with a man the same age as me for the last 9 years, so I would be the old woman in his movies) but I don’t mind the way he addresses it. Better someone address the (very relevant and not unrealistic) topic in movies than we just ignore it, right? The tall skinny hooker that the old rich British guy gets together was hilarious to me. (Movie with Naomi watts and Frieda pinto). Also his characters are funny; these men that want young ladies often have funny shit happen to them as a result of their bad choices. Yah it would be super weird if in every movie the old guy and 20 something were happily ever after, now that would honestly offend me. His personal life gives me a lot of pause (/ utter disgust) but I’d much rather watch his films than watch action, super hero/comic, or an insultingly stupid and pointless Rom com. It’s also disgusting to me how many movies are stupid these days. With so many movies that are 1/10; at least his are like 5/10 and with themes that aren’t super heavy- you know what to expect. Maybe they aren’t on the level of art films or Oscar bait films but at least they don’t insult your intelligence. Also he is soooo old looking – in the Rome movie he only plays a dad, I hope he won’t be trying to play a love interest /creepy guy in love with a 20 something ever again.

      • Pinky Rose says:

        @Kiddo It’s not the theme under the plot either. Like you say in Blue Jasmine the protagonist is left by her husband for a younger woman. But actually the issue is that she was just too dependent on her husband, that without him she couldn’t do anything. Yet in the San Francisco scenes we know she can function perfectly alone, and that her real problem is her deluded sense of reality that she tries to make it work but obviously needs mental help. In that way the movie doesn’t really condones her behavior (it’s left for the public to judge), actually the husband is punished for his philandering ways.
        About the others films, only Manhattan has the may to December romance as a theme (Whatever it works has the theme and maybe Interiors, but Geraldine Page character is left because of her vindictive and egocentric behavior, and the movie gravitates around the mother/daughters dynamic and the daughters relationships). In all the others, all the couples are in the same age gap. And Allen is one of the few who has done that yet people try to make it seem as he only pairs younger woman with older men in every film (most of his leading ladies like Diane Keaton, Angelica Huston, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, Naomi Watts, Gena Rowlands, Scarlett Johanson, Diane Wiest, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard are paired accordingly to their age). He actually mocks that in When you meet a tall dark stranger when Anthony Hopkins character lefts his wife for the dumb and manipulative Lucy Punch, to later regretting his decision.

      • Jaygee says:

        Crimes and Misdemeanors and Match Point have the exact same plot.

    • oneshot says:

      He really does have a template, doesn’t he?

      • lucy says:

        He does have a template, for the past decade or so, yeah. Annoying that he keeps peppering his projects with trendy flavor actresses. Seems like he’s got nothing new to say, just keep changing the accent.

        Exception: Blue Jasmine. That was a credible, substantial one-woman show, distinct from the template.

        Not fair to expect each release to be creme de la creme, but Allen does tread and retread familiar waters.

      • Kiddo says:

        Not distinct AT ALL. In Blue Jasmine there was a woman utterly devoted to her standing, money, who was off the wall neurotic, selfish, extraordinarily judgmental even to her family, and who also lost her husband to a young woman.

    • Boopybette says:

      Just looking at the casting…I’d say Lively plays love interest to new AARP member Willis, Stewart is probably love interest to Allen himself (if he’s in it, if he’s not whatever other older actor is playing the woody Allen ‘type’) ..while eisenberg plays the nebeschy neurotic younger version of Allen….his gf will be 15 yrs old.

  3. JENNA says:

    Blake NotSoLively, Kstew and Eisenberg? Man,that movie is gonna be charisma-free.

  4. aims says:

    I find it really rude to expect a woman to jump back to their body after she has a baby. When you have a newborn baby the first year feels like your in a fog. We just need to be supportive of each other.

  5. Lee says:

    Her PR team and her connections (especially her friendship with Harvey) fill the gap for her lack of talent I see. I doubt she’ll be the lead, most likely Stewart will be, and I agree, it is going to be epic, not in a good way, imho.
    She’ll surely think she’s a serious actress now that she gets to work with Allen! Curious to see if she’ll be bashed like the other actresses who chose to work with him.

  6. Catelina says:

    i don’t think she’s a particularly good actress but good for her for landing this.

  7. bopit says:

    I love how honest she is about her body, but agree with you — she shouldn’t even HAVE to be talking about her body. I am especially sick of the “lingerie model” the Daily Mail keeps showing who has six pack abs three weeks after delivery. NO. The media needs to stop with all this nonsense.

    • Misssy says:

      She said she doesn’t care, but she cares. Her daughter was born 5 months ago and I bet she thought her body would look much better.
      “I’m STILL 15 pounds heavier.” (She wants to lose it.)
      “So it’s nice that people think I lost my baby weight.” (It’s NICE. If she could, she would do it.)

      • angie says:

        She looks “Hollywood Thin” already – with the supposed 15 “extra” pounds. Am I missing something or does she have some kind of body dysmorphic disorder going on?

      • Dolce crema says:

        Angie 15 pounds is easy to hide on a tall frame. Her arms look bigger than before, probably her waist too. Having implants mAkes all that look proportionate though! I don’t think stating that you are 15 pounds heavier than before means you have any psychological issue like body dysmorphia

  8. Melody says:

    Let me guess: older neurotic Manhattanite inexplicably gets into romantic relationships with both his inexplicably gorgeous young home care attendants who fall for his banter while changing his catheter.

    So over Allen.

  9. lower-case deb says:

    so any guesses on what the script could be like? maybe Jesse and Bruce play son and father. one of the girls would play Jesse’s girlfriend who soon found herself attracted to Jesse’s dad. meanwhile the other girl would be someone The Dad would meet at work or somewhere, whom he liked for either her bubbliness or her fatalistic look in life. Bruce’s character struggles with his attraction to one girl while juggling a father-son relationship made sour by girl problems?

    or maybe either Blake or Kristen play Bruce’s character’s daughter who backstreet-dates Jesse’s character. he’s trying to come to terms about his daughter growing up and finding love, while he is also discovering love with a younger woman…

    hmmm… either way… the attempts at emoting from the majority of the cast would be interesting to observe; and perhaps the jelly cupboard, the cheval mirror or the weather would pick up a Best Supporting Act nomination for “elevating” the movie.

  10. Michellef says:

    Apparently this is actually one of Allen’s better scripts in recent years. Lively’s role is small and Stewart is playing a comedic character.

  11. maria1981 says:

    how low can woody allen go?

    • A.Key says:


      (I feel like Channing Tatum now)

    • JENNA says:

      How low can someone go to work with Allen?
      Looking at the cast, you can tell that some big names have said no to him. Emma must be wondering what went through her head when she accepted to work with him, it did nothing for her career.

  12. Cindy says:

    Honest question:
    Do the actors that work with Allen secretly feel sick to their stomachs at the sight of him? I know they work with him for the prestige, but they all must be aware that he is likely a child molester. And lets face it- he even LOOKS like a child molester….do they grit their teeth and bear it, or block it out entirely? I mean, a lot of these actors have children themselves, so….

  13. Tiffany says:

    I just read about this over at D Listed. Michael K likes to call her Mumbles. I never paid attention at first and now looking back, that is a dead on description. HA!

  14. Pinky Rose says:

    Ehhh I don’t care of her as an actress (or anything really) but if someone can make anyone watchable, (or in Jennifer Tilly case, make her performed one of the best supporting characters ever, yeah worthy of the hyperbole) is Woody.

  15. Sam says:

    I absolutely loved how she was in the middle of talking the pressures of losing weight after having a body and then she’s like who cares? As if to say like why am I even talking about this? Why is this even an issue? I agree with her completely. I also don’t think she’s lost all of the weight but because she’s tall it doesn’t show. I do however think she feels the pressures of having to lose weight but doesn’t want to negatively influence others in the manner so that’s why she was like who cares?
    She’s really starting to grow on me to be honest.

  16. Gilda says:

    Kristen Stewart is a good actress. I don’t know what more she needs to do to stop the snarky comments – she’s had non stop rave reviews and is winning fancy French awards, working with Ang Lee, Kelly Reichart and Woody Allen. She’s pleasant on chat shows and seems happy in her personal life – yet gossip sites refuse to move on from 2009.

  17. Helo says:

    @Gilda: Eh…not a good actress imho. Stewie always acts the same in every goddamned film.

    Lively is on par with Stewart…though not as pretentious. God help this film…or not. (LOL!).

  18. Misssy says:

    Her rep said she was in Asia? Liar. She was promoting her new movie.