Stars em­brace Cafe So­ci­ety

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Woody Allen has once again as­sem­bled an all-star cast for his lat­est movie, Cafe So­ci­ety. From Kris­ten Stew­art (inset) through to Blake Lively, Jesse Eisen­berg (both left) and Steve Carell, the story set in 1930s New York and Hol­ly­wood is a who’s who of Amer­i­can act­ing tal­ent. With a ca­reer span­ning more than six decades, Allen is known for some bril­liant movies in­clud­ing An­nie Hall, Bul­lets Over Broad­way and Mid­night in Paris. The 80-yearold ac­tor, writer and film­maker is still man­ag­ing to draw the big names to this day. Eisen­berg, a writer and soon-to-be di­rec­tor him­self, pre­vi­ously ap­peared in Allen’s To Rome With Love. The Bat­man v Su­per­man star, who plays main char­ac­ter Bobby Dorf­man, said that work­ing with the movie gi­ant is both chal­leng­ing and ful­fill­ing. “It’s nerve-rack­ing be­cause you are not go­ing to spend all day on the same shots and so if you feel like you didn’t get it ex­actly the way you wanted, it’ll still be in the movie,” he said. “But it’s also a re­lief to re­alise you are be­ing watched and cor­rected by some­body who is able to fo­cus on what­ever it is that’s most im­por­tant in a given scene, and high­light it in the most ef­fi­cient, clear, and art­ful way.” Stew­art, a huge name to the young gen­er­a­tion af­ter star­ring in the Twi­light se­ries, plays com­pli­cated char­ac­ter Von­nie in the poignant and funny film. She ex­plained how Allen forced her out of her com­fort zone: “There's a buoy­ancy and a lev­ity to Von­nie’s per­son­al­ity that I just don’t eas­ily en­com­pass. “And so he was re­ally on me about that and forced me to lighten up and find that sort of airy na­ture. “Rather than him ex­plain­ing what it was about, I spent most of my time con­vinc­ing him: ‘Oh man, I know this mo­ment! I re­ally want you to know that I’m not just act­ing this; this is some­thing that I have ex­pe­ri­enced.’ And he was al­ways sur­prised by that.” Cafe So­ci­ety is out on Thursday

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