Woody Allen and Me

October 20, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

October 20, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM EDT

Ok, here's another Hollywood moment. Long ago in my career, when I first started doing "junkets" for Channel 7, one of my earliest was for the film, "Bullets Over Broadway". A junket is where we as reviewers, are flown to either New York, or Hollywood, watch the movie, then the next morning interview all the principals so we can do a movie review on the air. This time it was New York City. The big star was Woody Allen whom everyone was dreading to interview because he can be quite introspectiive and quiet. But what do I know. When it was my turn, I walked into the suite, thrust out my hand and introduced myself representing the Buffalo/Toronto tv markets. His eyes lit up! Nobody told me Woody Allen was a HUGE basketball fan and immediately replied, "Buffalo Braves!" I said, "Bob McAdoo"..and the conversation started like we knew eatch other for years. I think we mentioned the movie in there somewhere, but since this was one of my first junkets, I just kept talking and remarked how cool the technology was to have all this happening on one floor of a hotel. He looked at me and said, "what do you mean". I proceeded to tell him how all the suites were linked to one control room so all the tapes could be monitored for quality and copied for us to take home. He said, "really?" I said "yeah, you should see it". So he took off his mike, got up and left ! The crew shooting us was just shocked. Woody just got up and left the room to check out the hallway and the other suites where his co-stars were all being interviewed. Nobody could believe it. Apparently this wasn't done. I just sat there listening to walkie-talkies chirping his whereabouts on the floor. Then just as suddenly, he reappeared, replaced his michrophone and said, "You're right!, This really is cool! I never realized the scope of how much organization was needed to make this all happen". "Oh yeah", I replied like a season vet. "It's like this for most junkets".
After Woody's interview I spoke to the other stars including Chaz Palmenteri and Dianne Weist . Off the top of my head I said to Dianne, "You know, they give oscars for roles like this". We both laughed and she said something like, "From your mouth to God's ear..ha-ha". The following spring she accepted the Academy Award for best actress. Funny, huh? xxme