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John Turturro and Woody Allen share the laughs
John Turturro and Woody Allen share the laughs

It's a tantalizing combination of words — Woody Allen is a pimp — that seems custom-made for tabloid fodder. And while cheeky headline writers may still be inclined to exploit the phrase, actor and filmmaker John Turturro had more artistic intentions when he decided to cast the controversial comedian as an aging procurer in his "Fading Gigolo." Opening Friday in limited release, Turturro's film — he wrote, directed and stars opposite Allen — is one of the season's more unusual amalgams. A religious sex comedy? A sociable meditation on loneliness? An exploration of a Hasidic Jewish enclave? "Fading Gigolo" is all of those things....

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