02:23 PM EDT 11/07/2013
Originally posted 01/24/2012 02:00PM
Nominations are out for the 84th Academy Awards. Here is PEOPLE Magazine critic Alynda Wheat's take on what went down at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Hugo?! Fine, Hugo.
Leading the pack with 11 nominations is Martin Scorsese's kids movie that's not actually for kids. I confess that I still don't get it. Technically, Hugo is a triumph (you'll notice that the vast majority of its nominations are for technical awards), and Scorsese's nod for Best Director is certainly justified. But as a movie-going experience I still think it's remarkably cold (lectures about film history don't really move me). For my money, it's still a race between the French silent film The Artist and The Descendants, starring George Clooney, who did get nominated and Shailene Woodley, who missed the cut. Which brings me to my next point:
Snubs? What snubs?
Okay, sure, Golden Globe nominee Woodley might be a tad disappointed, as might Albert Brooks (Drive), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and even Steven Spielberg, whose amazing animated The Adventures of Tintin didn't rate a Best Animated Film nod, and who wasn't on the Best Directors list, in spite of the fact that his War Horse is a Best Picture nominee. But are these omissions actually snubs? Not really.
Originally posted 09/15/2010 01:00PM
Penélope Cruz and her husband of just over two months, Javier Bardem, may be keeping mum on the topic of her pregnancy, but that's not stopping their friends from extending their good wishes.
On the topic of Cruz's recently evident baby bump, Woody Allen, who directed the sizzling couple in 2008’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona (for which Cruz won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar) joked, "I had nothing to do with it!"
He then added, "I think it's great. I'm crazy about both of them – Javier and Penélope. And I'm sure they'll have a super baby, because their genes are award-winning."
Originally posted 07/27/2010 05:05PM
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, whose accomplishments already include supermodel, singer-songwriter, and French First Lady, has another impressive addition to her resume: actress.
Dressed in a white blouse and jeans, Bruni-Sarkozy stepped before cameras alongside Owen Wilson in Paris Tuesday afternoon in a film directed by Woody Allen. The scenes, shot around the Pantheon in Paris's fifth arrondissement, will appear in Allen's current project, Paris In Midnight.
"Carla and Woody got along incredibly well on the set," a source tells PEOPLE. "They talked constantly and laughed quite a lot between takes. Owen as well."
The source says Bruni-Sarkozy's first day of shooting lasted nearly five hours and included many takes. "They must have shot the same set up, where she walks along holding a baguette in her hand going into a supermarket ... around 32 [times.]"
Originally posted 06/19/2009 07:40AM
Woody Allen thinks he's found the perfect muse for his next film: France's First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
In Paris to promote his latest romantic comedy Whatever Works, the American director told reporters he would love to have Bruni-Sarkozy star in his next film.
When asked what real-life personality he'd cast in an upcoming project, the 73-year-old director replied: "If I could, Carla Bruni. Without a doubt.
Originally posted 03/26/2009 06:15AM
After captivating audiences in the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, Freida Pinto is on a roll, racking up plum job assignments with top-notch directors from Woody Allen to Julian Schnabel.
For Allen, Variety reports, the 21-year-old Indian-born model-turned-actress – who also is being talked as a possible Bond Girl opposite 007 star Daniel Craig – will costar with Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins in an as-yet-untitled film to be shot in London.
Before that, the trade paper also reports, she will start filming Miral on April 19 in Israel and the Palestinian territories for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly director Schnabel. Adapted from Rula Jebreal's book about Hind Husseini, who founded an orphanage in Jerusalem in the wake of the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel, the movie features a screenplay by Schnabel.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 08/27/2008 11:15AM
Looks like some new Friends in the making: Jennifer Aniston dined with director Woody Allen and his wife Soon Yi Tuesday night at the West Hollywood Italian eatery Madeo.
A relatively unfamiliar figure out West, Allen – who shared a booth in the back of the restaurant with Aniston, Soon-Yi and another gentleman – was barely noticed by the other patrons, while Aniston appeared to keep her profile low.
Came time to leave, the actress exited through the back of Madeo, while the Allens encountered the 30 or so paparazzi out front. Must've made the filmmaker feel like he was back in New York.
– Abby Stern and Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 01/14/2008 01:15PM
She's known for turning heads onscreen, but bombshell Scarlett Johansson is going to try her hand behind the camera. The actress will make her directorial debut this year with New York, I Love You, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
Johansson, 23, a New York native, is one of 12 directors who will each create five-minute love stories set in various parts of the Big Apple. Other directors confirmed to participate in the project, which will be produced by the folks behind 2006's Paris, Je t'aime, include Zach Braff and Mira Nair.
The news was first reported by the New York Post's Page Six Monday.
– Beth Perry
Originally posted 11/01/2005 02:00PM
As he approaches his 70th birthday on Dec. 1, the notoriously private Woody Allen at long last opens up on the scandal that rocked his life – and, some say, permanently damaged his public reputation – some 13 years ago.
Originally posted 03/30/2004 01:00PM
DYED: Britney Spears made her return to the stage Monday night at a concert in Miami Beach with a head of long brown locks, the New York Post reports. Spears was knocked out of commission last week when she injured herself during a performance on her Onyx Hotel Tour. When she made her way back to the stage Monday, gone was her head of platinum-blond hair -- replaced instead by her more natural-looking brunette color.
Originally posted 06/13/2002 01:00PM
"I know it was not fun to sit there and listen to all this," the filmmaker tells the 10 people who ultimately didn't get to decide his case.
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