October 21, 2016
        "Manchester by the Sea" leads the Gotham Award nominations                Tom Ford, Marc Platt and Kenneth Lonergan to be Honored at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Tom Cruise is in his action hero comfort zone with "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"                "Moonlight" could be A24's big Oscar horse this year                Ewan McGregor steps behind the camera with "American Pastoral"                Hollywood Contenders: A second crack at Golden Globe predictions for 2016                "The Accountant" seeks to help give Ben Affleck another blockbuster                85 countries will be competing for Best Foreign Language Feature nominations at the Oscars                Tom Hanks to receive Hollywood Actor Award for "Sully" @ Hollywood Film Awards                "Certain Women" showcases Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams                Ben Affleck is perhaps Hollywood's biggest and most diverse superstar                "The Birth of a Nation" looks to survive controversy and contend for awards                "The Girl on the Train" hopes to transport Emily Blunt to the Oscar race                "The Jungle Book," "Zootopia" and Craft Artists to be Honored at the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Ben Affleck's "Live By Night" officially is a 2016 contender        

Woody Allen Wants Reese, Cate Blanchett

By Roger Friedman

Hollywoodnews.com: Woody Allen wants to work with Reese Witherspoon and Cate Blanchett. He’s still obsessed with death, but doesn’t look forward to it. He doesn’t recommend old age, which includes eye glasses and hearing aids.

Basically, Woody warned at his Cannes press conference on Saturday afternoon, nothing has changed. Except: he was funny and relaxed at a long table that included members of his latest cast–Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones, and Lucy Punch from “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.”

“Stranger” will be released this fall from Sony Pictures Classics, and I can already tell you that Gemma Jones–a star in Britain—will have an Oscar nomination. Her subtle performance is a revelation. I hope they put her in lead and not supporting, too.

Absent from the proceedings–Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas. But it didn’t matter. Woody was hilarious. I asked him if he was ever planning to be on camera again. He said that he liked to play the romantic lead. “I like to get the girl,” he said. But at 74, even he knows it’s getting harder and harder to pull that off.

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About Roger Friedman

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411.com column in April after 10 years with Fox News where he helped create Foxnews.com. Friedman’s prior experience on the Internet is with MSN’s Cinemania column. Friedman also wrote the Intelligencer column as a contributing editor at "New York Magazine," where he covered the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. In addition, Friedman has been involved in book publishing and filmmaking (Only the Strong Survive). For more about Roger go to Showbiz411.com

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