January 18, 2017

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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