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Celebrity (1998)

The fortunes of a husband and wife differ drastically after they divorce.

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New York City. Forty year old Lee Simon, a critically panned two time novelist who works as a travel writer (a job he hates) to earn a steady living, tells his shocked wife of sixteen years, English teacher Robin Simon, that he wants a divorce. Although he had not been happy with Robin for some time, she who he feels is a bundle of Catholic repressions and neuroses especially when it comes to sex, Lee finally came to the conclusion about wanting a divorce upon attending his high school reunion and seeing a roomful of losers, he believing he turning into one of them if he didn't make a drastic change. He gets a job working as a journalist for an entertainment magazine, while he writes screenplays on the side, he believing the latter a good stepping stone to finishing his third novel if the screenplays works out. The journalist job includes conducting interviews with celebrities, not only to who he can pedal his completed screenplay, but also what he quickly learns to who he has easy ... Written by Huggo

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A funny look at people who will do anything to get famous... or stay famous.

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Rated R for language, sex and some drug use | See all certifications »

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20 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Woody Allen Fall Project 1997  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,588,013 (USA) (20 November 1998)

Gross:

$5,032,496 (USA) (1 January 1999)
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Trivia

According to Hugh Grant on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), he was originally given the part, but lost it later to Kenneth Branagh. Two years later, Woody Allen cast Grant as David Perrette in Small Time Crooks (2000). See more »

Goofs

When Robin visits the hooker, the crew and equipment are both reflected in a window as the two women go out onto the patio. See more »

Quotes

Lee Simon: Just in time. Another minute, I'd have been found dead of comedy poisoning...
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Chanel No. 5
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Written by Michael Moon (as Michael Franano)
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Decent Allen film not his best, but still worth a look
25 January 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Judged against other movies, Celebrity rates higher than it does when judged against Woody Allen movies. In other words, the director's consistent pace and huge body of work virtually begs for critics to keep ranking each of Allen's films against past efforts and so on. Celebrity is not as good as Deconstructing Harry or Everyone Says I Love You (to cite just two of Allen's recent pictures), but it still bears the hallmarks of Allen's success: great ensemble work, witty and intelligent writing, amusing set-pieces, and excellent photography. Kenneth Branagh fills in as the Woody character, and channels Allen's vocal tics and mannerisms to the point of perfection or distraction, depending on one's point of view. Judy Davis, a welcome sight in any movie, captures Branagh's ex-wife perfectly. The remainder of the cast aids in Allen's dissection of modern media celebrity, and does what it can with this good, but not great, material.


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