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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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Budget:

$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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1.66 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, and J.K. Simmons; and six Oscar nominees: Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Melanie Griffith, Winona Ryder, Douglas McGrath, and Michael Lerner. See more »

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When Frederique Van Der Wal turns around in the first bar scene, the wireless microphone transmitter around her waist is in view. See more »

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Lee Simon: Every curve in your body fulfills its promise. If the universe has any meaning, I'm looking at it.
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Will You Still Be Mine
(1941)
Music by Matt Dennis
Lyrics by Tom Adair
Performed by Erroll Garner
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Branagh is not Woody

One of the most brilliant Woody Allen's 90s' pictures, such a mockery of the "beautiful people" with some traces of a romantic comedy and some reflexions about couple troubles made in Woody. But there's an objection and that's Kenneth Brannagh. He's a great actor (no doubt about it) but in "Celebrity" you can't help thinking that he's imitating the character that Woody should've played. It's quite clear that Woody wrote this for himself, but he was too old to play a man that conquers Winona Ryder or Famke Janssen.

Last but not least, what about Judy Davis?? God, she's magnificent, one of the best actresses ever, and that scene with the prostitute is totally hilarious. Woody should've married her instead of Mia 30 years ago!!

So, if Woody would've played the role that eventually played Brannagh this could've been one of his best works. But Brannagh is not Woody, and that's noticeable.

*My rate: 7/10


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