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Celebrity (1998)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Director
Jeff Mazzola ... Assistant Director
Dick Mingalone ... Camera Operator
Vladimir Bibic ... Director of Photography
... Nicole Oliver
Francisco Quijada ... Erno Delucca
... Production Assistant
... Jackhammer Operator
Peter Castellotti ... Sound Recordist (as Pete Castellotti)
A. Lee Morris ... Second Assistant Cameraperson
... Bill Gaines
... Lee Simon
Maurice Sonnenberg ... Dalton Freed
... Nola
Craig Ulmschneider ... Daniel - Production Assistant
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Fall Project 1997  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,588,013, 22 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,032,496, 3 January 1999
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Allison Janney, neither she nor Allen knew the proper pronunciation of the word "triplex". After she did two takes pronouncing it as "try-plex", Allen told her to find the right pronunciation. She decided to ask real estate magnate Donald J. Trump, who was on the set preparing for his cameo. Trump told her it was "trip-lex", and that is how she pronounces it in the film. See more »

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When Lee crashes into the shop window when driving his Aston Martin with the supermodel played by Charlize Theron on the passenger seat, it is obvious that only the driver doing the stunt is present in the car and that nobody is sitting next to him. See more »

Quotes

Robin's Friend Cheryl: So ironic. You go to get face work, you don't get face work, but you meet a wonderful guy, he changes your life, it's better than face work.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

On a Slow Boat to China
(1948)
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Jackie Gleason and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Capitol Records under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Branagh is not Woody
17 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

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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