Thursday, December 4, 2008

ISA Nominations and Tidbits

After a couple slow weeks, the Woody Allen-related universe is back to the business of expansion. Vicky Cristina Barcelona has been given an actress (Cruz) and screenplay (Allen) nomination by the ISAs.

Woody Allen's character Maria Elena continues to bring laud and honor in Cruz's direction. Dennis Hopper recently remarked,

"To me, she’s the best actress around right now.”

“She gives good performances this year - one in Woody Allen’s film Vicky Cristina Barcelona and one in Isabel Coixet’s Elegy - and they’re two of the best performances I’ve seen in years.”

We're willing to bet that this is not the last Allen-Cruz collaboration.

Elsewhere, VCB cast member Patricia Clarkson raves about working with Woody Allen on consecutive films:

"I love working with Woody [Allen], and I did another film, Whatever Works, with Woody after Vicky Cristina, so I got to work with Woody twice in the span of 10 months. I'm like the luckiest person alive," she gushed.

"Whatever Works is a completely different film but it's still classic Woody Allen. I can't even talk about it too much so I can't tell you about it, but it's very funny. I think it's going to be hysterical. I mean, it's Woody Allen and Larry David. Whereas Vicky Cristina's more soulful, beautiful, lyrical and sexual."

Finally, something more for our Talent Imitates files, comes another great review of Alex Holdridge's In Search of a Midnight Kiss, which continues to draw positive comparisons to Woody Allen's Manhattan.

It's a Los Angeles love story, photographed in black and white, considered by many to be this generation's response to Woody Allen's "Manhattan."

While Allen's characters are seen and heard against a background of a sleek Big Apple and the music of Gershwin, Holdridge's are photographed against an often faded looking downtown L.A., with much of the music provided by a United Kingdom group called Okkervil River.

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