Gold Derby nuggets: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem at 'Vicky' L.A. premiere ... Carpetbagger goes gunning for redemption ... Early Oscars predix ... See peeks at 'W.' and 'Appaloosa'
Last night saw the Hollywood premiere of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," the new comedy by Woody Allen. All four of the film's stars -- Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall -- were in attendance, as was the writer-director himself, seldom seen on the West Coast. This Wednesday's Gotham premiere is being billed as a "private screening," but Gold Derby will be in attendance and report on the behind-the-scenes hoopla (Cruz and Bardem will be with us at the dinner afterward), plus we'll dish the awards potential of this hoped-for return to form for Allen.
"With its sprawling ensemble of Oscar nominees and winners, from Forest Whitaker to Jennifer Hudson, 'Winged Creatures' has the appearance of a movie designed to be Oscar bait," notes Anne Thompson at her Variety.com blog. But don't expect it to take flight -- READ MORE.
Scott Feinberg of AndTheWinnerIs blog has issued his early Oscar predix rundown, which is full of shockeroos already causing grumbles of "Scott's got 'Frost/Nixon' in first place for best picture and has snubbed 'Milk'!"
"The Night of the Gun," the shockingly honest confessional memoir by New York Times Carpetbagger blogger David Carr, just hit bookstores. This confession of a former crackhead is so potently written that it's addictive. Get hooked HERE by reading this excerpt in the New York Times magazine. It's devastating to read the details of his dance with death, but here is where Carr plunges his syringe in deepest, when summing up the moral of his ordeal: "What I deserved: hepatitis C, federal prison time, H.I.V., a cold park bench, an early, addled death. Here is what I got: the smart, pretty wife, the three lovely children, the job that impresses."
Below, the teaser poster for Oliver Stone's "W.," starring Josh Brolin as America's current commander in chief.
Below, the trailer to "Appaloosa," a western that debuts next month at the Toronto International Film Festival with the Oscar-friendly cast of Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellwegger, Jeremy Irons and Ed Harris (who directs and also co-wrote the script).
Photos: Simon & Schuster, Lionsgate