New York got its Oscar party early as a star-filled Hollywood supper club took over Alice Tully Hall last night, with prime spots occupied by Madonna, Alibaba executive vice chairman Joe Tsai and Bank of America investment banking vice chairman Cary Thompson.
Iceland has won praise from Nobel laureate Paul Krugman and the International Monetary Fund for its ability to dig itself out of financial ruin. Now, the island is turning to Hollywood for the next chapter in its recovery.
Sofia Coppola ’s “Somewhere” and Julian Schnabel ’s movie about the creation of Israel are two of the 23 contenders at this year’s Venice Film Festival . Quentin Tarantino heads the jury that will pick the winner.
“The King’s Speech” and leading man Colin Firth are overwhelming favorites to win top Oscars when the Academy Awards are announced on Feb. 27, extending four years of dominance by smaller-budget films.