Saturday, April 13, 2024

Melanie and Antonio 15th Anniversary: “They Said We Wouldn’t Last Three Months”

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Saturday in Cannes: Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas celebrated their 15th anniversary by going to the really famous Bacon restaurant in Antibes. Antonio bought Melanie stunning jewelry–earrings, a ring, and a necklace that Melanie told us aboard Russian billionaire (and Weinstein Company investor) Len Blavatnik‘s yacht, the Odessa, would have been “too much” for an informal lunch. Antonio’s gift was a cross made of black diamonds that he showed off to guests like Naomi Campbell, Jessica Chastain, Jane Fonda, Ron Burkle, and “Dark Knight” producer Charles Roven.

Antonio, who’s got Pedro Almodovar‘s “The Skin I Live In” premiering here on Thursday, joked: “They said when we got married we wouldn’t last three months. But we knew they were wrong.” Indeed, the Hollywood couple are stronger than ever and having a ball. Antonio has turned into a producer and director. I can tell you exclusively that he’s getting ready to produce a series pilot for Melanie called “Neurasthenia.”

The Banderases took in the “Pirates” premiere before heading to Bacon, and later met up with Robert DeNiro and Grace Hightower, Jane Fonda and Richard Perry, at the Hotel DuCap’s famous lobby bar well after midnight–where they all bumped into the “Pirates” gang–Johnny Depp, director Rob Marshall, and actor Ian McShane who were toasting their much cheered opening night.

DeNiro, by the way, is having a great time as head of the jury. When I asked him how it was going, he gave me a huge grin and put his index finger to his closed mouth. “Shhhh, we can’t say a word!” he joked.

As for Melanie and Antonio: I don’t know what the tabloids do to doctor pictures of Melanie. But I can tell you that she is absolutely gorgeous, and looks more like a movie star than ever. Antonio is a lucky guy!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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