Thursday, May 30, 2024

Jamie Foxx Says Tarantino Movie Will Be “Historic”


Jamie Foxx, fresh from painful disc surgery, was the last and arguably best guest to arrive at Harvey Weinstein’s pre-Critics Choice Award party at the Chateau Marmont. The shindig, designed to celebrate The Weinstein Company’s many nominees for the Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards, was the kind where famous faces kept pouring in and out of the Chateau.

Inside: Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, the cast and director of “The Artist,” and so on. Just at the door I ran into Hollywood vets like Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor. Then in the same breath came young Leven Rambin, who’s in the upcoming “Hunger Games,” past Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland, Andy Serkis of “Hobbit” and “Apes” fame, and a cascade of names like Bradley Cooper, Lindsay Lohan, Guy Pearce, Andie McDowell, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Kyle Machlachlan, Rose McGowan– well you get the idea. Elizabeth McGovern even brought in a group from “Downton Abbey.”

Jamie- sporting a scraggly goatee– told me all about his recent surgery on the C5 disc–yikes. He said, “My arm didn’t even move, it was dangling.” He demonstrated his pre-surgery condition. Luckily, doctors have repaired him. Foxx is shooting Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” He told me, “This movie will be historic. People will be talking about in 20 years.” We also reminisced about his first ever music appearance years ago to Clive Davis’s famous pre Grammy dinner. Foxx was so awesome that Davis signed him. Foxx became a music star soon after.

“That was my favorite thing to do,” he said, and added he’d return if Davis asked him. (Clive, that’s a hint.)

And believe it or not–the crowd started heading home around midnight. Most everyone will be at the Critics Choice Awards tonight, which you can see on VH-1 live–with Bob Dylan performing a tribute to Martin Scorsese.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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