People Staff
June 10, 2002 12:00 PM

Forever Younger

Baffling science, Woody Allen gets older while his costars stay, oh, about 33

Focus

In life—and, it seems, Woody Allen films—the more things change, the more they stay the same. At 66, Allen has appeared in more than 30 films. The sole constant in his varied repertoire? He’s getting older, but She isn’t. (His latest, Hollywood Ending, stars Tiffani Thiessen, 28, and Debra Messing, 33, as love interests.) Scoop examines the Age Gap.

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Thumbs Up, and Down

For Madonna, 43, it was business as usual: a sold-out crowd and a standing O. Yet even though her performance was “far from the disaster many were predicting,” as London’s Daily Telegraph noted, reviews of Madonna‘s West End stage debut as an art dealer in Up for Grabs on May 23 were mixed—often depending on the source.

PROFESSIONAL CRITICS

“Terribly wooden.”—Kate Basset, The Independent on Sunday

“Sexy, brave but Madonna should stick to pop music.”—Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard

“Technically awkward.”—Michael Billington, The Guardian

NONPROFESSIONAL CRITICS

“Wonderful!”—Sting, a close family friend and popular musician

“It went terrifically well. I think the girl done good.”—David Willamson, Up for Grabs playwright

“I thought she was great.”—Shireen Ritchie, Madonna‘s mother-in-law

Curtains for Claudia

It was a wedding to remember: wheels by Bentley, satin slippers by Anya Hindmarch and a breathtaking bride in white by…Bed, Bath & Beyond? Determined to keep their May 25 nuptials private, model Claudia Schiffer, 31, and film producer Matthew Vaughn, 31, had blanket-wielding handlers shield her at St. George’s church in the tiny town of Shimpling, England, near where they plan to make their home. “It was an old-style family affair,” says Valentino, who designed the model’s handmade lace gown. (We’ll take his word for it.) Locals were not amused. “When Claudia came out all covered up and swept past us,” says one villager, “everyone booed.”

Heart Strings, Gently Plucked

ER lost Mark Greene on May 9, but the episode breathed new life into the music of the late Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, whose bittersweet ukulele rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” accompanied the doctor’s dying moments. “It was beautiful and somehow sad at the same time,” says ER executive producer John Wells, who first heard Iz’s music six years ago while vacationing in Kauai (Iz died in 1997, at age 38). The Mountain Apple Company—Iz’s label—shipped 48,000 of his CDs in the weeks following the show, which might be the equivalent of triple platinum for ukulele music. “Iz’s only wish was to take care of his family,” says his music producer Jon de Mello. “Now he’s doing that.”

Name That Celebrity Shutterbug

For Henry Winkler, these are trigger-happy days indeed. Winkler, 56, has been indulging his inner Ansel Adams on TakeGreatPictures.com a 2-year-old instructional Web site for amateur photographers that showcases work by such diverse celebrities as Tyra Banks, Rudy Giuliani and Kenny Rogers. (Each was invited to post prints on the site, run by the publisher of Popular Photography and American Photo magazines.)

So what lured Winkler into making pictures of the still variety? “I love to fly-fish, which puts me in extraordinarily beautiful places,” says the actor, who decided to pick up a camera after buying a photo from a professional lensman at a fishing expedition in Jackson Hole, Wyo. “I thought to myself, ‘Can I take a picture worth putting on my wall?'” (Now 10 of Winkler’s photographs, all landscapes, hang in his Los Angeles home.) Banks, 28, was inspired by her mother, Carolyn London-Johnson, a professional photographer. Rogers, 63, caught the shutterbug while taking portraits of his former wife Marianne, a fashion model. Among his other subjects: Dwight Yoakam, Muhammad Ali and Frank Sinatra. “They knew I wasn’t some paparazzo lurking in the bushes outside a fancy restaurant,” Rogers told the Web site. “They knew I’d be protective of their image.”

Photographs by: Kenny Rogers, 1; Tyra Banks, 2; Henry Winkler, 3

POP QUIZ

with Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar will host the MTV Movie Awards with Jack Black on June 6. Scoop talked to the 25-year-old actress, a star of screens little (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and large (Scream 2) and fiancée of actor Freddie Prinze Jr., about today’s cinema experience.

What’s in Jujubes?

I don’t eat them. I don’t eat anything that I don’t know what’s in it.

Well, then, what’s your favorite movie snack?

I’m a popcorn girl. With butter, but what do they call the butter now? Oh, golden topping.

Why is popcorn so costly?

I wouldn’t know. Freddie always pays.

Have you ever tried to sneak in a snack?

All the time. I sneak in my Ice Blended from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. But it’s not really sneaking. I just walk right in with it. I don’t think they’re as strict now as they used to be.

Are you bothered when people talk at the movies?

Yeah, unless it’s my friends.

Do you get there in time to see the trailers?

It’s my favorite part. We like to go in the mornings, at 10 a.m., when it’s half off.

Did you have a favorite actor or actress growing up?

Stockard Channing in Grease was always my favorite actress.

And now?

I love Nicole Kidman and Annette Bening and Cate Blanchett. I love Bruce Willis. Oh, and Sandra Bullock.

What stars of the golden era could be film stars today?

Nobody could beat Natalie Wood and Grace Kelly.

What film stars of today could have made it back then? Freddie Prinze Jr.?

Always a good answer!

We know you’re hosting this for MTV, but…hasn’t MTV decreased America’s attention span to four or five minutes—the average length of a video—making it hard to view a two-hour screen epic?

I would certainly hope not, or we’re not doing our job [as actors].

ON (AND OFF) THE BLOCK

SUPER MODEL HOUSE

Just a week after Christie Brinkley and husband Peter Cook put their historic 21-acre Hamptons mansion (left) on sale for $25 million, they got a bad case of seller’s remorse. Says Brinkley: “I’ve been a gypsy all my life. I’ve had it with moving boxes.” So they took it off the market and instead are selling undeveloped waterfront land they own in nearby North Haven. Brinkley says the 10.5 acres (asking price $10 million) are subdividable and could end up “looking like something from the South of France or Martha’s Vineyard.”

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