JAVIER BARDEM WANTS TO WORK WITH WOODY ALLEN AGAIN: Javier Bardem, who appeared in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, told an audience at the Lumiére Film Festival that he’s love to work with him again. "He’s a genius," Bardem said, adding that in this time of the #MeToo movement, "I would work with him tomorrow." He continued, noting that Allen has never been convicted of a crime: "Today, 11 years later, it is the same accusation. Public accusations are very dangerous. If some day there is a trial and it’s proven to be true, I would change my opinion, but at this moment, nothing has changed."
EMMA WATSON SPOT MAKING OUT WITH BRENDAN WALLACE: Emma Watson was spotted on vacation with her new boyfriend, tech CEO Brendan Wallace. The pair haven’t commented on the status of their relationship, but they were making out at a restaurant in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, according to witnesses. "They kissed across the table and seemed passionate about each other," a source told E! News. "She had a big smile on her face and seemed to really love being with him. They chatted a lot and spent time laughing together. They seemed like a very happy couple enjoying their vacation."
MAN BEHIND BIG BIRD, OSCAR THE GROUCH RETIRING: Caroll Spinney has announced his retirement from Sesame Street. While he isn’t a household name himself, he is the puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. "Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul," said Spinney. "And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come. After all, we're a family! But now it's time for two performers that I have worked with and respected – and actually hand-picked for the guardianship of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch – to take my alter-egos into their hands and continue to give them life." Spinney is 84 and has worked with Sesame Street since its 1969 debut.
KATIE HOLMES AND COURTNEY COX TALK FEMALE FILMS: Courtney Cox and Katie Holmes are opening up about the importance of finding new female voices in the tricky 2018 political climate. The pair came out to support Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel's fourth women's filmmaker program in New York City Tuesday, and while there, they discussed their perspectives with The Hollywood Reporter. "Yes, absolutely, it feels more powerful in this political climate. It's time. We're striving and getting closer to a world where it's not biased toward one gender, so having events like this is a great way to continue that growth for women," Cox told The Hollywood Reporter. "We make up half the population. We offer a necessary perspective in film and it's a way for our voices to be heard, which we really need right now." Added Holmes: "I am in support of young female voices, and I think it's important to keep inspiring and keep encouraging women to use their voice and to tell their stories. That in and of itself is very empowering to get their point of view out there, to get their ideas out there."