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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian dine with Pedro Almodovar at Azzedine Alaia's home

January 22nd, 2014 3:20am EST
Kanye West
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spent Monday night (20Jan14) with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and fashion designer Azzedine Alaia as they celebrated the birthday of Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani.

The rapper and his reality TV star fiancee travelled to France last week (ends17Jan14) to attend Paris Fashion Week, where West debuted his second collection for clothing brand A.P.C., and on Monday, they were invited to dine at Alaia's home in the city.

Kardashian shared a series of photos of Sozzani's 64th birthday meal on her Instagram.com page. The bash was also attended by Colin Firt...
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LA Film Fest 2013 Review - 'I'm So Excited' A Comedy That Forgets The Funny

June 14th, 2013 1:25pm EDT
I'm So Excited
A far as comedy goes, I’ve never been against the broader strokes of hilarity in film.  Over-the-top gags, a vaudeville vibe and grandiose farce can provide great laughs that simple comedy may not have the gumption to attempt.  Unfortunately, in his new film "I’m So Excited," normally masterful director Pedro Almodovar forgets to add one thing to his bawdy comedy – the funny.

When an early accident leaves the undercarriage of Peninsula flight 2549 in turmoil, strange things begin to occur on the doomed trip.  Everyone in economy class is drugged into a deep sleep, those left in business cl...
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Review: Almodovar Engrosses With Every Lush And Lurid Frame of Five-Star 'The Skin I Live In'

October 14th, 2011 12:50pm EDT
skin photo
Director Pedro Almodovar has always has a flair for taking the usual and making it distinctively and deliciously unusual. But his new odd opus entitled "The Skin I Live In" is so different, so perverse and so jaw dropping that it marks shocking new territory even for the seasoned Almodovar himself – and I loved every twisted minute of it.

Almodovar regular Antonio Banderas plays surgeon Robert Ledgard, a burdened man who becomes obsessed with creating a new skin after his wife is severely burned in a car crash. Add to that a daughter who is slowly become mentally ill and the fact that Ro...
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Fall Movie Preview: October 2011

October 5th, 2011 11:00am EDT
The Ides of March
October 7

The Ides of March

This weekend has an interesting match-up for the box office: George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” a sure Oscar contender, vs. “Real Steel,” a robot boxing film starring Hugh Jackman. In “Ides,” Clooney, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay, stars as a promising presidential candidate whose young, idealistic aid (Ryan Gosling) sees the dark underbelly of what political campaigns are really about. Expect amazing performances from the entire cast which also includes Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Maris Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

Real Steel

So why ...
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Penelope Cruz And Javier Bardem Inducted Into Spain's Walk Of Fame

June 28th, 2011 11:58am EDT
Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem were inducted into Spain's Walk of Fame on Monday as part of the organization's opening ceremony.

The Vicky Cristina Barcelona stars showed up to the Calle Martin de los Heros area in Madrid to be honored at the Street of Stars.

The couple took it in turns to pose in front of their own sidewalk plaque, while other celebrities inducted include actor Antonio Banderas, singer Julio Iglesias, tenor Placido Domingo and director Pedro Almodovar.

It is the second street honor for Cruz this year - in April she unveiled her star on the Hollywood Wal...
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Robert De Niro To Head Cannes Film Festival Jury

January 6th, 2011 2:25pm EST
Robert De Niro
Veteran actor Robert De Niro will head the jury at this year's Cannes International Film Festival.

Cannes organizers announced on Thursday the star will serve as the chairman of the festival's competition jury, which will select the winner of top awards, including the prestigious Palme d'Or.

The 64th annual event is expected to feature new work from Pedro Almodovar ("The Skin That I Inhabit") and Lars Von Trier ("Melancholia"), as well as Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life," although official film selections have yet to be announced.

De Niro is the third American chosen to lead the Cannes j...
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Q&A: Penelope Cruz On 'Broken Embrace,' Her Career And Much More

December 11th, 2009 10:32am EST
Penelope Cruz - Broken Embraces
Everything Penelope Cruz does generates lots of interest and attention. She came to Hollywood after acclaimed and controversial foreign films, only to date the most famous movie star in the world. Even without celebrity beauxs, her films generate lots of attention on their own, from the voluptuous murderer of Volver to the threesome of Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Cruz is back with another duo of highly anticipated films. Nine is the movie adaptation of the stage musical and Broken Embraces reunites her again with her Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. In her fifth film with Almodovar, she p...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 24

September 24th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Nia Vardalos
Happy Birthday to Olympic gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm (1982), WWE star Stephanie McMahon (1976), Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan (1969), "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Nia Vardalos (1962), "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo (1958), Morphine bassist Mark Sandman (1952; d. 1999), Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar (1951), "NewsRadio" star Phil Hartman (1948; d. 1998), "NYPD Blue" actor Gordon Clapp (1948), Gerry and the Pacemakers singer Gerry Marsden (1942), singer Linda McCartney (1941; d. 1998), "Muppets" creator Jim Henson (1936; d. 1990), and "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott...
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Pedro Almodovar Slams U.S. Cinema

September 21st, 2007 9:53am EDT
Pedro Almodovar
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has slammed contemporary U.S. cinema - because of its "infantile" approach to filming. The movie maker insists the quality of new movies across the world is diminishing, but singles out America for criticism over its reliance on computer game-like sensibilities.

He says, "It's difficult to make a movie anywhere in Europe now. There is a general crisis of creation. In America, it's perhaps not a crisis in terms of creativity, but in terms of quality. The quality of films being made there is simply not comparable to those before the 1960s. This is more t...
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Diana Rigg Takes Lead Role In Almodovar Stage Adaptation

June 22nd, 2007 12:23pm EDT
All About My Mother
Emmy-award winning actress Diana Rigg has landed one of the main roles in the U.K. stage adaptation of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's film All About My Mother. The former The Avengers star will play Huma Roto, a famous actress who is responsible for the death of a 17-year-old boy, at London's Old Vic. And the casting has met with the approval of Almodovar.

He adds, "I have been a fan of Diana's for all these years and I am thrilled that she is playing Huma."

Kevin Spacey, the Old Vic's artistic director, adds, "I couldn't be more pleased that Diana Rigg, one of the UK's best-l...
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Spaniards Prefer Hollywood Films

June 12th, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Pedro Almodovar
Spaniards would prefer to watch Hollywood movies than films made in Spain, according to a revealing new survey. Almost 60 per cent of Spanish film fans polled by media group Sigma Dos confessed they'd turn their backs on movies by homegrown directors Pedro Almodovar and Bigas Luna if a blockbuster U.S. film was showing at their local cinema.

Spanish culture authorities are attempting to lure filmgoers to see locally made and funded films by creating a new law, which will force all cinema bosses to make sure at least one European film is showing at their theatre for every three U.S. mov...
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Stars Take Part In Peace Rallies Over The Weekend

March 19th, 2007 8:54am EDT
Martin Sheen
Celebrated Spanish movie maker Pedro Almodovar and actor Martin Sheen were among the celebrities taking part in peace rallies around the world on Saturday. Volver director Almodovar joined tens of thousands of people to protest the war in Iraq in Madrid, Spain, while Sheen took a break from his studies in Ireland to march in Los Angeles.

Almodovar's fellow protesters also called for the closure of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Activists flooded the streets of the Spanish capital, chanting "No to War." Almodovar told reporters he was protesting "the barbarities th...
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Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem Re-Team for Woody Allen Film

February 23rd, 2007 9:15am EST
Penelope Cruz
Spanish cinema stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are reuniting for Woody Allen to shoot their first screen pairing since 1992.

Jamon Jamon launched the pair's glittering career when Cruz was just 19 and her co-star Bardem was 23. They since appeared in Pedro Almodovar's Live Flesh in 1997 but didn't share a scene.

Now Hollywood director Allen has convinced the couple to re-team for his first foray into continental Europe. His movie is to be shot this summer in Barcelona in English and Spanish.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Penelope Cruz And Pedro Almodovar To Reteam For New Film?

January 30th, 2007 4:11pm EST
Penelope Cruz
Oscar nominee Penelope Cruz is set to re-team with Volver director Pedro Almodovar for his next feature - La Piel Que Habito.

The film is based on French author Thierry Jonquet's 1995 novel Mygale about a plastic surgeon who exacts hideous revenge on his daughter's rapist.

Almodovar's producer brother Agustin says, "The role is far darker" than the feisty heroine Cruz played in Volver.

He adds, "It's 70 to 80 per cent to be Pedro's next (project). But Pedro always worked on several ideas at the same time, and he has a second screenplay on the go as well."

Volver picked...
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'Volver' & 'Alatriste' Lead Goya Nominations

December 21st, 2006 9:39am EST
Volver
Pedro Almodovar's Volver and Agustin Diaz Yanes' Alatriste are the leading contenders for Spain's Goya Awards, taking 14 and 15 nominations respectively. The two movies will go head-to-head at the end of January in the Best Film and Best Director categories.

Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth - which picked up 13 nominations - and Manuel Huerga's "Salvador" - with 11 nominations - are also up for Best Film and Best Director.

"Volver" and "Pan's Labyrinth" - Spain and Mexico's respective entries for next year's foreign-language Oscar - are both up for Best Script, alongside Dan...
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Tom Cruise's Exes To Make Film Together?

October 31st, 2006 9:16am EST
Penelope Cruz
Tom Cruise's ex-wife Nicole Kidman is set to star alongside his latest former lover Penelope Cruz in a new movie. Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and his muse Cruz are hoping to persuade Kidman to join the director's forthcoming untitled project.

Cruz enthuses, "Pedro knows I love and admire Nicole's work so much. She's a great woman."

Cruise split from Cruz in January 2004 after two and a half years together. The stars went public as a couple in July 2001 - just weeks before Cruise officially divorced Kidman. At the time, the couple strenuously denied tabloid claims they had ...
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'Volver' To Compete for Foreign Language Oscar

September 29th, 2006 9:16am EDT
Volver
Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar was celebrating last night after his Penelope Cruz-starring film Volver beat off stiff competition to represent his homeland at next year's Oscars. The movie was chosen ahead of Agustin Diaz Yanes' "Alatriste" and "Salvador" by Manuel Huerga by the Spanish Film Academy to battle it out in the foreign language category.

Almodovar, 54, insists he was astonished by the choice after a long-running feud with the judging committee. Last year, he quit the Spanish Film Academy in a row over voting procedures and how Spain's candidate for the Oscars was chosen...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 24

September 24th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Nia Vardalos
Happy Birthday to Olympic gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm (1982), WWE star Stephanie McMahon (1976), Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan (1969), "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Nia Vardalos (1962), "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo (1958), Morphine bassist Mark Sandman (1952; d. 1999), Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar (1951), "NewsRadio" star Phil Hartman (1948; d. 1998), "NYPD Blue" actor Gordon Clapp (1948), Gerry and the Pacemakers singer Gerry Marsden (1942), singer Linda McCartney (1941; d. 1998), "Muppets" creator Jim Henson (1936; d. 1990), and "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott...
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'Volver' Director Inspired Penelope Cruz To Act

September 15th, 2006 8:38am EDT
Penelope Cruz
Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz was inspired to become an actress after watching a film by Pedro Almodovar when she was only 13. And Cruz was so amazed when the filmmaker offered her a part only three years later, she thought it was a joke at first.

She says, "When I was 13 I saw Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, and I came out of the cinema completely in love with his soul. One of the biggest motivations in becoming an actress was the idea of being able to work with him some day. I remember that day exactly.

"Three years later the dream of working with Pedro began to come true. He called me...
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Movie Snippets

August 9th, 2006 3:51pm EDT
Matthew McConaughey
* Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are to team up on the big screen again in a new adventure comedy. The pair, who played lovers in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, will play divorced treasure hunters in new film "Fool's Gold."

* Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain composer Gustavo Santaolalla and Pirates Of The Caribbean costume designer Penny Rose will be among the recipients of craft awards at the 10th annual Hollywood Film Festival in October.

* Spanish movie maker Pedro Almodovar has been handed Germany's Bogey Award for attracting more than 1,000 moviegoers per screen to his ne...
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Sony Pictures Classics Re-Releases Eight Of Celebrated Auteur Pedro Almodóvar’s Greatest Films In Theaters This Fall

July 31st, 2006 1:35pm EDT
Viva Pedro
"Viva Pedro" will open in New York and Los Angeles in August and expand throughout the United States this Fall. The theatrical re-release will introduce new audiences to Almodóvar and at the same time present the films to his many fans in the manner which they are meant to be seen and appreciated.

Brand new prints have been made of all eight films. Several of these titles have not been shown in theaters since their original release. All of the films have been withdrawn from the DVD marketplace to accommodate their theatrical re-release (while "Matador" and "Law of Desire" have never...
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