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Penelope Cruz Clarifies Gaza Stance

July 31st, 2014 2:03pm EDT
Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz is expanding on an open letter about the ongoing hostilities in Gaza signed by several Spanish stars, after some called it anti-semitic.

Cruz said in a statement, "I don't want to be misunderstood on this important subject. I'm not an expert on the situation and I'm aware of the complexity of it. My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace in both Israel and Gaza.

"I am hopeful all parties can agree to a cease fire and there are no more innocent victims on either side of the border. I wish for unity, and peace... I believe in ...
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Spanish Stars Denounce Israel

July 29th, 2014 3:31pm EDT
Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, and Pedro Almodovar
Spanish film industry representatives have publish an open letter denouncing Israel and their recent actions in Gaza. The group, which includes stars such as Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Pedro Almodovar, asked for an immediate ceasefire to help civilians.

As referenced in The Hollywood Reporter, Bardem and others plea in the letter for Spain and other European Union members to condemn the bombing and to "open border crossings to facilitate the mobility of the population, the entry of medical equipment, medicines and food."

"Palestinians' homes are being destroyed, they are being deni...
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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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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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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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