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Antonio Banderas Shows Off His Sword Fighting Skills

December 11th, 2011 4:00pm EST
Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas showed off his swashbuckling skills on British TV on Friday night by giving presenter Graham Norton a swordfighting lesson.

"The Mask of Zorro" actor and Salma Hayek were the star guests on the host's BBC chat show to promote their new movie "Puss In Boots."

Banderas voices the adventurous sword-toting feline in the film, and he was presented with a blade by Norton during the interview to show off his skills.

He declared, "Who am I going to swordfight against?" before convincing Norton to limber up too.

Banderas explained, "There are seven positions. You put your leg he...
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Happy 50th Birthday, Antonio Banderas!

August 10th, 2010 8:36am EDT
Antonio Banderas
Celebrations are in order - it's Antonio Banderas' 50th birthday! The star was born Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderas in Spain 50 years ago today and dreamed of being a professional soccer star until a broken foot ended his sporting dreams - and put him on the path to Tinseltown.

After launching his acting career on the Spanish stage, Banderas found fame in Hollywood with roles in hit movies including "Desperado," "The Mask of Zorro" and the "Shrek" franchise, making him one of Spain's most successful exports.

Now, as Banderas reaches a new milestone, WENN takes a look back at his life with...
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Antonio Banderas: 'I'm Happy With Melanie'

April 21st, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas has dismissed rumors his marriage to Melanie Griffith was on the brink of collapse before her stint in rehab last year - insisting he "never" considered leaving his wife.

The Mask of Zorro star married Griffith in 1996, but their union was rocked in 2007 when the former drug addict became dependent on prescription pills which she was given after a skiing accident. The Working Girl actress was admitted to rehab in 2009 and is now free of her drug habit.

Spanish-born Banderas was rumored to have given his wife an ultimatum - asking her to kick her addictions or face a div...
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Oh Lordy, Look Who's 40! Catherine Zeta-Jones (Photos)

September 25th, 2009 9:03am EDT
Catherine Zeta-Jones
In 1969 Richard Nixon became president, the "Miracle" Mets won the World Series, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the very first lunar stroll, and Led Zeppelin's debut album was released. In addition to these historic events, 1969 was also the birth year of several Hollywood A-listers, including Jennifer Aniston, Renee Zellweger, Cate Blanchett, and this month's birthday girl, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

While there are plenty of reasons to venerate the year 1969, there is one catch to having it be your birth year. And that would be that the time has now come to bid your 30s adieu and face ...
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Antonio Banderas And Melanie Griffith Lose Property Fight

June 30th, 2009 3:25pm EDT
Antonio Banderas And Melanie Griffith Lose Property
Hollywood couple Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have been ordered to surrender part of the land they own in Spain after losing a battle with local planning officials.

The actors own a $7.5 million beachfront property in La Gaviota, near Marbella, but they have been locked in a bitter fight with councilors who are cracking down on what they claim are illegal coastal properties. The Mask of Zorro star and Griffiths bought the villa in 1997 and have been using it as their summer home ever since.

However in 2003, the Latino was told his house was constructed illegally, because a ...
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Attack Of The Comic Book Movies

February 12th, 2009 12:02pm EST
Watchmen
Bringing comic book heroes (and villains) to the big screen has meant big bucks for movie studios in recent years. With huge budgets and state of the art special effects, it's easier than ever for filmmakers to convincingly create the fantasy worlds that classic comic characters inhabit, both delighting die-hard "geeks," and captivating folks who've never picked up a comic book in their lives.

Comic book films have always been popular, dating back to the movie serials of the 1940s featuring Superman, Batman, and Flash Gordon, just to name a few. Christopher Reeve's "Superman" in 1978...
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Notes & Quotes

March 16th, 2008 9:00pm EDT
Catherine Zeta-Jones
"I'm not going to be playing old grannies any time soon. In my next movie, you'll be seeing a lot more of me, put it that way. You see, I haven't actually reached my sexiest point yet." The Mask Of Zorro star Catherine Zeta-Jones has no plans to move away from sexy movie roles any time soon.

"I like chip butties - French fries in a sandwich. Eggs, I can't even look at them. I have to detour in the supermarket. They make me want to throw up. The other thing is raisins, and I used to love them. It's like invasion of the body snatchers. I'm not in control anymore." Minnie Driver is suffe...
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Catherine Zeta-Jones: 'Kids Can't See Dad's Movies Yet'

August 8th, 2007 9:41am EDT
Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas' young children are unaware their father is an Oscar-winning actor - because his wife Catherine-Zeta Jones has banned their kids from watching his adult-orientated movies.

The Mask Of Zorro beauty refuses to let her son Dylan, seven, and daughter Carys, four, see Douglas' work on films like Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct but is more than happy to show them her own movies and that of their grandfather Kirk Douglas because they are more suitable for family viewing.

She says, "They've seen (Kirk's film) 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, so they know about their grand...
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Michael Douglas Glad World Gets To See A Softer Catherine Zeta-Jones

July 19th, 2007 9:37am EDT
No Reservations
Michael Douglas is pleased his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones has taken on her latest role in romantic comedy No Reservations because he wants the world to see her softer side.

Zeta-Jones is best known for her parts as strong-headed, tough women in movies including Traffic, Ocean's Twelve and The Mask Of Zorro, and Douglas was worried people would never really get to know his wife, as he does.

"No Reservations" director Scott Hicks says, "Michael told me, 'I'm so happy you're doing this film. You'll help show people what a lovely person Catherine is.' Often her characters have a toug...
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Catherine Zeta-Jones Didn't Marry For Money

July 18th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones is amazed some people still presume the only reason she wed Michael Douglas was for financial reasons, despite the fact the couple has two children together and have been man and wife for nearly seven years.

The Mask Of Zorro star insists she never set out to snare a wealthy husband - and her marriage is all about love, not money.

She says, "There's some preconceived notion that I married Michael for his money, or I swan around in kimonos, making big demands. It's completely not the case. I've been working since I was 11 - actually, since I was 10 - in one b...
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'Shaun Of The Dead' Creators Return With The Hilarious 'Hot Fuzz'; Watch Clips Here

March 30th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz is the action-packed new comedy from the makers of the hit movie Shaun of the Dead. With the same razor-sharp combination of humor and attention to detail they used to breathe new life into the undead, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have set their sights on Action Movies for their next uniquely funny vision.

Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He's so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel's superiors send him to a place where his talents won't be quite so emba...
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Makers Of "Shaun Of The Dead" Bring New Comedy "Hot Fuzz" To The U.S. April 20

February 11th, 2007 9:00pm EST
Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz is the action-packed new comedy from the makers of the hit movie Shaun of the Dead. With the same razor-sharp combination of humor and attention to detail they used to breathe new life into the undead, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have set their sights on action movies for their next uniquely funny vision.

Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He's so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel's superiors send him to a place where his talents won't be quite so emba...
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Catherine Zeta-Jones Is Eva Longoria's Role Model

April 28th, 2006 7:00pm EDT
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Eva Longoria has hailed Catherine Zeta-Jones as her acting icon - despite admitting her knowledge of the Welsh star is limited. The pair, who recently met on the set of action movie The Sentinel, have since formed a close acquaintance, but Longoria confesses her ignorance caused initial embarrassment.

She says, "My role model was Catherine Zeta-Jones. I always looked up to her. The movie was like a vacation. I was sitting in my trailer watching the basketball play-offs with Michael (Douglas) and when Catherine came on the set I was so excited! She was with the kids mostly, but we got ...
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Antonio Banderas Uses Fake Swords to Threaten Burglars

November 16th, 2005 9:32am EST
Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas uses his sword from movie 'The Mask of Zorro' to ward off burglars.

The handsome actor, who is married to blonde actress Melanie Griffith, keeps the weapon in his home to protect his family from potential criminals.

The protective father, who lives with his wife and daughter, Stella, said: "The sword is stashed in a secret strategic place and I truly pity the burglar who shows up at my house! Though I wonder what I'd tell the authorities... 'Officer, he tried to rob me, so I cut a giant Z into him!'."

The Hollywood heartthrob also admitted he would also use ...
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