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After signing her name to an open letter condemning the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza as “genocide,” Penelope Cruz has walked back her stance on the complicated Middle East crisis. “I don't want to be misunderstood on this important subject,” the actress says in a statement. “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.” Also read: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar Condemn Israel for Gaza Attacks The open letter, also signed by. »
- Linda Ge
Penélope Cruz has come forward to clarify an earlier open letter she penned with husband Javier Bardem condemning Israel for their attacks on the Gaza Strip. "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," the actress explained in a statement. "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 a civilization that can be capable of bringing the courage to have a world where »
Update, 1:35Pm: Penelope Cruz has issued a statement to clarify the open letter that she, husband Javier Bardem and director Pedro Almodovar signed yesterday, which called for an end to “the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army in the Gaza strip against Palestinian civilians.” The comments were bound to be regarded as incendiary and polarizing, taking sides in a most controversial issue. Today, Cruz explains that her reaction was not motivated by politics as much as humanitarian concerns. “I don’t want to be misunderstood on this important subject,” she said. “I’m not an expert on the situation, and I’m […] »
Roadside Attractions co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff are running their specialty label--co-owned by frequent distribution partner Lionsgate--with taste and smarts. They have a handle on what will work in the the specialty theatrical market, when to go day-and-date with VOD, and when to chase an Oscar campaign that can cost more than it's worth. (They did well with Oscar nominations for "Winter's Bone" and Jennifer Lawrence, "Biutiful" and Javier Bardem, and "Albert Nobbs" and Glenn Close, among others.) The Oscar question came up when their most recent release, Anton Corbijn's Sundance entry "A Most Wanted Man," based on the John Le Carré novel and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last leading role, opened strong last weekend. Cohen came by Sneak Previews to talk about how they released the film, Hoffman, and the indies' future. He's bullish. Anne Thompson: "A Most Wanted Man" might have been a »
- Anne Thompson
More celebrities have come forward to voice their opinion over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Pedro Almodovar were among several stars to publish an open letter in local Spanish papers slamming Israel for its role in the ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel.
According to multiple media reports, the letter described Israel's actions as "genocide" and said that "Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air.
"Palestinians' homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing."
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More celebrities have come forward to voice their opinion over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Pedro Almodovar were among several stars to publish an open letter in local Spanish papers slamming Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip. According to multiple media reports, the letter described Israel's as "genocide" and said that "Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air. "Palestinians' homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing." The letter urged Israel to »
Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar were among a number of Spain's biggest film industry stars who published an open letter Tuesday in local Spanish newspapers condemning the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying that “Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air.” See video: Joan Rivers Blasts Palestine's Involvement in Gaza Conflict: ‘They Started It!’ (Video) According to Global News and other media reports, the letter states that “Palestinians’ homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international. »
- Joel Keller
Madrid – Dozens of Spanish film stars, directors, musicians and writers, led by Oscar winners Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Pedro Almodovar, have denounced Israel's incursion into Gaza. In an open letter referenced by Europa Press and other Spanish media, they described Israel's actions as "genocide." Story Talk About Anything Political in Hollywood ... Except Gaza They also called on the European Union to "condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip." In the open letter, they demanded a cease-fire by the Israeli military and urged Israel to "lift
- Ben Jones
Charlize Theron reunited with Sean Penn in Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday when she landed in her native country to begin filming on their new movie, The Last Face. (Charlize will star alongside Javier Bardem, and Sean will direct.) Before she landed in Africa, Charlize sparked engagement rumors when she was spotted at Lax wearing what looked like an engagement ring. While a source has said that the ring wasn't for an engagement, the rumors are still floating around that the pair may be prepared to take the next step. Back in April, sources said that they "wouldn't be surprised" if the couple took a trip down the aisle soon. Time will tell if Charlize and Sean are actually engaged! »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Insiders claim that the couple plans to marry while spending time in South Africa this summer working on The Last Face in which Theron, 35, is starring and Penn, 53, is directing. "They want to get married very soon," a source told Us Weekly.
Theron, already a mother to adopted son Jackson, 2, apparently always planned to give him a little brother or sister. The actress "always intended to have another child,” according to the source, who added, “Sean is revitalized with Charlize.”
Theron and Penn went public with their relationship roughly eight months ago following nearly two decades of friendship. "Charlize has seen Sean grow up, »
Sometimes the movie industry is just that predictable. Martin Scorsese has made three straight hits with Paramount Pictures, so when he got started on the independent production Silence, it was only a matter of time until the studio came calling. Now, on the brink of the film's production start, it appears as if Paramount is ready to leap aboard Marty's latest project - with a fully-detailed plan for commercial and critical success. Deadline reports that Paramount has come aboard Silence with the intention to distribute the film in the U.S., eying a November 2015 release date. The film, an adaptation of the Shusako Endo novel, concerns two Jesuit priests in the 17th century who attempt to spread Christianity to Japan, only to encounter swift and harsh pushback. Names like Gael Bernal, Daniel Day-Lewis and Javier Bardem have been linked to the project, but currently, the cast includes Liam Neeson, Andrew »
This month marks Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem's fourth wedding anniversary and we are celebrating by looking back at all of the gorgeous couple's best moments. From their tropical beach trips to romantic strolls through their beloved Madrid, this pair loves to pack on the Pda. Penélope and Javier first met in 1992 when they appeared in Jamon, Jamon together, but they didn't start a romantic relationship until 2007. They got married in July 2010, welcomed son, Leo, in January 2011 and had daughter, Luna, in 2013. Keep scrolling to see all the best snaps of Penélope and Javier's love! »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton.
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton, has been selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6), where it will play in competition.
The film will receive its world premiere on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri.
The black comedy tells the story of an actor (Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
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The black comedy, about a washed-up actor (Keaton) who once played an iconic superhero and must overcome his ego and family trouble as he struggles to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory, will world preem in competition at the fest on August 27.
“Birdman” is a Fox Searchlight Pictures/New Regency presentation of a New Regency/M Productions/Le Grisbi production. The U.S. release date is October 17, while it will be going out internationally in early 2015. The producers are Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, and James W. Skotchdopole.
“Birdman” is the first foray into »
- Nick Vivarelli
An Oscar-winning actress is an exceptional artist no matter what shade, race or ethnicity she represents. For the sake of this written piece we will concentrate on those actresses of color whose achievement in cinema (and ultimate success of capturing the golden statuette) has made them revered commodities in the motion picture industry.
For some of these minority Oscar-winning actresses being spotlighted they have either excelled at their craft early in their careers or may have enjoyed limited success in the aftermath of their glory. Whatever the case it remains certain that these feminine recipients of Academy Award distinction left a legacy on the big screen in a capacity that cannot be taken away or dismissed.
The You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color are (in alphabetical order according to film titles):
Won the Academy Award for »
- Frank Ochieng
Update: Hardy is now officially confirmed as part of the cast, according to Variety. Initially rearing its head as a John Hillcoat project way back in 2010, Western The Revenant passed to director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful, Babel) twelve months later. After a couple of years of being loosely "attached", Leonardo DiCaprio then signed on to star in April. Now, in a potential Inception reunion, Tom Hardy is in talks to join him.Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith have adapted the film from Michael Punke’s 2003 novel, which follows an ill-fated fur trapping expedition to chilly 1820s South Dakota. Hunter Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is mauled by a bear in the harsh climate, and his companions leave him for dead. The two men assigned to bury his body then decide tojust rob him and abandon him instead. But Glass recovers, and swears bloody revenge.Sean Penn had been considering playing one of the thieving burial party, »
James Bond always has had a license to kill. But does he also have a license to be funny? The last James Bond adventure, Skyfall, had a brilliant mixture of danger, thrills and humor . particularly in the colorful interplay between 007 (Daniel Craig) and the menacing Silva (Javier Bardem). And with Sam Mendes back in the director.s chair for the announced James Bond 24, you can see why he.d like to tap into some of the same magic. Which is why The Daily Mail reports that Mendes has brought Skyfall original writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade back to Bond 24 to punch up the screenplay turned in by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan. Specifically, according to reports, Purvis and Wade were asked to "sprinkle in more gags, emphasizing the witty repartee between Daniel Craig.s 007 and Naomie Harris.s Miss Moneypenny, and focusing on the interplay between Bond and »
Barcelona – StudioCanal, the European film distribution and production giant owned by France's Vivendi, on Tuesday presented here at CineEurope for the first time in the company's and the event's history armed with first footage of Stephen Frears’ untitled Lance Armstrong movie and an appearance on stage by The Gunman director Pierre Morel. He talked the exhibitors in attendance through three exclusive clips from his action film starring Sean Penn, Idris Elba and Javier Bardem. He also showed a taped message from Hugh Bonneville for the studio’s biggest movie rollout to-date, Paddington. Photos 2014's Most Anticipated Movies European exhibitors also got a first look
- Stuart Kemp
Who says that movie-making talent cannot run within the same family? In the film industry when one reaches the pinnacle of success in achieving the ultimate reward in the motion picture business–winning an Academy Award–it is considered an individual milestone for any actor’s big screen career. However, when one’s gene pool produces the capacity to draw Oscar’s attention their way in keeping the golden statuette “in the family” it is living proof that the thespian’s apple does not fall from the street.
Whether through the relationship of blood relatives or marital unions “Relative”-ly Speaking: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Family Combinations looks at ten famous family member combos that won an Oscar through the methods of acting or directing. Let’s take a look at the top ten familial tandem that pulled off such an achievement in winning the coveted Oscar as it stands proudly on the family mantle. »
- Frank Ochieng
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