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Author: Stefan Pape
Poking fun Hollywood, and the golden age of movie-making in particular, Fernando Trueba’s The Queen of Spain laughs at the industry with the same affection and romanticism that Hail, Caesar! carried, to find that compatible balance between ridicule and adulation. Given this meta endeavour is set within the business it allows the filmmaker a licence to be overstated, and he uses that freedom in quite remarkable fashion, with an aesthetic almost as vibrant as that of which we saw in his enchanting, Oscar-nominated animation Chico & Rita.
Blas Fontiveros (Antonio Resines) has been presumed dead, but makes a shocking return to world of make believe by turning up on the set of the Hollywood blockbuster set in Spain and starring their most famous export, the fictional creation of Macarena Granada (Penélope Cruz) – a character who first graced the screen in Trueba’s The Girl of Your Dreams »
- Stefan Pape
Penelope Cruz appeared radiant on the red carpet at the British Academy of Films and Television Arts (BAFTAs) ceremony Sunday night at the Royal Albert Hall. Other luminaries attending included Kate Middleton, Emma Stone, Emily Blunt and Nicole Kidman. She wore a shiny metallic-looking dress designed by Atelier Versace. The actress posted a photo of […]
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Penélope Cruz rescues this frequently silly comedy, set on a 1950s film set in Franco’s Spain, as a larger-than-life actor in an entertaining, at times exasperating story
There’s a kind of excitable silliness in this disposable, film-within-a-film comedy from Fernando Trueba, starring Penélope Cruz – to whom Trueba gave her big break in his 1992 film Belle Epoque. In fact, it’s maybe the nearest thing that this year’s Berlin film festival has to a Carry On. There are one or two groans and finger-drumming moments of impatience, due to its sentimentality, perverse nostalgia and knowingly retro sexual politics. But it also has a kind of puppyish excitability, one or two laughs, and a lovely song, when Cruz sings Granada on a movie set. In fact, Cruz saves the film. The cinephilia and movie-studio fetishism are picturesque, though Almodóvar has given us the same thing with more intensity and feeling. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Nathaniel here since our fashion expert Jose Solis is unavailable to share his red carpet expertise. Argh! Unlike Jose I cannot tell you who these actresses are wearing -- my gawking is strictly actress-focused. But have I ever told you about my favorite "category" on red carpets? It's "Actresses Who Show up in Costumes as Fictional Characters Nobody Has Invented Yet" which is just what Noomi Rapace and Anya Taylor Joy did at this weekend's BAFTAs!
Boldest: Noomi & Anya
What kind of fictional characters are these? Please help me write those character profiles in the comments won't you? More gowns from superstars like Emma Stone, Penélope Cruz, and Nicole Kidman follow after the jump »
- NATHANIEL R
Ron Howard and daughter Bryce Dallas
Mel Brooks mugs for Mark Mawston
The annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts has presented its awards for the year 2016. For a full list of nominees and winners click here. Cinema Retro's London photographer Mark Mawston was there to cover all the action on the red carpet. Here is a selection of some of his photos. (All photographs copyright Mark Mawston. All rights reserved.)
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- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The opening fifteen minutes of “The Queen of Spain” promise a delightfully retrograde romp back in time to the Technicolor pleasures of that golden moment in the mid-1950s when Hollywood came to Spain. Glamorous movie stars, blacklisted writers, campy production designers, fabulous sets, and hunky grips all coming together to make movies and snub their noses at Generalissimo Franco. Then the plot kicks in, and it becomes clear Fernando Trueba is having so much fun revisiting characters from 1998’s “The Girl of Your Dreams” that he’s forgotten how to build a story out of multiple strands and make it all work. Penélope Cruz is always irresistible and the cast of Spanish greats know how to chew the scenery, but this overlong semi-farce with serious overtones seems mostly designed for the local blue-rinse crowd.
For those needing a refresher course, in “A Girl of Your Dreams,” a Spanish film »
- Jay Weissberg
Queen Of Spain review
Told primarily in its native tongue, but with some English, mostly coming from the American actors in the picture, Trueba’s film is set in 1950s Spain where returning actress Macarena Granada (Cruz) is welcomed home to shoot a Hollywood-financed historical production. We’re introduced to the actress and via reels of archived footage from the day, some real, some enhanced with Cruz’s likeness skillfully inserted. We’re painted an instant picture of Granada’s life up-to-now, both private and professional before quickly shifting to the then present-day and the character of Blas Fontiveros (Antonio Resines), who has also returned home after a long period of time missing. »
- Paul Heath
The deal is understood to be in the region of $10m, making it one of the biggest deals of the Efm.
The deal, understood to be in the region of $10m, sees Hishow take all Chinese rights to the two titles.
Previous Nu Image/Millennium Films titles such as The Mechanic, The Expendables franchise and London Has Fallen have all been decent hits at the China box office. The second and third installments in the Expendables series were co-financed by China’s Le Vision Pictures.
Directed by Donovan Marsh from a screenplay by Peter Craig, Hunter Killer stars Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman in the story of an American submarine captain who teams with Us Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
China’s Hishow Entertainment has boarded a pair of upcoming movies from Nu Image/Millennium Films: “Hunter Killer” and “Escobar.” The deal is one of the biggest completed so far at the European Film Market, alongside the Berlin Film Festival, and also one of the biggest by a Chinese indie in recent months.
The Chinese distributor-investor has paid more than $10 million to buy into the two films. In both cases it is co-financing the movies and acquiring distribution rights for China. Nu Image/Millennium produces the “Expendables” series, which also has Chinese co-producers.
Directed by Donovan Marsh, “Hunter Killer” features Gerard Butler as an untested American captain who teams with Navy Seals for a mission to rescue the Russian president. Butler has significant name-recognition in China after the success there of “London Has Fallen.” Gary Oldman and Billy Bob Thornton also star in the action thriller, which was previously »
- Patrick Frater
Exclusive: Here's a clip from Fernando Trueba's The Queen of Spain, starring Penélope Cruz, which premieres February 13 as part of the Berlinale Special Series. Ricardo Mario Darin Bas and Antonio Fernandez Resines also star in this pic about Spanish actress Macarena Granada, who returns home to Spain in the mid-1950s having enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood. She is to play Queen Isabella the First of Castille in a prestigious period drama. At the studio she meets… »
Daisy Ridley is currently filming director Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery “Murder on the Orient Express”, part of an all-star cast that also includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, Penelope Cruz and Josh Gad. “Frozen” star Gad is a huge “Star Wars” nerd — we’re talking huge “Star Wars” nerd — and has been regularly harassing […] »
- Brent Furdyk
The 31st annual Goya Awards (Spain's Oscars) were held over the weekend in Madrid and we'd be remiss if we didn't share the winners -- particularly considering we recently posted statistics about their all time favorite actresses. This year's big winners were Raúl Arévalo's revenge drama The Fury of a Patient Man (which took Best Film and 3 other prizes) and A Monster Calls (which took Best Director and swept the technical categories with 9 wins).
Spain's Oscar submission, Almodóvar's Julieta, won only Best Actress for Emma Suarez who plays the older version of the titular character. Incredibly Suarez also won Best Supporting Actress for another film (The Next Skin) so Spain really worships her this year. (After the jump a complete list of winners as well as other gowns and tuxes...) »
- NATHANIEL R
Myriad will introduce the family film to buyers at the upcoming Berlin European Film Market.
Reuniting the creative team behind the original “Red Dog” – writer Daniel Taplitz (“Chaos Theory”), producer Nelson Woss (“Ned Kelly”) and director Kriv Stenders (“Kill Me Three Times”) – “Red Dog: True Blue” had its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Festival. It will now screen Friday as the opening film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s Generation Kplus, one of the two sections at the world’s biggest fest focus for children, youth and family movies.
“Red Dog: True Blue” was greeted enthusiastically by critics in its Australian homeland, where it has grossed more than $5 million to date, a solid result. It also received an upbeat reaction at Sundance, »
- John Hopewell
Madrid — In a huge achievement for a first film, actor-turned-director Raul Arevalo’s ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ took best picture and best first feature at the 31st Spanish Film Academy Goyas on Saturday night.
An outstanding genre-blending romantic drama which soon morphs into a road movie then brutal vengeance thriller, “The Fury of a Patient Man” also snagged original screenplay (“David Pulido, Arevalo) and supporting actor for Manolo Solo.
Produced by Beatriz Bodegas at Madrid-based Canica Films, “Fury” – which is set in a “normal” Spain rarely seen in movies, depicting its bars, roadside motels, card games and family fiestas – seemed as if it would have to settle for a clutch of awards as J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls, ” starring Liam Neeson, Jennifer Jones and Sigourney Weaver, swept every prize it was nominated for during most of Saturday’s Goya ceremony. But its original screenplay win over “A Monster Calls »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
Lili Fini Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer of “Driving Miss Daisy,” is to direct documentary feature “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars,” partnering with producer John Battsek, whose credits include Oscar-winners “One Day in September” and “Searching for Sugar Man.”
Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales, and Altitude Film Distribution has taken U.K. rights. First footage will be unveiled to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market.
“Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days,” said Zanuck, who previously directed 1991 crime drama “Rush.” “He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.”
The film will also examine Clapton’s personal life, which »
- Leo Barraclough
According to Deadline, Penélope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez have signed on to star in Love Child, a new film from Wiener Dog and Welcome To The Dollhouse director Todd Solondz. Billed as a “dark and hilarious twist on the classic Oedipal theme,” the movie is about an 11-year-old boy with an “inappropriate obsession” with his mom who comes up with a scheme to try to kill his abusive dad so he can get more attention from his mom. Also, he convinces a “handsome man” named Nacho to fall in love with his mom so he can frame that man for killing his father, which sounds dark and hilarious.
Assuming Cruz plays the mom, Ramírez will probably play the abusive father or the handsome man named Nacho. It doesn’t sound like the kid has been cast yet, but Jacob Tremblay is probably waiting by his phone.
- Sam Barsanti
The project will begin foreign sales next week at the Berlin Film Festival through Imr International, the joint venture between MadRiver Pictures and Insiders. Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa will produce.
Solondz’ script is centered on a delusional 11-year-old boy who’s obsessed with his mother and attempts to orchestrate an accident that nearly kills his abusive father. The boy then encourages the handsome man living in the family’s guesthouse to romance his mother, but becomes enraged when the two fall in love.
- Dave McNary
Killer Films is producing Love Child, which centres on an extremely jealous 11-year-old boy obsessed with his mother.
When the delusional youngster and aspiring Broadway star plots to kill his father and set his mother up with a lodger, things do not go as he plans.
His mother and the new man fall wildly in love, forcing the child to rethink his strategy and frame the paramour for his father’s murder.
CAA represents Us rights on Love Child.
Killer and Solondz collaborated on the 2016 comedy Wiener-Dog, which premiered in Sundance last year and streamed on Amazon Prime Video in the Us. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
At this point, you either roll with the films of Todd Solondz or you don’t. But for those who are on board for the director’s envelope-pushing work, they always know they’ll be laughing at something they shouldn’t be. And that will likely be the case for “Love Child.”
- Kevin Jagernauth
Although it was one my favorite films of last year, Todd Solondz‘s peculiar, touching Wiener-Dog sadly went overlooked. Thankfully, the director looks to be back in record time as his latest project has already been announced and he’s secured two unexpected, talented stars, which also doubles as The Counselor re-team we’ve been waiting for. Penélope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez are set to lead this new film, titled Love Child, according to Deadline.
The Welcome to the Dollhouse director’s own spin on the Oedipus complex will follow “11 year-old Junior, a delusional aspiring Broadway star with an inappropriate obsession with his mother Immaculada (Crus). After orchestrating an accident that nearly kills his abusive father, he encourages Nacho (Ramírez), the handsome man living in the family’s guesthouse to court his mother and become his new dad. But when the two fall in love, Junior becomes so jealous that »
- Jordan Raup
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