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The paparazzi have been busy this year chasing stars filming in the Eternal City, as Hollywood has rediscovered Italy, making the country — and Rome’s storied Cinecitta Studios — a hot destination for foreign shoots.
Competitive tax breaks, a great euro-to-dollar exchange rate, and Italy’s depth of crew and craftsmen recently lured Paramount’s “Zoolander 2” as well as MGM and Paramount’s “Ben-Hur” remake, marking the first time in at least a decade that Cinecitta has hosted two big Hollywood productions. Ron Howard’s “Inferno” and the next James Bond installment, “Spectre,” have also shot in Rome and other parts of Italy.
Growing its production sector could be a shot in the arm for the nation’s ailing economy — after all, as former prime minister Giulio Andreotti famously said of an earlier epic film shoot, “ ‘Quo Vadis’ did more for Italy than the Marshall Plan.”
It was only a »
- Nick Vivarelli
Wow, what a group! Isabella Rossellini, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet made for one very powerful posse at a Lancome's 80 Years of Beauty event in Paris on Tuesday. The stunning A-list actresses, who have all been ambassadors for the brand, stole the spotlight as they posed for pictures at the event. Rossellini dazzled in a classic tux, as Nyong’o stood out in a sparkling silver Prada number. Roberts went with her signature suit, but added a flirty touch with the shorter length and delicate lace blouse. Meanwhile, Cruz stunned in a black Emilio Pucci gown with lace accents. And, last but not least, Winslet showed off her killer curves in a black fit and flare mini by Alaia. These Hollywood veterans have definitely found the secret to aging gracefully. In fact, Roberts has said that she's happy to let nature take its course. "By Hollywood standards, »
- tooFab Staff
Talk about a starry night in Paris! Celebs stepped out for the Lancôme "WÔW" 80th anniversary party in the City of Light on July 7, including four of the brand's Oscar-winning ambassadors: Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, Penélope Cruz and Kate Winslet all attended the fête, and served us a healthy dose of glam while they were at it (naturally). Lupita turned heads in a glimmering Prada number, while Julia went for a sexy all-black shorts suit. Penelope, meanwhile, opted for black-lace Emilio Pucci confection, which became contender for best Lbd of the night next to Kate's Azzedine Alaïa fit-and-flare design. Lauded Italian actress Isabelli Rossellini also made an »
Two of Spain's finest—director Julio Medem ("Sex & Lucia") and actress Penelope Cruz—are finally combining their powers for the forthcoming "Ma Ma." All that has been known so far is that it's a drama centered around a tragedy, but the first international trailer for the picture peels back the layers a bit more. "It’s one of the most complex, most beautiful characters I’ve ever been offered, the most difficult," Cruz told Variety earlier this year about her role as Magda. And Medem promises a visually impressive effort, and certainly, this trailer bears that out. " 'Ma Ma' will be a luminous film, with somewhat overexposed and cold images, strong blues, cold reds and golds. The camera will be constantly at Magda’s side, we’ll sense her feelings and sensations, constantly accompany her. It’s a subjective film, beginning with tragedy, but it’s not about »
- Kevin Jagernauth
'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »
- Andre Soares
A year ago Besson himself was asked "Lucy" sequel prospects to which he replied "I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It''s not made for that." Looks like someone found a way.
Also on the way are "Shut In" with Naomi Watts, "Nine Lives" with Kevin Spacey, "The Lake" with Sullivan Stapleton, and "Escobar" with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz which are all due next year. The Dave Bautista-led "Warrior's Gate" and Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne-starring "Valerian" are also due in 2017. »
- Garth Franklin
Say what you will about Luc Besson, but the guy knows how to craft a kick-ass action heroine. At CineEurope 2015, his production house EuropaCorp unveiled a packed slate of upcoming films, and included in the roster were a pair of sequels to two of Besson’s most successful female-driven action-thrillers: Lucy and Colombiana. That’s right – despite Scarlett Johansson’s psychokinetic badass ascending past human form at the end of Lucy, and Zoe Saldana’s revenge-minded assassin slaying the man responsible for her parents’ murders, both characters are gearing up for more carnage-heavy adventures.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Besson is interested in Lucy 2 and Colombiana 2 – both films were solid performers at the box office (especially Lucy) and starred actresses who are becoming more bankable by the week – Johansson is a proven draw for audiences with Marvel fans in her pocket, while Saldana recently led Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Isaac Feldberg
"I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It's not made for that,” Luc Besson said last summer about the prospect of a sequel to the surprise smash hit "Lucy." “If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don't even think about it.” Well, it looks like he's thought about it and something is brewing. At CineEurope 2015, production house EuropaCorp (which Besson heads up) announced their slate of upcoming films, which quietly mentioned that "Lucy 2" was "in development." Here's the roster: “Shut In” with Naomi Watts (International Release Date February 19, 2016) “Nine Lives” with Kevin Spacey (International Release Date April 29, 2016) “The Lake” with Sullivan Stapleton (International Release date July 15, 2016) “Warrior's Gate” with Dave Bautista (date undetermined output) “The Transporter Legacy” with Ed Skrein (Release date September 9, 2015) “Escobar” with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (Released in 2016) »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tyra exposes her "Really real" self - HuffPost Celebrity Which contestants did Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe sleep with? - Ok! Magazine Penélope Cruz's father dies at 62 - Us Weekly How Kate Middleton dropped her baby weight in record time - Gossip Girl Iggy Azalea talks wedding details - Et Emilia Clarke is on crutches - Lainey Gossip What's your age based on your favorite celebrity scandals? - BuzzFeed Harper Beckham's clothes go on sale for charity today - People Why Emma Stone deletes all her emails - The Frisky »
Penelope Cruz is mourning the death of her father, Eduardo Cruz, Us Weekly can confirm. According to Hello! magazine's Spanish sister publication Hola!, he passed away in the early hours of Thursday, June 18, at age 62. The brother of Eduardo's wife, Carmen Moreno, reportedly confirmed the news to Hola!. A cause of death has not been confirmed, but Hola! reports that he suffered a heart attack, and had a history of heart problems. At the time of his death, Eduardo was in La Manga, Spain, where he [...] »
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Penelope Cruz's father has reportedly passed away. The 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' actress' father Eduardo Cruz is believed to have died early this morning aged 62 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Spain. The brother of Eduardo's wife Carmen Moreno is said to have confirmed the news to Hola! magazine. Medics were reportedly called to the family home at around 2am but could do nothing to save his life, sources told The Truth magazine. The 62-year-old father-of-four lived with his wife Carmen - who he married in April 2014 after 12 years together - and their three-year-old daughter Salma. The couple managed a hair and beauty salon together near their home in La Manga. Eduardo also had three children - Penelope, Monica and Eduardo - from his first marriage to Cruz's mother Encarna Sanchez. While Penelope has had a successful career in Hollywood, Monica »
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to Pedro Almodóvar’s forthcoming "Silencio," the director's 20th feature and his tenth collaboration with Spc. The film, which stars Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez, Daniel Grao, Dario Grandinetti, Inma Cuesta, Michelle Jenner, and recent Cannes juror Rossy de Palma, follows its protagonist Julieta (Ugarte and Suárez) from 1985 to the present, as she deals with the disappearance of her daughter and "struggles to survive on the verge of madness." As the Spanish auteur told Variety in January, the "hard-hitting drama" once again finds him working within "the cinema of women, of great female protagonists," though the material was not quite suited to Almodóvar stalwarts like Penelope Cruz or Antonio Banderas—thus the cast of relative unknowns. "'Silencio' is about destiny, guilt and the unfathomable mystery that leads some people to abandon »
- Matt Brennan
Today is National Best Friend Day, and we're celebrating by rounding up pictures of our favorite celebrity buddies. Take a look at girlfriends Beyoncé and Gwyneth Paltrow, supportive pals Robert Pattinson and Katy Perry, and beautiful buds Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek. There's also Leonardo DiCaprio and his longtime best friend Tobey Maguire, plus so many more. Read through to see them all! »
The film was originally scheduled to open Jan. 16. “Escobar,” the directorial debut of Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano, combines the true story of Colombia’s drug king Pablo Escobar with a love story between a young Canadian surfer, played by “Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson, and Escobar’s niece (Claudia Traisac).
The film received positive notices at Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. “Escobar” “offers an odd mix of action movie, romantic melodrama and cautionary traveler’s tale, which works better than it should thanks to Del Toro’s fascinating performance and Di Stefano’s assured, muscular helming,” said Variety’s Scott Foundas in his Telluride review.
- Dave McNary
Willie Nelson is set to make a cameo in the sequel to Ben Stiller's 2001 cult classic, Zoolander. The 82-year-old legend revealed in an interview with Access Hollywood that Owen Wilson, who plays dimwitted male model Hansel McDonald in the two movies, personally invited him to film a scene on location in Italy. The actor and country star are longtime friends and neighbors in Maui, Hawaii, where they hang out playing chess, poker and dominoes in Nelson's clubhouse. »
'Yesterday' movie: Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 10 percent of the world's population and two-thirds of the planet's 30-35 million AIDS cases. In the past thirty years, it is estimated that more than 20 million Sub-Saharan Africans have died from complications of the disease.* Even today, drug cocktails that are relatively accessible in other parts of the globe are still beyond the means of the vast majority of Africans. Writer-director Darrell Roodt's South African drama Yesterday is set in this catastrophic scenario. The film depicts the effects of AIDS in the life of a young Zulu woman who contracts HIV from her husband. Although Roodt's narrative maintains its focus on the plight of one particular individual, the (for non-Zulus) quirkily named Yesterday represents millions of other women, »
- Andre Soares
Cameron Crowe has made a career telling stories of flawed men who are saved thanks to young, quasi-magical women. His best films have shown the cracks in these maniacal pixies. Consider the crippling self-doubt of Penny Lane in Almost Famous, or the world-weariness of Renee Zellweger’s Dorothy Boyd in Jerry Maguire. Penelope Cruz’s Sofia Serrano in Vanilla Sky quite literally becomes […] »
- Dan Mecca
Bob Dylan may be best known as a legendary singer-songwriter, but he's also earned the title of director, actor and inspiring film subject over the span of his five-decade career. To commemorate the singer's 74th birthday, THR rounds up Dylan's most memorable movie moments. 1. Masked and Anonymous (2003) Dylan played the role of Jack Fate, a former rock legend with a dying career who is forced to make a comeback, in the Larry Charles-directed music drama. The film, also starring Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson and John Goodman, featured a soundtrack comprised almost entirely of covers
- Meena Jang
Exclusive: Key deals for Backup Media on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry.
French finance outfit Backup Media, which represents Takashi Miike’s Directors’ Fortnight entry Yakuza Apocalypse, has closed deals on the action-horror with German-speaking territories (Koch), France (The Jokers) and Benelux (Cineart).
Nikkatsu is handling Asian rights to the film about a yakuza vampire boss, starring The Raid’s Yayan Ruhlan and Riri Furanki (Like Father, Like Son).
The outfit has backed a host of ambitious French, European and Us films to date, including Nicolas Saada’s Taj Mahal, Yann Gozlan’s thriller A Perfect Man, Benoit Jacquot’s Diary of a Chambermaid, Ma Ma, starring Penelope Cruz, Pablo Virzi’s Human Capital and Martin Koolhoven’s upcoming thriller Brimstone.
Prolific cult Japanese director Miike played in competition »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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