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Woody Allen steps in front of the camera for the first time since 2006's Scoop to join a typically starry cast in this quattro formaggi platter of love and laughs, made in the Eternal City. Allen is the opera director who is crazily inspired after meeting the gifted father of his daughter's Italian fiance, while visiting architect Alec Baldwin guides student Jesse Eisenberg through a tricky romantic situation. Elsewhere, Penelope Cruz's call girl puts a newlywed in a compromising position and local nobody Roberto Benigni suddenly finds himself a national media star. »
There are few events in the entertainment calendar as painfully glamorous as the Cannes Film Festival. A-List stars parading around a gorgeous, exotic location in dresses that cost the same as a down payment on a nice semi-detached in Chiswick - this is showbiz heaven, isn't it?
You'd think it impossible when surrounded with so much luxury to have a bad time, but sadly for some celebs their visit to the showcase was a right pain in the derrière, as the French call it. As the 66th festival kicked off last night (May 15) with a gloomy, rain-lashed premiere of The Great Gatsby, we take a moment to remember the stars who came home crying from Cannes.
Despite being one of the most well-known women in the world, Angelina Jolie is fiercely private when it comes to matters of health and family. »
Looks like pregnant Penélope Cruz is ready to pop! The stunning star—who is expecting her second child with hubby Javier Bardem—was snapped visiting sister Monica at the hospital in Madrid, where her younger sibling gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday. Cruz was joined by her hubby and brother Eduardo for the hospital visit. The doting sister was reportedly by her sibling's side yesterday while Monica was in labor. Monica turned to an anonymous sperm donor to get pregnant after fearing it would be "too late for motherhood" by the time she found her perfect partner. But it looks like Monica may have already found her constant companion in Penélope, who is »
Exclusive: In a six-figure deal, producers Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Nick Wechsler have preemptively acquired rights to The Kill List, the new novel by Day Of The Jackal author Frederick Forsyth. The contemporary espionage tale is described as an intricate chess game between a brilliant Marine, an Israeli agent, a teenage hacker and a mysterious psychopathic cleric. The novel will be published in September by Penguin. Forsyth also wrote The Fourth Protocol and The Odessa File. Schwartz, Schwartz and Wechsler will produce and Roger Schwartz is co-producer. They bought this preemptively as they did The Counselor, which went from a Cormac McCarthy spec to a green lit movie at lightning speed. Matching the gritty intensity that McCarthy has poured into books like No Country For Old Men, the script quickly drew director Ridley Scott and a cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Penelope Cruz joined by husband Javier Bardem, brother Eduardo and mom Encarna, paid sister Monica a visit at a Madrid hospital on Tuesday, May 14, to check up on her -- and presumably to say hello to her new niece. Penelope, 38, dressed down for the visit, wearing a loose gray T-shirt over her large baby bump, casual jeans and flat-heeled boots for the outing. The makeup-free star also wore her hair up in a top knot to complete the fuss-free look. Penelope and Bardem, 43, are already [...] »
Not a long list of familiar titles in today's batch of MPAA ratings as we begin with Dito Montiel's latest effort Empire State over at Lionsgate. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Roberts and Nikki Reed and is based on true events featuring two childhood friends who plan to rob an armored car depository. Lionsgate hasn't set a release date yet. Second is Fox's second outing with Dreamworks following the success of The Croods. The film is Turbo featuring Ryan Reynolds as the voice of a racing snail. I'm sure you'll be able to guess the rating without even looking. Other than that, there isn't much. Twice Born is an Italian film starring Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch that hasn't been heard from since premiering in Toronto last year so I didn't bother with it. Check out the full bulletin directly below. 12 Disasters Rated R For some violence. »
- Brad Brevet
A very pregnant Penelope Cruz was all smiles when she visited her sister, Monica Cruz, at a hospital in Madrid after she gave birth to a baby girl yesterday. Penelope was joined by her husband, Javier Bardem, and brother Eduardo Cruz as they all piled into a taxi to leave the hospital. Eduardo made a reference to the good news when he posted a photo on his Twitter account that read "Viva La Vida" yesterday. Monica made headlines back in January when she announced that she had gotten pregnant through an anonymous sperm donor and was planning on raising her baby as a single mother. She announced the news in a blog post for El País, saying, "I'm going to be a mom! I have achieved the dream of my lifetime." Shortly after Monica's news, Penelope and Javier confirmed that they were expecting their second child in February. View Slideshow »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Washington, May 15: Penelope Cruz's model sister Monica gave birth to a baby girl - from an anonymous sperm donor- on Tuesday
According to Spain's Hola magazine, Penelope, who expecting her second child with husband Javier Bardem, was by Monica's side when she gave birth at the Ruber International Clinic, Contactmusic reported.
Their mother, Encarna, and brother, Eduardo, also stopped by the hospital in Madrid, Spain to show their support for the baby girl. (Ani) »
- Diksha Singh
Penelope Cruz was by her younger sister's side as she gave birth to her first child via a sperm donor. The 39-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is pregnant with her second child and has a two-year-old son, Leo, with her husband Javier Bardem, was present to support her sister Monica as she gave birth to a baby girl at Ruber Hospital in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday afternoon (14.05.13). A source told Spanish website Hola.com that the 36-year-old model and actress's mother Encarna and brother Eduardo, who previously dated former 'Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria, also joined the brunette beauty, who has appeared in high profile campaigns for high-street label Mango with her 'Vicki Christina Barcelona' star sister, in the maternity ward. »
Penélope Cruz is officially an aunt! The actress' stunning sister Monica Cruz gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday in Madrid, Hola magazine reports. The To Rome with Love star—who is currently pregnant with her second child with hubby Javier Bardem—was reportedly by her sister's side while Monica was in labor at the International Ruber Clinic. The pair's mother, Encarna, and brother, Eduardo Cruz, also stopped by the hospital to show their support. Eduardo took to Twitter after Monica welcomed her bundle of joy, posting a message which reads "Viva La Vida," which translates to "Long Live Life," on his micro-blogging page. The 36-year-old »
Only on Saturday Night Live would it be beside the point that Kate McKinnon is the show’s first openly gay woman. Since her debut just over a year ago, she has single-handedly revived the perennial show’s long lineage of searing, spot-on impersonations that rival those of Darryl Hammond, Gilda Radner and Martin Short. Her versions of Shakira, Penelope Cruz, Jodie Foster and Edie Falco don’t just come close; like any good caricature, they actually redefine the way you see the original person.
And yet, McKinnon is used so sparingly it begs putting the question to Lorne Michaels: What the hell are you waiting for? Her talent is bigger and brighter than some of your full-time cast members. She’s your ticket out of the malaise that has beset Season No. 38.
McKinnon’s “I’m Ellen” take on Ellen DeGeneres has earned not only kudos – Vulture called »
- Will Pollock
Pedro Almodovar's latest, I'm So Excited, is the epitome of fluffy, fun camery. So it's no surprise to find that he managed to rope in some of his long-time collaborators and very famous familiar faces to cameo. Check out out exclusive clip below, starring Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas - and some amusing behind-the-scenes flashes of Almodovar's unique directorial style in action.
- Matt Risley
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Hello fellow queer cinephiles! As we enter the long, hot days of summer, everyone wants to cool off in a theater and watch other people try to save the world. The summer tends to be a pretty testosterone-soaked season for movies, so I’m here to help you sort the films you want to be in the front row for from those you just use as an excuse to cuddle in the back.
Editor's note: * denotes a film that includes openly lesbian/bi actresses or lesbian/bi characters.
Venus and Serena
You’re there to see: Venus and Serena Williams, obviously.
In a nutshell: Who doesn’t want to know more about the two sisters who changed tennis forever? This one’s a must-see for any lesbian with a pair of athletic shoes.
- Elaine Atwell
Talk of a sequel has been circling since 2011’s highly successful Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which took more than a billion dollars at the global box office, and stands tall as the 11th highest-grossing film of all time.
Whilst we’ve not heard anything official on the director’s front, it looks like that might soon be changing. Deadline report that the studio are narrowing their short list for the next person to take the helm for the franchise, and have heard four names of those currently in the mix.
First up is Frederik Bond, who is thought to be a favourite of producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Bond has recently made his feature debut with the Shia Labeouf-starrer, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which premiered »
- Kenji Lloyd
Ottavio Missoni, the co-founder and patriarch of iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, died at his Northern Italian home on Thursday at the age of 92. A statement released by the brand -- which is worn by Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz, to name a few -- said Missoni passed away "peacefully at home, surrounded by friends and family." The death comes on the heels of the January disappearance of company CEO Vittorio Missoni -- Ottavio's eldest son -- who went missing with his wife and four others while flying in a small plane to Venezuela. The group hasn't been
- Erin Weinger
★★★☆☆ To say that Pedro Almodóvar's Pointer Sisters-referencing I'm So Excited (Los amantes pasajeros, 2013) is one of the flamboyant Spanish auteur's more inconsequential efforts would perhaps be doing it a disservice; it is, after all, as interested in sexual politics and forms of control and restraint as any of his previous films. The key distinction to make, then, is that this is arguably his first all-out comedy, forgoing heartrending melodrama in favour of sharp one-liners and trusted sight gags. As expected, Almodóvar proves himself a deft comic director, though this latest enjoyable offering does struggle to reach the dizzying heights of his finest work.
An Airplane! for post-recession Spain, I'm So Excited takes place almost entirely aboard an ill-fated commercial flight en route to Mexico City. With the plane's landing gear damaged before take off - in a sequence which features cameos from Almodóvar regulars Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz »
- CineVue UK
Chaos reigns in business class in Pedro Almodóvar's slight yet droll commentary on post-crash Spain
Pedro Almodóvar, who turns 64 in September, is Spain's most important film-maker since Luis Buñuel and one of the first directors to enter mainstream cinema as openly gay. He made the last great movie of the 20th century, All About My Mother, and the first great movie of the 21st century, Talk to Her. He began his career making courageous, outrageous low-budget comedies, pushing the envelope of taste and acceptability in the immediate aftermath of Franco's dictatorship. Now with I'm So Excited! he characteristically combines subtlety and frivolity in a Wildean manner to comment upon Spain's current moral and economic crisis.
His recent films have been seriocomedies, their plots complicated and referential. In All About My Mother, for instance, he brought together A Streetcar Named Desire and All About Eve. I'm So Excited! returns to a looser form, »
- Philip French
Pedro Almodóvar's air steward farce could be some kind of national allegory – but the great director's real interest lies in returning to the good-natured sex comedy of his youth
Pedro Almodóvar's new film is a cheeky comedy about stressy homosexuals in an aeroplane going round and round in the sky without getting anywhere. There are some stressy heterosexuals as well. They are theoretically menaced by a danger that no one, least of all the audience, is taking all that seriously. The movie is Almodóvar's satirical venting of national exasperation with the economy, the king and perhaps even Spain itself – a troubled country that the plane is making its hazardous and entirely ineffective attempt to leave. But finally it's less ambitious than that: more like a lark, a small-scale domestic flight that returns the director, inevitably, to his favourite, hedonistic concerns of sexual identity and sexual transgression.
In the opening credits, »
- Peter Bradshaw
We have 2 new UK posters and have updated the image gallery for I'm So Excited, distributed Stateside by Sony Pictures Classics and in France by Pathe's. The Pedro Almodovar film opens in U.S. on June 28th, while U.K. fans can catch it from May 3rd. The film re-unites Almodóvar with Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother), Lola Dueñas (Volver), Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) and Blanca Suárez (The Skin I Live In) as well as many other of his frequent collaborators. Also in the cast are Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, Hugo Silva, Antonio de la Torre, José María Yazpik, Guillermo Toledo, José Luis Torrijo, Miguel Ángel Silvestre with cameo performances from Paz Vega and in their first film together Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. »
I'm So Excited (Spanish: Los amantes pasajeros), 2013.
Writted and Directed by Pedro Almodovar.
When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.
Pedro Almodóvar is a force to be reckoned with. A director who doesn't appear to make any compromises, making a film almost annually in the eighties, and becoming accepted in the mainstream market since 2000. He has a back-catalogue as diverse as Bad Education, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and a close-knit group of actors to turn to - including Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, »
- Flickering Myth
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