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Penelope Cruz Passion Project ‘Ma Ma’ Comes to iTunes

29 July 2016 8:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Penelope Cruz took to Instagram Thursday to announce her 2015 drama “Ma Ma” is now available on Apple’s iTunes.

“I’m so excited to share that my new film Ma Ma is now available to buy and rent from @iTunes!” the Oscar-winning actress wrote. “Making this movie has been an incredible experience for me and I hope you enjoy it. Thank you@oscilloscope.” The exclusive video on-demand release comes nearly a year after the film’s release in Spain and two months after the film was released in U.S. theaters.

Here’s the official synopsis: Honoring the high melodrama of Pedro Almodóvar and Douglas Sirk, Ma Ma follows Magda (Cruz) as she experiences tragedies and miracles alike. Just as Magda is diagnosed with breast cancer, she meets Arturo (Luis Tosar), a devoted husband and father in the midst of unspeakable loss. Their chance encounter leads both down a path of strength, »

- Graham Winfrey

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New to Streaming: ‘It’s Such a Beautiful Day,’ ‘Holy Hell,’ Quay Brothers, ‘Born to Be Blue,’ and More

29 July 2016 7:46 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Born to Be Blue (Robert Budreau)

I played jazz trumpet growing up in Oklahoma, so Chet Baker’s somber swing always brought our ensemble back to earth when Dizzy Gillespie’s flying fingers sent us noodling in quick cacophony. We thought Baker was the romantic trumpeter, the kind you’d play when you wanted to impress a date — and whose pretty-boy face on the album cover »

- The Film Stage

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Colombian Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Sweeps the 3rd Platino Awards

24 July 2016 8:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Punta Del Este, Uruguay — Making good on its Academy Award nomination, Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent” swept the 3rd Platino Ibero-American Film Awards on Sunday night in Uruguay, winning in seven of the eight categories for which it was up for a prize.

Opening Uruguay’s new Punta del Este Convention Center, the 2016 Platinos will go down as serving further and perhaps final kudos recognition for a title which also won the top prize at Cannes’ 2015 Directors’ Fortnight and the Sloan Award at this year’s Sundance Fest, consolidating Guerra’s reputation as one of the most exciting and original talents working out of Latin America today, after two features which garnered acclaim at Cannes (“Wandering Shadows,” “The Wind Journeys”), but hardly the international resonance of “Embrace of the Serpent.”

Though the awards had no clear favourite, “Embrace of the Serpent,” with “Ixcanul,” had scored the most nominations »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Platino Awards: Telefe, Telefonica Studios Board Ricardo Darin Starrer ‘Black Snow’ (Exclusive)

24 July 2016 7:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Punta Del Este, Uruguay — Argentine TV network Telefe and Telefonica Studios have boarded Martin Hodara’s thriller “Black Snow,” starring Ricardo Darin, signing on as co-production partners.

Axel Kuschevatzky announced the deal to Variety at Punta del Este, the Uruguayan resort where Darin will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at Sunday night’s 3rd Platino Ibero-American Awards ceremony.

Marking the second feature from Argentina’s Martin Hodara, who teamed with Darin to co-direct 2007’s “La señal,” “Black Snow” is produced by Spanish outfits A Contracorriente Films, Bowfinger International Pictures and Gloriamundi Producciones. Argentina’s Pampa Films and Tieless Media co-produce. Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl. handles world sales.

The announcement of the involvement of Telefe, Argentina’s top free-to-air broadcast network, and Telefonica Studios, the production arm of telco giant Telefonica, come as FilmSharks revealed further sales at Punta del Este on another Darin title, Sebastián Borensztein’s “Koblic.”

Opening in Spain (via DeAPlaneta), Argentina and Uruguay »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Raises Nearly $45 Million at Auction Gala

21 July 2016 10:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation hosted its third annual fundraising auction gala earlier this week, raising nearly $45 million to support the foundation’s mission of protecting the earth from climate change and environmental crisis.

The event was hosted in Saint-Tropez by DiCaprio, the founder and chairman of the foundation, Ldf Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby who created the concept for the evening, Ldf Chief Executive Officer Terry Tamminen and Ldf Executive Director Justin Winters, with support from Julius Baer and Chopard.

Albert II, Prince of Monaco was honored with the foundation’s first “New World Leadership Award,” which recognizes the legacy of environmental conservation displayed by its recipient.

Simon de Pury conducted the live auction, which was filled with unique experiences, luxury collectibles and memorabilia – including personal items given by DiCaprio, and a collection of fine art from universally renowned artists Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Urs Fischer, Olafur Eliasson, and Adrian Villar Rojas, »

- Justin Kroll

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5 Reasons Haters Were Wrong About the New Ghostbusters

18 July 2016 8:46 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The reboot, remake whatever people are calling the new Ghostbusters film is a modern miracle. Not only because the new film is very good. It is miraculous that this movie got made at all. As some of you might remember, this thing was written off more times than a good tax shelter! However, it finally took visionary director Paul Feig and a cast of take no prisoner, comedic genius females (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones... with a solid assist from Chris Hemsworth), to bring this thing to fruition. Ultimately, what we have got is a fresh take on an original concept, that, if it were the only film in the series, would probably be even more special.

The question I am sure many of you have is ages old: Is the new version better than the old one? Truthfully, no. The original Ghostbusters from 1984 still features »

- MovieWeb

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Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Have One Hot Relationship

14 July 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

This month marks Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem's sixth 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 during a private ceremony in the Bahamas, welcomed their 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

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Woody Allen: A Career in 20 Hilarious, Brilliant Lines

13 July 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This Friday, Café Society, the latest release from writer/director/comic godhead Woody Allen, waltzes into theaters — the 47th feature Allen has directed over a career spanning 50 years. (Yes, we're counting New York Stories.) He's had box-office successes and outright bombs, Oscar-winning masterpieces and critically panned duds. But regardless of his movies' receptions (and the reoccurring rumors about his personal life), he's managed to pump out a film a year with impressive regularity. Some key elements have stayed the same — once a jazz clarinet slinks onto the soundtrack, audiences know exactly who they're dealing with. »

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Woody Allen: A Career in 20 Hilarious, Brilliant Lines

13 July 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This Friday, Café Society, the latest release from writer/director/comic godhead Woody Allen, waltzes into theaters — the 47th feature Allen has directed over a career spanning 50 years. (Yes, we're counting New York Stories.) He's had box-office successes and outright bombs, Oscar-winning masterpieces and critically panned duds. But regardless of his movies' receptions (and the reoccurring rumors about his personal life), he's managed to pump out a film a year with impressive regularity. Some key elements have stayed the same — once a jazz clarinet slinks onto the soundtrack, audiences know exactly who they're dealing with. »

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Javier Bardem Is a (Frankenstein's) Monster

12 July 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Get ready for more reboot franchise mayhem because Universal's Monster Cinematic Universe is growing: Javier Bardem has signed on to play Frankenstein's Monster.

Without any superheros to rely on, the studio is going back to their canon of classic horror icons and roping in some big names. Tom Cruise is the lead in next year's The Mummy revamp, with Russell Crowe also appearing as Dr. Jekyll. Johnny Depp has been confirmed as the Invisible Man for his own stand alone film. Their names may carry cache but each is in need of a (non-Mission: Impossible) hit we can get excited about, so here's hoping they can sommon more than another Van Helsing.

But Bardem's casting is easily the most exciting of the bunch. Let's not forget the actor does creepy so well that he got an Oscar for it, even if his most terrifying feat was his hairstyle in The Counselor. »

- Chris Feil

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Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe Wants Javier Bardem as Frankenstein

11 July 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What’s the most you ever lost on a science experiment? Universal is looking to answer that question, as the studio is reported by Variety to be in talks with Javier Bardem to star in its “Frankenstein” reboot. The studio’s burgeoning Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe already counts the likes of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe among its stars, and Bardem — who won an Oscar for playing a different kind of monster in “No Country for Old Men” — would be another get.

Read More: ‘The Mummy’ Photos: Sofia Boutella as the Sexualized Monster in Universal’s Tom Cruise–Starring Reboot

Cruise is headlining the rebooted “Mummy” franchise, with next year’s film also starring Crowe as Dr. Jekyll — a role for which Bardem was previously considered. Among the movies being developed by the studio is a new take on “Bride of Frankenstein,” but Bardem (or whoever the role ends up »

- Michael Nordine

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Win Zoolander 2 movie merchandise and DVD

4 July 2016 3:52 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Zoolander 2 on 4th July, we’ve been given 3 merchandise sets, including a fan and male model kits, to give away along with 3 copies of the DVD. Featuring Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig and a host of celebrity cameos including Justin Bieber and Billy Zane, the hilarious comedy tops the […]

The post Win Zoolander 2 movie merchandise and DVD appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Competitions

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The Invites Are Out! Leonardo DiCaprio to Host Glamorous Fundraising Gala in St. Tropez

27 June 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Leonardo DiCaprio is hosting one of the summer's most glamorous and star-studded events - for a good cause. DiCaprio and his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (Ldf) are hosting their third annual gala in St. Tropez on July 20, where funds will be raised to support environmental awareness efforts and research for climate change, conservation and preservation grants across the globe. Last year's gala raised $40 million. Official invites have gone out to a who's who of Hollywood and the climate change community. Expected guests include foundation board members and event co-chairs such: Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Jonah Hill, »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

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The Invites Are Out! Leonardo DiCaprio to Host Glamorous Fundraising Gala in St. Tropez

27 June 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Leonardo DiCaprio is hosting one of the summer's most glamorous and star-studded events - for a good cause. DiCaprio and his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (Ldf) are hosting their third annual gala in St. Tropez on July 20, where funds will be raised to support environmental awareness efforts and research for climate change, conservation and preservation grants across the globe. Last year's gala raised $40 million. Official invites have gone out to a who's who of Hollywood and the climate change community. Expected guests include foundation board members and event co-chairs such: Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Jonah Hill, »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

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Ma Ma review – manipulative melodrama

26 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Even Penélope Cruz’s charisma can’t save this crass tear-jerker

Julio Medem’s melodrama leans heavily on the star appeal of Penélope Cruz. But even with Cruz radiating beatific charisma, there is little to recommend this unashamedly manipulative tale of a breast cancer survivor who strikes up a brief but meaningful relationship with a widower (Luis Tosar). The treatment of the subject is rather crass – Medem’s directorial flourishes are undermined by a score that pushes every weepy button it can shake a quavering violin at.

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- Wendy Ide

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22 Deserving Oscar Contenders From the First Half of 2016

24 June 2016 11:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Year after year film releases from January through June get the short end of the stick during the Oscar season, when latter-year entries — many of them fresh off exposure-boosting festival circuits — drown everything out.

There are exceptions, of course, but mostly, without the help of critical kudos and other precursor awards that deign to have long memories, quality work is frequently left in the also-ran pile. In an effort to keep the spotlight trained on deserving contenders, here is a long list of players we’d like to see remembered by the Academy later this year.

[Note: This list only includes films theatrically released to the public through the year’s midway point. Not all festival entries are eligible.]

Best Picture: “Weiner

Rather than save it for the documentary feature category, why not just call one of the year’s best movies exactly what it is? This Sundance hit is somehow the perfect movie for now: Flawed heroes, media obsession with titillation yielding obfuscation of substance — it’s brilliantly in tune with the zeitgeist. »

- Kristopher Tapley and Jenelle Riley

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Ma Ma review – Penélope Cruz shimmers in heartfelt Spanish drama

23 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cruz’s superb performance elevates this lovely if sometimes flawed drama about family, friendship and illness

There is such a lovely performance here from Penélope Cruz: rich, intelligent, generous – her best since Almodóvar’s Volver. Without Cruz, this movie might not have added up to as much. But with her vivid presence, it shimmers and throbs. Writer-director Julio Medem has created a very emotional drama; the word “weepie” does it a disservice, as it did to the movies of Douglas Sirk. Cruz plays Magda, an unemployed teacher and single mum to a bright teenage boy called Dani (Teo Planell). At the moment she discovers she has breast cancer, Magda forms a tender relationship with Arturo, a man dealing with a tragedy of his own: this is another of the film’s outstanding performances – that excellent Spanish actor, Luis Tosar. The movie further creates a kind of platonic love triangle, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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News Bits: Goat, Who, Euphoria, Out, Queen

22 June 2016 2:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Goat

Paramount and The Film Arcade have announced a September 23rd release date for "Goat," Andrew Neel's fraternity drama which was a hit at Sundance. Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer star in the film which will open on September 23rd in New York, Los Angeles, and other select U.S. cities along with a digital and on demand release on that date. [Source: EW]

Who Am I

David Goyer is set to direct a remake of Baran bo Odar's German film "Who Am I". The story follows a man who falls in with a group of hackers in Berlin who attempt to gain notoriety by disrupting the public order. Dan Wiedenhaupt ("The Solutrean") is penning the script for the remake. [Source: Deadline]

Euphoria

Charlotte Rampling ("45 Years") is set to join the cast of Swedish writer and director Lisa Langseth's "Euphoria" alongside Alicia Vikander and Eva Green. Vikander and Green play estranged »

- Garth Franklin

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‘The Queen of Spain’ Teaser Trailer: Penélope Cruz Looks Regal In Fernando Trueba-Directed Dramedy

22 June 2016 12:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Penélope Cruz returns as the beloved movie star Macarena Granada in Fernando Trueba’s comedy-drama “The Queen of Spain.” The first teaser trailer for the Spanish-language film was released by Universal Spain’s Twitter account, showing the actress dressed in lavish period pieces and greeting fans as she disembarks a private plane.

La Reina De España,” as it’s originally titled, follows Macarena, who flees from the glitz and glamour of 1950s Hollywood to return to Madrid, where she signs on to star in an epic Hollywood film.

Read More: Asghar Farhadi To Direct Penélope Cruz & Javier Bardem in Spanish-Language Thriller

The movie is a sequel to Trueba’s 1998 drama “The Girl Of Your Dreams,” also starring Cruz and set during the Spanish Civil War. The feature won Cruz her first Goya Award and took home seven Goyas total.

This is the third time that the director and Cruz work together. »

- Liz Calvario

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Film Review: Ma Ma

22 June 2016 12:02 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Heartstrings, prepared to be tugged at vigorously. Ma Ma is a quintessential tear-jerking melodrama that leans into its genre conventions heavily while still keeping an airy beauty to its characters and vision. Penélope Cruz's charming turn as a breast cancer-stricken mother navigating her battle with her disease over the course of one year is the anchor. What strikes hardest in Ma Ma is the immediacy of the pain and grief its characters must suffer while still working to maintain a daily normalcy.

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- CineVue UK

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