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15 items from 2009


Penelope and Pedro: Broken Embraces

17 November 2009 8:00 AM, PST | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro. Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich. Federico Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni. Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart. Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton... The cinema would be a lesser place without the classic films sprung from its great director/actor teams. Currently, the celebrated Spaniards, writer/director Pedro Almodóvar and his actress/muse Penelope Cruz, are on the verge of that mythic list, italics intended. That's not just a pun on Almodóvar's international breakthrough Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), but also a winking acknowledgement of his latest feature Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos), opening this week in select cities. In a film within that new film, the director reenacts crucial scenes from his own Women on the Verge. Here's the fascinating revision: Cruz plays the Carmen Maura role from that classic Oscar-nominated comedy. I would hate to downplay »

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Carmen Maura gets Spanish Academy medal

20 October 2009 12:14 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Madrid -- Spanish actress Carmen Maura won the Spanish Film Academy's Golden Medal for 2009 on Monday, "for her contribution to the improvement of Spanish cinema."Maura, one of Pedro Almodovar's original muses and most-used actresses, starred in a wide range of films, including: Almodovar's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "The Law of Desire" "Volver;" Alex de la Iglesia's "Common Wealth;" and, Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro.""It was a complete surprise," Maura said. "I'm very happy to receive the medal in Alex de la Iglesias' first year as president of the Academy."Maura will receive the medal from De la Iglesia in a formal ceremony Wednesday afternoon, followed by a gala dinner honoring her that night.Previous recipients of the award include Carlos Saura, Antonio Banderas and Maribel Verdu.– Nielsen Business Media »

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Carmen Maura gets Spanish Academy medal

19 October 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Madrid -- Spanish actress Carmen Maura won the Spanish Film Academy's Golden Medal for 2009 on Monday, "for her contribution to the improvement of Spanish cinema."

Maura, one of Pedro Almodovar's original muses and most-used actresses, starred in a wide range of films, including: Almodovar's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "The Law of Desire" "Volver;" Alex de la Iglesia's "Common Wealth;" and, Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro."

"It was a complete surprise," Maura said. "I'm very happy to receive the medal in Alex de la Iglesias' first year as president of the Academy."

Maura will receive the medal from De la Iglesia in a formal ceremony Wednesday afternoon, followed by a gala dinner honoring her that night.

Previous recipients of the award include Carlos Saura, Antonio Banderas and Maribel Verdu. »

- By Pamela Rolfe

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Alex de la Iglesia directing 'grotesque tragedy'

24 September 2009 9:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

San Sebastian, Spain -- Spanish cult director Alex de la Iglesia will direct "Balada Triste de Trompeta," a tragic comedy co-produced by Spain's Tornosol and France's La Fabrique du Film.

The €8 million ($11.2 million), Spanish-language "grotesque tragedy" -- as De la Iglesia described it -- centers on two clowns in love with the same trapeze artist at a Spanish circus.

Set to shoot in Madrid and Alicante's Ciudad de la Luz studio in January, the film follows De la Iglesia's 2008 "The Oxford Murders," also produced by Tornosol and Fabrique du Film. The English-language "Murders" starred Elijah Wood and was Spain's highest-grossing homegrown hit at the domestic boxoffice last year with €8.2 million ($12 million).

Unlike "Murders," "Trompeta" is based on a De la Iglesia script, which promises the unique style and dark humor of the director-writer of such hits as "Day of the Beast," "The Commonwealth" and "Ferpect Crime."

Antonio de la Torre »

- By Pamela Rolfe

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Will Ferrell is an 'Oobermind'

17 August 2009 11:45 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Hollywood has cooked up a new twist. This may not be in league with Javier Bardem being replaced by actress Carmen Maura in a gig, but it's still surprising. Variety reports that DreamWorks has lined up its voice talent for 2010's Oobermind -- Robert Downey Jr.'s lead baddie has been replaced by Will Ferrell, and he'll be joined by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill (not to mention Tina Fey, who signed on earlier).

The satire focuses on a big-noggined supervillain called Oobermind. He has defeated his hero rival Metro Man (Pitt), and finds post-hero-fighting life to be boring. So he creates a new superhero called Titan (Hill), to fight. Only this dude wants to be a bad guy as well, which forces Oobermind to switch sides himself. (Can you spot all the Venture Brothers similarities?) Fey, meanwhile, voices a reporter trying to keep up with the many superhero/villain changes. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Streep Nom #7-8: The Abundant Riches of 1987-88

5 July 2009 6:03 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We've been looking at each Meryl Streep Oscar nod and its competitive field. Previously: 78, 79, 81, 82, 83 and 85

Meryl Streep's first act was the Liberated Lady. The second was The Chameleon in which Meryl was always the lead, always had new hair, voice and body language and basically controlled Oscar's Universe. It was as if there was only 4 spots for Best Actress, one reserved for her in perpetuity. This second act ended with her intense immersion into notorious dingo-hating Lindy Chamberlain in A Cry in the Dark. [Editor's Note: Yes, I'll do a top ten performance list when "Streep at 60" wraps in mid July. I've heard your requests and I've been rewatching all the movies.]

Starting in 1989 Act III of Streep's career began but we'll get to that shortly. First, let's look at her competition in the last two years of her legendary Act II.

1987

the nominees were...

Cher, MoonstruckGlenn Close, Fatal AttractionHolly Hunter, Broadcast NewsSally Kirkland, AnnaMeryl Streep, Ironweed

I've always loved that "Mary Louise" exchange. But is Cher rewriting history to claim Silkwood as her first movie or »

- NATHANIEL R

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Movie Review: Tetro (2009)

11 June 2009 2:12 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Alden Ehrenreich in Tetro

Photo: American Zoetrope Releasing Watching Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro I came away with something of a soothing sensation. Visually, it's an absolutely beautiful film, shot in widescreen black-and-white with bold splashes of color peppered throughout. The story is a delicately told narrative that draws several similarities from Coppola's personal life, yet more than enough differences to make sure it is not at all autobiographical. While the ending suffers from an extremely melodramatic climax, Tetro is so comforting to watch, elegantly told and superbly acted it is one I could return to again and again. The story begins with the unexpected arrival of 17-year-old Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich) at his older brother Tetro's (Vincent Gallo) Buenos Aires apartment. There is obvious tension coming from the closed bedroom door that keeps Tetro hidden at the outset as deep-rooted family secrets become the order of the day. Both »

- Brad Brevet

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'Tetro': Art Damage, By Kurt Loder

10 June 2009 11:23 PM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Francis Ford Coppola in exile from his true talent.

Alden Ehrenreich in "Tetro"

Photo: American Zoetrope

Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro" is such a beautiful movie to look at that you wish it had a less-overwrought story, one that might draw us into it. Photographed in glorious black-and-white (with rich, inky blacks anchoring a carefully modulated grayscale), and punctuated with splashes of eye-popping color, the picture is a riveting visual experience. But the tale it tells — of two brothers in flight from their imperious father — grows tedious, and in the end collapses into startling preposterousness.

Vincent Gallo plays Angelo Tetroncini, a man racked by obscure torment. Ten years ago, Angelo moved to Buenos Aires (where the film was shot) in order to write — a vocation his father Carlo (Klaus Maria Brandauer), a celebrated opera director, had derided. ("There's only room for one genius in this family," he told his son. »

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Coppola Returns With Tetro- June 11

7 June 2009 8:49 AM, PDT | HollywoodNorthReport.com | See recent HollywoodNorthReport.com news »

Tetro is the newest film feature from writer/director Francis Ford Coppola, starring actors Vincent Gallo, Maribel Verdú and Carmen Maura. "It is set in Argentina", said Coppola. "The story will follow the rivalries born out of creative differences passed down through generations of an artistic Italian immigrant family." Coppola was attracted to Argentina as a location. "I knew Argentina has a great cultural, artistic, literary, musical, cinema tradition," he said. "And I like those kinds of atmospheres very much because you usually find creative people to work with." Spanish company Tornasol Films and Italian company Bim Distribuzione are co-producers. Production started March 31, 2008, budgeted at $15 million, with locations including La Boca in Buenos Aires, the Andean foothills in Patagonia and at Ciudad de la Luz studios in Alicante, Spain »

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Cannes 2009 Day 2: Some Unfinished Business in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro

14 May 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Day 2 began with the 10:00 a.m. opening film for the Director's Fortnight screening of Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro. With this being one of the rare penned projects from Coppola. Playing with the notion of unrealized potential, unfinished business and certainly draws upon Coppola's own family dynamic (his father was musically inclined and it becomes apparent that the son considered him a genius), Tetro could have passed off better as a shortened stage piece. In a linear timeline, the flashes of color in this B&W film act as reminders Vincent Gallo's character Angelo/Tetro's guarded past, actor Alden Ehrenreich who is still wet behind the ears, plays his younger estranged brother prying open his older brother's nest for answers and clues. Unfortunately, the Argentinean-Italian community backdrop serves as very little and Carmen Maura's short presence only reminds us of the lack of "grip" that »

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Almodovar To Make A TV Show

26 April 2009 10:20 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Pedro Almodovar, the ace Spanish director of Volver and this year's Cannes effort Broken Embraces, is set to turn one of his early hits into a TV show. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a farcical story about love, infidelity, terrorism, sleeping pills and gazpacho, was a massive hit for the director in 1988, and is now going to be an English-language show.The original film starred Carmen MauraRossy de Palma and a young Antonio Banderas, in a story about Maura's Pepa, an actress who dubs commercials and whose life goes into a tailspin when her lover leaves her. While she goes a bit nuts (puts her apartment up for sale, makes a large jug of sleeping-pill laced gazpacho) and searches Madrid for him, a series of misunderstandings between her friends and acquaintances make everything very complicated, very silly and totally bizarre.The TV show will be based »

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Women on the Verge of a Bad TV Show?

25 April 2009 9:19 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Have you heard the news that Pedro Almodóvar's comedic 1988 classic Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the film that first won him a major following in the Us and his first trip to the Oscars, is going to become an English language TV series for Fox?

Pass the gazpacho!

When I read the headlines I felt like I had downed a pitcher of glee. Smashing news, especially since Almodóvar himself is producing. But ... then I read the fine print. There's always fine print.

Apparently it's Not a comedy but a "suburban drama" (huh?) And it's about women who've known each other a long time (what? no complex comedic interweaving of strangers?) And it's being written by a Grey's Anatomy writer? (oy!) This doesn't sound anything like the movie and it sounds way too much like a soapy redux of Desperate Housewives. Next thing you know we'll be »

- NATHANIEL R

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Pedro Almodovar on 'Verge' of TV series

23 April 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is venturing into television with a series adaptation of his first international hit, the Oscar-nominated 1988 feature "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

Fox TV Studios is developing the English-language hourlong project and has tapped Mimi Schmir to pen the pilot script. Almodovar and Schmir are exec producing.

The movie, starring Carmen Maura and featuring Antonio Banderas, was inspired by 1950s Hollywood comedies. Featuring Almodovar's trademark rapid-fire dialogue and fast-paced action, it chronicles a two-day period in the life of a voice actress who has been abandoned by her lover and gets in a series of comedic situations while frantically trying to track him down.

FtvS -- which boasts an international management team, including president Emiliano Calemzuk, an Argentine, and senior vp Diego Suarez, a Spaniard -- acquired the rights to "Women" attracted by its pedigree, subject matter and international appeal.

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- By Nellie Andreeva

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Toni Servillo to get Locarno honor

8 April 2009 9:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Rome -- The Locarno Film Festival said Wednesday that it will give its career award to Italian actor Toni Servillo during this summer's 62nd edition.

Servillo, who won wide acclaim for his portrayal of iconic Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andriotti last year in Paolo Sorrentino's award-winning "Il Divo," is a two-time best actor winner at the David di Donatello awards, Italy's highest film honor.

Festival officials said that Servillo -- who will turn 50 during the Aug. 5-15 Locarno event -- will take part in a Q&A session with audience members. The date for the presentation of Locarno's excellence award was not announced.

Previous winners of the Locarno honor include Oleg Menchikov, Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Michel Piccoli and Carmen Maura. »

- By Eric J. Lyman

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S.F. fest to honor Francis Ford Coppola

29 March 2009 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The San Francisco Film Society will honor Francis Ford Coppola with its Founder's Directing Award at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 23-May 7.

The award will be presented at the Film Society's Awards Night fundraiser April 30 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

The gala also will pay tribute to Robert Redford, recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for acting, and James Toback, recipient of the Kanbar Award for screenwriting, and will benefit the Youth Education Program.

The fest also will hold "An Evening With Francis Ford Coppola & Friends" on May 1 at the Castro Theater. The evening will include a conversation with Coppola and several of his friends and collaborators, a selection of film clips and a trailer for Coppola's new film "Tetro."

"Tetro," Coppola's first original screenplay since "The Conversation," starring Vincent Gallo, Maribel Verdu, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Carmen Maura and Alden Ehrenreich, tells »

- By Gregg Kilday

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