7 items from 2009
Heralded Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with his latest dramatic masterpiece Broken Embraces, which will be released on November 20 in New York City and will expand to Los Angeles and additional markets on December 11. For his new film, Almodovar enlisted the help of familiar faces like Penelope Cruz, who worked with Almodovar in Volver, Lluis Homar, who appeared in Bad Education, and Blanca Portillo who also starred in Volver.
We recently had the chance to speak exclusively with Homar and Portillo about this heralded new movie, and here's what the had to say.
Broken Embraces stars Penelope Cruz, Lluis Homar, Blanca Portilla, Rossy de Palma, Kiti Manver, Chus Lampreave, Lola Duenas, Angela Molina and will be released on November 20 in New York City and on December 11 in Los Angeles and other markets.
Antagony & Ecstasy a great piece on Disney's ever charming Dumbo (1942)
Sociological Images considers the social messaging of the princes and princess of Disney. Deflating but a smart/funny overview.
Disney Blog interviews the supervising animator on The Princess and the Frog (audio)
Toronto Star a second sequel to The Blair Witch Project? Er...
Coming Soon I missed this news in the crush of Halloween stuffage but Anthony Hopkins will play Odin in Thor. The way Hollywood casts you know it was either going to be him or Liam Neeson (they're the only two who do mythic father figures now, right?).
Slash Films Gattaca to spawn TV series? Hmmm, that could actually be good... as long as its psychologically / politically focused a la Battlestar Galactica
Oscar & Miscellania
StinkyLulu and gang discuss Oscar's Supporting Actress Nominees of 1956. Dorothy Malone won the Oscar. Will she win the "Smackdown"?
In Contention more best original song drama. »
- NATHANIEL R
Pedro Almodóvar’s noirish (in color) Broken Embraces, which was screened in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, opens in New York City on November 20 and in Los Angeles on December 11. Broken Embraces star several Almodóvar alumni: Muse Penélope Cruz (a potential Oscar 2010 contender in the best actress category), Lluís Homar of Bad Education, Blanca Portillo and Lola Dueñas of Volver, Rossy de Palma of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Chuz Lampeavre of just about everything Almodóvar has ever directed. Also: Rubén Ochandiano (of Che), Tamar Novas (of The Sea Inside), Carlos Leal (of Chef’s Special), and José Luis Gómez (of Goya’s Ghosts). Broken Embraces Trailer. Photos: © Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, [...] »
- Joan Lister
Broken Embraces is a four–way tale of amour–fou, shot in the style of ‘50s American film noir at its most hard–boiled, and will mix references to works like Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place and Vincente Minnelli’s The Bad and the Beautiful, with signature Almodóvar themes such as Fate, the mystery of creation, guilt, unscrupulous power, the eternal search of fathers for sons, and sons for fathers. Broken Embraces is an original screenplay written by tPedro Almodóvar which see's him once team up with Penelope Cruz following their successful collaboration on Volver, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. The films also star Lluis Homar of Bad Education and Blanca Portilla of Volver. Regular Almodóvar contributors, such as Rossy de Palma, Kiti Manver, Chus Lampreave and Lola Dueñas have also joined the cast. Veteran actor Ángela Molina, who starred in Live Flesh, »
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar (L) and Spanish actress Penelope Cruz (R) arrive for the gala screening of the film 'Broken Embraces' by Pedro Almodovar running in competition in the 62nd edition of the Cannes film festival in Cannes, France, 19 May 2009. Epa/Christophe Karaba L-r, Spanish actor Lluis Homar, Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and Spanish director Pedro Almodovar arrive for the gala screening of the film 'Broken Embraces' by Pedro Almodovar running in competition in the 62nd edition of the Cannes film festival in Cannes, France, 19 May 2009. Epa/Christophe Karaba Cast and crew members of the film 'Broken Embraces' including Spanish actress Rossy de Palma (R) Spanish director Pedro Almodovar (2nd R), Spanish actress Penelope Cruz »
- James Wray
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 Maura, Rossy 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 »
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
7 items from 2009
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