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Watch: First Teaser Trailer For Pedro Almodovar's 'I'm So Excited' Breaks Out Into Song & Dance

13 December 2012 4:26 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Pedro Almodovar's last few films include the twisty, underrated genre exercise "The Skin I Live," the meta ode to cinema "Broken Embraces," the lush "Volver" and the tough "Bad Education." No wonder he just wants to have a laugh. Next year, the Spanish auteur will drop "I'm So Excited," and if you had any doubt that it would involve The Pointer Sisters on some level, you can put your mind at ease. The first teaser is here, and it's essentially a full-on routine to the titular song, with some funny face expressions throw into the mix. Said to be a comedy in the vein of Almodóvar's early films, plot details are under wraps, but it's an ensemble comedy set against a plane accident with various characters fearing for their lives and confessing their inner secrets. And dancing, apparently. Cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine ("Volver," "The Skin I Live In") will once again lens the. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Arthouse Audit: 'Hitchcock' and 'Rust and Bone' Fight for Attention

25 November 2012 1:27 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In a weekend that had adult audiences flocking to theaters in numbers rarely seen apart from Christmas and New Year's weeks, core specialized theaters struggled to get their normal share of the action. Three potentially award-contending films opened, all with the kind of pedigree expected to make them stand out in the crowd. All of them did gain some traction, but none marked a successful Thanksgiving weekend opening. Last year, "The Artist" and "A Dangerous Method" both opened, with NY/La per screen averages of $50,000 and $41,000 respectively. Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces" did even better at $53,000 in 2009. This year's releases didn't come close,  but not so much because of their own inherent weakness -- all three likely would have done must better in other years. The problem? Six of the top ten films overall this week have earned reviews as good or better than these new releases, all are considered major awards. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Inspired By 'Body Snatchers,' Pedro Almodovar Plots Sci-Fi Movie

19 November 2012 2:35 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Is Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar going all genre on us? One could argue the filmmaker is already knee-deep in it. Though the first half of his career was marked by colorful and irreverent comedic melodramas, of late, his films have been taking on a more thriller-ish tone and these kinds of elements have been around for years. "Volver" definitely sports a mystery vibe with some Hitchcock-ian notes (filtered through Almodovar's distinct personality of course), "Broken Embraces" is like a '40s noir, "Bad Education" has many a thriller moments and even "Talk To Her" has moments of intrigue outside of just melodrama. And in Almodovar's most recent picture, "The Skin I Live In," those elements are even more pronounced, and it's the closest thing the director has ever come to making a horror film (albeit a very Pedro one). Meanwhile, his next film, "I'm So Excited," looks as if he'll return to his. »

- Edward Davis

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: To Rome With Love

5 November 2012 10:14 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony

Woody Allen and Alison Pill have reason to cheer in From Rome With Love.

The comedy romance To Rome With Love is the 42nd feature film written and directed by Woody Allen (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger)  since 1966, which is damned near close to one a year. Whoa.

To Rome With Love offers a quartet of independent vignettes about four characters whose adventures change their lives forever: an average Roman (Roberto Benigni) wakes up one day to find himself a well-known celebrity; an American architect (Alec Baldwin) revisits the streets on which he used to live as a student; a young couple on their honeymoon are pulled into separate romantic encounters; and an American opera director (Woody Allen) tries to turn a singing mortician (Fabio Armiliato) into a star.

The expansive cast of the film includes Allen, Alec Baldwin »

- Laurence

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Penélope Cruz: 'Twice Born is a homage to motherhood'

19 September 2012 5:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In an adaptation of Margaret Mazzantini's bestseller, Penélope Cruz stars as an infertile woman who returns to relive her past in Sarajevo. Here she talks about babies, breastfeeding and pacifism

When Penélope Cruz was shooting Twice Born – in which she plays an unhappily infertile academic – she was still breastfeeding her own young son. For some scenes, her character shares the screen with a rolling cast of newborns, swapped once they grew too big.

"Some of these babies were only a week old. And so they were smelling me and that made them want to eat. But I was playing a woman who couldn't feed because she hadn't given birth! That created a very strange but alive dynamic between me and those babies. You cannot learn something like that. And this film is full of moments that could not be planned."

Cruz leans forward, black trousers tapering to huge nude stilettos. »

- Catherine Shoard

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Pedro Almodóvar’s I’M So Excited

19 June 2012 5:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Pedro Almodóvar’s new comedy currently titled I’M So Excited from El Deseo. The film, an ensemble comedy written and directed by Almodóvar, is set to begin production in July and will be released next summer. The cast includes Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, Raul Arévalo, Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Willy Toledo, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Blanca Suárez, José Luis Torrijo, José María Yazpik, Laya Martí with special collaborations from Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Paz Vega.

The Sony Pictures Classics team has a long history with Almodóvar that began with Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown at Orion Classics and has continued with seven films at Spc, including The Skin I Live In, Broken Embraces, Volver, Bad Education, All About My Mother, Talk To Her and The Flower Of My Secret. »

- Michelle McCue

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Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited Picked Up by Sony Pictures Classics

19 June 2012 11:51 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Pedro Almod&#243var's new comedy currently titled I'm So Excited from El Deseo. The film, an ensemble comedy written and directed by Almod&#243var, is set to begin production in July and will be released next summer.

The cast includes Javier C&#225mara, Cecilia Roth, Lola Due&#241as, Ra&#250l Ar&#233valo, Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Guillermo Toledo, Miguel &#193ngel Silvestre, Blanca Su&#225rez, Jos&#233 Luis Torrijo, Jos&#233 Mar&#237a Yazpik, Laya Mart&#237 with special collaborations from Pen&#233lope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Paz Vega.

The Sony Pictures Classics team has a long history with Almod&#243var that began with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at Orion Classics and has continued with seven films at Spc, including The Skin I Live In, Broken Embraces, Volver, Bad Education, All About My Mother, »

- MovieWeb

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Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘The Standby Lovers’ Will Team Spanish Actors Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz For the First Time Ever

13 June 2012 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Anyone who saw last year’s surgical horror story, The Skin I Live In, knows that director Pedro Almodóvar can pull a first-rate performance out of Antonio Banderas, which makes sense, seeing as they’ve been working together for over 20 years. And anyone who has seen Almodóvar’s starring vehicles for Penélope Cruz, like Volver or Broken Embraces, can give similar compliments to his relationship with that actress. Almodóvar is a filmmaker who knows how to get the best out of the people he’s working with. But what he’s never been able to do is direct Banderas and Cruz together in the same movie. As a matter of fact, even though they’re maybe the two most famous Spanish actors of the last two decades, up until this point nobody has been able to get them both to appear in the same film. That’s all set to change come Almodóvar’s latest project, however »

- Nathan Adams

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Penelope Cruz Confirmed for ‘The Counselor’; Role In Almodovar’s ‘Standby Lovers’ Forthcoming

11 June 2012 5:27 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

First thing’s first: Penélope Cruz has been locked for Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor, and is now amongst a cast led by Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt. (This confirms a rumor that had circulated in April.) In the Cormac McCarthy-penned thriller, she’ll play Laura, fiancée of the titular lawyer who finds himself caught up in the drug trade after making a few bad business decisions. Production has been eyed for a late summer or early fall commencement, after which a 2013 release is expected to follow.

Now, when it comes to speculation, Deadline reports that Cruz is looking to reteam with Pedro Almodóvar — her director on Volver, Broken Embraces, All About My Mother, and Live Flesh — and take an undisclosed part in his next picture, Standby Lovers. The film, described as a dark comedy, revolves around “a group of airplane passengers traveling to Mexico »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Penelope Cruz Confirmed For 'The Counselor' & Will Reteam With Pedro Almodovar For 'Standby Lovers'

11 June 2012 5:11 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you're only going to shoot a couple of movies in one year, making them with Ridley Scott and Pedro Almodovar is not a bad way to go, and that seems to be the game plan for Penelope Cruz.

First up, after rumors of her casting first cropped up this spring, Deadline reports that Cruz has made it official, signing on to star in Ridley Scott's "The Counselor." Penned by Cormac McCarthy, and featuring an insanely stacked cast including Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Cruz's husband Javier Bardem, the story centers on the titular character who tries to make some quick money through a drug deal, with things going terribly wrong in the process. No word yet on her role, but by process of elmination, it seems she's taken the smaller part of Laura, the counselor's fiancé. Size wise, it's about the equivalent of Kelly McDonald's »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Penelope Cruz Will Be A Brief Lover

11 June 2012 5:02 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

In news akin to "Johnny Depp in Tim Burton movie" in the surprising stakes, Penelope Cruz has just officially signed on for Pedro Almodovar's next film, the romantic comedy Los Amantes Pasajeros. And confirming what we'd all assumed for ages, she's also now confirmed as part of Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's The Counsellor.The Almodovar film will shoot first, over the summer. The title translates as something like Brief or Fleeting Lovers, but some sources are reporting an English-language moniker of Standby Lovers, which makes sense in the context of a film thought to be about a brief encounter on an aeroplane. Except, if they were on standby wouldn't they be in the departure lounge?Whatever, it's Cruz's fifth film with the Spanish auteur, by our reckoning, following Live Flesh, All About My Mother, Volver and Broken Embraces, and it co-stars a host of other Pedro regulars, »

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As Penelope Cruz Signs ‘Counselor’ Deal, Reteam With Almodovar Looms Large

11 June 2012 4:46 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: As expected, Penelope Cruz has joined the stellar cast of the Ridley Scott-directed The Counselor, and I’m told that she is planning to team up again this summer with director Pedro Almodovar in Los Amantes Pasajeros, the comedy he will shoot this summer in Madrid. The title’s translation is The Brief Lovers, and reports say it’s about an affair on an airplane. It is what the actress considers a special collaboration between herself and Almodovar, whose films together include Broken Embraces, Volver, All About My Mother and Live Flesh. Cruz joins Paz Vega, Lola Dueñas, Javier Cámara, Cecelia Roth, Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo and José Maria Yazpik. In The Counselor, Cruz will star with Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Cameron Diaz in a drama that has been called No Country For Old Men on steroids. Cruz is repped by CAA, Untitled and Spain-based Katrina Bayonas. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Pedro Almodovar’s Next Film Gets New Title and Four More Leads

17 April 2012 6:36 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In its very brief time, we’ve known (and referred to) Pedro Almodóvar‘s next film as The Brief Lovers. A good title, in my view, but not good enough for the Spaniard, as Jeff Sneider tweeted its new title: Standby Lovers. And so it shall be known as that henceforth.

Anyway, ScreenDaily (via ThePlaylist) reports that a quartet of new talent have come aboard, with Almodóvar veterans Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother) and Lola Dueñas (Volver) having been cast alongside Carlos Areces (Extraterrestrial) and Raúl Arévalo. Who they’ll be playing (or the extent of their roles) can’t be divulged right now, but I’ll take the following bit of news over those kinds of details any day.

As the helmer’s producer and brother, Agustin Almodóvar, told the outlet, Standby Lovers is a “pure comedy” that goes alone these lines:

“It will be a about a »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Pedro Almodovar To Reunite With Cecilia Roth & Lola Duenas For 'The Brief Lovers'; Comedians Carlos Areces & Raul Arevalo Also Join

17 April 2012 5:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After doubling his cast to two just yesterday, Pedro Almodovar's latest cinematic venture is now shaping up very quickly with four more actors added to the cast today. The helmer has set up a reunion with "Volver" star Lola Duenas and "All About My Mother" actress Cecilia Roth for the pic while Spanish comedians Carlos Areces ("Extraterrestrial") and Raul Arevalo are also on board.

The quartet, of course, join the previously cast Javier Camara (an Almodovar regular himself) and Jose Maria Yazpik for what's now confirmed to be an out-and-out comedy that'll reportedly see the helmer bring back the flavour of his '80s pics --presumably in the vein of his early comedies "Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown," "Labyrinths Of Passions" and "What Have I Done To Deserve This?"

"It's going to be pure comedy [after] two darker pictures as 'Broken Embraces' and 'The Skin I Live In, »

- Simon Dang

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Pedro Almodovar Returning To Comedy, Reuniting With 'Talk To Her' Star Javier Camara For 'The Brief Lovers'

14 February 2012 1:59 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After a slight blip in form with "Broken Embraces" (which, don't get us wrong, is strong, but perhaps not up to his usual quality), Pedro Almodovar returned in a big way last year with "The Skin I Live In," a nasty, puzzling little thriller that was one of the director's most satisfying works, with excellent performances from Antonio Banderas and Elena Ayana, among others. The director just picked up the BAFTA for Best Film Not In The English Language this past weekend, but as ever, he's not hanging around, with a new project already gearing up to shoot soon. Screen Daily report that the director's brother and producer, Agustin Almodovar, told a Spanish radio station recently that Pedro is prepping "The Brief Lovers," which is, according to the producer, "a witty comedy, with very spicy dialogues and with a lot of fun and transgression." While laughter is never far from Almodovar's work, »

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Daniel Mumby’s Top 10 Films of 2011

1 January 2012 1:24 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The first of several top ten film lists from the writers of WhatCulture!

We’ve reached the end of another calendar year, with what could, for once, be an interesting awards season just around the corner. While many of the big contenders for the BAFTAs and Oscars have yet to see the light of day in cinemas, it’s as good a time as any for me to look back on the year that was. And while we have had to endure many a stinker from Messrs. Bay, Snyder and Marshall, and see a number of good directors come unstuck (Ron Howard and Terence Davies spring to mind), there has overall been much to celebrate.

The Coen Brothers kicked things off optimistically with True Grit; while a semi-skimmed effort by their standards, it is far superior to the original. Wake Wood showed that the reborn Hammer is here to stay, »

- Daniel Mumby

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