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Penélope Cruz is featured in the NY Times Great Performances portfolio. She’s being honored with a feature for her work in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Click on the link to listen to the commentary about her shoot.

For the issue, actors were photographed with little make-up and hairstyling and with candid imagery. Cruz was photographed on the set of Nine, she’s seen rehearsing a dance number for the very first time! She’s also snapped back in New York before what would become her Gotham Award win. The images are stunning; just candid and gorgeous!

Other celebrities featured include Kate Winslet (honored for The Reader and Revolutionary Road), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder and Iron Man), Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon). Winslet is on the cover.




The cinema has never been an equal opportunity employer. From the beginning, a special advantage has been reserved for those few humans whose faces look good projected at a hundred times life size. These rare creatures, the sight of whom casts a magic spell over millions worldwide, are blessed with more than symmetry, a healthy smile, bright eyes, and good skin. As any casting director will tell you, those highly desirable qualities are nevertheless barely enough to get someone an audition. With the great icons of the cinema, figures like Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, and now Penélope Cruz, a kind of poetry of the flesh must be present, lending an emotional resonance to their beauty that implies something mysterious and desirable beyond the surface, and constitutes the aura of the genuine star.




Pe is nominated in the BAFTA longlist twice for leading actress for Elegy and supporting for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Furthermore Vicky is up for original screenplay, Hall & Johansson for leading actress, Bardem for leading actor.

The BAFTA longlists include 15 contenders in each category, from which the five nominees will be chosen in the second round of voting. Once the nominees are finalized, the whole membership votes again to decide the best film, four acting prizes and film not in the English language. In all remaining categories, the members of each chapter (or jury) determine the vote.

The awards will take place Feb. 8 at London’s Royal Opera House.




Penélope Cruz glows at the 2008 New York Film Critic’s Circle Awards at Strata on Monday in New York City.

The 34-year-old actress won for Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.




Posted on January 7th, 2009 - Filed in "Elegy" (2008) - 0 Comments / Leave one

DVD Times and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Elegy on 17th March 2009. Respected cultural critic and author David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley) is a middle-aged college professor who, for years, has lived in a state of “emancipated manhood.” His romantic conquests are many; his lasting commitments, few. But when a stunning young student named Consuela Castillo (Penelope Cruz) enters his life, her otherworldly beauty captivates him to the point of obsession.

Features include:
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English DD5.1 Surround
English subtitles
Commentary with Screenwriter Nicholas Meyer
The Poetry of Elegy




There is an interview with LA Times Ms Cruz from the Gotham Awards. Check it out!




Posted on September 14th, 2008 - Filed in "Elegy" (2008), Photo Updates - 0 Comments / Leave one

A vintage treat! Pe for Spec magazine back some eight years ago. She has a bit of Consuela Castillo look in these! I absolutely love this set.




Posted on September 14th, 2008 - Filed in "Elegy" (2008) - 1 Comment / Leave one

As the summer blockbuster season fades, the movie industry now moves into the end-of-the-year serious mode in which Academy Award-caliber films are released.

One of the early contenders has to be Elegy, based upon the Philip Roth short novel, The Dying Animal.

Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz lead a talented cast that includes Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard. The movie’s explorations of the complexities of love and sex ultimately provide a somber tone despite some witty observations by the Hopper character, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet George O’Hearn.




“I wouldn’t describe myself as the most stable person,” says Penelope Cruz, who has played some of the movies’ more explosive, damaged and exciting women of the past decade. “I try. Who can say they’re stable? Maybe someone who’s enjoying a lot of mental peace, but I don’t know them.”

Calling from Madrid, where she is currently shooting director Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces, Cruz sounds somber. There is only a hint of the warm, passionate quality that she naturally exudes in face-to-face conversation, a quality that not surprisingly attracts her male co-stars and then, if a romance starts, the paparazzi.

The 34-year-old actress is tired of being more famous for her boyfriends – her exes include Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey – than her work. So she is in lockdown mode, poised to deflect questions about her current boyfriend, Spanish actor Javier Bardem, who earlier this year won an Oscar as best supporting actor for his work in No Country for Old Men (2007).




Posted on August 28th, 2008 - Filed in "Elegy" (2008), Photo Updates - 1 Comment / Leave one

Right now Elegy is in many select theatres. Penélope Cruz plays Consuela Castillo and is also getting rave reviews for her performance. I thought I would make today’s update all about the film and post a big batch of pictures. I think Penélope looks ravishing in this film, it’s probably one of my top film ‘looks’ of hers ever! I hope you enjoy the gorgeous images!

From Roger Ebert
And then — the movie takes a dramatic turn, which I will not reveal, even though it contains all the deepest emotions and real feelings of the story. And in these scenes, Cruz is quietly powerful and very true. You understand why the Spanish director, Isabel Coixet, chose Cruz instead of, say, a 19-year-old. An actress needs depth and the experience of life to play these scenes, and Cruz has them.




Posted on August 21st, 2008 - Filed in "Elegy" (2008), Photo Updates - 1 Comment / Leave one

Today ComingSoon.net has released a red band trailer for Elegy. The film looks absolutely wonderful, I really have high hopes for Pe in this one! But be warned the trailer features some mature content.

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Congratulations to Miss Cruz for this wonderful and well deserved honor!

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will receive a Gotham Award Tribute at the nonprofit Independent Feature Project’s 18th annual Gotham Awards.

Cruz will appear December 2 at Manhattan’s Cipriani Wall Street to accept the career achievement honor. She currently stars in two English-language productions: Isabel Coixet’s Elegy and Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Additional honorees at the IFP event will be announced shortly, and a full list of Gotham Award nominees will be unveiled October 20.

Source: Reuters/Hollywood Reporter




Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are doing their very best to convince the world that it’s not love.

“All I can say about that is he’s one of the most amazing actors of our century,” Cruz says.

Bardem returns the compliment. “She’s just a beautiful actress,” he says. “I remember when we were much younger and met on the set of Jamon Jamon.”

If you’re expecting some tales of young lust, think again. Bardem says, “Thank God we did that movie. I was 22 and it was my first big role and it was her first role. We were young people who wanted to eat it all up.”

Cruz isn’t eating anything up this particular morning, but she’s drinking a 16-ounce glass of carrot juice. Her career is hot with two big summer films: Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona (now in theaters) and the Philip Roth adaptation Elegy (opening Friday). She’s currently in training to sing and dance in director Rob Marshall’s musical Nine.





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