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Penelope Cruz has confessed she couldn’t laugh at Vicky Cristina Barcelona because she loved her character too much.
The Spanish star – who has won a Bafta and been nominated for an Oscar for playing suicidal artist Maria Elena in Woody Allen’s comedy – previously told how at the movie’s first screening at Cannes Film Festival last year, she didn’t understand why people were laughing.
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Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces)- Yet another film from Spain’s celebrated and profilic director Pedro Almodóvar (Volver, Talk to Her, Bad Education). Exact details on the film are still scant but Almodóvar has stated that the film will resemble a 1950s American film noir but will be set in the 1990s. The film will star Penélope Cruz who also appeared in Almodóvar’s Todo Sobre mi Madre (All About My Mother) and Volver. True to Almodóvar’s style, he devoted a good portion of his blog to Cruz’s character and hairstyles in Abrazos:
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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.
Miss Cruz was in Rome a few days ago filming scenes for Nine. She looked cute having fun on set with Daniel Day Lewis!
The upcoming issue of Vanity Fair features the annual Hollywood issue. Vanity Fair unveiled some of the images today and they are directors and their muses. Miss Cruz was photographed in a beautiful photo by Annie Leibovitz.
PENÉLOPE CRUZ and WOODY ALLEN, The Odd Couple
One film together: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).
The archetypal Woody woman might be the over-educated, over-therapized yammerer—exemplified by Diane Keaton’s characters in Annie Hall and Manhattan—but another type of woman has also recurred in his work: the smoldering, emotionally volatile knockout. Think of Charlotte Rampling in Stardust Memories, Scarlett Johansson in Match Point, or, from Allen’s masterful short story “Retribution,” the Wasp goddess Connie Chasen, possessed of a “lewd, humid eroticism” and a body “the envy of a Vogue model.” In Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Cruz takes on this assignment and then some—throwing in bits of Béatrice Dalle in Betty Blue and Emmanuelle Seigner in Bitter Moon for good measure. As María Elena, the tousled, pouty, impossibly sexy ex-wife of Javier Bardem’s painter character, Cruz is a whirlwind of carnality and psychosis. “You are de meesing ingredient,” she tells her ex’s new lover, an American naïf played by Johansson. “I get thees warm feeling when I hear you both locked in passion every night.” With Allen pulling the strings, you just know it’s not going to end well. Photographed at the Carlyle hotel, in New York City.
Madrid native Penélope Cruz picked a Goya for her role as supporting actress in the English-language Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the same role that earned her an Oscar nomination. The Goya Awards are known as “The Spanish Oscars”.
“I’ve always been a fan of Woody Allen, and that my peers honor me for a Spanish film made by him makes me very happy,” she said. “Thanks, Woody, for believing in me.”
Miss Cruz was ravishing in a floor length lace gown. Her sister Monica was also at the event.
Penelope Cruz has said that she drove Woody Allen crazy on the set of Vicky Cristina Barcelona by asking the director for more takes.
The actress claimed that she made Allen so mad that he had to run away on the final day, Metro reports.
“The last day I went psychotic and asked for ten more takes,” she said.
“When they were about to wrap the movie I always go into a crisis and I think this is it, I have no more chance to do anything else for the character.”
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During his promotional tour for new movie Valkyrie in Mardrid, Tom Cruise has confessed he’s rooting for former flame Penélope Cruz to get an Oscar for her supporting role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Acording to agency AFP, Cruise stated he’s excited for the spanish actress’ second nomination to the prestigious award.
“It’s fantastic. I am very excited by her second nomination. I hope she wins.”
Penélope’s family was present at the Valkyrie premiere this Tuesday in Madrid.
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In London recently was a private screening for Vicky Cristina Barcelona Private. Here are some photos of Cruz at the event.
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.
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Salma Hayek forced Penélope Cruz to watch the Oscar nominations.
Penelope, who was staying at the close friend Salma’s Los Angeles home for a sleepover, had planned to sleep through the nominations, having only flown into the city a few hours before. Her hostess, however, had other plans.
Penelope said: “I had just arrived to Los Angeles very, very late at night, and I had went to sleep. Four hours later, I was at the house of some of my girlfriends, and they woke me up. Actually, it was Salma Hayek. She woke me up and said, ‘We have to watch it live!’ I said, ‘That’s such a big risk!’”
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In Hollywood Harvey Weinstein and Salma Hayek honored their friend, the Oscar-nominated Penelope Cruz (for Vicky Cristina Barcelona) at an all-movie star party in Salma’s white wood, jewel of a little house in Bel Air. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, who she once played in a film where she should have won the Oscar, hang Salma’s walls with paintings. Her windows overlook L.A. The decor is stunning, contemporary and tastefully bright. The hostess received in a black cocktail dress wearing five-inch heels and carrying her baby, Valentina, in her arms. Some guests? Colin Farrell, Brett Ratner, Josh Groban, Prince, Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, Quincy Jones, Drew Barrymore, Penny Marshall, Bob Balaban, Adrien Brody, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones who say they’re moving back East.
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Penélope Cruz has been nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. This marks her second Academy Award nomination; she was previously recognized for her work in Volver in 2006. Huge congratulations to Penélope! We’re all rooting for you!
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in Doubt
Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis in Doubt
Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
The awards will be handed out Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, airing on ABC.