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Posted on March 2nd, 2010 - Filed in News & Gossip, Television - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penélope Cruz will be featured in tonight’s edition of 20/20 which is an Oscar special about stars before they were famous. They will show rare and never before seen videos and photos of the 2010 Academy Award nominees as well as interviews. Sorry for such short notice, I only just saw it on the TV now. Hopefully it will be available online afterward though.




Although this could be determined just a rumor for now since only one outlet has reported on it, but I’ve actually wondered which big film Penélope would be doing next myself. The Lars von Trier’s (Antichrist) psychological drama disaster film, Melancholia or Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides? Both films seemed like they might tie up Pe’s schedule for many months (not to mention the promotion duties something like Pirates has). Also because she’s stated she was going to be very choosy with her projects and not work back to back so much anymore. Both films were announced within days of each other so it seemed likely one would coincidence with the other. I did a bit of research and here is what I found:

It seems, according to El Pais, Penélope has renounced Melancholia in order to star in the fourth part of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie saga. The site notes that Cruz’s character in Melancholia (which was written specifically for her) requires no special physical effort, but her Pirates character would of course require special skills, which would mean months of training, especially in fencing. Producer Buenavista locks down it’s cast especially for this.

Discussion of Von Trier possibly moving its project to filming September occurred but a scheduled appointment with the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, which will premiere Melancholia, and shorten the post-production digital effects overruled it. The final decision regarding the Von Trier movie: filming in June in Sweden, with a budget of around four million euros and the French coast in May 2011. Without Cruz attached to headline. The role is to be partly re-written. No casting announcements have been made as of this report.

Although Pirates 4 was announced some months ago with only Johnny Depp to star it was just recently reported Rob Marshall, Cruz’s Nine director would helm the movie (taking over the Disney franchise from Gore Verbinski.) Pe made several quotes that would definitely love to do another musical or work with Rob again which doesn’t surprise that she was eager to work with him once again so soon.




Held yesterday in the capital of Spain was the 2010 Goya Awards (Spanish equivalent to the Oscars). Penélope Cruz was a nominee for her work in Broken Embraces, however she lost to Lola Duenas for her role in Me, Too. Cruz also served as a presenter at the gala. Javier Bardem was seated next to her in the audience.

Penélope looked exquisite in a vintage Gianni Versace ivory column gown with vertical signature Gianni Versace zippers in the back of the dress. It’s nice to see something other than black which she’s been choosing a lot here lately.

I have updated the gallery with over x128 pictures from the festivities. Watch a video of her on the red carpet after the break.





Penélope Cruz is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp in the Rob Marshall-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, reports Heat Vision.

Scheduled for a release on May 20, 2011, the fourth installment revolves around the Fountain of Youth. Depp is reprising the role of Captain Jack Sparrow and Cruz’s character is expected to be “Sparrow’s foil and equal in many ways.”

The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film was written by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot. Shooting will take place in Hawaii this summer.

Cruz starred in Marshall’s last film, Nine.

To be honest given the source I’m trying not to get my hopes up about this one, but I think it would be a lot of fun and totally awesome to see Cruz working with one of my favorite actors, Johnny Depp again! Especially if Pe played a sassy strong female character against Captain Jack!

Update Feb. 11: Variety has confirmed that Pe is in talks for the 4th Pirates!




Posted on February 10th, 2010 - Filed in Movies & Projects, News & Gossip - 1 Comment / Leave one

Various sources like that of Bloody-Disgusting.com are reporting that Penélope Cruz could be toplining Danish auteur Lars von Trier’s (Antichrist) psychological drama-cum-disaster film, Melancholia.

Budgeted at around E5 million ($7 million), English-lingo film is set for a European 2010 shoot. The title refers to Planet Melancholia, an enormous planet illustrated on the press release that looms threateningly close to Earth. “No more happy endings!” commented Lars von Trier, who will direct from his own screenplay. “As a disaster movie, Melancholia will use some special effects, but nothing compared to Hollywood,” exclaims Zentropa Entertainment co-founder Peter Aalbaek Jensen.

Personally, I think it sounds like a really cool idea given the director. I know Penélope is now being very choosy with her projects and this seems like it could be very time consuming, but with Lars von Trier claiming to make it ‘anti-hollywood’, sounds promising! Only time will tell if this becomes a sure thing. I’ll keep you posted.




Posted on February 4th, 2010 - Filed in News & Gossip, Public Events, Video Updates - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penélope Cruz, Stanley Tucci and Maggie Gyllenhaal have all been nominated for this year’s Academy Awards, and they’re all sharing their excitement with ET!

Penélope, last year’s Best Actress winner for Vicky Cristina Barcelona is up again this year for her supporting performance in Nine. She did not find out until about an hour after nominations were announced and “had 19 missed calls and 120 emails and text messages,” so she spent her day returning her messages. The actress is thankful for the support of her loved ones, saying, “It’s beautiful to talk to all the people that love you and care about you and get excited for you with something like this.”

Watch the video after the jump or on ET‘s site.




Posted on February 2nd, 2010 - Filed in "Nine" (2009), News & Gossip, Public Events - 0 Comments / Leave one

“I am completely surprised and elated. Rob Marshall is not only a genius but an absolute joy to work with. I woke up every morning excited to collaborate with this amazingly talented group of actors. Filming this movie was such a special experience and to be nominated for this role makes me so happy.”

Source: Hitfix




Posted on February 2nd, 2010 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

Back in December, the ladies of Nine appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live. I missed this interview so I thought I’d post it for the visitors now.




Posted on February 2nd, 2010 - Filed in "Nine" (2009), News & Gossip, Public Events - 1 Comment / Leave one

Penélope Cruz has received her third ever nomination for an Academy Award! This year she is once again nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. This year for her work in for Nine! Last year she won in this category for Vicky Cristina Barcelona and in 2007 she was nominated for Volver in leading actress.

Penélope Cruz for Nine
Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air
Mo’Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

A press conference held at 5:30 AM L.A. time was announced by Academy president Tom Sherak and one of last year’s nominees Anne Hathaway.

Nine received no other nominations in the major categories but it is nominated for Best Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Costume Design and Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures and Original Song (“Take It All”).

The 82nd Academy Awards will be broadcast March 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. To be hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.




Posted on February 1st, 2010 - Filed in News & Gossip, Press - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penélope Cruz says winning an Oscar was like getting the best toy ever.

The Nine star scooped the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress last year for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and admits receiving the gold statue was one of the happiest moments in her life.

Penélope is proud to show off her prize at her home and once even took her Oscar to the beach.

She said: “My Oscar lives in my house, but it changes rooms all the time. I’m looking at it in different places to make the final decision. I even took it to the beach one day. It’s like being five when you finally get a toy you’ve been asking for.”

Since winning the prestigious prize, the 35-year-old actress insists she doesn’t feel any extra pressure when making her films, because she has always worked hard.

Penélope – who is believed to be engaged to Javier Bardem – added to Stylist magazine: “I’ve always felt under pressure and had a lot of insecurity, so that doesn’t change and I don’t want that to alter. I don’t want to get to the set and feel too secure. I’ve worked for so many years feeling a lot of respect and healthy fear of the work and I don’t feel I can change that now.”

Source: The Bosh




Posted on January 29th, 2010 - Filed in News & Gossip, Public Events - 0 Comments / Leave one

Hollywood couple Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are digging deep to help the victims of earthquake-ravaged Haiti – they’ve each promised to donate $50,000 (£31,250)-a-year until 2015 to rebuild the country’s schools.

The Spanish stars joined British writer/director Paul Haggis at his Los Angeles home on Sunday (24Jan10) when he hosted a celebrity brunch for his charitable organisation Artists for Peace and Justice to raise funds for Haiti.

Cruz and Bardem were among 100 guests including Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Maria Bello and Gerard Butler at the event, where they were treated to a performance by Sheryl Crow, reports People magazine.

The brunch raised $4.5 million (£2.8 million) for the Caribbean nation’s relief effort – including Cruz and Bardem’s personal promises to support the country as it works to rebuild its school system.




Posted on January 29th, 2010 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penélope Cruz attended a Calvin Klein Collection & Los Angeles Nomadic Division Event in support of L.A. Arts month and ALAC on January 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Her look was kept simple and chic, she wore a gray dress by Giuseppe Zanotti with a white coat over top.

Earlier this week, Penélope joined Gerard Butler, Daniel Craig, and Charlize Theron for a fund raiser held at director’s Paul Haggis‘ house. She and Javier Bardem pledged $50,000 a year for five years to help rebuild schools in earthquake-torn Haiti.




Posted on January 23rd, 2010 - Filed in "Nine" (2009), News & Gossip, Photo Updates, Public Events - 0 Comments / Leave one

We have our first look at Miss Cruz at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. She looks stunning as expected, but is yet again in another black dress number by L’Wren Scott which I found a little underwhelming. Nonetheless she pulls it off marvelously!

Update 1) – Penélope Cruz was interviewed by E! on the red carpet. When asked if she does her own dishes and pumps her own gas in addition to holding her own umbrella, as she did at the Golden Globes. She replied “I’m not gonna tell you I do I do it three times a day, but I can do it!”

Update 2) Added the first photos of Cruz to the gallery.

Update 3) Penélope Cruz lost to Mo’Nique once more which isn’t really a surprise. However when the camera panned to Cruz and her Nine co-stars backstage (about to present) her friends embarrassed her by giving her “bunny ears”, it was a really adorable moment. I can’t wait to see it again!

Update 4) Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson showcased a clip from Nine which is in contention for Best Ensemble Cast.

Update 5) The Actor for Best Ensemble Cast went to Inglourious Basterds





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