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Posted on May 23rd, 2009 - Filed in "Los abrazos rotos" (2009), News & Gossip, Press - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penelope Cruz has revealed she acted as a go-between passing messages between two legendary directors while making her latest film.

The star shot Broken Embraces with fellow Spaniard Pedro Almodovar at the same time as making Vicky Cristina Barcelona with Woody Allen.

She said: “It was good to be able to pass each of them messages – they seem to like each other very much.”




Posted on May 18th, 2009 - Filed in "Nine" (2009), News & Gossip, Public Events - 0 Comments / Leave one

Even the biggest stars aren’t immune to getting hit by stomach bugs it seems. Penelope Cruz had to miss out on promoting her upcoming musical Nine in Cannes Monday, sidelined by “some sort of food poisoning.”

In France to premiere her movie Broken Embraces, which is directed by Pedro Almodóvar, she was slated to join movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in presenting a trailer and a teaser for Nine, but fell ill.

Weinstein passed on the bad news to a select group of journalists: “Tomorrow night is her premiere for her movie. She is getting better and is seeing a doctor right now.”

Marion Cotillard was on hand at Cannes to present Nine. The trailer is already out in the U.S., and the movie will be released in theaters in November.

We want to wish Miss Cruz a speedy recovery!

Source: People




Posted on April 25th, 2009 - Filed in Mango, News & Gossip, Photo Updates - 0 Comments / Leave one

The summer campaign for Mango is now available, and it’s absolutely stunning, as if we’d expect anything less!

Also, Penélope Cruz was in Venice, Italy this weekend for her friend Salma Hayek‘s wedding. You can read a little about the event here.




Posted on March 14th, 2009 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penélope Cruz has announced that her Oscar will stay in Spain, and says she has not left it alone for a minute since the award ceremony on February 22.

The star, who won an Oscar and a Goya for her lead role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, says if she could only work with one film director for the rest of her career, she would chose Pedro Almodóvar.

Cruz started off her acting career in Almodóvar’s films, although her recent award-winning production was directed by Woody Allen.

In her first public appearance in Spain on Friday, Penélope told reporters, “I arrived back home last night from the USA, and of course, the Oscar has come with me and here it will stay.”

Pedro Almodóvar told those present at the event that when he won his first Oscar, he ‘felt as though he’d got a new baby’.

Source: Think Spain




Posted on March 14th, 2009 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

Yesterday Penélope attended the press conference and photocall for Broken Ambraces. She was accompanied by Pedro Almodóvar and cast and this marks her first event since she became an Oscar winner! :) She looked pretty in a red dress and the Embraces family were all smiles and kisses!

Cruz said her role in the new film was a difficult one.

“Its a very different personality from my own and very different from all the roles I have played before … a survivor who I think always has a black cloud over her head.

But she underscored her fondness and admiration for Almodovar.

“If I had to work with only one director for the rest of my life, it’s clear to me that it would be him. Almodovar is someone who is very important in my career. And in my life.”




Posted on March 12th, 2009 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

The Spanish newspaper El País has a new feature with the cast of Broken Embraces. The photos are in black and white and so stunning! The photoshoot reunited Penélope Cruz with Almodóvar for the first time after she won the Oscar for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. You can view the shoot and captures from the on set video in our gallery. The video is available for viewing here.




Posted on February 24th, 2009 - Filed in News & Gossip, Public Events - 0 Comments / Leave one


Actress Penelope Cruz, who became the first Spanish actress to win the Academy award, had picked up her vintage gown eight-years-ago.

The actress wowed the crowd with her 60-year-old sparkling vintage Balmain gown at the Oscars yesterday.

“I found this dress eight years ago and I was saving it for something very special,” said the actress.

The gown looked perfect as the actress walked up to the stage to receive her first golden statuette.

The 34-year-old actress won the Best Supporting Actress award yesterday for her performance as maria Elena, the neurotic wife of an artist in Woody Allen’s comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona. “Has anybody ever fainted here? Because I might be the first one,” an overwhelmed Cruz said as she accepted her award.

The actress had earlier expressed her wish to become the first actress to win an Oscar for Spain.

Source: Press Trust




Posted on February 24th, 2009 - Filed in News & Gossip, Public Events - 0 Comments / Leave one

“It was amazing to see all those women up there, and hear the beautiful things they said up there…And when it happens when you win, it was a magical moment, and I didn’t know if I was going to survive it.” – Penélope Cruz

“El Oscar de Penélope es el triunfo del talento, la ambición, la tenacidad, y unas dotes extraordinarias para la comedia. Y del valor de una actriz que se lanza de cabeza y sin paracaidas, con papeles muy arriesgados, a veces sin contar con apoyaturas dramáticas suficientes, como es el caso de la película de Allen, que ella suple con gracia, corazón y carisma. He llorado de alegría cuando he escuchado su nombre después del clásico ‘and the Oscar goes to’.

(Translation) Penelope’s Oscar is a triumph for talent, ambition, tenacity and comic touches,” the Spanish helmer said. “And in the value of an actress who throws herself into risky roles, which sometimes don’t have sufficient dramatic support — as is the case of Allen’s film — which she works with grace, heart and charisma. I cried with joy when I heard her name after the classic line ‘and the Oscar goes to” – Pedro Almodóvar




Penélope Cruz has just made history becoming the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her remarkable performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona!



“Oh… It’s not gonna be 45 seconds I can say that right now. Has anybody ever fainted here? Cause I might be the first one. Thank you so much to the Academy. I want to share this with my fellow nominees and with the amazing ensemble of actors I had the privilege to work with in this movie. Thank you Woody for trusting me with this beautiful character. Thank you for writen all these years some of the greatest characters for women. And I can not talk about great female characters without thanking my friend, Pedro Almodóvar for having made me part of so many of his adventures. Thank you. Thank you Bigas Luna, Fernando Trueba, for giving me my first two movies. Thank you Harvey Weinstein. I want to dedicate this to my parents, and my brother and sister and to my friend Robert Garlock who is not with us anymore. And to everyone who has helped me from the beginning and you all know who you are. I thank you from my heart. I grew up in a place called Alcobendas where this was not a very realistic dream and always the night of the Academy Awards I stayed up the night to watch the show and I always felt that this ceremony was a moment of unity for the world because art in any form is and has been and will always be our universal language and we need to do everything we can to protect it’s survival so I thank you so much. And I have to say something in Spanish: Todos los fieles de Espania ahora estan compartiendo este momento conmigo y sientan que esto tambien es de ellos, se los dedico. A todos los actores de mi pais, muchisimas gracias. (Translation) All of the loyal people of Spain, now they share this moment with me and feel than this (Oscar) is theirs also, so I dedicate to them. To all of the actors and actresses of my country, Thanks a lot. Thank you so much!” – Penélope Cruz

Huge congratulations to Penélope Cruz on this much deserved honor!

You can view her beautiful and heartfelt speech after the cut, here. Captures and tons of photos to come tomorrow!




Penélope Cruz has picked up an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Huge congratulations to Miss Cruz! Check back tomorrow for pictures from the event and of course the Oscars tomorrow too!

In a quick interview, Penélope told The LA Times, “I’m always surprised when I hear my name, of course,” she said backstage. “It’s a better feeling if you’re surprised. I get very terrified about going up there, but at the same time you want to go, so my heart was going very fast.”

She was wearing a flattering brown Azzedine Alaia fit and flared dress with black lace trim, brown tights and platform ankle-strap pumps. She’d also worn a black Alaia to the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards.

And for the Oscars? Another Alaia, perhaps?

“Tomorrow, I cannot tell you,” she explained. “I cannot answer that. That is a secret –- to tell what you are wearing.”

OK. Fine. So where will you put your award?

“In my house, I think.” (laughs)




Penélope Cruz is nominated again for an Oscar — this time for best supporting actress for her work in the acclaimed Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

If she does win on Sunday, Cruz should be thrilled to receive the statuette from Javier Bardem, her compatriot and partner in Allen’s romantic comedy, who gets the honor for winning best supporting actor last year for No Country for Old Men.

Cruz, the only Spanish actress ever nominated for an Oscar, has now done it twice. In 2007, she got a best actress nod for her work in Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver.




The LA Times has an interesting article about the Oscars. Predicting Amy Adams could go as far as pull off an ‘upset’ and win (being that Cruz is favored at the moment). I found it interesting and being huge fans of both Amy Adams and Penélope Cruz and found both performers in that category at their very best and I go back and fourth as to who I want to win. Either way, I’m sure I’ll be happy with the results but we shall see come Oscar night, February 22!

When Tariq Khan makes a bold Oscar prediction, take heed. He’s one of the savviest Oscarologists I know and this year he’s going where no other guru dares: out onto a thin, shaky limb for Amy Adams (Doubt) for supporting actress. Interesting call! That category, after all, is where most Oscar upsets happen.




Posted on February 12th, 2009 - Filed in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

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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