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Penélope Cruz attended the closing night premiere and press conference of Broken Embraces at the NY Film Festival on October 11th. For the premiere she wore a silvery grey Haider Ackermann Fall 2009 ensemble. While at the press conference she wore an Alexander McQueen Houndstooth check pencil dress and black satin pumps (my favorite of the two). Broken Embraces has already been released in Spain and the UK (among other countries) earlier this year and will have a limited US run beginning in November.
Paper Magazine held a special dinner party honoring director Pedro Almodovar and Penélope Cruz at Italian restaurant Casa Lever on the Upper East Side of New York City on Saturday (October 10).
The celebration also brought out Beth Ditto from the indie rock band The Gossip.
Penelope and Pedro have worked together the projects — 1997’s Live Flesh, 1999’s All About My Mother, 2006’s Volver and 2009’s Broken Embraces
What actress doesn’t dream of reliving Fellini’s magic? Here, a head-spinning lineup of A-list stars join forces in Rob Marshall’s movie-musical Nine. Plum Sykes visits them on set. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
Shepperton Studios, London, on a bleak December day. Shrouded in a freezing fog, the lot seems faintly neglected, as though abandoned. The various buildings—prop shops, costume houses—look like little more than sheds. A car drops me off at a side door to a soundstage, where a harried but friendly publicist meets me.
Inside, it’s as though a magician has waved his wand. Suddenly I am transported half a century back in time to the Italy of La Dolce Vita. To my left is an empty set-within-a-set of a Roman piazza, and to my right is a bustling re-creation of a 1960s movie studio. An intricate scaffolding of iron balconies and stairwells has been built in front of the corrugated walls of the soundstage. Nowhere, it turns out, could be more perfect for Rob Marshall to direct the song-and-dance numbers for Nine, his latest movie, because the bones of Shepperton have an uncanny resemblance to the Cinecittà of Fellini’s 8½, the inspiration for Maury Yeston’s 1982 Broadway musical Nine, on which this film is based.
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I have now scanned the Vanity Fair November feature for Captivating Cruz. Enjoy the HQ scans :)
New images from Nine featuring Penelope have been released and they are amazing! Can’t wait to see this one. And pretty soon we will have the Vogue November cover to debut, supposedly hitting stands Oct 20, the Nine ladies posed for earlier this year.
Still itching for more from the Nine vixens? Be sure to view other released production stills with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson and Marion Cotillard!
Va-va-voom! Penélope Cruz takes the cover of the November issue of Vanity Fair, and wowzas, she looks incredible in a ravishing new photoshoot.
Some years ago, when Penélope Cruz was still on her way up the movie-star ladder, I had a behind-the-scenes adventure with her that gave me a chance to see what the Spanish actress is made of. I had arranged for her to do a cover shoot for Interview, the magazine I then edited, and on the day of the shoot I got a call from the photographer, who was freaking out. She had planned a bunch of fun setups, but the day hadn’t even begun yet and now Cruz’s minders were demanding that the photographer make it snappy: there wasn’t time to do anything but a few basic shots. The huffs and snits were about to spoil the shoot, so I headed over to the location, a nightclub on 14th Street, to see if I could fix things. I quickly sussed out the real reason Cruz’s people were trying to cut the shoot short: she had been summoned for a meeting later that same day with the other Cruise, as in Tom, who back then, in 2000, was still considered Mr. It. I got nowhere with her Spanish rep—apparently our rinky-dink photo shoot was chopped liver in comparison with a meeting with Hollywood’s top gun—so I marched into hair and makeup, where the actress was getting spiffed up for the first picture, and pleaded our case directly. She looked horrified that we’d been made to feel rushed and small, and asked me to tell our photographer that she was honored to be working with her and was committed to posing for all the images she wanted.
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Yesterday in Toronto Pe attended the Sony Pictures Classics Dinner. At the event she bumped into An Education stars Carrey Mullgan and Peter Sarsgarrd.
Broken Embraces had a screening at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival on Thursday and glowed wearing an aqua RM by Roland Mouret Daphne one shoulder dress.
Yesterday Penélope was in Cannes for the Broken Embraces photocall, press conference and premiere. She was stunning as always, at the photocall wearing a nude number and for the premiere she wore a lilac chiffon draped strapless Marchesa Fall 2009 gown, with an embroidered bodice and her hair swept softly back. Such a goddess!
The gallery has now been updated with over 500 images from all of these events. Enjoy!
Last night in Cannes Penelope Cruz hosted a Domino contest in aid of Bono’s Red charity. It seems she is feel better despite some food poisoning earlier that day. Never the less she looked stunning in a white gown!
A few days ago the Nine trailer was released! You can watch it in glorious high definition here. I have to say I’m super excited, all the ladies look fantastic and especially Miss Cruz looks to die for! Nine hits North American theatres on November 25, 2009.
Penélope Cruz graces the May issue of Elle France. She looks fabulous in yet another new photoshoot! She’s also on the cover of Yellow (Czech).