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Posted on May 24th, 2010 - Filed in "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2011) - 0 Comments / Leave one

Not surprising, Walt Disney Pictures has announced that the fourth installment of Jerry Bruckheimer’s popular action franchise Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall, will be filmed in Disney Digital 3D. Bruckheimer’s only previous 3D movie before that was last year’s G-Force. I think the news is kind of exciting, but we’re being so bombarded with 3D it’s quite annoying. However, at least this one will be true 3D and not fake / up-converted later!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is still slated for release on May 20, 2011.


Posted on May 24th, 2010 - Filed in Other Works, Photo Updates - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penélope Cruz and her sister Monica tower over Tokyo in new billboards for designer Japanese band Samantha Thavasa.

The 36-year-old Oscar-winner and her sister, 33, look stunning on the 100ft-high billboard above the Samantha Thavasa flagship store near Harajuku.

Another ad above the store shows Cruz with her latest handbag design for the trendy Japanese company.

Beyonce, Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Jennifer Lopez have all previously helped design bags for the label.

Posted on May 24th, 2010 - Filed in 'Sex and the City 2' (2010) - 0 Comments / Leave one

Actress Penélope Cruz was offered a role in the upcoming Sex And The City film after she admitted watching the first movie 15 times.

Director Michael Patrick King revealed that the Spanish beauty was offered a cameo in the film after she revealed she was a huge fan of the 2008 hit.

“It”s interesting because Penélope said to me, ”I”ve seen that first movie 15 times! I put it on when I want to feel happy and I put it on when I want to feel sad.” Penélope is a devoted follower of those girls and Mr. Big so I needed a part and I thought, ”Who better to play that part than Penélope?” the Daily Star quoted King as saying.

“But Penélope didn”t approach me – I went after her. She”s not playing herself whereas we also have Liza Minnelli who is playing herself and Miley Cyrus who also plays herself,” he added.

Source: Hindustan Times

Posted on May 5th, 2010 - Filed in "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2011) - 1 Comment / Leave one

Yahoo is reporting that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has had its budget cut by more than a third of what was expected. This is pretty shocking to me considering how sure fire well these flicks do at the box office – but more money doesn’t necessarily equal a better film! Hopefully the budget cuts will force the crew to get more creative and we’ll be in for a really great Pirates film – more in vein of the first one! The main change – the film will not be shot in the Caribbean.

Perhaps most devastating (at least from the perspective of a Pirates purist), is the news that the fourth installment of the franchise will not be shooting in the Caribbean (you know, like the title says) or Los Angeles. Those locations have been scrapped for the less expensive Hawaii and London. Perhaps the film should be renamed, Pirates of the Thames: Maybe We Can Also Use the ‘Lost’ Set. And for the crew hoping to get a tropical suntan — or perhaps acquire a Madonna-like accent — they’re out of luck: shooting has been cut down from 145 to a lean 90 days.

Like the Pirate predecessors, the fourth installment is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer — producer of films such as Armageddon and Top Gun — someone who isn’t necessarily used to budget cuts. The cuts stem from the new studio Chairman Rich Ross who has tightened the budgets considerably since taking over for former Chairman Dick Cook, who was fired from Disney in September of 2009.

Source: Yahoo! News

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

We now have some low res scans from Vogue Paris’ May issue featuring Penélope Cruz on the multiple-covers and as guest-editer. Thanks to ‘picoloro’ for these! Remember, if you have higher quality versions (or the bonus covers!) please considering donating them as I do not have access to this issue myself.

The photoshoot inside is nothing short of gorgeous; all the ladies – which are some of my favorite actresses – look beautiful in the black and white spread. I especially love the image with Kate Winslet and the one with Meryl Streep. Cruz’s solo shots are so stunning too! I only wish the article was not in French so I could read it too. But nevertheless, enjoy!

Posted on April 30th, 2010 - Filed in Movies & Projects, News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

According to Screen International, Oscar winning actress Penélope Cruz is set to work with actor-director Sergio Castellito once again in a film adaptation of the Italian bestselling war story entitled Venuto Al Mondo by Margaret Mazzantini. Keep in mind this has not been confirmed by a more reputable source.

Cruz last worked with Castellito in the 2004 drama Don’t Move which did good business in Italy with over $10 million, but received a cold release in the states, making under $400,000 at the B.O.Don’t Move was also based on a novel by Mazzantini who happens to be Castellito’s wife. Though Castellito is still looking for partners to finance the film, he plans to start production in 2011.

Venuto al Mondo, which can be roughly translated as ‘brought into the world’, takes place during wartime torn Sarajevo during the Balkans 1990s conflict. Cruz’s role will be that of a mother who returns home with her adolescent son in search of their roots.

Venuto Al Mondo sold 600,000 copies in Italy and has also been released in Spain and France. The book will hit U.S. stores in 2011. The movie will be shot between Rome, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Croatia.

Posted on April 30th, 2010 - Filed in News & Gossip, Other Works - 0 Comments / Leave one

On her birthday, a few days ago, Penélope was photographed on the set of a photoshoot for an upcoming Lancôme project.

Today, Lancôme has announced that the Oscar-winning actress will be the new ambassadress for the company’s fragrance Trésor, starting later this year.

Posted on April 30th, 2010 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

(RED) is introducing The Lazarus Effect Campaign, intended to increase awareness for its efforts to fight AIDS in Africa.

The campaign, directed by renowned photographer Brigitte Lacombe, has celebrities rattle off items that could be bought for 40 cents (the value of one day’s worth of life transforming antiretroviral medication). Penélope Cruz is featured as well as other celebrities like Bono, Javier Bardem, Julianne Moore, Claire Danes, Iman, Hugh Jackman, Orlando Bloom, Lucy Liu, Gabourey Sidibe, Kerry Washington, Bryan Cranston, Jane Lynch, Michelle Rodriguez, Gwen Stefani, Hayden Christensen, Don Cheadle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ludacris, Common, Benicio Del Toro, Dakota Fanning and Christy Turlington.

The Lazarus Effect documentary will air on May 24 on HBO with director Spike Jonze as executive producer. Watch the PSA after the jump.

Posted on April 29th, 2010 - Filed in News & Gossip, Other Works, Photo Updates - 0 Comments / Leave one

Yesterday on her birthday, Pe was spotted in Paris, France doing what appears to be a photoshoot for Lancôme. has some photos for your viewing. In the snaps she’s photographed with Mario Testino on the balcony of the Hotel Crillon.

Currently, Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts are spokesmodels for the brand, I’m not sure what Penélope’s duties will be as a model or when her ads might start appearing but this is very exciting since her duties with Mango ended and I’m ready to see more regular Cruz ads, in addition to her L’Oréal stuff. Lancôme Paris is a luxury beauty brand. Owned by L’Oréal since 1964, Lancôme is part of the Luxury Products division, which offers skin care, fragrances, and makeup at higher-end price points.

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

Yesterday, April 28, 2010 is Penélope Cruz’s 36th birthday. We at want to wish our Spanish Enchantress the happiest birthday and we hope she had a magical day spent among friends and loved ones!

Here is a bit of new information regarding Melancholia re-casting and a new Pirates of the Caribbean star.

After ending her involvement in Spider-Man film franchise, Kirsten Dunst has snatched another coveted role. She has just been tapped to play the major female character in Melancholia which is directed and written by Lars von Trier, so Deadline Hollywood mentioned.

Penélope Cruz was initially negotiating for the part, but she eventually dropped it allegedly to star opposite Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. There has been no further description on the character that now belongs to Dunst.

Production Weekly tweets that British actor Stephen Graham (Snatch, Gangs of New York and Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies) has been cast as “Scram” in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Source: IGN and Ace Showbiz

Posted on April 17th, 2010 - Filed in Magazines, Movies & Projects, Photo Updates - 0 Comments / Leave one

A fantastic treat will be hitting newsstands soon!

Penélope Cruz guest-edited next month’s French Vogue, which has three different covers.

One cover sees modern day screen legends Penélope, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts. All the ladies are wearing (RED) clothing, designed to eliminate AIDS in Africa.

While on the other covers, she poses as the other half of Bono’s face, and finally, she toplessly embraces Meryl Streep.

I do not have access to this magazine but I’m hoping we will have scans soon. Please consider donating the other various Pe covers if you manage to obtain and scan them – it would be tremendously appreciated! I can’t wait to see the inside contents!

The full length theatrical trailer for Sex and the City 2 was released today. You can watch it in high definition at Penélope Cruz has a small role as a character named Lydia in the movie which releases on May 10, 2010.

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