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.
Pedro Almodóvar made his regular New York Film Festival pit stop Wednesday, bringing his new film-industry love quadrangle Broken Embraces to town ahead of its closing-night presentation this weekend. His star and longtime muse Penélope Cruz joined him for a press conference following yesterday’s screening, but at this festival — perhaps the most abjectly cinephilic in the world — Almodóvar proved himself once again as the one person who can outshine the planet’s biggest international sexpot.
For Almodovar and Cruz, the love is mutual.
Film history has given us a myriad of directors who play favorites, who channel their visions through an actor, using them as their vessel: Think John Ford and John Wayne, Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. In the case of beloved Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, his inspiration is, beyond a shred of doubt, the lovely Penelope Cruz.
“Our relationship keeps changing and evolving,” says the actress. “It gets to the point where we often know what the other one is thinking. We really have a strong friendship, but it doesn’t mean I get less nervous when I’m around him on set because he’s so honest. And that’s what I love about working with him — his honesty.”
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel have signed a petition for the release of Roman Polanski that on Monday had grown to include 700 celebrities and film industry figures.
The petition was launched a week ago by the French performance and visual artists association, SACD, after the Polish-French director was detained in Switzerland to face possible extradition to the US to face child sex charges.
Variety reports that Nine is being pushed back to December 18th. A bad move in my opinion, but at least it’s not that big of a wait.
The Weinstein Co. has shifted the release date of the Rob Marshall musical Nine. Tuner, which was set to go out Nov. 25, will now see a limited bow Dec. 18 in Gotham and Los Angeles before TWC opens it wide on Dec. 25.
The move takes Nine out of direct competition with The Road, the Weinstein Co.’s post-apocalyptic road pic skedded for Nov. 25.
Shift reps yet another release change made because of The Road, whose release was moved several times before TWC finally settled on the Nov. 25 date.
The Weinstein Co. said Nine‘s date change was not made due to production delays.
Nine will now open against James Cameron’s Avatar, serving as counterprogramming for L.A. and New York specialty auds. The Christmas expansion pits it against Sherlock Holmes, with Robert Downey Jr., and Meryl Streep-Steve Martin-Alec Baldwin romantic comedy It’s Complicated.
Based on Federico Fellini’s 8½, Nine stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz and follows a director confronting a midlife crisis while juggling the various women in his life.
Today the cover for the much anticipated November issue of Vogue has been released! It featured the ladies of Nine; Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson and Cruz photographed exclusively by Annie Leibovitz.
What do you think? I’m honestly not loving the cover and a bit let down, although I think Penélope by far looks the best! I’m still really excited to see what’s on the inside though! Stay tuned for scans.
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.
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.
Spanish beauties Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek are amongst the big winners at this year’s American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) award.
After winning an Oscar, Cruz has now won the Best actress award at ALMA for her performance as Maria Elena in’ Vicky Cristina Barcelona, reported Aceshowbiz.’Frida’ star Hayek was given the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence at the gala ceremony held at the Royce Hall Auditorium at UCLA on Thursday night. It was co-hosted by actress Eva Longoria alongside comedian George Lopez.
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.