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Yesterday was the world premiere for Broken Embraces. It took place in Madrid, Spain and the cast was there, Pe included. She looked gorgeous in a black shimmer dress. Also a few days ago she attended a Barcelona press conference, and we now have some photos. Broken Embraces comes out this tomorrow in Spain.





Posted on March 19th, 2009 - Filed in Magazines, Photo Updates - 0 Comments / Leave one

In the first of many covers come, Cruz graces the cover of DS Magazine N°5 (France). It is a re-print photoshoot but it’s one of my favorites.




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Variety has reviewed Broken Embraces.

Cruz delivers a compelling, subtle perf as a woman continually aware that the shadow of tragedy hovers over her. But because her character is effectively split into three — Magdalena the grieving daughter, Lena the actress and lover, and Pina in “Girls and Suitcases” — auds will struggle to locate an emotional center behind the thesp’s dizzying range of costumes and wigs.

Visually, the pic is an exquisite treat. Every richly hued wall is covered with eye-candy artwork, every doorway reps a second level of framing, and there is beauty even in the scattered contents of a drawer or in a pile of torn-up photos. Closeups are regularly used, particularly of Cruz’s hypnotically photogenic features.




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




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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.”




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This year in Spanish cinema, Pedro Almodovar is the new black.

Oscar-winning director Almodovar’s latest film Broken Embraces drops his distinctive comic melodrama for the best tradition of “film noir,” the dark and stylish film genre used in many crime dramas.

Set for release on March 18 in Spain and in the rest of Europe in May, the film stars recent Oscar winner Penelope Cruz in the role of a tragedy-dogged aspiring actress.

“The film noir genre is one of my favorites,” Almodovar told reporters at a screening of the film on Friday. “The fact this film was really “black” was what was very satisfying.”




Posted on March 14th, 2009 - Filed in "Los abrazos rotos" (2009), Movies & Projects - 0 Comments / Leave one

Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz is in early negotiations to reteam with Sergio Castellitto, the Italian director whose 2004 Don’t Move gave Cruz her first career-making role.

Speaking Friday at the Madrid press screening of Pedro Almodovar’s Embraces, in which she stars, Cruz said, “We’re starting to talk but I can’t confirm anything concrete as yet.”

Castellitto wants Cruz as lead femme in Venuto al Mondo (Into the World).

The Sarajevo-set drama about a single mother is based on a novel by Castellitto’s wife, Margaret Mazzantini, as was Don’t Move. Castellitto’s producers, Roberto Cicutto and Luigi Musini, are currently putting together finance on World.

Pic is unlikely to start filming this year: Cruz said she intends to spend most of the year promoting Broken Embraces during its international roll-out, which lasts through November.




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.




Los abrazos rotos aka Broken Embraces is opening on Spain the 18th of March and there has begun some promotion for the movie including that of new stills, a new trailer and a short film La Concejala antropófaga, Almodóvar explains the short is a spin off of a small character from Broken Embraces. Furthermore TVE debuted exclusive footage for the upcoming movie on Informe Semanal (Spanish equivalent show for CBS 60 minutes) recently. You can view a little preview of what was shown and captures of that in the gallery. Also view the trailer after the break too. Lastly thanks to Riikka for the caps from La Concejala antropófaga.





Posted on March 12th, 2009 - Filed in "Los abrazos rotos" (2009) - 0 Comments / Leave one

The official synopsis for Los abrazos rotos / Broken Embraces has been released.

A man lives, writes and loves in the dark.

Fourteen years ago he suffered a brutal car accident in the island of Lanzarote (Canary Islands, Spain).

In the accident, not only he lost his sight, but also lost the woman of his life, Lena.

This man uses two names Harry Caine, playful pseudonym under which he signs his literary works, stories and scripts, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, under which he lives and he signs the films directed by him. After the accident, Mateo Blanco is reduced to his pseudonym, Harry Caine.

He cannot direct movies; he is suffering from the burdem of losing his lover, and he likes to think that he also died in that horrible accident.

So Harry Caine basically lives thanks to the scripts he writes and because of the help of his old and faithful Prodution Director, Judit García; and Diego, son of Judit, a typist and secretary. Diego is also Mateo’s guide, as he is completely blind.

Ever since he decided to live in order to tell stories, Harry became an active and attractive blind man who has strengthened his other senses to enjoy his life, with high dosages of irony and a self-inducted amnesia.

He has completely erased the first identity of his biography, Mateo Blanco.

One night Diego has an accident and Harry looks after him (his mother, Judit, is out of Madrid, and they decide not to tell her about the accident in order to not alarm her).

During the first nights of convalescence, Diego asks Harry to tell him about the time at which he responded to the name of Mateo Blanco.
Harry is taken aback at first, but he finally accepts to tell Diego about the incidents that took place fourteen years ago, in order to entertain the boy.

He begins to tell him the tale, like a father would do for his little child to fall asleep.

The tale of Judit, Lena, Mateo and Ernesto Martel is an amour fou story, dominated by the fatality, the jealousy, the abuse authority, the treason and the guilty complex. An exciting and terrible story; its more expressive image is the single photo of two lovers embraced, torn up into a thousand pieces.




Los abros rotos has a feature inside the March 9 edition of Fotogramas, a Spanish magazine. Thanks to the forum Celebutopia we have scans of Penélope’s pages. You can see Miss Cruz looking stunning in some stills and behind the scenes. I’m very excited for this movie!




Posted on March 3rd, 2009 - Filed in "Los abrazos rotos" (2009), Photo Updates - 1 Comment / Leave one

Four posters for Los Abrazos rotos have been released! They are stunning and very Pedro Almodóvar! Speaking of the movie, there is lots of speculation right now that the movie will see it’s premiere at this year’s Cannes. Lastly thanks to Ivan and Andrew for letting us know where to find the film’s posters.




The Oscar winner with arguably the most impressive list of upcoming projects has to be Best Supporting Actress winner Penelope Cruz. Cruz has two projects that also seem to have Oscar written all over them.

The first will be the newest film from Pedro Almodovar, the highly anticipated Broken Embraces. The last time Pedro and Penelope got together, they made the incredible Volver, which netted Cruz a nomination and worldwide acclaim. Very little is known about the plot of Embraces but it will reportedly open soon in Europe. American audiences will have to wait until November 6th, 2009.

Just a few weeks after Broken Embraces opens stateside, Penelope Cruz will be seen again in Nine, the highly anticipated musical from Chicago director Rob Marshall. With nineteen Oscar nominations and nine wins with only two movies (his sophomore film was Memoirs of a Geisha), anything Rob Marshall has in production has to be taken very seriously and this one has Oscar potential written all over it.

Nine co-stars an amazing six Oscar winners. Daniel Day-Lewis plays the lead with Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, and Penelope Cruz in supporting roles. Kate Hudson and Fergie also play supporting parts in the adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name based on Federico Fellini’s autobiographical 8 1/2.

Source: Hollywood Chicago





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