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Posted on January 29th, 2009 - Filed in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

Salma Hayek forced Penélope Cruz to watch the Oscar nominations.

Penelope, who was staying at the close friend Salma’s Los Angeles home for a sleepover, had planned to sleep through the nominations, having only flown into the city a few hours before. Her hostess, however, had other plans.

Penelope said: “I had just arrived to Los Angeles very, very late at night, and I had went to sleep. Four hours later, I was at the house of some of my girlfriends, and they woke me up. Actually, it was Salma Hayek. She woke me up and said, ‘We have to watch it live!’ I said, ‘That’s such a big risk!’”

In Hollywood Harvey Weinstein and Salma Hayek honored their friend, the Oscar-nominated Penelope Cruz (for Vicky Cristina Barcelona) at an all-movie star party in Salma’s white wood, jewel of a little house in Bel Air. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, who she once played in a film where she should have won the Oscar, hang Salma’s walls with paintings. Her windows overlook L.A. The decor is stunning, contemporary and tastefully bright. The hostess received in a black cocktail dress wearing five-inch heels and carrying her baby, Valentina, in her arms. Some guests? Colin Farrell, Brett Ratner, Josh Groban, Prince, Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, Quincy Jones, Drew Barrymore, Penny Marshall, Bob Balaban, Adrien Brody, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones who say they’re moving back East.

Posted on January 25th, 2009 - Filed in Public Events - 0 Comments / Leave one

View the first picture of Miss Cruz at the SAG Awards. She looks gorgeous in a black gown!

Coverage to come later, and check back to see if our girl wins for Supporting Actress!

Penélope Cruz has been nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. This marks her second Academy Award nomination; she was previously recognized for her work in Volver in 2006. Huge congratulations to Penélope! We’re all rooting for you!

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in Doubt
Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis in Doubt
Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler

The awards will be handed out Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, airing on ABC.

Posted on January 16th, 2009 - Filed in Mango, Photo Updates - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penélope Cruz sizzles alongside sister Monica in a stunning new shoot for Mango’s Spring/Summer ’09 collection.

The sisters – who have done several advertisements with the high street store – pose for their new limited collection Penélope & Mónica Cruz for MNG.

The Cruz sisters show off their stylish new range of Japanese influenced, kimono styles and blazer-trouser combos.

Posted on January 16th, 2009 - Filed in Magazines, Photo Updates - 0 Comments / Leave one

Check out these gorgeous vintage scans of Miss Cruz back from November 2000′s Elle. Thanks to ‘sixth-mercury’.

Posted on January 16th, 2009 - Filed in News & Gossip, Public Events - 0 Comments / Leave one

If the star wattage is pulsing on State Street, it can only mean the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is back in town.

The 24th annual event opens Thursday and will feature more than 200 films during its 11-day run. Clint Eastwood, Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz are among the celebrity honorees.

As usual, the event figures to be a hotbed for Academy Award hopefuls; nominations will be announced Thursday, the same day the festival starts.

Posted on January 16th, 2009 - Filed in Movies & Projects - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penélope Cruz steals Woody Allen’s latest film, Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008) with her sultry and crazed performance as Maria Elena, artist and ex-wife of interminably sexy Juan Antonio played by Javier Bardem. Cruz and Bardem, who first worked together in Bigas Luna’s Jamón, jamón (Ham, ham, 1992) also shared screen time in Pedro Almodóvar’s Carne trémula (Live Flesh, 1997) and have worked with the director independently, including Cruz’s breakthrough international performance as Rosa in the Academy Award winning best foreign language film, Todo sobre mi madre, (All About My Mother, 1999).

As the young nun with a secret in Almodóvar’s memorable film, Cruz is part of an ensemble female cast including Almodóvar regulars, Cecilia Roth in the lead role of Manuela and Marisa Paredes as Huma Rojo with Candela Peña as Nina and Antonia San Juan as Agrado — who delivers some of the sharpest lines of the film:

Posted on January 16th, 2009 - Filed in "Nine" (2009) - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penelope Cruz was left blistered and bruised after performing a sexy dance.

The actress was forced to push through the pain while doing a rope routine for new musical film Nine – because she was worried she would lose her grip and fall.

She said: “When something like that happens, you just have to keep going and forget about any physical pain. I was dancing in the dark with one spotlight on me, so I had to be extremely alert and focused.

“There were other things to think about, so I was not in pain while dancing – I was just praying not to fall!”

Posted on January 15th, 2009 - Filed in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penelope Cruz took home a special souvenir after filming new Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona – a pair of the legendary director’s spectacles.

The actress – who stars opposite boyfriend Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson in the Golden Globe Award-winning flick – admits she was shocked when Woody awarded her with the memento, because it was so personal.

She tells British movie magazine Total Film, “Actually I got a souvenir. I got his glasses as a present.

“And it’s my treasure. I love those glasses. He only has two pairs and he gave me one pair.”

Source: Showbiz Spy

Penélope Cruz was stunning, but perhaps a little safer than normal in a pale silk chiffon column dress, courtesy of Armani Prive. Still she looks gorgeous! Check out tons of pictures below.

Whilse on the subject, like mentioned yesterday Penélope didn’t win for supporting actress, but all was not lost for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. In a surprise win, it won for best motion picture musical or comedy! In the other categories, Javier Bardem lost to Colin Farrell and Sally Hawkins won over Rebecca Hall.

Check out the first image of Pe on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. She looks gorgeous! Tons of coverage will come later.

Miss Cruz didn’t win for Supporting Actress, that honor went to Kate Winslet instead, but congrats to Penelope for the nomination.

Penélope Cruz was a vision in a long navy blue gown on Thursday at the 14th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Her dress features a feminine sweetheart neckline and ribbon detail at the waist gives it an interesting twist. She tops it all off with a black clutch and simple jewels.

Miss Cruz unfortunately did win not for Vicky Cristina Barcelona in the Supporting Actress category, that went to the lovely Kate Winslet for The Reader instead. Still Penélope was the apitamy of elegance and glamour at the event.

Check out over 100 photos from the show below.

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