Penélope Cruz is expected to attend the London Film Festival for the premiere of Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Some other celebrities scheduled/rumored to attend are Benicio Del Toro, Eva Green, Gwyneth Paltrow, Omar Sharif, Liam Neeson and Rachel Weisz.
The LFF runs from October 15 to 30. Booking opens to British Film Institute members on September 24 and to the public on September 27. Box office: 0207 928 3232 and www.bfi.org.uk/lff.
Sony Pictures Classics, renewing its longtime ties to Pedro Almodovar, has acquired North American rights to the writer-director’s latest film, Broken Embraces, starring Penelope Cruz.
Cruz, who received a best actress Oscar nomination for Almodovar’s previous film, Volver, will play a provincial actress in the movie, which has been shooting in Madrid and the Canary Islands. Working from his own screenplay, Almodovar has described the movie as an amour fou involving four characters (played by Cruz, Blanca Portillo, Lluis Homar and Jose Luis Gomez) in the style of a hard-boiled, ’50s American film noir. The cast also includes Rossy de Palma, Kiti Manver, Chus Lampreave, Lola Duenas and Angela Molina, who will play Cruz’s mother.
Produced by the director’s brother, Augustin Almodovar, Embraces is the 10th Almodovar film that SPC has handled. In addition to Volver, SPC was the domestic distributor for Almodovar’s foreign-language Oscar winner All About My Mother, his best original screenplay Oscar winner Talk to Her and foreign-language nominee Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
SPC brokered the deal with the Almodovars’ production company El Deseo. Universal International Studio, Uni’s foreign production arm, is co-financing the film with El Deseo. Uni’s Focus is handling worldwide sales outside of Spain, France, the U.K., Benelux and Switzerland.
Spanish-born star Penélope Cruz talks to John Hiscock about working with directors Woody Allen and Pedro Almodóvar – and her habit of becoming romantically involved with her leading men
Penélope Cruz doesn’t like talking about her personal life, and blames the internet. “I have a big reluctance to talk about anything that might later be misconstrued,” she says.
“I was not worried before, but since the internet, every time you do an interview, three hundred other people are going to take that story and turn it into something else. I wish I could be more relaxed and funnier in interviews but I can’t because I always regret it afterwards. I take my work very seriously and I don’t want it to be manipulated into something else.”
Another reason for her reluctance is probably her aversion to being asked about her becoming romantically involved with some of her leading men. To her irritation, reports of that aspect of her life have often taken prominence over discussions of her acting, and she has always denied suggestions that she has deliberately set her sights on her male co-stars.
“I wouldn’t describe myself as the most stable person,” says Penelope Cruz, who has played some of the movies’ more explosive, damaged and exciting women of the past decade. “I try. Who can say they’re stable? Maybe someone who’s enjoying a lot of mental peace, but I don’t know them.”
Calling from Madrid, where she is currently shooting director Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces, Cruz sounds somber. There is only a hint of the warm, passionate quality that she naturally exudes in face-to-face conversation, a quality that not surprisingly attracts her male co-stars and then, if a romance starts, the paparazzi.
The 34-year-old actress is tired of being more famous for her boyfriends – her exes include Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey – than her work. So she is in lockdown mode, poised to deflect questions about her current boyfriend, Spanish actor Javier Bardem, who earlier this year won an Oscar as best supporting actor for his work in No Country for Old Men (2007).
Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona will open the Zabaltegi Pearls section of September’s San Sebastián Film Festival in Spain with Allen, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Rebecca Hall in attendance. The event will take place September 19, 2008. Please refer to their official site for further information.
If you’re like us, you adore the Mango ad campaigns Miss Cruz models for. The shoots are also classy, elegant, sexy and very creative! Not surprising, the Fall 08/09 doesn’t disappoint! Check out some of the first shots from them, in the first two, Pe’s beautiful sister Monica Cruz was also photographed.
Credit: Mango Official Site
Right now Elegy is in many select theatres. Penélope Cruz plays Consuela Castillo and is also getting rave reviews for her performance. I thought I would make today’s update all about the film and post a big batch of pictures. I think Penélope looks ravishing in this film, it’s probably one of my top film ‘looks’ of hers ever! I hope you enjoy the gorgeous images!
From Roger Ebert
And then — the movie takes a dramatic turn, which I will not reveal, even though it contains all the deepest emotions and real feelings of the story. And in these scenes, Cruz is quietly powerful and very true. You understand why the Spanish director, Isabel Coixet, chose Cruz instead of, say, a 19-year-old. An actress needs depth and the experience of life to play these scenes, and Cruz has them.
Penelope Cruz is extremely busy. She’s in her hometown Madrid dashing to an evening shoot for Pedro Almodovar’s Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces), while talking to us on her cell as her driver zips in and out of traffic. She’s got two other films to plug: the mournful Elegy opposite Ben Kingsley, and Woody Allen’s decidedly more cheerful Vicky Cristina Barcelona, in which she locks lips with both Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson. (Not a big deal, she says, but “it was very crowded that day on the set”
Where are you based these days?
Madrid has always been my main home because my family is here and I have a house here. I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles, too, but I’ve always preferred New York.
Do you still take ballet classes?
Filming the musical Nine with Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Sophia Loren gave me a big reason to dance five-six hours a day. I’m really excited about the movie.
Penelope Cruz is looking for a temporary home in London. The Spanish actress, 34, who is coming to the capital next month to spend five months rehearsing and filming the musical Nine, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench and Nicole Kidman, is looking for a property to rent for £2,500 a week. “She wants a short-let, three-bedroom house in the Richmond area with a driveway and landscaped garden,” says my source.
Today ComingSoon.net has released a red band trailer for Elegy. The film looks absolutely wonderful, I really have high hopes for Pe in this one! But be warned the trailer features some mature content.
Timing of its release couldn’t be better for the Oscars prospects of Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which comes just months after its star Javier Bardem, sporting the creepiest hairdo this side of Donald Trump and Jacko, terrified Hollywood into handing over piles of academy gold to No Country for Old Men.
At the previous Oscars, Penelope Cruz (Volver) posed the most serious threat to usurp Helen Mirren (The Queen) in the best-actress race but, having failed, now seems due to reign too. At the derby before that, many Oscarwatchers thought Woody Allen would finally have his big comeback, but Match Point, despite nabbing a screenplay nomination, didn’t catch fire, so the three-time winner is now sparking new heat.
Pénelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Rebeccca Hall and More Gathered to talk about Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pénelope Cruz, Rebecca Hall, Chris Messina and Scarlett Johansson all had similar praise for their director and writer — even if they took different paths to get to the film. Cruz’s agent actually reached out to Allen when Vicky Cristina Barcelona was in development, on the off chance Allen might have a role for her: “My agent said … ‘We found out you’re doing a movie in Spain, do you want to meet Pénelope?’ We met in New York, a very short meeting, which took less than one minute, and he told me ‘I saw Volver, and I’m writing this story, it’s not finished yet, but if it keeps going in this direction, the script, I think you could be right for this part. …’ He didn’t tell me anything more about the story, or the characters, but I felt like we connected; we were laughing, and when I left, the people who work with him told me ‘You’ve been there for such a long time.’ …”
Even after being asked, though, Cruz found the prospect of working with one of film’s best-known directors daunting: “You can trust the director — you’re working with Woody Allen, you’re working with a genius — but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to be doubting yourself. …”
Congratulations to Miss Cruz for this wonderful and well deserved honor!
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will receive a Gotham Award Tribute at the nonprofit Independent Feature Project’s 18th annual Gotham Awards.
Cruz will appear December 2 at Manhattan’s Cipriani Wall Street to accept the career achievement honor. She currently stars in two English-language productions: Isabel Coixet’s Elegy and Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Additional honorees at the IFP event will be announced shortly, and a full list of Gotham Award nominees will be unveiled October 20.
Source: Reuters/Hollywood Reporter