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Posted on January 4th, 2012 - Filed in Other Works - 0 Comments / Leave one

It was divulged by Penelope Cruz that her mother, Encarna, has offered the best advice to her especially during the time when she was really  saddened after portraying the role that required her to do nude scenes in her first film ‘Jamon Jamon’.

It was the first and only moment in the life of the 37-year-old actress to do some bare scenes in the movie where Javier Bardem also starred in.

Cruz was not able to deal with the nude scenes of her first movie ‘Jamon Jamon’ well but stated that her mother understood her frustrations.   She cut her hair short and never did any love or kissing scenes at all for a long time.

Most of the people have told Cruz that she is putting her career at risk but she just ignored them and instead followed what her heart desired.

Her mother was at ease after Cruz came up with the decision and she even gave her inspiration to move forward and do some other things.

She had come to the realization now that the person who directed the movie ‘Jamon Jamon’, Bigas Luna, was just giving her the opportunity which she is now grateful of.  It was also the time when she first encountered Javier on that film whom she considered as one of the best actors in the world.

Cruz has also stated how much she is enjoying of being a wonderful woman who is appreciated by other people.


Posted on December 28th, 2011 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

The producers of the film “Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Stranger Tides” already had the idea that actress Penelope Cruz who was to cast to star as the Blackbeard’s daughter Angelica was pregnant with her husband Javier Bardem for their first-born child.

It was not really obvious at first until the baby bump on Cruz’s body began to show.  So as not to stop the shooting, they came up to the decision that Penelope will be taken close-up shots while the distance shots will be portrayed by her three-year younger sister Monica.

Monica Cruz, 34 years old, is an dancer and actress in Spain — and looks like 37-year-old Penelope — so it was a perfect match.

“I did a couple of months of training and did what I was able to do, but I couldn’t do everything, just what was safe. Monica came at the end to do some scenes. She’s a dancer and very good with a sword because she’s done a film herself,” said Cruz.

We already have the pictures of the Blackbeard’s daughter which is portrayed by both Penelope and Monica.


Posted on November 25th, 2011 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penelope Cruz is “the happiest she’s ever been” since becoming a mother.

Pedro – who has collaborated with the actress many times – said: “She’s the most happy. Better than always!

“She’s with a man who she loves. She’s a really avocational mother. In all my movies she plays a mother. She always said, ‘I want to be a mother.’ ”

The proud mother loves showing off Leo and although their busy schedules mean Penelope and Pedro don’t see each other as often as they would like, the 37-year-old actress sends Pedro, 62, pictures of her son every 15 days.

He added to “She wanted to really experience being a mother in a complete way. She sends me photos of the baby every 15 days. I see how he’s growing. He has an incredibly big smile, you cannot imagine. He’s beautiful, gorgeous and he’s big.”

Posted on November 21st, 2011 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

The filming of “Venuto al mondo” , an upcoming film starring Penelope Cruz, has finished filming in Bosnia and and Herzegovina and the cast & crew will now fly to Rome to shoot the last scenes, the Bosnian media reported Saturday.

The second stage of filming in Sarajevo, which began on November 7, ended without interruptions and on schedule, the media said.

Penelope was joined in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital by her husband, acclaimed Spanish actor Javier Bardem, and their young son, Leo, just as she was in September during the first leg of filming in Bosnia

Although their presence aroused a great deal of interest from the media and the general public, the film stars managed to avoid the cameras during their stay.

In Italian director Sergio Castellitto’s “Venuto al mondo,” scheduled for release in Italy and Spain next year, Cruz plays a single mother who accompanies her teenage son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict.

Filming began in September in Sarajevo and scenes also have been shot in Rome and the Croatian island of Korcula.

The film is based on the like-named novel by Margaret Mazzantini, the director’s wife and a bestselling Italian author.

Posted on November 2nd, 2011 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

By Dana Macario

Do you remember the long, leisurely brunches that comprised a weekend morning back in your pre-child days? Neither do we. Once the wee ones arrive, meals out often become a rushed and hurried affair, quickly cramming in your meal before a meltdown ensues.

This week’s CMC, Penelope Cruz, was  spotted eating out, holding her baby Leo with one hand, while eating  with the other, as only a mommy can do. For mere mortals, negotiating the fork, knife, spoon and coffee cup requires two hands. Mothers of babies however, seem to have finely-tuned hand-eye coordination, allowing them to deftly maneuver the various utensils, feeding themselves and keeping the ever-enticing knife out of baby’s reach, all at the same time.

Whether it’s eating with one hand, having an app-laden smartphone, or special “restaurant-only toys” on hand, moms have devised some pretty ingenious ways for keeping babies and kids happy while dining out. What’s your best tip for keeping little ones content at a restaurant?


Posted on October 31st, 2011 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one


How much fun did you have on the set of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides?

Every day on the set of Pirates was hilarious because Johnny Depp is one of the funniest people I know. He makes me laugh non-stop and he always plays crazy tricks on me. He’s a complete jokester and you never know what he’s going to do next. He even has a machine to give people a little electric shock!

Does that make working with Johnny Depp quite challenging?

Oh, yes! Johnny is like a box of surprises and you’re never bored around him. However, he’s ‘s also very kind and gentle. Johnny and [Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director] Rob Marshall were so protective, kind and caring at every single moment of the film shoot. I will never forget that for the rest of my life.

What was your biggest challenge on the set?

The biggest challenge was trying not to laugh because Johnny is really funny. He was always trying to make me laugh.

Did you two get the giggles?

Sure, we’d often get the giggles together. When the two of us started to laugh, sometimes we couldn’t stop for a long time – but we had to keep shooting and that was really hard. I’m not exaggerating, sometimes we were laughing for two hours solid. It was hilarious!

You play a rebellious character called Angelica in the movie. Are you a rebel at heart?

I’ve been told that I was rebellious when I was a little girl, but I’m not so rebellious now. It’s funny because Angelica is a great liar, but that’s something I’m terrible at in real life. It was definitely a lot of fun to play in the movie, but I can’t lie at all!

How would you describe Angelica?

Angelica is very calculated. Everything she does is a game; a mental game, a strategy – and it’s a lot of fun to get to understand that mentality. She must be exhausted at the end of the day because nothing is relaxing in her life. Everything is so tricky.

What scary stunts did you have to tackle for Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides?

The same stunt team worked on this film that worked on the first and third Pirates movies, and they are really impressive. They can do anything! They jump from cliffs 100 meters high, and the fights they get into are incredible.

What stunts did you have to do?

Well, I was pretty lucky because I didn’t do too many of the stunts. However, the stunt team taught me how to sword fight a couple of months before the movie started. That was very cool!

Would you say you’re a good swashbuckler now?

I know how to work with a sword, which is really interesting – but I don’t know if I’m a swashbuckler. You know what? I love the peculiar things we get to learn in this industry. I learned how to gallop a camel once! The next time I go to the desert, I’m really going to impress my friends with that skill. Camels really gallop fast!

Angelica wears fantastic costumes in the movie. Did you have much input into the wardrobe?

The costumes were amazing for every character in the movie, especially Angelica. When I wore her costume and her boots it really helped me get into character.

Who was responsible for the wardrobe on the movie?

A woman called Penny Rose designed all of the outfits in the movie and she did an amazing job.


At one point in the movie, Angelica pretends to be Captain Jack Sparrow. Were those scenes fun to film?

It was definitely a lot of fun to wear the mustache for those scenes! After a while, I kept forgetting I was wearing it and I would talk to people with a straight face, but they would start laughing. Sometimes it bugged me because I would think, ‘Why does everyone keep laughing at me today?’

What did Johnny Depp think of your Captain Jack impersonation?

Johnny thought it was fantastic, especially the mustache. Those scenes took about a week to shoot and it was one of the most fun times during the making of the movie. We were constantly laughing away!

Another fun scene in the movie sees Angelica stranded on a desert island. Where was that scene filmed?

That little island was in Puerto Rico. It’s called Palominito Islet and I’m not sure if it is private, but it is very, very small and beautiful.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which three things would you take with you?

I would only need my family and friends with me. That would be fine. Oh, and some water and food, and maybe some music too. I know that’s more than three, but that’s what I’d need!

Which set impressed you the most while making this film?

When they told me they were building a beach in Los Angeles, I thought I hadn’t understood them properly. But then I got to the set and there was a complete beach built at Universal Studios! That was very, very impressive. I’m amazed at the things they can do.

Would you sign up for another Pirates Of The Caribbean film if they ask you?

I would love to work with everyone again, especially Johnny and Rob. When I said yes to this film, I hadn’t even read the script; that’s how much I trusted them and that’s how much I wanted to work with them. I’d love to do it all again, but who knows what the future holds…

Posted on October 28th, 2011 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

We have seen her getting feisty fighting with her co-star Emile Hirsch but today it appears that Penelope Cruz was showing off her cute side.

The actress, 37, who is currently shooting her latest film Venuto al Mondo in Rome, was seen pulling a number of adorable, as well as silly, poses.

The stunning brunette was clearly feeling playful acting out her character Gemma and Penelope was seen pulling her cardigan up over her head for a childish, but super sweet look.

was seen in a floral dress, bare feet and the cardigan as she moved and danced around.

Clothing props: It seemed the Spanish actress used her clothing as a prop for the sequence where she appeared to dance around the deck of the houseboat
Clothing props: It seemed the Spanish actress used her clothing as a prop for the sequence where she appeared to dance around the deck of the houseboat

Clothing props: It seemed the Spanish actress used her clothing as a prop for the sequence where she appeared to dance around the deck of the houseboat
Despite the unusual moves the Spanish star still managed to look sexy albeit in a rather cute, and strange way.

Throughout the shoot, Penelope was seen being attended to be crew members including to help her put on some hard-wearing boots, a change from her bare feet.

They pair an argument that culminated in the brunette beauty throwing Hirsch’s character’s cigarette into the water.

Penelope had been dressed in a drab ensemble consisting of a green dress, long-sleeved mint top and crocheted shawl.

Man (almost) overboard! Feisty Penelope was seen filming a fight with Emile Hirsch yesterdayMan (almost) overboard! Feisty Penelope was seen filming a fight with Emile Hirsch yesterday




Slap! The Oscar winner gets ready to give the actor a good thunk

Slap! The Oscar winner gets ready to give the actor a good thunk

Cruz plays the part of Gemma, a single mother who accompanies her teenage son to present-day Sarajevo, the hometown of his father, who died in 1992-1995 Bosnian war.


She recently filmed in Serbia where she displayed a shorter, straight bobbed style, before moving on to the Italian capital.


Her husband, Javier Bardem, had accomapnied her to the city of amore, along with their 10-month-old son, Leo Encinas.


Involved: Emile takes control and moves in for Penelope's neck as he sits on a chair

Involved: Emile takes control and moves in for Penelope’s neck as he sits on a chair


Playing nice: Onscreen mother and son take a break from sparring

Playing nice: Onscreen mother and son take a break from sparring


The gorgeous family enjoyed the best of Italy on Saturday, when they indulged in a traditional Italian pasta lunch during Penelope’s break from shooting.


Unfortunately, the 42-year-old had to leave his wife because of his own commitments.


He is now in New York, where he addressed the United Nations about ending the human

by Sarah Fitzmaurice,

Posted on September 19th, 2011 - Filed in News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

An announcement from the Sarajevo city government says Cruz arrived Wednesday and will film at various locations in town.

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, her husband, Javier Bardem, and their son, Leo, are in Sarajevo, where she will begin filming `Venuto al Mondo`, Bosnian media reported.

The movie is about a single mother, Gemma, who brings her 16-year-old son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the 1990s Bosnian conflict. It is based on a best-seller by Margaret Mazzantini. The filming will start Sept. 12 and last for 11 days.

Cruz and Bardem are occupying the hotel`s presidential suite, while the staffers who care for their son are living in two other rooms, media reports said.

The movie star asked hotel management for stepped up security to protect the family`s privacy from paparazzi.

Cruz had a final production meeting Sunday with director Sergio Castellito to iron out some details of the filming, which will last nine days.

The stars and crew will continue filming in Rome, but plans call for a return to Sarajevo in late October or early November.

Cruz plays Gemma, a single mother who accompanies her teenage son to Sarajevo, the birthplace of his father, who died in the war in Bosnia.

The filming in Sarajevo is expected to end on Sept. 21 and will continue on the Croatian island of Korcula and in Rome.

Posted on June 11th, 2011 - Filed in Movies & Projects, News & Gossip - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penelope Cruz has declared that she is honored to be working with Woody Allen once again on his upcoming Rome-set film Bop Decameron.

The Spanish star won a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Oscar for her performance as a crazed painter opposite future husband Javier Bardem in Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Being able to work with the acclaimed filmmaker still stands one of Cruz’s crowning achievements, The Vancouver Sun quotes the star as saying.

“It gave me a great experience making it, along with the privilege of working with Woody Allen, whom I first admired as a little girl. I’ve seen all his movies, so just to be around him, to spend time with him, to work with him,” she explained. “It also gave me an Oscar, so it’s a very special movie for me.”

Cruz will begin filming on Allen’s 42nd feature film in Italy this summer, but refused to provide any details about her character out of “respect” to the director’s wishes.

“We’re going to shoot in Rome in July,” the star added. “I can’t wait to be around him again, because he makes me laugh so much.”

Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Maricel Álvarez and Judy Davis have also signed to appear in Bop Decameron, which is expected to premiere next year.

Source: Digital Spy

Posted on May 24th, 2011 - Filed in "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2011) - 2 Comments / Leave one

Geoffrey Rush has praised his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides co-star Penelope Cruz, describing her as an “amazing actress”.

In an interview with Parade, the actor – who plays Hector Barbossa in the film franchise – credited Cruz’s varied career with helping to “raise the bar” on the project and to provide conflict for hero Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).

“She is such an amazing actress. You look at Vicky Cristina Barcelona and that’s one of the high comedy acts onscreen. It certainly deserves an Academy Award,” he explained. “And you see her in a Pedro Almodovar film as a great dramatic actress. So to have that come in and raise the bar as a principal character, and with Ian McShane, it kept us on our toes.

Watch our recent interview with Geoffrey Rush below:

Posted on May 22nd, 2011 - Filed in "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2011) - 0 Comments / Leave one

The reengineered Pirates of the Caribbean sequel On Stranger Tides found its smoothest sailing overseas, where it took in a record $256.3 million at the international box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That surpasses the previous record foreign opening of the sixth Harry Potter film, 2009′s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which earned $236 million internationally.

Walt Disney co. said On Stranger Tides, the fourth Pirates installment, earned $90.1 million domestically. Its combined worldwide total is $346.4 million, the fourth largest global opening ever.

The new 3-D film jettisons co-stars Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, but brings back Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. Chicago director Rob Marshall took the helm from Gore Verbinski, who directed the trilogy. Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane introduce new characters.

The gallery has been updated with over 200 new high quality images of Penélope Cruz at the premiere and photocall of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Madrid, Spain. Enjoy!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is now out world wide (for the most part) today! For other release dates visit IMDb. Get showtimes and find a cinema near you!

Here are some reviews on the film and Penélope’s performance. Reviews are mixed, although not surprisingly pretty negative. I have also added production stills to the gallery.

From: The Hollywood Reporter

Angelica is Jack’s match for swordplay and sexy banter, and while the tone of the film, which deals with a search for the fountain of youth, is darker than the three directed by Gore Verbinski, its action, adventure and comedy will see it find a similar pot of theatrical gold.

… Cruz makes a splendid entrance in disguise but once revealed she brings her Oscar-winning vivacity to an irrepressible woman who claims to be Blackbeard’s daughter. McShane, too, grabs his first appearance on the bridge of a pirate ship with great panache.

… At 136 minutes, the film is marginally the shortest in the series and it profits from that. Cruz is a wonderful addition and a teaser following the credits augers well for more so long as Depp continues to get as much enjoyment from playing the role as he gives to his audience.