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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

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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.




Penélope Cruz and her castmates attended the premiere of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Madrid, Spain yesterday. She opted to wear yet another Armani Privé gown. The black elegant gown with a black floral lace sleeves with the same detail embroidered onto the bodice showcases her stunning figure. A black satin Swarovski clutch and silver jewels completed her look.

Pictures have been added to the gallery! New visitors, don’t miss all our recent premiere photos, as Pe has been globe trotting almost daily lately. Also remember you can follow us on Twitter, @penelopecruzorg for the instance updates to your twitter feed!




Posted on May 18th, 2011 - Filed in "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2011), Press - 0 Comments / Leave one

An Oscar, a marriage, a baby and a starring role in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Our reporter discovers life is sweet for Penelope Cruz

When Penelope Cruz revealed that she was pregnant halfway through filming her latest picture, there was no question of being made to walk the plank from Pirates of the Caribbean. “I just had a new costume fitting every three weeks,” recalls Cruz. “They were very good about it.” In fact, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall were so keen to keep Cruz aboard that they navigated their blockbuster movie around her condition. Besides swapping her corsets for stretchier fabrics, Cruz’s sister, Monica, a dancer and actress, was brought in to body double for the 37-year-old actress on the swashbuckling stunts and swordfights.




Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, who is in Madrid promoting the fourth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, told Efe on Wednesday that she would like to work once again with husband Javier Bardem, her co-star in the Bigas Luna film Jamon, Jamon.

“Why not, if we find the right project? But that remains to be seen. Who I’d like to work with again is Pedro (Almodovar), (Alejandro) Amenabar, with Bigas and … with others with whom I haven’t worked in my country, like Julio Medem: I have a lot left to do and a lot to learn,” she said in an interview with Efe.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is an “adventure (film) and is filmed in 3D, a perfect marriage,” said director and choreographer Rob Marshall, who – among his other projects – directed the 2009 musical Nine, where he met Cruz.




Penélope Cruz was back home in Madrid earlier today for the photocall of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The 4th film in the franchise is out this Friday.




Posted on May 18th, 2011 - Filed in "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2011), Press - 0 Comments / Leave one

Popular money-maker franchise Pirates of the Caribbean just keeps going and going with its fourth installment, On Stranger Tides. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, with a new female love interest in Penelope Cruz. His continuing nemesis, Geoffrey Rush, joined them in a sit-down interview with Buzzine, and they told us about the difficult stunts they had to learn, and how the saga will continue on into the future…

Izumi Hasegawa: Johnny, this movie is based on a ride at Disneyland. Have you ever been there and seen your likeness on the ride, and if so, what was your reaction?

Johnny Depp: It’s pretty psychedelic, actually. Yeah. I suppose you could make it more psychedelic, but we probably shouldn’t go into that now. The idea of wandering through this ride and suddenly there you are three times on the thing – I mean, Geoffrey [Rush] has a similar experience there. He has to go in and see his head in there as well. It’s quite an honor, in a weird way. It’s a great honor. Some sort of thing that you took part in creating becomes this forever object.





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