A Penelope Cruz Birthday Celebration in 5 Beautiful Photos

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

No one is as gorgeous as Penelope Cruz, especially in the passionate moments we see her on screen, whether going ballistic as Maria Elena in Woody Allen‘s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, going a little bit, erm, overboard as Johnny Depp’s onscreen wife in Blow, (or even directing and appearing in an advertisement for Agent Provacateur). Regardless of role, Cruz’s stunning beauty always shines through. In real life, she’s equally incredible — whether at the Academy Awards, or fashion’s biggest affair, the Met Ball (on the arm of the late designer Oscar de la Renta). So on this, her 41st, we’re going on a Penelope Cruz birthday celebration in five stunning photos.


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Watch the First Full Trailer for Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘I’m So Excited!’

At this point, it’s pretty much guaranteed that anything director Pedro Almodóvar does is going to totally bizarre, totally him, and I will love it. And after skinning us—psychologically—with The Skin I Live In, I’m pleased that he’s went on to make something a bit lighter, albeit about a plane crash.

With his new vibrant comedy I’m So Excited! we’ve already seen a Spanish trailer, a huge batch of stills from the film, and heard a taste of the score and now TotalFilm has released the full trailer and of course, this looks fantastic. In this preview we learn a little more about the plot and get a look at some of the other characters but still with plenty of lip-syncing, dancing, theatrics, drinking, and hip shaking. Also, Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas even pop up at the very end. Take a look.

See a Huge New Batch of Stills from Pedro Almodóvar ‘I’m So Excited’ & Get a Taste of the Score

Well, if we were to look at this handsome batch of new photos in rapid succession whilst listening to Alberto Iglesias’ freshly unveiled songs for the film, then we basically have Pedro Almodóvars vibrant new plane crash comedy I’m So Excited right at our fingertips.

Set to be released in Spain next month and in the States later this year from Sony Pictures Classics, the follow-up to last year’s The Skin I Live In looks to be a colorful and bizarre romp through the air with everyone from Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas to Hugo Silva and Paz Vega. The official website for the film has launched and with it comes a series of bright new images to excite you for the film. Check out the trailer and peruse the stills while listening to music from the film HERE. Also, check out that sweet shirt Almodóvar is wearing.
























Get Excited for Pedro Almodovar’s ‘I’m So Excited!’ With a New Trailer and Stills

After veering off into some pretty deep psychologically disturbing territory with The Skin I Live In, it’s a welcome change to see iconic Spanish director Pedro Almodovar tackling some lighter material with his latest film, I’m So Excited. Still featuring his signature vibrant use of color and large personalities, the high-flying chamber comedy looks as meticulously crafted as his previous films but this time with laughs and a lightness we’re always pleased to see from the director who can take on any genre and still keep his style. 

With an ensemble cast of Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Paz Vega, and Javier Cámara (to name a few), the latest Spanish language trailer transports us into what looks like the most colorful plane ride we’ve ever been on. Although the IMDB synopsis reads: plot unknown, the comedy takes place during a plane accident with the passengers and crew fearing for their own lives, confessing their inner secrets—which sounds like the perfect premise for a comedy, right?! 

The film opens Mach 8th in Spain and you can catch it in US cinemas later in the year from Sony Pictures Classics. Check out the trailer and new stills from the film below.




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‘I’m So Excited’ For The New Almodóvar Movie!

Somehow, in all the hustle and bustle of early reviews of Les Misérables and the new Gatsby trailer and the first widespread look at James Franco’s ambitious meta-documentary Interior. Leather Bar. and also that end of the world thing that everyone was getting hyped about happening today, we totally missed the release of the first trailer for I’m So Excited, the latest from decorated Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, which will hit theatres in March of 2013. And we are very, very sorry. 

The film, which appears to be a goofy comedy in the style of his earliest movies, stars many of Almodóvar’s regulars, including Javier Cámara (Talk To Her, Bad Education), Cecilia Roth (Talk To Her) and Lola Dueñas (Talk To Her, Volver, Broken Embraces). Antonio Banderas, Paz Vega and Penélope Cruz all make cameo appearances. Most of the action takes place on an airplane, and the trailer features three very animated flight attendants singing and dancing to the titular Pointer Sisters song. If nothing else, it’ll put a smile on your face. 

The Movies We Hated In 2012

My colleague Hillary Weston and I see a lot of movies. Sure, we both loved a bunch of movies this year, such as the delightful Moonrise Kingdom, the biting Bachelorette, the lovely Beasts of the Southern Wild. But there were a few that we downright hated. While we don’t always agree on which movies were, in fact, the worst, here’s a brief list of the films from this year that drove us into fits of fury.


Ridley Scott’s sort-of-prequel to Alien left me with more questions than answers. For example, why did they hire Guy Pearce to play an old man instead of, I dunno, an actual old person? Would that automated surgery machine take my health insurance? What’s Michael Fassbender’s daily caloric intake? (It must not be too high.) What I did take away was this: there is no way that this has anything to do with Scott’s original masterpiece other than casually tossing around “Alien prequel” will gain a lot of buzz. I couldn’t have explained the plot of this movie five minutes after leaving the theater, and I had thankfully forgotten Prometheus until I decided to come up with the worst movies I’d seen this year. So there you have it, folks: Prometheus is completely forgettable until you try your best to think of things that are horrifically bad.—TC

To Rome With Love

Oh Woody, how I love thee. But just because you have spent your entire career putting out film after film—back to back every year for what seems like an entire century now—doesn’t mean you should allow yourself to be so sloppy. Honestly, I doubt he even liked it, as even Allen’s character felt like someone doing a bad impression of himself. (Larry David, Owen Wilson, and Will Ferrell have all played better Woody Allens.) And don’t even both trying to find anything intelligent or redeeming about the women that populate the picture. Ellen Page’s boyish waif seductress was, to borrow a term in just about every one of his movies, "a pseudo intellectual" who was both manipulative and hollow; Greta Gerwig was an oblivious and passive goof who was supposed to be an intellectual but looked like an witless idiot; Alison Pill’s character was about as bland and lifeless as the canvas pants they wrongly put her in; and even the brilliant and beautiful Judy Davis had absolutely nothing to work with. The whole Penelope Cruz hooker storyline was absurd and a narrative bore, the Roberto Benigni "comedic" meditation on celebrity and the ego was unbearable to watch, and the father-turned-opera-singer sideline was no better than this Flintstones episode. By far the best part of the film was when I left to get a jumbo box of M&Ms and had to spend five minutes searching for the candy attendant. —HW

Silver Linings Playbook

There’s at least one movie released every Oscar season that everyone but me seems to like. This year, David O. Russell’s choppy mess of a movie fills the Little Miss Sunshine slot. Furthermore, this is the first movie that has ever forced me to leave the theater early. What did I hate most? The over-the-top quirkiness of the script? The propensity for each character to explain his or her madness rather than convey them with their actions? The fact the last thirty minutes are better than the first hour-and-a-half, at least according to every person I know who claims I cannot judge it solely on the first two-thirds of the film? (Go watch The Godfather and try to tell me the same thing, folks.) I’ve never been so grateful for Jessica Chastain, who will surely quash Jennifer Lawrence’s shot at an Oscar next spring. —TC

Lola Versus

After seeing Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones’s sophomore effort, I recall writing down a few initial thoughts: "This movie has little to no genuine feeling. The dialogue was trite. The characters were like posed mannequins in an Anthropologie window attempting to tell a joke." And the worst part: even the wonderful and talented Greta Gerwig as Lola and a score by Fall On Your Sword could not save this shallow attempt at an anti-typical romantic comedy. The filmmakers are both young, intelligent people who have lived in New York for years, but I have to wonder: have they ever spoken to other humans? Every moment was contrived and two-dimensional, and it was filled with pathetic portrayals of wallowing that weren’t even accurate save for the lovelorn title character’s affinity for binge drinking and sleeping with people she would later regret. Lola chastises herself, saying "I know I’m slutty, but I’m a good person," even though it’s made clear that her ex was the only person she had slept with until they broke up, and then she sleeps with two other guys. Even the sparse scenes with her ex have absolutely no chemistry, and neither character exhibit qualities that would make you root for them not to wind up alone. All in all, it’s a film that apparently takes place in New York, but not a New York you’ve ever seen. —HW

The Dark Knight Rises

Here’s the thing: I knew I would hate this. But I had to see it, because to completely avoid the movie blockbuster of the summer would prove my own ineptitude at being a blogger. (And, as a blogger, it is my duty to share my opinions.) Christopher Nolan finally wrapped up his dour Batman trilogy with an overwrought political epic complete with as many of The Christopher Nolan Players as possible. Christian Bale brooding? Check. Tom Hardy being gay-question-mark? Yup. Marion Cotilliard for no particular reason? Uh huh. And leave it to Nolan to even strip away all the fun from Catwoman, who, as played by Anne Hathaway, is more like an old, unenthused tabby who only occasionally gets to ride some stupidly overdesigned motorcycle. Don’t get me started on the fact that it took a good forty-five minutes for Batman to actually show up; it was less of a superhero movie and more of a chance for Christopher Nolan and co-writer/brother Jonathan to an Oscar-clip monologue to every single character. —TC

The Paperboy

I don’t know why I expected more from the guy who interpolated shots of incestuous rape with images of bacon sizzling on a griddle in Precious, but I can say without wavering that The Paperboy was not just my least favorite film of the year—it’s also the worst movie I’ve ever seen. I’m all for a piece of well-made trash, but no amount of scrubbing would reveal a diamond under those layers and layers of shit. It’s misogynistic, homophobic, exploitative all around, and relies on the popular opinion that the South is a cesspool of murder, rape, racism, alligators—things that can only take place down there. And something must be said when Macy Gray delivers the best performance in a cast made up of Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, and Scott Glenn. —TC

Penelope Cruz & Sister Monica Designing Lower Priced Agent Provocateur Lingerie Line

Penelope Cruz and her sister, dancer Monice Cruz, are (sexily) teaming up with spendy lingerie experts Agent Provocateur to design a lower-priced line called L’Agent. This is (sexy) music to the ears of anyone who has ever forked over $210 on one of their bras.

L’Agent won’t be available in L’Agent Provocateur boutiques, but instead will be sold in department stores, including Bloomingdales and Barney’s New York in August 2013. Bras, panties and corsets will be priced around $65 each and there will be seven or eight pieces for the 15 different styles in the diffusion line, Women’s Wear Daily reports

Monica Cruz is the face of L’Agent Provocateur’s current campaign. The sisters have also designed for the clothing lines Mango and Samantha Thavasa. But anyone who has seen the short film below from Monica’s campaign or watched Vicky Cristina Barcelona can agree these sisters have "lingerie model" written all over them. You’re a lucky man, Javier Bardem.



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‘To Rome With Love’: Explore Italy With Woody Allen & the Beautiful People

After scoring a surprise summer hit with last year’s Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen is hoping to repeat the seasonal success with To Rome With Love, his newest romantic comedy. Described as "a story about a number of people in Italy" — plots are for dorks! — it stars actors and actresses like Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Greta Gerwig, Roberto Benigni, Allen himself and more, ambling their way through a series of vignettes set in the Eternal City. There’s a trailer courtesy of Yahoo, showcasing the snappy characterization that’s practically perfunctory at this point in Allen’s writing and directing career.

Allen’s movies are just fantasy camp for the aspiring bourgeois, aren’t they? Regardless, we’ll all be first in line. To Rome With Love is out on June 22.

Links: Jennifer Lopez Rides Green Wave to ‘Idol,’ Spencer & Heidi (Maybe) Back Together (Again)

● Jennifer Lopez and American Idol have agreed on a contract worth $12 million for the entertainer to host an upcoming season. Lopez is looking forward to playing Paula Adbul. [People] ● Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are expecting a baby that may as well come out sexually active and with stubble. [Just Jared] ● Snooki lip-syncing Britney Spears into a webcam is almost Warholian. [Vulture]

● Let this sink in: “Spencer Pratt says his 12-hour detainment at a Costa Rica airport for arms possession has given him a chance at reconciliation with wife Heidi Montag.” Now go about your business. [HuffPo] ● Chris Brown, seemingly bummed about the VMAs, did not tip on two free bottles of vodka. In his defense, 20% of $0.00 is $0.00. [Page Six] ● Don’t you want to hear David Schwimmer talk about his rape movie? [AP]