Mason and Voight responded to an open letter co-signed by Bardem and Cruz criticising Israeli tactics
Hollywood celebrities have never been ones to shy away from getting involved with foreign policy and world affairs, and the current bloodshed in Gaza is stirring similar bouts of activism from the great and good in the movie industry.
Following Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s signatures to an open letter published in El Diario last week condemning Israel’s military actions, comedian Jackie Mason has criticised those celebrities who are blaming Israel for the crisis.
The former Bond actor opens up on his 007 regrets
Pierce Brosnan’s time as Bond is considered by many to be among the worst portrayals of 007. Sounds harsh, but following icons like Roger Moore and Sean Connery was never going to be easy. Now, Brosnan has admitted that he regrets his performances as the British super spy.
Brosnan doesn't look back on his Bond days fondly
"I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery]," explained Brosnan in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. "It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn't have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well."
Continue reading: Pierce Brosnan On Playing James Bond: "I Wasn’t Good Enough"
We defy anyone that tells us there isn't a top secret celebrity forging factory somewhere out there. We present Exhibit A (B, C, D, etc.)...
We’re starting to suspect that there’s only a handful of famous people, but that they each just have a few different aliases. We’ve never been able to put our finger on it until recently, but some of these celebs look far too similar to be different people. We’re considering a theory that there is a celebrity factory and they only have a few different molds to work with.
Take Penelope Cruz and Paz Vega for example. It’s hard to believe that these two aren’t at least a little bit related. We only realised recently that it’s Paz starring alongside Adam Sandler in Spanglish and not Penelope.
Continue reading: These Celebrity Doppelgängers Prove The Existence Of A Celebrity Factory
When Gemma was a young student from Italy, all she wanted was excitement and adventure in her life. She travels to the Bosnian city of Sarajevo where she meets a handsome American stranger called Diego with whom she begins a wildly passionate love affair. Diego is desperate to have children, while Gemma finds herself wishing for a child just like him, but their relationship is tested by a prolonged fertility struggle. When she finally manages to conceive, they face mortal danger when the Balkan war arrives in the city. Gemma and her newly born son Pietro are forced to retreat back to Italy, while Diego remains in Bosnia and subsequently loses his life. Now a teenager, Pietro must learn about what happened with his father as the mother and son return to that fateful city. However, they soon find themselves uncovering some disturbing secrets.
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Oh no the Academy makes a blunder, mistaking Penelope Cruz for Salma Hayek.
Get your caption right: Penelope Cruz at the Oscars
A picture of Penelope backstage with Robert De Niro, whom she was presenting an award with, was erroneously captioned, ‘Hayek and De Niro prepping backstage #Oscars.’ The photo has since been removed from The Academy’s Instagram page, leaving them more than a little red faced about the embarrassing gaffe.
Continue reading: Penelope Cruz Is Mistaken For Salma Hayek At The Oscars 2014
After Leighton and Adam heres 10 other couple's who's weddings have taken us by surprise.
We were all a bit surprised with the news that Leighton Meester and Adam Brody had tied the knot in a secret wedding ceremony over the weekend, but this isn't the first time a celebrity couple have pulled a fast one on us. Here's 10 other celebrity weddings that we didn't see coming.
This film proves that all the right ingredients don't necessarily make a movie work. Even with top-drawer filmmakers and actors, this dramatic thriller simply never grabs our interest. It looks great, and everyone is giving it their all, but the story and characters remain so badly undefined that we can't identify with either.
The story's set on the US-Mexico border, where a slick lawyer (Fassbender) known as "the Counsellor" has slightly too much going on in his life. He has just proposed to his dream woman Laura (Cruz), while he's planning to open a nightclub with Reiner (Bardem). For extra cash, he's organising a massive cocaine shipment with Westray (Pitt). And it's this drug deal that goes wrong, creating a mess that engulfs Reiner and Laura, as well as Reiner's shrewd girlfriend Malkina (Diaz). As his life collapses around him, the Counsellor scrambles to salvage what he can, even as he realises that it'll be a miracle if anyone survives.
There are problems at every level of this production. McCarthy's first original script is simply too literary, putting verbose dialog into the actors mouths that never sounds like people talking to each other. Fassbender and Bardem are good enough to get away with this, but Pitt and Diaz struggle. Both Fassbender and Cruz bring out some wrenching emotions in their scenes, but their characters are never much more than cardboard cutouts. In fact, no one in this story feels like a fully fleshed-out person. And the little we know about each character makes most of them fairly unlikeable.
Continue reading: The Counselor Review
Was it an editorial choice or one made by the actress herself?
Melissa McCarthy is covering this month’s issue of Elle magazine, following a year of career successes. The other five women included in the annual Women in Hollywood issue are Penelope Cruz, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Harris, Shailene Woodley and Marion Cotillard. The problem with this lineup is that, while all of the other women were photographed in form-fitting, rather revealing dresses, crop tops, bodysuits and the like, McCarthy’s cover shows her wearing a bulky trench coat in what is a very “editorial” look, but at the same time, makes it seem like the comedienne is getting a different treatment to her peers because of her size. There are, of course, other problems with the issue as well, such as the fact that only one actress out of the lineup is a woman of colour.
The trenchcoat does seem to fit in with McCarthy's usual style.
Despite some commenters interpreting it this way, according to McCarthy’s reps, the actress picked out the outfit herself – surely there could be no objection to that. For her part, the actress isn’t offended by the stylistic choice and, in fact, feels delighted to have taken part in the shoot."
London saw Hollywood at its doorstep last night, Thursday October 3rd
Few films have generated as much buzz as Ridley Scott’s The Counselor. Despite having a few ‘off’ films, shall we say, the impressive cast and Cormac McCarthy’s name on the writing credit mean this taut looking thriller has been turning heads everywhere it goes.
Fassbender and Bardem enjoy each other's company at the special screening
And that’s what last night was all about: turning heads. At a special screening of the movie, held in the London’s West End, at the Odeon. The stars of the film – and it’s a veritable galaxy of names – were dressed up and ready to mingle as the U.K press pack got their chance to mull over Scott’s follow up to Prometheus.
We take a look at the front-runners and underdogs for next year's Oscars ceremony.
Six months of anticipation for four hours of award giving: that’s what you signed up for. The Oscars 2014 has its host, and now it has its favorites. Which director will be hurtling through an acceptance speech at breakneck speed, and which actor will be practising their sad-yet-humble loser face?
It’s Oscars season.
We can't think of a more pleasing concoction.
In what can only be described as a monolithic prospect, screen stars Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender will unite to portray Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The French actress will play Lady Macbeth, while Fassbender fulfils the titular role.
Cotillard stars in David Bowie's video for The Next Day alongside Gary Oldman
Natalie Portman was set to play the powerful character in See-Saw Film’s cinematic adaptation of the classic, but given that she’s all set to helm her directorial debut - A Tale Of Love And Darkness – Cotillard has stepped in.
Continue reading: Marion Cotillard And Michael Fassbender To Share The Screen In Macbeth
Check out the sleek new trailer below.
It’s all very sleek; shiny cars, handsome people, phone conversations that don’t end with a goodbye. That’s the world Michael Fassbender lives in, probably in real life, but most prominently, in The Counselor, Ridley Scott’s taut looking new thriller, which has a sexy new trailer.
Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt in The Counselor
This is Cormac McCarthy’s screenwriting debut, and it’s a highly anticipated debut considering the success of his novels, and the subsequent translation of The Road from page to screen. Scott provides the visual pedigree, having helmed such cinematic behemoths as Gladiator and Prometheus.
Continue reading: Michael Fassbender In Too Deep In 'The Counselor' [Trailer + Pictures]
'The Counsellor' tells the story of a naive lawyer who holds the belief that dabbling in drug-trafficking is the best way to earn a little extra cash. However, that dabbling evolves into full-blown dealing which consumes his life and infects with all the corruption, betrayal and pain he thought he could avoid. Now with some seriously ruthless criminals on his tail, he begins to realise that there is nothing that these people will not do to get what they want and the odds on his life begin to get higher and higher. Unless he can work out who his friends are, he has no hope of returning to his normal life, but in a world where disloyalty affects everyone's relationships, he begins to wonder if he really has anyone there for him at all.
Directed by the triple Oscar nominated Sir Ridley Scott ('Prometheus', 'Gladiator', 'Alien'), this high-energy, gritty thriller is all about corruption and how smalls mistakes can lead to major consequences. The screenplay has been written by novellist Cormac McCarthy ('No Country for Old Men', 'All the Pretty Horses') and it features an exciting, star-studded cast ensemble. It is set to reach UK cinemas everywhere on November 15th 2013.
Penelope Cruz will follow her husband's lead and star in a new Bond movie.
Penelope Cruz has been cast as the next Bond girl and is set to appear in the next installment, which will most likely be directed again by Sam Mendes, after 2012's Skyfall success.
With planned filming next summer (2014), Cruz will become the oldest ever Bond girl at 40, a year older than Goldfinger's Honor Blackman who was 39 when she played Pussy Galore in one of the most memorable Bond girl performances alongside Sean Connery
Continue reading: Penelope Cruz Cast As Oldest Bond Girl At 40?
Bigas Luna, the acclaimed Spanish film maker, has died at his home in Spain, aged 67.
Acclaimed Spanish film maker Bigas Luna passed away at his home in Tarragona, in North East Spain, this Saturday (April 6) and has since been remembered by two of Spain's biggest exports in Javier Bardem and his wife Penelope Cruz, two stars that Luna can claim to have discovered. The filmaker's passing came after his long battle with cancer ended in defeat, but his passing will only serve to further cement his place in Spanish cinema folklore.
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem led the way in tributes to Luna
Luna worked with Bardem and Cruz together in the 1992 film Jamon, Jamon and naturally these two led the way in remembering the fallen great, with each of the stars issuing their own public statement in regards to the news. A distressed Bardem, who worked with Luna numerous times including his first movie acting role in 1990's The Ages of Lulu, before working again on Jamon, Jamon, 1993's Golden Balls and 1994's Le Teta y la Luna, began his remembrance saying, "I don't know where to begin," but eventually found his voice, adding that he the director brought him "the woman I love" and "a career that I never dreamed I could have."
Continue reading: Filmaker Bigas Luna Remembered By Stars Following His Passing
It seems the rumors are true, Penelope Cruz is indeed pregnant again! The 38-year-old actress is expecting her second child with husband Javier Bardem, confirming the news herself to Spanish TV station TVE! The Oscar-winner gushed that she's "tremendously happy and excited," about her baby-to-be with Bardem, 43, reports US Weekly magazine.
The pregnancy means the Spanish actress will not be in attendance at the Goya Awards in Madrid on February 17, 2013. The baby will join big brother Leo, 2, and also a little cousin, with Penelope's young sister Monica Cruz announcing in January that she was expecting her first child via an anonymous sperm donor. Back in June 2011, Cruz - who married Bardem at a friend's home in the Bahamas - told Vogue that motherhood is a "revolutionary experience," adding, "That's the best way I can describe it . . . when you see that face, you are transformed forever."
Javier Bardem's pretty empty schedule for 2013 suddenly makes a whole load of sense. He recently wrapped up filming on Ridley Scott's highly anticipated thriller 'The Counselor' with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and wife Penelope. She also completed work on the indie-comedy I'm So Excited.
Looks likes there's another mouth to feed on the way in the Cruz-Bardem household, as screen star Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem are expecting their second child together!
First reported in the New York Daily News, the happy couple are set to add to their family again after they welcomed son Leo Encinas Bardem in January 2011. According to E! News, Penelope is "about three months" into her pregnancy already.
Earlier this year Penelope made her first and only public appearance on the red carpet of the Venuto al Mondo premiere in the Spanish capital of Madrid on January 10. Wearing a very loose black dress and coat, easily concealing any potential baby bumps, Cruz did raise some eyebrows over her outfit choice but little else was made about it. Clearly, Cruz is both practical and glamourous when it comes to getting dressed up, not to mention a little crafty.
Continue reading: Penelope Cruz And Javier Barden Are Expecting Baby No. 2
As big movies like Skyfall and Argo open in the USA and UK respectively, it's the smaller titles that are getting the most attention. The British independent drama My Brother the Devil won awards at Sundance and festivals in Berlin, London, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and has garnered four-star reviews across the board from UK critics this weekend. Now the public gets a chance to see it.
In London, the stars turned out this week for the premiere of Gambit, a remake of the 1966 heist comedy. The film's stars Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman and Tom Courtenay were on hand both for the red carpet premiere and a meet-the-filmmakers event at London's Apple Store.
Meanwhile, Helen Mirren has been doing Q&As in London for her new film Hitchcock, in which she plays Alma Reville, wife of Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins). The movie traces the making of Psycho with Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson), Vera Miles (Jessica Biel) and Anthony Perkins (James D'Arcy). A new trailer makes it look like a lot of fun. And a probable awards contender too.
'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' star Penelope Cruz poses during a photocall in Rome to promote her latest movie 'Venuto al Mondo'. She is snapped alongside the director and writer Sergio Castellitto, stars Saadet Aksoy, Adnan Haskovic and Pietro Castellitto, and the author of the original novel Margaret Mazzantini.
Baldwin plays an architect who returns to his student stomping grounds and meets Jack (Eisenberg), who seems to be living his old life, even as he falls for a friend (Page) of his girlfriend (Gerwig). Meanwhile, there's Leopoldo (Benigni), a dull businessman who suddenly becomes a celebrity for no reason he can see, is pursued everywhere by the paparazzi and starts to enjoy the high life. Across town, Jerry and Phyllis (Allen and Davis) arrive to meet the fiance (Parenti) of their daughter (Pill). Then Jerry pushes a future in-law (Armiliato) into becoming the latest opera sensation. Finally, a young couple arrives from the country to start a new life in the city, but the husband (Tiberi) ends up having a farcical day out with a sexy prostitute (Cruz) while the wife (Mastronardi) meets her favourite actor (Albanese).
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