Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas teaming on Spanish comedy

Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas are gearing up to appear in a new comedy.The two biggest stars of Spanish cinema will headline Competencia Oficial (Official Competition), with Argentine filmmakers Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat at the helm. The stor…

Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas are gearing up to appear in a new comedy.

The two biggest stars of Spanish cinema will headline Competencia Oficial (Official Competition), with Argentine filmmakers Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat at the helm.

The story follows two actors, played by Banderas and Oscar Martinez, who clash on the set of a movie directed by an eccentric filmmaker, portrayed by Cruz.

The duo recently starred in Pedro Almodovar’s Oscar-nominated drama, Pain and Glory, with Banderas up for Best Actor at the ceremony next month.

The 59-year-old scooped the Best Actor gong at the Cannes Film Festival last year, as well as a Spanish Academy Goya Award for his critically-acclaimed portrayal of fictional film director Salvador Mallo, which is reportedly inspired by Almodovar.

Banderas recently opened up on filming Pain and Glory in a chat with Interview magazine, and revealed he was given permission by the filmmaker to impersonate him.

“It was deliberate. Pedro told me, ‘If you want to incorporate any of my mannerisms, feel free.’ But I wanted to try to create the character inside out. To imitate him would have been dangerous,” he explained.

The last time Cruz and Banderas shared a scene was in Almodovar’s comedy I’m So Excited in 2013.

Filming for Competencia Oficial is expected to begin at the end of February in Spain. A release date has yet to be announced.

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Antonio Banderas won’t repeat Oscars footwear fail

Antonio Banderas will ensure his shoes are broken in properly before attending the 2020 Academy Awards next month.The Spanish actor is nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, alongside Leonardo DiCa…

Antonio Banderas will ensure his shoes are broken in properly before attending the 2020 Academy Awards next month.

The Spanish actor is nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jonathan Pryce.

However, in a recent interview on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Antonio admitted that he has little recollection of the very first time he was a presenter at the Oscars back in 1992, because his feet were killing him.

“I bought new shoes,” he said, noting that his footwear was simply “too tight”.

“And it was dramatic because 15 minutes into the show, it (pain) was unbearable. It was impossible.”

Antonio was so uncomfortable he nearly walked onstage to make the big presentation in his socks.

“I remember my wife at the time (Ana Leza) said, ‘Take the shoes off’, but it was impossible because my feet were swollen big time,” the 59-year-old remembered. “So, I went on the stage in absolute pain and I overcame the situation.”

But it wasn’t until Antonio was back at his hotel watching the prizegiving’s highlights on TV that he realised his discomfort was plain for all to see.

“I didn’t have a neck (because of the pain),” he joked. “You couldn’t even see the bow tie.”

The Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 9 February.

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Antonio Banderas honoured to be part of ‘revolutionary’ Pedro Almodovar movie

Antonio Banderas was honoured to be a part of Pedro Almodovar’s “revolutionary” movie, Labyrinth of Passion.The actor has worked on numerous films with the writer/director, and in a new interview with Variety, discussed the transformation that was made…

Antonio Banderas was honoured to be a part of Pedro Almodovar’s “revolutionary” movie, Labyrinth of Passion.

The actor has worked on numerous films with the writer/director, and in a new interview with Variety, discussed the transformation that was made in Spanish cinema following the release of the screwball comedy back in 1982.

Banderas insisted Almodovar’s movie had a major effect on audiences in his native Spain, as they were still recovering from the effects of dictator Francisco Franco, who died in 1975.

“The film was unthinkable at the time, when we were still feeling the results of Franco,” Banderas commented of his film debut. “Some thought Almodovar couldn’t last. They didn’t realise how persistent he is and how faithful he has been to his own style and personality.

“It was a revolution that shook the foundation of Spanish cinema and Spanish morality. And it was amazing for me to actually be a part of that.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Banderas recalled how he felt like a rock star when with his co-stars, including Cecilia Roth and Imanol Arias, at the premiere of Labyrinth of Passion at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

“We looked like the Sex Pistols!” the 59-year-old laughed. “Some people in the audience reacted violently to the film, while others were applauding wildly. I remember thinking, ‘It’s so amazing what is happening here tonight.’ I realised Almodovar was more than a movie director; there was a social movement attached to the way he was expressing himself.”

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Pedro Almodovar turned home into film set for new movie

Pedro Almodovar used his own furniture, art, and clothing in pivotal scenes for his new movie. In Pain and Glory, Antonio Banderas plays a version of his director friend, and Spanish filmmaker Almodovar decided to help him get into character by using …

Pedro Almodovar used his own furniture, art, and clothing in pivotal scenes for his new movie.

In Pain and Glory, Antonio Banderas plays a version of his director friend, and Spanish filmmaker Almodovar decided to help him get into character by using furnishings from his own home and packing them into his leading man’s house in the film.

“If you write about a director and your work consists of directing films, it’s impossible not to think of yourself and not take your experiences as a reference. It was the most practical. My house is the house where Antonio Banderas’s character lives, the furniture in the kitchen – and the rest of the furnishings – are mine, or have been reproduced for the occasion, and the paintings that hang on its walls,” he said of the mise-en-scene.

“When there was some corner to fill on the set, the art director sent his assistant to my house to get some of the many objects, with which I live. This is the most autobiographical aspect of the film and it turned out to be very comfortable for the crew.

“We also tried to make Antonio’s image, especially his hair, look like mine. The shoes and many of the clothes also belong to me, and the colours of his clothing.”

Almodovar’s director of photography, Jose Luis Alcaine, was so meticulous, he even studied the light in the filmmaker’s home at different points of the day.

“He came to the house several times to see the light at different hours of the day, so as to reproduce it later in the studio,” the 69-year-old commented.

Pain and Glory, also starring Penelope Cruz, made its international debut at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

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Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory picked to bid for Oscar

Pedro Almodovar’s film Pain and Glory will represent Spain as its entry in the Best International Feature Film category at the 2020 Oscars.The film is a semi-autobiographical story of an ageing film director, starring Almodovar’s frequent collaborator …

Pedro Almodovar’s film Pain and Glory will represent Spain as its entry in the Best International Feature Film category at the 2020 Oscars.

The film is a semi-autobiographical story of an ageing film director, starring Almodovar’s frequent collaborator Antonio Banderas in the lead role of Salvador Mallo. Banderas, who won the Best Actor honour at the 2019 Cannes festival for his portrayal, is joined by another Almodovar regular, Oscar winner Penelope Cruz, who appears in flashbacks as the main character’s mother.

The 69-year-old said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter: “I want to thank the members of the Spanish Academy for the support and the chance to once more compete in the best international feature film category at the next Oscars.”

Almodovar took home the award, which was previously known as the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2000 Academy Awards for his critically acclaimed movie All About My Mother. He was also nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for 2002’s Talk to Her, winning the latter award the following year.

The veteran director was recently awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement for directors at the Venice International Film Festival.

The 92nd Academy Awards will be held on 9 February 2020. The nominations will be announced on 13 January.

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Pedro Almodovar to receive lifetime achievement award at Venice Film Festival

Pedro Almodovar will be honoured with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival. The Spanish filmmaker will be presented with the prestigious prize in recognition of his career during the 76th annual Ital…

Pedro Almodovar will be honoured with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival.

The Spanish filmmaker will be presented with the prestigious prize in recognition of his career during the 76th annual Italian film extravaganza.

“I am very excited and honoured with the gift of this Golden Lion,” Almodovar said in a statement. “I have very good memories of the Venice Film Festival. My international debut took place there in 1983 with Dark Habits. It was the first time one of my films travelled out of Spain, it was my international baptism and a wonderful experience, as it was my return with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in 1988. This Lion is going to become my pet, along with the two cats I live with. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for giving me this award.”

Festival director Alberto Barbera called the Volver filmmaker “the greatest and most influential Spanish director since (Luis) Bunuel” and praised his portrayal of women onscreen.

“Without forgetting that Almodovar excels, above all, in painting incredibly original female portraits, thanks to an exceptional empathy which allows him to represent their power, emotional richness, and inevitable weaknesses with a rare and touching authenticity,” he said.

Almodovar will receive the award alongside The Sound of Music’s Julie Andrews, the other 2019 honouree. They follow in the footsteps of previous honourees which include Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Vanessa Redgrave, and Clint Eastwood.

The 69-year-old director remains very busy, and his latest movie, Pain and Glory, was selected for the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

His star, Antonio Banderas, took home the Best Actor award for his role.

The Venice International Film Festival runs from 28 August to 7 September.

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Penelope Cruz ‘honoured’ to wear dress from Karl Lagerfeld’s final Chanel collection

Penelope Cruz was honoured to wear a dress from Karl Lagerfeld’s last-ever Chanel collection before his death. The Oscar-winning actress looked stunning in the bespoke Marie Antoinette-inspired gown, which she wore on the red carpet at the Cannes Film…

Penelope Cruz was honoured to wear a dress from Karl Lagerfeld’s last-ever Chanel collection before his death.

The Oscar-winning actress looked stunning in the bespoke Marie Antoinette-inspired gown, which she wore on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 for the screening of Dolor Y Gloria, her latest project with filmmaker and longtime friend, Pedro Almodovar.

Wearing one-of-a-kind Atelier Swarovski diamonds that she designed herself in collaboration with the jewellery house, the 45-year-old was blown away by the intricate detailing on the dress, and revealed her blue and white gown was originally supposed to be pink.

“(The dress) was by Karl Lagerfeld, for his last couture collection with Chanel and I loved it. They’ve been continuing to work on it for the last month – it was a lot of work – and it turned out amazingly. It was an honour to wear it, a real honour,” she gushed to Elle.com.

“It had a real Marie Antoinette feeling. It was originally pink, but they changed it to blue. And the way it moved… it’s like it was alive.”

Her jewellery – which featured drop earrings and a ring made with pear-cut Swarovski Created Diamonds and set in responsibly sourced gold – was designed by Penelope herself, and the mother-of-two was impressed by the eco-friendly design process of the lab-grown diamonds.

“I was introduced to Nadja Swarovski in Madrid and we really connected,” she said of the Austrian businesswoman. “She told me about all the things that they do to create the diamonds and I didn’t even think that was possible!

“I was very impressed by that, so when they offered me the opportunity to work together I immediately said yes. Everything they do is beautiful, of course, but it is their values that I love.”

The custom Swarovski jewels worn by the actress on the Cannes red carpet were put up for sale at the end of the film festival last month.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to compete at Cannes Film Festival

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will premiere as part of the official competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Industry insiders had been expecting the Pulp Fiction filmmaker’s latest movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad P…

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will premiere as part of the official competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Industry insiders had been expecting the Pulp Fiction filmmaker’s latest movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, to be included in the official competition when it was unveiled on 18 April (19), and festival boss Thierry Fremaux subsequently explained to reporters that the film was not finished but he was hoping it would be a last-minute addition to the line-up.

On Thursday (02May19), Fremaux confirmed that the movie had been completed in time and would have its world premiere at the annual French film festival and compete against the likes of Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, and Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life for the coveted Palme d’Or.

“We were afraid the film would not be ready, as it wouldn’t be released until late July, but Quentin Tarantino, who has not left the editing room in four months, is a real, loyal and punctual child of Cannes,” Fremaux said, according to Deadline. “Like for Inglourious Basterds, he’ll definitely be there – 25 years after the Palme d’or for Pulp Fiction – with a finished film screened in 35mm and his cast in tow.

“His film is a love letter to the Hollywood of his childhood, a rock music tour of 1969, and an ode to cinema as a whole. In addition to thanking Quentin and his crew for spending days and nights in the editing room, the Festival wants to give special thanks to the teams at Sony Pictures, who made all of this possible.”

He also announced that Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo, the latest film by Abdellatif Kechiche, the Palme d’Or-winning director of Blue Is the Warmest Colour, was another last-minute addition to the competition slate.

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival runs from 14 to 25 May.

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Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, and Penelope Cruz reunite for new movie

Pedro Almodovar is reuniting with Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz for his new film Dolor y Gloria. Banderas and Asier Etxeandia will take on the leading roles in the movie, while Cruz and Julieta Serrano have snagged supporting parts. According t…

Pedro Almodovar is reuniting with Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz for his new film Dolor y Gloria.

Banderas and Asier Etxeandia will take on the leading roles in the movie, while Cruz and Julieta Serrano have snagged supporting parts.

According to Almodovar, the movie will centre “on a series of meetings, some physical and others remembered after decades, by a film director in his decline”.

The filmmaker will tackle “first loves, second loves, mother, mortality, an actor with whom the director worked, the 60s, the 80s and the present” among the themes of the project, as well as “the immeasurable emptiness before the impossibility of continuing to make films”.

The movie will begin production in July (18).

Almodovar has worked with Banderas on several films, including Labyrinth of Passion, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, and The Skin I Live In, while Cruz has starred in the director’s All About My Mother and Volver. Banderas and Cruz also starred together in 2013’s I’m So Excited.

Serrano also featured in the director’s Dark Habits, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!.

Meanwhile, Cruz will next be seen in Everybody Knows, opposite her husband Javier Bardem. In the Spanish-language psychological thriller, directed by Iranian Asghar Farhadi, Penelope plays a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, whose return to her hometown with her husband and children is upset by unexpected events and unveiled secrets.

The film will open the Cannes Film Festival in France next month (May18).

And Banderas will portray painter Pablo Picasso in TV series Genius later this month (Apr18).

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