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Volver Given Oscar Green Light

29th September 2006

Spanish movie-maker PEDRO ALMODOVAR was celebrating last night (28SEP06) after his PENELOPE CRUZ-starring film VOLVER beat off stiff competition to represent his homeland at next year's (07) Oscars. The movie was chosen ahead of AGUSTIN...

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Cruise Inspired To Act By Almodovar

15th September 2006

Spanish beauty PENELOPE CRUISE was inspired to become an actress after watching a film by PEDRO ALMODOVAR aged only 13. And Cruise was so amazed when the TALK TO HER film-maker offered her a part...

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Volver Wins At San Sebastian

4th September 2006

PEDRO ALMODOVAR's film VOLVER will receive the Fipresci Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain. This will be Almodovar's second Best Film of the Year...

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Voting Opens For People's Choice

4th September 2006

VOLVER, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and OLIVER TWIST have all been nominated for the European Film Academy's People's Choice Award. The prestigious award allows film fans across Europe to select their favourite film by registering their...

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Almodovar's Film Farts

31st August 2006

PEDRO ALMODOVAR insisted on featuring flatulence in new movie VOLVER - because he finds farting deeply meaningful. The Spanish director values the earthy side of life, and believes the fragrance of a fart can be...

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Almodovar: 'No More Drugs'

31st August 2006

Spanish director PEDRO ALMODOVAR has ditched his wild ways for fear of ruining his health. The VOLVER film-maker, 56, previously enjoyed a drug-addled party lifestyle - particularly in the decadent 1980s - but he is...

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Almodovar Rules Out Move To Hollywood

16th August 2006

Director PEDRO ALMODOVAR has crushed speculation he plans to quit his native Spain for Hollywood. The maverick movie-maker, responsible for films such as VOLVER and BAD EDUCATION, feels he is too old now to change...

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Almodovar's Move Into Musicals

16th August 2006

PEDRO ALMODOVAR is ready for a change of direction, and is keen to branch out into period dramas and even musicals. The Spanish VOLVER film-maker always insists on having music in his movies, and now...

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Fascinating Fact 1927

9th August 2006

Spanish movie maker PEDRO ALMODOVAR has been handed Germany's Bogey Award for attracting more than 1,000 moviegoers per screen to his new film VOLVER over the weekend. The honour is bestowed on arthouse directors who...

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Almodovar And Estefan Pay Tribute To Jurado

2nd June 2006

Spanish director PEDRO ALMODOVAR and Cuban-born musician EMILIO ESTEFAN have paid tribute to Spanish singer ROCIO JURADO, who passed away yesterday (01JUN06). Jurado passed away at home in Madrid in the early hours of this...

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Loach And Cruz Win At Cannes

28th May 2006

British director KEN LOACH and Spanish star PENELOPE CRUZ were among the big winners at the climax of the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera earlier today (28MAY06). The film-maker's drama THE WIND THAT...

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Cruz's Big Bottom

26th May 2006

PENELOPE CRUZ had to put on three kilograms (6.6 pounds) in weight so her bottom was big enough to play a young mother in new movie VOLVER. Director PEDRO ALMODOVAR insisted the actress fully become...

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Cruz Adores Almodovar

23rd May 2006

Spanish actress PENELOPE CRUZ will always turn down Hollywood roles in favour of working with her compatriot PEDRO ALMODOVAR, because he is her favourite director. The VANILLA SKY beauty, who has also appeared in BLOW...

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Almodovar Honoured In Spain

18th May 2006

Acclaimed film-maker PEDRO ALMODOVAR has been honoured in his native Spain with the Asturias Prize For Art. The ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER director, 56, received the accolade in Madrid yesterday (17MAY06) before boarding a plane...

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Elton Plans New Musical

28th April 2006

SIR ELTON JOHN is already planning his next musical - a stage version of PEDRO ALMODOVAR movie WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. The superstar's latest production LESTAT disappointed critics when it was...

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Loach And Linklater Up For Palme D'or

20th April 2006

Directors KEN LOACH and RICHARD LINKLATER are preparing to battle it out for the Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival next month (MAY06). Loach's new movie THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY will...

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Almodovar Honours His Neighbours

1st July 2005

Spanish director PEDRO ALMODOVAR is ditching silver screen glamour for his latest movie VOLVER - despite enlisting the services of Hollywood beauty PENELOPE CRUZ. The Oscar-winning film-maker, who has once again recruited Cruz to...

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Almodovar Picks Up Bunuel Gong

24th June 2005

Filmmaker PEDRO ALMODOVAR has received Spain's GENERAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS AND EDITORS' coveted BUNUEL'S RAZOR BEST MOVIE AWARD for his 2004 drama BAD EDUCATION. The OSCAR-winning director, who was given the gong by PENELOPE...

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Cruz Relies On Almodovar

12th March 2005

Spanish movie star PENELOPE CRUZ has placed her movie career in the hands of mentor PEDRO ALMODOVAR by agreeing to appear in his next three films. The VANILLA SKY star has worked with her...

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Cruz: 'Almodovar Makes Every Role Beautiful'

11th March 2005

Latin actress PENELOPE CRUZ loves every character she plays when working with Spanish director PEDRO ALMODOVAR, because he makes even the most bizarre situation "beautiful". The VANILLA SKY star has such affection for the...

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Almodovar Quits Spanish Academy

8th February 2005

OSCAR-winning film-maker PEDRO ALMODOVAR has quit the SPANISH FILM ACADEMY because he is disgusted with its voting procedure for annual awards. The TALK TO HER director was aghast when his latest offering BAD EDUCATION...

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Controversial Films In Contention For Top European Prizes

9th December 2004

Controversial German film HEAD-ON and Spanish director PEDRO ALMODOVAR's BAD EDUCATION head the nominations for Saturday's (11DEC04) EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS in Barcelona, Spain. A total of 44 films are in the running for the...

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Almodovar Movie Gets Nc-17 Rating In America

26th November 2004

Spanish movie-maker PEDRO ALMODOVAR's controversial new movie BAD EDUCATION has been slapped with the dreaded NC-17 rating in America for "explicit sexual content". The film, which stars Mexican actor GAEL GARCIA BERNAL, features graphic...

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Almodovar + Amenabar Lead European Film Awards Nominations

12th November 2004

PEDRO ALMODOVAR's BAD EDUCATION, ALEJANDRO AMENABAR's THE SEA INSIDE and FAITH AKIN's HEAD ON are the films leading the way for the upcoming EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS with five nominations apiece. The trio are up...

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Bernal Slams Ny Times Reporter

25th October 2004

Mexican actor GAEL GARCIA BERNAL has hit back at American journalist LYNN HIRSCHBERG after she claimed he fell out with director PEDRO ALMODOVAR while making BAD EDUCATION. The NEW YORK TIMES reporter also alleged...

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Cannes Embraces Comedy This Year

21st April 2004

The CANNES FILM FESTIVAL is embracing comedy films this year (04), by featuring SHREK 2, THE LADYKILLERS and THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS. Festival organiser THIERRY FREMAUX is keen to emphasise the...

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Latest Almodovar Film To Kick Off Cannes

25th February 2004

Spanish director PEDRO ALMODOVAR's love film BAD EDUCATION has been selected to open France's CANNES FILM FESTIVAL in May (04). The movie tells the story of two boys and a priest in a Roman...

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Cruz's Career Hangs On Sahara

21st January 2004

Spanish siren PENELOPE CRUZ's Hollywood dream is hinged on the success of upcoming movie SAHARA - after her previous films failed to catapult her to the top of the acting 'A' list. TOM CRUISE's...

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Cruz Loves A Long Dinner At Xmas

24th December 2003

PENELOPE CRUZ's favourite thing about Christmas is the long dinner, which often goes on until 5am on Boxing Day (26DEC). The actress has given up Christmas in her native Spain and now brings her...

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Good Bye, Lenin! Wins Big At European Film Awards

8th December 2003

German movie GOOD BYE, LENIN! picked up the top honours at the annual EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS ceremony, while the best director award went to LARS VON TRIER for drama DOGVILLE. At Saturday's (06DEC03) ceremony,...

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