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Murder On The Orient Express Trailer


It's the 1930s and a group of strangers from different walks of life board a crowded luxury train called the Orient Express in Istanbul, preparing for a long overnight journey to their destination. Among them is the world famous detective Hercule Poirot who certainly isn't expecting to be working in such circumstances, but when a passenger named Edward Ratchett is found havng been brutally murdered in his sleep on the second night, it's up to him to gather all available evidence and wheedle out all of the suspects. So who are they? He soon deduces that the potential killer could be one of eleven including Professor Gerhard Hardman, Edward Masterman the Butler, Count Andrenyi, Hector MacQueen the Assistant, Mary Debenham the Governess, Pilar Estravados the Missionary, Mrs. Hubbard the Widow, Marquez the Salesman, Hildegarde Schmidt the Maid, Doctor Arbuthnot or Princess Dragomiroff. 

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Ma Ma Review

Very Good

From Spain, this drama grapples with some enormous issues without getting too heavy about them. It's emotionally wrenching without ever feeling sentimental, because inventive filmmaker Julio Medem (Sex & Lucia) keeps the tone funny and full of life. He also gets sparkling performances from Penelope Cruz and Luis Tosar, who keep the movie bright and hopeful even as the characters face mortality and death.

Cruz plays Magda, a feisty woman who turns all of her energy toward her lively teen son Dani (Teo Planell) after ditching her womanising husband Raul (Alex Brendemuhl). Dani is a star player on his school football team, attracting the attention of top scout Arturo (Tosar), whose life is shaken to the core when his daughter is killed in a car crash that leaves his wife in a coma. Secretly, Magda has been dealing with issues of her own, going through treatment for advanced breast cancer with her attentive doctor Julian (Asier Etxeandia). When things get more serious, she sends Dani away to stay with his aunt (Monica Sagrera). And while he's away, she and Arturo help each other through their darkest moments.

The film is a rollercoaster of emotions, from soaring happiness to deep despair, and Medem's approach is so honest that this never feels jarring. It's a look at the resilience of the human spirit, which can remain optimistic even when things get tough. Using dry humour and truthful emotions, he explores the importance of choosing joy, seamlessly mixing comedy and tragedy while refusing to let this become a traditional weepy drama. Within this open-handed approach, Cruz shines as a radiant woman who faces life head-on. Her interaction with each of the other characters is complex and engaging, especially in the surprising journey Magda takes with Arturo. Tosar is excellent, as always, with equally layered side roles beautifully played by Planell and Exteandia.

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Grimsby Review

OK

Although it contains some memorably outrageous comedy moments, this movie (retitled The Brothers Grimsby for North America) is such an awkward combination of gross-out humour, violent action and sappy sentimentality that it never becomes a classic. Sacha Baron Cohen creates yet another lively alter ego as lager lout Noddy, although he isn't nearly as fully formed as the indelible Ali G, Borat and Bruno.

Noddy Butcher lives in Grimsby, northeast England, with his girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) and 9 or maybe 11 kids. His main passions in life are football and beer, then he learns that his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong) is alive and working as a super-spy. So Noddy heads to London and crashes Sebastian's latest mission, protecting a model-turned-philanthropist (Penelope Cruz). In the havoc, the brothers end up on the run trying to both clear their names and prevent an impending terror attack. This takes them to South Africa and Chile, as they're pursued by both a villainous thug (Scott Adkins) and a ruthless assassin (Sam Hazeldine) hired by Sebastian's boss (Ian McShane). Along the way, they're assisted by Sebastian's love-lorn colleague (Isla Fisher), locals (including Gabourey Sidibe and Barkhad Abdi) and the gang from Nobby's hometown pub.

The script merrily pushes the boundaries of taste, often with riotous vulgarity. Some of this is so jaw-dropping that it's funny (an unforgettable scene involving a herd of elephants), while other jokes are harder to take (a running gag about HIV infection). Most of the humour centres squarely on male genitalia and anal insertion, which gives the film an oddly homophobic undercurrent that will only amuse the drunken yobs in the audience. More interesting is the wildly astute pastiche of Britain's perceived benefits fraud subculture. But director Louis Leterrier (The Transporter) seems uninterested in this, instead focussing on intensely brutal action, which results in an unusually high body count for a comedy.

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Zoolander 2 Review

Good

With virtually the same blend of wit and idiocy as the 2001 original, this fashion-scene comedy is funny enough to spark some solid laughter in between the gags that fall flat. The punchlines are simple and the characters paper thin, but this world is so ripe for parody that the rather awkward mix of in-jokes and satire can't help but hit the bullseye every now and then.

Things haven't been great for top supermodel Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) over the past 15 years. His reading school collapsed in tragedy, sending him to live as a "hermit crab" in the wilds of northern New Jersey. And with a facial injury, his cohort Hansel (Owen Wilson) has retired in the wasteland of Malibu. Then Italian designer Atoz (Kristen Wiig) summons them to Rome, just as Interpol agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz) is investigating a series of popstar murders that seem linked to Derek's past. Teaming up with Valentina, Derek and Hansel track down their old nemesis Mugatu (Will Ferrell), reconnect with Derek's long-lost son (Cyrus Arnold) and discover a sinister conspiracy.

Stiller directs the film as if it's the next instalment in the Da Vinci Code saga, complete with shadowy secret rituals and ominous chase sequences. But the dialogue remains utterly ludicrous, as this "ridiculously good-looking" duo go through their individual existential crises, clueless that the world has moved on without them. Stiller and Wilson reprise the hang-dog charm that made the characters so likeable the first time round. Although this time Derek gets some emotional depth, while Hansel plays the action hero. Ferrell and Wiig camp it up to the rafters in their colourful roles, while Cruz vamps through the film in bombshell love-interest mode. Her deadpan performance might actually be the funniest thing in the movie. And each scene is packed with big-star cameos, some of which are genuinely amusing.

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Penelope Cruz - 'Zoolander 2' World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 9th February 2016

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Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz , Ben Stiller - 'Zoolander 2' World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 9th February 2016

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Ben Stiller And Owen Wilson Strike A Pose At 'Zoolander No 2' Premiere


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Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson brought fun, fashion and laughs to London last night, for the premiere of Zoolander No.2 in the capital’s Leicester Square. They were joined by co-stars Christine Taylor, Penelope Cruz and Will Ferrell, who all walked the special ‘blue carpet’ in honour of Derek Zoolander’s infamous ‘blue steel’ pose.

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But before the screening got underway, Ben Stiller managed to break a world record for the longest selfie stick, after taking a huge selfie on the blue carpet. Stiller’s special stick measured a massive 28 feet.

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Penelope Cruz - The Fashionable Screening of 'Zoolander No.2' held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 4th February 2016

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Ben Stiller, Penelope Cruz , Owen Wilson - Zuper Zoolander No.2 Zcreening at Cinestar am Potsdamer Platz movie theater. at Cinestar am Potsdamer Platz movie theater - Berlin, Germany - Tuesday 2nd February 2016

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Ben Stiller, Penelope Cruz , Owen Wilson - The Zoolander No. 2 Berlin Premiere in Potsdamer Platz. at Sony CineStar - Berlin, Germany - Tuesday 2nd February 2016

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Ben Stiller, Penelope Cruz , Owen Wilson - The Zoolander No. 2 Berlin Premiere in Potsdamer Platz. at Sony CineStar - Berlin, Germany - Tuesday 2nd February 2016

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Penelope Cruz - Penelope Cruz attends 'Soy Uno Entre Cien Mil' documentary photocall directed by Penelope Cruz at Cinema Academy - Madrid, Spain - Thursday 28th January 2016

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Blue Steel Hits The Big Time: Derek Zoolander Lands First Vogue Cover


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Derek Zoolander is the cover star for February’s issue of Vogue, alongside Penelope Cruz. With Zoolander 2 hitting cinemas on February 12th it’s about time the ridiculously good-looking male model landed on the cover of the world’s biggest style magazine and inside actor Ben Stiller spills on getting some of fashion’s biggest names onboard for the comedy.

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'Zoolander 2' Breaks Record For Most Watched Comedy Trailer


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Zoolander 2 is still months away from hitting cinemas, but it’s already broken a record thanks to its trailer. The comedy, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, is released on February 2nd, but fans have been viewing its trailer so much that its made the record books.

Zoolander 2Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller and Penelope Cruz in Zoolander 2.

According to studio Paramount, the Zoolander 2 trailer is now “the most successful comedy trailer launch of all time”, having been viewed over 52.2 million times. The two-and-a-half minute clip was released on November 18th and even including a glimpse of Justin Bieber, who will cameo in the film.

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Zoolander 2 - Trailer Trailer


Derek, Hansel and some other familiar faces are back in Zoolander 2! After offering their services to 'The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can't Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too' Derek and Hansel find themselves pining for a time when they were the biggest names in fashion. Only a few years might've past but the fashion industry is a very different place and one that's left them FAR behind.

When an Interpol agent finds a unique pattern to a series of deaths - some of the world's most beautiful people - she knows that Derek Zoolander is the only one who can help catch the killer. Pop stars including Demi Lovato and Lenny Kravitz have all been found dead with a certain look alluding to Blue Steel on their face.

Zoolander 2 is the follow up to the 2001 film and it once again sees Stiller team up with Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell. The film was written by Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux and will be released in cinemas from February 2016.

Penelope Cruz - Actress Penelope Cruz at a Viceroy photocall in Madrid - Madrid, Spain - Thursday 8th October 2015

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Penelope Cruz - 'Ma Ma' photocall at the Cinesa Capitol of Madrid - Arrivals - Madrid, Spain - Wednesday 9th September 2015

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Penelope Cruz - Penelope Cruz attends a photocall for 'Ma Ma' at the Hotel Villa Magna - Madrid, Spain - Tuesday 8th September 2015

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Penélope Cruz - Penélope Cruz seen out and about in London at Agent Provocateur head offices. - London, United Kingdom - Friday 4th September 2015

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Penelope Cruz - 29th Goya Awards at the Principe Felipe Convention Center - Arrivals - Madrid, Spain - Saturday 7th February 2015

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Non-White Ethnic Groups Dangerously Under/Misepresented In Hollywood


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A study has found that non-white ethnic groups were severely underrepresented in Hollywood in 2013, indicating deep-seated issues regarding inclusion and equality at the heart of the movie industry.

12 Years a Slave'12 Years a Slave' - an Oscar winner with a predominantly black cast. But Hollywood is still far, far behind

The study found that, while America’s population includes a large Hispanic population – more than 16% - only 4.9% played speaking parts in blockbuster movies from 2013. Black actors were cast in 14.1% of roles and 17% of films had no black speaking characters.

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Penélope Cruz - Celebrities attend 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Plaza. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014

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Penelope Cruz - The 86th Annual Oscars held at Dolby Theatre - Red Carpet Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014

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Reasons To Ignore The Critics And See 'The Counsellor' Tonight


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At least let us explain ourselves. The world has turned against The Counsellor lately; negative reviews have flown in to the tune of a 34% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and people are ready to write off Ridley Scott’s directorial career. But at the risk of sounding contrary, there are a few reasons you should go and see The Counsellor tonight when it hits U.K cinemas. And here they are:

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Javier Bardem and Michael Fassbender in The Counsellor

Make your own mind up

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Despite A Great Cast, 'The Counselor' Gets Lost In A Crazed Mess Of A Script


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The Counselor is the latest film from No Country for Old Men writer Cormac McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut alongside director Ridley Scott, with a film that explores the complexities of hustling, and the fact that no matter how big a shark you think you are, there's always a bigger one swimming nearby.

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Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender make up part of an impressive cast

The premise and the names attached tot he film all looked as though they fit into place, and The Counselor seemed to be the latest hot Oscar contender, however, upon closer inspection it looks as though the pieces were too big after all, and the film looks unlikely to stand up to expectation.

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Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz - 'The Counselor' - Press junket and photocall held at The Dorchester - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 5th October 2013

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Penelope Cruz - The Counselor Special Screening at the Odeon West End Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd October 2013

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Penelope Cruz - 'The Counselor' premiere held at the Odeon West End - London, Ukraine - Thursday 3rd October 2013

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Penelope Cruz - The Counsellor Special Screening held at the Odeon West End - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd October 2013

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New Clips & Trailer For Ridley Scott's 'The Counsellor' Debut Online [Video]


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The Counsellor is a clever new thriller from the creative mind of Sir Ridley Scott and screenwriter Cormac McCarthy, in which a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) decides to try and make a little extra money on the side by selling cocaine. Over the course of the film, he learns that there is no such thing as easy money, especially not in the drug trade, as he begins to meet and mix with some unsavoury character (even worse than lawyers, we're led to believe) and has to work out who his real friends are in this new, powdery life, that's if he even has any in the first place.

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Brad Pitt stars in the film as a drug baron

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It's A Bardem Baby! Penélope Cruz & Javier Welcome Little Girl


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Is it just us or has the world gone completely baby bonkers? Whilst Kate Middleton was giving birth to her son yesterday, Penélope Cruz also pushed out a youngster as the world's gaze was elsewhere. Spanish actress Cruz and her husband actor Javier Bardem welcomed a little girl into the world on Monday 22nd July in Madrid, reports Spanish magazine Hola.

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Penélope Cruz Has Apparently Given Birth To A Daughter.

Cruz did look like she was about to pop in photos only days before birth reports began to circulate but a rep speaking to Yahoo! omg! says that no official birth confirmation has been made.

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The Lone Ranger Bombs At Cinemas, But How Does It Compare To The Worst Box Office Bombs?


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Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp back together in another swashbuckling adventure, what could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately for Disney, a lot did go wrong with The Lone Ranger; no one was interested in a big screen version of a 1930s radio series. Johnny Depp is starting to lose his box office appeal and, ultimately, it was terrible. But hey, at least there's worse film right?

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The Lone Ranger probably wont make it into the top five

The film isn't out of cinemas yet, so we can't really say how much it will lose (who knows, it might have the best week three in cinema history), but we can assume it will sit nicely next to Disney's last big box office flop: 2012's John Carter. Speaking of John Carter, when it comes to the top box office flops, the confused martian adventure doesn't even break into the top ten. Here's the five worst performing films of all time.

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Is 'The Counselor' Set For The Oscars? [Trailer]


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The trailer for Ridley Scott's upcoming gritty thriller The Counselor dropped yesterday, after the initial teaser was circulated in cryptic Russian. With a November release date, there's certainly enough time to build up anticipation for the film, which is written by No Country For Old Men screenwriter, Cormac McCarthy.

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There may be added logic to the late-2013 release date however: to give itself the best chances for 2014 Oscars consideration. The Counselor stars Michael Fassbender (Shame, Prometheus) who plays a lawyer who gets involved in cocaine trafficking and ends up in over his head with the wrong people. According to First Showing, Fassbender teams up in business with a rich acquaintance, played by Bardem, as Pitt's shady criminal character comes out of the shadows as things take a turn for the worst.In an incredible cast, Fassbender's co-stars include Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.Despite their cinematic fame and success, neither Scott nor Pitt have ever won an Oscar before, with Pitt apparently resigning himself to never winning, having said: "I don't play the Oscars game." November release dates tend to be awards friendly, due to being late enough to not be forgotten amongst the year's other cinematic releases but not too late as to have not made enough of an impression.

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The Counselor: First English Teaser Trailer Released [Trailer]


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From the writer of No Country For Old Men and the director of Prometheus comes new gritty thriller, The Counselor, with an incredible cast including Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.

Due for release on 15th November, the film tells the tale of a lawyer, played by Michael Fassbender, who gets involved in cocaine trafficking and ends up in over his head with the wrong people. According to First Showing, Fassbender teams up in business with a rich acquaintance, played by Bardem, which also introduces Pitt's shady character as things take a turn for the worst.

The Counselor's screenplay was written by Cormac McCarthy, who also wrote No Country For Old Men - another film that starred Bardem as a baddie. Ridley Scott, who is known for such epics as Kingdom of Heaven and Aliens will direct the movie that has been filmed in locations in the UK, US and Spain.

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Could Penelope Cruz Be The Next Bond Girl?


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Rumours are circulating that Penelope Cruz could become the Bond girl for the franchise’s 24th outing. If she does, she’ll become the oldest ever woman to play the iconic character of Bond girl at 40-years-young.

"The producers have tried to get Penelope before, but she has never been available because of other commitments. The discussions have been going on for some time and they are working out the contract details now,” a source told The Daily Mail. It’s likely that Sam Mendes – who has reportedly signed on for another Bond film after initial doubts – met Cruz while working with her husband Javier Bardem on Skyfall. "She got back into shape fast after the first baby and will no doubt regain her figure quickly this time. She'll be a great Bond girl,” added the source. "Bond girls are always brainy as well as sexy, and that's totally Penelope."

Skyfall has become the most-successful Bond film ever - grossing more than $1bn and becoming the eighth-biggest box office hit of all time. One person who definitely will be returning for Bond #24 is Daniel Craig, who has signed up for #25, too. That’ll make it 5 Bonds for the British hunk, who said he might not even play the British spy in Skyfall. Idris Elba was mooted as possible replacement, and he’d make a brilliant Bond, but he’ll have to wait his turn now. And it could be a while.

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A Week In Movies: Star Trek Into The Darkness Excites Fans, Matthew McConaughey Premiere's Mud And Fast And Furious 6 Is Announced


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The big event this week was the world premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness in London, attended by the entire cast, director J.J. Abrams, the writers, producers and any celebrity in shouting distance of Leicester Square. The film is gaining buzz among critics who have already seen it in advance of its UK release next week. It opens in America on May 17th.

This week's big release in America is Iron Man 3, which has already made more than $300 million worldwide. In the UK, there's an eclectic mix of new releases in cinemas, from the dark action of Dead Man Down, starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, to the wacky comical antics of Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited, which features cameos from his regulars Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.

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I'm So Excited! [Los Amantes Pasajeros] Review


Very Good

Fans of more recent Almodovar films like The Skin I Live In or Volver should be warned about this one, because it harks back to his much cheesier 1980s films with its broad comedy, lurid production values and camp characters. But even if it looks fluffy and silly, there are some serious things going on under the surface, as Almodovar undermines stereotypes and plays with sexuality issues. Although this means that most of the humour is aimed at a gay audience.

It all takes place on a flight from Spain to Mexico, but shortly after take-off the pilot (de la Torre) announces that a mechanical fault means they need to make an emergency landing. Then the passenger Bruna (Duenas) reveals that she's a virginal psychic who sees death ahead, and everyone starts to panic. The flight crew (Camara, Areces and Arevalo) try to distract the passengers from impending doom by performing a choreographed number to the Pointer Sisters' eponymous hit. And when that doesn't work, they lace everyone's drinks with mescaline.

Each person in the first class cabin (economy is sound asleep) has his or her own crisis, including a notorious dominatrix (Roth), a businessman (Torrijo) on a quest, a shady hitman (Yazpik), a just-married groom (Silvestre) who prefers his wife to be asleep, and a man (Toledo) running from his suicidal girlfriend (Vega). And the pilots and flight attendants are also romantically entangled. All of this swirls together like a nutty 1970s Mexican soap, complete with flimsy-looking sets and a sparky mariachi score.

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Penelope Cruz - The beautiful and multitalented actress Penelope Cruz will be modelling Lindex fashion during the spring season. We will follow the actress for three campaigns, from a party on the red carpet to relaxing in her favourite clothes and then in the last campaign wearing this summer's 'it pieces'. The garments are available to buy in store and online from 24 April. - Tuesday 16th April 2013

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Bigas Luna Dies: Proteges Javier Bardem And Penelope Cruz Lead Tributes To Late Director


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The Spanish director Josep Joan Bigas Luna, who can count Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz among his acting discoveries, has died at the premature age of 67.

The BBC reports that Bigas Luna died after a long battle with cancer at his home in Tarragona, northeast Spain. One of the biggest influential film makers in the country, he also had an eye for talent – Javier Bardem’s first role was in Bigas Luna’s 1990 film The Ages Of Lulu. "I don't know where to begin," Bardem said in a statement, adding that he owed the director "the woman I love" and "a career that I never dreamed I could have". Cruz also went for a role in The Ages Of Lulu and though she didn’t get the role, her first meeting with the director apparently changed her life. "In walked a man with a rascal's face: Bigas Luna," she said in her own statement "The first thing he asked me was my age [she was 14]. I said I was 17 and he, always very gently and without making me feel too bad, laughed in my face and said: `Well, you won't make this movie, but I'll call for another when you're older."'

True enough he did get in touch with her three years later, to star in Jamon, Jamon alongside Bardem. It was the first time the pair met and they went on to get married. Both have starred in Bigas Luna films since as well, with Barden appearing in 1993's Golden Balls and 1994's Le teta y la luna and Cruz in 1999’s Volaverunt, before going on to win a best supporting Oscar in 2009 for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

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Penelope Cruz Pregnant; Second Bambino On The Way


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Hollywood's Spanish dream team are expecting their second bambino, is has been announced. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are to give birth another baby, according to US Weekly. 

A source also told E! that the "Volver" actress was "around three months" pregnant. It's clear, from an interview with Vogue in 2011, that Cruz relishes motherhood. "From the first second, you feel so much love," she explained in the June edition of the fashion magazine. "It is a revolutionary experience. That's the best way I can describe it. It transforms you completely, in a second. Nature is very wise and gives you nine months to prepare, but in that moment, when you see that face, you are transformed forever."

It's going to a busy year ahead for the Cruz clan, with Penelope's sister Monica also expecting. The Agent Provocateur model and mom-to-be, 35, announced the news in a post titled "My Life's Dream" earlier this month. "I'm going to be a mother!" she wrote in Spanish. "I have managed to fulfill the dream of a lifetime. Because of that, I want to share with all of you this special journey and be able to tell you about all of my experiences during this fascinating time..."

Academy Award-winning, Penelope Cruz, George Clooney and Nespresso - Academy Award-winning actress Penelope Cruz follows in the footsteps of George Clooney and fronts a new campaign for Nespresso Wednesday 31st October 2012 Featuring: Penelope Cruz

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Video - Penelope Cruz Complains Of Flash Photography At Campari Red Carpet Event


'Nine' actress Penelope Cruz is snapped on the red carpet as she arrives at a cocktail party at the Campari Headquarters in Milan ahead of the unveiling of the 2013 Campari Calendar. She poses for photos alongside popular photographer Kristian Schuller and the Chief Executive Officer for the Campari cocktail brand Bob Kunze-Concewitz.

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Video - Penelope Cruz's Husband Javier Bardem Holds Car Door Open For Her As She Leaves Hotel


'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' star Penelope Cruz leaves a hotel in Rome and jumps straight into an awaiting car where her husband Javier Bardem is stood holding open the door for her.

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Video - Penelope Cruz Rocks The Red Carpet In Lacy Get-Up - Screening Of 'To Rome With Love At The Paris Theatre Arrivals - Part 2


The glamorous stars arrive at the Paris Theatre, NewYork for the screening of 'To Rome With Love' included BAFTA award winning Penelope Cruz and Italian actress Alessandra Mastronardi. Cruz wears a stunning, dark purple, off-the-shoulder dress with a spangled lace overlay and sleeves whilst Mastronardi opts for a simpler, strapless, black number with a long skirt and modest high heels.

Cruz's lush lace was a huge hit with the press; The Sun called it a 'head-turning look' whilst Entertainmentwise.com said she 'looked beyond elegant in the demure number'

Video - Penelope Cruz Dances In A Puddle In Rome


Spanish actress Penelope Cruz (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Volver; Vicki Cristina Barcelona) is seen on the set of Italian movie Venuto Al Mondo in Rome, Italy. The actress is seen talking to crew members with a script in her hand before filming a scene with her co star Emile Hirsch, which included dancing in a puddle.

Penelope can next be seen in the upcoming Woody Allen comedy Nero Fiddled, alongside Ellen Page; Jesse Eisenberg and Danny Baldwin. The film will be released in 2012

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review


Very Good
Captain Jack Sparrow is back for another high seas romp and, despite the long running time, this is more freewheeling comedy than action adventure. And while it's hilarious fun, it's also so meandering that it's a bit dull.

In London, Jack (Depp) is brought before George II (Griffiths) so he can help the Brits beat the Spanish to the Fountain of Youth. But after an elaborate escape, Jack ends up in the crew of the ship captained by the evil Blackbeard (McShane) and his daughter Angelica (Cruz), with whom Jack has a past. So now Blackbeard, the Spanish and the British, led by Jack's old nemesis/pal Barbossa (Rush), are racing to the Caribbean to find the secret of immortality. And their first task is to capture a mermaid.

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Penelope Cruz, Interview


Interview with Penelope Cruz for Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 17 May 2011

After winning an Oscar for Vicky Christina Barcelona, no one expected Penelope Cruz to dive into an action comedy, but that's just what she did. She stars in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as Angelica, daughter of Blackbeard and long-time foil for Captain Jack Sparrow. The film also reunites her with Nine director Rob Marshall.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Trailer


The trailer for the fourth instalment from The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise has arrived! Captain Jack Sparrow once again takes to the high seas in an adventure that's sure to be immensely entertaining. When a beautiful yet deadly woman from Jack's past appears once again, he's unsure of her intentions but once she forces him to join her on the ruthless Blackbeard's ship called Queen Anne's Revenge asking to find the infamous fountain of youth, he knows there's sure to be plenty of danger ahead. Not only that but the captain also finds himself in the much colder climates than he's used to when his quest takes him to London.

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Sex And The City 2 Trailer


Despite the everyday trials and tribulations of growing old, motherhood and balancing fulltime careers; Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda are still friends and absolutely fabulous. Well not that fabulous, Miranda and Charlotte find coping with motherhood a bit of an uphill struggle. Carrie's relationship with Mr Big is going well but they aren't quite as close to having a family as Carrie wants, and Samantha? Well, she's just Samantha. The girls decide it's time for a holiday together, Abu Dhabi will be the location, it's just the break the girls need.

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Nine Review


Very Good
Based on Federico Fellini's 1963 classic 8 1/2, this musical has a nicely introspective tone as it follows a filmmaker struggling to move forward in his career after a few flops. The music isn't hugely memorable, but the characters are vivid.

Guido Contini (Day-Lewis) is a star director gearing up for his ninth movie.

The press is begging for details, and his producer (Tognazzi) wants to see the script. But with shooting starting in 10 days, Guido has yet to write a word.

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Broken Embraces [los Abrazos Rotos] Review


Excellent
Perhaps not as dazzling as Almodovar's masterpieces, this film is still an involving and sleekly well-made melodrama touching on his usual themes of romance, death and parentage. It also has some terrific noir touches as it dips into ambition and revenge.

Mateo (Homar) is a filmmaker who, after going blind, has locked himself in his Madrid flat writing scripts with Diego (Novas), son of his loyal agent (Portillo). Then he hears of the death of wealthy financier Ernesto (Gomez), who 14 years earlier had bankrolled a film project starring his trophy mistress Lena (Cruz), who was desperate to get out of the relationship. Back then, as Lena and Mateo started spending rather too much time together, Ernesto sent his teen son (Ochandiano) to follow them, ostensibly to film a making-of doc.

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Bandidas Review


Bad
In the history of really silly wigs, Dwight Yoakam's long, crimped black hair in Bandidas has gone and snuck its way into the top ten. It's part of the silliness of the film that stops it from being a truly terrible movie. That being said, there's no other compliments I can ratchet out for this sucker.

It's the old west and things aren't well. Tyler Jackson (Yoakam) has used a six-shooter to take over much of the land in Mexico, and wants to use all of this to make connections and money through big time land developers. He makes a mistake when he shoots the father of Maria (Penélope Cruz) and poisons the wealthy father of Sara (Selma Hayek). After some squabbling over class, they decide to pair up as bank robbers and steal all of Jackson's money, getting tips from retired bank robber Bill Buck (Sam Shepard, why?). They eventually pair with a forensic psychologist (Steve Zahn) who starts falling for both the girls as they plan to breach Jackson's big vault.

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Vanilla Sky Review


Good
The single best scene in Vanilla Sky, and maybe in the entire year of cinema, takes place right at the beginning of this film. On the surface it's not anything that special, just a scene of Tom Cruise, running panicked through Times Square in New York City. Only Times Square is completely devoid of traffic or pedestrians. As is every street we can see down. New York, effectively, is empty. Whether this was done legitimately or with digital effects (or a combination of both), I don't know. And I couldn't tell, either. It's a powerful shot to launch what should have been a powerful movie.

Sadly, it's a bit downhill from there. While Vanilla Sky is a solid effort, it's unfortunately short of genius. The very project is a bit curious. Is Cameron Crowe, the permanent teenager responsible for perfectly good yet light-as-a-feather comedies like Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, up to the challenge of remaking a Spanish psychodrama? Crowe goes through the motions, and from time to time he proves that he can handle heavier material, but Vanilla Sky is too murky to be much more than a holiday distraction -- far from the cult classic that the original Abre los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) has become.

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Head In The Clouds Review


Weak
Why anyone thought this title suitable for a complex romantic thriller I can only guess: The central character, the flighty, ravishing Gilda Bessé (Charlize Theron), has no concern for anything that limits her pleasures and, while her closest friends (and lovers) are making serious commitments in response to the threat of fascism, she maintains her socialite amusements and keeps her "head in the clouds." It seems a title borrowed from some Disney fantasy rather than applying to the wartime tragedy that is attempted here.

The daughter of a French aristocrat raised by an American mother, Cambridge University student Gilda has garnered a reputation for campus scandal. Irish born Guy (Stuart Townsend, Theron's real life squeeze), on the other hand, is a struggling student on scholarship and is of a more serious nature. So, when his Cambridge dorm door flies open one rainy night in 1933, and the notorious Gilda herself asks for shelter, his world is rocked. He sensibly makes no moves on her when she stays the night, giving her attraction to him a basis of credibility when the sex sparks fly later.

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Masked & Anonymous Review


Bad
Masked & Anonymous, as a title, comes across as a vague, artsy moniker as inaccessible as the film it represents. But look closer at the name of this movie about revolution and despair, and you'll discover a clear reference to the film's writers; credited as Rene Fontaine and Sergei Petrov, the screenwriters have been unmasked, as it were, revealed to be the film's iconic star, Bob Dylan, and director Larry Charles (HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm).

The result of this combination is an overly ambitious film that's as muddled and cryptic as a mumble-filled Dylan vocal. Dylan stars as the symbolically named Jack Fate, an apparent musical legend, jailed in the midst of a brutally downtrodden America where the government has taken over, war is rampant, and even the counter-revolutionaries have counter-revolutionaries.

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Blow Review


OK
In the famed cocaine drama Scarface, I remember a lot of gun battles and bowl after bowl of cocaine spilled on the table. I do not remember heartfelt talks with dad, a cancer-stricken girlfriend, and a child custody battle.

Yet such is the world of Blow, the most wildly anticipated drug thriller since, well, last year's Traffic. Welcome to the "based on a true story" tale of George Jung (the inimitable Johnny Depp), just a suburban boy from New England who tires of his conservative life and heads for -- where else -- L.A. Here (in the 1960s, natch), Jung hooks up with the local hair stylist/drug dealer and starts his own small pot distributorship. Soon enough he's running drugs back to Boston with the help of his friends and flight attendant girlfriend (Run Lola Run's Franka Potente). But just as he's made a name for himself, he gets busted and lands in prison.

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Head In The Clouds Review


Weak

A handsome misfire of romanticized misfortune and decadence, war and idealism, tragedy and melodrama, "Head in the Clouds" aspires to be a sweetly risqué twist on the spirit of "Casablanca." But miscast leads and ersatz emotions leave the film's soundstagey period ambiance as its most comparable asset.

Underwhelming, accent-wavering Stuart Townsend ("Queen of the Damned") stars as Guy, an aspiring young writer and political idealist who comes under the spell of Gilda (Charlize Theron), a magnetically reckless woman who lives for the moment and for pleasure, believing she's doomed to die at 34 (as per an opening-scene palm reading). Passionate but uncommitted lovers at Cambridge in the early 1930s, they meet again in Paris just before the German occupation, where their disparate values in sex and life lead their renewed affair into tumultuous territory.

Townsend and Theron (a couple in real life) are wrong for their parts, both of which call for actors who can wear their intellects on their sleeves for confrontations that are at once lusty, emotionally raw and political in nature. More appropriately cast is Penelope Cruz as Mia, another of Gilda's lovers and a sexy Spanish dancer who became crippled, then turned to nursing in the hopes of returning to her country to serve in its republican revolution.

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Gothika Review


Weak

If only screenwriter Sebastian Gutierrez had put as much effort into story logic and credible characters as director Mathieu Kassovitz puts into generating seat-grabbing goosebumps in "Gothika," the wannabe-cerebral supernatural horror thriller might have had more going for it than just a few good shudders and jumps.

The first above-the-title starring vehicle for 2002 Oscar winner Halle Berry -- playing a criminal psychologist who blacks out after a car accident and wakes up in her own prison asylum, accused of axe-murdering her husband -- the film begins with a strike against it for its laughable attempts at evocative dialogue in the opening-scene rantings of a wild-eyed inmate (Penelope Cruz).

"He opened me like a flower of pain...and it felt goooood," the pretty Spaniard flares, all dowdied-down in Serious Actress Mode. "(Then) I cut his Adam's apple in half like a soft fruit on a summer day."

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Penelope Cruz

Date of birth

28th April, 1974

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Zoolander 2 - Relax Trailer

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Derek, Hansel and some other familiar faces are back in Zoolander 2! After offering their...

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Grimsby - Red Band Teaser Trailer

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Twice Born Trailer

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The Counselor Movie Review

The Counselor Movie Review

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'The Counsellor' tells the story of a naive lawyer who holds the belief that dabbling...

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