Fact: The 19th Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off on Thursday (13Jun13) with a screening of I'm So Excited, the new movie by Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar.
Quote: "When I was in New York and she took me out to dinner I insisted we walk to the restaurant alone. She didn't wear any make-up and no one recognised her. There was not one single fan. I think it was a good lesson for her majesty!" Moviemaker Pedro Almodovar showed his good friend Madonna how to go incognito on the streets of the Big Apple.
Fact: Spanish moviemaker Pedro Almodovar will serve as the guest artistic director at the American Film Institute's upcoming AFI Fest, where he will present a special screening of his movie Law Of Desire to mark the 25th anniversary of its release. The annual event takes place in Hollywood in November (11).
Quote: "He got upset with me at certain points - 'Don't move your hands so much!' Some days, you just want to kill yourself. Or him." Antonio Banderas on reuniting with director Pedro Almodovar for their first movie together in 21 years, The Skin I Live In.
Quote: "Those eyes, her neck, her shoulders, her breasts! PENELOPE has got one of the most spectacular cleavages in world cinema. Looking at her has been one of the great pleasure of the shoot." Openly gay director Pedro Almodovar appreciated Penelope Cruz's beauty while they were making new movie BROKEN EMBRACES.
Fact: Spanish film-maker Pedro Almodovar has accepted an invitation by New York's Museum Of Modern Art to make available his rarely seen, and controversial, early experimental short films from the 1970s.
Fact: 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 fill cinemas in Germany.