Aug.
11th,
2014
Penelope Cruz clarifies Israel-Gaza comments after being labelled an anti-Semite: ‘I wish for unity, and peace’
Filed Under: News & Rumors

Penelope Cruz has issued a statement clarifying a strong-worded letter condemning Israel’s military intervention in Gaza as “genocide”.

In a statement published by USA Today, the actress explained her “only wish and intention” in signing the group letter was to promote “peace in both Israel and Gaza” while highlighting that she is “not an expert” and this is a “complex” situation.

She added: “I don’t want to be misunderstood on this important subject. I’m not an expert on the situation and I’m aware of the complexity of it. My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace in both Israel and Gaza.

“I am hopeful all parties can agree to a ceasefire and there are no more innocent victims on either side of the border. I wish for unity, and peace… I believe in a civilization that can be capable of bringing the courage to have a world where humans can live side by side.”

Her husband, actor Javier Bardem, followed suit by issuing a separate statement clarifying his position on the matter, adding: “My signature was solely meant as a plea for peace. Destruction and hatred only generate more hatred and destruction.”

Earlier this week, the couple signed a group letter, along with some of Spain’s biggest names in the entertainment industry including film director Pedro Almodovar, calling for a stronger response by the European Union to stop Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip.

The letter stated that Israel “humiliates, detains, and tramples on the rights of the Palestinian population in all of the West Bank every day, also causing many deaths” and destroying homes while “the international community does nothing”.

The letter sparked a strong reaction on social media and was branded “anti-Semite” by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who tweeted: “Sad that Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are anti-Semites, but not unexpected given Spain’s sky-high Jew-hatred.”

Responding to the criticism, Bardem added:”I am now being labeled by some as anti-Semitic, as is my wife (Cruz) – which is the antithesis of who we are as human beings. We detest anti-Semitism as much as we detest the horrible and painful consequences of war.”

This is not the first time the actor, who won an Oscar for his performance in “No Country for Old Men”, speaks about the conflict.

Last week, in an op-ed for Spanish newspaper El Diario, Bardem wrote: “I can’t understand this barbarism, even more cruel and incomprehensible considering all of the horrible things the Jewish people have gone through in the past.”

He added: “Yes, I’m outraged, ashamed and hurt by all of this injustice and human beings getting killed. Those children are our children. It’s horrendous.”

Source: Independent

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Feb.
19th,
2014
Penelope Cruz to Shoot First Film with Julio Medem
Filed Under: News & Rumors

Penelope Cruz will shoot her first film with Spanish writer/director Julio Medem in his upcoming ma ma, playing the lead role of Magda.

Cruz and Medem will produce the film, along with Morena Films, with Alvaro Longoria acting as executive producer.

Luis Tosar (Miami Vice) and Asier Etxeandia will round out the cast and Oscar-nominated composer Alberto Iglesias will write the music for the film, of which little else is known other than it could start shooting in the spring, entirely in Spain.

Producers are now looking for financing, while Medem finishes the TV adaptation of his novel Aspasia and the feature biopic about designer Cristobal Balenciaga.

Medem is one of Spain’s best known directors with titles that include the steamy Sex and Lucia — which launched Paz Vega internationally — and Lovers of the Arctic Circle.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Dec.
17th,
2013
Penelope Cruz Talks About Her New Film, ‘The Counselor,’ Javier Bardem and her Daughter
Filed Under: News & Rumors

Penelope Cruz plays a barren wife in one of her new movies and a doomed fiancée in another, but her own family life is strictly off limits. The 39-year-old Spanish mother of two has played the dark-haired beauty for directors Pedro Almodovar and Woody Allen, toyed around with Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean and engaged in intimate scenes with Michael Fassbender as his fiancée in this year’s Cormac McCarthy-scripted The Counselor.
Apologizing profusely, Cruz delayed an interview at a London pub focusing on her other new movie, Twice Born, which opens in the United States this month, for a half hour so she could rush home to feed her infant daughter.
Later, when asked how she and husband Javier Bardem share childminding chores, she said: “I don’t talk about them, in interviews, my kids. I don’t talk about them because I really try to protect them from that other part of the business.”
The Madrid native does talk about the roles she is taking now that she is on the young side of middle age, roles that may surprise fans.
“I love not feeling safe when I get to the set,” said Cruz, wearing a dark-colored parka to counter the pub’s chilliness.
The “not safe” role she wants to discuss is her portrayal of Gemma, an infertile woman, in Twice Born. The film had mixed reviews for its European run during 2012.
Based on a book by Italian author Margaret Mazzantini that Cruz says she loved, the film portrays a love affair between a daredevil American photographer, Diego, and Cruz’s academic researcher set at the time of the 1990s Bosnia war.
In it, Cruz embodies just about all possible versions of herself – from the 22-year-old who falls in love with Diego during a boisterous, drunken gathering of young artists and intellectuals in Mostar, to the married woman coming to terms with her infertility, to the older woman in her late 40s raising the child that she and Diego enlisted a surrogate mother to carry for them.
Cruz who pulls off all three stages of her character convincingly. And she is firmly of the opinion there is life for actresses after 40 – especially in Europe.
“In Europe it’s very possible and also because it’s not my main ambition. You know I love my job and I feel lucky when I can work because I need to work but it’s not my number one priority – that is family, and then my job that I’m very lucky to have.
“But I think Europe is a little bit different from maybe growing up in LA, or working just there, especially if you’re a woman … The actresses I look up to in Spain and in the rest of Europe, they work if they want to work.”
Here’s what else she had to say about what drew her to play Gemma, her experiences in Sarajevo and her views on movies that glamorize violence – though she says The Counselor doesn’t.
Q: This is the second film version of a Mazzantini novel, after Don’t Move in 2004, you’ve appeared in. What drew you to Gemma and her growing awareness of her infertility?
A: She’s a complicated woman, not politically correct at all, and that’s what I love about her. She just doesn’t have any mental filters, she says everything she feels and talks about a subject that’s difficult and very important to any woman. I read this book and I was fascinated by the way she talks about motherhood or about the conflict that this woman goes through – knowing it is not possible for her to have children she becomes obsessed with it….When I closed the last page I was 100 percent sure I wanted to play this character.
Q: The film is set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war, the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War Two. Did that history have any resonance for you during the filming in Sarajevo, which was one of the worst killing fields of the war?
A: This story … describes a war that was complex, like anywhere, but even when you talk to a Bosnian and a Serbian and a Croatian they all tell you we wish we could explain to you how this got so out of control but even for them…it’s hard to explain how things got to be so atrocious…I’ve talked to many families who have gone through horrible stories, especially one woman told me something she saw I will never for the rest of my life be able to get out of my mind. I don’t want to repeat it here but it was really like one of the most horrible things I ever heard…something she saw that happened to a child. That conversation will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Q: The “other” Cruz movie, The Counselor, out now in the U.S. and Europe, also is violent but in a different way.
A: I like the movie, it is really interesting and smart but I have doubts about the violence. There is one scene that I still have not seen, the one with Brad Pitt where he dies, the way he dies. I think violence should not be glamorized…I haven’t been part of many violent movies but if I was going to be part of one I wanted it to be one that doesn’t feel like a video game…It is a tricky line, how to make something interesting especially with such brilliant dialogue from Cormac McCarthy. But the darkness is not glamorized. It doesn’t make it cool, you know.

Source: En Starz

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Dec.
17th,
2013
Penelope Cruz & Salma Hayek Have Nicknames for Each Other; She Calls One Costar ‘One of My Favorite People in the World’
Filed Under: News & Rumors

Penelope Cruz has steered away for the spotlight for some time now, but only because she has been taking time to enjoy motherhood.
“I was breast-feeding my son 13 months, and I plan to do the same with my daughter,” the Oscar winner told Allure magazine, referring to her daughter Luna she and husband Javier Bardem welcomed in July. “[Nursing] is addictive. It’s hard when the day comes when you have to stop.”

The couple, who have been married since July 2010, also have a 3-year-old son named Leo Encinas Cruz.

Speaking of childhood, the actress opened up about her own in the January 2014 isssue: “In my house every Sunday, everybody was cleaning the house. There was always music, and everybody was dancing, sometimes naked around the house. Not hippie, but very free.”
The 39-year-old is very close to her family and also spoke about the bond she has with her sister Monica and brother Eduardo.
“We are so close to each other. We tell each other everything,” she said. “We’re talking all the time, every day. We’re really, really close, the three of us. It’s my treasure to have this relationship with [my] brother and sister-it’s so beautiful.”

As for Penelope’s famous relationships, she called her Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides costar Johnny Depp “one of my favorite people in the whole world! He’s been such a good friend,” and said of fellow The Counselor cast member Cameron Diaz “She has this vibrant, great energy. Really full of life.”
Talking about her very close friendship with Salma Hayek, Penelope revealed the two have a nickname for each other.
“She’s one of my best friends. We call each other huevos [eggs]. It was because when we were working together, we didn’t have children yet, so we used to sleep much more than now,” she said. “So it was a way to call each other lazy. We slept in the same bed so many times and it was like she was always trying to wake me up and call me huevos. But that’s in the past. Now we both are mothers, so we don’t sleep that much.”

Source: En Starz

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Oct.
8th,
2013
Penelope Cruz hides her terror
Filed Under: News & Rumors, The Counselor

SHE may have looked relaxed and poised as she posed at a special screening for her new film, The Counsellor, in London a few days ago but Penelope Cruz says that despite appearances she’s always racked with “crazy fears”.

The actress, 39, who gave birth to baby girl Luna in July hit the red carpet last week for the first time since her second child was born. “I have so many fears,” she said.

“I have become an expert at hiding them but I am so full of them. I’m not giving you examples because they are all so crazy. Everybody thinks I’m centred and relaxed but it’s so opposite to what goes on inside me. But I’ve been working on it all my life, so it gets better.”

Clearly she’s an even better actress than we thought.

But one thing Penelope, who was at the premiere with supportive co-star, husband of three years and father of her two children Javier Bardem, should have no concerns about is her post-baby body.

Asked how she got back in shape so fast, the brunette (trimmer and more stunning than ever in her navy and gold lace gown) told E! News it wasn’t down to a fad diet or rigorous workout, but “just running after the kids”. Hmm, something tells us other new mums may not be convinced.

Source: Express

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Oct.
8th,
2013
Penelope Cruz On Being A Working Mum: Family ‘Will Always Be A Priority’
Filed Under: News & Rumors, The Counselor

Penelope Cruz gave birth to her daughter Luna just three months ago, but the Hollywood star is already back on the red carpet promoting her latest movie The Counselor, and now she’s said that she has to “find a way to balance” her work and family life.

The Oscar-winning actress, who has two children with husband Javier Bardem, was talking at the movie’s press conference in London on Saturday, when she was asked about the difficulty with the balancing act that working mothers face.

The 36-year-old reportedly said: “I’ve always been a very family person, since I was a little girl, that’s the way I was raised. So that will always be a priority. But I have to work, like everyone else, so I will find a way to balance.”
Penelope debuted her slim-down body in a Temperly London gown last week for the movie’s premiere.

Her husband, Javier Bardem, is also in the movie with Penelope but the couple don’t share any scenes together, “unfortunately” Bardem said.

Of her post-baby weight loss, Penelope insisted that there wasn’t a fad diet, or daily workout that has helped her shed the excess pounds.

Because the actress said she has her children – son Leo and daughter Luna – to thank for getting her figure back.

When asked how she does it, she told E! News: “Just running after them, running after the kids, I think.”

Source: Entertainment Wise

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Oct.
8th,
2013
Why Michael Fassbender’s Sex Scene With Penelope Cruz Was Awkward
Filed Under: News & Rumors, The Counselor

Michael Fassbender and Penelope Cruz participate in a sex scene in Ridley Scott’s new film, “The Counselor,” and in a new interview with E! Online, Fassbender confirms that the pretend intercourse was as uncomfortable as one might imagine.

“It’s always a bit awkward, really. Doing scenes like that, especially cause Javier [Bardem] was sitting at the end of the bed. That was really weird,” Fassbender joked to the network. (Bardem and Cruz are married.) “You just wanna make sure that the other person is comfortable and that the other person doesn’t feel like you’re taking advantage of any situation. And then to just try and feel safe with one another really and then you can really hopefully sell what needs to be sold.”

In the new film, which is based on an original script by Cormac McCarthy, Fassbender plays a lawyer who gets caught up in the drug trade (Cruz, Bardem, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz round out the all-star cast). “The Counselor” is out in theaters on Oct. 25, giving Fassbender two high-profile releases in the month of October (the other being “12 Years A Slave”).

“I thought it was a beautiful piece of work,” Fassbender said of “12 Years A Slave,” his main Oscar contender in 2013. “Steve has really done a master work. Whatever happens after that is a bonus.”

Source: Huffington Post

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Oct.
3rd,
2013
Elle’s ‘Women in Hollywood’ Honors Penélope Cruz and Reese Witherspoon
Filed Under: News & Rumors

Elle, the world’s largest fashion magazine, will celebrate the 20th annual “Women in Hollywood” event on Monday, October 21 at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Hotel.

Honorees include Academy Award winners Penélope Cruz, Reese Witherspoon and Marion Cotillard, as well as many of today’s acclaimed women in film, including Naomie Harris, Melissa McCarthy, and Nancy Meyers.

Emerging actress Shailene Woodley will receive the Calvin Klein Collection Emerging Star Spotlight Award, and “Superman Returns” star Eva Marie Saint will be presented the L’Oréal Paris Legend Award.

Elle Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers said, “The longevity of this annual celebratory event is a testament to the remarkable women we honor who have been setting an example in the entertainment industry with their brilliant work. We’re proud to continue championing these illustrious women in the years to come.”

Last year’s “Women in Hollywood” honorees included Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning, Shirley MacLaine, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Octavia Spencer, Uma Thurman, Emma Watson and Kristen Wiig.

Source: Extra TV

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