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Pedro Almodovar: Gov’t is Deaf and Insensitive

descendantspedroalmodovarSpaniard OSCAR winning director Pedro Almodovar denounced his government during an acceptance speech at the EU Film Awards in Berlin, reports BBC.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Pedro Almodovar: I’m So Excited Trailer

descendantspedroalmodovarThere are few directors out there that can do camp like Spain’s Pedro Almodovar.  Es la pura verdad.  Get a glimpse of Almodovar’s new flick titled “I’m So Excited.”

The teaser looks to be fueled by sexual overtones and gay glee.

It may not be OSCAR material but, in our humble opinion, this looks, to us, as if this will be a laugh from start to finish for the man responsible for the meteoric rise of Spanish cross-over Hollywood fixtures like Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Hugo Silva – who also star in the film.

Expect a 2013 installment to a art theater near you.

Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz at the "Broken Embraces" NY Premiere

Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz at the “Broken Embraces” NY Premiere

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RTnMs Oscar Picks

Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz at the "Broken Embraces" NY Premiere

Its that time of the year again.  Can you believe it’s February, 2010 already?  Time waits on no-one.  But with Botox on my horizon and the promise of Spring around the bend, I trudge forward (from the warmness of my apt.!)

And while I’m at it, here is a list of the relevant nominations for this years OSCAR’s, taking place on March 7th.  My picks are noted in RED.  And the Academy should please note how easily this long ass boring show could be edited down to what the public considers important!  Let’s face it, there are some catergories that we just simply don’t care about!  And since we are bitching – isn’t it bizarre how Almodovar isn’t nominated in the Best Foreign Film category or Tom Ford for Best Director???  These omissions are simply R-U-D-E!

Colin Firth in Tom Ford's "A Single Man"

Actor in a Leading Role

 * Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
* George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
* Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
* Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
* Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Actor in a Supporting Role

* Matt Damon in “Invictus”
* Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
* Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
* Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Leading Role (This should be a tie – dammit!)

* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
* Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
* Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
* Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
* Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia

Oscar Nominate Actress Gabourey Sidibe at MoMA Tribute Gala

Actress in a Supporting Role

 * Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
* Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
* Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Audrey Tautou at "Coco Before Chanel" NY Premiere

Costume Design

 * “Bright Star” Janet Patterson
* “Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
* “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
* “Nine” Colleen Atwood
* “The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell

Directing

* “Avatar” James Cameron
* “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
* “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
* “Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

Foreign Language Film

* “Ajami” Israel
* “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina
* “The Milk of Sorrow” Peru
* “Un Prophète” France
* “The White Ribbon” Germany

Best Picture

* “Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
* “The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
* “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
* “An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
* “The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined
* “Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
* “A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
* “Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
* “Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Oscar Nominated Actress Sandra Bullock at "The Blind Side" NY Premiere

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Almodovar and Cruz: Broken Embraces

The Lincoln Center Film Society’s NYFF arrived at its closing night with a premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces.”
The film stars one of Almodovar’s muses and rumored fiance of hotness Javier Bardem – Penelope Cruz, in a black a-symmetrical jacket and gray shimmery dress.
Much is said of Cruz’s beauty and its something that escapes me for the most part. But I must admit that she did have a certain shine to her last night on the short red carpet amidst the Lincoln Center revamped Alice Tully Hall complex. Must have something to do with the millions of $ that went into reworking the structure.
I would also venture to say that I was pleased to have had a stop and repeat with the likes of Cruz, Almodovar and Salma Hayek – who arrived so late to the event more than two/thirds of the press line had vacated – including myself, and this largely due to the inept minds handling the event who stated the event was done.
Of course, this wasn’t the publicity teams 1st event fuck up. It marked their 3rd screwed event – not that they appeared to give a rats ass about it, so it came as little a shock. Tres Incompetent!
The film opens in limited release on November 20th and wide release in December – no doubt in time for Oscar consideration…
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