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'The Grandfather' Movie: Surprisingly Touching Oscar-Nominated Message of Tolerance

'The Grandfather': Fernando Fernán Gómez as the irascible 'abuelo' who discovers it's never too late to learn about tolerance and compassion. 'The Grandfather' movie review: Gorgeous, surprisingly effective message of tolerance with strong central performance The Grandfather / El abuelo is a film with a pedigree. It is based on […]


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'The Grandfather' Movie: Surprisingly Touching Oscar-Nominated Message of Tolerance



'The Sea Inside' Movie Review: Javier Bardem & the Right to Euthanasia

'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his […]


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'The Sea Inside' Movie Review: Javier Bardem & the Right to Euthanasia



Sara Montiel Dies: Legendary Spanish Movie & Recording Star + Pedro Almodóvar Icon

Sara Montiel Sara Montiel: Legendary Spanish movie and recording superstar dead at 85 Sara Montiel, a.k.a. Sarita Montiel a.k.a. Saritisima, one of the Spanish-speaking world's biggest film and recording stars, died yesterday, April 8, '13. Montiel, who was found dead by paramedics called to her house in Madrid's district of […]


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Sara Montiel Dies: Legendary Spanish Movie & Recording Star + Pedro Almodóvar Icon



'Dead Man Down' Is Major Colin Farrell Bomb & Pedro Almodóvar Biggest Hits

'Dead Man Down' with Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. 'Dead Man Down': Colin Farrell latest box office bomb Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, whose Swedish-made The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo became an international blockbuster, and starring Colin Farrell, whose box office standing has suffered a series of major setbacks […]


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'Dead Man Down' Is Major Colin Farrell Bomb & Pedro Almodóvar Biggest Hits



Pedro Almodóvar 'I'm So Excited' Trailer (Full Version)

Miguel Ángel Silvestre in I'm So Excited. Pedro Almodóvar I'm So Excited trailer Pedro Almodóvar's upcoming movie, I'm So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros (literally, “passing lovers” and/or “passenger lovers”) has a new and full trailer. That's the good news. The not-so-good news (for non-Spanish speakers): it's in Spanish, without […]


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Pedro Almodóvar 'I'm So Excited' Trailer (Full Version)



'Bad Education': Pedro Almodóvar Outstanding 'Gay Film Noir'

'Bad Education.' Bad Education: Pedro Almodóvar's complex, disturbing, brilliant gay film noir (in gorgeous color) One of Pedro Almodóvar's most accomplished, most complex, and most daring films, Bad Education / La Mala educación is a disturbing, but also immensely moving effort that cleverly twists all the conventions of the film […]


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'Bad Education': Pedro Almodóvar Outstanding 'Gay Film Noir'



Goya Awards: Corrupt Cop Tops + Woody Allen Wins WGA & Bodil Nominee Lars von Trier

No Rest for the Wicked with José Coronado Pedro Almodóvar didn't have much luck at the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Goya Awards this evening in Madrid: Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In won a total of four Goyas, but none for its director/writer. Starring Antonio Banderas […]


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Goya Awards: Corrupt Cop Tops + Woody Allen Wins WGA & Bodil Nominee Lars von Trier



'Pan's Labyrinth' Review: Imagination vs. Mind Control

Pan's Labyrinth with Ivana Baquero “If you expect to get laid after this screening,” Guillermo del Toro told the midnight (actually, closer to 1 a.m.) audience at the AFI FEST Los Angeles 2007 premiere of Pan's Labyrinth, “it ain't gonna happen.” Indeed, del Toro's “adult fairytale” is hardly the sort […]


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'Pan's Labyrinth' Review: Imagination vs. Mind Control



Álex de la Iglesia Controversial Goya Awards Speech: Internet vs. Cinema?

Álex de la Iglesia: Goya Awards. Álex de la Iglesia Goya Awards speech: In defense of the Internet Below is the English translation of a brief section of Álex de la Iglesia's lengthy – and quite remarkable – speech at the 2011 Goya Awards ceremony. As mentioned in my previous […]


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Álex de la Iglesia Controversial Goya Awards Speech: Internet vs. Cinema?



Watch Bafta Awards Ceremony, Spanish Academy Awards Online

Bafta award. Watch the BAFTA Awards The 2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards ceremony, often referred to as the BAFTA Awards or simply the Baftas (sometimes in caps, BAFTAs), is currently taking place in London. Directed by Tom Hooper, and starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham […]


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Watch Bafta Awards Ceremony, Spanish Academy Awards Online



Pedro Almodóvar, 'The Consul from Sodom': Controversial Goya Award Choices

Penélope Cruz in Broken Embraces (Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo / Sony Pictures Classics) (top); Jordi Mollà in El cónsul de Sodoma (Steinweg Emotion Pictures) (bottom) In the Spanish-language website Filmin, “questions without answers” are asked about the selections for the Spanish Academy's 2010 Goya Awards. A […]


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Pedro Almodóvar, 'The Consul from Sodom': Controversial Goya Award Choices



'Cell 211' & 'Agora + Penélope Cruz & Pedro Almodóvar: Goya Award Nominations

Rachel Weisz in Agora (Mod Producciones) (top); Penélope Cruz in Broken Embraces (Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo / Sony Pictures Classics) (bottom) Daniel Monzón's prison drama Cell 211 and Alejandro Amenábar's historical blockbuster Ágora (a.k.a. Mists of Time), with respectively 16 and 13 nominations, are the two […]


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'Cell 211' & 'Agora + Penélope Cruz & Pedro Almodóvar: Goya Award Nominations



Sandra Bullock Presenting SAG Award to Betty White, Kevin Bacon Honored

Betty White, Sandra Bullock in The Proposal (Kerry Hayes / Touchstone) Sandra Bullock, up for a best actress SAG Award for The Blind Side, will present the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award to Betty White at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony. White and Bullock worked together in […]


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Sandra Bullock Presenting SAG Award to Betty White, Kevin Bacon Honored



'Broken Embraces': Pedro Almodóvar Film Noir with Femme Fatale Penélope Cruz

Broken Embraces: Pedro Almodóvar on the set (top); Penélope Cruz as the heroine (bottom). In the mystery-melodrama, a director and his female star begin a passionate love affair that leads to all sorts of trouble. Wendy Ide in The [London] Times: “Certainly, it is unmistakably an Almodovar film. Nobody else […]


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'Broken Embraces': Pedro Almodóvar Film Noir with Femme Fatale Penélope Cruz



Luis Buñuel 'Viridiana' Screening

Viridiana, Luis Buñuel's provocative 1961 Palme d'Or-winning classic proving that life is a bitch and then you play cards, will run at New York City's Film Forum from Friday, April 24, through Thursday, April 30. Inspired by a painting of Saint Viridiana kneeling on the floor before a crucifix and […]


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Luis Buñuel 'Viridiana' Screening



Goya Awards: Controversial 'Camino'

2009 Goya Awards 2009 Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Goya Award nominees: December 19, 2008 2009 Goya Award winners: Madrid, February 1, 2009 (“*” denotes the winner in each category) Photos: © Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences   Written and directed by Javier Fesser, […]


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Goya Awards: Controversial 'Camino'



Make-Up Artists & Hairstylists' Oscar Symposium + Spanish Film Critics Winners

Oscar-nominated make-up artists Conor O'Sullivan and John Caglione Jr. ('The Dark Knight'), Mike Elizalde and Thomas Floutz ('Hellboy II: The Golden Army') and Greg Cannom ('The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'). Oscar nominees at Academy's Make-Up Artist and Hairstylist Symposium Feb. 22, '09, update: The 2009 Oscar-nominated make-up artists Greg […]


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Make-Up Artists & Hairstylists' Oscar Symposium + Spanish Film Critics Winners



Gay Marriage in 'Queens'

Queens Hugo Silva and Raúl Jiménez.   In Manuel Gómez Pereira's fluffy 2005 Spanish comedy Queens, a group of gay men and their mothers get ready for Spain's first mass gay wedding ceremony. That year, despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church and from religious and social traditionalists (many of […]


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Gay Marriage in 'Queens'



Marion Cotillard & Ulrich Mühe Win London + Joel & Ethan Coen Win WGA Awards

2008 London Film Critics' Circle Award nominations: Dec. 14 '07. 2008 London Film Critics' Circle Award winners: Grosvenor House Hotel on Feb. 8 '08. ("*" denotes the winner in each category) FILM OF THE YEAR * No Country for Old Men The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert […]


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Marion Cotillard & Ulrich Mühe Win London + Joel & Ethan Coen Win WGA Awards



Russian Mafia & Rwanda Genocide Drama Top Genie Nominations + ASC Awards

The two top nominees for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's 2008 Genie Awards are heavy dramas: David Cronenberg's Russian mafia thriller Eastern Promises and Roger Spottiswoode's Rwanda genocide tale Shake Hands With the Devil, each with 12 nominations. They were followed by Away from Her with seven nods; […]


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Russian Mafia & Rwanda Genocide Drama Top Genie Nominations + ASC Awards



Pedro Almodóvar: Best-Known Spanish Film Director

Pedro Almodóvar Pedro Almodóvar: Best-known Spanish film director According to a poll conducted by the Spanish-based SigmaDos, Pedro Almodóvar is the best-known modern-day Spanish film director in his home country, Zinema reports. That should come as no surprise to anyone anywhere in the world, of course. In fact, what's somewhat […]


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Pedro Almodóvar: Best-Known Spanish Film Director



Goya Awards: Pedro Almodóvar vs. Guillermo del Toro

Yohana Cobo, Penélope Cruz in Volver (top); Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero in Pan's Labyrinth (bottom) The Spanish Academy's Goya Awards were presented on Jan. 28. Although best picture winner Volver seemed like an easy pick, it actually faced stiff competition from both Agustín Díaz-Yanes' adventure period piece Alatriste and Guillermo […]


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Goya Awards: Pedro Almodóvar vs. Guillermo del Toro



Goya Awards Nominations: Mercenary Viggo Mortensen vs. Manchega Penélope Cruz

Alatriste with Viggo Mortensen. The Spanish Academy's Goya Awards' top nominee, Agustín Díaz Yanes' Alatriste received a total of 15 nods, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (Díaz Yanes), and Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen). Spanish-speaking U.S. performer Mortensen (The Lords of the Rings trilogy, A History of Violence) […]


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Goya Awards Nominations: Mercenary Viggo Mortensen vs. Manchega Penélope Cruz



'The Secret Life of Words' Tops Spanish Film Critics Awards

2006 Spanish Film Writers Circle Awards: Jan. 23, '06 ("*" denotes the winner in each category)   Best Film El Cielo gira Habana Blues Princesas *La Vida secreta de las palabras / The Secret Life of Words Best Foreign Film Broken Flowers, USA/France Match Point, UK * Million Dollar Baby, […]


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'The Secret Life of Words' Tops Spanish Film Critics Awards



Goya Award Winners: Tim Robbins-Sarah Polley Drama Tops

The Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the winners of the 2006 Goya Awards. Not surprisingly, the best picture winner was front-runner La Vida secreta de las palabras / The Secret Life of Words, the story of a young woman who takes care of a man […]


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Goya Award Winners: Tim Robbins-Sarah Polley Drama Tops



Euthanasia Drama Is Goya Awards' Big Winner + Nastri d'Argento Picks

Javier Bardem in 'The Sea Inside.' 'The Sea Inside': Goya Awards 2005 big winner The Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today, January 31, the winners of the 2005 Goya Awards. As expected, Alejandro Amenábar's right-to-die drama The Sea Inside / Mar adentro, starring Javier Bardem, Lola […]


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Euthanasia Drama Is Goya Awards' Big Winner + Nastri d'Argento Picks



'The Perfect Crime': Sensational Mónica Cervera in Outrageous Politically Incorrect Black Comedy

The Perfect Crime movie: Mónica Cervera and Guillermo Toledo as black-hole-crossed lovers. Álex de la Iglesia's outrageous, pitch-black comedy features a sensational Mónica Cervera performance in the role of a shy, mousy Madrid department store salesclerk who, following a twist of fate, becomes a domineering, sexually insatiable Medusa. 'The Perfect […]


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'The Perfect Crime': Sensational Mónica Cervera in Outrageous Politically Incorrect Black Comedy