Javier Bardem: Articles

'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 […]

'Montezuma': Steven Spielberg Next Movie from Decades-Old Dalton Trumbo Screenplay?

'Montezuma': Steven Spielberg next movie (or at least a Spielberg movie some time in the future)? Will Steven Spielberg next tackle the life and times of Aztec king Montezuma, from a screenplay by none other than former Hollywood Ten member Dalton Trumbo? If so, that won't be the first time […]

'Skyfall': Most Successful James Bond Movie Ever Made?

Skyfall with the Aston Martin DB5 and Daniel Craig as James Bond a.k.a. Agent 007. The 23rd James Bond movie in the series begun with Terence Young's Dr. No half a century ago, Sam Mendes' Skyfall may turn out to be the most successful Bond of all at the worldwide […]

'Lincoln' Trailer + 'The Hobbit' & 'Skyfall' Previews + Lindsay Lohan & Charlie Sheen in Bed

Lincoln trailer with Daniel Day-Lewis. Steven Spielberg Lincoln Trailer The Lincoln trailer looks like every post-1975 “serious” Steven Spielberg movie ever made, from The Color Purple and Empire of the Sun and Schindler's List to Amistad and Saving Private Ryan and War Horse. As Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis has only […]

'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' Review: Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson Showcase

Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona I saw Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona at its Canadian premiere at the 32nd Montreal World Film Festival to a sold-out crowd in the beautiful Italian Renaissance-styled Imperial Theatre. The audience – people of all ages and types – […]

'No Country for Old Men' Review: Joel and Ethan Coen Actioner

Synopsis: West Texas, 1980: A hunter (Josh Brolin) stumbles upon numerous dead bodies, a stash of heroin, and $2 million in cash lying about in the region's arid wasteland near the Rio Grande. He takes the money and runs, but is followed by a cold-blooded killer (Javier Bardem). All the […]

Colin Firth & Wife + Mila Kunis & Céline Dion: The Oscars

Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli: Academy Awards Red Carpet. Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli: Academy Awards Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. For his performance as King George VI in Tom Hooper's critical […]

Helen Mirren & Annette Bening Oscar Presenters + American Cinema Editors Awards' Big Surprise

Annette Bening: Best Actress nominee and Oscar presenter. Annette Bening: Oscar presenter Annette Bening, Cate Blanchett, and Javier Bardem are three more presenters at the 2011 Oscar ceremony. Academy governor Annette Bening is also a Best Actress Academy Award nominee this year for Lisa Cholodenko's lesbian family drama The Kids […]

Goya Awards Polemic: Álex de la Iglesia vs. Anti-Piracy Sinde Law, Party Crasher

Álex de la Iglesia: Premios Goya ceremony. A Goya Awards ceremony to remember: Anti-piracy law controversy, party crasher Unlike the staid Bafta ceremony held in London earlier this evening, Feb. 13, '11, the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 25th Goya Awards ceremony, which took place at Madrid's […]

Luncheon for Oscar Nominees: Warren Beatty & James Franco + Annette Bening & Jeff Bridges

Luncheon for Oscar nominees Annette Bening, Jeff Bridges and (partially) Nicole Kidman. Annette Bening, Jeff Bridges photos: Oscar Nominees Luncheon 2011 Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening sits on Best Actor nominee Jeff Bridges' leg at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Oscar Nominees Luncheon, held […]

Best Actress Oscar: Natalie Portman & Jennifer Lawrence

Best Actress Oscar group photo: Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman and Annette Bening. Best Actress nominees Oscar Luncheon photo Best Actress Academy Award nominees Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman, and Annette Bening are seen above at the 2011 Oscar Luncheon held in Beverly Hills […]

Christopher Nolan 'Oscar Snub' No Snub?

Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Nolan, Inception Despite the box office success of the sci-fier/thriller Inception, Christopher Nolan was snubbed once again in the Academy Awards' Best Director category. Nolan had been bypassed before: in early 2009, The Dark Knight was nowhere to be found among the Best […]

Annette Bening & Harrison Ford + Javier Bardem to Receive Film Festival Honors

Annette Bening, a top contender for the 2011 Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as a lesbian mother in The Kids Are All Right, will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's (SBIFF) American Riviera Award. The ceremony honoring Bening, 52, will take place at the Arlington Theatre on […]

Why Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nominations Are Hard to Predict

Javier Bardem in Alejandro González-Iñárritu's Biutiful (top); Stefania Sandrelli, Valerio Mastandrea in Paolo Virzi's The First Beautiful Thing (middle); Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm in Susanne Bier's In a Better World (photo by Per Arnesen) (bottom) Bal / Honey (Turkey), Semih Kaplanoglu Biutiful (Mexico), Alejandro González-Iñárritu Carancho (Argentina), Pablo Trapero In […]

'Takers' & 'The Last Exorcism' Dead Heat?

Javier Bardem, Julia Roberts in Ryan Murphy's Eat Pray Love (top); Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables (bottom) Sept. 1, '10, update: It was bound to happen: on Tuesday, Aug. 31, the Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco romantic drama Eat Pray Love earned more money than Sylvester Stallone's violent actioner The Expendables at […]

'The Expendables' vs. 'Eat Pray Love': Bombastic Sylvester Stallone Actioner Beats Inspirational Julia Roberts Travelogue

Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts Aug. 16 update: Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables grossed slightly less than estimated at the North American box office this weekend (Aug. 13-15, '10), collecting $34.82 million at 3,270 locations. Its per-theater average was $10,650, according to box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. […]

'Uncle Boonmee,' Juliette Binoche & Best Actor Tie: Cannes Film Festival Winners

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thai drama Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (top); Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men (middle); Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's A Screaming Man (bottom) Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a dreamlike Thai drama about a man dying of kidney failure that left many […]

Javier Bardem & Kristin Chenoweth + Tilda Swinton & Glen Hansard: Academy Awards

Javier Bardem: Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for Joel and Ethan Coen's 'No Country for Old Men.' Javier Bardem Academy Award winner Javier Bardem was the year's Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner for his performance as a merciless hired killer in Joel and Ethan Coen's thriller No Country for […]

Marion Cotillard Best Actress + Johnny Depp & Penélope Cruz: The Oscars

Marion Cotillard Photos: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S. (Cotillard) Marion Cotillard. Photo: Armando Flores (Cotillard). See below more images from the 2008 Oscar ceremony – including what looks like a mighty embarrassed Tilda Swinton, Best Supporting Actress winner for Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton, taking part in an four-way Oscar statuette […]

Oscar Ceremony Biggest Surprises Include 20-Time Loser

As the saying goes, it's not over until the fat lady sings. Since Amy Adams is anything but fat, that meant another three hours of Oscar give-aways after her rendition of “Happy Working Song” from Enchanted.   Nearly four hours into the Oscarcast 2008… And it's finally over. No Country […]

BAFTA Winners & Guests: From James McAvoy to Lee Majors

Those looking for hints for the upcoming Academy Awards will be disappointed with the results of the pompous-sounding Orange British Academy of Film & Television Arts. The British-made (with Hollywood financing) romantic melodrama Atonement (top photo), nominated for 14 BAFTAs, was supposed to have swept the awards ceremony, but ended […]

Casey Affleck & Sissy Spacek + Julie Christie & Ellen Page: Oscar Luncheon

Sarah Polley, Tamara Jenkins, Julie Christie At the 2008 Oscar luncheon at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Academy president Sid Ganis remarked that “regardless of those circumstances, which are beyond our control, we will be presenting the awards as scheduled.” Needless to say, “those circumstances” are the Writers Guild […]

Oscar Predictions: Death & Destruction + Feel-Good Teen Pregnancy Movie & 85-Year-Old Veteran

Transformers 2007. Without special effects there would have been no Transformers, as Michael Bay's futuristic action flick offers no acting, no writing, and no direction. Hence, Transformers is our pick in the 2008 Oscars' Best Visual Effects category. Rule of thumb when predicting Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing Oscar winners: […]

Golden Globe Awards: Non-English-Language Non-Ceremony Surprises

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly with Marie-Josée Croze: Golden Globe Awards' non-ceremony eyebrow-raiser. Based on Jean-Dominique Bauby's book of memoirs – reportedly written after Bauby (1952–1997) suffered a stroke that left him totally paralyzed except for his left eyelid, which he used to communicate (and thus “write” the book) – The […]

Critics Awards: Julie Christie & Daniel Day-Lewis Tops + Metro Manila 'Filipino Identity' Controversy

There Will Be Blood with Daniel Day-Lewis. Based on Upton Sinclair's 1926 novel Oil!, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood has been enthusiastically received by U.S. critics; yet this awards season it has been almost invariably an also-ran to Joel and Ethan Coen's violent thriller No Country for Old Men. That […]

'Critical Thinking' & Oscar Influence + Eclectic & International Critics' Poll

No Country for Old Men with Javier Bardem: “Critical thinking.” Needless to say, an Academy Award nomination isn't necessarily an indication of overwhelming critical acclaim; on the other hand, overwhelming critical acclaim, especially during awards season, does have a correlation with Oscar love, as the myriad North American critics awards […]

'No Country for Old Men' Awards: Joel and Ethan Coen Thriller Critics' Best Film + More Winners

No Country for Old Men with Josh Brolin. Joel and Ethan Coen's somber, brutal thriller is easily this awards season's top Best Film choice. Besides Josh Brolin, the cast includes Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, and Kelly Macdonald. 'No Country for Old Men' awards: U.S. critics' favorite 2007 […]

Julie Christie & Daniel Day-Lewis + Amy Ryan & the Coen Brothers: More Critics Award Winners

Julie Christie in Away from Her. The top Best Actress pick of 2007 by U.S.-based film critics groups, veteran Julie Christie (Doctor Zhivago, Far from the Madding Crowd) brings to life a woman slowly losing her memory – and her personality – to Alzheimer's disease in Sarah Polley's Canadian drama […]

Julie Christie Best Actress: 1965 Oscar Winner Is Back + Violence & 'Blood'

Julie Christie: Best Actress in Away from Her. In Sarah Polley's Canadian drama Away from Her, National Board of Review Best Actress winner Julie Christie plays a woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease, which takes her increasingly away from husband Gordon Pinsent – especially once she develops a relationship with fellow […]

Rwandan Genocide Movie Among AFI FEST Winners + Javier Bardem 'Love in the Time of Cholera' Premiere Images

AFI FEST Awards: Jenny Lund, Nash Edgerton, Lauren Greenfield, Jeffrey Schwarz, Andreas Mol Dalsgaard, Michael Addis Lee Isaac Chung's Munyurangabo (right), about how outside forces pull apart two Rwandan teenagers – one Hutu; one Tutsi – was the international feature film jury's top choice at this year's AFI FEST presented […]

Goya Awards: Euthanasia Drama Is Big Winner + Gianni Amelio Father-Son Tale Tops Italian Critics Awards

Javier Bardem in The Sea Inside. In Alejandro Amenábar's euthanasia drama The Sea Inside / Mar adentro, Javier Bardem plays a tetraplegic Spaniard fighting for the right to end his life in a country where – like just about everywhere else –assisted suicide is legally akin to murder. One of the year's biggest […]

Culture Clash Issues Dominate European Film Awards + Pedro Almodóvar Big Loser

Culture clash German-Turkish drama Head-On with Birol Ünel and Sibel Kekilli. Directed by Fatih Akin, Head-On was the 2004 European Film Awards' Best Film winner – and a loser in all other European Film Academy categories for which it had been nominated. (In the non-official categories, the culture clash drama […]

'Vera Drake,' Imelda Staunton: Abortion Drama Tops Venice Film Festival

'Vera Drake': Abortion drama with Imelda Staunton, Daniel Mays and Philip Davis. 'Vera Drake,' Imelda Staunton Win at Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion goes to Mike Leigh's abortion drama Mike Leigh's drama Vera Drake, starring Imelda Staunton as a kind-hearted abortionist in 1950s England, was turned down by the Cannes […]