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J.A. Bayona, Arturo Ripstein join 'The Queen Of Spain'

J.A. Bayona, Arturo Ripstein join 'The Queen Of Spain'
The two directors have joined the cast of Fernando Trueba’s film, which is now shooting in Budapest.

Directors Arturo Ripstein (La Calle De La Amargura) and Juan Antonio Bayona [pictured] (The Impossible) will step in front of the camera for Fernando Trueba’s The Queen Of Spain, his Penelope Cruz-starring sequel to The Girl Of Your Dreams.

It’s an acting first for Bayona, having accepted a brief cameo in the shoot that is now taking place in Budapest. Veteran Mexican director Ripstein will play the more sizable role of a fictional film producer, Sam Spiegelman, who wants to shoot a film in 1950s Spain.

Given that The Queen Of Spain is a comedy, but also a love letter to film history, it’s only fitting that two auteurs as diverse as Bayona and Ripstein have joined Trueba’s cast.

The action is set in 1956, 18 years later in the life of Macarena Granada, the Spanish
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J.A Bayona, Arturo Ripstein join Fernando Trueba's 'The Queen Of Spain'

J.A Bayona, Arturo Ripstein join Fernando Trueba's 'The Queen Of Spain'
The two directors have joined the cast of Fernando Trueba’s film, which is now shooting in Budapest.

Directors Arturo Ripstein (La Calle De La Amargura) and Juan Antonio Bayona [pictured] (The Impossible) will step in front of the camera for Fernando Trueba’s The Queen Of Spain, his Penelope Cruz-starring sequel to The Girl Of Your Dreams.

It’s an acting first for Bayona, having accepted a brief cameo in the shoot that is now taking place in Budapest. Veteran Mexican director Ripstein will play the more sizable role of a fictional film producer, Sam Spiegelman, who wants to shoot a film in 1950s Spain.

Given that The Queen Of Spain is a comedy, but also a love letter to film history, it’s only fitting that two auteurs as diverse as Bayona and Ripstein have joined Trueba’s cast.

The action is set in 1956, 18 years later in the life of Macarena Granada, the Spanish
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Penelope Cruz, Fernando Trueba ready 'The Queen Of Spain'

Penelope Cruz, Fernando Trueba ready 'The Queen Of Spain'
Spain and Hungary shoot readied for sequel to The Girl Of Your Dreams; additional cast includes Clive Revill (Avanti!).

Director Fernando Trueba (Chico & Rita) is readying Spanish comedy-drama The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De España) for a February shoot.

Produced by Trueba’s Fernando Trueba PC and Atresmedia Cine, shoot is due to get underway in Hungary at the end of February and carry on in Spain in April. Post-production is due to be finalised late 2016 or early 2017.

The feature marks the third collaboration between Oscar-winning writer-director Trueba (Belle Époque) and Oscar-winner Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), following their work together on Belle Epoque and 1998 film The Girl Of Your Dreams, the latter serving as a prequel to The Queen Of Spain.

In The Girl Of Your Dreams Cruz played Macarena Granada, an imaginary Spanish actress of the 1930’s who goes to Nazi Germany to shoot a coproduction. At the end of the film she flees the country
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Win An Exclusive Backstage Artist Gift Bag from the Forum + a Pair of Tickets to See Madonna!

  • TooFab
Calling all Material Girls -- this is one giveaway you don't want to miss. toofab is giving away a pair of tickets to Madonna's concert at the Forum in Los Angeles on October 27, as she arrives in the City of Angels with her Rebel Heart Tour. Note: We are only supplying the tickets to the show, all travel arrangements must be made by the winner. In addition to the tickets, our lucky winner will also receive a the same gift bag the Forum gives the artists who play there. Since re-opening theirs doors in January 2014, the Forum has presented every performing artist a special backstage gift bag to make them feel welcomed -- and now, you could win the same swag Madonna will take home at the end of the night! The bag includes: Lands' End Forum Gift Bag Lands' End mini tote Sonos speaker Onepiece Forum onesie Sleep Number
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Ranking the 17 tracks of Madonna's 'The Immaculate Collection'

  • Hitfix
Ranking the 17 tracks of Madonna's 'The Immaculate Collection'
The reviews of Madonna's "Rebel Heart" tour indicate that the pop goddess, who is basically like Marlene Dietrich as an "X-Men" character, is having a blast revisiting her old hits, chatting with the audience about the respect of her ex-husbands, and blowing everyone's mind with intricate, exhausting choreography. Madonna's renewed interest in old catalog hits like "La Isla Bonita" and "Material Girl" is fun, but it also calls to mind a startling bit of news: "The Immaculate Collection," Madonna's first greatest hits and an indispensable collection of pop perfection, is about to turn 25 years old. "The Immaculate Collection," more than Michael Jackson's "HIStory" or "Abba Gold," is the diamond-certified standard for hits compilations. Its 17 songs cover a range of styles and subjects -- think about the world of difference between "Lucky Star" and "Justify My Love" -- while making one unified statement of unabashed exuberance and impish allure.  So
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Famous Men Who Take Style Tips from the Ladies

-Tyrus Townsend

Let’s face it: Style has become so fluid these days that it’s no surprise to see ladies borrowing from the fellas and vice-versa. So what happens when the lines become blurred and the looks overlap gender?

We rounded up a list of our favorite celebrities who cross gender lines and embrace unique style with artistic freedom. From crop tops to open blouses and dudes in skirts, we must remember this: It’s just fashion, bro!

The Crop: Kid Cudi vs Pop Divas

[Photo: Getty]

What is old always becomes new again, so it was no surprise — well maybe a little — when rapper/actor Kid Cudi donned one of the biggest trends during Coachella 2014: the crop top. Can you imagine the look on all those hipsters faces when he graced the stage in a barely there t-shirt, perfectly sculpted abs, tiny waist, and fitted jeans? It probably was
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Famous Men Who Take Style Tips from the Ladies

-Tyrus Townsend

Let’s face it: Style has become so fluid these days that it’s no surprise to see ladies borrowing from the fellas and vice-versa. So what happens when the lines become blurred and the looks overlap gender?

We rounded up a list of our favorite celebrities who cross gender lines and embrace unique style with artistic freedom. From crop tops to open blouses and dudes in skirts, we must remember this: It’s just fashion, bro!

The Crop: Kid Cudi vs Pop Divas

[Photo: Getty]

What is old always becomes new again, so it was no surprise — well maybe a little — when rapper/actor Kid Cudi donned one of the biggest trends during Coachella 2014: the crop top. Can you imagine the look on all those hipsters faces when he graced the stage in a barely there t-shirt, perfectly sculpted abs, tiny waist, and fitted jeans? It probably was
See full article at TheFabLife - Movies »

'The Hotwives of Orlando' Pick Favorite Women in Pop Culture

  • Hitfix
'The Hotwives of Orlando' Pick Favorite Women in Pop Culture
Hulu's seven-episode series "The Hotwives of Orlando" lampoons Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchises in exactly the right ways: The catchphrases, the melodrama, the sham marriages, and the frightening fights are all parodied with very close attention to detail. Creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider have a cast of game ladies in their Florida-set series, including Schneider herself (who plays Shauna Maducci, the "bankrupt overspender"), "Happy Endings"/"SNL" vet Casey Wilson as trophy wife Tawny St. John, Tymberlee Hill as Phenomenon "Phe Phe" Reed, Andrea Savage as cougar Veronica Von Vandervon, Angela Kinsey of "The Office" as religious zealot Crystal Simmons, and "30 Rock" vet Kristen Schaal as drug-addled former child star Amanda Simmons.  HitFix caught a few minutes to interview Wilson, Hill, Savage, Schneider, and Phirman. Instead of asking them to name their favorite "Housewives" franchise or terrifying dream about Andy Cohen, we asked them to pick their favorite ladies from famous pop culture groups.
See full article at Hitfix »

Lucky Star tops Italian winners

Lucky Star tops Italian winners
Carlo Verdone’s Under A Lucky Star (Sotto Una Buona Stella) picked up the top prize at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, where Ambi Pictures’ 2047 – Sights Of Death scored a hat trick.

Verdone’s film, about a successful businessman living in luxury with his young girlfriend, won the People’s Choice Award. On winning the award, Verdone said the reception the film has received around the world thus far has been overwhelming.

“This proves that Under A Lucky Star is an international film that can be understood by audiences of every kind,” he said.

Also at the festival in Toronto, sci-fi action film 2047 – Sights Of Death, distributed by Ambi, received three awards after having its world premiere at the festival.

Lady Monika Bacardi picked up the Best Produer Award, and actors Stepehn Baldwin and Danny Glover earned the Best Actor Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively. The film is set to premiere in Italy on June
See full article at ScreenDaily »

What’s on at this May’s McM London Comic Con?

  • Nerdly
The UK’s biggest and best celebration of pop. culture, McM London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 23-25 May for a long weekend packed with special guests, sci-fi, movies, videogames, comic books, eSports, online video, anime and cosplay. Here’s a taste of what will be on show.

Special Guests

Special guests meeting fans, presenting panels and signing autographs at the show include: Orphan Black star Dylan Bruce (Arrow, 24: Conspiracy, Unstoppable). Falling SkiesDrew Roy (Secretariat, Hannah Montana), Connor Jessup (Blackbird), Seychelle Gabriel (The Spirit) and Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica). Game Of ThronesJames Cosmo (Braveheart, Highlander), Julian Glover (Star Wars, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade) and Josef Altin (Eastern Promises). Nikita, Kick-Ass and How I Met Your Mother star Lyndsy Fonseca. Once Upon A Time’s Meghan Ory (Intelligence) and Beverley Elliott (Unforgiven). Henry Winkler, famous for playing iconic character The Fonz on Happy Days.
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Glee, Ep 5.19, “Old Dog, New Tricks” takes us back to the good old days

Glee, Season 5, Episode 19, “Old Dog, New Tricks

Written by Chris Colfer

Directed by Bradley Buecker

Airs Tuesdays at 8pm Et on Fox

Chris Colfer, the actor responsible for everyone’s favorite countertenor Kurt Hummel, makes his television writing debut with Glee‘s second to last episode of the season, “Old Dog, New Tricks”. While Colfer is new to writing TV scripts, he’s not new to writing. The actor turned author is responsible for two New York Time’s bestselling children’s novels and an screenplay for the award-winning film Struck By Lightning.

In honor of his debut, Colfer convinced a number of acting legends to guest star. The star-studded cast of geriatric performers includes Tim Conway, famous for his work with Carol Burnett; Broadway, film, and television’s June Squibb; and Lando Calrissian himself, Billy Dee Williams. These additions add an additional layer of authenticity to the Lexington Home
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'Glee' Recap: Kurt Stars In Peter Pan; Rachel Fixes Her Image In 'Old Dog, New Tricks'

Glee wrapped up last week with Rachel (Lea Michele) pursing a career away from Broadway as a TV star, Mercedes (Amber Riley) getting Santana (Naya Rivera) a spot on her upcoming album and Shirley MacLaine giving Blaine (Darren Criss) a career boost and some advice. Kurt (Cris Colfer), meanwhile, has been playing it a bit safer, continuing his education at Nyada while working at the musical diner.

Glee Recap

While Rachel is reading unflattering blind items about herself and Santana, taking on the role of publicist, goes in search of a good cause for Rachel, Kurt is hard at work at the diner when Maggie Banks (June Squibb) enters. When Kurt gets Maggie’s ear, he unloads about how his friends have achieved all of this success while he’s still just a student in the background. She understands. She was in a massive Broadway flop and is now giving
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Chris Colfer on writing his first 'Glee' episode and his dream ending for Kurt in the series finale

Chris Colfer on writing his first 'Glee' episode and his dream ending for Kurt in the series finale
Glee star Chris Colfer has already written a feature film, a children’s book series, and a Disney Channel pilot, so it seemed only natural that the budding scribe would be tapped by the forces that Glee to write an episode for the musical series.

Old Dogs, New Tricks,” the penultimate episode in Glee’s fifth season, marks Colfer’s first time stepping into the writers’ room, which posed its own set of challenges and intimidating factors for the young star. In anticipation of the episode (airing tonight at 8 p.m. on Fox), Colfer spoke with EW about the episode,
See full article at EW.com - Inside TV »

Festival radar: Hippodrome festival of silent cinema

Scotland's only silent film festival was born of the determination of a Bo'ness local to bring the big screen to his doorstep

Festival name: Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema

Location: Bo'ness, Falkirk

Website: www.hippfest.co.uk

Dates: Annually, mid-March

About: With the best will in the world, Bo'ness seems an unlikely venue for a film festival, even something as quaint-sounding as a silent movie festival. But Bo'ness, a town with a population of about 14,500, perched on the banks of the Firth of Forth between Edinburgh and Falkiri, is the home of Scotland's only silent film festival. And it's all in honour of a local hero.

Louis Dickson, an electrical engineer turned cameraman, was a big noise in the early Scottish film business, grandly named the official "Kinematographer" of the Scottish National Exhibition in 1908. While he went on to take other official positions within the national film industry, Dickson's heart
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Gala night at silent movie festival

Lucky Star is the Friday night gala. The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Film has begun in Bo'ness, West Lothian, and celebrates its fourth edition with a gala screening of Frank Borzage's Lucky Star tonight, featuring live accompaniment by Neil Brand.

Other highlights include a Jeely Jar Saturday morning screening (March 15) featuring Buster Keaton’s The Blacksmith (showing for the first time with half a reel of lost footage) alongside two unsung comedy heroes of the silent screen- the anarchic and inventive Charley Bowers and master of the comedy-of-embarrassment Charley Chase.

They will also host the first ever Scottish performance by The Aljoscha Zimmermann Ensemble with Nosferatu director F.W Murnau’s influential masterpiece of German cinema Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh) (March 15)

Plus Jane Gardner has created and will perform an exclusive new score for Yasujirô Ozu’s take on the American gangster genre Dragnet Girl (Hijôsen No Onna) (March 15). Featuring good-time gals,
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Happy 55th Birthday, Madonna!

Happy 55th Birthday, Madonna!
It's hard to believe it's been 30 years since she first shook, shimmied and grooved her way into our hearts with smash songs like "Lucky Star" and "Borderline." Today, Madonna hits another personal milestone: her 55th birthday.

After 2012's Super Bowl and "Mdna" album and tour onslaught, the Queen of Pop has been uncharacteristically quiet as of late. Still, she turned heads in a Cub Scout uniform while presenting Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Awards in March, made a jaw-dropping entrance in punked-out Givenchy at the Met Gala in May and paid homage to Marlene Dietrich at the June premiere of her Mdna concert film.

It's safe to say the Material Girl won't be slowing down anytime soon. She's been dropping hints about a much-anticipated "Secret Project" on Instagram and other social media outlets, and is also rumored to be in talks with Giorgio Moroder, the
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Celebrating The Queen's Wildest Moments

Celebrating The Queen's Wildest Moments
It was 30 years ago today -- on July 27, 1983 -- that Madonna's self-titled debut album was unleashed, ushering in a wave of frenzy that would hold steady for three decades and counting.

"Madonna" saw five singles hit the airwaves, each making a splash on Billboard's dance chart. The singer, then 25, earned her first No. 1 dance tracks with "Holiday" and "Lucky Star," while "Borderline" became a gold-certified single that provided a perfect segue to Madonna's forthcoming album "Like a Virgin."

All in all, the debut was relatively tame for what would pour out of the singer in years to come. "Madonna" offers a dose of pure pop fun, a mixed bag of bubblegum anthems before the wave of sexuality and, later, spirituality overtook the icon's career. The album received mostly positive reviews, with Entertainment Weekly praising its "ability to fuse club beats with peerless pop" and Rolling Stone applauding the "irresistible invitation to the dance.
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Godzilla Reboot Adds Sally Hawkins In A Scientist Role

Part of me feels bad for human actors who are cast in the latest Godzilla movies. Unless your name happens to be Raymond Burr, chances are you won.t be able to emerge from the long shadow cast by the massive reptilian lead character, because you know audience members are grabbing a ticket to see Godzilla, and not them. Happy-Go-Lucky star Sally Hawkins will be the next actress to try and steal screen time away from the radioactive creature in Legendary and Warner Bros.. new Godzilla reboot, Deadline reports. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), the new Godzilla began filming a few weeks back, and already stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, the brilliant Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche. That.s an amazing cast for what some might dismiss as a simple monster movie. Hawkins, meanwhile, joins the ensemble as a scientist, though details beyond that are scarce.
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Oscar Nominee Sally Hawkins Added To “Godzilla”

Oscar Nominee Sally Hawkins Added To “Godzilla”
Since when are big budget monster movies bait for Oscar nominees? Godzilla already has a couple, but now Happy-go-Lucky star Sally Hawkins has been added to the stellar cast for the Gareth Edwards tentpole. It certainly bodes well for the movie.

Sally Hawkins joins Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston in the film. It opens May 16th, 2014.

 
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Godzilla Adds Sally Hawkins to the Cast

Sally Hawkins has signed on to join the cast of Gareth Edwards' reboot of the Godzilla franchise.

Deadline reports that the Happy-Go-Lucky star will star alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston in the May 16, 2014 release. Based on the classic monster from Toho Co., Ltd, Godzilla is one of the most widely recognized movie monsters worldwide, having been featured in more than 25 films, multiple television programs, video games and book series. 

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