Penelope Cruz, She’s So Hot Right Now: 2oolander Trailer

Let’s be honest, there isn’t much in here that is worthy of huge laughs and I would guess a lot of people are disappointed in this trailer for one of the better comedies of the previous decade. But the truth is, Derek, that the trailer for the first movie didn’t look very good either; sort of cheap, safe humor that would appeal to only the simpletons among us (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Then the genius of the comedy nuance mixed with the obvious really struck a chord with people and it’s now beloved enough that a sequel is getting released.

It might turn out to be a boring, lazy, cash grab, but with Ferrell returning in tip-top physical condition and the new faces of The Cumberbatch, Penélope Cruz (I trust her) and Kristen Wiig, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is actually a runaway critical success. So what I’m saying is, I guess you can derelicte my ballz el capitán.


Trailer: Sail with Ridley Scott’s Counselor

One expects no less than handsome marketing and presentation from director Ridley Scott. And what an effective use of Awoldnation’s super-simple “Sail” to establish an editing rhythm of the piece. Great character beats and strange hair (a mark of potential film excellence if Skyfall and No Country For Old Men have anything to say about it) on Javier Bardem When the first trailers and teasers started appearing for his film based on a Cormac McCarthy original screenplay, The Counselor, it certainly warmed the cockles of my heart to see him tackle a noir-ish little thriller which such an A-list cast.

Trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Counselor Showcases its A-List Cast

Pitt. Fassbender. Bardem. Cruz. Diaz. And the fastest Land Mammal on Earth. These are the things that the teaser trailer wants you to know about the new thriller from Ridley Scott. The title cards helpfully announces that Cormac McCarthy is on screenwriting duty. Ridley Scott gets all the best people. The cast here is so deep (and the teaser so short) they fail to mention or show Bruno Ganz, John Leguizamo, Rubén Blades, Hank (Dean Norris) from Breaking Bad or Margaery (Natalie Dormer) from Game of Thrones.

The Counselor tells the story of a lawyer, played by Fassbender, who finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. It appears to do so with copious amounts of style and production value. No surprise considering the director. These are the types of movies I hope Hollywood keeps getting opportunities to make, and I hope the final film lives up to this brief tease.

Screen Test: Penélope Cruz

Thanks to Marina for pointing me in the direction of this great little series of webisodes from writer/columnist, Lynn Hirschberg, in which she cuts together these great looking interview responses from various celebrities discussing their first experiences with film, various film makers and being on-set. There are a whole bunch of these celebrity interviews from Tom Cruise to Nicole Kidman to Christopher Plummer to Mark Ruffalo and many more. Of course, this one talking about Woody Allen and sex scenes is the best:

“I’ve had to die in a few movies and I don’t like eet.”

Pedro, Penny and Antonio: Together at Last!

A vision of things to come?

I‘m pretty sure Pedro Almodóvar hit his peak last year with his exceptional, The Skin I Live In. Exquisitely shot, masterful storytelling, compelling characters… and twisted as hell. It was also the first time the director has worked with Anotnio Banderas in over 20 years, so that was exciting. The only thing that could’ve made it exceed five stars would have been of course his muse, Penélope Cruz.

But wait, word comes today that Almodóvar has seen the error of his ways and filming will begin this summer for his next film, The Brief Lovers, starring both Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas; believe it or not their first collaboration.

So maybe “starring” is a hasty word to describe their roles in the film as they are reportedly shooting all of their scenes in one day. So my guess is we won’t see much of them in the film and instead Pedro will rely on his other, more regular, set of talented actors for the heavy lifting. Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) looks to be the lead in the film, but The Brief Lovers will also include Guillermo Toledo, Raúl Arévalo, Hugo Silva, Cecilia Roth, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Blanca Suárez, José María Yazik and Antonio de la Torre.

The story will be set against a plane accident. The passengers, fearing for their lives, begin to confess their inner secrets. According to Agustín Almodovar, it will be a “frenzy comedy” with a flavour of Pedro’s films of the ’80s.

This is good news! Sounds delightfully like something along the lines of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which was the last full-on comedy Almodóvar has done (almost fifteen years ago) and it was fantastic.

The Brief Lovers is scheduled to open worldwide next spring and apparently those who have read the script claim that is the funniest script that Pedro has written in years. So welcome to my first “most anticipated list” title for 2013 Pedro!

Trailer: To Rome With Love

Is that title a play on words? Formerly called Nero Fiddled (and before that, the more esoteric Bop Decameron) Woody Allen continues his roaming tour throughout large European cities – and putting Penelope Cruz in tight fitting clothing and speaking fiery Español. This time, the Woodman steps back in front of the camera for one of the four vignette segments. And playing off the great Judy Davis (no stranger to Woody Allen’s films and always magnificent in them) no less. Greta Gerwig, Alex Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Alison Pill, Ellen Page and (sadly) Roberto Benigni round out the ensemble. Shot by Darius Khondji (Midnight in Paris, My Blueberry Nights, Seven) the film of course, looks stunning.

“If you are going to screw your best friends boyfriend, does it really matter what the venue is?”

Cinecast Episode 214 – I Hate that I Know That

We start things off simple. No Kurt. Just some Pirates and Priests. With unpleasantness out of the way, Kurt jumps in with both feet for a indie post-apocalyptic film out of Toronto, a re-evaluation of Inglorious Basterds and Tarantino’s career. Trains and Toni Collette keep the conversation chugging along and with Gamble here, “Game of Thrones” is sort of unavoidable. We all revel in the love for Rip Torn and South Korea before rounding everything out with a talk about sequels that are crazier than a rat in a tin shithouse (ala Caddyshack II and Gremilns II). Nobody dies.

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Friday One Sheet: A Cross to Bear

There is very little to get me excited about yet another crappy Pirates of the Caribbean picture. In fact it kind of disgusts me (especially in color-desaturated, blurry, headache inducing, more expensive 3D). That said, if there is one thing that will make 3D actually kind of work for me and will likely get me to fork over the ten bucks…

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Cinecast Episode 202 – Obviously You’re Not a Golfer


It is a cornucopia, a smörgåsbord, a veritable potpourri of cinema, as the Cinecast regulars get together with nothing on the agenda other than to talk about what they have watched, in the cinema, on the DVD and streamed from the internet or (in an exciting technology development, from the Computer Hard Drive.) Andrew continues to dig into the Foreign Language Nominees with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful. Kurt comes at Oscar a different way with the new documentary on the man with the midas touch when it comes to little gold men, Harvey Weinstein. And Gamble talks best animated film of 2011 with a preview of the flat out awesome Gore Verbinski/Nickelodeon/Industrial-Light-And-Magic Johnny Depp western, Rango. From there, we go from the occult, to Penelope Cruz DTV failures, to two vastly different takes time travel from the 1980s to Chinese shopping malls. Then it is onto Romans wandering about Scotland, Aussie crime dynasties and suburban teenage prostitution rings! It is all a part of your complete breakfast.

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Pirates Whatever Whatever… Oh! Penelope Cruz

I hate the Pirates franchise. The third one was the last straw. Not a chance in hell I’d go back and see a fourth installment. Then something odd happened on this terribly dreary, cold, depressing and crabby afternoon in Minneapolis to interest and cheer me up: the trailer for On Stranger Tides shows up. Yeah, it’s weird I feel this way and the movie will likely be terrible. But here’s a list of reasons why I’m slightly “funned up” and would consider screen hopping into this one:

1) Penélope Cruz
2) No Orloondo Bland
3) Ian McShane
4) Zombies
5) Mermaids
6) New storyline
7) Penélope Cruz