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Jack Rico

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2015/05/08 at 10:40pm

Viernes de Estrenos: 3 Recomendaciones Para ‘Dia de las Madres’

05.8.2015 | By |

En mi nuevo segmento de cine, Viernes de Estrenos, yo hago el único segmento de críticas de películas en español de la televisión hispana por Telemundo Nueva York. Aquí recomiendo que ver de los nuevos estrenos de la semana sin pelos en la lengua. Si es mala, la apabullo. Si es buena le digo las razones porqué para que usted sienta que su dinero y tiempo estén bien invertido. Esta semana les doy mis tres recomendaciones personales para ‘Dia de las Madres‘. Read More

Mack Chico

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2012/06/12 at 12:00am

Penélope Cruz, Almodóvar reteam in ‘Standby Lovers’!

06.12.2012 | By |

Penélope Cruz, Almodóvar reteam in 'Standby Lovers'!

Penélope Cruz is back with Pedro Almodóvar to star in the Spanish film “Standby Lovers.” No word yet on who’ll she be playing, but what we do know is that film is a comedy about an affair on an airplane. Sounds funny already!

She’ll be joining a very good cast of Spanish actors: Lola Duenas (“Volver”), Cecilia Roth (“All About My Mother”), Paz Vega (“Talk To Her”) and Javier Camara (“Talk To Her”) plus newcomers, Carlos Areces, Raul Arevalo and Jose Maria Yazpik.

After she films “Standby Lovers” later this summer, she’ll officially join Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor”, a very awaited film with an elite cast composed of: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Cruz’s husband Javier Bardem. No official word yet on her role, but she might be playing the part of Laura, the counselor’s fiancé. This film will mark the second time she works with her Bardem after the very lauded Vicky Cristina Barcelona from Woody Allen. She won her first Oscar Award for her performance with him. She was hilarious in the movie.

“The Counselor” is written by Cormac McCarthy and centers on the titular character who tries to make some quick money through a drug deal, with things going terribly wrong in the process.

Jack Rico

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2012/03/06 at 12:00am

Jack Rico

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2011/02/12 at 12:00am

Matt Damon and Pedro Almodóvar to work together?

02.12.2011 | By |

While promoting ‘The Adjustment Bureau‘ in New York, Matt Damon confessed he has begged the brilliant Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar to do a movie together. He says he’s up to the challenge of working in a Spanish language film.

This comes at the heel of the news that Michael Cera is going to Chile to do a movie completely in Spanish with Sebastian Silva (The Maid). Will Ferrell kick-started the crossover movement when it was announced Ferrell would be doing a new comedy in Spanish with Mexican icons Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal.

“I’ve been begging Pedro Almodóvar for years to give me a job in one of his films.” Damon said of Almodovar, the Spanish director whose works include ‘Volver’ and ‘All About Your Mother’. “Some of the best directors in the world are [Hispanic], ah, Iñárritu, there’s just a ton of guys right now,” Damon explained.

Damon is factually right. Pedro Almodóvar, Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, Juan José Campanella are all Spanish language directors who either have won an Oscar or have been nominated for one in the last decade.

Damon added how difficult it is for any actor to work in a different language and be successful.

“You know, I think about Penélope [Cruz] or these actresses that I’ve worked with who are acting in their second language, it’s unbelievably challenging, it’s really, really challenging, it’s a whole other thing. I’d love to work with one of those master directors in a Spanish-language film for the challenge. I feel like I can do it. Obviously as an American I wouldn’t pass as a Mexican, Puerto Rican, but no, I’d love the challenge,” he explained.

The crossover of American actors over to the Spanish side is beginning to be a wise business decision for many thespians looking for status, acclaim, and yes, attention. The question is who is the next Hollywood actor to take the leap?

Jack Rico

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2010/09/29 at 12:00am

Almodovar’s ‘Breakdown’ on Broadway set for Oct 8th!

09.29.2010 | By |

Almodovar's 'Breakdown' on Broadway set for Oct 8th!

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of André Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that it’s production of the new musical WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN,  will now begin performances on Friday, October 8 at 8pm at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44 Street).  Opening night for the musical, based on the film by Pedro Almodóvar, with a book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David Yazbek and direction by Bartlett Sher,  will remain as originally scheduled on Thursday, November 4 at 6:45pm.

“WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN” needs more technical rehearsal time and so we will start performances on Friday, October 8 at 8pm.  We are very sorry to inconvenience so many theatergoers who have purchased tickets for these now cancelled performances.  We apologize to all of you who are affected by this change,”  said André Bishop and Bernard Gersten in a joint statement on behalf of the Lincoln Center Theater staff.

Ticket holders for performances through Thursday, October 7 can either exchange their tickets for a future performance or get a refund at point of purchase.
 
WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN features features de’Adre Aziza, Laura Benanti, Danny Burstein, Justin Guarini, Nikka Graff Lanzarone,  Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mary Beth Peil, Sherie Rene Scott with Julio Agustin, Alma Cuervo, John Carroll, Murphy Guyer, Rachel Bay Jones, Nina Lafarga, Yanira Marin, Sean McCourt, Vivian Nixon, Luis Salgado, Jennifer Sanchez, John Schiappa, Samantha Shafer, Phillip Spaeth, Matthew Steffens and Charlie Sutton.

Jack Rico

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2010/03/15 at 12:00am

Los Abrazos Rotos

03.15.2010 | By |

Rating: 3.0

Rated: R for sexual content, language and some drug material.
Release Date: 2009-11-20
Starring: Pedro Almodóvar
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Country:Spain
Official Website: http://www.pedroalmodovar.es/PAB_EN_Cap01.asp

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One of Spain’s most talented sons gives cinema a new work titled ‘Broken Embraces’. Pedro Almodóvar reunites with Penélope Cruz to once again give us a visually sensual and beautiful, bold and impressive theater of the mind, but one that regrettably doesn’t break new ground. It is not his best film and thus the reason it wasn’t selected to participate in Spain’s Oscar selections for this upcoming ceremony. It is by no intention a bad film, it simply isn’t overwhelming. Were we asking for too much? Was that the problem?

The premise is interesting and very Almodovar. Harry Caine (Lluís Homar), a screenwriter/director, suffers a near fatal crash that leaves him blind. After healing from his wounds 14 years later, he finds himself directing and editing his last movie which starred his eternal love.

There is beauty in his work, but I believe there was also writers block, which is why he recycled so much of his favorite films such as Elevator to the Gallows, Voyage to Italy and his own Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Pedro took the opportunity to become Tarantino in this film and craft a class in filmmaking to us all. His new work combines amour fou, crime-noir melodrama, satirical comedy, complex structures and subplots and anything else his head could devise. He’s good but his ambition got the best of him and the construction of the story ultimately did not rise to the levels of his previous works. It looks as if his focus left the narrative and shifted to the technical aspects and look of the film. Almodovar is accountable for his own success and it burns him here.

Nonetheless, the minor imperfections do not damage his reputation as a dexterous helmer nor should it influence your decision to see the movie. Penelope Cruz gives another mesmerizing performance as the “femme fatale” but one that doesn’t rival her character in passion and charm from ‘Volver’. The rest of the cast shows why Spain is a gold mine full of talented actors.

In a broad comment, this year was specifically a great year for Spanish movies. The box office has reaped the benefits of their marvelous stories and productions and we’re all the better for it. Almodovar is being challenged by other filmmakers such as Isabel Coixet, Fernando Trueba, Daniel Sánchez Arévalo and Alejandro Aménabar (half Chilean). I hope to see their work rival his because Hollywood awaits them desperately.

Jack Rico

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2009/11/19 at 12:00am

Broken Embraces

11.19.2009 | By |

Broken Embraces

One of Spain’s most talented sons gives cinema a new work titled ‘Broken Embraces’. Pedro Almodóvar reunites with Penélope Cruz to once again give us a visually sensual and beautiful, bold and impressive theater of the mind, but one that regrettably doesn’t break new ground. It is not his best film and thus the reason it wasn’t selected to participate in Spain’s Oscar selections for this upcoming ceremony. It is by no intention a bad film, it simply isn’t overwhelming. Were we asking for too much? Was that the problem?

The premise is interesting and very Almodovar. Harry Caine (Lluís Homar), a screenwriter/director, suffers a near fatal crash that leaves him blind. After healing from his wounds 14 years later, he finds himself directing and editing his last movie which starred his eternal love.

There is beauty in his work, but I believe there was also writers block, which is why he recycled so much of his favorite films such as Elevator to the Gallows, Voyage to Italy and his own Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Pedro took the opportunity to become Tarantino in this film and craft a class in filmmaking to us all. His new work combines amour fou, crime-noir melodrama, satirical comedy, complex structures and subplots and anything else his head could devise. He’s good but his ambition got the best of him and the construction of the story ultimately did not rise to the levels of his previous works. It looks as if his focus left the narrative and shifted to the technical aspects and look of the film. Almodovar is accountable for his own success and it burns him here.

Nonetheless, the minor imperfections do not damage his reputation as a dexterous helmer nor should it influence your decision to see the movie. Penelope Cruz gives another mesmerizing performance as the “femme fatale” but one that doesn’t rival her character in passion and charm from ‘Volver’. The rest of the cast shows why Spain is a gold mine full of talented actors.

In a broad comment, this year was specifically a great year for Spanish movies. The box office has reaped the benefits of their marvelous stories and productions and we’re all the better for it. Almodovar is being challenged by other filmmakers such as Isabel Coixet, Fernando Trueba, Daniel Sánchez Arévalo and Alejandro Aménabar (half Chilean). I hope to see their work rival his because Hollywood awaits them desperately.

Mack Chico

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2009/05/20 at 12:00am

Pedro Almodóvar’s new film about Spanish Civil War

05.20.2009 | By |

Pedro Almodóvar's new film about Spanish Civil War

Pedro Almodóvar has announced, during the Cannes Film Festival, that he is working on a new film on the Spanish Civil War.

‘It’s time to look back and heal the wounds,’ he said, claiming it is a story which needs to be told.

He revealed that the story will be based on the life of Marcos Ana, a supervisor in one of Franco’s jails.

Almodóvar’s latest offering, ‘Broken Hugs’ has been well received on the Riviera and is part of the competition in Cannes this year. Its first showing to the international press ended in applause, although not all the audience were convinced by the film. But despite that Pedro Almodóvar is now a popular part of the festival, having previously taken part as a jury member.

However things were not always easy in Cannes for the Spanish director who reminded the press that his big early hit in Spain, ‘Women on the edge of a nervous breakdown’, was rejected by the Festival at the time.

Penelope Cruz appeared with Pedro Almodóvar at the photo call for ‘Los Abrazos Rotos’. Earlier she had failed to show at the call for her other new film ‘Nine’, with press reports saying she was suffering a bout of food poisoning although that claim has now been questioned by the French paper ‘Le Parisien’.

Mack Chico

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2009/04/23 at 12:00am

Almodovar and Tarantino to compete at Cannes

04.23.2009 | By |

Almodovar and Tarantino to compete at Cannes

Pedro Almodovar and Quentin Tarantino will be among the directors contending for the Palme d’Or award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces,” with Penelope Cruz will be in competition for the top prize. So will Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” starring Brad Pitt, the organizers said at a news conference in Paris.

The festival will take place from May 13 to 24 in the coastal resort in the south of France.

Mack Chico

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2009/03/24 at 12:00am

Broken Embraces’ box office woes

03.24.2009 | By |

Broken Embraces' box office woes

Pedro Almodovar‘s latest film Broken Embraces took $1.3m in its opening weekend at the Spanish box office, a full $1m less than his previous offering Volver, following a mixed response from critics.

The film was released nationwide in Spain by Warner Bros on March 18 and had taken $1.9m by end of play Sunday (March 22). It is in second place in the local box office chart behind Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.

However that chart position belies the fact that Broken Embraces’ opening figures are Almodovar’s lowest since 1999’s All About My Mother, which took $1.1m in its opening weekend. Since then, Talk To Her ($1.4), Bad Education ($1.6m) and Volver ($2.3m) have all taken more.

Furthermore, the $1.3m figure pales in comparison to Alejandro Amenebar‘s latest Spanish-language film The Sea Inside, which took an impressive $3.1m in its opening weekend in 2004.

That said, All About My Mother went on to gross the same amount of money as Volver at the local box office ($13m), so Broken Embraces might still perform well if word of mouth is good.

The film itself is a complex, romantic drama about an actress (Penelope Cruz) who strikes up a relationship with the director of her film (Lluis Homar) behind the back of her rich older boyfriend (Jose Luis Gomez), with several major repercussions.

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