Javier Bardem’s exposed gut stars as Pablo Escobar in the hokey Loving Pablo

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The opportunity to play Pablo Escobar—murderous cartel kingpin and (briefly, at least) duly elected government official—seems to be too tempting for any Spanish-speaking movie star to turn down. Three years after Benicio del Toro (who’s Puerto Rican, not Colombian) menacingly growled his way through Escobar: Paradise…

Terrifying goofball Javier Bardem gives ugly lessons (and a wig) to Conan

On Tuesday’s Conan, Loving Pablo star Javier Bardem told host Conan O’Brien about the most chilling line he gets to say in the film about infamous Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. From the former Anton Chigurh (he of the deadpan coin flips of doom), that’s saying something, but, indeed, Bardem successfully wigged…

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz help break Cannes’ opening-night curse

Most years, it’s possible to boil down the conversation preceding Cannes to a single simple question: Who’s going to be here? The world’s most prestigious film festival, unfolding over a dozen days against the sunbaked splendor of the French Riviera, can sometimes feel (or at least look) like a giant, glamorous,…

Steven Spielberg, Javier Bardem team up for Amazon series based on old Dalton Trumbo script

According to Deadline, Amazon has picked up a four-hour miniseries called Cortes about Hernan Cortes, the Spanish conquistador who helped dismantle the Aztec Empire and won Mexico for Spain. The series comes from Steven Spielberg and Amblin Television, and though the current incarnation comes from Spielberg’s …

God is a gaslighting husband in Darren Aronofsky’s brilliantly deranged Mother!

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Darren Aronofsky’s preoccupation with paranoid, physically grotesque searches for meaning—a curious mix of deep-think and makeup effects that goes back to his black-and-white debut feature, Pi—grimly paints humanity as a species defined by obsessions, addictions, delusions, and self-destruction, its only prophets…

Sean Penn’s festival laughingstock The Last Face finally slips into theaters

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Many actors try their hand at directing, but few can match the degree of success—on both sides of the camera—that Sean Penn has achieved. Films like The Pledge (2001) and Into The Wild (2007) demonstrate the same intelligence, sensitivity, and power that Penn invests in his Oscar-winning performances. He occasionally…

Pirates Of The Caribbean slogs out to sea for the fifth time in Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Plot is never the best part of a Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. It’s always some mumbo jumbo about maritime curses, lost treasure, and seafaring ghosts—and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth entry in this long-running series adapted from a Disneyland ride, is in no way different. Returning to…

Darren Aronofsky’s mysterious new project is a horror movie

For more than a year we’ve known pretty much bupkis about Darren Aronofsky’s latest feature Mother!, beyond the fact that it was “indie,” and that Jennifer Lawrence was attached to star. Now, The Wrap has been tipped off about the tone of the new film, revealing that the Black Swan director is dipping back into the…

Javier Bardem is another weird villain in this teaser for the new Pirates Of The Caribbean

Due to some recent events, Johnny Depp isn’t necessarily the beloved star that he was a few months ago, so the world might not be quite ready to see him drunkenly swagger around as a pirate just yet. Appropriately enough, then, this first teaser for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (or POTC:DMTNT for…

Javier Bardem might play Frankenstein and/or his monster for Universal

It looks like Javier Bardem is going to be the latest A-list celebrity to join the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe. The 47-year-old Spanish actor is apparently in talks to “star as Frankenstein” in a spate of shared-universe films based upon the studio’s classic pantheon of monsters, according to Variety. And…

A beginner’s guide to the twisty melodrama of Pedro Almodóvar

The films of Pedro Almodóvar are twisty, lurid, and lustful, melodramatic but deeply empathetic, taboo-breaking but moral. There’s no such thing as a “typical” one, given the range of genres and tones he covers (often in the same title), but there are some typical ingredients that together make him one of the best and…

Here’s the likely female lead in the next Pirates Of The Caribbean movie

Despite Penelope Cruz being one of the few bright spots of the last Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, it seems Johnny Depp enjoyed hearing stories about her cool significant other so much, he decided he’d rather have Javier Bardem come aboard the next installment. Left without a female lead to stand around and deal with…

Professional quirky villain Javier Bardem might play a quirky villain in Pirates Of The Caribbean 5

Is there any proof that Javier Bardem isn’t really an immortal supervillain who travels the world adopting weird affectations and coming up with wacky schemes? It just seems suspicious that the same guy can play a uniquely weird villain in No Country For Old Men, Eat Pray Love, and Skyfall without having some kind of…