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,…

The plot and Johnny Depp's accent thicken in new Murder On The Orient Express trailer

Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express is one of the most famous murder mysteries, so promotion for the latest film adaptation of the novel began with reintroducing the strangers on a train. As we see in this second preview, Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh, who is rocking that scalloped ’stache) is tasked with…

Stars, great clothes, and one huge mustache board Murder On The Orient Express

We already knew that Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express was going to be a starry affair, with basically every character played by a celebrity of some sort. Now, Entertainment Weekly has debuted images of the celebrity passengers all decked out in their period garb.

Chris Pratt, Penelope Cruz, and J.J. Abrams badger Daisy Ridley for Last Jedi details

Look, the jig is up: Josh Gad has been whiling away the hours on the set of Murder On The Orient Express by trying to trick Daisy Ridley into divulging plot details of her other gig, a science fiction series about wizards and talking dogs called Star Wars. While first his ruse was pretty transparent, Ridley has…

Todd Solondz to have a Love Child with Penélope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez

According to Deadline, Penélope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez have signed on to star in Love Child, a new film from Wiener Dog and Welcome To The Dollhouse director Todd Solondz. Billed as a “dark and hilarious twist on the classic Oedipal theme,” the movie is about an 11-year-old boy with an “inappropriate obsession” with…

Penélope Cruz won’t let cancer bring her down in the maudlin Ma Ma

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Around the turn of the millennium, Julio Medem seemed on track to become the most accomplished and internationally popular Spanish filmmaker since Pedro Almodóvar. His fourth and fifth films—1998’s Lovers Of The Arctic Circle and 2001’s Sex And Lucía—were visually splendid, passionate, and personal, with a perspective…

The joke can’t breathe in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Brothers Grimsby

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Sacha Baron Cohen obviously holds certain strong beliefs about what constitutes good comedy—a willingness to risk offense or disgust, for one, and an intense commitment to creating distinct characters for another. Perhaps less heralded and more technical is his clear dedication to the art of brevity. In contrast to…

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…

Sacha Baron Cohen plays brother’s keeper in The Brothers Grimsby trailer

Back in October, the red band teaser for The Brothers Grimsby set up Sacha Baron Cohen as the idiot brother to Mark Strong’s hyper-competent secret agent. The extended trailer carries on in the same vein, but the characters now have names and a sad backstory. There’s also a “suck the poison out” scene, in case the…