Screen Junkies » Penelope Cruz http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:39:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 15:54:15 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212242 Offers an easily digestible myth with a clear set of rules.

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Finally, a summer movie I liked. I was getting really worried that I was turning into an indie snob. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is good, simple fun. Screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio fixed all their own sequel problems by simplifying the story.

The Fountain of Youth offers an easily digestible myth with a clear set of rules. They have to get a mermaid’s tears, two chalices and find the cave. Blackbeard (Ian McShane) needs to get there before the prophecy of his death is fulfilled. See, that makes so much more sense than the last film.

It’s definitely better to have a new adventure with new characters. Dead Man’s Chest and At Worlds End tried so hard to give everyone something to do, they just made a mess of it. Now there’s some new discovery. Angelica’s (Penelope Cruz) history with Jack (Johnny Depp) implies greater stories that went on before. Every character, new or returning, gets the best dramatic introductions.

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Blackbeard is way better than Davy Jones. The subtle look of burning embers in the black beard is more impressive than the squid face, and he’s a real hardcore pirate. The young stud priest Phillip (Sam Claflin) and the hottie mermaid Syrena (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) are minimal, as Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) should have been.

There’s not enough Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush). He’s following behind Blackbeard’s crew, so we only get to check in with him now and then. But Keith Richards has the best line and a way better cameo this time.

The action is smaller in Tides and that’s better. It’s more about using the environment creatively, not having a giant spectacle. Tides gives each thrill its own space. You get a lot more out of a palm tree catapult, a complex palace escape, or Ponce de Leon’s cabin.

The film retains the Pirates magic, on a more intimate scale. Blackbeard’s powers string his crew up in the masts. See, you don’t need barnacle faces and hammerheads to make movie magic. Mermaids are creatures we already understand so they spark our imaginations on a gut level, both beautiful and monstrous. Dew drops defy physics, so they’re obviously visual effects but it’s subtle.

The 3D even looks better than any other forced 3D blockbuster. They emphasize the open space in scenes like the palace escape. You can definitely see the layers in the ships’ ropes and masts, or jungle paths. Fire looks fantastic in 3D and they even stick some swords in the audience’s faces.

This is how they should keep making Pirates movies. The first one was magical. We’ll never get to see Johnny Depp create a character like that for the first time again, but you don’t need to come up with bigger and more convoluted ideas. Just think of more creative situations to throw at Jack Sparrow, and let Depp work it out.

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Watch The New TV Spot For ‘Pirates 4′ Or “Die Trying” http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-the-new-tv-spot-for-pirates-4-or-die-trying/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-the-new-tv-spot-for-pirates-4-or-die-trying/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 03:59:30 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=209106 Pirate battles, killer mermaids, fireballs coming right at you. Fast cuts between those elements. Shiver all your timbers, it's another 'On Stranger Tides' preview.

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Pirate battles, killer mermaids, fireballs coming right at you. Fast cuts between those elements. An Inception-esque brawwwwwwm-filled soundtrack. The new TV spot above is making you very excited to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It’s why we’re all seeking the Fountain of Youth: so we can spend eternity absorbing Disney’s marketing for the movie.

Directed by Rob Marshall, On Stranger Tides stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Penelope Cruz as Lady McPirateberg, the boobiest pirate of them all. There’s also Ian McShane‘s Blackbeard, who is totally not cool, you guys.

On Stranger Tides pillages theaters May 20, 2011 in 3D, IMAX 3D and RegularVision 2D.

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Casting Round-Up: Penelope Cruz, Thandie Newton, Jay Baruchel, And Maggie Grace http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-penelope-cruz-thandie-newton-and-jay-baruchel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-penelope-cruz-thandie-newton-and-jay-baruchel/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 00:45:45 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205801 Woody Allen, Tyler Perry and David Cronenberg will direct them. In different projects, though I'd be curious to know what the six of them would accomplish together.

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It’s time for another casting round-up, cowpokes. We sat ourselves down in front of studio lots, waited fer critters (celebrities) to walk out, hog tied ‘em, and asked them what parts they got. Here’s what y’all need to know:

PENELOPE CRUZ will team up with director Woody Allen once again, this time on a film set in Rome. There are no plot details yet, but the computer program I wrote says the odds are very high that it won’t be as good as earlier Woody Allen movies. (EW)

THANDIE NEWTON will play opposite Tyler Perry in his next film Good Deeds, which Perry will write and direct as well. The film is about a successful businessman who must choose between his rich fiancée and a down-on-her-luck single mother. Even if it’s bad, Newton can take comfort that it can’t be worse than Norbit. (TheWrap)

JAY BARUCHEL will join Robert Pattinson, Samantha Morton, and Paul Giamatti in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. Pattinson plays a billionaire who loses everything he has in one day, including his new wife. Bad things happening to Pattinson, I can get on board with. Baruchel plays the original founder and conscious at Pattinson’s company. (Deadline)

MAGGIE GRACE will star alongside Liam Neeson in Taken 2, produced by Luc Besson. And yes, the will-he-or-won’t-he-tension of whether Neeson would take on Taken 2 has been resolved in the affirmative. Eight-time “Namey” award winner Olivier Megaton will direct. (Deadline) (Collider)

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Yo ho ho, you skurvy dogs. Here’s the latest trailer for Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: This Time There Are Zombies. You should know the score by now. Johnny Depp‘s Captain Jack is on the hunt to find the Fountain Of Youth before Barbosa and Blackbeard and guys in powdered wigs because eff those guys. They’ve probably never even had a sword fight with a guy with an octopus for a head on top of a ship’s mast as it’s being pulled to the ocean’s bottom in a vicious whirlpool. Amateurs.

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Johnny Depp About To Cry In ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 4′ Poster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-about-to-cry-in-pirates-of-the-caribbean-4-poster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-about-to-cry-in-pirates-of-the-caribbean-4-poster/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 06:58:49 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201666 Johnny Depp looks a little... concerned in the new poster. Maybe it's because a burning ship is eventually gonna hit him in the back.

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On Stranger Tides should theoretically be better than the last two Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which were surprisingly plotty for films based on a theme park ride. However, Johnny Depp looks a little… concerned in the new poster. Maybe it’s because a burning ship is eventually gonna hit him in the back. Or maybe it’s because he’s got to resist the lure of those attractive mermaids. Uh, from what I know about the way Depp portrays Captain Jack Sparrow, I don’t think the latter is the problem. (His “blackbeard” in this movie is Penelope Cruz.)

Or perhaps Depp is just looking off into the distance, wondering how he got imprisoned by his own success. There’ll probably be, like, 11 more of these movies, and he can’t refuse those gigantic novelty checks from Disney. There’s not enough will power in the world to resist that kind of sweet, sweet booty. So these might be Stranger Tides for us, but for the guy who’ll be portraying this same character for many more years to come, they’re likely becoming stale waters.

On Stranger Tides mournfully yarrs into theaters May 20th. (ScreenRant)

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Olivia Wilde Looks Regal, Kinky In Disney Photo Campaign http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/olivia-wilde-looks-regal-kinky-in-disney-photo-campaign/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/olivia-wilde-looks-regal-kinky-in-disney-photo-campaign/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 21:25:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=31522 Disney has done what every other entity does when it wants attention - call Olivia Wilde.

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In part of an ongoing campaign recreating storied Disney characters and scenes with famous Hollywood stars (and Roger Federer, for reasons unknown), Disney has done what every other entity does when it wants attention – call Olivia Wilde.

In the latest installment, Olivia is decked out as the Evil Queen from Snow White, being validated by none other than Alec Baldwin, who probably stares at Olivia Wilde in real life, too.

Less exciting entries in this installment of the campaign include Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid, and Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges as Beauty and the Beast, which I feel is really selling Mr. Bridges short in the looks department.

Also in the gallery are earlier photos from the campaign. If you are associated with Disney marketing and can explain Federer’s presence, please shout out in the comments. (/Film)

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Penelope Cruz http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/penelope-cruz/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/penelope-cruz/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 21:13:38 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=216938 In her Spanish movies, Penelope Cruz is known to be a great actress. In her American movies, she is merely a gorgeous dark-haired woman who smiles a lot.

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In her Spanish movies, Penelope Cruz is known to be a great actress. In her American movies, she is merely a gorgeous dark-haired woman who smiles a lot. Also, she’s really sexy when she gets all angry and speaks rapid fire Spanish.

A word from Penelope: “I’ll see you in our next lives, when we are both cats.”

 

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Johnny Depp Acts Like a Pirate In a Trailer Again http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-trailer/#comments Mon, 13 Dec 2010 21:07:42 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=12239 Disney has dropped the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Longest Movie Title Ever. Johnny Depp reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, and this time Penelope Cruz is along for the bumpy ride as they search for the Fountain of Youth.

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Disney has dropped the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Longest Movie Title Ever. Johnny Depp reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, and this time Penelope Cruz is along for the bumpy ride as they search for the Fountain of Youth. I bet you he thinks that fountain is full of rum. I just bet you.

This Pirates seems to be chock full of everything that we haven’t seen in previous Pirates films. They even capitalized on the whole zombie phenomenon. This could have been intentional or the writers received a mandate to work everything ever into the film. The fourth time around you have to do that. Let’s just hope they keep it under five hours long. Kids can only take so much convoluted plotline.

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Oooo, Shiny ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Pics! http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/oooo-shiny-pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-pics/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/oooo-shiny-pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-pics/#comments Thu, 09 Dec 2010 23:47:17 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=11973 See Depp wobble! See Depp dragged! See Depp push! See Depp peek! These new high quality production stills from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides show Johnny Depp in a variety of poses.

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See Depp wobble! See Depp dragged! See Depp push! See Depp peek! These new high quality production stills from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides show Johnny Depp in a variety of poses. I imagine it’s what his ’80s acting headshots looked like. Even the bandanna still applies.

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Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ If You Want http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/go-behind-the-scenes-of-pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-if-you-want/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/go-behind-the-scenes-of-pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-if-you-want/#comments Mon, 06 Dec 2010 17:32:48 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=11062 Entertainment Tonight went on a journey behind the scenes of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie in the treacherous terrain of London, England. Anchor Mark Steines narrates the adventure as pirate extras munch on sandwiches in the background.

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Entertainment Tonight went on a journey behind the scenes of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie in the treacherous terrain of London, England. Anchor Mark Steines narrates the adventure as pirate extras munch on sandwiches in the background. The six-minute video also includes interviews with the cast and crew, as well as tons of on set footage. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides follows Captain Jack Sparrow as he searches for the fountain of youth. Along the way he’s certain to drink a lot of rum and get slapped by pretty women for being cheeky. (/Film)

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A Pirate’s Life for Ian McShane in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/a-pirates-life-for-ian-mcshane-in-pirates-of-the-caribbean-4/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/a-pirates-life-for-ian-mcshane-in-pirates-of-the-caribbean-4/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Let's thank the Internet for this nightmare image.Disney has given Ian McShane the executive order to stop shaving. Deadwood's pimp and murderer has been selected to portray the notorious pirate Blackbeard in Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides. It's time to celebrate. Open the f*ckin' canned peaches!If McShane signs on, he'll be squaring off against Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow as he slurs and mumbles and gets slapped by women while trying to find the Fountain of Youth. Penelope Cruz has also joined the cast recently as Depp's atractivo sexualmente foil (translation: corset boobs). With these two casting additions, this could be a film to look forward to. Richardson has given it his seal of approval. (THR)

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Let’s thank the Internet for this nightmare image.

Disney has given Ian McShane the executive order to stop shaving. Deadwood‘s pimp and murderer has been selected to portray the notorious pirate Blackbeard in Rob Marshall‘s Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides. It’s time to celebrate. Open the f*ckin’ canned peaches!

If McShane signs on, he’ll be squaring off against Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow as he slurs and mumbles and gets slapped by women while trying to find the Fountain of Youth. Penelope Cruz has also joined the cast recently as Depp’s atractivo sexualmente foil (translation: corset boobs). With these two casting additions, this could be a film to look forward to. Richardson has given it his seal of approval.

 (THR)

 

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Sexy T&A Montage from Rob Marshall’s ‘Nine’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/sexy-ta-montage-from-rob-marshalls-nine/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/sexy-ta-montage-from-rob-marshalls-nine/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000   If you're a homophobic straight guy, you might want to shut the eff up right now, because Rob Marshall's man-lovin' ass is about to make it rain hetero-boner pills with his new movie, called Nine. Yes, it's a musical. And yes, it has dancing and singing. And guess what, bro? Those dancing and singing women happen to be a scantily clad Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman. So when you're fap-fap-fappin' it up to this here video clip, don't finish by saying gay guys never did nothing for you.

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If you’re a homophobic straight guy, you might want to shut the eff up right now, because Rob Marshall‘s man-lovin’ ass is about to make it rain hetero-boner pills with his new movie, called Nine. Yes, it’s a musical. And yes, it has dancing and singing. And guess what, bro? Those dancing and singing women happen to be a scantily clad Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman.

So when you’re fap-fap-fappin‘ it up to this here video clip, don’t finish by saying gay guys never did nothing for you.

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Nine (2009) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/nine-2009/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/nine-2009/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2009 21:44:38 +0000 Reza F. Director: Rob Marshall Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench Synopsis: Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.  

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Director: Rob Marshall

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench

Synopsis: Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother. 

 

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