"Javier was in the next room with the headphones... He did joke around when we were doing rehearsals. He came back into the room and was like, 'I forgot something'. But those scenes are always awkward unless you're both really into each other. The thing is to always make sure your partner in the scene is comfortable and doesn't feel like you're taking advantage of the space and the situation." Actor Michael Fassbender on his sex scene with co-star Javier Bardem's real-life wife Penelope Cruz in new movie The Counselor.
Cate Blanchett is to be honoured with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California in February (14) for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. The Australian actress has received Oscar buzz for the role and experts predict it will land her a sixth Academy Awards nomination next year (14).
She will be feted at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre on 1 February (14), as part of the festival's 29th annual gala.
Previous recipients of the prize have included Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Heath Ledger, Helen Mirren, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Lawrence.
Actress Eva Longoria has been romantically linked to a wealthy Mexican businessman, just days after dismissing rumours she had reunited with her ex-boyfriend Eduardo Cruz. The former Desperate Housewives beauty was said to have enjoyed a New York lunch date with Penelope Cruz's brother last week (ends25Oct13), but she denied the report, telling her Twitter.com followers, "Sorry this is just not true."
It has now emerged that Longoria was actually dining with her new man, but she wishes to keep his identity away from the public eye.
A source tells People.com that the star has been dating "a wealthy, successful businessman from Mexico", adding, "She's very happy, and he's crazy about her."
Longoria and Cruz had been on/off lovers since the end of her marriage to sportsman Tony Parker in 2011. She went on to date businessman Ernesto Arguello, but that romance fizzled out this spring (13).
Richard Gere is reportedly in talks to join the old-timers checking in for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel. Maggie Smith, her Downton Abbey co-star Penelope Wilton and Judi Dench are expected to reprise their characters in the follow-up to the surprise 2011 hit movie and sources claim Pretty Woman star Gere is interested in joining the cast of pensioners.
Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith will be re-teaming once again for a sequel of surprise box office success story The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The movie, about a group of British pensioners who set out to retire in India, topped the U.K. film charts upon its release in 2012 and took more than $134 million (£89.3 million) worldwide.
Now Dench and Smith, along with co-stars Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton, will head back to India in January (13) to start shooting a follow-up.
Downton Abbey star Wilton tells the Radio Times, "We had a wonderful time shooting this film the first time and I am thrilled we will be going back in January to do another one. As far as I know everybody will be returning."
As well as the film's first outing, Dench and Smith have worked together on Tea with Mussolini and Ladies in Lavender.
Eva Longoria and her ex-boyfriend Eduardo Cruz appear to be getting close again - the former couple was spotted lunching in New York City on Saturday (26Oct13). The pair split just before Longoria started dating businessman Ernesto Arguello this spring (13), but now that relationship has fizzled out, she's free to see Penelope Cruz's brother again.
The couple appeared close and cozy at Serafina restaurant and even shared a passionate kiss, according to fellow diners.
An eyewitness tells People.com, "They really looked like they were in love."
Cruz and Longoria have been on/off lovers since the end of her marriage to sportsman Tony Parker in 2011.
Johnny Knoxville's riotous comedy Bad Grandpa has ended George Clooney and Sandra Bullock's reign atop the U.S. box office. The film, in which Knoxville serves up pranks as an irreverent old man aided by nine-year-old child star Jackson Nicholl, raked in $32 million (£21.3 million) in its first weekend on release, and took over at the top from Bullock and Clooney's space drama Gravity, which has edged close to a $200 million (£133.3 million) take since its 4 October (13) opening.
Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips takes third place on the new box office countdown, while Ridley Scott's star-studded drama The Counselor, which features Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt, debuts at four with a disappointing $8 million (£5.3 million).
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 rounds out the new top five.
"My favourite project of hers was an overlooked short film that she made earlier this year. She plays a very inebriated housewife defending her inebriated husband. And if you haven't seen it, you can go on YouTube." Comedienne Chelsea Handler pokes fun at her pal Reese Witherspoon's much-publicised altercation with a police officer in Georgia while honouring her at Monday's (21Oct13) Elle Women in Hollywood awards event in Beverly Hills. The actress joined Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Naomie Harris and Melissa McCarthy among the honourees.
Elle magazine is celebrating the women of Hollywood with their annual issue that feature numerous talented and beautiful actresses. This year, six women were selected, including Reese Witherspoon, Penelope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Marion Cotillard, Naomie Harris, and Melissa McCarthy. However, it is McCarthy's cover that is sparking a weight debate.
In her cover (above), McCarthy is wearing a large Marina Rinaldi coat that completely obscures her body. While her hair and makeup look flawless, and it is awesome to see the funny girl dolled up on the cover of the magazine, it seems unfortunate that the rest of the actresses are displayed in tight fitting dresses and bathing suits, while McCarthy's body is hidden. While it may be argued that the oversized coat is a popular fashion item this season, it begs the question of why none of the other actresses are seen wearing something similar. Instead, literally every other cover shows these actresses showing off more skin than they are clothing. The only skin we see on McCarthy is her calf and her neck. Even her face is partially hidden.
The choice to cover up McCarthy has led to public outrage against Elle for not celebrating a woman's curves. Psychotherapist Stacey Kaiser told FOX 411 that "It’s a disappointment the way they covered her up so much. It is sending the psychological message that hiding is what full-figured women should do. Melissa is beautiful, talented and popular – her beauty should be flaunted not covered. This shows that the fashion world is trying to strike the balance between featuring full-figured women, while still hiding them as well.”
Slate also commented on the cover saying, "This year, Elle's token plus-size cover girl is McCarthy, who was photographed in a Marina Rinaldi coat so huge that she could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath ... Perhaps photographer Thomas Whiteside only knows how to photograph the usual stick insect models, because he clearly has no clue how to highlight McCarthy's curves."
Although this cover is a sad reflection of how little the magazine industry has progressed, it is also not a singular occurrence. Elle also hid Gabourey Sidibe's body in 2010 when they featured her on their cover. Instead of giving Sidibe a full body shot like the other actresses, they instead only showed a close-up of her face. Meanwhile, Adele's 2011 Vogue UK cover did the same thing when the singer was only shown from the neck up.
Elle finally responded to the controversy, saying, "On all of our shoots, our stylists work with the stars to choose pieces they feel good in, and this is no different: Melissa loved this look, and is gorgeous on our cover. We are thrilled to honor her as one of our Women in Hollywood this year."
While it doesn't look like this trend of hiding full-figured women is going to end anytime soon, at least we get to see our favorite actresses finally making it onto the covers of magazines. Hopefully, the continued public outrage over these covers will shake some sense into the magazine industry, and get them to give women like Melissa McCarthy the kind of covers they deserve, showing off curves and all.
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Actress Penelope Cruz is the most jumpy woman in Hollywood - she has spent her life battling dozens of phobias. The Volver star has suffered from a slew of irrational fears since she was a young girl but she has vowed to keep the details secret because they are too "crazy" to make public.
Cruz says, "I have so many fears... I have become an expert in hiding them but I am so full of them. I'm not giving you examples because they are all so crazy. Everybody thinks I'm so centred and relaxed but it's so opposite to what goes on inside me. But I've been working on it all my life, so it gets better."