Eduardo Cruz, Sr. and his partner Carmen Moreno have announced they are due to become parents in the spring (12), according to Hola.com.
The 59 year old is also the father of Penelope's younger siblings, Monica and Eduardo Jr.
The Vicky Cristina Barcelona star gave birth to a son named Leo, her first child with husband Javier Bardem, in January (11).
Panel judge and fellow author Carmen Callil quit the Booker Prize committee upon learning Roth was the pick for this year's $97,000 (£60,600) cash prize on Wednesday night (18May11).
She told Britain's Guardian newspaper, "I don't rate him (Roth) as a writer at all. I made it clear that I wouldn't have put him on the longlist of nominees), so I was amazed when he stayed there.
"He goes on and on and on about the same subject in almost every single book. It's as though he's sitting on your face and you can't breathe."
Head judge Rick Gekoski tells the New York Times, "I am very regretful that she would go public in this way because I think it's disrespectful to the winner."
Roth will be feted at a formal dinner in London on 28 June (11).
The writer is no stranger to scandal - he previously stirred controversy with his 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint, which drew criticism for its sexually explicit monologue.
His body of work includes American Pastoral (1997) and The Human Stain (2000), which was turned into a movie starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
The Mission: Impossible star will play Stacee Jaxx in the film, and belt out Bon Jovi's Wanted Dead or Alive.
Matt Weaver, who co-created Rock of Ages, is thrilled with the casting: "He's got an awesome voice! He's got an awesome attitude.
"He's embracing it, he's getting into character, he's doing his research. He's ready to go back to 1986!"
Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Anne Hathaway and Russell Brand are also reportedly in talks to join the cast.
Hough was among the stars who attended the opening night of the hit musical's run in Los Angeles on Tuesday (15Feb11). Zac Efron, Malin Akerman, Shannon Elizabeth, Carmen Electra and Mena Suvari were among the audience.
Critics have questioned whether the former Playboy model's tragic demise is appropriate content for the new production, scheduled to open at London's Royal Opera House later this month (Feb11).
But Thomas, who wrote Anna Nicole with Mark Anthony Turnage, is adamant Smith was an ideal muse for the project.
In a column for Britain's The Times, Thomas writes, "People ask me if she's worthy. What's 'worthy'? And who gets to decide? Everything is a fitting subject for an opera. Every life lived contains glory and tragedy.
"It doesn't matter what you or I thought of her or the choices she made. No one goes to the opera to judge Salome or Carmen. We go to see a wonderful story and to hear it told in an absurdly beautiful medium. Anna Nicole's life is absurdly beautiful...
"I never met her. I don't have the answers. But the questions! The questions are endlessly fascinating and perfect for opera."
Thomas' opera will chronicle Smith's rise to fame, her marriage to aged billionaire oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall and her demise at 39.
The reality TV star has slimmed down to a tiny U.S. size two since her stint on TV competition Dancing with the Stars - and celebrity choreographer Antin took notice of her newfound confidence.
Antin took to Twitter.com to post a sexy picture of the reality star as she arrived in a silver sequined micro mini dress ahead of the show at the Viper Room in Los Angeles on Wednesday - where she joined PCD Revue regular guest Carmen Electra for a sexy strip.
And her raunchy show looks like it may be headed to the big screen for the world to see - recent reports suggest the event was filmed for Donovan Leitch's new documentary Sunset Strip.
The model/actress went under the knife a decade ago to boost her assets, but now feels the operation wasn't really necessary.
She says, "I had breast surgery over ten years ago, taking me from a 32B to DD, which took a bit of time to get used to. I didn't want to go as big as that. It's nice that I don't have to wear a push-up bra any more, but I could have left myself alone."
Capalbo passed away in New York City on Sunday (14Mar10), at the age of 84.
His revival of The Threepenny Opera in the 1950s became one of the biggest hits in Off-Broadway history, with supporting actress Lotte Lenya winning a Tony Award for her role in the musical.
He also directed the premiere of Eugene O'Neill's Moon for the Misbegotten on Broadway in 1957, and the premieres of The Potting Shed and The Cave Dwellers.
He is survived by a son, Marco, a daughter, Carla, and a sister, Jenny.