Spain has a new king after Felipe Vi was officially sworn in as the country's monarch on Thursday (19Jun14). The 46 year old, whose former title was Prince of Asturias, has replaced his father King Juan Carlos as Spain's head of state.
The retiring monarch handed over the throne to his only son at midnight and he was formally sworn in during a ceremony at the Cortes Generales parliament building in Madrid on Thursday morning.
He said, "I swear to carry out my duties faithfully, to conserve and ensure the conservation of the Constitution and the law and to respect the rights of the citizens and regions."
The new king was then driven through the streets of the capital to greet his subjects alongside his wife, Queen Letizia.
Juan Carlos I of Spain announced his decision to abdicate after 39 years earlier this month (Jun14). He took to the throne in 1975 and reintroduced democracy following the death of dictator Francisco Franco.
Former Spanish leader Adolfo Suarez has died at the age of 81. The politician passed away on Sunday (23Mar14) in Madrid's Cemtro Clinic hospital after suffering a respiratory infection.
Suarez took office in 1977 in Spain's first democratic election following the death of dictator Francisco Franco two years earlier (75).
He served as prime minister until 1981 and became one of the country's most respected politicians due to his leadership during Spain's transition to democracy.
Spain's monarch King Juan Carlos has paid tribute to Suarez in a televised message, saying, "Suarez was a statesman who put the whole of the Spanish nation ahead of his personal and party interests."
Suarez had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for more than a decade.
The 74 year old was admitted to a Madrid medical facility in November (12) for the operation to improve his overall mobility, and on Sunday (02Dec12) doctors released him from their care.
Joking with journalists as he left the centre, the monarch promised he would "take things very easily" while he recuperated.
According to the Associated Press, medics expect Carlos to make a full recovery.
This is the latest in a string of health problems for the royal - in April (12) he injured his right hip joint on an African safari and over the past few years he has undergone knee surgery and an operation to remove a benign lung tumour.
The 79 year old passed away on Saturday (13Nov10) in Madrid.
Berlanga made his directorial debut in 1951, teaming up with late moviemaker/screenwriter Juan Antonio Bardem for That Happy Couple.
He was an outspoken critic of the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, the former Spanish head of state, and managed to find ways around strict censorship laws to make movies like 1959's Miracles on Thursdays.
He was also the man behind Welcome Mr. Marshall! and The Executioner, both of which have gone down as classics in the history of Spanish film. He also received high praise for Everyone to Jail! - the 1993 comedy which won him the Goya Award for Best Director.
Berlanga was also recognised by the Academy Awards, landing a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for Placido in 1961.
He is survived by his wife, Maria, and three sons.
A property company linked to the former James Bond star and his wife allegedly failed to pay $2 million (£1.3 million) in tax on the sale of development rights to land on the outskirts of Malaga.
In May (10), Connery was named in a money-laundering investigation stemming from the sale of a seaside villa just east of Marbella, a coastal town close to Malaga.
The actor was said to have sold the property for $9 million (£6 million) in 1999 and it was knocked down and replaced by a complex with 72 apartments - despite laws dictating only five homes could be constructed at the site.
The Madrid and Marbella offices of the law firm which allegedly handled the sale were raided in May (10) and now the city's former chief of urban planning, Juan Antonio Roca, is on trial over the case.
On Thursday (07Oct10) it was revealed Connery and his wife have been subpoenaed to testify on 15 October (10) in relation to the proceedings, according to AFP.
Regional newspaper Diario Sur claimed the judge said he "may use all legal means under both the national and international law to compel them (to testify)".
Connery and Micheline lived in Marbella from the 1970s to the 1990s but now reside in the Bahamas.
Source: The Wrap
After sequelizing Danny Boyle's brilliant 28 Days Later, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo became a hot commodity in Hollywood. The Spanish filmmaker, who was nominated for an Oscar for his 1996 short Linked, took Gore Verbinski's place on Universal Pictures video game adaptation BioShock (currently in development), but will first helm Intruders for the studio, reports The Wrap.
Clive Owen will star in the thriller that will focus on an 11-year-old girl who is forced to confront childhood demons. The project is a co-production between Universal Pictures International and Apaches Entertainment. Principle photography is slated to begin in June in London and Madrid.
It's been three years since the director's 28 Weeks Later - far too long in our book - and Owen is always a welcome addition to any film, so we're enthused about this mysterious projects potential. As always, we'll keep you up to date on more details as they arise.
Pedro Almodovar's Volver picked up five honors at the Goya Awards in Madrid last night, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress for Penelope Cruz.
The movie, which had received 14 nominations, also won Best Original Soundtrack for Alberto Iglesias.
On collecting her Best Actress award, Cruz said, "This award is very important, very special for me. I am going to try not to cry because I'm a disaster, and these 30 seconds are not going to be enough."
Pan's Labyrinth, which is nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at next month's Oscars, collected the most awards--seven in total, including Best Original Screenplay for Mexican writer/director Guillermo Del Toro.
Del Toro said, "My relationship with Spain as a filmmaker is one of profound admiration and respect... that began with the hand of Pedro (Almodovar)."
Elsewhere, Juan Diego won Best Actor for Vete de Mi, while Stephen Frears’ The Queen won Best European film.
The full list of winners is:
Best Actress--Penelope Cruz, Volver
Best Actor--Juan Diego, Vete de Mi
Best Director--Pedro Almodovar, Volver
Best Original Screenplay--Guillermo Del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth
Best Adapted Screenplay--Lluis Arcarazo, Salvador
Best First-Time Director--Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, DarkBlueAlmostBlack
Best European Film--The Queen
Best Foreign Spanish-Language Film--Las Manos, by Alejandro Doria(Argentina)
Best Supporting Actress--Carmen Maura, Volver
Best Supporting Actor--Antonio De La Torre, DarkBlueAlmostBlack
Best Breakthrough Performance, Actor--Quim Gutierrez, DarkBlueAlmostBlack
Best Breakthrough Performance, Actress--Ivana Baquero, Pan's Labyrinth
Best Animated Feature--The Hairy Tooth Fairy, by Juan Pablo Buscarini
Best Art Direction--Benjamin Fernandez, Alatriste
Best Cinematography--Guillermo Navarro, Pan's Labyrinth
Best Line Production--Cristina Zumarraga, Alatriste
Best Documentary Short--Castanuela 70, El Teatro Prohibido, by Manuel Calvo and Olga Margallo
Best Animated Short Film--El Viaje De Said, by Coke Rioboo
Best Live-Action Short Film--A Ciegas, by Salvador Gomez Cuenca
Best Visual Effects--David Marti, Montse Ribe, Reyes Abades, Everett Burrell, Edward Irastorza and Emilio Ruiz, Pan's Labyrinth
Best Costume Design--Francesca Sartori, Alatriste
Best Documentary Feature--Cineastas en Accion, by Carlos Benpar
Best Film Editing--Bernat Vilaplana, Pan's Labyrinth
Best Sound--Miguel Polo and Martin Hernandez, Pan's Labyrinth
Best Original Score--Alberto Iglesias, Volver
Best Original Song--“Tiempo Pequeno,” Bebe and Lucio Godoy, from The Education of a Fairy
Best Make-Up and Hair Design--Jose Quetglas and Blanca Sanchez, Pan's Labyrinth
Lifetime Achievement Award--Teddy Villalba
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