The last time Penélope Cruz graced the Toronto International Film Festival was in 2009, for Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces“. The stunning Spanish actress looked absolutely ravishing on the red carpet then, and we expect more of the same this year at the gala for “Twice Born“, in which she stars alongside Emile Hirsch (who’s also attending TIFF). Penélope plays a single mother who brings her teenage son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the Bosnian conflict years ago. We’re going to guess that this film is not a comedy.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is scheduled to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between September 6 and September 16, 2012. It’s confirmed that Penélope will attend the festival!
Penélope dressed up as Super Mario for a new Nintendo 3DS ad in which she stars alongside her sister, Mónica.
Cosplay is certainly something different for the 38-year-old, who is best known as a super-sultry Spanish actress and model. In the Nintendo ad, she trades in the sexy curve-hugging outfits she typically wears for a pair of blue overalls and a handlebar mustache. Penélope winds up in the Super Mario costume after she loses a game of “Super Mario Bros. 2” while playing against her sister.
“You know what you have to do,” says Monica.
“Ok! Bring it on,” says Penélope.
“Penélope Cruz’s latest project? Serving as spokeswomen for Super Mario Brothers along with her sister, Mónica. Random, but totally adorable,” writes People magazine.
Some felt the Cruz sisters’ ad was missing something.
“It all ends in impressive, slightly awkward cosplay,” wrote Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan. “And a missed opportunity for her sister to dress up as Luigi.”
EDIT: I added 19 HQ screen captures of Penélope in her new ad video! Check them out here.
I just want to let everyone know that I’ll be on vacation from tomorrow, August 4th until August 18th. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to update the website, check my e-mails or upload pictures to the photo gallery, more precisely I won’t have any internet connection. I’ll try my best to update the website and the image archive with everything missing once I get home. It may take me some time to catch up on everything, so please be patient. Enjoy summer and have a nice time! So long!
A wax sculpture of Spanish actress Penélope Cruz will be placed in a premier spot in a Paris museum, joining similar statues of Brad Pitt and George Clooney. The Grevin Wax Museum decided to include the actress in its list of stars to “pay tribute to this essential actress who has asserted herself on the world level as well as on the Spanish one,” the museum’s communications director, Veronique Berecz, told Efe.
Finishing the sculpture has taken six months, during which sculptor Eric de Saint Chaffray, lacking the real model to work from, has had to create the wax image by “improvising and imagining” her look from images taken from the Internet and clips of her films.
The work has been “arduous” and the pressure “constant,” since the Spanish film icon “is part of a group of superstars, beautiful women with great charm, and those attributes had to be given expression in the figure,” said Saint Chaffray. The result is a spectacularly lifelike image of Penelope Cruz – with her long, dark hair gathered into a bun and wearing an elegant evening gown made of lace, velvet and blue gemstones – who seems to be looking at the camera out of the corner of her eye with an enigmatic half-smile
Penélope Cruz is to star in Saks Fifth Avenue’s 2012 Key to the Cure campaign, which helps raise money for cancer charities.
The stunning actress is the Entertainment Industry Foundation‘s ambassador for this year’s initiative and will appear in a national public service announcement wearing a limited-edition Carolina Herrera-designed T-shirt.
Shoppers will be able to buy the $35 shirt at Saks Fifth Avenue and Off 5th stores, as well as from saks.com with all proceeds benefiting EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund and Penélope says she’s thrilled to be involved. She said: “Cancer has affected each and every one of us in one way or another and I am thrilled to be involved with this wonderful cause.”
Penélope Cruz, who has 17-month-old son Leonardo with husband Javier Bardem, is reportedly expecting her second child with the actor.
A Spanish TV has claimed that a source close to the couple, as well as an insider – who has been working with the actress in Madrid – have confirmed that Penélope is three months pregnant. The actress recently admitted that she is having the time of her life being a housewife and staying at home to look after Leonardo.
She had said: “I’m a housewife and it’s beautiful, the best thing in the world. I know how to cook and it’s important to me to make fresh food every day. I don’t do crazy diets, just the good Mediterranean food that I love because it’s important to eat well.”
Penélope also recently admitted that she “worries less” since becoming a mother as beforehand she “always loved” to be concerned about everything in her life. She explained: “For me, having my son means I worry less. I’ve always loved to worry – ever since I was a little girl people would tell me I worry too much. But these days I really have to pick my subjects to worry about because there are only so many hours in the day.”
With her new movie “To Rome with Love” having recently hit theaters on a limited basis, Penélope Cruz garnered herself a little added exposure by covering the new July 2012 issue of Madame Figaro Magazine.
The 38-year-old actress looked fetching in a Stella McCartney dress and a lambskin jacket beaded gold from Balmain with an eras swimsuit strapless stretch polyamide for the dual Nico shot front pages while dishing about everything from her favorite designers to working with director Woody Allen. Highlights from Miss Cruz’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Madame Figaro!
On being the ambassador of Lancôme’s Trésor perfume:
“Absolutely! Since my teens, I am an absolute fan of this house. As a kid, I wanted all the brands products, but I could not buy them, of course. At 14-15 years, I asked my parents for perfume. I was in heaven. Since then, it grew with me. It is directly linked to memories, events, persons. It is part of my life.”
On her favorite designers:
“Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren … how to choose? Impossible for me to prefer one or the other. Just as I do not have a particular style. I love listening to my desires and I’m certainly not stuck on trends.”
On her ‘To Rome With Love’ director Woody Allen:
“This is the funniest man on the planet. With him, everything is wonderful, bright, offbeat. On the set, my little pleasure was to sit beside him and make him talk about his life, his hypochondria, everything and anything. I could listen for hours, because I laughed all the time.”
On if she plans on being one of those actresses who take their children on set all of the time:
“I do not know yet how I will organize. I do not even know where I live soon! Our city is heart of Madrid, and we have just as often as possible. But we try to put elsewhere. Why not New York? I love it! When I walk through its streets, I feel like an eternal student.”
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