Blanca Suarez Talks I’M SO EXCITED, Working with Pedro Almodovar, the Challenges of the Shoot, the Success of Her Fellow Countrymen, and More

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Spanish actress Blanca Suárez turns in a captivating performance as Ruth, one of two ex-lovers abandoned by the same Don Juan (Guillermo Toledo) in Pedro Almodóvar’s high-flying new comedy, I’m So Excited.  Ruth discovers that life in the clouds can be as complicated and precarious as it is at ground level, especially when sex and death are involved.  Opening June 28, the film is a biting satire on the state of our world and features an ensemble cast that includes Javier Cámara, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, José María Yazpik, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, and Paz Vega.

At a roundtable interview, Suárez discussed working with Almodóvar again after starring in The Skin I Live In, his meticulous directing style, the challenges of shooting a bicycle scene pedaling up a steep hill in a dress and high heels, the enormous success of fellow countrymen Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem, how she hopes one day to work with Bardem and to achieve the success Cruz has enjoyed, what she looks for in a project, and the offers she’s currently considering in film and TV now that her sci-fi series, El Barco, has ended.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

Javier Cámara and Miguel Ángel Silvestre Talk I’M SO EXCITED!, Shooting in a Confined Space, the Casting Process, and More

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Javier Cámara and Miguel Ángel Silvestre star in Pedro Almodóvar’s colorful new comedy, I’m So Excited!, that chronicles the wild adventures of the passengers and crew onboard Peninsula Flight 2549 when an unexpected landing gear hitch leaves their flight in a precarious holding pattern on their way from Madrid to Mexico City.  Opening June 28th, the hilarious movie features cameos by Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas and an engaging ensemble cast that includes Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, José María Yazpik, Guillermo Toledo, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, Paz Vega and Blanca Suárez

At a recent roundtable interview, Cámara and Silvestre talked about Almodóvar’s intense directing process, how he creates a family among his actors and a cinematic world that’s uniquely his own, his imaginative approach to casting, the challenge of shooting in an extremely confined space, rehearsing a flamboyant dance routine with choreographer Blanca Li, and the importance of being a generous actor in every scene.  They also discussed their latest projects including Cámara’s La Vida Inesperada and Vivir es Fácil con los Ojos Cerrados, and Silvestre’s TV series, Galerías Vélvet, and feature film, Alácran Enamorado, a dark neo-Nazi romantic thriller starring Javier Bardem.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

Pedro Almodóvar Talks I’M SO EXCITED, the Role of Sex and Death in His Work, Making the “Gayest Film” He’s Done in 20 Years, and More

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Pedro Almodóvar’s hilarious new comedy, I’m So Excited, takes flying to new heights as his flamboyant characters embark on an unusual journey fueled by alcohol, sexual desire and the fear of imminent death.  From take-off until emergency landing, fate weaves an unpredictable thread linking the passengers with other characters, and the plane’s tiny galley and cockpit become the settings for some of the movie’s funniest scenes.  Opening June 28th, the film features cameos by Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas and an ensemble cast that includes Javier Cámara, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, José María Yazpik, Guillermo Toledo, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, Paz Vega and Blanca Suárez.

At the film’s recent press day, Almodóvar talked about the role that sex and death play in his work, how the song that inspired the title became the full-scale choreographed centerpiece of the movie, why he likes to write while flying, how this movie fits into his larger body of work, and why it may be the gayest film he’s made in 20 years.  He also discussed four new scripts in progress, why he shouldn’t be compared to Luis Buñuel, and the summer films he’s looking forward to seeing.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

Release Date Shuffle: BEFORE MIDNIGHT, LAST VEGAS, Pedro Almodovar’s I’M SO EXCITED, and Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE

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A few release date changes and announcements are being made.

  • Sony Pictures Classics has announced that director Richard Linklater’s fantastic sequel Before Midnight will open in limited release in New York and Los Angeles on May 24th.  The film reunites Linklater with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as we again pick up with the characters from Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.  Read Matt’s positive review from Sundance here.
  • Director Pedro Almodovar’s latest film, I’m So Excited, is also getting the limited treatment, as the pic will open in New York and Los Angeles on June 28th.  Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Paz Vega star.
  • The comedy Last Vegas is being moved up from December 20th to November 1st.  The film stars Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Michael Douglas, and Morgan Freeman, and will face off against the sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game in wide release.
  • Finally, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine will open in NY and LA on July 26th.  The film stars Cate Blanchette, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, and Louis C.K.

Exclusive: Penelope Cruz Talks TWICE BORN, THE COUNSELOR, PIRATES 5 and Her Role in Pedro Almodovar’s I’M SO EXCITED

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Premiering at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Sergio Castellitto‘s Twice BornBased on the novel of the same name by Margaret Mazzantini, the film stars Penelope Cruz as a single mother who returns with her teen son to present-day Sarajevo where her son’s father (Emile Hirsch) died during the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s.  As she tries to repair the relationship with her son, new revelations force her to rethink everything.  The film also stars Mira Fulran and Jane Birkin and you can watch the first trailer here.

Before the world premiere, I landed an exclusive interview with Penelope Cruz.  We talked about a broad array of things, such as premiering at TIFF, social networking and email, why she wanted to make Twice Born, the type of research she does for a role, rehearsals, how many takes she likes to do and the way Woody Allen works, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Pedro Almovodar‘s I’m So Excited (where she finally works with  Antonio Banderas) and more.  In addition, with Cruz currently filming Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor, we talked about why she signed on to the project and who she plays.  Hit the jump for the audio and transcript.

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Pedro Almodovar’s New Comedy I’M SO EXCITED; Production Begins in July

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Sony Pictures Classics announced today that it has acquired North American rights to writer/director Pedro Almodovar’s next film, I’m So Excited.  Plot details are firmly under wraps, but the pic is described as an ensemble comedy written and directed by the Talk to Her filmmaker.  The cast for I’m So Excited includes Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, Raul Arévalo, Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, and more, with “special collaborations” from Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz and Paz Vega.

Almodovar’s most recent film, last year’s The Skin I Live In, was met with a mixed yet enthusiastic response.  Production on I’m So Excited is scheduled to get underway next month for a release date sometime next year.  Hit the jump to read the press release, which includes the full cast list.

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