Antonio Banderas to Receive International Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Antonio Banderas is a shining star… 

The 59-year-old Spanish actor will receive the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s International Star Award, Actor for his performance in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory

Antonio Banderas

“Throughout his career Antonio Banderas has garnered international acclaim and world recognition from his memorable performances,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film Pain and Glory, Antonio Banderas gives another deeply moving performance as aging film director Salvador Mallo going through a creative crisis as he reflects on the choice’s he’s made throughout his life.”

Past recipients of the International Star Award include Javier BardemNicole KidmanHelen Mirren, Gary Oldman and Saoirse Ronan

Banderas, who recently earned a Goya Award nomination for his performance in Pain and Glory, will join the previously announced honorees Jennifer Lopez (Spotlight Award), Joaquin Phoenix (Chairman’s Award), Martin Scorsese Sonny Bono Visionary Award), Charlize Theron( International Star Award, Actress) and Renée Zellweger(Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress).

From Sony Picture Classicsand presented by El DeseoPain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered.

The award will be presented at the festival’s Film Awards Galaon Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.

Banderas’ next project is Dolittle

Diego Luna to Star in the Anthology Film “Berlin, I Love You”

Diego Luna is spreading a little Liebe to Germany…

The 37-year-old Mexican actor, producer and director will star in the anthology film Berlin, I Love You, the latest feature in the Cities of Love series launched by Emmanuel Benbihy in 2006 with the release of Paris, je t’aime, followed by New York, I Love You (2008) and Rio, I Love You (2014).

Diego Luna

Luna joins an ensemble cast that includes Jenna Dewan Tatum, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Orlando Bloom, Sophie Turner, Jack Huston, Patrick Dempsey and Renee Zellweger.

Like the other films, Berlin, I Love You will feature short stories of romance, this time set in the German capital.

Written by Neil La Bute and David Vernon, the segments are being directed by Fernando Eimbcke, Dennis Gansel, Massy Tadjedin, Peter Chelsom, Til Schweiger, Justin Franklin, Dani Levy and Dianna Agron. Josef Rusnak will helm the transition sequence that ties all the episodes together.

New Trailer Released for Rodriguez’s “The Fate of the Furious”

Michelle Rodriguez is kicking it into high gear…

Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for The Fate of the Furious, starring the38-year-old Dominican-American actress.

Michelle Rodriguez

Once again, the car criminals-turned-superheroes are back in this upcoming eighth installment, this time going up again a mysterious tech terrorist, who forces an alliance with Vin Diesel’s family leader Dominic Toretto.

F. Gary Gray is at the helm of the sequel, which will bow in theaters April 14.

After Dom is seduced into a world of crime and betray those closest to him, the gang is forced to go against their former leader and end up working with one of their greatest enemies to take him down.

There’s explosions, melodrama, intense fight scenes, witty comebacks, and of course, a lot of cars going really fast –all the elements that have made the Fast & Furious a billion-dollar franchise.

The film sees the return of Diesel, Rodriguez, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell along with newcomers Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren and Scott Eastwood.

Miranda to Perform at One-Night Only Broadway Show Benefiting Hillary Clinton’s Hillary Victory Fund

Lin-Manuel Miranda is stumping for Hillary Clinton

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican actor and Hamilton star/creator has joined the list of Broadway and Hollywood stars teaming up for a one-night only Broadway performance benefiting the Hillary Victory Fund.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Miranda joins a lineup that includes Julia Roberts and Hugh Jackman, all appearing in support of Clinton.

The show, “Stronger Together,” features Chelsea Clinton as a special guest and Billy Crystal as host, appearing alongside familiar faces including Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Josh Groban, Angela Bassett, Neil Patrick Harris, Helen Mirren, Sienna Miller, Bernadette Peters, Cynthia Erivo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Sarah Jones, Andrea McArdle and Ayodele Casel.

Organizers of the evening promise new duets and collaborations.

Michael Mayer, the Spring Awakening and Hedwig and the Angry Inch director whose Off-Broadway production of Love, Love, Love is now running, will direct the production, with Diane Paulus on board as special consultant. John Guare serves as script consultant, with Seth Rudetsky as musical director.

The event is set for October 17 at the St. James Theater, the Jujamcyn-owned venue currently occupied by “Something Rotten!,” which is dark on Monday nights.

Tickets are on sale on the Hillary Clinton website.

Peris-Mencheta to Star in FX’s Cocaine-Themed Drama Pilot “Snowfall”

Sergio Peris-Mencheta is winter ready…

The 40-year-old Spanish actor has been cast in a lead role opposite Damson Idris and Billy Magnussen in FX’s drama pilot Snowfall.

Sergio Peris-Mencheta

Co-written by John Singleton and Eric Amadio and directed by Singleton, the series centers on the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 80’s.

Snowfall is set against the infancy of the epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it.

Peris-Mencheta will play Gustavo Zapata, a large, talented, powerful and very popular Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream. Also known as El Oso’ (The Bear), he’s disillusioned over his bleak future, sending his earnings back home while living day-to-day in a rundown hotel room.

Peris-Mencheta’s credits include features Love Ranch, opposite Helen MirrenResident Evil: Afterlifeand Jean Jacques Annaud’s His Majesty Minor, and Showtime’s The Borgias

Bruhl In Talks to Star Opposite Helen Mirren in “Woman in Gold”

Daniel Bruhl is in talks to take on a golden role…

The 35-year-old half-Spanish actor, who earned critical acclaim and his first SAG Awards nomination for his role in Ron Howard’s Rush, is negotiating with The Weinstein Company to join Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in Woman in Gold.

Daniel Bruhl

The fact-based story, which will be directed by Simon Curtis, will star Mirren as real-life heroine Maria Altmann, a Jewish WWII survivor who fought the Austrian government to get back several paintings by Gustav Klimt that were pilfered from her family during wartime.

Reynolds will play the attorney who took the case despite knowing little about art, and Bruhl will play his adversary.

The Woman in Gold script was written by Alexi Kay Campbell.

Bruhl most recently wrapped the Anton Corbjin-directed A Most Wanted Man.

Cameron Diaz: One of the “ExpendaBelles”?

Cameron Diaz could soon prove she’s one tough belle…

The 41-year-old half-Cuban American actress is one of the high-profile actresses being courted for The ExpendaBelles, the all-female version of Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables franchise.

Cameron Diaz

In addition to the former Charlie’s Angels star, Millennium Films‘ chief Avi Lerner tells Bulgaria’s press Standart that he’s also courting Meryl Streep and Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich for the project.

The action film is expected to begin shooting in Bulgaria in the near future, once Lerner secures a female director to helm the project.

The script is written by Legally Blonde scribes Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith.

When the film was first announced last year, The Expendables 2 director Simon West offered his thoughts on his favorite actresses to join cast, “It would be Angelina Jolie, Diaz, Jovovich, the list goes on. Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis would be great.”

Envisioning the female gang as “seven or eight women mercenaries,” he said they would not be a direct replacement of Sly and co. in the franchise.

“No, it would be running parallel,” he said. “They would meet up and then they would fight and they would join up and save each other.”

Disney/Pixar Releases Final “Monsters University” Trailer Featuring Molina & Plaza

It’s time for a little higher education for Alfred Molina and Aubrey Plaza

Disney and Pixar have released the final trailer for Monsters University, which features the 60-year-old Spanish actor and the 28-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress as part of incoming class of 2013.

Monsters University

The prequel to Monsters, Inc. focuses on Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) as they study to become “scarers.”

Along with Molina, Plaza, Crystal and Goodman, the voice cast Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski and Bonnie Hunt.

Directed by Dan Scanlon, Monsters University opens nationwide on June 21.

International Trailer Released for “Monsters University,” Featuring Molina’s New Character

He played the villainous Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2… And, now Alfred Molina will be portraying a more animated monster.

The 59-year-old half-Spanish actor, who recently starred in TNT’s medical drama Monday Mornings, is lending his voice to Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, which just saw its international trailer released.

Monsters University Professor Knight

Molina will voice the character of Professor Knight in the prequel to Monsters, Inc., which focuses on Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) as they study to become “scarers.”

In addition to Molina, the film introduces Helen Mirren’s Dean Hardscrabble. Steve Buscemi, John Krasinski and Nathan Fillion also star.

Monsters University opens in the U.S. on June 21.