Gisela Performs “Into the Unknown” Alongside Idina Menzel & Other Global “Elsas” at the Oscars

Giselahas leapt into the unknown

The 41-year-old Spanish pop singer and dub actress took the Academy Awards stage alongside Idina Menzel on Sunday night to perform the Oscar-nominated original song from Frozen 2, “Into the Unkown.”

Into the Unknown at Oscars

Menzel, the voice of Elsa in Frozen 2and the original Disney’s animated film Frozen, kicked off the performance with Norwegian singer Aurora. Moments later, Menzel was joined by nine of the other international Elsas, including Gisela.

In addition to Gisela, who portrays Elsa in Castilian Spanish and Catalan, the other Elsas included Carmen Garcia Saenz (Latin America), Maria Lucia Heiberg Rosenberg(Denmark), Willemijn Verkaik(Germany), Takako Matsu(Japan), Lisa Stokke(Norway), Kasia Laska(Poland), Anna Buturlina(Russia) and Gam Wichayanee(Thailand).

All of the women sang in their native languages, but came together as one powerful, unified chorus for the song’s big finish.

Bérénice Bejo Named to Berlin International Film Festival Competition Jury

Bérénice Bejois reporting for jury dury…

The 70th Berlin International Film Festival has unveiled its juries, with the 43-year-old Argentine actress and Oscar nominee earning a spot.

Bérénice Bejo

In addition to Bejo, who earned an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in The Artist, producer Bettina Brokemper (Germany), director Annemarie Jacir(Palestine), playwright and director Kenneth Lonergan(USA), actor Luca Marinelli (Italy) and film critic and director Kleber Mendonça Filho(Brazil), will join president Jeremy Irons

They will award prizes including the Goldenand the Silver Bears to the 18 films in this year’s Competition line up.

The festival’s new competitive section Encounters will see Dominga Sotomayor(Chile), Eva Trobisch(Germany) and Shôzô Ichiyama(Japan) award three prizes: Best Film, Best Director and a Special Jury Award.

The youth-focused Generations strand has two juries. The Kplus section will be overseen by Abbas Amini (Iran), Jenna Bass (South Africa) and Rima Das. The 14plus competition will be overseen by Marine Atlan (France), María Novaro (Mexico) and Erik Schmitt (Germany).

The international short film jury will feature animation filmmaker Réka Bucsi (Hungary), curator Fatma Çolakoğlu (Turkey) and filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese.

The winner of the festival’s documentary prize, which encompasses the Competition, Berlinale Special, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections, will be selected by Gerd Kroske (Germany), Marie Losier (France / USA), and Alanis Obomsawin (Canada).

Finally, the jury for the Best First Feature Award, which also encompasses multiple programs, will be Ognjen Glavonić(Serbia), Hala Lotfy(Egypt) and Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria(Spain).

The festival winners will be announced at the Berlinale Palaston February 29.

Salma Hayek to Present at This Year’s Oscars

Salma Hayekwill be taking the Oscarsstage…

The 53-year-old Mexican actress and producer has been added to the list of presenters for the 92nd annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday.

Salma Hayek

In addition to Hayek, who earned an Oscar nod for her portrayal of iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film Frida, the new additions include Utkarsh AmbudkarBrie LarsonSpike LeeRay Romano, and Rebel Wilson

Previously announced presenters include James CordenPenélope CruzBeanie FeldsteinZack GottsagenDiane KeatonShia LaBeouf, George MacKaySteve MartinKeanu Reeves, Maya Rudolph, Zazie BeetzTimothée ChalametWill FerrellGal GadotMindy KalingJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel MirandaAnthony RamosMark RuffaloKelly Marie Tran, Kristen Wiig and Sigourney Weaver.

The 92nd annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on February 9 from the Dolby Theatre

Sarah Shahi to Star in Netflix’s Dramedy “Sex/Life”

Sarah Shahi is livin’ the life… 

The 40-year-old part-Spanish actress has been cast as the lead on Netflix’s eight-episode dramedy series Sex/Life.

Sarah Shahi

Written by Stacy Rukeyserand inspired by BB Easton’s self-published memoir 44 Chapters About 4 Men, Sex/Life is the story of a love triangle between a woman, Billie Connelly (Shahi), her husband, and her past, which takes a deliciously steamy new look at female identity and desire.

Shahi’s Billie Connelly is a woman with everything to lose, a suburban mother of two who goes in search of that sexy, single girl in the city she used to be ten years ago. She takes a fantasy-charged trip down memory lane that sets her very married present on a collision course with her wild-child past.

UnReal alumna Rukeyser serves as showrunner on Sex/Life and executive produces with Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Daleand Larry Robins.

Shahi, a former NFLcheerleader, starred on Showtime’s drama series City on a Hill and on ABC’s The Rookie. Her other credits include Fairly Legal,The L WordReverie and Life.

At Netflix, Shahi recently starred in the Dolly Partonanthology series Heartstrings.She’ll next be seen in the indie film Language Arts, set to premiere at the Manchester International Film Festival.

Penelope Cruz to Present at This Year’s Oscars

Penelope Cruzhas a date with Oscar

The 45-year-old Spanish actress and Oscar winner is set to present at the 92nd annual Academy Awardson ABC

Penelope Cruz

Cruz, a three-time nominee who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Woody Allen‘s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, joins a roster of new additions to the presenters roster that includes James CordenBeanie FeldsteinZack GottsagenDiane KeatonShia LaBeouf, George MacKaySteve MartinKeanu Reeves, Maya Rudolph and Sigourney Weaver.

Previously announced presenters include Zazie BeetzTimothée ChalametWill FerrellGal GadotMindy KalingJulia Louis-DreyfusLin-Manuel MirandaAnthony RamosMark RuffaloKelly Marie Tranand Kristen Wiig.

The Oscars will be televised live on February 9 from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Versace Releasing Watch Inspired by Jennifer Lopez’s Iconic Grammys Dress

Here’s you chance to wear a Jennifer Lopez-inspired accessory…

Versace has released a special watch inspired by the jungle-print dress the 50-year-old Puerto Rican star made famous at the Grammys in 2000.

Jennifer Lopez - Versace Dress

The green gown made a return to the runway for Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2020, when the Hustlers star and Oscars hopeful strutted down the runway in a redux of the design in September. 

This time, Versace is releasing the pattern in watch form, selling for $1,495. 

The Medusa Frame jungle-print timepiece with Roman numerals will head to stores in May. It comes with an interchangeable black leather strap for a more subtle swap.

The Lopez dress was back in the headlines in November, when the Italian fashion house sued Fashion Nova for knocking off several of its designs, including Lopez’s iconic gown. The runway look was worn as a popular Halloween costume for fans in 2019. 

“Versace seeks to bring an end to Fashion Nova’s latest brazen attempt at copying the work of yet another famous and world-renowned designer,” the court papers read. 

Adam Valdez to Receive One of Variety’s Artisan Awards

Adam Valdez is a true artisan

The Latino Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor will be one of the honorees at Variety’s sixth annual Artisans Awards, which celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who’ve exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields.

Adam Valdez

Valdezis being recognized for his work on Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau. Valdez, along with Rob Legato, serves as the film’s visual effect supervisor. 

Previously, he has worked on the The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And he nabbed an Oscar for his work on Jungle Book, also directed by Favreau.

The tribute evening will take place during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Sunday, January 19 at the Lobero Theatreand will be moderated by Variety’s senior VP and awards editor, Tim Grayand Variety’s artisan editor Jazz Tangcay.

The 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs from January 15 through January 25.

Jennifer Lopez Named GQ’s “Icon of the Year” & Graces the Magazine’s Men of the Year Issue Cover

There’s no doubt Jennifer Lopezis an icon… And now she’s been officially granted the title.

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar graces the cover of GQ’s Men of the Year issue on and has been honored as the magazine’s Icon of the Year

“As a movie icon, a global pop icon, and an internet-melting fashion icon, nobody owned 2019 quite like Jennifer Lopez,” reads the cover story on Lopez, who has earned Oscar buzz this year for her performance in Hustlers.

Lopez, who has continues her music career with new music in 2019, will co-headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show with Shakira in February.

J.Lois the eighth woman to be featured on the cover of GQ’s Men of the Year issue. She joins a roster of women that includes Serena Williams,Gal GadotShailene WoodleyRihanna, Mila KunisScarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston.

The Hustlers star spoke with Jessica Pressler, the New York magazine writer who wrote the original story that Hustlersis based on, about her prolific career.

“There is no reason to ever be ashamed of where you’re at. Not when you’re doing your best. Not when you’re in your best moment,” Lopez told Pressler. “There’s always gonna be people to tell you no. Or ‘You can’t.’ Or ‘You shouldn’t.’ It’s gonna happen. No matter what anybody says, you just have to still be like, ‘I’m still doing this. I’m still gonna succeed. I’m still gonna do my best.’ Defy the odds. Why not?”

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” to Be First Netflix Film Released on Blu-Ray/DVD

Alfonso Cuaron’s last project is headed beyond the stream…

The 57-year-old Mexican filmmaker’s Oscar-winning film Roma will be the first Netflix film to get a Blu-Ray and DVD release, due to the Criterion Collection launching a special edition in February.

Alfonso Cuarón

The release will include five separate documentaries about the creation of the film, and will feature the same 4K master and Dolby Atmos sound that were part of the theatrical release. 

Roma won Academy Awards for Cuaron’s directing and cinematography, as well as the foreign-language film Oscar.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma

Roma follows the Oscar-nominee Yalitza Aparicio, who plays a live-in housekeeper in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. It became Mexico’s first winner of the Oscar for foreign-language feature. The film, produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media, joined previous foreign-language film nominees Life Is BeautifulCrouching Tiger, Hidden DragonLetters From Iwo JimaBabel, and Amour as a nominee in the best picture category.

Roma is also the first Netflix film to be added to the Criterion Collection. The documentaries include “Road to Roma,” about the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Cuarón; “Snapshots from the Set”; documentaries about the sound, post-production processes, the theatrical campaign and social impact in Mexico.

Pedro Almodovar Earns Three European Film Awards Nominations for “Pain and Glory”

It’s all glory and no pain for Pedro Almodovar

The European Film Academy has unveiled its nominations for the 32nd European Film Awards, with the 70-year-old Spanish filmmaker’s latest project earning four nods.

Pedro Almodovar

Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, Spain’s official entry into the Oscar race in the Best International Feature Film category,is up for European Film 2019

Almodovar, a seven-time EFAswinner, is also up for two individual prizes… European Screenwriterand European Directorfor writing and helming Pain and Glory.

Meanwhile, Antonio Banderashas been nominated in the European Actor category for his acclaimed work in Almodovar’s film.

The Spanish actor previously won a Europe Film Award in 1998 for his performance in The Mask of Zorro.

The ceremony will be held on December 7 in Berlin. 

Here’s the list of nominations unveiled today (and see here for previously announced nominees):

EUROPEAN FILM 2019
AN OFFICER AND A SPY
France, Italy
DIRECTED BY Roman Polanski
WRITTEN BY Robert Harris & Roman Polanski
PRODUCED BY Alain Goldman

LES MISÉRABLES
France
DIRECTED BY Ladj Ly
WRITTEN BY Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini & Alexis Manenti
PRODUCED BY Christophe Barral & Toufik Ayadi

PAIN AND GLORY
Spain
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Pedro Almodóvar
PRODUCED BY Agustín Almodóvar & Esther García

SYSTEM CRASHER
Germany
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Nora Fingscheidt
PRODUCED BY Peter Hartwig, Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann & Frauke Kolbmüller

THE FAVOURITE
UK, Ireland
DIRECTED BY Yorgos Lanthimos
WRITTEN BY Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara
PRODUCED BY Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday & Yorgos Lanthimos

THE TRAITOR
Italy, Germany, France, Brazil
DIRECTED BY Marco Bellocchio
WRITTEN BY Marco Bellocchio, Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santella & Francesco Piccolo
PRODUCED BY Giuseppe Caschetto & Simone Gattoni

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2019
Pedro Almodovar, “Pain and Glory”
Marco Bellocchio, “The Traitor”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Roman Polanski, “An Officer and a Spy”
Celine Sciamma, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY 2019
FOR SAMA
UK, USA
DIRECTED BY Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts
PRODUCED BY Waad al-Kateab

HONEYLAND
North Macedonia
DIRECTED BY Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska
PRODUCED BY Atanas Georgiev

PUTIN’S WITNESSES
Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Vitaly Mansky
PRODUCED BY Natalia Manskaia, Gabriela Bussmann, Filip Remunda & Vit Klusak

SELFIE
France, Italy
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Agostino Ferrente
PRODUCED BY Marc Berdugo, Barbara Conforti & Gianfilippo Pedote

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER
LA SCOMPARSA DI MIA MADRE
Italy, USA
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Beniamino Barrese
PRODUCED BY Filippo Macelloni & Hayley Pappas

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2019
Olivia Colman in THE FAVOURITE
Trine Dyrholm in QUEEN OF HEARTS
Noémie Merlant & Adèle Haenel in PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Viktoria Miroshnichenko in BEANPOLE
Helena Zengel in SYSTEM CRASHER

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2019
Antonio Banderas in PAIN AND GLORY
Jean Dujardin in AN OFFICER AND A SPY
Pierfrancesco Favino in THE TRAITOR
Levan Gelbakhiani in AND THEN WE DANCED
Alexander Scheer in GUNDERMANN
Ingvar E. Sigurðsson in A WHITE, WHITE DAY

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2019
Pedro Almodóvar for PAIN AND GLORY
Marco Bellocchio, Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santella & Francesco Piccolo for THE TRAITOR Robert Harris & Roman Polanski for AN OFFICER AND A SPY
Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini & Alexis Manenti for LES MISÉRABLES
Céline Sciamma for PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE