New “Skyfall” Trailer Features More of Bardem’s Villainous Character

If you’re looking to get a peek at Javier Bardem’s villainous character in the highly anticipated James Bond film, you’re in luck.

Sony has released the 2 1/2-minute international trailer for Skyfall, which features the 43-year-old Spanish actor in all his Bond and blonde glory.

Javier Bardem in Skyfall

Bardem’s character, named Silva, is seen confronting a manacled Bond, played by Daniel Craig. Later, the Oscar-winning actor is shown disguised as a British policeman.

The Sam Mendes-directed spy thriller will be released in the United States on November 9.

Bichir Feeling “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock

Demián Bichir’s star continues to rise in Hollywood…

The 48-year-old Mexican actor, who earned his first Oscar nomination this year for his role in A Better Life, has signed on to star opposite Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat.

Demian Bichir

In his first English-language comedy, Bichir will play an FBI agent.

Bichir, who was last seen starring opposite Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek in Oliver Stone’s Savages earlier this summer, recently wrapped up work on Robert Rodriguezs Machete Kills with Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba and Sofia Vergara.

Cruz: This Year’s “Key To The Cure” Ambassador

Penelope Cruz is hoping to raise awareness about women’s cancer research.

The 38-year-old Spanish actress, who is currently starring in Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, has been named the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s ambassador for Saks Fifth Avenue’s 2012 Key To The Cure.

Penelope Cruz

As this year’s ambassador, Cruz will don a specially designed T-shirt by noted fashion designer Carolina Herrera that promotes women’s cancer research funding.

Herrera’s limited edition T-shirt will retail for $35 at Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and on saks.com. One hundred percent of the proceeds from each shirt sold will be donated to EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund, benefiting charitable programs dedicated to finding new detection methods, better treatments and eventual cures for women’s cancers.

Penelope Cruz in Key To The Cure T-Shirt

“By purchasing this year’s SAKS FIFTH AVENUE KEY TO THE CURE T-shirt, designed by Carolina Herrera, you can help continue the innovative research already in progress,” says the Oscar-winning actress. “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.”

Cruz, who bared a shoulder earlier this year in a PETA anti-fur ad, will appear in a national public service announcement wearing Herrera’s limited edition T-shirt. The PSA will appear in major fashion and lifestyle magazines in September and October.

The T-shirt debuts at Saks Fifth Avenue on October 1st.

Naranjo to Direct “A Man Must Die”

Gerardo Naranjo’s stock in Hollywood continues to rise…

The 40-year-old Mexican filmmaker has just inked a deal with Focus Features to direct A Man Must Die.

Gerardo Naranjo

Naranjo—who helmed Miss Bala, Mexico’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission—wrote the script for the project. The film is described as a political thriller comparable to the critically acclaimed Carlos.

The news comes as 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment continue to develop the film adaptation of Charles Martin’s novel The Mountain Between Us for Naranjo to direct, with Michael Fassbender attached to star.

Rodriguez to Star on NBC’s “Smash” Next Season

Krysta Rodriguez is preparing to make a smash on television…

The 27-year-old Latina Broadway actress/singer has joined the cast of NBC’s Smash as a series regular, according to TVLine.

Krysta Rodriguez

Rodriguez, who most recently starred as Wednesday in the Broadway adaptation of The Addams Family, will play Ana, the roommate to Katharine McPhee’s character Karen, in the Broadway drama’s second season.

She joins new cast members Jennifer Hudson, NewsiesJeremy Jordan and Andy Mientus.

Rodriguez has previously appeared in In the Heights, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line and Good Vibrations. On television, Rodriguez has guest-starred on the CW’s Gossip Girl.

The second season of Smash, the musical drama about the Broadway starring Emmy winner Debra Messing, Oscar winner Anjelica Huston and Megan Hilty, is set for a midseason premiere.

Krause to Star in “White Rabbit”

Nick Krause is preparing to go down the rabbit hole…

The 20-year-old part-Mexican actor, who had a break-out role in Alexander Payne’s Oscar-winning drama The Descendants, is set to star in the indie film White Rabbit.

Nick Krause

Described as a dark drama with fantasy elements, White Rabbit tells the story of a bullied, high school teen, to be played by Krause, who starts having visions of a rabbit that he killed when he was nine years old. The rabbit, along with other imaginary characters, turn menacing in the hopes of pushing him over the edge and luring him into one last fatal act of revenge.

Tim McKann is directing the film, which will begin shooting in New Orleans in July.

Krause won rave reviews for playing the dim-witted but affable Sid—the boyfriend of Shailene Woodley—in The Descendants. One of the film’s most memorable scenes involved Krause getting punched in the face by Robert Forster.

Thalia to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame…

Following in Shakira‘s footstepsThalia will be the next Latina singer to be making a permanent mark in Hollywood in the near future…

The 40-year-old Mexican singer/actress is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sometime next year for her career as a recording artist.

Thalia

During her 30-year career—as a member of the Mexican child group Din Din, a member of the Mexican band Timbiriche and as a solo artist—Thalia has sung in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Tagalog. And, she’s sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Along with Thalia, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced 23 other honorees who will be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, including Javier Bardem.

The 43-year-old Spanish actor, who won an Oscar for his role in No Country for Old Men, is being recognized for his work in motion pictures. Bardem, who is set to appear in the next James Bond film, one of only four actors and actresses selected to receive a star this go-round.

No word yet on when Thalia and Bardem will receive their stars.

Here’s a look at the complete list of 2013 Walk of Fame star recipients below.

Motion Pictures:
Rick Baker
Javier Bardem
Viola Davis
James Franco
Ron Howard
Helen Mirren

Television:
Simon Baker
Bryan Cranston
Ellen DeGeneres
Jane Lynch
Katey Sagal
Matthew Perry

Recording:
The Backstreet Boys
Jennifer Hudson
Jane’s Addiction
Janis Joplin (Posthumous)
New Kids On The Block
Usher Raymond IV
Thalia
Luther Vandross (Posthumous)

Live Theatre/Performance:
Olympia Dukakis
Penn & Teller

Radio:
Steve Harvey
“Shotgun Tom” Kelly

Meirelles Reuniting with Rachel Weisz on Latest Film

Noted filmmaker Fernando Meirelles is reuniting with actress Rachel Weisz on what could be his next award-winning film.

Fernando Meirelles

The 56-year-old noted Brazilian filmmaker and Weisz, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Meirelles’ The Constant Gardener, are back together on 360.

The dramatic thriller, which will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures, follows the stories of several people from contrasting social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships.

360

Along with Weisz, the film stars Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Ben Foster, Jamel Debbouze and Moritz Bleibtreu.

Magnolia Pictures is planning a video on demand premiere for 360 on June 29, ahead of the film’s August 3 theatrical release.

Meirelles rose to acclaim for helming the critically acclaimed Brazilian film City of God, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director in 2004. He was also nomnated for a Golden Globe for Best Director for The Constant Gardener.

Vega to Star in Almodovar’s “Los Amantes Pasajeros”

Paz Vega is reuniting with noted Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar this summer…

The 36-year-old Spanish actress has joined the cast of Almodovar’s latest film Los Amantes Pasajeros.

Paz Vega

Vega, who was born in Seville and began her acting career in Spain, starred in Almodovar’s Spanish-language film Talk to Her, which won the Oscar for best original screenplay and the a Golden Globe for best foreign-language film.

Los Amantes Pasajeros, which Almodovar also wrote, follows a group of travelers who are placed in life-threatening situation aboard a plane flying to Mexico City. The passengers are defenseless in the face of danger, which provokes colorful confessionals that are their way to put out of mind the possibility they might be about to die.

Vega, who made her U.S. debut in director James L. BrooksSpanglish, has starred in several Hollywood  films including The Spirit and the indie 10 Items or Less. She’ll next voice the character of Carmen in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which opens June 8.

Along with Vega, the movie stars Javier Camara (Talk to Her), Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother) and Lola Duenas (Volver). Spanish comedians Carlos Areces, Raul Arevalo and Jose Maria Yazpik are also in the cast.

Agustin Almodovar, the director’s brother, is producing the film. It is expected to shoot in Madrid this summer and will be released in spring 2013.

Vega joined a theater school at age 16 and made her acting debut on Spanish television. Her first big-screen role was in 1999’s Zapping.

The Goya Award-winning actress, who recently replaced Almodovar’s muse Penelope Cruz as the face of L’Oreal in Spain last year, is married to Orson Salazar, with whom she has three children.

First Trailer for “Skyfall” Featuring Bardem Released

Following his Oscar-winning role in No Country for Old Men, Javier Bardem is back with another memorable villain role…

Sony and MGM have released the first theatrical teaser trailer for the new James Bond movie Skyfall, which stars the 43-year-old Spanish actor as a blonde-haired bad guy. The clip has already been viewed nearly three million times on YouTube.

Javier Bardem on Skyfall Set

Directed by Sam Mendes, the film stars Daniel Craig in his third turn as 007 and Judi Dench as M, who seems to be keeping a big secret.

In addition, Albert Finney and new Bond femme fatale Berenice Marlohe appear in the highly anticipated film.

Skyfall opens in theaters on November 9th.