‘Genius’: Antonio Banderas To Star As Pablo Picasso In Season 2 Of Nat Geo Anthology Series

Spanish-born Antonio Banderas has been tapped to play Pablo Picasso in the second season of National Geographic’s anthology series Genius, which will chronicle the life and work of the Spanish painter, one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists. The new season, set for a 2018 premiere, is from Fox 21 Television Studios, and will again be executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, Madison Wells Media’s OddLot…

Spanish-born Antonio Banderas has been tapped to play Pablo Picasso in the second season of National Geographic’s anthology series Genius, which will chronicle the life and work of the Spanish painter, one of the 20th century's most influential and celebrated artists. The new season, set for a 2018 premiere, is from Fox 21 Television Studios, and will again be executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment, Madison Wells Media's OddLot…

Actor, Dub Thyself: Daniel Brühl & Danny DeVito On Joy In Voicing Themselves — Cannes

For Anglo-Saxons, the concept of dubbing can carry with it a comical stigma, bringing to mind the martial arts movies, horror flicks and softcore porn films of the ’70s, where the lip movements of the actors hardly matched the (usually flat and booming) voices coming out of the screen. At the Cannes film festival—where all films must be presented in their original language, with French subtitles—it is unthinkable. But dubbing is for many cultures a matter of fact, and…

For Anglo-Saxons, the concept of dubbing can carry with it a comical stigma, bringing to mind the martial arts movies, horror flicks and softcore porn films of the '70s, where the lip movements of the actors hardly matched the (usually flat and booming) voices coming out of the screen. At the Cannes film festival—where all films must be presented in their original language, with French subtitles—it is unthinkable. But dubbing is for many cultures a matter of fact, and…

‘Black Butterfly’: Film Review

In ‘Black Butterfly,’ a remake of a French thriller, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers play strangers whose wary encounter quickly spirals into life-or-death peril.read more


In 'Black Butterfly,' a remake of a French thriller, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers play strangers whose wary encounter quickly spirals into life-or-death peril.

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Antonio Banderas Reveals Heart Surgery That’s Given Him New Perspective of Life

During a press conference to promote the 20th annual Málaga Film Festival in his hometown in Spain on Saturday, Antonio Banderas revealed Saturday that he had a heart attack in January which resulted in surgery and, ultimately, a new lease on life.

“I put a major punch to the potato in the last 37 years,” the 56-year-old actor joked, according to the Spanish news outlet El Pais. “I had a heart attack on January 26, but I was very lucky, it was benign and it did not leave any damage. … I underwent an intervention in which three stents were implanted in my coronary arteries, and since I suffered from arrhythmia for a long time (an irregular heartbeat) I underwent a thermoablation (laser surgery), but it has not been as dramatic as it has been written.”

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Banderas, who was presented with an honorary Biznaga de Oro award at the festival, attributed his addiction to work over his nearly four-decade acting career as the cause of the “major beating” his heart took. He now insists that he is on the mend and “wanting to return to work.”

The life-threatening events, however, has paused him long enough to acknowledge his tendency to be a workaholic and rethink “many things” about his life moving forward. As he puts it, “In the shadow of a boat I want to lie down one day and throw everything behind me and dream of joy.”

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During a press conference to promote the 20th annual Málaga Film Festival in his hometown in Spain on Saturday, Antonio Banderas revealed Saturday that he had a heart attack in January which resulted in surgery and, ultimately, a new lease on life.

“I put a major punch to the potato in the last 37 years,” the 56-year-old actor joked, according to the Spanish news outlet El Pais. “I had a heart attack on January 26, but I was very lucky, it was benign and it did not leave any damage. … I underwent an intervention in which three stents were implanted in my coronary arteries, and since I suffered from arrhythmia for a long time (an irregular heartbeat) I underwent a thermoablation (laser surgery), but it has not been as dramatic as it has been written.”

Banderas, who was presented with an honorary Biznaga de Oro award at the festival, attributed his addiction to work over his nearly four-decade acting career as the cause of the “major beating” his heart took. He now insists that he is on the mend and “wanting to return to work.”

The life-threatening events, however, has paused him long enough to acknowledge his tendency to be a workaholic and rethink “many things” about his life moving forward. As he puts it, “In the shadow of a boat I want to lie down one day and throw everything behind me and dream of joy.”

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‘Black Butterfly’ Trailer: Antonio Banderas Is Pushed to the Limit in New Thriller — Watch

The remake of the the acclaimed made-for-TV French film “Papillon Noir” hits theaters May 26.

Lionsgate has released the trailer for its upcoming “Black Butterfly,” starring Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Piper Perabo. The thriller is the remake of the acclaimed made-for-TV French film “Papillon Noir,” written by Hervé Korian. It marks the second directorial effort for actor Brian Goodman, who previously helmed the 2008 crime drama “What Doesn’t Kill You.”

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In “Black Butterfly,” Paul (Banderas), a lonely screenwriter who lives in an isolated cabin, picks up a drifter named Jack (Rhys Meyers) and offers him a place to stay. But Paul soon realizes he’s made a huge mistake, as Jack starts to become really edgy and demanding, even taking Paul hostage and forcing him to write. With every action, including the murder of the local sheriff, Jack pushes Paul to the limit.

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“Black Butterfly” premieres in theaters and on demand on May 26. Check out the teaser trailer below.

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Pedro Almodovar Named Cannes Film Festival Jury President

Famed director Pedro Almodovar has been named President of the Jury for the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival this May.

“‘I am very happy to be able to celebrate Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. I am grateful, honored and a bit overwhelmed,” the filmmaker said in a statement Monday.

“I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job. I can only tell that I’ll devote myself, body and soul, to this task, that it is both a privilege and a pleasure,” he added.

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The auteur will serve as head of the jury at the invitation of festival president Pierre Lescure and festival director Thierry Frémaux.

Almodovar was at Cannes as recently as last year with his entry “Julieta,” a meditation on parenthood and guilt inspired by three short stories from the Alice Munro book “Runaway.”

Almodovar has directed nearly 20 films, his earlier career a prism for bold and unruly women in central roles, and commentary on politics, sexuality and the absurd.

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His credits include “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down,” “All About My Mother,” “Talk To Her,” “Bad Education,” “Volver” and “The Skin I Live In.”

Read the official release:

Responding to the invitation of Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux, the filmmaker said: ‘I am very happy to be able to celebrate Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. I am grateful, honoured and a bit overwhelmed. I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job. I can only tell that I’ll devote myself, body and soul, to this task, that it is both a privilege and a pleasure.’

With his dazzling and iconoclastic 35-year filmography, this virtuoso storyteller has forged a strong bond with filmgoers the world over. From Pepi, Luci, Bom (Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón, 1982) to Julieta (2016), his 20 films form an incandescent work, a legacy of his punk, protest-filled youth, and driven by an insatiable passion for female figures and the history of film itself. Ever surprising and eclectic but always coherent, the director from La Mancha can turn his hand to any genre – vaudeville, farce, tragedy, fantasy, musical or thriller – while never losing sight of his pet themes: passion, filiation, destiny, guilt and buried secrets.

In films full of physicality and with a big heart, a troupe of actors faithfully follows the director and breathes life into his wonderfully human characters, including Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, Antonio Banderas, Rossy de Palma, Javier Bardem, Javier Cámara, Carmen Maura and Victoria Abril.

‘For its 70th edition, the Festival de Cannes is delighted to welcome a unique and hugely popular artist. His works have already carved out an eternal niche in the history of film. A long and loyal friendship binds Pedro Almodóvar to the Festival, where he was a member of the Jury under the presidency of Gérard Depardieu,’ said the President of the Festival, Pierre Lescure and Delegate-General Thierry Frémaux.

Five of his films – All About my Mother (Todo Sobre mi Madre, Best Director), Volver (Best Screenplay, Best Collective Female Performance), Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos), The Skin I Live In, and Julieta – have been selected in Competition. Finally Bad Education (La Mala Educación) opened the Festival in 2004 while the director himself featured on the poster of the 60th Festival.

Through the presence of this passionate film lover who constantly celebrates the magic powers of cinema and pays homage to the masters Sirk, Franju, Hitchcock and Buñuel, the Festival de Cannes pays tribute to a great international director and to a modern and free Spain.

The Festival de Cannes will take place from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 28 May 2017. The Official Selection and Members of the Jury will be announced in mid-April.

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Famed director Pedro Almodovar has been named President of the Jury for the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival this May.

“‘I am very happy to be able to celebrate Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. I am grateful, honored and a bit overwhelmed,” the filmmaker said in a statement Monday.

“I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job. I can only tell that I’ll devote myself, body and soul, to this task, that it is both a privilege and a pleasure,” he added.

The auteur will serve as head of the jury at the invitation of festival president Pierre Lescure and festival director Thierry Frémaux.

Almodovar was at Cannes as recently as last year with his entry “Julieta,” a meditation on parenthood and guilt inspired by three short stories from the Alice Munro book “Runaway.”

Almodovar has directed nearly 20 films, his earlier career a prism for bold and unruly women in central roles, and commentary on politics, sexuality and the absurd.

His credits include “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down,” “All About My Mother,” “Talk To Her,” “Bad Education,” “Volver” and “The Skin I Live In.”

Read the official release:

Responding to the invitation of Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux, the filmmaker said: ‘I am very happy to be able to celebrate Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. I am grateful, honoured and a bit overwhelmed. I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job. I can only tell that I’ll devote myself, body and soul, to this task, that it is both a privilege and a pleasure.’

With his dazzling and iconoclastic 35-year filmography, this virtuoso storyteller has forged a strong bond with filmgoers the world over. From Pepi, Luci, Bom (Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón, 1982) to Julieta (2016), his 20 films form an incandescent work, a legacy of his punk, protest-filled youth, and driven by an insatiable passion for female figures and the history of film itself. Ever surprising and eclectic but always coherent, the director from La Mancha can turn his hand to any genre – vaudeville, farce, tragedy, fantasy, musical or thriller – while never losing sight of his pet themes: passion, filiation, destiny, guilt and buried secrets.

In films full of physicality and with a big heart, a troupe of actors faithfully follows the director and breathes life into his wonderfully human characters, including Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, Antonio Banderas, Rossy de Palma, Javier Bardem, Javier Cámara, Carmen Maura and Victoria Abril.

‘For its 70th edition, the Festival de Cannes is delighted to welcome a unique and hugely popular artist. His works have already carved out an eternal niche in the history of film. A long and loyal friendship binds Pedro Almodóvar to the Festival, where he was a member of the Jury under the presidency of Gérard Depardieu,’ said the President of the Festival, Pierre Lescure and Delegate-General Thierry Frémaux.

Five of his films – All About my Mother (Todo Sobre mi Madre, Best Director), Volver (Best Screenplay, Best Collective Female Performance), Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos), The Skin I Live In, and Julieta – have been selected in Competition. Finally Bad Education (La Mala Educación) opened the Festival in 2004 while the director himself featured on the poster of the 60th Festival.

Through the presence of this passionate film lover who constantly celebrates the magic powers of cinema and pays homage to the masters Sirk, Franju, Hitchcock and Buñuel, the Festival de Cannes pays tribute to a great international director and to a modern and free Spain.

The Festival de Cannes will take place from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 28 May 2017. The Official Selection and Members of the Jury will be announced in mid-April.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Toni Erdmann' Review: Cannes Hit Sees Prankster Father Mortify Uptight Daughter, Out of Love

Cannes Winner 'Ma' Rosa' Picked Up by First Run Features

How 'Captain Fantastic' Director Matt Ross Nearly No-Showed for His Cannes Award (Exclusive Video)