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October 13, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
In the 25 years since he started making movies with Pedro Almodóvar, Antonio Banderas says one thing hasn't changed: The iconoclastic director is still leading Banderas toward the edge of the creative abyss. And he is still diving in. "Basically what you have to do with Pedro Almodóvar is take a leap of faith as an actor," Banderas said recently, settling into a sofa after a cigarette break in a Beverly Hills hotel suite. "Sometimes you're working with him and you feel like he's pushing you to a cliff.
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June 27, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic
I can't remember when, if ever, Pedro Almodóvar has had as much flamboyant fun as he does in the high-flying comedy "I'm So Excited!" The sex and death, musically infused airline disaster farce is staged at 30,000 feet. Much of the story unfolds in the plane's crowded cockpit - just one of the many entendres the Spanish writer-director doubles to take an imperiled Mexico City flight to heights of lunacy. The film is so off-the-wall, so raw, so risqué, so gay, that it may come as a shock even to Almodóvar fans used to his boundary-pushing ways.
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June 27, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic
I can't remember when, if ever, Pedro Almodóvar has had as much flamboyant fun as he does in the high-flying comedy "I'm So Excited!" The sex and death, musically infused airline disaster farce is staged at 30,000 feet. Much of the story unfolds in the plane's crowded cockpit - just one of the many entendres the Spanish writer-director doubles to take an imperiled Mexico City flight to heights of lunacy. The film is so off-the-wall, so raw, so risqué, so gay, that it may come as a shock even to Almodóvar fans used to his boundary-pushing ways.
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June 25, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
It's not surprising that Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, "I'm So Excited!" is being billed as a return to the erotically obsessed, anything-goes antics that propelled the Spanish director's early camp fests. But at 63, Almodóvar isn't looking to repeat his own cinematic past, even if his compatriots might wish to rewind the last several years that gave rise to Spain's current financial straits. "I'm So Excited!," a comic melodrama set aboard a transatlantic airline flight on which clothes are shed, much tequila is consumed and sexual partners are enthusiastically exchanged, could be seen as Almodóvar's contemporary version of the Hollywood musicals that provided escapist diversion during the Great Depression.
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June 25, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
It's not surprising that Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, "I'm So Excited!" is being billed as a return to the erotically obsessed, anything-goes antics that propelled the Spanish director's early camp fests. But at 63, Almodóvar isn't looking to repeat his own cinematic past, even if his compatriots might wish to rewind the last several years that gave rise to Spain's current financial straits. "I'm So Excited!," a comic melodrama set aboard a transatlantic airline flight on which clothes are shed, much tequila is consumed and sexual partners are enthusiastically exchanged, could be seen as Almodóvar's contemporary version of the Hollywood musicals that provided escapist diversion during the Great Depression.
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March 22, 2003 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Insomnia has been plaguing Spanish director Pedro Almodovar since he arrived in L.A. Monday night. By Thursday, he was so frazzled he forgot to change his socks from light sheer to opaque black. Aboard the limousine en route to the Silver Lake mansion known as the Talmadge House, where a "peace" party was scheduled, he sighed, "I suppose I just won't sit down."
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December 20, 1988 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
In Pedro Almodovar's world, life always seems to slyly mimic art. The colorful Spanish film director has been waiting for a call all day, the same fate that bedevils the heroine of his stylish new farce, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." In "Women on the Verge," his leading lady rips the phone out of the wall and tosses it through a window. Anxiously bouncing on a couch in his West Hollywood hotel room, Almodovar simply slid the phone under a table, like a fat man resisting an eclair.
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May 6, 1990 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
Recent American profiles of Pedro Almodovar have marveled at the "Day of the Locust"-styled throng--"the multitude" as the flamboyant Spanish director calls it--that pushed and shoved last February to catch a glimpse of him as he arrived at the Madrid premiere of his eighth feature film, "Atame!"
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March 26, 1996 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than 10 years Pedro Almodovar has been Spain's highest-profile director, celebrated around the world for his series of sexy, outrageous comedies. They generally center on the problems women have with men and are best represented by "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (1985), a dark comedy about a fed-up housewife that became Spain's most successful film ever and an Oscar nominee, and by "Law of Desire" (1987), a love triangle involving a fiery transsexual.
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August 20, 2006 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
PEDRO ALMODOVAR walks into a bar looking exhausted, and no wonder. "I have been here an entire week, working every day," he says, managing a smile, "and a week in Cannes can destroy even Superman." It's a sultry evening in May, and the accomplished Spanish director, a two-time Oscar winner, is at the Cannes International Film Festival with "Volver," his 16th feature.
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June 14, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
"I will say it, I'm so excited," said Josh Welsh, co-president of Film Independent alongside fellow co-president Sean McManus as the duo kicked off the Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday night introducing the North American premiere of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almódovar's newest film, "I'm So Excited. " Welsh and McManus introduced the festival's artistic director David Ansen, who added: "I'm not going to say 'I'm so excited,' I'm thrilled. I can't think of another director, really, who in the last 30 years has given us more pure pleasure than this man. " Ansen went on to praise Almódovar for "an incredibly generous heart, a perverse mind, a dirty mind, that we love.
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June 13, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Following Wednesday night's pre-festival screening of "Man of Steel," the Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off in earnest Thursday night with the North American premiere of Pedro Almódovar's "I'm So Excited!" The 19th edition of the festival runs through Sunday, June 23, when it closes with the comedy "The Way, Way Back," starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell and Maya Rudolph. "I'm So Excited!' features cameo appearances by Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, who starred in films in Spain for Almódovar before their international breakthroughs.
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October 13, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
In the 25 years since he started making movies with Pedro Almodóvar, Antonio Banderas says one thing hasn't changed: The iconoclastic director is still leading Banderas toward the edge of the creative abyss. And he is still diving in. "Basically what you have to do with Pedro Almodóvar is take a leap of faith as an actor," Banderas said recently, settling into a sofa after a cigarette break in a Beverly Hills hotel suite. "Sometimes you're working with him and you feel like he's pushing you to a cliff.
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April 15, 2011 | By Nancy Tartaglione, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will not be a somber affair, general delegate Thierry Fremaux announced at the unveiling of the official selection Thursday morning. "This will be a Cannes where we can have fun," he said. Certainly this is a festival that will be a mix of established and new filmmakers with such big-ticket auteurs as Lars von Trier, Pedro Almodovar, Aki Kaurismaki, Terrence Malick and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne facing off with such newer talents as Australia's Julia Leigh, France's Maiwenn and Denmark's Nicolas Winding Refn.
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December 12, 2009 | By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
On a recent rainy day in Manhattan, Pedro Almodóvar's tousled gray hair, generally studiously gravity-defying, looks less a result of styling than the repetitive raking of his hands. The 60-year-old Spanish writer-director, jet-lagged from his flight from Madrid, has been on a jag -- consulting on a Broadway-bound musical adaptation of his 1988 dramedy "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," as well as talking about his new film, "Broken Embraces," arguably his most personal and personally exposing work.
NEWS
November 18, 2009 | Elizabeth Snead
Penelope Cruz has made four films with her director-writer mentor, Pedro Almodovar. And needless to say, they have walked countless red carpets together over the last decade. Now she's heading into the 2010 award season with two strong Oscar-buzz films: Almodovar's "Broken Embraces" and Rob Marshall's "Nine." Almodovar recently told the New York Times that Cruz has matured as an actress. "Penelope can do everything; she has become an eternal, ageless woman." And it's worth noting that her devotion to Almodovar still knows no bounds.
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November 14, 2004 | Anne-Marie O'Connor, Times Staff Writer
Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar strides through a Los Angeles Catholic church, one that happens to be Bob Hope's former house of worship, built in a Mission Revival style emboldened by the theatrical flourishes of an architectural subgenre known as Hollywood Spanish. He appraises the aesthetic eclecticism with the practiced eye of a connoisseur -- the way a restaurant critic might rate a new French bistro.
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January 19, 1992 | JORDAN ELGRABLY, Jordan Elgrably recently returned to the United States after 10 years in Paris and Madrid. He is the L.A. correspondent for Vogue Espana .
DON'T ASK PEDRO ALMODOVAR HOW HE MADE THE QUANTUM LEAP from rebel of Spain's counterculture to mainstream symbol of commercial respectability. While he hates to admit he's no longer on the edge, he also challenges the bad-boy reputation that has followed him everywhere. "Hombre," the director says, a corona of cigarette smoke framing his cherub's face as he takes a break on the set of his new movie, "High Heels," "my success surprises me because, I tell you, success is a miracle."
NEWS
November 18, 2009 | by Randee Dawn
Scott Z. Burns was nervous. He had sent Steven Soderbergh an e-mail and gotten back a surprising reply: "Please don't ever contact me again. If you do, you can expect to hear from my lawyer." It shouldn't have been like that: Maybe Burns and Soderbergh weren't old buddies, but they had collaborated on two pictures -- in 2004, Burns was one of several writers on "Ocean's Twelve," which Soderbergh directed, and Burns wrote the screenplay for the 2006 HBO feature "The Half Life of Timofey Berezin" (a.k.
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