Penelope Cruz

Blood, bulls and boycott: Manolete strikes again

In his lifetime, Manolete, the legendary bullfighter, caused a stir living with his exuberant left-wing mistress beneath the disapproving glare of staunchly Catholic, 1940s Spain. Manolete, a film about this romance starring Adrien Brody and Penelope Cruz, is raising eyebrows again – this time among the anti-bullfighting camp.

DVD: Broken Embraces, For retail & rental (20th Century Fox)

A love letter to all aspects of movie-making, Pedro Almodovar's latest is also a heightened, noirish melodrama revolving around an affair between a director (Lluis Homar) and the star of his new film (Penélope Cruz), who also happens to be the mistress of that film's producer.

Penelope makes history for Spain

In Spain, Penelope Cruz’s award for best supporting actress was hailed as a national triumph. Her performance in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, as the unstable ex-wife of Javier Bardem’s sex-crazed character, makes her the first Spanish actress to win one of the Academy’s gold statuettes.

Hit & Run: Domino effect

They come over here, these American celebrities, and hijack our working-class pursuits. Brad Pitt has long been a fan of greyhound racing. Madonna's still fond, despite her recent marital difficulties, of wearing flat caps and drinking bitter. Even Barack Obama is rumoured to be following the fortunes of West Ham United.

Party of the Week: Cocktails for Woody's latest

A luminous Penelope Cruz, who had wowed the audience in a ruffled black dress at the screening of her latest film, Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, may have gone home early and given the after-party a miss but Britain's film glitterati congregated to let their hair down nonetheless at the Sky Movies HD gala bash for the London Film Festival.