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.
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.
The late, great Italian film director's niece resigns in high dudgeon from his foundation – taking four of his Oscars with her
'Fish Tank' by Andrea Arnold dazzled, but Richard Curtis seemed to have lost his golden touch
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.
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.
Penelope Cruz has struggled to make it in Hollywood. That may change, says James Mottram
'I'm not posh – I lived in Glasgow'