Day: August 5, 2008

Ga Ga Movies Penelope Cruz

Ga Ga: Penélope Cruz & Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Woody Allen’s new film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, is a sexy flick about a ménage-à-trois between Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson. Need we say more?

The film, which premiered Monday in Westwood, drew raves at the Cannes Film Festival and Oscar talk for co-stars Bardem and Cruz.

Entertainment Weekly film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum raved of the Spanish duo at Cannes, “I’m grateful that, in this festival year of subject-matter darkness and Indiana Jonesy manufactured light, the torch-bright Spanish duo of Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz were on hand in Woody Allen’s blithe Iberian romance Vicky Cristina Barcelona to dazzle the Cannes crowd the old-fashioned way with crystalline performances, rather than a crystal skull.”

Adding to the rave reviews, Variety says, “VCB is by several degrees more hot-blooded than [director Woody Allen’s] usual norm, thanks especially due to the palpable chemistry of Bardem and Cruz…”

Blindie can’t wait for this steamy Allen flick!

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ObamaNation Politics Race Matters

LA Times Columnist Says Obama’s Candidacy Has Yet to Result in Meaningful Progress

A Los Angeles Times Opinions contributor wrote about the historical aspects of Barack Obama’s candidacy, claiming “whether his candidacy (or presidency) is a turning point beyond the racial symbolism remains to be seen.”

The writer Erin Aubry Kaplan also notes that although Obama is not running “as a ‘black’ candidate,” he “should certainly address issues of concern to African Americans, not simply because he’s one of us (though that helps) but because such issues impact all of us. The state of black people has always been a barometer of how well America is fulfilling its democratic ideals.”

Ending her column, Kaplan writes, “We can congratulate ourselves for having a black candidate, but that candidate can’t identify too much with other black people or he risks losing his appeal, magic or whatever. It’s the same old game America has always played, defining the limits and qualifications of blackness to its liking and comfort level. That’s not justice.”


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Politics Race Matters

Black Reporter Forced To Leave John McCain Rally

A black reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat was booted from a John McCain rally on Friday by a Secret Service agent, according to the AP.

His newspaper is asking the McCain campaign why he was asked to leave the backstage area when there were other state reporters in the same area. The other reporters were white.

Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said, “Race played absolutely no role in any actions taken by our employees or anybody else in this case.”


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