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Almodóvar's first full-length film in English to star Cate Blanchett

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CULT film director Pedro Almodóvar is about to produce his first-ever full-length feature film entirely in English, starring Australian double-Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett.

Spain’s most famous film director Pedro Almodóvar at the 2019 Goya Awards, right (photo: Wikimedia Commons) and Australian actress Cate Blanchett at Cannes Film Festival in 2018, when she was chairwoman of the judges’ panel, left (photo: Joan Hernández Mir/Wikimedia Commons)

Following on from the success of his short film The Human Voice, based upon the novella of the same name by Les Enfants Terribles author Jean Cocteau, the veteran Castilla-La Mancha-born scriptwriter and director will now take the plunge with a mainstream production in a foreign language for the first time in his 40-year career.

Unlike The Human Voice, where British-Australian Cambridge graduate Tilda Swinton was the sole cast member, Almodóvar’s future project will involve a multiple largely-female cast, including Ms Blanchett herself, whose production company Dirty Films has reportedly obtained the screen rights to the late Lucia Berlin’s bestselling short story collection Manual for Cleaning Women.

Published posthumously, 11 years after Lucía Berlin’s death from lung cancer on her 68th birthday in 2004, this collection of 43 short stories – the author’s fourth compilation, three of which were released in her lifetime – focuses on real-life struggles faced by ladies in menial, thankless jobs, and reflects Ms Berlin’s own turbulent life.

Born in Juneau, Alaska, growing up in Chile – where she frequented high society and attended private school – married at 17, divorced three times by 30 and with four children, with a degree from the University of Colorado which meant she was ‘treated with reticence and suspicion’ when applying for jobs as a cleaner, Lucia Berlin suffered from alcoholism, as did her mother before her, which affected her health long-term just as her life was beginning to reach an even keel after she became a much-adored professor and visiting writer at her alma mater college.

Almodóvar had already talked seriously of adapting Lucia Berlin’s most famous work to screen in English, even before he had started filming with Tilda Swinton, and in fact, had originally intended for his recently-released Julieta to be in the language, but the adaptation rights had expired before it was created.

Although the vehicular language of Manual for Cleaning Women will be English, many scenes will involve dialogue in Spanish, given the huge population of Latin American-born residents in the USA and the fact that they feature throughout Lucia Berlin’s original text.

Cate Blanchett, 52, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2005 for her rôle in The Aviator and a Best Actress Oscar in 2014 for Blue Jasmine, as well as a Golden Globe and a BAFTA in 1999 for Elizabeth and the former in 2008 for I’m Not There, has a cameo part in the recently-released Don’t Look Up and is about to hit Spanish screens again this month in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley as Dr Lilith Ritter.

Joint artistic director of Sydney Theatre Company along with her husband Andrew Upton, born in Melbourne and with a drama degree from Sydney, now living in Crowborough, East Sussex, UK, Cate’s long career has included numerous literary adaptations, from Charlotte Gray and Notes on a Scandal to Patricia Highsmith’s Carol and Where d’you go, Bernadette, encompassing Lord of the Rings and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

She reportedly contacted Almodóvar as soon as her company had acquired the rights to Lucia Berlin’s book, always having had him in mind as director.

As yet, details of the cast and when filming is due to start are not known, but it is expected news on both will follow in the early part of 2022.

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Piers Morgan Viciously Rants At 'pampered Prima Donna' Adele

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Image: PixabayPiers Morgan viciously rants at Adele and calls her a ‘pampered prima donna’.The 56-year-old former Good Morning Britain host Piers has viciously ranted at Adele. He blasted her for cancelling her Las Vegas shows and disappointing fans.Piers went as far as to call Adele a “privileged, pampered prima donna.” Piers believes that Adele’s fans “believed in her because she was a working-class girl who treated them as equals”.He feels that she has let them down and has cancelled shows when she should carry on.“Now she has morphed into just another staggeringly rich, privileged, pampered prima donna who thinks it’s fine to pull the plug on months of shows at a moment’s notice because she can’t get everything she demands”, ranted Piers.“The show didn’t go on for Adele — last seen on British TV a few weeks ago lapping up nauseatingly sycophantic compliments from a drooling celebrity audience — because her ego is now writing cheques her fans couldn’t even dream of cashing.“And frankly, it’s a disgrace.”Piers continued his rant over how Adele had let her fans down.Piers commented: “If Freddie Mercury can make an album as he was literally dying, then she could probably have found the inner strength to pocket $500,000 a night to sing a few songs even if the set design wasn’t absolutely perfect.“That would have been the right thing to do for the fans she professes to love so much.”He went on to add: “But sadly, it would appear health-obsessed Adele’s disappeared up her rapidly diminishing celebrity backside, and no amount of weeping and wailing can change that very disappointing fact.”Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Kathryn Kates: 'Seinfeld' And 'Orange Is The New Black' Actress Dies Aged 73

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Kathryn Kates: ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Orange Is The New Black’ actress dies aged 73. image: twitterStar of ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Orange Is The New Black’, actress Kathryn Kates dies aged 73 Representatives at the Headline Talent Agency have confirmed in a statement that veteran actress Kathryn Kates has died at the age of 73. She passed away in Florida, last Saturday 22, after battling cancer.“Kathryn has been our client for many years, and we have grown much closer to her in this last year since she knew of her cancer returning. She was always incredibly brave and wise, and approached every role with the greatest of passion. She will be greatly missed”, read the statement.Born in New York, Kathryn appeared in some of 1980s television’s top shows, including Seinfeld, Matlock, Thunder Alley. Roles in Lizzie McGuire, Rescue Me, Caroline in the City, and Judging Amy followed in the next decades.In the hit series, Orange Is the New Black, later in her career, the actress played the part of Amy Kanter-Bloom, Piper Chapman’s ex-fiancée. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit was another popular show she appeared in, and starred as judge Marlene Simons in Shades of Blue, the Jennifer Lopez drama.Even at the age of 73, Kathryn was still successful, her role in Welcome to Sarajevo winning her the Best Actress award, last year at the NYCTV Festival.Social media was awash with messages from co-stars and fans this evening, all paying tribute to the late star, as the tragic news broke, as reported by dailystar.co.uk.___________________________________________________________Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to check The Euro Weekly News for all your up-to-date local and international news stories, and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Tiger King Joe Exotic's Lawyer Claims He Has 'gone Missing In Prison'

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Tiger King Joe Exotic’s lawyer claims he has ‘gone missing in prison’. Image: UFO Chronicles Podcast, TwitterTiger King Joe Exotic has ‘gone missing’ in prison according to a claim by his lawyer A lawyer for Joe Exotic, star of the Netflix series ‘Tiger King’, on Tuesday, January 25, made a sensational claim that his client has gone ‘missing’ inside Butner Federal Medical Centre in North Carolina, the prison where he is serving 22 years.With a re-sentencing court hearing coming up in Oklahoma City this Friday 28, civil lawyer, John M. Phillips, took the rather unconventional legal route of using Facebook and Twitter to locate his ‘missing client’.“Good grief, The United States Department of Justice, US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, where is Joseph A Maldonado?”, wrote Phillips. “My legal calls rejected Friday and for this Monday. Opposing counsel won’t respond to me”.Adding, “The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) told me they won’t tell me when or where he’s being moved. We have a hearing – where is my client? FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation?”.Later on, when messaged by a user asking if he had ‘found his client’, Phillips ambiguously replied, ‘sort of’.Joe Exotic is currently doing 22 years after being found guilty of plotting to kill one of his rival zookeepers, Carol Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue. The docu-series featuring their lives working with big cats was a massive hit on Netflix, and recently spawned a second series.Tiger King 2 continued to delve into the disappearance of Don Lewis, as well as covering Exotic Joe’s sentencing, as reported by dailystar.co.uk.___________________________________________________________Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to check The Euro Weekly News for all your up-to-date local and international news stories, and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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