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Javier Bardem talks four-year passion project 'Sons of the Clouds'

Javier Bardem has been through a lot of change since 2008. He won an Academy Award that year and reconnected with Vicky Cristina Barcelona co-star Penélope Cruz, whom he later married and started a family. One constant since 2008 has been Bardem’s untiring work on the documentary Sons of the Clouds, available on iTunes today. Joined by Clouds’ co-producer Lilly Hartley and director Álvaro Longoria, Bardem sat down with EW to discuss the passion project that he considers a matter of “moral and historical responsibility.”  READ FULL STORY

Is Javier Bardem playing the first gay Bond villain in 'Skyfall'? Bardem and director Sam Mendes weigh in

Bond villains have always flirted with homoeroticism. You could say it’s as much a part of of the franchise’s 50-year-old formula as all of the girls, gadgets, and glamor. Whether it’s Goldfinger aiming his laser at 007’s royal jewels, the coy cat-in-his-lap quips of Blofeld, or even Lotte Lenya’s butch villainess Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love, the Bond films have subtly toyed with a sexual subtext. But in the latest Bond installment, Skyfall, Javier Bardem pushes the gay envelope farther than it’s ever been pushed before.

The Spanish actor dons a blonde wig as the latest 007 nemesis, Silva — a cyberterrorist who has a complicated history with Bond’s boss at MI6, M (Judi Dench). And his first encounter with Daniel Craig’s license-to-kill agent is sure to get fans squirming in their seats. Which, according to Bardem, was exactly the point.

Asked if his character has an interest in Bond beyond just world domination, Bardem admits, “You could read it that way. That option was there in the script. The word that [director Sam Mendes] kept using was ‘uncomfortableness’. Beyond the sexuality, he wanted it to feel like you don’t know if Silva’s joking or not.”

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Javier Bardem goes undercover in new 'Skyfall' photo

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When you think of Javier Bardem as a sadistic villain, a certain hair-do likely springs to mind. Anton Chiguhr’s page-boy locks in No Country for Old Men became part of that character’s terrifying menace. Skyfall director Sam Mendes — wisely methinks — is going in a completely different direction for Bardem’s baddie in the next James Bond film due this fall. In a recent Daily Mail snapshot from the film’s set in Whitehall, Bardem was dressed as a London Metropolitan cop, with straw-blond hair poking out from under his cap.

Of course, the blond hair could be as much a part of his disguise as the badge and uniform. Bardem’s criminal, reportedly named Silva, could conceivably have another unsettling ‘do under that hat and/or wig. Or he could be completely bald, a look that’s worked for Bond’s nemeses in the past and seems to be coming back en vogue, what with Batman’s latest challenge, Bane. I’m hoping, though, that the blond hair is real, and that when he’s not wearing a hat, he styles it just like Max Zorin from A View to a Kill.

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Javier Bardem confirms he is next Bond villain

After months of speculation about who would play the villain in the next James Bond installment, we finally have an answer, friendo: Javier Bardem. During an interview with Christiane Amanpour on Nightline, in which the Spanish actor talked about his involvement with a charity to help west Saharan refugees, Bardem confirmed that he would be playing the bad guy in Bond 23. “I am very excited. My parents took me to watch the movies and I saw all of them. So to play that is going to be fun,” Bardem said about his joining the 00-franchise. “They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.”

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Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' adaptation reaches dead end, but all hope is not lost

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Universal has said no to the quest.

The studio and filmmaker Ron Howard announced last year an ambitious plan to make three movies and two seasons of television based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower — an epic, seven-part (so far) series of novels that fuse westerns and sci-fi/fantasy in the tale of Roland the Gunslinger and his journey through surreal and treacherous territories to a mythical structure that binds the dimensions of existence.

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Oscars Luncheon: James Franco, Nicole Kidman and other nominees prep for the main event

jesse-eisenbergImage Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.comOnce a year for the last 30, the current crop of Academy Awards nominees come together to break grilled shrimp on focaccia bread at the Beverly Hilton, smile for the class photo, and turn a deaf ear to demands for 45-second acceptance speeches and promises of a three-hour running time. But before the 151 contenders  (out of 190, which is a nominees luncheon record) could eat, drink and be merry yesterday, the most recognizable of their ranks fielded questions in the interview room, which yielded the following pearls of Oscar race wisdom.

“When I was 13, I had to go to bar mitzvahs every weekend and this is the same feeling. I have to put a suit on every weekend to go meet with a lot of Jews. The alternative where no one likes your movie is worse. I’ve experienced both and this is better.” — Jesse Eisenberg, Best Actor nominee, The Social Network READ FULL STORY

'The Dark Tower': Javier Bardem offered lead role as Roland in Stephen King adaptation

Javier-Bardem-Dark-TowerImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosDirector Ron Howard wants Javier Bardem to play troubled hero Roland Deschain in his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Imagine Entertainment confirms the news first reported by Deadline that the No Country For Old Men star has been offered the lead role in the horror-fantasy-western adaptation, which is currently planned as a big-screen trilogy along with a TV series. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: Julia Roberts' Oscar plea for Javier Bardem

Julia-Roberts-BardemImage Credit: James Devaney/WireImage.comA couple weeks ago, I groused to you about how I thought Javier Bardem’s powerful performance in Biutiful has been unfairly overlooked during this awards season so far. Well, it turns out I have a sister in my disappointment: Julia Roberts. And she’s decided to do something about it. Tonight in Los Angeles, Roberts hosted a screening of Biutiful on behalf of Bardem (her costar in Eat Pray Love) for a select industry crowd. Along with Bardem and his glowingly pregnant wife, Penélope Cruz, I spotted actors Kyle MacLachlan and Robert Forster among the attendees. Taking a break from working the room, Roberts spoke exclusively to EW about her admiration for Bardem’s achievement, and her excitement at working with — speaking of  the Oscars — Meryl Streep.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What is it about Javier’s performance in Biutiful that you’re so passionate about? READ FULL STORY

Javier Bardem for Best Actor in 'Biutiful': What's the disconnect?

Javier-Bardem-ButifulImage Credit: Jose HaroIn Cannes earlier this year I chatted with Josh Brolin, who was promoting two films of his own but seemed most excited about his pal Javier Bardem’s turn in Biutiful. “Sean Penn told me it’s a f—ing masterpiece,” he said to me. “And Guillermo del Toro says Javier’s performance is unprecedented.” When I saw the film (directed by Alejandro González Iñarritu) the next day, I understood what Brolin was talking about. Bardem, a past Best Supporting Actor winner for No Country For Old Men, is nothing short of devastating as a Barcelona dad struggling to keep his family together amidst unspeakable personal and professional tragedies. But something bizarre has happened in this awards season so far: Despite being selected by Mexico as its official foreign-language entry, the film has failed to gain any awards traction for Bardem. No Broadcast Critics nomination for him, no SAG nod, nothing from the Golden Globes even. When I got Globe nominee Ryan Gosling on the phone on Tuesday, Bardem’s was the omission he was most troubled by. “Look at Javier,” Gosling said. “How could you not acknowledge that?”  READ FULL STORY

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