Spanish actress and activist Pilar Bardem—mother of actors Monica, Carlos, and Javier Bardem—died on Saturday at the Ruber Hospital in Madrid because of complications from lung disease not related to Covid-19. She was 82.
The Goya Award-winning actress (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) appeared in a variety of film, theater, and TV projects throughout her career in her native Spain. Her most highly lauded project is 1995’s Nadie hablará de nosotras cuando hayamos muerto (Nobody Will Speak of Us When We’re Dead), which earned 8 Goya awards, including Bardem’s Best Supporting Actress nod.
“We want to share the news that Pilar Bardem, our mother, our example, has died,” Carlos shared via Twitter in Spanish. “She departed in peace and without suffering, surrounded by the love of her family. We know the love and admiration many felt for her, both in Spain and beyond, for her work as an actress and as a fighter who always stood in solidarity. We truly appreciate that love for our mother with all our hearts. Thank you from her children, Carlos, Monica, and Javier.”
Following a report that the highly anticipated sci-fi epic will make its debut at the 2021 Venice Film Festival in September before an exclusive theatrical release on October 1, Warner Bros. execs are now insisting that the movie will open at the same time as HBO Max.
In the Deadline report a day before, it was reported that Dune would not be adhering to the same-day release pattern that the studio was implementing for its film slate in 2021, instead coming to theaters before the streaming platform.
Warner’s Johanna Fuentes clarified a day later in a social media post.
“Dune will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day in the U.S,” she confirmed.
From all of us here at Javier-Bardem.com we want to wish Javier a very happy 52nd birthday. We hear he will be spending it with his family.
Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in negotiations to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Amazon and Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos, the film about the relationship between the I Love Lucy stars. Having penned the screenplay, Academy Award winner Sorkin also will direct the film from Amazon Studios and Escape Artists.
The film is set during one production week of I Love Lucy — Monday table read through Friday audience filmin g— when Lucy and Desi face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.
Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce. Executive producers are Jenna Block, David Bloomfield of Escape Artists, Stuart Besser, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Lauren Lohman.
Sorkin originally was going to pen the script only, when Cate Blanchett was circling, but after enjoying himself on the drama The Trial of the Chicago 7, he decided to attach himself as a director as well over the summer. After The Trial of the Chicago 7 bowed on Netflix in October, Being the Ricardos began to gain momentum with Kidman and Bardem quickly interest in the couple behind TV’s first family. Deals still need to close for both actors, but even if and when they do, when production will start is still up in the air as the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to push productions throughout the country.
Splashing across news media everywhere today is the all-star lineup of casting for Disney’s live action The Little Mermaid.
While we were excited by the previous casting announcements including Halle Bailey as Ariel and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, we were blown away by news that Hamilton sensation Daveed Diggs will be playing Sebastian and Javier Bardem will fill in as Ariel’s father, King Triton.
Casting also includes Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric and Awkwafina as Scuttle. The film will be directed by Rob Marshall, and will feature music from the animated original as well as all-new music by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.