[BlackTree TV - Los Angeles] Shawn Edwards sits down with two of the hottest latin stars on the screen, Mr. Antonio Banderas and Ms. Selma Hayek to talk about their voices in the new movie "Puss In Boots", which has been #1 in the box office for 2 consecutive weeks.
Long before he even met Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots (ANTONIO BANDERAS) becomes a hero when he sets off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws (SALMA HAYEK) and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty (ZACH GALIFIANAKIS) to save his town. Complicating matters along the way are the notorious outlaws Jack and Jill (BILLY BOB THORNTON and AMY SEDARIS), who will do anything to see that Puss and his band do not succeed.
This is the true story of The Cat, The Myth, The Legend…and, of course, The Boots.
Since his introduction to American cinema in the highly acclaimed “Mambo Kings,” ANTONIO BANDERAS (Puss in Boots) is irrefutably one of the leading international actors of his generation. He has received critical praise for his performances in film, television and theater, as well as behind the scenes as a feature film director. In 2005, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His second directorial feature is the Spanish film “El Camino De Los Ingleses” (titled “Summer Rain” in the U.S.). A coming-of-age story, the film follows the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s. He made his directorial debut with “Crazy in Alabama,” starring his wife, Melanie Griffith.
Banderas stole the show in the 2004 blockbuster animated film “Shrek 2” as the voice of Puss in Boots. He reprised this role in the widely anticipated sequel “Shrek the Third,” the ABC Christmas special “Shrek the Halls,” and the fourth installment of the franchise, “Shrek Forever After.”
In 2003, Banderas earned a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theater Company production of “Nine,” a musical inspired by Fellini’s “8½.” He also received a Best Actor Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award and Theatre World Award. “Nine,” directed by David Leveaux, also starred Chita Rivera.
This upcoming year, Banderas will appear in the upcoming film “Black Gold,” directed by Jean Jacques Annoud, opposite Freida Pinto, Mark Strong and Tahar Rahim.
Academy Award® nominee SALMA HAYEK (Kitty Softpaws) has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer and director, in both film and television. She received an Academy Award® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG nomination and a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress for the title role in Julie Taymor's “Frida.” Hayek recently completed filming Oliver Stone's “Savages,” with Benico del Toro, John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Blake Lively.
Hayek recently wrapped French filmmaker Mathieu Demy’s “Americano”; the Spanish film “La Chispa de la Vida” from director Álex de la Iglesia; and “Here Comes the Boom,” a comedy from director Frank Coraci, in which she stars opposite Kevin James, who also wrote the film. “Here Comes the Boom” is scheduled for release in 2012.
Aside from upcoming film projects, Hayek has launched her new cosmetic, skincare and haircare line this past summer, called “Nuance Salma Hayek.” The 100-item beauty line is being sold exclusively at CVS Pharmacies around the country. All items are priced below $20.00.
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