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Penelope Cruz was asked about ‘equal pay’ at Cannes; here is what she said

CANNES: Spanish Oscar winner Penelope Cruz said Wednesday that putting a firewall between acting and her private life -- even when working with husband Javier Bardem -- had put a stop to the "torture" of her early years in the industry. Presenting her new film "Everybody Knows" by Iran's Asghar Farhadi at Cannes, Cruz told reporters that she and Bardem made a point of not taking their personal life to the set, or their work home with them. "When I was in my 20s, I thought the more I would torture myself and the more I…

U.S. State Department tweets, then deletes congratulations for Iran Oscar win

WASHINGTON: The U.S. State Department on Monday issued and then deleted a congratulatory message for an Oscar win by a prominent Iranian director who criticized President Donald Trump's travel ban as "inhumane." The State Department's official Persian-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, tweeted congratulations to the Iranian people and Asghar Farhadi, director of "The Salesman," after the movie won an Oscar for best foreign-language film on Sunday, according to screenshots of the message circulated on Twitter.…

Images of homeless living in graves shock Iran

TEHRAN: Images of homeless drug addicts living in empty graves just outside the Iranian capital have deeply shocked the public and prompted reactions even from President Hassan Rouhani. Shahrvand newspaper on Tuesday published the images in a report on the homeless people -- about 50 men and women -- who dwell in a cemetery in the town of Shahriar, 30 kilometres (18 miles) west of Tehran. The story and the haunting images of the homeless staring into the camera from inside the unused grave slots spread quickly on…

Cruz, Bardem to star in Iranian director’s new film

MADRID: Oscar-winning Spanish actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem will star in a new film set in Spain by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, Cruz said in an interview published on Sunday. Farhadi, who won the foreign-language Oscar in 2012 for "A Separation" about a middle-class couple's divorce, is currently finishing the original screenplay for the movie, she told Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia. "The idea is to film in Spain, we still don't know where. It is an intense drama which is a gift for actors. And it is…