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Penelope Cruz: Layers On A Frayer

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While Penelope Cruz looked as gorgeous as ever at the New Yorm Film Festival screening of Broken Embraces, her latest collaboration with director Pedro Almodovar, we do wish she’d taken her jacket off before stepping onto the red carpet. Not to mention that avant-garde hoodie she’s got on under it. Then again, judging from the frayed hem dragging across the floor, maybe the low-cut dress she’s got on underneath needs all the coverage it can get. Woof.

Take a closer look at Cruz’s fashion victimization in the gallery below.

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Style Wars: Cruz Vs. Cotillard

Spanish bombshell Penelope Cruz became Spain’s first female Oscar winner for her performance in Vicky Christina Barcelona and French hottie Marion Cotillard became the first actress to win one for a French language film (2007′s La Vie en Rose). The actresses will star alongside Daniel Day-Lewis — not to mention Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and Kate Hudson — in the musical Nine, to be released Nov. 25.

Both Cruz and Cotillard have attended premieres and parties at Cannes wearing elegant dresses and gowns. Despite a bout with food poisoning, Cruz wore a lilac gown while walking the red carpet for Broken Embraces, her latest Pedro Almodovar film. She’s also been spotted in a strapless, skin-colored dress and a cleavage-baring white ensemble. Cotillard has played it more conservatively — going for ultra minimal, elegant black and blue dresses.

Which actress has the best style at Cannes this year? Vote above.

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Films Making Buzz At Cannes

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Cannes Film Festival is an opportunity for industry insiders (and a few lucky hangers-on) to preview some of the year’s most anticipated films. The screenings of 2009 include Heath Ledger‘s final onscreen appearance, a Quentin Tarantino nazi flick, and a visually stunning Pixar comedy.

Here are the films the South of France is buzzing about, some of which will battle it out for The Palm D’Or.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Director Terry Gilliam‘s tale of a traveling theater troupe has received much unpredicted build-up, due to the passing of Heath Ledger during production. Three A-list actors stepped in to fill his role: Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. We’ll see it just to figure out how that plays out.

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Inglourious Basterds

Cannes sweetheart Quentin Tarantino returns with a violent (surprising?) film set in WWII. Brad Pitt leads a group of American “basterds,” whose mission is to intimidate the Third Reich.

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