ATHENS, GREECE: Spanish actress Penelope Cruz has been named this year's “sexiest woman alive” by Esquire magazine.
The 40-year-old follows last year's winner, American actress Scarlett Johansson, to earn the honor chosen by editors of the men's lifestyle magazine.
Cruz along with husband Javier Bardem, will star in the upcoming Spanish-language drama “Ma Ma,” and is currently in production on the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “Grimsby.”
Cruz and Bardem, 45, have two young children together.
Human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney, fresh from her marriage to Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney, arrived in Athens to advise the Greek government in its battle for the return of ancient statues from the British Museum in London.
In February, Clooney, during a press conference to promote his film “Monuments Men”, whose subject matter is the return of art stolen by the Nazis, publicly backed the return of the statues after a question from a Greek reporter.
Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney wed in September in Venice.
Ben Affleck's movie thriller “Gone Girl” dominated U.S. and Canadian movie charts for a second consecutive weekend, collecting nearly 27 million dollars (USD) in ticket sales to beat back challenges.
The R-rated film generated buzz after last weekend's strong 37.5 million debut and praise from critics. The movie's total sales climbed to 78.3 million through Sunday. – Reuters