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Penelope Cruz

Spring has definitely sprung, and if it’s not obvious from the cherry blossoms lining the city sidewalks, then it may be readily apparent from the increasing number of celebrity sightings in town — spring in Vancouver means production shoots after all, and shoots mean star sightings.

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Emily Blunt

PENELOPE CRUZ VISITS YALETOWN: Take Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), for example. Blunt recently enjoyed her “best spa day ever” at Absolute Spa while visiting her boyfriend, B.C.’s own Michael Bublé. Meanwhile, Sarah Strange, who plays Theresa in the locally shot ABC series Men In Trees, was spotted at The Ridge Theatre watching the Danish film After the Wedding. Last but not least, Penelope Cruz, here in town shooting Elegy alongside Ben Kingsley and Dennis Hopper, dined with friends last Saturday night at the Blue Water Café.

And speaking of Elegy, Vancouverites got a first-hand look at the action last Thursday as both Kingsley and Hopper showed up at the University of B.C. campus to film scenes.

NEW ROBSON ARMS EPISODES GREENLIT: All you Robson Arms fans out there will be happy to hear that CTV has greenlit an additional 13 episodes of the Vancouver-based sitcom, which will commence production this summer. John Cassini (Intelligence) stars as Yuri Kukoc, an appealing but meddlesome superintendent of a low-rise building in Vancouver’s West End. Guest stars have included Margot Kidder, William B. Davis, Fred Ewanuick, Zak Santiago, Leslie Nielsen and Peter DeLuise.

MAGNETO COMING TO TOWN? Finally, Magneto, the X-Men movie spin-off in development from 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios — and believed to be headed to Vancouver — now has a director attached, none other than the illustrious Batman Begins scribe, David S. Goyer. We’ll keep a close eye on developments.

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