Antonio Banderas, who plays the villain in "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," says variety is the spice of life.

The Spanish-born actor has starred in dramas ("Philadelphia"), comedies ("Two Much"), musicals ("Evita"), horror films ("Interview With the Vampire"), action movies ("Desperado") and adventures ("The Mask of Zorro"). His credits for the younger set include "Spy Kids," "Shrek" and "Puss in Boots."

"To me, acting means visiting many genres and very different characters. … I really like the possibility of change," Banderas said in an interview.

In "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," which opened Friday, he plays pirate Burger-Beard.

Next he hopes to play Picasso in Carlos Saura's "33 Days," although it's tied up in a legal fight.

He'll also direct "Akil," about an African boy who flees to Spain and takes refuge in a woman's home, possibly played by his ex-wife Melanie Griffith. They appeared in the recent film "Automata" together. "I want — and I think she does, too — to maintain a relationship because we have spent many years together," Banderas said. "I speak with her every other day."

Superheroines are coming

An all-female Avengers team called "A-Force" will debut in May as Marvel Comics tries to bring more girls and women into its fan base. Not only will the book feature some of Marvel's well-known female heroes, but it will be written by two female authors, Marguerite K. Bennett and Willow Wilson. It will join Marvel's 14 other female-led books, like Ms. Marvel and "Captain Marvel." A-Force will feature characters like She-Hulk, Dazzler and Medusa, as well as a new hero called Singularity.

Summer dreaming: Country superstars Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line will bring their party to the campus of the University of Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium on June 20. Ticket information has just been announced: $45.50 to $89.50 on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 at, TCF Bank Stadium and 1-800-745-3000. Also appearing will be Randy Houser, Thomas Rhett and Dustin Lynch.

Royal fan: "Wolf Hall" author Hilary Mantel was honored by Prince Charles, who said he was enjoying the TV adaptation of her award-winning saga of royal intrigue and treachery. Mantel was made a dame — the female equivalent of a knight — at a Buckingham Palace ceremony Friday. The writer said she and the prince "talked about the television series of 'Wolf Hall,' which he's enjoying very much." The BBC series is adapted from Mantel's novels about King Henry VIII adviser Thomas Cromwell.

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