Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem

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It's one thing to drop out of a movie project. It's another to drop out of a movie project that your girlfriend is still attached to.

Javier Bardem has done just that, though, backing out of the long-gestating and oft-postponed Rob Marshall-directed musical Nine, blaming post-awards season exhaustion and leaving better half Penélope Cruz among the international A-list beauties still signed on.

Marion Cotillard and Sophia Loren are also on board, while Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench are reportedly in talks to join the musical spin on Federico Fellini's seminal film .

But there are no hard feelings between Bardem and the Weinstein Co., which is producing the film.

"Javier personally asked me if we could move production to February, but we just couldn't do it," honcho Harvey Weinstein told Variety. "He is an amazing talent and I know we'll work together in the future, very soon."

We know they will, too. What Harvey wants, Harvey gets.

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