Kim Basinger (born 08.12.1953) is an American, Academy-Award winning actress.
Childhood: Kim Basinger was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. Don Basinger, Kim's father, was a musician in a big band, as well as a loan manager. Ann, her mother, was also an actress and a model. Kim is the third of five children. She has two brothers, Mick and Skip and two sisters, Ashley and Barbara. The Basinger family are Methodists.
At the age of 16, Kim Basinger began her modelling career and won the Athens Junior Miss Contest. She went on to win the Junior Miss Georgia contest. At that point, she was offered a contract by the Ford Model Agency. Although she initially rejected the offer, saying that she wanted to concentrate on singing and acting, she later changed her mind and moved to New York to join the agency.
Career: Kim Basinger's modelling career soon took off and she was promptly commanding fees of $1,000 a day, which at the time, was a top salary for a model in the 1970s. Whilst she was working as a model, Basinger also attended acting classes at the Neighbourhood Playhouse.
In 1976, Basinger decided to pursue her acting career more seriously and moved to Los Angeles. She landed a few small roles, in TV shows, including Charlie's Angels and McMillan & Wife.
Kim Basinger's debut starring role was in Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold. The film was made for television in 1978. In 1983, Kim was Sean Connery's Bond girl in Never Say Never Again. The same year, she also took part in a notorious Playboy magazine shoot.
In 1984, Basinger starred alongside Robert Redford in The Natural and earned herself a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. She soon became a favourite for directors such as Robert Altman, who cast her in Fool For Love (1985) and Prêt-à-Porter (1994). Similarly, Blake Edwards directed her in both The Man Who Loved Women (1983) and Blind Date (1987).
Among Kim Basinger's most notorious film performances are her appearances in 9 1/2 Weeks, and the 1989 production of Batman. Perhaps the highlight of her career, Kim Basinger won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential. In 2002, Basinger played Eminem's mother in his semi-autobiographical film 8-Mile. When the Abba musical Mamma Mia! was in its early stages, Kim Basinger was considered for the role of Donna, but lost out to Meryl Streep.
In 1993, Basinger featured in the music video for Tom Petty's song 'Mary Jane's Last Dance.' In the video, Basinger plays a corpse that Petty has chosen from the morgue for a dinner date. At the end of the video, he throws her into the sea and is shown floating in the ocean with her eyes open.
Personal Life: Kim Basinger was married to Ron Snyder-Britton, a make-up artist, from 1980 - 1988, when they divorced. Snyder-Britton wrote a book, Longer than Forever, which detailed their life together and also discussed Kim's alleged affair with Richard Gere. She had worked with Gere on 1986's No Mercy and later worked with him in 1992, in Final Analysis.
In 1993, Kim Basinger married the actor Alec Baldwin. They had met on the set of The Marrying Man and later worked together on a remake of The Getaway. The couple have a daughter together named Ireland Eliesse Baldwin. Basinger and Baldwin separated in 2000 and have been embroiled in a lengthy custody battle over their daughter. Alec Baldwin has also written a book about his relationship with Kim Basinger, detailing the lengths to which she will go to prevent him from seeing his daughter.
Kim Basinger suffers from agoraphobia.
Basinger was originally involved in the film Boxing Helena. When she pulled out of the project, the studio successfully sued her and she was forced to file for bankruptcy. She later appealed against the decision and the studio settled for a lesser amount.
Writer-director Shane Black returns to the comedy-noir vibe of his 2005 hit Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with this riotously funny thriller set in late-1970s Los Angeles. It's an entertaining mix of hilarious action mayhem, slapstick and violence anchored by Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, who unexpectedly prove to be a superb comedy double-act.
It's 1977, and private detective Holland (Gosling) is searching for a porn star who was spotted alive after dying in a car crash. His investigation leads him to Amelia (Margaret Qualley), who has hired the thug Jackson (Crowe) to keep people off her tail. After beating up Holland, Jackson realises that maybe they should be working together, as other cases seem to be dovetailing around Amelia's politically powerful mother (Kim Basinger). But now Holland and Jackson are being chased by the legendary assassin John Boy (Matt Bomer). And Holland is having a terrible time keeping his bright 13-year-old daughter Holly (Angourie Rice) from getting involved in this dangerous case.
Gosling and Crowe play Holland and Jackson as a classic comedy duo along the lines of Abbott and Costello or Hope and Crosby: bumbling idiots who somehow manage to save the day due to dumb luck and someone smart looking out for them. In this case, their guardian angel is Holly, and young Aussie actress Rice more than holds her own against these A-list stars. Holly is the only person on-screen who has a clue what's actually going on, and Rice effortlessly walks off with the film, giving a knowing performance that's hugely engaging. The other scene-stealer is Bomer, whose slick, overconfident killer is simply screaming to be taken down a peg or two.
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The Australian actress joins Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and Kim Basinger in the steamy sequel.
Bella Heathcote has been cast as Christina Grey’s former lover Leila Williams in upcoming sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. The 28-year-old Australian actress can currently be seen opposite Lily James in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and got her start working on popular soap ‘Neighbours’.
Bella Heathcote has been cast in Fifty Shades Darker.
The news was first reported by Deadline who wrote that Heathcote will play Leila, described as ‘a former lover of Christian, who bears the scars to prove it.’ In the book, Lelia suffers a mental breakdown and begins stalking Grey’s current girlfriend Anastasia Steele.
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According to sources, she'll be playing Christian Grey's ex-lover in the 'Fifty Shades' sequel next year.
Kim Basinger is in talks to star in the upcoming second movie in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, ahead of production starting in the spring.
According to an exclusive in Variety, the 62 year old actress is set to join Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Darker, starring as Christian Grey’s ex-lover and former business partner Elena Lincoln.
Basinger’s rumoured character, who is several years older than the successful businessman Grey, was hinted at in the first movie, setting the stage for a dramatic reveal in the forthcoming film.
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If you're on the wrong side of the law and looking for someone to send a special kind of 'message', Jackson Healey might just be the man you call. One day his work takes him to the door of Holland March where he leaves his own particular type of message for Holland, a private detective who's currently a little down on his luck.
When an employee of the Department Of Justice finds that her daughter has gone missing, she employs Healey to find her by any means necessary. Out of his depth, Healey calls on the best private eye he knows. Initially very hesitant to work with the guy who only recently sucker punched him, Holland agrees to help find the girl.
As clues are revealed, it looks like Amelia (The missing girl) has somehow become intertwined with the mob who are trying to branch out in LA. As the amateurs hunt down Amelia, the case takes them down dangerous paths they never thought they'd venture down.
Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata clearly feels passionate about the problems in his country, but despite the presence of Hollywood stars the movie is made in a style that will feel amateurish to Western audiences. Obvious screenwriting is the main problem, ramping up melodrama when political intensity is needed. Essentially, a more organic approach to storytelling, with attention to the characters instead of the themes, would have made this a much more powerful thriller.
After studying in America, 21-year-old Ebiere (Mbong Amata) returns home to her Niger Delta community just in time to witness a horrific oil-company accident in which most of her family perishes. As the most educated person in her village, she rises to a position of leadership among the rebels fighting for fairer treatment from petrol executive Tom (Mickey Rourke) and the corrupt military, which responds with relentless violence, betraying and brutalising the villagers. As she falls for rebel commander Dede (Hakeem Kae-Kazim), Ebiere becomes even more important. And things take a further turn when she's charged with murder after a protest turns fatal. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, desperate Nigerians (including Wyclef Jean and Akon) take Tom hostage along with a local reporter (Kim Basinger) to demand justice for Ebiere's plight.
Writer-director Amata made this film three years ago, then reworked it to add the L.A. sequences in an effort to make Nigeria's struggle feel more current in the context of global activism. This works to an extent, as it stirs the hot topic of terrorism into the mix. But the big action set pieces are directed and edited in a choppy way that feels undercooked. The story of desperate political activism amid heavy-handed corruption is compelling, but it's watered down by some rather soapy interpersonal plot points. Still, the film remains involving, a powerful tale of little guys standing up to forces much bigger than themselves simply in the name of what's right.
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There are moments when this three-strand drama almost ascends to the emotional resonance of writer-director Paul Haggis' Oscar-winning 2004 movie Crash. Perhaps even more ambitious, this film is exploring issues of creativity, attraction and grief, but Haggis puts so much effort into the literary trickery that he fails to create characters the audience can connect with. So the drama ends up being interesting but never moving.
The central plot-thread is in Paris, where blocked writer Michael (Liam Neeson) is holed up in a hotel after leaving his wife (Kim Basinger) and arranging to meet his whip-smart mistress Anna (Olivia Wilde). But their witty romance seems to get entangled with his struggle to write a new novel. Meanwhile in Rome, dodgy American businessman Scott (Adrien Brody) meets Monika (Moran Atias), a sexy Roma woman trying to rescue her kidnapped daughter from local gangsters. With his own haunting back-story involving a lost child, Scott offers to help. And in New York, fallen soap-star Julia (Mila Kunis) has hired a lawyer (Maria Bello) in an effort to get custody of her son from her wealthy-painter ex (James Franco). But her life has gone so far off the rails that it's unlikely any judge will see things her way.
There's a clear sense that these storylines are swirling around in Michael's head as he tries to write. Each character has parent-child issues, including the event that sent Michael's career into a downward spiral. But Haggis never quite defines all of this, leaving ideas and themes dangling everywhere without connecting them to authentic people or experiences. So it's very difficult to get involved in any of the story strands, even though the actors deliver open, raw performances. Kunis has the film's strongest role, a complex journey into the aching soul of a mother, and she plays it beautifully. And Bello finds some moments of consuming emotion in her smaller part. Everything else feels rather cliched, from Neeson and Wilde's cute-prickly romantic games to Brody's journey to the dark side of Italy.
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Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, James Franco and Liam Neeson star in this unusual film.
The release of Paul Haggis' unique new drama, Third Person, is looming and fans can finally check out the trailer for the movie that had critics' heads spinning at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde and Kim Basinger, Third Person incorporates three interwoven love stories in Rome, Paris and New York.
Mila Kunis Takes On A Dark New Role In The Compelling 'Third Person.'
In Paris, Neeson plays Michael; a writer who leaves his wife and begins and on/off relationship with his lover Anna, played by Olivia Wilde. However Anna is unable to commit to Michael because she has a troubling secret that affects her life.
Love is never uncomplicated and when a third person gets involved, it can make things even more difficult. Michael is an award-winning novelist who has left his wife for a much younger lover. He is in Paris finishing his latest book which eerily seems to reflect his own personal problems which get more intense by the day. Meanwhile, a dodgy businessman named Scott travels to Rome to get involved in a fashion design scam only to meet an attractive young woman named Monika. She reveals that she has finally been given the chance to see her daughter again but when the money she needs to see her is apparently stolen, Scott finds himself embroiled in a much deeper con. Then there's Julia, a former actress who has been refused contact with her child and is going through a serious legal battle to be able to hold her son again.
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It's a little annoying that this high-concept marketing project (Rocky vs Raging Bull!) is as entertaining as it is: we want to hate it, as tired actors are sending up their own faded images. But while the script never even tries to be something interesting, it at least gives the stars some engaging scenes to work with. And we can't help but cheer for them in the end.
The film stars with a bit of history (and digital trickery), as young bucks Henry "Razor" Sharp and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (Stallone and De Niro) battle it out back in 1982. Local fans in Pittsburgh are divided between them and are hugely disappointed when, at the peak of their fame, Razor suddenly retires before a climactic rematch. Now some 30 years later, a young promoter (Hart) decides to finally get them back together in the ring. But this stirs up an old feud involving Kid's affair with Razor's wife Sally (Basinger), which resulted in a son BJ (Bernthal), who's now a father himself. Can these two men possibly work together to promote their epic grudge match?
Silly question. Of course they start off gruffly snarling at each other but eventually find the expected mutual respect. And that's about the extent of the acting required of these two iconic stars. Add some fast-talking comedy from Hart, veteran battiness from Arkin, steely femininity from Basinger and soulfulness from Bernthal and the film at least has a veneer of complexity. But aside from wondering whether the filmmakers will fudge the final match so no one loses (they don't), there isn't much to worry about.
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The general word amongst critics is that the two screen titans just couldn't muster a half-decent film together
Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone are no strangers to putting on their boxing gloves for the sake of the movies and in their latest film, Grudge Match, the two screen icons are putting their respective ages aside to step into the ring once again. The film comes with a lot of promise, starring Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart and Kim Basinger alongside the two screen titans, yet sadly the overall response to the film from critics has been very underwhelming.
Stallone, Arkin, Hart and De Niro miss the mark with their latest film
The film stars Stallone and De Niro as two retired boxers, both well past their best, who ended their career with a long-standing and unresolved feud some years earlier. After meeting each other for the first time in years in a chance encounter, their feud returns and boils into a confrontation that ends in a melee of sorts, one that almost instantly goes viral and reignites interest in the former fighters. Soon they are receiving offers to return to the ring and settle their feud once and for all, but they can only make it into the ring if they can actually regain their fitness in time for the big fight.
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Date of birth
8th December, 1953
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