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Mulholland Drive Trailer


When a young women finds herself with amnesia following a car accident on Mulholland Drive, she adopts the name Rita and joins forces with an actress named Betty to try and re-discover who she is and where she was going with a strange blue key and a bag full of money. Meanwhile, a filmmaker named Adam Kesher gets roped into a mob deal, and other characters are being stalked by a mysterious and terrifying figure. Doppelgangers, betrayed love and murder line the plot as bit-by-bit Rita makes connections to her memories. Blurring the lines between illusion and reality, dreams and wakefulness, David Lynch gets into the core of the human condition with this surreal mystery.

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Shut In Trailer


Mary Portman is suffering greatly with the grief of the death of her husband Richard, who died in a road accident that left their son Steven completely paralyzed. Her days are now split between caring for Steven and her job as a child psychologist. When she meets her new patient, a young boy called Tom who has lost his mother, she becomes somewhat attached to him despite his resistance. When he comes to stay with her, she feels like she has her son back, but soon he goes missing and is presumed to have died in the freezing conditions. However, she's convinced that she has seen Tom in the house - and not just him alone. She thinks there's something in her home and when she discovers scratches on Steven's face, she knows she's got to do something.

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Naomi Watts And Liev Schreiber Announce Their Separation


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And another one bites the dust! The celebrity couples just keep on falling and this time it’s Australian actress Naomi Watts and her partner of 11 years Liev Schreiber that have called it a day. The pair have been together since 2005 and share two sons but never made it down the aisle.

Naomi Watts and Liev SchreiberThe Hollywood couple have called time on their 11-year relationship

In a joint statement released by the two, they said: "Over the past few months, we’ve come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple.

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Demolition Review

Extraordinary

With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) isn't quite what it appears to be. It's not, for example, an exploration of grief, although that's in here. And it also isn't meant to be taken literally, because it's more of a parable. The main clue is in the moment when the central character comments that everything in his life seems to be a metaphor. Indeed it is. And this heightened sense of meaning makes the entire film unusually vivid.

The film opens as Wall Street banker Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) emerges unscratched from a car crash that kills his beautiful wife Julia (Heather Lind). Unable to grieve, he begins to feel like the world around him is shifting inexplicably. So he starts taking things apart to see how they work, or why they don't. Soon he's dismantling his entire house. His father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who is also his boss, becomes increasingly perplexed at Davis' erratic behaviour. And the only person Davis confides in is customer services rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and her confused 15-year-old son Chris (Judah Lewis). As Davis worms his way into their world, he slowly begins to see his own life more clearly.

This is a film about how some people let themselves drift along in the expected ways, never questioning what happens even though it doesn't feel quite right. In Davis' case, his wife's death jolts him awake. He begins to see the real world around him for the first time, including the absurdities of the life he had built around himself. Gyllenhaal invests Davis with remarkable layers of emotion as a generally cheerful guy being pulled apart from within by something he initially can't understand. His reactions to people around him grow increasingly more honest as the film progresses. And by the end, he's defying expectations and conventions in ways that feel shocking but are actually bracingly truthful.

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant Review

OK

After the more thrilling Insurgent, this saga reverts to the talky style of the original Divergent movie, constantly explaining this post-apocalyptic world's convoluted mythology before indulging in whizzy action that has little to do with the story or characters. It's a strange step back for a franchise that has such a strong cast and high production values. And this movie also feels frustratingly incomplete, because it's only based on the first half of Veronica Roth's third and final novel (a fourth film, Ascendant, is due next year).

When we last saw our hero Tris (Shailene Woodley), she and her hunky boyfriend Four (Theo James) had overthrown the nasty Erudite leaders to create a "factionless" society in Chicago under new leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts), Four's mother. But Evelyn's willingness to indulge in military excesses causes a rift with the more peace-loving leader Johanna (Octavia Spencer), sparking a civil war. Bored with this, Tris and Four free Tris' brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) from death row and escape over the walls out of Chicago along with cohorts Peter and Christina (Miles Teller and Zoe Kravitz). Fleeing into the fringe, they encounter a peaceful, futuristic community called the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, run by David (Jeff Daniels). There they learn new facts about their past, but they're unable to ignore the unravelling situation in Chicago.

As in the first film, this script is over-packed with long conversations about the society's complicated set-up, and the Bureau has its own set of issues. Some of this information provides welcome context to the earlier films, but the screenwriters also hold back a lot of key details for next time, so this episode is oddly inconclusive. And that also makes it feel dull and contrived, especially since it leaves the characters' motivations so badly muddled. There's also the problem that these movies continually steal ideas and imagery from other films (this time it's Mad Max and The Truman Show).

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Liev Schreiber , Naomi Watts - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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Naomi Watts - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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Liev Schreiber , Naomi Watts - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant Trailer


In the third instalment of the Divergent series Allegiant, Tris and Four find themselves plunged into a new world and facing far more dangers than ever before.

In the aftermath of the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris and Four must go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago and venture into the unknown, leaving the only city and family they have ever known as they fight to survive.

Outside of their home the pair realise that they have spent their lives being monitored and are already known to the rest of the world. But it soon becomes clear that everything is not as it seems and old discoveries are now meaningless thanks to shocking new revelations.

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Naomi Watts - The 67th Emmy Awards arrivals at Emmy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 21st September 2015

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Naomi Watts - 67th Annual Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theatre at Microsoft Theatre, Emmy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 20th September 2015

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Naomi Watts - Toronto International Film Festival - Demolition - Premiere - Toronto, Canada - Thursday 10th September 2015

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Naomi Watts - Naomi Watts enjoying a a stroll in Tribeca on a bright sunny day at Tribeca - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 8th September 2015

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Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Samuel Kai Schreiber - Bicycle made for three as Naomi Watts takes a back seat as she joins Liev Schreiber and son Samuel for a tandem ride through Manhattan - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 22nd July 2015

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Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Samuel Kai Schreiber
Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Samuel Kai Schreiber

Naomi Watts - Paris Fashion Week - Emporio Armani - Arrivals - Paris, France - Tuesday 7th July 2015

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Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber - Naomi Watts and husband Liev Schreiber go fishing off a pier in Malibu on Father's Day with their boys - Malibu, California, United States - Sunday 21st June 2015

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Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Samuel Kai Schreiber and Alexander Pete Schreiber - Naomi Watts and husband Liev Schreiber go fishing off a pier in Malibu on Father's Day with their boys - Malibu, California, United States - Monday 22nd June 2015

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Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Samuel Kai Schreiber and Alexander Pete Schreiber

Naomi Watts - Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards - Show at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 16th June 2015

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Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman - Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards - Show at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 17th June 2015

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Naomi Watts, Matthew Mcconaughey and Gus Van Sant - A variety of celebrities were photographed as they took to the red carpet at the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of 'Sea of Trees' in Cannes, France - Saturday 16th May 2015

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Naomi Watts - A host of stars were snapped as they took to the red carpet for the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival and the premiere of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in Cannes, France - Thursday 14th May 2015

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Naomi Watts - A host of movie stars were snapped on the red carpet as they attended the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony in Cannes, France - Wednesday 13th May 2015

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Naomi Watts - A host of movie stars were snapped on the red carpet as they attended the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony in Cannes, France - Wednesday 13th May 2015

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Naomi Watts - A host of movie stars were snapped on the red carpet as they attended the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony in Cannes, France - Wednesday 13th May 2015

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'Insurgent' Spends More Time On Shailene Woodley And Characterisation


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Unless you had read the book, last year's hit 'Divergent' probably left you scratching your head about the story set in post-war Chicago, where people are segmented into factions according to their personalities (Dauntless, Candor, Amity, Erudite and Abnegation), plus the factionless rebels and multi-factioned divergents. Basically it all felt rather contrived, and director Neil Burger's movie had to spend too much time trying to explain how it worked.

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Maggie Q and Shailene Woodley in 'Divergent'

Now we move into the second chapter, 'Insurgent', and director Robert Schwentke can just get on with the story, playing down the odd structure of this closed-off city. So it's a much more involving movie that centres on the characters themselves, weaving the action into their personal situations while building a much more urgent sense of suspense up to another cliff-hanger ending. This also lets the female-dominated cast members shine, including Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts, plus Octavia Spencer in a key cameo, and Ashley Judd in recurring flashbacks.

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Birdman - Exclusive Featurette


The cast and crew of 'Birdman' discuss the visionary filming techniques behind the movie in a short featurette. Among them are director, writer and producer Alejandro González Iñárritu, producers John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, and stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough and Amy Ryan.

Inarritu explains his initial idea of having the audience see the movie through the eyes of main character Riggan Thomas himself, which resulted in a one-take experience that struck fear in the hearts of the cast who, as Emma reveals, constantly had to be switched on in their roles. We also get a glimpse into the semi-hallucination effects that affect Riggan throughout the movie.

'BiRDMAN (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)' is released in UK cinemas on 1st January 2015.

While We're Young Trailer


Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are a middle-aged married couple struggling to keep up with their quickly ageing bodies and still feeling like they're in their twenties. They're tired of pretending to be grown up and the thought of having children becomes an evermore difficult decision. Filmmaker Josh soon meets a 25-year-old couple named Darby (Amanda Seyfried) and Jamie (Adam Driver); a couple that still have their whole lives ahead of them and bathe Josh and Cornelia in a comforting wave of nostalgia. Cornelia has reservations about spending their time with people so much younger than them, but it soon becomes clear that their presence has given Josh a new lease of life and made them realise that they don't have act the age they're expected to act, and they are free to let go to; that is, at least, until Josh is diagnosed with arthritis.

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent - Teaser Trailer


Following the revelation that she is Divergent and not specialised for any of the dystopian Chicago factions, Tris (Shailene Woodley) uncovered a series of intrigue and dishonesty amongst factions. Now, Tris is on the run with her leader Four (Theo James); being chased by the Erudite - a faction based on intelligence - as they plot to become the dominant faction. With Tris' family having sacrificed themselves some great secret, Tris and Four must find out what that is before the Erudite can catch them and win.

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Birdman - Clips


Riggan Thomas (Michael Keeton) is faced with a serious problem. In an attempt to make himself appear relevant in the new world following his role as television superhero Birdman twenty years ago, he has written a stage adaptation of sixty-year-old book. But his problem is, that the actor hired to star in the production has dropped out. The plays producer, Jake (Zach Galifianakis) is in the process of explaining how much trouble they are in, when Lesley (Naomi Watts) explains that her lover, the famous Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) is ready and willing to step into the role. 

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A Week In Movies: Stars Turn Out In For The London Film Festival, As Films Premiere In London And New York, Wahlberg Shoots Ted 2 And Trailers Bow For American Sniper And Ouija


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The Imitation Game

The London Film Festival kicked off this week with the UK premiere of The Imitation Game, attended by stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. It was a rainy red carpet on Leicester Square, but everyone went on to party into the night after the screening.

Photos - LFF: The Imitation Game premiere

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Video - Naomi Watts Brings Partner Liev Schreiber To New York 'St. Vincent' Premiere - Part 2


Naomi Watts was joined by her 'Ray Donovan' star boyfriend Liev Schreiber as she attended the New York premiere of her latest film 'St. Vincent'. The comedy is about a kid who finds an unlikely friend in his irresponsible new neighbour Vincent - Vincent shows him how to have fun after his parents' divorce, while he shows Vincent how to finally grow up.

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Is Bill Murray's Performance Strong Enough To Save 'St. Vincent' From Critics' Sneers?


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Critics have plenty to say about St. Vincent, the soon-to-be-released comedy drama written and directed by Theodore Melfi, but not all of it is as positive as the film.

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Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy star in St. Vincent.

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Naomi Watts Opens Up About Regrets: "I Should Have Had More Kids"


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Australian actress Naomi Watts has undoubtedly had a very successful movie career, and has even been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Actress, but the cost of having an impressive professional life has been to make sacrifices in her personal life, especially when it comes to family.

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Watts recently admitted she would have liked having more children

Even though Watts is the proud mother of two children, Sasha, 7, and Kai, 5½, whom she shares with American actor Liev Schreiber, the 45 year-old actress recently revealed she regrets not having more children.

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Naomi Watts To Join "Insurgent" Cast Straight Away, As Rebel Leader


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The cast of Divergent sequels Insurgent and Allegiant is already taking shape with Naomi Watts being the latest A-lister to join the lineup. The actress joins Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz and a number of other celebrities for the remaining movies of the young adult franchise. Watts willplay the mother of James’ character Four, appearing in three movies in total, since the final book, Allegiant will be split into two films a la every teen fantasy franchise of the past five years. Watts’ character, Evelyn, is the ruthless leader of the factionless in the books, aka those, who do not belong into any of Divergent’s five castes and have therefore been shunned from society.

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Is Watts right for the part of a ruthless rebel leader?

Back in May, Summit also announced the casting of Octavia Spencer as Amity leader Johanna Reyes and the return of Kate Winslet as the main antagonist of the first two books, Jeanine Matthews. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on Insurgent is already underway in Atlanta. The second film from the series has been given a tentative release date of March 20, 2015 – nine whole months ahead of the other big YA movie coming out in 2015 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I.

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Video - Kylie Minogue Was Stunning In White At The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Part 6


Kylie Minogue looked dazzling in white as she smiled at the paparazzi and chatted to some reporters on the red carpet at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. The singer has long been an advocate for LGBT causes among her many humanitarian ventures.

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'Diana' Critical Mauling "Devastating" For Director, Likened To Hitler Movie


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In the wake of some truly scathing reviews towards his latest movie, Diana director Oliver Hirschbiegel has spoken out against a tidal wave of bad press that slated his movie, his actors, his directing and sent his royal biopic plummeting down the box office charts in the UK.

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Naomi Watts Has Now Been Saddled With The Unfortunate Movie.

Faced with British critics who heaved in revulsion at the "cheap and cheerless" attempt to finally turn the life of the late Diana Princess Of Wales into a palatable movie, Hirschbiegel has spoken out to calm the storm or at least save his reputation. Whilst the Telegraph labelled the film as "a special class of awful," The Guardian elaborated saying Diana is "an excruciatingly well-intentioned, reverential and sentimental biopic about her troubled final years, laced with bizarre cardboard dialogue."

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Read Diana Director, Oliver Hirschbiegel's Response To Overwhelmingly Bad Reviews


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It’s pretty fair to say that Diana – the film – was an unmitigated disaster. It would actually be quite unfair to say anything else. But while the critics were bashing away at their keyboard, submitting their negative reviews and sitting back, watching the slew of other derogatory reviews hit the net, spare a thought for poor Oliver Hirschbiegel, who had to read them all.

Diana movieNaomi Watts might be regretting her decision to get on board as Diana

He said the negative press surrounding the film was "devastating, but when you make a film you don't think about the reactions" (BBC)

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Insensitive Diana Poster Placement Causes Outrage


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A 6x4ft poster for Diana, the film chronicling the last two years of the princess’s life, has been placed just yards away from where she tragically lost her life in a car accident, causing controversy and outrage.

Naomi Watts as DianaThe movie has failed miserably with the critics

The iconic gold-leafed Flame of Liberty, which would become her unofficial memorial piece, stands metres away.

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Princess Of Wales Biopic 'Diana' Opens To A Unanimously Negative Reception-Review Round Up


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The much anticipated biopic of the late Princess of Wales opened this Friday (Sept 20th) to anything but a royal reception. 'Diana', starring Naomi Watts should have been an inspiring cinematic experience but the opinion of most critics is of disappointment.

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The deception of the Late Princess concentrates on the last two years of her life, focusing on the relationships she had with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed, son of Billionaire 'Harrods' owner, Muhamed Al fayed.

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A Week In Movies: Slavery Drama Wins In Toronto, Gordon-Levitt Makes Filmmaking Debut, Diana Hits UK


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12 years a slave

As the Toronto Film Festival wrapped up earlier this week, 12 Years a Slave, the new film from Steve McQueen (Shame), took home the top prize, which makes it the frontrunner for Oscar nominations. It stars Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch. Read more about the win here.

One of the festival's most talked-about films was Don Jon, the writing-directing debut of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays a womanising gym-obsessive who meets his match in the feisty Scarlett Johansson. Both actors were on hand for the film's gala New York premiere this week. Here's a video of Scarlett Johansson at the event and in this video you can see director/actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the event.

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Naomi Watts Worried About Wills' & Harry's Reaction To Diana Portrayal In Biopic [Trailer]


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Naomi Watts has discussed her feelings towards her latest and largest film role to date, the portrayal of the iconic 'people's princess' in the film Diana, out today in the UK (20 September).

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Naomi Watts' Role As Diana Has Been Disparaged By Some.

Watts' relationship with the press in the run-up to the film's release has so far been blighted by a confusing walk-out of an interview with Radio 5 Live's Simon Mayo for the station's film show. Mayo hadn't expressed any particular opinion towards the film; neither had he asked a particularly challenging question, which is why Watts' walk-out was so bemusing for the radio hosts and their listener.

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Defending 'Diana': What Went Wrong With The Royal Biopic?


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It’s fair to say that Diana has been ‘panned’ by the critics; they didn’t enjoy it, and while they tried to retain a modicum of respect – it is about Princess Diana of course, a national hero – it was difficult to disguise their disdain. But what exactly went wrong? What made The Times call it “atrocious and intrusive”?

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A lot of the vitriol can be found pointing towards Stephen Jeffreys, the man who adapted Kate Snell’s book. The screenplay has taken a fair bit of heat, with many outlets bemoaning its sincerity. The Times congratulated the film’s star, Naomi Watts for “doing her level best with a squirmingly embarrassing script,” adding that "this film is still atrocious and intrusive.”

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Controversial "Diana" Gets Ripped Apart By Critics, Despite Hesitant Defence From Naomi Watts


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Some old questions are raised again this week with the release of Diana, starring Naomi Watts. The film - directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel - focuses of the final years of Diana’s life, her relationships with London heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and later, Dodi Fayed. Because of the movie’s somewhat controversial subject matter, Naomi Watts has already tried to distance herself from any possible offence that it might cause, particularly to Diana’s sons, princes William and Harry. 

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"Hopefully if they get to see the film, they will feel that we have done it in a respectful and sensitive way," she told BBC TV. "We try to honor the depiction of her character in the best possible way."

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A Week In Movies: Rush And Diana Premiere In London, Scarlett Johansson Stuns Venice, Zac Efron Taunts Seth Rogen


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Naomi Watts was on the red carpet in London this week for the world premiere of Diana, about the final years in the life of the People's Princess. There were some touchy moments as she promoted the film in the media this week and had to get defensive against journalists' questions. Critics haven't been kind to the film, which opens in the UK later this month. Watch the Diana trailer here.

Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde and director Ron Howard were also out in London this week for the world premiere of their new film Rush, an exhilarating biopic tracing the rivalry between 1970s Formula One champions James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The film opens next week in the UK, and in two weeks in America. Watch the trailer and view photos from the premiere here.

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'Diana' Reviews - Critics Are Sympathetic But Ultimately Damning Of Royal Biopic


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Given the late Princess Diana’s status as an Icon in the U.K, reviews for her biopic, in which Naomi Watts plays the titular character, were always going to be scrutinised closely by readers. It’s possibly testament to how bad the film is that the critics have at least attempted to remain impartial.

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Indeed, many of the film’s criticisms – and there are plenty – stem from the sheer breadth of her story. From peacekeeping in the third world to her untimely and tragic death, it’s not a tale that can be easily conveyed in a cinematic format. Certainly not in 1h53m.

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A Week In Movies: Ford Joins The Expendables, Thor Strikes Back, And Get Ready For The Biopics


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Harrison Ford

The big news this week was that Harrison Ford will join the Expendables for their third film adventure. Sylvester Stallone tweeted the announcement, then went on to mention that Bruce Willis won't be around this time, apparently because he asked for too much money. Stallone was also caught on camera poking fun at Arnold Schwarzenegger's "big ego". Before they re-team for the next Expendables movie, they're costarring in the prison-break thriller Escape Plan. Watch Sly talking about Arnie at Comic Con here.

The next big superhero blockbuster will be Thor: The Dark World, and we got a more detailed look at the film in a new trailer this week. Pretty much everyone is back, including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba and Stellan Skarsgard. The movie looks like a huge-scale action adventure with a sense of humour about it. It opens in October. Watch the trailer for Thor: The Dark World here.

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First Look At Naomi Watts In Challenging "Diana" Role


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It’s been a year filled with royal family-related news, culminating in the birth of Prince George, but this autumn, Hollywood will tackle an altogether more controversial topic – Princess Diana. The first stills from the upcoming film Diana have been released, showing two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts take on the role of the Princess of Wales. The film will span two years in Diana’s life – the final and most controversial days of her life – however Watts claims that the film doesn’t aim at sensationalizing the iconic woman.

Naomi Watts, Summer Party On The Highline
Watts enjoyed the challenge of playing and researching Diana.

"I was nervous going into it and tried my best to say no a couple of times. But I wasn't at peace with that no. I guess I wanted to do it for all the reasons I was against it — the idea of doing this transformation and telling the story of someone who's wildly famous, albeit doing it in a sensitive way. She's a fascinating woman with a fascinating story that obviously ended in such tragedy," Watts said, quoted by USA Today.

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Claire Danes Considered Becoming Interior Designer Before 'Homeland'


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Claire Danes was so disillusioned with the television and film industry before landing her award-winning role on the Showtime series Homeland that she considered becoming an interior designer. Danes' star appeared on the rise after her Golden Globe winning performance in HBO's 2012 move Temple Grandin, though what followed was a gruelling two year stretch without a job.

"It was confusing. I got a lot of plaudits, and it didn't translate into more work. I was really, really struggling during that time," Danes tells the latest issue of Vogue. "And a point came where I thought, 'I really like interior design.' Someone suggested, 'Maybe your real success is in your personal life.'"

Then a strange thing happened. Danes was offered the role of a driven CIA officer battling her own psychological demons on an intriguing new show named Homeland. The actress mulled over the offer. Producers were essentially building the show around the Romeo + Juliet actress - given she was the very first to be cast - though Danes was considering a role as J. Edgar Hoover's secretary in Clint Eastwood's movie J. Edgar, starring Leonardo Dicaprio.

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A Week In Movies: Superman Arrives, Armie Hits Cowboy Bootcamp, Naomi Is Diana


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A still from Man Of Steel

The new Superman and Lois Lane, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, were out on the red carpet this week for two big premieres for Man of Steel, the franchise reboot by Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan. After major events in Los Angeles and London, they're now heading to Shanghai. Critical reaction has been strongly positive to the film, which opens this weekend

Also opening this weekend in America, and July 5th in the UK, The Bling Ring tells the true story of a group of teens who systematically robbed Hollywood homes, including those of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The film's star Emma Watson, discusses the movie in a special short feature alongside director Sofia Coppola and producer Youree Henley.

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Video - Karmin And Chrissy Teigen Are Spotted At The Summer Party On The Highline, With A Brief Appearance From Naomi Watts


Arrivals at the 3rd Annual Summer Party On The Highline in New York City included pop duo Karmin, made up of boyfriend and girlfriend Nick Louis Noonan and Amy Heidemann; as well as former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 'Rookie of the Year' Chrissy Teigen, and model Mikayla McClean.

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Tribeca Film Festival Line Up Headed By Naomi Watts, Matt Damon And Brad Pitt


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Half of the movies to be exhibited at the 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York to be held in April this year have been announced today. From 6,000 submissions the festival judges whittled it down to just 89 amongst which there is a wide and variegated bunch of movies, from bleak documentaries to rich and vivid fictive stories from around the world.

As well as the expected influx of a lovely little niche of independent American movies, bigger movies with bigger names attached to them are also included in the list. Among them is a Brad Pitt produced documentary named Big Men about oil companies in Africa. Matt Damon and Naomi Watts also make an appearance in Sunlight Jr about "a convenience store employee in love with a paraplegic" as the Huffington Post reports.

The aim of the festival, as they say, is "to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema." And this year's movies truly show a diverse selection of topics from the Chinese consumption of French wine to addiction, to being a teenager, to reindeer herding, bird watching, mental illness, disability, and romance. 

Wardrobe Malfunction? What Happened To Jennifer Lawrence's Dress At Screen Actors' Guild Awards?


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Wardrobe malfunctions and awards ceremonies go in hand in hand, right? But what exactly happened to Jennifer Lawrence’s dress at the Screen Actors Guild? She clearly had a bit of a struggle getting away from her table and up onto the stage and experienced actresses like Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts looked on sympathetically. As she made it up to the stage to collect her award though, it looked as though part of her Christian Dior gown fell down, exposing part of her thighs – a part of her thighs that presumably wasn’t supposed to be on view.

E! Online have cleared up the confusion, having seen the couture gown on a catwalk show last week. The long blue strapless dress on the catwalk had clear divisions, connected by sheer lining. Lawrence’s dress had the lining hidden, though, so you couldn’t tell that the dress was tiered, until a combination of Jennifer lifting the top part and possibly stepping on the bottom part caused two of the sections to momentarily drift apart. So, no biggie there then. We’ve seen far worse malfunctions than this and in actual fact, the expensive designer dress was still intact.

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Final Ballots For Screen Actors Guild Awards In Today


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We won't know who'll walk away with the top prizes on offer at this year's Screen Actors Guild until Sunday (Jan 27), but there are a few people who might know already as the deadline for the final ballots for this years awards ceremony is today.

At noon (PT) the members of SAG will have their final say in who wins what at the 19th annual awards show at the weekend and it really is anyone's race to take home the top prizes (except for Best Actor, because Daniel Day-Lewis does not lose these awards).

Feel-good Brit-hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the surprise entrant to the Best Picture Category, facing stiff competition from Lincoln, Argo, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook. Meanwhile, Day-Lewis is against Denzel Washington (Flight), Hugh Jackman (Les Mis), Bradley Cooper (SLP) and Oscar-snub John Hawkes (The Sessions), whilst the Actress section looks a little more familiar, with Jessica Chastin (Zero Dark Thirty), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Jennifer Lawrence (SLP), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible) are battling it out for the top acting prize.

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Hot Tickets! This Weekend's US Movie Releases, Zero Dark Thirty, Gangster Squad,


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Three films on opposite spectrums of the genre-scale go head-to-head for your hard earned cash this weekend; taut political thriller Zero Dark Thirty, 'cool' action flick Gangster Squad and heart warming drama, The Impossible all make their U.S. bows, so which one is it to be? Luckily, we can help you narrow it down.

We'll start with easily the most controversial of the bunch: Zero Dark Thirty. Directed by the unflinching Kathryn Bigelow, Zero is the story od America's hunt for Osama Bin Laden and the ugly steps it took to get him. Criticized for both suggesting that torture could work (by liberals) and that America used torture in the first place (by republicans), you can bolster your stock in the inevitable debate by going to see it. Oh, and it's a really good film, too. With an incredibly strong critical response and 5 Oscar nominations, you'll be hard pressed to see a finer film this weekend.

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Oscars 2013 Nominations For Best Lead Actress See Youngest And Oldest Ever Nominees Pit Their Wits Against Each Other


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The Oscar Nominations for Best Lead Actress are far harder to call than Lead Male, with a excellent selection of work between Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhane Wallis and Naomi Watts, this might be one of the toughest categories to call. If anything, it's a two-horse-race between Lawrence (who's now) and Chastain (2/1).

The category also sees and interesting first, with Wallis (9 years old) the youngest ever nominee, and Riva (85 years old) the oldest. Delivering such a strong performance at the age of 9 is truly staggering, but then so's being so active at 85, so how do you call that!?

Chastain's performance in controversial film Zero Dark Thirty sees her one of the favourites, but she'll face stiff competition from Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook. So popular has the rom-com with a psychological twist been, her co-star Bradley Cooper is nominated in the male equivalent, while David O Russell gets the nod for Director and the film for Best Picture. 

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PICTURES: Are You Sure It's Not The Oscars? Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper And Dame Helen Mirren Light Up Palm Springs Film Festival


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Dame Helen Mirren, Palm Springs Film Festival

Dame Helen Mirren was among a star-studded guest list at the Palm Springs International Film Festival over the weekend (January 5-6, 2013)

It might not be mentioned in the same breath as the Oscars or the Golden Globes, but one look at the red carpet of the Palm Springs International Film Festival would be enough to dupe you into thinking that you were at either. That's because a huge raft of stars made an early appearance in this season's awards ceremony run, including Dame Helen Mirren, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Naomi Watts and Helen Hunt.

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Inside The Music Of The Impossible


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While Naomi Watts profits from her performance in The Impossible with nominations in both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors' Guild Awards, the film's undercurrent - the score - could be a favourite to pick up awards at The Oscars. 

Fernando Velasquez's magnificent score compliments  and bolsters the already emotional and emotive content. Talking of the music, Velasquez says, via Huff Post, "When Lucas finds the Swedish boy and brings his father to him, there is a musical moment when they hug that I love. This theme for me is my footprint in the film -- and that same musical theme appears at the end of the credits again. The music isn't giving you an answer, but is giving you a hug, which in a way is like an answer. Choir voices woven in with the orchestra imply a calmness, and can be heard soflty like the ocean and the sky. I wouldn't say it is religious, and I don't mean this in a new age way, but this musical theme is almost like an encounter with a bigger reality."

The Impossible has surprised critics since the announcement was made that Ewan McGregor would be starring in a disaster movie (alarm bells were ringing), but thanks to an amazing true story, some stellar performances, and of course, a a masterful score, it's in line for recognition come the Oscars. "I feel a little like Dr. Frankenstein. Before the score, the film is like pieces of flesh and a head and leg and then when the score is added, it all comes to life," said Velasquez on scoring the movie. 

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Naomi Watts 'Did Not Like' Working In The Water For Tsunami Movie The Impossible


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Many of us envy the rich and famous stars of our favourite movies, and while the idea of the job of an actor or actress seems enjoyable and easy, as Naomi Watts spoke to News Track India about making The Impossible - a movie about the enormous tsunami that hit Thailand on boxing day 2004 - she shows that it's hardly a piece of cake.

"The underwater stuff was incredibly difficult, and I did not like that at all. It's always nerve-wracking holding your breath," said Watts. "[W]e were anchored into a chair with weights on us to keep us down. You had the oxygen tank right there up until the cameras rolled... There was one point when I was about to get out of the chair, and I couldn't get out... it really freaked me out. In spite of having a fear of water, I had to stay in a water tank for weeks. (So) it was quite physically demanding for me."

However, it seems all that work and fear was worth it, as she's been nominated for Best Actress at the Golden Globes, which has also set off a lot of talk regarding an Academy Award nomination. She has already received one nomination for the same award from the Academy, back in 2003 for 21 Grams, but the honor never fails to make an impact, as she says: "It always feels good when your work is appreciated. I am totally thrilled about Golden Globe nomination. Oscar buzz definitely makes me nervous. I do really have a lot of pride about this film."  

A Week In Movies Feat: Naomi Watts Powerful In The Impossible, Dustin Hoffman Directs Quartet And Screenwriter Dan Fogelman Talks Barbra Streisand


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Django Unchained

After the holiday season, the movie world is slowly cranking up to speed. Although the really big news doesn't start until next week, with the announcement of the Oscar and Bafta nominations.

This week's biggest nominee announcement came from the Producers Guild of America, seen as a taste of the Best Picture Oscar race. The PGA's 10 feature film nominees are: Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty.

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Must See Movie Of The Week? Critics Impressed By The Impossible


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The Impossible is fast becoming the must-see movie of the week.

Starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as a couple separated by a tsunami as they holiday with their children in Thailand. Based on the real-life events of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, JA Bayona’s dramatic portrayal of a family caught up in the devastation one of the world’s biggest natural disasters has been hailed by The Telegraph as a “logistically astonishing white-knuckle disaster movie.”

Based on the story of the Belon family from Spain (though changed to a British family for the purpose of the movie), the movie is propelled by “stunning practical effects,” and impressive stunts – one of which reportedly left Naomi Watts fearing for her life as she was forced underwater and unable to breathe, as technicians failed to release her on time.

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The Impossible Review


Excellent

Director JA Bayona (The Orphanage) draws out exceptional performances in his cast, as well as his technical crew, to turn a true story into a potent dramatic thriller. This is such a staggering story of survival that the title almost feels understated. And even though it has a hugely emotional tone, the film never feels mawkish, taking a gritty, intimate approach to a situation that's seriously mind-boggling.

We're talking about the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, which claimed nearly 300,000 lives. But this is the story of just one family: Henry and Maria (McGregor and Watts), who travel to Thailand with their three sons Lucas, Thomas and Simon (Holland, Joslin and Pendergast) for an idyllic Christmas holiday. Then the Indian Ocean tsunami tears through the landscape. Lucas manages to stay with the badly injured Maria, and they go looking for help. Meanwhile, Henry finds Thomas and Simon and sets out to reunite his family. But the devastation is total, and it will take a miracle for them to find each other in the confusion of relief efforts and medical emergencies.

Avoiding the pitfalls of the usual disaster movie, the script remains tightly focussed on these five characters, even as they meet others along the way. This lets us feel every moment along with them. Meanwhile, the soaring cinematography and seamless effects work make it feel like we're watching actual footage of the tsunami, complete with almost unnervingly realistic make-up. In the tidal wave's wake, these people are grippingly sympathetic, more concerned with helping their family members than with wiping the blood off their faces. And all five actors vividly let us feel their characters' internal journey.

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Naomi Watts On Relationships And The Impossible


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For Naomi Watts - star of new disaster movie, The Impossible - family life and her marriage to Leiv Schreiber is 'not a bed of roses'. Watts has been opening up to You Magazine about her personal life. 

"Our family life is good, Liev is a brilliant dad, but like any family we have had our struggles and a relationship between two successful people who travel and are passionate about what they do takes work - it's not all a bed of roses," she explained insisting that her and Schreiber are determined to ''hold onto our romance," admitting that another addition to the family is not beyond the bounds of possibility. "I would love a daughter and it would be great to adopt but I kind of feel that my boys are finally getting on so well - so is it the right time? Liev is great - we still hold on to our romance. It was love at first sight for me. In fact I had a big crush on him before I met him at a ball."

Watts goes on to divulge more about how she got together with her current husband. "We had friends who had been trying to set us up for ages, but it was never the right time until that night. We exchanged numbers - I was in LA at the time and he was in New York - and at first we got to know each other through emails and phone calls."

The Golden Globes Nominations, No Surprises For A Great Year Of Film


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The Golden Globes are one of the biggest film and television awards in the world. Winning an award from them will almost always top the C.V.s of anyone involved in film. 2012 has been one of the best years in film for a long time, with many films being deemed 'instant classics'. Although, of course, that's said every year, with just a quick glance at the calibre of performances, narrative and cinematography this year it's easy to see why it's being said.

2012's nominations were revealed today with few surprises. The favourites during speculation included Argo, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and The Master, and they haven't failed to impress in the Globes' nominations. Lincoln's set to be a big winner with seven nominations, while Argo has 5 nominations, Zero Dark Thirty has 4 and The Master has 3. All four, except The Master, are also in the running for Best Motion Picture, competing alongside Ang Lee's Life of Pi and Quentin Tarantino's re-envisioning of a slave narrative, Django Unchained

Tarantino's film received 5 nominations, which included two in the category for Best Supporting Performance by an Actor, for Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Dicaprio, which proves to us that it's more than worth the watch. Best Director nominations mirrors the Best Motion Picture, and include Ben Affleck (Argo), Stephen Spielberg (Lincoln), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), which is no surprise really. 

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Video - Stella McCartney Throws Celebrity Dinner


Celebrities attend a private dinner to celebrate the launch of Stella Mccartney's new store on 112 Greene Street, New York. The British fashion designer stood for a few photos before entering the building; as the photographers shouted afterwards, she mentioned that she'll be back outside later, which she did. She invited a few of her famous friends to the dinner, including Naomi Watts; model Elettra Rossellini; music executive and X Factor USA judge L.A. Reid; Jason Sudeikis and Liv Tyler.

Stella is the daughter of former Beatle Paul McCartney

J. Edgar Trailer


Anna Marie Hoover, like any mother, knew that her young son, John Edgar, would grow up to accomplish great things. But she did not expect that he would grow up to become the FBI's first director.

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Dream House Trailer


Will Atenton is a successful publisher living in New York with his wife, Libby and their two children. Wanting a change of pace, he quits his job and moves his family to their dream house in Morgan Creek, a sleepy New England town.

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Mother & Child Trailer


Adoption is a life changing situation for all involved.The woman who feels she must give up her baby must find a way of life after giving up her child, the adoptee ofter goes through months of unknowing before finally being given a new family member and the child often grows up feeling loved by their adoptive parents but wanting to discover more about their birth parents. Mother and Child is a moving tale of three women all in very different situations but all connected through a similar circumstance. Adoption.

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The International Review


Excellent
Tom Tykwer's The International can trace its bloodline back to the paranoia peddlers of the 1970s --- think The Parallax View or Three Days of the Condor -- but benefits tremendously from our current predicaments. After all, can you think of a better time to open a globetrotting thriller that casts a morally bankrupt financial institution in the villainous role?

This isn't just any bank behaving badly, though. The fictitious International Bank of Business and Credit is a global (yet eerily faceless) entity with employees who are experts at covering the shadow organization's tracks. When necessary, the IBBC can make court records, police documents, and even people disappear. The IBBC established its wealth laundering money for terrorist groups and organized criminals. Now it's bidding to broker a major arms deal with China that would supply weapons to Middle Eastern military factions.

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Funny Games (2008) Review


Terrible
Have we grown this cynical? Is the world in 2008 so devoid of intellectual pursuits that the story of a couple of slap happy serial killers demands attention as revisionist art? That's the bottom line you have to believe if you read the reviews of Michael Haneke's 1997 effort Funny Games. Called everything from a taut little thriller to a complete deconstruction of the taut little thriller genre, this Austrian Desperate Hours caused some decent art house buzz a decade ago. Now, George Sluzier style, Haneke has taken his Cache cred and cashed in with a Hollywood remake. The results -- a beat for beat remake of Games, this time with an English-speaking cast. A decade has done little to change the story, or the incredibly repugnant way it is told.

Anna (Naomi Watts), George (Tim Roth), and their young son Georgie leave the big city and head up to a secluded, snooty, Hamptons like lakeside. They plan a fun vacation of sailing, golfing, and grilling. Into their life walks Paul (Michael Pitt) and Peter (Brady Corbet), two effete young men who claim to be staying with the next door neighbors. When a tiff over some eggs goes pear-shaped, the family soon finds themselves the subject of inhuman torture -- both physical (golf club to the shin) and psychological (threats, force, manipulation). Seems our lads in white are really full-blown whack jobs, traveling around the exclusive area picking off the residents. To them it's all one big sarcastic game, and the family is going to play... or else.

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Funny Games Trailer


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King Kong (2005) Review


Good
After Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy earned a zillion dollars, a slew of Oscars, and a place at the tip top of the Hollywood pyramid, Jackson was able to write his own ticket. As his follow-up project, Jackson chose to remake King Kong, which had industry observers scratching their heads.

Historically, sequels and remakes of the original Kong range from bad to unwatchable, and while Jackson certainly knows effects and storytelling, Kong remakes seem to be cursed endeavors. Voodoo or no, they're probably ill-advised. 1933's Kong is one of those movie archetypes that really shouldn't be messed with. Like Citizen Kane or Metropolis (another film that has suffered from attempts at updating it), King Kong simply isn't meant to be trifled with. Alas, some will try.

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The Painted Veil Review


Good
In its space, pacing, and plot dynamics, John Curran's The Painted Veil has an inherent nostalgia for Hollywood yesteryear. Never as shrewd as to reference it ad-nauseum (see Nancy Meyers' The Holiday), Curran's love story in the time of cholera accepts its rather sparse elements and lush landscapes as a way to reconnect with the simplicity of story and intricacy of image that classic Hollywood prided itself on, even if the attempt isn't wholly successful.It's at a 1920s London socialite meeting that Walter Fane (Edward Norton) gets his first glimpse at Kitty (Naomi Watts). Under a rather light dress, she ignores men as if she wasn't even aware of her attire, but Walter's fascination is adamant and quite terminal. Swiftly, Fane asks for her hand in marriage at a local flower shop which Kitty accepts solely to prove her mother wrong. This genuine shallowness and pride makes Walter the bacteriologist look quite boring and married Vice Consul Charlie Townsend (Liev Schreiber) look so appealing. It's when Walter learns of Kitty's adultery that he decides to take up an opportunity to study a cholera epidemic in the Chinese village of Mai-tan-fu, insisting that his wife accompany him.The couple's mutual bitterness toward each other doesn't so much set up a rousing battle of the sexes as it becomes a divider that allows them both to explore the plague-stricken remnants of Mai-tan-fu. As Walter investigates the water supply under the surveillance of Colonel Yu (Anthony Wong), Kitty becomes a regular fixture of the orphanage that is run by the Mother Superior (a no-bull Diana Rigg). Their only common bond when they arrive is Waddington (Toby Jones), a cynical Deputy Commissioner who is the only other Englishman in Mai-tan-fu. It's through a gently built admiration of each other's work that they begin to notice each other again.Constructed by a solid script by Ron Nyswaner, Curran seems dead-set on keeping the conflict and characters clear-cut. Watts and Norton, two consummate professionals, use each their characters' flaws (his boredom, her vanity) to ignore the serious danger of contagion. Similar to his first feature, Curran's fascination seems to be with the vastness of nature seen as a place of intimacy. Though nothing here matches the work in We Don't Live Here Anymore (another Curran-Watts collaboration), the film has a fluidity of imagery that paints Mai-tan-fu as very personal area for Walter and Kitty, its danger and isolation both seen clearly.Curran's heaving romance is reminiscent of classic displaced love, but there's a meandering mood to it that's hard to shake. It's not particularly boring, but its fascinations with character and landscapes are often fleeting. When Kitty and Walter finally embrace each other fully, it's not long before another passable conflict arises, and it's soon followed by yet another one. At other moments, its fascination with classic Hollywood seems horrifyingly blatant: As Walter gallops away to stop an impending cholera outbreak, the hat on his head blows off as his white shirt writhes in the wind. And yet, these awkward moments never seem to be of great detriment to Curran's seething romance nor to his haunting imagery that seems to have the specter of the cholera epidemic looming overhead like a rain cloud. Short of a "Here's looking at you, kid," The Painted Veil is an apt visitation to the curious romances of the old days. Smell me.

King Kong (2005) Review


Good
After Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy earned a zillion dollars, a slew of Oscars, and a place at the tip top of the Hollywood pyramid, Jackson was able to write his own ticket. As his follow-up project, Jackson chose to remake King Kong, which had industry observers scratching their heads.

Historically, sequels and remakes of the original Kong range from bad to unwatchable, and while Jackson certainly knows effects and storytelling, Kong remakes seem to be cursed endeavors. Voodoo or no, they're probably ill-advised. 1933's Kong is one of those movie archetypes that really shouldn't be messed with. Like Citizen Kane or Metropolis (another film that has suffered from attempts at updating it), King Kong simply isn't meant to be trifled with. Alas, some will try.

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Ellie Parker Review


OK
Hollywood is as overstuffed with films on aspiring actors as it is actual aspiring actors. So, why one more? Well, Naomi Watts, for one thing. Playing the title role in Ellie Parker, the story of a professionally and emotionally befuddled Hollywood actress, Watts, star of such films as Mulholland Drive, 21 Grams, and The Ring, brings aboard expected depth, charm, and frenetic intensity.

Thing is, it's not enough. There's a decent turn by Rebecca Rigg, as Ellie's realist gal pal Sam. And we do get to hear Watts-as-Ellie rehearse Bronx-bimbo lines like, "Yeah, I sucked his cock!" while frantically stripping off one outfit for the next while in her car in L.A. traffic and on the cellular. But that's all table scraps.

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21 Grams Review


Extraordinary
Following the funeral of his son-in-law, a father empathizes with his daughter by relating how he moved past the death of his wife, her mother. He reassures her that in spite of the hard times ahead, "life goes on." She retorts, "That's a lie. Life doesn't go on."

Welcome to everyone's life. Death is a ubiquitous occurrence, dumped upon us daily by CNN and more occasionally - yet still inevitably - in our own intimate moments. But when death strikes our lives, it invariably shatters our psyches and changes us for the darker, no matter how we try to prepare to accept it.

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The Shaft Review


Weak
In a perverse way, you might consider The Shaft to be a kooky prequel to The Ring. (Get it?) Both feature possessed/demonic household items (elevator/videotape) and both star Naomi Watts as a reporter.

You might also consider that if you decide to watch a movie with a title like The Shaft, that's exactly what you'll get... the shaft.

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The Assassination Of Richard Nixon Review


Good
Richard Nixon does not die in The Assassination of Richard Nixon, but the film's protagonist - a depressed, angry, middle-aged man named Samuel Bicke (Sean Penn) - eventually comes to believe that, for the good of himself and his country, the commander-in-chief deserves death. Estranged from his wife, unable to hold down employment, and disgusted by the lies and hypocrisies of a 1974 American society that favors the deceitful rich and powerful over the little man, Bicke is a powder keg waiting for his fuse to be lit. And in Niels Mueller's unsettling debut, that igniting spark comes from a series of final disappointments that Bicke - the type of man who blames his woes on a general, conspiratorial "they" - conveniently pins on the corrupting influence of the tricky U.S. president seen talking about hope and prosperity on his living room TV.

A kindred spirit of Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle ("God's lonely man") with politics, instead of prostitution, on his mind, Bicke fervently believes in honesty, upright morals, and a sense of decency and fairness. Unfortunately, his uncompromising idealism functions as a straightjacket, preventing him from performing the casual deceptions necessitated by his job as a furniture salesman or accepting the fact that his estranged wife Marie (Naomi Watts) must don a short miniskirt and tolerate customers' gropes to earn a living as a waitress. He resents the success of his tire salesman brother Julius, longs for the happy stability of living with his wife and three kids (who seem to fear him), sports fanciful dreams of starting his own tire business with an African-American friend (Don Cheadle's Bonny) and longs to join the Black Panthers (who he believes can relate to his supposed persecution). To Bicke, the world has been corrupted, and the only effective response - after sending Leonard Bernstein (a "pure and honest" man) his tape-recorded memoirs - is to orchestrate an attack on the White House via hijacked airplane that will, he imagines, awaken the world to American injustice.

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I Heart Huckabees Review


Very Good
In David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees, everyone talks a little bit like they're in a play -- the dialogue is unusually dense and abstract for a film, even an artsy one, even an "existential comedy," as this one purports to be. Huckabees is like a screwball comedy filtered through a student thesis project, but it's nothing if not original.

Five years have passed since Russell's crowning achievement so far, the Gulf War comedy-drama Three Kings, and the ensemble cast for his new film suggests he's spent a lot of that time collecting even more talent to act out his socio-comedic semi-political statements. Jason Schwartzman leads as Albert, a young environmental activist suffering a professional and personal meltdown, as his "coalition" is invaded by smarmy account executive Brad Stand (Jude Law) from the Wal-Mart-like chain store Huckabees (Albert wants to save a local marsh; Stand has his eye on good PR for his company). Albert hires the Jaffees, a pair of "existential detectives" (Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman) to help solve the "case" of his messy life. Half private investigator and half new-age therapist, Tomlin commences the investigation by asking, "Have you ever transcended space and time?"

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Le Divorce Review


Good
Two American blondes discover the joys of Paris - love, heartache, and wearing scarves in a multitude of ways. The blondes are the Walker sisters of California, Roxy (Naomi Watts) and Isabel (Kate Hudson). As Le Divorce opens, Isabel has just arrived in Paris to stay with Roxy and help her out in the late stages of her pregnancy. As luck would have it, Isabel shows up just as Roxy's husband, Charles-Henri (Melvil Poupaud) is walking out on her and their young daughter. The highly moralistic Roxy refuses to give Charles-Henri a divorce, instigating a battle with his extensive, wealthy family, which is lorded over with queenly arrogance by his mother, Suzanne de Persand (Leslie Caron).

The conflict between the Walker and de Persand clans is meant to be only the backdrop for the film's marquee star, Kate Hudson, to strut her naïve self around Paris and fall in lust with Charles-Henri's uncle, the much-older Edgar (Thierry Lhermitte), a suave TV commentator. But it is this familial battleground that quickly becomes the more engaging storyline, especially after Roxy and Isabel's parents (Sam Waterston and Stockard Channing) fly in from California to help out in the negotiations. Waterston and Channing play their roles with effortless grace, establishing that they've been comfortably married for years by using only the slightest of gestures.

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Tank Girl Review


Bad
Lori Petty, America's number one Madonna wannabe, is back in action as Tank Girl, a comic book character come to life. Actually, the whole movie is a comic book come to life. Live action is spliced with still shots of comic strip panels and some full-motion animation, so if you get bored with the live-action part of this picture (and you probably will), at least you can look at the cartoons.

Not that these bits are any more entertaining, but at least they're a change of pace from the dull storyline. The filmmakers use them any time there is the possibility for a neat special effect or some potential for plot development, so they don't waste any money on actually interesting footage, instead copping out to some goofball crayon scribbling.

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The Ring Review


Extraordinary
There's something inherently creepy about children and the supernatural. Poltergeist knew it. The Sixth Sense knew it, too. Both movies make their presence known in The Ring, though I wouldn't necessarily use them - or anything else - to describe this remarkably original and terrifying ghost tale.

Following a number of false starts that establish the film's unbalanced mood, The Ring rehashes an urban legend about a videotape. Very few people know its contents, though it's believed that the images found on the tape recap one person's nightmare. Initially I thought that tape was Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, but I was wrong. Once you watch the video, the phone rings and a child's voice on the other end of the line whispers, "Seven days." You now have one week to live.

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We Don't Live Here Anymore Review


Weak
Touted as a sexy and provocative drama, We Don't Live Here Anymore is an ensemble piece that strains the attention span as two couples engage in a musical beds tango. The actors are seriously exploring how to make it fresh and meaningful, but the soapy, voyeuristic writing binds them to the prosaic as it focuses on sex, confusion and values that change to match the impulse.

Terry Linden (Laura Dern) is the most wronged one here since it's English professor hubby Jack (Mark Ruffalo) who is stepping out on her with close friend Edith Evans (Naomi Watts) but, with her nagging nature and late-in-the-day histrionics, she fails to spark much sympathy. Edith's husband Hank (Peter Krause) doesn't seem quite as victimized by Edith's infidelity perhaps because he's hitting on Terry when the opportunity arises. Besides, there's already something distant in this marriage. Both couples have kids.

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The Ring Two Review


Excellent
It's a rule: Horror films always come with sequels. Why the official screenwriter's handbook deems it a necessity is beyond me. Usually, it doesn't really matter -- I mean, who cares if there are 10 sequentially horrible films in the Leprechaun series? We only find it offensive when greedy filmmakers take horror movie royalty like Psycho or The Exorcist and decide to mess with their original formula. The Ring Two, I feared, would become another such victim.

And it almost was before the filmmaking even began. Naomi Watts was reportedly not pleased with the original draft of the sequel script, and the director vacated the project just weeks before principal photography was set to begin. R-Two seemed destined to drown. But with a healthy revision from screenwriter Ehren Kruger, the script was fixed to Watts' satisfaction, and a ringer was brought in to direct. Now with the director of the original Japanese masterpiece Ringu and its disastrous sequel Ringu 2 at the helm, could R-Two be a worthy sequel to one of the best American horror movies ever made?

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Strange Planet Review


OK
Ever wonder what Naomi Watts' real Aussie accent sounds like? Strange Planet is your best bet -- and you'll also get to see Matrix bad guy Hugo Weaving playing a very rare "old man dating younger girl" role.

In the film, that younger girl (Claudia Karvan), Watts, and Alice Garner, play a trio of Aussies looking for love in all the wrong places, natch, and three guys who we know will eventually be the recipients of that love. The focus is on the ladies though, thanks to their extreme neuroses. Watts is still nursing a years-old breakup, Karvan is of course trapped in an unhealthy relationship with Agent Smith. The guys have problems of their own, and before the year which Strange Planet follows is up, well, they'll all be resolved.

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Stay Review


Excellent
I don't see dead people, and, more than likely, I never will. Maybe one day, when I die, I'll see plenty of them but while I am of this earth, it's a no-go. This is not to say people don't see spirits, ghosts, and specters; walk down any street in Manhattan and you're likely to see a woman telling you she can see them and hold pretty strong conversation with them. Hollywood saw this and also saw dollar signs. Blame M. Night Shyamalan for most of this. He made a great movie and has spawned legions of gutter-sludge rip-offs. Once in awhile, however, we get an arty riff on this formula. The last one was Jonathan Glazer's haunting Birth, and now we have Marc Forster's hypnotic Stay.

So, this suicidal college student walks into a psychiatrist's office... no, seriously. Sam (Ewan McGregor) has the misfortune of substituting for a few sessions for a colleague (Janeane Garofalo) when she gets a little loopy with the drugs. Her first patient, and seemingly only patient, is Henry Letham (Ryan Gosling). On only their second meeting, Henry announces that he is going to kill himself in three days, at midnight. Sam spends the rest of his time, divided between his ex-patient/girlfriend (Naomi Watts) and trying to figure out why Henry wants to kill himself. And don't forget Henry's dead parents (Bob Hoskins and Kate Burton) who show up in the real world. Describing past that would be like trying to explain a Lynch film (notably Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive), and no one should have these secrets ruined.

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The Ring Two Review


Bad

Abandoning the gimmicky defining premise of itspredecessor, about the ghost of an evil littlegirl exacting blood-curdling vengeance on anyone who watched a hauntedvideo tape, "The Ring Two" seems also to have jettisoned allnotions of pacing, creative chills and common sense.

Catching up with newspaper reporter NaomiWatts (whose talents are wasted on B-movie screams)and her hollow-eyed son (David Dorfman) after they've survived the firstfilm by slipping through a gaping hole in its own internal logic, "TheRing Two" gives its poltergeist arbitrary new powers to track thesetwo down to a small West Coast town and possess the boy's body.

Little else happens in the course of the story, exceptthat Watts' suspicious attempts at exorcism draw the attention of the localChild Protective Services. The kid ends up in the hospital (from whichhe easily escapes and no search is ever mounted) while Watts tracks downthe ghostly girl's asylum-confined birth mother (Sissy Spacek) for somelong-winded exposition laying out the new rules of the plot.

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I ? Huckabees Review


Good

The one philosophy behind the existential screwball comedy "I ? Huckabees" (pronounce the ? as "heart") is that there is no one philosophy. A satire of spiritual gurus, self-help and other psychological gimmickry, it makes its point by being so esoteric and cerebrally akimbo that it will likely divide audiences between those who find its deliberately abstruse discombobulation amusing and to the point, and those who find it just abstruse and discombobulated.

Written and directed by David O. Russell, the observant and darkly comical wit behind the Gulf War derision "Three Kings," the ensemble storyline whirlpools around Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman), an unhinged and obsessive young environmentalist who has seen the open-space preservation group he chartered slip through his fingers and into the hands of a snake-oil-charming corporate stooge named Brad Stand (Jude Law). Brad is, in fact, an executive at Huckabees -- a slick, corporate retailer with a habit of moving into small towns and building megastores where there had once been open space.

With his failure causing him to question his whole life, Albert seeks metaphysical peace of mind from Bernard and Vivian Jaffe (Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin), a pair of unconventional, off-kilter and out-of-sync private eyes who specialize in solving the mysteries of their clients' inner turmoil. Soon they are, quite conspicuously, following Albert to work, peering through his windows, digging through his trash, and pairing him up with another lost soul as a partner in intellectual recovery -- Tommy (Mark Wahlberg), a blue-collar lug of a firefighter whose eye-opening visit inside his own head has rapidly become a slide into bemused Nihilism.

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Ned Kelly Review


Weak

Plied with fiction and short on depth, the new biopic of legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly plays like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" without the excitement, charm and humor.

Bearded and brooding but otherwise uncharismatic, Heath Ledger stars as the folk-hero bushranger (Aussie for "cowboy"), who according to this film was an upstanding citizen of the Outback frontier until contemptible, crooked, downright sinister lawmen drove him to a life of crime by picking on his family.

They jailed his ma, molested his teenage sister, and falsely accused him and his brothers of horse rustling. They "started a war" against us, Kelly says in voice-over. "So I killed their coppers. I robbed their banks."

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