Naomi Watts' Tongue-Twisting Skill

21 GRAMS star NAOMI WATTS has an unusual skill she often shares with pals - she can flip her tongue upside down.

The British-born beauty, ex-girlfriend of Australian hunk HEATH LEDGER, displayed her party trick to comedian JAY LENO when she appeared on his chat show on Thursday night (12AUG04).

She told him, "I don't know if (my skill) has a name... I can reverse my tongue."

Once Watts twisted her tongue, a stunned Leno quipped, "Four hundred years ago you'd have been burned at the stake for that!"

15/08/2004 13:51

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Birdman 4242644 Videos 13th June 2014

Riggan Thompson used to be a major movie star having played a much-loved onscreen superhero, Birdman, in his more prolific years. However, he's starting to believe he was just a one trick pony as he struggles desperately to get his Broadway debut underway having just written his first play. Things just don't seem to be going right for Riggin, however, when everything surrounding the production begins to fall apart and he has to cast a younger and cockier actor for the main role - a man he utterly abhors and feels he simply cannot work with. Not only that, but his personal life is also taking a massive blow and he must find a way to reconnect with his family so that, maybe, he can re-discover himself along the way.

'Birdman' is a brilliantly entertaining comedy about what happens when we feel like our lives are falling apart. The play within the movie is based on Raymond Carver's 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Love'. Directed by Oscar nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ('Babel', '21 Grams', 'Biutiful') who co-wrote the screenplay with Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo ('The Last Elvis'), and Alexander Dinelaris, the movie is due for US release on October 17th 2014.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ Could Have Oscars Shout [Trailer + Pictures] 4242657 News

We always had a feeling that Birdman was going to be good. It has a lot going for it. Babel’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is behind the camera for a start – and the cast is probably one of the most impressive and intriguing line-ups in recent years: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galfianakis, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.

Michael Keaton BirdmanMichael Keaton in 'Birdman'

Oh, and then there’s the plot. Birdman tells the story of a washed-up actor (Birdman) who once played an iconic superhero (Yeah, we know) and must overcome his own ego and family troubles as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.

Norton – still one of the world’s finest actors – plays an egotistical lead stage actor who disrupts Keaton’s attempt to launch his play – an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Emma Stone – who plays Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man – plays Keaton’s daughter,  an actress who has just gotten out of rehab and who is hired as an assistant by her father.

Edward Norton BirdmanMichael Keaton [L] and Edward Norton [R] in 'Birdman'

The new trailer looks gorgeous and Inarritu appears to have brought all the dark class of 21 Grams and Amorres Perros into a more fantastical New York setting. There’s also some humour in there to offset the moodiness.

Birdman has been pencilled in for October 17, 2014 – sort of Oscar-bait territory – and unless this one turns out to be a complete let-down, we imagine Inarritu and his gang will be getting invited to all the major awards shows later this year. At the minute, the bookmakers haven’t really acknowledged Birdman for Best Picture at the Oscars and the betting appears to be focusing on Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher – with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum – and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice.

Scroll for the Birdman trailer, and some shiny stills, 

Emma Stone BirdmanEmma Stone plays Michael Keaton's daughter in 'Birdman'

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Zach Galifianakis also appears in 'Birdman'

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A weird bird, in 'Birdman'

Watch the trailer for Birdman:
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We always had a feeling that Birdman was going to be good. It has a lot going for it. Babel’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is behind the camera for a start – and the cast is probably one of the most impressive and intriguing line-ups in recent years: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galfianakis, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.

Michael Keaton BirdmanMichael Keaton in 'Birdman'

Oh, and then there’s the plot. Birdman tells the story of a washed-up actor (Birdman) who once played an iconic superhero (Yeah, we know) and must overcome his own ego and family troubles as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.

Norton – still one of the world’s finest actors – plays an egotistical lead stage actor who disrupts Keaton’s attempt to launch his play – an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Emma Stone – who plays Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man – plays Keaton’s daughter,  an actress who has just gotten out of rehab and who is hired as an assistant by her father.

Edward Norton BirdmanMichael Keaton [L] and Edward Norton [R] in 'Birdman'

The new trailer looks gorgeous and Inarritu appears to have brought all the dark class of 21 Grams and Amorres Perros into a more fantastical New York setting. There’s also some humour in there to offset the moodiness.

Birdman has been pencilled in for October 17, 2014 – sort of Oscar-bait territory – and unless this one turns out to be a complete let-down, we imagine Inarritu and his gang will be getting invited to all the major awards shows later this year. At the minute, the bookmakers haven’t really acknowledged Birdman for Best Picture at the Oscars and the betting appears to be focusing on Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher – with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum – and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice.

Scroll for the Birdman trailer, and some shiny stills, 

Emma Stone BirdmanEmma Stone plays Michael Keaton's daughter in 'Birdman'

Zach Galifianakis Birdman
Zach Galifianakis also appears in 'Birdman'

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A weird bird, in 'Birdman'

Watch the trailer for Birdman:
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Naomi Watts To Join "Insurgent" Cast Straight Away, As Rebel Leader 4230707 News

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.

Watch the trailer for the first Divergent movie below.

After Insurgent wraps in September, Watts will move on to Sea of Trees, which will take her through November. According to THR, the actress is considering a number of other films after that.

More: You Don't Question The System In Divergent

More: Is Divergent The Next Hunger Games?

Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz
Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and co have already started filming in Atlanta.

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.

Naomi Watts
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.

Watch the trailer for the first Divergent movie below.

After Insurgent wraps in September, Watts will move on to Sea of Trees, which will take her through November. According to THR, the actress is considering a number of other films after that.

More: You Don't Question The System In Divergent

More: Is Divergent The Next Hunger Games?

Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz
Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and co have already started filming in Atlanta.

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Naomi Watts Cast In Major Role For Next Three 'Divergent' Movies 4229985 News

Naomi Watts is the latest star to join the already-impressive cast of the 'Divergent' film franchise.

The Australian actress has signed on to play a major role in the next three film instalments of the sci-fi series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Watts will star in 'Insurgent,' which is due out next year, and 'Allegiant,' the third and final book in the Veronica Roth series that will be separated into two separate films, due out in 2016 and 2017.

THR confirms that the 45 year-old will portray Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless.

Watts will be joining fellow newcomer Octavia Spence, who will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction, very soon as filming for the hotly anticipated sequel began in Atlanta last week. Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller are all expected reprise their roles from the first movie.

German filmmaker Robert Schwentke will be directing 'Insurgent,' taking over from Neil Burger, from a screenplay written by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman.

'Divergent' earned over $250 million at the global box office, thus giving the film studio a successful successor to the hugely popular 'Hunger Games' film series.

Watts will be added to a plot that follows a teenage girl named Beatrice "Tris" Prior (Woodley) and centers around her extraordinary circumstances, as she becomes aware that there is no one else like her.

MORE: Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber to wed?

In a futuristic Chicago, society is split into five different sectors based on the residents personality traits- Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). But Beatrice is Divergent, meaning she does not belong to any one sector.

On the discovery of this, Tris is hunted down to be exterminated due to a sinister leader who wants absolute total control of the population. But when uncovering a plot against her perfect society, Tris needs to utilize this gift in order to save innocent lives.

MORE: Naomi Watts to star in Sea of Trees?

'Insurgent' will continue with Tris being tracked down by Jeanine (Winslet), while she and Four (James) attempt to figure out her family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why Erudite leaders don't want this to happen.

The upcoming sequel is scheduled to hit theatres March 20th 2015.

Watch the 'Divergent' featurette here

4013987-0;autoplay; Divergent - Featurette - 18.02.2014 15:33:15

Naomi Watts is the latest star to join the already-impressive cast of the 'Divergent' film franchise.

The Australian actress has signed on to play a major role in the next three film instalments of the sci-fi series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Watts will star in 'Insurgent,' which is due out next year, and 'Allegiant,' the third and final book in the Veronica Roth series that will be separated into two separate films, due out in 2016 and 2017.

THR confirms that the 45 year-old will portray Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless.

Watts will be joining fellow newcomer Octavia Spence, who will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction, very soon as filming for the hotly anticipated sequel began in Atlanta last week. Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller are all expected reprise their roles from the first movie.

German filmmaker Robert Schwentke will be directing 'Insurgent,' taking over from Neil Burger, from a screenplay written by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman.

'Divergent' earned over $250 million at the global box office, thus giving the film studio a successful successor to the hugely popular 'Hunger Games' film series.

Watts will be added to a plot that follows a teenage girl named Beatrice "Tris" Prior (Woodley) and centers around her extraordinary circumstances, as she becomes aware that there is no one else like her.

MORE: Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber to wed?

In a futuristic Chicago, society is split into five different sectors based on the residents personality traits- Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). But Beatrice is Divergent, meaning she does not belong to any one sector.

On the discovery of this, Tris is hunted down to be exterminated due to a sinister leader who wants absolute total control of the population. But when uncovering a plot against her perfect society, Tris needs to utilize this gift in order to save innocent lives.

MORE: Naomi Watts to star in Sea of Trees?

'Insurgent' will continue with Tris being tracked down by Jeanine (Winslet), while she and Four (James) attempt to figure out her family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why Erudite leaders don't want this to happen.

The upcoming sequel is scheduled to hit theatres March 20th 2015.

Watch the 'Divergent' featurette here

4013987-0;autoplay; Divergent - Featurette - 18.02.2014 15:33:15

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Kylie Minogue Was Stunning In White At The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Part 6 4184921 Celebrity Videos <p>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.</p><p>Other stars on the red carpet were 'King Kong' star Naomi Watts, 'Shameless' actress Emmy Rossum, martial artist Jessica Aguilar with her partner Elena Rodriguez, Lee Tergesen from 'Generation Kill', short track speed skater Olympian Blake Skjellerup, gossip columnists Noah Levy and Rob Shuter, model Nicole Trunfio and 'Looking' actor Raul Castillo.</p> <p>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.</p><p>Other stars on the red carpet were 'King Kong' star Naomi Watts, 'Shameless' actress Emmy Rossum, martial artist Jessica Aguilar with her partner Elena Rodriguez, Lee Tergesen from 'Generation Kill', short track speed skater Olympian Blake Skjellerup, gossip columnists Noah Levy and Rob Shuter, model Nicole Trunfio and 'Looking' actor Raul Castillo.</p> 8th May 2014 http://www.contactmusic.com/videos/2014may/kylie-minogue-in-white-25th-annual-glaad-awards-part-6_189282-1.jpg
BFI Reveal British Film Profits - They're Derisory 3979440 News

A recent study by the British Film Institute has revealed the extent to which British films consistently fail to turn a profit. The findings show that a mere 7% of UK films between 2003 and 2010 made a profit in a damning expose of the country’s proud industry.

DianaNaomie Watts in Diana

The worst in terms of fiscal return were low-budget projects; only 3.1% of films with budgets of £500,000 or less became profitable, while at the other end of the spectrum, under a fifth of films with budgets of more than £10m turned a profit, according to the findings, which were presented by the BFI's David Steele at the Screen Film Summit.

Steele posed the question: "What does one do faced with those sorts of numbers? Clearly, portfolio investment is necessary to negate the risk and secondly, qualitative judgement. Try to choose filmmakers' projects that have above average chance of making a profit. Some can do that better than others." (Guardian)

One of the more high-profile failures of that studied period was Diana, which failed spectacularly at the box office. But, the Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed film suffered from dangerously negative reviews (it scored 8% on Rotten Tomatoes) and wasn’t representative of the endemic problems with British cinema.

Watch the Diana trailer:
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With British film usually shown domestically, meaning, shown on a relatively small island, it’s difficult to imagine many British films - apart from the quasi-British films like Harry Potter and James Bond – cracking the international market, which is something Steele thinks needs to change as soon as possible.

“In the most rapidly growing part of the world economy we are underpowered so something has to be done, like trade delegations to China, to crack those markets," he explained. "There are considerable institutional barriers to be overcome as well as marketing barriers."

A recent study by the British Film Institute has revealed the extent to which British films consistently fail to turn a profit. The findings show that a mere 7% of UK films between 2003 and 2010 made a profit in a damning expose of the country’s proud industry.

DianaNaomie Watts in Diana

The worst in terms of fiscal return were low-budget projects; only 3.1% of films with budgets of £500,000 or less became profitable, while at the other end of the spectrum, under a fifth of films with budgets of more than £10m turned a profit, according to the findings, which were presented by the BFI's David Steele at the Screen Film Summit.

Steele posed the question: "What does one do faced with those sorts of numbers? Clearly, portfolio investment is necessary to negate the risk and secondly, qualitative judgement. Try to choose filmmakers' projects that have above average chance of making a profit. Some can do that better than others." (Guardian)

One of the more high-profile failures of that studied period was Diana, which failed spectacularly at the box office. But, the Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed film suffered from dangerously negative reviews (it scored 8% on Rotten Tomatoes) and wasn’t representative of the endemic problems with British cinema.

Watch the Diana trailer:
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With British film usually shown domestically, meaning, shown on a relatively small island, it’s difficult to imagine many British films - apart from the quasi-British films like Harry Potter and James Bond – cracking the international market, which is something Steele thinks needs to change as soon as possible.

“In the most rapidly growing part of the world economy we are underpowered so something has to be done, like trade delegations to China, to crack those markets," he explained. "There are considerable institutional barriers to be overcome as well as marketing barriers."

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Naomi Watts Didn't Like Simon Baker Dating Her Friend 3947984 News

Actress Naomi Watts was not a fan of actor pal Simon Baker when he first started dating her best friend, because The Mentalist star refused to let the ladies have time alone.

The Australian hunk reveals he was so besotted with his then-girlfriend Rebecca Rigg, he didn't want to leave her side - even when Watts wanted to catch up with her pal during a trip home, shortly after moving to America to break into Hollywood.

Baker, who wed actress Rigg in 1998, explains, "My wife and her (Watts) are really good friends and I'd just started hanging out with (Rigg), but she said to me after a week of about spending every moment together, she said, 'Oh, by the way, my girlfriend is coming back from the States next week, you're gonna have to make yourself scarce.' And I was like, 'What? What does that mean?'

"Well, it didn't happen and then Naomi arrived back and was like, 'Who's this guy with you the whole time, aren't we gonna hang out?' I was like, 'We're gonna hang out together!'"

Baker soon won Watts over and The Impossible beauty is now godmother to the couple's second child, Claude.

Actress Naomi Watts was not a fan of actor pal Simon Baker when he first started dating her best friend, because The Mentalist star refused to let the ladies have time alone.

The Australian hunk reveals he was so besotted with his then-girlfriend Rebecca Rigg, he didn't want to leave her side - even when Watts wanted to catch up with her pal during a trip home, shortly after moving to America to break into Hollywood.

Baker, who wed actress Rigg in 1998, explains, "My wife and her (Watts) are really good friends and I'd just started hanging out with (Rigg), but she said to me after a week of about spending every moment together, she said, 'Oh, by the way, my girlfriend is coming back from the States next week, you're gonna have to make yourself scarce.' And I was like, 'What? What does that mean?'

"Well, it didn't happen and then Naomi arrived back and was like, 'Who's this guy with you the whole time, aren't we gonna hang out?' I was like, 'We're gonna hang out together!'"

Baker soon won Watts over and The Impossible beauty is now godmother to the couple's second child, Claude.

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Leonardo DiCaprio And Martin Scorsese Were Some Of Armani's Star Arrivals At Its One Night Only Event - Part 2 3927448 Celebrity Videos <p>'The Great Gatsby' Leonardo DiCaprio was snapped arriving at the Armani One Night Only fashion show event held at the SuperPier in New York. He was joined by 'Goodfellas' director Martin Scorsese and 'Beautiful Creatures' actor Jeremy Irons with his wife Sinead Cusack.</p><p>Other arrivals included former 'Home and Away' actress Isabel Lucas, musician Mark Ronson, 'Diana' star Naomi Watts, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, Hilary Swank from 'Million Dollar Baby' and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter who the paparazzi tease by saying he'll be seated next to Gwyneth Paltrow whom he recently threatened to embarrass with an unflattering article.</p> <p>'The Great Gatsby' Leonardo DiCaprio was snapped arriving at the Armani One Night Only fashion show event held at the SuperPier in New York. He was joined by 'Goodfellas' director Martin Scorsese and 'Beautiful Creatures' actor Jeremy Irons with his wife Sinead Cusack.</p><p>Other arrivals included former 'Home and Away' actress Isabel Lucas, musician Mark Ronson, 'Diana' star Naomi Watts, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, Hilary Swank from 'Million Dollar Baby' and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter who the paparazzi tease by saying he'll be seated next to Gwyneth Paltrow whom he recently threatened to embarrass with an unflattering article.</p> 29th October 2013 http://www.contactmusic.com/videos/2013oct/leonardo-dicaprio-martin-scorsese-armanis-star-arrivals-one-night-only-part-2_183914.jpg
Diana biopic betrayed her relationship with Hasnat Khan 3893372 News

The 'Diana' biopic was a ''betrayal'' of Princess Diana's relationship with Hasnat Khan

The heart surgeon - whose relationship with the late British royal is the subject for a new biopic starring Naomi Watts - insisted the film is ''based on presumptions'' and slams the idea his family were against their romance.

He told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: ''Both my parents, grandmother and all close relatives who met Diana liked her very much and my parents and grandmother never objected to our relationship.

''They were very much happy for us to make a decision ourselves and made it clear they would support it 100 per cent. We both had their blessing.

''This amounts t the film projecting a betrayal of our relationship and my relationship with my immediate family. The material in this film has come from people who met people who only knew us through association. It's all based on presumptions.''

Hasnat, 54, has revealed he is still struggling to come to terms with the princess' death in a car crash 16 years ago, just weeks after she ended their secret two-year affair.

He said: ''It's been difficult for me to get my head around Diana's death or talk about it.

''After she died things were difficult, very difficult. We all have our own traumas and get on with it - but when it's there in your face year in, year out, it's hard.''

The 'Diana' biopic was a ''betrayal'' of Princess Diana's relationship with Hasnat Khan

The heart surgeon - whose relationship with the late British royal is the subject for a new biopic starring Naomi Watts - insisted the film is ''based on presumptions'' and slams the idea his family were against their romance.

He told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: ''Both my parents, grandmother and all close relatives who met Diana liked her very much and my parents and grandmother never objected to our relationship.

''They were very much happy for us to make a decision ourselves and made it clear they would support it 100 per cent. We both had their blessing.

''This amounts t the film projecting a betrayal of our relationship and my relationship with my immediate family. The material in this film has come from people who met people who only knew us through association. It's all based on presumptions.''

Hasnat, 54, has revealed he is still struggling to come to terms with the princess' death in a car crash 16 years ago, just weeks after she ended their secret two-year affair.

He said: ''It's been difficult for me to get my head around Diana's death or talk about it.

''After she died things were difficult, very difficult. We all have our own traumas and get on with it - but when it's there in your face year in, year out, it's hard.''

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'Diana' Critical Mauling "Devastating" For Director, Likened To Hitler Movie 3891803 News

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.

Diana Poster
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."

The reviews bemoaned the movie to the point of being virtually slapstick but it was unanimous: Diana sucked.

Hirschbiegel blamed the British public's and press' reaction to his film on the Lady Di wound being too raw for those who held the Princess' memory dear. Yes, we're still faced with regular reports and reanalysis of her death circumstances but that doesn't mean we're prepared to sit through sentimental smoosh without crying out in boredom.

"I think for the British, Diana is still a trauma they haven't come to terms with," said the German director, via BBC News, adding "In all the other places where it's opened - in Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Slovakia - it's been very strong," as if to recompense for his cinematic carcrash. Whoops! (See Ollie, we're not precious enough that Diana's death's immune from the good old British dark humour.)

Watch The Diana Trailer:
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In an effort to turn around the repercussions of his movie's bad press, Hirschbiegel likened the media mauling of Diana to that which the Peoples' Princess received during her lifetime. He said that the intense critical reaction "harked back" "to what newspapers like the Daily Mail would write about her back then - really vile things. So I guess I succeeded," via The Guardian.

"Succeeded" is a debatable term: the movie debuted at No.5 on the box office charts, taking in a reasonable £623,000 over its first weekend. As reviews (and no doubt word of mouth) left the film for dead, it dropped to No.9 the week after.

Probably only stoking the British ill-feeling towards him right now, Hirschbiegel grabbed a spade, saying Diana "was the most complex character I have ever tried to depict - more complex than Hitler. The one thing they both had in common was they were born actors."

Hirshbiegel, director of the Oscar-nominated movie Downfall, compared the disparity in success of Diana in the UK and oversees to the reception towards his film about the last days of Hitler. He described his Diana experience as "deja vu, because it has the same reactions in the UK as Downfall had in Germany on release."

Out now in the UK, Diana will be released in the USA on the 1st November.

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.

Diana Poster
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."

The reviews bemoaned the movie to the point of being virtually slapstick but it was unanimous: Diana sucked.

Hirschbiegel blamed the British public's and press' reaction to his film on the Lady Di wound being too raw for those who held the Princess' memory dear. Yes, we're still faced with regular reports and reanalysis of her death circumstances but that doesn't mean we're prepared to sit through sentimental smoosh without crying out in boredom.

"I think for the British, Diana is still a trauma they haven't come to terms with," said the German director, via BBC News, adding "In all the other places where it's opened - in Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Slovakia - it's been very strong," as if to recompense for his cinematic carcrash. Whoops! (See Ollie, we're not precious enough that Diana's death's immune from the good old British dark humour.)

Watch The Diana Trailer:
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In an effort to turn around the repercussions of his movie's bad press, Hirschbiegel likened the media mauling of Diana to that which the Peoples' Princess received during her lifetime. He said that the intense critical reaction "harked back" "to what newspapers like the Daily Mail would write about her back then - really vile things. So I guess I succeeded," via The Guardian.

"Succeeded" is a debatable term: the movie debuted at No.5 on the box office charts, taking in a reasonable £623,000 over its first weekend. As reviews (and no doubt word of mouth) left the film for dead, it dropped to No.9 the week after.

Probably only stoking the British ill-feeling towards him right now, Hirschbiegel grabbed a spade, saying Diana "was the most complex character I have ever tried to depict - more complex than Hitler. The one thing they both had in common was they were born actors."

Hirshbiegel, director of the Oscar-nominated movie Downfall, compared the disparity in success of Diana in the UK and oversees to the reception towards his film about the last days of Hitler. He described his Diana experience as "deja vu, because it has the same reactions in the UK as Downfall had in Germany on release."

Out now in the UK, Diana will be released in the USA on the 1st November.

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