In her inimitable loose style, Sofia Coppola remakes the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie from a distinctly feminine perspective. Like her other films, this feels loose and sometimes aimless, demanding that the audience find their own way through the story. It's also a remarkably effective gothic thriller, darkly playing on the vulnerability and innate power of women.
It's set in 1864 Virginia, where the residents of an isolated girls school can hear the Civil War raging in the distance. Teachers Martha and Edwina (Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst) and students Alicia, Jane, Amy, Marie and Emily (Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke and Emma Howard) have just been getting on with their education in their cocoon-like plantation. Then Amy discovers wounded Union soldier John (Colin Farrell) in the woods. With their own male relatives dead or missing in the war, all of these women are fascinated by this man, an enemy who needs their help. So each begins flirting with him in her own way. But as John considers staying on as a handyman, he's unaware of the jealousies he is igniting around him.
The actors give provocative, layered performances, subtly revealing their internal desires as they interact in unexpected ways. Kidman is the focal point as the stern Martha, trying to remain stoic and in control even as she feels lust for this interloper. Dunst's Edwina is more openly romantic in her approach, while Fanning's Alicia is old enough to desire him in unfamiliar ways. The younger four girls stay mainly on the sideline, even as they add their own layers of intrigue. And Farrell is terrific as the brooding, swarthy man who's unaware of the passions he's stirring up. Where this goes is creepy and intense, as John seems to think that he can pick whichever woman he likes. But he's badly underestimating them.
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Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst at the 70th Cannes Film Festival photocall for 'The Beguiled' held at Palais des Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th May 2017
Robin Weigert felt she was given a ''gift'' when she was cast in 'Big Little Lies' alongside Nicole Kidman.
The 47-year-old actress, who plays the role of Dr. Amanda Reisman in the dark comedy drama, has admitted shooting the production with highly recognised names, including the 49-year-old actress and Alexander Skarsgård was a ''very good experience'' for her.
Speaking to Vulture Online about her latest venture and her colleagues, she said: ''It was just a very good experience.
The actress was just 23 when she tied the knot with Cruise in 1990.
Kidman, who was 23 when she wed Cruise, told Red magazine that she looks back and can’t believe she was married so young and had two kids by age 27.
Nicole Kidman says she was too young at the time of her marriage to Tom Cruise.
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It's yet to be confirmed, but the Australian actress could be joining Gal Gadot.
Nicole Kidman could be set to make her superhero film debut with 'Wonder Woman' according to recent reports, where she may be up to play an Amazonian warrior. If the rumours are true, she'll be starring alongside leading lady Gal Gadot in the forthcoming movie.
Will Nicole Kidman appear in 'Wonder Woman'?
Apparently, the 'Before I Go to Sleep' actress is 'in talks' for appearing in the movie, where her 5 foot 9 frame would not be out of place among the female warriors of the Amazon. According to a source for The Wrap, she'll be a character of the higher ranks - which could possibly mean Wonder Woman's mother Hippolyta, who is the Queen of the Amazons.
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Rumoured As Amazonian Queen In 'Wonder Woman'
The actress says she was ‘running from her life’ during her marriage break-up.
Nicole Kidman has spoken about her divorce from Tom Cruise and how it changed her career in Hollywood. Appearing at the Women In The World conference in London on Friday (October 9th), Kidman described how she was ‘running from her life’ during her split with Cruise.
Nicole Kidman has spoken about her divorce from Tom Cruise.
"I was running from my life at that time," Kidman said. "I wasn't able to handle the reality of my life and as an actor, you have this wonderful thing where you can go and get lost in somebody else's life and become somebody else for a period of time."
The surprise ceremony was very low-key and restricted to a small gathering of friends, reports indicate.
Tom Cruise was reportedly absent from his adopted daughter Isabella’s surprise wedding in Britain last month, a new report has suggested.
A hairdresser by profession, Isabella Cruise, 22, married her husband Max Parker on September 18th in London, according to Woman’s Day magazine, but her famous father was apparently not in attendance because she had a “limited guestlist of close friends”. She and Parker, an IT consultant, have reportedly been dating for less than a year, only being introduced through mutual friends at the start of 2015.
Tom Cruise was reportedly not in attendance at his adopted daughter's wedding last month
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The actress is appearing in ‘Photograph 51’ on London’s West End, marking her return to the stage after nearly two decades.
Nicole Kidman has spoken about her nerves as she makes her return to the stage after nearly two decades away. The Oscar winner is starring in Photograph 51 on London’s West End, playing Rosalind Franklin, the female scientist who helped discover of DNA.
Kidman at the press night for Photograph 51.
Speaking to Interview magazine from London Kidman said, "Well, I'm over here on this play and I'm terrified-terrified and exhilarated because I've got to make this incredibly acerbic, prickly woman real and vulnerable.”
The actress is taking the lead in Photograph 51
Even acclaimed Hollywood superstars get nerves it would seem and 48-year-old Nicole Kidman was no exception when she took to the West End stage for the first time in 17 years as part of Photograph 51, claiming her "heart was pounding".
Nicole Kidman signing autographs after her preview of Photograph 51
However, it seems that her concerns were unfounded as many in the audience who saw her first performance in Saturday night had nothing but praise for the Moulin Rouge! star.
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Shines In Her New West End Play
If Cruise is considering popping the question to his new personal assistant, he might not get the answer he wants, new reports indicate.
Much has been made of Tom Cruise’s close relationship with his new personal assistant Emily Thomas, 31 years his junior, but recent rumours that he’s considering asking her to marry him may now be scotched with the revelation that she already has a boyfriend.
53 year old Cruise is reportedly “smitten” with 22 year old Brit Thomas, whom he hired as his PA before filming his new blockbuster Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and the pair have been seen to be very close on the set of the movie.
However, a source has told The Sun that Emily won’t be interested in any possible advances as she’s already in a relationship with Alex Roberts, who she’s been dating for five months.
Continue reading: Tom Cruise's Reported Love Interest Emily Thomas Already Has A Boyfriend
The Mission Impossible star is reportedly dating his 22-year-old British assistant, Emily Thomas
When Hollywood actor Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes many saw an emerging pattern of the Mission Impossible superstar getting hitched with younger and younger women every time he walked down the aisle. And, as the rumours of marriage number 4 continue to swirl, that trend does not look like it’s going to change anytime soon as his relationship with his 22-year-old British assistant begins to hot up.
Tom Cruise takes on the role of Ethan Hawke for a fifth time in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Emily Thomas has been working as the star’s assistant since last year and, with a 31 year age gap between the two, this could be Cruise’s youngest bride yet.
Continue reading: Is Tom Cruise Heading Down The Aisle For A Fourth Time?
Ray is a dedicated FBI investigator with a crush on his District Attorney supervisor Claire and a close friendship with his partner Jess. However, all those whimsical circumstances are thrown out of the window when a corpse is discovered in a dumpster in LA. Ray discovers that it's the mutilated body of Jess' teenage daughter, and the devastated pair set out on a vengeful mission to find the perpetrator. Unfortunately, the suspect they pick up - of whose guilt they are convinced - they are forced to let go when no solid evidence is found. Thirteen years later, Ray returns with a new lead, having spent every evening since searching through the US prison system for their murderer. But this time, they're thinking of bringing him down their own way.
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The acting pals took to the stage for a snog in a shower cap
If it’s good enough for Britney and Madonna, Sandra and Scarlett and Amy and Tina, it's good enough for Austalian best friends Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts, who went down the familiar celebrity route of ‘locking lips’ in public at a recent Women In Film event.
Nicole Kidman made a speech about female empowerment at a Women In Film event
With Kidman on the stage giving a speech about female empowerment, Watts joined her long-time pal and they went in for a big smooch both wearing, strangely, floral shower caps.
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman And Naomi Watts Are Not Afraid To Smooch For Females
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are set to star in HBO's 'Big Little Lies'. The pair will also be producing the series which centres on a group of women and a murder.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will star in and produce HBO's limited series, Big Little Lies. The series is an adaptation of Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel of the same name. Writer David E. Kelley, who created such shows as Ally McBeal and Boston Legal, has written the screenplay for the upcoming series.
Reese Witherspoon will be starring and producing in Big Little Lies.
The GoodFellas reunite at Tribeca's closing night, while Carey Mulligan and Jack Black lead the red carpet charge in New York and Los Angeles. There's one last insane trailer for Mad Max, plus the first glimpses at Tom Hardy as the Krays, Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger and Nicole Kidman in small-town Australia...
The Tribeca Film Festival in New York wrapped up at the weekend with a 25th anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese's 'GoodFellas', which featured a reunion of the film's actors including Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, Debbie Mazar, Lorraine Bracco, Kevin Corrigan and Mike Starr. Take a look at pictures from the closing of The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival here.
Paul Sorvino, Debi Mazar, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco and Kevin Corrigan
Also in New York, the US premiere of 'Far From the Madding Crowd' brought out stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple and director Thomas Vinterberg, plus other celebrities including Kathleen Turner and Sarah Silverman. The film opens this weekend in both the UK and US. Check out pictures from the premiere of 'Far From the Madding Crowd' here.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Tribeca Wraps In New York, 'Madding Crowd' And 'D Train' Hold US Premieres, A New Trailer Drops For 'Mad Max', And There Are First Looks At 'Legend', 'Black Mass' And 'Strangerland'
In the small Australian town of Nathgari, the Parker family are trying to adjust to their new life. Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) keep to themselves most of the time, but when their teenage children, Tommy (Nicholas Hamilton) and Lilly (Maddison Brown) disappear into the desert, their lives are changed forever. When a search is begun by one of the town's policemen David Rae (Hugo Weaving), the Parkers join in. And when a terrible dust storm spreads across the town, the locals begin to blame the Parkers for meddling in ancient Aboriginal traditions. As the summer comes and the heat begins to rise, the Parkers are forced to clear their name while they might still have a chance to save their children.
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Kidman will star in ‘Photograph 51’ on London’s West End
Nicole Kidman will make her return to the London stage this September in ‘Photograph 51’, a play about British scientist Rosalind Franklin. Kidman last appeared in the West End in 1998 when she won critical acclaim for her performance in David Hare’s ‘The Blue Room’.
Nicole Kidman will appear at London’s Noel Coward Theatre in September.
Kidman will star as Franklin in the play written by Anna Ziegler and directed by Michael Grandage. Grandage previously worked with the actress on upcoming film The Genius, a biographical drama about literary editor Max Perkins.
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman To Make Return To London Stage After 17 Year Absence
Families were hit with huge prices to watch movies like Paddington.
The cost of a visit to the cinema is beginning to put people off as the average price of the ticket, parking, food and drink continues to surge. New research finds that costs on top of tickets were worse for families and that central London remained the most expensive part of the country for cinema prices.
Paddington was a major hit for the British film industry in 2014, though prices continue to rise
46% of the 5,000 people questioned blamed costs for the reason for not going to the cinema. YouGov's Vidisha Gaglani said cinema faced challenges on "a number of fronts."
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Zack, Slater, Jessie, Kelly and Principal Richard Belding return as Jimmy Fallon reminisces.
Could Jimmy Fallon possibly get any cooler? Following the comedy highlights from his 'The Tonight Show' special for the Super Bowl XLIX, the comedian has reunited cast members from beloved 90s show 'Saved By The Bell' in his latest skit.
Jimmy Fallon goes back to high school
Fallon gets a decent amount of appreciation for his crazy outfit combination and startlingly long hair as he reminisces about his high school days, and goes into a scene set-up of Bayside High. However, a particularly prolonged applause went to Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) as he made an appearance complete with wavy blonde hair and looking almost indistinguishable from his younger self some 25 years ago, proceeding to reel off the lyrics from the famous theme tune.
The US gets ready for 'Paddington', the family movie smash of 2014, to make its debut.
Having taken British cinemas by storm over Christmas, the excellent family comedy Paddington is finally set to hit US theaters this weekend. If you’re unfamiliar with the adventures of the Peruvian bear, let us try to persuade you of his charms before you go to see it. No plot spoilers though!
A sneak peek of the loveable bear, who makes his US cinema debut this weekend (16 Jan)
The character was created by Michael Bond in 1958, a polite bear who loves marmalade sandwiches that is found at London’s Paddington Station and taken in by the Brown family. In the film, he adjusts happily to his new life in London until he gets into a scrape when he meets an evil taxidermist. We’ll let you find out how our hero deals with that for yourselves!
Continue reading: 'Paddington' Set To Hit American Cinemas This Weekend
Turns out Nicole Kidman once had a thing for Jimmy Fallon problem is, the funnyman didn't even realise.
First dates are usually pretty awkward, but one way to make them a little worse is to not even tell one of the participants that they're meant to be one a date! That’s kind of what happened when Nicole Kidman went round to Jimmy Fallon’s place over a decade ago, thinking she was on a date with the comedian. Instead it all meant for a hilariously awkward encounter that the actress would later recall while appearing on the ‘Tonight Show’.
Jimmy Fallon appeared to be just not that into Nicole Kidman during their date.
Kidman was sitting on Fallon’s TV sofa to promote her latest movie Paddington, when the topic of conversation turned to the pair’s first and only prior meeting. Kidman encouraged the talk show host to tell his version of the encounter first, where he thought the actress was coming over to discuss a potential movie role.
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