Rachel Weisz (born 7.3.1970) Rachel Weisz is an English actress of stage and screen.
Childhood: Rachel Weisz was born in Westminster, London, to Edith Ruth and George Weisz. Her mother is a teacher-turned-psychotherapist and her father is an inventor and engineer; both of them had fled to England in World War II. She grew up in the Hampstead Garden suburb of London.
Rachel Weisz was privately educated at North London Collegiate School, St. Paul's Girls' School and Benenden School before studying at Trinity Hall Cambridge. She graduated from Cambridge University with a 2:1 in English and whilst at university, she co-founded a drama group named Cambridge Talking Tongues. The student group went on to win a Guardian Student Drama Award for a piece entitled 'Slight Possession', performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Acting Career: In 1993, Rachel Weisz worked on the popular TV series Inspector Morse, which starred the late John Thaw, before starting her cinema career with Chain Reaction in 1995. The film starred Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman and Brian Cox.
In 1996, Weisz landed a role in Stealing Beauty, along with Liv Tyler, Joseph Fiennes and Jeremy Irons before working on a number of British films, including My Summer with Des (with Neil Morrissey and Arabella Weir), Swept from the Sea (with Zoe Wanamaker and Kathy Bates), The Land Girls (with Anna Friel) and I Want You (directed by Michael Winterbottom).
Weisz's big break in Hollywood came with her role in The Mummy, in which she starred alongside Brendan Fraser. The role was reprised in 2001 with The Mummy Returns. The sequel grossed $433million - even more than the original film. That same year, she appeared in Enemy at the Gates, which starred Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes.
In 2002, Rachel Weisz featured in About A Boy, the film adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel, which starred Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult and Toni Collette. The following year, she appeared in Runaway Jury with an all-star cast including John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman.
2005 saw Rachel Weisz starring in the sci-fi / fantasy / horror film Constantine, along with Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf and Tilda Swinton. Later in 2005, Weisz also starred in The Constant Gardener. The movie was an adaptation of John le Carré's novel and was set in Kenya. Ralph Fiennes and Bill Nighy also starred in the film and Weisz won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her performance. Weisz also starred in The Fountain, which was directed by Darren Aronofsky and starred Hugh Jackman, after the original choice of lead roles (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) could not be budgeted for.
In the 2009 film Agora, Rachel Weisz played the role of Agora. At the Toronto Film Festival, Weisz film The Whistleblower made a woman faint. The film also stars Vanessa Redgrave and Monica Bellucci.
Personal Life: Rachel Weisz started dating the American film director Darren Aronofsky in 2001. In 2005, the pair became engaged and the following year, had a son together, Henry Chance. In 2010, however, Weisz and Aronofsky announced their separation.
Did Rachel really kill her husband?
After first reading the script for My Cousin Rachel, based on the iconic Daphe du Maurier novel, Rachel Weisz phoned up writer-director Roger Michell to ask whether her character is guilty or innocent. It was when he told her that even he wasn't sure that she was hooked. "I thought that would be very exciting to explore, and it made me really want to do this project," she says.
Weisz loves the way the story pushes and pulls the audience. "The process of the whole film will be trying to work out who to trust and who not to trust," she says. "People will think different things of Rachel. The story is equally weighted in both ways. It will divide people, and that's what makes it such an unusual love story, so compelling and haunting. It asks how much you really ever know a person, and can your impressions of someone go completely, devastatingly wrong?"
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Daphne du Maurier's 1951 mystery-romance novel has been adapted for theatre, radio, TV and film, although the last time it was seen on the big screen was in the 1952 movie starring Olivia De Havilland and Richard Burton. So a new film version isn't a terrible idea, bringing some modern sensibilities to the 19th century tale of obsession and intrigue. It's just a shame that this version, while gorgeous to look at, never quite manages to generate the momentum needed to involve the audience.
It's set in the early 1800s, when Philip (Sam Claflin) has inherited a Cornish farm from his cousin, who died in Italy where he lived with his wife Rachel (Rachel Weisz). Philip is nervous about meeting Rachel, but he's instantly smitten with her dark charm. His godfather Kendall (Iain Glen) warns him to be careful, and Kendall's daughter Louise (Holliday Grainger) is even more horrified by this development, because she has always had a crush on Philip. But as Philip becomes increasingly focussed on Rachel, he offers to give her the farm to prove his love. The question of course is whether she is really in love with him.
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The actresses were beautiful in black on the red carpet in London.
Rachel Weisz and Holliday Grainger stunned on the red carpet at the London premiere of their new period drama 'My Cousin Rachel' earlier this week. They were joined by the rest of the cast at The Picturehouse Central, as well as filmmaker Roger Michell.
Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainger at 'My Cousin Rachel' premiere
Lead actress Rachel Weisz, who plays Rachel Ashley in the Daphne Du Maurier adaptation, looked a picture in a custom black tulle Oscar de la Renta gown with silver vine embellishments at the premiere last night (June 7th 2017), while Holliday Grainger, who plays Louise Kendall, wore a slightly more understated sheer black number.
Philip is a typical young English gent, except that he has a deepening desire for revenge burning in his heart. He believes that his strangely dark cousin Rachel Ashley has killed his guardian Ambrose for his money, only it's Philip that receives the inheritance in the end, not Rachel. When she arrives in England, Philip accepts her warily into his home, but despite all evidence against her, he can't help himself falling for her beauty and her grace. She's clearly an intelligent and deceptive woman, and everyone else can see that she is only charming Philip to achieve her own selfish ends. But it really doesn't matter how much he is warned about her by those closest to him - particularly Louise Kendall - he's only falling deeper under her spell.
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With a sweeping, picturesque setting and emotive performances, this dramatic epic will appeal to moviegoers who enjoy beautiful imagery and weepy romance. On the other hand, those who get easily annoyed at melodrama will find all of this a bit thin and pushy. Still, no one will deny that it looks gorgeous, and that the cast performs with raw emotional intensity.
Set just after the Great War, the film follows shellshocked veteran Tom (Michael Fassbender), who has taken over the job as the lighthouse keeper and sole resident of the tiny island of Janus, where the Pacific and Atlantic meet. In the nearest town, 100 miles across the sea, he meets the beautiful Isabel (Alicia Vikander), marries her and moves her to the island with him. But their blissful happiness is shaken when she suffers two harrowing miscarriages. So it seems like fate is intervening when a boat washes ashore with a crying baby, which Tom and Isabel secretly adopt and pass off as their own daughter. Then a few years later Tom discovers the baby's real mother Hannah (Rachel Weisz) in town, and they're forced to grapple with the moral issues.
Tom, Isabel and Hannah all face increasingly difficult decisions as this story unfolds, and the events push every button carefully, removing much of the complexity from the situation. It's painfully clear what must happen, and many scenes are darkly disturbing as a result, especially as characters turn on each other, making some very selfish choices and showing unexpected compassion and understanding. Nothing that happens here is easy, and the actors invest the characters with plenty of passion, plus the complexity that's lacking in the script. Fassbender is stoic, Vikander is wrenching and Weisz trumps them both with her sympathetic yearning. There's also a terrific scene-stealing turn from the young Florence Clery as the daughter in question.
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Throwing a solid Hollywood cast into a surreal arthouse satire, acclaimed Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) makes his English-language debut with a bang. This is a blackly comical parable about how it feels to be single in a society that only values couples. With its two-part structure it almost seems like two movies mashed together, exploring the topic in ways that are smart and revelatory, and utterly deranged. And the strikingly gifted actors bring it to life beautifully.
It's set in a remote hotel on the Irish coastline, where the recently divorced David (Colin Farrell) has gone to find a mate. Single people here have 45 days to find their perfect partner, or else they're transformed surgically into an animal of their choosing. David has opted to become a lobster, but is determined to find a wife. He watches as one guy (Ben Whishaw) fakes nosebleeds to appear more like a young woman (Jessica Barden). So David pretends to be something he isn't, but is caught by the hotel's imperious manager (Olivia Colman). He escapes into the woods, where he joins a desperate band of loners led by a fierce warrior (Lea Seydoux). There he falls for a woman (Rachel Weisz) who is short-sighted like he is, but romance is forbidden among the loners.
The filmmakers are inventively exploring some very real issues in society, which makes the story ring eerily true, no matter how relentlessly odd it gets. The script's action sequences sometimes feel a bit contrived, but they add to the characters' nagging sense of desperation as they're stuck in a world that simply won't accept them as they are. And it helps that the actors dive in without hesitation. Farrell has gained weight to play the middle-aged David, who had a happy life before being plunged into this nightmare. He's very easy to identify with, both in his awkward interaction and as he boils over in rage. Weisz adds a lusty, razor-sharp intelligence to her role. And Colman quietly steals the movie with her deadpan performance as the godlike hotel manager.
Sometimes this extreme satire feels rather on-the-nose, but it's also a powerfully provocative exploration of the way society forces people to comply, marginalising anyone who refuses to join the status quo. And Lanthimos is gifted at using comedy and emotion to deepen the characters and themes, digging beneath the surface while telling a story that's simply impossible to predict. So in the end, we're almost taken aback at the way all of this has wormed its way under our skin, revealing things about ourselves we thought we had suppressed. Especially the way we value or dismiss people around us based on factors that are utterly irrelevant.
Continue reading: The Lobster Review
David is a single man having just left a 12 year relationship. As per the rules of living in The City, set in a dystopian future, he is forced to check into The Hotel. The sprawling facility is a place where all singletons must find love within 45 days, or else be turned into a creature of their choice and banished into The Woods, as being alone is highly frowned upon. David's only companion is his loyal dog, who happens to be his unlucky-in-love brother who ran out of time when he was a resident at The Hotel. David's chosen animal is a lobster, but he has no intention of living life as a crustacean and makes his escape into The Woods to join up with The Loners. Soon he meets a short-sighted woman who happens to be extremely adept at catching rabbits. As chance would have it, David finds himself falling for her, but this kind of romance is against the law in The City.
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Mick and Fred have been friends lifelong friends, now both reaching their more senior years they find themselves wanting very different things in their immediate life. Fred's daughter Lena feels her dad is in need of a health check and some R&R so she books them into a luxury spa in the beautiful Swiss mountains.
Whilst Mick feels the pressure to finish his latest screenplay, Fred on the other hand, much to his daughters dismay, has no desire to return to his career scoring and conducting music. Whilst visiting the retreat, both men meet many interesting characters and find themselves in a retrospective mood only to be rejuvenated by the experience in more than one way.
The film score features contributions by many celebrated artists but perhaps the most poignant from Mark Kozelek AKA Sun Kil Moon, Kozelek also makes a cameo appearance in the film. Paloma Faith also has a song on the film and makes a cameo. Youth will open in US cinemas December 4, 2015
The actor has been learning to sail in preparation for his role as yachtsman Donald Crowhurst.
Colin Firth was last seen saving the world as veteran spy Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service, and now the versatile star has become a sailor in preparation for his role in a currently untitled Donald Crowhurst biopic.
First Kingsman, now yachtsman for Colin Firth
Attending a yacht party at the Cannes Film Festival, the Academy Award winner told the New York Post's Page Six that he has been taking sailing lessons before filming on the drama begins in England on Monday. He revealed he will captain a "41ft trimaran" with a cabin so tight, "there's very little room to act in."
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Farrell is making his first ever appearance at the annual film festival.
Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz have touched down at the Cannes Film Festival to promote their latest movie, The Lobster, a surreal comedy which pokes fun at the dating game. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos the film was largely shot in County Kerry and is already generating buzz as the possible Palme d’Or winner.
Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz at The Lobster premiere in Cannes.
Farrell, who gained a few extra pounds for the role, stars as an architect who arrives at a hotel where the guests must find a partner within a certain time frame or be transformed into the animal of their choice. If worst comes to worst Farrell decides he would like to live on as a lobster. Yes this one is not your usual romantic comedy.
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Date of birth
7th March, 1970
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