Kidman and McGregor reminisced about their time on the set of 2001's 'Moulin Rouge!' in a segment for Variety.
Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor have been doing a spot of reminiscing about their hit film Moulin Rouge!, remembering the “wild parties” they enjoyed during filming when it took place nearly 18 years ago.
The two stars appeared on Variety magazine’s Actors On Actors section, and part of that saw Nicole interviewing Ewan about the time on the set of Baz Luhrmann’s extravaganza which was released in 2001. Specifically, they remembered (or, perhaps, didn’t) the huge parties they had with absinthe shots and luxurious food at Luhrmann’s private villa.
“We’d have great parties. Remember those Friday nights, those Saturday nights?” Nicole asked Ewan, who laughed out loud and replied: “Not all of them… Don’t remember all of them.” Agreeing, Nicole laughed, “Exactly!”
John McBurney is a Union soldier who is found injured in the grounds of a Mississippi Confederate all-girls boarding school in 1863. The girls and their headmistress Miss Farnsworth take him inside to care for him, locking him in a room to keep him separated from the girls, but during his stay he manages to charm the likes of teacher Edwina Dabney and one of the elder students, Alicia, not to mention Martha herself. John's presence in the house disrupts the once quaint atmosphere, and it soon becomes thick with deceit and jealousy. As each of the girls turn on one another one by one, they begin to realise who the real enemy is. And John finds himself in far more danger than he ever was in the ongoing Civil War.
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The star of Sofia Coppola's Palme d'Or-nominated 'The Beguiled', Kidman spoke at the Cannes Film Festival this week.
Nicole Kidman has said that the lack of female directors in Hollywood and television is still a major problem, and that it is “a given” that female actors should support female directors.
The 49 year old American/Australian star, who features in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled which is one of the favourites for the Palme d’Or on the Cannes Film Festival jury list this year, said on Tuesday (May 23rd) that it was incumbent upon female actors to support women behind the camera.
“Only 4.2% of women directed the major motion pictures of 2016. That's a statistic from the Women in Film group. There were 4,000 episodic TV series and only 183 women directed them. That there says it all. I think that's an important thing to say and keep saying.”
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Speaks Out On Lack Of Female Directors In Hollywood
Gertrude Bell was a formidably intelligent British woman from the late 19th century whose travels through expansive deserts in the Middle East helped establish modern society in countries such as Iraq and Jordan, and importantly cast an enormous amount of respect on women everywhere. She didn't care for behaving like British society expected women to behave, and she proved that she could be just as skilled in the likes of cartography, archeology and politics and refused to be treated any differently than her male peers. Even when she was threatened and accused of being a spy, she never backed down and her resilience and care towards Arabic peoples have left their mark in history.
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The best in competition for Cannes Film Festival 2017.
Cannes Film Festival 2017 kicks off this week and those officially selected for Competition are particularly exciting this year. The Palme d'Or nominees offer thrills, colour, mystery, poignant propositions as well as some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Here are nine of our most anticipated features.
Nicole Kidman stars in 'The Beguiled'
1. The Beguiled - For Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola's latest film, she adapts the Thomas P. Cullinan novel of the same name (originally called 'A Painted Devil') in a Western starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. They play the residents of a small Virginia girls' school who take in a wounded Union soldier played by Colin Farrell. Sexual tensions arise, which only results in pure vengeance.
The actress explains the weird moment on Australian radio.
This year's Academy Awards ceremony was a weird one for many reasons, one of the main ones being Nicole Kidman's really bizarre clap. Thankfully, the actress has now given an explanation for her distinctive show of appreciation at the show, and it makes a lot of sense.
Nicole Kidman reveals the truth behind her weird clap
The 'Lion' star essentially had to choose between two post-Oscars headlines; one being 'Nicole Kidman refuses to clap at Academy Awards', the other being 'Nicole Kidman claps like a seal'. Naturally, she went for the latter. No, it's not a weird habit that she has developed over the years, it was purely to protect the jewellery she was wearing.
Continue reading: Here's Why Nicole Kidman's Academy Awards Clap Was So Awkward
Kidman lost out on the best supporting actress Oscar to Viola Davis on Sunday night, but it was her clapping that had everyone talking.
Sunday night’s Academy Awards contained one of the most memorable gaffes in the ceremony’s history, when the wrong winner for the Best Picture Oscar was announced.
However there was another moment during the show that got the internet really talking, Nicole Kidman’s bizarre clapping.
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman's Weird Clapping At The Oscars Has Twitter Freaked Out
Apparently amazing actors don't necessarily make for a good show.
It's not everyday you see top Hollywood stars the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Nicole Kidman band together for a TV drama, but that's what made the prospect of HBO's 'Big Little Lies' all the more exciting. Unfortunately, the story itself has on the whole proved rather mediocre.
Reese Witherspoon stars in 'Big Little Lies'
Based on the 2014 best-selling Liane Moriarty novel of the same name, this 7-episode mini-series seems to be something of a disappointment to the general consensus of critics. It's about a trio of Californian housewives whose children all go to the same elementary school, with their personal lives intertwining and culminating in disaster.
Continue reading: 'Big Little Lies': The Critics Consensus Has Been Less Than Positive
The actress says for too many years she’s been the only woman on set.
The female-driven drama is of particular importance to Reese, who’s fighting to address the gender imbalance in Hollywood and make sure more women’s voices are heard.
Reese Witherspoon has spoken out against Hollywood’s Smurfette Syndrome
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The actress thinks Hollywood is to blame for the republican election victory.
The actress is not a supporter of the president-elect, however she believes that Hollywood's attitude to Trump during the election created 'empathy' for him among a large group of American voters.
Zoe Saldana has criticized Hollywood for ‘bullying’ Donald Trump
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The actress adopted Isabella and Connor with ex-husband Tom Cruise
While promoting her new film Lion, actress Nicole Kidman has come out to explain that she feels the movie is like a "love letter" to her two grown-up adopted children, Isabella and Connor, whom she brought up in her 20s during her marriage to Tom Cruise.
Nicole Kidman stars in a new film, Lion
Lion depicts the true story of a five-year-old Indian boy who found himself on a train 1,000km from his family.
Last year Kidman told the story of a terrible first date she had with the ‘Tonight Show’ host, but it turns out there’s more to the saga.
During an appearance on the show in January of last year, Kidman had revealed her and Fallon once went on a date, but the funnyman didn’t realise it was a romantic set up.
Describing the evening Kidman said: “You wouldn’t say anything, and then you put a video game on or something...and so after about an hour and a half, I thought, ‘He has no interest, this is so embarrassing’ and then I was like, ‘Maybe he’s gay.’”
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Reveals Jimmy Fallon Missed A Second Chance To Date Her
Keith Urban has revealed he takes inspiration from other music artists and absorbs their music like a ''sponge''.
Keith Urban ''absorbs'' other artist's music like a ''sponge''.
The 'Blue Ain't Your Colour' hitmaker likes to listen to a variety of music genres before he works on his own tracks.
He said: ''I tend to think I make records more so like a sponge than focusing on every manner of a thing. Before I start working on a record, I'm listening to all kinds of stuff.
Continue reading: Keith Urban: I Absorb Music Like A Sponge
There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.
Dev Patel is set to star in a tear-inducing drama called 'Lion', based on the true story of Saroo Brierley; a man who was adopted as a boy after becoming separated from his family in India at the age of 5. Following its premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, the word 'Oscars' has been mentioned more than once.
Dev Patel stars in 'Lion'
Based on the memoirs 'A Long Way Home' written by the real Saroo Brierley along with Larry Buttrose, the story follows Saroo's (Patel) search as an adult for his Indian family, having been raised by Australian adoptive parents Sue (Nicole Kidman) and John (David Wenham). Though most of his early years are forgotten, there are a few crucial memories that have remained. He remembers being trapped on a train for two days after losing his brother, and eventually ending up in Calcutta nearly 1,500 kilometres away from home.
Continue reading: Dev Patel Is A Lost Boy In Touching True Story Drama 'Lion'
Saroo Brierley has lived a good life with his caring mother and father in Australia, but as he grows older, memories begin to return to Saroo of his life before he was adopted.
When he was young, Saroo lived with his family in a small village and since the father of the family left years earlier, Saroo's mother looks after him, his 2 elder brothers and young sister; she works as often as she can to feed and care for her children but often that just wasn't enough. Wishing to help the family, the two elder boys would often go off and beg at the busy railway station and find occasional work helping sweep trains.
When Guddu announces that he's going to the train station, his younger brother (Saroo) asks if he can go with him, he accepts and the boys set out on their journey. With his little brother feeling tired, Guddu leaves his brother to rest and tells him to stay where he is. The five year old did what he was told for a while but soon grew impatient by his brother's absence, he decides to go look around the train station and eventually falls asleep on a stationary train thinking his brother would know where he was. When the little boy awakes he finds himself speeding through unfamiliar landscapes with no way to escape.
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Thomas Wolfe was a writer who was used to rejection. His constantly lengthy novels didn't seem to appeal to the vast majority of publishers out there and most editors were fazed by his compulsion to write hundreds of pages.
Not willing to give up on his talent, Wolfe send his pages to Maxwell Perkins, the man who originally published Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When Thomas is summoned to Maxwell's office, he presumes he's once again about to be told that he's been unsuccessful but the chance to meet a man who's had so much literary influence is too much to pass up. The meeting begins as Wolfe thinks it would but he's soon informed by Perkins that the company will take on Wolfe's latest book.
Wolfe and Perkins form a close relationship, Wolfe still delivering copious amounts of words and Perkins seemingly the only man capable of editing them. As their personal and professional relationship deepens, Perkins is taken in more and more by the acclaimed genius.
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The West-End revival of 'Gypsy' scored the most nominations, with eight nods.
Benedict Cumberbatch has picked up a best actor nomination at this year’s Olivier awards, for his role as Hamlet at London’s Barbican theatre last summer. The annual awards, which are in their 40th year, celebrate the best in British theatre, with the winners announced on April 3rd.
Benedict Cumberbatch is up for best actor at this year’s Olivier awards.
Cumberbatch’s Hamlet is up for three awards in total, including best revival and best sound design for Christopher Shutt. In the best actor category, Cumberbatch will be competing against Kenneth Brannagh, Kenneth Cranham, Adrian Lester and Mark Rylance, who took home the best supporting actor award at last night’s Oscars.
It's rare for an American remake to be scruffier than the original, but this film is an intriguingly messier take on the super-slick, hugely engaging 2009 Oscar winner from Argentina. Filmmaker Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) has stripped down the tone and revamped the plot considerably, replacing the original film's big emotional surges with grittier intrigue and subtle intelligence.
The story begins as New York security expert Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) returns to Los Angeles, picking up the trail of an unsolved murder he worked on 13 years earlier when he was an FBI agent. His former colleague Jess (Julia Roberts) is still in the FBI, while Claire (Nicole Kidman) is now the city's district attorney. Together, they secretly begin looking into the case again, tracking the suspect (Joe Cole) through the city and dodging interference from fellow agent Reg (Michael Kelly). But the investigation doesn't go as planned, jeopardising all of them in their current jobs. And Ray is having trouble sorting out his relational history with both Jess and Claire.
These three fine actors cleverly play with the delicate tensions both between them and in the larger picture. At the centre, Ejiofor is gripping as a man of conscience who is tenaciously hoping for justice in a seriously murky situation. Kidman adds a slightly cheeky tone as a woman who has achieved professional success but never forgets the dodgy choices she has made. And Roberts gets the showier role, losing all of her Hollywood glamour as the tomboyish Jess, a woman with layer after layer of emotional turmoil. The chemistry between them is fascinating, even if the filmmaking approach feels dry and aloof. But there's so much going on in both the story and characters that it's impossible to look away. Nothing that happens is quite what it seems to be, and the big ideas linger in the background, leaving plenty for us to chew on.
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Her triumphant return to theatre strikes a chord.
Nicole Kidman's long awaited return to the West End has resulted in triumph as she takes home the coveted prize of Best Actress in a Play at the WhatsOnStage awards for her incredible scientist role in 'Photograph 51', which ran in Autumn 2015.
Nicole Kidman takes home another award for 'Photograph 51'
The actress - who adds the award to her already extensive accolade collection which includes an Oscar, three Golden Globes and a BAFTA among others - was honoured with the prize at the ceremony which took place at the Prince of Wales Theatre on Sunday (February 21st 2016), with the play itself also landing the award for Best New Play. She beat fellow nominees Denise Gough ('People, Places and Things'), Lia Williams ('Oresteia'), Rosalie Craig ('As You Like It') and Harriet Walter ('Death of a Salesman'), while play itself was up against 'The Hangmen', 'Oppenheimer', 'People, Places and Things' and 'Farinelli and the King'.
Cruise has recently put a number of his properties up for sale.
The Mission: Impossible star, 53, bought the enormous Rede Place mansion in East Grinstead, in the desirable commuter belt within travelling distance of London, back in 2003. Constructed from an original base of a small Victorian house, the property covers four storeys and 14.2 acres and boasts a huge range of luxury features.
Tom Cruise has put his East Grinstead mansion up for sale
Continue reading: Tom Cruise Putting His U.K. Mansion Up For Sale For Nearly £5 Million
She's proves to have made a welcome return to London's West End.
Nicole Kidman's extraordinary return to West End theatre was unarguably phenomenal, so it's no surprise that the actress has landed the London Evening Standard award for Best Actress for her scientist role in Michael Grandage's 'Photograph 51'; a play which wrapped this weekend.
Nicole Kidman wins big at London Evening Standard awards
The play, written by Anna Ziegler, opened at the Noel Coward Theatre in London in September 2015 and saw Kidman portray DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin; a real life 50s chemist whose role in the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid was largely overlooked by the male dominated industry at the time, and who sadly died before she could be nominated for a Nobel Prize.
Despite breaking into Hollywood art around the same time, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts never got the chance to work together until the thriller Secret in Their Eyes.
Secret in Their Eyes is the American remake of the Oscar-winning 2009 Argentine film. Oscar winners themselves, the two actresses both had break-out roles in 1989: Kidman in Dead Calm and Roberts in Steel Magnolias. Over the decades, they met at various social functions, but only really connected on the set of Secret in Their Eyes, discovering that they share a positive approach to family and career.
"I am a genuinely and deeply happy person," says Roberts. "And as life goes on, you realize what great fortune that is - to feel like you just have the natural chemistry of joy."
Continue reading: Secret In Their Eyes Reveals Common Ground For Kidman And Roberts
Nicole Kidman says Hollywood is not a level playing field.
Nicole Kidman, one of the world's most famous and arguably best actresses, has taken aim at sexism in Hollywood saying the industry does not represent an "even playing field" for women. The Oscar-winning Australian actress was speaking at the Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards in Los Angeles.
Nicole Kidman was speaking at the Women in Film awards
"Obviously we need to create more opportunities; it's not an even playing field," said Kidman, who won the Crystal award for excellence in film at the ceremony. "We're all working and banding together and trying to change that and that's what's needed. We also need to put cameras in little girls' hands and get them to tell stories and increase their confidence so that they can feel powerful."
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman On Hollywood Sexism, "It's Not An Even Playing Field"
The doc alleges that the actor had his then wife Nicole Kidman’s phone tapped.
Directed by Alex Gibney, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, has become the most talked about film to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Claiming to lift the lid on the famously secretive religion, the doc also includes allegations about famous follower Tom Cruise and the church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Tom Cruise is one of Scientology's most famous followers
Based in part on the book of the same name by Lawrence Wright, the film features interviews with former church members and never before seen footage, including some of Tom Cruise stage at a Scientology gala.
Despite their mother's successful career, the 47-year-old actress' two daughters have no desire to follow in her footsteps.
Even though Nicole Kidman has been one of Hollywood's most dominant actresses for many years, her two daughters don't seem to have any interest in emulating their mother's success in the movie business.
Kidman's children do not want to act
The Aussi star's children, Faith Margaret, 4, and Sunday Rose, 6½, whom she shares with husband Keith urban, have finally seen mommy's new movie 'Paddington.' Although they enjoyed the flick, however, their desire to become actresses is still non-existent.
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Explains Why Daughters Will Never Act
Despite starring in numerous blockbuster movies over a career spanning two decades, the Aussi actress recently revealed she is a rather shy person.
Even though Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman has been an established Hollywood star for 25 years, she is surprisingly only just starting to come out of her shell, which may explain why she has garnered a reputation of being a rather cold person over the years.
Kidman isn't as shy as she once was
While promoting her new movie 'Paddington' during an interview on NBC's 'Today' show Tuesday (Jan 6th), the Aussi actress addressed a recent quote by her friend Sheryl Crowe, who told Elle magazine that Kidman's mannerisms can often be confused with her "being an ice queen."
Special guest Nicole Kidman was joined by a host of presenters at the Agon Channel launch party which took place in Milan, Italy. The Oscar winning actress is currently promoting her new movie 'Paddington', in which she plays the eponymous bear hero's evil arch-enemy Millicent.
In the jungles of Peru, a young bear learns about and becomes obsessed with Great Britain and sets off on an adventure to visit the county. After an arduous journey, he finally arrives in London's Paddington Station, but realises quite soon that he is both lost and lonely. That is, until the Brown family discover him and adopt him, naming him Paddington, after the place they found him. Paddington (Ben Whishaw) is a great addition to the household, as his antics entertain the children. But said antics often end in destruction within the household, leaving the Brown family in a difficult position. Things become even more difficult when Millicent (Nicole Kidman) sets about trying to capture and stuff Paddington, in order to add him to her exhibition.
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Nicole Kidman took time out for some serious studying to play amnesiac in 'Before I Got To Sleep'.
'Before I Go To Sleep' explores the darkness of losing one's memory to an accident, a fear that resides deeply in everyone and which Nicole Kidman displayed with remarkable commitment on the chilling movie adaptation with Colin Firth.
Nicole Kidman impressed Colin Firth with amnesiac performance
In a bid to fully immerse herself in the character of Christine, a 40-year-old woman who wakes up one day believing she is still in her twenties and with no recollection of who her husband is only to find out repeatedly that he has been introducing himself to her every day for several weeks, Nicole Kidman took the time to do some full research into her condition. 'I watched a number of documentaries where people do have this psychogenic amnesia', she explains. 'The idea of actually having this is horrifying. Someone described it as like losing their soul, because you lose your identity, you lose actually what you are and that's really chilling, and it's also sad.'
It has been a violent week in showbiz, with aggression from Alec Baldwin, Justin Bieber and the Solange/Jay Z camps.
Cannes Panning: We'd love to say we were starting the round-up on a high with the Cannes Film Festival but unfortunately for new royal biopic Grace of Monaco, there is no good news to be found. The Nicole Kidman-starring true story dramatization has been almost universally crushed by Cannes critics who found the acting wooden, the script trite and the entire picture worse than the much-slated Diana pic. You can watch the trailer here though - it's worth it for the beautiful costumes and idyllic tax-haven setting.
Baldwin Busted: Alec Baldwin should probably sneak off to some meditation resort in the mountains for the next few months until this latest debacle blows over. The hot-headed actor and TV host, who is known for his many altercations with paps, had a run-in with police this week when he was caught riding his bicycle the wrong way down a busy New York street and flew into a rage when the cops asked to see his ID. It didn't end well for the 30 Rock star: read about all the drama here.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Batman Revealed, Baldwin Busted, An Elevator Bust-Up
How did Olivier Dahan's Grace Kelly biopic fare at the Cannes Film Festival?
Grace of Monaco is about to premiere on the opening night of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Olivier Dahan's sumptuously shot Grace Kelly biopic, which stars Nicole Kidman in the titular role, has had months of problems securing a release date but is finally ready to make its debut on a world stage.
Nicole Kidman's 'Grace Of Monaco' Prepares For Premiere In Cannes Tonight.
The film features Kidman ('Moulin Rouge') as the titular actress-turned-princess at a critical time in her life when she is married to Prince Rainier III of Monaco (Tim Roth) but has been offered a role in Alfred Hitchcock's (Roger Ashton-Griffiths) Marnie. Grace is forced to have to choose between her new royal life and the irresistible pull of her old Hollywood film star lifestyle.
Is Nicole Kidman's Grace of Monaco the most controversial movie of the year?
Nicole Kidman’s Grace of Monaco is set to open the Cannes film festival on Wednesday (May 14, 2014), but before the movie has even had its first screening it already seems to be steeped in controversy. Kidman portrays iconic actress Grace Kelly who went from Hollywood star to real life Princess after marrying Monaco’s Prince Rainier in 1956. The movie, which examines a small period in Kelly’s life, has drawn criticism from the Princess’s children and has also been the subject of a highly publicised dispute between distributer Harvey Weinstein and director Oliver Dahan. With all the negative publicity, is the controversy surrounding Grace of Monaco set to eclipse the actual film when it finally premieres in Cannes?
Nicole Kidman stars in Grace of Monaco
Grace Kelly is one of the most enduring icons of cinema, despite the fact she only made 11 films. Her brief career saw her cast as Hitchcock’s ultimate blonde in Dial M for Murder and Rear Window as well as winning an Academy Award for Country Girl in 1954. But at aged 26, Kelly gave up her Hollywood career in order to marry Monaco’s Prince Rainer and become the world’s most famous princess. Her life in Monaco, however, was seldom a fairytale as she was forced to sideline her own ambitions in favor of serving the country. Her life tragically came to an end in 1982 after she suffered a stroke whilst driving which caused her to loose control of her car and veer off the road down a mountainside, she was just 52 years old.
The 19 year-old aspiring DJ put speculation to bed that his relationship with his adopted mother is distant, as he recently stated things between himself and Kidman are great.
Nicole Kidman's relationship with her two older children, from her former marriage with Tom Cruise, is fairly unknown, but that doesn't mean something is wrong.
The Australian actress is mother to adopted children, Connor, 19, and Isabelle, 21, but is rarely seen with either of them.
Once Kidman divorced from Cruise in 2001, the children decided to live with their father, and ever since then tabloids have claimed that there is a rift between the family.
'Grace of Monaco' will open Cannes 2014 after the Nicole Kidman film had its release delayed.
The day after it was announced that the upcoming Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco, had had its March 2014 release date delayed indefinitely, the organisers of the Cannes Film Festival have announced that the film will now open the prestigious event in May, reports Variety.
Nicole Kidman Shines As The Glamorous Grace Kelly In 'Grace Of Monaco.'
The film, which is directed by Olivier Dahan ('La Vie En Rose), was originally set for release in November 2013 but was pushed back to March this year by The Weinstein Company, taking it out of the Oscar runnings this year.
Nicole Kidman opens up about her previous marriage with Tom Cruise and how she has found her "great love" in Australian country singer, Keith Urban.
Tom and Nicole married each other on Christmas Eve in 1990, it lasted for 11 years before they divorced in 2001 due to Cruise citing 'irreconcilable differences'.
11 years could be considered as a long marriage in the world of showbiz and especially since their relationship was subject to intense media scrutiny, it seems that much more impressive.
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Talks Tom Cruise Marriage And Her "Great Love" Keith Urban
The actress compared her marriage to Cruise to that of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Nicole Kidman features as the cover girl for the next issue of Vanity Fair magazine, striking a pose that echoes the former glamour of Princess Grace of Monaco, who Nicole will be portraying on film in an upcoming biopic about the late Hollywood royalty turned actual royalty. In her interview, she didn't just discuss her role and the late Princess, as she also discussed ehr relationship to current husband Keith Urban and former husband Tom Cruise at length too.
It was a revealing and informative chat from Kidman, who is clearly relishing her role as Princess Grace, not to mention her current love life with country star Urban, who recently spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about their use of sexting to make it through long periods of separation. But it was when she began discussing her previous husband, Tom Cruise, when things began to get a little more juicy, as she recalled their "intoxicating" love for each other.
“There is something about that sort of existence that, if you really focus on each other and you’re in that bubble, it’s very intoxicating, because it’s just the two of you,” Kidman told December’s Vanity Fair. “And there is only one other person that’s going through it. So it brings you very close, and it’s deeply romantic. I’m sure Brad and Angelina have that — because there’s nobody else that understands it except that person who’s sleeping right next to you.”
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Recalls Her "Intoxicating" Marriage To Tom Cruise
Despite the two star's having drastically hectic and differing work schedules, the married couple manage to keep hold of their spark with some raunchy texts.
Keith Urban is one busy guy and his wife, Nicole Kidman, is a very busy lady too. Their hectic work schedules make regular visits almost impossible and as a result the pair have to find new ways to keep in touch and keep that spark in their relationship still as bright as it was when they first married seven years ago. On the Monday, 28 October, edition of Ellen Degeneres' talk show, Ellen, the country star and American Idol judge revealed just how the two combat their conflicting work schedules and stay in touch despite the massive distance between them.
The couple have been married seven years but still keep things fresh
Urban, who currently splits his time between hosting on Idol and touring North America, appeared on Ellen and gave a few choice methods he and Nicole use for keeping in touch with each other. Whilst Kidman, 46, is currently in London filming her next film - the couple's two children; Sunday, 5, and Faith, 2, are with their mother - he admitted that there is often an ocean-sized gap between the two lovers, but wherever there is a will, there is a way.
Could China really be the world leader in film production?
Nicole Kidman, one of the world's biggest actresses, attended a star-studded event in Qingdao on Sunday (September 22, 2013) where China's richest man announced plans to spend 50 billion yuan on the country's own version of Hollywood.
Iron Man 3 Was Partially Filmed in China
Wang Jianlin's red carpet event underlined China's ambitions to become the world's biggest box-office and capital of the entertainment industry. Kidman was joined by Ewan McGregor, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Travolta and Leonardo Dicaprio who rubbed shoulders with Chinese stars Zhang Ziyi, Tony Leung and Jet Li, according to MSN's 9News.
Continue reading: How Nicole Kidman, DiCaprio Are Helping China Become The New Hollywood
12 Years a Slave becomes Oscar frontrunner, Don Jon premieres in New York, Naomi and Nicole are princesses, Bruce Dern walks to Nebraska, and Rocky faces off against Raging Bull...
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.
The stylish new film has a stylish new trailer, which you can see below.
Ladies and Gentlemen: welcome another runner in the race for decoration at the Oscars, Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco. The Australian actress leads the cast in this biopic surrounding the extravagance, revelry and mystery that was Grace Kelly’s life.
Grace Kelly's extraordinary life is explored in Grace of Monaco
With a supporting cast consisting of Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Derek Jacobi, Paz Vega, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Milo Ventimiglia and Tim Roth, and an emotive story, director Olivier Dahan may have an Oscar contender on his hands, if he’s managed to pull it all together.
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Is Grace Kelly In 'Grace Of Monaco' [Trailer + Pictures]
Grace Kelly is one of the most loved women of the past 100 years. The former Hollywood star was a favourite of the silver screen, but that was only really the beginning of her journey. When Grace Kelly fell in love with Prince Rainier III of Monaco, her personal life turned into a story that could rival that of a classic fairy tale.
Though not from royal stock, Grace is to many their favourite royal to have lived; beauty, elegance and a gentle and nurturing nature only added to the appeal of Grace throughout the world.
Nicole Kidman now takes on one of her most difficult roles to date and plays the much loved actress. Set in the 1960's whilst her husband, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, faced invasion by the French over tax disputes, the princess was also facing one of the most turbulent times of her life. Grace of Monaco was directed by Oscar winner Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose) and written by relative newcomer Arash Amel.
The Aussie actress was taken out by a paparazzo riding a bike whilst in New York this week, and according to reports, she's going to sue
Nicole Kidman was knocked down in the streets of New York this week whilst arriving back from the Calvin Klein show as the city hosts New York Fashion Week. The fashionista was minding her own business as she arrived back at her hotel, the Carlyle Hotel, when a freelance photographer came bombing down the pavement and almost had a head on collision with the Oscar-winner.
Wu has been involved in a similar run-in with Lady GaGa
Although the incident turned out to not be so serious after all, Nicole was left infuriated by the photographer, named Carl Wu, and was apparently threatening to sue him for his recklessness. Speaking to TMZ, witnesses at the scene say that they saw Wu come hurtling down the pavement towards Kidman and seemed to step on his brakes at the last minute, which failed to bring him to a stop and so he was forced to dive off the moving bike, taking Kidman out along the way.
There's much to admire in "The Railway Man". The complex story is just the beginning.
One of the more prominent films screened at TIFF this weekend turned out to be The Railway Man, a true-to-life drama, which fits neatly within the festival’s noticeable motif of torture, depicted in various ways in many movies on the roster. Colin Firth stars in this Jonathan Teplitzky film as a World War II veteran, who has been so shaken by the experience of being a war prisoner and forced to work on the Thailand-Burma railway that he can’t rid himself of the memories for long after the war.
Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman both deliver excellent performances in this WWII drama.
When Eric (Firth) finds out that the man who tortured him after his capture – an interpreter by the name of Takashi Nagase – is still alive, the demons, which still haunt him, surface once again. His wife Patti (Nicole Kidman), having found out the reason behind her husband’s trauma, encourages him to return to Japan, find Nagase and get some closure from his horrific experiences. But as it turns out, closure isn’t an easy thing to come by and Eric is forced to choose between revenge or acceptance.
Eric Lomax was a British Officer in World War II who found himself a prisoner of war after he and several of his comrades were ambushed in Singapore. Forced to work on the Thailand-Burma Railway, he was severely tortured by an interpreter by the name of Takashi Nagase to the point where it tormented him throughout the rest of his life, psychologically damaging him for many years. Several years on, his new wife Patti demands to be given an explanation as to what happened in his life to make him so scarred, and she is informed by his friend Finlay of his horrific trauma. After Eric discovers in a newspaper that Nagase is still living, Patti convinces him to make a trip back to Japan to confront his intimidator once and for all and finally end his lifelong ordeal. However, things don't quite go according to plan and Eric is faced with either revenge or acceptance and reconciliation.
'The Railway Man' is the extraordinary true to life war film based on the autobiography of the same name by Eric Lomax. It has been directed by Jonathan Teplitzky ('Burning Man', 'Gettin' Square', 'Better Than Sex') and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce ('24 Hour Party People', 'Butterfly Kiss') and Andy Paterson, and will be released in the UK on January 3rd 2014.
The Nicole Kidman-starring 'Stoker' has received strong praise from critics ahead of release this week.
We here at Contactmusic.com thought Nicole Kidman might have a hit on her hands after seeing the trailer for psychological thriller 'Stoker' back in 2012. It stars the Australian actress opposite Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode in a film about 'Uncle Charlie' moving in with India and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn after the death of India's father. Suspicions about Charlie's motives are raised, things get a little weird - it looks great. Check out the creepy poster.
'Stoker' - from director Park Chan-Wook, known for his immaculate framing - has scored strong reviews ahead of its release in the U.S and UK this week. Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times loved the movie, calling it a "A bizarrely perverse, beautifully rendered mystery that you may or may not care to solve." Esteemed critic A.O. Scott of the New York Times wrote, "It may be Mr. Park's reputation that induces a state of queasy anticipation in the early scenes of "Stoker." But it is also, unquestionably, his craft."
Not all the reviews were entirely positive - for example, USA Today argued, "Just because something is unsettling doesn't make it involving," though most critics were taken by the unnerving atmosphere created throughout. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine said, "Park has built a hothouse of erotic tension that's primed to explode. Some will find it too much. Screw them. Park's goal is to bust form, not conform to it. Take Stoker for what it is: a thriller of savage beauty," while Jam Movies summed up, "Stoker is a chilling and profoundly disturbing thriller about grief and wanton desire."
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You could argue that this film is all lurid style over substance, but there's actually a lot going on behind the stunningly gorgeous imagery. Korean director Park (Oldboy) beings his lavish visual approach to this Hitchcockian story about a family infiltrated by a predator. Packed with references to iconic movies and books, the film is heightened and deranged, and its intense moodiness gets under the skin.
It centres on 18-year-old India Stoker (Wasikowska), distraught after the death of her beloved father (Mulroney). Without him to soften her, she's also even angrier than usual at her needy mother Evie (Kidman). Then the charming, handsome Uncle Charlie (Goode) turns up at the funeral and moves in to help them grieve. Actually he seems to be trying to seduce Evie, who is flattered by his attention. But the housekeeper (Somerville) and an auntie (Weaver) don't stick around long enough to see what's really going on, and it becomes clear that Charlie actually has his sights set on India.
Both the script and the direction continually echo familiar literary and cinematic icons, from the family's name to the Shakespearean family plot to the prowling interloper (see Robert Mitchum in the 1950s classic The Night of the Hunter). Director Park's camera prowls through the house like a ghost, catching tiny details in every lushly designed scene while finding all kinds of shadings in the performances. Wasikowska is terrific as the sensitive, rather cruel young woman at the centre of the storm, while Kidman steals her scenes with a haunted, conflicted performance. Between them, Goode is almost painfully seductive. And clearly dangerous.
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Nicole Kidman maybe isn't quite as high profile as she was in her Moulin Rouge pomp these days, but there's no denying that when she hits the red carpet, she'll still draw the eyes of the world's paparazzi. The Australian actress was in London for the premiere of Stoker, the last film produced by Tony Scott before his death, and also starring Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode.
Faith Hill's braces became the subject of intense discussion and debate during the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 10, 2013), with the country songstress debuting her new mouth gear. The singer looked stunning in a black J. Mendel gown though confused fans by wearing braces, despite her usually flawless smile.
Hill told country station KNIX that she had braces as a kid, but forgot to wear her retainer. When explaining the need for a second round of dental gear, Faith advised. "Kids, wear your retainer!" Her two eldest daughters with husband Tim Mcgraw - Gracie and Maggie - both wear braces, too. The couple presented an award at Sunday night's 55th annual Grammy Awards and were photographed hanging out with their close friends Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. Five-times winner Grammy winner Faith Hill teamed her lavish gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewellery, Tom Ford shoes and a pretty impressive looking Bottega Veneta clutch.
As the Sundance Film Festival continues in Utah, buzz is emerging about the new Nicole Kidman movie Stoker, in which she plays the widowed mother of teen Mia Wasikowska as they deal with the arrival of the unexpectedly sexy Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). From the director of Old Boy, a new trailer depicts the film as a stylish, warped and very black comedy. It comes to cinemas on March 1st.
Here in Britain, two leading awards contenders open this week. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis, the front-runner in the Best Actor race. This would be his unprecedented third win in the category. And Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, who is currently the favourite for Best Actress, although Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook is giving her some serious competition.
But no one should write off iconic French actress Emmanuelle Riva's astonishing turn in Amour. She won the London Critics' Circle Film Award for Best Actress on Sunday. The London critics also gave Amour their Film of the Year title, and it's up for Best Picture at the Oscars as well.
India Stoker is a reclusive young artist with no friends at school due to her many peculiarities and idiosyncrasies. Her only friend is her father, and when he dies in a unexplained car accident she finds herself even more isolated as she is forced to stay with her unhinged mother Evie who shows her nothing but contempt. It isn't long before the mother and daughter are joined by India's uncle Charlie; a man whom India has never been told about before despite him being the brother of her beloved father. He is handsome, charming and mysterious and Evie wastes no time in falling in love with him - seeing him as a blessing since the death of her husband. Her contempt for her daughter increases, however, when she finds that Charlie has become much more interested in India and, although she initially suspects him of having dubious intentions, the interest is soon reciprocated when she becomes infatuated with his sinister games.
'Stoker' is a psychological thriller with a star studded cast directed by Chan-wook Park ('Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance', 'Oldboy') and written by first-time screenwriter Wentworth with additions from Erin Cressida Wilson ('Secretary', 'Chloe'). It is set for release in the UK on March 1st 2013.
Director: Park Chan-wook
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In 1990, when she was just 23, Nicole Kidman married the man that she thought would be the love of her life: Tom Cruise. Yes, any woman under the age of 30 was pretty much convinced at that point that Tom Cruise was destined for her, but Kidman both won and lost. They were married for 10 years, but divorced in 2000, which Kidman said, in her latest very indepth interview with DuJou, "was a shock to [her] system." Despite it taking her a long time to heal, 12 years on and her life is not just back on track but the whole landscape of her existence is basking in the warm glow of contentment and joy, it appears.
"My life changed," she said, since meeting her current husband Keith Urban. "He is a wonderful, caring man and he makes me feel secure. We don't ever like to be separated." She and Urban married in 2006 and have two daughters together. It isn't only her marriage that changed her life, but having babies has changed a lot as well. Her first child Sunday Rose was born in 2008 in Nashville. "Having my baby has been a healing experience," she says. "It took me so long to have a child. I feel enormous gratitude. Sunday has healed an enormous amount in me. It's a very private thing, but she just has."
It's a delight to hear how great Kidman's life is. "Before, I was running away from life. Now I embrace it. You never know how long you have. So I cherish every minute." She said, "I'm happier than I've ever been in my life." Kidman is currently filming for 'Grace of Monaco', a film about Grace Kelly which is set for release in 2014.
India Stoker is a plain young artist whose peculiarities isolate her from others in high school leaving her friendless. When her loving father dies in unknown circumstances after a car accident, she is forced to remain with her cold, unloving and unhinged mother Evelyn. Soon, however, India is introduced to her handsome and charming Uncle Charlie - someone who she has never before been told existed. Evelyn falls for him and attempts to have him fill the place of her deceased husband, however he seems less interested in her and more interested in India. India suspects him of having a dark motive for coming to live to them but instead of fearing him, she begins an increasing obsession for him that he in turn reciprocates.
This psychological thriller features stunning acting performances from an award-winning star studded cast that is bound to pull you to edge of your seat next Spring. Directed by Chan-wook Park ('Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance', 'Oldboy') and written by first-time screenwriter Wentworth with contributions from Erin Cressida Wilson ('Secretary', 'Chloe'), 'Stoker' is a story of corruption, vengeance and bloodlust with a hint of illicit romance. It will be released in across the UK from March 1st 2013 by Fox Searchlight UK.
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Brad Pitt became the first male face to appear in a Chanel No.5 commercial on Monday (October 15, 2012), as part of an advertising campaign that pays the Hollywood star a cool $7 million, according to Women's Wear Daily. In the new black and white ad - directed by filmmaker Joe Wright - Pitt, 48, looks wistfully into the camera.
As with most Chanel ads, there's also an enigmatic faux-philosophical drivel, which when broken down, doesn't really mean anything. On this occasion, Pitt says, "It's not a journey. Every journey ends, but we go on. The world turns, and we turn with it. Plans disappear, dreams take over. But wherever I go, there you are, my luck, my fate, my fortune. Chanel No.5, inevitable." The wishy-washy ad has already come in for scrutiny, with Erik Hayden of Time magazine calling it "nonsensical," adding that its "vaguely existential monologue ... sounds like it could plausibly have been discarded narration from the trailer for Terrence Malick's (film) 'Tree of Life." Chanel No.5 - the first perfume launched by Coco Chanel in 1921 - has previous been represented by Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve and more recently Audrey Tatou in a series of very slick, very French ads.
Pitt's commercial has already racked up millions of hits on YouTube, as well as a flurry of the usual unintentionally comical comments. One user wrote, "WHAT THE HELL IS HE SAYING??!?!? But it's OK because it's Brad Pitt," while another claimed that with Pitt or no Pitt, nobody should be spending $250 on "smelly water."
Brad Pitt has become the first male to front an advertising campaign for Chanel’s iconic women’s fragrance, Chanel No.5. We’re not entirely sure what’s going on here but we’re fairly certain that it’s got very little to do with gender equality and rather a lot to do with the dollar signs in the eyes of the head honchos at Chanel. One of whom, Joanna Norman, told The Telegraph earlier this year “No one, as far as I know, has ever used a male icon to promote a female fragrance. There is a dual element: for women, there's an appreciation that it's something different; for boys, it makes them think, 'that will impress my girlfriend'. It's a brilliant example of a classic rejuvenated via a youthful icon."
At the age of 48, we reckon that Brad Pitt is very much on the cusp of no longer fitting the bill of a ‘youthful icon’ but let’s not split hairs here. Essentially, Chanel have shifted their marketing angle from ‘here’s the beautiful actress Nicole Kidman – try not to hate her, ladies, try to smell like her, instead’ to ‘hey ladies, here’s Brad Pitt, you can definitely attract Brad Pitt to your bedsit if you smell like this.’ And, most importantly, they have confirmed to straight guys across the globe that it’s OK to buy your girlfriend a bottle of Chanel No.5 because it’s exactly what Brad Pitt would do.
The main ad itself, as published in the Telegraph, depicts Brad Pitt staring at a giant bottle of Chanel No. 5. He looks bemused. He looks well-groomed. He looks like he doesn’t really knowing what he’s doing there or why he’s staring at a bottle of ladies’ perfume. Inside, he’s probably having a good old chuckle at the £4.32 million he reportedly got paid to stand around looking bemused and well-groomed, to shift a few tonnes of perfume to other bemused men, the world over.
Charlotte Bless is a busty, blonde, middle-aged woman who enchants most men she meets with her looks and sexual appeal. She has fallen emphatically in love with Hillary Van Wetter, an inmate on death row accused of murdering a sheriff with whom she is regularly in correspondence with, and plans to marry him once she finds a way of getting him released. She enlists the help of two newspaper reporters to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crime and to gather evidence to prove his innocence. One of their main objections is that the judge who sentenced Wetter did not see the evidence that was presented before him in court. Whilst Charlotte is convinced that Wetter is not a bad person, young Jack Jansen is equally convinced that she doesn't really love Wetter and becomes deeply infatuated with her.
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Danny is a successful plastic surgeon who likes playing the field. Most guys who are practised in the bachelor world have a pick up line and Danny has come up with quite a unique way of attracting women; he tells them that he's in an abusive relationship and that his wife is horribly cruel to him. Danny finds it a massively effective way of hitting on women but when he meets Palmer, a girl he instantly falls for he doesn't even go down his usual route, it appears Palmer reciprocates his feelings but when she finds the wedding ring in his pocket, Danny finds himself repeating his much rehearsed speech but this time he tells her his marriage is over. Like all the others Palmer falls for Danny and his ways, but being a genuine person Palmer requests she meets his wife to clear the air.
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At 165 minutes, Australia is ambitious to a point -- and then, to a fault. You can actually point to two movies jockeying for position on screen (well, one full story and the seeds of another). And while I quite liked the primary story, the third-act coda struck me as fodder for a potential sequel I wasn't prepared to sit through at the time.
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I should note that I have read the original Philip Pullman books that this trilogy will be based on. Like Tolkien, Pullman creates a multi-layered world to journey through, but he tends to be tighter with narrative style than Tolkien. What he lacks in verbosity he makes up for in texture, and this may be where some problems will lie for an audience, as he is comfortable not sharing useful character and cultural details immediately. Over the course of this film, some information does get left out to respect the audience's time in a theater, but it in no way affects the enjoyment of watching Lyra's (Dakota Blue Richards) story unfold.
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Filled with virtuoso special effects and spectacular song-and-dance sequences, Baz Luhrmann's long-awaited Moulin Rouge makes every minute of our collectively held breath worthwhile. In fact, during its opening hour, this critic found it hard to look away even for a second to jot down a note, for fear of missing even a nuanced sparkle in the eye of some French whore.
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Birth hangs its hat on a delicate premise that demands kid gloves if it seriously hopes to sustain the already shaky credibility. An elegant transition of life forces starts the film. Physician Sean dies while jogging. Simultaneously, a baby is born. Fast forward 10 years, where a cave-eyed child coincidentally named Sean (Cameron Bright) claims to Upper West Side basket case Anna (Nicole Kidman) that he is her reincarnated ex-husband. Anna's humorless fiancée (Danny Huston) scoffs at the idea. Her mother (a neglected Lauren Bacall) displays indifference. ("I never liked Sean, anyway," she articulates.) But Anna's not so quick to write the boy off.
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That aside, this is one hell of a movie. A somewhat bizarre cross between A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut is the work of a meticulous craftsman -- a luscious and rich odyssey through the streets of New York, and into the minds of a couple of its residents.
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While its trailers make you believe the small screen gem has been reincarnated from its TV Land graveyard, those expecting a proper big screen revival will be sorely disappointed. In fact, the sisters Ephron have carefully crafted a film that tries and succeeds at not resembling the original. Too bad the parts they took out are all the best bits. The finished product is new and different, but it's too predictable and remarkably devoid of anything entertaining or enduring.
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But seriously, that's what you're going to be doing if you see The Portrait of a Lady -- Jane Campion's follow-up to The Piano, based on Henry James's "classic" novel that you've probably never read. Now, I'm wishing that I had, though, because Portrait is a fantastic movie to watch, exquisitely crafted and painstakingly detailed, gorgeously photographed and full of style -- but it is just plain impossible to follow.
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Predictability reigns for much of the film, because we've seen the story far too often before. A stranger comes to town where the residents are skeptical of outsiders. She proceeds to go out of her way to ingratiate herself, they finally accept her, and then show their true colors against her of what they fear to inflict on one another due to extended co-habitation. The dysfunction turns into a gang of all versus one, regardless of any normal sense of morality, which they are able to slowly rationalize. On the one hand, the unhurried process through which this evolves respects the fact that nobody changes actions or views over night. But because we know it's going to happen, the path to getting there feels arduous.
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The circumstances of her accidental eavesdropping are alittle suspect as well -- she just happened to be in a sound booth lateat night, where a microphone inexplicably left on just happened to pickup a conspiratorial conversation in a regional dialect she and only a handfulof others speak outside of the fictional African country of her birth.
Couple this with a covered-up past of rebel activity aimedat the dictator she claims will be targeted during an controversial upcomingaddress on the floor of the U.N., and it's no surprise that the SecretService agent assigned to investigate (Sean Penn) finds her revelationto be dubious at best.
Although the milieu is unusual, "The Interpreter"is largely a variation on a standard Hollywood template about a broodingcop assigned to protect a pretty witness. With a less talented cast anda less interesting director than Sydney Pollack ("Havana," "TheFirm"), it could have easily been dumbed down into an action moviecocktail with a romantic chaser.
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Lars von Trier's peculiar compulsion to humiliate his heroines (and by extension the actresses who play them) has finally crescendoed to a deafening din of indiscriminate, exasperating martyrdom in "Dogville," a daring experiment in heightened performance and minimalist filmmaking that is fatally undermined by the Danish writer-director's conceit as a narrator.
His last four movies ("Breaking the Waves," "The Idiots," "Dancer in the Dark" and now "Dogville") have all dealt largely with the psychological (and sometimes physical) torture of vulnerable female protagonists. While his storytelling and cinematic style are almost always compelling, he's never seemed so arbitrary in his sadism than in this allegory of a beautiful, 1930s flapper fugitive hiding from the mob in a ragged, remote, austere Colorado mountain hamlet, where the tiny populace goes from distrustful to accepting to maliciously cruel on little more than von Trier's say-so.
Played with discernible dedication by Nicole Kidman, Grace is a porcelain enigma of self-flagellation so determined to escape some kind of shadowy past that, in exchange for the skeptical township's shelter, she agrees to indentured servitude -- doing handy work, favors and manual labor one hour a day in each of the seven households. She gradually comes earn the friendship of all -- even those most reluctant to accept her.
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So effective is writer-director Alejandro Amenábar's manipulation of the viewer's psyche that his English language debut -- a seriously goosepimply homage to old-school haunted house movies entitled "The Others" -- would be unshakably bone-chilling even if you blacked out everything on the screen except Nicole Kidman's porcelain face, her eyes frozen wide with fear.
The scariest parts of this movie -- which takes place in an creaky, empty estate house on the eerily foggy English Channel of Jersey just after World War II -- have no music, no special effects, no bleeding walls, rattling furniture, claps of thunder or flashes of lightning. The scariest parts of this movie consist, quite simply, of Kidman and her two children becoming frightened out of their wits by the very presence of unseen spirits that have come to occupy their home.
For all practical purposes, Grace (Kidman) is trapped in this house because her two children (Alakina Mann and James Bentley) are fatally allergic to sunlight, and she spends her days obsessed with their protection, closing heavy curtains and locking doors of any room they enter to prevent even a sliver of light from invading. Without a car or telephone since the occupying Nazis abandoned the island, the family would be helpless if not for the coincidental arrival of three new servants (the old staff recently vanished without explanation) who came round looking for work because they'd served at the house under a previous owner.
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Despite all the tongue-wagging about philandering shrinksand other rumor mill jazz, "Eyes Wide Shut" turns out to notbe entirely about sex after all.
Instead its something even more shocking by Hollywood standards-- a complex and intimate study of a couple surviving a very big bump intheir marriage.
There is sex. Plenty of it. But more frequently there'salmost sex and fantasy sex when a small marital spat between a rich,handsome couple of nine years escalates into a confession that begets adownward spiral jealousy, obsession and, most of all, temptation.
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"The Hours" is an Oscar voter's nightmare. An adaptation of Michael Cunningham's novel about three women in three different time periods whose lives are profoundly affected by Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway," the film features equally magnificent performances of nearly equal screen time from three of the best actresses working in film today.
Meryl Streep submerges herself in the self-sacrificing soul of Clarissa Vaughan, a modern Manhattan book editor whose longtime dear friend -- and volatile ex-lover -- Richard (Ed Harris) likes to ruffle her feathers by comparing her to the heroine of Woolf's book. Both women are externally serene, perfectionist party-throwers hiding deep reservoirs of regret over missed opportunities while living lives as mother-hen caretakers to others.
Julianne Moore plays Laura Brown, a fragile, pregnant 1950s housewife in the midst of reading "Mrs. Dalloway," whose deep depression (like Woolf's) and suicidal musings (like Dalloway's) go all but unnoticed by everyone except her young son (Jack Rovello), who clings to her apron strings with worry.
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Rock legend Lenny Kravitz has taken some time to discuss and explain his multiple pubic piercings and how they are apparently very pleasing to his lovers.
Lenny Kravitz has expressed delight towards the piercings he has for his penis as they allegedly increase his sexual performance. The rock legend behind 'Are You Gonna Go My Way?' turns 40 on 26th May, 2004, and has stated that his "public piercing" has caused no end of pleasure for his lovers.
Kravitz explained the piercing and boasted that: "I've never taken it out. It's a hoop about the size of a quarter. It hits the lady where she likes it and, because it swings, it can be effective in any position." Kravitz has been part of multiple celebrity relationships, dating stars like Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Imbruglia, Vanessa Paradis and Devon Aoki.
Date of birth
20th July, 1967
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