To say Kate Winslet leads a charmed life is putting it mildly. Not only is she strikingly beautiful, but she’s extremely talented as well. At age 31 she was the youngest actress to accrue five Academy Award nominations. Number six proved lucky when she finally nabbed the Oscar for Best Actress in The Reader. She’s even co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio not once, but twice. Speaking of Leonardo…
Reportedly, her Titanic co-star walked her down the aisle for her recent wedding to Ned Rocknroll. Hopefully, marriage number three will be it. Winslet was previously married to Jim Threapleton (1998-2001) and Sam Mendes (2003-2010). To congratulate the happy couple, one particular tycoon gave a very unique wedding gift. Find out below who, what and why they gave Winslet and Rocknroll this present.
This movie looks epic and certainly one of a kind. Although it’s not really making fun of other movies, I get a Scary Movie vibe (and not just because Anna Faris is in it) from the type of raunchy comedy and the amount of celebrity cameos. The difference is I’d say that there are some unexpected Academy Award-winning people in this movie ensemble of endless celebrities and it looks jaw-dropping hilarious.
Movie 43 is an upcoming feature film that is composed of 25 short comedy segments. Take a hilarious director, add an amazing cast, mix in some twisted jokes, remove all boundaries, and then stand back… way back. In Movie 43, comedy is served steaming hot (literally) by director Peter Farrelly of The Farrelly Brothers (Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber) in one of the most shocking, original, and dangerous comedies ever made. Seriously, read the list of people in this movie…
Cast: Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard, Jason Sudeikis, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Chloe Moretz, Josh Duhamel, Kate Winslet, Johnny Knoxville, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Richard Gere, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Liev Schreiber, Uma Thurman, Seann William Scott, Kieran Culkin, Leslie Bibb, Jimmy Bennett, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Kate Bosworth, Patrick Warburton, Tony Shalhoub, Chris Pratt, Jack McBrayer, Aasif Mandvi, and Bobby Cannavale.
This is definitely not safe for work (NSFW), especially considering in the first scene of the trailer, Anna Faris asks Chris Pratt, “Will you poop on me?” The movie comes out January 25, 2013. Enjoy the trailer below!
Can you picture anyone else playing Jack Dawson instead of Leonardo DiCaprio? Well, it almost happened. In a never-before-seen clip, Kate Winslet is seen sharing dialogue with Jeremy Sisto in her screen test for Titanic. The Clueless actor who now stars in ABC’s Suburgatory, eventually lost out the role to DiCaprio. I like Sisto, but Leonardo was definitely destined to star in the 1997 iconic film. Winslet was only 19-years-old at the time with only a handful of movie roles to her name.
“A 19-year-old girl who was going to carry a film of that scale on her shoulders, it’s a huge responsibility. You’re standing on set surrounded by 2,000 extras and all the lights and cameras are pointed at you. If you don’t pull it off, it doesn’t work. A lot of people would have imploded at that, but she didn’t.” – James Cameron
Winslet beat out a lot of actresses to play the role. Eliza Dushku came very close to securing the part. Other ladies at one point considered for the role of Rose include Drew Barrymore, Claire Danes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Winona Ryder, Tori Spelling, Reese Witherspoon, Gabrielle Anwar, Claire Forlani, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman and even Madonna. Yup, Madonna. LOL. You can check out website, Not Starring, to see a complete list and reasons why some actresses lost out on the role.
If you plan on entering your office’s Oscar Pool this year, be sure to read this post. Out of all the Oscar precursor awards, the Director Guild of America (DGA) Awards and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards are the ones to pay close attention to. The two are the best predictors when it comes to eventual Oscar winners. If you want to improve your odds of winning your Oscar pool, I’d follow these two guilds’ footsteps.
The DGAs are a near perfect barometer for predicting the Best Director Academy Award winner. Only six times since the award’s existence in 1948, have the DGAs incorrectly matched the Oscar honoree. The last time came in 2002 when Steven Soderbergh won for “Traffic” while Roman Polanski walked away with the Oscar for his work on “The Pianist“. On Saturday night’s ceremony, the winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011 was Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist“.
He beat out Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Alexander Payne (The Descendants), Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris) and David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). With exception to Fincher, Hazanavicius will face off against the same crew of directors at the Oscars with Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) taking over Fincher’s slot. Hazanavicius is definitely the one to beat now.
Before today, all we knew about the 69th Annual Golden Globes was Ricky Gervais was invited back to host, Miss Golden Globe 2012 was Rainey Qualley and Robert Deniro was the recipient of the Cecil B. Demille award. But the rest of the nominees were unknown until today’s reveal in Hollywood. Sofia Vergara, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and that sexy Gerard Butler announced the honorees during a press conference. BTW, doesn’t Butler look super sexy with that curly longer hair. YUMMERS. I digress.
In the past, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been criticized for nominating star power in favor of merit. Usually there are a couple of big names that earn a nod despite not showing up on any other Oscar precursor awards. In other words, they’re HUGE star f*ckers. Based on today’s nominations, the HFPA have once again been blinded by big names in some cases. That being said, most of their nominations fell in line with what other organizations have declared the best of 2011.
With the Golden Globes dividing up drama and musical/comedy films into two different categories, it affords the HFPA to nominate more people. Also, it makes if more fun for us viewers come January to see more of our favorite stars. Here are a quick thoughts on the nominations.
Leading the pack with six nominations was “The Artist” including Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius. Coming in next were “The Descendants” and “The Help” with five nominations apiece. Speaking of “The Descendants”, George Clooney was a big winner today. He was nominated for directing, screenplay and acting categories. Definitely a banner year for him.
Kate Winslet is like a fine wine. She only gets better with age. At only 35-years-old, the British actress has won every prestigious award possible. From an Oscar, an Emmy, 2 Golden Globes, and BAFTA, Winslet has a career most actresses would die for. Even more enviable than the accolades is the fact Kate gets to share the screen with today’s hottest heart throbs including Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Matt Damon to name a few. Winslet definitely leads a charmed life.
In the November 2011 Harper’s Bazaar issue, Winslet opens up about her family life, bouncing back from a failed marriage and her career. On the cover and photo spread, Winslet smolders and looks breathtaking. She channels old-school glamor, reminiscent of Hollywood screen legends like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. I’m loving the cat eye make up. It definitely suits her. I’ve included a few quotes from the interview conducted by Justine Picardie, along with a few pics from the photo shoot.
“One thing I will say about me and Sam is that it’s fine, it’s really fine. I’m not going to s—fling, there’s no point in even going there. It is what it is… We’re grown-ups at the end of the day, and however hard it’s been for me, it’s been equally hard for him. And we have a child together who we both love – and raising him together, jointly and without any conflict, is absolutely key. It’s the only way to do it, and I’ve really learnt that with Mia.”
No one can rock out a diamond accented turban like Elizabeth Taylor, but Kate Winslet is giving the legendary actress a run for her money. In her hey day, no one was a stunningly beautiful as Taylor. As Winslet herself put it, Elizabeth had a “sort of coolness and aloofness” when she posed in photographs. For the recent issue of V Magazine, the Oscar-winning actress pays homage to the actress in a series of old Hollywood-inspired photos snapped by Mario Testino.
“Which in old Hollywood perhaps didn’t feel quite as prevalent. Now, actors and actresses can bend the rules a lot. Back then, there did seem to be a rule book, and there was some expectation in terms of how glamorous women should look. There’s a sort of coolness and aloofness to the way [Elizabeth Taylor] would look in posed photographs. In candid snapshots she was really quite soft, and she would really screw up her face. I do that as well.” – Kate Winslet
In the issue, Winslet talks about her upcoming film “Contagion“. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the thriller about the breakout of a global pandemic features an ensemble cast including Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Other topics Winslet discusses are her numerous nude scenes, upcoming film roles and her family. Check out this quote showing how wicked Winslet is, as if I couldn’t love her any more.
“I love the way their brains work.” Joe [her son] turns to me the other day and says, ‘One day, I will have a girlfriend. But I might have a boyfriend. If I’m gay.’ He’s 7! And I said, ‘You might have a girlfriend or a boyfriend, darling.’ And he said, ‘Which would you prefer?’ And I said, ‘My love, that would be entirely up to you, and it doesn’t make any difference to me.’ But that he knows! It’s a real privilege. Talk about the best education.”
Although this “outbreak” story has been told in different ways many times before, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this. The film is called Contagion, which by definition means “disease transmission by direct or indirect contact.” Here’s the plot: “Following the uncontrollable spread of a lethal airborne virus, the movie revolves around the attempt to slow the pandemic and the increasing panic raging through society.” For me, this is the type of storyline that doesn’t get old, because it could totally happen – and that makes it scary. The same goes for the countless movies about “end of the world” catastrophic events or scary tales of paranormal activity. I’ll always watch them.
If the plot isn’t reason enough to get you to want to watch this, surely the director and the cast might be. This Steven Soderbergh-directed film stars Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and many other A-list actors.
The film hits theatres September 9th. I wonder if this trailer will go “viral”? Haha, that was bad. Do your first diagnosis on the film by checking out the trailer below.