Grace of Monaco had everything going for it. The Weinstein Co. acquired the film in 2013 and it opened the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Nicole Kidman playing Hollywood darling turned royal icon Princess Grace is pure Oscar bait.
It was supposed to hit theaters in 2014 but the Weinsteins pulled it from their schedule. Reportedly it was because of the behind-the-scenes drama, specifically script changes and clashes with the film’s director Olivier Dahan.
The good news is the biopic will finally see the light of day. The bad news is it’s debuting on the Lifetime Network. A + E Networks made the announcement this week. How awful is the movie that execs felt compelled to play it on their channel known for cheesy biopics. Remember the trainwrecks that were the Aaliyah and Whitney Houston films?
I’m definitely going to watch Grace of Monaco when it airs on Lifetime on May 25. If I could sit through the Aaliyah one, I can certainly stomach two hours of Kidman navigating through this. Check out the theatrical trailer below if you haven’t already seen it yet.
Princess Diana isn’t the only deceased royal heading to the big screen this Fall. Grace Kelly is also the subject of an upcoming biopic. Grace of Monaco follows the Hollywood actress’ fairytale marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco during the principality’s 1960s tax dispute with France. The film has been slammed by Monaco’s royal family as fiction.
Stepping into the princess’ shoes is Nicole Kidman. Playing the role of her royal prince charming is Tim Roth. Directing the clip is Olivier Dahan who previously tackled the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose. Rounding out the cast are Paz Vega as Maria Callas, Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Alfred Hitchcock, Parker Posey as Madge Tivey-Faucon and André Penvern as Charles de Gaulle. Grace of Monaco opens in limited release in the United States on Nov. 27, 2013. Check out the gorgeous teaser trailer below.
It’s seems just like yesterday when Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman adopted little baby Connor. All grown up now, this celebrity kid is hoping to blaze his own trail. The 18-year-old has built up a resume as a DJ, playing parties with Nervo and Steve Aoki. Ready to take on the music industry, Connor recently debuted his first single “Closer To Heaven” which features former Metro Station front man Mason Musso on vocals with Cruise producing the EDM track. Give his debut a listen below and weigh in afterward.
“I was trying to make an upbeat commercial dance music track,” Connor Cruise explained to Billboard. “When I made the track I had Mason’s voice in mind the whole time. When it came time to put a vocal on it, having him was perfect.”
She’s sporting her signature crimson hair color, but the angular bob is something new and looks absolutely heavenly on Nicole Kidman in newly-released images for her endorsement deal for Jimmy Choo. The 46-year-old Aussie has fronted campaigns for Chanel No. 5 and Omega watches previously. Now, she’s shilling high-priced footwear and eyewear for the London-based designer’s Autumn/Winter 2013 ad campaign.
“I really enjoyed being able to play a role that was strong, sexy and in control,” says Nicole Kidman in a statement. “I got into a relationship with the photographer and Mikael [Jansson] is very intuitive, he knows what I am thinking and feeling and is able to translate it through the camera.”
Kidman definitely had a connection with photographer Mikael Jansson. She hasn’t looked this stunningly glamorous in a while. My favorite look has her in a trench holding a leather clutch while wearing scarlet cage heels. FIERCE. Check out all the images and fashion film which were shot in Nashville below. It took place the day after her husband, Keith Urban, hosted We’re All For The Hall- a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ellen DeGeneres just pulled an Oprah Winfrey and surprised her ENTIRE audience with a free trip to Australia! The audience will be joining her later this year when she films her show on the other side of the globe. The trip was made possible with Swisse Wellness and Qantas as the sponsors.
Appropriately, Nicole Kidman was the special guest of the day and before the big surprise, the two were talking about Australia and what Kidman recommends Ellen do there. There’s one spot in Australia that Kidman joked is magical because she believes she got pregnant there. Then Ellen joked, “If i get pregnant it’s a real miracle!” LOL!
Ellen then mentioned that Australia Day is also her birthday and on her birthday she likes to give presents. So, she led the audience to believe that one lucky person would get the chance to win a trip to Australia. She then dropped the bomb that the entire audience is going and the confetti was let loose. The reactions are my favorite part: Jumping up and down, screaming, crying… the whole nine yards. Watch the funny and heartwarming clip below.
Not only did the Hollywood Foreign Press Association debut the first promo for the 70th Golden Globes featuring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but they also revealed their nominations. Leading the pack with seven nods is Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Not surprising, given all the other Oscar precursor love. On the flip side, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained shockingly earned five nominations including one for Leonardo DiCaprio.
If you think about it, DiCaprio along with a few other out of left field nods aren’t too earth-shattering given that the HFPA have a reputation of being HUGE star f*ckers. They love to honor A-list celebs in hopes that they’ll attend, making their event the most star-studded one of the awards season.
On the TV front, the HFPA have a couple of head-scratchers as well. Mad Men for the first time isn’t nominated but NBC’s polarizing Smash is. Granted they’re competing in different categories, but still. The Debra Messing musical beat out Parks & Recreations, Suburgatory, Community and a whole whackload of other worthy sitcoms. Fans of ABC’s Nashville will be elated that both Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton were recognized. While Modern Family dominates the Emmys, only Sofia Vergara and Eric Stonestreet earned nominations in the acting categories.
Without further ado, check out all of the 2013 Golden Globe nominations below which were revealed by presenters Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms this morning. You’ll also find my commentary for most of the major movie categories and how they differ from the recently announced SAG nominations. Be sure to leave your comments afterward. I would to hear your thoughts on the HFPA’s nods.
If there is one Oscar precursor that is the most reliable, it’s hands down the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs). The acting guild represents the biggest voting block at the Academy Awards. Bar none when it comes to the acting categories the SAGs have the best record in recent years. If you’re planning to enter your Oscar office pool, I highly recommend you take note of the nominees and winners from this particular group. The SAGs honor outstanding work in both film and television. Since it’s all about the Oscars, I’m only focusing on the movie nominations.
While they don’t have a Best Picture category, they have an Outstanding Performance by a Cast as their big prize. What’s notable with the nominees in this category is the omission of Zero Dark Thirty. Long thought as an Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture, it’s snub have a few pundits scratching their heads. That isn’t the only surprise with the 2013 nominations. Check them all out below with my commentary for all the movie acting categories.
Just days ago, OWN announced the Oprah Winfrey would be bringing back her Oprah’s Favorite Things special this fall, after everyone thought it was done. I’m so excited about the November 2-hour special and can’t wait to see the look on the faces of the military wives when Oprah breaks the news to them.
For November’s issue of Harper’s Bizarre, Oprah was photographed by the amazing Terry Richardson and the photos look amazing. Winfrey was styled by Ann Caruso in a fire engine red Jil Sander coat, a white Escada menswear-inspired tux, and a smattering of blinged-out rings. She. Looks. Fabulous. In the issue, she explains to her interviewer, Laura Brown that she just tries to “live her best life” and is no superwoman. Says Oprah, “Like this morning, I had the intention to meditate for 20 minutes, but I really only made it about 12. And then I said, ‘Okay, don’t beat yourself up; you did the 12.’ I had the intention to work out for an hour, but I only did a half. And even with that I was still a half hour later getting here, so…”
Nicole Kidman also looks stunning in the issue, gracing the cover of the magazine as well. I’ve included Oprah’s pictures as well as the cover featuring Kidman below. Enjoy!