Welcome to Nicole's Magic, a fansite for the spectacular spectacular Academy Award winning Australian actress Nicole Kidman. Nicole is one of the most sought-after actresses of her generation, and is known for her roles in Moulin Rouge, The Hours and To Die For, and has recently been seen in the controversial thrillers Stoker and The Paperboy.
Nicole's Magic is the largest and most comprehensive fansite for Nicole, and is dedicated to supporting her and her career. As of March 2013, Nicole's Magic is entering a new phase of its fansite life, now focussing on paying tribute to Nicole's career up to and including 2006. Read more about what this entails here, and how you can keep up to date with her current career here. Nicole is our favourite actress, and we feel that this way we can provide a highly extensive and worthy tribute to this incredible woman. Comments, suggestions, sparkling diamonds, elephant love medleys and contributions are always more than welcomed so please contact me if you have anything to say. Enjoy your visit, add us to your Favourites and come back again soon!
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Movie Of The Month
As part of a bi-monthly feature here at Nicole's Magic, each month we will be taking a look back at one of Nicole's films or acting projects. Nicole has an immense body of work behind her, and there's no better way to be reminded of her talent and how much we love her than immersing ourselves and taking an in depth look at those works.
"Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself..."
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We are already at the end of 2010 – can you believe it? It feels like it only just started! I’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I hope you have a fun night if you’re celebrating tonight, and that 2011 is a wonderful and happy year for you!
I also want to thank you all for your support of Nicole’s Magic this year. It’s been a great year for Nicole – and particularly, an incredible few months since September – and running this site is made all the more enjoyable by you, the visitors! I hope you enjoy the site as much as I enjoy running it. Stick with us in 2011 as it is set to be a very busy year for Nicole, what with awards season, then Just Go With It, Trespass, and hopefully Sweet Bird Of Youth and/or The Danish Girl. Nicole’s Magic will continue to bring you the latest and greatest on our favourite actress, so hop along for the ride!
Nicole Kidman might dress to the nines for the red carpet, but she lives a very casual lifestyle otherwise — and that includes the holidays, which she celebrated early with family in her native Australia.
“I look forward to being home. I’m not a very good cook,” she says. “So we buy a turkey already cooked, and my parents come over, which is nice.”
Then there is the joy of her 2½-year-old daughter Sunday Rose with country-rocker husband Keith Urban. She says that every day is Sunday’s show.
“Oh, she sings, dances and even loves to play with makeup,” Kidman says. “Keith will play the piano and Sunday Rose dances around the living room and sings made up songs.”
Actress Nicole Kidman plays a woman who is grieving the loss of her child, a tragedy that puts a strain on her marriage (Aaron Eckhart plays her husband) in Rabbit Hole. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play from David Lindsay-Abaire, the film is currently playing in limited release but will open to wider markets on Christmas Day. Kidman, who also produced the film, has received a Golden Globe, SAG, and Critics Choice nod for the part. “Part of the preparation I do as an actor is I create from birth to now, which is my homework of where we met. How we got married,” said Kidman. “All those things, what happened to my father because you never see my father (in the story). All the details of the performance and then you come to rehearsals and you do scenes. You slowly layer the performance.” Click on the media bar and listen to Kidman explain why death is a theme worth exploring.
Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood) and I agree that Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) and Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”) are the Oscar front-runners to win Best Actress, but we also take seriously a third rival: Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”). Beware: Nicole could prove to be the spoiler in this Oscar contest if she first upstages Natalie at the Golden Globes. Can’t happen, you think? Think again. Nicole is beloved by Globe voters (she’s won three times). She’s good pals with many members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (56 of them attended her “Rabbit Hole” press conference — that’s a HUGE turnout considering there are only 88 members). If Nicole pulls off an upset at the Globes, that could give her serious momentum heading toward the Oscars. Then what?
Director and actress both wanted to approach ‘Rabbit Hole’ with restraint
As the actor/director responsible for the gender-bending musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch’’ and the sexually spirited ensemble indie “Shortbus,’’ John Cameron Mitchell isn’t who comes to mind as the director of a prestigious adult drama such as “Rabbit Hole.’’ But he’s exactly what producer/star Nicole Kidman wanted.
“Nicole liked the idea of a bolder director doing restrained material. My favorite directors are always trying new things; they go where their hearts go,’’ says Mitchell, 47, on the telephone from New York City, where the Texas native has lived since arriving as a young stage actor 25 years ago.
What drew Mitchell’s heart was David Lindsay-Abaire’s screen adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play — Mitchell hadn’t seen “Rabbit Hole’’ on Broadway — about a suburban couple struggling to cope in the aftermath of their 4-year-old son’s death. “I lost a brother so I understood the grief process. When I read the script, it was so healing in its trajectory; it felt necessary for me,’’ says Mitchell. “I thought it could be useful to people.’’
Mitchell knew that the challenge would be to bring Lindsay-Abaire’s searing script to the screen without melodrama. “Rabbit Hole’’ begins eight months after the tragedy, as Becca (Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) are struggling to figure out how to go on with their lives and their marriage. They attend a support group for bereaved parents, endure the well-meaning visits of family and friends, and agonize over what to do about things like Danny’s clothes and his drawings still on display on the refrigerator.
For Nicole Kidman, having Sunday Rose, her 2-year-old daughter with country music star, Keith Urban, it’s “back to leaving cookies for Santa and his reindeer. That’s the beautiful thing about having a baby. Not just any baby, but a little girl—when you have that in your 40s, you get to do that Santa bit all over again. It’s divine!”
In its second weekend, Lionsgate’s critically acclaimed “Rabbit Hole” did not fare quite as well. On 34 screens (up from 5), the John Cameron Mitchell film, which stars Nicole Kidman as a woman grieving the death of her son alongside her husband (Aaron Eckhart) and mother (Dianne Wiest), grossed $95,200. That made for a $2,800 average, and brought the film’s total to $176,039. Hopeful though is that while the film grossed only $8,991 on Christmas Eve (where its subject matter made it an unlikely cinematic choice for the holiday), the film grossed $40,792 on Christmas Day and an estimated $45,417 for Sunday. The film will expand further in January.
Q: When you’re acting with someone, do you ever think, “Man, they’re great in this scene.”?
A: Yeah, absolutely. In “Rabbit Hole,” there were plenty of times where I was acting with Nicole and admiring her at the same time, her choices, the adjustments she made between takes.
Q: Both your performances are very natural.
A: Those are the greatest moments, when you know you’re not an actor anymore. That’s what I live for. I want to work with actors that don’t know they’re going to yell, “Action” or “Cut.” I would much prefer to live the part than act the part.
But that vulnerability helped Teller get the part: During his audition, he blushed. Kidman, who produced the film and ultimately made the decision to cast Teller, thought his red cheeks signaled a lack of pretense.
“Nicole said she voted for him because that was just so real,” said John Cameron Mitchell, the film’s director. “The accident he had experienced just gave him this incredible emotional weight.”
John Cameron Mitchell focuses on Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart
John Cameron Mitchell had never spoken to Nicole Kidman before he agreed to direct “Rabbit Hole,” the first movie from her Blossom Films shingle, in which she cast herself as a grieving mom coping with the loss of her 4-year-old son in an auto accident.
The closest he had come to meeting the actress was being in the same room with her at a Golden Globes ceremony. “It was like high school,” he recalled. “There were cheerleaders and there were jocks, and I was hanging out in the smoking area with David Lynch and Steve Buscemi.”
Then “Rabbit Hole” came his way. Mitchell wasn’t looking to direct just any film. “I’m good at saying no because I have cheap rent,” said the New Yorker, known for a long acting career and for directing “Shortbus” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
But his agent had a “special feeling” about the ‘Rabbit Hole’ script, adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire from his own play. After he read it, Mitchell met with Kidman and told her he felt linked to the project because as a teenager he lost a younger brother to illness. “I felt I needed to do a little healing through this story.”