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Here’s another great, in depth interview from Cannes. I don’t think I’ve posted it before, but I am losing track with all the new promotion!
Nicole Kidman: “I have an incredibly powerful imagination”
May 29th 2012
Wearing a stunning black and white Christian Dior dress and black Manolo Blahnik heels, Nicole Kidman reigns supreme on the Cannes red carpet. A busy woman, she was promoting Paperboy, starring opposite Zac Efron and John Cusack, as well as the HBO film, Hemingway and Gellhorn, opposite Clive Owen. Her husband, Keith Urban was by her side and the happy couple looked glamorous, as always, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. She gushes about her adorable husband, talks about motherhood, and her upcoming role as Grace Kelly.
Q: People always describe you as fearless. Do you agree with that description?
No, I think I have an enormous amount of fear, but I think I just push through it.
Q: How do you push through it?
Sometimes other people push me through it, and sometimes I just make myself. I donât even know how to describe it. Iâll feel terrified, and then Iâll just go, âBut whatâs the worst that can happen?â So, if people donât like it, so I fall flat on my face, I hurt myself, okay. I try to think like that in everything, even in terms of falling love. You go, Iâm going to love to the fullest that I can, because why not? And Iâm going to love my children that way, and I love my husband that way, and maybe there is going to be pain, but I am willing to accept the pain.
Q: This morning in the newspaper, the headline was, âNicole Kidman Sets the Festival on Fireâ.
What paper was that? Oh no. (laughter)
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Here are another batch of reviews of The Paperboy from the screenings at Cannes:
Cannes: ‘The Paperboy,’ starring Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman, proves that ‘Precious’ director Lee Daniels needs some common sense to go with his talent
When you hear about a movie that gets booed at the Cannes Film Festival, you tend to picture a monolithic thumbs-down chorus, like an ancient arena crowd turning on a gladiator. Actually, thatâs not how it works. There is almost always at least some polite applause after film festival showings, so the boos, when they do happen, tend to be mixed in with clapping. Thatâs the sound I heard this morning when the closing credits rolled on Lee Danielsâ The Paperboy. And, in fact, that sound expressed my own feelings exactly. I wanted to do a catcall and clap encouragingly at the same time.
The Paperboy, a tale of homicide, hot-and-bothered sex, and rattlesnake-mean racism set in a small Florida town in 1969, is Danielsâ first film since Precious: Based on the novel âPushâ by Sapphire (2009), and since Iâd hated Danielsâ first film as a director, Shadowboxer, and loved Precious, the question I had going into this movie is: Was Precious a fluke, or did Daniels, whoâd been best known as a producer, have a major sensibility as a filmmaker? My short answer is: He does. The Paperboy is based on a Pete Dexter murder mystery, but itâs very much in the stark and plain, deliberately ramshackle and stripped down mode of Precious. Iâm not just talking about the look of the movie, either. Iâm talking about atmosphere, the corroded and even cruddy authenticity that says, âThis is a movie that doesnât pretty things up.â Daniels shoots lower-middle-class Southern living rooms and offices, and the people in them, the way they really looked in 1969 â the bad wood paneling and worn Formica, the fried chicken a little too greasy in its plastic tub, the period hair and eyeshadow that doesnât scream, âLook at this period hair and eyeshadow!â He also captures the sleepy, lackadaisical, humidity-clogged rhythms of the South in the pre-media-clatter age. And also the precise way that a small-town Florida citizen in 1969 might have slipped the word ânâ-râ into the conversation. Next to this movie, The Help looks about as naturalistic as a kabuki performance.
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To keep you entertained, here are some more Cannes HQs! I’ve now uploaded 200+ HQs from the Hemingway & Gellhorn photocall. Nicole looks ready for business in a black and white Christian Dior dress with Manolo Blahnik shoes. While I’m not a big fan of the dress, I do love her hair and make-up here and there are some really beautiful photos of her posing with Clive Owen and by herself. She’s just adorable!
Again, this is the first batch, and more will be added in time.
We also have photos from the Philip Kaufman (H&G director) Masterclass event that was held during the same day. Nicole can be seen watching in the audience.
• Cannes Film Festival – “Hemingway & Gelhorn” Photocall – High Quality x238
• Cannes Film Festival – Masterclass with Philip Kaufman x6
Hello Nicole fans! After far too much delay, I now have another batch of HQ Cannes photos for you! I’ve added over 200 gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous HQ photos from the Paperboy premiere, at which Nic swished up the red carpet in a stunning pink Lanvin gown. I love this look on her, she looks statuesque and dazzling, and very confident! Enjoy browsing through the premiere photos, as well as 50 HQs from the afterparty.
As you may notice from the title – … Part 1 – this is just the first batch! I have many more photos from all Cannes events to add, but I decided to just add the start of them rather than keeping you waiting any longer (sorry about that!). So the full lot will be up in time. If you want them
The bash, hosted by Ciroc Vodka and skincare line Erno Laszlo, was also attended by costars Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey, along with Kidman’s hubby Keith Urban and Reese Witherspoon. And guests were treated to elegant affair, despite the gritty nature of the movie being honored.
The event was held in a white lily-filled vintage lounge on Carlton Beach in Cannes, where guests sipped vodka and noshed on “every flavor of macaroons,” according to a party-goer.
Hemingway & Gellhorn event pics coming next …
• Cannes Film Festival – “The Paperboy” Premiere x5
• Cannes Film Festival – “The Paperboy” Premiere – High Quality x236
• Cannes Film Festival – “The Paperboy” Premiere After Party – High Quality x50
I just came across a folder of scans that I had waiting to upload to the site, so decided to take a minute to do so. They are various clippings and short articles from the last few years, and are thanks to Ali, Jasmina and Kelly. One of the features is an interview with Keith, but it’s pretty much all about Nic, so I thought it would be worth uploading as many of you would be interested in seeing it
We also have some additional scans from the gorgeous Cold Mountain ‘Making Of’ book thanks to long-time Nicole fan Dana.
• People – March 14th 2011 x3
• People – December 6th 2010 x3
• TV Movie (Ger) – January 2011 x1
• Clippings from 2010 x1
• Clippings from 2011 x6
• Clippings from 2012 x1
• Scans from Books > Cold Mountain ‘Making Of’ Book x6 more
Right, to kick off our day of updates, I have started with 4 new promotional portrait photoshoots taken in recent months to promote Hemingway & Gellhorn. 3 of these 4 were taken back in January at the HBO TCA Panel, and the 4th was taken a few weeks ago in Cannes.
• 2012 – Session #004 x10
• 2012 – Session #005 x1
• 2012 – Session #006 x1
• 2012 – Session #007 x11
Big thanks to Al for emailing me a link to the footage he recorded when he went to watch The Railway Man filming a few weeks ago. There’s a brief shot of Nicole in it, and Al says that he put that in slow motion so we could see more of it! Watch Al’s footage here.
THRâs Todd McCarthy praises the filmâs settings as ârich and resplendent,â adding star Nicole Kidman “excels” as the 28-year-old war journalist.
Perhaps appropriate considering the film’s subject, a biopic exploring the contentious relationship between novelist Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn has the critics at odds.
Starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, HBOâs Hemingway & Gellhorn received high marks in some circles for its scope and performances but was criticized in others for what was perceived as a lack of authenticity.
The film, which covers the coupleâs seven-year relationship and beyond, got the big screen treatment at the Cannes Film Festival — a format The Hollywood Reporterâs Todd McCarthy thought suited it. He praised the filmâs rich settings, which true to the world-traipsing couple, include Spain, China, New York, Key West West, Fla. And Cuba.
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You may be wonderingâwhat happened to Lee Danielsâs very hot, controversial movie âThe Paperboyâ? The film got a 16 minute standing ovation in Cannes. Kidman got the best reviews of her life. But the movie polarized people. Some loved it, some hated it. Kidman is said to be incandescent playing against type as a kind of broke down white trash gal who even pees on one of the characters.
âPaperboyâ was made by Avi Lernerâs Millennium Films, with producers Hilary Shor and Cassian Elwes. There was a special screening in Cannes for distributors before the red carpet premiere, and lots of talk. There was even some talk that Millennium would just release âThe Paperboyâ themselves and skip a distribution deal.
Cannes: Nicole Kidman Makes Early Leap into Oscar Race with Sexy, Dark ‘The Paperboy’ Roger Friedman Roger Friedman Contributor
Cannes 2012: Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, “On the Road,” But No Malick Roger Friedman Roger Friedman Contributor
But I am told that âThe Paperboyâ continues to a hot potato. More screenings are being set up in New York and L.A. Millennium is said to still be open to another distributor coming inâWeinstein, Fox Searchlight, etc. Whoever gets the movie also gets Kidmanâs automatic Oscar nomination, and maybe even win. So even if the movie repulses some, and turns others on, thereâs going to be lots of talk and Nicole as a big bonus.
Nicole Kidman Speaks Out On Taking Risks, Roles And Taking Over Cannes: Interview
With two movies premiering in the Official Selection on successive nights and big worldwide market pre-sales announced for an upcoming film in which she plays Grace Kelly, Nicole Kidman ruled the Croisette in the second half of the Cannes Film Festival this week, and though she looked every inch the glamorous movie star on those back-to-back jaunts up the steps of the Grand Theatre Lumiere, itâs hard work invading the worldâs most famous film festival. Perhaps that is why when she arrived Friday morning for Deadlineâs interview and entered the Majestic Hotelâs 6th floor suite with its sweeping views of the Cote dâAzur all she wanted to do was take off her shoes and relax for a few minutes. No such luck in the crux of this go-go-go festival.
Kidman has been working a lot lately but all sheâs looking forward to next is finally getting back to her ânormalâ life again before tackling Grace Kellyâs anything-but-normal life in late Fall here in the South of France. Since making changes in her team a couple of years ago (she signed with Geyer Kosinski who also manages Angelina Jolie), the kinds of movies sheâs doing are consistently more challenging and of a risk-taking nature, which is the way she likes it. The Oscar winner (The Hours) has often been drawn throughout her career to edgier material but now it seems to be her mantra. From her role as a Southern trollop in Lee Danielsâ The Paperboy which got Cannes twittering on Thursday to her first big TV project playing pioneering war correspondent and Ernest Hemingwayâs third wife Martha Gellhorn in HBOâs Hemingway And Gellhorn directed by Philip Kaufman (which had the rare honor of a Cannes premiere for a TV movie) she has made a lot of noise just as Cannes 2012 is winding down. Add to that the challenge of being one big star playing another in the upcoming Grace Of Monaco and recently completing the great Korean director Chan-Wook Parkâs (Oldboy, Thirst) first English-language feature Stoker, Kidmanâs plate is full of fascinating projects. Things really turned around in late 2010 when the independently made film version of the devastating David Lindsay-Abaire Pulitzer Prize winning play Rabbit Hole, which she also helped produce, won her a third Best Actress Oscar nomination along with rave reviews. She was somehow even attempting to fit in a Broadway revival of Sweet Bird Of Youth opposite James Franco but it didnât ultimately pan out. Itâs not as if she needed the work.
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