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..."
While this main site is now only focussing on Nicole's career up to 2006, you can still keep up-to-date with her current activities on our forum. Visit Nicole's Bulletin for the latest news and photos, and be sure to register to be able to post your own messages, and get access to even more Nicole chat and interaction.
Yesterday it was reported that Nicole was in talks to re-unite with Paperboy director Lee Daniels on his new film, The Butler, and today we have some updates on that…
Forbes.com state that Nicole is actually not attached to the movie:
Another casting choice said to be possible: Kelsey Grammer as Dwight Eisenhower. He’s being talked about by the movie’s insiders. Nicole Kidman had been mentioned. Last night at Charles Finch’s glamorous annual dinner at the Eden Roc, Lee Daniels told me Kidman was not going to be in the movie. I’ll take him at his word. But still others insist that Kidman was going to play Mamie Eisenhower until scheduling didn’t work out. She may still have a cameo.
Observer.com speculate that Nicole might have played Jackie Kennedy, opposite Matthew McConaugey as JFK.
HOLLYWOOD A-listers Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman have posed for pictures with fans while filming in North Berwick.
The stars were in the East Lothian town to shoot scenes for their The Railway Man, based on Eric Lomax’s book about his experiences during the Second World War, when he was a Japanese prisoner of war, and his reconciliation with one of his captors afterwards. .
Scenes were shot in a house in Tantallon Terrace and on the nearby beach yesterday (May 18th).
Sylvia Beaumont, who was among those star-spotting, photographed Kidman and Firth chatting with local children.
She said: “I was down walking my dogs and just stopped because I’ve always got my little camera in my pocket. I spoke to both of them and asked if I could take their pictures. They both said: ‘Of course’.
“[The crews] do seem very nice people. They’ve been very amenable with the locals.”
CANNES: Buyers React to Sneak Screening of Lee Daniels’ Pulpy ‘The Paperboy’
One of the Cannes competition’s most high-profile titles, Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” got some early exposure Tuesday morning when the film’s sales agents let a tight group of potential buyers and select critics into the Cinema Olympia on Rue Antibes. Millennium Films’ pulpy thriller doesn’t receive its public Palais premiere until May 24, but interest has been high for Daniels’ follow-up to his breakout “Precious,” which won a pair of Oscars after its awards sweep at Sundance in 2009.
Early reactions suggest the film has more in common with Daniels’ “Shadowboxer,” an arty action film that left critics’ jaws agape, rather than the crowd-pleasing “Precious.” While there was praise for Nicole Kidman’s performance as the trashy would-be lover of John Cusack’s death-row inmate, one buyer described “The Paperboy” as a “trainwreck.” Another gave the film a backhanded compliment: “It’s a movie you have to see. You want to talk about it.”
Acquisitions reps from Sony Pictures Classics, Fox Searchlight, CBS Films, The Weinstein Co., IFC Films and Focus Features were in the room Tuesday, along with star Matthew McConaughey and P. Diddy. The development creates the possibility that the movie will find a domestic distributor before its official launch Thursday.
Of course, Millennium does have a distribution arm, Millennium Entertainment. However, the preference would be to find a North American buyer; one source put the initial asking price as between $3.5 million-$5 million.
The film, adapted by Daniels from Pete Dexter’s novel, stars McConaughey, Zac Efron, Cusack, Kidman, David Oyelowo and Scott Glenn in the story of a young man who returns to his Florida hometown in 1969 to help his journalist brother investigate the circumstances surrounding an inmate on death row. Regardless of how the film plays at Cannes, its movie-star cast and pedigree director make it a strong bet for a Stateside distributor, especially since its period story takes place in the sweat-soaked American south.
Nicole Kidman said to be reuniting with Lee Daniels on Butler
The Oscar-winning actres is reportedly poised to join the cast of IM Global hot seller The Butler, reuniting with director Lee Daniels whose The Paperboy receives its world premiere here on Thursday.
Daniels is preparing for a July shoot on the A-list ensemble starring Forest Whitaker and based on the life of White House butler Eugene Allen, who served eight US Presidents during his tenure.
The Butler has been the US arthouse sensation of the market here and IM Global has fielded multiple offers on territories and licensed rights for France (Metropolitan), Australia (Hopscotch), Japan (CCC), Italy (Videa), Germany (Prokino), Benelux (eOne), Spain (Aurum), Russia and Eastern Europe (EEAP) and Latin America (Sun).
“The Butler enjoyed an exceptionally powerful market, which shows that the arthouse market is still very strong for A-level titles with a name filmmaker, powerful screenplay and well-rounded cast,” IM Global chief Stuart Ford said. He declined to comment on the Kidman development, which has been a talking point among buyers.
IM Global is handling international sales on behalf of Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries and Cassian Elwes and CAA are in talks with multiple bidders for North America.
The Butler’s all-star cast includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Terence Howard and Cuba Good Jr. Jane Fonda is also on board to play Nancy Reagan.
Inspired by this article (and this one!) and the anticipation of Nicole back at the festival for the first time since 2003, I thought it would be fun to take a brief look back at Nicole and the Cannes Film Festival.
The Cannes Film Festival has been a big part of Nicole’s career, and has marked some of the most important moments in her career, from the premiere of breakthrough role To Die For in 1995, to the rapturous success of Moulin Rouge in 2001. It’s also provided several of her most iconic style moments – who can forget the vivid printed Pucci dress from 2003?
Nicole’s new movie The Paperboy will receive it’s world premiere at the festival this coming week, and we expect Nic will be in attendance too! We hope that her return will mark another positive turn in her career.
Let’s take a – mostly pictorial – look back at Nicole’s history with the most prestigious film festival in the world …
Hands up who didn’t see this coming. Just to be clear, the film has only just been announced, and Nicole is simply being suggested as the obvious choice to play her – there have been no official discussions with Nicole!
Rebekah Brooks: The Movie has been announced in Cannes, with American producers likening her life story to Pip in Great Expectations.
Producer Gene Kirkwood said Brooks’s downfall also carried echoes of Richard Nixon.
The film will be based on a recent Vanity Fair article by Suzanna Andrews called Untangling Rebekah Brooks, which traced her journey from News of the World secretary to the most powerful woman in Rupert Murdoch’s empire.
The project is in the development stage and no actress is attached, although Nicole Kidman has been suggested as a good physical likeness.
Kirkwood, whose credits include Rocky, Gorky Park and Get Rich or Die Tryin, said of Brooks: “She’s a great story. Her rise is almost like Great Expectations – with a moral.”
Lee Daniels will proudly unveil his new film, The Paperboy, next week which looks to steam up the screen at the Cannes film festival.
Daniels says that all of the film’s stars find themselves in some of the movie’s breathless scenes — from Matthew McConaughey, to Nicole Kidman, to John Cusack — even Zac Efron (shield your eyes High School Musical fans!).
But the blogosphere has zeroed in on one particular scene being called “Nicole Kidman’s Basic Instinct moment” — naturally a reference to Sharon Stone’s famous, well, revelation to police investigators in 1992′s Basic Instinct.
“My daughter told me about the Internet reporters of this Basic Instinct moment,” says Daniels, before admonishing, “It’s actually a Paperboy moment.”
“There ain’t no Basic Instinct moment because we get down,” he laughs. “This is just one of the many moments of us getting down in this movie.”
The Paperboy focuses on a reporter (McConaughey) and his younger brother (Efron) who investigate a past murder in order to free a man on death row, (Cusack). Kidman, 44, plays the woman who brings the case to the brothers’ attention, and has an affair with Efron’s character — despite the young actor only being 24.
Daniels leaves the rest to our imagination until the film screens next week. But he does make a vow: “There is definitely another moment more shocking than that.”
The Cannes Film Festival is giving us all kinds of Nicole snippets (see below for the first), and she’s not even there yet! A short new clip from The Paperboy was shown during the festival’s Opening Ceremony, in a video montage showcasing all films screening there this year, and this one features Nicole! It shows Jack (Zac Efron) daydreaming about Charlotte (Nicole), only to be woken by an impatient Yardley. You can view the entire montage shown during the Opening Ceremony here, and skip forward to about 19:50 for The Paperboy. Fortunately, the extended clip has surfaced online, and you can find that below, with HD screencaptures from it in our Gallery.
Big thanks to bee, Mara, and thehours_fan for posting this at the forum.
Watch, enjoy, and comment to tell us what you thought! I loved it … and am becoming more and more impatient to see the film itself now!
A few weeks ago it was reported that Nicole was in discussions to star in Grace Of Monaco, a biopic about Grace Kelly, and now during the first week of the Cannes Film Festival we have some updates. Big thanks goes to our forum members Mara, thehours_fan and Lea for the heads-up on these updates:
- The film has found producers/financiers:
YRF’s Uday Chopra To Finance Nicole Kidman-Starrer ‘Grace Of Monaco’
YRF Entertainment CEO Uday Chopra has joined with Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and his Stone Angels to produce and finance Grace Of Monaco, the Olivier Dahan-directed film that will star Nicole Kidman. The film begins production in the fall and Inferno is selling foreign rights in Cannes. YRF’s Jonathan Reiman becomes exec producer with Arash Amel, who wrote the script. In the film, the former actress Grace Kelly (Kidman) asserts herself as the Princess of Monaco when she brokers peace between her adopted country and France, maneuvering a political minefield to do it. YRF Entertainment is the Beverly Hills-based production and financing company that is a subsidiary of Indian studio Yash Raj Films, and its focus is English-language films with global appeal.
“Grace Of Monaco is the kind of movie that has a perfect blend of talent and sensibility that YRF Entertainment is proud to be a part of,” Chopra said. “We look forward to a great partnership with Olivier and Pierre-Ange.”
Said Le Pogam: “When I first read the script written by Arash Amel, I thought it was a great story to tell, with a lot of artistic, historical and emotional potential. This is why I invited Olivier Dahan to become the director because he has this artistic vision. When Olivier and myself met with Nicole Kidman for the first time, we felt immediately she was the right artist to portray Princess Grace. When I then met with Uday, I had the same feeling after our conversation. He was obviously the right partner because of his beautiful vision of the movie. We are very proud and enthusiast to be sharing the experience of working together with YRF.”
CAA packaged the film and is repping domestic distribution rights.
YRF Entertainment is currently in post-production on the Peter Glanz-directed comedy The Longest Week, starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup.
Le Pogam’s Paris-based Stone Angels is distributing the David Cronenberg-directed Cosmopolis in France, which is in competition at Cannes, and coproduced and is distributing the Nabil Ayouch-directed Horses of God, which is playing in Un Certain Regard.
- Producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam confirmed Nicole’s involevment, saying this week at Cannes (translation): “With Olivier Dahan, we went to the United States to meet the 22 or 23 actresses, all more talented as each other, who wanted to interpret Grace Kelly. When we met Nicole, Olivier and I felt that no discussion is possible, she was the perfect actress.” (purepeople.com)
- The film will start shooting in the South of France in September, with a budget of €25m. The aim is to release it in cinemas at the end of 2013.