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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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.
On Location: HBO’s ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’ sets global stage in San Francisco - April 24th 2012
In the upcoming HBO movie “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” actors Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman bring to life the passionate and stormy relationship between Ernest Hemingway and World War II correspondent Martha Gellhorn — the inspiration for the writer’s classic novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
But the real star of the cable network’s film, which premieres May 28, is the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Though the movie’s story takes place in nine countries, it was shot over 40 days last spring entirely on location within about 20 miles of the Northern California city.
Filmmakers usually come to San Francisco because they want to capture the city’s unique look and historical landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge or the Fisherman’s Wharf. In this case, the city and surrounding communities stood in for Spain, Finland, Cuba, New York, Shanghai, Key West, even Ketchem, Idaho, where the famous author took his life in 1961.
Producers relied not only on the area’s diverse locations but on state and local film incentives as well as advanced green-screen technology combined with actual historical footage from the period.
“We literally shot for every place, except for San Francisco,” said Trish Hofmann, the film’s executive producer who will share her experiences on the HBO movie at an annual industry breakfast Friday in Los Angeles sponsored by the California Film Commission.
MANY of Edinburgh’s top restaurants have a picture of Sir Sean Connery gracing their walls as their most famous diner.
But they may well soon have to make space for a slightly more glamorous film star addition to their picture gallery.
Hollywood A-lister Nicole Kidman has sent the Capital’s top eateries into a spin by announcing she is hungry to try out its top culinary spots.
Kidman put chefs across the city on red alert at a press conference in the Creative Scotland office in Waverley Gate, where she appeared with fellow Oscar winning co-star Colin Firth to publicise their new movie, The Railway Man.
The stars jetted into town as filming is about to begin across Edinburgh and the Lothians for the next ten weeks.
Kidman, who also revealed how she had visited the Capital as a teenager, said she would not be hiding in a hotel room when not on set.
She said: “I’ve been here before as a tourist but that was on a road trip with a boyfriend when I was 18. I’ve heard there’s some great restaurants, so I will be out and about, though we’re working six days a week. The fact we’re working in a number of locations means we’ll get to see lots too.”
Big thanks to our on-the-ball forum member thehours_fan for giving us updates on Nicole’s new movie The Paperboy:
- The movie will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday May 24th – that’s two weeks today. It will have three screenings that day, and another one the day after. I’ve also read that there will be a press screening the day before (May 23rd).
- The first clip for the movie has been released! It shows Ward (Matthew McConaughey) talking to Hillary (John Cusack) in prison. It’s titled as Clip #4, so hopefully clips 1-3 will surface soon. Watch this one below…
Nic looks stunning on the cover of the new June/July issue of Australian Harper’s Bazaar, posing on the front cover with 18 month old Faith Margaret! Nicole looks amazing, and I can’t wait to see the photos and read the interview inside. It’s such an elegant cover.
Aussie Harper’s Bazar editor Edwina McCann explains how the photo came about:
Nicole Kidman is no stranger to criticism. She faced plenty after the birth in December 2010 of Faith Margaret, a much-yearned for sister for Sunday Rose. Faith was famously born with the help of a “gestational carrier” as is the common term in the US. No doubt there will be those who throw yet more criticism at her for allowing her children to feature in photos in this month’s Harper’s BAZAAR. So I wanted to explain what happened behind the scenes.
Kidman was booked for our cover shoot with a young Australian photographer and regular BAZAAR contributor, Will Davidson. The shoot took place a few hours out of Sydney in a country home with a perfect red dirt road, as envisioned by Davidson. Kidman arrived on time, without entourage, and even spotted the crew not a coffee but a coffee van — “my treat” — when she was told the cost was beyond the shoot budget. She was a willing photographic subject, talked to me in an unguarded and genuinely warm manner before the pictures, and later waited obligingly until dark for a specific Gucci dress to arrive. (In the end the light was so low that the shot didn’t make the cut.) Later in the afternoon, Sunday Rose and Faith arrived after their sleeps to see Mummy. Kidman didn’t want to put them down; Sunday Rose donned one of the tuxedo jackets from the clothing racks because it was getting chilly. The photographer then took some shots of Kidman with the girls solely for her family album.
When McCann saw the images, she knew they had struck gold.
”They [the pictures] say so much more about Nicole Kidman than anything I could write in words. They are magic, raw and full of intense love, and clearly show her devotion to her children,” she told PS.
After some convincing, Kidman agreed to have the photos published and saw the final product on Thursday night.
Kidman explained: ”I think it’s OK, because you can’t see their faces; they’re still protected. I feel it’s a really lovely way to celebrate being a mum and being a family, and they’re my daughters, and they’re Keith’s daughters [laughs] … you can see the hair!”
Nicole is now in Edinburgh to start shooting a new movie, The Railway Man, and today attended a photocall in the Scottish city to mark the start of filming. To start with, I have posted (and back-dated) the original news release reporting Nicole’s involvement in this movie here – as you can see from the date she was first announced to be starring in the movie in early March. The photocall today was held at the Creative Scotland Offices in Edinburgh, and was attended by Nic, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine and director Jonathan Teplitzky. Nic looked smart in a black jumper and blazer, jeans, and black boots … almost matching her co-star Colin Firth!
Photos from the event can be seen in our Gallery, and read on further down this post for some interesting reports on today’s event and the story behind the film, including several quotes from Nic.
Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada have joined the cast of “The Railway Man,” starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine, which starts shooting April 30 in Scotland.
Directed by Jonathan Teplitzy from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson, the movie is based on the true story of Eric Lomax, a British officer captured and tortured by the Japanese in WW2.
Decades later, Lomax was persuaded by his wife to seek out and confront one of his captors.
Nic attended the Nashville Film Festival last weekend, speaking on the Evolution of Women Behind the Camera panel with Carrie Preston, Beth Grant and Famke Janssen. Unfortunately the only coverage I’ve come across so far are a few photos and the quote below, so for now, here you go:
“Find good mentors. Don’t care what people think… But you must try stuff. Keep going and don’t give up.” - Nicole Kidman
Keith Urban, Grand Ole Opry Induction: How Wife Nicole Kept Invite a Secret
As Keith Urban prepares to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night (April 21), it’s odd to think that just two weeks ago he had no idea this would be happening. The Aussie received the “shocking” invitation during the April 10 All for the Hall benefit concert in Nashville.
Keeping the secret of the Opry invitation from Keith was a tough one, especially when it came to making sure he didn’t schedule anything on his intended induction day. His wife, Nicole Kidman, had a plan, though. She penciled in a friend’s birthday party on their calendar.
“That’s all I knew, that it was a friend of my wife’s birthday written on the schedule,” Keith says, “which apparently is totally fictitious, but I didn’t question it. I was just gonna go.”
To put things into perspective, Keith recalls the first time he stepped on that legendary stage, and how he got to meet one of his musical heroes backstage. “I was such a Ricky Skaggs fan,” Keith recalls. “I remember that he was so approachable, and I was like ‘I can’t believe I’m talking to Ricky Skaggs.’ But that’s what it was like behind the scenes at the Opry — everyone was approachable and so laid back.”