Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
Forget Guardians of the Galaxy — this year’s most unusual superhero movie has got to be Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman. Though to be fair, it’s not so much a superhero movie as it is a superhero movie movie.
Former Batman Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor who got famous years ago playing an iconic superhero. In a bid to recapture his former glory, he decides to put on a Broadway show. On his way to opening night, he struggles with everything from egotistical actors to an unhappy family to his own troubled soul. Watch the new Birdman international trailer after the jump.
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Bill Murray makes a return of sorts to the sort of character he played decades ago, in St. Vincent. The film casts Murray as a grouchy old dude whose life is invaded by new neighbors: Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her young son Oliver. Murray ends up babysitting for the kid, and teaches him the rules of life. Or his character’s own version of the rules of life, anyway. He dispenses pearls of wisdom such as ” You work, you get paid, and you drink.” And then there’s his association with a Russian “lady of the night” played by Naomi Watts. Check out the St. Vincent trailer below.
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The new wave of YA films is turning into a great way for a set of well-established women to find a new audience and collect a solid payday at the same time. Meryl Streep is in The Giver; Patricia Clarkson has a part in The Maze Runner; and Julianne Moore shows up in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The film Divergent already counted Kate Winslet among its cast, and the sequel, Insurgent, had locked in Octavia Spencer. Now Insurgent will also feature Naomi Watts. And Watts won’t just do the one film. She’ll be part of the series going forward. Read More »
Diana tells the story of the late Princess Diana of Wales, or part of it. Naomi Watts plays Diana for Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel, and the focus is on a period in which the Princess began a somewhat clandestine romance with a doctor and the media frenzy that erupted when her extra-marital activities became public. Her life ended in a Parisian road tunnel when the driver of a limo containing Diana and a different boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, crashed their vehicle.
While Watts looks fine as Diana there’s an undertone of salciousness here, as there is almost certain to be with any film such as this — it’s all about her secret, and the love she couldn’t share with the world! Ironically, perhaps, the tone of this trailer puts it more in line with the interests of the paparazzi who hounded Diana to before death, rather than casting the film as a loving or objective tribute.
Check out the full trailer for the film below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
Longtime BFFs Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts have quite a bit in common. Both are fair-complected Australians who’ve gotten attention from Oscar in the past, and who hope to attract still more by playing princesses this fall. (Watts has Diana, Kidman has Grace of Monaco.) Naturally, then, when Werner Herzog needed a replacement for one, he turned to the other.
Kidman has entered talks to take over for Watts on Queen of the Desert, a fact-based epic about the “female Lawrence of Arabia” Gertrude Bell. Watts had been attached to the lead since 2011. Hit the jump for all the details.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Oliver Hirschbiegel‘s best-known film to date is probably Downfall, a.k.a. the movie used in the “Hitler Reacts To” meme. But for his newest biopic, he’s tackling a much less controversial, far more beloved leader.
Diana follows the People’s Princess (played by Naomi Watts) and her passionate romance with Dr. Hasnat Kahn (Naveen Andrews of Lost fame) in the last years of her life. The first teaser released earlier this summer was little more than a collection of images set to music, but the first full-length trailer from Australia offers a better look, with actual dialogue and everything. Check it out after the jump.
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For a minute-long teaser, the first look at Olivier Hirschbiegel‘s biopic Diana has a surprising amount of footage. What’s even more surprising is how, for the good majority of it, it’s impossible to tell if it’s actually Princess Diana or actress Naomi Watts playing the part.
Based on a secret romance the then-most famous woman in the world had with a Pakistani heart surgeon (Lost‘s Naveen Andrews), Diana is Oscar-bait all the way. The film is scheduled for a Fall release, and you can check out the trailer below.
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Naomi Watts could be looking at her third Oscar nomination if Entertainment One has anything to say about it. The company has picked up U.S. distribution rights for Diana (formerly titled Caught in Flight), a biopic about Princess Diana’s (Watts) private love affair with a Pakistani heart surgeon (Lost‘s Naveen Andrews).
Olivier Hirschbiegel (Downfall) directed the film from a script by Steven Jeffreys and the deal went down at Cannes. That’s the first official look at the actress above and you can read more below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Frances Ha is earning rave reviews in its limited rollout, but Noah Baumbach isn’t about to rest on his laurels. Instead, he’s already busy getting his ducks in a row for his next directorial effort, While We’re Young.
Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, and Adam Driver are already set to star in the film, and now Baumbach is rounding out the lead quartet with Amanda Seyfried. The Les Miserables actress started moving in on the role several weeks ago and has since entered final negotiations. Hit the jump for plot and character details.
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