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Variety shares that a new film for Nicole’s company Blossom Films.

Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to “The Female Persuasion,” an acclaimed best-seller by Meg Wolitzer.

The movie will be produced by Lynda Obst (“Contact”), Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, and Per Saari (“Big Little Lies”). Blossom Films, Kidman’s production company, recently signed a first-look deal with Amazon — this film will be a part of that pact.

“The Female Persuasion” centers on Greer Kadetsky, a college student who is groped at a fraternity party and becomes emboldened to speak up for women’s rights. But her assailant turns out to be a serial abuser and her university fails to take action. In addition to Greer, Wolitzer’s book follows several other characters, including Zee, a fellow student with an activist streak, and Faith Frank, a feminist icon. Reviews for the book were sterling, with The Guardian praising it as “warm and witty, and necessary.”

The book is being adapted and executive produced by “This Is Us” showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Newly minted Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke worked with Aptaker and Berger when she was entertainment president at NBC — the network that airs the hit drama. In addition to producing the film, Kidman has the option to act in the picture.

“The Female Persuasion” is being adapted at a time of change for Amazon’s film division. The company scored with “Manchester by the Sea” and “The Big Sick,” but has suffered a string of flops such as “Life Itself,” “Wonder Wheel,” and “Gringo.” Salke is trying to reanimate the unit and recently promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of movies. Rapaport has been tasked with developing more commercial pics that will carry bigger budgets than the arthouse pictures that Amazon has primarily released.

Wolitzer’s books include “The Ten-Year Nap,” “The Uncoupling,” and “The Interestings.” Her novel “The Wife” was recently adapted for the big screen and has attracted Oscar buzz for Glenn Close’s lead performance.

September 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment visited the set of Aquaman and director James Wan shared why Nicole’s role of Atlanna was so important. I can’t wait to see her in action!

Aquaman will open with Nicole Kidman’s Atlanna being established as a character not to be messed with — an important action sequence which was nothing but fun for director James Wan to craft with the renowned actress.

While visiting the edit bay of Aquaman where Wan is hard at work on his DC Comics movie, saw Atlanna in action. The Atlantean queen makes quick, acrobatic work of soldiers invading a house in which she has found love to open the film. Topping it off, th sequence is all captured through an impressive continuous shot crafted by Wan.

“Nicole and I have been wanting to work together for a while now and so when this project came along it just felt like, ‘Oh I’ve gotta give Nicole a shot,'” Wan said. “There’s no one more perfect to play the queen of Atlantis but, Nicole Kidman, she literally was at the top of my list and luckily we were able to get her to come play with us and I think she’s fantastic. She’s such a great actress and the gravitas and the emotion she brings to the film is just so valuable. And, yes, I’ve always wanted to see Nicole in a kick ass role as well just like has been brought up.”

Kidman, an actress who has never been associated with highly-choreographed action-heavy roles, will surely stun audiences (surely, with a bit of help from a stunt team) throughout Aquaman. “She really enjoyed all that stuff,” Wan says. “That sequence with her was a really hard sequence to shoot because…it’s a one take shot watching the character just jumping, flipping, and all that.

In fact, Kidman’s Atlanna uses about every piece of furniture in her house as a means to be both offensive and defensive with heavily armored and armed soldiers from below sea level hunting her. “The way we did it was we removed the ceiling of the set and we had spidercam just on wires zip all over the set from one character to another character as the character goes around beating up the soldiers,” Wan said. “And it was very technically challenging to try to get that all done but I just thought that was a great way to show how strong the character is but without sort of cutting it up. And it was actually a really fun thing to shoot. Took two days to shoot that shot. Many takes.”

While Wan won’t quite reveal the capacity of Kidman’s role in the film, he does admit she is crucial to the titular hero’s journey. “The love story between her and [Arthur’s father] is the emotional backbone for the movie and how it informs Arthur’s character and his journey and sort of his bitter outlook on the world of Atlantis,” Wan said. “He blames them for something that happens to her and it shapes his point of view.”

Many fans have their sights set on a love story between Arthur Curry and Mera. However, they will come to find out that this is merely a reflection of the love story which is truly driving Aquaman’s narrative emotionally. “It’s not just a love story between Arthur and Mera, it’s a love story of mom and dad and how even though they have nothing in common so to speak — she’s the queen of Atlantis and he’s a lighthouse keeper, a surface dweller — but the love that they have for each other is what creates this boy,” Wan said. “That will grow up to become Aquaman.”

“It’s a very classic romance adventure story,” Wan said. “It’s first and foremost that, I think, more than it is a superhero story.”

Aquaman is set for release on December 21, 2018.

September 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Deadline shares that Nicole is one of the names scheduled with their Contenders events starting up next month.

With awards season kicking into gear off the back of the fall festivals, Deadline’s international Contenders events kick off next month in London with a star-packed lineup and a shiny new venue.

Over the course of the day, set for Saturday, October 13, we’ll welcome Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Letitia Wright, Mahershala Ali and more to our stage, presenting clips and discussing their latest projects in front of a packed house of voters. And it’s a mark of how essential The Contenders has become on the long road to Oscar that this year’s London event is set to be bigger and better than the last.

After a hearty breakfast, sponsored by Amazon Studios, our 12-studio, 21-film day kicks off with Universal, whicj will bring Viggo Mortensen, Ali and writer-director Peter Farrelly to discuss TIFF Audience Award winner Green Book. And producer Janet Healy and art director Colin Stimpson will share early footage from Illumination’s The Grinch animation releasing in November.

Fox Searchlight will bring key crew behind Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, which was filmed in the UK, and will be repping Yorgos Lanthimos’s Venice hit The Favourite, which stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Disney’s big Contenders play will be the heralded Black Panther, with Letitia Wright on hand to discuss her time in the MCU. And Focus Features brings director Morgan Neville to talk Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Mary Queen of Scots director Josie Rourke and writer Beau Willimon, as well as Dr. John Guy, author of the source book.

Netflix brings a trio of films ahead of its sponsored lunch. Alfonso Cuarón will discuss his Venice Golden Lion-winning masterpiece Roma, with actors Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira. Norwegian actors Thorbjørn Harr and Maria Bock will share Paul Greengrass’ 22 July, about the horrifying Anders Breivik attacks in Norway. And Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, and Bill Heck will talk The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

The afternoon kicks off with Neon and Three Identical Strangers. Director Tim Wardle and producer Becky Read will be on hand. Sony brings Bel Powley for White Boy Rick and Jason Reitman for The Front Runner. And Fox will show off Widows and The Hate U Give.

Director Karyn Kusama and lead Kidman will show off Destroyer for Annapurna Pictures, while Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan will discuss Aviron’s A Private War, in which Pike plays the late war correspondent Marie Colvin. Hugh Grant, meanwhile, will be on hand to talk about his role in Warner Bros./StudioCanal’s Paddington 2.

After riding a wave of critical plaudits since his film’s Cannes debut, Pawel Pawlikowski will kick off Amazon Studios’ panel with Cold War. Luca Guadagnino will talk Suspiria. And director/co-writer Felix van Groeningen will bring co-writer Luke Davies and stars Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet to discuss the moving addiction story, Beautiful Boy.

With more names yet to be announced, our second annual The Contenders London event also will move to a new venue: the luxurious Ham Yard Hotel. Deadline’s co-editor-in-chief Mike Fleming Jr, Awardsline editor Joe Utichi, international editor Nancy Tartaglione and international co-editors Andreas Wiseman and Peter White will be on hosting duties. The event is produced and MC’ed, as always, by Madelyn Hammond, whose irrepressible team is responsible for organizing every one of our Contenders days. Amazon Studios sponsors breakfast and Netflix sponsors lunch, while additional sponsors include Dell, Eyepetizer Eyewear and Michter’s Whiskey.

The Contenders London will kick off our series of film Contenders events this year. In November the action shifts to L.A., where The Contenders began, and in December we’ll add a third city, with New Yorkers afforded an opportunity to get in on the Contenders action for the first time.

September 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I have added images to the gallery from the beautiful new cover feature for the October issue of Marie Claire.

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September 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I have added three new photoshoots to the gallery from Nicole’s time at the Toronto Film Festival.

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September 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Nicole Kidman shares about her history with friend and co-star Russell Crowe with Vanity Fair.

The Boy Erased and Destroyer star says a long history can make for a great on-screen relationship.

Australia is a country of 24 million people—yet when a handful of them come over to the United States and become movie stars, it seems that they all know each other. There are the brothers Hemsworth, of course, but also Nicole Kidman’s famous friendship with Naomi Watts, whom she met when Kidman’s sister was dating Watts‘s ex. Less famous for now, but maybe not for long, is the long friendship between Kidman and Russell Crowe, with whom she stars in the upcoming drama Boy Erased. As she told Vanity Fair’s executive West Coast editor, Krista Smith, in a conversation at the Toronto International Film Festival, that bond meant that, to play a married couple, “The marriage itself can exist with no rehearsal, no time, no effort, because we know each other so well. That’s a blessing as an actor, you can bring all of that to the performance without having to work for it. It’s just there.”

And just how far back does that friendship go? “My memory of Russell is in a place in Darlinghurst [a suburb of Sydney] at my boyfriend’s house, and Russell came to a party where we invited I think 500 people. And I attempted to cook paella. And I didn’t cook the rice, so it was crunchy. Not good. Throw it out, bring out the beer.”

Kidman had two outstanding performances to celebrate at Toronto this year. In addition to Boy Erased, she stars in the Karyn Kusama-directed crime thriller Destroyer, virtually unrecognizable as a Los Angeles cop still coping with the trauma of an undercover case from decades ago. The transformation is remarkable, but Kidman is hesitant to explain too much about how it happened. “I’m so reluctant to talk about what it takes to prepare for a character,“ she said. “In this day and age, you still want to believe. Now this desire for information by everybody, I think, takes away some of the bubble.”

She continued, with a laugh,“I don’t mean to sound so up myself—that’s an Aussie expression. I suppose I still try to protect the sacredness of what it is. Half the time you don’t even know how you get a performance, or I don’t. It’s sort of scrounging around in the depths of who I am and then feeding off other things. There’s some kismet and some magic.”

September 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

She went from ingenue to serious dramatic actress (and has an Oscar and Emmy to prove it). In next month’s drama ‘Boy Erased,’ the actress brings her signature humanity and heart.

Nicole Kidman and her husband, the country music star Keith Urban, like to play a little game. Say they’re talking about a guitarist: “When I say to him, ‘What kind of guitarist is that person?’ we do this,” she says, patting her head, patting her heart, and then motioning … downward. “Head, heart, or—” she cocks an eyebrow. “It’s a great way to describe different artists, right?”

It is. And it also begs a question: What kind of artist is she? “Well, I always say I’m a pretty even mix, but I’m probably dominated by that,” she says, with one hand over her heart. “If you don’t come from a feeling place, you just end up with an enormous amount of technique.

“I have this,” she says, tapping her head again, “but that can be overruled. It fluctuates too. I have a strong sexuality. It’s a huge part of who I am and my existence.”

Anyone who has seen Kidman in HBO’s hit series Big Little Lies has witnessed all three elements at play, but offscreen her sexuality also manifests in more innocent ways, like when she sees her husband—who crashes our interview at Noshville Delicatessen in Nashville, where the couple has lived since they married in 2006. “Excuse me,” Urban says, approaching the booth. “Can I clear these dishes for you?” Kidman beams and pulls him down next to her. They eat here often enough that the burgundy-haired hostess, Linda, barely bats an eye when they enter but can’t help exhaling dreamily when they leave: “I could stare at him all day long. He’s just the most beautiful man!”

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September 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Nicole spent the weekend at the Telluride Film Festival in support of her films Destroyer and Boy Erased. I have added pictures from her three days there to our gallery.

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September 5, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Women ruled the Telluride Film Festival. It may seem unlikely that the world’s shortest film fest showcased three out of the next five Oscar nominees for Best Actress, but there’s a good chance that just happened. Emma Stone (“The Favourite”), Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) all have to be considered major contenders — McCarthy fitting that bill most surprisingly of all at the end of what has to be one of the buzziest weekends of her life. In two of these cases (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “Destroyer”) the director was also a woman — the estimable Marielle Heller and Karyn Kusama, respectively — and largely female crews were employed, adding to the sisters-are-filmin’-it-for-themselves feel.

Then consider that two of the very best movies at Telluride were ensemble films that you only gradually came to realize featured nearly all-female ensembles — Yorgos Lanthimos‘ wickedly funny “The Favourite” and Alfonso Cuaron‘s touchingly nostalgic “Roma” — both made by presumably highly empathetic male auteurs. Finally, in putting a feminist cap on Telluride, consider that probably the most celebrated documentary of the festival was “Reversing Roe,” a Netflix pic about the history and current import of the abortion debate.

One of the noontime panels in the park had moderator Annette Insdorf asking Kidman, McCarthy, Kusama and Heller for their take on “inclusion rider” becoming a meme, if not quite way of moviemaking life, this year.

“I think it’s clear that the people at this table are not the people who need the inclusion riders,” said Heller. Kusama said it was really not by some kind of feminist design that most of her top-level creative collaborators on “Destroyer” were women. When she realized what she’d perhaps inadvertently done, she said, “I like the feeling of this. I’m not doing it at the exclusion of anyone. I just love what this group of people brings to the table. And it’s beautifully balanced by the thoughtful, incredibly intelligent and compassionate male members of the team that we also surround ourselves and from whom I demand their best as well as my female partners.”

But Kidman said it’s very much intentional on her part. “I’m in a position where I can choose, and I really am choosing to work with female directors,” said the actress who also appeared in a supporting role in another Telluride film, “Boy Erased.” “There have been times where I haven’t been in a position where I can give jobs, but I’m now in a position where I can make choices and say ‘No, I want a female director.’ … We just had Andrea Arnold come in and do ‘Big Little Lies 2,’ and it was wonderful to be able to call her up and say, ‘Are you interested?’”

The best part about the Telluride slate is that none of the aforementioned films feel even remotely like “women’s pictures.” “Roma” is tremendously sweet, if neorealist, but the rest all count as outrageous in their own ways. Even as great a proponent of that so-called genre as George Cukor might blush if he were alive to see an 18th century period piece as ribald, rude and rife with sexually explicit talk as “The Favourite,” or as bloody and headlined by as ruthless an anti-heroine as Kidman’s vengeance-driven cop in “Destroyer.” And contrary to any expectation you might have picked up from the trailer that “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” might go in a maudlin direction, McCarthy’s hard-ass misanthrope character barely softens over the course of the film. These are some seriously and wonderfully scary women, in their own ways.

Speaking of classic women’s pictures, though, the arc that Stone’s character has in “The Favourite” does slightly resemble the path that the title character followed once upon a time in “All About Eve.” In the early 1700s, she is a downtrodden newcomer to the palace, looking to usurp Rachel Weisz’s place as the favorite of Olivia Colman‘s queen. Our sympathy for her and everyone in the piece constantly ebbs and flows, as does a tone that wavers between outright farce and class-conscious melancholy. It was easily one of my favorites (sorry to lose the English U) of the festival. I talked with others at the fest who weren’t willing to go with its abrupt changes in mood, so it may need careful tending in attracting the academy. But Stone has never been better or certainly more wide-ranging in what she has to pull off in the course of a single film. And if, like me, you’ve been waiting all your life to see a much cruder and funnier version of “Barry Lyndon” in which the men just happen to be incidental, our time has come.

Stone was the recipient of one of Telluride’s three tributes this year, and no less charming than expected when sitting for the extended career Q&A that went with it. Her “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, who came to the festival with her and that film two years ago, showed up to place the Telluride medallion over her neck.

“The relationships that you make are absolutely everything,” Stone said. “The people that I’ve gotten to work with will be, on my deathbed …” She stopped herself. “Which I hope isn’t soon. This isn’t a lifetime achievement, right? Because I thought maybe this would be a bad omen.”

Doing “The Favourite” was outside her comfort zone, figuratively and literally. “It’s 1705, which was about 300 years before any period I’ve ever done something in,” she said. “Also, I was the only American in the cast of all British actors, so it was pretty daunting on a few levels, just having to (A) be British and not stick out like a sore thumb, and (B), not to breathe.” That would be the corset. “My organs shifted in my body for the next month, and then I was like, these are surprisingly comfortable! I realized that my whole body shape had changed, and not for the better. But it a goes back, and that’s the great thing about human bodies.”


September 5, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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