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January 16, 2017   Ali   Lion Be first to comment

The Guardian gives us this beautiful article about Nicole and her new film Lion.

After her sublimely moving performance in her new film Lion, the actor explains through her tears why the role was a perfect fit for her – and how it led her to reflect on her own experience of adoption

When she first saw the script for Lion, Nicole Kidman did not know she was reading a true story. It is easy to see why she didn’t guess. The plot, for a start, is too fantastically outlandish for real life, and her part such a perfect fit that she probably imagined it had been written specifically for her. Even after the producer had enlightened her: “I still couldn’t quite believe it. Then I thought, maybe they’d fudged some of it. But no. It really is all true.”

Lion tells the story of a boy called Saroo, who was born into an impoverished but close family in rural India. His mother laboured in a quarry carrying rocks, and at night his older brother would catch a train to a nearby town to earn a few rupees lifting bales. One night, the five-year-old Saroo begged to come with him, but was already asleep when they got off the train, so his brother left him to sleep on a platform bench while he went to work. Waking in the night, Saroo found a comfier berth in an empty, stationary train carriage, but awoke in the morning to find himself trapped in a hurtling train that didn’t stop until it reached Kolkata, 1,000 km from home. Unable to speak Bengali, Saroo survived on the streets, narrowly escaping the clutches of predatory abusers before winding up in a chillingly brutal orphanage.

On the other side of the world were Sue and John Brierley, a childless Australian couple who wanted to adopt from India. One day, Saroo was put on a plane, and dispatched to a new life with them in Hobart, Tasmania. He was deeply loved, and grew up to be an ostensibly typical young carefree Australian, played in the film by Dev Patel, until a random event triggered fragments of memory and a sudden urgent longing to find his old family. By calculating the distance that fateful train must have travelled from his home, Saroo painstakingly searched thousands of square miles of India using Google Earth, until finally he spotted a landmark he recognised from his old home. With the support and blessing of Sue, he returned to India, tracked down the derelict shack that had once been his home, and there he found his birth mother, who had been waiting and hoping all along that one day her son would return. I watched the film at a press screening and, when the lights came up at the end, most people in auditorium were in tears.

Actors are contractually obliged to promote their movies, but when I meet Kidman, I get the impression that she would want to for Lion even if she weren’t. She seems to have spent most of the past month on red carpets at Lion premiers all over the world, and stops off in London for 24 hours – en route from Los Angeles to Sydney for Christmas, her two young daughters in tow – to talk about the film. Everyone always goes on about Kidman’s statuesque beauty, so I wasn’t expecting it to floor me, but when she stands to shake hands she looks more like an alabaster mannequin than a member of our species. When she speaks, however, she becomes more human than any A-list actor I have met. Kidman has described Lion as “a love letter” to the two children she adopted herself in her 20s when married to Tom Cruise, and weeps so easily throughout the interview that by the end she is asking me how I can stop myself crying, as if this were a rare and mysterious trick.

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January 16, 2017   Ali   Photograph 51 Be first to comment

Oscar winner Nicole Kidman has announced that she will not recreate her award-winning 2015 role as a genetic scientist in the play Photograph 51 on Broadway, according to a report in the London Daily Mail.

The New York Post had reported last spring that the play would arrive on Broadway in fall 2016, and Kidman herself had announced during a post-show Q&A in fall 2015 that she hoped to take Photograph 51 to Australia and New York and to make a film version of the play. But the Mail this weekend quoted Kidman saying that while she was “keen” to reprise her role in New York, her daughters Sunday, age eight, and Faith, six, “were unhappy at the prospect because she missed too much family time.”

She said that during the London run, “It was hard, I wasn’t there for bedtimes, I wasn’t there for dinner and this is where a balance between work and family is impossible…. You have to make a choice and it will always be them.”

No word on whether the drama would come to New York with another actor in the lead role.

Kidman played Rosalind Franklin, the female team member who cracked the mystery of DNA, in Ziegler’s 95-minute drama about the pursuit of science, love, and success. The title refers to the 1952 x-ray diffraction image that first depicted the now-familiar double-helix structure of DNA, the genetic building block of life. Others got sole credit for the discovery when they published the information. The play also deals with Franklin’s fight with cancer.

Kidman won the Evening Standard Award as Best Actress for her performance.

This would not be the New York premiere of the play as it was seen Off-Broadway in 2010. Directed by Michael Grandage, Photograph 51 officially opened September 14, 2015 at the Noel Coward Theatre on the West End, and closed November 21.

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January 12, 2017   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Videos Be first to comment

Nicole Kidman says it’s time for Americans to get behind President-elect Donald Trump.

The “Lion” star, who has dual citizenship in Australia and the U.S., told BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire that she’s normally reluctant to talk about politics but thinks Americans should accept Mr. Trump as their new president and support him.

“I just say he’s now elected and we as a country need to support who’s ever the president because that’s what the country’s based on,” Mrs. Kidman said.

“Whatever, however that happened, he’s there and let’s go,” she added.

Mrs. Kidman, a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, said she’s more concerned about issues that are important to her.
“I’m always reticent to start commenting politically. I’ve never done it in terms of America or Australia. I’m issue-based,” she said.

“I’m very, very committed to women’s issues in terms of I do a lot of fundraising for U.N. Women and I do a lot of traveling for them,” she said. “I also do an enormous amount of fundraising for breast and ovarian cancer, because that’s something that’s affected my family deeply. So they’re my issues that I’m very attached to.”

The Hawaii-born actress lives in Nashville with husband Keith Urban and their two children. In November, she posted a photo on Instagram of her and her husband proudly showing off their “I Voted” stickers.

Her comments about Mr. Trump begin at the 13:20 mark.

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Take two megawatt executive producers, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Add a pair of Hollywood’s most zeitgeisty twentysomethings, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz. Throw in a blockbuster novel about a group of upper-middle-class mothers of kindergartners roiled by sexual violence, class issues, ageism, and…murder! (That’d be Liane Moriarty’s 2014 Big Little Lies.) The result is an HBO miniseries that, even in this big-budget, high-minded small-screen era, we’ve never seen before: a seven-part thriller that looks like a movie, feels like a movie—and packs enough woman power to populate the Oscars’ front row—but grips like only episodic TV can.

For more on ELLE’s Women in TV honorees, pick up the February issue on newsstands nationwide January 17.

NICOLE KIDMAN

On shooting sex scenes in Big Little Lies:
So many of the bruises you see on me aren’t fake. I had to do a shower scene where you would see a lot of them, and I asked them not to put makeup on me. It needed to be pretty raw and out there. There’s certain choreography that you need for a scene like that, so that you don’t actually get your cheekbone shattered, but a lot of the time, they’d say, ‘Oh, you can put some pads in your back,’ and I would say no, because you might be able to see them. I also felt that the nudity was a part of it. It wasn’t about exploitation. It really feeds into their relationship. You really get their sexuality through that.

On her costar Shailene Woodley:
She’s politically engaged, which is surprising for someone her age and in her career. She’s very, very responsible. She’s good at keeping her boundaries and standing up for herself. If she doesn’t believe in something, she says so. I could probably have learned from that at her age. I don’t think I stood up for myself in the same way she does. Reese and I have both said it: It’s a whole different world now. When we were growing up, we were far more protected, but we weren’t as empowered. We weren’t connected through knowledge, which is what social media gives you.

January 8, 2017   Ali   Events, Images Be first to comment

Nicole looks absolutely gorgeous tonight in an Alexander McQueen silver sequined gown! The first pictures of her on the red carpet are now in the gallery.

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Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > January 8 | Golden Globe Awards

January 7, 2017   Ali   Events, Images Be first to comment

Nicole was honored last night at the AACTA International Awards. She walked the red carpet with Keith and looked gorgeous in a black gown by Rochas from their Spring 2017 line.

During her acceptance speech for best supporting actress she recognized her husband Keith Urban, “And to the most beautiful man I’ve ever met, Keith Lionel Urban. He’s got a gypsy heart, and travels the world where I go. ‘We’re going to Tasmania to make a film!’ And he’s like, ‘OK…’”

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Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > January 6 | AACTA International Awards
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > January 6 | AACTA International Awards – Inside
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > January 6 | AACTA International Awards – Audience
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > January 6 | AACTA International Awards – Ceremony
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > January 6 | AACTA International Awards – Backstage

January 6, 2017   Ali   Big Little Lies Be first to comment

Entertainment Weekly gives us a look at the new HBO series Big Little Lies starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, & Shailene Woodley.

It began with a manuscript. In 2014, a friend slipped Reese Witherspoon an early galley of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies. The Australian author has a knack for spinning a compelling tale — her previous book, The Husband’s Secret, had hit No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list a year earlier — and this one was no exception.

“Liane’s writing is so enthralling, I was hanging on every word. I read it in one night,” says Witherspoon of the story of a wealthy seaside enclave where not everything is as perfect as it seems and the combined community secrets lead to a mysterious murder.

Her producing partner, Bruna Papandrea, called Nicole Kidman — a longtime friend since the women were teenagers — and said simply: “I’ve found the thing for us all to do together.” Kidman (who also read the book in a single sitting) happened to be leaving the next day for Australia, and while there she met Moriarty for coffee. “I said to her, ‘If you give us the rights to the book, we can get it made,’” says Kidman.

Within 18 months, a staggering number of A-listers were heading into production. Witherspoon and Kidman were joined by Shailene Woodley in the lead roles, with Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgård, and Adam Scott also in the cast. David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) signed on as an executive producer and wrote all seven episodes. Jean-Marc Vallée — fresh off his Oscar-nominated film Wild — agreed to direct every installment, too. (He’d been planning to direct only the pilot but had a hard time saying no to his Wild leading lady. “This is all Reese’s fault,” he says with a laugh. “I was about to take a vacation, and I was so tired. But then I read it, and I couldn’t abandon it after I started.”)

All that talent shows: The series has its fair share of humor and dark drama — and then even darker drama — yet the actresses never miss a step. “I sometimes felt like I was watching a class in acting,” says Witherspoon of her costars.

Big Little Lies premieres on Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

January 5, 2017   Ali   Events, Images Be first to comment

Last night found Nicole in New York City attending some events promoting her new film Lion. Below are images we have added to the gallery from the events.

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Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > January 4 | Mamarazzi Screening Of Lion In New York City
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > January 4 | Time Talks
Nicole Kidman Online > 2017 > January 4 | Time Talks – Panel