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September 10, 2017   Ali   Events, Images Be first to comment

TIFF is under way and Nicole and Keith were in attendance when they ran into Bryan Cranston at the premiere of his new film The Upside.

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September 7, 2017   Ali   Top of the Lake Be first to comment

USA Today gives us a review of Nicole’s new series Top of the Lake: China Girl.

Top of the Lake, which debuted on SundanceTV in 2013, had a lot going for it: a strikingly talented cast, a riveting story and the distinctive visual style of Jane Campion, the series’ co-creator and (often) director.

The series has returned, three years later, in Top of the Lake: China Girl (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 9 ET/PT, ***½ out of four) a bold new installment that often exceeds the excellence of its predecessor, with an even more primal, taut and engrossing story that reveals new depths in its protagonist, Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss). The three-part season looks and feels like little else on TV, and is intense and deeply rewarding.

In the original series, Robin, while visiting New Zealand, was overly involved in the case of a missing 12-year-old pregnant girl. China Girl finds her back home in Sydney, and back to work on the police force. Although she craves normalcy, Griffin is now haunted by the trauma she experienced in New Zealand and the revisited trauma of her more distant past. Her new case, the murder of an Asian woman who washes up on the beach in a suitcase, is again a little too close to her personal life. And as she begins looking into the murder, she makes the decision to contact her daughter, Mary (Alice Englert), whom she gave up at birth.

Joining the cast are Nicole Kidman as Mary’s adoptive mother Julia, and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as Robin’s new partner, Miranda. Behind a curly gray wig and painted-on freckles, Kidman plays a mother frantic and terrified that her teenage daughter is slipping away. Christie, meanwhile, is a true breakout, excelling in a role that has more screen time and complexity than those she plays on Game of Thrones and the Star Wars franchise. She takes the character and runs with it, making Miranda both emotionally vulnerable and hard to read, with questionable intentions and history.

Campion excels at creating atmosphere, and each scene is practically overflowing with meaning and significance. The score, the lighting and the direction add to the ever-growing tension, which explodes halfway through the short season in a devastatingly traumatic scene that feels both shocking and queasily inevitable.

The new episodes continue the series’ exploration of sexual and psychological trauma. Many of the characters have experienced and are shaped by some form of distress, and the series explores its effects on their lives, while examining sexism, gender stereotypes and their potentially violent consequences.

Internet trolls openly objectify prostitutes at a cafe. Mary asserts she wants to grow up to be a wife, horrifying her aggressively feminist adoptive mother. Miranda is drawn to Robin as a role model, but Robin has no interest in empowering her.

China Girl manages to capture what made the original Lake so haunting, but also finds new and thrilling ways to surprise you.

It took several years to come to fruition, and it was well worth the wait.

September 7, 2017   Ali   Events, Guest Appearances Be first to comment

The Los Angeles Times shares that Nicole will be one of the presenters for the upcoming Emmy Awards.

The talent has arrived.

Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are just a few of the A-listers who will be handing out golden statuettes at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 17.

Keeping with tradition, the Television Academy has tapped several of its prospective and past winners to present at this year’s ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The first round of presenters announced Wednesday includes nominees Winfrey (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”), Witherspoon and Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of,” “Girls”), Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”), Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live,” “Match Game”) and Allison Janney (“Mom”).

Other presenters include TV stars Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”), Edie Falco (“Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”), Anna Faris (“Mom”), Rashida Jones (“Angie Tribeca”), Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Lea Michele (“The Mayor”), Shemar Moore (“S.W.A.T.”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Adam Scott (“Ghosted,” “Big Little Lies”).

Stephen Colbert will host the ceremony, which will be telecast live on CBS at 5 p.m. Pacific.

September 1, 2017   Ali   Site Be first to comment

Today marks NKO’s one year birthday! I am so proud of how this site has grown and so grateful to each of you for visiting and enjoying the site! Here is to many more!

In honor of our birthday we have a new theme. Thanks to Nicole at NWL9 Design for our beautiful header and Claudia at Never Enough Design for the theme base! I hope you enjoy the new look as much as I do!


August 29, 2017   Ali   Articles & Interviews Be first to comment

Nicole talks about Aquaman, Big Little Lies, and the need for equality in film roles.

Nicole Kidman doesn’t like to give lectures – but she will do it anyway when it comes to issues she is passionate about, such as women in the film industry.

Since adding an executive producer credit to her resume for the hit series Big Little Lies, in which she also stars alongside Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley, Kidman is passionate about pursuing more women-led projects.

“We wanted to craft something because we were frustrated because there wasn’t the roles for us and our friends and for the women we know have extraordinary talent and they are not being given the chances they should be given,” she said.

“For them to work and to be received in that way builds a bridge for us to do more and also for other women and producers and male producers who believe in female-driven projects.”

Speaking to Fairfax Media at the Dior gala in Melbourne on Saturday night, Kidman said there is still a huge gender imbalance in the industry.

“It doesn’t mean that it’s done. I constantly say this now. People say, ‘It’s so fantastic … [but] there’s only a few series that are female driven, we have to do so much more just to have equality,” she said.

Kidman is currently working in Queensland shooting Aquaman and was working as late as Friday night before arriving in Melbourne on Saturday.

“I am sworn to secrecy, that’s the nature of those films. But yes, I was in a [water] tank.”

The Academy Award-winner said while 2016 was hugely busy filming Big Little Lies and Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl, this year she had been able to have four months off.

“It comes in waves. It’s a long journey life but you stick at it and stay in that place of going, ‘I have opportunities and I am going to keep going,” she said.

Kidman has two of her most memorable gowns in the House of Dior exhibition, although the chartreuse one she wore to the 1997 Oscars – named one of the best Oscars dresses of all time – is a reproduction.

“I have the couture dress at home. This one in the exhibit is from the runway. I have the one John Galliano actually fitted and made for me … my daughters will inherit that dress,” she said.

“I have a lot of the [red carpet] dresses and I treat them as works of art because that’s what they are. I want the [dresses] to be kept. I am entrusting them to my daughters and hope they will value them as much and place them where they should be placed.”

Kidman said the chartreuse dress was a bold choice then by red carpet standards but “not for me, I was living in London at the time”.

“I had a strong friendship with John Galliano and a lot of the designers, Karl Lagerfeld. It was incredibly rarefied air to be able to say, ‘I’m going to go to Paris.’ But it was also kind of fun. You’re dealing with these houses, these designers who are creative and extraorindary.”

Kidman, who turned 50 in June, said she approaches red carpet dressing nowadays with “reverence”.

“A lot of the time you are wearing these dresses … just to be able to put them on you feel like you are going to the ball, as Cinderella. You’re still very much modelling the dresses and that’s the task at hand and I take this seriously,” she said.


August 27, 2017   Ali   Images, Magazines Be first to comment

Nicole covers the one year anniversary issue of Stellar Magazine and talks about the happiness and joy she is finding in her life at age 50. Here are some quotes from the interview and I have added images from the photoshoot to our gallery.

On having the most successful 12 months yet: “I’m always just gently moving through life, so I try to not have the massive highs and the massive lows and try to stay in a consistent place. But in terms of just really savoring the moment, yes. …I know when things are good and I savor them.”

On daughters Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret: “They make us very happy, is what they do. They bring so much joy to both of us. Keith just walked in. [She puts down the phone to speak with husband Keith Urban.] ‘Don’t those daughters just bring so much joy to you, babe?’ [pause] ‘So much!’ he yelled out [laughs].”

On turning 50: “Just joy. I’m just really going, ‘OK, this is my life’, and I’m very, very happy to be 50. I think that’s what happens with birthdays once you get to a particular age, you’re just like, ‘Yay, OK, here we go!’ I did not have a huge party. I was like, I just want to be with my family. And my sister came over with all her children, my brother-in-law, I had Keith and my girls. We Skyped my mum because she couldn’t fly all that way, but I flew back and had a small party with her and my close, close, close friends. And that was it – simple.”

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August 27, 2017   Ali   Events, Images Be first to comment

Last night Nicole was in Melbourne at the NGV Gala. She looked very beautiful in a ruffled gown by Dior.

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August 24, 2017   Ali   Articles & Interviews Be first to comment

The actress has been visiting fairgrounds with husband Keith Urban on his country tour where she says she’s “partial to funnel cake” but draws the line at “fried snickers.”

Nicole Kidman is nominated for an Emmy her work in HBO’s Big Little Lies, and here’s one fact about her that she claims is no whopper: Nicole Kidman loves funnel cakes.

In an interview with THR, Kidman, who is taking it easy for the majority of 2017 after working nonstop last year and promoting four projects in the lineup at the recent Cannes Film Festival, admits that she’s making the most of her downtime. “I’ve been on holiday for four months,” exhales Kidman, nominated alongside co-stars Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard.

Part of her break is being spent alongside husband and country superstar Keith Urban on his tour stops, often at destinations far less glamour than the red carpets draped in front of the Palais — state fairs across the U.S. “I get on that tour bus, we have fun, we go to the fairs, we do the rides,” says Kidman. “The kids love it. We love cotton candy, and anything fried. But I do have to say I am a little partial to a funnel cake.”

But even she must draw a line sometimes: “The fried Snickers bar, that’s just too much.”

Also too much? Vacation. Kidman recently ended her break and is now back at work opposite Jason Momoa in Warner Bros.’ Aquaman, currently filming in Kidman’s native Australia.


August 22, 2017   Ali   Images, Magazines Be first to comment

I have added a HQ version of a new image taken of Nicole for the September issue of Vogue.

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August 22, 2017   Ali   Aquaman Be first to comment

Nicole shared an image from the set of Aquaman … excited to see her in this role!