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Deadline talked with Nicole on her new film Destroyer.

Today Nicole Kidman received her 14th Golden Globe nomination, and rightfully so, for her portrayal of a haggard, undercover LAPD detective who won’t let the past settle until she’s has had justice.

At a time when you might think that such movies as Chinatown, L.A. Confidential and Training Day have put the LA crime noir film out of business, director Karyn Kusama turns the genre upside down, not so much with a relapsed memory-non-linear tale, but with a portrayal by Kidman in which she completely disappears onscreen (much in the same way as she did as Virginia Woolf in The Hours) into Erin Bell, a age-spot ridden, dry-skinned, skinny cop who has seen far too much. It’s a noir protagonist up there with such greats as J.J. Gittes and even Taxi Driver‘s Travis Bickle.

When Kidman first read the script, “I cried because of its mother-daughter relationship, and just how she carried her daughter on her back. It was one of those images that got under my skin and I didn’t expect that in this type of genre film; which was so character-driven and deeply emotional, not in a sentimental way.”

“So many of these films are written for men, and as much as she’s dangerous, at times you can’t understand her. You feel frustrated and angry. She’s deeply female, and so many of her motivations are because of her child and how she feels as a parent; not being present, and having done things to her child that she feels so deeply ashamed of, that she’s trying to atone for it; that’s what makes her so female — that very complicated mother-daughter relationship.”

Detailing her transformation into Bell, Kidman told Deadline, “I decided to become her and to absorb her which was the same (process) as with Celeste in Big Little Lies and Virginia Woolf in The Hours. I didn’t know how much it was going to take; I don’t know if I’d jump in willingly if I knew how much it would take.” Learning how to handle guns and make it look like second nature was, of course, a top priority for the actress when portraying an undercover LAPD detective.

The second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies, the first of which Kidman won a Limited TV series Best Actress Golden Globe earlier this year for, finished shooting in August. Kidman and fellow star/ EP Reese Witherspoon are “in the middle” of post per the actress, putting their “heart and soul into it” with “incredible storylines.”

Destroyer, which was fully financed by 30WEST for under $10M and acquired by Annapurna out of Cannes, opens on Dec. 25.

December 6, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I have added a bunch of new production stills from The Destroyer to our gallery!

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December 6, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Congratulations to Nicole on her Golden Globe nomination for her role in Destroyer!

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December 6, 2018  •  1 Comment

Some of the biggest names in Australian screen have used the red carpet of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards to send subtle messages to politicians and the wider industry, but Nicole Kidman had a message for moviegoers.

The Australian actor took home the AACTA for her supporting role in Boy Erased, moments after urging audiences to look past the blockbusters.

Boy Erased, which was nominated for best film, is based on the true story of a teenager put through conversion therapy in the United States not that many years ago.

It was directed by Joel Edgerton, who appears beside Kidman and Russell Crowe in the film.

“These films are hard right now. They’re hard to get audiences for. They’re hard to get made,” Kidman said.

“You know, I’m also in Aquaman. That is not hard to get made. It’s a whole different thing and it’s nice to be fun.

“But this is where you go ‘please go and see these movies’ because otherwise we won’t have the chance to make them anymore.”

The film was made in the US, but is nominated in the Australian AACTA awards because its director, Edgerton, is a local.

This year was the first time the Australian awards recognised an American film with substantial local input.

“I don’t know about bending the rules, I’m just grateful the film is being seen,” Kidman said.

A year after revelations about Harvey Weinstein and in the shadows of allegations of sexual harassment by Australian star Geoffrey Rush, several stars insisted times were changing for women in the industry.

On the red carpet, the sentiment on female participation was one of cautious optimism despite the categories for best director, screenplay, cinematographer, editor, sound and original score featuring only male nominees.

Kidman said women in the industry were “trying to carve paths that should have been carved years ago”.

“We’re all really uniting as women and as a culture and there are so many supportive men and we’re trying to make massive changes for the next generation as well.”

Janet King star Marta Dusseldorp said representation was “the only thing anyone is talking about right now”.

Packed to the Rafters star Erik Thomson said change was happening.

“I sense in any writers room, in any situation I’ve been in in the last year or so, it’s always at the forefront of the discussions we have,” he said.

As expected, many stars wore blue ribbons to protest against Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and to send a message to politicians.

“People don’t like it when you make noise. But you’re supposed to. You’re supposed to make noise,” Julia Zemiro said.

Australian actor Simon Baker was nominated for his directorial debut for the movie Breath.

He wore a blue ribbon on the red carpet, saying it was about both public awareness and pushing for political change.

“I guess in a lot of ways it’s to galvanise the politicians in this country to make a conscience decision as opposed to a political decision,” he said.

Indigenous man and Sweet Country director Warwick Thornton also wore a blue ribbon and had a powerful perspective on the debate.

“We are Australians, we are beautiful humans and we look after each other. And we look after other people,” he said.

“Literally every family has come here on a boat. You might have been born here, but your family came here once on a boat, maybe an aeroplane, maybe they walked across a land bridge in an ice age.

“We make sure we look after people who need help. How ridiculous is it in 2018 that we’re having this conversation?”


December 5, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Earlier today Nicole attended the AACTA Awards along with her mother and niece. Nicole was honored with the Best Supporting Actress award for her work in Boy Erased.

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December 5, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Entertainment Weekly has chosen Nicole as one of their 2018 Entertainers of the Year. Nicole’s director Karyn Kusama speaks about Nicole.

What makes Nicole Kidman unique is that I don’t think she signs up to do anything unless she’s signing up for it 110 percent. She’s always completely committed to the task at hand, and that includes trying things that don’t work, experimenting with ideas that take her down the wrong path, and pulling herself back in.

When we were preparing to shoot Destroyer, Nicole was always so open about what frightened her and what felt out of her grasp. By defining her fears and anxieties about the role itself and about herself as an artist, I felt like she really proved her depth. It takes a lot of guts to say, “I want this so badly, and I don’t know if I can do it.”

She’s obviously matured in the business and become a deeper, more profound artist, but in doing so, she’s retained her childlike curiosity, and her work doesn’t get old, it gets richer. She’s completely embracing adulthood and confronting the public with the fact that she’s a 51-year-old actor who’s still finding very full, rich characters with a lot of problems, a lot to confront and wrestle with.

She’s breathing more life and freshness into these roles that prove our existence at this age, and she’s always becoming more and more relevant. Because of her movie-star beauty, people might overlook that Nicole makes really daring, crazy choices. But she has a wildness to her that’s animated by eccentricity, and that’s what I love about her — she’s not afraid to be weird or make weird choices.

—As told to Piya Sinha-Roy

December 1, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Today Nicole attended the ARIA Awards in Sydney, Australia to support her husband Keith Urban who was hosting the awards. She walked the red carpet with both Keith & her niece.

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November 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I can’t begin to express how much I LOVE this photoshoot! Absolutely stunning!

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November 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Nicole and five other amazing talented women were invited to be apart of this year’s Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable, and this cover is PHENOMENAL!

Six leading ladies — Glenn Close, Lady Gaga, Kathryn Hahn, Nicole Kidman, Regina King and Rachel Weisz — open up about how Hollywood is different now and one “very subtle” #MeToo moment: “Ask me anything and I’ll answer.”

“Can we all just not wear our pants,” joked Kathryn Hahn as she moved quickly from a photo shoot in her (yes, pantsless) red mini tuxedo dress to her place at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Actress Roundtable. Once seated, Private Life star Hahn, 45, joined The Wife’s Glenn Close, 71; A Star Is Born’s first-timer Lady Gaga, 32; Nicole Kidman, 51 (in the awards race this year with both Boy Erased and Destroyer); If Beale Street Could Talk’s Regina King, 47; and The Favourite’s Rachel Weisz, 48, for an intense discussion (edited here for length and clarity) that began with the impact of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements on the daily lives of actors and ended with a candid back-and-forth on how children influence your career and life choices.

How has each of you experienced change in Hollywood over the past year? Or how have you not?

KATHRYN HAHN I got a Laverne & Shirley credit on this movie [Tamara Jenkins’ fertility drama Private Life]. That’s when you are side by side with your co-star, which is a rarity. It usually would have been the dude and, you know, the gal.

GLENN CLOSE Was the dude happy about it?

HAHN You know, he was. It was Paul Giamatti. He was like, “Of course. This is exactly what should happen.”

LADY GAGA That’s what is so exciting with the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up, to see men coming to stand by our side and say, “We want you to be loud. We want to hear your voices.” It’s really remarkable.

NICOLE KIDMAN We got this film [Karyn Kusama’s undercover cop drama Destroyer] made, which probably would have been even harder before. I see that as part of the movement. And hopefully, there will be a lot more films with female directors.

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November 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Nicole is featured on the cover of the new Variety magazine.

If you don’t like sharing a meal, stay away from Nicole Kidman. “She’s the kind of person, when you’re at dinner with her, she goes, ‘What’s that?! And she’ll have a few mouthfuls,’” says her friend Hugh Jackman, recalling how she was once very eager to try his tiramisu. Then there was the time he and Kidman were on vacation together and she eyed his mug of cappuccino. “I said to her, ‘I think you’re having a little bit of FOMO,’ and she goes, ‘Yeah, I just want a sip. What is that drink? Can I taste it?’ It gives you a little insight into who she is.”

For more than three decades, Kidman has been nibbling, devouring, gnawing — and savoring — her way through some of the most complex roles in Hollywood. Her menu of projects touches on every genre imaginable, and then some. She could easily program a festival of her own films: auteur-driven dramas (“Eyes Wide Shut,” “Birth”), art-house period pictures (“The Hours,” “The Portrait of a Lady,” “Cold Mountain”), elevated horror flicks (“The Others”), satire (“To Die For”), popcorn hits (“Days of Thunder,” “Batman Forever”), an Adam Sandler movie (“Just Go With It”) and the best original musical of the last 20 years (“Moulin Rouge!”). In 2017, Kidman headlined four movies and two TV series, and she picked up an Emmy for HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” getting her halfway to an EGOT, with only a Tony and a Grammy out of her reach. But give her time.

This year, Kidman returns with three more films. That’s one of the reasons why Variety has chosen her as our Show Woman of the Year. “Thank you — oh, my God!” Kidman says during a recent conversation at the Beverly Hills Hotel as she waves her palms in the air. “I’m doing my jazz hands.” Kidman lives in Nashville with her husband Keith Urban and their two kids, but she’s spent a lot of time this fall in Los Angeles with her dual awards-season offerings. She stars in Focus Features’ “Boy Erased,” where she plays the Baptist mother of a teenager who is forced into gay conversion therapy, and Annapurna’s “Destroyer,” portraying a tough detective investigating a homicide. In December, she dips her toe into the DC Comics universe with “Aquaman” as the matriarch Queen Atlanna, who looks like one of the sisters from “The Little Mermaid.”

Kidman says it’s easier to play fictional characters than real people. For her Oscar-winning role in “The Hours,” she had to ease up on an accent that precisely mirrored Virginia Woolf’s voice, because director Stephen Daldry thought audiences wouldn’t understand it. She’s now preparing to play Gretchen Carlson in a movie about Roger Ailes, but she hasn’t met with the former Fox News anchor, who sued her boss for sexual harassment. “I’ve been quietly doing my research,” Kidman says. “Even though it’s a very small role, you have to do the work. I’ve read her book. I’ve watched a lot of footage.”

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November 21, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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