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July 27, 2017   Ali   Big Little Lies Be first to comment

Ever since HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies, executive produced by and starring Nicole Kidman & Reese Witherspoon, became an overnight watercooler hit, talk started about extending the series with a second season. The conversation got even lauder after the series landed sixteen Primetime Emmy nominations earlier this month.

The issue is that Big Little Lies was based on Lianne Moriarty, and there is no existing source material for a second season. But that might change, as Moriarty had been approached and has said that she is open to a second installment.

“I have started to think about ways this could continue,” she said in an April interview. “I wouldn’t write a new book but perhaps a new story, and then we’ll see what happens.”

Moriarty’s inLiane Moriarty ‘Big Little Lies’ authorvolvement is encouraging to HBO brass who are optimistic about extending the Big Little Lies franchise.

“I’m hopeful because Lianne Moriarty, the book author, is thinking about it,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys told Deadline at TCA. “These characters have lives past the book as written, so we’ll see.”

The high-profile original series, adapted by David E. Kelley and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, sported a killer cast with stars Kidman, Witherspoon, Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Laura Dern, Adam Scott and Zoe Kravitz. The subversive comedy told the tale of three mothers of first-graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Dallas Buyers Club Oscar nominee Vallée has said previously that “it’s a one-time deal” and should be left at the peak it achieved. But Witherspoon has been vocal about wanting to move forward with a second season, even asking fans to lobby Moriarty on Facebook.

One change from the book was the decision not to explicitly include the backstory of Bonnie (Kravitz) and her abusive father in the series, something that Moriarty sees as a possible open door to a follow-up.

“My original reaction was, ‘What have they done? How have they left that out?’” she told the Sydney Morning Herald. “But a lot of people have said that they could tell [what Bonnie’s true story was]. There had been little hints. … It’s implied in her performances and some little lines. I think I might have preferred to have had it in there, but I wouldn’t argue against it either. It also leaves open the possibility of Season 2.”


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

This week Nicole, Reese, Alexander, and Jean-Marc participated in HBO’s Big Little Lies For Your Consideration Panel as we are getting closer to the Emmy Awards. I have images to the gallery from the event.

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July 24, 2017   Ali   Family, Images Be first to comment

I have added the two official portraits that were released from Keith & Nicole’s wedding in 2006 to our gallery.

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July 24, 2017   Ali   Images Be first to comment

At Nicole’s recent stop at Variety for Remote Controlled she did a new photoshoot and an image from the shoot is now in our gallery.

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July 24, 2017   Ali   Images, Magazines Be first to comment

Such a fun shoot of Nicole … enjoy these additional outtakes.

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Nicole did a recent guest appearance on Remote Controlled with Variety Magazine.

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with “Big Little Lies” star Nicole Kidman.

The project began because she and Reese Witherspoon, both of whom would ultimately serve as executive producers, weren’t finding enough compelling, complex roles to play. “This was born of Reese and I feeling frustrated that we weren’t being offered the roles that we wanted,” she says. “We were reading things and they just weren’t enough. So this was born out of not having an opportunity, and we got lucky. We were able to make it happen.”

Kidman says the first sense she got that the series was a success came from watching the episodes with her own husband. “When he started to say, ‘When does the next one get here?’” she says. “And he just said, ‘People are gonna be addicted to this.’ And I was like, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh yeah, this is really good.’ That’s when I knew, ’cause he doesn’t say that often.”

The actress — who was nominated for an Emmy for best actress in a limited series — says she wasn’t intimidated to take on the role of Celeste, the wife and mother who’s abused by her husband, played by Alexander Skarsgard.

“I wanted to find the truth of it, and I wanted for people to feel her and understand her, and that’s been probably one of the greatest things that has come out of it is that there’s an understanding,” she says. “So I just delved in and tried to really find all of the motivations, and the reasons why, and her whole psychology. It was fantastic being able to do that, but it was also disturbing. I didn’t realize how disturbing it was gonna be to me, because it penetrated my personal life because of the nature of it.”

She says the experience of making “Big Little Lies” was a special one because of director Jean-Marc Vallee. “I’m glad that he was bold and brave with it. That he didn’t censor the relationship, and he didn’t censor some of the way in which it was playing out, because I think there’s an enormous amount of truth, which is probably why people have responded to it,” she says. “It’s very, very truthful in terms of the way in which somebody who’s in an abusive relationship stays in it and why.”

She admits she threw herself into the filming, especially the abuse scenes with Skarsgard that often left her bruised. “I didn’t want him to be pulling back. I never showed him anything on my body that maybe bruises or anything, because I didn’t want him to feel bad, and I didn’t want him to not commit to the truth of what was going on,” she says. “So that was my own stoic pride, and my desire to reach deeply into what we were trying to depict.”

Kidman also says she’d be willing to sign on for a second season, as long as it’s not just another murder mystery.

“I would hope that this is not just about a death and who did it. I would hope that the strength of the female characters and their story lines are enough to move into another [story],” she says. “I would hope that these women’s stories are strong enough to sustain more viewership. That people would want to watch what happens to them, where their lives go. It isn’t over.”

July 20, 2017   Ali   Images, Magazines Be first to comment

We finally have some outtakes from Nicole’s newest shoot for Love Magazine for you to enjoy!

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July 20, 2017   Ali   Top of the Lake Be first to comment

Jane Campion talks about how Nicole joined the cast of the second season of Top of the Lake.

Top of the Lake creator Jane Campion on the new inspiration behind her hit TV series

Fans of the critically acclaimed crime drama Top of the Lake will be eagerly awaiting its return at the end of this month – but writer Jane Campion admits that she never intended to make another series.

“The number one reason Gerard [Lee, co-creator of the show] and I wrote a second season was because we were really encouraged by people’s responses,” she says. “In the first season, Gerard and I did exactly what we wanted and the fact that people embraced that and really responded to it was deeply encouraging. Of course, the challenge then was to find something that would stimulate us in the same way.”

Campion surprised some critics when she turned her sights to television in 2013 with Top of the Lake, 20 years after receiving the Palme d’Or for the acclaimed film The Piano. The first series, which starred Elisabeth Moss as detective Robin Griffin on the trail of a 12-year-old pregnant girl who has disappeared, thrilled audiences and reviewers alike.

The Guardian’s Sam Wollaston described it as “hauntingly beautiful, genuinely original” and “fabulous” and the Telegraph said it was “without doubt the most original TV drama of the year so far, and possibly the best”.

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Elisabeth Moss and director Jane Campion talk about the return of a ‘darker’ Top of the Lake and a rise in female-led drama

From the manslaughtering Monterey mothers of Big Little Lies to the scarlet-robed surrogates of The Handmaid’s Tale and the first female Time Lord in Doctor Who, it has been a mighty year for women in television. It’s hard to think of a period when so many of the must-see dramas have been female-led. The time is ripe, then, for the return of Top of the Lake, that unique countercultural take on the detective mystery from the New Zealand writer-director Jane Campion (The Piano, An Angel at My Table), one of the godmothers of feminism on screen.

Moving the action from rural New Zealand to urban Australia, the second series again stars Elisabeth Moss, recently nominated for an Emmy for playing Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale. In Top of the Lake she reprises her role as Robin Griffin, a troubled but brilliant Sydney detective specialising in sexual assault cases. She has been joined by two new female co-stars, both huge in different ways: Nicole Kidman, Emmy-nominated herself for Big Little Lies, and the 6ft 3in Gwendoline Christie, confounder of gender stereotypes as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones.

Top of the Lake further cements the 34-year-old Moss’s place as one of the most watchable actresses of her generation, capable of being ballsy and broken at the same time. In the first season Robin investigated the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl and had to contend with Kiwi hard nuts, her own demons and the discovery that Peter Mullan’s monstrous patriarch was her father (“You’re my seed, girl”). This time it gets “even darker and more f***ed up”, Moss says. It’s five years on and Robin is reeling from a failed engagement. Far worse is to come. “I wanted her to be brought to her knees in a much harder way,” she says.

In the new series, subtitled China Girl, Robin and her strapping police partner (Christie) investigate the murder of an Asian prostitute whose body is found in a suitcase washed up on Bondi Beach. Campion decided to move the series to Sydney, where she lives, because “we felt like we’d said everything we wanted to about New Zealand. I love the ocean in Sydney — it’s a big lake! The beaches are very important to the story.”

Can Campion smell a change in the ocean air, a renewed appetite for female dramas? “I can, although I’m old enough now to have lived through a few surges — and some big pullbacks.” For Moss, it’s about numbers as much as emancipation. Many surveys suggest that women watch more TV than men: according to the statistics portal Statista, in the UK they watched 4.18 hours a day in 2015, while men watched 3.64.

“The audience is mostly made up of women and we want to see ourselves reflected back,” Moss says. “The times they are changing, and the largely male executives of the studios and the networks are waking up to the fact that this is what works, this is what gets viewers, this is what makes money.”

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