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Watts Tipped for 007 Role

30 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Blonde beauty Naomi Watts has been tipped to follow in Halle Berry, Honor Blackman and Britt Ekland's footsteps as the next Bond girl. The Australian actress reportedly wowed 007 bosses in her role as Ann Darrow in giant ape movie King Kong, and has already received a phone call pleading for her to lend her talents to Casino Royale. If she accepts the offer, Watts could play Russian vixen Vesper Lynd opposite new superspy Daniel Craig. But friends of the star warn she may yet turn down the role, amid fears the typecasting could ruin her burgeoning career. Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron have already rejected offers to star in the film. »

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Watts and Schreiber To Wed?

22 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

King Kong beauty Naomi Watts is reportedly set to wed her beau Liev Schreiber. The couple have enjoyed a low-key relationship, with British-born Watts only recently breaking her silence on the romance. And while representatives for the screen stars have yet to comment, pals say Schreiber has already proposed. A source says, "Naomi not only said yes, but she wants to get married as soon, and as secretly, as possible. Liev doesn't want to waste any time. He is absolutely thrilled Naomi is going to marry him. He says it's something he's been wishing for almost since their first date. And he's already told her that he wants to have lots of babies. Right away!" »

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'Kong' scales boxoffice ranks

20 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The highly anticipated boxoffice debut of Universal's King Kong was unleashed in 3,568 theaters in North America this weekend and captured $50.1 million, and $66.2 million since its Wednesday release. The big-budget remake, helmed by director Peter Jackson and starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody, went day-and-date internationally, grossing a company-best $80.1 million overseas, bringing the worldwide cume to $146.3 million. Among domestic December debuts, the 187-minute Kong, which carries a PG-13 rating, proved to be the fourth-largest wonder on record. Three other pictures have grossed more -- Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films The Return of the King ($72.6 million) and The Two Towers ($62 million), from New Line Cinema, and Buena Vista's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe ($65.6 million). »

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Watts Breaks Schreiber Silence

15 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actress Naomi Watts have finally broken her silence over her relationship with Liev Schreiber, declaring "we understand each other very well". The Ring star, 37, and The Manchurian Candidate actor, 38, started dating in May after meeting at the New York's Museum Of Modern Art's Costume Institute Gala. Watts reveals she feels completely comfortable with the American actor, who she will spend the next few months with, filming The Painted Veil in China. She says, "He's just a solid guy and he's complex, which I love. And has a brilliant mind, which I am totally in awe of. And he's incredibly funny - you just have to laugh. For some people that's not such an important thing, but I need that. We understand each other very well and we're at very similar places in our lives." »

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Watts, Ledger, Hoffman earn S.B. honors

8 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Naomi Watts and Heath Ledger will be honored at the 21st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 2-12. The fest also will recognize James Cameron with the Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking. Hoffman, who plays the title role in Bennett Miller's Capote, will be presented with the Riviera Award, established to recognize an actor who has influenced American cinema, on Feb. 11. His credits include Scent of a Woman, Boogie Nights and The Talented Mr. Ripley. »

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Jackson Honored with Original King Kong Model

6 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Filmmaker Peter Jackson watched his King Kong movie in style at the New York premiere last night - clutching the miniature model of the original Kong in his hands. Movie memorabilia collector Bob Burns, who owns the armature that was created for the 1933 movie, agreed to lend the artifact to Jackson for the evening. It isn't the first time the rare piece of movie history - believed to be the only existing prop from the 1933 King Kong film - has been in Jackson's hands. After hearing of its existence the director flew Burns and his quirky piece of memorabilia out to New Zealand, where he was filming his version of King Kong with Jack Black, Adrien Brody and Naomi Watts. Jackson even took time to film a short animated piece with the 70-year-old model, which he hopes to include on the DVD release of the blockbuster next year. Meanwhile, Sideshow Collectibles, the California-based company which created Jackson's Lord Of The Rings models, are set to use Bob Burns' armature as the model for a new King Kong collectible. »

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Watts Etches Name on Empire State Building

5 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Naomi Watts' is now a part of New York City's Empire State Building, after etching her name at the top of the colossal structure. Watts and filmmaker Peter Jackson went to scout out the Manhattan landmark as preparation for their anticipated King Kong remake, and the screen beauty took the opportunity to leave her personal stamp behind. She says, "(We went) pretty much to the top, certainly further than the public can go. The spike, I didn't go up there, but the last tier, there's a wall only about four or five feet high and I went to there and it was very windy. It was very scary." »

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Watts in Horrific 'King Kong' Fall

28 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star Naomi Watts was nearly left paralyzed after a horrific fall on the New Zealand set of King Kong. Watts, who plays Ann Darrow in the hotly anticipated remake, fell heavily from a height into a ditch - to the shock of cast and crew. But she insists her rigorous practice of yoga saved her from any lasting damage. She says, "I fell with quite a lot of force and I was jammed up in a hole. I had a brief period when I couldn't move and I thought I may be paralyzed. I thought, 'This is it.' But after a few seconds I was able to move and they slowly got me out. I thought, 'Thank goodness for my yoga.' It had made me supple and agile." »

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Dream acquires Polish 'I Am'

22 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Marking its launch as a theatrical distributor, Los Angeles-based indie producer and DVD distributor Dream Entertainment has acquired the worldwide rights to Dorota Kedzierzawska's Polish language film I Am. The film, which boasts cinematography by Arthur Reinhart (Children of Dune) and a score by Michael Nyman (The Piano) debuted at the New York and Toronto film festivals. The story of an orphaned boy searching for his identity won best score, editing, and cinematography at the 2005 Polish Film Festival, where director Kedzierzawska had previously won best director in 1999 for her debut film, Nic. Dream Entertainment has acquired another Toronto title, IFC Films' Sorry, Haters, starring Robin Wright Penn, and has also licensed the international rights for Ellie Parker, starring Naomi Watts. »

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Interview: Scott Coffey

10 November 2005 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Rarely is a movie actually digital. Rarely is a movie actually independent. Rarely is a movie actually Cassavetesesque. So if you are looking for a real digital, independent, Cassavetesesque movie here it is – Ellie Parker. A man, Scott Coffey, his camera, Sony Dcr-PC100 , and his actors, Naomi Watts, among others, is all it took to make this movie. And the beauty of it all is that it was made without thinking about any of these “indie” ideals. Most digitals movies lack the risk-taking that should be involved with this medium; this movie took on many risks. Most directors don’t truly take advantage of digital’s ease and quickness; Scott Coffey sat on the hood of a car, holding on with one hand and having the camera in another, to film scenes. Most digital movies are shot and lit like film because they are so afraid to »

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Jackson Ditches 'King Kong' Score Just Weeks Before Premiere

19 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood director Peter Jackson has ditched the score to his upcoming remake of King Kong with only seven weeks to go before the movie is scheduled to premiere. Jackson has hired a new composer after he failed to reach an agreement on how to score the highly-anticipated film with longtime collaborator Howard Shore, who wrote the music for his Lord Of The Rings trilogy. James Newton Howard, who has scored numerous movies including Batman Begins and The Sixth Sense, has stepped in to replace Shore. King Kong stars Jack Black, Naomi Watts and Adrien Brody and is due to premiere in New York City on December 5. Jackson has issued a statement, saying: "During the last few weeks, Howard and I came to realize that we had differing creative aspirations for the score of King Kong. Rather than waste time arguing with a friend and trying to unify our points of view, we decided amicably to let another composer score the film." »

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Watts Puts "Suicide" Rumor To Bed

17 June 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actress Naomi Watts has always regretted telling a journalist she had considered suicide before she had her big break - as she insists the comment was taken too literally. The 21 Grams star, 36, admits she was on the brink of dangerous depression during hard times as a struggling actress in Los Angeles, but was shocked when she realized the press had latched onto her comment. She previously told a reporter, "I remember driving along Mulholland Drive, thinking, 'Maybe I'll just go over the cliff because I can't take it anymore.'" However, Watts explains, "That wasn't literal. For the record, I am not a suicidal person. But I understand depression and I've lived it and I felt really badly when I read that and suddenly it's everywhere, 'Naomi Contemplating Suicide.'" Watts leapt to fame in 2001 with David Lynch drama Mulholland Dr. »

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Seattle laps up 'Swimmers'

13 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Doug Sadler's Swimmers was awarded the grand jury prize for best new American film at an awards ceremony held Sunday, the closing day of the 31st annual Seattle International Film Festival. A special jury prize for best new American film also was awarded to Scott Coffey's Ellie Parker, starring Naomi Watts. In the documentary field, the grand jury prize went to Walter Stokman's Based on a True Story, a recounting of the bank robbery that inspired Dog Day Afternoon. Heather Rae's Trudell, a portrait of American Indian poet John Trudell, received a special jury prize. Russian director Ilya Khrjanovsky received the grand jury prize for best new director for his film 4. Brad McGann was awarded a special jury prize for best new director for In My Father's Den. »

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Watts and Schreiber an Item?

26 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actress Naomi Watts and American actor Liev Schreiber appear to be dating, after being spotted together several time in New York city. Only days after it was reported Watts was dating a mystery film producer named Gary, the I Heart Huckabees beauty, 36, has been photographed in a Manhattan park with the 37-year-old The Manchurian Candidate star. American newspaper New York Daily News reports Schreiber, Watts and her best pal Nicole Kidman attended Saturday's U2 concert at Madison Square Garden, where the blonde "spent much of the concert sitting on Liev Schreiber's lap". Two days later, the couple attended the annual benefit for theatre company Naked Angels together. It is believed the pair met at the Museum Of Modern Art's Costume Institute Gala on May 2, where both were guests. Schreiber has previously been romantically linked to Sex And The City star Kristin Davis, while Watts ended her two-year relationship with her Ned Kelly co-star Heath Ledger in May 2004. »

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Watts in Love

23 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actress Naomi Watts has reportedly found love with a mystery film producer. The 21 Grams beauty, 36, has started dating a film-maker and art collector, known only as Gary, according to American newspaper The New York Daily News. When asked for comment, Watts' representative responds, "I don't comment on these types of questions." Watts split from her Ned Kelly co-star Heath Ledger, 26, in May 2004 after a two year relationship. Ledger is now dating former Dawson's Creek actress Michelle Williams, who has recently been rumored to be pregnant with their first child. »

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Dream lands int'l rights to 'Ellie Parker'

19 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dream Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based production and international sales company, has acquired international rights to Ellie Parker, produced by and starring Naomi Watts. An official selection of this year's Sundance Film Festival, Ellie Parker is a comedy about a young woman's struggle for integrity, happiness and a Hollywood acting career. The film also stars Chevy Chase, Scott Coffey, Mark Pellegrino and Rebecca Riggs. Ellie Parker was written and directed by Coffey, who along with Watts produced the film with Matt Chesse and Blair Mastbaum. »

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The Ring Two

18 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Just when you thought it was safe to look at a video again, along comes "The Ring Two". This sequel to DreamWorks' highly successful 2002 scare movie, "The Ring", brings back cast members Naomi Watts and young David Dorfman, yet its makers are determined to move into a different realm than previous "Ring" movies. (This includes three hugely successful Japanese films and now the second American incarnation.) So they invent a new back story, create new supernatural ground rules and invest heavily in visual effects.

Thus, what made the "Ring" movies so scary -- the introduction of terror into everyday objects and rituals -- disappears into a F/X fest of rampaging deer, flooded ceilings, cracking walls and horrific visions. In other words, the series is now thoroughly Americanized even though the original Japanese director, Hideo Nakata, is at the helm. Domestic and international boxoffice prospects look stellar as only J-horror purists will care.

Both the original "Ringu" (1998) and DreamWorks' carbon copy played off the gimmick of a cursed videotape. After people watch the short tape, a phone rings and viewers have exactly a week to live. In the course of both movies, a female reporter realizes that by making a copy of that tape and letting someone else view the copy, the curse is lifted -- only to fall on the subsequent viewer. Which, of course, perpetuates the evil cycle.

Six months after the tragic events of the first film, reporter Rachel Keller (Watts) and son Aidan (Dorfman) flee Seattle to settle in a small coastal town in Oregon. Almost immediately, Rachel reports from a crime scene that looks eerily familiar: a dead teen with his face frozen in horror, an unmarked videotape and -- one new element -- the house is flooded.

Realizing what's up, she breaks into the house, steals the tape and destroys it in a bonfire. Which only antagonizes the malevolent ghost Samara (Kelly Stables), who is behind the tape. Samara, we know from the first film, is terrorizing the world in revenge for her murder by her own mother in a deep well.

After the opening moments, returning writer Ehren Kruger starts to move the sequel away from the world of TV sets and ringing phones by rejigging the rules governing Samara so she can more or less materialize at will. The movie borrows from "The Omen" and "The Exorcist" in making Samara's main objective to be the co-habitation of Aidan's body. Thus, Rachel faces a dilemma -- Aidan is now both her beloved son and a thoroughly evil ghost. What's a mom to do?

In another rule introduced, for no apparent logic other than it helps Kruger past tricky plot points, Samara can hear all conversations between Rachel and her son except when they sleep. So all sorts of clues get passed to Rachel by Aidan in their dreams.

This is an unusually sloppy film as plot threads dangle at the finish and peripheral characters scarcely register. Simon Baker, playing Rachel's colleague at the local newspaper, has little to do other than baby-sit. Sissy Spacek turns up in a pivotal scene in ghastly white makeup and long, stringy black hair that makes her look like someone done up as Michael Jackson for Halloween.

Nakata keeps interiors and exteriors dark even in daytime, and images of water are everywhere. Gabriel Beristain's camera is constantly in motion, often on a crane, which gives the movie a nervous, gliding energy. An atmosphere of foreboding is aided by moody, insistent music developed, according to the credits, from "themes by Hans Zimmer."

While nearly every shock comes at predictable moments, there is genuine ingenuity behind many, and the movie is surprisingly fresh for one made by a guy on his third go-round with the same material. No doubt, Nakata was energized by the American setting and cast and access to state-of-the-art visual effects.

THE RING TWO

DreamWorks

DreamWorks Pictures presents a Parkes/MacDonald production

Credits:

Director: Hideo Nakata

Screenwriter: Ehren Kruger

Based on the novel by: Koji Suzuki

Based on the film by: The Ring/The Spiral Production Group

Producers: Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald

Executive producers: Mike Macari, Roy Lee, Neil Machlis, Michele Weisler

Director of photography: Gabriel Beristain

Production designer: Jim Bissell

Music: Hans Zimmer, Henning Lohner, Martin Tillman

Costume designer: Wendy Chuck

Editor: Michael N. Knue

Cast:

Rachel: Naomi Watts

Mark Rourke: Simon Baker

Aidan: David Dorfman

Dr. Temple: Elizabeth Perkins

Martin: Gary Cole

Evelyn: Sissy Spacek

Jake: Ryan Merriman

Emily: Emily VanCamp

Evil Samara: Kelly Stables

MPAA rating: PG-13

Running time -- 109 minutes »

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Monkeyshine: 'King Kong' sequels a joke

5 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Jackson said Friday that he will be making two back-to-back sequels to King Kong for Universal Pictures. But it was all part of an elaborate April Fool's Day joke. Jackson made the announcement for Son of Kong and King Kong: Into the Wolf's Lair as part of the movie's video diary series on the Web site www.kongisking.net. Jackson wasn't the only one who appeared onscreen in the April 1 entry, which marked shooting day 123 on King Kong. Movie castmembers Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Colin Hanks as well as Weta staff, art directors and even a Universal exec were involved. The video entry featured shots of a Son of Kong script, monster designs, models and computer previsualized sequences. »

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Monkeyshine: 'King Kong' sequels a joke

4 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Jackson said Friday that he will be making two back-to-back sequels to King Kong for Universal Pictures. But it was all part of an elaborate April Fool's Day joke. Jackson made the announcement for Son of Kong and King Kong: Into the Wolf's Lair as part of the movie's video diary series on the Web site www.kongisking.net. Jackson wasn't the only one who appeared onscreen in the April 1 entry, which marked shooting day 123 on King Kong. Movie castmembers Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Colin Hanks as well as Weta staff, art directors and even a Universal exec were involved. The video entry featured shots of a Son of Kong script, monster designs, models and computer previsualized sequences. »

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Ledger and Williams in Pregnancy Riddle

4 April 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood couple Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams are at the center of a pregnancy riddle after the former Dawson's Creek beauty was spotted at a pre-natal yoga class. The Australian heart-throb, 25, and American actress, 24, started dating last June after meeting on the set of Ang Lee's cowboy film Brokeback Mountain. Williams has been staying in Ledger's beachside Sydney home since December as The Patriot star films Australian drama Candy alongside Geoffrey Rush in the area. Local Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph reports Williams has been a regular visitor to a weeknight yoga class, which tutors pregnant women in their second and third trimesters. The paper also claims Williams has been spotted in loose-fitting clothes whenever she is spotted in public. Ledger has previously romanced Heather Graham and Naomi Watts, while Williams has dated scriptwriter Donal Ward and musician Andy Herod. »

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