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The Palm Springs International Film Festival has revealed details about its Talking Pictures program, a series of film clips and screenings accompanied by a discussion with Hollywood talent, scheduled during the Jan. 4-13 proceedings. On Jan. 5, the awards contender The Impossible will be screened, and star Naomi Watts, who will recieve the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the festival, will participate in a discussion moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg. There were three other Talking Pictures events announced. On Jan. 4, Peter Greenaway will speak at a
- THR staff
Naomi Watts and her family escaped to St. Barts for a holiday getaway over the weekend. On Saturday she and Liev Schreiber took their sons Sasha and Kai to the beach, where they played in the waves. Naomi showed off her bikini body, adding to the many sexy bikini moments of 2012, while Liev went shirtless. Yesterday, she swapped her blue two-piece for an animal print suit for another sandy afternoon with her boys. They explored the rocks and she tried her hand at stand up paddle boarding with a friend. Naomi and Liev had an adults only outing today though, when they went for a morning swim as a couple. It looks like the family of four will be celebrating New Years on the island - tell us, which Hollywood guy would you want to kiss at midnight? View Slideshow › »
- Lauren Turner
Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible. Based on a true story, the film stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as the parents of three boys vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when the tsunami hit. Having survived, but finding themselves separated, the family members search for each other amidst the chaos, encountering strangers caught up in the same situation along the way. The film also stars Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, and Oaklee Pendergast. For more on The Impossible, here are eight clips and the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak to Naomi Watts. We talked about why she wanted to make The Impossible, how she prepared for the role, filming the intense water scenes, and more. In addition, we also talked about David Lynch's Mulholland Drive and director Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana movie (she's playing Princess Diana). Hit the jump to watch. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Perfect in purple! Naomi Watts heated up the Caribbean waters off the shores of St. Barts as the actress enjoyed a family vacation over the weekend. Decked out in a brightly colored two-piece, the 44-year-old star simply stunned while hanging out with longtime partner Liev Schreiber and the couple's two kids, Samuel and Alexander. Meanwhile, the actress recently received both SAG and Golden Globe nominations for her work in the movie The Impossible. In other words, a well-earned little getaway. »
Aamir Khan’s TV debut ‘Satyamev Jayate’ has not only stirred the entire India but the show has also left a great impact in the West and one of the Hollywood celebrities who is highly influenced by the show is Naomi Watts. She expressed her ardent desire to participate on Aamir’s show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ and create awareness about the rehabilitation of Tsunami and earthquake victims. “I would like to participate in Aamir Khan’s show, which is a fantastic platform, to create awareness about the rehabilitation of Tsunami and earthquake victims. It’s been eight years since this tragedy affected so many lives and many are still »
Summit Entertainment's tsunami survival saga "The Impossible" surged in its second week, taking in $138,750 from 15 theaters. That's a 28 percent rise from last week, when it debuted in the same number of locations, and a solid per-screen average of $12,300. The English-language film from Spain is based on a true story about a family's fight to survive the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. It stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, who received a Best Actress nomination recently from SAG. Also read: 'Django' Beats 'Les Miz" but Can't Catch 'the Hobbit' Summit will go »
- Todd Cunningham
How does one spot a Marchesa gown? A few dead giveaways include decadent draping, luxe layers of tulle and extravagant embellishments ranging from beautiful beadwork to fanciful feathers. Perhaps it's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig's unapologetic devotion to designing whimsical couture creations that keeps leading ladies like Eva Longoria and Naomi Watts returning to the brand's designers for major red carpet moments. Take Longoria, who opted for a breathtaking Marchesa number with a tulle train for the opening ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as a strapless gown with lavish layers for the closing ceremony at the Monte Carlo TV Film Festival. Similarly, Marchesa is a favorite of Watts, who also wore »
A man puts an ad in the local paper seeking a companion for his time-travel mission. Is this a prelude to a sci-fi adventure or an inventive lonelyhearts ad? We're strung along as to whether or not this guy's genuine for so long, there's room to smuggle in a relaxed indie romcom in the interim – Plaza is great company as she forges a connection with the paranoid inventor (Duplass). The sci-fi element isn't quite a red herring, but by the time it flowers, we've already learned plenty about living in the past.
- Steve Rose
Naomi Watts has written to Vivek Oberoi to personally thank him for his contribution towards rehabilitating families affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Watts, who plays a tsunami survivor in The Impossible, was said to be deeply moved on hearing that Oberoi had adopted the village of Thevanapattinam in Tamil Nadu and had been instrumental in the rehabilitation of the community. According to Pti, Watts wrote: "Words really fail to express how touched I am to see the work you have done for the rehabilitation of the Tsunami-hit families in Thevanapattinam, Tamil Nadu. It takes a lot of courage and immense devotion to be able to take up such a responsibility on one's shoulders. "As a celebrity it is important for us to realize that we can act as catalysts for change but unfortunately few take any real measures. Your effort to bridge this (more) »
- By Priya Joshi
Listing the best films of any year comes down to a matter of ordering -- Which film will I say was the absolute best? Listing the worst films of a particular year comes down to being honest with yourself -- Did I dislike it enough to call it one of the worst? However, when it comes to disappointments it's a different story. As a movie critic, maybe it's different for me. People tend to believe critics should walk into every movie without anticipation or excitement. Then, if that perception is held up, those that disagree with your opinion will either say "Yeah, but you didn't want to see it anyway!" or "You were always going to like that film." I do my best to let my opinion be known before seeing most films (running a blog of daily opinions helps). I do my best to avoid expectations (not watching trailers »
- Brad Brevet
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
It was a really good year. I went to Cannes for the first time ever. I went to Fantastic Fest for the first time ever. I went to SXSW for the fourth time … ever, but finally stayed for the musical festival. More importantly, it was a great year for films even if you remove all of the festivals. Normally I have a tough time deciding on a Top 7 (or Top 10) because there aren’t enough films that definitely should be on the list. This year, I have 21 films that I loved, or at least really, really liked. The 21st film, that just barely made the cut? The Avengers. Again, it was a really good year.
For Another Opinion Read – Nick Allen’s Top 7 Films of 2012
Recap: Based on a true story, this is the account of a family of five »
- Jeff Bayer
Yesterday we heard from the director Director Juan Antonio Bayona for his movie The Impossible and today we get to hear from real-life survivor Maria Belon as well as the woman who plays her so brilliantly in the movie, Naomi Watts.
Seeing the two ladies together in the same room was a real treat as you could tell that Naomi had a huge respect for Maria and what she and her family had been through back on Boxing Day 2004 when the huge tsunami hit the Indian Ocean tragically killing nearly 300 000 people. The Impossible does its best tell just one small part of what happened that day through the eyes Ewan McGregor (Henry) and Naomi Watts (Maria).
Usually in these junket interviews you know exactly what you’re getting before you arrive at the hotel but having Maria and Naomi paired was a last minute change but it such a wonderful pairing. »
- David Sztypuljak
Mumbai, Dec 28: Hollywood actress Naomi Watts is "touched" by Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi's work for the rehabilitation of the tsunami-hit families in Tamil Nadu. She has even written a letter to him, appreciating his work.
In 2004, Vivek had adopted a Tamil Nadu village named Thevanapattinam, and worked towards rehabililating the affected families.
"Words really fail to express how touched I am to see the work you have done for the rehabilitation of the tsunami-hit families in Thevanapattinam, Tamil Nadu. It takes a lot of courage and immense devotion to be able to take up such a responsibility on one's shoulders," Watts wrote. »
- Leon David
Despair, pain, panic and hope fight for supremacy in this outstandingly made and heartwrenching film, based on the true-life story of a Spanish family who went on a Christmas holiday in Thailand in 2004 and were caught up in the tsunami that hit south-east Asia, killing 230,000 people. With simplicity and conviction, it manages to be something other than a conventional disaster movie. The tsunami sequence itself is a masterly piece of film-making – and as for what follows, I have to admit to being blindsided by its real emotional power. This film is of course vulnerable to charges of manipulation, and of magnifying the western-tourist experience at the expense of the indigenous communities who lost everything. But in the end I found honesty and compassion in The Impossible. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Check out the third trailer for the upcoming very-r-rated sketch comedy Movie 43.
The film stars 28 celebrities, Terrence Howard, Richard Gere, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Chloe Moretz, Stephen Merchant, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Kate Bosworth, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and many others. The list of directors includes Peter Farrelly of the Farrelly brothers, Elizabeth Banks, “Breaking Bad” actor Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner and James Gunn.
Produced by Peter Farrelly, the film is comprised of 12 different story lines.
Movie 43 is slated to open on January 25th, 2013.
Click to continue reading Movie 43 TV Spot No3
- Allan Ford
I hope you have some time off from work because we have gone and recorded the longest podcast in RopeofSilicon history for our 2012 Holiday Spectacular. Clocking in at two hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds Laremy and I take a look back at 2012 and bring along a few guests to help us out. The guest line-up includes RopeofSilicon contributor Kevin Blumeyer, Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist, Emma and Aurelien (aka The French Connection) from CinemaTeaser.com and finally Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk.com. It's a diverse group and a wide range of opinions and titles are discussed. This is the final podcast of 2012 and so we did our best to go out with a bang. We hope you enjoy and thank you so much for listening! We are looking forward to the new year and hope you are too. As always, I have broken down this episode on a minute-by-minute basis if »
- Brad Brevet
Yesterday marked the 8th anniversary of the a massive Tsunami hit the Indian Ocean destroying everything in it’s path and tragically killing nearly 300 000 people. Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and the Maldives were all hit in what to this day is the sixth deadliest natural disaster in recorded history. The earthquake which caused the tsunami was the 3rd largest in recorded history measuring a magnitude of 9.1–9.3.
There are so many incredible stories that came out of the tsunami and new movie The Impossible aims to deal with just one of them. The Impossible focuses on one familie’s true story of survival through some of the most unlikely of circumstances. If you missed our review from Toronto, you can read it here. The movie stars Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Tom Holland who all put in wonderful performances, the same being said said about the two other young boys »
- David Sztypuljak
Earlier in the year, I got to interview Director Juan Antonio Bayona for his movie The Impossible. Starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Tom Holland, The Impossible tells the real-life story of a family who get caught in the 2004 tsunami which struck the Indian Ocean. The wave struck he coastline of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, the Maldives and Thailand where the movie is set. 300 000 people tragically lost their lives in what is still one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.
The family in the movie are played by Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Tom Holland, Oaklee Pendergast and Samuel Joslin and is a story which will fail to leave an impression. I spoke with Juan about how the movie first came about, what it was like shooting in the actual location where the wave hit and how taking on this huge movie was such a logistical challenge.
- David Sztypuljak
Naomi Watts is a marvel in the new film .The Impossible. by director Juan Antonio Bayona (.The Orphanage.). She plays Maria, the mother of a family torn apart by the Tsunami that hit Thailand on Dec. 26, 2004. .The Impossible. tells the true-story of Maria Belon, played in the movie by Watts.
In this interview, we talked about:
*** How can someone with fear of water star in .The Impossible?.
*** How was it meeting the real Maria?
*** Working with Tom Holland who plays her son in the film
*** Being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival
I.ve always admired Ewan McGregor. I think he.s an underrated actor who has always been consistent in shining in his movies. In his latest flick, .The Impossible,. McGregor is fantastic as Henry, the father of the family devastated by the Tsunami of December 26, 2004. This is their true story.
In this interview, we talked about:
*** What did he think of the script initially?
*** Playing a parent for the first time
*** Working with the child actors
*** His chemistry with Naomi Watts
*** My favorite scene of his in .The Impossible.
*** Working with Juan Antonio Bayona
*** What does he want the audience to take away from the film
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