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Greta Gerwig Reveals Inspirations for ‘Lady Bird,’ From ‘American Graffiti’ to ‘Carrie’ and More

Greta Gerwig Reveals Inspirations for ‘Lady Bird,’ From ‘American Graffiti’ to ‘Carrie’ and More
Later this week, fans of Greta Gerwig’s wholly charming brand of cinema are in for a very big treat when her solo directorial debut “Lady Bird” arrives in limited release. Already lauded on the festival circuit and considered something of an Oscar contender in a slew of categories, the film draws much of its inspiration from Gerwig’s own coming-of-age in suburban Sacramento. Featuring Saoirse Ronan as the eponymous Lady Bird (sure, her birth certificate says “Christine,” but the whipsmart high school senior doesn’t have much time for such restrictions), the film follows the restless teen as she comes to grips with the push-pull of home, family, friends, and boys, all as she’s about to go enter full-scale adulthood.

While Gerwig has been a bit cagey on the exact parallels between Lady Bird and herself (at a recent New York Film Festival press conference, the filmmaker said,
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Naomi Watts Shows Off Her Bikini Body While Lounging on the Grass

Naomi Watts Shows Off Her Bikini Body While Lounging on the Grass
Naomi Watts soaked up the sun and showed off her fit physique in a bikini photo she shared on Instagram on Saturday. In the pic, the mom of two is seen lounging on the grass in a two-piece from Stella McCartney.

The 48-year-old actress has been keeping busy this summer promoting her latest film, The Glass Castle — which is based off of one of the bestselling memoirs of all time.

Watts recently appeared on the Tonight Show to talk about the new movie, but wound up spending quite a bit of time joking with host Jimmy Fallon about an embarrassing
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Naomi Watts Opens Up About Her Late Father's Drug Overdose

Naomi Watts Opens Up About Her Late Father's Drug Overdose
Actress Naomi Watts is sharing new details of her life.

The actress recently opened up to The Guardian about her nomadic childhood, finding friends with fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman and her struggles in Hollywood.

Watts' father was a sound engineer for Pink Floyd and her mom was a model, traveling the world with the band. Having hip parents might sound like a dream for most kids, but for Watts, she craved normalcy.

Read: Naomi Watts Says She's on 'Great Terms' With Liev Schreiber After Split: 'There's Good Days and Bad Days'

“I’d had enough of cool," she tells the paper. "I didn’t want cool. I wanted my parents to wear three-piece suits and tweed, not leather pants and four-inch platform boots."

Her parents divorced in 1972, and then, in 1976, her father died of an apparent heroin overdose when Watts was just seven years old, according to her mother. Watts also told
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Movie Review – The Beguiled (2017)

The Beguiled, 2017.

Directed by Sofia Coppola

Starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell and Angourie Rice.

Synopsis:

During the American Civil War, a girl from a Confederate boarding school discovers a wounded Union soldier. She takes him back to the school, where his wounds are looked after by the headmistress, her assistant and the other pupils. As he recovers in this all-female world, his presence affects everybody and they all vie for his attention.

Sofia Coppola films always seem to grab attention at Cannes, either by accident or design. Remember The Bling Ring (2013), when life bizarrely imitated art? This time round, she won the Best Director accolade for a film that could far too easily be described as yet another re-make. That would be too easy – and nothing less than facile.

The original version of The Beguiled (1971) is usually described as a Clint Eastwood movie, with the film
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Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon Post Sweet 50th Birthday Messages to Nicole Kidman

Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon Post Sweet 50th Birthday Messages to Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman’s closest girlfriends in Hollywood are wishing her a happy 50th birthday.

Naomi Watts, who’s been friends with Kidman for the better part of three decades, posted a sweet birthday message to her best friend on Instagram. “Happy Birthday to this beautiful woman,” the actress, 48, wrote on Tuesday.

“A remarkable human who gives so much love and spirit to all those around her,” Watts added. “My friend, I am so happy to have shared incredible experiences with you over the last 3 decades. May there be many more to come …”

The two became close starring together in 1991’s Flirting.
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Naomi Watts on Her 26-Year Friendship with Nicole Kidman: ‘We’ve Gone Through a Lot Together’

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Naomi Watts on Her 26-Year Friendship with Nicole Kidman: ‘We’ve Gone Through a Lot Together’
For Naomi Watts, getting a role in the 1991 film Flirting not only helped her career but also led to her close bond with best friend Nicole Kidman.

“We already knew each other but that’s when our friendship forged,” says Watts.

The Book of Henry star sat down with People’s editor-in-chief for the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview and discussed finding fame and friendship.

Through personal ups and downs, the two have remained close, and Watts, 48, attributes their 26-year friendship to “respect” for one another.

“We’ve gone through a lot together over a significant amount of time.
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Oscar Predictions With 2 Months to Go: Could 'Deadpool' Really Get a Best Picture Nomination?

Oscar Predictions With 2 Months to Go: Could 'Deadpool' Really Get a Best Picture Nomination?
Err, so technically we are slightly under two months away from the 89th annual Academy Awards, but we wanted to see how things shook out at Sunday's Golden Globes -- plus, let SAG, the PGA and BAFTA weigh in -- before making our next round of predictions.

As a wise woman once said, "One day you're in, and the next day you're out." That has proven truer than ever this awards season, where things appear less certain after each round of nominations. All that said, here is where we stand ahead of the Oscars' official announcement on Jan. 24...

Watch: 10 Things You Didn't See On-Air During the 2017 Golden Globes Broadcast: Flirting, Crying and More!

Best Picture

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Predictions:

1. Arrival

2. Fences

3. Hacksaw Ridge

4. Hidden Figures

5. Florence Foster Jenkins

6. Jackie

7. La La Land

8. Lion

9. Manchester by the Sea

10. Moonlight

Despite a Globe nomination and recognition by the all-powerful Producers Guild, we simply cannot imagine the Academy throwing a nomination Deadpool's
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Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman's Friendship, From Down Under to Top of the A-List

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Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman's Friendship, From Down Under to Top of the A-List
Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman aren't just fellow Aussie actresses; they're also best friends. The ladies have been close since attending high school at the Phillip Street Theatre in Sydney, and their friendship is evident at movie premieres and award shows to this day. In 1991, they starred together in the Australian independent film Flirting. Of her relationship with Naomi, Nicole has said that they are "very, very good friends and have maintained that through so many things," adding, "I think that's really rare, particularly for actresses, and I take a lot of pride in that." Naomi has also revealed that the two share "naughty wicked senses of humor" and that while they "definitely go to glamorous dinner parties" they can also "sit in a room and motormouth each other." In honor of their decades-long friendship, here are Nicole and Naomi's sweetest photos. Related Stories:Nicole Kidman Makes Out With Bff
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Babadook, Water Diviner share Aacta best film

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Babadook, Water Diviner share Aacta best film
Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.Scroll down for full list of winners

Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent thriller The Babadook have both won the Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for best film, marking the first time that two titles have shared the country’s top film prize.

The event in Sydney, hosted this year by actresses Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman, is only the 4th annual Aacta Awards but they were the result of an overhaul of the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards, which were established in 1969.

The two winning films could not be more different from each other. Kent’s meticulously crafted low-budget claustrophobic thriller, The Babadook, is about a single mother who battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house.

Gladiator star Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is about
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Candid Kidman (and Naomi) in 'The Last Impresario'

Glenn here with a bit of a photography break. I had anticipated catching far more films at Doc NYC, the documentary festival that is wrapping up its season here in New York. One film that I was able to catch, a nominee for Best Documentary at the "Australian Oscars", was Gracie Otto's The Last Impresario. It is a delightfully portrait of the life and career of the so-called most famous man you have never heard of, Michael White, and an entertaining trip down the film and theatre industry's memory lane. Otto discovered White when visiting the Cannes Film Festival and sought to document him, looking at the way he changed London's West End with original productions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oh! Calcutta! and many more, before getting into film production with the likes of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

One of the film's best moments is
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Posterized: Naomi Watts

It's good to be Naomi Watts right now which is something of a surprise since last year it wasn't. But then the blonde Aussie's career has always been like that. Let's investigate.

Naomi Watts photographed by Mark Abrahams for More magazine

In the Posterized series, now beginning a new season so expect one each Friday, we look back at a star's career through their movie posters. Sometimes it's their giant sized faces and sometimes they don't appear on the poster at all. Such are the vagaries of stardom and advertisements.

In Naomi's film debut she didn't even get a name. The then 18 year old actress was billed as "Leo's Girlfriend" I couldn't find a movie poster of that one so we begin five years later when the actress, after a few TV stints debuted properly opposite her best friend Nicole Kidman in Flirting (1991) a terrific Australian coming of age movie you should seek out.
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Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and More Celebs Who Have Been Friends Since They Were Kids

Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and More Celebs Who Have Been Friends Since They Were Kids
If you're a Hollywood star, your childhood friends usually have a limited number of roles available to play. They can be a loyal sidekick, your crew's comical mascot, or maybe the personal assistant who will eventually take you down in a bloodless celebrity coup. But for a lucky few stars, the people they grew up with became celebrities themselves, with their own fans, their own love interests and their own trending topics. It must be a welcome surprise. After all, it's lonely at the top, but it's a little less lonely when your childhood friends are there, too. In honor
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Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and More Celebs Who Have Been Friends Since They Were Kids

Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and More Celebs Who Have Been Friends Since They Were Kids
If you're a Hollywood star, your childhood friends usually have a limited number of roles available to play. They can be a loyal sidekick, your crew's comical mascot, or maybe the personal assistant who will eventually take you down in a bloodless celebrity coup. But for a lucky few stars, the people they grew up with became celebrities themselves, with their own fans, their own love interests and their own trending topics. It must be a welcome surprise. After all, it's lonely at the top, but it's a little less lonely when your childhood friends are there, too. In honor
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Will Crowdfunding Lead to an Indie Sequel Boom?

In the history of indie film, sequels haven’t been very common. If we exclude horror movies, that is. And now documentaries. There’s Clerks II, S. Darko, John Duigan’s Flirting, Wayne Wang’s Blue in the Face, Lars von Trier’s Manderlay, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? and I guess The Road Warrior (and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome). There tend to be weird circumstances and technicalities for a lot of them, too. One of the purest examples of an indie sequel is, of course, Before Midnight, which is even rarer for being a third part. It’s possibly the most beloved and critically acclaimed film of the year, and it could very well lead a new wave of follow ups to indie favorites and cult classics that aren’t necessarily easily banked genre flicks. Back in May we learned of another indie threequel in the works, Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle. The
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Naomi Watts: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

Naomi Watts is a good actress. There, I’ve got that out of the way. Although originally born in Shoreham, Kent, Watts began her career in 1986 appearing in The Love Alone, before setting on that familiar path of Australia-based actors – soaps. She then went on to supporting roles in films such as Flirting (good film, you should see it) before properly exploding onto the Hollywood scene with David Lynch’s surreal mind-f**k Mulholland Drive.

Since that role, she’s had an up-and-down career, churning out both brilliant films and absolute clunkers. She’s obviously extremely talented – you don’t get Oscar nominations for no reason – but like most actors outside of Daniel Day-Lewis, can occasionally fall foul of poor decision-making or a bad performance. From the advance reviews it appears she’s struck disaster again with Diana. For my money, this is a shame – most of the time, she
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Top 50 underappreciated comedy films of the past 30 years

Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14

They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...

For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.

As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or
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Game of Thrones: season three, episode three – The Walk of Punishment

It was the small scenes in this episode that added to the richness and depth of a series that has now firmly established itself as great television

Spoiler Alert: This blog is published after Game of Thrones airs on HBO in the Us on Sunday at 9pm Et. Do not read on unless you have watched episode three (which airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Monday at 9pm). As ever, we are going to (hopefully) avoid book spoilers as well.

Click here for Sarah Hughes' season three, episode two blog

"If you want to sit on the Iron Throne of Westeros, you will need to get blood on your hands"

This was great: a taut, thrilling episode, which managed to cover a great deal of ground both in plot and character development. It's always hard to judge an adaptation apart from the original material, and even more
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Nicole Kidman kept me from giving up my acting dreams, says Naomi Watts

Nicole Kidman kept me from giving up my acting dreams, says Naomi Watts
Washington, Feb 8: Naomi Watts, who had a tough time getting established in Hollywood when she first moved there in the early 90s, has said that her A-list friend Nicole Kidman's words of encouragement helped her to stay motivated.

"She kept saying, 'It's just going to take one thing, one thing, Nay, and you know, if you're in a hit film...then everything changes'," Us magazine quoted her as saying during an interview with CBS' 'Sunday Morning.'

The 44-year-old actress and Kidman, co-starred in Australian indie film 'Flirting' back in 1991, and have remained close friends ever since.

She explained that she first moved.
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Naomi Watts: 'Nicole stopped me from quitting acting'

Nicole Kidman stopped Naomi Watts from giving up her acting dreams. Naomi, 44 and 45-year-old Nicole have been friends since working together on the movie 'Flirting' in 1991 and when Nicole's Hollywood career took off, she urged Naomi not to give up. Speaking on CBS' 'Sunday Morning', Naomi said: 'She kept saying, 'It's just going to take one thing, one thing, Nay, and you know, if you're in a hit film...then everything changes.' 'Oh my God, I mean, I considered myself fairly sensitive, but I don't think a strong person could cope with [rejection] over and over again. There were moments when I was sure I was done. Oh yeah, but I didn't have a plan B really, I didn't.'
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Naomi: 'Nicole stopped me from quitting acting'

Nicole Kidman stopped Naomi Watts from giving up her acting dreams. Naomi, 44 and 45-year-old Nicole have been friends since working together on the movie 'Flirting' in 1991 and when Nicole's Hollywood career took off, she urged Naomi not to give up. Speaking on CBS' 'Sunday Morning', Naomi said: ''She kept saying, 'It's just going to take one thing, one thing, Nay, and you know, if you're in a hit film...then everything changes.' ''Oh my God, I mean, I considered myself fairly sensitive, but I don't think a strong person could cope with [rejection] over and over again. There were moments when I
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